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Bird of Paradise in Watercolor

teacher avatar Art by Snehal, Watercolor Artist

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Art Supplies

    • 3. Watercolor Techniques

    • 4. Drawing Bird of Paradise

    • 5. Painting Petales

    • 6. Painting Stem and Leaves

    • 7. Adding Color Values

    • 8. Bonus Video - Adding Background and Outline

    • 9. Thank You

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About This Class


Welcome to my class on how to paint bird of paradise flower step by step. 

You don't need to have any prior experience with watercolors. This class will help you to understand start to end painting process in detail. 

I will be sharing with you

  • How I paint the Bird of Paradise combining different watercolor techniques such as wet on wet, wet on dry 
  • How to paint the base layers 
  • How to add the shadows and final details

If you are a professional, this class will definitely help you produce beautiful pieces of art.

At the end of the class, you will able to paint a beautiful Bird of Paradise flower to decorate your home or to give as a gift.

Can’t wait to see what you create, so lets get started.

I have also included a bonus video of how to add background to this flower.

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Art by Snehal

Watercolor Artist


Hello, from Art by Snehal. 

Snehal is a Designer and watercolor painting lover with a Fine Arts background, originally from India. 

Her interest in the watercolor arts began when she moved with her husband from India to the U.S. in 2014. Soon after she moved here, being surrounded by countryside and urban wilderness, her love for flowers and birds started growing. 

She find her inspiration comes from being in nature. Most of the birds she painted, were visited her patio.

She found that art always came naturally and allowed her to express the way she felt about the natural beauty around her.

You can see all her paintings on her Instagram @artbysnehal. or Visit her blog on

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This one is a number three synthetic fibre pressure. We don't know what I do. Measures like small or medium. I will show you how to paint entire painting using the single fresh. These are Mitchell Mission garb. Watercolor tubes. I have already put them into my battered and arrange them in a range off to cool. I use the same palette to mix my colors. It's really convenient form. You can use any other watercolors full pan or half band like this. We will need paper total to clean and take out extra water from the trash. This is a masking which we can use to put it on the corners. So paper one move oil painting. It's a clean glass off content. I'm using one, but you can use to one part light on other for darker. In next video, I will show you watercolor techniques. 3. Watercolor Techniques : I feel pressure in your Coppola photo techniques. Fost Wait on dry. Second will be weight on weight and third will be out of print Using white spaces. I will draw some league forms Way are going to use combination off these techniques while painting our actual bold of paradise plan. Let's start with return dry in this matter. You allow the paint to dry and then you are another layer off, letting each layer drive before printing. Next left. Now let's try completely in the time we will move to bet on technique in this matter, we have to work on buried surface here. I have applied clear water all over the leaf on stock riding. First layer off color. See how the colors are blending as the surface is already weak. I'm using tape off brush to spread the color all over the league. Here I'm adding some turquoise cream and sparing the color some blue. I have clean my brush, took the extra water out on paper double and using tape off fresh to spread the color. I mean, let's more weight on dry as our first water is completely dried. I have noted my brush with color and I'm applying on the age off. If you see the colors are not blending by themselves like how they're doing where who blamed them smoothly dip your brush in clear water, then take out extra water from brush and use the tape off brush to blank pages. Do it several times until you get this mood color transition. You can see the difference between these two techniques. Now let's move your next technique. That is how to print Using white spaces. I'm applying clear water on the surface. Considering the light source, I'm leaving some white spaces here and there. Now I have started applying color leaving Those white space is empty. I'm going to paint restaurant the petals using the same matter. This technique will give me a painting a modern look because of those white spaces way See how these three lives are looking little more on different than those two for today s painting Rebuilding meeting you our change during I think green and last is blue Next video I will show you how to drop word off battered eyes flower 4. Drawing Bird of Paradise : In my opinion, drawing is all about she. You must observe the subject or object in order to draw them like the six shapes and proportions. Except if you're new to drawing, try toe, pick up the basic shapes, then draw. The countries are outlines, but don't worry if you don't want to drop, that's okay. I have already provided imploding project description off the class, which you can print actress and start thinking. Draw the lines lightly because watercolors are transparent so it won't leave any pencil marks on the paper. Drawing is not just a one time thing, I would suggest. Keep a sketchbook and drawn literally everything that you see draw every day. In next video, I will show you how to paint betters. 5. Painting Petales: there are a couple of things that you need to consider before starting to paint in watercolor painting. Generally, you need to work very quickly, so it's always good to plan your colors before you start. Next important thing is light source. The direction off the lake will influence the shadows and contrast in new painting. In this painting, light is coming from top left corner, so we need to keep this area a little transparent and lighters and other part off letters. I generally begin my painting with more water than Big Man. I'm applying clean water on the surface on leaving some empty white spaces considered in the light source. Then I will be adding pigment slowly. I'm going to follow the same technique for rest of the yellow pictures, make sure that you start and finish your painting with the same style. If you start your painting with flutes trying, keep your degree. If you're painting begins precise like more to realistic side than finish your degree. It should look consistent throughout the process. Let's are some weed level values, but darker orange and little room. The watercolor techniques We learned your lesson. I will be using combinations off return. Try on weight on, but two are some level values. Note supplied. The first light learned to these blue petals. In next radio, I will show you how to paint stems and leaves. 6. Painting Stem and Leaves: as we're done with initial layers on factors. Now let's work on stream and leaves. I have started applying John's buttery layers. I am going to save this space for in color. Yeah, I am using. We're done. We're technique to blend the colors. All right. In next radio, I will show you how to our color values to create death in your painting. 7. Adding Color Values: in this lesson, I ve learned how to act color values. Value is the darkness or lightness off color in watercolor painting. The water to paint ratio defines the value. If you are more water to the pain, the value will be lighter again. If you are a large amount of pigment in the picture, the value will be dark. Good violating final determines Important thing to keep in mind is to avoid overworking. Otherwise, it won't look natural To avoid modernise in your paintings, don't forget to rain snow brush while walking on different colors. Also at a certain time, Replace your water container with fresh water or as a mention earlier. You can use to containers one for light colors and are therefore dark colors foil, placing the darkest stock values for Lou your reference image. Place them properly so that will clear, deft in your painting and give dimension to your subject. Here is our completed. A bold off pattern is flawed. Next radio will be a bonus beauty off. How turned by ground to this plan 8. Bonus Video - Adding Background and Outline: are you clear water on the surface, then our color moving around the both sides for flower, if you are working on the bigger surface and working chunks, so that way you can keep the surface really over, which will help you to blend the colors easily. You cannot treat kosher in between to create some visual and trust. I don't really try to blame the age of smoothly to motion in the background. I am going to use this or claim pains who are some border around the floor, which will help the flower to stand out from the background. - Okay , I think that's it. We're done with our bold off Paradise Park drinking. 9. Thank You: Thank you for taking my class. I hope you enjoyed it. I can't wait to see what you create. And don't forget to upload your artwork in the project section. Or if you're on Instagram then tagged me. So I won't miss any. See you in the next class.