Wednesday, May 6, 2015

How to Paint Watercolor Fruit: Strawberry

How to Paint a Watercolor Strawberry: Grow Creative

So what do you think?  Was that first fruit tutorial easy enough?

Now it's time to try the strawberry.  It's almost the same as the pear.  Just a different shape and different colors. Here we go!


Materials:
Strawberry 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)
salt- larger salts like Epsom salt and rock salt work best

Step 1: Trace the strawberry template onto the 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: Fill in the strawberry silhouette on your watercolor paper by alternating pinks and reds on the fruit and different shades of greens on the leaves.    Paint the body first, then working from the outside in, paint the leaves.

How to Paint a Watercolor Strawberry: Grow Creative

The colors blend and mix together better when you have more water mixed in with the paint, but don't dilute the paint too much.  Work quickly with the paint.  Don't let it dry out.  You need to keep the paint wet for the next step
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How to Paint a Watercolor Strawberry: Grow Creative

Step 3: Sprinkle the strawberry with salt, then let the paint dry completely. When dry, brush off the salt and you're done!

How to Paint a Watercolor Strawberry: Grow Creative
How to Paint a Watercolor Strawberry: Grow Creative
Watercolor Strawberry

Don't miss the rest of the Watercolor Fruit Series!  We've still got two more tutorials to go!

3 comments :

  1. I can't wait to try this!! I never thought to put a stencil under the watercolor. That's a great idea because I always have issues with my pencil showing through. :)

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  2. awesome! i think i use too much paint. i use the pans. if i use the tubes, how much water should i use and where do i combine the two? on the flat part of the palette?

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