HOW TO MAKE WATERCOLOR FLOWER WREATHS-PART II

Bored of the ‘ol circular flower wreaths?Worry not because I have the perfect solution for you.In this second installment of watercolor wreaths,learn how you can change its shape to create interest.What are you waiting for?Read on all about it in this watercolor flower wreath tutorial.

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

 

As humble as a watercolor wreath can be, it can be tweaked to make it look unique.My last post on how to make watercolor flower wreaths became such a huge hit that I had to make the second part as soon as I could.I loved seeing all the different wreaths you tried and tagged me at #makeinkstruck on Instagram. I was swooning over all the painted beauties.

The last time I talked about how you can create three different wreaths ranging from easy to difficult. In this post,I’ll be talking about changing the shape of the wreaths to create interest.You will learn three different shapes in oval,heart and square in this tutorial.There are plenty more shapes that you can experiment in.But I stuck to three for this post or else this post would go on forever.Maybe I’ll make another part talking about more shapes.Maybe!

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Materials you will need for this watercolor flower wreath tutorial are ,

Arches watercolor paper
Watercolor paper

Sakura koi watercolor paint
Watercolor paints

Winsor & newton cotman brushes
Watercolor brushes

Palette
Palette

The “Oval” wreath

Step 1:As the name suggests,this wreath is going to be in the shape of an oval.Although you won’t be able to see in the image below,I have an oval guideline in pencil already drawn.I printed out a template and traced it over my watercolor paper by keeping it against the window.If you have one of those fancy light boxes ,you can use that to trace the guideline.Following the shape,paint a bit of the stem and few leaves.

 

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

Now would be a good time to add flowers.I went for a slightly loose style of painting them here.You can use your imagination and paint the flowers in any style.If you’d like to see a time-lapse of a rose I did in this loose style,you may want to head over to my Instagram page and scroll down a few posts.

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

Step 2:This wreath only follows the basic shape of the guideline.I went for a slightly simple wreath here.There isn’t a fixed rule that you must also do so.You can go as complicated as you like.It’s only going to look better.Continue adding leaves and flowers as you progress.As always change the free color of the leaves so that you break monotony.

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

Add a few more smaller flowers in cluster and some more leaves.

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

Changing the size of the flowers,leaves and buds also creates interest.Add a few larger flowers and smaller leaves in between.Continue till you reach the starting point of your wreath.Now wasn’t that simple?

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning. This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

The “Heart” wreath

Step 1:I’m pretty partial to this wreath here.I would say it’s my favorite among the three shapes.As previously explained,I printed out a heart template and traced it over my watercolor paper.I then stylized it a bit.You’ll find out how in the next few steps.The guideline isn’t too visible here.

I used fern-like leaves for this watercolor wreath.I started by painting one stem by following the initial guideline I drew.I painted smaller leaves on either side.After that I painted another stem in the same way but by offsetting it from the earlier one.I also changed the direction and color.

 

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

Then I joined this stem to the initial one and made it continue along the pencil guideline.Now would be a good time to do some stray leaves.(refer image below).Add a few flower buds here and there and join with the stems.

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

Step 2:Continue painting in the same manner along the guideline changing direction and overlapping with other stems.As always changing the color of the green will help show naturality.

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

Keep adding stems and leaves with buds alternating in between.

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

You’ll see here that I’ve extended one of the stems inside the heart shape.Instead of keeping the shape rigid,try playing with shapes.It’s much more fun and the result will be beautiful.Paint similarly on the other side of the heart shape as well.And finally join together to form your finished piece.It’s a bit time consuming but the end result will be worth it.

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

The “Square” shape

Step 1:Draw a quick square shape with the help of a ruler and pencil.Bevel the edges of the shape to cut down on rigidity.Here,instead of following the exact square shape of the guideline,I went around it forming vines with leaves.Again,the flowers here are completely stylized.

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

Continue painting the vines with flowers as you progress.Unlike the heart shape,where I changed directions of the leaves on both sides of the shape,this one is unidirectional.The leaves follow a similar pattern.Moving downwards in  clockwise direction.Make sure to add some stray leaves moving in different directions in between.

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning. This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

After finishing the painting,I had a look at it and wasn’t too happy with the result.It felt incomplete.So, I added more leaves and made the square slightly thicker and fuller.As a result, I got this beautiful floral border.And this floral border sparked another tutorial idea in my mind which you will need to wait for ;).You’ll also see that some of the leaves are lighter than the others.These are the ones that are behind or rather at a farther distance from the eye.Again this is slightly more complicated but it will take you letter time than the heart shape because the leaves are bigger here.

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

And there you have it! Three unique and absolutely stunning watercolor wreaths that resulted by changing the shape.I had so much fun making this watercolor flower wreath tutorial. And what makes me even more happy is the fact that you guys were eagerly waiting for this one and I could finally get around making it for you.

This watercolor flower wreath tutorial will show you how to paint wreaths in different shapes.Step by instructions with photos provided for easy learning.

LEARN WATERCOLOR FLOWER WREATHS PART I HERE

LEARN WATERCOLOR LEAF WREATHS HERE

What do you think?

Tell me your favorite among the three shapes.Like I mentioned, the heart shape is my favorite.What other shapes can you think of?I’ll give a you a little challenge today.Instead of trying out the shapes above,come up with other unique shapes you can think of.Of course, you can give this a go too if you’d like.But let your creativity flow.Send it to me via e-mail on zakkiya@inkstruck.com or tag me on Instagram.

Thanks for sticking around.You’re simply the best!

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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.

12 thoughts on “HOW TO MAKE WATERCOLOR FLOWER WREATHS-PART II

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words.I love when wonderful people like you come to my blog,read my tutorials and tell me you want to try it out.Just makes me very happy.I hope you do try it out 🙂 x

  1. I have to be honest – this looks a bit too complicated for me, BUT, I just love the photo process in your tutorials. It’s fascinating to see it build up 🙂

    1. Haha ! When I look at some other DIYs I find creatives doing on the internet, I feel the same way as you.but then I say to myself that I would never know if I don’t try.Thank you so much for the huge support you give the blog. x

  2. Well, tonight’s treat was watching this tutorial! I really want to try the oval wreath with the pretty flowers that look like something that I could do! Watercolor is so soft and sweet! You are gifted! Thanks so much for this exquisite tutorial!

    1. Thank you Deborah. The oval wreath can be amazing practice. It doesn’t take much time and the bigger flowers help in getting the hang of it. Thanks so much as always for the lovely comment. Let me know if you have any questions.I’ll try my best to answer them for you.Have a lovely weekend. x

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