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How to "paint" watercolor flowers with Tombow Dual Brush Pens!

If you need more proof of how awesome Tombow Dual Brush pens are, this is for you! Since these beautiful pens are water-based, all you need to do to create that beautiful watercolor look, is add more water!

To start off, I usually find a photo of the flower or a similar bouquet to that which I want to paint. Then, I can loosely base my arrangement off of what I see. 

Next, I'm going to find the color of pens I want to use and set them aside. There is a Tombow color for everything. Remember to get a few shades for each flower. For example, in this pink flower I show you in my example, I chose a pink, a dark burgundy, and and orange. These colors will blend and help create the depth and shadows in the flower. 

Now, using watercolor paper, I begin to sketch out my flowers. I start with the very basic petal and leaf shapes, and add a few more strokes of color at the base of the petals so the color will be more saturated there, and I can lighten up the edges and tips of the flowers as I add water. 

This looks a bit scary to begin with. Don't worry. It gets better!

Now I will take a waterbrush full of water and squeeze it a bit so the water starts to flow. Keep a palette or paper towel near by so you can dab off extra water when you need. YOU DON'T WANT TOO MUCH WATER coming out of that pen, or you will lose control of the blending that will happen.

Now, I go into the base of each petal, and start using that water brush to spread the color upward to fill in the full petal. This is where it starts to become MAGIC!

After I blended this pink flower, I knew I wanted more of the dark burgundy, so I went back in, and added more strokes, and then kept blending. Yes, you can add more strokes while it's wet.

Now, just use that brush to blend those colors and finish the shapes of each item. Add color when you need. Don't be afraid to let colors bleed into each other. This makes it look more like real watercolor!

As things begin to dry, I wanted to go back in and blend a bit more, and also add texture in places. I use the small bullet end of the Tombow for this. On the sunflower, I drew in some small circle-ish shapes to give that brown center more texture. I also took that smaller end of the Tombow and added texture or "veins" to the flowers. 

As a final step, I took a barely, BARELY wet waterbrush over these new lines/tetures I created and smoothed them out a tad. I wanted to still see them, but have them blur into the painting a little better!

I hope this helps, and you enjoy playing with this technique, it's so easy, and so fun! Enjoy!

-Jen Lee


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