Botanical Illustration Inspired Watercolor

In this class, Jaycee goes over types of watercolor paper, color blending, color lifting, and the use of watercolor for documenting plant species purposes.

Card 1

I chose a no-line coloring image from Altenew’s Watercolor Coloring Book for this card and colored the floral images in Shades of Purple from Altenew’s Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set. I used the wet-on-wet technique to lightly color the petals first. Then, I dried and added pigment along the inside of the petals in layers.

For the Foliage, I used Rock Collection to color and shade the images. Once the panel air dried, I darkened the foliage veins and partially shaded the florals with a colored pencil.

I heat embossed “If friends were flowers, I’d pick you” from HoneyBee stamps in silver embossing powder and attached it with black foam tape. Finally, I added silver sequins to compliment the sentiment.

“Card” 2

I began with another no-line coloring image from my coloring book for my second card and used the wet-on-wet technique to layer color onto my canvas. I first colored the petals in Cherry Blossom. Next, I darkened the inside of the petals in multiple layers and used the smallest brush from my Detailed Brush Set to add veins to each petal in small thin strokes. Then, I colored the center in Pockey full of sunshine and Summer Afternoon.

I colored the foliage and stems in Rain Forest first; once dry, I added Tropical Forest along the vein lines and lifted the pigment to give an illusion of light. I also used a white gel pen to add highlights to the edge of the petals.

I decided to frame this piece instead. I mounted it onto pink card stock to put into a gallery frame at a later time. This will be a gift for a dear friend.

“Card” 3

I picked up a couple of small frames while shopping. I thought they would make a lovely gift.

I began by stamping an image from Altenew’s Mini Hibiscus Tea Stamp Set in waterproof black ink onto Arches 100 % Cotton Cold Press Watercolor Paper. Then, I let the ink dry and began to paint the teacup in a mix of Summer Afternoon and Pocket Full of Sunshine. Next, I painted the hibiscus flowers in Red Cosmos and Cherry Blossom. Finally, I used Green Meadows and Green Hills for the foliage images.

I stamped “Hello Beautiful” below the teacup from Altenew’s Build a Flower Triumph Tulip Stamp Set.

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