Watercolor tropical leaf tutorial
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Hey you! It’s Zakkiya of Inkstruck Studio and I’m back with another fun watercolor tutorial. Did you happen to have a look at my watercolor floral wreath tutorial? Well this post will going to be about watercolors but we’ll learn how to create a watercolor tropical leaf. Excited? I am, so let’s get learning! Plus you can download this as a freebie from my blog. Yay!
Watercolor Tropical Leaf Tutorial
Materials required for watercolor tropical leaf:
- Watercolor paper
- Watercolor paints- I recommend Sennelier artist’s watercolors
- Watercolor brushes- I recommend silver black velvet brush in no.8 round
Step 1: Since the pencil marks in my actual drawing is a bit hard to comprehend, I made a simple graphic explaining how to draw a split leaf philodendron which is a type of tropical leaf.
- Draw a heart shape with a central axis first.
- Draw patterns as shown in the image below.
- Draw holes complimenting the pattern next.
- Finally erase the pencil marks on the outer edge where the patterns start.
Step 2: I drew an illustration with three of the above mentioned leaves. Start painting inside the drawing with a mix of Phthalo Green light and Forest green. Fill in one side of the leaf with slight variations of the same green mix. Leave a part of the centre white to depict the vein of the leaf.
Fill in the remaining part of the watercolor tropical leaf and darken it’s stalk.
Step 3: The second leaf falls below the one that’s already painted. You’ll find that this will cast a shadow on this leaf. Darken and blend the areas as shown below. Again keep in mind to leave the centre portion white. Continue with the remaining watercolor tropical leaf. Paint the third leaf in a similar manner.Erase the pencil lines and you’re good to go!
And that’s all it takes to paint a watercolor tropical leaf. Wasn’t that super simple. I’m sure you’d love to give it a go. If you’d like to download the free watercolor tropical leaf as a printable, click on the link or image below.
If you love watercolors and have no idea where to begin, take a look at these basic posts on my blog. You’ll about everything that’s there to watercolors.
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