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How to Paint: Watercolor Houseplants | Pothos Plant

Audrey, Watercolorist and Modern Calligrapher

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8 Lessons (54m)
    • 1. Welcome Video

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Inspiration and Sketching

    • 4. Color Mixing

    • 5. Putting it Together Part 1: Sketching Layout

    • 6. Putting it Together Part 2: Painting the First Vine

    • 7. Putting it Together Part 3: Second and Third Vines

    • 8. Conclusion and Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Welcome to How to Paint: Houseplants edition!


This is the third of the houseplants series: the Pothos Plant! Check out the other plants in this series:

  1. Fiddleleaf Fig Plant
  2. Boston Fern
  3. Pothos Plant
  4. Monstera

The Pothos Plant is so interesting to paint because of its variegated colors in its leaves. Using your observation, sketching, color mixing, and basic watercolor skills, you'll be able to paint this plant with your eyes closed.

Try painting this and then digitizing it (in my other Skillshare class!) to print it on cards, mugs, decals, and more.

Don't forget to make a project for this class so I can see all your wonderful works. If you're on Instagram, please tag me (@ThingsUnseenDesigns), and use #WatercolorWithTUD! I love to feature my students and their work!

See you in class!

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1. Welcome Video: e there. My name is Audrey and creative behind things on stage designs. I'm a watercolorist, calligrapher, an educator, and this is the third plan to be featured in my house paid houseplants. Siri's right here on skill share. The series came about because as a gardener myself, I love everything that has to do in plans and growing up. I remember my mom growing the protests planned inside our house, so I was various fire to do this plans, and I hope you will paint it with me in this class will pay the podcast together, and we'll use basic watercolor techniques such as what I'm dry, what on wet and lazy in order to capture the multiple colors that we see in the leaves of the plants. Additionally, I'll take you through my steps of gathering supplies, sketching, testing our colors, finally painting the whole thing together, step by step. All of the videos are going to be in real time so you won't miss a beat. Well, I hope you're excited to get started. Let's take out our paints and dive right it. I'll see you in class 2. Supplies: everyone in this video, I'm going to show you some of the supplies that I'll be working with in this class to paint the pope as plant. We're going to use the following supplies. Watercolor paper. The type that I'm using is a cancer and brand, and it's cold pressed at £140. We'll use a variety of watercolor brushes, and I have right here a size six, a size four and a size two. It's okay. If you don't have all of these sizes, I would still recommend at least a size six and a size two. That way you'll get some nice broad strokes. But also some fine details obviously will be using watercolor pains. And I created this palette myself by using to pains mostly from the Grumbach ER and Windsor and Newton brands. If you're curious to see which colors I have in my palette, download my list of supplies in the attached files in the project section. I also have a block post about how I created this custom palette. Next, I have a cup of clean water and a small spray bottle filled with water as well, so that I can keep my Petes fresh as I work. I also use a paper towel to take away excess moisture on my brushes. You'll also need a pencil and an eraser. I'm not too picky about the type of pencil and eraser just as long as you like it. I'm also going to use a kneaded eraser in this class because, unlike the other two videos, we're going to sketch the Poth US plant very lightly, but also use a kneaded eraser to get rid of any other extra pencil lines. If you don't have this, it's not a big deal. It's just nice to have, and you can find it at your local our stores or online, too. So go ahead and gather all your supplies and I'll see you in the next video. 3. Inspiration and Sketching: Pope gas plant is really fun to paint because of its vines and variegated color in its leaves. A simple Google search will show lots of great photos of Botha's in pods hanging from the ceiling, scaling the wall, etcetera like in the other house plant videos. I'm not going to use just one of thes photos, but use them as inspiration and paint my own unique plant. I encourage you to do the same as you search for inspiration. Maybe it's a plant structure that catches your eye. Maybe you just like how the pot looks or a particular leaf pattern that you've never seen before. Whatever catches your eye, save it and use that as inspiration. So take some time now to browse through Google or Pinterest or your local library even to find your inspiration. Then we'll practice sketching the leaves together. Now let's start sketching together, as you can see in the post as plant. A lot of the leaves are heart shaped, and in my sketch over here, you can see that I have mostly the heart shape. Some of the leaves are bending to show some dimension. Some of them are wider or skinnier. So we'll go ahead and practice sketching this heart shaped plant and will vary the angles and the twisting, etcetera. Let's get started. Okay, let's start by sketching a basic heart shape. Draw 1/2 of the heart shape and then draw the other. Have the stem coming out of the center right there. That's a pretty basic one. If you want to draw that main vein that goes down Dr like that, let's draw another one where 1/2 of the leaf is a little bit larger than the other, so that it looks like the leaf is a little bit folded up. So I'm gonna make this left side. I'm gonna do the upside down version of this something to make this left one pretty large, and then I'm going to make the right side a little bit narrower. So that means this first hump that I go up here is going to be shorter and narrower like this. And then I'm gonna come sharply down like this. And then when you draw the vein down the center and then the stem appear, it kind of looks like this. Half of the leaf is folding away from you so that you're looking at this side a little bit more, so it just gives you a nice dimension. Okay. And then later on, when you paint it, there's gonna be a lot of dark shadows here, so you can indicate that would have to be dark. This this broad part is going to be pretty light. And this is just to help you later on. When you're about to paint, let's do another one. But just the opposite of this one. So instead of the left side going to be broad, we're gonna make this right side very broad. So it doesn't matter which side you start with. I'm just right handed. So I'm gonna do my left side first. So again, just kind of go up pretty sharply. And I come down pretty quickly and then make this right side very wide and broad. You go and then the vein should follow this art here. And so follow this ark and just come on down That way. You're keeping with the shape of the leave, okay? And in a stem, the system can really go. Either way, it can go live. They can go, right. It could go straight up. I don't think that really matters as much as the way in which you draw that vein. Okay, We're going to do another one this time. Both of these leaves are kind of facing downward. We're gonna do one that faces horizontally, so it's going toe have. So basically, it's gonna look like this, but just on its side. Um, and this time we're gonna look instead of the underside of the leave, we're gonna look at the look at the top side of the leaf, if that makes sense. So let's draw 1/2 of the leaf on and make it a little bit broad again. Okay? It's not pretend that this is the inside of the leaf and it's folded up. So then, if it's sideways, the other half of the leave is going to be very, very short on dough and narrow. So don't so So when you draw the other side, don't make it as high as this one, so don't match this one, but you're going to make it a little bit shorter, maybe even shorter than that, and then keep it. Keep it as low. Lo is possible. Can this one? Since we're not looking at the underside of the leave. I made the vein, just kind of comes straight down and then just curve a little bit as if it were about to meet this point here. But I'm not going to connect them so that it indicates to me that we're looking at the top side of the leaf and you can even indicate, like, top view. And this could be, you know, the under under a leaf, have you? Now that we've sketched a couple different ones, let's do some color mixing and then get started painting. I'll see you in the next video. 4. Color Mixing: E. Everyone in this video, I'm going to show you all the different kinds of colors that were going to be using. And when I paint, I always like to create a little color. Inspiration are color chart, however you want to call it before I start painting, just so I can visualize the different colors and see also, if the's colors even go well together, you'll also notice that I kind of kind of drag the color out because as watercolor dries, it dries lighter than what you actually paint. So it's good to see that that gradation happening so that you can see how much pigment you need versus how much water you need in this class. We're gonna use mostly bright yellow sap green. This is sap, grain and pains, great and Hooker's green dark, all mixed together. And then this is probably one of my favorite combinations that I always use, which is a Payne's gray and, I think, a little bit of Hooker's green dark. I don't know why I put this other PG there, but I think it's just Payne's gray and hooker's green dark. So yeah, so, you know, feel free to experiment you know, the Poth Oz plans that you might be looking at may have more of a yellowy green hue. Or maybe it has more of a bluish cool tones to it. Eso yours is definitely gonna look different than mine. But we're going to use all of the same techniques, such as what? Unwed, dry brush and glazing. So go ahead and practice color mixing. You can do it with me in the next couple of minutes, or you can do it on your own to. So, yeah, let's create this together. Okay? So when you're painting, you always want some kind of bright, bright color. So for me, that's gonna be the bright yellow, and this bright yellow is also going to act as my kind of undertone. So I'm taking it straight from my palate, taking it straight from my palate over here, just dipping my brush in there and then going to have most of the pigment concentrated here at first. And then I'm gonna wash my brush out a little bit, a lot it and then drag that color out. You could see it's a little bit lighter. Then when I wash it out, a little bit more and then drag it out even more. I think I can go one more step. So now my brush is almost completely clean, and I'm just going to draw the rest of that out. I'm going to label this as bright yellow. Now, the next color is sap green and sap greens. Another color that I just already have in my palette here. So I'm gonna go ahead and wet my brush and then and then just grab the color directly from my palate. Okay, so there's that and I do the same thing. Just kind of concentrating the pigment here. Gonna wash my brush out a little bit and then blood and draw that color out. See how that paint moves. Washington a little bit more blotted. Draw it out some more. Now, this last time, my brushes pretty much clean, and I'm gonna draw the rest of that paint out. Now this A lot of the paint was drawn out, so I'm actually going to go back in there. It's still a little wet and then add some fresh pigment to it just so I can see that dark color again. Yes, I can compare later on. When it's dried out, I can see what that original SAT color really looked like. Now, if you already have a color chart of all your paints, that's totally fine. You can refer to that. I just like to do this so that I it's more immediate and that it's right next to my painting. And plus it just gives me a refresher on what the colors really look like. And I'll go ahead and label. This is Well, okay, The next color combination is one that I do pretty often and I'm going to combine um, my sap green, my hooker's green dark and then my Payne's gray. I have all the way over here, so I'm gonna combine all three of those and then mix it in this general area here and then . My last combination is Hooker's green Dark and pain scream. Oh, yes. So these are just some of the colors that were going to be working, which feel free to experiment with the types of greens that you have some other color combinations that I really like to do our greens mixed with, like yellow joker or burnt sienna or raw number. It just creates a very warm and rich green tones. You can also try mixing, you know, greens with the's red tones or thes pink and purple ones just to see what you get. Mixing greens and blues is always really popular. Eso yeah, I just really like green because of that. It just gives you such a wide range of colors, so feel free to experiment, and then in the next video, we'll start putting it all together. 5. Putting it Together Part 1: Sketching Layout: everyone. So in this video, we're going to start painting. But before we do that, I just want to show you what my original paintings sort of looked like. But in between this and then recording for this class, I got really inspired by the ones that are just hanging straight down. So that's actually what I'm going to paint. But I just wanted to show you this. This was done freehand. But we're going to sketch just a little bit because the one that I'm going to paint is a little bit more complicated. And so the more complicated it is, it does require a little bit of sketching. So again, I just wanted to show you this, but the one that I'm going to paint now is gonna look a little bit different, but we're still gonna use the same basic concepts to get these kinds of effects. So, like I said, I was really inspired by the Post House plans that were just hanging straight down. So I'm going to pretend that that this is kind of like my ceiling here. I'm just gonna dry just a just a wavy line right there, and they're gonna be a lot of leaves, you know, just up here, all bunched up together, and I'm not gonna really sketch those, But But I do want to sketch kind of just the ones that are hanging freely down like this. So and I'm not gonna draw to money because I do want my leaves to be fairly large so that you can see what I'm doing. So I'm just drawing just random vines. I have this one sort of going out like this. Okay. And then now I'm going to start drawing some of the leaves here. Think. - Okay , now that I'm pretty satisfied with my sketch, I'm gonna go ahead and use my kneaded eraser to get rid of most of these darker lines. Way. All right, well, I'm pretty happy with that. So let's get started painting in the next video. We'll see you there. 6. Putting it Together Part 2: Painting the First Vine: everyone in this video, we're going to start painting the post House leaves together. What I'm going to do. I'm going to just show you leaf by leave and just practice some different techniques, and then we'll just see how it turns out. So we'll start by painting just a basic leaf. And I will do that Maybe in, like, one of these larger ones and just going to choose a basic, um, like maybe a little bit of Saptari and Hooker's green dark mixed together. And right now I'm using a size two round brush. And for this, for this basic one, you're just going to drop the paint or paint just on dry paper, and I'm not going to color completely in. I'm going to leave just a small sliver right in the middle and let the white of the paper show through. So okay, there's 1/2. Okay. Now, while this paint is still relatively what you can go in there with a darker color to give it some dimensions, I'm gonna drop in some pain Scree right here at the edge, animals living to drop some right here along this center. So again, it just gives the leaf. A nice effect. Um, on second thought, I don't like how this how this dark outline makes it seem It looks too graphic for my taste . So I'm gonna darken up this lighter green a little bit more, but then leave some slivers of color of the original for the veins. Yeah, I like this leave a lot better. It looks a little bit more natural, Kate. Now, for this leaf over here, I'm gonna paint in two different tones, because the way that I sketched it, uh, this part is gonna be lighter. And that part's gonna be a little bit darker because it's facing away from me. So let's paint the lighter side. First, I'm gonna paint it in that same greenish yellowish color and then paint the other side and mix a little bit of hooker's green dark into it. Just so it's a little bit darker, but not too much darker. Then I paint the other side. But as you do that other side, make sure to leave that sliver of white space again. And at this time, if you want to drop into stem that connects it, feel free. Okay. For this leaf over here, we're going to try a different technique so kind of similar to what I did here, which was unintentional. But we're gonna do glazing. So we're gonna put that bright yellow color down first, we're gonna wait for two completely dry will paint some other leaves while we're waiting for it to dry, and then we'll come back to it. So go ahead and grab some of that bright yellow. You don't need a lot of it. We just want a nice light undertone to it and just cover up the whole thing in this yellow color. Okay, So once you do that, just let that dry, and then we'll come back to it after we paint a couple more leaves. Okay? For this leaf here, we're gonna do some what on what? So what I'm first going to do? I'm gonna take a clean, clean brush, make sure it's like semi wet, not dripping wet. And then I'm gonna just color that in with just water. You might need to grab a little bit more water, just depending. You just don't want too much water pulled up. So just enough so that you've, um you've moistened the paper. If you're not sure if it's wet enough, or if it's to what you can just kind of hold it up at an angle and then angle it towards the light and see if you see a nice shine to it. And if you do, then that's the right right amount of water. And if you don't see a shine than you might need to add a little bit more, so just go ahead and just add water as you see fit and just let it and just angle it every now and then. Okay, and what we're gonna do, we're gonna drop some light color in the middle and dark color on the outside. So just go ahead and just drop some of that. It's kind of randomly and then pick up some of the dark color and then put it along the outside. Right now, I'm just sort of blending the colors together is that it looks a little bit more natural, and then I kind of want that bright pop of color. I'm gonna drops, um, bright yellow just right there in the middle and kind of fill in the white spaces with the yellow and if you're paper is still what you can still go in there and add some more colors as you want. Darken it up because remember, watercolor dries later. My paint is still traveling really well, so I'm just going to keep on adding a little bit more paint. Remember every time you add pain. To what? On what? You want less water, so try to pick up mostly pigment as you're adding. Yeah, I really like that. Very gated Look, let that dry a little bit more, and then maybe add just a touch of paint just in some of these lighter areas. Yeah. I'm really liking how that looks. Let's do this next one over here and again. We're just gonna do that basic, basic green basic painting where you're just putting what paint on dry paper. Remember to leave that sliver of white in the middle. Oh, and I missed the leaf up here. I was gonna do the same to that guy up there. Okay, now that we did a couple of leaves, this yellow one is a little bit dry. Now, if you're not completely sure, that's OK. You can just wait a little bit longer But again, you can kind of hold it up at an angle to see if you can see that shine. And if you can, then it's still wet. And if you can't, then it's most likely very dry. So I think mine is pretty dry. You can also touch it lightly, some mind pretty dry. So I'm going to go over it with a darker green color. I think maybe just sap green is fine because sap green has the yellow undertone, which will be nice to draw out here. I'm going to paint over it. But I'm going Teoh, leave some of this yellow parts showing. So it was gonna be kind of random, just sort of Let the veins sort of show like that. - Okay , so what we did just there was glazing, which is when you put one color down, wait for it to dry and put another layer of color on top of it. It really helps to show because watercolor is transparent. You can still sort of see that yellow underneath that green color case. I'm gonna go ahead and paint the rest of the leaves that are on this vine and then touch up any of these single colored leaves just just as I feel like it. So 7. Putting it Together Part 3: Second and Third Vines: e K. I really like how this is looking, Aziz. You saw I added a little bit more color just to some of these leaves. I glazed over them or layered is another term for it. Just to give it a little bit more dimension and death, you can also see. I'll hold this up to the lens of for the stems I painted at one color. But then I added a shadow right next to it. So again, just giving the plant a little bit more depth. So I'm just gonna go ahead and paint the rest of the leaves here. You know, while you're painting again, try to vary the different types of techniques so you can just do it just straight on like this. What on dry paper? Or you can try the wet on what method which will kind of look like this. You could do some glazing, so you so that you can see the undertone, the colors underneath. Yes, A. Go ahead and try experiment different techniques. As you continue to paint the rest of these, it doesn't have to look perfect. I think that's always a fear of some people. Really. It doesn't have to look perfect, I think just as long as you're learning with every paint stroke, Um, and that you're growing as an artist each day that that's the most important thing. So let's continue to paint the Po fast plant way. - Thank you. No thanks for joining me in this video as we learned how to paint what? On wet, Wet on dry and glazing I can't wait to see your creations. I'll see you in the conclusion video. 8. Conclusion and Final Thoughts: way out of this class where you learn how to paint the courthouse plans. I hope you benefited from watching the gather supplies sketch out the plant, testing out colors and finally painting it using basic watercolor techniques, which is what I'm dry. What I wet and lazy. Now it's actually you debate the Post s plans. Remember to sketch first if it helps sketch those heart shaped leaves and show them from different angles and by different ways. Then use those basic watercolor techniques to show the various green cues and death in your please remember to create a project and share your work. If your instagram you can also attack me at things and designs and use the hash. Had water color with Tedy. I love featuring my students in my instagram stories, so I love to feature you. Well, I can't wait to see what you create. Start a project and start painting. Stay tuned for the last plant of my house. Paint Castlight Siri's right hand scale share. I'll see you that time