How To Paint A Watercolor Flower Wreath

You can paint a beautiful watercolor flower wreath with little artistic skill or talent if you know a few tips. These watercolors look lovely framed or make great cards.
How To Paint A Watercolor Flower Wreath-myflowerjournal.com

How to paint a simple Watercolor Flower Wreath painting-myflowerjournal.com

Gather your supplies: Watercolor Paper, **watercolorswatercolor brush or waterbrush, pencil, black pen, heart cookie cutter (optional), kneaded eraser, scissors.

**Watercolors: After taking a watercolor class on Craftsy I now use the Daniel Smith Essentials Set (a limited palette) plus a few favorite colors for most of my watercolor projects, but there are times when its nice to use premixed colors like the ones found in the Koi Watercolor set. I like to use the Daniel Smith Watercolor Essential Set-myflowerjournalThe Koi Watercolor Set

You can make the wreath any shape you want. For the round one I made I traced the top of a drinking glass that was the right size. For the heart wreath I folded a piece of scrap paper in half and cut a heart. I laid it on the watercolor paper to make sure it was the right size and then trimmed a little more until I was happy with it. You can also trace around a heart cookie cutter. Center it on the watercolor paper and traced around it very lightly making a hit and miss line. If its too dark the pencil line will show through your watercolor. If you need to you can use a kneaded eraser to lighten the pencil before you start to paint.Paint the roses on the watercolor flower wreath-myflowerjournal.com

First paint the flowers on the wreath. Using a light or medium pink color make a simple rounded rose shape leaving plenty of white space. This is an important tip: Leave lots of white space! Do this on each step. Try to paint the flowers in a random pattern, alternating which side of the pencil line they are on. Another tutorial on how I paint watercolor roses can be found here.

Second add the light green leaves. In watercolor you work from light to dark. Do dabs of paint leaving lots of white space. Don’t try to paint individual leaves. Add dabs of medium blue for little blue flowers. Keep it random looking.Paint the light color leaves on the watercolor flower wreath-myflowerjournal.comNext add darker green leaves, darker pink on the roses and blue flowers-myflowerjournal.com

Next add darker green leaves, darker pink on the  roses and a darker blue on the little blue flowers.Let some of the light colors show through. Use a variety of greens doing the darkest green last. Remember watercolors dry lighter so don’t be afraid to put some strong color on. Don’t fill in all the white spaces. The white spaces act as highlights and give it a fresh, spontaneous look. Add a few little vines and stray leaves here and there. Stop adding color when you are happy with the way it looks.Simple Watercolor Flower Wreath Painting-myflowerjournal.com

If you want you can add a few leaf shapes and flower outlines with an extra fine black pen. If you do use the pen to add detail make sure the watercolor is completely dry. Don’t outline everything. Keep it simple.Tips and ideas on How to Paint a Simple Watercolor Flower Art-Wreath-myflowerjournal.com I also like to add a wash of color and some paint splatters. First wet the paper around the wreath with clean water.  Next brush on the color you want. I like to make the color the darkest in the corners and on the edges and have it fade as it gets near the wreath.  Then add a few splatters of paint to give some texture. You can do this while the paper is still wet and the splatters will be softer and blend in more. If you want the splatters to show up more wait until the paper is dry. Use a round watercolor brush loaded with paint that has lots of water in it. You want the splatters to be light in color. Flick the brush across your finger. Practice first on paper towel until you like the results. More splattered paint tips here.

Splattered paint background for a simple Watercolor Flower Wreath painting-myflowerjournal.comSplatters on dry paper.

Here are some more watercolor flower wreath ideas:

Step one-Simple Watercolor Flower Wreath Painting-myflowerjournal.com

Simple Round Watercolor Flower Wreath Painting-myflowerjournal.com

Round Watercolor Flower Wreath Painting-myflowerjournal.com

 Watercolor Flower Wreath-myflowerjournal.com

How to Paint A Simple Watercolor Flower Wreath Painting-myflowerjournal.com

With a wash of green paint on wet paper (below).How To Paint An Easy Watercolor Flower Wreath-myflowerjournal.com

This is my favorite watercolor flower wreath and the one I have hanging in my art room.

Happy Watercolor Flower Painting!

If you are new to watercolor painting or want to take a great watercolor check out this one on Craftsy. If this class had been available years ago I could have saved a lot of money on paint. I now use the Daniel Smith Essentials Set (a limited palette) plus a few favorite colors for most of my watercolor projects.

Check out all of Yoa Cheng’s watercolor flower classes on Creativebug!Yoa Cheng's watercolor classes on creative bug.

Great Class on Craftsy!Luminous Watercolor Mixing Class on Craftsy

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26 Responses to How To Paint A Watercolor Flower Wreath

  1. Oh wow, this is so creative. Thanks for the tutorial. Thanks also for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  2. Hi Tammy,

    So nice to meet you!

    What a sweet wreath!

    I’ve always enjoyed painting with watercolours and your visit to my blog and my subsequent one here has sparked my love for this hobby once again! Thanks so much for the tutorial and I intend on visiting past posts to catch up on some pointers!

  3. Thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge and experience with us! I’ve just recently discovered your work, and now look in regularly. I’m working on my ‘splatter’ technique — it’s coming along, slowly! And today I’m going to try a wreath!! You have been a wonderful inspiration!

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