Mixed Media Flower Drawings Are Pure Springtime On a Page

mixed media flowers drawing

If you can’t decide between painting and drawing, ask yourself: why choose? This mixed-media project combines the best of watercolors and colored pencils for the prettiest blooms.

Mixed Media Flowers

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Bristol board or watercolor paper
  • Pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Green watercolor paint
  • Pink watercolor paint
  • Gray watercolor paint
  • Small round paint brush
  • Green colored pencil
  • Blue colored pencil
  • Yellow colored pencil
  • Pink colored pencil
  • Red colored pencil
  • Instructions

    1. Sketch the Flowers

    sketching flowers

    Draw the basic outline of your flowers on watercolor paper or Bristol board. Keep these pencil lines light and simple. (Here, we made the lines darker so they’re easier to see in a photo. We lightened them up with an eraser before moving on, and you can do the same if yours end up darker than intended.)

    2. Paint

    watercolor bouquet base

    Now you’re ready for your first watercolor brushstrokes! But don’t load a bunch of pigment all at once — this project is all about layers, layers, layers. You should start with a thin, watered-down base on your stem, leaves and flowers. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to make those colors bolder later!

    3. Add Layers

    layering watercolor bouquet

    After the first wash dries completely, begin adding subtle layers. Using a small round paint brush, mix a couple of shades of gray and add them to the stem and leaves to create shadow and dimension. Remember to let every layer dry completely before you move to the next one, or your colors might run together and your washes may become uneven.

    4. Add Colored Pencil

    layering colored pencil onto flower drawing

    Once you’re happy with your paint layers and they’re completely dry, it’s time to grab your colored pencils. Layer your blue and yellow colored pencils to make green highlights and shadows on the stem and leaves. You can always add a bit of green colored pencil as well if you like the look.

    Pro Tip: When layering colored pencil over your watercolor, use small circular motions. This will allow all of the color already on the paper to blend nicely with the new addition.

    5. Paint the Fine Details

    painting mixed media flower details

    Pick your watercolors back up and use a small round brush to paint the details on the stem and leaves.

    6. Paint the Flowers

    painting mixed media flowers

    After finishing all of the green areas, move on to the flowers. Still using the small pointed brush, mix different values with pigment and water and paint the highlights and shadows. As you add value, the flowers will gain depth and really start taking shape.

    7. Final Details

    colored pencil flowers

    Return to your colored pencils one more time for the final details. As always, remember to let the watercolor paint dry before drawing over it.

    finished mixed media flowers

    Keep refining with pencils until you’re happy with your piece. If you need to go back to your watercolors and tweak the colors, definitely do so! The great thing about this project is that more layers can always be added and don’t have to stick with a certain order.

    Share tips, start a discussion or ask one of our experts or other students a question.

    Make a comment:
    characters remaining

    3 Responses to “Mixed Media Flower Drawings Are Pure Springtime On a Page”

    1. William

      This is something I can get a lot of enjoyment doing.

    2. Patricia Taylor

      <strong>Certainly looks like fun.

    3. Carole Kirby

      Sounds interesting and helpful.