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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Inspiration

    • 3. Gathering the Materials

    • 4. Class Project

    • 5. Single Line Contour

    • 6. Wet on Wet Paint Application

    • 7. Edge Handling

    • 8. Adding Depht with Value

    • 9. Adding Texture with Watercolor Pencils

    • 10. Incorporating the Background

    • 11. Final Thoughts

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About This Class


Welcome to “Easy and loose watercolor iris”!

In this class you will build up your confidence so that you can paint a beautiful iris flower in a simple and loose  style using your watercolors and watercolor pencils.

In this class you will learn how to express something unique from a flower that is meaningful to you, and you will find inspiration in an amazing swiss garden!

In this class you will learn:

  • How to simply draw an iris flower, even without having any drawing skills, you can totally make it.
  • How to apply the 1st layer of paint. 
  • How to add depth to the iris flower by deepening values and controlling edges.
  • How to refine the painting by adding those details and textures that enhance the piece.
  • How to splatter paint in order to create a versatile background


By the end of this class you will create a loose and simple iris flower using your watercolors and watercolor pencils.

You will develop a loose approach to watercolors, embrace intuitivity and you will have fun in the creative process.

This is an inspirational class great for anyone who wants to create something without judgement ,get inspired and enjoy the creative process!


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Maibis Navarro

Fine Artist - Plein air Painter



Be warmly welcomed!

My name is Maibis Navarro. I am a Fine Artist and Plein air painter based in Switzerland.

I have been an artist for most of my life as I started painting in my early childhood.

I studied foreign languages at university that led me to Europe for a very unique opportunity where I have remained developing my own style of painting and sharing that style with others.

The landscapes of where I was born and ... See full profile

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1. Intro : Hello, welcome to easy. and loose watercolor iris I am Maibis Navarro a fine artist based in Switzerland And in this class, you will build up your confidence. So that you can paint a beautiful watercolor iris in a simple, looser style using Your watercolors. In this class, you will learn how to express something unique from a flower that is meaningful to you. This is an inspirational class great for anyone who wants to create something beautiful and without judgement. In this class, you will find inspiration in an amazing swiss garden. I will teach you how to simply draw an iris flower. Even if you don't have any drawing skills you can totally make it Next, we will easily apply the first layer of paint. By less than 6and 7, you will add depth to the iris flower by deepening values and controlling edges. Next, you learn how to refine the painting by adding those little details and interesting textures. Finally, we will have fun by splattering paint to create a versatile background. By the end of this class, you will create a loose and simple iris flower using your watercolors and watercolor pencils, you will develop a looser style to watercolors. Embrace intuitive, and you will have fun in the creative process. Does, this sound exciting, yea, I see you in class. 2. Inspiration: Welcome to. This lesson is all about being inspired. We can get inspiration from nature, from flowers or even small things that speak to our heart. I'm particularly drawn to iris flowers because they are so beautiful and loving these exotic Lucan softness to detach and loved it, perils that gracefully flown and those courses, raffles. This is a moment to take photos, to breathe in, breathe out. The refresh your mind. To fill your cap and allow yourself to create from this place of beauty and peace. And now judgement. To say we are going to visit one of Switzerland's most spectacular God with an amazing collection of IRF. It's like a carpet of colors, which shall say shadows. So that's getting psi and allow yourself to get the inspire resources. Yeah. 3. Gathering the Materials: The materials that we will use to create these watercolor painting is a water color set. My car sat by sin and you can use any one that you have a tone. You will also need the watercolor pencils. I am yields seems super color soft watercolor pencils by Karen dash with high pigment concentration in water brush, which is very handy because of its portability. You can with water and you are ready to go. And all toothbrush that we will use to splatter paint and water color a sketchbook or mixed media sketchbook or water color paper. Just consider the weight to be at least 300 grams is what I would recommend for this project. You will also need paper towels in Shadow of water, masking day back. And you will also need a reference photo off. I like to have my reference photo or my iPad so that when I so man, all kinds of details. You can use these photo that I have provided in the class materials or eels, any photo that you like to. 4. Class Project: For your class project, you are going to paint the laws and simple iris flower. You seen your watercolors and watercolor pencils. The main objective of this project is that you develop your laws of style and embrace intuitively city and have fun in the process. The materials that you will need are listed on your plasma materialist. You can find them on your phone or iPad or a desktop on the right hand corner on their Your Project tab. Feel free to upload your working progress and share how you feel about working in a looser and an expressive approach. 5. Single Line Contour: Hi. Have you ever wanted to draw an iris flower or any flower? You didn't know where to start. Please know, feel overwhelms. In this lesson, I'm going to share with you my technique for simplification that will help you to create a foundational throwaway and you don't need any drawings. Tails is going to be very simple. First, we are going to use the masking tape to protect the corners of the page and also to define the vertical format. For the purpose of this lesson, we are going to isolate the iris flower from the background. I will concentrate on transferring the main shapes of the iris to the paper. With the tip of our pencil, we're going to make a small marks. We will break the iris flower into four main shapes. And we are going to use our fingers as a measurement tool. We will transfer for main shapes. We take the measure with our fingers and we transferred to the paper as accurate as possible. Now, let's transfer parallel number too far. Pedal number three, we're going to move it a little bit. It will cover the space between the first and therefore peril. I made this choice for painterly purposes and to have a more balanced trawling. And yeah, now are far main shapes are defined. Now I'm going to look for a single line that allows me to define the subject as quickly as possible with a single line. We are going to contour every shaping individually. One shape and other shame, another shape and a beak shape. But let me show you what I mean. With a watercolor pencil. In his case, I am using color purple. I am going to use the single line to contour each barrel independently. Contouring the pedal is nature size of coordination between what you see, your eyes, your hands. Of course, your brain. It is quite simple. Follow the contour of the pedal with your eyes. To make it even easier, you can close one. Next, follow along with your pencil using only one single line contour. Remember that we are moving a little bit. The peril number three, mass Yukon tour, each petal. Use your first Marx as a guide for your line cone tour. These marks are there to help you. These marks will serve the purpose of keeping the main shapes and will help you achieve accurate proportions. Great, our drawing is ready. If you feel loss, just to stop and restart again. I'm sure that with some practice, you will get the hang of it. If you'd like to keep this step or you are just unhappy with your drawing. You can go to the downloadable materials. I have included an iris flower drawing template that you can download it, print it at home, or Tracy said, and then you are ready to go. 6. Wet on Wet Paint Application: Hi. In this lesson, we are going to start to bring our iris flower to live by applying the first layer of paint you see there wet on wet application technique. In this lesson, we will pre-web detection. Creating small puddles of water. We will add various color ranges, create some dynamic forms, leaving some gaps and whitespaces, allowing the iris to take lie in a simple and loose way. I will also share with you my team on how to work with their refillable water brush and get clean and vibrant colors. Let's start by taking a look at the reference photo and being aware of the different colour ranges in this iris flower. On the three lower battles, we find various color ranges of purples and blues and violets, and may be some beings and magenta. However, on the upper three barrels, we find combinations of yellows and oranges. Okay, now let's start to prepare various color ranges. To start to apply our first layer of spades. We're going to start by preparing the colors that we're going to use for the lower payoffs. I'm going to use violet from my watercolor pencils. You can use any violet or puerperal or your watercolor sets. Or you can use the watercolor pencil. In this way. Taking sharpener and shave out a small flakes of the watercolor pencil, add water to it, and then the color is ready. It will behave almost as watercolor. I'll prepare allows or in crimson or any cool red, purple, violet from my watercolor pencils. For the upper petals, we'll use orange and yellow. And wanted to explain that my decisions for using these colors is not only because they are on the iris flower, but also they are analogous colors, which means that they are near to each other on the color wheel. I choose them because they will blend beautifully. For instance, yellow, orange. For the upper petals. They are next to each other on the color wheel. Blue, violet, or false magentas from the lower petals, because they are analogous colors. They will blend beautifully and with great has_many as they are next to each other on the wheel. Great. Now we are going to work in each petal independently. Let's start by creating puddles of water. The way I proceed is to create poodles of clean water. Notice that I leave white spaces without water. Though this, because those gaps between puddles of water will allow the light to come in to the peril. And I really want to respect that light. Next, I start adding the colors. Notice that I bringing a lot of pigment. First, I add violence. As long as the poodle of water is wet, I can continue to bringing more colors. Analogous call occurs at Qian law sarin crimson. I'm bringing in purple violets. The ultramarine blue. And a few dashes are cobalt blue. You don't have in your violet or in your water color set, these same colors. It is not important. You use what Chris resembles the most, your palate. I wanted to explain. And that gives us a kind of variegated wash, which means that these analogous colors will merge into each other. And when they are applied to the wet paper and you will blend. However, there will still maintain some of their corners, but they will move. They will blend in random ways, which is so beautiful. I also want to stress that only bringing colours as long as the papers stamp. If it is starting to try, pleases stop. These will prevent from ruining your work. So when it is a stark into Try stop. It's the moment to know you need to stop. I also want to say, is that in order to get rationing saturated colors for the pharaohs, made sure that your preparation, in your preparation, the ratio of pigment is more than the water. Because my nature here to have a vibrant colors. So we need a lot of concentration of pigment when you prepare your colors. And another thing to bear in mind is the greens. When they start going in battle, make sure that no country level brush is clean, that your puddles of water are transparent and translucent. Let's be mindful about respect team did trying time. And for the upper petals, be extremely careful that your brush is clean, as well as the water reservoir. I strongly recommend you to watch these lesson until the end. Because at the end, I will explain how to use geography level brush, water brush, and do not end up with muddy colors. And how to make sure that your broad and the reservoir is clean. Before paint application. I decided to add a tiny bit of red to the upper pedal. However, be so careful because Arad is such a strong peak demand as mall diluted, gentle dash will be enough. If there are big puddles of water and don't try to beat your paper towel and gently soak the warrant access. Now, allow your painting to fully Try. And I wanted to let you log the practice lays several times. Like how the battles turned out. Practice in different in different pages of your what they're calling our sketchbook. Practice because practice will leave you calm 3x. And if the soul were they? Okay, now let's allow the paper to try. Have you ever used refillable brides and you ended up having muddy colors? It can happen very often. And I am going to share with you my team on how to work with every Phil brush band and get these beautiful, an unmarried colors. It's very simple and I'm going to share with you, my tape squeezes the bros until the water drops are clean and transparent. Only then the colors will be clean and vive brands can happen that you clean your brush and you think that it is clean because you dip it in water. However, it is not fully clean because it can happen that their color some pigments inside the abroad reservoir. Therefore, you need to squeeze, squeeze a few times. And only when water drops are perfectly transparent, then you will get excellent resolved and you will never have mud in your mixes. This is so important bascially when change colors, for instance, you owe from violet to orange. When you were with Analogous Colors. There will be no MAD because they are almost in the family and they relate to each other. How ever if you make a sudden shift and you say, I'm going from violet to orange. There you need to have a very clean brush. There. You have to query well, so that you never end up with MOD. 7. Edge Handling: Now that our first application of Spain has fully dried, we are going to tackle some edge handling. Edges can be hard when they are easily recognizable. They are well-defined. They have this kind of cauliflower aspect. Edges are soft when they blamed and the transitions are nice and small. Well, let's identify they add just by taking a look at our baiting. Look at our painting, we can notice that most of the edges that happen inside the petals are soft. We noticed that the transitions and blending things are so nice and smooth. If we take a look at the reference photo, we noticed that inside the battles, the colors gracefully flow with soft edges. In the painting. We can also identify hard edges. We recognize them easily because they have a kind of cauliflower aspect. Be mindful that what makes a painting to feel balanced if this interplay between soft and hard edges. In these watercolor painting, I want to allow that soft edges happen inside the pedals. At the same time, I want to allow the whitespaces to serve the purpose of bringing light to the pedals in. I really want to respect that. On the other hand, I noticed many hard edges on the contour of their payoffs. And I feel I want to make it more balanced. By that. I mean, that this interplay of soft and hard. And just to be more interesting. So i will proceed to make the contour of these hard edges more soft. And I will do this randomly. Follow these simple steps. Damp in water, the tip of the brush with a zigzag motion, start to blur hard edges, making them soft. Creepy their process. Make some edges randomly soft and allow others to stay hard. Remember, this is very subtle. Great, everything looks fairly balance. Let's move to the next lesson. 8. Adding Depht with Value: In this lesson, we will build up the colors and we will depend the values by the water brush. In a simple way. We will emphasize those patterns in their petals that make the iris flower unique and special. Let's take a look at the reference photo. And notice all the fuel for borrowers and the raw falls of the burden iris, they are laws. They are built a form and quarry wanted though, is to try to mimic this effect using the water brush. And I'm going to show you how to get laws using the wire brush. Okay? We are going to warm up and we're going to use the color violet. With the brush pen. We will do some loose sand, fine line runway to mimic the rockfalls that no ripples in the iris flower. Mimicking these raw falls in a simple way. We allow the viewer to recognize the iris flower as such. It's this kind of movement in the perils that make the iris flower unique and spatial. You don't want to make it flat. U1, the movement. Let's choir map in practice, good. You lose with the brush pen. And where that, the more you practice it in a sheet of paper to get loosened spontaneous, the better the result will be. When mimicking these raffles, try to kind of outline the flower. It's totally fine to go outside your initial mark and throwaway. Create fine lines that enhance the form and bring the flower to life. We are using deep values of violet, orange. Because by deepening the values, we can enhance the shape of the eye rays, making it more interesting and not flat. When working on the upper battles, don't forget to fully clean the brush to avoid any MOD. Use orange to define the upper ruffles. Okay, it looks great. Let's move to the next lesson. 9. Adding Texture with Watercolor Pencils: In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to use your watercolor pencils to enhance the texture so the iris flower by adding some small and fine details. Now, let's take a look at the reference photo. We are going to zoom in. And when zooming in, we are going to look for those details that make this flower you need. The Bird of the Burnet iris is what makes this flower unique. Let's say a local. So those small wanes, non-lethal dots. The angles of the veins are also important to notice. The ruffles of the barrels freely make These iris flower unique and special. Now, I'm going to show you how to add those textures, you seeing your watercolor pencils. Let's start to practice how to create simple lines that mimic the rockfalls. Sharp your pencil and practice to get loose and make these in another paper. Tried to convey free and loose lines. Be mindful that we are going to grow our shapes. And that is totally fine as we're looking to enhance the forms of the iris flower. Define the Bird of the iris flower, which is a very important element that defines the character and the uniqueness of the burger, the iris. Sometimes with our lives we will overlap. The water color and that is also totally fine. It's part of the process of enhancing the form. Apply lots on lanes with the color pencils. Outline the areas where the iris flower can be enhanced. Not everywhere. Use to class blue to enhance the lower petals. And hence the texture. Create fine details. Paint outside the edge of the parallels. Use orange watercolor pencil to enhance. The upper petals. Use yellow to create some a markings. Use red to enhance some details. Emphasize, some parts. Emphasize some dots and veins, but not overwork. It just tried to make the patterns more recognizable. Use violence to create some textures, outlining, and hence the four. Add some details without being overbearing. Create effects. Add some detail marking. Get some angles. Is purple to suggest some leaves. Yes, it looks very nice. Let's move to the next lesson. 10. Incorporating the Background: In this lesson, we are going to add an interesting background to our painting by splattering paint with a toothbrush. We're going to have so much fun because we're going to recreate it in order to add the versatility and interest to the background with a very simple technique. And this is going to be so much fun. First, let's protect our iris flower with mask intake. Plays the tearing of masking tape all around the flour and the flower itself. Made sure that the earrings cover the ad chess. And also a little bit more. Because like that, we are growing their shape and allowing more light to show through on the perils. Also, the pairings create in more natural and organic luck of the edges, which becomes apparent for these kinds of flour. And you'll see a low PEG version of masking tape to prevent any damage of the paper. Great, now that the flower is fully protected, let's prepare the colors for the background. I am preparing a watter reversion of orange and a water reversion of yellow. I have up to create the warm background, which feeds the feelings they have for these P's. However, be free to use the colors of your choice. With the technique of splattering paint, we are really going to get the reverse of tile background. That is simple and very much appreciate it. Okay. The toothbrush with the stiff bristles independent, then shake it to remove excess. Plays the toothbrush near nibbana Graham. And with the resource, release, the paint that live far your toothbrush is from the paper, the wider area covered. Play also with the fact that if you place the toothbrush near the surface and you snap the bristles chain clean, you will obtain a fine mist. However, you can also obtain Boulder arm 50K results of splattering if you place it not so close to the surface. So play with these fine missed and these thick splattered rings. It can make the background so much interesting. Use a paper towel very gently. If you want to remove any undesired splotch R3. Okay, now, let's allow for the painting to try. Now the time has come to gently remove the masking tape. Start pulling the tape off. Pull it at the 45-degree angle, upward. Jan click, continue. The process. In our painting starts to be revealed. It is so beautiful how they shape has grown with Saussure organic shapes and all the light around, which really enhanced the flower. And in the end, this is the focal points. I also love the contrast between the colors in I find this picture so wonderful. Be happy about your creation. Sign and frame it. And be glad that you made these projects and really excited that you came up to here. 11. Final Thoughts: Thank you so much for having joined me in these water color class. I really hope you have had joy and inspiration and fun along the way in the beautiful process of creating a water color iris. If you have like these flags, I will kindly ask you to share a review and don't forget to follow me on skill share. And let me know if you would like to have more classes like this one, and we'll be thrilled to see your projects. So please upload them in the project section. I will also love to see your work. I would love to share it on Instagram. So please contact me at for maybes Navarro Art. And I will see your work and I will be very happy to share it with others. So thank you so much and have fun and enjoy the creative process. You know.