44 In Summer

Watercolour summer leaves

Today I really want to show you what we did the other day with my girls! I’m totally hooked and can’t stop! We painted watercolour summer leaves! Well, I painted the leaves and my girls painted what they wanted and we had tons of fun! 

Watercolour summer leaves [kreativk.net]

I’ve wanted to paint with watercolours for a long time, in fact it has been a while since I’ve used watercolours, so the other day we were in our favourite craft store and I picked up some watercolours, watercolour paint brushes and watercolour paper and we started right away! I decided on summer leaves, as I really like those and they are also really great to start with I think. They are easy to paint and not much can go wrong. I’m not a pro or anything close, but with watercolours it doesn’t really matter if you’re making a mistake, you can just paint over and it’ll be ok. 

Watercolour Summer Leaves [kreativk.net]

I started by just drawing the stem and then add the leaves. This is a very easy one and you can always use a pencil first to be able to erase. 

Watercolour Summer Leaves [kreativk.net]

Then, I filled in the leaves, bit by bit, with green and blue, some with some more paint and less water and others the other way round, more water and less paint. I added layers and mixed the tones inside the leaves giving it different shades.

Watercolour Summer Leaves [kreativk.net]

The next one is also a pretty easy one to draw. The leaves are almost round and I used the same technique [if you can call it that, lol].

Watercolour Summer Leaves [kreativk.net]


Watercolour Summer Leaves [kreativk.net]

The third one was supposed to be fern and it does look a little bit like it, but I still have to practice a lot more on this. I started with the stem and then added all the side leaves. I just brushed little strokes on each leaf until it was getting fuller and fuller using both green and blue. Again, more layers made it fuller and made the different greens and blues more visible.

Watercolour Summer Leaves [kreativk.net]


Watercolour Summer Leaves [kreativk.net]


Watercolour Summer Leaves [kreativk.net]

This one was a little tricky to paint and I don’t know what to think of it, but hey, it was fun for sure! 

Watercolour Summer Leaves [kreativk.net]


Watercolour Summer Leaves [kreativk.net]

And my girls wanted to show off their art as well of course!!

Watercolour Summer Leaves [kreativk.net]


Watercolour Summer Leaves [kreativk.net]

What do you think guys? Have you ever tried watercolours before?? Any tips? I’d love to hear! As always, I’m so happy you stopped by my little bog here today! 

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  • Sandra
    24/07/2016 at 18:36

    Watercolors on cakes I can handle. On canvas I’m not sure. These are beautiful!

    • Katrin
      25/07/2016 at 09:07

      Oh, I’m not sure I could handle them on cakes, lol! That sounds like a challenge!

  • Angie Rose
    22/07/2016 at 04:12

    I absolutely love watercolor! You are so talented and you really make it look effortless. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It this week 🙂

    • Katrin
      22/07/2016 at 08:00

      Thanks Angie Rose, watercolours are a lot of fun I’m just experimenting around with them and can’t stop, lol!

  • Diana
    20/07/2016 at 20:44

    I think you’re a pro, Katrin! I absolutely love your designs 🙂 Thanks so much for linking your posts up with us at Vintage Charm–

    • Katrin
      21/07/2016 at 15:48

      Thanks so much you’re so sweet Diana!!!

  • Lori
    20/07/2016 at 20:21

    Hi Katrin! I love these! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at watercolors… it just sounds fun. 🙂 I’m so glad you shared this at DI & DI 🙂 We love having you!

    • Katrin
      21/07/2016 at 15:48

      It is so much fun Lori! Thank you 🙂

  • Laurie
    20/07/2016 at 03:59

    Katrin, Love your watercolors! Beautifully simple. Pinned.

    • Katrin
      20/07/2016 at 08:09

      Thanks so much Laurie!!!

  • Nikki
    18/07/2016 at 17:34

    Katrin, you are so skilled and talented at effortless decor that is chic and gorgeous. I am so jealous of your talent. This is so much harder than it looks, the effortless style. I love the simplicity of these paintings and they each have so much personality. I love how they look together, and yes, the fern looks like a fern! I hope you keep at the watercolor, I think that you could have your own line of watercolor prints. You already know how to choose subjects for printables that people love, you have the talent and skill. I am so amazed by you!

    PS Now we know it’s not the magic in your markers, your paintbrush seems to have the magic too!

    • Katrin
      19/07/2016 at 08:54

      Awww, those sweet compliments make my day Nikki! I am trying to work on something with the watercolours, as I really enjoy being creative with them, it’s so easy, that’s why it looks easy, lol! 😉 Thank you so much friend!

  • Lynn Spencer
    17/07/2016 at 22:21

    What a lovely way to spend some quality time with your girls. And obviously the creative gene is strong in your family as all the artwork is lovely. I’ve recently been playing with watercolors as well, a medium that I just hadn’t used in forever, and really did enjoy the process. Thanks for the encouragement.
    Hugs, Lynn

    • Katrin
      18/07/2016 at 09:15

      Yes Lynn, it is lovely to have them home [despite all the fighting between them 😉 ] and to be creative together! I’m enjoyin this a lot! I’m curious to see your watercolour art!!! Thanks for the visit 🙂

  • Beverly
    17/07/2016 at 17:44

    Katrin, your art looks lovely. I love how you’ve displayed it on the ladder. Your children’s artwork is adorable! Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

    • Katrin
      18/07/2016 at 09:16

      Thanks so much Beverly!!

  • Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage
    16/07/2016 at 22:37

    You and your girls did a great job. I love the colors you used ! I paint with watercolor and it’s my favorite medium for painting.

    • Katrin
      17/07/2016 at 20:15

      Thanks so much Carol!!! It has become my favourite medium for painting as well Carol, I love it!

  • Michele
    15/07/2016 at 19:45

    I love the simplicity of these! I would love to try it. I haven’t painted in many years, but i think it would be fun!

    • Katrin
      16/07/2016 at 13:42

      They are so simple Michele, and I’m sure you’d love it, it was tons of fun!! Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Kellie
    14/07/2016 at 14:35

    I always wished I could paint! I love this, you have inspired me to try!!!
    & thank you so much for linking up to our WASTE NOT WEDNESDAY link party!! it is fun to have you!

    • Katrin
      14/07/2016 at 16:36

      It’s really fun and easy! I’m sure you’d love it! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Linda at Mixed Kreations
    13/07/2016 at 23:52

    These are lovely Katrin! I love how you are displaying them on the latter. The couple times that I’ve tried watercolors, all I made was a mess. LOL.
    Looks like your girls take after their mom with their talent. Their pictures are lovely as well!

    • Katrin
      14/07/2016 at 16:35

      Thank so much Linda! I haven’t done watercolours in such a long time, but it’s fun and yes, it does get messy, lol!

  • Erin - Suburban Simplicity
    13/07/2016 at 21:34

    You make it look so easy, Katrin! I love the colors you used for the leaves. So pretty! They would go nicely in my house 🙂

    • Katrin
      14/07/2016 at 14:40

      Thanks so much Erin!

  • Keri
    13/07/2016 at 21:30

    Katrin, you did an amazing job on these watercolor paintings!! I love how you blended the blues and greens. I really like all your paintings especially the one with the more round leaves, but they all look amazing!! Your girls also did beautiful work!! That’s so fun that you and your girls can be creative together!

    • Katrin
      14/07/2016 at 14:40

      Aw, Thanks so much Keri! My girls really enjoyed this, me too! 🙂

  • Lady Lilith
    13/07/2016 at 20:11

    This is such a neat idea. I am new to watercolor. I have been using mostly acrylics. I will have to try this out. Thanks.

    • Katrin
      14/07/2016 at 09:00

      Thank you, it was tons of fun!

  • Ilka
    13/07/2016 at 19:50

    The 3 of you did an amazing job! Love this!

    • Katrin
      14/07/2016 at 08:59

      Thank you Ilka! 🙂

  • Ellen
    13/07/2016 at 16:31

    So very pretty! Many years ago I used to paint as well as draw with charcoal ( more years ago than I care to admit). I hadn’t thought about that for decades until I saw your lovely pictures. I think your daughters are quite talented too! Thank-you for this beautiful post, as always.

    • Katrin
      14/07/2016 at 16:48

      Ellen, I remember my brother drawing with charcoal, he studied art and did a lot with charcoal. I’ve never tried it before, but I think I’d like it!! my girls love being creative, especially when I’m there with them. Together it’s even more fun, but many times we just don’t take the time. Now in the summer it’s perfect, we don’t have a lot going on so we can catch up on doing fun arts and crafts together which I love. Thank you as always for stopping by!

  • handmade by amalia
    13/07/2016 at 16:26

    Talent runs in your family, the watercolors are all so colorful and pretty.

    • Katrin
      14/07/2016 at 16:49

      That’s so nice of you to say Amalia, Thank you so much! I agree, watercolours are really fun and pretty!

  • Pili
    13/07/2016 at 16:13

    Your prints are really pretty Katrin!! I’ve never tried watercolor painting because it intimidates me, but after seeing yours and following the steps you wrote it doesn’t seem so difficult. The colors you chose are so pretty, and my favorite would be the fern one!!
    The girls are as talented as their mom!

    • Katrin
      14/07/2016 at 16:49

      Gracias Pili! It’s actually easy using watercolours, not much can go wrong… I’m sure your girls would enjoy it as well!

  • Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff
    13/07/2016 at 15:07

    How lovely! Absolutely adorable! I simply love the simplicity and serenity of these three paintings!

    • Katrin
      13/07/2016 at 19:55

      Aw Thank you so much Marjan! I’m happy I picked up watercolours again 🙂

  • Ntina
    13/07/2016 at 14:10

    I love them, all three! I love the watercolour effect and the colour you chose! I’ve never tried it but seeing you makes me want to try it too. Beautiful work once again Katrin!

    • Katrin
      13/07/2016 at 19:53

      Thank you so much Ntina, that is soo sweet of you! I love watercolours and I’m glad I rediscovered them 🙂

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    13/07/2016 at 12:07

    You area an artist Katin. Your use of those colors make the designs pop and look so pretty. I’m glad to see you having fun with your girls. Mine are at an age where they don’t want to participate that much anymore. I’ll have to twist some arms…lol.

    • Katrin
      13/07/2016 at 19:52

      Thank you so much Mary! 🙂 Yes, it’s fun being creative with these two, they love it as much as I do!