How to paint a Succulent | Easy Step by Step Tutorial | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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How to paint a Succulent | Easy Step by Step Tutorial

teacher avatar Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Mixing colors

    • 3. Shading & Blending, Background

    • 4. Painting a Succulent, Petals Step by Step

    • 5. Details and Finishing Touches

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About This Class

In this class, you will learn basic painting techniques and more! I will teach you everything you need to know to get started and walk you through how to mix your colors, & blending/shading for the background. Also, how to paint your succulent step by step. This tutorial is great for artists of any level! 

  • Class Layout
  1. Intro
  2. Easy Color Mixing 
  3. Blending/Shading, Learning different textures- Background
  4. Painting a Succulent - Step by step
  5. Details and Finishing touches
  • Supplies you will need¬†

Acrylic paint, Brushes, Water, Mixing sticks or Palette knife,

Rag or Paper Towel, and a Canvas.

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Suzanne Kurilla

Watercolor & Acrylic Artist






    Some areas I specialize in are Watercolor & Acrylic Painting. I have worked with adults of various ages and artistic levels. I enjoy creating content and helping others on their creative journey.

You can find my work on Instagram and FREE mini-tutorials on YOUTUBE, ArtwithSuzanne!
Also, l have Art prints for purchase and more in my Society6 shop.  

Now on TikTok, mini tutorials, Artwithsuzanne. 

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1. Intro: today we're going to be painting a succulent and I will go over and show you a few different techniques with painting and texture. 2. Mixing colors: I am going to be using acrylic paint and I'm going to start off with the red, and then I'm going to add a little bit of orange as well and some purple and blue. I'm gonna take a little bit off the blue and added into the purple. And once that's mixed up, I'm gonna add a little bit of that color into the red, and it's best to add a little bits at a time. So then you can see how much darker the color is going to get. That way you don't add too much all at once, - and I'm gonna put a little bit of red and with the orange and mix that up. And I have a little bit of a copper shade that is going to be used for the rim of the pot that the succulent is will be sitting in. But you can also use, um, like a medium shade of brown or like a burnt sienna will just do just fine. And then we're gonna mix a little bit more orange, yellow and white altogether. - And these were gonna give you a nice, peachy color. - And in order to tone down the shade a little bit. I'm gonna add a tiny bit of a brown, but I am also going to save some of the color and then scoop it out to the side. So you're gonna have to different colors. Here you have the one that's like a peach, and then the other one is gonna turn into, like, a really, like light sandy color, and those are the colors that you're gonna use for your background. 3. Shading & Blending, Background: and first up, we're gonna get started with the background. And I made a lying across from one side to the other there. That's just going to be the start for the rim for the pot. And then we're going to use your tan color up top there for the background. And don't forget to flip it around and do your edges. - Then I'm going to go in with a second coat and do a little bit of like a cross hatch pattern and some stumbling. Just gonna go back and forth, back and forth, and I'm going to use the two different colors that we made that when there is a little bit more of the lighter peach Just careful not to over blend because you don't want it all one color. You want to be able to see both. - Yeah , Next up, you're gonna take whatever brown that you chose. We're going to do the rim of the pot, and we're going to use the same colors on the bottom that you used for the top on your background. But we're gonna add a little bit more white and you're going to do the same type of pattern like a crosshatch there in your stumbling back and forth back on floors. Make sure you can see your like your light, medium and darks and then for a little bit of texture. Because most succulents and desert plants, they have, like rocks and stones and the dirt and everything in their pots. So I wanted to add a little bit of a rough texture. This is just an an easy way instead of painting each individual stone and I'm going to go in with a little bit of the darker round first of shadows. 4. Painting a Succulent, Petals Step by Step : and next up, we're going to paint each pedal step by step. Here. - Right . Um Oh , okay. - Yeah . - The color that I am using to darken the rim here for a shadow around the puff. I am also going to use on the top of the background just for a little bit more. A little bit worse shading and some dimension. 5. Details and Finishing Touches : - all right.