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Intro to Loose Watercolor Florals

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Welcome!!

    • 2. Essential Supplies

    • 3. Basic Techniques

    • 4. Colors

    • 5. Beginner Florals

    • 6. Botanicals + Florals

    • 7. Compositional Piece

    • 8. Final Thoughts + Small Bonus

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About This Class

You walk into a Joann's or a Michaels. You surf on Amazon. You follow the best artists on Instagram. 

You're looking for the BEST watercolor supplies that will yield you the best results. Or, you're looking to grow a hobby or find a way to relax...but there are just too many choices. 

Getting started with watercolors and painting with them is honestly the hardest step. That first stroke. Losing that fear of "messing up". I'm the biggest believer that YOU CAN PAINT. Seriously!! Anyone can paint, as long as GOOD practice is put into place. 

In this class, you'll learn how exactly you can get started with watercolor (or with the tools you already have), and create Loose Watercolor Florals. We'll dive into:

  • my favorite tools
  • basic watercolor techniques¬†
  • intro to florals and botanicals¬†
  • putting it together¬†
  • BONUS: intermediate botanicals¬†


See ya in class!! Can't wait to see what you'll create. 


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Sarah Jeon


Hey there!!!!

I'm Sarah. passionate watercolor artist, designer, & teacher.

Small town artist at the heart of Waco, TX. I have a big heart for art, handmade goodness, and my dreams. Looking to build your watercolor skills? 
I'm your gal.

My passion is teaching, painting, + working with rad humans for rad projects. I'm an INFJ, Ennegram 2, tea>coffee gal, and your watercolor bff who is so excited to meet you! 

I always had plans BESIDES art: I started Dawningrace back in 2016 with a $5 brush (I kid you not!) in a room in my home; today, my art has traveled beyond those walls to places all across the world. On SkillSha... See full profile

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1. Welcome!!: Hi, everyone. My name was Sarah John. I am an artist, designer and friend donning grace for Don agree dot com And I'm so excited to bring you my very first sculpture video. I'm a little nervous, but this is gonna be so much fun. And I'm so excited for you to be here. And so this very first video is going to be on loose watercolor florals. This is something I love. Something I am passionate about painting. I painted custom watercolor, floral. That's my job. So I'm really excited to kind of learn how to teach and also bring them here to all these videos. And so whether this is the very first time you picked up a brush wherever level still you are. I think this is a great video because it will bring you all the introductory things, terms, tools that you need but also bring you a very fun project if you're someone who loves flowers. So I think this kind of really great ballots for everyone. So you'll learn all my favorite tools things that I have used for the past three years and then I'll bring basic techniques went on wet, but on dry, and then we'll actually paint florals themselves and also learn and bonus with botanicals. And then finally put it all together into one compositional piece that you can call it yours and again whether whatever level you are with painting and arts for your creative journey here to encourage you did your friend into young on whatever it is. So I'm just so excited to be here. There's also a bonus video. I try to create all these videos and the easy to follow. An easy time. Just platform and pattern. So, yeah, I'm so excited again. My name is Sarah on. I'm going to teach you so 2. Essential Supplies: I friends. So in this very first video, we're gonna be talking about the tools that I use my favorite tools that I recommend to all of my students and just tools that they're the past three years that I have used. And I personal believe that they are the best ones on the market. Um, if you go on their website and planning on posting a block post all of those. But I kind of wanted to show them to you. Hopefully get that super clear out the window right next to me. But so these air the Shen Han watercolors. So these air a Korean brand, and I kind of wanted to show you right here, so super glory right now. But, um, there are various various colors. I mean, I have an entire back full of them, but, um, so this is the radiant Hugh. This is the olive green, and here is the yellow green, and this one is black. So just in general, these are tube colors, and I recommend two colors over anything that comes dried in a pallet. So this pallet right here, if I move everything this palette is exact name. So This is theme I jello Premium class palate, The silver in auto 40. It's a water count watercolor palette, and I believe this can literally have, like, I think, almost 50 colors I forget. But any who, as you can see it, has a ton of spaces, and I know that this is really messy. But trust me. Once you start painting watercolor, this is gonna get even, Messier says. Yes, you have. Make some of my olive green here have some of my warm colors, some of my colder colors. So the way I kind of organized my palate is I always have white and black together. I don't know why, but for some reason that's something that I like to dio. Your water color palette should be organized by cold all the way to warm colors or warm to cold, but I kind of follow on a C Rogie Beth and go all the way through. So I have a palate, and this palette is especially great because it prevents bacteria from forming. I've had this palette for almost four years and let me tell you have never had back to mold grow into it, and there have been times where have accidentally closed it before. The colors were completely dried. So that's something I recommend that you always remember. Another thing is what I do. So I'm gonna put some olive green. It's my palette here. It's so get a little bit of a closer. So right here, I'm gonna be It's squeezing about that much. So that's about an inch right here. So, um, that's where I have place the color. And again, this is the Shen Han liquid to I'm right here. And this is an olive green. So this is a liquid tomb, and I recommend the liquid to because I've had this right here, this entire just set for, I think almost Uh huh. Probably like, three years. And this is recommended because you can actually have the most pigment on here. So what that means is, you take your to you squeeze it out here and then you leave it to dry. So you have about an inch just about it in. She leave it to dry for about 24 hours there palette open. And then that's when after after has completely dried. So I can touch this right here and There's nothing on my hand. So I've rubbed this. Nothing is on my hand here, and that's what you want. So right now this is super pigmented. So you want the water to evaporate. If you don't do that, it will be way too pavement, and you'll waste a lot of your paints here. And so that's why I recommend getting the little too. Because, first of all, you can squeeze a whole ton out of these bad guys right here. These bad boys have served me well, guys. And so you're going to do that and then put it on your tubes. I mean, sorry. Put it on your palate. Wait for to drive for 24 to 48 hours, and then you can what? Your brushes and then start painting. So those are the colors. Gonna move on to my brushes. So my favorite brushes here are the Princeton heritage. 40 50 or so. I've used these guys for a super long time. So they're right here. I don't want them to focus. And who So this is 40 50 artists, eyes to I believe the six. And then this is the eight. And I love using all three of these. These are the best ones that I found on the market. The Princeton 40 50 ours and honestly, it's just kind of because they are synthetic fibres. But the cool thing about thes are that they I feel like a regular here, and that sounds kind of gross, But I'm just telling you these last a long time. But I recommend if you paint a lot to change up your brushes every 2 to 4 months, I paint a lot. That's why I keep on changing them. But if you don't pay as much, you can keep these, probably for around a year. And then last but not least, here is the paper I love to use the arches. This is the water color paper. This is cold pressed, £140. That's the one I like the most. This also has green on it, and that green is actually the truth of the paper, which I'll actually get to discuss more. But I know you might hit that chalkboard sound, but that's good. That means that the color will be held in very well by the paper. I also like, can send cold press. That's also really great brand there, just a great few out there. There's a lot of her out there, and they're just a few that are my favorites. But this one by far is my absolute favorite. So that is a Tools video, and then in the next video will explore a whole bunch of watercolor beginner techniques. And yeah, I'll see you guys next one. 3. Basic Techniques: so in this video will be exploring basic watercolor techniques. Um, and then in the next video, we'll talk all about color. So I'm going to be pulling out my size six brush My Princeton heritage Hopes upset out 40 50 are have my little cup of water on the side, so I'm gonna wet this pretty well. So basically, the way I do it is if it's been dried, I just kind of streak it up to make sure it is wet enough already. So here I have my red color. So I'm gonna be using very basic generic names because this is an introductory video to kind of want to go back and forth until has a pretty good consistency. So we're gonna go from wet all the way to dry. So we're going to stroke this brush until it becomes dry. So you don't want to go too much because what can happen is you may accidentally damage your brush, but here is you can see all of, um, your pigment has disappeared by the end, basically, So here is a most pigmented. So there's your first term for you. So that means it has the most color, usually if you wanted to be more pigmented, you want more color in your brush than water. And so I just kind of stroke. I made a stroke all the way down until it came dry. So that's like a dry stroke. And sometimes you can use this to add texture onto your pieces. I'll use depression blue, and this is when you hold your brush upright and you go straight down. So maybe going from this angle so you're making straight lines here. You can do that using the tip of your brush. If you want them to be thicker, you just press down to these air Really great exercises for brush control. Another great one for if you've done clicker fee before or lettering. So during the use of thin up, take down. So all of these are about control. And because watercolor is not like an ink pen, you kind of have to get new color every time. So this is thick down. Sit up. You can actually use these techniques for watercolor lettering. If you're ready familiar with lettering, you'd be really awesome at kind of implementing thes techniques into watercolor lettering, and this might seem like the beginnings of watercolor lettering session. But this is more so. You cannot learn control of your brush. So generally, when I paint, I have a cup for cold water colors and also warm water colors, and we'll talk about colors and next video. But, um, for the purposes of this radium Candies in the same cops, I'm kind of cheating, but, well, all right, So in this exercise, you're going to take your brush and press down and then release as you get to the end right here. So, for example, you're gonna go down slowly, start lifting your brush, do that again, press down So more pressure. Did you get to end slowly, lift up. So these are really great practices to do before you paint leaves or botanicals. This time, I'm gonna use darker green and then here and going to create something called Half Moon Shapes. So said, that's 1/2 moon shape. I know it doesn't really look like I mean, but that's what I've always called it. So you press down the top, you kind of start curving your brush, and as you get to the end, you lift up like you did here. King. Sure you can see that. Try that one more time lifting that up, maybe even trying from the other side Lifting that up So you don't need to be perfect about thes at all these air. Just very easy. Simple practice ones. So the there's these are just some basic strokes that I would use Teoh, teach someone watercolor. These are some basic things that I would first practice if you haven't picked a watercolor a long time. So these are just some thin strokes, thicker strokes and then up, down, up, down. And then we have some half moon shapes right here. So in the next video, we'll explore color and just wanted to introduce you some strokes before we get started. 4. Colors: All right, so in this video, we're gonna be talking all about color, and I'm gonna be talking about the color theory. And what you can do for this video is that you'll be able to friend the hand out in below this videos of your scroll down there are files. And so the file that comes with this class is the color well that I painted and that will be beneficial for this class. But, um, I'll be more talking about it so you can print it out, pull it out, or pull it out on the side of your computer and look at it while we practiced together. So I'm gonna talk about the cultural today and let's kind of talk about the primary colors . So we're come taking it back all the way to Kenya. Garden over here. So grabbing some reds or three primary colors are red currently grabbing some blue blue e. And when my favorites yellow so basically thes color should scream to you Crayola box. That's kind of what the use basic. Um, primary colors are so these are the three colors out. Everything else is derived from. So that's something that's really important to know So are three other secondary colors that are very common so you can mix red and blue and get purple. So let me grab some purple and also kind of show this in action. This is so the purple that comes with my Shinhan watercolors. So let's actually create that here. So let me have with this layer of red and then says You can see the red was mean. The blue was a little overpowering, So let's go back in. Read for us. So there is that diluted purple, So I don't know if you can't really see it here. It's a purple kind of separable. Be honest. Um, and then I'm gonna lay just slightest bid of blue and really going to try to dilute this because we're making green here and the yellow is definitely gonna lose with the blue silly me at just the tiniest bit. All right, so spurted down. You can see there's that green color right there and then our last one is orange if you mix the red and the yellow. So these air some practices that you can dio. Although it kind of looks funky and muddy, that's kind of because you have to exactly proportion each one and make sure one doesn't really over part of the other, like, kind of what we saw with the blue over parting the yellow and such so tertiary colors. Basically, these air formed by mixing your primary your secondary colors. So these air kind of where you would have like yellow orange, or like something. So this one is yellow green. So this is a much lighter green. So compared that green with the quote unquote true green here. No, I didn't get enough of that one. No, there we go. So that would be our technical true greens there yellow green which has some yellow mixed into it because what we see is the are second or tertiary colors being formed by again. Our primary, which would be a yellow and then our secondary colors. And then so we would end up having that yellow greenish color right here, so complimentary ones and analogies color Caesar terms that you should know. So if you look on the color chart, complementary colors are colors that are directly across from each other on the color wheel . So if you're looking at that, or what you can do is just search one up on the Internet and those ones. If you makes them together, um, they won't look so cute. They'll look very, very, very dark, maybe like a muddy brown or almost black. And those colors, if they're used properly, that can really lift up each other's colors. They really can. A knowledge ist. Colors are colors that are around each other on the color real. And so it's colors where, like this red, this rat in this yellow if you look in my color palette here, you see that these air knowledge ists and those cool colors up there or analogies to each other. And so again, the warm tones are the ones that are around red and yellow in the cooler. Tones are like blue green, um, and so that's kind of the difference between that. But analogies colors kind of knew each other, but also they look very, very, very good together. So anything that is a pattern that you would be like, Oh, that looks really cool usually is probably enologist color, where the colors are specifically put together to look pleasing to the eye and complementary colors air, usually ones out in nature. So that's that, Um, but that's something that you can think about when you're painting, like, what do I want? My color? So look like, Do I want my palate to be strong? So I wanted to be a little muted, so those are some things to think about for your piece. 5. Beginner Florals: so in this video will be going over some general and basic introductory florals and also some botanicals. So what? I'm going to start with this by using some of my same that pink violet color that we used for right here, and what I'm gonna do is get pretty pigmented. So that means I'm gonna load up lots of color and less water, and we're gonna try basic rose. So here, so were the way you start arose. It's kind of half sees that start hugging each other. And then as you kind of get toothy outer rims, you flatten up your brush more the Caesar, by the way, at the tips, you do them at the tips of your brush, make bigger strokes that continue to go outside. So this is more flat. Um, and these are some basic strokes. You can add little strokes to make them look more realistic, and you can actually go back with some extra pigmentation here and kind of add them kind of using our wet on wet technique here. So both these colors are wet. And as you can see, though, the colors will start dispersing. So I kind of wanted to do arose that looked may be on the side. You could do one where you have the seas hugging, but they're kind of flatter now because the flower will face that way. Some sees, and then we'll just kind of get some water on her brush to dilute it and then start. So these are just simple brushstrokes that we used when we learned how to paint. I'm how to practice some simple brush strokes at the beginning says You can see that Rose looks like it's on the side and it looks like it's pointing that way. And then now we can practice some simple ponies like this is very, very, very simple. All you have to do is lay early earlier, and this is just a simple went on. What technique you have kind of the base area, and that we're gonna do is create leaves by kind of doing the half moon shape, and they're gonna meet together half mean half man. You don't want too much negative space, so maybe we'll kind of go around. And then if you kind of want to emphasize where the middle of the flowers located, you can get more pigment where the statement and stuff is, um, located. So what I'm doing here is just spreading that really dark color around. So that's just a really simple way again to do it. You just have 1234 and maybe five strokes and then adding a darker pigment to the center. It's basically one way to kind of add shadows. So there's the basic florals, those air. Simple, really easy way to do them. These aren't really hard ways. They're just basic strokes combined together. 6. Botanicals + Florals: So here we're going to kind of put that together. So going to put the flowers that we just painted, though I have them, are here, they're dried. So there is that straight kind of two D flour and then the one on the side and the puny, which I'll show you how to do the inside of those two have, like this Damon in them. That's how they just kind of look more realistic. So remember, kind of during the seas, the hugging sees with lots of pigment and then loading your brush with some water. Then, during the half moon shapes going around, maybe even pushing them outwards like this in a swiftly manner that maybe with some smaller strokes, you'll finish up that rose. Remember, if you want some pigment, you just load them up a little bit because it's still wet. So this is a simple wet on wet, and then the way to combine your botanicals and your florals. I love just taking my brush and kind of getting to that tip doing maybe half men there and then meeting it on the other side. So half me Huffman. So that's really simple. I personally don't really like the open look. So maybe I'll add another one here. Maybe I'll close it up. That so it's basically a continuation of the half moon shapes kind of going together. So there you have it. That's just a really simple way of being able to combine your botanicals and your florals. I personally love that blend. Look, if you don't like that, you can just let your floral dry and then at your botanicals Well, here, I'm going to go back and use a smaller brushes. Time have been using brush to, but you can also mean brushed six. But this is brush size to weaken. Also used the eight for literally everything that I have done. They'll just be bigger strips. So what I usually do is for, like the state gonna grow up some brown. So I like to get an analogy ist color. So this is a really dark yellow so Brown would be analogous and make that the center. So at some strokes going up some smaller or some larger, and then I'll dap and there you have it. It's a really simple way, and that's just a really simple way of just kind of having the center of the flower and also the direction of the statement directs where the floor is going. So this the flowers obviously going up, it's facing upwards, so that's kind of how you know. 7. Compositional Piece: All right, so we made it. You've learned all to this point. Everything about brushstrokes, about colors about florals and botanicals and putting all together into this final compositional piece and know this at a slight angle. But I will say all kind of show You stop by step of what I'm doing here, and I'm not looking anything for reference and kind of doing it all from ahead. But something that's really helpful is just kind of researching your favorite flower and really putting that together into an inspirational piece from that picture here, Some using for this project the size six and the size too. All right, so So I kind of start from the middle of the paper. So around this area, and I kind of want this rose to just be a flat one. So doing some basic sees hugging sees. You know, once you start teaching watercolor for a little bit, you start making up your own terms, so you're gonna have to just bear with me on that end. So just kind of going loosely around until we feel like it's big enough for you Like it, and then I don't think it's dark enough in the center, so I'm gonna be adding some color. And remember, this is just that simple, wet on wet technique right there. Okay, so I kind of at the botanicals in the middle of finishing because I kind of want the color says Dr just slightly. But I also want to be able to add the botanicals when it's still wet. Now, also, that kind of gives you, um, a preview. Have the entire piece is gonna look at you don't really know until you're almost done. So this is gonna be a side rose. So just using basic strokes like that, it's just all of those inner half minutes just going all the way around already. And then, baby, we'll add Pinney here. So years, one pedal to pedal three, he and four, I'll use a little darker yellow to kind of situate that in there, you can mix and match all of your colors as you've been watching. They don't have to be the same exact, um, Hugh of everything. And the more times you kind of use various colors, you can see this is like, just a little darker. It makes a look more realistic. that there. And then maybe I'll add some blue flowers. But they're just gonna be little dots. So can I just kind of little dots. And the trick to the's right here is to make some of them, um, more diluted and then some of them a little more pigmented. So although we have a two D two d surface, you can make things look three D, And in order to make this look a little more realistic, what I'm gonna do you over here, I'm going. Teoh ad some brown. This could be kind of like a stem here. So we're going to start the stump from the base and then working our way up, and it's okay if it all blends. That's how everything ends up looking more realistic. Then I used I did that with the size to brush, some going back with my size six. I think I want of Red Rose here. I'm gonna grab more red to red rose kind of circling around so you can see my florals or a knowledge ist to each other. Ethnologist colors. So kind of play with your brush a little bit. I kind of see if you want to make it look text dress work more unique by adding those little Stipe Ling motions right here. And then maybe I'll add another rose here. It's gonna be like a super flat one on the side, and then here kind of went halfway through. So this is where I'm gonna be painting all of the botanicals. So let's remember palate a little bit. Here it's insert that one right here, some half moons. I love layering my leaves onto my florals themselves. So this side, some super basic strokes maybe add some light colors here and then in between florals to make him look like they're connected. I usually draw some lines of green in there. So as you can see, we need a connection between this floral and this little bushel of, But it will be calling blueberries of some sort. Have some flowers right here. You can just kind of add leaves around it. Her half moon technique. We'll be adding some florals on this side. It's here. E think I want florals, and I also want this to be a little more rounded. A really cool thing about water colors. You can just add a little bit of water in it. You can still, um, control the color watercolor tends to flow on its own. But that's where you can control that. I'll add one more here. So again, we're just really using those half moon brush strips to kind of get around everything and then say you want this to be a little more pigmented. All you have to do is go in again. Just add more color to the centers. It's almost finished. As you can see, this didn't take long at all. And all you have to do really Here this. I'm gonna use a black to paint the stamen off thes three here. So because this is just basic when I'm gonna dio go around. So as you can see this for all is facing that way and this one, I'm gonna make it face kind of side. So again, remember the direction steaming kind of tells you the direction of where the flora was kind of going. So there you have it just a simple way to create strokes in there to make it look more realistic, half some direction. And this is just a really simple way of having florals. So you have some blending of the colors or their wet on wet technique. And then I kind of added right here. A little bonus for you were you just use some darker pigments and lighter pigment to create kind of like a side floral right here. So, as you can see, this entire piece is using analogies colors also using wet on wet techniques and putting that all together into one beautiful compositional piece. And you can continue this. You can make it smaller. Um, you can make it like a design and just anything that you wanted to be. You can kind of do, because now you have the tools to do so. 8. Final Thoughts + Small Bonus: so thank you for coming and just being a part of this and being put my first video. Um, if there isn't oops somewhere. I'm sorry. I tried to avoid that during all the video editing, but this has been so fun for me to get back into teaching. And for the very last video I wanted Teoh kind of do some, um, bonus floor. I mean, bonus botanicals here that are little more advanced that maybe you can incorporate into the peace previous. So I'm using the size to brush and kind of going upwards. And I'm doing again, pressing down, lifting up, and this one, we're kind of gonna extend this tip and then press down and go up through and do that on both sides. See competitors. The, um leaves into different directions to make him look more realistic. But there is one that you can do another that I enjoy personally is going up and then using , like, a darker color and kind of meeting, and that kind of helps with maybe adding some debt. I can even go follow it. And another thing that you could possibly do is kind of have a peace like piece of belief that turns around kind of falls. She can do a piece like that. So there is just some other simple and introductory race to create a little more detailed botanicals. But those are just some to I wanted to show you. And just overall, thank you for being part of this. I'm excited to create more videos, and I hope you'll join me next time. Thanks, guys.