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Spring into Action!

If you're new to watercolour or if you just fancy developing your brush skills, take a look at this new Spring Frame tutorial!

In this watercolour tutorial I will show you how to use the 'direct brush' method to create all of these beautiful Spring flowers and all without a pencil in sight!

Don't panic! This isn't as scary as it might sound. To begin, I will take you through the different brush strokes required to create each of the individual flowers. This will give you lots of opportunity to really develop your brush control and hand-eye co-ordination.

Once you feel confident, you can either create a beautiful Spring frame or why not create a hand painted card using the same techniques. This is such a great tutorial to unleash your creativity as it gives you lots of opportunities to take an idea and just run with it! If you wish, you can develop your own ideas by creating your own design. Why not use a different shape, or adapt the colour theme? You will also have the chance to consider which flowers you would like to include and how you would like them arranged. If you're feeling adventurous, why not take it one step further and develop some of your own simplified flower shapes and add these in too!

A great tip for when you're trying to come up with ideas is to draw some thumbnail sketches. These are small, short sketches with the only aim of getting your ideas out of your head and onto paper. Putting them down will help you to visualize the final look of your composition and will aslo help you to develop more ideas as one idea will often trigger another! You don't have to add any colour ~ but you can if you wish. I always draw mine out using a fine liner pen, which is something I started at college and have just kept going with it. I find it helps as the lines are bolder and you can't waste time erasing the bits you don't like ~ instead you just move onto the next idea!

To you, my squiggles and lines might not look like much ~ and that's ok! But as long as I know what they mean, that's all that matters!

Once your frame design is decided you might also like to add some lettering as I have. Alternatively you could add a quote, the name of a loved one or even the dates of a special anniversary.

I will show you how you can add blended watercolour to your lettering, plus a range of other alternative options you might like to try.

If you would like to find out more about this project, take a look at this short video.

Hope you enjoy this one and Happy Painting!

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