We are joined once again by the amazing Addie Hanson from Wooly Pronto for her digital watercolor floral composition tutorial in Procreate. This is a continuation of the first session where Addie drew the composition using the flower builder. In this session, she focuses on coloring and moving the template to the final piece. 

Part 2 - Adding Watercolor

To help you follow along, you can use the written tutorial below. 

Fill the Flower Arrangement

Use the premade flowers and cluster them together. Draw greenery and fill in the arrangement to make it look cohesive. Switch to the top layer below the texture stack. Use the Paper Canvas from the Ink & Watercolor Brushes for Procreate. Use Paper Texture 1 and switch between the others to figure out which one you like best. Pick the Splatter 1 to add watercolor variation. Reduce the opacity of the top layer. 

Add Color

Pull out the color palette and pick the Rough Paint/Blend Brush. It is the most textured brush out of the pack to add greenery. 

Choose a dark green color and put the brush size at 4%. Notice how the brush strokes have a multiplier effect as you layer them. The more brush strokes you lay down, the darker it will get. Blend the layered brush strokes to get a hard edge effect within that and some nice color variation. 

Pro tip: When you keep the stroke ongoing, it runs out of pigment and becomes more watery. 

Draw in a continuous brush stroke to get a non-layered effect. Similarly, paint all the greens. 

Paint the Florals
Add a new layer to paint the florals and switch to the Rough Hue Shift Paint Brush. It is a messy brush. Fill the petals with an orange-peach color. Add a subtle amount of hue and switch between the brushstrokes. 

Pro tip: Change the pressure of the brushes while using watercolor brushes. Get more pigment by pressing harder and a soft hue by pressing softer. 

Choose different colors such as purple, blue, and yellow to color the rest of the florals.

Draw Blobby Style Flowers

Pick the Mid Texture Watercolor Brush and pick a deep purple. With a free hand, draw blobby-style flower clusters around the floral composition. 

Add Highlights

Use the Smooth Paint/Blend Brush and pick slightly darker colors to layer up the brush strokes. Add a new layer and use some lighter colors for adding highlights. Dilute it out by reducing pressure as you move away from the darkness to get a blended effect without using the Smudge Tool. Using the template as a guide, add some shadow and wrinkles. 

Usually, you would use less paint and work from lightest to darkest, but the beauty of digital is that you can break the rules. The best thing about being digital is that you can change your mind partway through the process and change the whole flower.

All these flowers are made from templates and shapes that you can drop in. Use the guides to change the perspective as it helps to build flowers. 

Similarly, add depth and details to all the flowers by adding highlights and shadows. Use darker colors for shadows and lighter colors for highlights. Make sure to add a new layer for the shadows. 

Pro tip: Most of the brushes multiply like the blend mode and the brush strokes together, adding the new layer helps use the lighter on top of darker colors.

Determine the shades of the colors via trial and error. Put the splatter layers to color burn to add vibrancy to the florals. Apply cast shadows with simple shading and lighting. Add a darker pigment anywhere where the petals overlap. Add highlights at the edges and the folds. These little tricks will help bring the flowers to life.

Pro tip: Make sure to use a paper texture to add the splatter effect.

Add Ink

Use a dark gray and the Crumb Solid Ink Brush. It has a crumbling texture to it. Add a new layer and work on the ink. Use light pressure for thin lines and heavier pressure for thicker lines to add variation to the florals. 

Similarly, add ink outlines and details to all the florals. Add branches for the blobby flowers, making them look cohesive. It helps to show as though multiple little branches are falling out to hold the flower bud. This helps to make it look more realistic. 

Pro tip: Use the Flower Builder Kit to help save time while building the florals.

Similarly, add the branches to the other blobby flowers as well. Add ink to the rest of the flowers, by using thinner lines for details and thicker lines for outlines. 

Finish with Final Touches

Add finishing touches that will help make this look more realistic. Merge the two flower layers. On the selection tool, use the automatic selection and select just the negative space outside the flowers. Tap in the space outside and look for the selection threshold option.

Once it comes up and you can move the stylist left to right to increase and decrease. Decrease all the way down to 2% and tap invert in the negative space to have the flowers selected. Add a new layer and add some splatter effects on it. Put it on multiply and change it to color burn later. At the bottom of the set, look for Watercolor Texture 1 to darken the layer. Pick a neutral color and decrease the opacity.

Switchback from invert. Merge all of the watercolor layers. On the smudge tool, bleed out some of the colors. Blend the petal colors with the greens. 

Add a new layer and use the Diluted Glaze Brush for a smooth finishing touch. Mix the harder edges with a soft color. 

Move up to the ink layer and tap to make it look like a droplet, making it look cohesive. Hide the sketch layer and tap once for a big droplet. Use it along the line of the greens and blend it out. 

Add a new layer and some splatters all around. Use the Sparse Splatter Brush to add the splatters. 

Yay. This will have you complete the digital watercolor floral composition in Procreate!