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A Romantic Flower Bouquet | Watercolor

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (1h 20m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Tutorial - Stylized Flowers Part I

    • 4. Tutorial - Stylized Flowers Part II

    • 5. Pencil Sketch

    • 6. First Wash

    • 7. Second Wash

    • 8. The Leaves

    • 9. The Pot

    • 10. Final Touches & Final Thoughts

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About This Class

If you love flowers and watercolor, this class is for you! It is suited for all levels, including beginners and intermediates. It is a step by step video, designed in such a way that students can easily follow it and paint along


I was recently given a beautiful flower composition, simple yet magic, in the tones of the pinks and the purples. Fresh flowers, once cut, don't last long, that's a sad truth. I felt the urge to give eternity to it and I decided to paint it.

My most preferred medium is watercolor, which is perfect for a romantic painting. The style of this project is not going to be hyper realistic. I am on the contrary keeping a loose style, that will allow me to detail it following my taste and my fantasy. You are welcome to follow yours!

I thought I'd share this painting with all of you flowers lovers. This is a step by step class, from pencil sketch to final details, preceded by two short tutorials on how to draw and paint different types of flowers and leaves. We will obtain a pretty and charming painting.


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Maria Giulia Escard

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Hi, my name is Maria Giulia, I am based in Italy. I’ve been a creative since a child. Loved working with paper, knitting, drawing, upholstering, embroidery... I lived in different countries trying to catch the beauty of each of them, but the most enriching experience was my 8 years stay in India, in New Delhi. There I've discovered what is a constant practice of art, with an ongoing internship in ceramics and pottery in a wonderful studio, with an engaging teacher.

From there, I discovered painting.

Watercolor is magic. It has its own soul and behavior, a master of resilience and adjustment. Accidents and mistakes become the chance for new discoveries.

It has become a meditative daily practice. I mostly post on my Instagram profile... Check it out if ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, I am Mary Giulia Escard I am an Italian watercolor artist. I live in Turin in Italy. I was recently given a very beautiful flower composition from a friend. I really liked it and I was so sad that cut flowers don't last very long. So I thought I would paint it and give to it the eternity that it deserved. My medium is watercolor, and I find it perfectly suitable for this kind of project. Since the flowers were composed in such a way that was so romantic that watercolor with the lightness or the best medium for this kind of painting. I thought that I would share this painting with you. And the project for this class will therefore be a beautiful, bouquet painted in watercolor. It's a class that it's suitable for beginners too. I have included two tutorials just to show how I paint flowers and how I paint leaves, which are the elements that compose this painting. I hope you like this project and I hope you'll paint with me this beautiful bouquet. See you in the next lesson for the materials. 2. Materials : A very short explanation about paper needed and used in watercolor. You can use 100 percent cotton paper, which is the top quality. It's recommended for techniques such as wet-on-wet and color blending on paper that require a big amount of water. This paper will absorb water nicely without causing any problem. Alternatively, you can use watercolor paper that contains a lower percentage of cotton, such as the Fabriano pure cellulose paper. The important requirement is that on the cover of the block, you find the indication of its thickness. Such as the in here where you can see the weight of each painting of good-quality. You need to use a paper which is at least 300 grams per square meter. My color palette is white nights. They are a pallet of very nice color, very pigmented and very soft. The come in tube. And I squeeze them into palette of empty pans that I have bought online. I let them dry and I can use them for very long time. Let's have a look at the colors we are using for this project. I use olive green and a grass green for all the greens that are present in this painting. I mix them in different shades. I have then used different shades of reds and purples. So I've used a violet, a madder lake red, a lilac and carmine red. I will be then using a very little amount of black if you don't have it, no problem. Not all the pallets contain blacks. You can use a dark color. I will mainly use a brush of medium size. I think these number four wheel. So to me, as we are going to proceed, the area by area, small flower, by small flower. So we don't need to cover big areas at a time. I've just put aside a big brush in the case I need to spread some water or to enlarge the area of the green. When I'm painting the vasa, a pencil, an eraser, and use those another pencil to take measurements a pallet to mix colors and some water. Now that we are all set with the materials, we can start sketching flowers. See you in next lesson. 3. Tutorial - Stylized Flowers Part I : I thought I'll give you some short explanation on how I paint my flowers. A loose piece of paper and draw random colors, which is around this form. It's about, I am giving round form and then drawing two petals on it and on top of it. Stigma. Now I am drawing a parent. And because the view is from the top and I'm giving some few lines in a spiral direction towards the center. So to give the impression of the quantity of petals that apparently has, I'm indicating also two or three petals already open, which is also quite typical of peony. And now I am drawing the hydrangea by an irregular whole valley again and few lines inside to indicate petals. And you start by first Russia with our colors very diluted. Again. Very light touches of being on the hydrangea and leaving white spaces in between. I tried to suggest also some shapes of petal, still very loosely. It's still wet. I go in some points and with the darker color because all the petals will have a shadow, the part further flower bad. I am still using a very light pink, uh, giving the form of the petal that I have already drawn and leaving some white spaces between the petals. Now I am starting with the light green plants with the pink of the petal, since the flower is still very young. Connecting the two colors with some clear water. More touches of color wherever I feel the need. Now, I am starting with the PE or knee. Again, a very delicate touches following these spiral direction that I have given for the petals. Paying attention to. Start with the spiral, this will indicate the center of the flower. And now we have to paint these open petals by painting the edge of them and then indicating with the direction of brush that they are curving towards the lower part of the bouquet, so they are really open, about to fall down. I go back to the central patrons with small touches of very light color, even clear water to, to connect one petal to each other. Here I feel the need to better harmonize the shape of these flowers. So I add some roundness in the back of it. I am completing these petal, which is right in front of me by still giving some color to its edges. First wash is complete. I'll see you in the next lesson for the finishing on the flowers. 4. Tutorial - Stylized Flowers Part II: With my pain still, I draw the center line of the leaf and then draw the edges of it. The dark green. I draw the central line. With the lighter green. The edges. Some water in the middle, blend the two colors. Must say that the choice of the colors is completely optional. So leaves can have different colors and we can decide how to paint them. I like to give some dark color to the edges of the leaf. Now, I want to fill these empty space which is in between the flowers, as we are going to do this in the book too. So I mix on the paper different greens and I let them blend together with the help of some water. I'm also painting some branches that we will see also in our bouquet. Try to be careful not to touch the paint, which is still way too, but it's not a problem if there is a some color mixing on the paper. This is a fantasy painting. And so we can let it be when the color is dry. We can take our palette and directly from E to take some of our colors and start detailing. In these hydrangea, for example, we can give small touches of dark color and give touches freely. It gives good. If we give some geometric small shapes, scenes tell us in the hydrangea are sort of triangular shape. For the running close. I, again go over the outer edge of the petals, giving some more color to define the shapes and the border of them. I take again the green to give more color to the lower part of the petals. The pay on me, I am giving another color. So I painted with at the beginning and now I am giving a pinkish color just to create some contrast. I want to fill these green more so we can give some little dots of purple color, for example, to give the feeling and the impression of small flowers or small branches. Some darker green to create stems. Here I am detailing the stem of this bad and the leaf. Now that we know all the techniques to paint flowers, we can start sketching our real bouquet. See you in the next lesson. 5. Pencil Sketch: I will be using an A4 size paper. So I am taking measurements that are appropriate for these highs. And with my pencil, I take the width of the bouquet, which is the size of the pain. So by keeping my arm at the same distance, I measure the height of the bouquet. The height is a little bit less than the width. At the same distance, I measure how the bouquet is wider than the vase. And with all these measurements, I can finally start sketching the layout of my painting. I remember the height of the bouquet is a bit shorter than my pain sales. So I am drawing a line just for reference, which is the center of the bouquet. And now I am drawing the width of the bouquet that I remember being the same size as the pencil line that I'm drawing right now is the lid of the pot. And I remember measuring the size of the pencil that was exceeding. And this will help me now drawing the size of the vase. So the vasa has shape, which is the square root, but shorter at the bottom and wider on top. And the bouquet, as we said, is wider. So I'm just drawing a very thin line that will give me the size of the bouquet. And now I am starting giving position to the flowers. So the, most of the bouquet is composed by these roundish flowers. I think there were nine kilos hydrangea here and there. I am sketching these flowers in a way just to remember that these will be different size, size, and shape of flower. There is also a lot of green in this book. Leaves are in the bouquet and around the two draw some leaves, we just draw a line and then we sketch the leaf around the line. This will give the direction of the leaves. This bouquet is very rich, so I have to fill all the space. Hi, I am indicating the petals and the position of the stigma where I see the need of filling with more leaves. I am drawing also some long stems that are present in the bouquet, indicating also some small flowers that are present here and there. Now we are just sketching, but we don't need to worry too much as it would be very easy to fill all the spaces with the color. One of the characteristics of this pot is that it is composed by leaves, green and flower. So I have to indicate the position of some flowers that will not be paint in green, but we'll have their own color. Now that we have filled all our space, we can give our final touches and wrap up for the next lesson, where we will start having fun with colors. 6. First Wash: With the color safe prepared on my palette, very, very diluted with water. I start painting my flowers one-by-one. So I am starting by 12 and giving very light. Wash on eat. We remember to be careful and not touching the bed does one with each other. Then I take another color or the same cholera and doing the same thing to a different flower, not close to the first one. I can get some of the bad. Now I am starting doing that. Such as we say the, so with these spiral here, I'm adding some petals that are more standing than the ones we draw. We drew in the tutorial before, but the technique is the same and now I am blending the color to create a gradation. Okay? I go on painting flower by flower. Always being careful not to touch the wet paint, giving darker shades on the edges. Remembering the blending of the green in these younger bands. And following, specially following my taste, my own taste, how I like colors to be put next to each other, and how I like colors. Seeing each other. Always remember to have the, with the Betas we have to leave that white space are very important in painting. Okay? Okay, for the small screen. So I start creating these labs to fill up the space between the flowers. I don't like these, the space that was left between these flowers. So I'm just going to use the space that is last. There. We have now given a swash to all the flowers we painted. And I see you in lesson 4, the second law. 7. Second Wash: Here we are for the second wash and for the details, we just have to take flower by flower and see what's missing following our tastes. So I am going to detail my flowers. And you have to detail yours. You have to decide what color to our painting together. Hi. And decide whether you have to. She left a space for. Okay. All right. And cash Change. We've changed. Hi. Hi. We stopped here for the trial. 8. The Leaves: I'm starting by the ones that are in the front end then on the edges, giving again some touches of the dark color to create a variation in the leaf. And I will do in the same way for all the leaves, blending colors, mixing them, and changing a bit from one leaf to the other. All right? Right. Okay. In green, I had left the space for it before. There are there are also some smaller flowers. We have seen them in the tutorial before. I'm painting them as little dots of a darker tone of this flower is in the back. I am just giving some lines to indicate. I can see a very small portion of the map. I can guess where I see heat on the right side. Or small branches come out from the MOOC. Dots here. For the small flowers. Now the bouquet is done. I will see you in the next lesson for the top. 9. The Pot: The art is made out of leaves and flowers by flowers. So we start by giving a very light wash with our darker green, very diluted, leaving the whitespaces where I can guess there are dried flowers. Some touches of lighter green. And I start darkening the color by touching with the dark green. Hi, especially care about controlling these leaves because these darker color will indicate the shadow created by the leaves. Now a light washer has dried, I can touches of concentrated, darker green to indicate all the leaves that decorating this composition in the lower part. Yeah, I am defining the shape of the leaves. And I am starting giving flowers that are part of the composition in the lower parts. Okay. So far the painting, the more I need three jobs. Now, our plants, we know why our flower composition is done. I wait you in the next lesson for the final thoughts and a final magic touch, if you like it. 10. Final Touches & Final Thoughts: Hi, welcome back for some final detailing touches subtopic painting. So first of all, I want to give to eat a base where to be placed. So I am drawing a line with any color of your choice. I am giving the color very lightly, even blending to white, just to create a differentiation that suggests a table where the pot is placed. He then take gray color or a blackish or any way darker color. And I give is oval-shaped, which is the shadow cluster on the table by the composition. I start with a very diluted color. And then if I feel it, if I want a darker shadow which indicates more light, I am giving touches of more concentrated color. From these over to the Bayesian, contouring the base of the, of the pot. And now an optional touch of magic. If you like it. You can leave it as it is or sprinkle some color from our palette, the same colors we have used for the flowers. With the watery solution, with spring curves, some drops of color. I think our painting is now complete and ready to be framed. Here we are with our painting. Here. I hope you are happy with yours. And I thank you very much for being with me in this project. I encourage you to post your project in the project gallery of my class. And I encourage you also to ask feedback or comments I am posting on Instagram and on Skillshare, so you can follow me here. On Instagram. I hope that you will frame your painting and enjoy it for a very long time. Bye.