Watermelon Painting Tutorial with Watercolor & Cool Home Decor ideas
The beautiful combination of red, green and dark spots of watermelon, this sweet summer fruit, has always inspired me. This tutorial is about the two of my Watercolor Watermelon Paintings that I would like to share with you and also encourage you to try the tutorials and paint the watermelons by yourself. Below watermelon paintings are an absolute fun and easy painting idea to do it your self at home. The good news is that you can frame the the original painting and put it on wall in summer time or in winter when you miss summer, once you have your painting you can create the image or photograph of your painting and find a print house to help you with print on home decor products, you can be your DIY home designer, well this makes me excited, I hope you feel the same.
I added the paintings to an stock room pictures to give some suggestions how they will look like when you hang them on the wall. Obviously you can get creative when it comes to your room decoration, you can chose to frame the original painting or have it as a canvas print and etc.
Equipment and Painting Materials you need:
Before we start we need to know what are the needed equipment to make these beautiful watercolor paintings. I would recommend you to use professional painting equipment, it has an important effect on the outcome of your work. Below you can find name or brand of material I use, I have added the picture these products so you can find them in store easier.
What Watercolor Painting colors to use?
I used Schmincke Phthalo blue, Winsor &Newton Yellow Gamboge and St. Petersburg Vermillion red for these painting. I have the habit of painting with the three primary colors and mixed them to get secondary colors. I don’t have green in my pallet, for green parts of these paintings I mixed Phthalo blue and Yellow Gamboge.
What type of watercolor paper to use?
I have used Fabriano Torchon 300 gr (140 lb) for this painting you can also try Fabriano Artistico 100% 300 gr (140 lb).
How large needs to be the size of paper ?
A4 or A5 is good enough for each of these paintings.
What painting brushes to use?
You need round brush size 2,4 and 6.
How long does it take to finished these paintings?
You should be able to finish your art work between 1-3 hours, it really depends how fast you are in painting and drawing.
Step by Step Tutorial: How to Paint Watermelon in Watercolor
Step 1: Draw the outline of watermelons the paper:
The drawing of these watermelon is rather easy, a triangle shape I would recommend not to have very straight and even lines. You can download my Painting Sketch for your reference here, however please make sure you will tag #Mahsa Watercolor in your social media posts to support my works. You can find my Instagram and Facebook page under Mahsa Watercolor.
Step 2: Paint the first red layer of the watermelon
For this painting first you need to make the paper wet, only the the area you want to paint in red, make sure all edges and corners are wet, then pick some red paint and spread on the very top part of your watercolor drawing, make sure your brush is not too wet and not very dry, your brush need to hold good or think amount of red color and once you put it on paper you will see it flows in the water, now make sure you will leave some while spaces areas, dont cover the area completely with red, let he color flow in water by tapping on the paper with your loaded brush. This is actually the fun part of this painting.
Step 3: Paint the first green later of the watermelon
Until the red part gets dry you can start the green area. You will need to shades of green for this area, you can use ready green paints or mix blue and yellow, if you mix blue and yellow just please test the shades on a separate paper to see if you are happy with the mixture, You need to use transparent colors such as BLUE & Yellow other wise you may get muddy color. For the light green you need to us more yellow and for darker green more blue or less yellow. Before putting the color on paper make sure you have tested your mixture on a separate paper and you are happy with the result. If this color mixing is what not make you excited you can use your light green color and darket from Winsor and Newton.
Make sure you will leave some white space between red and green part of these watermelon paintings. First make the rind area wet again, start from bottom section, then load your brush with darker green paint and move across the bottom line from from edge to the other. Once you are done, wash your paint and take some lighter green and paint the top part of rind. Make sure you leave some white space during this process. You touch the paper with your brush on wet paper and guide the paint around but not fully cover whole area with paint. You should let he color and water flow.
Step 4: Paint the Watermelon Dark Seeds
For this step you should make sure your red paint is dried, there are different method to draw dark seeds however for this painting I simply used my uni ball black pen and draw an oval shape seeds with a little while area, but you can mix Blue and x color and load your brush (nearly dry) with a very thick paint, and draw the watermelon seeds.
Step 5: add more layer of red and green paint to Watermelon painting
In this step you can repeat the step 2 and 3 again. In this way you will create a vivid and fresh looking colors on your painting. Please make sure your first layers are completely dry before adding new color.
Step 6: Adding darker details
You can make some darker green and just add some little lines and dots in the bottom of the watermelon. You are ready with your beautiful and cool watercolor paintings.
Now that you have your artwork ready, you can get creative and think about Home decor ideas, I have listed few of them below:
Buy a picture frame and hang your painting on the wall, imagine if you have few different seasonal paintings, with the new season you change your wall decors and frames, or you can frame your painting and give it as a gift.
Print your watercolor design on a large or small canvas and hang it on the wall for this you need to find a reliable store to print your picture on these materials. Below you can find how to take a picture of your paintings. You can have a look at my Art Print Shop page where you can order online,
the same as canvas prints you can use quality print shops to print your design on pillows, blankets, curtain & etc. You can have a look at my Art Print Shop page where you can order online, Below are examples of this Watercolor design on throw pillow. You can have a look at my Art Print Shop page where you can order online,
- WallPaper prints: for this one probably you need to search abit more on a reliable wallpaper print company and provide your design to them to make your own wallpaper prints for your home or office.
- Stationary prints: You can print your own design on envelops, notebooks, calendars & etc. All you need to find right pint shop for that.
- Watercolor Watermelon tattoos: If you are fan of watercolor and tattoos then you may look into creating your own watercolor design and then all you need is to find a tattoo artists that would be happy to have that design for you.
- Phone cases: once you have your desired design in an image format you can ask print stores to print that on your phone cases. Below are the phone cases with my watermelon design, you can order through my Art Print page.
How to take a picture of your watercolor painting?
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