Hello, hello! Today I’m sharing 5 ways to watercolor the newly released Mondo Tulip from Ellen Hutson! Like all the mondo flowers this one is just so fun to color!
I sat down and colored a whole bouquet in no time flat!
I wanted to keep the focus on the flower, so I opted for a clean white base card, then added a little simple detail with the Essential Rectangles for Stitching — I love the look this gives!
One note about watercolor paper — I used Arches for my tulips because I find it easier to control the flow of paint. Canson XL will work just fine — you’ll just get more unpredictable results, which can be fun! I used the Daniel Smith Essentials set for them all.
Now that the basics are out of the way I thought I’d take you on a tour of those tulips!
Here’s a closeup so you can see my favorite one better!
To get this look:
- Work on one petal at a time
- Pre-wet the petal with clean water
- Drop in quinacridone rose on the lower part of the petal, then drop in new gamboge in the upper portion
- For the leaves, pre-mix a green using hansa yellow light and French ultramarine, varying the amount of French ultramarine for shading
I used the same colors on this one, just in different amounts. It’s so cool to watch the watercolors work their magic!
I couldn’t stop trying new ways to color these! On this next one I used quinacridone rose and new gamboge again, only this time I dropped the colors in on the left and right instead of top and bottom.
Last but not least, I had to do with one a trio of single colored blooms!
Which one is your favorite? I’d love to hear!
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