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Painting Watercolor Potted Plants

Riana Samaroo, Artist, Mixed Media & Illustrator

Painting Watercolor Potted Plants

Riana Samaroo, Artist, Mixed Media & Illustrator

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11 Lessons (1h 22m)
    • 1. Introduction to class

    • 2. What you will need

    • 3. Searching for inspiration

    • 4. Practice: Shapes of Pots

    • 5. Some example of pots

    • 6. Lesson 1: Gerbera daisies

    • 7. Lesson 2: 3 planters

    • 8. Lesson 3: Large house plant

    • 9. Lesson 4: Hanging orchid plant

    • 10. Lesson 5: Hanging plant- string of pearls

    • 11. Final Remarks and Project

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This class is made to be a fun, less technical loose watercolor class where the student will learn to paint what they see using the subject matter of potted and hanging plants. All you need is an open mind, and a willingness to have some fun with experimenting. 

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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, guys. Welcome to this class. Watercolor. Potted plans. Tiny was Brianna. And I'm so glad that you're here today. What we will be learning in this class really is how to create a fun with shapes, sizes and colors. We're gonna learn a lot about the shapes and sizes of pots, different types of plants and their textures. And then how to put all that together into creating these cute little potted plant. Kind of like this. All these little potted plants will be done in this loose kind of watercolor style. So it's very free, very playful. And just relax. I don't want you to think too hard in this class, but I want you to have fun. So I hope you join me in painting Watercolor. Hot a plan? Do you sue? 2. What you will need: Hi, guys. Welcome to the class in this video, we're just going to quickly go over a couple of the supplies that you will need in order to create your watercolor potted plants. So let's start with paints Here I have, uh, ton of watercolor paints in my little hands. These are all Shen Han colors from two paints that I had and I supported them into here and let them dry a little. Um, to paints are like this this one's Windsor Newton. But I have a set of Shen Han and I escorted them out. So that's what I'm using. You can use any watercolor that you have in the previous videos. If you've ever taken any of my other classes, I've used the tansy gam Be set The Cure Taki tens again The organza Tamba I always mix up those words for some strange reason have used that I've used, um, regular praying watercolors, student grade ones. That's what I started with that first, and I love the vibrancy of the color. So whatever you have on hand you're gonna use, you'll notice. In this palette, I have my little palate watercolor palette to blend colors here which I do use but in terms of policy, actually enjoy using a ceramic polity. This is just a flat, probably a cheese plate or something like that. And I got a really inexpensive. I love to use this and mixed colors on it. It just is very smooth and works well for me. So whatever you have on hand for your palate, even even a plate, go ahead and use it in terms of brushes. I have a variety of Russia's here. Most of them actually are round brushes. Except for this flat one here, of course. But you can see there tons of sizes small for detail, large for just large. I like to grow tape between them. So, honestly, just choose a few and be comfortable with it. I threw in this for a little, um, just because for good measure, because you've been create some interesting things with the flat brushes. Well, a flat squared, um, brush. So we'll play with. As for paper, you're gonna use something like the cans and X l watercolor paper. This is the most popular Pat I think most artists watercolor artists use, um, just to play in terms of their practising their art. You can use higher end paper like arches if you wish, but I always stick to this because it absorbs enough color. It holds the water well for me, and it's inexpensive. I do have another, uh, watercolor paper here. I got this inexpensive. I don't know somewhere, and the paper is a little thinner. It's not this thing. Let's say as the cancer and I don't it doesn't even have Ah, wheat. I don't think of the paper, but ah, thinner watercolor paper is also fine. No big deal. I can't forget about watered containers. I use a little clear pout. Plastic cups. Some people use glass jars. It doesn't matter. I like to reuse. This is a Panera crab. Why not reuse? I take I say two because two cups one is to clean the initial color off of the brush, and the other one is like the extra riddance that gets the color good. So, um, that's it, really? So go ahead and grab your supplies and let's begin 3. Searching for inspiration: All right. So we're gonna take a look at some potted plans, uh, online, just to get some reference photos of things you can paint and for yourself, you don't have to come up with images or anything like that. You just might want to take a look online. So here I have Pinterest open and we'll caught my eye. Was this image here? You'll notice it's a couple shelves of plants, and there are so many types of plants and pop styles. So, for example, this has a little pattern. This plan is like flowy. You'll notice this is a little rectangular or cylindrical, these shapes of the pots. Here's a jar. Um, here's a little cup. Could these minis right? And look at all the plants. They all have different textures and all sorts of styles, so this is a good image. So I had saved this already intended to mine board. So that's exactly what I'm going to probably replicate. Then they have other things, like these little plants here again. They're all potted. Is there some cute gerbera daisies? You just want to find some images that you like on unspool ash. It's another website. They have, ah, free imagery as well. You'll want to take a look here if you if you you know, please, to do so, you can. I bought this image was very interesting. The pot itself is interesting, geometric and shape. The plant is small and it's covered under this globe. So I collected it. I saved it, something that I'm going to experiment with. These also are very interesting. Paint pots commits the ceramic and the flowers in them as well. So you're just gonna be looking through collecting images that you might want to try to paint next. You can always head over to Google because Google is the best. They have tons of images. You'll notice here so many images off potted plants. You can get more specific and say potted, you know, potted floral plan, but favors it's just pots. But you'll notice, um, there's so many shapes and styles of these pots, so pick a few that are different in contrast ing and save him because you'll want to use them as a reference justice ideas that you can put into play on your watercolor paper. So collect your photos and get ready because we're going to start breaking down shapes and then patterns and floor owes also fully age. See you in the next video. 4. Practice: Shapes of Pots: Let's talk about shapes. I had one ahead. End created a couple of images there, but they are basic shapes and I want us to understand a little bit. The 1st 1 is a circle. The 2nd 1 is like a square. This one is like a triangle. The only difference is that you cut that piece off on the very top. This is an octagon. This is a rectangle, and this isn't Ah, right side up triangle, if you will. The difference here is that it's more of a cone or pyramid type of shape. Because the lines are not straight, they're a little bit more curved. So how do we get the shapes to go from flat without these little white highlight marks to to look like some sort of realistic type shapes? Well, that's all really up to you on. It's how you perceive your imagery or whatever reference photos that you picked. But there are some ways to make that a little bit more simple for you. When you're creating a circle, you don't necessarily want the pot toe look like a flat circle. You might want it to look like that you may, but it's better to give it some dimension. How do we do that? Well, I'm using a marker, but I'm just going to show you how to create dimension. How would you make this look more round? Well, you could do a couple things first of all by adding another curved line on the top like that already gives you an opening for where? Maybe your plant would sit like that. Another way of creating round or circular type atmosphere shape is by putting lines into the image slightly half curved lines into the image like that. Let's try this with a paint brush and some paint. I'm going to pick up a color like this. And instead of using my marker when a show you how you can create it with your brush. So we're going to start with a circle. We're gonna leave the two ends open. These are compound curves or see curves. I'm gonna bring it together at the bottom, but on the top, I'm going to put another curve kind of like that. Now your light source can come in from this direction art that direction. But really, because this is loose watercolor putting a few of these little white highlights and there, by missing a couple areas when you color in is perfectly acceptable. It just looks good, and it gives it a little bit of more depth. But you don't have to get too worried about this. So what I'm gonna do is basically color in my pot, and I'm creating those kind of curved lines in the pot itself as you see me painting similar to this. So I painted curve lines and left the little white areas, and it gives it a little bit more depth. I'm just going to connect the top of the pot as a circle because this is where you would put your plant in. So I hope that was relatively clear. Let's try another one. How about this cylinder or rectangle? It kind of depends how you look at it. So what is this shape? Well, it looks to me like it's a rectangle. Okay, that's fine, but how do you make this look a little bit more dimensional? How do you make a look around? Well, here is a way. If you add little curves to and straight lines together, they create more of a three D look. So how would you do a cylinder? One way is first of all, instead of these straight lines on the top and the bottom, you would do slightly curved lines on the top of the bottom. Bring two lines. Sound parallel to each other. And if you wanted it to look more circular and round on the top, you would add a little curb on the top. Okay, well, what if you didn't like that? You can always try more of a three dimensional rectangle, but standing up on its shorter end. So by that I mean this you would dry your rectangle. Then you would figure out which way do you want your angle of your m vase to look like? Well, you can go on a do that. What I did is I put a line here, here, in here, and then I brought it down. How would you paint it? It's because this is all about painting. Let's talk more about painting instead of drawing it. But I want you to see the shape well again. You make your C curve, little half curve a line, an ally and another curve. Then you want to know where your highlight? Or maybe put those little lines coming down well, really? Again, you can have your light source here or here, or you could just go for it and color it and loosely. And that's what I would recommend and keeping a couple areas white. Just like that, You can add your top portion in a little curved line on the top, and there you have more of a three dimensional type of pot. How about this guy? Well, you would start with your rectangle shape. Always remember to outline. Don't color it in just yet. You can bring out to little lines on the back and from all these three corners, so the line is coming out from 1 to 3 corners there. Bring a slant line over and a line down at this point because it's more three D, and you still want light and reflection in the detail. Just color it in more on one face and lightly on the other. You might not be able to appreciate it only because you may need an outline to make it more distinct or sharp. So, for example, if you let that dry a bit and going with the same color or a slightly darker blue and just outlined some of the areas. Then it gives it more depth and shape. How about like a triangle? Well, like I said earlier, this is a triangle shape. Basically, What did I do here? I put a C curve here and a C curve here, so I created the same shape by adding those two lines across the top and the bottom. So it's a comb without its top. The same way you would take your paint and Dr Isles or pay. Now, uh, your cone shape. So always start here, you'll start with your top peas, which is this curved top piece, and then just average the bottom, Another slightly curved bottom piece there. And they're bad. Your line here. Here They're parallel kind of lines, but curved more in this way. So another way of adding, you know, these highlights instead of doing it up and down, like we have been, is by taking your lines or your brush across in a different way on on the paper. So I'm doing it sideways, and I'm leaving this kind of like ridged highlight gonna fill in some of these areas, but it gives it that they're mentioned that this pot or shape is a little rounded. We're gonna talk about the square, so it's similar to the rectangle. It's a square. You can keep it. A simple is that or you can add in lines to create a more three D box shape. Another way of doing a a cube or those types of squared shapes is breaking it down into two squares. So what I mean by that is you have your first square. You would then draw another square just behind it and connect your points like that. And there you have a cube, so it's a cubed pot or a pube type of planter. Well, how would you paint this? So the basic shape here because it's not see through? Because these three lines 123 the shape itself first is square, and then the lines that go across and there's your cue, how would you fill it in? Well, if your light source is coming from here or here or you just want to put it in, you'd go for it. In this case, I'm gonna make my lines going horizontal ish and across the box this way, And I'm actually gonna fill in this area because I want the end there to just get the highlight. I don't know why, uh, it looks better to me. And so I have just created a boxed planter. I'm going to do this triangle again, but the opposite way. So what is it? It's a triangle, and these shapes don't have to be perfect. It's better when they're irregular. Just gives it more depth. So you would make this top line a little bit more curved. You'd cut off the bottom a little bit more. You bring the two sides down and you can either pain it this way or painted up and down and leave a couple of little highlights just like that. Create your top rim, and this is where you would put your plants. If you're uncomfortable with doing any of this, I was just just starting with your basic shapes. Take some pain and create a square and then fill it in, leaving a couple of white areas just like that. It's simple, and it works the same way. Don't be afraid to play with shapes. Don't be afraid of your paintbrush. Just pick it up and play 5. Some example of pots: before we started. I just wanted to quickly show you on example of on style pot styles and plants and shapes of these little potters and painters. So you'll see I. What I did was I took my watercolor palette and I went through each of the color straight. I didn't really do much mixing. I just did straight color and in their own right I am. I painted them different shapes. You'll notice with shapes. They have basic shapes. They have either circular types of shapes, so phone, rectangular or maybe squared types of shapes. This is like triangular, I would say upside down instead of it coming to a sharp point. Cut it off even these types of hexagonal type shapes. Here's a vase in a bottle, a mix of shapes, a circle and it upside down kind of triangle, if you will long wide stocked, there's many types of shapes, pots in styles, so I just wanted to show you this to give you some ideas and getting your mind's going here 6. Lesson 1: Gerbera daisies: another one of my favorite types of plant potted plants to paint that have recently done waas these Ribera daisies in their little planters, which are super cute and colorful and bright. I am going to do these with you now so you can see how we can create these into a little illustration. We're going to create their pots and there pats ar There's a little bit of a curve to them , but I'm gonna not get too crazy. I'm just gonna follow each one, maybe put my curve if I want to. Or maybe I'll just making into that straight line. We'll see. We're going to start with e yellow hot, and we're gonna paint it just as we see it. So in the yellow pot, what did I say? It looks like, but something like that to me. I made a little curved shape here. This is kind of pervert on the top, and I'm not gonna get too crazy with the curve venous of the planter. But you can, and then I'm going to. If you look and you want to go from the photo, it's a little bit darker on this in there's a little bit of highlight here in here so you can create your white areas here and here. Maybe a little peace in the middle. The highlights are kind of, like blocked off here and here. I'm on the side a little bit, kind of right there. Now, you don't have to follow that, but I just want you to notice it. And if you choose to, then great. If not, no big deal, So I'm not gonna do it too much. I'm just gonna kind of wing it, which I love just playing with the colors and pains. And I don't get to detailed there. I'm going to make the other two pots in the same way. So the 1st 1 I have down, I'm gonna just trust that I understand that one and go for the rest. I'm trying to see if I can stick with the colors, but again, you don't have to. So I'm gonna make my little curve kind of come down and make my curve on the bottom colored . And on that, fellas getting up to me. I did forget about the little ends there. That's where my little soil would go or my leaves would start, I should say. And then the last pot is orange. So going to get some orange and I'm going Teoh, make a little curve, make a little curve on the bottom. And if you wanted to go straight down from and to end, you could instead of greeting that little bit of occur again, that's not a problem. I'm gonna make some of the white on this side and all right. Oops. I always forget to do these little lines there. Okay, so those other three pots think it's pretty good. Now we're gonna have to create the leaves. But before we do that, I'm just gonna put in the stems at this point because in the image you don't necessarily see the dirt or the You know that. I mean, it's a little darker, so you know that obviously, the plants and dirt, this is just an illustration I like to put that in for for the fun of it. But you don't have Teoh, So there it is. And I'm going to just mess with these stem. So I'm gonna take a green color. Maybe that I have on here and create my stuffs. So I have 22 and three. I'm going to just give them all to stems. Think I need a little brighter green and Okay, so it looks right to me. Under each stem is a little green area where the flower comes out of. I'm gonna call it a green blob, someone to take some green. And I'm just gonna make a little green blob kind of like that. So there is a green blob now, the leaves, they're a little different for each one. These air more rounded these air like Reggie and Dandy lion like. And this is a mix, so you can try all three of them or just do one type of leaf straight through. So what I'm doing is I'm just mixing a green color with that and I'm going Teoh just start creating beliefs. So they're extending out from the bottom of the plant. I'm just gonna take my brush and kind of blob it in there. You kind of see how I did that literally was loving it in kind of like that, taking my brush going on the flat end of it, using the the whole portion of it versus just the tip and kind of just loving it on there. And with this one, I'm Khanna going to create the little dandy lion like edges that these leads have. If you could do that and that was pretty easy, it's not too complicated there, Right? So it's similar. I think I'm good with that. If you wanted to add more detail, you can always go back once this dries and just add a couple of darker leaves on the top and in different colors as well, if you wanted, really, is your option. And all I'm doing is going back into an adding a brushstroke right on top again. This is loose watercolor painting, so you don't have to get too much into details. No flower colors orange, yellow and pink. I'm gonna grab my orange that I have on my palette here, and I'm going to create a a few lines like that. Oops. I think I did a little too wide there, but something like that to indicate that the Daisy. Then I'll go back and add a little bit more darker lines, but I'm not worried about it. I have some yellow for the middle one here again, just like that and I'm gonna grab some pain. Just have to find a pink here and these ones, and I'm lightly using the tip of my brush to create it's little pedals. Now, once these dry a little more, you can come back in with more stronger color like a concentrated orange, and add more detail to your pedals so you can see it's a little bit deeper and color again . You can do the same yellow. I'm using a darker shade of yellow, and I'm just kind of going cross this lighter yellow again and the same for the thing when you use a slightly darker color and it's a little wet, so it's gonna bleed into the other a little. But that's OK, kind of like that. So there was the reference photo, and here is what I painted, which I personally just love the look of it. It's just fun, and I'm going to take some of my pains graying and create my shadows along where they're sitting. These plants just gonna put it beneath, Um, and you can see how quickly agreed in my shadow and what that looks like. So there's an example of a few Pottenger buried easy plants 7. Lesson 2: 3 planters: in the next few videos we're going to take a look at. I hope you guys can see this. I'm sorry for the any Glier, um, potted plants and large potted plants with small foliage. Here's me, um, what Hall House, Bland's and some hanging plans. Also a little orchid here. Super cute. And these? I think it's string of pearls. Um, here's another hanging basket, but that's a little more detail, but we're just gonna focus on a few of these. So let's start with these plant potted planters, largely shaped with their little sex succulents and Spike's little play out there were creating these three pots. Now you can isolate one just to one where you could do all three of them. It's really up to you. These air like rectangles longer tingles, but they have a curb bottom, and this one's let me be more squared on back. But it also has occurred bottom. So the part the planters themselves are brown. You don't have to use brown. You can actually use a different color. Try to stay true to maybe some of the colors. If we can't again, it's not required, but you can. She's gonna pick up another brown. So the brown I'm going to paint the first planter and curving it down again. That's very regular shaped. I'm gonna just these somewhat areas. But just colored in this way. Yeah, maybe at some texture. I adding him another kind of ready ish reddish brown dotting that there. And you can see I'm just come off. No, really. Being too close to attention. We're just messing around. And because of the texture of the pot, that's a little different. Take my paper, child. Dab it. And this paper tall has line. So you see, when I dabbed it, it created lines, which is kind of cool. That's little things like that. That's how you can get texture and different sort of, you know, just detailed here to your work. So that's the 1st 1 I like. It. I'm going to keep it is that the 2nd 1 is kind of higher and just at the sight of it, so you can see I'm just gonna bring it at the side. And you couldn't keep referring back to my little drawing, kind of bringing it back and dropping it in with a drier brush. Now a dryer brush already gives it that kind of effect. That less color. But it's kind of the strokes or a little Grady kind of just focus on this. There you go, so you can see it a little better. So that seems really good to me and the one just behind it. Well, I'm going to make it a little darker and different in color by mixing a brown, a red brown and a little black to get a little darker. There is, and I'm just going to bring it behind. It kind of comes around here. Can I just bringing across here and kind of colored in life, take another color and create some lines running. And instead of up and down, maybe from sight, decided to create a different. I want that to dry a little bit to create a little contrast. Okay, I think you can see, though, look more remember, guys, there's no right or wrong way to do this now where my plane's gonna go, I kind of, um, put color right in this patch of area where my green would go. So I'm going to take my brush and kind of rub it with the water a wet brush and take my for Thailand. Dab it in to remove or lift color. And now we're gonna work on the actual plants itself. So there's a minty ish green, a braider green and a little dollar. So just gonna have put that after the sign and create some colors. I always they don't have room. Well, bravo color I'm not using on my palette may or may not mix well, I'm not a big deal. So for the one that's minty the 1st 1 I'm gonna use this kind of brighter green and really diluted and that I'm just going to make little lines. So since it's like a succulent, I think those plans are making little lines and extending little lines from that little line. And then I'm not getting into too much detail because again, very loose, something like that that's not so bad. I'm going to come back with the same color, but just darker. Now it's darker, even see, and I'm going Teoh at a few more lines in the front of those lighter ones to give the pot the detail. I'm gonna go back this This pot is dry so I'm going to take some of round and just trace the top. Yeah, you can see that defines it. And I'm gonna take a little darker brown. Come on, Lee Pot behind it and do the same type of a thing. Someone that out a little bit. I'm not really referencing the photo on that. Only because I can see that I want this not to be the same color, is that but to stand out a little bit more? Why use a little bit darker color? This part is pretty flat. You can add dimension to it by adding strokes dot Stashes squiggly lines. Really? You can do anything you want to croup. Make it, you know, to your liking. But it's up to you. So I'm gonna take a brighter green for this one. Watches first. I'm starting with my little stems. There's Aton of Little Stems with, you know, within this image. But And even if you just like to, that you couldn't leave it just like that. To be honest, it works. I'm gonna let that dry for a second while I let that dry and let me just go on to the spiky plant the image cuts off at some point, but that's a crying. You can see that it starts at one point main point and then speaks out what we're gonna dio and you're just doing loose strokes here. One just like that. You're gonna grab a slightly darker color and come back. And I had some more strokes. Using the variation in colors is going to give it up to your plants, and it just makes it look that much nicer now because this comes around in the back. You can always take a brown and just fill it in. Think that now let's get back to this. Since it's almost dry, I'm just gonna grab a paper tone, smush it together, running that caller a little bit. I'm gonna take the color again and on a just more dotted with the tip of my brush till make it appear as though it's little tiny, succulent blobs or leaves that works. So there you have it. Here's the original. Here's the version that we just did next. We're going to paint this guy 8. Lesson 3: Large house plant: for this next image, we are going to use the different brush just to see how we're different. Brush will work with, you know, painting. I just wanted to show you the difference is and really you have to try yourself to to know the difference is for yourself to see what brushes you prefer. You know more than another. Let's say so. Um, I would say why you were doing this playful process of painting these pots to practice and get used to a different variety of brushes and see which ones work for you. This one is the prince sense Princeton Snap round 16. It's large. It holds a lot of water and color, and I just wanted to change it up to see how it would do. So This is the image that we're going to paint. It's like a very large house plant. The nice thing about painting these part of plans on papers that we're doing them on a smaller scale. So it just looks really cute, um, and fun. So I'm going to start with this one now. If you concede here, the pot is a regular ceramic pot, so you can start off by drawing a square or at least two little lines on the top on the bottom. So, like across here and here, slightly curved and then just one longer than the other and make your lines connecting kind of like the triangle cone shape that we talked about earlier something like that. So I'm gonna take a brown color that I have already on this pad palace. And it's not brown, but I'm just the color I'm gonna choose, and you can choose any color for your pot. Actually, you can make the pot is creative or is not great as you want it to be. We're going to do a curved line across her smaller curve line on the bottom, and you see how nice and then my lines are. That's because this comes to a really nice tip or point. So I'm able to draw, in a sense, with my paintbrush. So there's the pot that's good enough. Gonna grab some more color and there's no shadow or highlight on this pot, so that's where you're just gonna put it in at your own discretion. This brush is also I didn't fill it with too much cover, so When you put it across the paper, it looks a little dry. By that I mean the texture you can see put less water. You can see that texture. I think you can appreciate how that looks there. So there's my pot. I'm good with that right now. Not to concerned. There. I'm gonna do my little lines that go on the kind of like the behind the plant Think you can appreciate that. You gonna rinse my brush off, and now I'm gonna dio these beautiful leaves. Now, the truth be told, I'm probably a little too close to this pot up here, so it might kind of go into the physical. There's a couple of stems coming straight up. I see five prominent ones and then the one right in the middle. But we'll start with the 1st 5 so we'll start with the one writes to read up. You could make it a little taller and then one coming along here and then maybe one coming along there I am a shorter one right there and one last one there. Perfect. Gonna mix a little bit of the green and then this leaf shape is nice and big and wide, So I'm gonna take my brush and press it down and kind of lift and the same thing on the other side and kind of lift. So you get like, a leaf shape. We're going to do that again. But on this side, the leave changes because of how it's laying. So it's not straight up. It's more like curved. I don't know if my hand is a good, um, prop there, but you can see it curbs, curbs the all curve one way or the other. So for this one, we're just gonna take the tip and drag it like that and drag it and bring it to a little point. The one on this side is very thin. Not much leave showing. Um, so you could simply do something kind of like that, But I'm gonna add a little extra, so I want to see it a little bit more. So I just changed it a little bit again. The photo is for reference, but you don't have to go specifically by the same thing with this. And then this one is similar to this one. I'm gonna say, just gonna grab it and drag it up. Bring it there. Now. Some of the leaves there a little irregular. They have this little white line down the middle. I like that. Looks. I'm gonna leave it. I'm gonna add a little bit more color to the top. Great pointed leaf here. And as the color layers, it just looks really cool. I love watercolor. Because of that, I'm going to choose a slightly different color and maybe try one right down the middle like we see in the image here. So, you know, you just have to play with this. I'm gonna just bring up a different color there and Khan ago. Like, kiss right in the middle. Gonna get more that swampy, like color that I had before. And that works for me now them where the pot is there. Like, if you used a different color and so brown, which maybe I should have, I think I would have preferred it. Then I would have been able to put my little dirt. I don't know why I like to do that. I just think it gives it a little bit more detail without being too to detail. There's a little money, black color that I used for the dirty there that works. Now this is Don at this point, if you just wanted to leave it like this or you can let it dry a little bit, Remember, guys, it's clue completely legit to use a heat tool or a blow dryer or paper fanning another piece of paper. You're you know that's not being impatient. Um, that's just wanting toe work on your artwork. Um, I use it all the time, so don't feel bad. If you do like to use that. And don't think you're impatient because you're not. You are normal. Okay, I'm gonna grab the same color that I call it. I named my colors, and I know that's incorrect, but I say someone be green or some some kind of color like that seems appropriate. The leaves have lines. Night. I think you could see that little striations. So I'm gonna at that detail because I do want to do that. I just think it gives it a little something. Saw this with the same color. I'm just layering over un already dried layer, and they're not perfect details, but it's just enough to give it that a little extra something and all these air just curved lines that I'm adding again. There's no perfection here. There's no right or wrong. Just play with this fun. Um, experiment. You're learning about the brush, your learning about the painter learning about form and textures. All this stuff is being practiced while you just paint. You see what works for you and you see what does it here. All right, Something like that. Gonna just run down the stems on one side again to give it a little shade, Let's say And if you don't like the pot, well, you could just decorate it. What do I mean by that? While you can take a slightly darker color and maybe put a little pattern on it. So I'm gonna outline my pot a little bit with the very tip of this brush again, it creates really nice pointed lines and then broad strokes. So breathe thin and very fraudster. I'm gonna add. I'm gonna add little triangles or something. Some sort of pattern that's irregular. Kind of like that. There you go. Which is close to dead up a little bit as Jewish did you know that the word I feel like it's a word. It's like a Rachel rate word. Okay? And that is basically your, um, slightly larger husband. And, of course, to scale. You can paint this much smaller and then all your other little pots in comparison to them, like, much smaller If you're using a smaller piece of card, I just, um, using a larger piece of paper because I think you were able to see it more clearly. And I think it's good to use a larger piece of paper for practice just so you could be free . All right, So the next video, the last video we're gonna take a look at hanging plants, these orchids and these, um I think they're called string of pearls kind of Capta cactus. And they're in these cute little ball things. Andi, that's totally changeable. We don't have to use balls, but we'll get to that in the other video. So I'll see you in the next video 9. Lesson 4: Hanging orchid plant: Okay, guys, welcome back in this video, we're gonna tackle the hanging plants like the orchid and some of these string of pearls. Just a zone example. You could do other plants as well. Um, so let's begin when it pushed us after the side for somewhat of a reference. So you guys can see it too. But I might zoom in a little bit so it might disappear. But not to worry. You're gonna have your reference photo in front of you. So hanging plants are fun, Completely fun. I love, um, plans and hanging. Platts comes in all sorts of colors, sizes, shapes and even the way they're hung. So you will notice this is hung by one little string. And it's like a ball of, um, sphagnum moss wrapped up. Well, that holds that organ I actually used to ball up, bro. Millie, ads and orchids. When I worked for a nursery, I loved plants. He still dio, but I did work with, um so sphagnum moss is just like a greenies. Mushy little moss. Um, and the orchid itself is beautiful. So we're gonna just look at this and replicated on the paper by using the techniques that we learned today. So I'm going to start. It's a circle. You can see that This is where this is the planter. Its planter is a circle. So we're gonna take some green colors and mixed. That was a little brown to get like a brownie. Kinda weird green, greeny brown. We're gonna make a circle. So something like that throughout this plant, when a human, you'll see that there's little lines of twine that is holding this together. So before I paint that I still have that color I just used on my politics. But I'm going to get a brighter green and hate my loosely paint mine. Um, little months. And then I'm gonna take a slightly green. And while this is wet, kind of dot the other green on top of the muddy green Teoh give a little texture. This is just a technique, but you can do to. That's called one. Went. I'm sure you've heard me say that before. Wet on wet. Okay. We're gonna live that driver second, let's start on the orchid. This orchid has many little branches. We can always simplify that by making one or two branches. Remember you can take away when you're painting, you can add or take away as much as little as you want. You're not bound again. That's the whole That's the whole thing with painting. Unless you're doing hyper realistic paintings or super defined paintings where it's very realistic, you don't need to follow a. A picture I'm gonna take It was, This is like a little late, brown kind of color, similar to what I used initially when I drew this circle and you can use green. I mean, truly, it's up to you. I'm just going to let my hand go and lightly makeup stem there an orchid stems were really funny and funky, so don't be afraid to make weird stems just like that. Now I'm gonna go back to the actual pot now that it's dried that ball of months pick up that brown and greenish kind of color and kind of make little lines across it, representing the twine and I think were able to see that go a little closer now for the flowers you can maintain A you know, your brush or a change it if you find that you can't make these flowers with a such a big brush. I have to tell you, though, that whatever you decide to do, sign But I would challenge you to play with size the size of it and see if you can't try. Making the flower on orchids is basically a bunch of pedals. So because it's loose watercolor, you don't have to get too technical. I'm going to paint one with the maybe from the tip to this portion of my brush and I'm holding it comfortably. And I'm just going to create one little pedal, two pedals, three pedals and then I'm gonna let that drive for a little bit, just creating the initial little pedal. They don't have to be perfectly round. You can actually just take your brush and press it down. If you like that look and I want the edges just messing them up a little bit more, just going over it. You see, the color gets a little darker and just making little blog's. Okay, then I'm gonna go in with let that drive for a moment, literally for a moment that I'm gonna take a slightly deeper version of the color and add the little I think I wanted a little darker. Okay, in between those pedals, Advil, too little other pedals that sticks out of an organ as, like the impression of it. And if you wanted to get more detailed, I mean, even again, get his detail. There is not He tells you want to get but and a little bit of to the very center of it. A little darkness there. Right? That seems good to me. Where we have it. If you wanted to, I'm gonna You see the orca that has little yellow dots. I mean, you again. You can at this point, take some yellow. It's just and little yellow bits to it to give it the extra, you know, whatever color. But that's that's really it. Time for its leaves. Really? Simply here. I'm gonna take thestreet somewhat darker, deeper color, and just with my brush. Come and put a leaf in there. Put one in here, and I'm going back over with the very tip. I'm gonna add one out here on that work. It's have a lot of leaves, which I like. I feel like there's stem is a little light, so I'm gonna take a little green color. Can go back in and on my little lines and a little extra like that. And then we talked about that. It's a hanging plan. Well, it's sources are those little off twine, but it's wrapped up in. So instead of it going straight through the plant like this very thin line, I'm gonna add a little line coming down from the top, and then I'm going to add another three little lines and take my time and just kind of go through it and bring it around as if it's holding the plant like a ball. Gonna add a little hook very lightly and because it could be hanging on something, you can take it further by just taking whatever color, maybe a grayish kind of color. Finch is putting a little top portion straight through so you can see So there is a were kid hanging point, and you can do this but change the pot. Like I said earlier, you can change the flowers we're going to next. Just take a look at more of a hanging, um, leaf leaf type of a plant like this on the side here, um, so that's the last one will be going through. So I'll see you in the next video for that 10. Lesson 5: Hanging plant- string of pearls: are there, Guys, Welcome back. We're going to tackle the last plant for today, which is a little hanging plant, another one. But instead of the plant shooting out from the top like this orchid where it's going to be hanging with 10 rolls of its plant from its planter. So again, like before What? The orchid? This little guy is wrapped up in some sphagnum moss and then his little tendrils are going down. First, though, we're gonna do bar across the top where the plant is going to hang from, and I'm changing up the string. It's not gonna be one string. I would like three. So I used to read and what's gonna be hanging a little bit. So I'm going to give it a little space and about here, maybe an insured inch and 1/2 from the bars where my circle is gonna go. So I'm gonna grab green, maybe about here, and sketch out a circle the base of this plant. I'm going to make it a little darker and just gonna dab in the color. I couldn't see how on the spreads Don't let that dry. Well, that's trying. I'm going to add my three little lines that connect to the top and my little hook. That kind of goes around something like that. Okay, so that's that. I'm gonna take my paper towel and definitely a lot of that color, so it's a little bit muted, which is fine. And I'm now going to get from my palate a darker color. Brown were red, like brown. Gonna put those little lines across like we did before. They're kind of haphazard and no trouble, Not a big. And then I'm going to let this right grabber. He tool roadwork. These are tendrils, and you have to find a green color that you like. I actually like that mix of that bright green, which I'm gonna show you now, this color mixed with that other color. And then maybe I'll just put this minty color here for good pleasure. I'm just gonna kind of get the tip of my brush really in this And don't want to just bring down some tendrils from the very top. And, yes, I'm working with a thicker brush, but again, it if you hold it on its very tip angled. You're going to get somethin or strokes. If you're uncomfortable with that. Use a smaller brush. Please don't be afraid. Okay, so I have my little tendrils, and then I'm gonna take dark, darker green. And when I exit with a little black and I'm going Teoh, just make a little hoops Little little dots with the very tip of my brush. I mean, you could make your dots a little rounder, but to me, this is a loose painting. So it doesn't really bother me all that much that they don't really necessarily look like around little balls. Okay, if you want to take the time to do that I mean, it's really up to you, but I don't think it's really necessary. I mean, again, it's up. And I'm just doctor, Doctor got a therapeutic. I mean, painting is art is very therapeutic, but you can see how the plant starts to kind of come alive, and it looks super cute. Now. I didn't do all my tendrils like how this guy looks, but you'll notice even their little the little balls or not really balls. They're more tear dropped. So that works. And that was simple. Now, if you don't want to do this type of plant. Of course, if you wanted to do, let's say it was, Ah, just going to give you an example when he turned my paper, Let's see, there was a hanging plant that you wanted to do that had a basket and I didn't have this monte type of funny thing. You can take a color I'm gonna take like a blue fish and you kid, And what's helpful for hanging baskets twos if you start off with a bar on the top, gives you an idea of how far down you want to go. So my little three lines could. I'm just quickly doing this could come up from the top like that. But see, it was just a regular basket or like one of these bold type of baskets just colored in in a little bit. And I wanted to add some texture to it. So and this is just from my my mind. What I'm just thinking about here, as I'm talking to you say, I wanted to add some more details. I took a little black and I kind of even some lines like that, and because the pain is what it feathers it out a little bit, and it's gonna come down with very gently that and then I wanted a different type of leaf or maybe a couple of different types of plants in there. You know, I can put a spiky little plant that goes up that way I can take. Be sure to clean off your brush really well if you want pure, more pure colors. I always makes my color, so it might always be the same. Um, you know, let's say you wanted a leafy thing here. Do you put some that you can leave it just like that little flowers, you know, dotted through little red little flowers. Panties on a no. Or you can take like a different green, Let's say a greater green and muted it with some of the like a a black color to get like type of green and and bring down little cascading plant. This way, you know and take your brush and and little leaves. And what I'm doing is I'm just tapping. My people rush outside and had lots of colors and lots of different types of things to it. I mean, honestly, it's you're only limited by in your own mind of what you want to put in here. So please don't limit yourself play. You know, try a bunch. Not just with the hanging plans, but, like with the potted ones. There's so many different types of pots hold any different types of plants. I mean, this class could go on and on and on by, uh, no. I just wanted to give you another example of just playing with a different type of thing. Basket there in addition of first toe that we just did, which is super cute. So I hope you enjoyed that little hanging cleared. 11. Final Remarks and Project: Well, thanks for joining me in this class on learning How do painting to potted plants using watercolor in a loose watercolor style. I hope you had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed learning with you guys Shapes, textures, styles of pots and plant I hope it was educational but a lot of just creative fun. 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