How to Paint: Master Watercolor Cacti & Succulents Staff Pick

Audrey Ko, Watercolorist and Modern Calligrapher

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18 Lessons (2h 21m)
    • 1. Welcome!

      1:42
    • 2. Supplies

      6:43
    • 3. Firestick: Intro, Color Mixing, Sketching

      10:31
    • 4. Firestick: First Layers

      11:56
    • 5. Firestick: Final Details

      8:27
    • 6. Bunny Ear Cactus: Intro, Color Mixing, Sketching

      8:47
    • 7. Bunny Ear Cactus: Painting in Layers

      10:04
    • 8. Bunny Ear Cactus: Painting the Pot & Rocks

      5:13
    • 9. Bunny Ear Cactus: Final Details

      7:47
    • 10. Snake Plant: Intro, Color Mixing, Sketching

      9:20
    • 11. Snake Plant: First Layers

      11:16
    • 12. Snake Plant: Second Layers

      6:24
    • 13. Snake Plant: Final Layers

      6:02
    • 14. Bilberry Cactus: Intro, Color Mixing, Sketching

      8:09
    • 15. Bilberry Cactus: Painting the Cactus

      18:01
    • 16. Bilberry Cactus: Painting the Pot

      2:33
    • 17. Bilberry Cactus: Adding Final Details

      4:48
    • 18. Final Thoughts

      2:49

About This Class

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Welcome to "How to Paint: Mater Watercolor Cacti & Succulents"! Last year, I published my first class on this same topic and focused generally on a lot of different techniques. In this class, I want to continue to apply those skills, but take it to the next level by mastering the wet-on-wet technique. This method can frustrate or delight the watercolorist. But whether you're more controlling or loose with watercolors, the wet-on-wet technique is an easy way to effortlessly layer and blend colors. And once you get the hang of it, you'll be using it all the time without even thinking about it!

In this class, you'll learn how to paint four cacti and succulents:

  • Firestick succulent
  • Bunny Ear cactus
  • Snake plant
  • Bilberry cactus

In my classes, I talk through my painting time so that you can get a sense of how I think and how I work through mistakes. I want to encourage you to be mindful as you paint to observe what's happening with the paints, what actions you're taking, and what the results are. The more you pay attention and practice, the more you will improve!

Grab your supplies and let's get started.

See you in class!