Loose Watercolor Flowers

by | Free Art Lessons

Hello, everybody! Sasha here today. If you don’t know me, I am an artist from Ukraine, who loves art journaling, painting and sketching. I was on Get Messy Creative Team in 2017, and I am thrilled to be back at Get Messy blog to share another tutorial with you.

Since I started sharing my loose watercolor floral painting, many of you left me comments saying that it is not easy for you to let go of control and trust the paint to its magic.

Hopefully, today’s tutorial will give you a chance to relax and loosen up with watercolors. I challenge you to be fearless and experimental. Do not try to fix anything, even if it seems like a disaster. Trust me, when you are done with this painting, you will love all the “mistakes” and “accidents” you had along the way. 😉

Here is what you’ll need:

  • sketchbook/journal/paper of your choice (watercolor or thicker paper is preferable or, at least, use gesso on top of thinner paper)
  • Watercolor palette you have on hand
  • A round watercolor brush (I am using number 8, a bigger size brush, but choose what you are comfortable with)
  • A jar of clean water
  • A good mood and an open mind

Action steps:

  1. Mix a few lighter colors and ly the first layer of your flowers
  2. Mix darker colors and create darker petals by putting your dark colors on the previous layer while it is still wet.
  3. Try mixing your own greens. Try blue+yellow in different proportions – this will give bright, yellowish, fresh greens. You can also add some red, blue, siena into your existing green color to tone it down and make a more earthy color. Experiment!
  4. Add a few leaves, herbs, berries, twigs to make the painting more lively.
  5. Try painting both bigger and smaller flowers in one “bouquet”.
  6. Let loose!

Please, tag me @sasha_zeen if you share your work on Instagram, I would love to see it!


Sasha is a freelance online English teacher from Ukraine, currently residing in Poland. She has been creative since very young age being raised in the family of photographers and actors. Sasha is a classic example of a “scanner” personality and often tries new creative things.