Learn to Paint Plant Illustrations | Watercolor Pencils for Beginners | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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Learn to Paint Plant Illustrations | Watercolor Pencils for Beginners

teacher avatar Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

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4 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Drawing Still Life, Colors Examples

    • 3. Blending with Water and Details

    • 4. Background Blending and Textures

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About This Class

In this class, I will teach you everything you need to know to get started, such as supplies and techniques. I will take you step by step through the process. I will start off by drawing the plant and pot first, then move onto the actual painting portion. If you are using regular watercolor paints, that is also ok! You will learn blending techniques and expand your knowledge with watercolors. This class is great for beginners and will teach you many tips and tricks! All skills are welcome.


  • Watercolor Pencils - Fantasia (Brand)
  • Watercolor Paper - Strathmore 140 lb. coldpress
  • Water
  • Rag/Paper Towel
  • Brushes

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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.  

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1. Intro : thank you so much for joining in today and in today's art lesson, I will be going over some still life and that is, and English Ivy Plant and I have some supplies out there. I have my water colored pencils and just a few brushes and some basic things to get started , and I will show you how to use a lot of neutral colors throughout your pot in your plant there and then in the background, I chose a little bit more of a bold table to experiment with some of the textures and brighter colors as well. 2. Drawing Still Life, Colors Examples: first up, I'm going to get my drawing started here since I am using the water colored pencils. So I'm just gonna put, like a basic over there because there is a little bit of the top is visible to me. And then I'm just gonna add a rim around there and then a little slender on the sides and then your bottom, And then I'm going to start to draw each individual leaf, and some of them do overlap each other. - Once you have completed your drawing, then you can pick out a few more colors and get started to fill in whatever color it is that you chose. I wanted to keep mine very neutral, and I went with earth tones and a few brows and a little bit of like a golden yellow for my pot. And I used some of the like burnt sienna or burnt number for the shadows in the corners, just for some depth and dimension. And for the top portion with the leaves. I had a bunch of different greens that I went back and forth in between. I had a sap green and I had a little bit more of like an all of green and like a light yellow green. So there was a few that I wanted to make sure that I had enough contrast, and even for some of the deeper shadows, I had a little bit of a blue green, too. Like I said, you want to create a lot of depth and dimension once you have completed your drying and you have everything in place, that we're going to start with the water abortion. 3. Blending with Water and Details: And now that we've completed the drawing, we can start to add a little bit of water, and I'm smoothing out my edges there, and this is optional. But I actually chose to leave some of the texture from the pencils on the pot because I wanted it to have that little bit of, um with a little bit of a texture and rustic look to it until that is optional. If you wanted yours to be a lot smoother, you would just add a little bit more water to dissolve the pencils. And again make sure that you have your light, medium and darks because you don't want everything to be all one color. Make sure you have your highlights and your shadows, so that way you have more depth and dimension that will help you so your picture doesn't look flat. - They had. Once you're down with your pot, you can jump up to the leaves, and I just wanted to state really quick. You want to take them one at a time, and you also want to skip in between your leaves. You don't want to do one that's right next to the other because you don't especially if they're two different colors. You don't want TEM to run into each other. So like I said, you can skip in between the leaves so like one would be wet and one would be dry. And then even I had to let my picture dry in its own a little bit and then come back to it and then finish some of the other leaves. Also, when it comes time to do the soil in the pot, you want to make sure all of your leaves or dry as well because you don't want the brown leaking into your You're nice green leaves. Uh uh , When everything is dry, you can go back in with your color, your water colored pencils, and you can add some veins in the leaves or a little bit of extra details. If you want a toe 4. Background Blending and Textures: for the bottle on the table. I did use a burr like a bright magenta and a little bit of Iligan, orangish red and a little bit of blue and purple. Those are the colors that I use down below there, and I did realize that it was quite bright. So I used a little bit of like a blue green to punch up some areas on the leaves so that the picture blended a little bit better and again that's optional. You can choose whatever color you wanted, some to use for your table. You can use a solid color, or you can mix a few colors like I did. I wanted to experiment a little bit and play with textures and adding you a little bit more water to thin out certain areas, and it almost looks like a really cool, tight I pattern as well. And for the top of my picture, I wanted to keep it really plain and simple, so I just use a very light blue, and then I'm just going to use a little bit of the water like a very light wash. And in order to balance off that bottom, even a little bit better. I went in with a dark brown and punched up some of the like, super dark areas in the soil. Thank you so much for joining in today and be sure to check back for more art lessons.