How to Paint a Realistic Watercolour Camellia Flower

Laura Ashton, Watercolor Botanicals & Sketchbooks

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23 Videos (1h 23m)
    • Watercolour Camellia Intro

    • Materials

    • Optional Materials

    • Practicing a Wet on Wet Wash

    • Practicing a Wet on Dry Wash

    • Practicing Lifting Out Paint

    • Practicing Blending Edges

    • How to Use Tracing Paper and Graphite

    • Tranfering Your Drawing on Watercolour Paper

    • Applying Masking Fluid to the Center

    • Starting the Camellia Painting Wet on Wet Washes

    • Adding Wet on Dry Washes to the Camellia

    • Building Contrast and Blending the Center

    • Removing the Masking Fluid

    • Adding Details to the Center Anthers

    • Adding Details to the Center Filaments

    • Adding Shadows to the Petals

    • Adding Extra Contrast and Warming up the Petals

    • Final Dry Brush Details on the Petals

    • Painting the Leaf

    • Painting the Stem

    • Finishing Touches

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About This Class

Learn how to paint a realistic Camellia flower in watercolour step-by step!


  • Learn 3 techniques that will rock your watercolor world!
  • Watch the demos in whatever order you would like
  • Enjoy this tutorial on your own schedule and at your own pace
  • The Camellia drawing is supplied, learn how to transfer a drawing like a pro
  • Get a list of all the materials I use and recommend

In this class we will learn three main watercolour techniques that will allow you to build up the majority of a flowers 3-D form. Discover how to add depth and fine details to your flower and make it pop off the paper! This class is suited to both beginners and more experienced watercolour painters. The first videos will be great for beginners to introduce basics materials and techniques, the later video demos show you how to take a basic wash and create the depth and detail that helps the flower look more realistic and pop-off the page.  Follow along as I show you how to great a beautiful botanically inspired painting.

Class Materials:

  • HJ 170 pure Kolinski brushes Sizes 6 or 4, 2, and 5 x 0.
  • A inexpensive chisel brush to mix your paint.
  • Winsor & Newton and or Daniel Smith Artist Quality Watercolour (Tubes - see below for colours).
  • Plain white dinner plate (to use as a palette).
  • Arches 300 lb Hot pressed watercolour paper (buy as a large sheet and cut to size, 300 lb works better than 140 lb).
  • Paper Towel for blotting.
  • An old face cloth for drying your brush.
  • A jar of water.
  • Kneaded eraser.
  • HB pencil and a mechanical pencil.
  • Tracing paper.
  • Masking fluid pen
  • A rubber lifter for the masking fluid.

Paint Colours:

  • Quinacridone Rose (DS) or Permanent Rose (WN)
  • Winsor Lemon
  • New Gamboge.
  • French Ultramarine.
  • Permanent Sap Green.
  • Payne's Grey.
  • Burnt Sienna.

Optional Colours

  • Moon Glow (DS).
  • Quinacridone Gold.

DS = Daniel Smith WN = Winsor & Newton

Where to Shop?

Most of the supplies listed can be found at any full service art store.  If you want to get the exact type of brushes I use (HJ 170 pure Kolinski brushes) you can buy them online, Click here.

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8 of 8 students recommendSee All

Excellent presentation!
This class was so good. I haven't painted for more than 20 years and this class was so informative in relation to technique, highlights, shadows etc... I can't actually believe that I created what I did! Thanks so much xx
Melanie Colclough-Thorley

A Dressmaker who's looking to paint





Laura Ashton

Watercolor Botanicals & Sketchbooks