Wonder Wednesday 127! Click to paint delightful dandelions in a loose watercolor style with a fun technique!

Dandelion Delights!

It seems this year spring is here before winter has even gotten started. We can all guess why, but today we aren't going to focus on that.


We are going to focus on strengthening

our connection to nature with painting! 


Dandelions are some of springs earliest bloomers and very important plants for pollinators because they provide food, for bees for example, at a scarce time of year. Early spring is tough on pollinators because they are reemerging hungry, but there are few nectar plants blooming and a high demand for food from insects. 


Dandelions are an unsung hero of spring for the pollinators, so let's celebrate them with a fun process painting technique!

Wonder Wednesday 127! Click to paint delightful dandelions in a loose watercolor style with a fun technique!

Does this seem familiar?

At one point in time this project was part of my Skillshare Class collection, but I have decided to little by little remove most of my shorter nature painting tutorial videos from paid platforms and make them free for all to enjoy! 

Wonder Wednesday 127! Click to paint delightful dandelions in a loose watercolor style with a fun technique!


There is also a more detailed variation of the project in my book Draw Yourself Back to Nature!

Wonder Wednesday 127: 

Delightful Dandelion Paint Along video

step 1

Materials

Watercolor paper

Watercolor paint -  I used greens (hookers, sap, olive) and yellows (cadmium pale, cadmuim medium)

Paintbrushes

A pen (I used a pigma micron pen in sepia color)

A straw

Water, a paper towel, and anything else you like to have on hand when you paint or to protect the surface you paint on


Wonder Wednesday 127! Click to paint delightful dandelions in a loose watercolor style with a fun technique!
step 2

Preparation

Take some time to get outside and observe dandelion plants.


Examine the way the petals grow, the leaf shape, how the stems emerge from the rosette of leaves, and anything else that jumps out to you. 


Set a timer and study the plant for 5 minutes. Open to curiosity and push through the moment when you attention span tells you that you've seen everything. After that push is when the real observing begins!


If you don't have access to actual dandelion plants, use this photo.

Wonder Wednesday 127! Click to paint delightful dandelions in a loose watercolor style with a fun technique!
step 3

Procedure

Follow along with the video and have some relaxed process painting fun!



Extension

Try painting other loose and wild flowers and fur with the paint blowing technique! You could start with zinnias!


Have you ever tried dandelion leaf tea, or dandelion leaves from the natural food store or farmers market in a salad?

Try them! They are both great & both super nutritious!


What other flowers would you like to paint in this style? 

Share in the comments below!

Share photos of your delightful dandelion paintings on Instagram #wingswormsandwonder


Seeds to Sprout

Create the ultimate Wonder Wednesday spring cake from dandelion flowers! Click for the Wings, Worms, and Wonder recipe to celebrate the cheerful dandelion!

Dandelion Cake

Dandelion plants are not only pretty, they are edible and very nutritious for humans too!

Bake your own cake with this recipe I created for my grandma's birthday!

Draw spring tulips with style and whimsy! Click to play with this Wings, Worm, and Wonder nature art journaling Spring Tulip Sketch video tutorial!

Sketch Spring Flowers

Add more flowers to your nature journaling bouquet with this Sketching Spring Flowers video draw along!

Got winter blues? Pick up a flower bouquet and get painting with Wings, Worms, and Wonder! Click to learn how to make your own petal paint!

Paint with Flowers

If drawing and painting flowers isn't enough, how about let's paint WITH actual flowers!


In this Wonder Wednesday 66 project we make watercolor paint from flower petals!

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