Watercolor Blossom Tutorial


Learn how to paint a lovely spring blossom in this quick and fun watercolor tutorial. Each step is broken down so you can easily follow along!

The exact supplies I used are not critical, but I've listed everything below. Use whatever you can get your hands on! The main things to have available are some heavy paper, water, watercolor paint (either tube or pan), and a couple of brushes.

Supplies I Used:
- watercolor paper (#140 Arches Hot Press)
- round watercolor brushes (sizes #3 and #5 are used in the video)
- white watercolor paint (Holbein Titanium White)
- red watercolor paint (Holbein Crimson Red)

1. Using a little bit of water, mix your white and red together so that you get a nice dark pink. You can lighten this color by adding more water.
2. Get your larger brush nice and wet, and use it to make a clear circle on your paper. 
3. Dab your light pink into the wet area of water using your large brush, leaving areas of white space in between the color. 
4. Now use your medium pink color to darken the wet area, starting from the circle and working your way out using quick, sweeping strokes. 
5. Let the paint dry, and switch to your smaller brush.
6. Using the darkest pink, add detail to the petals by creating curved strokes, increasing the width and length of each stroke as you work your way to the outside. 

General Tips:
- Creating lines that vary in width is very important in achieving a more organic shape. This is controlled by the pressure of your brush. As you make a stroke, start by pressing lightly, then increase your pressure as you work your way down. Do this several times for practice before trying it on the flower.
- Always make sure your paint is nice and wet before applying it to the paper, especially if the paper is dry. 
- Have a paper towel handy so that you can remove excess drips from your brush while you're working. 

Thank you for watching my video! I hope it helps you feel more comfortable painting your own flowers. If you're interested in learning watercolor more seriously, I regularly offer in-person watercolor workshops near my local studio. Click here for more information, and happy painting!