watercolor blooms

Easy Watercolor Blooms: How to Smudge Watercolor Paints Step by Step

Easy watercolor blooms: how to smudge watercolor paints step by step. Watercolor blooms are the best tasks to try if you start with watercolor paint. You will learn the basics quickly and soon create your beautiful paintings.

Watercolor blooms are accessible and highly satisfying to paint. You can paint so many different flowers, from roses and poppies to primroses and geraniums. When you start painting, you may find it helpful to have flowers in front of you or find it easier to work from photos.

You can paint realistic flowers (although it takes a little practice) or wider watercolor blooms, which are faster and look more like illustrations in appearance. Experiment and see what works for you! You begin to develop your painting style and learn what works for you. And you may also check our more pencil sketches. 

You can use your simple watercolor floral paintings to decorate your journals, make cards for friends, or display them as artwork on your wall. The whole process is deeply relaxing and an excellent way to spend an evening or afternoon.

How to paint loose watercolor blooms

You will need

  • watercolor paint
  • watercolor paper
  • brush
  • Photos of flowers to work from (optional)

Total time:

1 hour

Loose watercolor rose

Step 1

For this project, I chose a beautiful shade of light blue. I will stick to one color, so you do not have to worry about different colors fading, and you can focus on your brush stroke. It will be much easier!

Start by creating the center of your flower. Take a rounded brush and paint curved lines to form the center of the rose. Hold the meeting upright so that only the pointed tip is on the paper.

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Step 2

Then wet the brush and continue to create overlapping curved marks around the center of your flower. Hold the meeting upright and paint with the pointed tip.

You can water down the colors to blur the color or wet the brush and dip it in the middle of the last layer. This should guarantee that your bloom is dimmer in the middle and lighter towards the edges. Leave some white spaces between the leaves to look soft and fluffy. It is good when the leaves come together.

Step 3

Dip the round brush into the pot of water and use it to brush the edges of the leaves you have already painted to create broader fuller leaves. Now you can use the side of the brush instead of the tip to pull the colors outward.

Step 4

Let’s paint the leaves now. If you use more than one color, I recommend that you wait for the flower (s) to dry before proceeding with this step.

Mixing two colors can seem very effective if you have chosen your colors well, but your painting can look muddy if you are not careful. It is a good idea to have a kitchen towel on hand to soak up excess water if this happens. Using a color means you do not have to worry about bleeding, so you can go with the sheets right away if you want.

Take a rounded brush and draw two curved lines to create the leaf shape. You can go over it a few times to get the form you want. Try changing the condition of your leaves to make them look more natural. You can use a different shade of blue for the leaves to give a little interest if you want.

Step 5

You can add more other roses to compliment your photo if you like. Odd numbers of clubs always look better than even numbers. Add more leaves in between to make the painting look bound together – it’s good if they bloom in roses while we’re looking for a relaxed look here.

To soften the appearance of the roses, you can return to the middle with a wet brush. Even when the paint is dry, you should activate it again and move it around with the meeting.

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At this point, you can add more detail to your painting or clean it up a bit, but I advise you not to do too much as this style of painting is intentionally very fluid and natural. If it examines a little ragged about the edges, that’s fine – that’s what makes this style of painting so appealing.

Loose watercolor peonies

Step 1

Begin by making the instead coating of petals. I permanently used magenta to paint the outer leaves and switched to permanent pink for the inner leaves. The anterior petals are more expansive, and the petals at the edges should be narrower and bent inwards.

Step 2

Then add some smaller permanent rose petals to the top of your flower.

Step 3

Finally, dip a little cadmium yellow in the middle. You can do this while the petals are still wet so that the colors merge or wait for them to dry. Peonies come in all colors, so experiment to see what colors you like.

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We hope you enjoyed learning how to smear loose watercolor blooms! Experiment with the examples we have provided and enjoy creating your beautiful watercolor.

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