The natural radiance of the camellia flower can be transformed into a watercolour painting suitable for framing and display. This method of painting can deliver striking results with practice, time and patience. Begin the painting process with a full bloom fresh camellia to capture the essence of the flower. Use top-quality watercolour paints, special watercolour paper and sable paintbrushes (all found at art supply stores) throughout the painting process to deliver the best results.
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Things you need
- Digital camera
- Three sable paintbrushes (small, medium and large)
- Watercolour paints
- Watercolour paper
- Scrap watercolour paper
Photograph a fresh camellia flower in full bloom. Crop the photo to fill the frame with the flower. Print the photo for reference during the painting process.
Dip the paintbrushes in water and paint (one at a time), and practicing applying paint to the scrap watercolour paper. Practice combining the paint colours.
Draw light pencil marks on the watercolour paper to determine the placement and composition of the final painting.
Paint the large petals of the camellia with the large paintbrush. Paint the centre of the flower with the medium brush and the flower stamens with the small brush.
Paint the background with the large paintbrush. Add small finishing details with the small paintbrush.
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