Watercolour Brush Pens Tutorial - Watercolour flowers made with a straw!
You will need:
- Watercolour Brush Pens Set
- Watercolour paper (either the paper from your set or a larger piece)
- A straw
- Ziplock bag or a plate
- Paper towel
- Creative Husky Black Dual Tip Brush Pen OR any black fineliner pen
Step 1 – Get Prepared
First, you choose your watercolour brush pen colours. You can have as many colours as you like, however, I find 3 is a nice balance of colour variation. Get them out of the case, ready to use.
Next, fill your water blending brush with water.
Have your straw, ziplock bag and paper towel handy, ready to create your flower masterpiece with!
Step 2 – Create the Stems
Add a patch of colour to the base of your paper. Using your water blending brush, squeeze water onto the colour and rub the colour with the brush. It should be quite wet.
Using your straw, carefully blow the wet watercolour paint towards the top of the page.
Repeat this process with your other colours. Don’t overlap the colour patches at the base of your page, but its ok for the ‘stems’ to overlap each other as you blow!
Leave to dry.
Step 3 – Add flower tops
Create some different coloured flower tops using the same brush pens you used for the stems.
They can be all different shapes and sizes – there is no right or wrong - tulip shaped ones, simple flower shapes with different types of petals etc.
There are two techniques you can use:
- Use the watercolour brush pen directly on the paper – after painting the flowers, soften the effect using the water blending brush with a bit of water squeezed into it
- Use the watercolour brush pens to rub some colour onto your ziplock bag or plate. Squeeze a little water into the blending brush, then rub the blending brush through the colour. It will now have colour on the tip. Use the blending brush to paint your flower.
TIP - clean your blending pen on the paper towel in between using different colours.
Don’t worry if they don’t look much like flowers - you don’t need to be an expert to get a nice effect – coloured ‘blobs’ will do!
Let your flowers dry.
Step 4 – Add some details
Use your black Dual Tip Brush Pen or fineliner pen to add details and definition to your project.
Draw flower and petal shapes over the top of your painted flowers.
Add some fine lines for stems. Add some leaves to your stems. Add some lines and shading to the ground.
Use your black pen to create shadows on the petals and leaves.
Wispy, rough lines are fine – no perfection or art degree required – the combination of the watercolours with the fine black lines creates a lovely effect no matter what!
Next, use your brush pens 'dry' to add a touch of colour to the leaves.
And that’s it! A fun project to create a lovely watercolour flower picture.
Make a few different paintings and experiment with different brush pen colours and different shaped flowers.
Would you like to try this technique? Our Watercolour Brush Pens & Accessories Set has just about everything you need to get started - you can purchase it here.
Prefer to watch a video? Check out the YouTube Video of this Watercolour Brush Pens Tutorial: