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Painting A Vibrant Watercolor Greenhouse

Amaya Jade, Artist and Video Creator

Painting A Vibrant Watercolor Greenhouse

Amaya Jade, Artist and Video Creator

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10 Lessons (51m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Supplies

    • 4. Choose Your References

    • 5. Greenhouse Sketch

    • 6. Plant Sketches

    • 7. Painting the Sketches

    • 8. Final Details

    • 9. Final Painting

    • 10. Thank You!

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About This Class


Hi! My name is Amaya and I'm an artist & video creator!

Whether you are new to watercolors or you already have experience with them, this beginner-friendly class will guide you through every step of painting a watercolor greenhouse, from choosing reference photos to sketching and adding color!

I will go over the supplies needed and then we will choose our reference photos. With these reference photos, we will begin by creating sketches of the greenhouse and all the individual plants.

Next, we will mix our paints and begin adding color to the sketches. I will be using the Viviva Colorsheets to achieve a vibrant look, but feel free to use watercolors of your choice!

Once our sketches have been painted, we will have an idea of what the final painting will look like. Taking what we learned from creating preliminary sketches, we will create a polished illustration of a greenhouse!

Lessons include:

  • Finding reference photos of greenhouses & individual plants
  • An overview of all materials needed
  • Sketching the greenhouse frame & plants
  • Adding color to the sketches 
  • Refining sketches with colored pencils
  • Creating the final greenhouse illustration

Resources included:

  • Greenhouse & plant reference photos
  • My plant sketches & paint swatches
  • Links to all materials used

All these resources are available under the Projects & Resources tab. 

If you have any questions at all, be sure to ask me in the discussions page!


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Amaya Jade

Artist and Video Creator


Hello! My name is Amaya!

I'm a twenty-year-old artist and video creator. Since 2012 I have been uploading videos to my channel on YouTube (scroll to the end of my page) and now I'm also teaching here! You can find my artwork on Etsy and on my website as well!



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1. Introduction: Hey everyone, My name is Maya. I'm an artist and video creator. And in this class, I will be teaching you how to paint watercolor greenhouse, whether you are new to watercolors or you already have experience with them. This beginner friendly class will guide you through every step of painting in watercolor greenhouse. From choosing reference photos to sketching and adding color. I will go over the supplies needed and then we will choose our reference photos. We will begin by creating sketches of the greenhouse and all the individual plants. We will mix our paints and add color to the sketches. I will be using these colors sheets to achieve a vibrant look. Feel free to use watercolors of your choice. Once our sketches have been painted, we will have an idea of what we want the final painting to look like. So taking what we learned from creating preliminary sketches, we will create a polished illustration of a greenhouse. So let's get started. 2. Class Project: Paint your watercolor greenhouse using the steps in the class. You can choose from the reference photos that I've included, or you can use your own to get started watched the supplies video together, all materials needed to start, watched through each video and follow along at your own pace. Uses the project section as a space to share your progress photos. A few things you can share are your sketches, your reference photos, Swatches, a very color palette, photos throughout your process and of course, your final greenhouse painting. 3. Supplies: So let's go over the supplies. You will need watercolor paints. I'm using these colors sheets because of how easy it is to mix the paints. And also because the colors are super vibrant. Watercolor paper, this is by the brand Canson. You'll need a pencil, an ink pen. I'm using microns, a white gel pen to fix any little mistakes. And if you don't have one of these, you can also just use white paint, a towel, water, masking tape, a palette for mixing your paints. Colored pencils for detailing. These are by Prismacolor. And to the brushes I'm using are by royal and laying nickel. And I'm using the round size 4 and size 10. And lastly a ruler. You will find all of these materials linked to under the projects and resources tab. 4. Choose Your References: Before we start, we're going to look for some reference photos. And Pinterest is a great place to find them. So first I just searched up greenhouses and what you want to look for is what angle you want to paint the greenhouse from. So whether you want to paint it from a side view or a front view, there are plenty to choose from. I chose one that is a side view, but you can also see the front of it. This is the outline of mine. I've attached the file in the resources if you would like to use this outline and then choose the plants that you want you here are some that I found that you can choose from. I have saved all of these if you want to use any of them, can also find those in the resources. And here are the ones that I chose. I have five of them. If I were to paint this again, I would have added more plants in it just to fill up the greenhouse little bit more, but you can do however many you want. And here are my sketches as well, just to give you an idea of what we will be doing with the references. And these are these swatches of the colors that I used if you want to reference them, these will be available as well. And you can find all of these reference photos as well as my own sketches under the projects and resources tab. 5. Greenhouse Sketch: First we will start off by sketching the greenhouse. So the outline you see on the screen is the first step. Any greenhouse that you choose, you're just going to take the general outline of it. So as you can see, the image on my screen is the very first step of my greenhouse outline. And that is what I am starting out by drawing first. I started out with the outside lines, and then once I had that basic structure, I added the rest of the lines on the inside. And you can use a ruler for this. I did use a ruler for the final painting, but for my sketches, I just free handed it. I drew this first little sketch as a thumbnail and then I sketched it again on the next page to refine it, since these are just my preliminary sketches. And the reason I'm doing these sketches and not just going straight into the final painting is to make the final painting go a lot smoother since we will already be familiar with what we're drawing and the colors that we use power, the final painting will just be a smooth process and you won't have to worry too much about it. I find that when I sketch first or create thumbnails, I am a lot less worried about making mistakes on the final painting, especially since I kind of know where I'm going with it. Now that we have the sketch of our greenhouse, we are going to move on to sketching the plants. 6. Plant Sketches: The next step is to sketch the plants. I'm displaying my reference photo on the screen just that you can see what I'm doing. And if you are also wanting to sketch these same plants, you can see them as well. Underneath that, I have also included my final painting sketch. So my first plant is this orange tree. And I start out by lightly creating the shape and the kind of flow of it. Also, I'm keeping all of the plants fairly simple. The leaves, I am drawing in all different angles, but I won't be adding much more detail to them to keep it simple and have kind of a 2D look if lightly sketched out the pot and the branches. And now I'm just adding the leaves and slightly varying the shapes of them. And just randomly placing the circles for the oranges. For the next plant, I am drawing out these four big leaves, following the outline of the leaves and then joining the veins. Hi. The next one is a hanging plant. And knew that I wanted to include a hanging plant to fill up the space at the top of the greenhouse, since the rest of the plants will be on the ground. So I lightly sketch the hanging pot. And then for the plant itself, it's just these little circles that trailed down and they get thinner at the ends. The next one is a cactus, which is super easy since the shapes are very simple. And the way that I'm sketching the plants as well, the way that I've arranged thumb is how they're going to be in the greenhouse. The last plant that I'm drawing I knew would be on the right side. I need to be slightly taller to fill up the space. So kind of how I have the tree on the left side and that takes up most of the space on that side of the greenhouse. I wanted to have this plan to be taller as well, to fill up the right side of the greenhouse. And then I have the smaller plants in the middle and then the anion plan to fill up that top middle area. Now that you have your plan sketches done, you can fill up your greenhouse and arrange the plants whoever you would like. Hello. Now we will add color to these sketches before we move on to the final painting. 7. Painting the Sketches: Now we will move on to painting the sketches. I'm using these color sheets by the brand Viva. They are these little booklets of sheets of watercolor paint. And the colors are so vibrant, which is great because I water down my paint a lot, but even watered down these still keep their vibrancy. So I am mixing up my colors now, colors that I think I'm going to use. So different shades of green to create some variety and the greens of the plants. And then I used some oranges and yellows and some more red tone colors for the pots to bring out some color. And I like to mix out all of these colors before starting my painting, rather than mixing paint while I'm in the middle of painting. Because with watercolors, you don't have to make sure that they stay where they can dry out and you can just rewet them and use them. And so having your colors mixed first just makes it a lot easier. And you can just focus on painting and not really worrying about what colors you're going to use. And so I just mix some of those up and I switched the colors on the side of the page. I begin painting. So since we already have the sketches, it's very easy to just fill them in with color. And it's very fun process since these are just some sketches were doing before the final painting, you can experiment and figure out what colors you want to use and how you want your painting to look. Whether you want your watercolor to kind of be lighter and flow, or if you want to keep it fairly structured and color blocked, which is kind of what I did. Which just means that I'm using one solid color to fill an area. Although for these big leaves, I did kind of add in some blues and lighter greens. And then later on for the orange tree leaves, I kept some light and then added some darker leaves. And that's what I love about watercolor, is that you can start light and then build upon it. Or you can mix a shade that slightly varies from the previous color to add some definition. And a reason why I love using a size 4 round brush. And it's pretty much the only brush that I use is because you can paint thickly with it, but you can also paint thinner lines, which makes it easy to paint, really anything that you need. That's one of the reasons why I love using just a round brush like this. Just using the tip of the brush very lightly will create those thinner lines. I basically painted all of these with a solid layer of color because I wanted to see what it will look like if I added the detail through the outlines and later on I will outline these leaves with paint and not really do the rest of the plants like that. Because I also wanted to try outlining with color pencils and see which one I liked it better. But in the final painting, I did end up using a mix of both. All right. I'm just going to take. Hi. Now that my plant sketches have been painted and moving over to the full greenhouse sketch with all of the plants in it, just to refine it a little bit. And this way I'm just very familiar with how I wanted to paint it when it comes to the final painting. So don't worry about these sketches too much. It's for you to experiment and get comfortable with the process. That way the final painting will just be a breeze and so forth. Hi, hello. Hello. Okay. Hello. 9. Final Painting: And now on to the final painting. I am using a piece of that Canson watercolor paper. And I've already drawn my final sketch, which is basically just the same thing as what I did in my sketchbook. I am using four pieces of masking tape to tape down the edges just to minimize any warping. And lightly erased my sketch just enough so that there aren't any sharp pencil lines, but to where I can still see what I was painting. And you just start adding color the same way you did with your sketches. For my final painting, I wanted to keep everything a little bit later than how I painted my sketches. So I water down my paints a little bit more to create a lighter look. I hope that because of the previous sketches we did, you have a clear visual of what you want your final greenhouse to look like and implement the things that you learned while painting your sketches. Feel free to leave the rest of this video on if you are also working on your painting and enjoy the rest of the process for this exercise. For this next exercise. Sorry. Good. Okay. Okay. Okay. Sorry. Yes. And so on. Okay. Hi. Good. Go. Welcome back. Okay. Hello. So estimation. Hello. So to say, hi. 10. Thank You!: I would love to see your greenhouse illustrations, so please don't forget to share them in the class project section. Feel free to share your sketches, your references, color palettes, your inspiration, anything like that. I would love to see it. And if you have any questions at all or you need any tips, please just let me know in the discussions page. And again, thank you so much for joining this class.