May 2019: Tips and Tricks for Florals

Painting by Lynne Baur of purple and white irises on a dark turquoise background
Some tips for creating bold, lively florals in watercolor.

No more teeny timid lonely blossoms floating in a mishmash of streaky, muddy color. In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s take a look at some tips for creating bold, lively florals in watercolor. We’ll talk about design tricks that help you handle out-of-focus, wet-in-wet backgrounds, tips for using a variety of types of edges to suggest depth and give the illusion of petal and foliage textures and how to create a sense of light falling on or glowing through leaves and petals. 

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