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Watercolor Florals: Painting a Cherry Blossom

teacher avatar Nina Belle, Spreading joy and beauty through art

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Swatching Colors

    • 4. Painting the Flower

    • 5. Painting the Buds

    • 6. Painting the Leaves

    • 7. Painting the Branch

    • 8. Painting a Complete Cherry Blossom

    • 9. Conclusion

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About This Class

Spring is here! The cherry blossoms are in full bloom but they will only last a few weeks. Join me in learning how to paint a cherry blossom so that you can admire them all year round!

In this class, I will teach you how to paint all the elements needed to create the cherry blossom. You will learn to paint the flowers in different shades of pink, the buds, the leaves and the branches. I will then walk you through how to put all these elements together to create a harmonious and beautiful cherry blossom branch.

 I will show you how to mix different colors to create interesting and dynamic cherry blossoms. 

These cherry blossoms are very simple flowers so anyone can paint them even without any prior experience.

This step by step watercolor class is aimed at students of all levels. This class covers supplies, basic swatching, painting cherry blossoms, buds, leaves and branches.

What better way to welcome spring and add some bright cheer to your home:)


Colors I'll be using for this class are windsor and newton professional: opera rose, Windsor Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Deep, opera rose, permanent magenta, hooker's green, permanent sap green, ivory black, brown ochre. But you can use whatever watercolors you have on hand.

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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 today I'm gonna be showing you how to paint this beautiful cherry blossom, showing you how to paint the flowers, the fully opened ones as well as these more closed ones. I'll be chewing how to paint the leaves in different shades of green. So as the buds and then a final branch and how toe bring it all together to create this beautiful carry blossom. It's spring time and a lot of charity blossoms in full bloom, but they only last for about a week or two. So I thought this would be a great way, Teoh. Cherish them in our memories forever. These cherry blossom will never fade. So I encourage everyone to give it a goal in this class, I'll so be showing you that you've been colors that would be using. It's a very simple flower and a lot of fun. So I hope many of you can join me on. Yeah, let's get the painting 2. Supplies: Okay, so first of all around at the start off by introducing my supplies, I use winds and you turn professional watercolors from tubes and I squeezed them in hair and let them rest in there for at least one night so that they get a little hard and the cause I'll be using in this class winds a lemon, the cadmium yellow deep opera rose, permanent magenta Who goes green? Permanent south grain, every black and brown oka. Now, if you don't have these same winds and you didn't professional watercolors, you can use any cause What? Because you have on hand. As always, you have some yellow, some pink, purple or magenta and dark green light greens and black and some brown. You should be able to paint this class. My goto brushes are the Princeton Heritage. 40 50 are, and I use a size six a size eight round to brush. If you don't have days, you can use any rounded brushes. Make sure they're flexible. You'll also need a pen, so you'll need some water napkin. Also some piece of scrap paper so you can swatch out some of your colors beforehand and practice on the side and for paper, I'm gonna be using the Fabbiano Artistic Oh, extra white, 100% cotton, cold pressed and £140. I really like this paper because it absorbs the pain very nicely, very white. And if you don't have this paper, you can use whatever watercolor people you have on hand. Just make sure it's cold pressed and at least £240 and that's it for supplies. Let's get started. 3. Swatching Colors: Okay, So before getting into the painting off the flowers and such, I wanted to show you real quick, which cause I used to get the different colors I have here in my chair blossom as you can see, there some lighter paying some DACA pinks, some darker greens and lighter greens and some brown. So you wanted to do ah, quick exercise to show you which cause I makes to get those So for the pink for the flowers I use some of the pink as is it is very pinkish color But if I wanted to it to be a little more peachy and soft like what I have in my chair blossoms at at a little bit of this very light yellow. As you can see, you get something a little more peachy, almost orange, but and you can keep, you know, if you add my pink. That is gonna be a more pinkish. If you add more pink than it's gonna give you a pinkish peach, do you can explore mixing different colors and see which pinks you like in which you want to use in your chair blossom and it's nice to have a variation keeps the blossom interesting. Don't be afraid to add more pink. No more yellow experiment with that. I also have a few of the DACA blossoms which are not as well bloomed as the others did. Doctors. So I mix in some magenta, make it a bit DACA. So you get that Dhaka pink again. She wanted to be more pinkish. Just go back and add more pink to it. You're nice, bright pink, and this is a similar call to what I use for the buds. I used some pink and magenta to dock in it for the buds follow lives. I used some hooker's green, as is some dark green, and you can always lighten it a little bit by adding water to it. I also use the lighter green the Pullman and sap green has is again. You can dilute it of some water get like the green. But as you can see towards the end towards my buds, I also have some very light leaves of hair. So for this one, I mixed in some yellow takes on my very late Yeah, a little. Some green Get a very light green. If you wanted to be even brighter. Just keep adding yellow to it, and then to was the stem lower down and have some very dark leaves For that, you can either add some black to your green or you can take some brown Andi that we can very the greens on your stem to keep it interesting as well. But and lastly, I'm gonna show you what I use for my stem. If you have a doc brown on hand, you can use that. If not, you can use do as I do, which is take a the black take some of my black and then some of my brown mix that until I get a dark brown, it's all up to you. It was a pretty dark brown going to be a little more brown, not add more brown. Make my stands more brown so you can experiment with that as well. But in general, cherry blossom branches are pretty dark, so I use a lot of black, a little bit of brown, my stems, and these most of the cause. The last thing is the inside of the flowers. After it's dried, we're gonna use a very light green and then some cadmium yellow. So for that I just use this yellow and just as is and then later and then very light green , the little stems. And that is it. These are all the colors you'll be needing to paint this share blossom. So I suggest you go ahead and get to know your watercolors. Try mixing to get the brighter pinks. The more peachy pings on the doctor pings the doctor, pinks for the buds, the different leaves different shades of green. And to get a nice Doc Brown for the branch, go ahead and practice those and then I will show you how to paint the different elements now. 4. Painting the Flower: Now I'm gonna show you how to pain the flowers, the cherry blossom flowers. They're very simple. Flowers usually have about five or six pedals very round. And I'm also gonna show you how to do these, which are not as fully bloomed on open as thes. And finally, I'll show you the buds as well. Could start off. I'm gonna take on my pink and yellow extent up Then I'm gonna use the side of my brush Press down and create a round shape. And when I keep doing this until I have five pedals all around, press down on my brush One side press down on the other side. Notice how sometimes I live, a little bit of white space in there. That's really the beauty of the watercolor. What makes it look so airy and nice? There's almost get that roundish shape, and I'm using my size eight brush for this. I'm just going all around. Do you have a nice wow like this? If it's not easy for you to go around like this and make a very equal flower what I show in my other classes as well as you can put down some dots where you want the pedals to be in a circular motion like this, and then you can go back and feel those in that would kind of act as a guide. Or were Each petal should be and feel free to make some pedals lighter by adding more water on your brush and then coming back with while paint get a little bit DACA. Make sure you leave some white space in the middle, which will be center, which will come back and do once these flowers a dry so you can practice thes. Sometimes you might want to do them facing one way or the other a little bit more so some of the pedals may not be as round. For example, I might have to two of the roundish pedals, but maybe my next one a little bit like a semi circle kind of short nights facing that way gives it a bit of an angle on the to bottom pedals a little bit smaller again, to sure that angle of the way that it's Blue Maid's pointing that way. Okay, now I'm gonna show you how to do the flowers that are less bloomed like these over here, and I've made them a little bit darker, so I'm gonna take my pink and a little bit of magenta can to get the DACA Dhaka Cola. Okay? Wanna try with this for these instead of going on a circle? I'm just doing ah, half of it. Someone has thought maybe they're not as round as a fully open flower. The more oval shaped have one hair, you know, the one of the hair. Usually I do about three or four pedals. It's facing one way, and the ones on the outside, especially over and sinner was to give that sense of of, ah, more closed flower not as open as the other ones. And it's facing one way. That's one way to do it. Another way to do it even more faster. Way to do it is to do it all in one go so you could just bounce around four times one to three, for I think that and then you can go back and add some color into it as well make it more interesting. That's also another way to do it. When I had one more hair, okay, and same thing if you wanted it to be facing the other way. They just the same thing. A few oval shaped pedals, the outer one's being especially thin give that sense of not being fully bloomed. You make sure they all come from the same point down hair, and there you have it. So these are the flowers. I encourage you to practice. Try different pinks and try different shape pedals more round full pedals the small over ones and try toe. See, you know the different angles. You can have a flowers face. Ah, so experiment of this thing's try it out and then I'll show you the next element. 5. Painting the Buds: So the next element I'm gonna show you are the buds on this branch. And as you can see, there's stems going out and then the but at the end, a little bit docking Qala, So far the stems. I'm gonna take a green and mixed with a little bit of brown to get a Dhaka Dr stem Good black and I mean branch, then lost stems punching out if you wanted, we're gonna start it small buds. The Federal Force Times like this, then get some green and do a semicircle at the end of each. It's them this and then from here, there's different ways you can do the bud. So, as I said earlier, it's a bit darker. Someone Dixon pink and some magenta. Basically, the shape of the bud is, ah, appointee on over with a pointy end. So you press down in the beginning and then lately come up almost like a leaf again pressed on deadly come up. So you can either go ahead and touch the green while it's still wet. That will bleed a little bit, and some people like that. Another way to do it is to leave some white space in between the green and the but itself. So don't mix, and there's no bleeding spurs down as you come up to is a point. Let go of the pressure to get a nice pointy end. So as you can see here, I left white space in between. There's no bleed. That's another way to do it. And if not, you can also let this dry and then come back and add the bud to it afterwards. And you won't have any bleeding if you didn't want to leave any white space in between. But I think it's always nice to leave a little bit of white in between. I'll have a little bit of bleeding. Have still beauty of water color. Be very small, Never point, so you can try out these different ways of doing his buds. See which ones you like. All you can, you know, make them all in your branch as well. It's all up to you. So, yeah, go ahead and practice thes 6. Painting the Leaves: Okay, so now I'm gonna show you how to paint the leaves. And if you notice, this leaves that a little bit small in comparison to the flower. So just keep that in mind when you're practicing. And also, when you're doing a final branch, I have some darker greens and some light agreements. And if they're very simple So let me show you how you do them picker green. Then you're gonna go to your paper. Usually I draw a stem first and then go back, press down and pull up toward the end to get that nice tip for the live on the other side as well. Push down and come up. Nice pressure towards the end. And as you can see, I left some white in between as well to give the new ones of ah vein there. You can do that, but you don't have to try a little bit darker green again, drawing that's them and going back pressing down on my brush, then slow coming up person down. So at that point e pointy idea and to get the point of the end, I don't even darker green press down and slowly come up at that point. A very light one. Lots of yellow. A little bit of green on. I wanted to face that way. Same thing. Press down and slowly come up. Was the end pushed down? Slow going to now when we do the branch, some of the leaves maybe so small that you won't be able to do two sides to it. So what I do sometimes if it's just too small, is just do it in one one, going press down and then slowly come up to get that point. And that could be a single single leave. And when we do the branch, sometimes you won't have to. You are an extra stem. So if the branch is coming out like this, you have Oh, those times there for the leaves. You can go directly to taking a green. You have to draw a stem again Like I showed you a pair. You just go down, use that as a guy and pressed on and come up yet aside for us down and come up first, I'll come up, come up all you can just do a small one that I showed you. Waitress, press down and come up. So these are the different ways of doing the leaves. You can experiment with different shades, some darker, some lighter, and keep in mind that they're gonna be pretty small. Wonder the final branches well and say Practice this and I'll shoot an X element. 7. Painting the Branch: Okay. The very last element I'm gonna be showing you is how to do this main branch. No branches coming out of that, me and branch. So, as I said earlier, you want to use a nice Doc Brown. So if you have a dark brown, you may consider adding some more black to negative in Dhaka. Or in my case, I'm using black and then adding some brown to it. Make sure I lowered my brush with lots of paint. And then to get that nice, thick branch arteries press down, press all the way down as you go up diagonally. You want the branch to get narrow and narrow sea release pressure little by little, and you can always. If you think it's not thick enough, you can always go back on the line. Just make sure it gets then, as you go towards the top can. Then you wanted to a few smaller branches coming out of that main branch. This will connect the flowers to this man branch. You also have little ones for the leaves. This and that's basically it for the main branch. So please practice doing the thicker lines and then, uh, thinner lines for the smaller branches coming out 8. Painting a Complete Cherry Blossom: Okay, so not enough showing you how to paint all of the elements separately. I want to show you how to bring it all together. Flowers, the leaves, the buds on a branch to create a beautiful cherry blossom like this. So, first of all, I'm gonna ask you to imagine a diagonal line across the paper. It's hard for you to imagine and you can take a pencil and draw very. We're light line diagonal line across your paper to act as a guide. Then I want you to put down a few flowers on each side of this line or, if you have no line, just a cluster of flowers, three or four flowers. You don't have to worry too much about their place, man right now, But you can place a few like this on that. Recommend doing the fully bloomed open cherry blossoms first. So I want to take my pink and mix it with some yellow. Like I showed you earlier to get that nice, peachy color that's not laying down my flowers. Never think about it too much. Nice round pedals go all around. Do another one. Who more pinkish? We're on this side you can do some darker, some lighter ones. Radon, more water. Very different pedals. Keeps it interesting. Okay, Do, uh, one of the hair a little bit bigger One because I'm leaving some white Spacey's wherever I can again to give it that nice area. Look, okay, I'm gonna do one more. Prepare a smaller one going all around, and you can decide whether you want five pedals or six pedals under six on this one. Well played touch. Just one a little bit. It's the trick if you, you know, kind of smudge it. You can. It's still what you should be able to go back and painted. Okay, I'm happy with these flowers right now, so as you can see it, is it a cluster of them? And then we're gonna wait for these to dry before we add in the sender's while we wait for them to dry, go ahead and start on my branch. So I want to take a duck. My doc Brown mixing some black and some brown. Get a really dark brown. You want to make sure you have lots of paint on your brush. You're gonna start down here If you have your pencil line. You can go along that pencil line, if not just that towards the bottom of your page Press all the way down. So you get that thicker branch at the bottom as you go up, I want to release pressure on your brush. So I get Stan Athena gonna go all the way to the top like this, and that's gonna be our main branch. So after you have laid down your main branch, you can go back and add smaller stems smaller branches to connect your flowers to the main branch. Do one right there. Yeah, make sure they're a little bit thinner than the main branch. This and anywhere there's open spaces you can. I'm some flowers, the more closed flowers to feel that space in. And you can also add a few more for some leaves. You can always come back and add some of those branches later on as well. If you think you could use some more. But for now, I'm gonna do this. I'm gonna go back and take that DACA pink to do them all closed cherry blossoms. Some of these have a ma overall shape, not as many petals It's almost like it's folded only on one side. One there, one more down here. Make sure they're all coming from the same point. Gloated that sense of it being still kind of closed or not fully opened. Okay, I like how this is. So now I'm gonna go ahead and add in my Brent of my leaves. Take some greens where it was the bottom of the branch. You can do some darker greens as you go higher. You can make them a bit later again to do the leaves. You just press down as you come to us the end lift off. Get a nice point. Also not how my leaves a little bit smaller than the flowers, just to make sure that the flowers are still the center of attention and it leaves on take away from that I won't do another leaf of a hair. And now I'm gonna go back and add in a few mall small branches. But where I think could use more leaves, maybe about her. Well, the hair hair go back in, take some green. You can also do the small leaves that I showed you where you just press down and then come up. Okay. I like how it looks so far. So I'm gonna move on to doing some more branches for my buds at the end, there are the top. When a mix some of that dark brown and some green, go ahead and do a few more extending her to get my buds. B three No. One for relief right there. And then when I take my green bit of a dark green and a semi sicko at the top where the but is gonna there now, when I take my doctor pink for my buds. And as I showed you earlier, you can either leave some white space in between. Press down and come up to the end to get that point. All you can have it bleed a little bit by touching ever so slightly. Today, the green leads a little dead into the bud like this. So it's up to you, okay? And I'm gonna go back and add in a few all those very light leave screen leaves at the top . I want her. Maybe a little one. Yeah, Okay. That is it for the leaves. Now we're gonna do a final thing which is making sure that all flowers are dry And if they're dry, we're gonna add in the centers for the centers. I'm gonna use my size six brush. You can use whatever thin brush you have on hand, take a very light green whatever, like green. And you're going to use the tip of your brush to draw lines all around. 10 toe coming out. Do this foot it flower. You know, make sure that your flowers are completely dry before you add in the centres also mix and smudge. Once we're done of the lines, you can take a yellow. Make sure you have lots of paint on your brush. Not so much water, but lots of paint. It's very saturated and you're gonna go back and just please Ah, a little dot on at the end of each of those lines. I'm sure you have lots of paint. No, too much water can. There you have it. That's your completed cherry blossom. Ah, you have all the elements in there. So I hope you enjoyed painting this class with me and happy painting 9. Conclusion: Thank you so much for taking this class with me. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you have a beautiful child blossom. Now that you can put up in your house that can brighten up your home for a long time. I hope you're enjoying spring on. If you like this class, don't forget to legal review on a thumbs up. Now we appreciate that on I look forward to making more classes for you to follow me as a teacher on skill share. If you have. Ah, a project that you like to share. Please do so on Instagram tag me and Annabelle designs. I'd love to see a different chair blossoms and future those on my papa's. Well, thank you so much for taking my class and I hope