What you are about to read is a series that has been a long time dream of mine. About a year ago I was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be cool to create a watercolor coloring book?”
I hadn’t seen on that was anything like what I was envisioning. Most coloring sheets have lots of details, and tick, bold lines.
I wanted to create something different. Something that would have thin, minimal guide lines. That way you still know where to paint, but wouldn’t be able to tell that the end product was a coloring sheet.
I also didn’t want a ton of drawn details, because I wanted to encourage people to add elements & have flexibility in their creativity.
Thus my Watercolor Coloring Sheet series was born!
You will find the link to the free downloadable coloring sheet at the bottom of this post.
Also, you can see a video of the painting process for this piece in this post here.
Here are the steps I recommend for the watercolor process.
Step 1. Print out the coloring sheet on watercolor paper. To see the paper I recommend, check out this post.
Next, tape the edges of your paper onto a board.
Use masking fluid (kinda like liquid rubber) to paint in any elements you don’t want the watercolor to colorize. Let dry.
Next, add some layers of color to the water & sky.
After that dries (use a hair dryer between each layer of paint) you can paint in some tree details. You want some background for the gaps in the branches, which is why I recommend painting any background color first.
Next, add several layers of lines to create the mountain. Keep on layering until you like what you’ve created.
Now you can add stars and highlights to the mountains.
After the last step, you should dry your whole piece with an hair blow dryer, and then use an eraser to remove the masking fluid on the moon.
Then you can paint in the moon.
I love the way this piece turned out, and painting the reflection of stars in the water was just another fun excuse to add extra sparkle!
To see the exact colors, tools & supplies used in this tutorial, check out my post on my “Favorite Watercolor Tools & Resources.”
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