Hi, amazing people! I hope the sun is shining brighter while you are starting your day :)
So any New Year's resolutions that you’ve been following? Or have you already broken your resolutions? Or are you just someone who likes to go with the flow? Just like me! That is the best kind, I guess….Hahahaha! No resolutions this year but I’m going to make more time for what I love and enjoy. Taking some time off is much needed.
New year is all about new beginnings and new journeys. You can start one here with me. Your art journey. Start with learning the basics so that you can begin to enjoy the process of creating art. If you are new to the world of art or have long forgotten your old art skills, do not worry. Let’s start with the basics. Simple, quick and fun.
For a busy day like today, I’m going to show you a quick and fun idea to paint. Balancing the time while being productive.
This is an easy one. To make it simple for you, I have listed down all the steps in detail along with the materials needed. You can simply follow through with the process and let your creativity follow. As a beginner, we sometimes worry too much about the results. Remember to let go and most importantly ENJOY!
- Watercolors - I’m using Viviva colorsheets because they’re vibrant and highly pigmented colors. It is best suited for our quick and easy painting. You can use any watercolors you like.
- Waterbrush - A medium tip round brush type. Size 6/8 is idle for it. You can use what you have at home too.
- Color Palette - Viviva Colorsheets come with a color mixing palette. You can use that or any other palette that you have.
- Watercolor paper or Sketchbook - Watercolor intended paper is highly recommended as it can soak in some water and would not buckle up like any other low-quality paper. You can use anything above 200/250gsm (140lbs) and texture of your choice
- Jars of water - One for cleaning your brush and another for adding clean water to your paint.
- A piece of cloth - A piece of cloth or paper towel to wipe off the colors and to clean your brush.
Feel free to substitute the supplies with the ones you already have at home.
And now let’s dive into it -
Take any color of your choice for the Rose(I am taking a deep pink here), and make a small circle on the sheet. Now, take this circle as the center and start making C shapes around it. Layering it from the innermost area of your rose to the outermost. As you move towards the outer layers, gradually increase the size and thickness of the C shapes as shown in the gif below.
Remember to maintain white spaces between the petals of the rose. These spaces naturally add a good depth and highlights to your rose.
Making leaves is a fairly easier process than any other. Draw a line, loosely from the petal of the Rose. And again, draw another line from a little distance on the Rose. Join the ends of the two lines like a triangle. It is very similar to drawing an almond.
Now repeat the above cycle and draw another leaf for the Rose. Remember, you don't have to make it an exact straight line.
Here for leaves, I’m using light green. You can also make the leaves a darker shade if you like.
This is my favourite part. Start by making small round fillers on either side of the Rose. This is similar to making berries on the bush. On one side, I’m using red and on the other side orange.
Quickly make a small circle and next to it another one. Maintaining very little spaces between them but also making them near each other, like a group.
I picked the red-orange combination because both of these deliver warmth and bold energy. The vibrance is clearly visible in the duo. Pick any other color of your choice but remember it should complement the color of your Rose. You can use the color wheel to choose the color combinations.
Now using dark orange color on the top of the Rose, make two little flowers (shown in the picture below). If you want, you can choose any other color as well.
Start by making a crescent shape on top of the Rose. Stretch-out lines from both ends and make tiny lines between the two ends. Fill it with color completely. Refer to the picture below.
THE BLUE COLOR POP
While the paint is not completely dry, use another color over it. This color should be in contrast to the light colors used, I’m adding dark blue color to it. This gives a good color pop to the painting.
Mix dark blue color with clear water in the palette. The ratio of water in the mixture should be slightly more than the color. Once you have mixed it properly, dip the tip of the brush in the dark blue color and gently touch the tip on the small circles on both the sides of the flower.
Do not color it completely to cover the original color. Let the drop be partially settled on the red and orange color, like a puddle during the rainy season.
Now, apply the same blue color to the small flowers on top and leaves at the bottom. The trick is to partially apply blue to the original color and not to cover it completely.
After the color blue is added and dried, make a straight line from the flower. This is for the stem of the leaves. Stretch the line from the top, between the red circles and the Rose, and make tiny leaves on both the sides. You can use the same technique for leaves as mentioned in step 2 (Leaves). These blue color leaves help us to add that extra pop to the painting.
Be careful while making the leaves. Blue paint can be flowy when there is more water to it, and the paint can smudge. To prevent this add more color to the mixture in the palette. This will reduce the water in it and make the paint thick.
At the corner of the sheet, stretch out a line for the stem and make leaves on it. Next to it start making medium sized circles with the red color again. The circles next to it are berries, as made in the earlier step.
While I’m making these with specific colors, you can choose any other color if you wish to.
Voila! It is complete. You have successfully completed this basic, quick and easy technique. Learning with the basics is always the best way to learn. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. Everyone out there who fears they don’t have enough time or think they aren’t artistic enough, this is for you. Keep learning and keep moving.
Please share all your amazing art with me using #vivivacolors on Instagram. I will be back with new and exciting tutorials soon.
See you next time. Stay happy, stay healthy! :)