Monochromatic Watercolor Flower: A Lesson In Hue

Monochromatic Watercolor Flower: A Lesson In Hue

Come experiment with wet on wet watercolor techniques, using one color of paint, in this monochromatic watercolor flower tutorial. You will be able to explore the depth of a value of watercolor while learning how to layer and add dimension.

Today’s tutorial really gives us the opportunity to see all we can do with one color.

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  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Watercolor Paper:
  • TPL Round 6 Brush:
  • TPL Round 2 Brush:
  • Quinacridone Rose by Daniel Smith - or any color of your choice:

Monochromatic Watercolor Flower Video Tutorial:

Step 1: Sketch Some Petals 

Using your pencil, draw a zoomed in image of what you think a flower would look like.  

Remember, this is supposed to be a fun exercise so don’t think too much about what your petals should look like, simpler can be better. 

Try and have at least three layers of petals to work with, similar to my example.


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Step 2: Using the Wet - on - Wet Watercolor Technique Fill a Petal with Pigment

With a size 6 brush that just has water on it, fill in a petal, making sure to stay within the lines of the pencil marks. 

Load the brush with pigment and add to the base of the petal. With a clean brush gently push the watercolor bloom to fill the entire petal, adding more water if needed.

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Step 3: Repeat in Center of Flower

This will allow the petal some time to dry. 

Monochromatic Watercolor Tutorial

Step 4: Fill Other Petals Using Wet - on - Wet Technique

 Carefully repeat Step 2 with the remainder of the petals making sure to not touch your brush to any wet part in another petal or your color will bleed.

 Once dry remove pencil marks.

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Step 5: Use Wet - on - Dry Watercolor Technique to Add Dimension

With wet number 2 brush get a concentrated amount of your color and outline all of your petals.

You can add further dimension by adding lines to the inside of your petals simply by following the shape of the leaves.  

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Step 6: Add Final Touches 

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Like dots in the center of your flower!

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