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Painting expressive florals with watercolor: Hydrangeas

teacher avatar Kata Botanical, flower lover

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. 1. Intro

    • 2. 2. Material list

    • 3. 3. Brief botanical overview

    • 4. 4. Line drawing

    • 5. 5. Hydrangea color palettes

    • 6. 6. Painting the bluish hydrangea

    • 7. 7. Painting the violet hydrangea

    • 8. 8. Painting the white hydrangea

    • 9. 9. Timelapse bouquet painting

    • 10. 10. Final thoughts

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About This Class

I love flowers and one of my favorites is Hydrangea.

You think it can be really difficult to paint, but I'll show you a method of how to paint it loose, saving time and keeping it still expressive. 


What you will discover in this class?

  • You will get a brief botanical overview of this beautiful plant and you get to know which one is the actual flower
  • You will learn how to make a line drawing of this amazing flower and this helps you understand its structure.
  • You will learn what colors to use for creating gorgeous flowers and how to use the wet on wet technique for creating gorgeous color transitions.
  • I will tell you my secret of painting white flowers.

This class is easy to follow and it is for everyone at all SKILL levels.

What we need in this class

  • watercolor paper 300 gsm
  • a round brush
  • a paper tissue
  • 2 jars of water
  • watercolors
    • blue and violet (I use cerulean blue and bright clear violet)
    • 2 different violets (I use bright clear violet and red-violet)
    • yellow-green and permanent yellow light
    • 2 different greens (I use viridian and hooker's green)

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Kata Botanical

flower lover


I’m Kata.

I love drawing and painting flowers, I'm a Natural History Illustrator. I have a Ph.D. degree in botany, therefore I can tell you such things about flowers and plants, maybe you don't know. I'm passionate about the beauty of Nature. 

I'm from Hungary, but I also live with my family in Austria.  In Hungary, I live in a big city and in Austria in a tiny village in the mountains. 

Learning makes me happy and I also think lifelong learning will become play a more and more important role.

I believe in creation, no matter, whether it is painting or making a cake if I can make people happier.

Let’s drive into painting together in a little more scientific way.

With love,



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