During our Columbus Day family paint fest my sister painted this amazing bouquet of orange and yellow tulips. She really enjoyed learning Janet Whittle’s background painting technique at our last family paint fest and wanted to try it again on this painting. This is her third watercolor painting and I think she’s hooked. I couldn’t be more thrilled; I love hanging out with my sister and look forward to many more painting sessions with her.

This painting was based on a tutorial in the book, “Tulips in Watercolor,” by Fiona Peart.

Here’s a close-up view of my sister’s painting:

7 Comments on Columbus Day Paint Fest: Yellow and Orange Tulip Bouquet

  1. Hi, Jill — I just discovered your blog, and it’s wonderful! I, too, am a fan of Fiona Peart, and I love your creations based on her tutorials. Can you please share the method you use to add those beautiful fine lines that accent your tulips? I struggle a bit with that aspect of watercolor. Thanks so much for your time and for sharing your incredible talents with us.


    • Hi, Diane. Thank you for your lovely comments. To achieve those fine lines in my tulip paintings, I paint each petal separately, allowing each one to dry completely before painting the next. The fine lines form automatically where the paint colors overlap slightly. Some of the other fine lines you have observed are pencil marks from my original sketch that show through the transparent watercolors. Other fine lines are the result of using a size 000 round brush and lots of practice to get a good, steady hand. You could also use 0.5 micron pens.

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