Tropical Leaves Watercolour Tutorial
These fun leaf paintings are easy to paint and you only need a few materials.
Grab your paint box and paint along with me.
Size 8-12 Round Brush
Paints - Yellows & Blues
I would recommend spending some time mixing different greens and trying them out on a scrap of paper. Pay special attention to the subtleties in the different variations you can get.
There will be another tutorial coming soon, where I will go into a bit more of the finer details...the little tricks that really make this painting feel authentic.
Practice this, have fun!
Stretching Watercolour Paper
As with many practices in watercolour, Stretching your paper is a personal choice.
Or is used in occasions when needed.
Stretching the paper is done to prevent your surface from buckling while you are working.
It also give the painting a secure ground to be kept on if its going to take a few sittings to finish it.
It is a fundamental skill in any watercolourists "tool box", and worth experimenting with to see if it does suit your style of working.
The video tutorial below goes through two ways I prepare my paper.
When your paper is ready to use Fill it up with COLOUR!
Have a go ... Have fun!
Handmade with Love
The best advise for beginners is Start Simple!
When starting out you need to feel free to make a lot of experimental art and play a lot, without the worry of feeling like you are wasting "good" art supplies.
I have created a lot of beginners art exercises here to help you learn the fundamentals of colour mixing using a simple palette of just 6 colours - or less - and make some fun, easy paintings
Check out one of the best beginners watercolour Tutorials here -
So now, you are inspired, , maybe you've attended one of my workshops, and its time to go shopping!
There is so much to choose from!
Honestly, there is no need to purchase every tube colour (as beautiful as they are!), or super expensive paper (again, all very beautiful) or the high-end brushes.
Save all these items as treats for yourself, as you gain knowledge through your practice, reward your efforts with these things as your confidence grows and paintings improve.
There are some "bad" supplies to avoid... I will touch on this here.
The basic materials I recommend for beginners are
Windsor & Newton "Cotmans"
The colours you need to begin are
to grow your paint palette I would recommend the next additions to be
All of the other tube colours you can make with the colours listed above. As much as they look appealing, they are not necessary unless you are using large quantities. Also, they tend to add confusion to a beginners palette.
Next Level paints are
Qor (by Golden)
There is a lot of great paints out there... but avoid Reeves
A really good entry level paper is
TAD Watercolour Paper from Warehouse Stationary. 200 or 300gsm. Its a great price and quality to learn with.
As you get more confident the next level papers to consider adding to your art supplies would be,
These are brands which all make beautiful quality 100% cotton Papers.
Papers come in Hot Pressed (Super smooth) or Cold Pressed (Textured). Each brand has a slightly different texture and feel.
I would recommend purchasing them by the sheet so you can try out different papers to find out what you like.
Paper is a very personal choice and worth experimenting with.
Again ... I would suggest, Avoid Reeves.
A great beginner brush is the Princeton Snap Round.
Go for a size between 12 and 20.
These you can get from Warehouse Stationary for less than $20.
They last well, come to a good pointed tip, have a nice fat belly to hold plenty of water (so you can paint for a long time without reloading your brush) and a good size heal for pressing into the paper for wide lines or covering lots of space.
There is a wide variety of brushes you can chose to try. Synthetic/natural bristles, every size you can imagine, Chinese brushes, Flat,, daggers, rigger, fan... but best to have one good brush to learn with, then start adding to your collection.
My favourites are
Daler-Rowney Round size 12 and 24
Athena "Lovia" size 6 & 8
And my trusty Chinese brushes (don't buy Gordon Harris ones, they are rubbish! Trade me has some goodies)
For those of you living in New Plymouth, a visit to Artistic Expressions (Corner of Gover and Pendarves Street) will fill all your art supplies desires.
In the bigger cities in NZ check out Gordon Harris - take your list so you dont get overwhelmed!
Now, Start practicing!
Over and over again!
Its only paper, its only paint... if its terrible, just make another!
Your first paintings are not going to be masterpieces.
Enjoy the process.
Learn to develop a sensitivity towards your materials, notice subtle colour shifts, feel the texture of your paper through your brush, hold your brush like its a baby.
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Paint with joy, with the sheer pleasure of singing life's song.
Please feel free to share your work with me, ask me questions and follow along the tutorials I will continue to add.
A fun & easy Watercolour painting tutorial for painting a dreamy misty landscape in Watercolour.
Materials listed below.
In the video I have listed each step along the way.
Have a go!
I hope you all enjoy it.
I like to keep my edges interesting by leaving some white space.
You could choose to do this the same way or you could tape your paper to give you a clean straight edge.
It is easy to play with this painting. not only different colours, but different landscapes too.
I would love to hear from you and see your paintings too ... leave a comment below, share how you found this tutorial.
Windsor & Newton Cotmans Watercolour Paints
- I've used Indigo, Alizarian Crimson and Indian Red. But you could try any colours you wish.
Princeton Snap Round size 16 Brush
Canson Cold Pressed 300gsm Watercolour Paper
If you enjoyed this, Check out some of the other tutorials I have here too
I'm so excited about this workshop!
I know you all are going to Love it!
We are going to spent all day on Sunday 7th Oct Painting beautiful landscapes.
And you don't need any experience at all! ... but if you do, that's great... there is still going to be lots of juicey painting that you will love too.
Starting at 10am at The Collaboration Pop Up, 12-14 Devon Street, New Plymouth.
I will breifly introduce the materials and get you comfortable with painting in watercolour through a simple exercise.
We will have a light lunch. Look at our works and consider our final pieces...
Yes... Then it is going to be your turn to paint a final painting.
I would like to invite you to bring a photograph of a landscape you want to paint.
Somewhere special, somewhere beautiful or a somewhere that lives in your imagination...
I'm really looking forward to this day painting with you.
Sunday 7th October
10am - 4pm
At The Collaboration, 12 - 14 Devon Street
$145 per person
To book email me via the Book Now button below
Phone 02218 98892
Welcome to another watercolour Tutorial!
I hope you will paint along to the short video I have made for you, watch how to paint your own simple colour wheel.
The colours I am using are the 3 primary’s
a warm and cool of each.
Thats 6 colour in total.
This is all you need to get started. From these 6 colours you should be able to make every colour in the spectrum.... in theory.
I will put a list of the colour names below.
So grab your supplies and follow along...
You now have a complete rainbow which includes your 3 primary colours and 3 tertiary colours.
This exercise is essential for all beginners (All my students do this as a first exercise to learn the colour names and how to mix clean colour). As you learn, becoming more aware of colours and colour mixing, a bit further down the track, new colours are added to our palette.
There is another reason for learning this...
Understanding colour schemes
When choosing a palette a good place to start is with either
A complimentary colour scheme
An Harmonious (Analogues) colour scheme.
I will discuss this more in another post.
Here he is our beautiful colour wheel.
You can choose to paint any shape you wish.
The shape I have chosen to use here is the Seed of Life.
You can learn how to draw this yourself with my tutorial here
The Seed of Life Drawing Tutorial
Our colours are
Lemon Yellow - cool yellow
Cadmium Yellow- warm yellow
Cadmium Red - warm red
Rose Madder - cool red
Ultramarine Blue - warm blue
Prussian Blue - cool blue
I love Windsor & Newton - Cotmans Watercolour.
This is a great Watercolour for students. Reliable, consistent, beautiful clean pigment with just the right amount of transparency.
You can find it in most Art supplies stores AND it’s super affordable too!
The most important thing of all....
play, experiment and have fun!
For those ready to move on to something a bit more challenging check out these tutorials
Watercolour Colour Sampler Tutorial
Watercolour Feather Tutorial
Hi my fabulous Creative Souls
Here is a tutorial I've put together for you so you can learn a bit more about colour mixing, and make a beautiful Painting too!
If you haven't seen my first Watercolour Colour tutorial check it out here to learn the basics of the colour wheel.
Beginners Colour Wheel Tutorial
Lets get started!!
You will need
Follow along to make your own gorgeous colour sampler.
This is a fun way to paint a colour sampler.
There are more formal methods to painting a colour sampler, but I quite enjoy the freedom of this more intuitive approach.
Begin with a colour, fill your first area.
I have started with Yellow.
As you move to each new area, make subtle changes in the last colour you used by adding tiny amounts of the next colour on the colour wheel.
You can make these any pattern, any size.
The aim is to experience colour and feeling an awareness in your sensitivity towards the subtle shifts in colour.
The more you practice exercises like this the more cohesive and natural your paintings will look. Your ability to intuitive choose the right colours for your subject will improve.
This makes a gorgeous painting!
And it’s fun!
The pattern I have used here is based on the Seed of Life, with Geometric divisions.
You can learn how to draw that here
The Seed Of Life Drawing Tutorial
Easily Draw Perfect Geometric Patterns Tutorial
And if you are ready to take this to a new level ... checkout the Watercolour Feather Painting Tutorial for another fun easy painting project.
The final Feather of our three in this series.
Remember how we started?
(check out the previous Tutorial)
For this design you will need
To finish these of I trim the feather shape leaving 5mm of white paper around them.
Then I individually laminate them.
And your done!
I hope you had fun!
Go ahead and try different colours.
I love doing the rainbow.
Try combining the different techniques from these tutorials for so many unique and interesting designs.
If you love these, but would rather have me make them for you, please check out my Etsy shop here
Please feel free to ask me any questions and share your creations with me in the comments below...
Happy Painting lovely friends
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My name is Joni and I am a full time Artist in New Plymouth, a small city situated between the sea and Mt Taranaki.
With my very understanding Husband, patient children and all our weird and wonderful pets we enjoy a quite life filled with good vibes, good food and a lot of Love.
I love teaching art and enabling others to pursue their creative dreams! I hope I can inspire you too.