FLORAL WATERCOLOR BORDER

Borders are one of those elements that gets overlooked most of the time.Yes,they can be plain and boring.But obviously a little bit of flower power always helps give anything some pizzaz. Learn how to make a beautiful floral watercolor border in today’s tutorial.

Learn how to make a floral watercolor border in this blog post by Inkstruck Studio.

The most beautiful thing about watercolors is that you don’t need a whole lot of colors to create something stunning.One color plus varying amount of water on your brush can create depth and not be boring. Like this pretty floral watercolor border.I used the very simple “prussian blue” for it and the result was gorgeous. After scanning, I added a sweet quote which I plan to print for my LO’s nursery.The best thing about this floral border is that you don’t need to limit to quotes.You can even make a stunning wedding card out of it.Well, if you follow me on Instagram,you’ll be able to see how I turned it into one in the coming days.Let’s get learning shall we?

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Materials required for the floral watercolor border are:-

  1. Winsor & Newton watercolors
  2. Watercolor paper
  3. Palette
  4. Watercolor brushes
  5. Water

Step 1:Prep your workspace with the materials mentioned above. If you’re using watercolor tubes like I did, then just take out the color you plan to use.I’ve used “prussian blue” from the Cotman series here.You may use a pencil to put a guideline of about 2 cm all around the paper.I just eyeballed mine and started painting.You can start with a leaf or a flower or fruit.I started mine with a stem with alternating small leaves.

Learn how to make a floral watercolor border in this blog post by Inkstruck Studio.

Step 2:Continue painting elements of the border.Changing the direction helps create interest.The only thing you need to make sure is that the elements don’t become repeated.

Learn how to make a floral watercolor border in this blog post by Inkstruck Studio.

As you can see in the image below that I’ve increased and reduced the opacity of the color by adding water. This, obviously helps create depth in the painting.

Learn how to make a floral watercolor border in this blog post by Inkstruck Studio.

Step 3: Follow the pattern of your choice till you reach the corner. Now, this part can be quite tricky as you will need to adjust the direction accordingly.You’ll see that I’ve gradually changed the direction of the leaves whiteout making it look abrupt.Slowly change the angle until you find yourself creating the elements perpendicular to the side you’re on.

Learn how to make a floral watercolor border in this blog post by Inkstruck Studio.

Once that happens, you can vary the direction of the elements anyhow you like.It can be quite time consuming if you paint small elements only. Try adding a few larger elements like fruits so that you don’t get bored in the process.

Learn how to make a floral watercolor border in this blog post by Inkstruck Studio.

Learn how to make a floral watercolor border in this blog post by Inkstruck Studio.

 

Step 4: The next few steps are pretty much the same. Just keep continuing to paint until you reach the end. If you decide to go smaller, this would look beautiful as gift tags or place cards in a wedding. Make a blue and white themed wedding? I would just swoon at the decor if I attended a similar one.

Learn how to make a floral watercolor border in this blog post by Inkstruck Studio.

And there you have it, you’re finished floral watercolor border.Was that fun or what?And look how pretty it looks just as it is. Just gorgeous!

Learn how to make a floral watercolor border in this blog post by Inkstruck Studio.

A few detail shots just to give you an idea on how I changed corners and how I varied the opacity.You’ll also be able to see the different elements I’ve used in detail with these shots.

Learn how to make a floral watercolor border in this blog post by Inkstruck Studio. Learn how to make a floral watercolor border in this blog post by Inkstruck Studio.

And here’s the final print version I’ll be using for the nursery.The reason I didn’t write over the main artwork is so that I can re-use it for different purposes. This way, I’ll be able to create the wedding card I mentioned earlier.

Learn how to make a floral watercolor border in this blog post by Inkstruck Studio.

What do you think?

I hope you had fun reading through this floral watercolor border tutorial.What color would you use if you tried this out? I think some bright pink or turquoise would look fab.And what other ideas can you think of other than wedding cards or art prints?Let me know all about below and if you try it out hashtag with #makeinkstruck on Instagram and I’ll be sure to have a peek.Thanks for being here ! x

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About zakkiya hamza @ inkstruck

Zakkiya is the creative blogger and founder of Inkstruck Studio. She’s a self taught artist who let go of her architecture profession to pursue her passion in art. Zakkiya likes to write detailed tutorials in watercolor, calligraphy, and hand lettering. She also teaches watercolor workshops occasionally in Doha where she’s based currently. Other passions include traveling, photography, and basketball.When she’s not working, you can find her cuddling and running around with her toddler boy.

17 thoughts on “FLORAL WATERCOLOR BORDER

    1. Brilliant! I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Please do share it with me . I absolutely love seeing what my readers do with my tutorials. Thanks so much and have a splendid day! x

    1. My pleasure ! It is quite simple but I believe that the simplest things are the best most of the time.Have a nice day and thank you for your lovely words.x

    1. Thank you so much ! I’m so glad you found this tutorial easy to follow.I basically aim at doing just that because not all my readers are experts at the medium.Have a lovely day !x

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