[VIDEO] How to paint a loose watercolour bumblebee

[VIDEO] How to paint a loose watercolour bumblebee

I love painting bees.

Capturing their fuzzy bodies with my watery paint brush and seeing how the paint settles can really bring these fluffy creatures to life.

The textured edges which form, and the inclusion of a pretty purple hue to my bee painting enhances and compliments perfectly. Including some additional splatter paint around my bee shows extra movement and makes a lovely finishing touch.

I’m going to show you how I created this loose watercolour bee.

Come and join me at Nature Studio to take this exciting FREE class, where
I’ll show you how to use a combination of wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry techniques to paint a loose bumble bee.

You’ll be supplied with a line drawing, reference photo and paint list to help you. It’s such a exciting process to watch your bumble bee come to life on the paper!

What you’ll need:

If you don’t have the equipment and paints I recommend, get creative and try with what you have handy.

  • The reference photo supplied – A PDF is provided.
  • HB Pencil
  • Mop paintbrushes – Rosemary & Co Size 0/3 and 10/0
  • Daisy palette (for mixing watery paints)
  • Water bowl
  • Paper towel
  • Watercolour paper (I recommend Arches cold pressed paper 300gsm/140lb).
  • Paints (see colour list below). I use Winsor and Newton paints.

Paint colours needed:

  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Payne’s Gray
  • Quinacridone Violet
  • Winsor Lemon
  • Yellow Ochre

Why not include some pretty flowers to surround your bee? In this journal entry I share with you how they make such beautiful and energetic compositions.

The possibilities are endless.

If you do paint your own Bumble Bee, I’d love to see! You can tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #jenniferrosegallery so I can see how you got on. You can also find me on Facebook.

Love Jennifer Rose xx


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