Ok, so now you've got all your bits together, what are you going to draw? I'm no still life artist so I was a little terrified at the thought of the initial sketching part. 

The thing is, you don't know until you start and if you start and it looks nothing like your subject, please don't scrap it and give up. Just concentrate on getting your first lines down with your pencil and you can fix it later.

I chose a pansy, I just typed pansy into Google and a plethora of choices came up. I sketched out a rough outline, rubbed a few sections out and redid them and once I was happy I was ready for the fun stuff!!

WAIT..DON'T PAINT YET. I was happy with my outline and painted it straight away, but I want you to scan yours into your computer first. This way you have the initial pencil outline saved as a template, it's especially useful if you want to replicate your design with more complicated colour options. 

  • Watercolour paints 
  • Brush(es)
  • A plate for mixing
  • Something to hold water
  • ​Some paper (I just used copy paper)
  • A pencil (forgot to photograph!)
  • An eraser (forgot to photograph!)

Don't go mad but I've always associated watercolour with old ladies sat in a field painting the wild flowers. Nothing against old ladies (I'll be one soon enough), fields or wild flowers but it just never appealed to me.

Until last week.....

I watched a pattern design course online and the lady was using watercolours to colour her drawings. Oh my flip I was hooked! I have been hoarding a stash of pretty much everything you will need for any project since childhood so I pulled out my watercolours right there and then. They hadn't even been opened since I bought them!!

 

What now?

Here we go. My Pansies!

You can see the pansy has quite a simple shape so it's super easy to draw. The beauty of using watercolours is that the shading pretty much takes care of itself.

Once your paint has dried you can rub out the pencil lines. 

If you scanned in your original drawing you can now print out a template and make things much more easier for yourself! If you have Photoshop or any other design software then you could duplicate your design across the page, maybe even resize a few across your page. Print this out and then trace over with your pencil.


 

You may notice that some of my fonts, buttons and logo look hand painted. Well guess what? They ARE. I admit this approach to your website's design is not for the impatient, but I loved the end result so much and think it adds a bit more texture and warmth to my pages.

You'll certainly need some design software for this technique. I use Photoshop as it's my best friend (I spend more time with PS than any other 'person' in my life).

Draw, paint and scan your button or text the same as we did with your flowers (or whatever your subject was). Remove as much white as you can and adjust the colours as desired. Save your design as a PNG so it's transparent. Then just upload to your website and use wherever you like ☺

Got the painting bug and want more stuff to do?

So you've finished your painting, how good do you feel, right? But what can you do with it other than display it on your wall?

Well, I did a couple of things with my finished designs. First off, I scanned the painted version into my computer and had a play in Photoshop. I made a floral frame and added one of my favourite quotes. I also put a single flower on a cushion cover too! 

Cushion cover? How do I do that? 

Ever heard of Society6? IT IS BRILLIANT! You can put your own designs on pretty much anything and it's free to join. Duvet covers, mugs, phone cases, laptop covers, T-shirts..... The list goes on.


Right, now it's time to paint!!

How cool does your colour palette look? Remember, you don't need to invest in anything fancy, just take a plate from the kitchen. First off I'd recommend doing a bit of a test on a separate piece of paper. This way you get to know what you're working with, how does the paint mix with the water, how much water do you need, how long does it take to dry etc.  

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What you will need