DIY Summer Fruit Watercolor Painting
Hi everyone! My name is Avery, I am a young artist and I specialize in colored pencils and paint. Here is a tutorial I made to show you how to make a simple, decorative summer-themed painting using watercolors and liquid chalk markers!
MATERIALS YOU'LL NEED
For this first step, use your pencil to lightly sketch out the shapes of the fruits you’ll be drawing. This is just to map out where you’ll be placing everything on the page.
A strong composition usually entails careful planning, so take your time to decide how you want your painting to look before you begin. It will make the entire process easier if you know where you’re headed with it!
After gently sketching the basic shapes of everything, use an eraser to lighten the sketch you’ve created. Refine your sketch to make the shapes more precise and accurate. By now, you will have completed your sketch!
Fill your brushes up with water. You can squeeze the tube of the brush to let water out while you’re painting. Use the water in the brush to activate the watercolors, and pick out the colors you’ll be using in your painting. I chose to use colors like orange, yellow, green, and red in my artwork, but of course you can choose any colors you would like!
Once you’ve decided on the colors you want to use, it’s time to start filling in some of the fruits with base layers of watercolor. Dilute the watercolor by using more water than pigment. Now, fill in the sketches with the base layers. All you have to do is place the color very generally, and we will add details on top of this later.
What I did was choose two of the fruits to focus on (the orange and the lemon). I did the base layers for those and then used less diluted watercolor to add in shadows and to darken the composition where it needed to be darkened. You can use water or the diluted paint to blend your shadows with the lighter base layer.
Now that you’ve done a couple of the fruits, it’s time to do the base layers for the rest of your painting. Make sure you’re waited for the watercolor you’ve already placed on the paper to dry before continuing, just to be sure nothing gets smudged.
What I did for this step was fill in the strawberries and leaves, similarly to how I did with the orange and lemon. After that, I let everything dry again. Then, I added even more shadows to everything on the page, using the watercolor in its more pigmented form to do so.
Also, feel free to add in some other colors to create these shadows. In the orange, for example, I used a little bit of red for darker shadows. Also, on the leaves, I used a bright yellow in the brighter areas to make it look more 3D.
In this step, what you want to focus on is adding more contrast to your painting. Darken the shadows, but also try to preserve some highlights. To preserve the highlights, avoid layering more watercolors on top of the lighter areas to let the fainter base layer show through. This makes the painting more visually appealing.
In this step, use the liquid chalk markers to add more color to the painting. What I did was use the markers to draw some lines on the edges of the fruits. Then, I used a little bit of water on my brush to blend the marker into the watercolor.
This step is very simple, but it adds a lot of color to everything and brings everything together really nicely. Be sure to use the chalk markers sparingly though; if you overdo it, you may end up losing some of the contrast in your painting.
Once you’ve let everything dry again, you can add small details. I did this using the white liquid chalk marker, which gave the illusion of the fruits being shiny.
All you have to do is draw small dots/short lines in areas where the light would be reflecting off of the fruits, or in places where it’s supposed to be lighter. This is another simple step, but it makes a big difference.
This is the final step! First, be sure to add in any final details you may think are necessary just before you finish up. Now, use a metallic chalk marker to write the word “Summer” (or any other word or phrase you may like to use instead). I chose to write this in a cursive style, and then used the marker to thicken the lines of the letters where it was a downstroke.
This was my final product! You may need to try this project several times just to experiment and figure out how to use different techniques and determine what works best for you. It took me several tries to make a composition i was really happy with, so it’s ok to start over and try something different! I hope this was helpful, and I hope you have an amazing day!