The following page has the purpose of demonstrating the execution of a floral watercolor.

In fact, I have the intention of showing a few of the steps I use in my work and try to contribute for an exchange of ideas among all artists, beginners or not, and admirers of any artistic expression.

I would like to stress once more that this process is not intended to establish the dos and do nots of the watercolor technique. It is one of the infinite execution possibilities that are offered by this technique.

I have used 2 flat bristled brushes, of 1 and inches, a medium brush with rounded and precise bristles. Paper used was 27 x 37 cm, and weighed 300 grams.

Dyes were in tubes, on the following colors: sepia, burnt Sienna, Indian yellow, deep cadmium yellow, orange red, alizarin crimson, sap green, leaf green (or light olive green), magnesium green, cobalt blue and dark ultramarine blue. As I used my pallet, which has other shades, I might have used, in minimal proportions, some other color. But the basic colors are represented by this list.

And of course, one should not forget the materials for support, such as cleaning cloth or paper for cleaning the brushes, a water container, of approximately 300/400 ml capacity, water must be filtered, small pans for the paints and a pencil for the sketch, even though I have painted this watercolor without a previous sketch.


1. With the paper fixed on the extremities of a wooden board, I rapidly sketched the main flowers. I moistened the paper, and started, with soft movements, to paint the background with Indian yellow, using a 1-inch flat brush.
2. I then added a little deep cadmium yellow and introduced a few strokes of dark ultramarine blue, always with perpendicular or diagonal movements, not invading the flowers' space.


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