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Biophillic Art – watercolour pictures with plant motifs

Biophillic Art – watercolour pictures with plant motifs
45 min Medium

The term Biophillic refers to humans’ deep longing for nature. Biophillic Design brings natural elements into buildings and living spaces. The boundaries between indoors and outdoors blur. A soothing, calm atmosphere is created. Natural materials, real plants and murals with plant motifs contribute to this in living spaces. With STAEDTLER’s tinted watercolour pencils, you can design plant posters in subtle shades. The tinted, water-soluble colours blossom after painting with water, but still appear beautifully muted. This creates a feel-good oasis in your home that seems to have originated from nature.

Claudia

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Material overview

What you need

ProductArticle no.Quantity
Mars® Lumograph® 100 Drawing pencil - Single product HB 100-HB 1
Mars® Lumograph® 100 Drawing pencil - Single product 8B 100-8B 1
STAEDTLER® tinted 146 10T Tinted watercolour pencil - Cardboard box containing 12 tinted watercolour pencils in assorted colours 14610T C12 1
pigment liner 308 Fineliner - Single product black, line width approx. 0.3 mm 308 03-9 1
STAEDTLER® 989 Synthetic brush - Blistercard containing 3 brushes: #2 round, #8 round, #8 flat 989-SBK3-3 1

Additionally required:

smooth watercolour paper, water container

Template Hoya

Template Succulent

Template Protea

Tip:

Before you start, create a colour card with the pencil strokes of your tinted watercolour pencils. To do this, colour in two patches on a piece of paper with each pen. Always paint one of them with water. This makes it easy to see the colour in pure form and what it looks like when mixed with water. You can store the colour card in the pencil box.

Hoya

Print out the motif template. Use a soft pencil (Mars Lumograph, 8B) to evenly shade the back of the template motif.

Download template

Precisely place the template (with the front facing up) on the watercolour paper. Then trace the motif and the letter with the sharpened pencil (HB). This will transfer the motif to the paper. Before removing the template, lift the bottom corners and check if all the lines have been transferred.

Shade the flowerpot in slate grey and use the damp brush to colour it in. Dip the tip of the graphite grey pencil in water and use it to apply the dots directly onto the flowerpot.

Colour the leaves with ivy green. With a little cherry red, you can add accents to individual leaves. Also highlight the leaf veins. It looks great if you only watercolour some of the leaves. Let everything dry completely.

With the black pigment liner (0.3), you can now trace the lettering and then carefully erase all pencil lines.

Succulent

Print out the motif template. Use a soft pencil (Mars Lumograph, 8B) to evenly shade the back of the template motif.

Download template

Precisely place the template (with the front facing up) on the watercolour paper. Then trace the motif and the letter with the sharpened pencil (HB). This will transfer the motif to the paper. Before removing the template, lift the bottom corners and check if all the lines have been transferred.

Shade the outer edge of the leaf very delicately in cherry red and the inside of the leaf in ocean blue.

Now use the damp brush on the colour. Start with the cherry red. Make sure that the leaf edges remain pink. Do one after the other, leaf by leaf, and clean the brush in the water glass after each one. It looks great if you add accents in three leaves with a little honey brown.

Now place a shadow in each leaf using cherry red and ocean blue, with a strong colour application.

With the black pigment liner (0.3), you can now trace the lettering and then carefully erase all pencil lines.

Protea

Print out the motif template. Use a soft pencil (Mars Lumograph, 8B) to evenly shade the back of the template motif.

Download template

Precisely place the template (with the front facing up) on the watercolour paper. Then trace the motif and the letter with the sharpened pencil (HB). This will transfer the motif to the paper. Before removing the template, lift the bottom corners and check if all the lines have been transferred.

Colour the leaf tips with honey brown. Then apply water to each petal on the opposite side with the brush and carefully blend it with the honey brown.

Use ocean blue to shade the other end of the petals and watercolour them. The white paper should remain in the middle of each petal. This makes the entire flower look white later. Finally, add accents and depths to the bluish areas of the petals.

Now make the leaves with ivy green, bottle green and honey brown. The plant stem is watercoloured in winter brown and honey brown.

With the black pigment liner (0.3), you can now trace the lettering and then carefully erase all pencil lines.

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