How to paint the US flag with water colors

Introduction

How to paint the US flag with water colors

A bright and very beautiful symbol of the United States of America is their flag. This article will instruct you how to draw and paint the US flag. It might be very useful if you wish to depict the flag as a symbolic decoration for some national holiday. One of them is the President’s Day. Officially this holiday is titled Washington’s Day though most people name it President’s Day. The holiday commemorates George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the first American presidents who were the heads of the country during the turning periods of the War of Independence and the Civil War. The decision of celebrating was taken in 1880 and originally this holiday was celebrated only in the District of Columbia but five years later it became the official holiday for the whole country. Before 1976 the holiday was celebrated on February, 22 – on George Washington’s Birthday until it was decided to change the date to the third Monday of February to commemorate the memory of another great American President, Abraham Lincoln who was born on February, 12.

You´ll need

  • Water colors
  • Watercolor paper
  • Pencil
  • Water
  • Jar for water
  • Piece of cloth
  • Palette
  • Brushes of various sizes

Steps

  • How to paint the US flag with water colors

    Draw a vertical line.

  • How to paint the US flag with water colors

    Draw the same vertical line one more time choosing the width of the flagpole.

  • How to paint the US flag with water colors

    When the pole is ready, let’s draw the cloth.

  • How to paint the US flag with water colors

    Our flag cloth must have some drapery (pleats on the cloth) because our flag is flapping with the wind and it creates the drapery. We must show it on the picture depicting just any flag.

  • How to paint the US flag with water colors - перевод Наташи

    Let’s mark all the strips and outline the square for the star pattern. Not to mix the color of strips, mark each one with the color note, I decided to mark those ones that are meant to be read.

  • How to paint the US flag with water colors - перевод Наташи

    Let’s sketch the cloth drapery more distinct.

  • How to paint the US flag with water colors - перевод Наташи

    Now we draw the strips, there is no need to take the ruler and to draw strips with it help, we are trying to draw the flying flag.

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    This area seemed to be most difficult for me, count the number of stars across and down the flag, remember the numbers or write it down. Let’s make an additional sketch for stars, pay attention (look at the picture of flag) that the direction of the stars goes aslant.

  • How to paint the US flag with water colors

    Now let’s draw out the stars, but remember, they must be five-pointed. Start drawing them from the left, who is afraid to miss a star, draw them from each edge; it is time to remember the number of stars. As for me, I drew the stars beginning from the left side until I got the necessary number. We are not going to depict the exact number of stars as they are on the original flag, let the drapery hide some.

  • How to paint the US flag with water colors

    Now it is time to start working with colors, take a pale blue color, water it on the palette and paint the sky, do not forget about the clouds if you want to see them on your picture.

  • How to paint the US flag with water colors

    Paint the flagpole in brown; and now take the dark blue color with the thin brush and start working with star area shading the space between stars remaining them in white. Do not forget to mark the drapery.

  • How to paint the US flag with water colors

    Now let’s complete painting the flagpole. Take the darker brown color and play with light and shade.

  • How to paint the US flag with water colors

    Take madder lake red color, it is the best variant for painting strips. Paint the strips using the pure color, do not forget about the drapery, now it is the best moment to underline it with a help of strips.

  • How to paint the US flag with water colors

    Water a blue color until it is very faded, and shade the drapery on the white strips. When your painting is dry it is considered to be completed.

Warnings

  • You will need a great stock of accuracy and patience while painting the stars.
  • It is very necessary to have a set of brushes of various sizes, you may have a bad result if you paint everything with only one size of brush.

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Comments

  1. yummi 30 May 2014 :

    This instruction proves the fact that you don`t have to be a very talented painter to draw such pieces of art. Nice to know that anyone can do this thing.

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