How to Paint Simple Watercolor Florals Step by Step in Procreate Tutorial
Hi guys, I’m Kris!
Welcome to this week’s tutorial. Let’s draw together. In this week’s tutorial, we’ll be drawing a watercolor flower composition in Procreate, and I’m sure you can create this too if you follow along all the way to the end of the video. If you feel rushed, don’t worry, just hit pause or rewind to catch up and save this video to your library so you can have some practice in the future if you need it. So today, I’ll be using all free brushes, one is found in procreate, but the other one I’ve made for you, and you can find it in the description below.
And don’t forget, once you’ve finished this entire video to share it on Instagram and tag me in the image as well as the description so I can find your artwork and feature you here in the next draw together video.
So for this video, I’ve made you a free color palette as usual, just in case you’d like to use the exact same colors I’ll be using today. And you can just tap on the link in the video description below, and you’ll find it there along with some other free goodies and links to the shop and all that kind of good stuff as well as that brush I mentioned.
Let’s Get Started
First make a new canvas. It’s just screen size and 300 DPI and sRGB. So let’s start with getting these roses going. So if you just wanna pick the lightest pink here, and I’m gonna go and grab this brush. Now, the free brush I’ve just put into my water folder, you can put it wherever you want, I’m just gonna be using this free brush and this water bleed as well, so I just thought I’d put it there for convenience sake. So what we’re gonna do with this rose is I’m gonna just make my brush about size 15% and have it at a 100% opacity.
So what we’re gonna start with, it’s some… It’s just a little… Well, they’re just lines really, but they are overlapping and curved in a certain way, so let’s go. What you’re gonna do is just go a little C, and then a little interlocking C. So that’s like the start of the little… The close together buds. Now here, you’ll see there’s like a little opening here and an opening there, and every time we see that, we’re gonna cover it with another petal.
So I’m gonna just go with another little petal there. And then there are openings are here and here, so I’m gonna cover them again.
Alright, that’s probably… Maybe one more here. Probably good for the first one. And so we can do another one, and I’m just gonna put it on another layer just so I can move it around when we wanna arrange some things. So again, we’re just gonna do the little interlocking Cs and then just keep going around. I’m putting a little bit of pressure more on the center to make it a little thicker.
Maybe that makes it look a little bit like, on the side. Oops. There. I think that’s good. And then I’m gonna make one more. I think… Yes, let’s see. Maybe I’ll try to make this look a little bit more of a bud type thing. So again, just the interlocking Cs. I’m gonna try to make it a little bit more on its side. Let’s see if this works.
Make The Base
So I’m just trying to make the base… Oh, that would sort of go there. And that kind of works. Let me make it a little bit bigger. There. So it’s kind of a little bit of a bud on its side. So now, since we have these on our all different layers, we can go and arrange them. So I’m gonna grab that third layer at the bud and just grab my arrow… Oops. And not do that. I grab the arrow, maybe do it like this. And I’m gonna grab that second layer, grab the arrow, and just turn it. Maybe we’ll just tuck it in there like that.
Again, maybe I’ll just move this guy like that. Actually, I’m gonna tuck this guy away, more in here. Making my little much bigger and just kinda get him in there, I think. Yeah, maybe more like that. Okay, so I’m just gonna grab all of these guys and put them more in the center of my canvas. Lovely. Okay, so now it’s time for some foliage, so let’s just add a new layer, grab that light green and just have your pen at about 8% and we’re just gonna add some leaves here. So I’m just gonna use my pressure just to make the shapes.
So I’m just gonna do light pressure and then heavy pressure. Actually, you know what? I want this at about 12. Light pressure, heavy pressure. And kind of like that.
And I can connect these with some little stems here too. Maybe I’ll do that. Perfect.
This one’s a little bit much.
Alright, I think that’s good. And then I’m gonna grab the brown and I’m just gonna grab… Sorry, make another layer and just put some leaves in here. So just your typical leaf shape. I’m just gonna leave a little bit of white there too.
Alright, I’m gonna leave that for now. And then I’m gonna bring in some more berries and I’m gonna just create another layer, and just grab that purple and just really do free circles.
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Alright. And then with the darker paint color that we have, I’m just gonna do a few different sizes here. You know what? I’m gonna do this. I’m gonna make it like kind of just pushing… Or sorry, just starting with light pressure and then a really heavy pressure, just to make these teardrop shapes. Maybe like that.
Okay, and then I’m gonna go back to this layer here. We have the brown and the green on here. Actually, I said I wanted a brown layer, but it seems that it went on the green layer, but that’s okay, we can just add a new layer. Grab that brown, and I’m gonna bring the size of the brush down to about 2%, just so we can do these little sticks, and I’m just gonna connect them together. Oops.
I’m just making some darker areas, just sort of here, to kinda create that vase. Oops.
Okay, so we have all our stems there, that looks good. Okay, next I’m going to… I think I’m gonna just do some sort of more subtle little leaves in the background, so I’m just gonna create a new layer and pop that down to 50% and grab the light green and pop this up to about 12% the size, and I’m just gonna do some subtle leaves in the background, just sort of fill it in. I don’t like that.
Okay, so I’ve kind of shifted over this way, so I’m just gonna grab all my layers by swiping to the right. I’ll click on my arrow and just bring everything into the center a little bit more. It just makes me happier. So I think we just need to add a little bit more depth. So I’m gonna go back to the brown layer, layer six, and just… I’ll add just a few of these really simple little teardrops just here and there to kinda create a little bit more contrast. Yeah, I think that’s better.
Almost like a pattern kind of. I don’t know if that makes sense. Maybe it does. Sure. Alright, and let’s go to the green layer and grab that dark green, and maybe same, adding in a few here and there. That’s better. So wherever you feel it’s missing a little, a little something.
Is It Full Enough?
Okay, I think it’s full enough. Alright, so the next thing I’m gonna show you is just a little extras to take this to the next level. I think this looks good the way it is but let’s just do a little bit more. So I’m gonna click on the top layer and I’m gonna go to my wrench and click on ‘Add’ and go to ‘Insert files.’
So the file of the watercolor texture is in the description below, so you can grab that there. And just say ‘Insert file’. I’ve put mine in my Dropbox. I’m just gonna grab my green handle and make it into this orientation and make it fill the canvas. Okay, well, that doesn’t do us very much good, but if we click on the layer, click on the ‘N’ and go to ‘Multiply’, it’s gonna give us that watercolor texture that just makes it look better. So, in my opinion, more watercolor-y.
And the next thing we’re gonna do, because it wouldn’t be one of my tutorials without a clipping mask, you guessed it, we’re gonna make one. So I’m gonna… We’re gonna merge all our roses together so it’s just one layer and then I’m gonna put a layer on top. Click on it.
Click on ‘Clipping Mask’ and then I’m gonna grab that darker pink. And now, since I’m in my ‘Water’ section, I’m gonna go and grab that ‘Water Bleed’. So that is a Procreate brush, you should have it. I haven’t changed any of the settings.
It is just the way it normally is, so hopefully you have that. Let me know if you don’t. I’m just gonna make this at about, I don’t know, 30%, somewhere around there. And I’m just gonna go and just use these edges.
Oops, I forgot to do one thing. I’m actually gonna change this to ‘Multiply’ blending mode, and that makes a big difference. Okay, so I’m just gonna go around and just kinda get some of these edges, and you can see it’s just making that… You know how watercolor, when it dries, it just has those little darker edges and stuff?
And this is just gonna give you some variation and some interesting colors and… Yeah, it’s just… I don’t know. It gives it a different look, I think. So do this if you want to, certainly not necessary, but I think that just gives a different kind of more interesting look.
Okay, so let me just see if I’ve got enough on here. So you can see this is with it, without, with it, without. So your choice if you like that look. And I’m gonna go to the berry layer, same thing, clipping mask, change it to ‘Multiply’, and just go ahead and add that extra bit to my berries and stuff here.
And yes, I am just using the dark pink on here. It’s alright, it works still. Okay, so then I’m going to go to this layer with my green and accidentally some of my brown on here, but that’s alright.
I’m gonna just give that a ‘Clipping Mask’, change it to ‘Multiply’. I’m gonna grab the dark green and do that to these green areas here.
And I’m gonna go and use this purple actually on the brown, and just give it a little color variation here too. And you can actually bring that… I actually like purple on the green too, just sometimes on the tips. I do this with a lot of my actual, in real-life watercolor.
I add a little purple to the edges sometimes too, ’cause… Well, you can see it in real life, it sometimes looks like that.
Okay. And you can carry on, you can do… I am not gonna do this, the fainter ones, I’m just gonna leave them as is. And what about these guys? No, the twiggies can stay as they are. So I think that is it. I think we’re done for today. So I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, and if you did, I’d love it if you hit that like button and subscribe.
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