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Stylizing your Watercolors: Fun with Foraged Botanicals

teacher avatar Subhashini Narayanan, Artist, Painting the Natural World

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (1h 31m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Your Class Project

    • 3. What is Stylization

    • 4. Getting Inspired - Flip through

    • 5. Gathering Inspiration

    • 6. Supplies Needed

    • 7. Back to Basics

    • 8. Warm Up Exercise - Stylizing

    • 9. Creating Botanical Compostion

    • 10. Fun Bold Leaves

    • 11. Key Takeaways

    • 12. Show Your Work!

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About This Class

Welcome to my third Skillshare class. 

I am happy to bring you another watercolor class. The best thing about watercolor is it gives you endless possibilities to make beautiful art. The transparency, the blending of colors, the unpredictable results make the painting process so much fun. 

In this beginner-friendly class, I’m gonna share with you how I stylize my watercolor botanicals. We are gonna snip real botanicals from nature and stylize them to make it your own.

First, I will share my method by stylizing simple botanical cuttings. Then we’ll create a botanical composition and for the final project, we are gonna have fun painting dramatic bold leaves. We’ll learn different ways to gather inspiration and how to use the inspiration you have gathered to create stylized yet organic watercolors.

This class is all about getting you inspired to paint the botanicals in your own unique way. Practicing these methods will even help you get better at creating imaginary florals. 

I’ll show you examples from my sketchbook, which will give you ideas to stylize. I hope this class will help you look at your botanical inspirations from a new perspective and take inspiration from them.

It doesn't matter if you’re a beginner to watercolor, because we’ll be learning important fundamentals of watercolors that you need to get started with watercolors.  And I’ll walk you through the different types of materials available in detail. 

Even if you’re an experienced artist, you’re welcome to join me to try a new approach in painting botanicals. 

Share your class project on Instagram posts or stories and tag me @subhashini.artfactory so I can like, comment, and share your projects :) You can also use the hashtag #paintwithsubhashini 

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Also if you wanna learn more abstract Watercolor Techniques you can check out my other class Painting Modern Loose Watercolor Florals

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Subhashini Narayanan

Artist, Painting the Natural World


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1. Introduction: Hey guys, I'm Subash knee and artist, illustrator and surface designer. You can find my designs on fabrics, wall art, and stationary. Welcome to my third Skillshare class. I enjoy painting the natural world in a modern MMC Covey. In my sketchbooks, There's always something to get inspired from the National World. Be the shapes, the colors, and the interesting textures. In this Skillshare class, I'm going to share how I stylize my watercolor botanicals. We're going to snip real botanicals from nature. And I'll show you how to stylize and make them your own. It doesn't have to be fancy fluids that can be just grass, weeds, dried leaves from your garden, our backyard. I'll show you examples from my sketch book to give you ideas about stylization. I will share my method by stylizing simple botanical cuttings. Then we'll create a botanical composition. And for the final project, we're going to have fun painting dramatic bold leaves. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner watercolor, because we'll be learning important fundamentals that you need to get started with watercolors. And I will walk you through different types of materials available in detail. This class is all about getting you inspired to paint the botanicals in your own unique leave. Even if you are an experienced artist, you're welcome to join me to try a new approach can painting the forest botanicals, practicing these methods will also make you better at painting imaginary Florence. I really hope this class will help you look at your subjects in a new perspective and take inspiration from them. So gather your inspiration and get ready to stylize them with me. 2. Your Class Project: For the class project, we'll gather real inspiration from nature and then stylize them to make it uniquely yours. The goal of this class is to help you get inspired by the botanicals and stylize them in a playful way. You don't have to paint exactly what you see, but still you can create stunning artworks using some unique watercolor techniques. I will share my process and three lessons. First, we'll do a warm-up exercise with very simple botanical. Then we'll create a bit complex floral composition using a variety of botanicals. And for the final lesson, I'll show you how to create a dramatic bold leaves using simple botanical cutting as our reference. You're welcome to paint along with me to learn the tips and techniques. But I really would love to see you applying these techniques and tips to stylize your own forest botanicals. So take a walk through your neighborhood. Our visit a nearby nature park where the plants are growing. So you can bring some of those beauties to your studio. Because when you go out and try finding inspiration from the nature world, It's an absolute delight. And you can even use your smartphone to take photos of all the botanicals that interest you. And you can use the pictures as reference when you can't go out. I'm providing you with a bunch of reference photos which you can find in the projects and resources tab. Down below. Once you're there, you'll see a column on the right called resources. You can click and download the files, share your explorations with your classmates, and let them get inspired by your work. Because the best way to learn something new, to learn alongside like-minded people. So sharing your art will attract others with similar interests. And this will help you build your own tribe. I found my creative drive by sharing and connecting with my Skillshare teachers and students and I made great friends. For uploading your project, you need to press this green button which says Create project. It will take you to the uploading page. You will find options to upload a cover image at a project title. And the uploading process will be easier if you do it from a desktop computer browser. While taking a photo of your class project. I'm lazy or botanical cuttings next to your artwork. So that we can see how you have modified and stylized your original botanicals. It will be so interesting and beautiful to see how they look together. You're welcome to share as many as you'd like. And you can even write a little description to show what inspired you and share a bit about your process. Once you upload everything, you hit the Publish button and your project will appear in the student's project gallery. In the next lesson, I'm going to show a few beautiful examples to get you inspired. So let's dive in. 3. What is Stylization: The process of modifying your subject from its original form is called stylization. There is no one single way to do this, because how you stylize your art totally depends on your personal taste and also your mode. I usually like to work fast, but some days I take my time to add details. You can stylize any subject by using these three principles. In combination, you can either simplify or distort our exaggerate your subjects. Say you find something from the natural world that you are inspired to paint. First, you observe it really closely. You look at its foam textures, patterns and see what you love about it. You take it home and translate your idea by modifying our adding interest to a subject. There is no limit to a imagination. Botanicals can be drawn realistic, but it's really interesting to see how the outermost translate their ideas. I'm going to show you a simple exercise which I did to explain the concept better. Here is a flower I stylized in a few different ways. For the first example, I tried to replicate the flavor close to its original form. It took me nearly 25 minutes. The next example, I painted a representation of the flower, but in a more loosely, it took me just less than two minutes. For the third one, I totally abstracted it from its original form. You don't have to worry if it doesn't represent it original form, and that is what makes your art so unique. You can go further and start experimenting by changing the color. Here I'm using multicolor for the petals. And you can even try using different art mediums. Now invading the same flower with garage, you can see how this opaque medium gives a totally different character to the flavor. So the idea is to paint the flowers in different ways and find module love. For the last example, I sketch to the flower using colored pencils B. Notice each of these flowers has its own more than characters. So pick a simple flower and stylize them in as many ways as possible. Use different art supplies, use different level of stylization. I think this is a great exercise to develop a style that you love and produce work that's totally yours. 4. Getting Inspired - Flip through: In this lesson, phosphoryl see the work of three great painters from the past who I really admire. Then I'll show you examples from my work and how I get inspired by nature. This is helmet off gland, Swedish abstract artist. She was truly way ahead of her time. She used shapes, forms, colors, and lines to create beautiful compositions. She's one of my favorite artists. I especially like these organic shapes. You can even pick your color palette from year. If there's one thing I want to take away from Hill Muslims, it is how happy it makes me feel. I would love to have that joy in my work. Another artist I love as Maria Pyramid Django, she was a Ukrainian Village folk art painter. She created beautiful nail art. Her work is so whimsical and so original. Here is a painting of stylized lilacs that looks totally simplified and abstract from its original form. I think this is a great example of stylization. And here I love how she or stylized flowers. I highly recommend studying her work. It brings me pure GI. So another artist I love as modulo Syrian, he's an Armenian painter. His artworks have a more than feel. He ignored all the academic ways of painting which he learned and created his own modernistic style, the flowers in history life paintings, how huge amount of inspiration for textures, colors, and restaurants. Studying these examples will give you new ideas to stylize your own botanical inspirations. So it is important to look at the work of other creatives. I've always been drawn to the order of other artists who have the same passion and love for nature. They could be your favorite painter, ceramicist, florist, are a photographer. Their work might look totally different, but you can always learn little things and get inspired from them. I have created a Pinterest board with all of my favorite painters from the past. You can find the link in the class resources guide. Now, I'm going to show you a few examples from my sketchbook to show you how I stylize my botanicals instead of copying it exactly from the nature. This baton was inspired by your video I took during my walk. These are Daisy flee vein. I got inspired by the thin delicate petals and I made it my own by changing the colors and playing with the watercolor techniques can easily change your inspiration subject however you like. No one can really tell these up until inspired by Daisy flee Bain. And that is okay because for me, every time I look at this page, it reminds me of the beautiful afternoon walk and the pleasant weather of that day. So here's another example. This one was painted inspired by a buh-bye of level. There's this papaya tree right in front of our house. So I painted a bunch of papaya flowers facing all directions or lower the sketchbook page. I tried to make it more fun by playing with colors and I added some imaginary leaves. If you practice observing the elements from the natural world, and if you practice stylizing them consistently, it will really help you become an expert in painting imaginary florals. These are the imaginary Flores that I painted. Combining with some animal, it is interesting to combine flora and fauna and can combine botanicals with birds and botanicals with insects. These are inspired by GAD day flowers that I picked from my moment loss terrorists. There are endless possibilities to stylize, assemble mood of everytime I see a subject from nature in my mind, I always think about waste, modernize them, how to make it cheerful, how to add some character. They need not look like a gap as Flavel, it doesn't really matter. Because what really matters is you using your creativity and you having fun. This baton is inspired by IDNUM clever. I used an Athenian flower as a reference. And you can, as you wonderful results just by altering the color, tweaking the shapes, and therefore the art appears similar to your original botanical. Well also looking more dramatic or abstract. And this way you can create beautiful patterns just using forms and moments. For this sketch book page, I painted these squirrels first and then kind of made things up. And, and at these imaginary botanicals as I was going along. And I just loved this bread with all these Medan, different botanicals of different sizes. It's fun to challenge yourself to try a variety of botanicals. Now these are also imaginary florals. I just play with wet-on-wet technique to create the shapes first and then enhance them using color pencils. I added details using colored pencils, like I said earlier, observing the National World closely will help you tremendously to create imaginary floaters. And it helps you to add beautiful details to your art. Now this illustration here is my favorite. I filmed this video who when he went to the botanical garden. And this inspired me to create this illustration. As others, we need to stay curious because there's inspiration everywhere and you're never know what sparks your creativity. And when. This is a study of botanical elements of various shapes, you can use your sketch book as a visual encyclopedia, reference book of botanical ideas. When you feel stuck on what shaped flower, you could add in one of your patterns or illustrations. You can always quickly refer to these kind of studies from your sketch book. This is an example of simple floral composition. It's completely imaginary. If you had asked me to paint imaginary florals when a Muslim beginner, I couldn't have been to a variety of flavors. I might have been done just a few, but not as many as I can today. So it's so important to go out and observe on the variety of shapes and the nature. And this is one of my favorite patterns I ever created. This is another example of stylized Florence. It has transparency, it has contrast. And this even has interesting shapes. And you can see how I played with some of watercolor techniques. I really enjoyed creating this pattern and I didn't plan too much because I like to do things spontaneously. I just painted these ostriches first and adults dilates botanicals. Things can turn beautiful when you pay attention to your preferences, you will eventually start producing work that makes your heart sing. So I hope these examples give you new ideas to stylize your original floral inspirations. 5. Gathering Inspiration: The other inspiration is a final and important part of building process. It helps you come up with multiple ideas and also the super satisfying and fulfilling to collect your own inspiration from nature, we tend to overlook inspiration their own deaths and immediately go to Pinterest or Google, since they are super easy to access. Yes, Pinterest is helpful, but foraging for treasure in nature is really, really satisfying. Holding real flowers, leaves are planned cuttings and painting them helps you to enjoy and appreciate the colors, textures, and shapes of nature. It's quite an adventure and I highly recommend you to try it. You don't have to look for fancy or colorful botanicals. You can even find inspiration in something as simple as dried leaves. I love the way leaves goal when they are drying the binders to how something natural and organic to pain from it. So let's head out of the garden and snooze somebody radicals. So here I am in our garden to snip some fresh botanicals. I'm taking this periwinkle flower. It's a simple and pretty flower. This one is called grow food grass. I love how weird this looks, because weird ones make interesting motives to paint. So I'm picking this, this plant is called silver squirrel. I really loved their flower buds. So I'm picking these beauties. Next. I'm going to take a gotten off this plant. This is called gala movement. This looks like a pretty simple, bland, but it has an interesting feature. It has this tiny seeds under their leaves. So try to look for the unusual ones. I'm going to grab some of these named lovers. These are so delicate and pretty. And I can create really soft watercolor motives. This is euphoria nuclei. This week we're thing, I really loved these flowers. These two things that look like flowers are technically the Bronx and in the center of the bread is actually the inflorescence of flour. So this is an advantage of finding real life inspiration. You'll get curious to know more about your plans and learn some interesting facts. Now let's talk about some of the sources that you can gather inspiration from. You can find inspiration from your backyard are from the trail that you work. So next time you take that trail, pay extra attention. And I love visiting natures and does I get to see what's currently blooming? And I can learn more about the native plants. Also, botanical gardens are great source of inspiration because it has a variety of exotic plants that you can take pictures of. You can get inspired by the house plants that you already have in the house. We often overlook our house plants, but they have interesting textures and shapes. And books. I love books. These are some of the books that I have collected over the years. I love to hunt for books from thrift stores and libraries. They are great source of inspiration. And also I take as many pictures as I again, whenever possible, using my smartphone. Because the best camera is the one you always carry with you. Since we all have our smart phones with us all the time, it's the quickest and easiest way to record the unusual beauties that catches your eye. And gradually you'll have a library of your own resource for those. Not only that, it will make you feel so proud when you use it for your art. So if you're not able to go out for reasons like whether you can use the royalty-free images from these websites. Here is list of websites where you can find free inspiration images. But I highly recommend you to slowly start building your resource library. Now that we have our ideas to gather inspiration, Let's go ahead and start working on our artworks. 6. Supplies Needed: In this lesson, I'm going to show you some of my favorite parts of place. And we're also going to look at the tools that are great for this class. So we need watercolor paints. I like to experiment with different brands. I'm going to show you various options that are available in the market. So in this class, I'm going to use this 24 color watercolor set from Winsor and Newton. So once you buy the set, you can swatch the colors on our watercolor paper and keep it handy while you paint so that you can refer how it looks in the paper. The colors are really rich and vibrant. So I recently purchased this Sennelier watercolor set, and these are honeybees colors. And these colors are also rich and creamy. And this has more shades of red, which are really good for botanicals. I also use this cute little Winsor and Newton Cotman set. This is one of my favorites. It, and I had been using this for a few years before upgrading to the sets with more colors. This is a great set for beginners as it is affordable, and it has good selection of 12 colors, which is more than enough to start. This come with, this comes with the tiny travel brush. And it's great for sketching. I have been carrying it around or botanical gardens as it's portable. So this will be really helpful if you are a beginner and I'm buying a new watercolor set. This is odd philosophical tropical half Panther. This is a small tin set and it comes with the swatch card, right against watch the colors. The colors look dark in the band, so it's good to have this swatch card. We have more mixing area here and here. And it has interesting selection of colors. So you can try this pilot. Besides these bantered, I also use individual watercolor tubes. These tubes are from Sennelier. You can purchase loose tubes like this from other brands also. You can mix this using a ceramic plate or uses played from ikea or simple palette like this from stationary store. Another fun option is to create your own watercolor set with your favorite colors. I'm using an aldose din and these AMD half bands. You can buy these individual half bands from the art store and fill it with your favorite colors. I'm going to show you how to create this portable watercolor set. I have used a boxy glue door dash. These are neodymium magnet half bands, so they stick to the metal box. You can also use a regular magnets are a magnetic strips. If you already have them. You can easily move these around, rearrange and add more colors as you like it. Now let's squeeze out some colors. Are better rows. Lemon yellow, ultramarine blue, and some white for highlights. The magnets got stuck to my Winsor and Newton palette. I've just picked these three colors as they can act as primary colors. And we can mix lots of shades using just these. It's okay if it gets dried. You can always reactivate with water. You can experiment with the different brands and find your favorite one. Now let's move on to the peoples. So for papers, I like experimenting with the variety of watercolor papers and sketchbooks with different formats. And this class, I'm going to use this to them and burn hot pressed paper and the cold pressed paper sketchbook. These are my favorite sketch books, and this one is unburned zeta series. I hope you can see the name here. This is 270 GSM paper. And paper is super thick. You can build on both sides. And I uses for even applicant brush, hard pressed papers have a very smooth surface and the results are slightly different than they should be. The next one is still dominant burn Beta series of sketchbook. This one has a cold pressed papers and with the 270 GSM, cold press papers are slightly textured. The results are going to be different than the hot pressed. Once you can get acquainted with the gold dress and hot pressed papers and decide which one you like the best. This paper says super wide. One of the reasons that I like the sketch books is called Beta Series. Hope you can see here. The next one I'm going to show you is a global art handbook, watercolor journals. This has beautiful linen cloud cover and just to sketch some botanical solid. This is in landscape format. The paper is cold pressed and slightly dinner. And we can do light watercolor washes. It's, it's always good to try different format that sketchbooks. So I like this one too. Although you can use watercolor papers available as Bateson sheet. This Canson watercolor bad is very widely used. This is 300 GSM cold pressed paper. This is very beginner friendly because it's very economical. The next one is Strathmore watercolor sheets. This is 300 GSM cold press paper in A5 size. This one is Fabriano artistic or traditional white, 100 percent cotton watercolor block. I love, love, love this paper. Watercolor blocks are glued on foresights, this prevents the paper from warping. Again, remove the single sheet from the block after it dries. These are some of my 18th Dynasty books I love to use for sketching. No matter which brand of sketchbook or paper you use, just make sure that people 300 GSM to like frustrations. So now let's move on to the pressures that we're going to use for this class. For the brushes, we need round brushes of three different sizes and do liner brushes. So this one is from Da Vinci, size number 10. The bigger brushes are great for making loose, expressive and broader strokes like this. And we need a medium size two round brush. This is size number 8 from deadline. And you need a smaller round brush. This could be sized so for R6. And we need a two liner brushes for making thinner lines. These are from dealer roundly and I really loved them for the equality. This rigger brush with the extra long crystals need a special mention. I highly recommend owning one of these. This brush is so, so good for making fine and confident lines. And you can make super thin lines using this rigger brush like this. So these are the brushes that we need. We need an old rag lot paper towel for blotting your brush to remove excess paint or water. I personally prefer red clot, which I can wash and reuse over and over again. We need paperclips to hold the papers. If you're using a sketchbook and you can use any paper clip that you have. The two we need two water containers. You can use any hiccups or glass. I'm using these jam jars. One is for cleaning your brushes as it gets really muddy, and another one for cleaner water that we use for mixing our paints. So these are the materials that we need. Now let's start painting. 7. Back to Basics: All right guys, In this lesson I'm going to go back to the basics of watercolors, which are really, really important. If you are a beginner, we're going to see some of the fundamentals of watercolors. That is, that'll be really helpful for you to get started with watercolors. We're going to start with wet-on-wet technique. It's my most favorite technique. I'm going to show you how to do this in two ways. For the first method, I'm going to paint on the paper using just clean water. I hope you can see the sheen. And now I am adding a band on the profit. The paint will not go beyond the edges of the shape. You can see how beautifully in diffusers. So when using watercolor, you can plan things, but you cannot fully control it. And that's the beauty of it. This will be so useful in creating textures. The next method is also similar, but we are going to paint on top of red color surface. And bending that really with battleship using Alizarin crimson and taking the second color and dropping on top of the wet surface, you can see the wet pigment diffusing. If the first latest too wet, the pigment will spread more. And can I play this technique in so many places? My learning textures or even drawing flowers or leaves. The next model we're going to learn as wet-on-dry as the name suggests, we're going to add wet paint on dry surface. This technique is so useful while adding layers are needles. So I have been done a few betters and I'm going to wait until it's completely dry. Right? Now the first layer is completely dry and now we're going to add red pigment. Now you can see the difference between these two techniques. You can make controlled marks in the wet-on-dry technique. And you can hear watercolor does its thing for you. So depending on how you need the texture, you can use both these techniques is so important, especially if you're a beginner. The next technique you're gonna see is called polling. And just applying paint on my paper. I'm washing my brush and digging clean water. Can dab it slightly. You have excess water in your brush. And just pulling using the tip of my brush, you can see the colors bleeding into the green water. And this will create a really cool effect. You can use this technique in dozens of places and create really cool effects. You can see the stark contrast between the first color that relayed to the petals of this flower. The next method we're going to see is blending the colors. We're going to do it on the paper. I'm just painting using Alizarin crimson. And I'm taking a second color, which is blue. And I'm blending it on the paper. You can see the color. You can see the part where two colors interact is turning purplish. I'll just show you one more example for this technique of painting. The first layer with a yellow and violet still wet, I'm dropping in the secondary color, adding some oranges and reds and letting it blend on the paper. You can see the beautiful effect that's happening. Now let's turn this into a flower. And that's it. Very simple flower using this beautiful technique. So you can pack as these techniques and apply them creatively in your projects. The next exercise is about water control. Watercolor is all about playing with water and paint ratio. This is a very important concept to understand. It helps you achieve the desired result. And a white crustacean. I have loaded my brush with plenty of border and I have chosen permanent rose to make our first swatch. This will be our most transparent swatch because there's plenty of border and very little pigment for the second square to have a little bit more pigment. And as you can see, the color is getting little bit darker. Every-day marriage from my palette. I'm adding more pigment to the pardon here. Just practice this technique until it becomes second nature. I struggled with finding right border paint ratio when he started painting with watercolors. Honestly, I rent my husband for help is also an artist. He taught me. Actually he's facing them. But I couldn't figure this out and I practiced it myself a lot. So if you're a beginner, please take your time and breakfast with just blobs. So far our last swatch, I'm using only pigment with no water. It's like dry brush. This is called dry brush technique. It will be very useful to add textures. You can see how the color became darker when we added more pigment. You can see the difference between the first swash and finance ventures. So just play with modern paint ratio and this will save you from a lot of frustration. Next, we are going to see some brushstrokes techniques. I have a few different sized brushes here. We start with the bigger brush and just show you what you can do with this. Bigger brush. Always hold more water. You won't easily run out of paint. It's really good for making bold strokes, for making a leaf shape, you just have to point, press and lift. So the idea is if you apply pressure, you will get broader stroke. And if you hold the brush perpendicular to your people and with no pressure, it can make really thin lines. And just using the tip of my brush without any pressure. So if you want to cover more areas, you can use the belly of the brush, like again, holders sideways and paint. This is a size 10 round brush. Round brushes are so versatile, you can use it in many ways. Next, I'm going to try the same process with size six brush. You know, you'll get the same effect but slightly thinner strokes. So if you are starting out, I recommend you to how three different sizes of brushes. One could be, because size eight or 10. And one medium-sized brush, which could be 61, small brush that is fine brush size 0 or one. So with this medium brush, you achieve the same result, but slightly dinner. If you feel you have more paint in your brush, you can squeeze it out like this using the edge of your palette. You can do. 8. Warm Up Exercise - Stylizing: In this lesson, we're going to do some warm-up exercise with some of the botanicals that we have collected. So here we have the flower Madagascar, believing good. This is a simple flower with the five buttons. I'm mixing Alizarin crimson. And with the tip of my brush, I'm drawing the center, but wash your brush and make some color. I'm gonna keep it really transparent. Adding more water and chest, pulling the pink, taking lemon yellow and adding to the mix to transparent. And there's slight change in the shade of the product. So everytime I reach for my balance, I'm dabbing on a different color and mixing a light wash. So here is the green and add a little bit of blue to change the color. And I'm going to add Alizarin crimson again to send a bot to add the contrast and dropping in colors to the red areas to add interest. Now for the leaf part, I don't want to draw all these leaves. It looks like a clustered and just follow because single leaf. Just to study the shape and Bandar leaf. I've taken some Payne's gray and with our rigger brush, enjoying a thin line. This is why I really loved the rigger brush because the line looks so organic. Pinterest, taking water and mixing a light wash with the band already in my ballot. And then mixing grayish green and dropping it on the rebellious. And using the same mix to either. Secondly, I'm just going to let it dry and come back to later. While we wait for the leaves to dry. Let's move on to our next botanical elements. You can see the color of this reference plan coding is green, but I'm mixing colors that are totally different. So I would like to remind you this is the whole idea of this class. You don't have to copy exactly from your inspiration board. If you have the total freedom to change the colors, shapes, and stylize it in your own way. The point is to have fun and enjoy the process. And building with very light voyage to build the shape. And just quickly dropping the colors that we mixed and the pilot. Let's drop some greens. I just make us intuitively. I just make sure there's a lot of variation in the colors. I don't like this dark blue. It has gotten very dark, swamp cooling it down using a damp brush without any color. So let's take a rigger brush again and mix a dark color. I'm using burnt umber here. My go-to darker colors are burnt umber and Payne's gray and indigo blue. If you don't have Payne's gray, you can make some ultramarine blue and burnt sienna induce a beautiful grays. Oh, let's just connect the leaves and keeping the lines vaguely so that data looks organic. I'm digging my damp brush again, as I mentioned, dulling down this leaf. I want this line to be a little dark. So I'm adding burnt umber here. Let's add this tiny leaf. It's totally up to you to decide which part you're going to copy and which ones you are going to eliminate. So now I'm mixing Payne's gray to get backdoor bearing gold leaves. I'm just going to add some lines. It doesn't have to be very precise. And just with the tip of my version, very light pressure, I'm just making some marks. Let's add more contrast to this motive by adding some dark spots. So follow next botanical element. I'm going to choose this delegate. A creeper. This looks so pretty with all those tiny leaves. Whatever your subject, you just have to study what is distinct about them. And I just have to start designing from there. So for the stem, I'm just drawing a line with watery paint. I'm dropping a darker color. To add more interests. You can always make the changes and transform it how we wanted to be in the paper. Mixing lemon yellow to start painting the leaves. Just adding a tiny random leaves. Likely changing the shape by adding orange. Using just greens. I'm going to use called different colors. That will make our subject more interesting. Modeling some blues. Keeping some random and abstract. If you notice, I started with the lighter don't, and then change the midtones. And we can add our dogs. Finally. I know I have added way too many leaves, but that's the choice I made. I like a bit more leaves and all the multiple colors made it more interesting. I think this would make a beautiful yellow button. Adding the finishing touches with the reds. There you go. It looks like fairy lights are colorful. Fairy lights elaborate. Our next botanical name, flower, sorption delegate. Mcdonald, white flower. With the rigor brush, I'm drawing the stem. I started bins green and no switching do burnt umber. Just link those lines. Just keeping it loose. So for the flowers, I'm making a very, very watery mix. And the starting abstract buttons at the end of these lines. And you can always change the colors. Can keeping it very light so that I can add the dots later. Inside the doodle in the center. In this too much space between these 10 terms here. And I'm mixing lemon yellow to add abstract floral shapes. Since I like the delicate nature of these flowers, I'm keeping it very light. Of course, you can use other colors instead of white. It's all about how you see the subject in your mind. So here is how we transform the lean flow. So let's choose our next botanical. I think I'll choose this green leaves. It's called a gala of the wind. This is one of the tropical plant and continue to her medicine and values. So I'm drawing branch using my rigger brush and using burnt umber. Now let's switch our brush and add some leaves. I'm changing the color. Just have to use the side of the brush to make the leaf shape. And then I switch the color and add more leaves in-between, keeping it random so that a good look. Interesting. So let's add a bluish green, turquoise. I love playing with new the tones and write it down. It will compliment each other by mixing the lemon green. I'm going to add some tiny dots. Using this darker color for my palette. I'm adding over the center of the branch. If you take a closer look, you can notice these dynasties under the leaves. I hope you can see it here. My new search, real-life inspiration to discover some amazing, interesting details like this, which will be so beautiful to add designs. For our final warm-up exercise, I'm using this need and this grows in between our plans. I find cheap so interesting with all those hairy like textures. I'm taking my favorite Payne's gray and this line and add these four lines which is branching out. I am made it modally internationally so that I can pull the colors with my brush. I'm going to just pull the condoms. To imitate the hair-like texture. You can pick the colors from your palette and change it if you want to. Highlight botanicals with time. Interestingly dense like this. So now I'm using a redundant technique and dropping in darker colors. Add some greens, and leading the watercolor do its contents. And I can see blending of colors happening here. We just really cool. And I'm going to take the liberty and to move to the stem. You can always make up some elements and add it to the motif. So we are done with our warm-up exercise. Now, let's move on to making buttons and please do share your own exercise in the project section. Here I have arranged all my forest botanicals next to my stylist watercolor illustration. Though you can dig a flatly photograph like this and they share it in the project section. I'll see you in the next lesson. 9. Creating Botanical Compostion: In this lesson, we're going to paint a botanical composition, which you can turn it into an all over pattern later. I'm going to use the older snipped botanicals one-by-one and turn them into stylized motifs. I'm going to start with this flower from the house blank, U4 BM LEI, also known as crown of thorns. I'm going to bring this flower as my central focus. It's always good to start with the subject that you want to be a focal point of your design. I have just taken plain water in my brush and drawing some irregular circles, a bunch of just red circles. You can just keep it wonky. And taking the yellow and I lead the dots which will mark the centers of these tiny flowers. I'm just going to paint around each dot, leaving space between each flower. Let's lighten this using damp brush. And I wanted the first layer to be light. Just want you to remember, we are bending how we visualize our subject in our mind. Let's introduce a new color. What inspired me about this particular subject is tiny, wonky shaped flowers. I'm creating my own version of it. Mixing red and adding it to some of the red areas. And just making some marks. Oops, I dropped more painter. It happens menu, forget to dab your brush on the plot can lifted. In this case, I'm just going to let it blend. You can even make more of the floral shapes. I'm adding darker blue to define the center. I just want to add few more dots and these are going to be our centers. And using just plain water and pulling the color around, making a better shape. So I'm just playing by creating abstract shapes and making a bunch of levels which doesn't look like the original, but it will be uniquely mine. With Alizarin crimson, I'm drawing the stem just slightly diagonal. Just make sure it's not battled to the people because it will make your model static. We won this competition to be flowy. I've taken our orange on my brush and I'm going to add the leaves. I'm adding a darker color. I feel this oranges a bit too bright. So I'm taking a damp brush and lifting some pigment off. So this is how I have interpreted these U4 BR malaria flowers and modified them into something different and unique. Just inspired by the shape I have stylist leads into a different version of Word or genre friends. Now let's move on to next, botanical elements. This is the flower bud of the plant silver squirrel on so-called rapidly Lee. I picked it because it looks so interesting with all those tiny birds and make interesting motif on-state bloom. The flower buds look like Danny, hi lesson. I'm mixing darker color for the stem. I think I want to start with the flower bud. Oops, how did that happen? You know, sometimes I can be really a messy painter. So in a situation like this, don't panic. Just get a clean a clean paper towel and just wipe the water drop. Just with the clean water, I'm painting a conical shape to dry wet on wet technique. I'm mixing few colors in my palette and dropping in some colors to make them. We'd like Biden. I'm just going to go ahead and drop in Meridian of colors. It is so satisfying to watch the paint colors blend and bleed and do their beautiful watercolor thing. Taking advantage of the red areas and dropping in colors. Let's add few more darker colored spots. Once you have done with this, you can add the stem, but connecting the stem and adding a few more dots. Adding darkest, dark give you a nice contrast. Some leaf here. I'm blending this leaf with a little bit of Winsor blue to make it brighter. Since I like this botanical subject very much, I want to add one more version of this. So I'm taking Blaine border in my brush and starting to add a conical shape, just like how we did with the other motif. So I'm repeating the whole process of dropping in colors. Using wet-on-wet technique. You can add a darker tone. Just filling the gaps. Let's connect the stem. I just love how these two motifs that be painted with this botanical elements have turned out. Now let's move on to our next one. Our next one is just a branch with dried leaves. I just wanted to see what I could do with this. Let's mix a dark shade and start to draw the stem. Just keeping it very rough. Connect the space with different color, different darker color. Doing the simple tricks could add more character models. Mixing lemon yellow to start painting the leaves and deciding randomly, just touching little bit of yellow. I'm just going to pick different colors from my palette and going and keep adding leaves and delay feelings. Then let's drop in some contrast. Just making sure there's lighter tones, mid tones and Doc add-ons. And just fill in the spaces with more leaves. I can imagine a beautiful Lola, a pattern with just this Levy Blanche. This has both muted colors and bright colors. Kinda balanced with each other. Yeah, I think we are almost done here. And now let's move on to our next one. This is also dried botanical. I picked this purposely to show you how you can turn anything into a beautiful model. Even if it's dry flowers, dry leaves, or sea birds. So here I'm using my rigger brush and alizarin crimson. I'm painting these lines. I'm going to add one more of this here is to create a balance. I can add these needles using tiny strokes. Really good for this. And of course you can change the colors. A good floral composition needs moment. That's the reason I painted these two subjects facing in different directions. The one on the top facing upwards, and this one here is facing right. It would be so boring if I painted these phasing, same reduction. Painting these tiny strokes is so therapeutic. As final touch, I'm adding darker color to add contrast. Just dabbing the brush with the tip and making marks. All right, I guess we are done with this motives here. Now let's go ahead and add some fillers, which will have the i mod on the painting. Let's start from here. And taking Payne's green may rigger brush and adding a stem. Let's add some textures using the same vein to stem here. And changing the brush and loading it with a yellow. This is too much paint. I don't want this leaf to be dominating the rest of the motifs. So I'm lifting off the color. Let's add one more leaf here. I'm changing the color. Let's connect this leaf to the stem and just dabbing to create texture using the tip of my brush. So I'm mixing a light wash to paint a leaf here. I'm using the same wash to add one more leaf here. Now let's fill the space with couple of leaves. I used orange and Alizarin crimson and adding some red line here. And just trust your intuition and fillers. Where you think you need it, you can just stop and assess the flow of the design. This one needs a little more contrast. And I just want to extend the stem and make it look connected to the design. We don't want to use any bright colors. And they don't want to grab their attention from our central Pinterest. I'm keeping it very simple. You can paint the whole sketchbooks played with the mode is from here. We just have to replicate some of the motifs and create a balance. Now let's add a few final touches before we wrap this. This process of putting together all these motives is so much fun. It's like putting together a really beautiful puzzle pieces. I'm using plain water to pull this color and make it live sheet. Let's connect the stem. It looks kinda detached. So here we are without finished floral composition. So before we move on to the next lesson, I want to quickly show you how you can take pictures of your artwork. Because presentation is very important, especially if you're sharing it on your social media. I'm arranging all the botanicals on the left page of my sketchbook. If you're painting on paper, you can just arrange the millennials are on the paper. You don't need expensive equipment to take beautiful pictures. You can just use your smartphone and just make sure you are shooting in a room with plenty of windows and natural light. Also, you can scan an impetus to Photoshop to create a repeating pattern. Here I have created half drop repeating pattern, which I'll teach you in one of my future Skillshare classes. I uploaded this to my print on demand shop. I love looking at how it looks on the products. For me, this whole creative process is so fascinating because it started as a botanical cuttings. And we have transformed this into beautiful artwork, which could look gorgeous on multiple products like bidding linen, table linen and kitchen linen and so on. I hope you enjoyed this lesson. Now let's move on to our third project. 10. Fun Bold Leaves: In this lesson, we're going to paint some fun expressive leaves. I'm going to use this big beautiful leaf from Chinese J3. We have the street outside our house. Its leaves or a digital met five leaflets resembling the fingers of hand. I'm just going to take the silhouette of these leaves as my inspiration. And I'm going to play with watercolor techniques. I am taking a very light wash to begin with. I'm going to play with the wet-on-wet technique. I'm using a size ten brush. You can even use size 12 brush. Using a bigger brush will give you a loose expressive strokes. I'm dabbing with olive green on the first layer. And yeah, I love variations in my colors, so I'm choosing a bright lemon yellow. This seems like a simple subject, but there's no limit for your imagination. You can apply different watercolor techniques and may go subjects more interesting. I love Eigenmode and I always almost use radon, but watercolor techniques, it helps you a lot if you want to loosen up your color work. Embedding with light washer Fred. Let's dab some blues. I don't like to read next to each other, so I'm making it a slightly different shade. Since I have blue in my brush, it has turned purplish. Let's add one bright orange leaf here. The original leaf has a leaf flag, but I'm going to make it six. Remember there are no rules. You have total freedom to change it, and that's how you make something your own. What were the inspiration? You apply your creativity and make it unique. The ultimate goal is to have fun. Now I'm using my rigger brush to add some details using a darker color. I'm dabbing on the wet areas. When you change how you hold the brush, marks are going to be different. And that will give you interesting results. Can I even add some lines? Are tiny marks like this. Just play with it. Adding some dots here. I'm going to try adding a spiral here. I could add a few strokes here. Actually, I don't like the spider there. Strapping. I'm using plot. Now. I'm going to fill this page, but I'm going to add one more leaf. I choose my colors. Bright colors, complemented with neutral colors. Taking Alizarin crimson, alizarin crimson. I'm going to add a leaf here to balance the bright ones. Let's make this a little bit more defined. Flood with the indigo blue. Indigo blue, blue to add one more leaflet. These variations in colors and the textures that we are adding using the watercolor. I mean, they were done with techniques. Use a nice dramatic look to your artwork. I'm taking a little bit of lemon yellow to dab the NDP blue and red. I'm seeing an ant walking on my sketchbook. I think he's from the flower, must be so mad that I document inside my studio. You can also play with my tongue dry technique. These areas are dry. I'm just dabbing it with the blue. It done slightly green. It's so much fun to just try and experiment and explore. I'm going to paint the leaves on the left page of the sketchbook. I'm going to pretty much to be the same process. I'm mixing a bright orange. Just make sure your leaves off in different directions so that there'll be a beautiful moment. It's so easy to create simple and impressive effects using wet-on-wet techniques. The unpredictability of portability gives you beautiful blending of colors. I'm not looking at the original div cutting. And just trying to create a balance and harmony. Using very loose strokes. Doesn't have to be perfect. By working on any artwork, any medium, the process, but might not always look beautiful. Your brain might confuse you. Seen stupid things like, gosh, what have you done too much it up. This was so beautiful and added this to my brain, obviously, stops like that to me. But you've got to trust yourself and your process to keep going and finish your artwork. Trust me, the result will be so rewarding. Even if you make mistakes. Or even if you make what you think is a mistake. Everything is a learning. Nothing is wasted. Just show up and keep making art. Make mistakes. Embrace your imperfections. And imperfections. I mean, imperfection is more interesting. Anyway. I like making imperfect artworks always. My strokes are not always perfect. I just love making perfect art. I believe. Loose strokes, imperfect strokes has more character to it. Rather than replicating the always and always add textures to your. Otherwise you might end up looking flat. I'm going to go ahead and add leaflets to the spaces. Now these gaps here. Let's paint one coming from this direction. You can just stand back and assess to decide where to add the leaflets and create an overall balanced the sketchbook spread. I'm drawing these lines for the stem, crooked and even sometimes broken as it gives nice organic look to the sketchbook spreads starting to look really nice. On the colors. Textures. We have use bright colors and muted colors. We have given variation in the sizes of the leaflets. We made sure the leaves are facing different directions. It's perfectly okay to make these leaves overlap. I don't like this line here. That's why I'm changing this into a leaflet. Yes, it looks much better now. I hope you find your garden, our backyard that you can stylize it to sketch book, bag. Can go ahead and add some marks using rigger brush, just like how we did with the first leaf. These marks that you add with the rigor brush dies the painting together and gives the viewer a sense of data. Without adding too much detail. You can do that once you're done with the bowl shapes. I think we are nearly done. So here is our fun, dramatic, eye-catching, expressive, more leaves pattern. So just with a bigger brush and rigger brush. Purchased rhymed. Yep, use a bigger brush for painting bold strokes and fine brush for adding smaller didn't. So just with the simple leaf as our inspiration, we were able to create something so fun and beautiful. So please share your explorations in the class project. I can't wait to see what you create. I hope you create some beautiful bold motifs. In the next lesson, we're going to talk about some key takeaways from this class. So see you there. 11. Key Takeaways: Before ending the class, I want to emphasize on some of the important points that will help you with your creativity. When you're working with the medium. Bead, any medium tried to take advantage of all the qualities of the medium. As far as watercolors concerned. You can take advantage of its transparency. And you can play with the baton wet technique and make it your best friend. Because playing the wet-on-wet technique gives you unpredictable results, which will help you producing a interesting and unique works. It is important to have a good contrast between the light and dots in your painting. Lagging good tonal contrast will make your paintings look flat and dull. This is one of the beginner mistakes that I was making. So it is important to add the contrast. Once you've finished painting, always assess if it needs more contrast. And try to show variations in colors, sizes, and shapes of the elements of your painting. This is essential to make your artwork visually more interesting. Another important point I want to emphasize is staying curious. If you stay curious, it's going to make you a better observant. And it helps you explore, imagine, and even discover new techniques. The way the human brain learns the best as by doing that is by trial and error. So never be scared to make mistakes. It just means that your brain is learning. Although it feels like you're not making much progress, these little learnings will help you make better paintings and think you're painting dime as your playtime goes, It's more about freeing your mind and nourishing your creativity. So just do it for your Jo, Bane, just for having a good time and you are allowed to make things up. Don't be afraid to make things up. And that's how your art will stand out from others. And the imperfection. Your imperfection is one of your many quirks that makes you unique mistakes, aka happy accidents, open doors to new ideas. Once you're embracing imperfection, you will start looking at the mistake differently. You will not feel bad about it. You're just realize you learned something new. So be ready for the surprises. Most of the time in the middle of the painting, you might doubt yourself. Don't worry, you're not alone. This happens to every one of us, even for the season artists. But if you trust your instinct and move ahead, you'll be thankful that you didn't stop. I cannot stress enough how important it is to shore up showing up every day even if it's just five minutes. It's super powerful the binders to build a habit. Because every time you show up, you are showing up for your art and you are showing up for yourself. I need to say this advice to myself over and over again. I tried to show up and do just silly art on the days I feel uninspired. I haven't indicated sketchbook for making select God, every stoke that you lay on your sketchbook, no matter how silly of perfect, we'll do a 100 percent help your future self. 12. Show Your Work! : Making art is so good for the soul. I really loved this quote from Kurt Vonnegut. He says, to practice any art, no matter how well our badly is a way to make your soul grew. So do it. I believe, ought making us more about the process and how it makes you feel. So don't give judging your work and just share it with the world because the world needs your beautiful art. If you share your project on Instagram, you can tag me at some much-needed factory so that I can like comment. And she died on my stories. If you enjoyed this class, I recommend watching my other class painting modern watercolor florals, where you can learn fun watercolor techniques and pain, some pretty Florence. You can follow me on Skillshare to get an email notification as soon as I launch a class. All right, guys, thank you so much for staying with me and watching this class. I can't wait to see what you create and please upload what you create in the class project section. And I'll see you in the next class.