Watercolor Floral Typography Tutorial. Inkstruck Studio is giving us a step-by-step lesson on how to create this stunning typographic watercolor artwork.
Watercolor Floral Typography Tutorial
Hey everyone! I’m Zakkiya, the watercolor artist at Inkstruck Studio and I’m back after a short hiatus. Today, I’m going to show how you can create your very own watercolor florals typography art. Excited? So am I! Let’s get started.
Materials I used for this watercolor floral typography:
- Mijello mission gold watercolors
- Brushes: Princeton Synthetic Sable no. 8 round, Silver Black Velvet brushes no. 8 round, and no. 2 round
- Pebeo masking fluid
- Cheap brush for masking fluid
- Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper, cold pressed
- Rubber cement eraser
Note: You don’t have to use the same materials. Use whatever you have at hand. Also masking fluid is optional, but it will make your life much easier.
Let’s get started!
Trace the word of your choice on watercolor paper. I’m creating the watercolor floral typography using the word “dream.” After tracing, paint inside it using masking fluid. I love the Pebeo masking fluid because it is blue which makes it easy to see. It also doesn’t smell as bad as some other masking fluids. Be sure to allow it to dry before moving onto step two.
Start by painting two prominent floral elements. I kept it simple by adding a generic simple petaled flower. Do you notice how the masking fluid helps me here? I can go over the letters without being careful of the paint seeping.
Next, start building your other elements around it. Add some foliage: big and small, vines and filler elements. Filler elements are the bunch of berries, small flower bunches that you can see in the images to follow.
Some of the flowers seen in the image below are of a lower value than the rest. Value means to lighten the same color so that you can see elements of varying depth.
Coming to the bottom right, you’ll see that the elements here are consistently small or medium in size. That’s because I want the big two flowers to be the focal point. Continue painting details around the word as it seems fit to you. The colors are mostly warm in my illustration because in my mind I want to contrast the word against it.
Look at your illustration from a distance and see whether you’re happy with the composition. Play around to see what works best and when you’re satisfied, allow the painting to dry.
Remove the masking fluid by using the rubber cement eraser. You can use your hand, but the rubber cement eraser is quicker and mess free. You can choose to leave your illustration as it is without painting over the word. But I’ve decided to do otherwise.
Fill in the word using a contrasting color. I love Payne’s grey watercolor because it looks so good on its own! I mixed it with a tiny bit of turquoise blue and filled in the letters. Next, add shadows to the typography by merely using a light value of the same color. And that’s it. The finished watercolor florals typography illustration.
Try another style using these techniques!
Another idea you could try is to paint stars and a tiny moon using white on top of the letters to resemble the night sky. The word dream and the idea will work great together.
If you like this tutorial, hop over to my blog to check out these tutorials below for more watercolor fun.
As always thanks for stopping by! Happy painting!
ZAKKIYA @ INKSTRUCK STUDIO