Watermelon is such a lush fruit! It’s juicy and fresh and absolutely delicious. It’s also a symbol of summer, making it the perfect design to learn to paint.
Watermelon is also the perfect fruit to paint if you want to practice wet-on-wet effect and let those colours blend naturally. This painting should be fun and therapeutic!
Supplies you will need
- Watercolour paper
- Watercolour paints
- Brushes – larger will be more fun!
- Water jars
- Paper towels or cloth
- Sap Green
- Winsor Red Deep
- Mars Black
All you need is three colours – choose your best red for this. You want bold, bright watercolour paints.
Paint watermelon in watercolour – step by step
- Mix up the red with a large amount of water to make a very wet mixture. Load up your brush and paint a triangle on the paper, with a rounded bottom edge.
- While it’s still wet, load up in a thick red paint and touch it to the triangle shape, all around the long edges. Avoid the curved bottom edge. Allow to blend out naturally, bleeding towards the base.
- It should be most concentrated in the tip of the triangle. Keep adding more red paint to get a bold effect.
- To create the rind, mix up the green and add a curved line along the base. Make sure not to touch the red paint, or the colours will bleed together to make a mucky brown. Add small spots of black paint to create variation and texture.
- Once the watermelon is dry, use a smaller brush to create the pips with black paint. Make them tear-drop shaped and spread around randomly, concentrated towards the tip.
Now you know how to paint watermelon in watercolour. Create a whole page filled with scattered slices, or mix and match with other fruits for a tasty fruit salad!
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