DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings

DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings

It feels like forever since I posted any of my crafts. The truth is, I usually don’t spend much time on crafts in the summer. Warm weather and sunshine seem so rare and precious, I choose them over pretty much everything else. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have any older projects to share! This one came in two parts, and as it often is with my crafts, I started working on it around July last year and then life happened and I got distracted. When I finally completed it, it was… February this year, I think.

Before we get to the project itself, let me just quickly share a little background. As probably many of you did, I picked up some new hobbies and interests over the time spent in lockdowns. One of such new interests are houseplants. I’ve been planning to share a post about all my houseplants for a long time (I went from 3 before covid to almost 50 now), but I haven’t had a chance to get around to doing it yet. This new hobby has spread to other areas of my life though. I have cushions with a botanical print on my sofa, salad spoons in the shape of monstera leaves, curtains with a green leaf print and multiple wall stickers of tropical plants. But apparently, that’s not enough! I had two hooks on the wall above my bed and decided to paint myself some botanical pictures to hang there.

I only have one photo from last summer, when I painted this massive monstera leaf. In case you haven’t spotted yet – I’m by no means a watercolour pro! However, even without great experience and skills, watercolours definitely let you achieve a nice result with minimal effort. Highly recommend to anyone considering painting something for their wall!

DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings
DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings

The second painting was inspired by my huge Areca Palm. I started by sketching the shape of the leaves and then filling them in with the base colour.

DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings
DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings

Next, I added more definition to the leaves by adding some darker green to the tips.

DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings
DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings

Finally, I painted the stem and the picture was finished!

DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings
DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings

I feel like the pictures would be better if they were a size bigger – they get a bit lost on the wall now, in a bedroom with an exceptionally high ceiling. I might make a bigger version in the future, but I’m happy with these for now! These are a size A3, and getting A2 paper and frames is fairly pricey – not to mention that will my attention span, it would take me like 2 years to actually paint such big pictures, ha!

DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings
DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings

I took this photo and it’s only now, a few hours later, that I noticed the picture on the right is a bit skewed. Ouch! Sorry to everyone who can only focus on that detail when looking at the photo below, like me. The painting definitely didn’t seem skewed when I looked at it in real life, thousands of times now probably. But then I never actually get to look at them from this perspective (they’re far above my head level). In case you’re about to ask – I corrected it now!

DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings
DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings

Here’s a little glimpse of how full of plants my flat is, real or fake. Botanical paintings, a ZZ plant on the bedside table and some faux ivy wrapped around the bed frame.

DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings
DIY Botanical Watercolour Paintings
Completed three watercolour bookmarks
Watercolour bookmarks
Completed pink watercolour poppies card between two flower pots
Pink watercolour poppies
Simple DIY flower bookmarks - using the bookmark
Simple DIY flower bookmarks
A painted colourful acrylic gecko on a canvas
Gecko acrylic painting

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