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How To Paint A Cactus Wreath, Step-by-Step, Using Watercolors

teacher avatar Riana Samaroo, Artist, Mixed Media & Illustrator

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13 Lessons (1h 37m)
    • 1. Introduction to class

    • 2. Supplies list for cactus wreath

    • 3. Cactus 1: Prickly Pear

    • 4. Cactus 2: Daisy anemones

    • 5. Cactus 3 : Golden barrel

    • 6. Cactus 4: Fire stick

    • 7. Cactus 5: Zebra cactus

    • 8. Cactus 6: Aloe

    • 9. Cactus 7: Hens and chicks

    • 10. Cactus 8: Desert rose

    • 11. Layout of your wreath

    • 12. Painting your cactus wreath

    • 13. Final project and closing remarks

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About This Class

Welcome! This class is focused on cactus painting with watercolors. I will walk you through a step-by-step method into painting 8 different types of cacti/succulents, and then teach you how to create your own kind of cactus wreath. This process will give you an idea on where you should start by understanding the basic forms and small details of cacti. Join me in learning the art of 'cactus painting.'

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Riana Samaroo

Artist, Mixed Media & Illustrator


I'm Riana, the creative behind RiCreation!

  I believe that anyone can create!

My hope is to stir up your creative juices and encourage you to grow in it!  

I have always loved creating, illustrating and crafting since I can remember. I enjoy using various mediums to express myself in art, and my current favorite is mixed media. I have presented mixed media in various forms, canvas art work, cards, and even sculpture for different causes that I am passionate about. I have also had the opportunity to illustrate for children books. My teaching style on Skillshare isn't at all technical, it's very loose ... See full profile

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1. Introduction to class: Hi, guys. Welcome to this class how to pay watercolor cactus and succulents and then turning it into a beautiful reef. I chose to do a watercolor cactus wreath because they're someone he reads out there, but particularly their created with florals. And I thought, Well, why not create a cactus reef? Because they're so beautiful? They're a little different, very unique. And you can create this beautiful artwork for your home that's different. This class is going to teach you seven or eight different types of cactus, like prickly pear, the golden barrel cactus. There's a zebra cactus. Ah, fire succulent. A couple of different plants you're going to see throughout you're gonna learn how to, Pete, um, step by step with me. And then at the end, we're going to apply all this in creating this really cool reap. So if you have an interest in cactus and succulents and you have an interest in water color , then this classes for you. Hopefully, this class will be very rewarding to you, and you would learn another tool to add to your art tool built cactus creating. So let's get started 2. Supplies list for cactus wreath: Okay, guys, welcome back. Thanks for joining me to learn how to paint watercolor cactus wreath. So let's get started and talk about supplies really quickly to make sure we have everything that we need. So since this is watercolor, of course where you will be using watercolors, which is great. So really, it's up to you. Which watercolor or which type of water color you want to use If you wanted to use the's liquid watercolors like these Dr. P. To Martin, Um, hi. Dress watercolors. You can if you feel comfortable using this, and that's what you go to. Great. If you wanted to use the little cake pans of the dried watercolor where you just work from your palate here, you also can be that as well. So it's I will leave whatever type of water color you want to use. You're gonna choose what works well for you. For me, I always like to use key quarter colors because they're just, um, easier for me, and that's what I'll be using. Next. You're going to need a couple of cut for smaller pieces or loose pieces of watercolor paper . If you have a palate, that's the nine by 12 or the eight by 10. It's fine. You can use that to. The reason why I have these cut is because I'm going to go through the class and we're gonna learn how to do different types of cactuses. So I want you to be able to at least have spare paper available for yourself to practice. So that's why I do have these cut. But you can use a watercolor look that's you don't have to cut it. I have a bigger Waller watercolor pad in order to do the final project, which will be the whole point of this class is painting a watercolor cactus to read. So the paper I have is just the simple master's touch. It was really inexpensive. It's a 12 by 12 so I'm just going to use this because I like it. I like the size and I like the texture guy. So let's talk brushes. So, um, I have a couple of Russia's here, just so I have my options open for me and how I want Teoh paint my cactus so have flat brash. I have a couple around Russia's here. This is a size 14 this is the size I'm gonna tell you. Four, This is just a a size three. I This is a generic, whatever brush. And this is just a finer brush for any little details I might want. So just have a couple you know of brushes that you're comfortable with, So I'd say definitely around brush and definitely a slightly finer brush and a mid range round brush in between. So these are your brushes. Next. Don't forget, guys. Water, water containers. Definitely. If you, I mean, if you want to try to containers. I used to because I rents the brush off it in one to get the mean color off kind of dab it and rinse it in the 2nd 1 to really give it a clean. So that's why I used to and, uh, as faras mixing any colors. If you wanted have some sort of ceramic or glass or palate, it could be plastic. It really doesn't matter. This is what I use, uh, have it ready just to do some mixing for yourself. All right, so that's it. Let's get started and paint these cactus. See in the next video 3. Cactus 1: Prickly Pear: Okay, guys, let's start experimenting with the idea of painting a cactus. Uh, so what I have here is a couple of colors I have chosen for my cactus. So I have here four kinds of green. Ah, a little bit of a medium brighter green, and it gets darker as the spectrum goes on. Just so I have a range for myself. If you just had one or two greens, that's perfectly fine as well. But I just have options. It's nice to have options. So these are my greens for the cactus that I will be using the's colors here, the yellows and the red tones and even orange. This is going to be for my flowers on the cactus that we go ahead and paint and anything like that. I will use those braider color. So I just chose a couple so kind of pick out on your palate a few colors that you want to work with. A couple green and a couple of the yellow the reds. You don't even have to use any red or yellow. And what have you They're just bright. That's why I chose thumb. You can actually use whatever colors you want for your flowers. So with all watercolor, when you have them dried out, you want to get started by giving them a spray with a spray bottle. So I have this old spray bottle here that has nice water. I'm just giving that a good squirt. And what this does is really wake up your pain and you want it to be nice and happy. So that's what we'll do. We'll just push him up, and I'm gonna put some on the my little call it here as well for mixing and just keep that on hand toe. Add extra water onto year, um, pilot here, if you want. You can also use your water containers to do that, too. Now let's get started here so we'll start with an image like the prickly here. So we're gonna learn this beauty. This is called the Prickly Pear. Actually grow the fruit on this cactus, which is so cool I don't know if any of you have tasted that peer, but if you have let me know so you can either go on the Internet and get a reference picture of what of prickly pear looks like. But it's pretty straightforward. And that's what we're gonna learn here. I'll just this year. So you can see we're going to start with a color. I'm going to use a couple of colors. I'm gonna use this brighter green and maybe the stark one here and a touch of the really dark one. So I'm just gonna pick up the color. Nice thing about this is that I can move it off. I really want water on my So you just get your color going. I had a decent amount of water, so it's flowing and you can see that it's really flowing glistening a little more water for me. Perfect to So this is the part where you're gonna just open up your paints and really get them flowing. All right, so my green is ready to go. I've really coded my brush. So there's a lot of pigment on here, and we're just going to start with the body of this cactus. So you're going to make these funny old belong shapes Not, And they're like blobs. It's the best way I can describe them. Oh, belong blobs. So we're just gonna take the brush and make this almost like a leaf shape without a point. So the bottom is more narrow in the signs here a little wider, and it comes to a little rounded edge, and then that's it. We're gonna go again and add a little blob here. And basically, we're just adding blobs to the cactus to the first blow. And you're just gonna do block upon, block upon block, whatever looks nice to you, and you can stop it. Whatever point you want to stop that, we're gonna do a couple of these here. I really liked how this one turned out with although blobs I had pleased. So I'm just gonna mimic that a little bit. Now I'm adding more paint on purpose, and that's to start adding in the darker paint to do a little mixing and you'll see in a moment and I'm gonna have one more here. We're gonna leave that like that. I'm gonna rinse my brush, give it a good red skies, gonna go into the darker color right here. Put that off to the side. It's very dark. We're just gonna dab in a couple areas, some of this dark color and because the paint is wet it spreads. So this is that wet on wet technique, and I talk about a couple of these techniques in my, uh, a B C's of watercolor in the next class that I've done. So if you want to learn the A B. C's of watercolor in just a couple of simple techniques, go ahead and take that class. You'll learn a couple of techniques to add texture and how to blend and how to do washes. So I would recommend that if you have a desire so you can see already that the colors are blending and this is perfect. What I want to do at this point is, let this is dry a touch, and I'm just gonna push down the middle there. Rico, let this dry a little bit. Then I want to add on my beautiful colors for the flowers, so I'm gonna go ahead and use a heat tool for a speedy process. If you don't have a heat tool, you can always use a blow dryer. Now you can see the color is still a little wet and the paper is too little. What I can tell by just you can see the glistening of the water. I'm going to take a color for flowers. I'm gonna use red. I love the red, and it turns like Pinky. If you get in a little darker, it gets a little darker for you. But let me use this orange Gonna mix a little and create this beautiful, orangey pinkish kind of coral color. There you go. That's the color coral. I had some water there. That's why. Did that met Rico? Okay, Now we're just going to add these flowers, and it's so simple, you can use a smaller brush, actually, in this part, But I just use the one brush. So I'm just gonna bringing the flowers kind of into and over, and it will start toe blend into this part. Right, Which is fine. I'm gonna add one here. This one's fully dry, so you won't see that effect. And I would add one right here. And you guys, this does not have to be perfect. You're just playing with color here, and you're just learning shape the shape of the cactus. And, um, that's basically it. Okay, so don't get hung up. If you don't like it. It's really okay. So we're gonna just runs off our brush. I'm gonna set it aside now as faras the detail you can always go in once this is dried and with a marker like a Tom bow or a micron pen. Actually, take this and create little Weise coming like you see here with a pen or even using your brush and black watercolor and drawn little bees for your little prickly pointed things. Okay, so now you're gonna take a micron pen, and we're gonna add in the little details of those little black lines in this one. I had originally used a paintbrush, a very fine paintbrush, and I painted on these little areas. That's why they're a little smudged here because it was a little watery. But to make this a little faster and a little bit more simplified, we're just gonna use a micron. This is a 05 pigna micron, and what you're gonna do is in lines or rose, create little tiny weise and then in the middle, add a little line to make them £3 or two pronged, and you'll see what I'm what I mean as I'm doing it here. So I'm going to start Let's start on this big one here. You can see I'm just It's there like little check marks, almost. And we're gonna think too hard about it because I don't want this to look really realistic or too perfect. By no means This is just a fun way to paint an image that everybody loves. I think most people loves cats. They love cactus and they love succulents. And it's just a trend. It's fun. And this cactus is basically done. So this is one of the first cactus you'll do on your wreath or you know whichever order you want to do it. But here is cactus number one prickly pear. In the next video, we're going to talk about the daisy, a nem, any kind of cactus. I hope I said that right, Daisy and m any cats and this is what we will be painting next. I will see you in the next video 4. Cactus 2: Daisy anemones: Okay, guys, welcome back. We're going to learn the's simple way of doing a daisy. A nominee. They're called Daisy and nominees because the flower actually looks a lot like just the daisy flower with all those pedals. And I've seen them yellow. Um, I don't like a soft yellow the flowers, and I don't think I've ever seen any other color, to be honest with you, but that's just a little history of a daisy and Emini. So we're going to start with our paper war uses as a reference. Or if you have a better picture from the Internet that you wanted to use, go ahead and do so. Use that my base color is going to be the screen, which is the screen right here. And the colors I'm using their the GAM be tansy or tansy. Gambiae always mixed up how to say that, but basically it's those watercolors, their student grade watercolors. But they work really well and this is a braider type of green. So I like it when I add a little bit more than this. That's already there, and we're going to start our base. These, uh, this cactus you the shape is like a cucumber. Think of it like a cucumber, so you're almost stacking Hugh comers on top of cucumbers. And they're somewhat, let's say narrow but can be thick on some area. It's so it's really after you on how you want to paint it, but I'm just going to start by doing a couple of cucumber shapes. That's a little fat cucumber, but that's OK, and I'll use my image here as my guide for now, Shorter, cucumber shorter one appear and it's very similar to the the other one and that you're just connecting them. And I think I want us a little longer. So you don't don't be afraid to just play around with the ships. So whatever you think a cucumber looks like to you, just paint that and the shape is gonna look a little long. That's it. So, basically, you're putting your brush down and you're dragging it up and down, and that's up tipping it back on the color from an end or corner of where one begins a segment you're gonna. If you wanted to add another segment, you would do so on the bottom more so that's how they kind of girl, but cactuses grow all sorts of ways. So again there is no perfect way. So you'll just go ahead and do this like I'm doing and we'll add that one here. Okay, so that's maybe sculler think I'm gonna add just a little bit more to give it interest. There we go. So this is drying up pretty quickly, which is fine. I'm going to give my brush a little rinse, and I'm going to dip into, um, that darker green again that we have here. And it's okay if colors are just kind of swirling into each other. It's the fun about watercolor, and I'm just going to come in and get a little bit more. Okay, remember, keep your watercolors wet because that's the point of watercolor. They love to be wet. They work well when they're wet, so we're gonna just add a couple of dots of color in a couple of areas. There's no right or wrong way to do this so again, go ahead and just get that a little mixed. This is a little bit of the wet on wet texture because the paint is wet and we're adding what color on top of that. Okay, great. So now, while this is a little wet, we're gonna just mix a little bit of this color with this color, get a little different color, and we're gonna want to do a little flower so you can choose wherever you want to do it. They typically, as I've seen come along. The midline of the plant A can jut out on an area here, but it's ah, again, this is really freeing. So put it where you want it. You're just gonna pick a little stem like that poking out and we'll do one. I wanted to on a little higher, Maybe here. Okay, so these are my two stones will have them coming out in the same direction. If you wanted to do it this way, that's fine. You could make a little line. Um, but believe it. Is that so? I've moved a couple of the watercolors off, and I'm gonna just stick my brush into this lemony yellow beautiful. And my brush kind of has a little bit of green. I'm just adding a little bit and a mixing that because I want this type of ah yellowy green for the flower, and I'm just going to make oh ended, by the way, you can use a smaller brush. You know, I just stick to the one brush. It's what you're comfortable with. Okay, so it's really fine. Now I want me to see here. We're just gonna take the tip of the brush. And I am putting out little lines as the pedals. They're kind of getting smudged, but I kind of like that personally and like that. And we're gonna just rates again. Okay, That I'm gonna take this color street here. I like to touch and dab the area at a little drop more color. And I think I want even this moral sunshiny type of yellow don't know the actual names of these things. So I'm sorry, but I'm gonna make names up for them as we go yet. I'll put a drop of that in there, So it's a little drop of yellow in the center, and I'm gonna leave this like that, and we're gonna let this dry, or you're gonna use your heat tool. So I'm gonna speed up the video here as I use my heat too. So I've used my he tool This is a touch wet still, but that's OK. I'm gonna take this yellow that I put here with a smaller brush and just add trying to pick up a little bit more color. Perfect. I'm just gonna bad a couple of just darker lines to the top of those light ones to just give more pedals and more effect, perfect. Give your person a rinse, give veterans, and then we're done with this first part. Okay, so now we're gonna just add another little detail, which are those darker lines running down And there are kind of acting as the highlight were shadow point of the cactus. So that way you can actually take your little black marker and make your prongs on top of those lines so you have something to follow. So for this, instead of using your big one, you can use your small brush and you're gonna take a darker color. So since I have this already sitting here, I can use this, but also I'm just gonna have a little bit of this kind of stop like green. It's like a muddy green mixed with that dark one on a ton of water. There from my water jar. There we go. Mixing watercolor is fun. You can get tons of colors, so don't be afraid to experiment. So you have this really good color. I like perfect. And I'm just gonna run lines up and down these little cucumber areas. And there's no deep thought of this. Just do the best you can and run it up and down. No way is right or wrong. It's really what you decide you want to do lining. These kind of also look like watermelon, which is kind of cool, cause pretty sure you can do the same type of thing. Toe paint, a watercolor watermelon. And I would try that. If maybe if you have some time and you want to do a little extra something, Gonna flip it. Alright, guys. And it's line. Now we're gonna let that drive for a moment in order to do our our little spikes with our my grown. Okay, so we're back now we're going to make the prongs for this cactus in this cactus. Unlike the other prickly pear one where we used, like, a V shape, this is like a w. So it's three pronged. So it's kind of like and you're going too Well, let's do it this way. You're going to make your little V shapes along these darker lines that we just heard like that. And then you're just gonna add a little little line to the middle to make it more three pronged calling that now, if you don't like the thickness of a micron 05 you can use a smaller size to my ground as well, like the 0302 even the 01 So it's really your preference on what you want to dio with that , or again you can use if you're comfortable with the brush. Used brush and fine line brush with some black watercolor is also falling. So I'm gonna space thes out a little bit. And I'm not exactly following my lines that I draw out, to be honest with you, because I like the difference, the organic mess of it, and I'm not worrying too much about, and there we have it. We're done. So the difference between this one and this one is that the lines and this one is a little more exaggerated because of the thickness of your Migron pen in this one. I did use a 005 pen, which is super small, but it worked for this one. This is a little bigger, and I kind of like the dramatic look of the black. So I stuck with the 05 but it's up to you. So that's if that's how you paint a daisy. A nominee being next video, we will be learning how to paint a golden barrel cactus. And it's also called Ik. I know Cactus grew Sony. I don't know what that means, but I thought the technical names were actually kind of fun. So next step is the Golden Bear. Oh cactus, Stay tuned. 5. Cactus 3 : Golden barrel: All right, guys, Welcome back. We are going to paint the golden barrel cactus for GTO, do the paper kind of landscape direction. We want to use a based color that's not so bright like the other, this brighter one here. So I'm gonna maybe use the mixed one here that I have on here. I'm gonna even get a little yellow in that. That's fine. Just kind of mixing up all the colors. I already have gonna add a slightly darker green and from time to time, just spray your watercolor to keep him. What if you want, It just helps you out a little bit more. So we're going to lighten this up with a little water. Every go now. The Golden Peril Cactus theory. They're huge. You can have them small, but they grow to these huge, barrel like shapes. And if you know anything about a barrel, it looks around it a kind of flat topped and flat bottomed. So that's kind of how these cactuses are shaped. So we're going to start with a barrel shape. We're going to do two lines there, maybe two, but more square lines on the top. Color this in touch a touch more narrow towards the bottom, but kind of squared shaped in a sons. So we're gonna let this dry, and I want to add another little barrel right here. If I added together, it kind of bleeds into each other, which is fine. But then I want to add my little lines with a darker color as well. I'm gonna let this dry for a little bit and we'll be right back. All right, So I let this corner dry, and I'm just going to pick up a little paint and I'm gonna go and do a branch off off the big guy. It's another blob. Basically, it's what were drawn on little blobs, painting, looking gloves. Okay, perfect. So two blobs doesn't look like much now, but that's when we have to add the details. I'm gonna let this dry. Perfect. So this is completely dried. I'm going to grab my darker color here. Now you can use your smaller brush for this. I'm just going to stick to the thicker brush, gonna take a darker color, and my tip is nice and filled with the color and pointed, okay. And I'm just going to drag lines from the top to the bottom, like the other cactus that we did. And my lines are going to be a little thicker. And that's OK. If your lines are thinner, that's fine. Take this one here and again. This does not have to be perfect. So now this really looks like a watermelon. So what we're gonna do now is take some yellow and I'm gonna use the great yellow, this one and I'm just gonna water it down a little bit more, actually. And I'm gonna use that along the sides of the color. I just put down to give a little more interesting color and shade, okay? And it's okay. It's gonna blend and dio something funny. It's not a big deal, Okay, this is not completely dry, but that's OK. Since my edges are pretty much dry, I'm gonna take the brighter yellow color. Get some water on that, that I'm just going to paint the flower on top of this one That's spread out widely on the top of this, like a crown almost. And they're just little flecks. That's really all I'm doing. I think I wanted to add a little more yellow to the inside of this cactus just to give a little color and make it more interesting. And that's OK. If you didn't want to do this, you can leave this part out, but I want yellow because it is called the golden barrel cactus. So now I'm going to use my heat tool and dry that up, and then we'll work on the details. So now this is nice and dry, and I'm going to add in my details with my micron. This is the 01 I'm going to use a smaller sighs, then the 05 and these also have three pronged. Actually, they even have more. But for this purpose, I did three because if you add more, it starts to look too bulky. So and even if you wanted to draw two prongs, that's find as well. But along those lines that are a little blended right now, which is fine, I am going to draw on the three pronged speaks, and again you'll follow the shape of the the line, somewhat contoured. Okay, so they are a little more spiking on the top. I just out of those extra lines and brought it out on the white areas here, which is fine. And that is your basic golden barrel cactus. In the next video, we will be talking about a couple succulents. And when we're gonna do the, um, fire bush, they're beautiful and color and ah, variety to the types of cactus that will be in your cactus re, so stay tuned. 6. Cactus 4: Fire stick: Okay, so for this fire bush succulent, we are only going to use two colors and which is a red and a green, or like a orangey red and a green. Um, as you can see from the reference picture here, and we're just dealing with lines, small little lines. So instead of using your large first, you can use a small er type of brush. So I'm going to use a round brush. But when you use a number four and again, you can use whatever brush you want to use. Just use a type of round brush. So I'm just gonna wet my colors again to give him some waster. And I have some of these colors on my palette. Okay, so I'm gonna add a little more of that green back to the palate of my little ceramic thing year. Add some water to the I just kind of grabbing water from my water container and putting it in there. That's what where that water is coming from. So these are just lines that are going up. And when it gets to the top, that's when we add in the nice, beautiful, orangey red color. Okay, so um you know, wherever you want to start on your papers find this is the practice part. So you're just learning here, Just gonna make lines. Now I think that lines a little too thin, so I'm gonna hold my brush a little bit. Maurin a slam dropped that color and they're a little bit better. So that's a little better in terms of thickness for me. And I'm gonna continue that way of dropping in those lines. As you can see, I'm doing it now into the cactus. So I kind of created a line and I'm joining these lines, going up and dipping in my palette and going back and doing some more. And you can see the color kind of blobs and settles, which is fine because it works really nice when we go to do the red part or the pink well orangey part of this cactus. So there's no right or wrong way of doing this. That's a little thick. That's okay. Um, it's really just making these lines and just going for it. So don't feel the pressure. Just see how much you want to press down on your brush to create your thickness the more you press down on your brush, the thicker the stroke becomes. So just keep that in mind when you are painting with water color. So going to start one again here and my looks like they have a little point on them at some point, you can always go back and just make the more blunt. But really, it's not all problem problems thing, so you can see this is by no means perfect. I'm gonna overlap a couple of these ones here on the front, and I like overlapping. I like that. Look, I feel like it just the paint does something when it starts toe overlap on top and you get this really interesting effect. So don't be afraid to overlap. I could have even brought this down because I have more room, but we'll stop right there. I'm gonna take the red or orange e type of color, actually, and mix it, get some water in here. Perfect. And I'm just gonna dot some of those wet areas and they've dried actually. So just gonna go into the top and add the orange parts and even drag it into the green because the green has dried up and that's OK. Mostly just gonna take a clean brush and re what some of my green area very quickly from re wedding it. So that way, I'll take some of my orange and I couldn't drop the orange right in there. There we go. Gentleman add my own separate orange pieces in some of the areas. Kind of looks like coral. Now this one is pretty much Donna just has to dry and it dries pretty blended. And a couple of the edges are nice and crisp, so it looks really good. This piece of the fire, um, stick succulent looks really cool in a watercolor cactus read. So it gives color and a little bit of texture to the reef. So the wreath doesn't look so monotone. I don't do any other detail on it on this, but leave it as is so this is your ah type of succulent near fourth or your first type of second that you will put onto the brief 7. Cactus 5: Zebra cactus: Okay, so we're going to start on our zebra cactus for this. I'm going to use a dark green color. I might use a combination of these two greens or just one A. We're gonna use a round brush or whichever size of brown brush you have. And if you have a white jelly ruler, that would be great. And also your micron pen for details. So let's begin. We're going to focus on just one of thes plans instead of doing two of, um, kind of one on top of the other. So we'll look at the back one here, and we're going to start off with a slightly lighter, um, placement of the leaves. And then we'll do a darker place, went over top and go into the detail. So let's get started. We're going to make sure our brushes wet and get the darker green. What? Just gonna put a little water in that and this is ah, a little bit too green, like a deep green. Someone at a little bit of this swampy green to it. So I have that at the sign Someone to use a mix, rinse my brush a little bit Damn it. Okay, so these plans kind of look like an Al Oh plant, which we are going to do also next. Um, but let's start here when a dip it in the dark mix, and then we're just gonna start by making these spiked with a slight curve kind of leaf. So I am just gonna take my brush and press it on the people pulled it down and then end it like that. Something like that. This one's a little more broad, but I'm just going toe run my brush through the paper. Well, I keep dipping into the dark green bringing. Okay, now we're gonna let this drive or use our heat. One sets dried are gonna take a little more of the start green. So this dark color, we're going to go over top the light color and add a little extra darker leaves in the front. So again, I press it down and pull it down to the center. I'm gonna put one here, make this a little thicker towards the bottom, and we're basically layering. I am a put ordinary here, coming in earlier. Ring the leaves, just giving it a little bit of depth Okay. I think I'm gonna add one more Right over here. Small one. Perfect. It doesn't have to be perfect, but do your best on I want this. I want the front leaves. The ones that we just placed. I want them a little darker. Um, just for the depth, the color. I think I'm going to add a leaf, like just sticking out right here. Yeah. Okay. Perfect. So this is done, and what I'm going to do is use my he to or a blow dryer. You guys, if you have a blow dryer and you want to speed up the process, go ahead and use that. Now, what we need are our pens. So this is the white jelly roll by sacharow and then the micron pen for a couple of small details, Not too much. So what I like to do is keep a paper towel on hand, because when I do the white little stripes on of the zebra planned, it looks really, um, good against. First of all, it looks really good against the green dark green. So that's where a lot of them will be. But I like to keep a paper towel like I was saying on hand. So that way, if I needed to clean off the tip because sometimes when you put white over watercolor, it gets clogged the tip. So I'll keep it at the side to just roll it around and clean off the tip while I go ahead and do my little Ziggy Zags. So we're going to start and you're just going to follow each leaf down and across isn't where your little lines are gonna be, so you'll see as I'm doing it here. Now, when it comes to these lighter areas in the back, you're just going to roughly do, look, a couple of things eggs You're not gonna be too, um, particular here because the lighter green doesn't show the white very well anyways, So we're just gonna do this and like so, at this point, I'm going to use my micron 01 pen to slightly come up here on these lines of leaves and lined them roughly to bring it out a little bit. It doesn't have to be a perfect lining of these. It's just to add that little extra detail and make that illustration pop. I'm just gonna bring it down, and then we're just gonna do it across some of these little zigzags A few. And you can choose how many you want to do. So just little squiggly lines. You can already see how it changes it, and it adds a little depth. Shoot the illustration. So we're basically done with this zebra cactus. The next plant we're gonna work on or the next cactus we're gonna work on is the hello. And this is the L O that, um, has a little bit of redness to it. It's the call the Hello, Dorothy A. And, um, I'm adding the color of the rightness. I like that one, because I I think that it would add the extra, um, color that you would well, maybe want to include in a wreath for dimension and different colors. So this is what we will do next. So stay tuned 8. Cactus 6: Aloe: So in this section we're going to just focus on the hello and this is pretty simple. Just like the last video of doing the zebra cactus. It's the same concept. So we're going to start with our two main colors. We're going to use a brighter green. I'm gonna use the remaining of my darker green that's here and do any sort of mixing. It will be done here, so just drop that color in and then this type of rent and this is not really read more. Then it's really a like pinky color, which is fine. So I'm just cleaning my brush a little. It's wet. I'm going to get some water into my watercolor pan. Drop that right there. Okay, perfect. So again, like the zebra, this plan also goes up. But it's kind of spreads out a little bit more, and the spikes are there are more spikes on it, but not true spikes. If you've ever seen an L. A plant, um, there it has pointed edges, but they're not that sharp. So, um, let's begin. We're going to start with that same basic shape where we pressed the brush down and drag it across, but our line will be even more curved, then straight. So we're gonna start, and I think I have to much water there. But that's okay. And I'm just gonna dry. Get do that. We're just gonna continue to do that with this break green gonna give my fresh a nice rinse . And while that's a little wet, I'm coming in here with my pinkish color and I'm really going to get some water on that. And I'm just gonna drop this color in on the very top of each leave. So I've gone and dropped the color on each leaf and let it dry a little bit, which created an interesting texture and pattern because it spread. So it's, uh if you could see really closely, but it looks really cool, but I wanted to add a little more of that pink pinky color and it's dry now, but that's OK. I'm just gonna drag my paintbrush a little bit through this ignorance, my brush, get more water and then just to rag it through, Then I'm gonna take my smaller brush and I'm going to actually drop in green but making spikes at the same time. So I'm just pulling it out like that. And we're going to do that for every leaf area. Someone you're done This part Well, just trying. Then we're gonna use our micron and I have the detail. And by that, all I'm really doing is taking it and adding little spikes just along and very quickly lining de basis of the plant. And I'm not adding to many of these lines. Just a few all it really needs. So this is the al Oh, this one's finished the next, um, cactus that we're going to trough is going to be a succulent actually, and it's going to be the ones hens and chicks. The little succulence like that look like these, so stay tuned and we will begin. 9. Cactus 7: Hens and chicks: Okay, guys. So in this video, we're going to create the succulent, the hens and chicks. Um, they're called other things as well, but that's what I have known them as in their fund. Little succulence. And they really are very cute. They look like little floor flowers. So I'm gonna use two greens, and this is like a purple e break purple color here. It's good. The surrounds you can see like that. So we're gonna use this type of, ah color just to add. You can see in this one a couple of little purple e areas that we're gonna do that. So I'm just gonna get it going there, and I'm gonna get my nice break green going here. We're just gonna take it right off here. Dip it in and on some water and a little darker green. That's sick. So first we're gonna do the Leo. This one has, as you can see, um, I have the line, this one with a darker green. Whereas this one I love spaces in between. So you couldn't do either or thes air? Just little triangles around triangles. And this is just one wash. And then a couple of other washes of color and then detail ing at the end with the green or black. Uh, like black Langer by Joy. You could do that as well, so let's get right into it. We're gonna take our green, and we're going to do both versions so you can choose which one you want to dio. We're going to start here with the top one. Let's just go for that. So it's basically slightly little slight triangle Lee shapes, and you're just intentionally leaving. This brush is a little big triangular shapes, and you're leaving little spaces just in between them on purpose. If you don't like a big brush, you can always use the smaller or even the medium one. Actually, let's just try that one. Maybe you till we can have more control there. So we're just making these triangular blobby type of shapes but leaving white space in between and you can see how cool that effect looks. But it's very much, um, flatter in terms of the look breathe to D. I mean, all of these looks are, but this is less detailed, if you will, and you're just going around it. Putting in these little funny blob triangular shapes and extending it out. If you are making it more pointy, leave that like that. So it looks pretty neat. And I'm going to take some of that pink and drop it. No, I'm sorry. It's not pink. It's purple and drop it in the middle, the edge of the color and just leave it to bleed out. And again, that's the wet on wet technique which we've been using primarily throughout this entire video or entire class. Um, now we're gonna just do this one here So again, I'm going to use I think, for this finally use my large brush. Gonna get some green. It's like a sappy green the screen and I'm going to start with a circle. I know you might think that's weird, but there's her reason and then we're just gonna bring out these little semi triangle shapes. There's gonna draw it kind of looks like a flower, and that's fine. We're gonna fill it in very loosely. Fill it in. I would like to dry this a little bit, so I'm going to use my tools after drying gonna take the color again. I added on drop of water to it. And then I'm going Teoh taken out and add more leaves. And I'm very roughly doing this. You can kind of see how white spots. That's fine. I think it adds texture and gives a funky Lee look funky look, too. Your piece and I'm going to on. It's like the bigger looking leaves. Just I had a blob of water on the side and I don't want That's a bleed. So I'm going to just take my pure patrol on Doc Got away. Okay, so this is what we we've ended up with here, and because it's a little wet, I want to take the purple color links member shot a little bit because it's turning a little funny when I use that color. And I want to just go in to some of these places and place some of us just and a thorough. Now we're gonna drive this up, okay? When this is done drying, we're gonna take our finer brush and we're gonna take a dark green. I'm gonna put this over because I have some dark green right here. I'm going to dip my brush into the water and re wet this a little bit. First of all, I want you to notice how cool the colors have blended And it looks, um, very organic, kind of help plant colors. Look, in general, when there in nature. So we're taking are fine brush and really swirling it around in the door color. And I'm going to start by doing my middle area. Remember, we drew that circle. You can't really see here, but you haven't understanding. So what I going to dio is take this brush and draw the circle And then I'm going to follow along my original painting of those leaves with this darker green and I'm really grazing the brush along the top of the paper. I'm not pressing too hard. If I wore to press hard, you noticed the lines would be thicker. And if you like that, look, you can completely do it. There is no right or wrong way to do this. This is just a fun video to show you how to draw or paint and illustrate a couple of these beautiful cactus and then created into this really beautiful wreath. So have fun now for the center where it starts to get smaller and more intricate. What I do is I bring these leaves down, so I just follow that line of as if they were leaves where they would go and I bring it down like that. So this creates of a star in the center, and then I just kind of put little lines all in between. Just on the bottom are just in the in the middle. Excuse me, and it just appears as if it's layered and kind of cocooned in. So this is the way that I do my hens and chicks very simply, So I hope you try. This is well because we are going to include this in the reef. The next video is the last of the cactus in suffering a succulent family that we will be dealing with. And it's going to be the desert rose. And the reason why is because that will be one of the plants. Double frame our wreath. So stay tuned 10. Cactus 8: Desert rose: Okay, guys, last video. Before Reese begin our wreath, We're going to do a desert roads. Um, they really have a lot of height, and the blooms are beautiful. So I wanted to have about a part of the wreath, and it's a very simple way to paint it. So I'm gonna make sure our paintbrush IHS nice and clean. And we're using three colors the pink and the green. But we're also bringing in a little brown because of the A stem of the desert. Rose is like a like a trunk, or like a like bark, but it's really not. It's the stem, but it's brownish with a little green. So that's why I'm bringing in the little bit of and I want to use a touch of brown very diluted as they start this. So we're just gonna basically dio. But the base kind of looks like a long, upside down teardrop. We'll do that and then you're gonna put too little twigs sticking out. Hey, that's your base. That's what you're going to start it gonna get veterans. We're gonna get to our green, and I have some green already here on my palette. Get all in and I'm pulling a little start green from the other side over. Okay, so these leaves kind of, um bunch and they're long and their elongated. That's what I was trying to say. So just before I do that, I think I just want to add another little stem here. So I'm just gonna take the other paintbrush. Since I have the other one filled with color, I don't want to rinse it. I'm just gonna add a little stem here and here and here. Okay, Now, here is your nice paint. Brush with the green and you're just going to press down and drop in that color right into the barker. That brown part and your clustering these leaves because doesn't roses the leaves air clustered somewhat together to kind of blood with the brown. And I'm gonna take the same brown I'm gonna makes a little bit like I'm just gonna touch it into the brown because the brown was wet. So it's going to blend, and I'm gonna leave this clear so I can put a little flower bud and then all ad more leaves as I get to this side. So I'm just gonna put a little stem out here and drop in another couple leaves in here. So you're just threw in some of the leaves. Now, once that brush, take your slightly smaller round brush, make sure it's clean, and just with plain water, we're going to draw in desert rose flour and were being simple here. So you're just making five pedals with water into that the end of that stem. And you can kind of see that. Okay, when it takes some of this great pink and I'm gonna just touch where I've placed that water and along the edges and follow it along because the edges of this flower is pink and the inside is a little more white. So we're just going Teoh do that. Okay, so that's how you conduce. Do ah bloom another way of doing it. Which this another method is by simply taking your paintbrush and dragging. You know, creating you're flower by just putting it in. So the difference is that the color is sharper and it doesn't get that blended look. So it's really your option. I'll leave it up to you. So we're gonna rinse that I'm going to come in from behind. I'm gonna drive this first and then I'm gonna come in from behind it, Adam or leaves. Okay, So I dried up the flower part. That's where they really wanted to dry. And I'm going to come in with a little more green, and I'm gonna put a stem here and here, and you're just adding, um, your leaves okay? Okay. I'm taking a little dark green, and I'm just dropping those colors right into the tips of believes just to give me difference in color. What you will notice any time you use a heating tool, it speeds up the process for you, but your paint dries a little differently. So if you don't want to do that, you would just leave it and come back to it with my blood pen. The micron. I'm going to just add some details, so I'm just going to outline each leave Brie quickly. And if I wanted to, I can add some details and believes that's if I wanted Teoh. But I'm not going to get to particular. You can get as detailed as you want with this or not. So you have the freedom and the trace to decide what you want to dio and no way is a wrong way anyway could be the right way. So I'm just showing you my method. This part's a little wet, so I can't drag my micron 10 into unless I just wanted to. But then you pick up the color, but that's actually OK. I don't mind it with the flower you can loosely outlining. And if you wanted the white in the pink one that you just did solid and you wanted some of that definition, you can take a wet paintbrush kind of rubbed the middle and the areas you wanted the paint to come away. And this is basically blotting and lifting the color. You can see you lift the color, Craig. So we're just going to finish up here Just who's doing gonna add some texture by doing line work to the I'm not that that is a desert rose. So we're going to now start our cactus wreath. Stay tuned 11. Layout of your wreath: all right. So you should now have a plethora off watercolor cactus to work with. You can use all of these variations or a few in your cactus wreath. So it's really up to you how you wanna lay out your wreath. But you definitely have options as to color and texture and height and with of the cactus and succulent that you're working with for your reef. Okay, so you condone. Keep them in front of you as your reference. If you love them so much your little cards that you've done for practice, you can even create little postcards from them. So, you know, don't waste thes have fun with them. We are going to start on our lease, so I'm just gonna center the C in C we're going to create. This is a 12 by 12 watercolor paper. I'm going to create a reason that it's about this big, for my fingers are. So that's about six inches. I'd estimate and we're gonna start with a circle and for this definitely have a pencil on hand in a razor so you can sketch and erases You Go and let's begin so you can create whatever size you want? Remember, that's up to you. You have all these images of cactus, but it depends on the the size of what you want to create. So if you wanted a large cactus Reese on a larger piece of paper, you would see or place somewhere you would you would think in terms of heightened up. And then you would paint, um, a large or small crying. Um, so a smaller piece of paper you're gonna have to create your cactus on a smaller scale. Larger piece. You could do the large or however you want, but just you have to think about the scale. So I'm going to choose a couple of these. I might do all of them, but, um, we're going to do this. So let's start with height. We have the's cactus, which are generally tall plants. So when you're creating a cactus wreath, we're going to focus on some of these tall plants around the sides of the wreath about here . So we'll bring these into play then, then you're middle part. You could do some low lying, uh, cactus, like maybe the chickadees or the fire bush or even the barrel okay or Al. Oh, you have a lot of options. And then because also the wreath goes up and around, we're gonna use the desert rose to make that happen and kind of branch around, and it'll look pretty cool. So this is just a version of a watercolor cactus painting. Reese, you can do it however you'd like and be creative yourself, but you can use what I'm doing here is just a guy. So with my pencil, I'm going to sketch a free hand circle. If you have a large tub around tub or a lit of something like a sugar dish or something, you have a bowl that you wanted to use. You can go ahead and do that. I'm just going to roughly with my pencil sketch a circle. Okay, so you have your circle, then we're going to lay out our cactus. Now, at this point, if you're comfortable, if you're not comfortable, I should say just free handing everything. Definitely use your pencils. There are helpful tools to sketch out your design because sometimes we just need a guideline and pencils are great. They are a great tool for doing that. So I would recommend you using your pencil so you don't feel overwhelmed with the idea of placing it without. All right, So I'm going to start hi. Showing you an idea. How you coming out What you want. So I like the idea of the barrel kind of being in this corner, the the barrel cactus. I think that's pretty. And I also like the idea, and I like, actually the cactus being this big, like a paint of them because of the size of the paper. I also love to see my prickly pear. And because of the direction it's going, I mean, I don't have to paint it that way. I could actually reverse it, like, flip it this way. So it's pointing more in this way. I can either put it here. We're just behind the barrel cactus or something like that. So I think I want to hear those around the signs. We'll do that. Um, and this tall one. You know this, but you're gonna have to play with I'm just winging it here, so I'm gonna actually put that here. Some of the tall ones will put right here the desert rose I actually want behind just behind um, the two larger cactus here, so we'll just put that on top. Some of these little succulents are beautiful to just place in between. So I'm gonna put thes fire sticks succulent. Maybe right there in some of these little chickadees. If I can fit in an Al oh, or the zebra one, I think I'll try. But I don't know that that's gonna work out, but basically, this is kind of Miley out. So do this for yourself. Lay things out. It helps out a lot. So you can visually see what you're getting yourself into. And now we're going to start the painting process. I'm going to use my sketch and wash pencil, and I'm going to begin building my Reese. Just gonna pull this a little closer so you can get a good look. You can see here that I have placed the practice where I wanted to go, and I'm just going to use the techniques that we did two pink them in. If you didn't want to cluster them like this, you could separate it out, and that would be perfectly fine as well 12. Painting your cactus wreath: Okay, guys. And there you have it. Your watercolor practice reef. You condemn finitely. Use this for, um, a piece to do a little inscription in the middle. Like some lettering. You can frame this and use it for wall art. You can. Actually, What would be really nice is putting family names in here or kids names and framing that. I'm putting that in your home. So it's just a nice way to create something fun for your house or home or for a gift. And it's fun to learn how to paint what color cactuses in general. So I hope you have learned a couple of tools of and to put into your tool belt just learning how to do these watercolor cactus and different styles. And I hope you saw how simple it can be. And it's not too complicated, really. It's just a matter of understanding the cactus shape and then painting them very simply in adding your detail with your marker or your pen. So this piece is finished 13. Final project and closing remarks: So for the class project, I would like for you to try your own cactus re you some of the techniques of each style of the cactus and apply it to a wreath. You could be a simple or as detailed as you'd like. It really doesn't matter. It's all experiment, and it's all learning and feeling free. Don't feel constricted. Use some of the guidelines off painting the cactus that I've laid down and hopefully that will assist in just keeping it a little bit more together for you in your mind. I had a wonderful time teaching this class. If you have any questions, if you'd like to know something, Maura about a cactus or succulent, please. Ah, message me. Leave any questions in the discussion section. Also, I would love to see some of the projects, so please post them in the your project section in the class so I can take a look and comment. Share with me. I would love to see and I hope you enjoyed yourself. Hopefully you've learned something new, and that's what we strive to do is learn something new every day. Thanks for joining me. I'll see you soon if I know