How to Create a Watercolor Painting with Minimum Colors
Creativity, although often perceived as something complicated, is simply combining different ideas to make something new. You don't need larger-than-life ideas to create. You can still make beautiful art working with just a few elements — just like in this stunning minimalist piece by Soo Junk Park of IG: @novembersoo!
Today, she'll be showing us how to create a painting using minimal colors with watercolors and a fountain pen. We hope you have lots of fun trying out this painting project!
Hi! My name is Novembersoo (Soo Jung Park), an illustrator based in New York. Presently, I am exploring multi-disciplinary works and experimenting various Art & Design fields ranging from digital media, print, product design and illustration.
I post watercolor illustrations and time-lapse videos of my works at @novembersoo on Instagram. For this video, I am sharing how to create a painting with minimum touch of watercolors.
Hopefully, this time-lapse video is helpful for those who find watercolor painting challenging.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW:
Regardless of brands, I love all kind of watercolors and I use any that are in my ceramic palette.
- Mgraham, Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, Schmincke, Sennelier etc.
Brushes & Pen:
- I like to use mop brushes especially to draw big background circles. I also love to draw with a fountain pen on top of watercolor. (I normally use EF and F nip)
- I use any white 100% cotton papers (300gm). My favorites are Winsor & Newton Watercolor paper.
HOW TO CREATE A WATERCOLOR PAINTING WITH MINIMUM COLORS:
Know what and where to draw. It's always helpful if you can do a light pencil sketch on your canvas or paper.
Start making two to three big and small circles with your favorite colors.
Once the watercolors have dried, follow your sketch-line and draw on top of it with a fountain pen.
If there is any spot where you wish to insert some point color, wet the brush and paint with some highlight colours.
CHECK OUT THE FINISHED PIECE BELOW:
Watercolor painting has no fixed rules and everyone has his own painting methods and styles. I hope that this simple demonstration can help encourage the viewers to try watercolor painting. Thanks.
Have a question about this process? Comment below and we'll do our best to answer you!
To see more of Soo Jung's work, visit or contact her here: