When a Background Fails

Tulips - Watercolor on Bockingford - A4
Tulips – Watercolor on Bockingford – A4

Here are some tulips I painted over the weekend.  This is from the same book in my previous post.  There was a drawing for it, but no instructions – just a note on some colors used and that masking fluid was used for the white areas.  I reduced the drawing from A3 to A4, took out some leaves in the left part of the drawing, didn’t use any masking fluid, and gave it a bash.  I was quite happy with it until I started the background.  I can’t for the life of me work out what went wrong, but I couldn’t get the background to work.  I found that really disappointing as the previous two paintings I made the week before came out fine.  I will most likely try this again, and do something different with the background.


Painting Tulips in Watercolor

I missed out on tulip season this year due to my walking in Spain.  I know I have some photo references somewhere, but until I find them, I have been working from a book,Tulips in Watercolour (Ready to Paint), by Fiona Peart.  The drawings are laid out in A3 size, but I went to the library and had them reduced to A4.  Then I traced them with a permanent marker onto tracing paper and was then able to transfer them to my A4 Bockingford paper.

Pink and White Tulips - A4 - Watercolor on Bockingford
Pink and White Tulips – A4 – Watercolor on Bockingford

My daughter chose this one as her birthday present.  The one below was done from full size, but I only drew half of it, added a background and used slightly different colors.

Tulips - A4 - Watercolor on Bockingford
Tulips – A4 – Watercolor on Bockingford

I am still trying to get the hang of the two methods of wet in wet technique.  Tulips are one of my favorite flowers and probably one of the easiest to paint and draw.  I’ll keep plowing on with tulips for awhile until I can do them in my sleep!


Last Friday I bought some Tulips.  They were the first this season.  Tulips are one of my favourite flowers.  I love it when their petals open all the way out.    Tulips and daffodils signify Spring, and the weather has certainly been mild and Spring-like!

Pink Tulips in the Dining Room

I love flowers on the table.  The dining room is slowly coming together.

There are two different types of pink tulips here.  They look lovely with the green table and pink chairs.

I also got some double yellow/red Tulips for the Living Room.  These are quite frilly and even have a bit of a fresh scent.

I love how the yellow and red contrasts with the pinks and blues in my living room.  If you want to inject a bit of Spring and sunshine into your home, what simpler way to do it than to go out and buy some Tulips! 🙂