Hello, friends! This week, I am excited to share a really neat project presented by Krista Orr from Krista Marie Design! I learned some great tips on watercolor painting from her, and am certain that her knowledge will be a real credit for anyone who is trying watercolor painting for the first time!
Krista Orr is a child of God, wife, and mother. She enjoys crafting, reading, and teaching art in her local community. Having recently launched Krista Marie Design, she shares her passions, latest projects, and offers video tutorials and online workshops. You can find Krista on Facebook and Instagram.
Fall Watercolor Painting
If you were to ask me what my favorite season is I don’t think Fall would immediately come to mind. I am more of a summer girl and have always dreaded this time of year because it means all the heat and amazing summer activities must come to an end. It also means freezing cold snow is approaching. I never thought about fall being its own glorious season. It was more of transition days from my beloved summer to the dreaded winter.
Then a friend pointed out how ridiculously ironic I was. In the summer I love to wear my jeans tucked into the boots with a large sweater look. I drink coffee and lattes on my back porch watching the sun come up with a large blanket across my lap. And to top it all off my entire house is decorated with earth tones. Being a photographer this is my most busy time of year. Why the heck didn’t I love fall? So I’ve decided to embrace it this year. I’m diving in head first and keeping my mindset on the joys of this season. I couldn’t wait to do my first fall watercolor painting! I think ya’ll will find it simple and fun.
For this project you’ll need:
Watercolors (I use the Artist Studio brand from Michaels)
Water Brush – I love mine from Fun Stampers Journey
Clear Acrylic Spray Paint
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I started my project by using the lightest yellow in my pallet to sketch out my design. I don’t like to use pencil because it shows through my paint and you can’t erase it after.
When water coloring you want to be sure to start with your lightest colors first. Even if the darker paint has dried it will pull from that color if touched together. I began painting my large yellow leaf on the right. I like to fill the entire image with my base color then come in with my darker accented colors to give shadows and variation.
While my yellow leaf dried I jumped over to the handwritten word. This is one of my favorite techniques when water coloring words. On this technique you’ll start with your darkest color. I prefer
going dark to light because the colors tend to blend together better. I started with my darkest brown for the b. As you begin your next letter you’ll lightly touch where you left off with your last letter. This will blend the two colors together. When I go back for more paint I do not retouch to the darkest color. Just simply continue your letter in the next to lightest color. You’ll continue this for each letter ending with your lightest color. If you have letters that didn’t blend well or you need to darken them you can go back and add more color.
I let my canvas completely dry at this point so that I didn’t smear it when doing the second leaf. Once dried I took the darker red color and began coloring in the left leaf. I started on the far left side and worked my way toward the yellow leaf. Carefully I painted up to the edge of the yellow leaf making sure I didn’t cross over and pull the yellow into my red leaf.
Again, I let the leaf completely dry before adding the brown veins. If you add them too soon they will not come out clean and crisp. They will instead blend into the wet paint behind them. I used my largest brush and splattered yellow, orange, and red around the canvas. I love to splatter! Splattering makes painting super fun.
Last I used a clear acrylic spray to cover my canvas and protect the watercolor from flaking off over time.
I really hope you loved this tutorial! If you’re like me and embracing the fall season hop over to check out my post 12 Simple DIY Fall Crafts.
Thank you so much again, Krista, for sharing this awesome project! I love expanding my repertoire of crafting skills, and this has added to my arsenal and given me a really great piece to make for my home, too! Head over to Krista’s blog for more great projects and inspiration, and connect with her on social media here:
Have you learned something new about watercolor painting? Have you tried in the past and had any colorful mishaps? I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below! Be sure sure to sign up for my newsletter to stay on top of everything happening at Celebrating With The Bug and to receive instant access to my fabulous freebies, too!
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