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6 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Floral Practice and Prep

    • 4. Painting Letter Step 1

    • 5. Painting Letter Step 2

    • 6. Final Thoughts and Thank You!

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Brighten your home or create the perfect baby or housewarming gift with a personalized watercolor initial!  This class is perfect for those just starting out with watercolor and all the experts out there too!  We'll practice our loose florals and them create the perfect work of art!

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Sweetseasonsart Cris

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Hello, I'm Cris, the founder of Sweet Seasons.  Welcome!!   I am a watercolor artist based in Richmond, Virginia.  I love all things bright and floral and I have a special affinity for wreaths!  My style is described as loose, but I love finding inspiration from vintage botanical art and nature.  I hope you'll join me for a wreath class or maybe for one of my By the Book series where we loosely interpret vintage art.  You can follow me on Instagram at @sweetseasonsart and find my Society6 shop at www.society6.com/sweetseasonsart  Thank you for visiting and happy painting!!!      

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1. Introduction: everybody, It's Chris. That sweet seasons are welcome to my next class. This one is on simple watercolor floral letters, so this is something you could do as a set of initials or as just one big monogram. It's very practical and useful in your house. You can painters to match a room, maybe a baby nursery or maybe your entryway or your living room. That's something to spruce up your walls, and it could be made really personal for yourself or for a client. So today we're just gonna tackle one initial, but that will let you make anything you want going forward. And I'll give you some tips and tricks at the end if you want to do something a little different with that. But we're going to focus today on just one big letter, and we'll talk about some color palettes to match your room. But having mine where you might use it or who you might give it Teoh, maybe a housewarming gift or baby gift. Um, we'll talk about that as we go through. It's really simple and straightforward. I think it's really practical and fun, and it's appropriate for all levels. So get your supplies together. We'll go and talk about those next. But this is gonna be really fun and really loose florals for this one and you're assignment at the end will be to paint your own initial to do a fund lower case one or more formal, kind of like the one we're doing here. More formal, uppercase letter. But look online on Pinterest and Google, different styles that you might want to incorporate in your room and jump with me next to supplies and we'll talk about what we need to get started. 2. Supplies: All right, let's talk supplies and papers up first. Thes are two examples of watercolor blocks. It's 100% cotton paper, cold press. £140. This is artistic. Oh, it's from Fabbiano. It's very good. Also, Stonehenge. Great watercolor block as well. So get whatever paper you like. You can you lose sheets or you can do a black of paper. Next up. Of course. The normal stuff. Nice. Fresh clean water and paper towels for blotting was try to start fresh and have more than one jar of water around cause it gets messy so quickly brushes, I get an assortment thes air Sum's enter brushes and some brushes from Peggy. At the pigeon letters, I look for an 8 to 10 size for some larger work, and then I get some of these smaller ones. Maybe a two or four. This is for some of the little details because we're gonna be working within the outline of the letter. So we want to have some small brushes for the smaller details within the confines of the letter. Last, you're gonna need your letter. Whatever letter you are going to do today, I haven't are here. This is for a client for their last name. And I just traced this. This is on regular paper, just printer paper. I found it online, printed off and traced it. So it fit basically on a block. So I'll just show you. You'll want to make sure it fits well within the confines of your paper and you'll want to space it, you know, pretty much evenly within the paper. So it's centered on there. And of course, you lead a pencil and an eraser, so let's get started. 3. Floral Practice and Prep: So let's trace our letter. Let's center it on the paper against just then typewriter paper. Get your pencil and make sure you it is where you want it to be. And let's go ahead and entries. Okay, so this is probably pretty hard to see, actually where my lines are, but I want them to be light enough dark enough that I can see them but not so dark that they're gonna show. So I'm gonna lighten a few of these lines with my eraser Just where I press down a little too hard Just so when I'm done painting If I paint over the lines you know you can't erase When watercolors painted over pencil you won't erase later, so erased the darkest of the lines. When we're done, painting will go ahead in the race. Any lines that are really showing, But this is a good way just to get started. So before we get started, I want to show you the color palette I'm using. And it's these colors here. I'll put up a list for you. There's a deep sea green and some indigo job, probably mixed with a little Davies gray to soften them sap green as well and all mixed. Maybe a little of the blues and greens together. There's pearling maroon You can see. I've mixed it with little gray here. And there's also some yellow Oakar, my pick to these colors to match my clients living room. She sent me a picture and I was trying to sort of coordinate with her color palette. But pick any paints you like. This is not really does not have to match any particular paint palette. This is what I'm gonna pick to fill in here. But pick your own paints, pick your palate or follow along with this one. That's fine. So before we jump in, I want to use this page here to practice the flower types were going to use. We don't just want to start painting right on our trace letter. We want toe pick, three or four types of flowers that we're gonna use to fill in our letter. So I think I'm gonna do a classic four petal flower using a size eight brush, and I'm gonna use the pearling maroon for this show you how we make these flowers. If you've taken my beginner wreath class, then you'll have already seen how we sort of shape thes, But I'm gonna zoom in here and I'll show you how we shape each pedal. So I like to start sometimes at the outer edge of the pedal and just kind of bring it in almost in see shapes or even in just lines. I don't need each pedal to be the same shape. You see. I'm kind of pushing the paint into the center and helped to get a little more paint in the middle of the flower, which I like that effect where it's deeper in the center and I like my pedals to be different shapes. I don't need them to be perfectly shaped. So practice a few of these four pedal flowers. They're fairly simple, will add some center detail to them when we paint our letter and you can see a little more how we add pigment to the center. We also do a side facing one like this. So I did my three main pedals, you see, and then it's almost like the flowers on its side, just a swoop underneath. You can do it facing the side like this to as if it was drooping over to the side a little . It just gives some variations on your types of flour. Says still a classic for petal flower. But you get a little different perspective on it. Okay, Next, I think I'm gonna use some of the yellow poker, and I'm going to do kind of like a cone flower. Econ atia type flower something with a longer, thinner pedals. And there's a couple ways we could do that. So the first way is do you to do something like a daisy. Right? So it has 56 over many petals you like like maybe five is an odd number, just longer pedals. They don't have to be perfectly sort of a symmetrical flower. That can be a little wonky. Disguise definitely falls into the wonky category. We can do something like this, and then later we would add a center to this so you can practice a few of these flowers petals coming in different angles. Whatever you like looks a little bit like a star. You could do six or seven pedals, start the center, push the pedals out, doing one stroke or two. That's one way to do this longer. pedal daisy type flour. The other way to do it is kind of what I usually like to do it. So I'm gonna show you that next it's gonna be a different angle on this flower. So this perspective is from the side of the flower. Take each of these pedals and just kind of lined them up. Most run a central point as if you were seeing the side of the flower. So these again are not perfectly sized. Pedals are not perfectly even, but will pop the center here at the top. So I think you see that I'm going for here is sort of an econ nation flower where you're seeing it from the side, the pedals air pulled back. I really love to paint these flowers and they're fun. I like when the center part bleeds into the pedals. So practice a few of these. You can start with this center of the flower like this one, or you can place your pedals first. It's fun. Sometimes it start with center like I did here. You can do it from a different angle, maybe, but also you get some good bleed, sometimes from the center color which I'm using are maroon into your pedal colors. And I really like that look. Okay, I think I would take a little of this indigo, which I've mixed with some Davies gray, and I'm gonna do what I like to call sort of a little filler flour. And we're going to start off with a fairly light mix of this. So a lot of water and we're going to make a little cluster of really loose shapes to start . Now, we'll go back in with a little darker pigment, maybe straight into go or close to straight into go at the base of each of these little flowers as a little dimensions kind of fun. And you can do those in different shapes, even clusters of two or three or or larger clusters. So practice a few of those and then we will move on to stems and leaves. If you want, we can add some stems and leaves. Here. Just use the tip of your brush to draw some little connecting lines. We'll do this a little bit inside. Our letter to fill in the spaces will add leaves, make your C shaped leaves and just little stems because we want to add fill in the white space basically, if you're new and a beginner, or if you just want a refresher. We were how we paint our leaves, the C shape and then a backward C shape, sometimes leaving space in the center like this. And then a lot of times I'd like to drop a little extra pigment, either at the tip where the base were in the center. Or you can just have it be. One solid leaf can add some accents along the side, so practice um leaves will need those to fill in. Some of the gaps between the flowers could do one with different shapes. But have some fun practicing those and dropping an extra pigment in whatever color you've chosen for your leaf color. Now, last but not least, we will want to take some of our contrast in colors and just do a little bit of center detail. Just got the centers here of thes little long pedal flowers doesn't have to be a solid mass or it can be. This will be really small in the interior of your letter so you won't see a lot of the detail of the centers, but it will be a nice punch of color, and it'll add some contrast in detail. These red flowers, I think I'll just used the yellow Oakar on make some little detailed zigzags going out. So play around with that and let's get ready cause we're about to start our project. 4. Painting Letter Step 1: Okay, guys, it's time to paint. You're going to start with our larger elements, which are flowers, and I'm going to start with our maroon flower. You might want to do a large screen or resume this end so you can see. But we're gonna place the's in varying intervals around your letter, and we're going to try to space them fairly evenly. I'm gonna work on our three main flower types first, then go back and see what's lacking. We may have to make things up a little as we go along once we get started. No, I am not using masking fluid or anything along my pencil edges. Some people like to put some masking fluid along those edges in case they paint outside. The lines were going to try to keep everything inside the line, even if that means a pedal gets cut off, so to speak. So we will do some flowers right on the edge, as if they were getting cut off by the pencil line. I'll start, though, with the mainly inside the lines, and will have to sort of watch us as it evolves in terms of the balance of the flowers where they are and the colors, so we'll just keep an eye on that. As we go, you'll see him going back and adding some pigment to the centers of some of these. As I go, all of these flowers will be somewhat different, and that's great. But the overall effect will be that they sort of are similar or the same due to their general shape and color. So I will zoom through some of these parts where I'm just really placing flowers around my letter. Feel free to stop or rewind, and also to make this full screen on your screen, because I think that will help you see the pencil lines and how I'm placing the flowers within them. So I want Teoh mention not to neglect your corners, and if you look at what I'm doing here to kind of go right up to the line. But I'm trying to fill in the corner space as well and to keep us very evenly spaced and you'll see on a lot of these time going right up to the pencil line, and it makes the flower kind of half there half in half out, and that's fine. Also noticed that I've done something that you really shouldn't do, which is? I started on the right side off the letter, and now I have to be careful not to drag my hand back through. So that's a problem. See how have to reach here and not touch all my wet flowers with my arm. So definitely try to start left to right. And don't do what I did, but you'll see, like on that one where I painted right along the pencil line. And so you can keep your spacing still correct with your flowers and colors, but they'll just look like they're coming right from the edge. So let's start on some different flowers now. That's a decent amount of red flowers. You might have to add more. We'll see as we go. But I'm gonna start on the yellow ochre cone flowers. Now I'm gonna place this one along the edge. Now, these could be right next to the red flowers or space in between them. The key is just where are the yellow flowers in relationship to each other? Because we're gonna fill this whole letter in if you kind of want your colors evenly dispersed What matters most is not if the's come flowers air, you know, space to closer for apart from our four pedal red flowers. But really how they relate to each other. So the yellow is evenly dispersed around the latter rather than you know how it compares to the red. And again we'll put in a lot of these and then we'll take a step back and we'll keep moving forward. I'm saving centers till the end so that the flowers have time to dry. And here I am again starting on the right hand side of my letter. Don't do that. Start over here on the left so you don't have to drag your hands. And the process continues. Now with our indigo blue little flowers, remember that you can face things right side up and upside down and sideways. I tend to do most of them right side up, but I do try to remember to sort of flip some around, especially if it fills the space better. So start off with your you know, start off with your lighter ones. Look around, see where we need some space filled in where there's extra white space duties in any formation you like. They don't don't have to be in odd or even Bunches again. They can be right along the edge, right up to the other flowers and facing again Any direction. I want you to take a pause here and notice how our letter is starting to take shape. You're starting to actually see the are Don't forget to go in and add your dark details as well. Okay, Before we get too far into this and start adding leaves, I'm gonna take a small number to brush here. You're going to start doing some of the centre details on our flowers. The bread flowers and the comb. Flowers are really pretty much dry now, So take a look and see which ones are dry, and you can start adding some of your center details depending on the perspective of the flower and how much of that might show. Go through and just double check your different flowers. You can always come back and do this later, but before we fill the space up with leaves or other details, you want to make sure we finish off our flowers. All right, now I'm looking at this guy's and just taking a step back, and I'm seeing still a lot of white space here. It makes me a little nervous that if I start filling in leaves, it's just gonna become a blob. So I'd like to fill in some of these spaces with more flowers. I think I'm going to actually do a little blend of the maroon and the yellow Oakar and do a little bit of an in between tone. And it's gonna be a very simple for petal flower, but a little bit smaller. I'll zoom in here so you can see what I'm doing, but maybe either fill in some of the space if you have too much, or if you're already kind of jammed with flowers, then just skip over this part. But I'm trying to show you how you kind of have to play it by ear a little bit as you go. All right, I like how this is looking. There's a lot less white space here. Take a look at yours and again step back and reassess. Is there a lot of white space? Have you painted up to the line? You see here where there's sort of the pencil line, but nothing next to it. You want to bring the color out all the way to the line, so I'm gonna put in a little bit of 1/2 flower here and 1/2 flower there because I really want people to see the shape of the letter. And the only way to see the shape of the letter is by taking the color all the way out to the lines. We're not gonna fill in the background with the color. We are just going to put flowers and leaves and there will be white space. I feel like looking at this. The blue is getting overpowered, so I'm gonna come back in with a little bit more of our little blue flowers to step back and assess your letter. See what colors air coming through. Stronger. Maybe what you're lacking a little bit and go back in and just do some touch ups and make sure you're bringing things out to your pencil lines will bring some leaves out there, too. But a lot of the flowers need to be out along the edges or part flowers along the edges. So the shape of the letter comes through at a distance and up close. We're almost done with our flowers. Before I move on to our leaf section the final touches I'm gonna come back into the center of these newly added flowers with some blue. I think that will make it more cohesive. And the color palette will look a little more cohesive with blue centers on these. So do your last touch ups on your flowers. Make sure your centers air in there, have the fit the space building pretty good. And in just a second, we're gonna move to stems and leaves, and that really will be pretty much the end of our project. Good job hanging in there. 5. Painting Letter Step 2: Okay, guys, it's time to start adding stems and leaves. Gonna start, I think, with the blue flowers. And I'm using the greens that we talked about. Sap green and undersea green. Great tip for coordinating your greens with the color of your flower is to mix a little of the flower color in with your green, helps it coordinate and just match up a little better. Don't overdo it or you look green anymore, but I'll probably do that when we add leaves for the cone flowers or the red flowers. So I'm just going in really gently with the number size to paint Brush here, and I'm gonna just pop in some stems on the blue flowers to do that along with me. So now let's add some leaves around our bread. Ishimaru Nish flowers thes can take up a good bit of the white space. I'm going to make them fairly simple, and I'll just take a look in each flowers. I go and decide if I want to do him on 123 or all sides. I think now I'll add a couple leaves next to each other on the's smaller flowers that we added at the end. Just make it a little bit different. So I'll go in and make two leaves on each of these. I might add more as I go. Just depends on how it looks. I lightened my green a little here just for a little variation. Little more water, but same same basic leaf shape. Okay, so we're about done with ease. I keep finding ones that I missed and that will happen later to will have to go back and re check. But I think we're ready to start adding some stems and leaves on our cone flowers. So let's go to that next. So for each of these, I'm gonna add, at least initially, one leaf that kind of comes down from the top. So you'll see that sort of attach is to each tip of the stem. And it's just again are simple leaf shape, sort of a C and a reverse e. And I'm gonna take those again right out to the pencil lines, and I'm just gonna put them in a direction where they helped fill up the white space. And if you take a step back again here and look at your letter you'll really see how it's taking shape and how it's filling out. You can vary your leaves a little within your letter are doing some with more pigment and some with less. You'll notice on some of the smaller flowers. Old start with a a lot of pigment on my brush and then you go to a lighter shade with a little last pigment. I'm going back on some of these and adding a little dash of darker pigment at at the top or the bottom of the leaf like we talked about. Just make the leaves like you like them size and shape wise. You can bury them from flower to flower, but I'd like to be consistent with the type of what I'm doing for each flower, but definitely do it in your own style. Okay, so I'm back to my larger brush here, and I'm just looking around my letter to get a sense of what's left. What do we need to dio? Are we coming out to the edges? Are we filling in along our pencil line? And how much white space do we have? I think at this point I'm just going to go into some of the larger white spaces and do some sets of leaves using over medium amount of pigment on my brush. And I will vary this and do some probably darker and lighter leaves as I go. But I'm going to take some of these spaces that have a decent amount of area. And I'm just going to film a Muslim leaves. You can do groups of two or three. You can just do one Whatever works for the space that sort of available. I'm gonna try to do trios if I can fit them. And I'm just gonna work my way around, you'll see some areas like sort of the stem or the leg of this are, if you call it that, are getting a little fuller where some We still have a lot of white space. So we need it even this out. So the pattern looks consistent throughout the letter. Okay, so I think right now what I'm gonna do is maybe just dark in the pigment a little bit with these leaves. This will add a little bit extra variation in the letter. I'm not going to really change the shape of the leaf here, but I'm going to go back in around the flowers that we worked on before. And I'm gonna add leaves. It just are a little bit darker. So just a little less water on your brush, little more pigment, and this will add a little more depth to your pattern and help fill in the blanks as well. So now if you watch what I'm doing, I'm really going in and making sure that the edges of the letter are pretty strong and that we really have evenness in terms of the pattern. You can still see if you if you look at this a little bit of unevenness in terms of how dense the pattern is in certain areas. So you'll see. I'm bringing things right up to the pencil line here and then also filling in, you know, little leaves by our blue flowers, additional leaves by some of our other flowers just to make sure our pattern is fairly consistent and the edges of the letter stand out to take a little time to look at your flowers. You'll see here, I notice. Then add a little more detail. I'm back to using the size to round. I'm strengthening a few of the details on the cone flowers and filling in white space. And this is where you really just need to take a look and decide for yourself what you feel is missing and where you want to add a little more detail or some extra color, or maybe extra leaves so you'll see. I've added a few additional flowers and gonna add a little additional center detail on these. Just for fun, do what you like. Touch things up at a little more in to go to your blue flowers or touch up your centers and your other flowers. Just keep filling in. This is kind of the place where it gets to personal preference. Decide what you like. I think I'm going to again go back in with my small brush and some darker leaves. I'll make these smaller, obviously, because the available space is just a little bit. But I think it'll add a nice little additional depth to the pattern, and I do want to fill in a little bit more of the white space. This is pretty close to done, though, so take a look at yours and see what else you need to do. It's OK if you're leaves overlap. It's OK if things are touching each other. Don't Don't worry about that. Just fill in where you think it needs it. Alright, guys, I like how this is looking. I'm seeing just a few unfinished little parts like the center of this flower or some places along the edge where I think we need to add a leaf or two where it's a little too white. We wanna fill in a little to the edge, go back and double check. You're very small details and join me for some final thoughts as we wrap this up. 6. Final Thoughts and Thank You!: Thank you so much for coming to paint with me today. Guys. I really, really appreciate it. I hope you'll post your projects. I love to see your letters. I love to know what you're going to use them for, Where you're gonna put them. I love your feedback on my class. If you leave a review, I really appreciate it. If you share your projects, post them online on Instagram. I'd love to story them and share them with everybody so we can all see you're beautiful watercolor letters. Thank you again. And don't forget to do your assignment and posted to the project's Thanks. Bye.