A watercolor peony bud is one of the easiest flower elements to paint. I absolutely love how much character is has. It is a prequel to the drama that's about to emerge when these beauties bloom.
This mini watercolor tutorial explains the basic steps that you can use while painting a watercolor peony bud. Interestingly, there are different stages of a peony bud and I love this stage the most because they’re beautiful and bulbous and has so much character.
🌈 Step 1: Figure out the base shape. In a watercolor peony bud, the base shape is a circle. Work with or without a pencil attaining the basic shape and then filling up with pigment. Don’t forget to leave white spaces indicating separation of petals. If you make the base layer lighter, you’ll be able to work wet on wet and create interest.
🌈 Step 2 : Kiss the bottom edge of the flower with darker pigment and let the water do its work. DO NOT overwork at this point.
🌈 Step 3 : The sepal(where the flower joins the stem) is as though glued to the flower. Drop in some green pigment and pull it outwards creating leaf shapes on either side of your bud in a radiating manner. Keep it odd and asymmetrical. This creates interest.
🌈 Step 4 : Paint the stem and the leaves of the watercolor peony bud emerging out of it.Add a few nodes to bring our character and so that it doesn’t look flat. Don’t forget to give your leaves a little flair leaving it organic and pleasing to the eye. More about flair under techniques in my highlights.
And that’s it! You’ve just create your very own watercolor peony bud with these simple steps. Thanks for reading! x