If you like playing around with watercolours to paint simple paintings, you’ll love this blog post. Today I’m showing you a quick and easy way to paint three types of simple watercolour fruit: a banana, an apple, and a strawberry.
Is that a miniature banana or a giant strawberry? As you can see, I haven’t exactly painted these to scale! Still, this is a fun, quick project for times when you want to paint something but only have ten minutes.
Painting small objects also a great way to practice your watercolour painting. Repetition is often one of the best ways to get the hang of something. And at least with these fruits being so small, you can paint them several times over in a relatively short period of time!
There’s a reason you hear people say “practice makes perfect” so often!
So grab your watercolours, a brush and your sketchbook and let’s paint…
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How To Paint Watercolour Fruit
- Watercolour paints (I used my Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Paint set)
- Watercolour paper (or other thick paper or thin card)
- A small brush
Paint a golden yellow curve that tapers at both ends. While the paint is still wet, blend a little bright green into the top of the curve.
Add a dash of dark brown to the stalk and the bottom end of the banana. Blend a little brown down the centre of the banana, following the curve, and along either edge.
The apple shape is a kind of squashed circle, half of which is green and half of which is red. Green and red will make brown if they’re mixed together, so only blend the colours together enough that there’s not a visible line where they meet. Make the colours slightly darker around the edges and paler across the middle.
Add a little green to some dark brown and paint the stalk of the apple and the little flower at the bottom.
Paint a pale red heart shape resting on its side. Darken the red of the underside of the strawberry to give it a little shape and shadow.
With a mid-green colour, paint the pointy leaves at the top of the strawberry. Add a little bit of a darker green down the right side of each leaf. Add a touch of green to some dark brown and use the very tip of your brush to add lots of tiny dots for the seeds of the strawberry.
And there you have it — a simple tutorial for three kinds of watercolour fruit! Are there any other kinds of fruit you’d like to try painting with watercolours? Let me know in the comments 😊