Watercolor painting tips | Loose Watercolor Flower Card | Big sale at Altenew

by Alex

Hello, friends!

I love to use watercolors and I have been working on improving my skills as a watercolor artist. I think I have a lot to learn… But I’d still like to share my basic tips for painting with watercolors.

Sometimes I prefer to create some flowers intuitively with no sketching and no rules. This is a great art therapy for me. Sometimes I like sketching the flowers I am going to draw to get comfortable with the proportions and shapes. This is also your chance to work out the composition.

After sketching the flowers and deciding on composition, draw the basic outline on watercolor paper. After applying plenty of water to your watercolor paper, you can paint your first watercolor strokes. The key to the good watercolor technique is layers. You should start with a thin layer of watercolor and build up the color with thicker paint each time. Remember to let every layer dry completely before you move on to the next one.

Of all the watercolor tips, maintaining color harmony is one of the most important. Limit your colors to just two or three, particularly in the beginning.

If you don’t have watercolor colors, then try to use your watercolor markers as I did. I scribbled the markers on my glass mat by WE R Memory Keepers and added water to turn the markers inks into the watercolor paint fluid. I drew the floral composition on a piece of watercolor paper.

I used Canson Montval Torchbon 270g/m2 | 125lb Snow Surface. The essential key for this high quality watercolor paper is this ability to easily make corrections. This paper allows corrections even using a simple brush stoke. I think this is a similar paper. The heavier the paper, the better suited it is for watercolor applications. I recommend using paper that is at least 270g/m2 | 125lb.

For this project I used a simple watercolor brush.

By the way, I love these markers. You can blend different shades to produce the hues you want. Their inks blend easily and can continue to be layered and blended after they dried.

After coloring was done, I stamped my oldie sentiment from “Written in Watercolor” stamp set by MFT.

In the end, I added a few sequins for some extra chic look.


  • plan colors before starting to paint
  • use the right paper
  • make a sketch of your future art/card
  • when starting to apply paint, start as light as possible
  • let layers dry
  • saving “white” paper
  • don’t overwork your painting

I am sharing the card to the following challenge gallery:

The Daily Marker Coloring Contest

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That’s all for today. Hope you enjoyed my watercolor card! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day and happy crafting!

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Pri August 25, 2018 - 11:12 pm

These tips are really helpful Alex.Thanks for sharing them.Your card is absolutely amazing.I can’t stop looking at it!!

alex August 26, 2018 - 2:54 pm

Thanks so much for your comment, Pri! I’m happy you like my card and my tips are helpful!!!


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