tutorials, Watercolors

How to paint an amazing painting using only a single technique.

Hey there!

Blessed Friday y’all!

Today I have for you a very simple technique that you can use to create amazing artwork.

Flat wash!

Flat wash is a simple, single color paint that you put on the paper. There are no gradients, no color mixing…. just a simple solid color wash all over.

Sounds boring?

It is the total opposite! 😀

Let’s get started with the tutorial.

You will need:

  • watercolor paper
  • black acrylic
  • Yellow ochre watercolor
  • white acrylic
  • a flat round tip brush (I used size 12)
  • a 0 round brush
  • palette and
  • water

Secure the paper on to your working board and draw lightly.


Using a size 0 brush, start outlining the illustration using black acrylic paint. Take your time with the line drawing. You don’t want to mess this up.


Once you are done, let it dry.

Dilute some yellow ochre in your palette using clean water. Do not dilute too much as it will create strokes on your paper.

Now start painting the background, avoiding the flowers. You can apply a second layer of paint if you want to darken the color. A few things to remember to make sure you don’t get strokes:

  • Use a big brush.
  • Make sure the paint is not too thick or not too watery.
  • Don’t let the paint dry while you are still working on it.

If in case, your paint seeps in to your illustration, just use a clean rag to dab it off and then using a clean brush, wipe the paint off.

You can also do the finishing touches using white acrylic inside the illustration to fix it.

make sure you use a transparent color for the wash. A staining color will not be easy to lift off in case you make a mistake.

And that’s it!

😀 Here’s how mine looks like…



Try it !  You will love it ! 😀



tutorials, Watercolors

Paint your own landscapes part 1

Apart from crafting and running a full time art and craft business, I teach watercolors too. I have a group on Facebook with a close knit community that are mostly beginners. So, here is a tutorial I prepared for them and hopefully it can inspire you too 🙂

Silhouette paintings are probably the easiest and most fun to do… 🙂 you don’t have to worry about the tiniest details and you can build up your confidence from them and then move up to more detailed ones.

I have used Reeves watercolors as they are easily available here and pocket friendly too.

Here is what you will need:

Reeves watercolors in,

  • cerulean blue
  • medium yellow
  • ultramarine
  • orange and
  • payne’s gray

you’ll also need a flat 1 inch brush, round brushes in 12 and 4, a palette, rag or kitchen roll, water and last but the most important…. watercolor paper (I cut an A4 sheet in half and used that)


Tape the paper using masking tape on to a board.

Using the flat brush, wet the paper completely using clean water. Make sure not to create puddles on the paper.

Start with applying cerulean blue on the top of the wet page. Let the colors flow on their own.

Add yellow and let it mix slightly with the blue. Make sure you work fast enough to not let the paper get dry. If it dries up, just wet the paper again using clean water and brush.

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Add orange now. Create a little ‘cup’ (see picture) and paint slight lines horizontally. That’s where the sun is going to be.

Use cerulean blue under the orange and then let it dry a little.


You don’t want the paper to be completely dry. It just has to be dry enough so that the next line of ultramarine does NOT blend and spread like the rest of the colors.

This line of ultramarine is our horizon.


Now comes the last layer of cerulean at the very bottom of the page. Your painting at this point might be giving you doubts by how weird it looks. Just trust the process and keep going.

Once all the levels are done, let the painting dry completely. It should be bone dry when you start with the next step.


Before I set the painting out to dry, I added the sun using the same yellow. The ‘cup’ would now start making sense to you. 🙂 hehe

When the painting was dry, I drew a basic outline of the tree and where I wanted the leaves to be. Then I started painting the silhouette using Payne’s gray. I painted the beach and then I painted the tree.


Continue painting until you are satisfied with the painting.


Once you are done with the tree, paint the reflection on the water using white acrylic. Simple white dotted horizontal line on the bottom cerulean blue part.


And that’s it! You’re done! Remove the tape and congratulate yourself for painting a beautiful landscape. 😀

Here’s how my painting looks…


I hope it was a helpful tutorial. I would LOVE to see your versions of it !

Happy painting! 🙂



tutorials, Watercolors

How to use the masking fluid in your paintings

Masking fluid is the best thing to ever happen to a water colorist. It protects all the tiny fussy areas that you want to keep unstained with the wash being applied. It also gives you the peace to quickly paint an area that can be quite frustrating to manage with all the tiny details that you want to paint around.

Just like any other medium, masking fluid comes with a few do’s and don’ts and a few tips and tricks can get you to make the most of it.

1. Application:

Keep your good fancy brushes far far away from this bottle. You have been warned!

Use your old brushes that are not in use anymore. There are plenty other things that can be used to apply masking fluid. I usually use skewers, old brushes, tooth picks, old tooth brushes etc.

DON’T leave the bottle open while you’re applying the masking fluid on the paper. Just take a little amount out in a cap or your palette well and use.

If you find your masking fluid a little thick in consistency, just add a tiny bit of water and stir the bottle. Diluting the fluid makes the application easier.

2. Drying:

It literally takes five minutes or so to dry (unless it has been applied thickly, in which case you might need up to 20 minutes), so don’t try to speed up the process by using heat. The fluid will stick to your paper and will tear it when you take it off.

Don’t leave the masking fluid on for too long. I’m talking days and months here. You’ll destroy your painting.

Remove the masking when it is completely dry. Also don’t remove the masking when the paint around it is still wet. Patience is the key here.

3. Removing:

Masking fluid is very easy to remove. You can use a stump or an eraser or simply your finger to remove it.

Masking fluid leaves quite strong, hard edges when it comes off. Unless it is what your painting calls for, you can always soften the edges with a damp brush.


Masking fluid is seriously awesome. Once you get the hang of it, you wouldn’t want to work without it.

Have fun !






How to make beautiful paintings using basic watercolor techniques

What were the most basic things you were taught when you started painting? and if you learned painting yourself, what were the first things you learned or tried?

Primary and secondary colors?

Color wheel?



I bet you know these things and they must be second nature to you if you paint regularly.

So, I wanted to go back to the basics and try making artwork using the very basic of colors and techniques.

I tried the cling film technique. Here’s what I did…

I took a heavy watercolor paper and wet it completely using clean water. Then I painted random strokes of magenta, pthalo blue and Cadmium orange on the paper, covering it completely.

Make sure not to let the paint dry.  Work quick. Once the paper is completely covered with paint, put the cling film on and leave it to dry.

how to make beautiful watercolors using basic techniques

Once the paint is completely dry, remove the film and start looking for any shapes that you can find that were formed with the contact of the film and the paint. You might have to rotate the paper to find them.

Once you find them, start painting around it in a darker color, so that the shape you first found pops up. Do the finishing touches and you are done.

See what my painting turned into.



Try it. I’d love to see how yours turns out.

Happy painting!



Watercolor technique: layering

Hey there!

The past couple of months have been quite a roller coaster ride for me and my country. Thankfully every thing is going awesome now.

I have recently started a Facebook group named, “The Watercolor Cafe Pakistan”. Do join in! Let’s have fun!

So, I recently posted a painting there, and I was asked about the process, therefore, I had to post a little tutorial about the layering process in watercolors.

Step 1

I took half a sheet of watercolor paper and taped it’s sides. I started with the lightest wash of hooker’s green. Once it was dry, I lightly drew the leaf shapes with a 2B pencil.

Then taking a slightly darker wash of the same color, I painted all of the paper, leaving out the drawn leaves.


Step 2

Keep drawing the leaves and painting the rest of the paper using darker washes every single time creating layers.


Step 3

When you are adding layers, make sure the previous layer is completely dry before you start on with the next layer.



Step 4

Once you are done with the layers, add the veins to the leaves and do all the finishing touches.

And there you have it ! Easy … isn’t it?



I tried doing one more in warm colors as well. You can do multiple paintings, testing out the color palette. Trust me.. you’ll be amazed with every single color!


Have an awesome day!



Wax resist and watercolors

Hey there!

I posted the previous tutorial and the response was far beyond my expectations! Thank you everyone who visited, commented and messaged me. I’m really grateful!

So I came up with another tutorial. At this time I am going slow and easy to make you comfortable with this medium. I am trying to use just a couple or so paints and just the basic supplies.

So, let’s start with another tutorial. This one is surprisingly easy and fun to do, and NO.. it’s not only for kids… I have made a lot of paintings using this technique and the best part about this is that the resist is invisible until you paint on it.. so you don’t really know how it will turn out. 🙂

Okay, let’s begin…

Step 1

The things you will need for this painting are

1. A quarter sheet of watercolor paper

2. Masking tape

3. Orange and Yellow watercolor paints

4. A large round brush. (I used a number 12)

5. Clean water for rinsing brushes

6. Salt and

7. White oil pastel or crayon.



and that’s it! 😀

Step 2

Tape your watercolor paper onto a hard surface and tape all four sides.


Step 3

All set?

Now draw on the paper with the white oil pastel. Don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be perfect. Let go of the feeling of perfection and have fun!

Here is my drawing, I tried to capture the sheen as much as I could. 🙂

Keep drawing until you’re happy with it.




Step 4

Let us now open up the surprise gift 🙂 …

Take out the paints on the palette and dilute them with water.

Start painting parts of the paper with orange and the other parts with yellow and let them mix.


The oil pastel will resist the paint and that’s the magic of it! Let the painting unfold in front of your eyes!

Step 5

While the painting is still wet, sprinkle a pinch of salt over the wet paint.

The salt will absorb the water and form beautiful blooms.

Let the painting dry completely.



When the painting is dry, brush away the remaining salt and remove the tape.

Ta da!

Here’s how mine looks in two different color schemes. The other one was done using viridian and pthalo blue.

Try different designs and different colors.


I hope you had fun…

I’ll be back with another tutorial next week. Insha Allah!

Till then

Have a colorful day!




Watercolor bookmark tutorial

Hey there!

So today I have a surprise for you, and this is something new for me too. 🙂

I have been requested repeatedly for tutorials and classes and workshops, and while workshops and classes are not possible at the moment, I thought of preparing a little tutorial for you. I hope you enjoy.

I shall be waiting for your feedback on this one. 🙂

So, a few days ago, I made watercolor bookmarks with left over pieces of paper and a paint marker that I found while cleaning my cabinet. I decided to play with it and the results were pretty cute. 😀 A lot of people asked me about it, so I decided to make a tutorial for these bookmarks.

So, let’s begin!

First things first… here are the things you’ll need.


  1. Watercolor paper. I cut mine to a size of 2.25 x 6.50 inches.
  2. Masking tape.
  3. paper cutter
  4. A big round brush
  5. blue and magenta watercolors
  6. white paint marker.

And that’s it! 😀

Now let’s get to the fun part !!

Step 1

Start of by cutting the paper to your desired size. Mine was 2.25 x 6.50 inches. Use a paper cutter to get sharp clean edges.

Tape your paper onto a board or a surface that you are painting on. This might get a bit messy, so make sure your work space can handle that.

Taping the paper also helps create a neat edge to your bookmarks.


Step 2

Now, using a larger brush (I used a no.10) wet the whole paper using clear water. The paper should NOT have puddles of water, just a gloss on it to help the paint move around.

Once the paper is wet, put some magenta color splotches on the paper. It’s totally up to you, where you want the paint to go. Watch the color spread on the paper.


Step 3

Once you have applied the magenta paint, apply the blue paint on to the left over white area. Make sure there is no white space left.

The blue and magenta will mix to make beautiful purple color.


Step 4

When you are happy with the colors, let it dry completely.


Step 5

Start doodling on the paper using your white paint marker. Let your imagination go wild!



I think I am quite happy with my doodling. So I’ll stop here.


Step 6

Now comes the best part…!

Carefully remove the tape, making sure the paper doesn’t tear.


Step 7

Be proud of your bookmark! 😀

Here’s how mine looks… I would love to see yours!


I made a couple more. Here’s a pic of the whole family.

Here’s a little tip for you… Use dark colors. It will make the white marker show better.


Hope you had fun!

Have a colorful day.




Monochrome magic!

Hey there!

It is quite hard to juggle between so many social media “thingys”. Facebook, Instagram, blog, twitter. At some point one or the other is bound to suffer, and usually it is my blog.

I have been doing a lot of artwork lately. My crafting is at a complete stand still for now. 🙂 I will be resuming them soon.

There comes a time when a certain color or a certain style becomes your favorite and you just can’t stop incorporating them in your artwork. My latest obsession is “viridian” hue and monochromes!

Viridian to me is special as it has a spooky feel to it and the range of values it has to offer is simply subperb!

So I started of with this painting by doing a basic flat wash…20180330_152154 (1)

After the basic wash, I started building up the layers beginning from the lightest values. It is easier to build up color rather than removing it. This is one of the things to remember when using watercolors. 🙂

The trees done it light values will appear to be receding in the background, where as the darker ones will come out in the front. This play of values gives the painting a very misty and ethereal feel.

This is how it looked when I was done with it. 🙂

It really is amazing the things we can achieve with a limited palette!

I might be doing more of these in different colors. This was too much fun!


Till then.. Have a colorful day!

Stay awesome!



Flowers and hearts

Hey there!

I have been working on a few huge things and they have been taking up all my time.

This little painting was something that just sprang up in my mind. Violet flowers were actually what I had been craving to paint.

I used Winsor and Newton Cotman water colors on 180 gms.  Canson sheet. The brushes that I used were no. 3 and 6.

I have a heart shaped coaster that I used for the outline, then I masked it and painted loose flowers in it in no particular order. That was it!

easy peasy …lemon squeezey!


Hope to be back soon with something new…

Till then,

have a flowery day!




Can we talk in flowers?

“Can we talk in flowers?
It will be easier for me to understand.” – Nayyirah Waheed

Spreading paint on the paper as it rains is by far the best thing in my life. This is my happy place when everything around me is falling apart. Thankfully it rains a lot in this part of the world… the beautiful African coast of Cote d’ivoire.

My crafting is on a stand still as I have no craft supplies here, so watercolors are my main focus these days.

It rains at least 3-4 times a week here. Very tropical! Yes the sun does come out and everything is bright and cheery after a good spell of rain.

So, it rained again and I instantly took out my paints and brushes and sat outside and started a painting…. Wet on wet.


I started with the flowers first…using the wet on wet technique. Then as they were drying, I started off with the stems and leaves. I used medium yellow and crimson for the shades in leaves.

Once the flowers were almost dry, I lifted a bit of paint with a clean brush from the petals and once they were completely dry, I added the pistil part.



And this is how it turned out.

Hope you like it.

Happy Fri-yay y’all!