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Floral Wreath Watercolor Painting

teacher avatar SincerelyYen, Watercolor Artist

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (56m)
    • 1. PART 1 Introduction


    • 3. PART 3 Brush Stroke Drills

    • 4. PART 4 Roses

    • 5. PART 5 Five Petal Flower

    • 6. PART 6 Five Petal Flower (Facing Right)

    • 7. PART 7 LEAVES

    • 8. PART 8 Filler Flowers

    • 9. PART 9 Planning your Floral Wreath

    • 10. PART 10 Class Project: Floral Wreath (Putting everything together)

    • 11. PART 11 Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Every adventure requires a first step!
Start your art journey with me in a one-hour class and learn the basic painting techniques to create floral wreaths using watercolor. All you need is watercolor paper (at least 200 gsm), any watercolor paint and at least one pointed round brush.

Topics covered:
1. Painting materials
2. Fundamental strokes (the foundation for painting leaves  and flowers)
3. Step-by-step guide in painting ROSES, FIVE-PETAL FLOWERS, FILLER FLOWERS, and LEAVES including color blending

4. Planning your floral wreath (How to choose colors and themes)
5. Step-by-step process of forming a floral wreath

The class is perfect for beginners and for those who wish to learn a new style of floral painting.

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Hi! I am Yen, a watercolor artist based in the Philippines.

My art journey started in 2018. Painting was a pastime for me, a way to relax and a way to release stress. (Usually, I paint after my 9 to 6 job as an accountant haha!)

Florals are my usual subjects - wreaths, bouquets, everything that involves leaves and flowers. I am self-taught. I learned from video tutorials on the internet. With constant practice (and after moments of self-doubt, failures and frustrations), I later on developed my skill and discovered my own style of painting.

I share my artworks on Instagram @sincerelyyen. It was where I discovered a deeper purpose for painting - to be God's instrument in touching lives of other people through art.

It is because of my de... See full profile

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1. PART 1 Introduction: Hello, Creatives. Welcome to my first ever online class. I am Yen, the artist behind art accounts in Cerulean E started painting Flora's using watercolor in June 2018 almost two years ago. I am self thought. I learned from videos I see on Instagram and on the Internet. Like many artists, I've had my share of failures for stations and moments of doubt, but with constant practice, I later on developed my skill and discovered my own style of painting. Most of my artworks are an instagram. I post artworks to inspire and encourage others and promote creativity. Aside from that, I also teach in private and group workshops. I have been teaching Florida but their color for a year. Now. The lessons are for beginners, those who want to start their creative journey and those who just want to explore their capability. For this glass, I will be teaching the basics of Florida water colors. We will start with the brushstroke deals and then we will learn how to paint the five battle flowers, how to paint the needs, the filler flowers and they favorite subject the roses. I will also discuss the materials are usually used and how a plan made Florida. So at the end of this unnamed course, we will be putting everything together and we will paint a Florida breathe. So forget about ISS and your bus. Just take the first step and starting a journey with me. 2. PART 2 MATERIALS: If you like vibrant colors for your paintings, I recommend Fabrica style watercolors. They have highly pigmented playing. Some of the colors are intense and saturated. The set comes with self colors, a palette and appointed round fresh for beginners. I can also recommend this brand. It is not granular or chalky, and it is budget friendly. This brand is what I'm using now for my own paintings and for many glasses. The pain produces rich colors, and it's easy to dilute with water. I usually plays my faith here. I leave it to dry, and then I revert whenever I want to use again. It also has place for mixing colors. I keep my brushes in this Converse brush holder, which I bought online. I have different sets here. This is stock, your binds, different sizes of Zen brushes. I recommend this for beginners because it's a good quality and this budget friendly. I also have a set of fabrica styles, soft touch brushes, sizes too four and six. What they like about this brush is is that their tips are very pointed, thus easier to make 10 strokes. This are the precious that we will use for our class scribble pointed round brush. I used the smaller brushes for the details. This is size zero and size four, and they used the medium sized brush for the leaves and the flowers. This is size eight. If you know this, all my brushes are pointed round type. As you see the tips are appointed. Also, all my brushes are synthetic because I like that they're not too stiff and not too smooth. Thus these are easy to control. I use for Briana for my paintings and my glasses. It says here cold breast, meaning the texture is not too smooth and not too rough. Thus it is easier to control pain. Other types of paper are hot breast and rough type. It also says here it is 200 GSM. This letter means the thickness off the paper and its ability to absorb water here. For flora, painting to end urges, um, is enough for the paper not to buckle or wrinkle when it 3. PART 3 Brush Stroke Drills: the way things first, how to hold the paintbrush. It is actually similar to how you hold and our appends in just like of this. However, instead of holding it close to the you were going to move your hand for from the tip like this so that your wrist can move freely when you were making brushstrokes. Now the deals I will be using appointed round brush size eight, but you can use any size from six. Then we're gonna load it with a You can use any color for the Jews. Make sure that the brushes loaded from the step up to the here then we're going to do the thin six and strokes. So that's thin. Hey in. So the purpose of this Jew is for us to master how to control the pressure when you're holding the brush. So again, that's thin. Very light pressure ended set and then it to exaggerate it. That's like pressure and then press and then, like pressure. Notice how my brush moves. So from tip just a tip off the brush is touching the paper and then sick tip toe. The heel is touching the paper and then just the tip a kid now coming question how to control the amount of water in my brush to give you an example. This is a very dry brush. It needs more water a second. See, it was difficult to spread the paint on the paper. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna bet the brush and loaded with band again and then try the stroke. One more day, See is it's very smooth, and it's easy to spread the paint. On the contrary, What if the brush has too much water? Now is very difficult to make a thin stroke when your brush is too much water because the water is building up at the dip and you're creating a bottle of water. So what we're gonna do is we're going to remove the excess water and then make the stroke again. Thin sake. They that. But wait a second. I will be using the same brush. I couldn't looted a make sure, but again, it's loaded from the tip. It is a here. We're going to make the sea strokes. So it starts with a very thin line and then curving with a six stroke and thin nine again so that and because sake and then it's like the similar to the thin text In stroke. However, this fun is curvy again, very life pressure se. And then then this stroke ISS used for anything roses. So I'm going to make a big stroke so you can see how the brush moves. It's with that life press and then life practice both drills for 15 to 20 times so that you can have the proper warm up. 4. PART 4 Roses: farther does as we will use cream son, yellow, ocher and white. I will be using appointed round brush size eight. You can use any size as long as its size six up. Now we're going to mix crimson yellow OK and white. This is actually one of my favorite colors when painting Florida reads, especially roses and then the advise. Okay, and then I will prepare a darker shade over here for the center off the rose that's crimson . And then I will prepare a very light yellow over here that's at the water to make it lighter. This is for the blending. I know they're just the tip of the brush with the darker color, and then we are gonna make see strokes very thin. See strokes for the center really use very light pressure to create this'll. So just the tip of the brush is touching the paper there. Notice that there are no big spaces between the strokes and that the strokes are facing each other, but they should never be part of live. Now, using the mixture, we're going to make slightly thicker strokes. Remember your thins, extend and curve. There. You have to make sure that you're still forming around and it's okay if the strokes overlap , I just can add more. See strokes. They're becoming light through. That's why we're adding water and sicker there. Common question is, when will we stopped painting? See strokes? So the answer there is he stopped painting. See strokes when you are already okay with the shape of your nose. And when you think that the size is appropriate for your floral wreath Now we clean our re brush and add a little yellow for the blending. So while the sea strokes are still where we add yellow very light yellow. So we added more water there, then clean our brush and we loaded with just water. Yup, just water. The purpose of this is to just blend and to achieve a fading effect off the letters. Is there lending? Now we're ready for the second layer and will use a smaller brush size four. Load the brush with our mixture Now, this should be very thin. Very light pressure is used. We're just gonna follow the initial strokes that we made earlier. But then there lanes. I'm thin. No. Think just then a slightly pick and then. So most of the time we're just using the tip off are smaller brush for the details. Notice that were followed the initial strokes that we pain dead. You don't have to put the second layer on all the initial strokes just as somethin lanes and you are OK with your output, then you are 5. PART 5 Five Petal Flower: for the five petal flower. We are going to use the mixture that we made for the roses last crimson, but you can choose any two colors. Just make sure that one is darker than the other. Then we're going to use by the drone brushes size eight and later on size for. So we start by loading the brush with the darker color or grandson, and we paint slightly large thoughts for the center off the flower. No, this it should be slightly wet because we're going to plan. The color is statement and it should form a circle. Now we load our brush with the lighter color that is a mixture off Kim's on yellow Oakar and white loaded from the step off. To the hell it should have color. Then we paid our thin, big, thin stroke and another thin the thin through. Now you can stop there, but if you want to make it thicker, you can add another stroke and another's through to make the pedal fluff here, and we push excess color doors center. If you know this, we're just pulling the color from the center, making it lead the words the bet does there, then another thing sick then. So it's very important that the center is still wet so that the colors will blend. So we make it sicker. Another one here pushing excess color doors center, adding more strokes and their last better thin, sick and thick, thin. And if there is those basis, make the bet those thicker Hey, this there. So if you notice there's bleeding from the center doors betters that is what we want to achieve now. Change brush. Use a smaller brush this a size four and you can pay. Wait for the paint to dry. Before you do this, we will add the details using the darker color here. So we make very thin strokes from this centers outward there, so thin, very light pressure is used. Just the tip of the brush is touching the paper and the ad That's small dots again. Just the tip off. The brush is touching the paper There. There you have it. Thanks 6. PART 6 Five Petal Flower (Facing Right): Now let's try to paint the five better flower facing right. I'm going to use the same brush size, a pointed wrong brush and the same colors that we used in Part one. Now we load our brush with a darker color that is criticizing, and we are going to pain. That's for the center. The dots should be wet, and it should form the letter D. Then we load our brush with the lighter color. That's a mixture off crimson and yellow, Oakar and wife. So we make a thin think menstrual and another thin, thick, then stroke. And to make a thicker, we add another stroke and they pushed. The excess colors, though, is the center. Now All the petals should be facing right, because we want the flower to look like it's facing right again, pushing the excess color towards the center. Now on their third, that the still used the thin think thin stroke there and because they're still in space. So we're gonna add another better still facing right now, ready for our large see stroke. That's, um, thank then a little curvy and then we change your brush for the details and we wait the flower to try. We make the thin strokes from the center to the right. And that's small dots. No, that's on the left, please. Because you want the flower to face, right? And very of it, do you? 7. PART 7 LEAVES: further leaves. We're going to use leap green and sap green. Same brush size eight. Find it round brush now to ensure that my leaves much the colors off the florals. I used this technique. I mix green any shade of green, plus any color that we've used for our Florida's in a wreath. So I'm mixing deep green and cream. Son. Make sure that your brush is loaded from the tip through the heel and we start with a very thin stroke and then thick and thin. And then another thin think thin stroke. The complete I'll relieve again. That's thin, thick, thin and another thing sick through for another leaf. So if you notice the leave is made of two thin, think thin strokes facing each other there, and the stents are made the very thin strokes. So we use very life pressure like that. Now we're going to make another leave using another color. Let's make sap green and our mixture off crimson and yellow, ocher and white be used for Florida's. Make sure that the blend still has more agreeing than the color of the flowers, so we're creating an earthy green over here, and then we're going to make another leave. So that's then big se. So it's still made of a thin, think thin stroke. But this time it is longer. So this is just made off one stroke for every leaf. Again, that's thin. Think thin and another thin, think thin soak there. Now let's make another leave. So that's then for the stem and then slightly breasts there. So it's made of authentic thin stroke. But this time it is shorter. So that's thin and press then and then thin press, thin press, then press and another thin press there. Now we're going to try another early, vicious, made of a different stroke. So again I'm gonna use this mixture, the green plus cream son. Then we load our brush from the tip to the hell. Then we start with our next leave. That's then no joke. So this time I relief is made of the loop stroke. So again, that's thin. And then press, though hopes, and then again now that's I said Lou. There now, just to exaggerate. That's press. And so then and there. Once the paint is dry, we can now add the details I will use appointed round brush size for, but you can use other, smaller brushes you have at home. Now we load the brush and we remove excess water and we're going to paint a very thin lying there again thin line. So we're going to use very light pressure in painting the details of our lives. You can also add the veins for a more detailed leave like this. Then we're gonna add details to our second type of leave just to show you they're very thin line. Very light pressure. If you know this is just the tip off the brush that is touching the paper Now for the small leaves, we're gonna try to add veins like this. You have to be very careful. They use very light pressure. I'm painting the details. 8. PART 8 Filler Flowers: the first pillar flower. We're gonna use two colors. I'm gonna use cream sun and the mixture that we used for our previous florals, but you can choose any two colors. Secure what I will be using my point of dropping brush size for you can use smaller brushes if you have, and we're going to start by painting a long and stands very thin line for this them and then small guts. So just the tip off the brush and then slightly becoming bigger as he approached the center off. This, then mixture that the dots are slightly wet so that when we add the second color, colors will blend so bigger that's this time that there's lightly becoming smaller. Asi reach the other end of this thing. So just to show you how my brush moves when I make the thoughts. So when you may make bigger dots, you have brush slightly Bentz so that the thoughts are bigger see, and it's slightly better like this. And then if you make the smother dots, it's just the tip of the brush that's touching the paper. Now for the second feeler flower, we're gonna use just one color. I prefer using darker colors for this filler flower so that it's still visible in the Florida reef. Still using a small brush. So you start by painting us a thin stem and then press. So watch how I move my brush thin and then press. So you're just gonna use the tip of the brush and then bend a little again, tip off the brush and then bend tip off the brush and then press. So to show you again, very thin. Know this. It's just the tip of the brush end in. You're adding pressure, bending the brush and pressing it on the paper. So that's that. And then press. They're so we at this filler flowers to wherever there's basis in our floors. 9. PART 9 Planning your Floral Wreath: so I will share with you several ideas off Dean Sick and use for your Florida. You can choose one color for all the flowers and then different shades of green for the needs. Remember our technique. Leaves are green. This any color used for the flowers. Sometimes I also use the color wheel. For my reference, I choose. Complementary colors are those that are opposite the color wheel. Are I also choose analogous colors are those that they're next to each other. This Sorry, it's with analogous colors. As you see, I used violet, red, violet and indigo. On the other hand, this Arif's with complementary colors. One read has blue green and arrange, while the other reef has different shades of blue and yellow orange. You can also try monochromatic reads. The reason the left has different shades of deal with. The other reason is black and white. You wouldn't expect black flowers to be pretty right. Surprise yourself. Sometimes my Reeves are inspired by the different seasons. The blue. It is inspired by winter, while the other reef is inspired by autumn colors. These reeds are inspired by summer and spring colors. As you see, I used warm and bright colors. Another good idea is just forget about all the rules and just choose your favorite colors. Most popular shape of freeze is round, but you can experiment on other shapes. Sometimes it's nice to deviate from what is coming right. You can try making square reads or rectangular reads. You can also try. Diamond reads, or take the next level in paint, Hexagonal reads. There is absolutely no limit you can use any shape you can think of. Now. I will share the common components off my floor. Aries and the order off. Painting them phrase the main flowers. Often they choose roses, but you can choose other Florence like sunflower and eunice. The main flowers air painted first that you mean the balance of the reef. Second, I faint. Five better flowers. This are usually smaller, and it's optional through the leaves. I usually start with the bigger leaves because it's easier to squeeze in smaller leaves later on before it add more leaves. This air, usually smaller than the friends leaves, and this Arthur the fillers. I played the fillers to wherever there is basis. This makes my recipe fuller. Lastly, I add the details on the flowers and believes. Then forget your signature wash. A more detailed video on how high paying treats on the next lesson thanks. 10. PART 10 Class Project: Floral Wreath (Putting everything together): - thanks way. 11. PART 11 Final Thoughts: Congratulations on finishing this class. Please upload your products on the ship are going to close it off. That means this is my I would love to see you are weeks again. I have five reminders key takeaways for you from the class. First master things they been strokes and ceased. Rose is the secret to making before baby plan your side shape. I remember that it could be absolutely anything under the sun IHS, Your needs are green less any color that you are using your fourth wherever their faces at Phillips. And lastly And most important, do not over think it just enjoying the process of the and those were you I would like to share a file in this age you on instagram Facebook? Or that we often see so many beautiful our tricks and then become amazed. But sometimes we become Christian. Please remember that before those artworks were many pieces off mistakes, very practices that were also part off the problem off. So don't compare yourself or your works with the rigs off other Earth iss. Instead, compare your rigs your previous works and see you just keep you see. Thank you so much for joining this online class, please. The capacity to recommend this your friends and peace follow here on skill share so that you will be notified if I have you classes till the next