Paint.Stop.Repeat. This was my only mantra for creating this fun watercolor tribal pattern.What I mean is , you can be no watercolor expert and still create fabulous art.That’s how easy this is.Don’t believe me? Have a look at it for yourself!

Learn how to create a watercolor tribal pattern by following this step by step tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

The last few posts on IS has only been about florals hasn’t it?Maybe it was the spring bug that bit me and made me create all things floral.Well, this time around I thought it was time for a bit of change.And when I brainstormed with myself on what I should create for the blog,this watercolor tribal pattern struck me.Fact is,I wanted to create something simple for you this time around.

The only thing that you need to have is a bit of patience and some good music to cut boredom.Repeated patterns can get quite boring and can seem to take ages.Nothing can beat some good music and a cup of your favorite beverage.Without further ado,let’s have a look at the tutorial.

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Materials you’ll need for the watercolor tribal pattern are:-

Step 1:The main elements of a tribal pattern are triangles,squares and lines.These are repeated throughout to create the final product.Simply said,each line has a different shape and each shape is repeated in the line.Let’s start by painting a series of small triangles in the first line.Add a dot on the tip of each triangle as shown.In this pattern,I’ve used only warm colors-mainly yellow,red,brown and black.

 

 

Learn how to create a watercolor tribal pattern by following this step by step tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 2:After finishing the first line, draw the triangles in the opposite direction in the second line.You may divide with short lines in between like I did.I haven’t really measured dimensions or used a scale to draw guidelines. I wanted it to be simple and don’t worry about not having your lines perfect.Imperfect is beautiful !

Learn how to create a watercolor tribal pattern by following this step by step tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 3:In the next few rows, I painted lines in alternating brown and black.When I say, I did so in the next row, you don’t need to do exactly the same. This is just to give you a idea on how to go about creating a watercolor tribal pattern.You can always use your own instinct to paint what works best.And there is no hard and fast rule that you need to use only warm colors. Another splendid combination would be blue,yellow,brown and black.It’s all about what works best for you.You can also add shapes for one line.After the straight lines, I used a diamond shape by adding two triangles.

Learn how to create a watercolor tribal pattern by following this step by step tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Repeat the same pattern in the next row but without filling in with color.The shape that is formed in between the two rows are filled in with color.Add dots in between the diamond shapes.

Learn how to create a watercolor tribal pattern by following this step by step tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 4:In the next row,draw squares alternately.Draw outlines of triangles in between two square shapes.Overlap the square shape with a filled in triangular one.

Learn how to create a watercolor tribal pattern by following this step by step tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio. Learn how to create a watercolor tribal pattern by following this step by step tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Draw lines in alternating colors to cut the pattern and show transition.The next few rows are my favorite part of the painting.Paint lines creating an almost chevron shape.Paint smaller triangles inside.

Learn how to create a watercolor tribal pattern by following this step by step tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

The next few rows are a series of dots and dashes that you can paint to create a beautiful pattern.Like I said, just go with your gut feeling.Continue creating shapes.

Learn how to create a watercolor tribal pattern by following this step by step tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

To be honest,at this point I just wanted to finish the pattern.Repeating the same can be a bit tedious.

Learn how to create a watercolor tribal pattern by following this step by step tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

 

And viola,you’ve created a pretty looking watercolor tribal pattern.Wasn’t that easy although time consuming?I’m sure you’re going to love the result!

Learn how to create a watercolor tribal pattern by following this step by step tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.Learn how to create a watercolor tribal pattern by following this step by step tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

What do you think?

Tell me what your favorite combination would be to create a watercolor tribal pattern such as this?I had an Instagram friend recently tell me that this would look perfect as a throw.What do you think it would look pretty as?I’m thinking phone cases,pillow covers and rugs!

Thanks for being here !Much love to you all.x