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Painting a Watercolor Lemon Lavender Wreath

teacher avatar Nina Belle, Spreading joy and beauty through art

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10 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Color mixing

    • 4. Lavender

    • 5. Leaves

    • 6. Lemons

    • 7. Berries

    • 8. Filler flowers

    • 9. Complete wreath

    • 10. Conclusion

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About This Class

Join me in painting your very own lavender lemon wreath! In this class, I will teach you how to paint all the elements needed to create a beautiful wreath. You will learn to paint lavender twigs, lemons, leaves and berries. I will then walk you through how to put all these elements together to create a vibrant and colorful wreath.


Lavender flowers are very simple but beautiful. We will be mixing different purples to create a dynamic lavender twigs. We will be painting bright yellow lemons to complement the lavender.

This step by step watercolor class is aimed at students of all levels. This class covers supplies, basic brush strokes, painting lavender, lemons, leaves and berries- all to prepare you for the final project – painting a vibrant lavender lemon wreath. These wreaths are beautiful and will be perfect for decorating your walls!

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Nina Belle

Spreading joy and beauty through art



I'm Nina of Nina Belle Designs. I live in Detroit, Michigan with my husband, daughter and son.

I love to paint bright and vibrant watercolor florals. Through this platform, I hope to teach you all about painting different kinds of flowers that can add some brightness to your life.

My hope is to spread joy and beauty in the world through my bright floral paintings. I hope you'll join me on this journey!

I've taught many in person watercolor classes but I finally decided to teach on Skillshare to share my love for art with even more people around the world. I always love a good challenge and this experience of teaching online has definitely made me grow.

I welcome any feedback and suggestions for future classes. Feel free to message me, I wou... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hello everyone. It's been awhile since my last kill shot glass. A lot has happened, But I am back and this time I'm going to show you how to paint this lemon lavender. And the people who requested it. So I thought why not? In this class, I'll be showing you how to paint each of the elements, the lemons, the leaves, and the lavender has little berries and a little filler flowers. So I'll walk you through each of these step-by-step. And at the very end, I'll show you how to put it all together to create this beautiful reef. So I hope you'll join me in this new class and I hope you enjoy it. And let's get started. 2. Supplies: Okay, so first of all, I wanted to introduce my supplies. So I use this palette with all my watercolors and the different tubes, so I squeeze them out. But one day before I plan to use them so they're a little hard. And for this class, if you have some green, some purples, and some yellows, and some blues, you should be good. And you can also use whatever watercolors you have on hand. These Winsor Newton professional watercolor tubes, but you can use whatever you have on hand to refine. My go-to brushes are these Princeton heritage round brushes. And then I'll be using a size six and a size ten for this class. But anything you have with a pointy end and something that's flexible. We'll, we'll for this class. You need some pivot towel, some water. You will need a pencil to sketch out the outline. And a bowl to use will be using this to sketch out in our guide far wreath. So any bowl or round thing that you have, it will be good. And lastly, we'll be using some paper, watercolor paper. I usually use this fabric pianos watercolor paper. But ending you have that's preferably a 100% cotton and cold press will do just fine. And that's it. And let's get started. 3. Color mixing: Okay, so I'm gonna show you how I mix my colors to show you all the colors that I will be using in this roof. So as you can see, I have some yellow lemons and using a very light yellow, what I want to leave a lighter version, I just dip my brush into the water ones and I get an even lighter version. Also using a little bit of a darker yellow. Again, to get a lighter version, I rinse my brush. To get a lighter version. Next I have some of the greens for the leaves. Use. Light green. Sometimes are mixed as green with some blue or green. So I have to vary the greens in my leaves. Mix the painting more interesting. Trend, even dark bluish, more bluish green. And again, if I want a lighter version of any of these, I just add tomato, my paintbrush, regular light illusion. I'm also gonna do one more with more brownish green. So I'm adding Brown to my green. And that'll give me a more brownish green. Alright, this next for my lavender is I'll be using different kinds of purple closed. I'm going to use this dark purple just as is like this. That I want to add some magenta to it to brighten it up a bit. And again, when it's on my brush a little bit to get a lighter version of that purple. I'm also going to add some glue to it to make it even darker to get an even darker purple. To put it back. Again, if I want to lighten it up, just get some water. So I'm going to be using all these different tuples in my lab and not to make it more interesting. And I'll be using some blue to some regular blue for my barriers is pretty bright, so I'm gonna add some of the darker blue. I'll be using these two shades of blue. And lastly, I will be using just some brown for some of the stems. And these are all the colors I'll be using in this rig. So go ahead and try mixing your colors. And I'll show you how to do the elements. Each element in the reef next. 4. Lavender: So first of all, I'm going to show you how to paint these lambdas. They're very pretty flowers and we're going to use different variations of purple. So I'm gonna use my size 6. First of all, I'm going to draw a very long, thin stem with some green dot down here. Then I'm gonna take tuple, different variations of full-blown inside of this dark purple just as is. And we're going to start from the bottom, just dab down a few petals. Next, I'm gonna take some magenta to brighten it up a bit to vary. The pupils can just dabbing down three or four petals. Sony blue to get an even darker purple towards the top. And I'm gonna just do two. And then I'm going to end with little dots. That way it seems as if it's getting smaller and thinner at the top. And then I'll go back in and add a few petals. I think it needs it. And these other pedals. And if you look at a flower, they have little leaves and the each set of pedals. So I'm gonna go back and add some leaves. And this, and there you have it. That's lavender. So very simple, very easy. Just use many different variations of purple and you will get very interesting lab windows. So I wanted to one mol. Again, start with a nice long stem. Then get some purples damped down. Ok. In your way up. You didn't different variations of the purple. And towards the end just do two pedals. And then this one, no dots towards the end. You can always go back in and add petals if you want. And then go back in and leaves the bottom of each set of pedals. And there you have it. So this is how you do the lavender is go ahead and practice and then I'll show you how to do the next element. 5. Leaves: Okay, now I'm going to show you how to paint the leaves. As you can see, there is a variation of greens. So take a paint brush, I'm gonna use a size six. Get some green. First of all, you're gonna draw very thin stem. Going out like this. And you're going to go back, press down and come up, press down on the other side and come up. So I don't know if you can't see, but I'm releasing pressure towards the end to give you that pointed tip. I'll show you again. The little stem. Come up, press down to Z and I'm releasing pressure and coming up. Just the tip of my brush is left on a page. So I get that nice point t and for the leaf and ego, and I don't know if you can see, but there's a little vain low white veins out of some space to make it look like a vein. 0.01. long and a little bit darker color. Plus down, come up. Come up. So I know it looks easy, but it takes some practice. So go ahead and practice. Now I also want to show you how they look on a stem because some of those I will be using in our reef are linked on stem. So you can take some brown or some green stem, lived longer and then you're gonna have little branches coming out and this is where your leaves will be. Go back, take the green and do the same thing. Press down, come up, plus down, come up, down, come up, press down, come up. And feel free to vary the stem. Again, this is what is going to make your stem and leaves more interesting. Because down come up, one last one. From up, down come up. And that's how you do leaves on a stem. So go ahead and practice the leaves and I'll show you how to do the next element. 6. Lemons: So the next element I am going to show you how to paint these lemons. Very simple, very easy. So I'm gonna start with a lighter yellow, lemon. Yellow. And basically just make the shape of a lemon, which is a little bit point T on both end. And can live a little bit of white. That's one lemon. And I'll do another one a little bit Docker. Again, this press down to yet that shape, round shape, but I'm pointing towards the end. Come back down, goes down and pointy towards the end. There you have it. That's the basic lemon shape. And when we do our reef, some of them will be on a stem. And I'll show you how this painting stem. And we can even put some leaves on it. Take some yellow. And I'll put a little lemon on the end. There will be a little bit of bleeding. Just kinda nice, beautiful watercolor. So we have 11 attached stem. Then we can go back and paint in a fuel use. And that's how you have a lemon on a stem. And you can play around with the lemons, the colors you want it to make it adding some darker shades. Glms afterwards. Play around with it, make it more dynamic. So go ahead and practice painting these lemons. And then I will show you how to do the next element. 7. Berries : So the next element is very simple, is this little barriers that's spread out around the wreath which helps bring earth together. So I took my number six and take some green, brownish green because small stem and have little stems branching out from it. And then you can take a blue, I made my berries blue, but you can make them whatever color you want. That took some blue on my brush. And I'm just gonna make a circle at the end of each stem that I had. Some dark blue berries. I want to lighten it up so I'm gonna rinse my brush a little bit to get some lighter blues. Rinse my brush even more, and adding a few more berries. Since I added a few more berries, I'm gonna go back and add some stamps to them. Make sure they're all connected. And there you have it. Very simple but very pretty barriers. And you will be using these all around the reef like this to spruce it up. So go ahead and practice doing these berries. I can show you one more stem job. I'll do a very simple and adjust to two branching out. And you can do some big ones and some smaller ones. And like I did earlier, some lighter ones. Make it more dynamic. And again, don't forget to add the stems, the end, you had autonomy, you barriers. And that's how you do it. Very simple, but very cute berries. You can practice with different colors and different sizes. 8. Filler flowers : Okay, the very last element I want to show you is this little field of flowers that I have been married. They seem very small, but actually they really help a lot in bringing the whole reef together. So I'll show you how to do that. Again, very simple. And take some green with my size six and do a stem and have little ones branching out. It's almost like the berries. But we're gonna take a yellow and just dab, dabble around. Give the illusion of little flowers. Little dots can go darker side. And that's how you have your fields. Now is the time. Simple? Here, branches. Take your yellow. And I like to use yellow or like a yellow green, so it makes it a little bit better, a little bit of green. Do, a little bit bigger so you can play around with it. The small dots are bigger dots. And we'll be using this to make our lives look more full. So go ahead and practice this. And then I will show you how to put all these elements together to create a reef. 9. Complete wreath: Okay, so now that you know how to paint all of the elements, I'm going to show you how to put it all together to create this rigth. So if you don't already have a blank sheet of paper in front of you, grab a blank sheet of paper. And then I want you to grab the ball or whatever, a circular thing that you got, puts it down in the middle of your paper. And then you're going to use a pencil to very lightly go around. And this will serve as your guide so that your reef comes out nice and circular. Don't do it too dark. Also show through the water column and you wouldn't be able to erase it afterwards. So just very lightly, create a pencil guide for your wreath. And the way I'm going to do this reef, usually I put down the main elements and then build on that. But for this one, how I did it is in sections. So I did a lemon, some leaves and lavender one section. And then I did some lemon leaves and other notes, another section. And I kind of worked my way around the reef like that to give it a more natural look. So I'm gonna try that. I'm gonna show you how to do that. So let's paint section by section. And one of the tips I would give for painting like this is to have at least two brushes on hand. So you can use one color on this one, on one column, that one, and they'll have to rinse it out in-between each time. So I'm going to start with my size six and do some leaves. So I'm gonna start over here, put down a stem, and branching out. I'm gonna go ahead and place down leaves in the middle there. And then I'm going to do a very small stem for my lemon. Coming down like this. I'm going to switch to my bigger brush and use some yellow. Like I showed you what we're gonna do, that basic lemon shape over here. Little pointy end k. Now notice there's some space over on both sides. I'm going to fill some of it in with some leaves. But the rest of it I'm going to leave because I can always come back and fill it up with Barry's. Wanna do just a couple of leaves her I'm gonna do a few more leaves coming out on this side. Now I'm gonna do my lavender, so I'll take some green and please down three stems. Or maybe just to, which was the tool of a hair. So take your purple like you practiced earlier. Stab down, please those petals down. Can vary the pupil. Keep working your way up. And then eventually do 132 until then just the one. Okay. So that's one section. I have my leaves, my lavender in my lemon, the berries and a little philosopher's. I want to come back at the very end. So I'm going to keep going with some more leaves and do some darker leaves coming out of her. And the beauty about this is you can always go back and add in later. So we're just going to do the basic structure of it. So now I'm going to add in another lemon. And we will continue from this guy. I gotta do one that's a little bit darker. This, I'm gonna go back in and add a few more leaves. I'm going to click on and then I'm going to do coming out of her tuples. Dab the pedals. Don't forget to various colors. Finish this one, again, going thin towards the top. Gonna go back in and add in some lighter pedals is pretty dark, so I'm gonna add in some lighter pedals. Now I'm going to go back and do some leaves. A small lemon coming out of those leaves. Notice I'm varying the yellows in my lemons. Let's look a bit interesting. And then right here I'm going to do my final three stems of pupils, down. And last one, tuples. And that's the basic structure of our. Now we can go back in and add in more leaves and berries and fill a flowers. So I'm gonna start by adding in a few more leaves where I feel it could fit is good for now. So I'm gonna go ahead and put in my berries. So you can be a stems, either you the dark green or brown. Brown. And wherever you feel like I could use a little bit of something where the space can some varies. Okay, I'm gonna start with this for now. Gonna get us some blue. You can do them whatever color you want. Take some blue. And you can make some Dhaka and some lighter. My brush a bit and do some lighter ones. Include a darker blue. To make some really dug berries. We're gonna go ahead and add my fill of flowers now. Get some green and then make the stems. Can be very simple. Simple, little stems. Complicated. This. Go back and take some yellow, light yellow and a little bit of green. Green in this, WE flowers all around. Okay, and these are the basic elements. And what I'd like to do for the final touch is add some yellow circles plus a brighten up the whole reef. Something I like to do when the add-in circles wherever I feel like it to use. Some brightening up. And there you have it. That's your completed read with lavender and lemons. And you're nice green leaves. So I hope you enjoyed this class. 10. Conclusion: And that said, You did it made her class. And I hope you have a beautiful lemon lavender array sitting in front of you. And I'm so happy you decided Sigma class. I hope you enjoyed it and it didn't leave me a thumbs up. The mere review, you have to share projects. You can find me on Instagram at the Nobel designs. And I'd love to give you feedback. I hope to put out another skill share class very soon. So stay tuned for that and enjoy.