STYLIZED PAINTING USING STRAWS & WATERCOLOR

Summer is here and so is flamingo love! I don’t know why but I keep seeing flamingos connected to summer everywhere.So I thought why not jump on the bandwagon myself!But there has to be a twist right?So I added straws into the picture.Yes!Learn how to create a stylized painting using straws and watercolor in today’s post.

Learn how to do a stylized painting using straws and watercolor in this flamingo inspired tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

There is little I know about flamingos except that their color is to die for.That pink makes me swoon.What a pretty color for a bird isn’t it?Wouldn’t it be awesome walking around wearing pink everyday having no care whatsoever.I envy animals and birds in that aspect.They don’t need to dress up to look awesome.They’re born awesome.Well by now you may have figured out how extremely lazy I am when it comes to getting out of my PJs.Perks of working at home you see!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’d have noticed that this isn’t the first time I’ve brought straws into the picture.My tutorial on painting a background with straws was so popular, I decided I need to do another one.The concept is the same.Pool some color , take a straw and blow into it in any direction you like.In this case,I used the subject instead of the background for blowing out with the straw.And the result was gorgeous!

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Materials you’ll need for the flamingo painting using straws are:-

  1. Watercolor paper
  2. Watercolor brushes
  3. Watercolor paints
  4. Palette
  5. Straw
  6. Water

Step 1:.Draw a simple outline of a flamingo in pencil.There are a lot of references online.Just choose one that you like and draw.You may trace if you’d like but I wouldn’t suggest it if you’re trying to improve your drawing skills.But if you’re doing this with your kids, you can simply trace and provide them with the drawing.

Learn how to do a stylized painting using straws and watercolor in this flamingo inspired tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 2:Get your color palette ready. For this painting I used the colors:-

These are from the Winsor and Cotman watercolor tube series that I purchased individually.

Learn how to do a stylized painting using straws and watercolor in this flamingo inspired tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 3:Take some “rose madder hue” in your brush and start painting the body of the flamingo.Continue till you reach it’s rear end.At this point I mixed a bit of “mauve” and let it mix on it’s own.

Learn how to do a stylized painting using straws and watercolor in this flamingo inspired tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 4: Pool a good amount of color at the rear end of the flamingo.Blow using a straw in different directions as shown below.Pool in as much color as you’d like and blow out till your happy with the result.Let the different splatters overlap each other to form a static effect.

Learn how to do a stylized painting using straws and watercolor in this flamingo inspired tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Learn how to do a stylized painting using straws and watercolor in this flamingo inspired tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 5: Wait for it to dry.Draw strokes that depict the feathers of the flamingo in the color “rose madder hue”.

Learn how to do a stylized painting using straws and watercolor in this flamingo inspired tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Extend the strokes up till the rear end to finish.Pool some color on the head and blow with the straw.This step is optional.

Learn how to do a stylized painting using straws and watercolor in this flamingo inspired tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 6: Paint the beak of the flamingo using the color ivory black. Notice that the beak isn’t fully covered in black. The part where the beak meets the head is white.

Learn how to do a stylized painting using straws and watercolor in this flamingo inspired tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Paint the legs of the flamingo using the same colors as that of the body. Paint a wash of water to complete the painting. And there you have it ! A fun and easy stylized painting using straws. You can use this technique for any bird/animal of your choice. It’s a good twist from the ordinary watercolor paintings and can make a really cool statement in your house.

Learn how to do a stylized painting using straws and watercolor in this flamingo inspired tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Learn how to do a stylized painting using straws and watercolor in this flamingo inspired tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

What do you think?

Who would have thought straws could create such fabulous results isn’t it ? What animal/bird would you try out this tutorial with? I think a hummingbird with its fabulous rainbow colors would look splendid.

If you have any specific tutorials that you’d want mr to create, please write to me at zakkiya@inkstruck.com or just comment below and I’ll definitely try and create one. Thanks so much for stopping by and as always hashtag with #makeinkstruck on Instagram if you try one of the tutorials out.  Cheers!

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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.

8 thoughts on “STYLIZED PAINTING USING STRAWS & WATERCOLOR

  1. I absolutely love watercolors, but my technique is pretty much stuck back in the 5th grade, when I took my one and only watercolor painting class. Love this tutorial, and I’m inspired to pick up my brushes again–this time to learn and experiment!

    1. Hey Nikki. I’m so glad this tutorial has inspired you to pick up those brushes again. A while ago, I had zero idea about using watercolors and part of why that was because I thought it was way too intimidating. But trust me, it’s such a beautiful medium and the results are gorgeous. So I don’t see no reason why you shouldn’t pick those paint brushes up right away. Have a lovely day !

    1. Make one! Haha, thanks so much. I had so much fun creating this tutorial. Flamingos are so cool isn’t it? Go on lady, pick those brushes up and show me what you got 🙂

    1. Definitely!I had no idea that using straws would put so much fun into a project. I had a blast creating this and I’m sure you will too. Thanks for stopping by Randi 🙂

  2. Cool! I think a porcupine would be fun. Perhaps he’s tried crack (crack kills) or is being chased by a zombie.
    Wild eyes would go great with wild quills!

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