Paint with flowing watercolours

Painting with flowing watercolour paint is really inspiring and offers a wide variety of techniques and possibilities. You can use different amounts of water or different types of brushes / strokes to vary the finished result. For example, let a water brush “dance” over the paper, watch the way the paint reacts with the paper and the water and let it inspire you on the fly as you work. The end result will be unique and the colours will be bold and vibrant!

Sketch

Sketch out your motif with a graphite pencil.

Use a water brush

Fill a small water brush with water and dip directly into the paint or pour a little of the paint on to a plastic palette. To minimise spillage we recommend that you use pipettes for the paint. Allow the brush to follow the lines of your sketch, dipping the brush in the paint and squeezing the water tank at regular intervals to keep the colour even and the brush moisturised. Rinse the brush thoroughly with water between colour changes.

Different shades

Let different shades of the same colour run into one another. Here we have used two different shades of green. Start by applying the lighter shade over the whole surface area of the leaf and then, before it dries, apply a little of the darker shade in one corner or along one of the edges.

Draw outlines

When the paint has completely dried, use an outline pen to draw around the different parts of your motif. We used two pens with different tip widths and drew our outline in a “sloppy” way rather then too neat as it adds to the effect.

The motif is done

Once you have drawn the outlines around all of the important parts of the motif (leaves, flowers and letters) it is time to decide what you are going to do with the motif. If you like, you can mount it onto a card or maybe you want to make it into a picture for your wall. You decide!

Background

You can use your paint to create beautiful backgrounds. Apply a little water to a sheet of watercolour paper and place it onto the surface you want to fill in with colour. Allow the water to soak into the paper a little and then add a little paint. Apply the different coloured paints in dots or flick them on and then let it flow into each other. Play around and experiment to see what sort of fun and interesting effects you can create. 

Striped background

To create a striped background, start by applying water to the watercolour paper where you want your colour to be. Apply the first colour and then continue adding colours until you have filled the desired area. If you lift up the paper the colours will run into each other to create a fine effect. Again, play around with the technique to find an effect that you like.