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Watercolour Fun: Create your Beesy Garden

diy drawing painting Aug 29, 2022
How to make your own bee garden

Do you want to decorate your home with something colourful, cheerful and cute? Let’s create our own beesy garden with lovely flowers and buzzing bees. You can turn it into home decor, bookmarks, gift tags, and whatever you like, just BEE Creative!

 

 


Supplies:


 

 

Step 1: Prepare the Draft Paper


Use a round plate (or a compass) to draw a big circle on an A4 paper. The diameter of my circle is around 7.6 inches.


*You may also save your efforts by downloading the template I prepared for you!


 

Cut the circle out, fold it in half. Find the center of the circle which is located halfway through the diameter (about 3.8 inches).


 

Further divide the semicircle into 3 equal portions.


 


Unfold the paper and mark the lines. You will have a circle divided into 6 equal portions now.


 

Tip: You may use a protractor for more accurate measurements. Each portion should share a 60 degree angle at the circle center.

 

 

Step 2: Prepare the Watercolour Paper


Draw the same circle on the watercolour paper. With the help of the draft paper, mark the outline, center and the 6 division lines. No need to cut the shape at this stage!


 

 


Step 3: Sketch the Flowers


Draw a smaller circle at the center with radius around 1.5 inches. You may use a smaller plate, bottle lid, or a compass.

 


 

Draw flower petals in the smaller circle. You can draw one flower in the middle with the same petal style, or different kinds of petals in different sections.




Tip: Different variations here will create more fun. Even if you use the same petals style, you can apply different colours in each section. I will draw 3 kind of flowers here: sunflower, rose and a simple flower

  


Step 4: Sketch the Bees


Of course we need some lovely bees in our beezy garden! Drawing bees are simple and fun, let’s draw together:


i. Draw an oval
ii. Add the stinger at one end
iii. Draw the bee stripes
iv. Add the wings
v. Add the cute little face, ta-da!


 

Tip: We need one bee at each division. Some fly higher, some fly towards the flowers; some look happy, some look grumpy, some play hide-and-seek over a rainbow, you may even draw a lovely couple!

 


Need some more inspiration for all the wonderful things found in nature?


 

 


Step 5: Apply Masking Fluid


Use masking fluid to cover the bees and flowers. You may just cover the edges but be careful no to contaminate these parts while painting.

 

 


Step 6: Wet Your Watercolour Paper


When the masking fluid has dried completely, we can paint the background with the wet on wet technique. Apply a thin coat of water with a flat brush and wet your paper thoroughly. Try to avoid puddles on your paper, remove excess water with a clean brush. You should see a nice sheen of water evenly across your paper.

 

 

 

Step 7: Apply Background Colours


Start applying light colours to each section by dapping randomly onto the wet paper. You may choose whatever colours that feel right to you. My choices are Yellow, Green, Orange, Purple, Pink and Blue.
Build up layers by adding more concentrated pigment and continue alternating between different colours: Yellows mix well with Greens and Oranges, while Pinks, Purples and Blues blend beautifully together. Add plain water when needed.

 


Tip: Add colours to at most two sections at a time for better control of water. You don't need to be bounded by the division line. Just follow them roughly and allow mixing of colours along the edges for more variations. Wet the paper again if needed.

 

 

Step 8: Add Details


Add layers and details when the background is still moist (but not too wet). I choose similar colours with darker tones for drawing details. You may add leaves, lines, little hearts, or even a rainbow.


 

Tips: Apply more pigments towards the center (around the edge of the flowers) to let the flower stand out better.

 

 

Step 9: Paint the Flower


When everything has dried, remove the masking and start painting the flower.

I paint my sunflower with a light layer of yellow, then build up colours by adding orange around the edge and the center. Use brown to draw the center and add lines.


For the rose, start with a light wash of purple. Build up petal layers by adding more condense pigments around the edges.

 



Finish the remaining petals with your own colour choices and ways, and outline the petals with a black monoline pen.

 


Step 10: Paint the Bees


Finally, it’s time to paint our bees!


Apply a light yellow wash to the body, followed with some orange at the bottom to add volume. Use light blue for the wings.


When the yellow is dried, fill the stripes with black. Again, adding more pigment to the bottom and leaving a lighter tone on top will create volume for the bee.




Add outlines and features to the bees. We are almost there!

 

 

Step 11: Create More Fun!

I created a flower shape by cutting the edge of our folded draft paper. Trace the outline on your drawing (please match with the division lines). Now you can cut your drawings out!

 




 

Thanks for creating with me today! These little bees must be able to bring you joy around your sweet home. Can't wait to see your creations so make sure you tag me @invertouch_art and @thepigeonletters when sharing your work on Instagram.

 

 


 


Hi everyone! I am Keeley, the artist behind @invertouch_art. I am a self-taught artist now living in England.


I love creating colourful and cute artworks with watercolour and other crafting materials. I believe that artworks are powerful in spreading love, fun and joy. You can check out my instagram account and my youtube channel to see more of my creations.