Mini tutorial 5: Watercolour Monstera leaf

For day 5 we’re watercolouring again. I’m going to show you how to paint a monstera leaf!

Today was such a lovely day, the first official day of spring with the sun out in it’s full glory. The ducks were quacking in the canal outside my house and I was sat at my desk in front of the window enjoying the sunshine.

So I wanted to paint something ‘nature-y’ today. To remind ourselves that even though the world seems on pause right now, everything is still flowing and growing around us and we can still enjoy it, be it from behind a window or in our own gardens.

These are the supplies I used today:

The links above link to Van der Linde, which is one of my favourite creative heavens in Amsterdam and they also deliver!

So I explain everything in the video below, but these are the most important things to remember:
– Use separate cups of water for ‘warm’ and ‘cold’ colours
– The first layer is a really light one without a lot of pigment, but don’t make it too wet because you will see puddles and harsh lines once the water dries
– Mop up excess water with a dry brush, keep a paper towel ready to dry your brush
– Wait for the first layer to dry before adding the darker segments of the leaf
– Make the outside lines dark, then fill in the middle with just a dip of water. Again, mop up excess water with a dry brush

I hope you enjoyed this one. If you haven’t signed up for the tutorials in your mailbox yet then you can do so below. Take care!

Lots of love,

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