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Modern Florals in Acrylic Paint - Confident Brushstrokes

teacher avatar Jennifer H., RDÉ Co. - @rosedeliseco

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6 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. TRAILER SK7

    • 2. MATERIALS





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About This Class

Are you looking to improve your floral artwork done with acrylic paint?

In this class, I will demonstrate to you as to how you can create modern floral artworks in an effort-less way that not only looks really good, but can also help train your eye with respect to composition and in implementing a visually pleasing color palette. 

Acrylic paint is very easy to use and easy on the wallet, which is why it was my choice medium for this class. It's also great for creating for digitizing them into designs that can be used toward product design. 

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Jennifer H.

RDÉ Co. - @rosedeliseco



Hi there! Thank you for stopping by and visiting my page. To tell you a little about me, I’ll start with what it is that I basically do every day: I paint & illustrate in my free hours (mostly minutes), I look after my little rascals, one of which already seems to have some artistic aspirations of her own and loves to steal my paint & brushes. 

I’ve enjoyed doing artwork for as long as I can remember - my mom once filled my entire room with my finger paintings when I was still in Kindergarten. She is a major source of inspiration for me (she's a seasoned oil paint artist), as well as my dad, who is a crafty handyman with an admirable work ethic. 

As I was able to rekindle my love for art via online classes and tutorials, I h... See full profile

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1. TRAILER SK7: Hello Skillshare friends. I'm pleased to tell you guys that for this class, we will be using one of my most favorite art media, acrylic paint. Flowers are always a pleasure to pain and will be the star subject of this class. And in this class we're combining my favorite aspects, modern florals in acrylic paint using confident brush strokes. By confident, I mean that we're going to be limiting the brush strokes to create these loose florals where we will be relying mostly on shape and space. I first go over brushstroke techniques that will help you acquaint yourself nicely with your brush and it's amazing abilities. Then I will take you through the process of painting a modern take on a vintage floral composition as the class project I've designed to be quite easy to follow along and I made sure to have the footage filmed in real time. These types of floral artworks and techniques I'm teaching year can often be seen in the works of a textile designer. In surface pattern designs, you can even most certainly apply what you learn here towards digital art if that's your forte. This class is also ideal for the artists that wants to squeeze quick painting session into her or his busy day whilst hopefully picking up on a few new techniques to add their skill set. And if you stick around to the end, you will find that I will briefly touch up on the topic of adding varnish to the completed painting. So if you're up to paint this vintage floral design with me, please watch thanks video where I cover the materials needed. 2. MATERIALS: Materials. My choice, acrylic paint or these matte acrylic paint bottles, which are readily available at pretty much all the art supplies stores I've been to. They actually have them in Walmart as well in the craft section. As I'm situating Canada, I can't say that this may be the case anywhere else, but I leave any acrylic paint will do for this class. This one is a bit more watery side, which I like because this paint dries matte and dries really quickly. Another thing I really like is that they are pretty much available in every single color and tone, which is great if you want to work with a specific color palette for a bigger project or even like day to day, like I do. The one downside I'd say is that it's not meant for original artwork unless you're scanning the work for products like to have your artwork printed on that being said, let's move on to the next, which is a painting palette. Because the medium is pretty much plastic, I recommend using something from your recycling bin or just reuse the same palette as I do. The next item I really recommend a washcloth. I grabbed about four or the dollar store and they came in a pack. And I find that they go a really long way as you're literally using them just to wipe down your paint brushes after giving them a Ren's inside a glass of paint, water, paint brushes are pretty much a no-brainer. I've got a variety of brushes in different sizes and shapes. I recommend that you go with your favorite type. For me, it's the filbert, always and always. If I need to add finer details, I'll pick up a round brush and of course my two cups of water. And lastly, I'm going to be working on this Canson watercolor paper for this class. You're more than welcome to paint on whichever surface you prefer, like a canvas. And that should cover all the materials needed for this class. 3. TECHNIQUES : Techniques. So before we dive into the class project, I find that it's always a good idea to warm up a little with simple brushstrokes and painting exercises. This helps with getting an idea of what different things we can achieve with our choice paintbrush, I'm using the filbert brush that I showed you in the previous video, which is a size six and made by a royal and clinical for the first part, the warm up, I'm really testing the scope of strokes is brushes able to produce long and short strokes and even a squiggly line. And of course, because I'm focusing on plural artwork, I want to see if I'm able to paint the stem with this brush. If it would be better to switch to another. Remember, this is the testing stage, and it's better to figure things out before starting the actual painting. I'm also checking to see if I can make rounded shapes of a petal. And the stippling effect, which I discovered is really cool. And I can't wait to try it out a bit more. Now it's time to test a bit further. First, it's the flower and the individual petals. One of the reasons I love this filbert brush is that you can paint the petals effortlessly thanks to its rounded shape. The goal here is to limit the amount of brushstrokes and layers in order to achieve a quote, unquote, effortless look, effortless comes with confidence and confidence comes from practice. So don't be afraid to play around with your brush and paint as much as you can. I'm going with a familiar floral bouquet structure which has fillers and other elements added on. So I suggest that you guys can paint floral compositions with elements you're already familiar with, or you can paint along with me, which is totally fine. One of the benefits of painting in just one color is that I can focus more on conveying elements to VR shape. I'm not sure if you can tell, but I have to reload my brush with paint generously several times to create less streaky shapes. And one of the reasons may actually be that because I'm painting on paper, which I haven't primed with address. So first, for the last rows, I thought it'd be fun to implement those little shapes that look like eyebrows that I'm able to achieve with just the tip of my brush, the stippling method I used earlier, I'm using individual stroke to complete the look of the entire flower. So I'm not really in love with the look, but that's the point of the exercise. Next, I wanted to test a bit more of the dry brush technique and of course, the rows in a style I'm more used to. I can always paint roses the way I like right off the bat. Sometimes these warm-up saved me so much paper in time. I love to add some leaves here and there to surround the rows and try to be a bit more random about it, to give it a bit more of a realistic, so to speak, look, and there you have it. I hope you took a couple of minutes to try this out as well. Now, let's get to the actual painting. 4. CLASS PROJECT : Plus project. The first thing I typically like to do is paint the background when doing illustrations like this, I don't really like painting with acrylics straight onto paper without any just saw or other layer because the brush with the paint will move quite as smoothly. Also, I just liked the look of it. Another thing I made a rule for myself is to keep things small. Larger paintings tend to require more time to complete. And if you're like me, you're pinching minutes out of your day to pain. If I'm really in the mood to work on a larger piece, I tend to repaint a previous artwork that has been done on a smaller scale. So anyways, here I've chosen a dusty light blue. Essentially it's a muted blue with a green undertone. I love this color because it reminds me so much of the farmhouse style that I really loved. Since I'm painting on paper that has monosomy with side, really bother with just so if the surface is a bit more porous like cotton paper or the surface of a canvas. I definitely add a layer of just so or two. So while the paint dries, usually try to figure out the color palette for the painting and the actual composition. Again, this is why I love these bottles. You can see the color and pretty much dries in the color that you see. This allows me to choose a color palette to my liking ahead of time. And we're in for a bit more of a muted and vintage look here. So now that I've got my colors figured out, it's time to move on to the structure of the bouquet. I didn't like my first sketch, but work off of it during my second sketch, which I am very happy with. For the first little roses, I'll be using salmon pink, and don't worry about getting the exact colors I am using here. For the pink, I will add a bit of yellow ocher to the red and white. Salmon pink has a bit of an orange undertone, so I'd adjust accordingly with the yellow ocher or even orange. The first rose is from the side angle. And I've just painted a couple of pedaled to indicate the shape of it. This next one is from the top view. I love this one the most as I can shape the petals uniquely depending on the angle and hold of my brush. Feel free to practice this a few times on a separate sheet of paper. I've painted flowers like these many times. Again, I'm really focusing on the overall shape of the rows while constructing it petal by petal. Next, I grab the yellow ocher and mix it with white paint. I want to contrast the pink roses with some pale yellow to balance them out a bit. This one is from a side profile again, but facing downwards. Please note that though these clips are quote unquote, real time, I do cut out the moments where I pause and add paint my brush, or a clean my brush, I don't actually pay those fast. Next, I want the best of both worlds. So I add some of the salmon pink to the yellow ocher mixture to achieve this pale peach color for a little bunch of spray roses. I actually struggled a bit with getting the shapes that I wanted for them. But as this is the beginning stage, I just kept going. Solve these can be fixed by carefully adding shadows and highlights via layers, which we'll do later on. As I paint this, I try to envision where the center of the flower is and which direction the petals go. And now onto the snap dragons. I wanted these guys to pop out a bit more, so I've chosen to go with white. I plan on giving them a light green undertone, which will come later, though in my sketch, this step dragons are situated next to each other. It didn't quite work out on my actual painting, so I reposition them. As you can see, I'm painting in the floral parts of the stock by using one or two brush strokes and just working my way down. I'm not sure what happened to the beginning of this footage, but I'm painting in that dark green leaves now. And as this rose is the biggest one and also gets the biggest leaves. The green I'm using here is called Hauser dark green by Deco Art America and I love it. I use similar methods as before, limiting the brush strokes to one to two each for the sake of interests. In contrast, I change over to a lighter forest green paint and add the stems of the other flowers as well as a few leaves here and there. Feel free to switch up to a finer brush. Your preference. I am just a bit lazy to be honest. I love adding the leaves at the end as they help shape up the overall composition and add balance where needed. I just have to be careful not to overdo it happens. As mentioned previously. I want to add a bit more of a fresh pale green undertone to the snap dragons as it can add a bit more dimension. I actually water down the paint a little as I do want to keep this Snapdragon is mostly white. All right guys, let's take a break here to clean our pin water. See you in the next video. 5. CLASS PROJECT - PART II: Class Project Part 2. So this part is a bit of a project on its own as we're adding more defining details. If you prefer to just add the center of the Roses and call it a day, It's totally up to you. Firstly, let's complete the centers of the Roses and using pure yellow ocher for the cream colored spray roses. I'm going to cheat a little and grab a bottle of a non original palette color, which is burnt sienna, where the center of the pink rose. Same techniques being applied here. If you're a bit worried about how your painting looks during this stage, don't be worried. This is where the additional layers are going to come in and rescue the painting. The snap dragons require some more white paint to make them pop out a bit more. As this pain isn't professional quality, it tends to dry a bit flat and opaque enough at times and will require another layer. The next few steps are mainly going to involve enhancing each flower and the leaps with highlights and shadows. This step is actually quite easy and so satisfying. You're going to be adding some white to the main color. In this case, I'm lightening up the salmon pink and then adding it to the petals where the light would typically headed. I try not to get too technical whilst figuring out where the highlights belong. And I'm sure you can figure it out as well by simply studying some pictures or just through trial and error. Same goes for the spray roses. If the paint on your palette is still a bit wet, and adding the white to the existing mix will be easy as cake. If not, I will just mix a little bit of the original combination again and add some white paint to it. With the original layer, I add C-shaped highlights to the flowers that represent individual petals, but I make sure not to cover the entire flower and leave some of that negative space. Next, it's time for the leaves. Again, I add where I find most appropriate. Keeping in mind that this is a bit more of a loose and abstract style as opposed to a realistic. I almost blog in the shadows and the highlights in the way you see it in digital artwork. Then the light green leaves are receiving the same treatment. For the leaves. I tend to add a bit of Payne's gray or midnight dark blue to the green paint in order to create cooler tones, shadows. For the highlights, I actually didn't add any white to the light green. I use the original light forest green straight from the bottle. I'm not sure if you're able to tell from the footage, but I use the brush the filbert brush from a side angle does allows me to get those finer tips. For the Snapdragon stocks, I'm adding the lighter value of green to the bottom of the blooms and a bit the stock itself. And of course, I haven't forgotten about the charming yellow rows. Instead of mixing black to the original mix, I'm going to be using yellow ocher that has very little white mix into it. Although the leaves are already quite dark, I couldn't resist adding some Payne's gray for shadows to the dark green leaves. It's not so obvious on video, but noticeable in person. Lastly, the overall composition seem to be missing something. So I added small background leaves that are not going to be receiving quite as much attention, but help balance the composition out of it. And by that, I mean, they're not going to be receiving any highlights or shadows. I was actually quite unsure about this last part, but after walking away from painting and looking at it with fresh eyes, I realize I really do like that part. And here we have it, the completed piece. Please head over to my next video where I'm going to chat to you about a couple of things. 6. VARNISH & LAST POINTS: Foreigners. And last point, thank you guys so much for making it this far. I want to go over a few more things in this video, I've touched up on several points throughout the lessons, such as limiting your brushstrokes in order to achieve florals that appear to have been painted effortlessly over time and through practice, this kind of confidence in brushstrokes comes naturally. This class is only supposed to act as a bridge between your starting point and the further end of your art journey by demystifying the process a bit, I hope to help you get closer to your goal of either filling up your sketchbook with paintings that you will enjoy looking at or to create designs for your Surface Pattern projects or any other art works. And I also wanted to demonstrate to you guys the use of varnish to seal your painting. I've been a little floral painting on my sketch book covers in order to see how the paint I'm using the varnish by prevail. Glossy varnish is a lot cheaper and more readily available at a lot of stores and the mat. But I don't like the glossy look very much since I'm not using high-quality acrylic paint, one layer of varnish was sufficient. I really just use it because it refined the surface a bit. And I am very happy with this brand of varnish that I got off of Amazon. And here's a look of how it looks once the varnish has dried. Again because I used one layer dry really quickly and I'm really happy with the result. One last thing, I'm really curious as to the types of topics you guys would like to learn from me. I would really appreciate if you could drop a comment in the discussions tab or even in your review of this class, it would really help me if you would let me know in the review what aspects of the class you really enjoy it and what could have been better as it will help me in figuring out how to improve my future lessons. Thank you again and see you in my next class. Please be sure to check out my other classes on my channel that you may be interested in. Bye for now.