Watercolour Floral Wreath: DIY

Happy Easter and welcome to my new blog!

This is a place where I will share my thoughts, give V SHOP updates, provide tips and tricks, and more! Today is my first blog about "tips and tricks". It is a Watercolour Floral Wreath DIY. If you follow me on Instagram (@victoriasenges), you will have seen a watercolour print I created last week. After I posted a photo of the final product, I had a lot of questions about how I did it! I am the first one to say that my painting skills are quite amateur. The most painting experience I have includes: sitting at my kitchen counter as a little kid watching "Art Attack" with various paint supplies, trying to replicate what was being shown on the television screen. I have never taken a painting class, but have always had an interest in it. So, as I am now in my twenties, I am bringing out the paint supplies again and trying to learn on the go. I love to draw inspiration from other artists and have found it really helpful to take a look at Pinterest before I begin painting so that I get into the "painting mood". 

Here's a look into my painting process. Maybe it will work for you too and inspire you to give it a try! It's really fun if you have the time and patience to sit down and enjoy it! I find it to be very therapeutic! The first thing you will want to do is get out your painting essentials!

Painting Essentials Include: 1) Watercolour Paper (available at Michaels or other craft stores). 2) Artist's Loft Necessities™ Brown Synthetic Flat and Round Brushes (available at Michaels or other craft stores). 3) Watercolour Paints (available at Michaels or other craft stores). 4) Paper towel to dry your brush between colour changes. 5) Your favourite drink (I had some chamomile tea!) to be there for you take a break from time to time. 6) Some real flowers for inspiration! AND (not pictured) water of course!! So that you can actually paint! ;)

Painting Essentials Include: 1) Watercolour Paper (available at Michaels or other craft stores). 2) Artist's Loft Necessities™ Brown Synthetic Flat and Round Brushes (available at Michaels or other craft stores). 3) Watercolour Paints (available at Michaels or other craft stores). 4) Paper towel to dry your brush between colour changes. 5) Your favourite drink (I had some chamomile tea!) to be there for you take a break from time to time. 6) Some real flowers for inspiration! AND (not pictured) water of course!! So that you can actually paint! ;)

After I get out my painting essentials, I am ready to get going! The first thing I do is lightly trace a circle to outline where the wreath will be. I also make some circles around the wreath to indicate where I want the flowers to be. I strongly suggest doing this, as you can easily get off track while painting without a guide (unless you're already a pro painter!) You can see what this step looks like below:

I always start painting the flowers first. I find it easier to start here because they are usually the main focus of the floral wreath and are the biggest component of the painting. It creates a good guide for when you want to start adding the leaves and extra flowers.

After the flowers are all done, I proceed to adding the leaves around the flowers. This is when it starts to look like it might actually become something pretty! I always get a little scared after I finish painting just the flowers. It never looks like it will turn out in the end - but it usually does, because the more extras you add around the flowers, the better!

Now it's starting to look like it should! After the leaves, I add the branches around to make it look like an actual wreath. I like to add a subtle brown instead of green to add a new colour into the mix! I also added in some red tulips to fill in the gaps.

Then I added some more finishing touches, like the little blue flowers. I'm not exactly sure what they are... but they filled in the space nicely!

After I am all done the painting part, I scan the entire painting and import it into Photoshop. This is how you turn it from a simple painting, into digital art! This is where I am more comfortable... in Photoshop and Illustrator!

After I import it into Photoshop, I trace around the entire wreath and delete all of the paper around it. The checkered boxed around the wreath now mean it is transparent. I also go around to some of the white spaces that I missed with an eraser so that they do not appear in the final product.

Lastly, I manipulate some of the colours in Photoshop to make the colours more vibrant. If you look at the difference below, you will now see that the colours pop, whereas before, it was quite dull. The final product looks a bit more polished. After manipulating the colours, I bring it into Illustrator to convert it into an 8x10 print and add some text! I found this quote on Pinterest and loved it. I chose a watercolour-looking font and eye dropped the colour of the little blue flowers to the text. I always suggest eye dropping colours, this ensures a perfect match up!

And voila! You now have a cute Watercolour Floral Print that you can easily print out and pop in a frame. It adds a little touch of colour to whatever room you put it in. I always suggest finding an inspiring quote so that you can look at it and be reminded of something you can apply to your day!

I hope that you guys enjoyed this first blog post! Let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas for future blog posts. Is there anything that you would like to know about me? Or about design in general? I am open to suggestions! 

Enjoy your Easter weekend with your family and friends! 

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