Hello everyone! Today, I’m starting a new sketchbook and I want to share with you a step-by-step tutorial on how to paint some beautiful and easy Watercolor Pen Flowers. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced painter, this tutorial is fail-proof and fun to do!
What you will need:
- Sketchbook: I recommend using the Strathmore Mixed Media sketchbook, which has a lovely softcover.
- Watercolor pens: I personally use and recommend the Tombow Dual Brush Pens because they are the best watercolor brush pens.
- Pencil and Eraser: You’ll need a mechanical pencil for the initial sketch.
- Paintbrush or Water Brush: I suggest using a round no. 4 or no. 6 paintbrush, or a small water brush for this project.
- Black Pen: A fine-tip pen like the MONO Drawing Pen 03 will be perfect for adding details and writing your name.
Watercolor Pen Flowers Tutorial:
Start by lightly sketching the design you have in mind with a 6H drawing pencil. This step is optional but helps ensure that your flowers are centered on the page.
Begin adding color: Apply the watercolor pen color onto the paper in a flower shape, and then quickly paint over it with water. Keep your paintbrush damp, but not too wet, and use it to drag the color to form petal shapes.
Add different colors and continue painting over them with water carefully. If you add too much water, you may need to wait for the previous color to dry before adding a new one.
Mix a few of your colors directly on the page to create newer tones. This way, you can achieve a wider range of colors using just a few markers.
Finish off the first page of your sketchbook by adding pen lines and writing your name carefully in the center.
9 MORE Watercolor Pen Flowers:
Watercolor Pen Flowers with just 2 colors
For this example, I used only two colors of Dual Brush Pens (#685 and #443) and mixed the colors directly on the paper with my paintbrush. It’s a simple and easy technique, especially when you have limited colors of markers.
Watercolor Pen Flowers with 3 colors
In this case, I utilized a cute 4-inch Field artist sketchbook and the Dual Brush Pen colors #755, #925, and #098.
Watercolor Pen Flowers with 4+ colors
The more colors you add, the more depth and dimension you can bring to your flowers. Here’s a simple floral sketch using brush pen colors #195, #723, #703, and #452.
Feeling blue? Try this Monochromatic Flower Painting technique. I used brush pen colors #491, #493, #403, #452, #535, #528, and #346 to let the blues run into each other and create something whimsical.
Filling a sketchbook page with Watercolor Pen Flowers
One of my favorite ways to relax and destress is to open a blank sketchbook page and simply fill it with easy watercolor pen flowers. The possibilities are endless!
You can also make your flowers as colorful as possible and follow along with my Rainbow Floral Watercolor Tutorial.
For added inspiration, try adding a simple quote to your page using the Watercolor Quote Art Step-by-Step Colorful Tutorial.
Large Loose Watercolor Pen Flowers
For a larger canvas, I recommend using an 11 by 15-inch paper and a large round 8 paintbrush. Here, I used the colors #126, #847, #526, #993, and #761.
In my YouTube video below, I share 7 steps that I follow for all of my simple watercolor floral paintings. You can watch the video to see me paint a total of 10 simple watercolor florals from start to finish. These ideas are applicable to any floral illustration and serve as a great starting point.
To see my painting process in action, check out my full-length YouTube video on my channel.
ALSO READ: WHAT IS THE BEST PAPER FOR TOMBOW BRUSH PENS?
Lastly, I invite you to get to know me a little better. I’m Smitha, and I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. Painting florals in my sketchbook brings me so much joy. I love creating something beautiful with just my hands, and capturing it all on camera. Read more about me on my blog.
Thank you for joining me today! If you found this tutorial helpful, please share it with a friend or on social media. Tag me @smithakatti #smithakatti—I’d love to see your creations!
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