Learn how to create an easy Heart Flower Painting using Bombay inks. Great for your sketchbook or wall art.
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Heart Flower Painting step by step:
Step by step photo tutorial showing you how to paint a heart flower painting
Total Time: 45 minutes
1. Lightly sketch out a heart shape
Then, start by mixing white + magenta and marking out the centers of your flowers
2. Paint different flowers
Vary the shape and sizes of your flowers- have some larger than the others and some darker than the others. Mix the red, magenta, and white colors to create different tints for each flower.
3. Add in the leaves
With the green color, start by adding outlines. Then add more smaller leaves and vary the types of leaves and the directions of leaves to bring more interest to the illustration.
4. Add more smaller flowers and leaves
Start filling in heart shape by adding smaller flowers, partial flowers and more leaves
5. Fill in all the white space to define the heart shape
Now, fill in all of the background area of the heart with small green patterns- add lines, dots or any other tiny shapes!
6. Add darker finishing details.
Mix the magenta and green to create a darker shade of color and using a smaller paint brush add details onto each of the leaves and flowers. Then use some of the white and add more details. This creates a nice contrast!
Painting using Bombay inks video:
Pull out your sketchbook and paints and come paint with me! Watch my latest YouTube tutorial – Heart Flower Painting Tutorial using Bombay inks. Click the video box below or head here to watch it on YouTube!
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- The Bombay inks behave basically like liquid watercolors. Except the white and black- which are opaque!
- Try not to dip your paintbrush into the bottle, as this will contaminate the Bombay inks. Instead use a paint dropper.
- Though these Bombay inks are in liquid form, they come highly pigmented. I was highly impressed at how vivid the colors are. A little ink goes a long way.
- Try diluting your inks with water on your palette to create lighter shades.
- If you mix in the White Bombay ink with other colors of the Bombay ink you will create a translucent/ opaque mixture as the white is opaque in nature.
- In step 5, instead of using the green color, you can swap for a black or any other color for a different look.
- While adding outlines to the flowers and leaves, make sure that your first layer of paint is dry or tacky to the touch at least. If the paint is still wet, the outline will bleed.
- For the darker fine details in step 6, switch to a smaller 00 or 1 round paintbrush. If you feel that is too fine of a paintbrush to control- you can switch to a fine black pen instead!
Hi I’m Smitha! I live in Minnesota with my husband and two daughters. You’ll always find me painting florals in my sketchbook. And I love the sheer joy of making something with just my hands! But my bigger love is capturing it all on camera Read more.
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