Painting Watercolor Crystals

Painting Watercolor Crystals

Hello! I really want to share one of my favorite things to draw/paint – crystals! These are two works I created last year, but I was lucky enough to remember to take progress photos! So I thought this would make a great blog post to share my process.

  • Sketch
  • Pick my colors/mix
  • I chose liquid watercolors for this
  • Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Look at pictures and/or your own crystals
The cleaned up sketch on Fabriano cold press with some color blocked in.

Next I continue adding more color…

I keep adding more color, each crystal a slightly different shade of blue/purple. Keep in mind crystals that are close to each other will pick up the colors from the one(s) next to it. Don’t forget the darker areas where the crystals would be touching.

I continue to add color until it’s finished, at the end I use a very small brush to make horizontal hash marks across the crystals to show their natural pattern.

The finished painting & my palette/brush/paints, I used the Dandelion Liquids by Let’s Make Art.
The finished painting.
This was another crystal painting I did in the same way as the above, however for this one I used the “Radiant” Dr. Ph. Martin’s liquid watercolor paints and they are VERY bright!

Overall I love liquid watercolors, but the Radiant come out much brighter and colorful, I prefer the slightly more subdued versions, though the Radiants are gorgeous! They really worked well for the butterfly!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy crystals too!

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