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Painting Loose Florals with Watercolor

teacher avatar Riana Samaroo, Artist, Mixed Media & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction to Class

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Sketch out Masking Lines

    • 4. Masking Fluid

    • 5. Painting Your Flowers

    • 6. Removing the Masking

    • 7. Detailing: Adding Line Work

    • 8. Class project

    • 9. Closing Remarks

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About This Class

Have you ever wanted to paint watercolor florals, but always felt intimidated or insecure about even trying it out!?

Well, this class is for YOU! 

Painting Loose Florals with Watercolor will encourage the artist in you to not take art too seriously, and have some fun doing something you love.

In this class, you will acquire new skills in learning how to paint simple watercolor florals. You will learn to use *new* tools, such as masking fluid, and you will develop your skills in how to use your paint brush to create fun art. 

Please note: In general, my teaching style on Skillshare isn't at all technical, it's very loose and free-style in nature. If you have specific questions upon completion of this course, please message me for details with anything you may find helpful or troublesome in your learning, instead of leaving reviews that I cannot respond to or correct. I will gladly try to help you get as much information possible to guide you in your creative journey. I do appreciate the opportunity to teach and learn with you!

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Riana Samaroo

Artist, Mixed Media & Illustrator


I'm Riana, the creative behind RiCreation!

  I believe that anyone can create!

My hope is to stir up your creative juices and encourage you to grow in it!  

I have always loved creating, illustrating and crafting since I can remember. I enjoy using various mediums to express myself in art, and my current favorite is mixed media. I have presented mixed media in various forms, canvas art work, cards, and even sculpture for different causes that I am passionate about. I have also had the opportunity to illustrate for children books. My teaching style on Skillshare isn't at all technical, it's very loose ... See full profile

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1. Introduction to Class: hi, everyone, and welcome to painting loose florals with watercolor. My name is Rianna, and I'm so glad you could join me today to learn a little bit more about painting watercolor florals. We're going to learn how to paint something like this. Floral designs and patterns seem to be on trend these days. I think it's just because they're so much fun to create. In this class, you will learn how to paint some simple floral designs. I will teach you how to use a masking fluid to do this, and I will also teach you a little bit more about line work. I encourage you to be free with your art. Art isn't perfect, and I think that's why artists have a lot of fun. So stay tuned, bring your creative juices and let's get started. 2. Supplies : Okay, so now let's talk supplies. In order for you to create a piece such as this, you're going to need a few simple supplies that you might already have hanging around your house or in your art supply room. So let's begin taking a look here. The first thing you'll notice is paper. You can use a watercolor type paper because we are going to be using watercolor. Or if this is available, this mixed media paper is available to you can get it any any craft store, any art store. You can also use this as well. The difference between the two is that watercolor paper can be more textured. So there's more of, um, averaging for a little bit of texture on the inside, whereas the mixed media paper is thick as the watercolor paper. But it's smooth, and that also helps with just painting makes it a little bit more easy to do paint. You can use something as simple as, uh, student great pains like thes praying paints. They work very well. I actually use this Ah, lot in a lot of my paintings, and I really like the vibrant about quality of the paint so you can use you know, your basic paints here. If you have any other pallet that you wanted to use, you can also use that to So you're not limited. I have a very large pilot. This tens again be palette. I think I said that wrong, but here is I can also use this as well. I might just implement some of the metallics at the end. But you have options with the types of water color you want to use. You can be very simple. It would work the same way. Now we're gonna talk a little bit about brushes. So I have a flat brush here. And the reason why I have this is I find if you want to do a wash, have paint on your piece. Kind of like the background here is awash. You would use a brush like this to get even spread on the people. Also, you want a finer brush for just lining. And by that I mean in the special there was the black is thinner, so I tend to use a smaller or finer brush, and I will leave the sizes in the class project description below a list of materials for you guys and also a slightly larger round brush for filling in, you know, creating your pedals and shapes and order to get the white out effect here. I did not use white paint. Rather, I used masking fluid or drawing gum. So that's it. Just a few supplies you'll need. Let's get started. 3. Sketch out Masking Lines: in this video, we'll be talking about sketching out your design. Just so you have m an idea of what you're working with instead of just going at it. No, if you're like me, you just wanted to do without sketching. It's perfectly fine if your mind works in that way. But I'm going to show you how we can use this as a reference to lightly sketched out some flowers. Now flower shapes. You know, the more organic you make it just the fun, more fun it is. And it's just different and you don't have to think too much about it. Um, the pencil I'm using is a graphite pencil. It's a sketch on wash pencil, so you can. It raises off, actually, with water. But we'll reset that the end, and I will show you guys what I mean. So what, we're going to start? Teoh is sketch lightly these white areas because that will be the base of our flower. So I'm gonna make a very large flower kind of like this one. Someone assert with my circle in another little circle, and then I'm just going to draw some pedals. Very simple small Ethan, This does not have to be perfect. So I feel pretty satisfied with them. I'm going to draw another one here. I'm gonna do it a little bit sideways. Just kind of put a little bit off lines in this one, gonna overlap that. And I'll do one with more pedals like that here. And that's all I'm going to do for them asking right now. So these lines are going to be four, the masking fluid, and then the next video, I'm going to talk a little bit about that. 4. Masking Fluid : means you have sketched out your masking lines for your design. So what I'm saying is the white lines like we talked about for your design. These are the only areas of white I want in the painting. You're gonna need your masking fluid. You're on uneven old brush, and you're gonna need a little soap. You're gonna take your brush and get a little soap on it. Also, you gonna have a napkin on hand, paper towel, just toe, dab it a little, and then I'm gonna start with my masking fluid now masking blew. It is liquidy. It's blue, it's yellow. There's different brands. I used the P B o brand after I have dipped it in the soap I'm gonna deport rate into my container. This protects the integrity of the brush. So I'm gonna take my masking fluid, and I'm just gonna trace the lines that I just did. If it falls into the background, it's not a big deal. It will add to the organic nature of your piece. You could make these lines thick, thin. Just have fun with it. Okay, So at this point, keep your brush a little rinse in order to just keep the integrity of the Bristol's gonna put off to the side and give this a close. Now, this is going to get, uh, you're gonna allow this to dry and whether and you leave it here and you come back to him a little bit or you use a blow dryer or he tool, just go ahead and do so. And once that's dry, we're going to start painting over the areas to create our layers of petals. See you in the next video. 5. Painting Your Flowers: So now we have the masking fluid dried. Um, I went ahead and I actually splashed a little masking fluid onto the back ground, Which to me, it gives it more interest. And literally, I dipped the brush in, and I just tapped it out with the other brush to kind of create these little flecks, and you just flick it on. And then I ended up trying it with my heating gun. We're heating tool, and then the masking fluid is dry and you'll notice it's kind of shiny and ready to go. Now we're going to create the color overtop these white areas like these you're gonna want to choose your colors. Um, you know, I really how you feel? They can be bright. I would go with bright colors because I like bright colors. Um, and just have fun with it. You're basically going to take a color. I'm just gonna grab some of this pinky Cotner Kind of like the color this little pedal here , and I'm going to Just so it's this color. Can I add a little water to it? So it's a little watery, Rico, and I'm gonna use that and loosely paint over this masking area and just you will watch and see exactly what I do here. So just over it, Andi, I even go outside more so of the area like that. And I'm intentionally going outside the lines because I want to be able to see the white after I remove this masking fluid. And when we get to that part, you'll see how fun that is. So I just added that there. Now I'm gonna add a little orange, and I think I'll do it to this one. And there's the orange, and I'm just going to kind of be free that one. And for this one going Teoh used a different type of orange, this one here and I dragged my brush on the masking area, but around it a little bit as well. You get something like that now, the inside you can do any color going to use some yellow kind of get in there and you just much it in there really going to use a little green on that one there, This part of your masking painting over top, your masking fluid is done. I'm gonna add maybe a flower here and here just on its own. So I'm just going to take some of my pain to use this purple. It's really deep in vibrant. Gonna send it out a little bit with some water. And I'm just going to paint a loyal lily lilac like flower kind of this way. Just three pedals. Very simple And gonna do a tiny one up here I am well, to another color. So maybe a blue. I don't really see too many blue flowers, but the two just what I'm doing is taking my brush. And I'm just pressing it down onto the paper and dragging it on Lots up. Very simple. I got a little bit over here, Not a problem. I'm gonna leave that just like so. And I think I'm gonna actually go back to take a little blue on this purple and lier Just a pedal in there. No grand, more purple just to give it a little bit more dimension. That's what I did there. Now, in terms of the green parts leaves and stumps gonna use a break green again. I really like the bright colors and I'm going Teoh, drag a stem off there. I'm gonna have a stem coming out from the larger flower, I think in the middle. But I'm gonna have it going this way. And then the rest of the fire is I'm gonna take a mix of greens and I'm just gonna paint some leaves. Now, what I'm doing here is adding a couple leaves randomly to the white areas to fill the background in. I am also using a dark color and adding some veins to the leaves, which just bring texture and just really more detail into it. And but I'm not thinking too much about it. So at this point, just have fun placing the leaves wherever you'd like. Use whatever colors, do whatever relief shape you would like. Just have fun with it. So when you're finished here, you're just gonna allow this to dry and once tried, we're going to add in a couple more details next. So stay tuned 6. Removing the Masking: welcome back. So if you're a little impatient like I am, you can definitely use a heat tool or a blow dryer, too. Dry your piece a little faster. It does warp it a little bit. The paper. It can look a little, um, warped. Thank you. See? But thats OK. Whats going for? This is Dr Now, the fun part of this is pulling off this masking fluid. It leaves this white effect in the background, which is pretty cool. So what you do to get it started, you can use your fingertip. You can use a racer. Uh, light bliss even use. I have this type of eraser to get it going. Um, but you just start pulling off this masking fluid someone to just take the eraser. And anywhere you have the masking food, just kinda dust it off and you'll notice it lifts very gently from right off of the paper, and it leaves the white area underneath. So we're going to do that now and have fun with this. It's a lot of fun. - Masking fluid is off. You can see where you had applied the masking fluid, but the area will be white. Now we're going to go ahead and on the black lines or lining to the flowers in the next video 7. Detailing: Adding Line Work: in this video, we will be doing the final touches to the peace, which is the black liner. Now, honestly, I've done all this with watercolor. If you weren't comfortable with lining the area and black with, like so with watercolor or using a brush, you could really use a pen like a micron pen to do this. A thicker black marker, I think. The brush and black with the brushes. Just a little bit more loose and organic. That's why I use a brush. Do you have your option there? But it's up to you. Um, but this is the way I'm going to do with and for purposes of this class, this is the way we're doing it. So you can also use ink as well, if you have that available. And you wanted to do that instead of watercolor black. So I'm just I thinned out the black a little by adding water to my color, and I'm just dragging it a little bit here. You can see that. Now I'm gonna just loosely and freely line these flowers and I'm gonna overlap in areas I'm not following necessarily the pedals all over a lap. A couple times and you'll see me do that as we go for both here. - So now that we've added the black line detail to it, this is pretty much finish. It just tested dry. And at this point, I like to always go in at the end, and I love to add gold accent. If you have a watercolor palette that has gold in a great go ahead and use it if you have a gold marker, you can use that. It gives it a little extra something. I'm going to grab my gold and just docked a couple areas. So three little groupings of dots are always, um, fun to add in a drawing. And then you can simply take your brush with your black water color and just lying the little gold dots. And, um, what I'm going to do is take a slightly larger brush and do plain groupings of black dots as well, just as an additional detail your organic little piece of water color is completed. You can use this, uh, in a frame and gift it to someone. You could even scam this and then let her over top of it. If you do digital lettering. You can also, even because of the size of your paper, depending on your size, you can fold this in half and create like a card. There's lots of stuff you can do, or you can just leave it and appreciate it as an art piece. Um, for your home. So I hope you had fun just playing with a couple of different tools and seeing how you can be organic and your painting and loose florals and lining with black. So I hope this video was enjoyable. Um, the class project who will get you in the next video, but here we go. 8. Class project: Let's talk about the class project. By the end of this class, you should have been able to create a loose floral piece such as this for the original inspiration. Was this what I would like for you to do in the class project is create one element, so it might not have to necessarily be a full picture, but maybe one flow floral element. Even if you wanted to try a leaf in this type of style with the masking fluid, that would be perfect. Um, try a little flower. It doesn't have to be a complicated flower. A very simple flower would do and just play with the colors. Play with the line work and the effect of the masking fluid If you wanted to do that as well, but create a floral piece and leave it in the under the class project section and post it and, uh, definitely let me know what you guys thought of this project. It was helpful. If you have any questions, please leave it in the discussion tab below and we can go from there. I would love to hear from you guys, so I hope this was fun. Had a lot of fun doing it with you. All 9. Closing Remarks: Okay, guys, I had a lot of fun today. I hope you learned something new, and I hope you had a lot of fun doing it as well. Loose florals are not so hard to paint after all, is it? Please posed in the your project section your projects. I would love to see what you create and come up with in that section as well. I will also leave a file with some suggestions of shapes or doodles that you can use to use for the masking effect and just to give you ideas as well. So I hope you had a good time. I had a great time with you guys. Definitely. Follow me on Instagram. I do post a lot of my artwork there as well. I'll see you guys soon by now.