Hi, it’s Krista from The Illustrai here with a fun tutorial perfect for summer! Today I’m going to show you how to make these watercolor pineapple party invitations that will be great for any summer bash that you might host. Let’s just get straight into it, so check out the materials you will need below.
- Watercolor Paints – I just used the Reeves set of 24
- Watercolor Paper
- Round Paint Brush – I used a size 9, but it doesn’t really matter what size you use
So the first thing you have to do when making these party invites is to paint your designs of course! Below I will show you how to make a simple pineapple and tropical leaf using watercolors.
How to Paint a Watercolor Pineapple:
For the pineapple, start off by painting an egg shape using a medium yellow. Then add deep yellow splotches over top by dabbing your brush down on the paper. I added this second layer while my first layer of paint was still slightly wet, but not so much so that the paint would spread too much.
Once those layers dry, use a yellow ochre to create a scallop or fish scale pattern over top. The trick with this pattern is to make sure that the “peaks” of one row meet with the “valleys” of the next row. See how when two of the scallops meet together they are on top of one of the peaks? I never have peaks on top of peaks and valleys on top of valleys because the pattern doesn’t look as realistic. Hope that makes sense! For the next step, use the yellow ochre again to add some dashed lines angled upwards around the edge of the pineapple in order to give it that rough, feathered look.
For the last step on the pineapple, create the crown on top by first using a permanent green light color. Make three curved lines that get progressively longer on both the top left and top right side of the pineapple. Then add the longest line in the middle. After that layer dries, use a sap green color to add lines in between each of the previous lines.
That’s it for the pineapple! Next is the tropical leaf. This one is super easy to make!
How to Paint a Watercolor Tropical Leaf:
Basically, all that you do here is put slight pressure down with your brush and drag it. Start with two leaf petals meeting together in a heart shape and then just add single petals downward in a line. To make the leaf more dynamic, I curved the line of leaf petals.
Next, add the opposite leaf petals so that the leaf is symmetrical. Add two small petals meeting together at the bottom. Lastly, paint in the stem going through the middle of the leaf. Simple, right?
So after you paint all of your elements – I recommend painting a bunch and then choosing your favorites – just scan them and open them up in Photoshop to design your watercolor pineapple party invitations.
How to Design Watercolor Pineapple Party Invitations in Photoshop:
To start, select the magic eraser tool and then click on the background (If the magic eraser isn’t already in your tools, right click on the eraser and select it from the menu). This will usually remove everything except your paintings, but you can always use the regular eraser tool to clean up any areas as necessary.
Next, select the lasso tool and draw a rough circle around the object you would like to use. Then copy using “Control + C” or “Command + C.”
Open up a new document to create your invitation. You can use whatever dimensions you would like depending on what size you want your invitations to be. I used 5″ x 7″ for my example. Then paste in your copied element using “Control + V” or “Command + V.” You can copy and paste all of your elements first and then arrange them or just do it as you go.
When you paste your elements into the document, they will probably be a lot larger than you want them to be. To resize them, just select the layer you want and use “Control/Command + T.” A box will appear around your element. While holding down “SHIFT,” drag one of the corners inward to shrink the object. It’s very important to keep holding the SHIFT button because this will keep the object’s proportions when shrinking. Otherwise the object will distort, which you definitely do not want!
So the first thing I did after pasting my leaves was drag a guideline from the ruler on the left until it was in the middle – you will know when its in the middle because it will snap into place. Then I took these two leaves and placed them how I liked on the left side of my guideline. Then, making sure both leaf layers are selected, I held down the “ALT” button and dragged the leaves over to the right side. This will create a duplicate of those two leaves. Next use “Control/Command + T” again and right click your leaves. From the menu, select “Flip Horizontal.” This will make your leaves reflect so that they are facing the opposite direction. Drag them into place so that they are symmetrical.
Then I added my pineapples. I started off with two different pineapples and just duplicated one and resized it smaller. Then I arranged it as you see above so that the largest pineapple was in the middle and behind the other two. Make sure you order your layers to achieve a look of distance. The two pineapples appear to be in front because these two layers are above the other pineapple. Plus, the leaves will always appear behind the pineapples because all of the pineapple layers are above the leaf layers.
Next, I duplicated three more pineapples and sized them down. These I placed in between the other three pineapples.
Once you have all of your layers in the right order, your pineapple design is complete! The last step is just adding in the details of your party with the text tool. Select the text tool from the menu or just use the “T” on your keyboard to bring up the text tool.
I hope you all loved this tutorial. Although it may not seem like it, it really is pretty simple to make, especially if you already have experience in Photoshop. So if you plan on hosting any summer parties, you should definitely give this tutorial a try!