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How to paint ‘perfectly imperfect’ watercolor flowers

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With any kind of watercolor paint and paper, you can create a handful of mini watercolor flowers. This 9-minute demonstration by artist and art tutorial YouTuber Shayda Campbell shows how a few brush strokes can create roses, black-eyed Susans, berries, eucalyptus leaves, and more.

“These mini flowers are the perfect practice subject to build your confidence and get you painting something you’re proud of… Whatever shape emerges when that brush hits the page, just leave it. It’s perfectly imperfect.”

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The video below is a slightly more detailed demonstration with tips on creating 12 different watercolor flowers, including peonies, berries, rosebuds, lavender, and daisies. As with all of Campbell’s tutorials, painting is about fun, play, creativity, and connecting with the natural world…

“I think the key with flowers is keeping it a little strange and a little bit it’s messy because they’re not supposed to look perfect.”

As always, keep practicing until you’re happy with them.

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