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    Illustration of the flowers and leaves


Stained Glass Irises -  Steps 1 through 5

  • Paint the top petals
  • Paint the bottom petals
  • Paint the dark shadow shapes
  • Paint the yellow shapes
  • Paint the leaves
  • Image showing steps 1 through 5 completed


Before you begin painting, check to see that all of the graphite lines from your drawing are visible on your watercolor paper. Redraw any lines that are faint, and remove any graphite smears or smudges with your kneaded eraser.

If you are already familiar with watercolor painting, feel free to skip over this next part and start with Step 1.

If you are new to watercolor, start by tracing several different petal and leaf shapes onto your scrap pieces of 300-lb. paper. After you make your puddle of watercolor for Step 1, practice your painting techniques  first  on the scrap pieces of paper.


Paint the Irises and the Leaves
 
Step 1

Paint the top petals.

close-up of a watercolor brush painting a top petal on an iris
 
demonstrating how to paint the top petals on all the irises
Mix color

[  1  ]
 
  Paint the iris at the top first.

Fully load your clean watercolor brush with [ 1 ] and paint a petal at the top of the iris using the controlled wash technique as shown in the photograph.

Let that dry.

Fully load your watercolor brush again and paint the next petal at the top of the iris in the same manner. Continue until all the top petals on both irises have been painted. Let that dry. Rinse out your watercolor brush in clean water and blot well.

 
Step 2

Paint the bottom petals.
close-up of a watercolor brush painting a bottom petal on an iris
 
demonstrating how to paint the bottom petals on all the irises
Mix color

[  2  ]
  Paint the iris at the top first.

Fully load your clean watercolor brush with [ 2 ] and paint a petal at the bottom of the iris using the controlled wash technique as shown in the photograph.

Let that dry.

Continue painting until all the bottom petals on both irises have been painted.
With [ 2 ] still in your watercolor brush, paint the small top section of the iris bud. Let that dry. Rinse out your watercolor brush in clean water and blot well.

 
Step 3

Paint the dark shadows.
close-up of a watercolor brush painting a shadow shape on an iris
 
demonstrating how to paint the shadow shapes on the irises
Mix color

[  3  ]
  Paint all the dark shadow shapes on the lower petals, starting with the iris at the top.

Load your clean watercolor brush with [ 3 ] and paint the small shape as shown in the photograph.

Let that dry.

Continue painting until all the dark shadow shapes on both irises have been painted. With [ 3 ] still in your watercolor brush, paint the two small sections of the iris bud. Let that dry. Rinse out your watercolor brush in clean water and blot well.

 
Step 4

Paint the yellow shapes.
close-up of a watercolor brush painting a yellow shape on an iris
 
demonstrating how to paint the yellow shapes on the irises
Mix color

[  4  ]
  Load your clean watercolor brush with [ 4 ] and, starting with the iris at the top, paint the small yellow shape as shown in the photograph.

Let that dry.

Continue painting until all the yellow shapes on both irises have been painted. Let dry. Rinse out your watercolor brush in clean water and blot well.

 
Step 5

Paint the leaves.
close-up of a watercolor brush painting a leaf
 
demonstrating how to paint the leaves
Mix colors

[ 5 ]
[ 6 ]
[ 7 ]
  Paint the tall leaf on the left side of the top iris first.

Fully load your clean watercolor brush with [ 5 ] and paint the top section of the leaf.

Let that dry.

Fully load your watercolor brush with [ 5 ] again, and starting below the iris petal, continue to paint with [ 5 ] as far as the sample below shows you to. Rinse out your watercolor brush and blot well.

Fully load your watercolor brush with [ 6 ] and, using the charging technique, charge [ 6 ] into [ 5 ]. Paint with this color combination as far as shown. Rinse out your watercolor brush and blot well.

Fully load your brush with [ 7 ] and charge [ 7 ] into [ 6 ]. Finish painting the leaf with [ 7 ].

Continue painting the leaves using the color squares and the sample below to help guide you on which colors to use. Let each leaf dry before painting the next one.

Steps 1 through 5   -  completed
 


When you have finished painting
Steps 1 through 5,
your painting will look like this.
image showing the flowers and leaves painted
   




 
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