How to Create Mixed Media Flowers
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How to Create Mixed Media Flowers

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Mixed Media Flowers for our Holiday Cards
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Remember when I shared a while back about using the Craftsy printable on drawing faces? How helpful it was?

Well, we’ve been using another one of their free e-guides recently to create mixed media flowers.

Creating Flowers in Mixed Media

The 5 botanical illustration tutorials included are ::

  1. How to Draw a Flower in 4 Simple Steps by Antonella Avogadro
  2. Build a Beautiful Bouquet with Watercolor and Colored Pencils by Antonella Avogadro
  3. Illustrating Flowers with Pen, Ink and Watercolor by Jessie Oleson Moore
  4. Painting Water Lilies in Mixed Media by Sandrine Pelissier
  5. Experimenting with Paper Collage and Acrylic Paint by Sara Barnes
Mixed Media Flowers Tutorial

We skipped over the first two, not because we weren’t interested in depicting realistic flowers, but because the images were too light to see well on our print out (I imagine they show up better on the screen so we might try again later using the iPad).

Mixed Media Flower Art for Holiday Cards

But this time we tried a couple of techniques for creating mixed media flowers that involved combining pen and ink with watercolor paints.

Kids Drawing and Painting Flowers

And love how they turned out!

So much so that we are considering using them for our holiday card this year—either instead of a family photo or together with our family photo.

Since the artwork has been created and the photo hasn’t yet, I’m guessing we might just have this printed on our holiday cards. Or? I’m trying to think of a creative way to combine the two… Any ideas?

Mixed Media Flowers and other kids artwork

By the way, the kids, including our friend Roxy (above) drew and painted flowers and flower trees but also used the same pen and paint techniques to paint other things such as Christmas trees, spiders, and spider webs.

There’s one more tutorial in this e-guide / printable that we haven’t tried yet but would really like to and that’s the one on creating mixed media flowers with acrylic paint over a paper flower collage. Sounds fun and something we haven’t experimented with before. We’ll definitely have to give it a try soon!

Creating Flowers in Mixed Media Craftsy eGuide

If you’d like some ideas for creating flower art or just want some fun mixed media techniques that would work well with any subject, download this e-guide. It’s FREE!

Click here to download your free copy of Creating Flowers in Mixed Media

This is a 24-page guide, valued at $4.99, that you can download and print (or read on a computer / tablet if you prefer).

You may be asked to register with Craftsy which you can do with your name and email address or through Facebook.

They also have some classes on drawing and painting flowers that look worth taking ::

Mixed Media Flowers

This post was sponsored by Craftsy; all opinions expressed are my own.

8 Comments

  • Reply
    Katie Harding
    November 13, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Wow, those turned out great, what a great craft!

  • Reply
    Jeanine
    November 14, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Jean, these are absolutely wonderful creations! Thank you so much for sharing all of your experience with Craftsy, & these lovely inspirational projects we will definitely be mimicking here :D

  • Reply
    Laura
    November 14, 2014 at 6:13 am

    They turned out wonderful! Can you share what kind of ink pens you use for projects like this? Thanks.

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      November 14, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Laura, we used black sharpie pens but I imagine there are a variety of different ones you can use. If you don’t want the lines to bleed when adding watercolor over, you’d want permanent markers. In the guide, one of the tutorials recommends India ink and another just says pen and ink.

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    Maryam
    November 15, 2014 at 9:45 am

    These are lovely! Thank you for sharing this project. I’ve been mulling over a winter-holiday-solstice-watercolor family art project for a bit, and this is very inspiring :)

  • Reply
    Teresa
    November 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I’m a new visitor to your blog and love it. Thank you for finding and sharing this resource.

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