In the US, Mother’s Day falls on May 12th this year. After giving birth to our daughter on December 28th, this will be my first Mother’s Day as a mom! I wanted to celebrate by creating artwork that can be used as a greeting card as well as wall art! In this week’s tutorial, I share my process on how to paint a watercolor floral initial. All you need is your favorite font, watercolors and some watercolor paper. No prior watercolor floral skills necessary! Read on to see how!

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How to Paint a Watercolor Floral Initial

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Here are the written instructions for how to paint a watercolor floral initial!

  • Begin by printing your initial in black on a sheet of copy paper. Trace the back side using a soft pencil. Place the initial on top of your watercolor paper and trace (or scribble) on the front side using a hard pencil to transfer the initial’s outline.
  • Mix your watercolors. Be sure they aren’t too opaque and practice painting leaves, roses and forget me nots. When comfortable, move to your initial.
  • Paint clusters of roses and forget me nots randomly throughout the initial. Allow to fully dry. Fill in all the white space with leaves that are different colors, sizes, and transparencies.
  • Once dry, paint the centers of your forget me nots and add extra detail if desired to your roses by painting the centers a bit darker.
  • Erase away your pencil marks. Done!


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