Exploring Paint: Learn to Create Gestural Florals

Victoria Johnson, English artist living in Rome.

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7 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:36
    • 2. Floral sketchbook: flip through my sketchbook to see the possibilities.

      0:30
    • 3. Floral reference: find imagery of beautiful flowers and get inspired.

      0:32
    • 4. Tools: see what I'm using - it's nothing fancy!

      1:51
    • 5. Mark-making: find out what your tools and materials can do and let them do the work.

      9:04
    • 6. Painting demo: create a beautiful floral bouquet!

      10:13
    • 7. Project: create your project as you learn then use what you learned to create more!

      0:49
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Project Description

Create a small scale floral bouquet on A5 watercolor paper.

  1. Try the mark-making exercise to find out what your tools and materials can do.  Be as experimental as possible - no-one will see this (unless you want us to, in which case I'd LOVE to see what you do). Use a big sheet of paper or lots of smaller sheets.
  2. Follow the lesson to try out the techniques you’ve experimented with.  You can use the materials demonstrated or try out different ones.  Use just one type of paint or four different types.  You might find it easier to follow my composition and colors to start.  If you enjoy copying my bouquet you might like to experiment and try creating your own from Pinterest reference.  They’re so quick to do, you can create a collection of tiny paintings.  Some will be great and some will be rubbish.  Chuck the rubbish ones in the bin and frame the ones you love!
  3. Take a well-lit photo of your artwork in natural light.  I use the photo-editing app Snapseed on my iphone before I upload pics of my artwork to Instagram.  You can adjust the brightness, and saturation and bump up the highlights.  
  4. Share, share, share - in the project gallery, in the community and on Instagram (@victoriajohnsondesign #victoriaskillshare).  I can't wait to see your work and offer the help you need to develop your skills!

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