How To Make A Watercolor Flower Border For Your Lettering

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HOW TO MAKE A WATERCOLOR FLOWER BORDER

 Let's have some fun making this border!!!

Let's have some fun making this border!!!

Happy Friday!!! It's time for another tutorial! Today I'll be showing you how to make this watercolor flower border to accent your lettering!  It may look a little intricate, but it is super easy to do!  So let's grab our materials and get to it!!! Here's what I'm using for this how to: A piece of Mixed Media paper, Pentel Aquash Brush, Tombow Dual Brush Pens 723, 835 and 158, Tombow's Mono Pencil and Eraser , Tombow's Mono Drawing Pen 01, washi tape, and a ruler.

 Grab your supplies!

Grab your supplies!

 

STEP 1:

Using a ruler and pencil, sketch out a square or rectangle on your paper.  (Smooth mixed media or watercolor paper works best, especially for your precious Tombow Pens!) I went with a 4x4 square, but if you have a relatively long quote you'll want to make it bigger.  

 Measure and sketch out your border!

Measure and sketch out your border!

 

STEP 2:

Place a strip of washi tape along the INSIDE edge of your border. We will be making our flowers along that line, so it is SUPER important to have the tape inside!  Repeat for the other three sides.  

 Place the washi tape INSIDE the border! This is SUPER important!

Place the washi tape INSIDE the border! This is SUPER important!

 This is what it will look like when done!

This is what it will look like when done!

STEP 3:

For these flowers I chose 2 different pink colors from my Tombow collection, 723 Pink and 835 Persimmon.  You can use any color you'd like however!  I like making the corners the darker color and then filling in the rest of the border with the lighter color.  Two different colors will help make the piece pop!  Using Persimmon, I made three little circles on one corner.  Make them in sort of a triangle pattern. 

 Make 3 circles in a triangle pattern...

Make 3 circles in a triangle pattern...

STEP 4:

Now imagine a circle going around those 3 little circles you just made. Make a few petal globs going around them.  You do NOT need to make them look like petals!  They will turn out perfectly fine in a bit!  Also, don't worry about filling them in entirely. Once you add the water to it, you'll be able to move the ink around. 

 Make your petals by drawing little globs around your circles...

Make your petals by drawing little globs around your circles...

STEP 5:

Now imagine another circle going around the globs you just made and add more petals, but make them offset from the previous ones you did.

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Offset the next round of petal globs to help fill in the space around it!

STEP 6:

Repeat for the other 3 corners! It should look like this when done:

 It's beginning to look like flowers!!

It's beginning to look like flowers!!

STEP 7:

Next let's add some leaves! I am using Tombow Dual Brush Pen Dark Olive (158) but you can use any green color you'd like! Again, no worries about filling the leaves completely up with ink, the water will help to do that!

 Add some pretty leaves!

Add some pretty leaves!

 

STEP 8:

Now we want to fill in the remaining areas between the darker flowers with a lighter flower. You can certainly be creative here and do a completely different style flower, but for the sake of this tutorial and keeping things easier for you, I went with the same style! Using the same method above for the darker flowers, add your lighter flowers in. A word of caution:  you will want to make sure your colors do NOT touch! See this picture below as an example. The pink petal I made touched the green leaf.  You may think "Well what's so bad about that?" Because the Dual Brush Pens are water based, once I add water to my petals and leaves, the colors will blend together. And green and pink don't look so lovely together!  So I will have to be extra careful when blending to make sure they don't combine together!

 Be very careful to keep your petals from touching other colors!

Be very careful to keep your petals from touching other colors!

 Your piece should look similar to this when done!

Your piece should look similar to this when done!

STEP 9:

Now comes the fun part, adding water! If you don't have the Aquash Brush, a good ole paintbrush and water will do the trick.  However, the Aquash brush is fantastic and I highly recommend it! Pick one colored flower first. I start from the inside and work my way out. Just give one little squeeze to the Aquash Brush and brush in a circular motion. You want to add just a little water so that the ink moves around and starts to look "fluffy" but you don't want to combine your petals globs together.  Keeping them separated still will help keep your petals intact.  You will also want to keep some darker parts of the ink in your petal. Try not to dilute it entirely with water. 

 Add the water to your flowers!

Add the water to your flowers!

Repeat for the other 3 light pink flowers. I like to do the flowers of one color first, that way I am not constantly cleaning the Aquash Brush tip.  

 Here's what your flowers will look like when water is added!!

Here's what your flowers will look like when water is added!!

STEP 10:

Now repeat the same process for your darker flowers, and your leaves. Here's a tip: after finishing one color, use a scrap piece of paper to brush that ink off of your Aquash Brush.  Then start working on another color!

 And now the water part is done!

And now the water part is done!

STEP 11: 

This is totally a preference thing, but you are more than welcome to keep your piece looking like this! I decided to try adding a little detail to my flowers by using the Tombow Mono Drawing Pen 01.  As you can see, I am not the greatest at this skill, but it's fun to learn! If you do add some details, be sure to let your piece dry a bit before inking!

 Add some fun details to your flowers and leaves!

Add some fun details to your flowers and leaves!

 Adding some black ink can help make your piece stand out a little more!

Adding some black ink can help make your piece stand out a little more!

STEP 12:

Now it's time to pull that washi tape off! Then grab your eraser and erase all your pencil marks!

 Pull that tape off!

Pull that tape off!

 And erase your pencil lines!

And erase your pencil lines!

Your watercolor flower border is now done!  Now you can add lettering to the inside for a special piece!

 It's ready for your lettering!

It's ready for your lettering!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you try this out, I would love to see it! Tag me on IG over at @a_heartened_calling!  Have a happy Friday, and weekend!!!!

Happy Lettering and till next time,
Mandy