Floral watercolor wreaths tutorial

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It’s Christmas/New Year in about 2 months from now. It’s the time of the year when we start hunting greetings cards for our loved ones. How about this year we make our own? I have come up with these easy tutorials of leafy wreaths to start with. In the following weeks I would share some more easy tutorials to make these lovely personalized cards which will definitely make your special one happy!

I love watercolors as they create this dreamy effect on the paintings. Watercolor wreaths are fun and easy to do and it’s super relaxing too. Firstly, you don’t need to care about blending and mixing in the colors. Secondly, you can use them for for everything – cards, mails, gift tags, book marks, name cards etc.

So let’s start to make a beautiful watercolor leafy wreathe!!First, let us gather the supplies we want to use to paint/draw our wreaths.

Supplies:

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  • Water color set ( I am using Daler Rowny Watercolor sets)
  • Marker ( Gold color)
  • Small fine detailed watercolor brushes {I am using 0 sized fine detailing brush.}
  • Water
  • Palette
  • Water color paper (I am using 140lb cold pressed paper) however since you might not be saturating your paper with too much water, any paper cartridge paper can be used.

Steps:

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  • Start by drawing a circle in the center of the paper/ card using anything round. I used a tape for mine.
  • Next choose the colors, since it is Christmas themed I wanted something green and red to depict the festivity through colors. You can choose any color scheme based on your mood. My colors are: Sap Green, Crimson Red, Viridian Green, and Ultramarine Blue.
  • Try out the floral branches you want to draw around the circle in a separate sheet. I did one style for each color.
  • Start painting the branches from one point of the circle making sure the branches follow the circumference of the circle.
  • After completing the first branch, start the second branch from the center of the first branch.
  • Continue to fill the contour of the circle with repeating branch illustrations
  • Add some gold dots here and there create a glowing effect.
  • Don’t forget to erase the pencil line
  • Tadaa!! Your lovely wreathe is ready.
  • You can write some lovely brush letterings and a nice sweet message in the center of the wreath.

I would make more posts on DIY Festive season cards. Until then create these lovely wreaths and add your magical colors to it. I hope you found this tutorial useful. So get your paintbrushes and go wild creating these lovely colorful illustrations.

Please feel free to share the suggestions in the comments below.

Cheers
Drish

P.S This tutorial is inspired from https://thepostmansknock.com/botanical-watercolor-wreath-tutorial

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