Tutorial: EASY Watercolor Wreath

watercolor wreath tutorial angelalendz

If you're just starting out with watercolor, or if you're looking for something quick to do over the holidays- this tutorial is perfect for you! You'll need a couple of round watercolor brushes- I used a size 6 and a size 2. You'll also need some "pan" watercolors or a handful of watercolors with many options for greens and blues. These aren't my normal watercolors but they get the job done for this wreath and they're easy (no mixing necessary!).

 

Step 1: Draw a light circle. You want it to be lightly drawn because it should be hidden when you're done.

watercolor wreath step 1 angelalendz

 

Step 2: Add simple holly leaves. They should all appear to be "growing" in the same direction. Some will be on the inside of your lightly drawn circle, and some on the outside.

 

Step 3: Add pine branches. Again, they will all be pointing in the same circular direction. Use your smaller brush for these, and choose a different green for them.

watercolor wreath tutorial angelalendz step 3

 

Step 4: Add more fun leaves! Small rounded leaves, little tufts of pine. Mix up your colors- you can even use a yellow-green or a blue-green.

watercolor wreath tutorial angelalendz step 4

 

Step 5: Layering. This one is technically 2 steps, basically enhancing with layers:

a. paint half of the holly leaves with a darker color (or the same green again).

b. paint more pine needles in your existing branches to make them fuller.

watercolor wreath tutorial angelalendz step 4

Close-up:

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Step 6: Add berries. Leave a white spot on each berry to add dimension and make it pop!

 watercolor wreath tutorial angelalendz step 7