Heyyyyy, guys, and welcome back to Art Lab! Today I’m going to show you three super simple and fun techniques for creating art with watercolors. These ideas are great for art-starters, warm-ups, or even as finished pieces. I used ATCs for my canvas, but you can use whatever paper you like (though watercolor paper works the best, if you have it). Also note that you can use watered-down acrylic paint instead of watercolors if you need too.
Alright, let’s do the easiest (and perhaps most fun) first. 🙂
Technique #1: Magic Islands
I discovered this one by accident and I just LOVE doing it!
1. Lay down some plastic wrap and drop some water in one corner. Dip your wet paintbrush in watercolor and mix it into the water.
2. Load up your brush with the diluted paint and splatter it onto the plastic wrap.
3. Lay a paper of some sort on top and smooth it out, then pick it up (obviously 😛 ).
4. Wait for the paint to dry, then trace around the splotches with pen.
5. And you’re done!
I think this technique looks like islands, don’t you? This would be a fun way to make a map:
Technique #2: Bubble Maze
This technique produces a fun and striking result. The translucence of the watercolor lets you see the colors overlap which makes a really neat effect.
1. Start by painting some dots. Overlap them and attach them to other circles so that the colors bleed into each other.
2. Continue adding dots of different colors until the page is mostly filled.
3. Fill in the white areas with black Sharpie or pen. And you’re done!
Technique #3: Splatter Trees
This is a great way to give the impression of leaves without drawing ever single leaf.
1. Splatter different complementary colors (I used fall colors, but you can use whatever you wish) onto your paper. Try to keep it roughly in a tree shape, but don’t worry if the splatters get a little out of control.
2. After the foliage is dry, use a slightly damp brush and brown paint to add in some branches and a trunk. Don’t draw all the branches the tree has, just a few poking out for effect. 😉
3. Add some grass and a few dots of fall color if you’re doing an autumn tree. And you’re done!
And there you go! Three fun and simple ways to make some watercolor art.
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