On first impression, this illustrative watercolor lemon will seem like a really different approach to the realistic watercolour painting style that I’m better known for.
But, although the result is much looser looking, the painting process we follow is actually very similar. So if you’re familiar with the painting process that I use for realistic watercolour, you’ll notice just how similar the technique is for painting loose watercolor too.
With the addition of ink in the final stages, the added element of line transforms your loose painting into a piece of illustrative art.
This relaxed and spontaneous watercolour lemon is a lesson in letting go of perfectionism and welcoming imperfection. It’s seriously liberating!
If you’ve ever struggled with loose watercolor painting before, don’t be put off. Because as you’re about to see, once you’ve got an understanding of my layering method, you can apply it to other styles of watercolour painting too.
So, why not paint your own illustrative watercolor lemon?
If you’re feeling inspired to try it but can’t right now, then take a moment to schedule your next painting session in your calendar. You’ll thank yourself later.
And if you’re feeling a little unsure because you’re more into realistic watercolour, I’d like to encourage you to still have a play with this looser style. Just as it’s possible to learn more than one language or play more than one musical instrument, it’s perfectly possible to turn your hand to a looser approach sometimes without abandoning your realistic style.
I’d love to hear how you get on, so let me know how it goes in the comments below. And do also drop me a comment if you enjoyed the video. I love reading them!