Botanical, Bursts of Fun!

    Lavender Cherry Blossoms


    Lavender Blossoms

    by Katrina Pete

    12×16 inch watercolor on Arches 300lb cold pressed paper


    My technique for my floral paintings involves a ‘wet-into-wet’ wash of color over damp paper. This is how I achieved the soft background effects. Heavier paper like 300lb Arches works very well with this method. It doesn’t buckle or warp under the wet paint, and remains much flatter than my 140lb paper. I still used tape along the edges and it stayed flat even after the paper dried. I painted a few branches into the wet wash, allowing them to fade a bit into the background. After the first wash dried, I added more layers of detail in the flowers and branches.


    Watercolor Seascape

    I painted this moody misty watercolor seascape using ultramarine blue, crimson lake, aureolin yellow and ochre.

    Ocean Animals, Wild & Free

    Baby Penguins

    Five little baby penguins

    These five little baby penguins were painted on Arches cold press watercolor paper using Davy’s gray, a touch of yellow ochre and a bit of Paynes gray.

    Elephant Paintings

    Elephant Family

    Elephant Family of Three

    I painted this sweet little family of three elephants on Arches hot press watercolor paper. I used a combination on Payne’s gray, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre and ultramarine blue to achieve the varying shades of warm and cool gray tones. This print will be available in January in my Etsy shop.


    Wedding Blossoms

    Watercolor Cherry Blossoms
    by Katrina Pete

    Langton Prestige Cold press watercolor paper
    10×13 inches

    I painted these blossoms as a gift for a dear friend on her wedding day. I’ll post a step by step tutorial soon of my process. The main colors I used were Holbein Quinacridone Violet and Holbein Opera Pink. I also used Burnt Umber, and hints of green using a mixture of indigo and aureolin yellow.The first wash was made with a wet-in wet technique. Once the paper dried, I started painting the flowers and forming shapes using a ‘negative space’ technique. I’ll explain more in my tutorial coming up soon!