Time Required :
About 30 minutes
Beginner
Beginner
You're new to the skills necessary to complete this project, or maybe you've tried them just once or twice before.

summer icon watercolor painting

Want a pretty picture that’ll brighten up your space for summer? Why not make it yourself? It’s super-easy – just use watercolors to paint a simple summer icon like this cute watermelon. We’re here to walk you through each step. Read below, and let’s go!
Step 1
Make a light sketch of your summer icon with a pencil on a sheet of watercolor paper.

TIP: For a watermelon wedge, all you’ll need to sketch is a simple half-circle. The outer, curved border becomes the rind and the inside portion becomes the pink fruit.
Step 2
Wet your paintbrush with water only and run it along the watermelon’s rind. Now, dip your wet brush into the watercolor pan to pick up some of the greencolor, then brush it onto the wet rind area. You can watch the color spread to fill the entire area that you moistened with your brush.

TIP: As you paint, mix different shades of green within the rind to give depth to your painting.
Step 3
Next, take a clean, wet paintbrush and brush water over the inside of the watermelon. As you did with the rind, add reds and pinks from your watercolor pan to this wet area, letting the different colors spread and blend. Once you’re done, let the paint dry. 
Step 4
Your watermelon needs seeds! Use your black watercolor paint to add several within the fruit’s pink interior. There’s no specific order or number, just paint in a few or a lot, until you’re happy with the way your picture looks! Let the seeds dry, too. 
Step 5
Use your brush and the watercolor paints to paint the word "hello" above the watermelon and the word "summer" below. Let these dry, too! 
Step 6
Almost done! Once your illustration is dry, take a quick look and erase any pencil lines that remain. Fruit-tastic! (That means you did great!)
 
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