If you want to learn how to create a simple but effective rainbow watercolour dandelion artwork to hang on your wall or put in your art journal, this is the post for you! Read on for the full step-by-step tutorial.
If you’ve been a regular reader of the blog, you’ll know I’m really into my watercolour projects at the moment. I’ve also been experimenting a lot (and I mean A LOT) with the technique of making watercolour blooms.
I just love them! They’re so pretty and really versatile. There are sooooo many ways you can use watercolour blooms in your creative projects. And you can create a huge range of effects depending on the colour palette you use. Make the colours strong, make them pale, use complementary colours, use clashing colours… There are so many possibilities.
Anyway, if you want to read more about how to use this technique in your artwork, check out this blog post all about watercolour blooms.
I created a couple of different versions of this project, one with stronger, more vibrant colours and the other with pale colours. I used the same paints in both, but I varied the strength of the colours by using less or more paint. You can see the outcome is quite different in the two examples below.
I also mixed it up a bit when adding the detail to the head of the dandelions. I used a black pen for one and a pencil for the other, just to show a couple of different effects. You could easily use coloured pencils, watercolour pencils or even markers if you wanted. It’s all down to your personal preference.
Now let’s get into the step-by-step instructions to paint your own rainbow watercolour dandelion!
How To Paint A Rainbow Watercolour Dandelion
- Watercolour paper
- Watercolour paints
- A paintbrush (I actually used a Pentel Aquash water brush — so handy for creating watercolour blooms)
- A pencil or pen
Dampen your paintbrush and paint a circle of water onto the paper. Make it the size you want the head of the dandelion to be.
Pick up a little red on your brush, making the paint quite wet. Touch it onto the damp circle on the page. If it doesn’t spread enough, drop a tiny bit more water onto the paper. If it spreads too much, absorb a little water with some kitchen paper.
Repeat step two with the rest of the colours you want in your dandelion. I used a range of rainbow colours.
Leave the paint to dry completely.
Add the stem and some detail to the head of the dandelion. Draw a couple of curved lines for the stem, making them narrower at the top and slightly wider at the bottom.
Next, draw a dot in the centre of the dandelion head and draw lines radiating out from this. Make sure to vary the length of the lines. Add a little dot at the end of each line for the seed.
Now your rainbow watercolour dandelion is all done!