Thursday, March 6, 2014

Circular Abstract Watercolor Tutorial

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Spring is the time to start bringing some color into your home.  I can't wait for my flowers to bloom for that very reason!  Till then, I'll content myself with some bright watercolors.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Materials:
Coldpress Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paints
Paint Brush
Rinse Water
Masking Tape
Drawing Board or Large piece of Cardboard

Step 1:  Use masking tape to tape your paper to your board along the edges to create a nice border.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Step 2:  Choose your color scheme and mix your colors (about 4 or 5) before you start painting.  This abstract work tends to turn out better if you apply the colors quickly so they blend.  If you are mixing in between applications, the colors won't mix as well.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Step 3:  Near the top and semi-close to the edge of your paper, paint a circle.  The placing of your circle is up to you, but I think it looks better a little off center.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Step 4:  With another color, paint another circle along the circumference of the first circle.  You can leave a little white space here and there.  Let the paint touch in some spots so that it will spread and mix.

Repeat the layers until you have filled your entire paper.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial
Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial
Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Step 5:  Now for the dripping part!  This is totally optional, but it makes it more fun.  To get a cool dripping effect, wet your brush and dab water onto several parts of your painting.  Then hold your painting (still taped to your board) upright and let the water and wet paint drip.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Step 6:  Let it all dry out.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Step 7:  After the painting is completely dry, carefully carefully pull the tape off of your paper.  This is tricky. Masking tape can rip your paper so be extra cautious.

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Project complete...... now hang it up somewhere to be admired :)

Grow Creative: Circular Abstract Watercolor Painting Tutorial

5 comments :

  1. This is pretty...bright and cheery! It's something that even this non-painter might be able to accomplish!

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  2. I love this, Elise! I'm definitely going to give it a try.

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  3. Beautiful, Elise! Love the new header! Have a great weekend.

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  4. So simple yet so striking. Thank you--getting my watercolors out now! I like the new look of your blog also.

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