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Minimal Supplies Card with Botanical Drawing Book

Hi all! Today I thought I would create another card using minimal supplies. I received Peggy Dean’s Botanical Line Drawing book in the mail not long ago and I’ve been wanting to try out sketching some flowers and leaves. And a big thank you to Peggy for sending me the book! Be sure to check out Peggy’s Instagram account, too.

I used two step-by-step examples from the book to draw the flowers and leaves on some watercolor paper. Then I watercolored them using inexpensive Crayola washable watercolors. To add some detail to the leaves, I used an Extra Fine Point Posca White Paint Marker.

I hope you enjoy today’s video! You can pick up a paperback copy of Botanical Line Drawing or the digital version for your Kindle or Kindle app at Amazon.

NOTE: The other floral drawing book I mention in the video is called Modern Florals by Alli Koch. Also, you can register for our new class called Rainbow Maker here.


Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.

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  • Reply Sherry W August 7, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Shhh….do NOT let out that beautiful art has more to do with the artist than the supplies. If certain people see that this can be made with a $1 Crayola set and my $$$ watercolors are not necessary…..LOL! Beautiful card, Kristina.

  • Reply Stacy V August 7, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing! That looks like a great book to play around with.

  • Reply Susie August 7, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Always a treat! I got a kick out of Sherry W’s comment above — she’s right you know (smiling). And, I do like the more personal approach in the video’s.

  • Reply Kristie Maynard August 7, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    What a great book! Wonder if I can get it through Barnes and Nobles, that would be a great way to spend some gift cards that I have. Beautiful card, I’m a sucker for watercoloring anyway, but I love that you drew it too. Thanks for another great video and project.

    • Reply Kristie Maynard August 7, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      Just picked it up from Barnes & Nobles site, Wooooo Hoooo! Can’t wait to get it and give some of those flowers a try.

  • Reply Keti's Projects August 8, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Gorjuss. Love how you make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Keti

  • Reply Teresa Doyle August 8, 2017 at 5:10 am

    LOL. Love Sherry’s comment! Its SPOT ON! I JUST got the Gansai Tambi wc’s last week! LOL
    I love seeing your beautiful face Kristina on the videos and your work is absolutely AMAZING! Thank you for sharing Peggy’s book and Thank You Peggy (if you read this) for publishing it!

  • Reply Deb A. August 8, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Beautiful! It makes me want to start drawing again!

  • Reply Lillian Child August 8, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Fantastic video Kristina … you have a very relaxed way of presenting yourself which in turn makes me relax and feel that I too can do these techniques … thanks for sharing your talents with us!

  • Reply Fran Smith August 8, 2017 at 9:32 am

    This is so lovely.

  • Reply Marian W August 8, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Wow, that is beautiful. Thank you for the introduction to line drawing. I’ve never seen it before.

  • Reply Billie A August 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Beautiful you make it look so easy. That book would be great for “how to” draw. I’ll check it out.

  • Reply Charlotte C August 8, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I remember my son having a how to draw type book when he was young and how much fun he had with it. He’s now an architectural consultant and has his own business, so starting with a book like this can be priceless. I enjoyed watching you watercolor, as I always do, and the finished card is just beautiful.

  • Reply Martha H. August 8, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    WOW! .. I think I’ll take a quick trip to Target tomorrow during my lunch hour, and get those watercolors…
    That is AMAZING!!! The perfect set for me!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Reply Sigma August 8, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    So delicate and fresh watercolor
    Thanks for sharing

  • Reply nadine August 8, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    What a joy to watch you create this piece. You often give me the desire to try something new….thank you.

  • Reply jenn in GA August 8, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    this gives me hope that i might be able to make something like this GORGEOUS card you created! thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Cheryl Johnson August 9, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Nice demonstration.

  • Reply Annie Yip August 9, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    This card is beautiful. So inspirational that with simple supplies and clear instructions, I may be able to do this too!

  • Reply Stef Perry August 9, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Love this video Kristina and thank you for sharing Peggy’s book. Your watercoloring and pencil drawing look so effortless, it’s such a delight to see. I could do the sketching (and I’m definitely going to get her book!), it’s using watercolor paints that I’ve yet to feel comfortable with. Watching you is definitely inspiring! Thank you!

  • Reply Melfina August 10, 2017 at 3:27 am

    What a lovely card! I loved Peggy’s book and you made it look so easy to draw this beautiful flower! I would really love to have this book and try it too!

  • Reply Marcie Lovett August 10, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Fun to see you “live” on camera, Kristina. The card is just beautiful, with minimal effort. Interesting to see how your version isn’t whimsical at all. Just goes to show how the book can be used as a springboard to different styles.

  • Reply Jules August 11, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Beautiful painting. Love the colors you mixed to get really pretty shades.

  • Reply Kendra Haro August 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    You have a way of making things look so easy. I’m checking out this book for my two young girls who want to learn the art of drawing but lack the confidence. This will be perfect.

  • Reply tyra August 12, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Lovely Card and blog post to brighten my day today. Thank you. And funny, just went to swore to hubby that I wasn’t buying anymore Amazon books, I a reminded that I had these two exact books in my shopping basket, waiting to be purchased. Oh dear!

  • Reply Nicole August 15, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Such a lovely card, you are always an inspiration Kristina!! And thank you for showing this book, it’s just what I need!

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