Monday, May 18, 2015

Photos of the Week: Ladybugs

Ladybug on a leaf: growcreative

Have you been seeing any of these little bugs hanging around?  There seem to be way more than usual around here, but that's a good thing!  It gives me more chances to photograph them- up close. Plus, they are good for gardens, right?

Ladybug on a leaf: growcreative

It's a little disconcerting to see a ladybug head-on, but also kinda cool!

Ladybug on a leaf: growcreative
Ladybug on a leaf: growcreative

Thursday, May 14, 2015

How to Paint Watercolor Fruit: Peach

How to paint a peach in watercolor, free template and tutorial by Grow Creative.

And now ladies and gentlemen.......... I give you the last fruit tutorial.  This is actually this simplest fruit of them all.  I didn't use salt on this one because peaches have a softer texture.

Materials:
Peach Template printed on computer paper
5x7 piece of watercolor paper
pencil
paint brush
watercolor paints
cup of water (for rinsing)
paper towels (for blotting in between color changes)


Step 1: Transfer the peach template to your watercolor paper by placing the template under the watercolor paper, holding it up to a lighted window and lightly tracing in pencil.  Trace lightly so the pencil won't show through the paint.

Step 2: Beginning at the bottom of the peach, paint on a slightly tangerine-ish color.  You want the peach to be a little darker on the bottom and get lighter and lighter towards the top.  So you can paint a more straight orange in the middle, and add water to lighten at the top all the way up to the stem.

How to paint a peach in watercolor, free template and tutorial by Grow Creative.

Step 3: Now paint your leaf with a light green/ lime color.  I like working from the outside in so that the colors stay fresh on the edges and mix a little where they meet.

How to paint a peach in watercolor, free template and tutorial by Grow Creative.

Step 4:  We can't leave this peach without any texture, so drop some clean water from your brush onto the leaf and top of the peach (or any other place you would like).

Let it dry and you'll see the awesome backwash effect appear!

How to paint a peach in watercolor, free template and tutorial by Grow Creative.
How to paint a peach in watercolor, free template and tutorial by Grow Creative.

Well that's it for the fruit series!  If you missed the previous tutorials, you can check them out here.
I hope you have fun with these and paint some fruit for your kitchen this summer!  Mine will be hanging in my kitchen- once I have a house that's finished to hang them in :)

How to paint a peach in watercolor, free template and tutorial by Grow Creative.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

How to Paint Watercolor Fruit: Pineapple

Paint a Watercolor Pineapple with this free tutorial and template. By Grow Creative

Alright! It's time to paint a pineapple- the easy way.  This is my favorite fruit of the series, so I hope you like it too!  I've also provided another  free template for your use.


Materials:
Pineapple Template printed on computer paper
5x7 piece of watercolor paper
pencil
paint brush
watercolor paints
cup of water (for rinsing)
paper towels (for blotting in between color changes)
White crayon or pencil
ruler

Step 1: Transfer the pineapple template to your watercolor paper by placing the template under the watercolor paper, holding it up to a lighted window and lightly tracing in pencil.  It's important to keep the pencil light so it doesn't show through the paint later on.

Step 2:  You need to create some vertical criss-cross lines on the body of the pineapple.  For this you'll use a white crayon to create a wax resist- meaning when you paint over the crayon, the wax will resist or repel the paint, leaving those lines white.

So grab a ruler, draw vertical lines on direction, then flip it around and go the opposite direction so that the lines cross each other.

Paint a Watercolor Pineapple with this free tutorial and template. By Grow Creative

Step 3: Now it's time to paint!  I find it works well to start with the top of the pineapple and work down.  Adding variations of greens in the leaves and variations of yellows and golds in the body of the fruit give it a lot more interest.  

Paint a Watercolor Pineapple with this free tutorial and template. By Grow Creative

I love watching the crayon resist the paint!  It's like magic!

Paint a Watercolor Pineapple with this free tutorial and template. By Grow Creative

All done! 

Watercolor Pineapple: Grow Creative

We still have one fruit left to learn how to paint for the series.... so check back later this week!