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01-31-2014, 03:45 PM
A cheerful start to February...painting flowers in vases, and/or flowers on their own.

For this project, please use pen/ink and watercolour washes. There are many possible variations for using this combination:

1. loose outline in ink, with washes painted over the pen lines
2. free flowing colour washes and then ink outlines over the top of the washes.
3. detailed pen drawing with touches of colour here and there.
4. watercolour painting with some pen accents.

Its a good excuse to explore the various techniques.
You can use roller ball waterproof pens, dip pens, and marker pens, etc.
You can use transparent watercolours or perhaps try gouache.

Art by others using these techniques:


Durer- iris


Raoul Dufy- (not sure if he used pen lines or if only used gouache here)


Mondrian -pen and watercolour


Robert Hannaford- wisteria

If you come across other flower artwork by famous artists using pen and wash, please post them in this thread for us to view.

I will upload a few photos for reference next.:D


01-31-2014, 03:49 PM
Photos from the reference library.







These are all from RIL on wetcanvas so free to copy.

If you have any good photos of flowers- preferably in vases- please add them to this thread for us to paint.

01-31-2014, 03:52 PM
Project practical work:

1.paint a vase of flowers in pen and watercolour wash.
Use one of the photos above or any other you may have, or paint a vase of flowers from life.

2. copy a master painting of flowers in this technique, e.g. Durer's iris.

Post your work on this thread for us to enjoy.

Post any interesting links on the topic here too.

Happy painting!!:D ;)

02-01-2014, 07:56 AM
Based on imagination:


Nice project June...will do some from photos.

02-03-2014, 07:50 AM
A lovely start, Janet. Such a cheerful bouquet. Did you use water soluble crayons?

02-03-2014, 12:05 PM
I did. Am I cheating?

02-03-2014, 01:05 PM
The thing is to do line and wash. Traditionally, pen line and watercolours. But with all the new materials...we can play with the concept/ technique. So I think that using watersoluble crayons is not cheating, but rather ...experimenting!! Very nice..


02-03-2014, 02:25 PM
Some photos from wikimedia (copyright free)

02-03-2014, 02:27 PM
Here's a couple of line and wash flowers I did last month. 4 by 6 ins pen and watercolours. Postcard size.

02-04-2014, 01:50 PM
nice work. I hope to do something tonight!.

02-06-2014, 08:53 AM

postcard size.

02-06-2014, 08:53 PM
Nice work thus far. I'll see if I can get around to also contribute something, though if truth be told, flowers in a vase has never been a subject that attracted me much. Somehow cut flowers slowly dying in a vase, their biological purpose unfulfilled, have always struck me as a bit depressing. :-)

02-09-2014, 07:59 AM
Lovely flowers, June. To me, watercolors of flowers seem more alive than thier originals. I know that's strange.

02-15-2014, 09:20 AM

Just a quick one this morning. Geraniums in a watering can. From a WDE ref here I think! A while ago.


02-16-2014, 01:26 PM
These are beautiful paintings June , love those clean washes.
I've two almost finished sketches need to add line will post later.

02-16-2014, 10:52 PM
These are beautiful paintings June , love those clean washes.

I concur - when I work with watercolour, I tend to end up with mud. :-)

02-18-2014, 08:44 PM
Ok , here is my contribution tulips 5x7 and daffs 7x10" both outlined with acrylic ink and then did watercolor. Thanks for looking:)http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2014/979330-IMGmaryam-_Copy.JPG

02-21-2014, 02:34 PM
Maryann - welcome to the classical projects forum. Lovely watercolor. Watery look and lovely forms

Sandra - that bull has alot of character. The little girs is lovely. You got it ! The water really looks like it's falling!! sweet

Brian- 4 X 4 Wow…lots of nice detail . I like the shiny obelisks and the shading on the fron door and the form looks almost like it is breathing, or swaying…..cool

Here's one I did but I am gonna do more with the background soon.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2014/88676-flrs.gif

02-22-2014, 07:09 PM
I added to the backgroundhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2014/88676-flrss.gif

02-24-2014, 01:01 AM
OOPS, I posted my painting in the photo paint along…cause I forgot I did it for this thread!!!…maybe I can move it here.

02-24-2014, 01:11 AM
I had a little trouble obtaining a lilac color for these iris but carried on and enjoyed the process. I think purple is a tricky color to mix up.

03-18-2014, 10:17 AM


I did the pen drawing yesterday. This morning the flower had wilted but luckily I'd taken a phto and so I coloured it from the photo.

I wanted to do flowers from life though: drawing and painting. Next time I'll pick a flower that lasts indoor.:D

03-18-2014, 10:20 AM
Marriam, I love your flower paintings. Those daffodils are expecially 3D looking and so rich in colour. Great work.

Robin, such a wonderful loose drawing and painting. Purple is difficult to mix I think. Depends on which blue and rose colours you pick to mix!! But then again who says the irises have to be purple!!