A guide to: Watercolour Floral
“My name is Malgorzata Zdanio, I live and work in Belgium, and I’m a self-taught artist. My style and practice are influenced and inspired by nature, so for me, the translucency, luminosity and pastel qualities of watercolours help bring that inspiration to life. For my floral tutorial I’ve used Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours and brushes.”
It’s time to add some colour! Permanent Rose is a beautiful pink shade to add as a second layer on the flower. I’ll add dimension by colouring one side of each petal with a double layer so it appears darker. To create highlights, I’ll use a clean damp brush to remove some pigment from the paper.
Next, using a flat brush, I’ll add an intense wash of Sap Green mixed with Ultramarine to frame the flower with leaves. A trick I love to use is scratching a bit of the pigment off the paper’s surface in the middle of a leaf. This technique makes the leaves appear a bit rougher and more lifelike.
With a small round brush (Cotman size 1), I’ll paint the delicate lines on the pink petals. As the arrangement continues to take shape, I’ll try and add a few lighter leaves to create a fuller final piece – for these leafy features, I mix Sap Green, Dioxazine Purple, and a touch of Ultramarine.
The center of the flower needs a light wash of Lemon-Yellow hue mixed with Sap Green to imitate the look of fresh petals. I’ll add the same colour in few other places to make my artwork more cohesive. To anchor the flower and paint the stem, I use a saturated wash of Dioxazine Purple with Sap Green.
Formulated for transparency and lightfastness, Cotman Watercolours are accessible without compromising on quality.
Perfect introduction for students, beginners and hobbyists wanting to experiment, hone their skills and work with large quantities of paper.