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How to paint layered petals with watercolors

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With patience and practice, watercolor artist and art tutorial YouTuber Jay Lee Painting demonstrates how to create flowers with layered petals. Using water to diffuse the watercolor paints helps create a delicate, weightless effect. Drying the painting between layers increases their transparent qualities.

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This layered petals technique can be applied to different kinds of flowers with any color, or even multiple colors. Or why not try it with other plants and objects: Leaves, wings, fabrics, glass, and more. This second petal layers video, below, demonstrates with different species and colors.

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Find @jayleepainting on Instagram and YouTube.

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