I received an email from someone asking if I would draw first and then paint, and I am happy to show a quick tutorial on how to do that with this pretty sunshine flower! You only need a handful of simple supplies to paint this in your art journal, making this a great watercolor painting for beginners.

sunshine flower watercolor art

Start by taping off the edges of your paper with painter’s tape and misting your watercolor palette with water. 

I am using an ultra-fine Sharpie to sketch out my flower and leaves.

I am using a lime green color to paint the background and adding in some splotches of dark green. I’ll also add some green and orange to my flower center. Dry with a heat tool.

Once your page is dry, use your Sharpie to add in some outlining and detail lines to each petal. I’m also going to use a stencil brush and DecoArt Media (Carbon Black) paint to add some shading around the flower center. I’ll also add  DecoArt Extreme Sheen (24K Gold) to the center with my stencil brush too.

finishing touches to art journal page

I’m going to take an Archival Ink pad in Rustic Wilderness and add some shading with a stencil brush around the edges of my page. 

Finally, I’m going to add a little bit of splatter to my flower. I’m going to mix the black acrylic paint with water, dip a fan brush into the mixture, and tap it over my page. Dry with a heat tool and remove the painter’s tape.

finished sunshine flower art journal page

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