I have seen many calligraphers mix the arts of watercolor and calligraphy to create detailed works of art that are modern, country and beautiful. Before looking at these finished pieces I always thought that it would be an impossible feat for my shaky hands -- I would not be able to create detailed brush strokes.
But with the improvements in my calligraphy writing, I decided to give this a try. Many blogs offer dummy how-to-do-its which I read earnestly trying to pick up tips in making my pieces look flawless too. However, the best tip I got was DONT STRESS JUST RELAX.
The whole process of watercolor is meant to be relaxing, just letting the brush take over your mind and randomly create something breathtaking with a few brush strokes. Once I took away the micromanaging of even the tiniest stroke, it made the process easier for me. Things don't have to look perfect for it to look pretty. Remember that!
Not wanting to make a big fuss out of it, I took out scratch paper my handy 16 color prang watercolor set sized 0 brush and my imagination. I wanted to replicate the floral borders many calligraphers do to surround their words/phrases. I do not know how to draw flowers! Much less paint them! Luckily i found a life-hack that you might find useful.
First: Just paint a circle with the brush, it doesnt have to be perfectly round.
Second: Let the paint dry!!
Third: Get your monoline pen out and sketch a flower on top of the circle -- like petals, rose, etc. It doesnt have to look like a flower, just resemble it because we're going for quirky here.
tadah!! Floral boarder. To understand what I mean, I have attached photos of my first 2 pieces. Let me know what you think.
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