Sunflower Sketch Watercolour Complete!

Happy Monday, my friend! As promised in last Thursday’s post (HERE), I’m back to share my progress on my latest project. I’m happy to say that my Sketched Sunflower watercolour is complete! To recap, I was super lucky to win an online course by artist Sandy Sandy, from her Learn. Love. Create. site.  The Sketched Sunflower class offers both options of watercolour and alcohol ink; I decided to start with the watercolour version.


First, I start by printing out the sketch.  Next, I trimmed a piece of Arches 140 lb. Coldpress watercolour paper to 5″ x 7″. To transfer the image onto the watercolour paper, I  used a sheet of graphite paper to trace it. Then, I went over the pencil tracing with a fine point Micron black pen.  Below, you can see what it looked like before the painting started.

Sunflower Sketch in Watercolour

Next, I prepared my palette of Daniel Smith watercolour paints. I followed along with the tutorial videos, first starting with the background. I then move on to the flower petals, and then the leaves. The final area to be painted was the middle of the flower. After allowing the painting to dry overnight, the final step is to go over the sketched outlines in some areas, adding darker lines, and a few ‘squiggles’ for interest.


Well -what do you think?! Below is my completed painting.

Sunflower Sketch Watercolour Complete!

The very final step was to mask off the flower & petals, and splatter some crimson paint for extra interest.  I’m pretty happy with how it came out – look, I even signed it!  When I do it again, I’ll try to leave more white spaces, to allow more ‘light’ in the picture.

Below, you can see the reference photo, from Sandy’s completed work.

Sketched Sunflower Watercolour Complete!

I’d love to hear what you think about my painting of Sandy’s reference. I also highly recommend her online course! This is the first one that I’ve done, but I really like her relaxed style, and easy to follow tutorials.


For this course and more, head over to LOVE. LEARN. CREATE. and see what’s available. I’m sure something will catch your fancy! For the paints, brushes and paper I used, affiliate links are offered, at no cost to you. When you use my affiliate links, you help support me to purchase new products, & maintain this blog. Then I can continue sharing new projects with you!

If you’re interested, the Daniel Smith colours used are listed below:

Quinacridone Gold, Hansa Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Pyrrol Crimson & Scarlet combined to make orange; Burnt Sienna, Phthalo Green, Cascade Green, Green Apatite, Serpentine Genuine; Phthalo Blue, Wisteria, and Rose of Ultramarine.

Sketched Sunflower Watercolour Complete!


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

10 thoughts on “Sketched Sunflower Watercolour Complete!

    1. Thanks so much, Susan! I appreciate your confidence in me – I think it was a great tutorial 🙂

  1. I agree with Susan an Jackie above. You did a super job Deborah! Thanks so much for mentioning me and for your nice comments

    1. Thanks so much, Sandy! I really enjoyed doing this watercolour from your tutorial. Next I’m going to try it with alcohol inks! 🙂

    1. I’m glad that you like my watercolour sunflower, Buffy! Thanks for your kind comment 🙂

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