Fearless Friday, Iris with ink and watercolor pencils

Today we are going to draw and color,

and then turn the drawing into a watercolor painting!

I have this Botanica book that I often get inspiration from

It is full of detailed ink drawings of flowers and plants

It is actually an adult coloring book

A book like this can really help you improve your skills

Copy the drawings and change the compositions,

and add color to make them your own

You can draw them realistically or abstract

Today’s drawing is realistic,

I copied the drawing from the book as closely as I could,

beginning with one petal

And then building from there

It is fun and satisfying to watch the flower come to life

You can download a printable to color here

Have you ever used watercolor pencils?

Watercolor can be scary because you only have limited control,

but with watercolor pencils,

you have the ability to place the color precisely where you want it

then blend it out in a controlled fashion

by the amount of water you apply


I proceeded to add more color, blending as I went…

be careful not to use too much water,

a little goes a long way

Several colors of green pencil on the leaves

Then the greens are blended out with a wet brush

“April Iris” 9″ x 12″ ink & watercolor pencil on mixed media paper

Note: I did use mixed media paper, however it was for dry mixed media only, so when I added water, the paper did warp a bit, so I highly recommend getting a sketchbook or pad that can handle both dry and wet media so you have the option of creating art with anything that strikes your fancy!

Juicy Details

I have several brands of watercolor pencils, Derwent Inktense, Faber Castell, and General Kimberly Watercolor pencils which I used for “Spring Iris”

General Kimberly watercolor pencils blend out really well, and they are very affordable, a 24 color set is available for $25.62 on Amazon here

As with any colored media, I highly recommend making a color chart for reference

The Botanica book I pictured is no longer available but here is a similar book, Bloom, that is available in paper back or spiral bound here

I hope you play around with botanical drawing and watercolor pencils~

Be Fearless!

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23 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Iris with ink and watercolor pencils”
  1. They look stunning! The 2nd one is my absolute favourite.

  2. thefrenchhutch says:

    I loved watching your April Iris come to life from one petal. You are such a gifted artist Jenna! Have a wonderful weekend

  3. The iris is so beautiful, and I love the tiger lily too!

  4. This is fun — I should get out my botanical book — it’s been a long time! I have the Derwent. I don’t usually use them for the whole piece but I use them a lot for tiny spots or for my rough sketch. It’s nice because I can sketch out with either the lightest gray or preferably the color I plan to go with for an area and they just blend in. I should better master using them for the full deal.

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  6. Rita C. says:

    Gorgeous iris! I don’t think mine will bloom this year after transplanting last fall, but I look forward to when they will. Have a great weekend!

  7. Jenna, the iris is stunning! It was fun to watch its development. I agree with Emily, you are definitely a gifted artist.

    It feels like winter returned today😳 Enjoy the weekend!

  8. I love your step by step drawing instructions. Thanks!

  9. hilda5462 says:

    Beautiful Iris, Jenna!!! I have always been fond of botanical art as well as gardening AND bearded Iris!!! so I really enjoyed this one!!

  10. Dee | Grammy's Grid says:

    WOW! You are so talented!! Thanks so much for linking up at the Crafty Creators Link Party 14. Pinned.

  11. Mary says:

    Beautiful Jenna and what a great book for inspiration! ♥

  12. Jill Kuhn says:

    Your iris turned out lovely Jenna! 🌸 I forget to use my watercolor pencils, thanks for the reminder! 😃

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