Pink Daisy: Beginner Guide to Watercolor Flower Painting | Yana Shvets | Skillshare

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Pink Daisy: Beginner Guide to Watercolor Flower Painting

teacher avatar Yana Shvets, Paint.Travel.Take a risk

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Welcome to the course

    • 2. Choose your color palette

    • 3. Paint a heart of the flower

    • 4. First layers: petals

    • 5. Achieving darker tones

    • 6. Creating volume

    • 7. Details and Final strokes

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About This Class

If you are starting out with watercolors and particularly interested in painting flowers, this simple course if For You!


- the difference between cold and warm colors and how to use them

- how to mix colors using a color wheel

- how to create soft washes

- how to use layering in botanical art

- how to create a 3-dimensional flower keeping it light and tender

and more!


- theoretical lesson about color mixing and creating your own palette for botany

- simple step by step explanation of painting process, petal by petal

- an outline of a daisy for you to download and trace - no need to draw anything!

Warning: This course doesn't have a video of drawing your daisy in pencil. Instead you can download an outline of a flower, print it on watercolor paper and paint right away! 

Download a trace in Class Project.



- Watercolor paper: Canson Montval, cold press, 300 gsm. You can use any cellulose (student quality) paper of any texture. If you plan to print an outline on the watercolor paper sheet, choose thinner paper (120 gsm)

- 2-3 brushes: 1 small synthetic round brush, 1 middle-sized synthetic round brush. You can use more if you want. 

- soft pencil for a sketch (if you will draw one), eraser. 

- watercolors: I used Rosa professional watercolors. You can use any watercolor brand you own.

Colors You will need:

  • pink color (Magenta/ Quinacridone/ Alizarin/or any cold red color)
  • warm red (Cadmium Red)
  • green (Phthalo green/ Turquoise/ Emerald green/ Cobalt Turquoise/ or any cold green)
  • blue (Ultramarine/ Ceruleum/ Blue Indanthrene)
  • yellow (Cadmium yellow)


The course is made for beginners in watercolor who want to advance in color mixing, understand the theory and love botanical art.


Meet Your Teacher

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Yana Shvets

Paint.Travel.Take a risk


Born in Ukraine, raised in travel. 
I am a professional watercolor artist, full-time traveler and a salsa lover ;)
After a burnout in the office, I hit the road without any plan and since 2014 I've been travelling around the globe, visiting different countries & settling down for a few months (sometimes years) in different cities. My watercolors are inspired by places I've visited and people I've met.

You can follow my travel-inspired adventures on Instagram.


My original paintings and prints of those are available for sale if you appreciate art on your walls ;) 
I am open for commissions and happy to create an artwork that will inspire you, have an impact on your family or become a gift for beloved ones. Just hit me a message.

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1. Welcome to the course: Hey, guys, welcome to my course where we will paint a simple we get beautiful pink cornflower Madam Asiana. I'm a professional watercolor artist with more than four years of experience teaching people watercolor techniques online and in real life workshops. In this lesson, we will first discuss was specific colors and color combinations. We need to paint this artwork how to use a color wheel to find your best color. Makes how to makes dark tones keeping pedals light and tender. How to add volume to your daisy and achieve this feeding off three dimensional flower. You will be able to follow my instructions even if you have never painted flowers before. And don't worry about the drawing part by offering outline of this exact con flower, which you can download and print directly on your watercolor paper for trace. It is a simple class creative for what? The color beginners who love painting flowers and want to advance in botanical art. If you want to improve your skills and understand the rules behind that, the committee are using, jump right in 2. Choose your color palette: This painting is simple, and color is what makes it interesting. So I'm going to go through my palate to select pink and green colors to find best color mixes. Here is my magenta rose. The flower is mostly pink, so I'm looking for cold dread in my watercolor set. Usually magenta car mean are the cold colors. Now I get my own acrid only luck, which is essentially a dark violet pinkish color. You can see that unique Redon is warmer in temperature. Comparing to my gentle, I've also got red from Shen Han, which is a very cold read. It looks almost like pink just for you to see the difference. I want to paint a drop of common red, which is a very warm red color, so that you can see the difference in temperature more clearly. Cardamom red stands out with its warm Bryant color, comparing to all the rest. But this is not something I'm looking for in this painting, and the last simple off pinks is dusk pink, very unique, dark purple with a dusty effect from Rangel. I might use it to at depth in certain shuttled areas of the pedals, but this is not going to be my main color. Analyze your collections of friends and things to select the colors you think with work. Best for the days of painting. Now mix selected being colors with different greens. My green. Take a look at the color wheel. All the answers are there. When you need to achieve a darker tone off a certain color, look for a directly opposite color on the color wheel. In our case, the opposite of Fred is green. This is called the complementary color. However, when we're talking about cold, read the one moving towards purple on the color will. The opposite color for this will be a cold green, and Fecteau agrees. Here's of Tower Green. Pretty cold color linen somewhere towards yellow. Now let's mix it. With all the banks have selected, here goes our green and magenta. We've got a dark, almost purple tone, which later on looked further grade than anything else. Uh, now she, like, read. Only lack was tower green. The mix turned out deeper and colder. The final combo is style green with red from Shinhan. The mix is interesting, dark shade of pink, which I could definitely use for a darker parts of petals on my conf. Our now I'm switching to another greener have the mixed results is a nice deep, warm purple. The paint I used here is to request, which gave me the most Ultima welcome. I guess I have found my finalists for the main colors of my future painting. Go ahead and try out or your cold breads and mix them with cold greens. Defined your most favorite tons. Your project will be to paint and published a pink daisy in a project section. However, if you don't feel comfortable sharing your painting, please feel free to share your color mixes that you create in this lesson. Um, and you find a bullet for this painting. 3. Paint a heart of the flower: I will start my painting from a heart of a flower. It is the smallest thing here, a good way to warm up first type. Why just clean border and paper strictly on the area? Off a heart of the flower, it's reaching up. So less chances for us to get colors bleed in different areas of the follower we don't need . I started from cadmium red, even though I didn't plan to use warm words in this painting. But I wanted to make the top warming and shiny, so cadmium red, just at the very tip of it looks good to me. Then it proceeded with my cold dress from Shinhan, since the area is what the colors blend effortlessly. Now the bottom should be dark, so it makes my code red with green and a little drop of black. To achieve a deep, dark tone right away, take a moment to adjust the shape and make it more around if needed. Try to avoid getting too dark here, however, keep in mind that porta collar always gets lighter after drying up right away. I added texture to this part off a con flower with a tiny yet sharp moves if you want to get it, even more details weight. Todo paper is try and go over with a dark tone, once again pointing out the texture. 4. First layers: petals: I pick up pink, remember a pink looking red color from Shinhan and applied on first petals with a very transparent light layer. Since the layers are still wet, it's a good moment to amplify the coward by adding more concentrated pink at the root of the petal, where it's attached to a follower center. - I'm switching between my main pink color used for the pedal and a mix off pink and green. I've chosen in the previous lesson toe work on darker areas, maybe even show some texture from the start. It is the first layer, so we don't need to go crazy on details or tones. At this point, it is simply an under painting. If the veins off your paddles turn now to think because of a brush joke, you can use a trick to achieve a fine line on a pedal. If your brush has a pointy end on the other side of the handle, flip it and use that pointy end to draw veins and battles. It is more like scratching than painting, though, but those underneath should be slightly darker since the white countries there. So we use the makes of darker pink with prepared beforehand to create a shadow. In the next lesson, you will see more clearly what I'm talking about 5. Achieving darker tones: I have prepared to mixes of pink, slightly darker and much darker. I'm glad. So when I'm painting, I don't lose the time on mixing the colors first. I apply slightly darker and vibrant pink on the bottom petals, and then I add details, defining detector off each petal with the darkest own. It should not be plain black, since we want to keep the flower light in nature. However, to create the feeling of milion, we need to deepen sometimes, and that's what we're going to do right now. Use the pointy end of your brush to create veins on petals. They will look more delicate anything than if you paint them with a brush. - Don't be shy. Experiment with changing tones and pedals. Some places can be more pink and other places can lean towards purple or even blue. This will only make a far more interesting. Just make sure the tones you're using are very similar from the same family so that the flower doesn't turn into a rainbow 6. Creating volume : I realized that one of the petals turned out a bit too dark, so I'm lifting some pigment with a semi wet brush to whiten up the battle. They don't want to add more contracts to the top off some pedals. Also, some petals might need more defined veins, but it's important to place a few of them and do not overdo. Take a step back and evaluate the painting. Does it look two dimensional? Do you feel those pedals are like a bubble of petals ready to burst or other laying flat on the surface? I think I need to add a little more shadow to the bottom petals. The ones on the top are naturally casting shadow on the pedals underneath. Every time I weigh down pain for shadow, I make sure it's not too concentrated that I blend the edges off the shadow makes with a semi wet brush, distributing the coward down the Peto. This way, it doesn't have a sharp edge and blend into the overall color off the pedal just right 7. Details and Final strokes: we're almost done with this lovely daisy. So we need a stem. I'm mixing a dark green tone by adding a little bit of Fred interred green collar must be dominating in that makes. I tried to write a few different tones off green in. That's them. The area closest to the flower will have the darkest color, and as we go down, the stem will get lighter. I even added a tiny drop off yellow there. Then go ahead and add the final details on the heart of the flower or petals if needed. Important. Don't overwork the painting. There should be some feeling off incompleteness anyway. Hope you enjoy the process. Let me know if you have questions. They're responsive on my social media and here as well. Your project is to paint a pink days, a counterweight to see your flowers