Easy Abstract Watercolor Florals Tutorial. Create this fabulous floral watercolor art in just four simple steps!
Easy Abstract Watercolor Florals Tutorial
Hey everyone! It’s Zakkiya of Inkstruck Studio, and I’m back with a fun tutorial in watercolor. This abstract watercolor florals tutorial post covers the technique of blending along with a fun flower illustration in white to go with it.
So let’s get started!
Materials required for abstract watercolor florals:
- Watercolor paper – I’m using the Arches Watercolor Block in cold press. This post involves a lot of blending and usage of water. Hence a block will help the paper not warp.
- Dr. Ph Martin’s Liquid Watercolors in Viridian Hue, Yellow Ochre, and Turquoise Blue
- White Posca Pen and Dr.Ph Martin’s Bleedproof White Ink
- Princeton Quill Watercolor Brush, size 6
Take an excellent watercolor brush like the Princeton quill which holds a lot of water. This will help you do quick strokes. Take clear water and paint in a swift motion on the paper. The key here is abstract so keep that in mind while putting down the water.
The Dr. Ph Martin’s liquid watercolors come with a dropper, so it’s convenient for a piece like this. Drop random blobs of color and let the watercolor blend on its own. You can tilt the paper around to facilitate the blending process.
Once you have the colors on paper, use the brush to smoothen the edges. You can see how I’m pressing it down to get plenty of color to move about. Since the painting is abstract, you don’t need to bother about it loking the same as this. Since watercolors are spontaneous, it may work differently for you. Once you’re happy with the way it looks, call it done!
Add some coarse salt to the areas that are still wet to form a lovely texture. The salt absorbs the moisture leaving a lovely texture behind. The darker colors will have a more prominent texture that those that are light.
The first image below is when the salt was put and the second image is the texture it leaves behind. To encourage the drying process, use a heat gun or hairdryer.
Now comes the fun bit! Drawing flowers over the underpainting. I like using white Posca pens and Bleedproof white to get amazing whites on watercolor. My post on painting with white on watercolors covers the process elaborately comparing six different materials.
The thicker lines were done in posca pens and the thinner ones with the white ink. Paint your choice of flowers to make a lovely line drawing. I used some simple flowers and leaves to finish this illustration. And that’s it!
Further ideas: Use a black outline to create some more depth. You can also paint landscapes such as a mountainscape. Another idea would be to create an abstract galaxy with gold details to accentuate.
If you like this abstract watercolor florals tutorial, hop over to my blog to check out these tutorials below for more watercolor fun.
As always thanks for stopping by and happy creating!
ZAKKIYA @ INKSTRUCK STUDIO