Easy Watercolor Cactus Illustration

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Hey y'all! I'm back on the blog (after almost two months...wow.) with a brand new watercolor illustration tutorial. You may have noticed that I've been posting video tutorials now instead of my previous photo format. This is for two reasons: it's a better learning experience for you, and a much easier teaching experience for me! And that's why I'm so excited for today's Cactus illustration----it's EASY PEASY BABY.

Below is a full supply list that includes links for everything, and then the video tutorial. Below that are some tips you may find useful in your artistic endeavor!


Watercolor Paper
Brush Pen
Fine Tip Pen
Cup of clean water
Paper towel for blotting
Optional - Blending Palette

Here are some helpful tips:

  • If you are working with a basic or limited color palette, no worries. Mix blue and green, green and yellow, or add a little black to green to achieve various tones that will give your cacti some personality and individuality.
  • Try to appreciate what the pigment does on the paper. Don't treat watercolor like an acryllic paint---not every stroke needs to be perfect. That's why watercolor is so freeing...or so frustrating to perfectionists! ha!
  • You don't need to use a brush pen or fine tip pen to finish your illustrations if that's not your thing. No worries! Do you!

Did you enjoy today's tutorial? Are you going to try it for yourself? Let me know in the comments or hop over to my Instagram and tag me in your cactus photos. I would LOVE to see them!