Today I completed an online watercolor tutorial of some watercolor tulips. You can find the actual tutorial here.
It was something relatively simple that I over-complicated, as usual. I am not too happy about how it turned out, as the proportions of the blooms to the bodies and leaves of the tulips are all wrong, as well as the color balance. However, do have a little pride in the fact that I was *this* close to throwing it in the trash. I became really disillusioned with it during my first hour because I realized once I put down the initial washes how the scales and proportions were so off. I kept going, though, to see if I could learn more about how to blend and create gradients of color, and did see some significant improvement there. So, my self-esteem as a budding watercolorist dipped and rose. But that is part of the fun, so they say.
Paper: Blick Studio Brand Watercolor paper, 140lb
Paint: Sakura Koi
Hues: Viridian, Cobalt Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Sepia, Lemon Yellow
- proper gradients in small areas
- color mixing
- how not to pay attention to tulip proportions (hehe)
- pay more attention and time to ensuring you fill spaces with color and don’t leave edges of white bordering articles in the painting – it just looks sloppy
Feel free to try the tutorial yourself. I bet you can do better! Or share your experiences with painting watercolor flowers below in the comments section. Funny ones get extra points!