My Watercolor Flower Journal

I love art and I love flowers so its exciting to combine both hobbies in my watercolor flower journal. Its not very big-that way I don’t feel overwhelmed and can keep it simple. I use a 4×6  drawing pad with a spiral binding, a Koi Water Color Pocket Field Sketch Box, a Sakura water brush and a fine point Sharpie pen. These all fit in a clear cosmetic bag I bought at Walmart along with some paper towel, a mechanical pencil and kneader eraser.Watercolor travel kit and watercolor travel journal-from myflowerjournal.com I have a bigger set of watercolors and lots of brushes, but I find myself going to this little watercolor kit because it is all in one place. I can take it with me anywhere or use it at my kitchen table. The water brush makes it easy to do watercolor on the go. The water is stored in the barrel handle and slowly feeds to the brush tip. It doesn’t work well for washes, but works great for quick watercolor sketches. Since I don’t use a lot of water I use this little drawing pad instead of watercolor paper. Sometimes I paint outside, other times I use a photo or just paint an idea in my head. These aren’t meant to be great works of art, but just a fun way to capture the beauty of Mother Nature. There is a great tutorial on how to paint with watercolor by Debra Lee Baldwin on Gardening Gone Wild and several by Laure Ferlita on her Painted Thoughts blog. There are also some great classes on Craftsy about painting flowers (here) and art journaling (here). I highly recommend both of these classes.

Watercolor Flower Art: Bouquet and books from my watercolor flower journal-myflowerjournal.com

Watercolor Flower Art: Hollyhock Path in my watercolor flowerjournal-myflowerjournal.com

Watercolor Flower Art:Black Eyed Susans and Garden Gate in my watercolor flower journal-myflowerjournal.comWatercolor Flower Art:Tulips from the Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival in my watercolor flower journal-myflowerjournal,.com

You can probably guess this watercolor sketch was inspired by the photos I took at the Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival last year. I liked it so well I decided to try it in oil. I did this oil painting with a palette knife. It was my first time painting without a brush and I was quite pleased with texture  of the finished painting. I have done several more palette knife flower paintings that I will share in another post.Flower Art: Palette knife Tulips oil painting from the Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival-myflowerjournal.com

8×10 oil on Ampersand board

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19 Responses to My Watercolor Flower Journal

  1. This is my favorite post so far because it ties in the digital journal to your watercolor journal and your watercolor journal is so much fun to look at.

  2. Hi: I just came to visit from Erin’s blog and your link! I love love love these paintings! I used to be a surface designer and did all sorts of flowers for many different home furnishings products…so really appreciate this work! They are really nice. I’m going to explore more on your blog and follow where I can. I’m loving Erin’s Linky party here, but just haven’t had much time, or been home, to enter it more than one time!
    Nice to “meet” you!
    Libby

    • Thank You Libby. I would love to see some of your art work and flowers. Sounds like you really know what you are doing when it comes to painting and designing with flowers. Hope you have time to post a bouquet soon.

  3. I love your paintings, what a lovely idea to keep a journal of flowers! I’m just getting into watercolours myself at the moment, looking forward to seeing more as I’ve just become a follower! (I came over from Savvy Southern Style)

  4. Fantastic flower journal. Your zinnias are so beautiful. Love the tulips in watercolors and in oils. I’ve never done palette knife. Looks difficult, but yours did great.

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