Painting Cone Flowers In Watercolor, Pen & Ink

Eva Nichols, Watercolor Artist

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12 Lessons (2h 14m)
    • 1. Introduction Painting Cone Flowers In Watercolor

    • 2. Materials and Composition & Design

    • 3. Painting the Background

    • 4. Painting The Centers Of The Flowers Part 1

    • 5. Painting The Centers Of The Flowers Part 2

    • 6. Painting The Stems & Leaves

    • 7. Painting The Flower Petals Part 1

    • 8. Painting The Flower Petals Part 2

    • 9. Painting The Flower Petals Part 3

    • 10. Detailing The Flowers

    • 11. Painting The Final Details

    • 12. Class Project Description


About This Class

In this class I will show you how to paint the gorgeous Cone Flowers (Echinacea) I planted in my garden this summer using watercolor and pen & ink.

In the process you will learn some basic as well as more advanced watercolor techniques. Additionally I will be using masking fluid to create depth and texture in the stamen area of the cone flowers.  

Whether you are a beginner, or a more experienced watercolorist this class is sure to teach you basic, as well as advanced watercolor techniques to enhance and bring new excitement to your watercolors! 

  1. Introduction and sample of sketches inspired by the Cone Flowers growing in my garden. (See the reference photos in the Class Resources.)
  2. Discussion of composition and design, colors scheme and an overview of the materials used in this painting demo.
  3. Transferring your drawing onto the watercolor paper with an archival ink pen.
  4. Painting the background using wet-into wet technique.
  5. Using masking fluid and glazing technique to build up the stamen area of the flowers.
  6. Painting petals, stems and leaves using wet-into-wet technique as well as wet-into-dry technique.
  7. Learn to use glazing techniques to build up the depth of the flower petals.
  8. Evaluating and completing the painting adding in the final details, loosing edges and lifting out some highlights.
  9. For your class project you will paint your own composition of Cone Flowers using the watercolor techniques demonstrated in this class. Please remember to share your paintings on the Project Gallery page!

This class is best suited for more experienced watercolor enthusiasts. However, if you are a beginner, I do go over all the techniques in depth, so don’t be afraid to give it a go!

Always remember to keep an open mind and a playful spirit and have fun with your paintings!

Special Tip: Check out Melinda Wilde's Skillshare Class: Experience Watercolours: Tips and Tricks to learn how to make your own masking fluid!