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Watercolor Florals: Painting Loose Anemone Wreaths

teacher avatar Nina Belle, Spreading joy and beauty through art

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Watercolor Basics

    • 4. Painting Anemones

    • 5. Painting Leaves

    • 6. Painting Berries

    • 7. Painting The Full Wreath

    • 8. Painting in the Centers

    • 9. Conclusion

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About This Class

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

Anemones are very simple flowers so anyone can paint them even without any prior experience. Their simplicity is also their beauty and I am sure you will fall in love with them as you learn to paint them.

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

I used the following colors in Winsor and Newton Professional tubes but you can use whatever paints you have on hand as well. 

Winsor Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Deep,Winsor Orange, Scarlet Lake, Opera Rose, Permanent Magenta, Ultramarine Violet, Hooker's Green, permanent sap green, ivory black, brown ochre

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Nina Belle

Spreading joy and beauty through art



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

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

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

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

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

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1. Introduction: Hello, everyone. I'm you know, the Nobel designs, and this is my very first skill share class. So I'm very excited to have you here with me today. I'm gonna be teaching you how to paint a loose anouma near it like this. I'm gonna be teaching you how to be in all the elements in this rib. So first I'll start by teaching you how to paint the human eases flowers, then rtg european leaves. And then I'll tell you how to paint the Berries. And finally, I'll be teaching you how to put all these elements together to create a beautiful rib like this. I chose the enemy for first class because they're very beautiful, very simple and very easy to paint. I love that the criminal cause. So I am very excited to see what you come up with and how you use your creativity in this class. I welcome all feedback and suggestions. Any questions you have? Please feel free to a child. To me, if you're a beginner, don't worry. I'll be walking you for every step of the way so you can follow along. And I'm sure you have a great time. So let's get out, paintbrushes out and let's get started. 2. Supplies: Okay, so first of all, I wanted to introduce you to my supplies. This is my polit, which I use on a day to day basis. And these are all Windsor New10 professional watercolors, and I have the tubes down hair. I'll write up the names of each of these colors if you have these colors at home and if you have these brand at home, the winds and even professional But if you don't, you can also use the Cottman, which is also wins in u turn. It's a great below the professional, and I used it for a long time before investing in professionals. If you're not ready to jump into professional, what a cause. Yet you can use these All whatever pains you have on hand will do as well. As long as you have some kind of yellow read a pink, some green and a black, you should be able to paint the wreath that I want to show you how to paint today. I'm also gonna use some water and a paper towel to dab any excess water from my brushes. My goto brushes the Princeton heritage. 40 50 are round brushes and I have a size eight and a size six, and I use this for all my paintings. But if you don't have these, you can also use any round brush with a flexible tip like this, and that should work fine as well. We're also gonna need a pencil and an eraser for this class. And we're also going to use some kind of bill around shape or even a compass to draw a pencil mark on our paper to guide us to have a very round wreath so anything round should work anything about home. For my paper, I'm using the prima marketing. What a call people pad. It's it by eight inches, and it comes already glued on the sides, which is great but not necessary. So if you don't have this very same paper, just any square piece of paper we'll do. I would recommend 100% cotton on £140. Just read something thick enough to be able to absorb the water and take on the water color . But any fear people will do for this class, and that's a law supplies Let's get started 3. Watercolor Basics: So before jumping into a painting flowers, I want to show you a little bit how watercolor works. So go ahead and her answer. Brush in your water, then pick Akala, get lots of pigment, lots of paint on your brush and take you to the paper. As you can see, the color is very rich, very concentrated, and as you rinse your brush a little bit and we'll get a light on later. Various my brush again or even lighter. This is how you go from very doctor. Very light in watercolor. So the mall. What are you add to your brush, the more the lighter it will become. I also wanted to show you how to use this flexible tip. So if you hold it at an almost 90 degree angle with your wrist resting on the people of our stability and use a very tip point of your brush, you'll get a very thin line, and I'll take some practice to get it to be straight. But I wanted to practice, uh, control of off your wrist and your fingers so that you're able Teoh make straight lines very thin lines. And if I add a little more pressure to my brush. I'll get a line. It's a little bit thicker, fat, even more pressure. Get a line that's even thinker. So in practice, different thickness of lines. Another technique that will be using in this class is using the side of your brush. So instead of using a point here, I'm gonna be model 45 degree angle, and I'm gonna be using the side of my brush This So rather than painting like this, I am using the side of my brush. I'm going up and down. I also wanted to practice this. I also rest come and resting your risk So you're more stable and then moving. Just your fingers in your hand, the brush as you go up and down, up and down. Okay, so I want you practice these techniques and we'll be using them to do our different elements that are 4. Painting Anemones: So the first thing I'm gonna show you how to paint is these on Yemenis. And if you took a closer look, you can see that they usually have about six. Um, all pedals and there's some white space in between the pedals, which is really important for watercolor to give it that Harry look, So don't try to squeeze everything together. Also get a big blob of paint. I'll walk you through that. Another characteristic of these flowers is that they've got these little ridges, usually two or three at the end. We'll be showing you how to do that. And then lastly, we're gonna let it dry and then on top of it, we're gonna do the center on the peace deal in this demon. And I will also be showing you how to use different colors to mix them to get this very variations in the pedals and also different sizes. Smaller ones, big ones. So let's get started. So, first of all, pick a color and put lots of pigment on there. The more pigment and paint you have on your brush, the brighter and more vibrant it's going to be, so make sure you load that up nicely, Kind of dab off the excess. Then you're gonna come to your paper. You're going to start with the side of your brush. Like I showed you earlier at a 45 degree angle with your wrist resting down, you're gonna go up 123 to create those ridges and feel in the middle. Go up. 123 Keep going all around up. 123 At this point, you can either reload your brush and some paint, or if you wanted to go lighter, you can also just rinse your brush in the water. It's up to you. That's the beauty of watercolor. You have some DACA pedals and some lighter ones to give that dynamic look, so it's not just one Cullen. Also, the pedals are different shapes. Don't worry about that. And at the beauty of nature, everything's different and unique. Make sure you leave some white space in the middle and also the white space in between the pedals so we can see where the pedals end. Okay, if you have difficulty going around in a circle like this, and with some people struggle of this in the beginning, what you can do is take your pains and go around in a circular motion. So if you want your flower tohave six pedals, you're gonna do six thoughts in a circular motion. 123456 That way, you know where your pedal it's gonna start, and it will help guide you from Harry. Go up. 123 up. 123 Up. 123 And don't be afraid to turn your paper around, if that's easier for you. 123 123 123 And there you have it. I'm gonna show you how you can also makes to cause to get something a bit more interesting . So, for example, if I wanted to do a pink anime with a little bit of red in there, I would take lower your brush with pink and Dad my brush a little bit in the red and take it to the people. Interesting. The Koza again. Maybe I take a little bit more red this time and I go around very ating. So maybe some of them have more pink, some of them of more red. On 23 123 There you have it a little bit more dynamic. If you can see some of the pink hues and then the red hues creates a nice variation to give your flowers and interesting look. So go ahead and practice these and you can make them small, big, using different colors, your favorite colors. So go ahead and explore in practice. Once these air done, we're gonna let them dry, and then we're gonna come back to them once they're completely dry to add in the centres and the statement in a pistol. So let that dry completely, and then we'll come back to it. Okay, Now that the flowers are completely dry, I can go back and add my center and my statement and pistol, as we saw, is just around in the middle and black and then some lines and in some dots on the end. So for this one, I'm gonna use my round six brush. I mean, he's my black pain. So to have a brush in the black, then you're gonna come and just draw a circle in the middle. Not too big, but not too small. Just enough to live a little bit of white around. Then you're gonna draw from thin lines. It was going to require you to use that technique on holding out of nine, almost 90 degree angle and going very thin. You can go out to in in on outwards like that. Then finally make sure you have enough paint on your brush. You're gonna go back and dab to get that. And you that signature on Yemeni. Look, this is one of my favorite spots, and there you have it. We can go ahead and do this for all your flowers and depending on the size of your flour, your center will try and make a center proportionate to your flower again. Go around. Draw those lines. If you're having difficulty getting control, you can also use a very thin brush, something thin other than this, and draw very small lines and then come back and get a bigger brush to get those dots of the end. A lot around from that completes our enemy 5. Painting Leaves: the next element of the wreath that I would like to show you how to paint is the leaves. So, as you can see, I have different colors. So some a bit DACA bit lighter. I'm gonna walk you through how to get this shape and create branches of leaves. So, first of all, get some water, pick a green. When I start with this lighter green, get lots of paint on their Remember, if you want that vibrant look, I'm going to get lots of pigment on your brush. Now, we're gonna use a technique that I showed you where you're drawing straight lines. So you're a model, a 90 degree angle, and you're using the tip of your brush with very little pressure to get that straight thin line. Okay, this time is a little long, but you do about this and then you press down and then come up to get that shape of the lift, press down and then come up If you notice I left some white space in between. Just give that nuance of, ah vein being there. But you don't have to do that if you don't want to. You can also do the Stam. Press down. Come up. C'mon, you decide. Just press down, come up, Get that little pointy end And there you have your leaves. If you want to make it more interesting, you can add several on a branch, so make it a little bit thicker. Then add smaller stems and then go back and put those leaves on a free press down with more pressure. As you come up, you lift off the pressure so you get that point at the end. Press down and come up to get that point first. Tom, come up. There's down. Come up, down, up, down, Press down Then still we take the pressure off sick. At that point at the end, this might take a little bit of practice. I also wanted to show you how you can mix. Your call is, for example, taking this green other base. But I'm also adding some Ah, you can use some black to make that green a little bit darker. You get a doctor green. Oh, maybe you add some yellow to make it a lighter green. You take that green when you also had a dab of this yellow. Don't be afraid to mix you can also makes on the side. If you're afraid to mess up your yellow, get a brighter like to leave and the great thing about what a close you can always go back . Add more water and then kids on the pain to come back. Paint again. Get lighter and lighter and lighter as I add more yellow so you can explore with different greens, adding some black to make it darker. Awesome blues If you have some blues all adding some yellow to your green to give it a very nice light shade, this is the basic lifts that I will be showing you to use in this roof. 6. Painting Berries: Now I'm gonna show you the final element to our enemy, Neary, which is the Berries. As you can see, I have them pep it around all over the reef. They're kind of a nice feeling element to make your with little more full. And, uh, Philip, any empty spaces in your room, I'm gonna show you how to do those. It was the will. Take your brush. And for this one, I'm gonna be using my round 6 to 2 stems and dab it in some brown. Get a lot of brown paint on your brush. Then you're gonna draw, then stem and then smaller ones branching out. I think so. You were inside your brush and pick whatever kalla Berries you want to do. So if you wanted to do some yellow Berries, get some yellow paint on your brush and it is going to draw a circle at the end of each branch. Just them. You can vary in sizes and can be bigger, some smaller. Then what I like to do after this is go back in and rinse my brush a bit so that there's less pigment on my brush. Then I go back in and Morrison pigment from the other Berries touching ever so slightly create a very interesting look That way you have some darker Berries, and some lighter Berries creates a nice dynamic. So I like to go back in and do that and, of course, had in small ones as well as big ones. It's you can keep going around until you were satisfied with how so. This is obviously a stem with a lot of Berries, but for your wreath, you might want to do more simple ones where we're just feeling little spaces in your area. So you would just do one stem, and then many branch out on both sides. They have to do some red Berries this time. Same thing. Don't go back and do a few rounds circles and then add a few more with less pigment, more water, just like the Berries. And that will be how you do your Berries. Very simple, very fun. You can have different shapes, different sizes and different colors as well. Different variations and dark and some light 7. Painting The Full Wreath: not often you, all the elements that go into painting this quarrel with when I show you how to put it all together to create a beautiful wreath. So, first of all, I want you to take a bowl and plays it down in the center of your paper, and you can also use a compass. So any size ball, as long as there's space on the edges so it's not too close to the edge is you're gonna take a pencil and very lightly go around. This will serve as your guide so you can paint a nice, round re and in some areas are darker than you would like. You can just go back using your racer and kind of go over it very lightly because you don't want the pencil Mac to be to dock. All that's gonna show through your watercolor wants your paint over it. You won't be able to erase it after. So there you have it. That's your guide. And next I'm gonna show you how to paint the flowers, the leaves, the Berries and I would recommend going in that order. So starting the flowers place of flowers down on your wreath wherever you would like them. In this case, I have to at the bottom hair and three at the top hair. And then afterwards go ahead and place the leaves. And then at the very end, you feel little holding the Berries and all circles around to give you a nice full with. So let's get started. I'm gonna start with the pinkish one in the bottom. So you're gonna think that the center is gonna be on the line and then the pedals will go out from there Can I'm gonna plays down my second flower Just Mormon orange, orangy yellow e one And the cool thing about water colored it blends in. So if you like that blending effect, you wanna put these two flowers down while they're still wet so the paint can mix. Get a nice blend. Okay, Now I'm gonna go up Teoh tub of my wreath. Put down the big purple one purple pinkish one. It's in the middle again when I think that my center is gonna be right there on that line. Go out from there and feel free to move your paper around Whatever is the most comfortable for you and easiest for you. I'm gonna go ahead and do a docker people again if you want a blending. In fact, you know what? Pretty quickly we saw, the paint is dry, Okay? And one more flour. It's gonna be a red one right here. It's gonna be a little bit smaller, like two. Very the sizes of my flowers. Keep it interesting. And now we're gonna let that dry before we come back and put in all centres. Yeah, case. And now we're gonna move on to the leaves. And again, I'm using my light pencil mark. So called guide to paint the leaves along so the stem will go along that pencil line Stop about halfway. Then you can have several little stems branching out from there. Then you can go ahead and place down your leaves, press down, and as you come up, lift off very lightly. No, I'm gonna do some leaves coming from the other side to meet easily. Use that. I just painted halfway. Gonna do these leaves a little bit DACA little one thing in there. Okay, Now I'm gonna go over through my other side and do the same thing, and I can vary the colors off my leaves, so maybe I'll go a little bit lighter brown, more brown for my other leaves on the other side, and you want to be careful not to smudge. So if you're having difficulty painting with your wrist up in the air, usually what I like to do, just slip it around and then we'll that same way some again going along the pencil line there may stem. Go along that halfway and again, depending on how many leaves you want, you can put down smallest stems branching out, and then place your leaves down. Usually, I tend to have the leaves at the bottom of this Stam be bigger and then go smaller towards the end. Looks more natural that way can last set of leaves. You have a hair. If you feel like something's missing, you can always go back and add in some more leaves. Okay, and there you have it flowers and leaves. Now we're gonna add in our Berries, and I love the Berries because they're very good at feeling in the empty spaces in your reef. So anywhere you see a little empty spot, you can adding Berries and it'll feel that wreath in very nicely. What I want to do is take a smaller brush, so I'm gonna take my size six, get some brown, then I'm gonna place down some stems in the open areas when I try to keep it balanced. So you have some opinion. I try to get some down here, have someone this side, try to get someone this set as well. Someone has. Start with this just at the top and at the bottom. And I'll see if I want to add some more afterwards for this one. I'm gonna make my Berries yellow, Kadak yellow. Go ahead and hes those circles down. You can go ahead and use that trick that I showed you earlier. Where you We're inside your brush, so there's less pigment. So you get some lighter Berries, create some nice variation to I think I'm gonna stop there with Berries. But you can always add in more If you would like, for example, in these open spaces over here if you wanted to. But I'm just gonna keep it simple for this reef. And I like when my betters All right, now what I like to do at the very end is just adding a few circles just to brighten up my wreath. It's something I like to do this. It's kind of a signature thing for me, but I think it really brightens up the whole wreath. What I'd do is take a light yellow usually and go around and that in a few circles, just the burden of the whole painting in any open areas, because it's kind of like pixie dust, and there you have it. Now we're gonna take a look at the flowers, and if you're dry, we're gonna add in all centres and then we'll be all done. 8. Painting in the Centers: So now that our flowers are dry, we're gonna go back in and at those centers. So, like I showed you on my original wreath, we're just gonna go in and paint all circle in the middle and then some lines and in docks at the end. So you know to do that, I'm gonna take my size six brush and then take some black paint. I'm gonna get it very concentrated, so you don't want it to be too watery. So I'd suggest getting a lot of paint on your brush and even dabbing a couple times, Many people tall, make sure there's not too much water. Then you're going there, plays a small circle down in the middle, then go back very slowly, having long, thin lines all around. And then finally, the thoughts of the very end you basically the same thing for it. Flower. - You want to make a circle so that it's not too big. So you're not covering up all that white that you have, but somewhat in the middle. You notice when I'm doing the dots, I'm using the side of my brush. Once you get very small dots. Final one and there you have it. That's your wreath, complete with the flowers, leaves, Berries and little circles. I hope you enjoyed this class. And I hope you have fun creating beautiful reefs with whatever favorite color flower you have and enjoy. 9. Conclusion: you did it. I hope you enjoyed the class and that you learned a lot from it. I am really looking forward to seeing your work. So please do share it in the class project section of this class or if you're on Instagram or Facebook and you blew it there, please, to tag me, Adelina Bell designs. And I would love to see a lovely work and even future your lovely work on my pages. If you have any questions or any feedback on suggestions, please leave a message in the discussion board and I will get back to. And finally, if you enjoyed this class, please the consider leaving a thumbs up our review. It's really useful for people to see, but it's also really encouraging and motivating for myself in creating future classes for you. Make sure to follow me as a teacher on skill shafts of your notified of my next class. When it's up on thank you for joining me and happy painting