Summer is really best because of the flowers. They just make the world so bright and colourful. And if you come from a place where the winter season lasts for at least 6 months then seeing greens and blooms will surely make you happy.
So this year we may have [again] over budget with our flower plants. I mean you can’t blame us, they are just so pretty and it’s hard to resist not to plant in our backyard. But we make sure that this time will buy something that will last from spring to fall and not plant from seeds.
Pansy is one of the flowers that we added this year because like petunias they bloom from spring to fall. I admit I am captivated with the beauty of pansies which inspired me to paint them.
How to Paint Pansies in Watercolour
As I always said, we have different ways of painting. Some artists love a realistic one, others may go for loose watercolour. Me, I tend to go in between. I love loose but usually, end up [close] to realistic painting. So here’s how I paint pansies in watercolour.
I also made a video as well on how to paint pansies in watercolour. Enjoy watching!
For my subject, I like to start looking at photos online, but recently I told myself to get inspiration of flowers around me rather than from Pinterest. So from our garden, I took three different colours of pansies.
Paints: Winsor and Newton Transparent Yellow (you can use other yellow watercolour and add more water to get a transparent look), Winsor and Newton Violet, Winsor and Newton Indian Yellow
- Paint the bottom or anterior petal using transparent yellow.
- Applying wet to wet technique, add the violet paint from the center and also on the edge. Let it dry completely.
NOTE: Leave a small space in the center of the flower unpainted.
- Paint the two petals (lateral petals) using transparent yellow.
- Follow #2. Add more violet if desired.
- Then for the last petals (above or posterior petal), I used the violet paint. Layer more violet paint while it is still wet.
- Follow #2 but instead add transparent yellow from the center while the paint is still wet.
- For the center of the flower or the stigma, dab indian yellow paint.
- For the streak of lines on the petals, I used the pointed part of the angle brush and draw lines using the violet paint.
For the next two flowers, the techniques are still the same. The Winsor and Newton paint colours that I used are:
Pansy #2: bismuth yellow and ultramarine violet
Pansy #3: For the yellow petals it is a mixture of bismuth yellow and indian yellow to achieve that yellow-orange colour. And for the red violet part, I mixed alizarin crimson and violet.
NOTE: You can also use your preferred colour.
If you are not into painting but still want to add a fancy pansy art or stationery check my next post on an art technique that you will surely love.