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Learn to paint watercolor bugs with this DIY tutorial! I had the opportunity to share this tutorial with Brooke Walker on KSL Studio 5 and wanted to post all the supplies you need to paint fun watercolor bugs like these. There are a few great tips and tricks that makes these so simple and fun to paint; I’m sure you will be painting tons in no time!
How to paint Watercolor Bugs DIY Tutorial on KSL Studio 5
Watercolor Bug Tutorial Supplies
All the supplies can be found here on my favorite Art Supply Store’s website. They’ve been my go to for over 20 years because of their quality supplies, and competitive prices.
- Opera Rose
- Lemon Yellow
- Scarlet Lake
- Permanent Sap Green
- Naples Yellow
- Prussian Blue
- Cobalt Turquoise Light
- Princeton Oval Mop Brush – Size 1/2″
- Princeton Filbert – Size 4
- Uni-Ball Signo
- Zig Memory System Millennium Pen Set
- Canson 9×12 Watercolor Pad
- Optional: Princeton Round – Size3/0
Be sure to check out the video earlier in the post for lots of great tips and tricks!
Use the Large Filbert Mop to easily make the bug bodies. The rounded edge of this brush is great for making bugs, flowers, leaves and more.
Use the smaller size 4 filbert to create smaller watercolor bugs, leaves, stems, or heads and wings on the larger bugs.
Using combinations of the rounded tear drop shape; first create the bodies of the bugs.
Next use watercolor pencils, or colored pencils to draw on antennae.
You can turn the filbert brushes on their side and use them to create the leg segments for your bugs! I love having brushes that I can use in so many different ways.
The filberts are really great too if you want to use them to paint ferns with rounded edged petals. I use a smaller round brush to paint my main stem and a few other stems farther apart and then use the filbert on it’s side to paint all the small leaves.