Fearless Friday, Fast & Loose Watercolor Tulips

Watercolor is always an adventure,

you’re never in complete control,

sometimes it just has a mind of it’s own…

so I just try to embrace the unexpected~

This is a really fun technique to try with watercolor~

Paint a shape, like the shape of a tulip bloom,

with water, and then add a drop of color

I was working on an angled tabletop easel,

so gravity caused the color to sink to the lowest part of the tulip “puddle”

Then I added a dark pink, letting it bleed into the yellow~

Without putting any more paint on the brush,

I made a couple of loose strokes for the top petals

A second tulip was placed below the first,

this time starting with pink

And then adding yellow,

just playing and experimenting, letting the watercolor flow…

Next came 2 yellow tulips, using a lot of yellow in some parts,

and less in others, to indicate the different petals

I painted one more tulip in the center,

using a lot of both colors, and letting the colors mingle

The stems were painted with quick fast strokes

Leaves were added by starting at the stem bottoms

and stroking up and out with a deliberate motion,

using the brush tip to end the leaves with a point

At this point it is technically finished…

But let’s add a little splatter

And maybe a few defining lines…

Which one do you like the best?

Plain, splatter, or splatter & line?

Have fun and Be Fearless!

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30 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Fast & Loose Watercolor Tulips”
  1. Martha says:

    Gorgeous Jenna! I think I like splatter and line the best, but they are all beautiful.

  2. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, your tulips are beautiful and have me dreaming of spring! I hope you have a blessed day and wonderful weekend! Take care!

  3. Love the freedom of the pink/yellow blend. SO pretty. I’ve always been a big fan of the splatter technique although I don’t always do it well. It takes a while! to get it right! This is so cheerful and happy!

  4. So beautiful! Spring cheerfulness.

  5. R. Moreno says:

    Oh, happy day! What delicate, sweet blooms to wake up to this morning! I love the splatter and lines one the best, but they all sing “Spring” and new beginnings! Thank you , Jenna!

  6. Oh how I love these tulips. I wasn’t sure about the splatter, but it looks great and completes it!

  7. You’ve captured tulip grace! And you make it look and sound so easy! But I know you’ve got to start with a sense of artistry. Have a great weekend!

  8. lghiggins says:

    All of them are great, but I like the simple best! I hope those tulips will come to life before too many more months!

  9. pattyanneart says:

    Oh I love all of them! Great technique, Jenna! 💚🌷

  10. Jenna, I love tulips and their way of saying, “you can’t control me in a vase!” I adore all three, I think it depends on my mood 😂 Today, I will choose splatter and lines! Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. How pretty! I love tulips and seeing your painting made me happy. Popped in to visit you from The Best Christmas yet via The Hubbard Home link party.

  12. Mary says:

    Love seeing your creations come to life Jenna! Your splatter effect is the perfect finishing touch! ♥

  13. Kim says:

    Wow – so pretty Jenna. I think I like the splatter and the lines best, but the simplicity of just the watercolor is beautiful too! And you make is look so easy!

  14. LydiaF1963 says:

    I love the splatter and line version overall, but all are very attractive! It was interesting to read your technique. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty, Jenna.

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