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More Watercolor Flowers: Paint 5 Beautiful Watercolor Flowers

teacher avatar Anne LaFollette, Surface Pattern Designer & Coach

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials & Class Project

    • 3. Agapanthus

    • 4. Chrysanthemums

    • 5. Cosmos

    • 6. Dill Stems

    • 7. Goldenrod

    • 8. Thank You & Next Steps

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About This Class


In this class, we will paint five beautiful watercolor flowers:

  • Agapanthus
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cosmos
  • Dill Stems, and
  • Goldenrod

This is the follow up class to my Watercolor Flowers class but EVERYONE can take this class. It's great for beginners and more advanced students alike.

Watch me paint these flowers in several ways. I share all my tips and techniques for enjoying this wonderful painting medium!

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Anne LaFollette

Surface Pattern Designer & Coach


Hi everyone!

I'm Anne and it's nice to meet you!

After a long career in the corporate world, I got laid off! Instead of seeing that as a disaster, I decided it was a sign that it was finally time for ME. I dusted off all of my old art supplies and a new career in surface pattern design emerged! 

I love to create pretty patterns and share what I love through teaching!  Sharing my tips and techniques with students here on Skillshare brings me great joy.

I'm also LIVE on Facebook every Wednesday at noon PST. You can set a reminder for yourself to join me HERE.

Email me at [email protected] and tell me your story. I'd love to help you get started in surface pattern design. 

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1. Introduction: Welcome to Mawr Watercolor flowers. I'm calling this class mawr watercolor flowers because it's a continuation of a class I published earlier called Watercolor Flowers. But you don't need to have taken my first class in order to enjoy this one. This class is great for beginners and mawr intermediate students alike. I'm an low folate, and I'm a blogger, illustrator and watercolor artist, and this is my eighth class on skill share. What we're going to be doing together is painting five different flowers. We'll start with an AG, a panther. This, then will paint a chrysanthemum will also do, Ah, cosmos flower. Then we'll move on to do some dill stems and also a golden rod flower. All you need for this class is some watercolor paper, some brushes, some watercolors, and you can use either a pan set or a tube set, some water and some paper towels. I've also created an inspiration board on Pinterest. There are many things that I love about watercolors, one of which is how expressive the paint is and also how much fun it is to do a variety of different flowers and to try each flower several different times. So in each of the lessons. You'll see me paint that the flower several times, and I'll also include snippets like the one that you're seeing right now, which I've put on a four time speed or even an eight time speed, so that once you get a gist of how to paint the flower, you can then see me finish up the process without me going in slow motion. So I hope you'll join me in this class. It's going to be a lot of fun. I really enjoy sharing all of my tips so hidden role and let's get started by for now. 2. Materials & Class Project: welcome to more watercolor flowers. How I am so excited that you decided to enroll in this class. It's going to be a lot of fun. So let me walk you through in a little bit more detail the materials as well as the class project for this class. So all you need in terms of materials are watercolor paper, and I like cancer and watercolor cold press paper that's £140. It's inexpensive. It's easy to get a hold of, and it's definitely something that I really enjoy using. Then you need a variety of brushes. I use round tipped brushes and they range in size from a number 12 which is sort of one of my go to brushes, which is on the far right. It has the red handle, and then I probably go all the way down to maybe a number three for my more detailed work. Then you need some watercolors, and I'm going to be using two different sets. I'm primarily going to be using a small travel pack by Windsor and Newton. It's this really adorable small. It's only five inches by 2.5 inches. Super easy to carry around with you, and yet it has 12 colors, and so it has every call you could possibly need. And of course, you can create combination colors to get more variety. So I highly recommend it and all of these materials air in the PDF document that is attached in the project gallery, so that you can click on all of these resource is and get them on Amazon if you'd like to try them. I also will be using for one of the flowers a more elaborate set, which is a mission, Watercolor said. It's tubes that comes in a pack of 24 I'll show you which class I'm using that in. But you don't have to start out with fancy watercolors. Any set really will do just so long as you have the primary colors, so that you can combine them to create the color variation that you like like. And then finally, you just need some water. I recommend two jars, one for your warm colors and one for your cool colors and lots of handy paper towels for your class project, please post in the project area your photographs of your work. I've shown just a couple of the ones that I've done here, and I would love to see your work. And the other students in the class would also love to see your work as well. So please don't forget to post your work as you progress through the class. All right, so that's enough about the supplies and the class project. So let's jump right in and get started. See you in the next lesson. 3. Agapanthus: welcome to our first lesson. We are going to get started with the AG, a panther us, and this is the direction that we're going in. I am using my Little Windsor and Newton watercolor pan set, and I did a little test of my colors first, which I do actually enjoy doing. But that is totally optional. And then before I get started, I always like to look at a couple of inspirational pictures so that I do have a reference, since I don't draw on my paper before I start painting. So what? I observe in thes two photographs of the AG A Panther. This is It starts with a very, very straight stem, and then the flower flares out from the top in really sort of a beautiful pom pom shape and the flowers themselves or either blue or slightly violet. And I'll definitely try to capture that as I work on my color scheme. So let me jump in. I'm going to speed up the video a little bit so that it doesn't take too long for you to watch me paint my first version. But I always start with stem and then I experiment with these sort of trumpet like flowers . I use a lot of creative license. My work is not representational at all. It's much more just trying to give you a flavor for what the flower feels like and that capturing the overall sort of shape and sort of dance and explosive explosive type quality that in Agra Panthers has. I go back and forth between the actual trumpet flowers and then also adding a little bit more of the stems to make sure that I have some of the green below the flowers in some of the green above the flowers. And once this version has dried, I'll go back and I'll show you that a little bit later. I'll show you how I add the very, very little small dots that, um, that emerge from the top of the trumpets as I finish up. This first version, two recommendations or things that have helped me is if I have a fear of the blank page. I tell myself that I am going to make this flower two or three times, and that helps me just get started and try to be loose and not take myself too seriously. And the second thing is the piece is going to look very different when it is totally dry. So sometimes I think that it's going to look absolutely awful. And then after it's fully dried, it actually doesn't look that bad. I like the total effect. So this is my second version, and I also have put it on, um, two times speed. I'm using slightly more depth of color in this version, and I also wanted to showcase that. I am trying to make the trumpets a little bit longer in order to create maybe a better sense of dimension between how actually big they are. And as I add more of them around the exterior of this particular flower, you'll see me go back and forth to my colors, as I did before toe add. Now, mawr of the green stems back in between the blue flowers, and eventually I will actually move on to add the very small dots that are on part of sort of. There's a stay min as well as a very, very small clusters that are inside thes trumpet shapes. I decided to add a little bit of purple as you can see me doing here just for a variety and to create a little bit more interest. And finally, I will add a move on and add some of those dots. As I described, I go back and forth between two different bread paintbrushes here. One of them is the number six and one of them is number three. The number three is the one that I'm using to try to get even more details or smaller lines . Now, what I'm doing is have slowed the tape down. So that or the video down so that you can see me adding the little dots I'm trying to keep my This is a tip for you. I'm trying to keep my paintbrush almost perpendicular to the to the paper in order to just have the very top of the brush touch the paper to create very, very, very small dots. Now, for this next version, I'm going to just show it to you Very sped up since you've gotten the gist of how to paint this flower at this point. And I just wanted to show you how I had done it, this version using my top down camera because it's actually it's kind of fun. Sometimes you can see a little bit more of how I'm approaching the work. When you see me do it from a tops down view, I try to remember the image. And in fact, I don't remember if when I was painting this, if I still had either a copy of it nearby or if I'm just remembering it from memory. But as they add the stems in green, I want them to feel like they're exploding from that central, very long, skinny stem. And then my technique, since I don't draw the flower first is really to use my paintbrush and almost use that as a drawing tool, which you can see me doing here. And then as I switch colors, I'm just trying to add some variety, and in this, with this lavender in particular, it's very, very faint, so I may very well go back after it's dried and add on secondary let layer in order to get a little bit more depth. But the idea for me and what's going through my head as I'm painting is to create that pom pom shape toe. Also have each one of the flowers feel like they have a bit of by the shape of a trumpet and that I'm creating enough, um, openness to the overall flower because these Japan thas while they can be very dense, they are also is quite a beautiful sort of sense of airiness in between the stems and the flower buds. And so I want to try toe evoke that in my painting since my painting isn't at all representational. And now I'm adding the little dots to give you just a sense of what emerges from the interior of those trumpet shapes. And then I'll sort of step back for a minute and decide where else I want to add a few more details as they finish up this third version of my Agha Pandelis. As I finish up this third version, I will show you a flat lay of the 1st 2 versions that I painted, which is what you see in this picture. And then the one I just did with the tops down camera came out like this. So please share yours in the project gallery. I can't wait to see your versions. And now let's move on to the next lesson. I'll see you there. Bye. For now, 4. Chrysanthemums: welcome back in this lesson, we are going to paint the chrysanthemum, which is one of my favorite flowers to paint. Here's the direction that we're going in. I am going to be using my same pan set of Windsor and Newton watercolors. I did also create a little palette of the colors that I will be using throughout this particular flower. And then here are some images so that we can talk just a little bit about the shapes that we're going to be looking to create and also what the leaves look like on this particular flower. I am not going to create a reddish chrysanthemum at all. As you could see from my original versions, I'm going to keep within the yellow tones. But what is noticeable to me as I look at these images is the center of the flower is much more dense than the exterior of the flower. I'm going to start actually with my overhead camera this time around, and as normal for me, I start with the stem, and I do try to create some variety in the color of the stem by adding some additional colors in it. After I've created my first big stroke. Then, as I paint the leaves, I do use my paintbrush kind of like a drawing tool. And you con's definitely see that That is the approach that I'm using here as I pain to the leaves. Um, one of the things that I do quite often in my work is I'll try to leave quite a bit of white space and not fill in the entire shape in order to create a little bit more dimensionality and also a little bit more sort of sense of depth. I'm going to paint one more leaf on the other side of the stem, which your you'll see me do now before I actually move on to start with the chrysanthemum itself. So for the chrysanthemum, I like to start in the center of the flower and work my way out. So what you can see me doing here is making sort of very small strokes and using quite a bit of density and my color. And then as I move outward, I am trying to get more of that sense of movement and flow off and also length of the pedals themselves as they also explode out from the center. It's not dissimilar in shape to the ah flower that we just finished the agape antis. It's denser, but it still does have that sense of everything is coming from the center of the flower outwards. And that's what I'm trying to achieve here. I'm using a combination of yellows with a little bit of of a very, very light sort of orange are kind of almost a Oakar yellow to try to get just different gradations of color, which will help give a sense of which of these pedals are in the front and which which of them are in the back. And but most importantly, as I continue to finish this one up, it is definitely important for me to be trying to create that, um, that movement out from the center, as well as how to give you the impression that there also are many, many petals in the back of the flower as well. So this version is almost done. I will let you watch just the last maybe 10 seconds here. As I finish up a few more details, I'm going to try to connect the stem, which is what you see me doing now, and then I just add a few finishing touches. The flower on the left is the version that you just saw me paint, and now I will go into eight times speed with a little bit of music to show you how I did the next two versions, as I did with my first version. I started with the stem, which is what I'm doing here. And then I also start with the top of the chrysanthemum and then work my way outwards to try to get that sense of everything exploding from the center. And then on this cute little video, I actually I'm goingto do three versions as well as showing you once again the version that I did all by itself on the piece of paper. I do find that when I'm practicing a flower, it's helpful to actually do one larger version all by itself on one of my sheets of watercolor paper and then practicing. Then I'm sort of ready to try to do an actual composition. And then what you see, there is actually a print that I created out of my watercolor flowers. So that's it for this lesson. Let's move on to the next one and I'll see you there. Bye for now, 5. Cosmos: Welcome back in this lesson. We are going to paint the cosmos together, and this is the direction that we're going to take. I am using my mission. Uh, tube paints in this lesson, and the specific colors that I'm going to be using are the sap green Ah, hooker's green, an opera which is a nice rose and pink color permanent red, yellow, orange and lemon yellow. I did a little palate, which I like to do. It just helps me kind of stay focused on the colors that I'm gonna be using in this particular watercolor painting. And then here are the images that I actually pulled and put on the Pinterest board for this class. What I am going to be trying to do is actually use a lot of creative license in terms of the colors that I'm using. As you'll see, they're a combination of the red and the orange that I just mentioned, and I'm going to try toe replicate Aziz best I can sort of the divergence of color from one end of each pedal to the next, as opposed to trying to create a, um, overall color scheme that you see in the totally orange version of the cosmos or the completely pink version of the cosmos in this picture. So as I normally do, I start with the stem and thes actually stems for the cosmos or very skinny and life, and have a lot of movement in them, which is what I'm trying to depict here. And then as I start to actually paint the pedals, I'm using my paintbrush as my drawing tool. And I'm trying to remember to leave some white space so that there's more dimensionality in the pedals, and I'm also trying to make sure that I'm moving out from the center. And then I'm leaving that center area blank because I'll come back to address that later. Now I'm going to demonstrate a wet on wet technique that I really like, which is after I finished making some adjustments to the stem. I'm going to go back into this center area where the paint is still slightly wet and you can see that I'm adding more pigment with quite a bit of water. And what I want to have happen is I want to sort of pull from the inside out to create some additional color and a little bit more depth to the color. And I'll demonstrate this again when I actually use my overhead camera. I think it will be a little bit easier for you to see. And I'll be doing that actually in the next version or the next iteration of this flower. So I'm going to move on to the second version of this same cosmos that I made and using my overhead camera. You can see that I'm trying to make the stem and the leaves super skinny, very life, having a lot of movement with them and not trying to overcomplicate them as I move on now to the actual flower. So using my brush as a drawing tool again, I'm trying to ensure that I'm focusing on each one of the pedals. And the cosmos is not that different from a daisy in the sense that it has thes beautiful long pedals that revolve around a center area, some trying to remember to keep that center area open because I'm going to address it later . Also using a combination of the opera rose and the yellow orange that I described as part of my color scheme and then here you can see where I'm adding the wet on wet technique, and it's much easier to see using the overhead camera where I'm adding additional pigment to my brush. And then I'm dabbing in the areas that are still wet. And right now I'm just adding water to the paper. And then I'm gonna add the color, as you can see here to the wet area of the paper. And this is a really fun tip is once you've added some of your pigment, you can to continue to use your brush to move the pigment around as much as you want it to inside that sort of wet pool of water. And I'm trying to create this effect where the entire pedal is not completely filled in. Which is why you see some areas where I'm going to either let the color continued to permeate or I'm happy to actually have it continue to stay white. And now I'm just filling in the center area very carefully with a little bit of yellow. And I want to, um and we use the same technique back when we use the When we were creating the Aga Pantelis, I want my paintbrush to be very perpendicular so that I'm just touching the very tip of the brush to create that center yellow area. But I'm going to do next is to add a little bit more darker pigment just along this inside edge. I'm using a number six of the Princeton Neptune Siri's brushes. I actually love this Siri's and I included it in your materials list there. Ah, higher quality brush than your basic Princeton Siri's. And I definitely find that the addition off the improvement in the quality actually makes quite a big, quite a bit of a difference. But now what I'm trying to do is, while I've added some additional pigment along this sort of center area of the cosmos, I also want to try to very gently pull that color slightly toe out word in order to get it to expand as much as I would like to see. So there you have it. Here are the two versions of the cosmos that I painted. I look forward to seeing yours. Please remember to post them as you complete each lesson. It's really helpful for both me and for the other students in the class to see your work. I learned so much from seeing what you dio I will see you in the next lesson and bye for now. 6. Dill Stems: Hi there. In this lesson, we are going to paint Dill stems together, and this is the direction that we're going in. And here are the paints that I'm going to be using for most of these lessons, I've been using this fabulous Windsor and Newton Ah, small travel set, and I like to create my palate before I start just to have a reference point as I continue to paint and I want to go back and pull those same colors as I continue on the same particular flower. Here are two images that I pulled from Pinterest, and you can reference thes or find other references that you prefer. But what I find particularly interesting about dill stems is they have that very straight stem. Like many of the flowers that we've painted before and again, Once you get to the top of the stem, they explode outwards. But the's flowers have tiny little buds basically throughout. So in this first version that I'm going to be painting, I start with the long stem, and then I create the small, additional sort of long. They're sort of mini stems that emanate from that core stem, and then each one of the the actual flowers are primarily sort of little dots that are at the end of each of those elongated many stems is what I like to call them and what you'll see me doing. And this is actually, I think, helpful because we've used the same technique in several of the flowers in this class. I'm trying to keep my brush almost perpendicular to the paper, and I'm just dabbing it very gently in order to try to get very small dots, which are going to represent each one of the buds of the flowers that emanate from each one of those sort of sub. Um, I would almost call them many stems. And now what I'm going to do is create a secondary dill stem from starting at the base of my paper and trying to sort of complete the composition by having this secondary flower off to the right hand side and closer, really to where I'm holding the camera. So now, after I've created those sub stems which are a little bit hard to describe, but I think you know what I mean. I'm now going in with yellow and a little bit of that sort of yellow orange combination, and I'm very, very gently touching the paper with the very tip of my brush to create those of actual flower buds that are almost just small dots that emanate from the very tip on the end portion of each one of those stems. What I love about this flower is that you can really get a lot of great practice by using that same technique with your brush. And now what I'll do is transition to the second version of the flower that I paint it and I'm going to add a little bit of music and I'll just let you watch it. This is another really fun flower to paint. It's not that complicated. It's really fun. I enjoy it thoroughly, and I hope that you do to please go ahead and post your versions in the project gallery. I would love to see them. Here is what a final version looked like for me and again I would love to see yours. Let's move on to the last lesson in this class. I will see you there and bye for now 7. Goldenrod: so welcome back and I've saved the best for last. This is one of my favorite flowers to paint. It's called a golden Rod and here is where we're going. I'm using my same Windsor and Newton watercolor set, and I'm using the same colors that we actually used in both the dill stems and also in the , um, in the Chrysanthemum primarily, and I've uploaded a couple of pictures for you to take a look at what I noticed the most in these flowers are again the long stem, but with some very beautiful, delicate leaves that work off of the stem and then sort of a triangular shape overall for the golden rod. And that's definitely something that I'm going to trump be trying to achieve. So as I get started, I forgot to turn the camera on at the very beginning, and so you can see here from the side that I created that long stem, and I put a lot of the leaves off to each side of the stem, and those leaves become smaller and smaller as they get towards the top where the explosion of the flower itself occurs. Then what I do is I have created those long, wispy, sort of outward flowing lines, and on each one of those, I'm going to be adding small little dots similar to what we did with the dill stems but using slightly different yellows a little bit more off, incorporating a tiny, tiny bit of sort of an orange yellow and working with those off of each one of the stems. As you can see here, one of the techniques that I'm using that I wanted to share is while periodically you can see my brush being completely perpendicular, which is a technique we've used in several of the other flowers. You can also see that I'm also pushing on the side of the brush a little bit more, and that is in order for me to make slightly larger marks and also to leave a little bit more pigment on the paper to create buds of different dimensions. So what's great about this flower is it does take some patients, but it's essentially the same repeated motion again and again as you try to fill in each one of the flower blossoms that are those small little yellow dots that work off of each one of these green stems. And so, as you see me continue to fill in Mawr and Mawr, what's fun about this particular flower as that, as the paint continues to dry, you can add more and more of your small little dots in a new scent. Similar area, and they won't actually blend together because the paint is dry enough to keep them separate. So here I just slow down a little bit so that you can see more of the motion that I'm using with my paintbrush. I wanted to make sure that you could see the difference between when I'm using the very, very tip of the brush and when I'm actually applying a little bit more pressure either to the left or to the right to create a different shape with the pigment that I'm placing on the paper. So I'll let you watch a little bit more of me continuing to fill in on. What is very important about this particular flower, or at least I have taken it to heart, is when I looked at the photographs, I noticed how dense each one of the or I noticed, how dense each, how dense the flower is overall is I guess what I'm trying to say. And so as I continue to let the pigment dry and I add Mawr and Mawr sort of both small dots and I apply a little bit more pressure with my brush. What I'm trying toe sort of create in terms of an effect is I'm trying to fill in mawr and more more of this space in between the thean vivid jewel buds so that you can get that sense of how dense the flower is overall. And just to celebrate the fact that this is the last flower in the Siris of this class, I'm going to show you a little time lapse video that I created with some music. I love to create these little videos not only to include in my classes on skill share, but also to post on Instagram because videos are watched so much more than just still photographs. So, in a shameless plug for my other class, I have a class called create awesome videos, and it shows you the step by step process and the equipment that you need in order to create your little videos like this that are under a minute that you can post on social media. So that's a wrap on this particular flower. I love Golden rods is and mentioned earlier, so please upload your versions to the class project area. I can't wait to see them and let's talk through a couple of next steps and some thank you's in the next video. I will see you there. Bye for now. 8. Thank You & Next Steps: Well, that's a wrap. I hope that you enjoyed taking this watercolor flowers class with me. I really enjoyed a teaching it. And I want to make sure that, you know, you can still reach out to me directly through and our club, which is our private Facebook group. I want to make sure that you know I'm here to support you as you complete each of the lessons in this class. If you would like to turn your artwork into art prints and actually sell them to the public , I have a class called create and sell mixed media art prints. And in this class, I do two things I show you, actually how to do a mixed media beautiful floral bouquet. And then I also teach you how to open up your own Trop on Society six, which is a print on demand company through which you can sell these as art prints. I also have a very popular class called from sketch to wrapping paper. And in this class, you can take your sketches, import them into the computer, and I'll show you how to create a beautiful pattern from them. And then we'll send that pattern off to a printer and you will receive your own wrapping paper sheets from that resource. And I cannot tell you how exciting it is to actually get a package in the mail that contains your very own designed wrapping paper. Here's a picture of me holding some of my most recent versions. Thank you again So much for taking this class with me. And I hope that I will see you again soon. In another one of my classes or in an art club are private Facebook group. See you soon. Bye for now.