How to Paint Succulents with Acrylic Paint (For Beginners) | Meghan Stockinger | Skillshare

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How to Paint Succulents with Acrylic Paint (For Beginners)

teacher avatar Meghan Stockinger, Artist | Graphic Designer

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Drawing the Succulent

    • 4. Painting the Leaves (the green part)

    • 5. Painting the Leaves (the pink part)

    • 6. Painting the Pot

    • 7. Final Words

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About This Class

In this beginner-level class you will learn to paint a desert rose succulent with acrylic paint

This lesson is beginner friendly and we will go over"

  • How to sketch each succulent (angles, angles, angles!)
  • Which supplies to use
  • Painting techniques like wet on wet mixing and dry brushing to get multiple color tones
  • How to apply shadows and highlights

Once you learn to paint this succulent, you can keep going and use these techniques to paint other plants too!

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Meghan Stockinger

Artist | Graphic Designer


I'm so excited for you to join me here on Skillshare! My name is Meghan and I am an artist, illustrator and graphic designer. You can watch my classes on illustration, beginner level acrylic painting, and graphic design - more to come soon!

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You can find me trying new things (most recently, latte art!), sharing artwork and pictures of my dogs on Instagram @nerkyart. I do a lot of DIY house projects including painting, building and fixing things - I believe we are all capable, and that's why I love to teach art classes! You can totally do it,... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi friends is Megan. I am the founder of the turkey Art Club in Turkey are lub. I teach online acrylic painting lessons. In addition to that, I teach in-person art lessons. I paint wall murals, I do illustrations, graphic design, I do custom artwork. And I have been doing this for the past over 15 years and the self-taught artists, and I learned lots of tips and tricks along the way that hopefully I can pass along to you in this lesson, I'm going to show you an easy way to paint and acrylic succulent. So we're going to use acrylic paint, basic paint brushes. And I'm going to show you how to paint a circulant. So let's go ahead and gatherers applies and get started. 2. Supplies: Let's go over our supplies. So we're going to start with paper meant for acrylic painting, will need a pencil for this video. For this lesson, we'll need our clean water cup with two different sizes of paint brushes. One a small round brush, and the other a small flat brush. We always have a paper towel ready to go to blot our paint brushes on when we're done with it. And then we have four colors of paint. Bright green, bright magenta, white, and black. You can use any color or any brand of paint you prefer. I'm using basic craft paint that you can get at most craft stores. And those are the supplies will need to paint our desert rose secular. 3. Drawing the Succulent: Okay friends, we're going to start by drawing our succulent on the page first. So I've got my pencil ready to go, and then I've got some acrylic painting paper. So I'm using Strathmore brand acrylic paper. You wanna get paper meant for acrylic paint. It has a higher weight. This is 246 pound paper and it's thick and sturdy. So if you use paper that's not as thick as this, you run the risk of your page getting wrinkled or it getting soggy and maybe tearing. So we don't want any of that to happen. So what do you use paper meant for acrylic paint. So this page is just one of these kinda half. So I've got my paper ready to go, and then we're gonna go ahead and get started with our pencil. So we're gonna start in the middle of our page with a small triangle. This small triangle is going to be the center point for our succulent. So we're gonna make all the other petals come around it. So the trick with painting a desert rose succulent is that is the shape of the petals. So the ones in the front are almost like a teardrop shape. So you wind up painting the bottom that are drawing the bottom of them as opposed to the ones in the back which will not be that shape. So we're gonna go with one going off to the right and then one going off to the left like that. So you can see they're still kind of upright, but they look almost like a teardrop. And when we're drawing on our canvas, I'm gonna go to the back and add, add one to the back to. When we're drawing on canvas, we wanna make sure we're not pressing super hard. We want are touched to be light and delicate because it's less we have to cover with paint. Okay. So you want to add pedal around the sides and the back. And then we'll come back to the front and add some more here. So again, bees, we do paint or draw the bottom. And it's okay if there's overlap. And as you come down the front of your succulent, see right here there's overlap. That's okay. As you come down, up front, the petals and the front should fall and they should be less upright the more you go. So you can see it looks almost like a blooming flower like that. So you've got your middle triangle. Let me do some more out here and just to give it some more shape. Your middle triangle here where we started. And all these other rounded triangle almost tear drop shapes. Some of the ones in the front are teardrops as we go out from the triangle. So as you come down the front of your succulent, your teardrops. C, The point is up higher and then it falls, and eventually it falls all the way down. So we'll be looking into very flat part at the top of the leaf here, whereas here we're seeing the back of the leaf. So that's how we paint our succulent itself. Now we're going to add in a pot. I'm just gonna do two angled lines on either side, connected at the bottom with a curved line. Just like that. Just sketch it on just so we know where it is and then we will fill it in with paint in the next step. 4. Painting the Leaves (the green part): Now that we've drawn our succulent on the canvas, we've got our paint ready to go. Bright green, magenta, white, and black, and our paint brushes. So we've got one small round brush for the details of the leaves and one small flat brush for the pot. So we're gonna put our paint brushes in our water, grab a paper towel, take our papers out, and just give it one swipe. We don't want the paintbrush to be dry, but we also don't want it to be dripping wet. And we're gonna go ahead and get started. So succulent plants have a pink tip and a green bass, or at least the ones we're painting do so I want my green to be a little bit lighter than this green here we're gonna use this green is the shadow color. So we're going to mix a little bit of white, right? Other palate like that. Just to make a kind of a more minty green. And we're gonna take our small round brush and we're going to start filling in the shapes. So I'm gonna start just like we started when we were drawing. I'm gonna start with the middle. Once you fill in that shape, take a bit of the darker green. Just outline the bottom there. Just to show that there's a shadow. Okay. Now clean off your brush. And we're gonna come in with a clean brush and just blend. We don't want there to be a hard line there. We want it to be a nice fade. See that how it fades from the lightest shade into that darker green. That is exactly what we're going for and now we're gonna do it again on these next leaves. So I'm gonna start with my light and we'll add our dark in a second. Ok. So we're doing the same thing with this portion of it as we did with our first one following those lines, we made filling it in almost like a paint BY number. And now we're going to come in with that darker green and just go right around the base because that's where our shadow's gonna be, that's where it's going to be darker, just naturally. Clean off the paint from our brush. And then come in and blend it with no paint on your brush. Just gives it a smoothed blend. Moving onto the next one. One thing when you pull your paper shallow waters, see how there's drip coming down the side. So not only do you want to catch that drip with the paper towel, but you can also reshape your brush by just pulling your brush all the way through it so you don't get any stray hairs outside where you want them. So once you get to the pieces that are pointed more out as opposed to in, the shadow changes, the Shadow starts to become is still on the bottom. But it's not because some things covering it up in front of it. It's just because light wouldn't reach there. So it still I guess it's still in the same spot. But it's for a different reason. You always want to consider where your light sources coming from when you're painting a shadow. And it's going to keep going until we've finished all of the leaves. So once we finish up this leaf here, we will be done with the green parts of our leaves and we'll move on to painting the pink tips. 5. Painting the Leaves (the pink part): So once you get to this point, so once you get to this point and you have all of the green done, we're gonna come in with some pink for the tips. So what I'm gonna do is mix a little bit of pink with some white right on my palate. So grab some pink and got some fresh white so that it's not mixed up with green. We're gonna make a little bit lighter. Pink. Wouldn't want it to be too light. Wish wanted to be a little bit lighter, right? Something like that. Just a little bit lighter. And then we're going to clean off our brush because we don't want there to be too much excess paint on our brush in and off to the paper towel trick to make it nice and straight. We're going to come and just the very tip of our brush with some paint on it. And come in and just add a little bit of pink on the tips of each leaf. Can come down to the side a little bit on some of them if you want to. We really want to get the very tips. And then we're gonna come blended a little bit. Okay? So you've got your cycle it looking like this and we're gonna come in with a clean brush blended out. And then we'll add in just a little bit more green to cover it up. Let's look at some of these are dry acrylic paint dries so fast. So I'm gonna come in with some of my light green pain and blend it that way. Because we want the paint to be a little bit subtle. So we wanted to be on the very tips that very edges of each of these little sections. So I'm just coming back in over the top of it with some of my light. Graeme. The very first colour we use more layers we add, the more it's gonna blend. So we did our initial layer of green, and then we added the layer up a darker green to do the shadow. Now we're adding in or before this, we add it in pink so that we could get the pink tips just a little bit. Now are coming back in with one more layer of grain to tone down some of that pink. We just want a very subtle pink there. Not too much. And you just keep adding layers until you get it how you want it. Acrylic paint, like I said, dries very quickly. So it's easy to paint over if you need to. That's what we're doing. We do want to make sure it's dry before you paint over something. Because otherwise and with the paint that's there, as opposed to painting over it. There we go. Now I've got R succulent none and we need to pay the pot. So I am putting my paintbrush and the water. And then we're going to paint the pot. 6. Painting the Pot: Okay, we're gonna paint our plot gray. So I'm going to take a tiny bit of black. I'm using my flat brush now, that tiny bit of black and mix it into this white. It's okay, there's a little bit of pink in it too. That's fine. We're gonna mix it until I get a grey color. I want it to be a light gray, so I'm not using very much black. And like that, very light grey, a little bit of pink and mine, that's fine too, if we're going to come in and just with our flat brush, do the edges. And then we'll fill in the middle. That will fill. And then you can use your smaller brush to get up close to the plant, to just switch out brushes real quick. Just to get these areas that are real close to the plant. We don't want those to get covered up by using a brush that's too big. Alright? So once you get to the point where you filled in the whole pot, we're going to add some details. So let's take a little bit of black paint. What we're gonna do is dip our brush in the black. Then we're going to wipe off some of the excess like that. So I just want a little bit of black. I'm gonna do a little bit of a line around designating the top sort of lip of this pot. Cleave off your brush. And as you do that, I'm just going to come go over it. Blending that grey that we have with the black that we just added. So that it becomes a more blended line. Right now we can switch back to our flat brush. And if you want to add even more, you can pull this color down like this. Adding even more detail. I mean, that's kinda pull it down from there. Now way it's not as part of a line. You don't have to do this. She can do if you want to. Okay. So we also need to add a shadow on the bottom. So we're gonna do take some black paint. We've also got our gray here, which will need to blend with our grade two, and this is probably already dry, so we'll need to add some more gray paint. So to get my paint brush a little bit more wet, like I said, grab some black. I like to brush it off a little bit so it's not too much. We're going to start in the bottom left corner with our shadow. And the sort of pull the brush around like that. Clean off your brush at this point. Once you've got it kinda looking like this, and then come in with your clean brush. Can try to blend it a little bit. And then we're gonna come back in with that gray color. And we started with and from the other direction and blend down toward that shadow. When she got that on there again, clean off your brush and come blend, just gives it less of a hard line. When you do that. You've got that nice shadow on the bottom. Let's add just a little bit of a highlight. On the side. When a grab some white paint and don't leave a lot, just a little bit of a white light just right in here. Something like that. Just super basic. So I'm up here too. Once yeah, that and clean off your brush. And then with a clean brush, you can blend. That way. It kind of softens those edges there. You've still gotta highlight on your pot. There we go. We've got that highlight done. Now what we need to do is add a little bit of darkness up under the plant because the plant would be casting a shadow on the pot, right? Especially these parts that are hanging over the edge. So lets go back with our round brush. Grab just a little bit of black, Remember to wipe it off. You don't want a lot. We're going to come in and we're just going to outline those areas where there would be a shadow underneath the plant, your brush. So we just makes, almost make like just a line underneath each of those leaves. And we're gonna come back in with our gray, the gray we used for the pot. And then in there and then we'll blend it. So once you add your grey, you can clean off your brush and come in and blend a little bit more gray. There we go. Now we're just touching it up, giving you a little bit of a rustic feel with those shadows. And now we've finished painting or succulent and our pot. 7. Final Words: You did it, you're done. I'm so excited for you. You painted a potted succulent. You can always keep this project in your sketch book, or you can paint it on a card for a friend, or you could even frame it and put it on your wall, which is what I would recommend. I'm so excited to see what you paint it, share it in the comments, and that way I can show it some love and I will see you guys in the next one. Thank you so much for watching.