I have a sort of love-hate relationship with watercolor paints. I love their soft look and that they dry so quickly. Out of most paints, though, watercolors are the least forgiving. So, I am going to warn you right off the bat that this tutorial is not the easiest and will probably be somewhat challenging if it is your first attempt at water colors. With that being said- who cares what I think and you should definitely give it a go.
That first paragraph sounds a bit pessimistic, so I am going to try to explain why this is a good activity for you to try. This tutorial requires a lot of focus which is fantastic for distracting or quieting a restless mind. The end product is pretty cool looking, too, so there’s that. And if you find that the watercolor paint thing is too difficult or annoying, you can get a similar effect using colored pencils.
After a few tries, it becomes easier and more meditative. I love how focused I get when I start doing it. I lose track of time and just feel calmer. Of course, I get frustrated too. I let myself feel frustrated and then I try again.
- Watercolor Paint
- Water Color Brush
- Watercolor Paper
- Cup For Water
- Paper Towels or Rag (if you’re the eco-conscious type)
- Something Circular or Square Around 2” to Trace
How To Make Your Watercolor Geometric Paintings
- Start by tracing your square or round object on the watercolor paper. Be sure to make as soft a pencil line as you can. Then, trace it again, but overlapping the first one. Then do that a few more times.
- Once you have your tracings, you are going to start painting! Since it is going to be a gradient sort of pattern, you only need to pick one color and just add different amounts of water to get different tones. The first shape you traced will be the lightest tone (it’ll have more water than paint). Then, gradually add a little more paint to each shape, with the last one being the darkest.
- That’s pretty much it.
Now, Here Are Some Tips & Tricks To Getting A Clean, Even Tone Of Color.
- Try not to let the brush tip leave the paper when you’re filling in the shape. Try for a sweeping motion going back and forth as you work your way to the bottom of the shape.
- Once you reach the bottom, you should have a darker water spot. Use a small piece of paper towel or tissue to very lightly soak up or dab that puddle.
- To help with the gradient process, you can premix your colors in a palette. You can use any nonporous surface as a palette, but it’s much easier with an actual purchased palette. As far as “mixing” goes, just have your four or five tones of one color. Just add more to lighten the tone.
- A brush with a pointed tip will make life a lot easier.
Try out different shapes and patterns. Check out some YouTube videos or Pinterest for more tips and tricks for using watercolor paints. Or just use colored pencils. It’s very similar to “adult coloring books”, in that it gives you that zen feel, but this is cheaper.
Now you too can have a love-hate relationship with watercolor paints!
You can find more of Sabrina Shelby’s DIY projects at The Active Koala.
This post was created with the help of Grammarly.