I love the smell of coffee wafting through my house in the mornings. When everyone’s asleep, I sit with my cuppa and enjoy it in peace. In today’s post, I’ve created a watercolor coffee illustration tutorial in simple steps. Enjoy!

Create an wesome watercolor coffee illustration by following this easy to do tutorial - Inkstruck Studio

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Have you heard of my 2018 monthly watercolor challenge. It’s February and this month’s watercolor challenge theme is “Food”. Needless say, I had to include coffee somewhere ! Now I know not everyone is a fan of coffee. So the topic for the last week is “Favorite beverage” and I had to create this watercolor coffee illustration.

Some of the elements I wanted to include was – a quote , coffee cup and some foliage. I also when for a slightly whimsy style here incorporating a banner and vintage teacup in turquoise.

Materials used for watercolor coffee illustration:-

Colors used for watercolor coffee illustration :-

  • Cobalt Turquoise light – W/N
  • Permanent Rose-Mijello Mission
  • Permanent yellow deep-Mijello mission
  • Hooker’s green and sap green-Mijello Mission

Step 1: Start by outlining your illustration in pencil. My illustration has a banner which contains the coffee quote. This wraps around the coffee mug and the foliage elements radiate outwards from it.  Begin the foliage elements from one end radiating outwards.

Step 2: Next, paint the mug with cobalt turquoise light leaving white spaces for the polka dots. Also, paint in the coffee color. I like mine with cream and sweet. How about you?

Step 3: Paint the outline of the border in black. Since I want the banner to be clean, no color has been added inside. The shadow area of the banner is done using vertical lines.

Next, write your favorite coffee quote inside because after all, this is a watercolor coffee illustration.

Create an wesome watercolor coffee illustration by following this easy to do tutorial - Inkstruck Studio

Step 4: The last step of the watercolor coffee illustration is to paint all the foliage around. Add as much as foliage as you’d like. I opted for simple leaves and buds just to keep the entire illustration balanced.

Create an wesome watercolor coffee illustration by following this easy to do tutorial - Inkstruck Studio

And that’s it ! An easy and simple way to approach a watercolor coffee illustration. I hope you try it and have fun.

As always thanks for stopping by. x


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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.

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