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Learn to Paint Watercolor Florals

teacher avatar Eva Verbeek, instagram.com/whatevamakes/

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Inspiration: Creating a Mood Board

    • 3. Materials: Gathering Supplies

    • 4. Colors: Create a Color Palette

    • 5. Sketching: Explore shapes

    • 6. Painting: Finalize your ideas

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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About This Class


In this 10-minute class, you'll learn how to paint a watercolor floral step-by-step. Watercolor is a great medium to express your creativity because it allows you to create quickly and spontaneously. You will learn what materials to use, how to create a mood board, color palettes and explore shapes through sketching. By the end of this class, you will have everything to get started on painting watercolor florals.

Besides learning some practical skills, this class will also inspire you to keep creating. Sometimes it can be hard to get started on a project, so therefore you will learn some techniques to overcome creative block too. No prior knowledge or experience required!

Music: Fretless Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Eva Verbeek



Hi there,

My name is Eva, I'm from the Netherlands. I am a 23-year-old Communication & Multimedia Design graduate. I love to create, explore and inspire other people to do so too. My favorite activities are hand lettering, pattern design, and painting. Besides that I am very passionate about cooking and everything that has something to do with food!

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1. Introduction: Hello. Welcome to my class. My name's a VOD. I'm a designer. And by doing some creative challenges, I discovered how much fun Eliseu pains watercolour florals. Therefore, I decided to make this class so you can learn how to make them, too. You don't need to have any previous experience of Walter colors. So I would say just hopeful. Want to give it a try? In this class? You will learn how to get inspired by making a mood. Board off materials you will need to get started on your project has explore shaped by sketching and last but not least out of danger was colorful locals. But most important is that I hope you will get more comfortable with watercolors and that it gets your creative juices flowing. So I hope to see you in my clothes on. Really curious what you can 2. Inspiration: Creating a Mood Board: Sometimes it can be hard to get started on your projects because you don't know what to paint jets or what colors to use. And therefore, I like to make a mood port to get inspired. I look around the find inspiration in the things around me that's just my garden or beautiful park. But I also love looking online for images that inspired me. And earlier I meet his mood board, so I will use death for my own projects. Your assignments for this lesson will be to create your own mood board by collecting images that you like. You can take your own photos, or you can go online and search for images. I recommend to use a free stock photo websites such as sexist as calm and special comma pics of A that comb. And I also listed those websites in the project description. If your mood board is finished, I would like you to upload it to the class project page so you can share the other students and maybe receive some feedback 3. Materials: Gathering Supplies: in this lesson, we will talk about the things you will need to get started on your project. You don't need to buy any expensive tools, but there's a couple things you will need to get started. First of all, you will need some watercolor paper again. You don't need anything special or expensive, but I recommend you do something with, like, grain and at least 200 grams per square meter in weight. Um, I love to use this. A five size was a color paper, but you can actually use any size you want. I just wouldn't recommend to go and smaller than a five year beginner because the smaller your paper is too small, you have to paint. And the more details you have to act. Um, I use fairly inexpensive watercolor paper. I bought a pack of 100 sheets for just $6 that's perfect for me to experiment because I don't feel the pressure to bend something perfectly right away. The next thing you will need are some brushes again. I don't use anything special, but I have three brushes in sizes, the 27 and 15 day around, and I would recommend you get some, too. These are synthetic brushes, and they work perfectly fine for me. But if you like natural hair brushes, I would really encourage you to use them. I keep my brushes in a rep. I made myself from some script fabrics, but you can store them however you like. But keep in mind that you never put them in a jar of water for long periods of time because that will actually ruin your brushes. To make sure wasa colors, you will need a plate or a palette, and I just love to use a ceramic plate. I recommend you something with a white surface so you can see the colors you are mixing. Surprise. Surprise. You will need some watercolors for your projects. What color comic pans and in tubes, and both are fine. It's just at water. Colors in tubes come in handy when you have to pay large surfaces that so you can pick up enough trained at the time and what the colors and pens are great for traveling or painting outside. I use forgot pains in pens, and I suggest you have a variety in colors so you can play around a bit masking tape is optional, but I use it to secure in my paper to the desk so it keeps nicer flats. So I just overlap the edges of the paper within about 1/2 centimeter off tape and the rest it on my desk. To clean your brushes, you will need some water in a jar or a bowl, and I actually suggest you use two bulls or jars with clean water, one for your dirty brush and one with clean water to add to your project when you're painting. Because in that case, the, uh, the colors will stay nice and clear because you're not adding any dirty water to your artwork to remove excess water from your brushes. I love to use a towel. You can either use paper towel or dish towel, and I just love to use dish towel. But that's up to you. It doesn't matter. And now that you know what to use for your project, I would say Let's get started 4. Colors: Create a Color Palette: to me, colors are very important elements or florals. You don't necessarily need to use more than one color. You can also use just one, which is called monochromatic, and it's gonna really interesting because you can still play around with the brightness off the colors by adjusting the amount of water you're using. Therefore, I think it would be nice as a form of exercise if you paint a color range of one color from barely visible to completely saturated. However, most times I use multiple colors for my artworks. I love to pick two or three colors for the flowers and two more forward foliage. Color choices are based on personal preferences, and they also define your own style for inspiration. You can use the mood board you made earlier and do not hesitate to use colors that are no necessarily true to nature. Big. Some colors. I would say no more than four in this exercise and the plain piece of paper. Now you can start mixing two colors at the time, adding more or less of one color to another. Play around with brightness by adding more or less water to your mixture and see what colors you can create. Make sure to write down the names off the colors for future use of your column. Mixing charts. You can use the chart to see what colors work well together for you and re create him. If you find the color doesn't work so well, you're for that. You can just swap it for another and try again. I'd love to see your progress, so make sure to upload your color mixing charge to your project. 5. Sketching: Explore shapes: Now that you have some inspiration and the color palette, it's time to explore. Shared by sketching. It's on exercise to warm up your muscles and get your creativity flowing. Grab a piece of paper. Printed paper is fine and start drawing flowers and foliage. You don't have to create a coherent piece yet. Just get Shep with elements. Try feel like realistic, abstract or maybe style of squirrels. It's up to you. You can also go online and those so research on the particular flower. If you want to know what it looks like, how are the petals attached? That's the plant. Have any leaves? Just explore. Once your papers filter florals, take a look and see what works for you. Also look for nice combinations of shapes. I always try to create a nice contrast between larger and smaller shapes because it often makes a visually interesting piece. Make sure to upload your initial sketches to your project so we can see your progress, and you can get some feedback from your fellow students. 6. Painting: Finalize your ideas: in the previous lessons. We have gone through quite a lot of exercises, and I've learned how to make scholars and sketch shapes. And this lesson is about putting it all together to create your bicycle a floral start by taping a watercolor paper to a desk or surface you're working on. I like to create a border of approximately five millimeters. Think about ecology like a selective color plates. You can use the color Blatche created in earlier lesson when creating radiance, I first gained with a certain color and as another when the pain to still wet. It's gold lets in red painting also decide what shapes you want to go with in your piece. By looking at your sketches, you could start by painting a single flower and expound your floral step by step for the foliage. I like to lightly touch the paper with the brush first and then push harder so the body off the brush completely touches the paper. Then I released the pressure again. When the paint is dry and take some time to see if the shapes work well together. Is there a balance off small and art shapes? Do you want them to intersect Or do you want it to be Any white spaces article is working well together, or do you need to add another color to balance it while painting? Just keep asking yourself these questions. Also, keep in mind that it's no big deal. If you mess up, you can always start again. If you're not pleased with the end result, it's all part of the learning process. See if your artwork needs more details. When the painter Streit's you can use a small brush to apply them, be aware that the pain will bleed if first layer has not right entirely. Once you're happy, you can remove to tape. Now you can start painting your own Walter Cough Laurel. Just don't forget to upload it to the Project page and share its most other students. 7. Final Thoughts: we've already come to the last lesson off this class and watercolor florals. I hope you enjoyed it and that you learn some new skills and you have pleased with the end result. However, I don't think the end results. Most important, I hope I inspired you to keep creating and exploring to see what's possible. If you have any questions or feedback on my class, just feel free to contact me.