Free Watercolor Painting Tutorial: Bearded Iris

Evenin’ folks! It officially feels like fall ’round these parts. I watched my son compete in a cross country meet with 7 schools today and it was so chilly (I can’t imagine how all the shorts and tank-topped runners felt) that it must have taken all my energy to keep warm because I zonked out on the couch after dinner! I was chilly all day really, I brewed a pot of tea and put it on my coffee-cup warmer while I worked in my studio and drank cup after cup of raspberry zinger. It won’t be long until snow falls…anyway, I’m gonna keep it short tonight (yawn) and share another quick watercolor tutorial:

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I love irises and I filmed a quick video to show you how to draw and paint them. Today we will use a new item, wax, in out painting, nothing fancy, just a hunk of wax like an old candle or white crayon. We will also use my most useful, yet least fancy tool: a piece of cut up credit card. Have a look.

I hope these quick free watercolor tutorials help you discover the fun in watercolor painting. I try to introduce a new technique each time so you can create beautiful paintings while adding to your bag of tricks. If you want to learn more about watercolor or try longer projects please consider one of my PDF printable Learn to Paint With Lindsay painting tutorials. the new Autumn stream tutorial uses the wax technique you learned today.

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Well, I better mosey before I fall asleep at the keyboard. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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25 Responses

  1. Loved this tutorial thank you.

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  2. This is beautiful! Could you contact me via e-mail?

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  3. Exceptional video Lindsay….your iris really looks real!!! TFS!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  4. I LOVE it. A great job in such a short amount of time too.

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  5. This is such a beautiful painting!! I am loving all your tutorials as despite reading about watercolour in loads of art books and going along to demos etc at my local art club I never ‘got’ how to watercolour until I started watching your demos and think I am going to have to purchase some from your shop. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.

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  6. nice video – what kind of pen is that? Looks like a brush pen of some kind

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    • do you mean the marker I sketched with on the scrap? It is a letraset aqua marker. I just wanted something dark to show you how to draw it:)

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  7. suggestion for a future blogpost: could you talk about doing a blog? Maybe some of the pitfalls, etc. How to get started, etc. Thanks

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  8. You are amazing !! It looks so easy when you do that !! A piece of cake !!
    I have every thing home to do watercolor painting, And you know what ?? I have never tried it !! Why ???
    Because I am afraid of doing “burk” painting !! You know what I mean hein ?
    After seeing several of your art work I think I’ll give it a try but I am shivering just thinking about it !!! Thanks for giving me the guts.
    Once again great job !!!

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    • who cares if the painting is rubbish? Nobody has to see it unless you want them to, it’s only a piece of paper anyway. If you don’t try you won’t succeed! Give it a try!

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  9. Yes yes I will now !!! After two or three tryings I’ hope it will star getting better. Now I’m all existed about it !!
    Thanks

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  10. Thatt iris is gorgeous. Hope I can do it. It’s my favorite flower.

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  11. Stunning, I haven’t done watercolor since highschool, (45 yr)
    You make me want to try it again. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

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  12. Wonderful 🙂

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  13. You are delightful. Totally hooked on your YouTube and you prompted me to your blog. (See it works). Zany, fun, talented, and through. Bless you for sharing your amazing talents!

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  14. Thumbs up! Wonderful tutorial and thanks so much for sharing….I’m off to find some watercolor supplies!

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  15. Excellent tutorial and it just solved one of my many problems as a beginner of water colour painting. I realized myself that I was overworking it – I’m too used to tole painting I think…but I couldn’t figure out why I had harsh lines and it was because the water was pooling. So, now I know how to correct that. Thanks again for a wonderful lesson. I’m still not ready to post any of my water colouring on my blog but one day I will!

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  16. Beautiful and yes, it looks easy when you paint, not so easy for me but will keep trying. Thanks!!

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  17. This is fabulous!!!! Love your tutorial….one day I will get the courage to try it!!! Thanks for sharing you are truly awesome!

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  18. Thank you for the watercolour videos. It’s great to learn from someone so encouraging and positive!!

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  19. I am always SO excited to see any of your videos, but my thing lately – is watercoloring! Love your teaching methods and your personality! Thanks for being so generous in sharing your talent and knowledge!!! Hugs!

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  20. I LOVE your cards!! I have been painting for last three years, and just found your YouTube demonstrations! I am hooked! I have been having my cards printed and am just now beginning to make some money. I used to do a lot of alcohol ink paintings, not the abstract. Thank you. Love your iris and the cat!

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  21. I just Love your tutorials!!! You make us feel at ease like it’s no problem- “you can do it!!!” Feeling. I’ve painted too all my life, but never with water color. Going along with you makes it easy and Fun!!
    Thank you So much.

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