Tutorial: EASY Prickly Pear Cactus

This watercolor tutorial is super EASY and super FUN! I know you'll enjoy the results (or at least the practice).
Prickly Pear Cactus Watercolor Tutorial angelalendz
 
1) Draw out the shapes of the prickly pear- they are sort of like upside down tear drops. Add some blossoms if you want!
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2) We start painting! Use some lemon yellow to brighten up the middles of each section.
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3) Phthalo blue around the edges- the water-ier, the better.
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4) Add lines of violet around the edges, and blend them with water to soften the lines.
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5) Add a nice watery pink to the blossoms and use violet to add dots where the spines will come from. Notice that the spots go on diagonal lines in a grid-ish pattern.
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6) Add another layer of pink on the shaded parts of the blossoms- you can even add some pink at the places where the pear shapes meet (like a shadow).
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7) Using a small round brush, you will add the spines coming from each purple spot. You can use violet for this- always pull from the center going out, this way the spines will get smaller at the tips. I prefer to pull the brush toward my body with my wrist, so I do all the spines going toward me and then rotate the paper to do the next set of spines.
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8) You're FINISHED! Now you pat yourself on the back.
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