If you're looking to create a hand painted sentiment for your loved one on Valentine's day, you've come to the right place. Learn to paint a heart-shaped watercolor floral painting in this tutorial. Let's go!
Watercolor florals hold a very special place in my heart. My flower paintings have given me opportunities to create one of a kind pieces for clients. In today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you a heart shaped watercolor floral painting with easy roses and leaves. If you’re part of “The Inkstruck Club“, you may have already received a free worksheet on painting easy watercolor roses. If you’re not, you can sign up below and you’ll be able to access the freebies page from where you can download it.
Step 1: Draw a simple heart shape using a pencil very lightly. Start by painting a flower following the shape of the heart. For the rose, start with the center painting using semi-circular motions layering them alternately. Once you reach the middle, rinse out your brush slightly and paint slightly thicker strokes in the same way. As you reach the end, press your brush harder to make thicker strokes.
Step 2: Continue painting the watercolor roses in the floral watercolor painting the same way varying the size of the flowers to create interest. Here I stuck to the usual colors of reds, oranges and pinks.
Step 3: Continue painting the flowers, some in clusters of three and some two leaving space in between so that you can fill it in with leaves.
Step 4: Once you paint a number of watercolor roses, start adding the leaves in between following one direction. Paint clusters of leaves as though they are emerging from the flowers. Once you do this, you’ll have an idea on how to proceed with the heart watercolor floral painting to understand how many more flowers you’ll need.
Step 5: Once you’ve filled up the leaves between the existing roses, paint more roses in clusters.
Step 6: Fill in the remaining space with leaves and vines. You’ll notice how the slight difference in shape and color gives dimension to the painting. The contrast between the green and warm colors of the roses also gives an added effect.
The image below shows the close up the elements so that you can see how the layering of roses has been done.