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Modern Watercolor Florals

Kris Loya, Watercolor Enthusiast!

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10 Lessons (47m) View My Notes
    • 1. Introduction Video

    • 2. Watercolor Supplies

    • 3. Technique

    • 4. Leaves

    • 5. Flowers

    • 6. Stems

    • 7. Composition

    • 8. Timelapse Paint Through

    • 9. Final Project

    • 10. Outro


About This Class


Create dreamy, modern watercolor florals! Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some watercolor experience, this course will help you create your own beautiful, on-trend  watercolor florals.

Put your florals on  custom cards, wedding stationery, home decor or just paint for fun and relaxation.

You will  learn simple watercolor techniques then apply them to flower and leaf shapes to build beautiful, delicate  watercolor florals. 

The skills learned in this class can be applied to any watercolor painting, not just florals but will help you become familiar with watercolor and using the medium. No prior experience with watercolor needed.

If this is your first time trying watercolor or even if you're and experienced painter, this class will teach you some fun techniques and encourage you to play and explore your way through this incredible and versatile medium! Enjoy!

All music in the videos for this class:

Easy Lemon by Kevin MacLeod

Glitter Blast by Kevin MacLeod

Cheery Monday by Kevin MacLeod


1. Introduction Video: Hi, I'm Chris, and I would love to show you how to paint modern water color florals. Modern watercolor florals are beautiful and that they are everywhere for good reason. Who doesn't love a good floral moment? They're wonderful on fabrics, wallpaper, stationary wedding decor, planners, stickers just about anything that you can think of. Watercolor has always been a part of my life. I've been painting forest long as I can remember. Join me in this class to learn the tools and techniques to paint your own modern watercolor floral. We'll learn how to use watercolor paint. Then we'll learn basic floral shapes, belief shapes and various stems and Berries. Then I'll show you how to put it all together to create our dreamy florals. If you've ever wondered how watercolor florals air painted, this class is for you. Beginners will learn how to use and get familiar with the paint, and more advanced watercolor artists can learn a new skill set. Or perhaps try a different subject matter. I look forward to seeing the work that you create throughout the class, and I'm excited to help you get comfortable painting with my favorite medium water color 2. Watercolor Supplies: Hey, guys, here are the supplies that you'll need for this class. If you already have watercolor supplies, feel free to go ahead and use those. But in case you need to get some, here's what you'll need. You need your paper. First of all, I like £140 cold pressed paper. Cold press means that there's a texture on the paper. There's also hot press, which is smooth. Preference is up to you. You could get them at the craft store or art supply store, and it'll stay what the paper is on the cover of the paper pad. You can also get them as large sheets that you can cut yourself. You're also going to need brushes. I prefer around synthetic brushes. You can get natural hair bristles if you want those air helpful as well. But as long as the R round brushes, I have a size six and a size one. I always recommend getting a thinner brush and a thicker brush. This one is for my leaves and my flowers, and this one is for stems and the middles of my flowers. You're also going to need a jar for water. I just use a repurposed spaghetti sauce jar that I put through the dishwasher, and you're also going to need paint a couple options for paint I personally love to use to paints. And then I escort the mountain toe appellate. I let them dry overnight or for two days just so that they're nice and dry. That just helps me not use excess paint. It helps me not use too much paint. You can also get a pre made box like this, and this is great for travel, cause you've got mixing space on here, and it just folds up so you can put it in your backpack for your purse. And a really good, inexpensive option would be this one that you can get online or the craft store supply store. There's a lot of colors in there, and you can also use the lid to mix your paints on. This is a great sent to start with. If you're not sure if watercolors what you want to go for, I always recommend, though getting the best supplies that you can, it makes a really big difference. As for your palate, this is a repurposed ed. Create ceramic egg Crete. Um, that I think was originally made for jewelry, but I use it as a palate. You can use a dinner plate or those plastic pallets from the craft. Store those air fine to just make sure that it's white. That way you can see the color of the paint that you mix, and you're also going to need a paper towel or an old towel just so you can dab off your paintbrush and clean up your paintbrush or wipe up any spills. All right, well, let's get started and I'll show you how to use these supplies. 3. Technique: now for some simple techniques for your florals and leaves. I went ahead and painted to this square before because I needed it dry to take it to the next step. So ignore that one for now. So what you want to do always is wet your paintbrush. Get lots of water on your brush and tap into your dry paint to pick it up. Then you want to smush it into an empty spot in your palate. You can always test by painting a quick little blob on a piece of scratch paper, and you can see if you want it to be lighter or darker. Typically and watercolor. You start lighter and then work your way up. So if you need it to be lighter, you can just add a little bit of water, and you can see that that's quite a bit lighter. And watercolor will also dry. Ah, lot lighter than you think, So you can always go ahead and layer it up if you want it to be darker after it dries. I really air that you paint in water. Color is called a watercolor wash, and if I wanted it darker, I could just go ahead and add more heat to it. So I'll just paint another square here and you'll see that this one is darker than that one . And, of course, significantly darker on the 2nd 1 we painted. So in watercolor, you don't add white paint. Typically, you add water to get your lighter feet. All right, so we're gonna go straight into a technique called wet on wet. This is a good weed toe. Add color into your pedals on your leaves. For instance, If it's a fall leaf and it starts off green, you can go ahead and drop in some yellow or orange paint, and that kind of will suggest the changing of the seasons. All right, so I'm gonna just paint another square. And for larger areas, I'll either get a larger brush or turn my breath sideways and use the site of the brush. And all papers have a little bit of a coating on it called sizing, and some of them are a little odd and that you have to scrub back and forth to get the color to take properly. That's not a big deal. I see. It almost wants to resist a little bit, but we won't get work. So for the wet on wet technique, you don't want your square to be too wet like it is right now. So I'm pushing that paint around a little bit more in making the square or rectangle at this point bigger that it'll dry a little faster. So what you want is your paper to be shiny but not sopping wet. And then you can go ahead. Rinse your brush, always runs your brush between colors, and you can pick up another color. And then what you want to do is tap the brush that's loaded with the other color, and it will feather out because that paint is wet on that paper's wet little feather out on the page. So you get a fun, interesting technique. Now, if your paper was really, really wet and you put another color in it, it would just completely blob into one color. And sometimes you want that you concertante practice and see what will happen if you do that. But this is great, and it's going to continue to spread as it dry, so if you want your spread to be bigger than that, go ahead and use wetter paper. Put more water on there, and if you want it to be less than that, let it dry off a little bit more and we'll go back to this first square and it's This is gonna be the opposite technique of this. I allowed this to dry gonna paint a little heart on here and you'll notice that the heart I will stay put and not spread like those dots that I just painted because my base layer was dry. It has nowhere to go because it's dry. It'll stay put, all right. And now we're gonna do our ingredient or softening off technique. And for this, you just want to paint a strike of your color. And you want that to be fairly medium to dark. Looks really dark because I'm using in to go and then you want to rinse your brush completely. You don't want it dripping with water, but you want water on there, so if I turn it upside down, it's not gonna flow off. And then you want to put the tip of your brush at the end of that line. What's gonna happen is the brush is gonna deposit Clearwater and all the paint is gonna flow into the clear water, and you can scrub back and forth until you get a nice blend. And because you use nice, thick £140 paper or thicker, it can withstand this scrubbing back and forth if the line on the edge gets too harsh. Friends airbrush out again until it flows nicely from dark to light, and those are the only techniques that you'll need for this class, and I will upload this as a printable for you. 4. Leaves: All right, let's get into painting some leaves. I will show you how to do a basic leaf shape and turn it into a double leaf shape. And then, in the interest of time, I will go ahead and combine all of these techniques into just one stem. But I will put this in the resource of section for you to download and paint along with. So let's go. All right. So for a basic leave shape, what you want to do is put the tip of your brush down on the page and rest so that the bristles widen and then come back up and remove your brush tip of the brush pushed down and then come back up, tip of the brush, pushed down and then come back up. Now you want to make sure that the last thing on the paper is the tip of your brush before you raise your brush up. Because if you do it too soon, then you'll get a flatter leave sheep, so tip brush tip and then released the brush tip. Put pressure on the leaf and then come back up. Now you can do a double version of this. Put the tip of the brush down, push down and come up. Then put the tip of the brush back down where the first tip of the brush went the start of the leaf and do it again and come back up except your curve it a little bit so that there's empty space in the middle. You conjoined it if you want, or you can leave it open. I like seeing the different shapes that I get every time. So tip push down, come up tip of the brush on this side, pushed down and I'm going to join this one. So you get an interesting sheep and I'll do the basic shape. Just one more time. Tip of the brush, push down and come up. Now I'm gonna show you how to build a stem of leaves so I'll just make a little bit of an arc and then we'll do six leaves. Salt. Put six leaves in a top belief. Well, just but little wisp ease that all attached them to on the bottom. I'll do the double tip of the brush. Push down, come up tip of the brush, pushed down. Come up. I'll leave that one open tip of the brush. Push down. Come up. Two for the brush. Push down, Come up and I'll join that one. This one I'll do basically shaped tip of the brush pushed down. Come back up. Tip of the brush pushed down. Come back up. Tip of the brush pushed down. Come back up And I'm angling these leaves up slightly. You don't have Teoh Now we're gonna do the top leaf tip of the brush pushed down. Come back up now in the top leaf, I'm going to add, but of light yellow using that wet on wet technique, I'm just gonna drop it in a couple of spots and let it do its thing. The leaf is wet, so it'll feather out. Then what I want to do on some of these other ones, I think some are wet and some are dry, so I'm just going to take a darker color and drop it in at the beast. And that gives a little bit of variation and visual interest. This one's dry, so I'm just gonna stamp my brush. And because it's dry, the shape stayed. And that just gives a little bit of like I said visual interest and that one, too. And then I'm gonna leave the other two well enough alone, and then I'm gonna add Berries. Add blue ones. You can always add colored Berries if you want to. I put three dots there. No, put three dots here and maybe just to here and then what you want to do is just connect the very stems down to the main stem. So just draw quick curved line connected to the stem. And if you want to darken up your stem itself, you can definitely do that, or you can leave it as is. 5. Flowers: we're going to learn to paint the roses. I have pre painted one over here so I can show you a different layer of it, Leader. But I'm gonna paint one from scratch here. But first, we're gonna do some pedal drills. Kind of like how I showed you how to do the leaves. We're gonna learn how to do the pedals. It's that same tip. Push down and come up like the leaf. However, it's curved. So you put the tip of the brush down. You pushed down while you curve your brush and then you come up tip of your brush down, pushed down and come. And if some of your your semi circles have this little edge, I like it. It's sort of pedal looking. Some of them will be smooth, some of them will not. And then what you want to do is practice softening off the edge of thes so clean water and you can flip your paper and make sure your brushes at the very edge of the curve and you soften it off. If there's too much water and the paint goes into it, you dry your brush off on the paper towel and run your dry brush along the edge to scoop up the extra. I'll soften off another one. And don't forget, you can scrub back and forth because your paper can take it, and then you clean that up, and that's how you make your pedals. So to actually make you're rose, you want to start A rose sort of has petals curled around each other. So you start with those to see shapes that are curled into each other. And then you want to do three of those curves, kind of overlapping each other a bit, and then he runs your brush and you soften them up. Justus best as you can. I can't get all the way in there without blurring the whole thing. So I just softened up that edge and you soften it up. Keep printing your pressure and tabbing it off. Soften it up and then you can take your tip of your brush and kind of connect some a little bit. You want to maintain some whites bees, but connect some of it together even in the middle here. Be careful cause you want to maintain some of the white space, so use the very tip of your brush with a light like touch and just connect him. Then, in between these pedals, you go ahead and make some more. Try not to make the whites piece as sick. Just put a few around overlap. Some of them, some of them are gonna touch. As long as you maintain that rosette type of sheep, people will understand in their minds that it's a rose, and then you go ahead and soften up your edges. And if you want your rose to be smaller, just use smaller, see shapes, soften up, and then that white space in between looks a little too uniform to me. So after I get done softening up edges, I'm just going to take the tip of my brush. Make a few wispy ease to join things. Now this one requires practice, so definitely pause this video. Take your time, practice and practice some more. It's not complicated, but practice will be helpful. And if you full on don't like some of your white space, you can cover it all up completely, and then you let that dry. Try not to overwork it, let it dry and see where you need to add more color because watercolor does dry a lot lighter than you think. So this is a dry one. I already noticed that the middle needs to be darker, so I'll just pop some color in there and then would all do is darken up some of these pedals here, pull out some details. So put a C sheep there, but one there, and I looked to see where I want to put them. I might not want to put them everywhere. And if you don't like where you put him, you just use clean water and rinse it off. It's often up some of those edges again. I don't want to take away all of my white species. I think it could use another one in between these two pedals. I kind of like that. Harsh. I'm gonna leave it on a few harsh lines of see shapes here and there kind of helps give it a little bit of sheep that's a little too much. It looks a little strange. Something's gonna soften up a little bit like that, and then you let that layer dry. And if you need to come in and put even more color. You can do that. I will leave roses and different stages as a printable in the resource is section for you too. So you can refer to all of these for your final project. One really easy flower is a filler flower that takes just a couple seconds and you can expand on that flower as well. So you stamp stamp stamp, making sure the tip of your brush is that the base of the pedal. Then he rents your brush completely. And then you use a softening off technique by putting your brush down, not all the way to the end and wiggling it prince again and Waco any sort of wiggle so that it resembles a pedal. Wiggle a little bit more in the back of the brush and that's it. You can expand on it. Do another one stamp stamp stamp. You wiggle, Wake up. Then you can flick. Put a couple flicks on the end of it and create a different flower. Then you can do the wet on wet and the wet on dry techniques. After this drives to put in another set of pedals or to deepen up the based. Even you get that fun double pedal. Look, if you cheat outside the line just a little bit, wherever the edge of your pedal starts, you just push out a little bit so I could do it. Over here, you just we go outside a little bit and you get a fun look. And when these two layers dry where the darker layer meets the light earlier, you can just drop in a few tiny little dots with a darker color or with a yellow and orange , and you'll give the flower a little bit of a center thes air. Great to fill in between roses toe before you put filler and leaves to just add to the vote Kate. 6. Stems: I'm going to show you some quick stems and fillers that you could use in your book. Okay, Sometimes I make my flowers too far apart, and I have to figure out how to get from point A to point B and leaves and fillers it is. And these air fun just to make of okay off by themselves. I'm gonna go through these fairly quickly. But I will put this in. The resource is section for you, so you can copy along with them. All right. The 1st 1 is super easy. It's basically using your paintbrush is kind of a stamp. So you stamp stamp, stamp stamp, stamped the other side. And then you can use your smaller papers to make a stem in the middle and connect that that super easy. The next one, I think, is the easiest one of all. And you could put as many stems as you want on this one. I'm just gonna do three for time purposes today, and you could put as many of these little stems that are coming off the side. You can make it an even number. You could make an odd number on one side and feel free to pause the video and paint along, and you put little dots, maybe a little dot of pollen on there. You can also make these dots a different color that allowed some fun interest. Maybe I'll make some yellow does on here. And if any of the stems air still wet, it might have turned a little bit green. That's fun. Okay, so this one that I'm going to do, it's kind of like the filler flower. Except instead of my brush being this way, it's this base. I'll get the tip of the brush. I was gonna stamp stamp, stamp, stamp, stamp stamp. You can add another one if you want. I prefer odd numbers. You can also, if you want at a few whiskies on the side and then just pull down some stamps now these are pretty wet. So the went on what technique might accidentally have in here, and that's OK. I like those little imperfections. I think it makes it more fun than if everything was totally uniform. And if you wanted to go ahead and add a little leaf here, you could just very things so that you'll have fun with it. Hey, come one of the easiest ones to do. It's just tapping your brush top top top, top top, and I sort of tap it in. Ah, loose diamond shape thin at the top, whiter in the middle, and you can drop in other colors in this if you want, or when it dries, come back in and do another layer that you do pull honest M. And for this one, I like toe angle to leaves upward. All right. Gonna do one who got a big smear. They're totally fine. If that were a bouquet that I was working on, I would turn that smear into a filler, which we can. We're here like this. I didn't plan on it, but there we are. Cute. All right, so this one's really easy. All you want to do is dot your smaller brush in a circle formation. That's it. And you can vary this and use different colors. But that dot gives a fun look. Almost looks like those flowers that they call Billy balls. It's a filler that everybody loves, and then you do a little stem, and then this is the easiest. When I have said that they're all easy, but this one's really easy. Just make a little blobs like Berries, and then you just pull down stems and a touch everything, and you can make the smaller or larger, and there you go, you have a bunch of killers that you can use. 7. Composition: So this is my thought process for creating my florals. I spent a lot of time looking at bookies and florals that I confined everywhere. When I'm looking at somebody's wedding pictures, I tend to look a lot at the bouquets to see how they're built. Um, and you can also utilize sketching, start sketching some bookcase to figure out where you like to place your elements. So the first thing I do in my step one is to place my flowers. So I please my flowers where I think I would like, um and I like that for right now. So the first thing I do is paint place my flowers. Then the second step would be to place your filler flowers. Gonna try that one there. And we're gonna make more of us spray than a boki today. And I love floral sprays. All right, so Step one, we put our flowers on, and I love odd numbers. I think odd numbers are far more interesting than interest than even numbered. So I used three roses and to filler flowers so far, then I add my leaves. And this is how I generally build my florals. I'm gonna stick a leaf in the back over there. Maybe I'll try one over here. Took it back a little bit more on. Maybe here I tend to put my leave between my flowers like we're my flowers overlap. I stick a leaf in between. There we go, and then I start to stick in some stems. I didn't put this one, and so it's very easy to move paper around. Not so much paint. If it's light paint like the very edge of the rose, you can go ahead and dip your brush into your water. Clean water and scrub it off, and then use a clean paper towel to pat and pick up the excess paint. If it's a darker color, it will stay in your paper and you won't be able to do that. So, for instance, if I put this here and I didn't like it and I wanted my eye to move a little more this week , I would put another stem and another one or two of the filler flowers attached to it to just move things along. Similarly, if I wanted to do it on this side, I could if I wanted to add more to this. I can put another stem and put a bunch of leaves going that way. So you have to keep stepping back from your project toe. Look and see if there's anything else you'd like to add. Or if there's something maybe you didn't love where you pleased it and you can create some elements around it to change the positioning of it. And sometimes my florals get really busy because I'm fixing booboos. But sometimes it works out really well, right? I think I like that one there. And then I think I'm gonna took this one here. So keep stepping back. That's probably the most important thing that I can tell you. Step back before you put too much on their or think about it before you put your brush down a little bit and it'll become second nature to you, I promise. And keep in mind, not every single floral that you create is going to be a masterpiece. It's not gonna be something that you love every single one. But you're gonna like most of them, so keep painting a lot, all right? And I think I'm gonna stick that one. They're gonna tuck it back because I feel like it was sticking out a little too much, and I love that. So at this point I would stop. I would step back and take a look at it and decided what I wanted to do. One thing I really like doing is that leaves that are really close or almost under the flowers. I like to darken those up a little bit, so I'll go ahead and put in a second layer carefully around the edges of the flowers on the leaves so I would put my brush. Oh, I would put my brush here, and that happens. By the way, if your brush falls and Pete's bladder somewhere, it's an opportunity to create more sprees or more flowers. Or go ahead and take some more paint, tap your paintbrush around and add some splatters. All right, so then I would go in and I would darken up the base of some of these. Careful, not toe overlap on the floor, or you can't overlap. If you want to try everything you might develop from techniques that you like, and then I would go in and darken up the flowers. Put a second layer if I wanted to, and then I would just keep looking at it. If you're not sure, I always suggest stepping away for a while. Work on something else and then come back to it. 8. Timelapse Paint Through: picking up some paint on my brush and making those first see shapes and then some larger sheaf. See shapes around it and softening off the edges. Make sure to reserve some white space in between. Just keep softening off until you get a pleasant petal shaped and use the tip of your brush to sort of join some of those shapes together a little bit. Just keep working around until you like what you see. Make sure that the middle of the flower is darker than the outside. You can always come back and deepen stuff up a little bit later on. Be very careful when using the tip of your brush to connect your pedals. Sometimes if you push down too hard, you can just make a giant struggle. Paint and lose that whites piece. Definitely practice softening off your edges. I'm kind of stopping the paint burst close to the second rose because I don't want it all to bleed together. But that's certainly a neat look when it does, so you can experiment with that, putting in my third rose over on the other side before I move on a soft enough those edges having a couple filler flowers stamping with my brush, wanting my brush off. Put a few whiskies on the end of this one just to kind of make it a little bit of a different sheep. Starting to put in my firstly use the double leaf technique. Sorry about the hand. That's kind of covering everything. You kind of see it there and then I sort of made that last leave kind of like 1/2 leaf. So it's half hidden behind the rose, and this is the exact same floral that I did the cut paper with almost completely the exact same thing. So check out that video too, for more of an explanation. And this video was very sped up. I don't paint super quickly. Okay, put my leaves in a non starting to put some filler in. And that leaf on the filler got a little too dark. So what I did was I dabbed in my paintbrush off on the paper towel and then use the thirsty brush to pick up the extra paint toe. Lighten it up. Now I'm putting in some more filler and the flowers were still what? So I put a little bit of the stem color at the bottom so it would lead in like that wet on wet technique, putting some more filler over here, darkening up the base of my flowers just a little bit to give it time dimension just by tapping my brush into it with fresh paint on it. Now I'm darkening up my roses to give my pedals a little more definition. Sometimes you have to do this three or four times, depending on the color that you use on the color that you're trying to achieve. I often don't see My Rose is really coming together until this step. Putting in a few dots in between both players of the filler flowers will give it the appearance of looking inside of the flower just a little bit on that extra deeper color gives it a little dimension. Putting in some Berries on the leaves just vary the sheep. And then I'm gonna go in and darken where all the stems were. All the leaves meet the stems just a little bit. I'm gonna dark in that leaf that's closest to the flowers because it's sort of in the shadows. This just adds to the dimension in the depths 9. Final Project: All right, let's talk. Final project. What you need to do in your final project is to create your own floral. Take all of the techniques that I taught you the leaves, the flowers, the stems and put it all together to create your own floral use colors that you love to use and create our own stems. Make your own stems up at different things. Put it all together. Remember some of the techniques that I showed you in the composition video and put it all together and, most importantly, have fun with your floral and uploaded to the project calories so I could see it and give you some feedback. Looking forward to seeing what you create. I am so excited. Take care. 10. Outro: congratulations. You have made it to the end of class. And I am so proud of you. Thank you for taking my first skill share class. And I hope that you enjoyed it. We covered a lot. We covered how to paint leaves, how to beat stems, how to pink roses. And then I showed you how to put it all together and then did a paint through for you. So if there's one thing that I'd like you to take away from this class is that you can do it. You just did. Keep practicing, keep looking for inspiration everywhere and have fun with it. That's the most important thing. Please upload your project to the project gallery so that I can see what you've created and give you some feedback. And who knows? You may end up featured on my insta story, so make sure you follow me at Chris Lawyer Art on instagram. If you enjoy taking this class, please consider leaving me her review and following me on the skill share platform so you can see when I upload future classes. See you in the next class, take care, but by