Learn to Paint Petunias in Watercolors for Beginners | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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Learn to Paint Petunias in Watercolors for Beginners

teacher avatar Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Trailer & Info

    • 2. Golden Pot for Petunias

    • 3. Petunias pt 1

    • 4. Petunias pt 2

    • 5. Petunias and Leaves

    • 6. Thank you and Extra Info

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About This Class


In this class, you will learn how to improve your watercolor painting skills, color balance, and composition. I will show you how to paint these beautiful petunia flowers. This class will help you practice your skills when working with still life objects. 

Next, I will show you the swatches of all of the colors used throughout this project. For the pot, I will show you the wet on wet technique. When working on the petunias I show you both wet on wet but also just working on dry areas, without the extra water. 

This class is great for artists of any level and will teach you many tips, tricks, and new techniques!  I have listed down below the supplies that I used throughout this painting. The supplies listed are just guidelines for new students/artists. A reference photo is located down below as well. 


  • Watercolor Paints - MeiLang, Pretty Excellent Palette
  • Brushes - Princeton, Neptune Series
  • Watercolor Paper - Khadi 
  • 1 cup of Water 
  • Rag/Paper Towel



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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. Trailer & Info: thank you for joining in, and for today's lesson, you're going to be working on these pretty petunias. There's a few flowers there and the nice little pot and I have all the swatches right on the side. There. I will go over all of the colors as we get into the project. And I just wanted to say that I always have a description, like a written out description of the class in the about section. And I also always post reference photos over there as well, because if you're viewing this in the APP, you need to go to the actual website on skill share so you can see all of that information , Okay, and now we can jump right in and get started. 2. Golden Pot for Petunias: I am starting off with a golden yellow first for the pot before I get started with the flowers and for some of the shadow areas on the pot. I'm going to use some of the raw sienna raw sienna. Or if you have, like a yellow okra, either one will work. Just so it's a little bit deeper, and then it will give your pot a little bit more dimension so it doesn't look so flat. Then a little bit up top here, too. Show the rim a little bit better and some underneath the flowers here. And you could go back in with either a little bit of water or what's already on your brush and just blend it out because you don't want any harsh lines. Okay, Number gonna let the bottom portion dry up a bit and then move up to the top here and start some of the petunias 3. Petunias pt 1: And for these petunias, I'm going to be using a few different colors going to use. I was a magenta and a lighter yellow, the brighter red, and I think that's about it for right now. And I will show swatches of the color and for the leaves going to use nice yellow green here this nice and bright you have a deeper olive green. It's a little bit more subdued, so more toned down and a deeper hooker scream. Really? The swat tree there, Tess. True. I'm going to use the magenta shave first. Here. Just gonna get a little outline and then use the water blended out in the center is deeper. We're gonna leave it tying, you little speck for a highlight because there's a tiny bit of yellow in there. And if you need to be able to see in between your pedals a little bit, better, go ahead and drop in a little bit more of the color, just so everything doesn't turn into one blob because you don't want do. You don't want to add too much water or everything to be one caller, but it's an easy fix. So if it was too much water you could just dab with. A little towel will take away some. Or if it's way too light, you could just add a little extra more the paint. And I'm gonna let these top two flowers dry. I'm going to skip over that one because this one's still wet and I'm gonna come down here because my bottom was pretty, pretty much dry right down here. Someone to start with this one and this one is going to be a little bit different. We're going to use that right lemon yellow, and then it's going to have, like, the Magenta stripes on. So we're just going to put all of the 11 yellow first. And if you would like to tone that down a little bit, we could go back in with the shade from the pot. Look, a little bit of your raw sienna or yellow poker put a little bit of the shadows in between the pedals, and this needs to dry before we can put the stripes on top. 4. Petunias pt 2: and for this flower up here in the corner, I am using crimson. But I'm also going to leave some spaces because this flower has white stripes, - okay , and nobody used little bird sienna, where some of the dirt and the pot and a little bit of the burnt number, so that it's a deeper, deeper shade there. 5. Petunias and Leaves: And now that the yellow flower is dry, we can go ahead and put these stripes on and around. The center is here. This still needs to be deeper on mine, some medical head and put another layer and moving on to the leaves. Start off with the light green first, so that would be the yellowish green. And for some of the dark reliefs, I want to start to mix in all of all of green. 6. Thank you and Extra Info: Thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to create some wonderful petunias and the water colors and feel free to check out all of my other classes. I have over 30 different classes to choose from.