Master Watercolour Techniques: Paint a Watercolour Chrysanthemum Painting onto a Board

Louise De Masi, Artist - capturing beauty with watercolour

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41 Lessons (4h 3m)
    • 1. Trailer

      3:12
    • 2. Supplies & Welcome

      8:33
    • 3. Board Preparation

      5:52
    • 4. Transferring the Drawing onto the Paper

      2:15
    • 5. Initial Wash - Part 1

      6:54
    • 6. Initial Wash - Part 2

      4:53
    • 7. Initial Wash - Part 3 (Progress Photo 1)

      4:00
    • 8. Beginning to Add Detail

      6:21
    • 9. Adding Detail - Part 2

      2:52
    • 10. Beginning the Centre - Negative Painting (Progress Photo 2)

      4:05
    • 11. Adding Detail - Part 3 (with Softening Edges Demo)

      8:22
    • 12. Adding Detail - Part 4 - Top Right Corner -

      4:55
    • 13. More Layering & Adding Detail

      5:05
    • 14. Glazing with Permanent Rose

      5:37
    • 15. Back to the Centre

      6:11
    • 16. Deepening the Colour in the Centre

      6:10
    • 17. Deepening the Colour in the Centre - Part 2 (Progress Photo 3)

      4:47
    • 18. Introducing Opera Rose

      7:30
    • 19. Deepening the Colour Middle Front & Top Right

      6:59
    • 20. Deep, Rich Darks - Beginning to go Darker

      6:45
    • 21. Deep, Rich Darks - Right Side

      7:52
    • 22. Deep, Rich Darks on Two Outer Petals (Right Side)

      5:36
    • 23. Deep, Rich Darks - Tonal/ Colour Gradation on a Larger Petal

      7:30
    • 24. A Closer Look at Tonal/Colour Gradations

      8:15
    • 25. A Third Look at Tonal/Colour Gradations

      5:25
    • 26. Deepening the Colour on the Left Corner (Progress Photo 4)

      7:01
    • 27. Beginning the Large Outer Petals (Progress Photo 5)

      9:16
    • 28. Concave & Convex Ridges on Large Outer Petal #1

      4:45
    • 29. Adding Detail to Large Outer Petal #2

      4:07
    • 30. Adding Detail to Large Outer Petal #3

      7:59
    • 31. Adding Detail to Large Outer Petal #4

      2:48
    • 32. Adding Detail to Large Outer Petal #5

      3:36
    • 33. Adding Detail to Large Outer Petal #6

      4:13
    • 34. Adding Detail to Large Outer Petals #7, #8 and #9

      4:13
    • 35. Adding Detail to Large Outer Petals #10 and #11

      4:54
    • 36. Washing in the Leaves

      3:14
    • 37. Adding Green to the Leaves

      12:17
    • 38. Adding Green to the Leaves - Part 2

      8:00
    • 39. Last Minute Details on the Petals (Progress Photo 7)

      1:46
    • 40. Painting the Background

      14:18
    • 41. Varnishing & Thank you

      4:45
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Project Description

Your project for this class is to complete a watercolour Chrysanthemum painting. You can use the reference photo and line drawing provided or you can paint from your own photograph. There is no need to attach your painting to a board but go right ahead and do so if you'd like to try this method.

A student of mine found a shop that supplies cradled boards in the US... Thank you! https://www.rexart.com/painting-panels.html

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I cropped the photo I took of the Chrysanthemum to make my composition more exciting. I've included the cropped photo (in the downloads) and I've also included the original photo that isn't cropped. I thought some students may like to try to crop the photo themselves. The uncropped photo may also be useful if you decide to paint on a board that has slightly different dimensions to mine because it gives you the entire flower to work with. You may also decide not to crop the Chrysanthemum and instead paint the entire flower.

Please upload your finished Chrysanthemum painting here. I look forward to seeing your paintings.

A quick note about the colour 'Opera Rose.'

I use Winsor and Newton's Opera Rose to glaze over some of the petals to brighten them. Opera Rose is considered a fugitive pigment. This means that it may fade when it's exposed to environmental conditions such as sunlight. Winsor and Newton have given their Opera Rose a 'B' rating which means it's 'moderately durable'.

IMPORTANT - Please note: If you are using the Skillshare App on an iPhone or iPad you won't see the image files I've provided for you to download. You have to be viewing Skillshare through the internet in order to see them. They are on the 'Your Project' page of the class.

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