A couple of people asked for a step by step of my watercolor process. I thought the best way to showcase is through a video. This will be a two parter. I start off doing the background first. I sketch with a col-erase first (any color, I generally use orange, black or grey) and then I do a wash over it to paint wet on wet. I immediately apply some light colors down and wait for that to dry. I then go in wet on dry for details like for the flower and leaves. I use a size 2 brush for those detail work.
Part 1 of 2 below.
I paint light to dark since it’s easier to paint over a mistake if it’s a light color. Once I’ve got all my lights down I start painting with dark colors, in this case lots of black and dark grey. This is all wet on dry but I have to work quickly so everything dries evenly. I often dab my brush on a paper towel or scrap piece of watercolor paper so I make sure my brush has the right amount of paint on it. Too much paint while working in a tight area can cause the paint to bleed on to the paper too quickly. I use winsor newton and grumbacher brand watercolors.
Part 2 of 2 below.
Hope that’s helpful! Having steady control of the brush is really helpful especially if you want a clean look.