Hi friends! These days I really felt like drawing some flowers with watercolours, so I went around internet looking for references and in this website pxhere.com (where you can find copyright free pictures), I found this beautiful chrysanthemum that instantly got me.
I share with you part of the process creating the flower. It took me approximately 12 hours of work.
-Paper: Canson Moulin du Roy, 100% cotton, grain satin, Hot pressed (Amazon)
-Watercolors: Sonnet Studio (Amazon) (they are Russian and I love the intense colors that they offer!)
*Porcelain plate (watercolour spreads much better in porcelain, however in plastic plates it tends to group)
PROCESS OF DRAWING A CHRYSANTHEMUM WITH WATERCOLOR
First of all, we create the sketch of the flower in a plain paper. We can make a photocopy of the image reference to make this process easier.
After that, we transfer the drawing to the watercolor paper. Use a HB pencil or similar, as we don’t want to have strong pencil strokes.
Next, you have to stretch the paper. I use tape and a piece of hard cardboard to hold properly the paper.
For this flower, I used wet paint onto dry paper, or wet paint onto an area of dry paint. This technique allows for more control and crisp, defined edges.
With this technique, you slowly build your drawing. We first apply the light layers and progressively we start adding the darkest tones.
Keep constantly your reference image closer to you, as it will help you to define the light and dark areas.
With a bit of patience, the flower is finished.
Once the illustration is finished, I scan it to have it in a digital file. Normally I scan at 600 or 720 ppp, to get a better resolution.
Once scanned, with Photoshop I adjust the levels a bit as the scanner normally drops the colors down.
When the flower is digitalized, I can use it for other projects, such as patterns.
For this example, I assembled a pattern in Photoshop, using my Chrysanthemum flower and a soft pink color as background.
I added some touches with hearts and light clouds to add some texture.
What do you think of the result?