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How to boost your inner creativity with ease.

teacher avatar Ania Zwara, Watercolor artist and illustrator

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6 Lessons (35m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. ...loosing up with watercolors? ;)

    • 3. …let’s start creating

    • 4. …expressive poppies

    • 5. …delicate chamomile

    • 6. BONUS

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In this class I’ll show you my behind the scenes process of loosing up with watercolors ;) 

I want to show you that it is possible to create a stunning piece in less than 10min and enjoy all this creative process. I’ll use 3 different summer flowers as reference and it will be fun, I promise :)

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Ania Zwara

Watercolor artist and illustrator


 and I'm a full-time watercolor artist, graphic designer and suface pattern designer based in Reda, Poland. I'm a flower lover but prefer to have them on paper so they will not fade ;) ...wife, mum of 3, architect by profession (graduate of Gdańsk University of Technology) ...and artist from birth... My creative soul never stops dreaming that’s why I chose a freelance creative path instead of an architect career. Although undoubtedly architectural studies gave me a solid creative base. In 2016 I set up my own business which is the result of a great passion for creating both graphics and paintings. 

...daily life as a full-time mother gives me a lot of inspirations as well as the surrounding nature and the world that is changing. ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello my friends. Thank you so much for joining my class today. My name is, I am eigenstate that I am a mixed media artist. Okay, Let's emphasize watercolor artists here because I love watercolors. But I mix, you combine every kind of art supplies. And I'm also a surface pattern designer behind mama fabrics. You can find on the Instagrams. I get a lot of messages from my community asking how to paint loose florals with ease. I mean, how to loosen up with watercolor florals. And I'm here today to share all I know about his process and to share my approach. Remember this, my approach, my workflow, my mindset. Hopefully, you could share my opinion and you could just pull everything you want most from this lesson and everything that will work for you when it comes to painting. Watercolor, florals, and a loose style, which I find very relaxing. And that's a great way to boost your energy, creative voice, and your inner creativity and general, right? So no worry, you don't really have to learn all the techniques. You only need to, to get started to have great fun and to enjoy the process because that's my friend. The most important point of this whole class can wait to start. Let's check what supplies we will need for today's lesson. 2. ...loosing up with watercolors? ;): So we won't need much watercolor paper, watercolor paints, watercolor brush. One will be enough. Jar of water, paper towels and some additional supplies. All right, so what is the slowest banding all about? Honestly, this is all about loading app. Don't think about, you know, other creatives. Artworks. Dumping about, you know, your scales. Don't think about your, if you are a professional artist or you're a hobbyist, it's all about letting go, all the fears and uncertainty. When it comes to your skills, stop worrying about the final result. Just concentrate on the process and enjoy the process because this is relaxing and this is fun. And please, please don't compare yourself and your art to other artists. Art. This is not a competition Guys. Lead the creative juices flow and really trust your intuition. If you want to paint green flower, just go for it. If you want to pay the pink flower, just go for it. If you want to change the color of the leaves, just go for it. Writes, Trust me, you, there is no way you would ruin your art piece. It just, it's a matter of changing the mindset. You know, it will only look different. And if you really, you can add twists and you can add other mediums. On top of that. I will show it in a bunch of spots. And really if you are totally not happy about what you've done, you can always, always restart the process. Join again. Don't put any pressure on yourself because it will block you. And you will, it will, it will put you in a position where you will have a fear of screwing up and destroy the white beautiful paper. In this lesson, you will learn or your master, what you already know. Two fundamental techniques when it comes to painting with watercolor. The first one is wet-on-wet technique, and the second one, it's wet and dry. 3. …let’s start creating: Alright, so how did use a reference object? Maybe it is not necessary to use such reference. I have two answers for that question. So the first one is, it's a great, great, great idea to find a reference. But here please remember, do not force yourself to choose something that everybody else is painting at this moment. Because sometimes we can notice that especially on L, especially on social media, there are several, um, you know, teams or subjects that are very trendy and everyone is fading that subject. Please find something that really, really inspired you to find your perfect reference flower, for example, you can go from walk on, you can, you know, find a florist. Sometimes there are florists, florist shops where you can literally sit and you know, take your sketchbook with you, make some sketches or paint something very quickly. So the ground, having a reference is, it's great. Because while painting, in looking at the object, you constantly build your inner library, your, let's say the library that is in your head. And that is where the second answer for this question and camps. Because painting without reference, it's also a great exercise for you to pull, pull out all these pictures that you have in your head library and just go with the flow and paint would you have in your head and in your mind, painting from reference really helps you to develop your creative muscle, right? Just like with your belly muscles, right? You're at, you exercise, you get the results. There is no right or wrong. You can paint loose watercolor florals, whether with a reference in front of you or from your head library. Now it's time to put everything we've talked about into action. So grab your supplies and let's paint. I will provide some reference, floral, okay, so let's start painting. As I said, watercolor paint. I'm using watercolor tubes, watercolor brushes. I will be using eight, an exchange with number 6, round brushes, paper towel in the general folder. As you can see, my jar is very dirty if you want to avoid that, just provide two separate jars for warm colors and for cold colors. Oh, and I'm using Canson paper, and this is hot pressed paper, watercolor paper, the first flower. This is corn flour. I love them so much. How to start? Simply observe. For a few minutes, try to find the simplest shapes that you see in this flower. And what I see It's align. Other lines. When it comes to stem. And tiny little leaves, which are also considered, uh, by me as lines. And here, it depends on what angle you are looking. At this flower. It can be a round shape or maybe oval and some kind of a little drop in here you can see the the corns, I'll be painting wet on, dry. As I told you, you can use whatever color you want. And I'm here using ultra marine without any big thinking or analyzing anything. I will start from the corns and this oval, let's say site view. I'm, I'm not concentrating on catching the exact botanical look of this flower. I'm just concentrating, you know, I'm talking to you guys basically. First step was painting wet on dry wet paint on a dry paper. And now, as you can see, I have some wet spots and I'm adding more saturated paint. And it's already wet on wet. So as you can see, I'm mixing two techniques to end up trying to paint these stamps and this Flores exactly as they are. I'm going to just look at them and pull everything I want from these put on the paper. So this was a side view and now I will, I will paint around flower wet on dry paper. As you can see. I've just simplified the shape. I press and lift my brash, adding more saturated paint in the middle of it to emphasize the center of my corn flour. And we'll put some darker colors. And I will mix ultramarine with some kind of some kind of pink, just to have a more violet color. And for me, these are just little tiny lines. I'm putting some lines inside my flower. There is no much detail. This is on the general, general shape. Let's, let's paint the side loke once again here. Also, think about the composition that you want to achieve on your paper while painting or pained, separate elements and then use them for some kind of adeno service patterns or placement illustrations. Now the stems, as I told you, I will maybe use a smaller brush. I will is number 6. And I will add some green color. All I want to get the impression. And I'm not concentrating on details. We can clearly see that these are carton flowers, not any other flowers. Basically, it's all about getting the right impression. We want to play a little bit more. We can add different colors. On top. It's wet, so the paint will really nice spread and makes There you go. Beautiful. Corn flours. 4. …expressive poppies: It's time for puppies. And puppies are so fragile, guys. This is so beautiful, but so fragile. I'm so lucky to have these free lives deal. So let's try to paint here. I'm also using hot press paper. I'm layering the water on my paper. Just to have a shiny paper without any big drops of water. How many battles? 1, 2, 3, 4, all rights or adults. Now time for red, you can use any kind of read or or any kind of other color. I'm adding. The paint just on the edges. Lets you can see here is the magic part, and it looks so nice. And now I'm grabbing a little bit of orange to mix it with red paint. But here again, it's not a mast, can make two different reds or some other colors. It's all about losing app. So remember, and it's all about experimenting. As you can see. I'm adding a little lines. And now it's time for this black these black spots. They are here. Oh, little buggy. And I think it's also very important to search for characteristic elements while painting loose florals and others, other things as well. Green. In the middle. I will live it as it is because it has to get dry. And now I will show you how to bend. The same flower may be from the, from the other angle with a wet on dry technique. Still using brush round brush number 8. I have very watery paint on my brush. And I'm just catching the shapes are right. I'm just sketching, as you can see, some curvy elements. While it's still wet. I'm adding, I'm adding dark points. And the screen element. What we can do here, We can always, always add more saturated paint to emphasize a few parts of our illustration to give more depth in it. And remember, we want to get the general impression, not super detailed botanical drawing as you can see, I'm adding some hope. I'm adding some orange damage. So I'm going to rabbit adder, wet and dry attempt. It's really great to practice painting different kinds of kinds of flowers from friend angles. First sketch is enough, you know, because it, it gives the impression of what flower we are talking about. And basically, that's it when it comes to loose floral switch to a tiny, tiny brush I'm in Number 6. I will add stamps to this florals. I'm looking at this one and I'm finding the simplest shape from where I start to build this flower right now. First stem, leaves. These are only lines. Simplifying shapes is also a good idea. And some darker areas serves very well to get the depth and to make the illustration more interesting. That's it. We have our poppies done with the SEC. 5. …delicate chamomile: Last but not least, beautiful camel mile. And the shape of this flower is so typical. And it's, you know, it's 100% floral, floral, flourine flower. Alright, so this one we will start from observing. We can see round center and some panels, the petals we can consider as lines. And here this tiny little leaves are also lines. Okay, so let's start. I'm going to grab yellow yellow paint and I will just make a few yellow circles. And from here, it can be tricky because the petals are white and all. How can we paint white petals? So I suggest to take a little bit of dark paint black or dark brown and make it very, very watery. And then start adding lines. As you can see, I'm experimenting and I'm starting from the middle to the, to the size and the other way back. And I think the better idea, it's to pull the lines from the center of the floral to emphasize the center and to add more depth, we can put some dark paint on top of our yellow circles. Now, as I have still bands on my brush, I'm going to twist my reference florals and I'm going to try to paint them from the side. And again, I will pull from the center to the sides. As you can see. I'm not worrying if the colors are blending and mixing because that's all about when it comes to loose painting. And I wanted to get this impression of Meadow camomile. Now I have florals with petals are done. I'm grabbing some green. Maybe you've noticed that I'm not telling you the colors of the paints I'm using. That's because I want you guys to free or had from, you know, picking exact colors names because I think it really doesn't matter when it comes to loose painting. We should make it as simple as possible and not even bother to search for exact shades because we can always create new shapes and new colors if we want to. All right, you can see that I'm simplify. I just simplified this little leaves and these are on the lines for me I'm adding here and there. Still do not worry. If you put some green on green on a white space or in the middle of your yellow center. Because all we want, all we want to have is the general impression of the flower. All we are painting basically lines, circles, drops, spots can create beautiful illustration for us. And again, I'm adding in a few places, some dark elements. There you go. Beautiful. Camel mile is done. It was quick and easy and. 6. BONUS: Now it's time for a grade bonus section. If you remember that I was talking about showing you all the possibilities. So let's start from this cone flower and a fountain pen. What I'm gonna do is I'm going to add some details to make this illustration even more beautiful. Once again, I'm looking to find some little tiny details which I can simplify and add on my illustration. And here you can see little lines. Let's go. If you would like to use fountain pen, you have to make sure your illustration is completely dry because it's not waterproof one. If you will find waterproof, then there is no problem. As you can see, I'm adding just a tiny elements, not everything, everywhere. And when I get the general idea, a general impression of this flower. I don't even look at it. While continuing. Lines can be QIAT AIG, not everything should be perfect. Some of these we'll just mix with each other. And that's totally, totally okay. My tip for you is also to use this fountain pan to fix. And the illustrations you think are not so great because you can always throw everything on top of a water color spot. Turned out to be a different illustration. With these details. Fountain pen, It's a great idea to add some beautiful details on your loose florals. The second possibility that I want to show you, well, the classic ink. Let's try this one. It's not waterproof, so make sure this time also your watercolor illustration is completed completely dry. And here I'm going to search for the edges of the petals. And I'm gonna, you know, put the edges on top of my illustration. Saw the petals will be very obvious for a viewer. Here again, I'm not trying, you know, to put every line. I'm only concentrating on some of them. Poppy stem, it's very characteristic. So I'm gonna put this characteristic elements in there and what will be important as the center of the flower. So I'm gonna put this as well. Now that the illustration, it looks more detailed. And that's okay because we wanted that effect is also a good idea to fix whatever. It's not looking. How we want to live in what our first topic is done. I'm also looking for characteristic elements. I'm in lines here, the edges of the petals. I'm not thinking too much, I'm just adding the elements. The only thing to remember is getting the impression. We're going to leave this one as it is because I really love it. There you go. The puppy with some ink on top also looks great. And let me show you the third proposition. And the third possibility is color pencils. Here again, it's all about finding the characteristic elements. And for me, when it comes to camomile, these are little lines on the petals and these really cute lines lie new leaves. Let's say, I'm not sure if such word exists. I'm gonna put some lines around petals. With color pencils. You know, you can still draw even the illustration is a little bit wet. And I prefer to do it when it's when it's completely dry. I'm going to emphasize the places where the petals are touching each other because I think these are really good to to make darker. Okay? And here, again, I'm not going to add the lines everywhere, just in a few places. Emphasis the depth of the illustration and to make it dynamic, let say dynamic in this case. And interesting, There you go. I could also, or I could also add few lines here. So the whole illustrations will look more cohesive with all the details. Made with is called pencil. Basically. That's it. Thank you so much for joining my class. I really hope you will find great joy. And just to remind you, you can find me on social media as well. Please remember about sharing your art so I could give you a shout out on my stories. Why not? With a hashtag? Mama fabrics inspires. You can also join my group on Facebook. It's called the same mothers fabric. Mama fabrics inspires. I hope to see you on socials. Bye-bye.