Time Required :
About an hour
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

geometric watercolor plant

Make your own masterpiece, like this Geometric Watercolor Plant! We’ve teamed with Craftsy to show you all the tips and techniques you need to succeed while creating your work of art. Take a look at our video and get started!
Step 1

Project Tip: Keep in mind that you’re creating your own awesome design, not just copying the featured photo. Don’t feel that your artwork needs to be exactly the same as ours – have fun exploring and experimenting!

Begin by making a very light, very loose drawing of your plant. Break down your shapes into the simplest of forms. Once you’ve sketched in a rough outline of the plant form, go back in and draw the final version with a slightly more definitive and final pencil line. 

Step 2
Take a moment to erase any excess pencil lines (the lines and marks that aren’t needed). Next, go over the entire pencil drawing with your eraser to lighten all the lines by about 90%.
Step 3

Time to watercolor! Get out your paints and use them to color your drawing.

TIPS: Have you painted with watercolors before? Here are some tips if you’re just starting out:

   -  When painting with watercolors, you’ll want to work from light to dark, building up your color in multiple layers. So, start with the highlights, or the lightest areas of your drawing; then work on adding layers of color to paint the medium shades. Finish up with the darkest areas, which will require the most layers of color.
   -  Patience is a virtue when using watercolors. Add just a little color at a time, let it dry; then evaluate whether you need additional layers. You can always add more paint later. It’s better to start too light than too dark.
Build your colors in translucent layers to add more depth. This will give you smoother, more natural gradients of color.
   -  As you paint each section, be sure to keep it wet, so the color blends together smoothly. Continue adding water to the area you’re working on, as needed – this will prevent the paint from drying, which will result in layered patches of paint, instead of that smooth color wash you’re aiming for.
Step 4
Once you’re satisfied with your painting’s color, let it dry completely. Then, go back in with black Micron® pens and outline your piece. If you like, draw dots, patterns or geometric elements on your leaves to create additional texture and depth.
Step 5
Now, use white paint to add highlights to your painting.
Step 6

With your pencil, lightly draw a geometric ‘containing-shape’ around your plant. This shape can take whatever form you like so have fun designing it! Once you’re happy with your drawing, ink over the pencil lines with a metallic Sharpie® marker to finalize the geometric shape.

TIP: As you draw with your pencil, remember to keep the lines light so they can be erased easily afterward.

Step 7

Use your pencil to add some more patterns and textures on top of your piece. Again, make this initial drawing very light, so it’ll be easy to erase afterward. Then, ink over your pencil lines with your Micron® pen. When you’re finished, erase the pencil lines once more.

TIPS: 

   -  You don’t want these additional pattern lines to be too dominant, so start with one of your thinner pens. If you decide you’d like to make your lines/shapes thicker, you can always go back and re-draw with a thicker pen.
   -  Use your ruler (or a straight edge) to help make straight, parallel lines.
Step 8
Almost done! To finish, place your artwork in a beautiful frame and hang it on your wall.

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