How to Paint Bearded Irises with Watercolor Inks

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How to Paint Bearded Irises with Watercolor Inks

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Today I painted my favorite flowers — bearded irises —using a new medium!

Watercolor ink is a medium I’ve been LOVING experimenting with. It blooms explosively and has a rich, bold, and vibrant color. And I thought a bunch of multicolor bearded irises would be the best flower to show them off.

Maybe it’s a medium YOU might want to try!

If you want more watercolor guidance for strokes and techniques, check out the The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor.



How to Paint Bearded Irises with Watercolor Inks

00:00 – Timelapse Intro
00:32 – Supplies
00:49 – Painting first iris.
04:09 – Painting the stem.
04:36 – Painting stem and bud.
05:34 – Painting second full iris.
08:15 – Painting details and final leaves.
12:18 – Don’t miss these watercolor resources!


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