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Watercolor Florals: Painting a Vibrant Flower Bouquet with Loose watercolor

teacher avatar Nina Belle, Spreading joy and beauty through art

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Mixing colors

    • 4. Painting a full on rose

    • 5. Painting a side rose

    • 6. Painting Leaves

    • 7. Painting Berries

    • 8. Full bouquet

    • 9. Conclusion

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Join me in painting your very own bouquet full of bright and vibrant watercolor flowers! In this class, I will teach you how to paint all the elements needed to create this beautiful bouquet. You will learn to paint roses, different kinds of leaves and berries. I will then walk you through how to put all these elements together to create a vibrant and colorful bouquet.

Roses are very simple but beautiful. We will be painting them in different colors and sizes. Then we will add leaves and berries to create a dynamic floral bouquet.

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

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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. Intro: Hello everyone. I'm Nina. Nina bell designs. And today I'll be showing you how to paint a vibrant colorful floral bouquet with loose water column. So I'm gonna teach you in this class how to paint all the different elements and how to bring it all together to create this beautiful bouquet. So you'll learn how to paint these roles is and different kinds of leaves. And finally, the different kinds of berries to create a beautiful bouquet. Not roses are very simple, but they're very beautiful. And you can do them in different sizes and different colors, whatever your favorite colors are. So I'm really excited for you to learn how to paint these, as well as the leaves are many different kind of leaves, different colors of greens. And finally, the berries. And they're all very simple elements. So very easy to learn. But it can get a beautiful, beautiful final product. So I think this is a great class for any beginner. I'll be going over the brushstrokes, the supplies that you'll need. And I'll be going in detail over each element. And then finally, I'll be showing you how to put it all together to create this beautiful bouquet, which is just in time for spring. Spring is there. So I'm really excited you're here to join me and I hope Class. 2. Supplies: Okay. So first of all, I wanted to introduce you to the supplies that I'll be using in this class. This is my iPad, and this is the paint that I use and squeeze them out of tubes. I'm using Winsor and Newton professional watercolors, but whatever watercolors you have on hand is fine. The colors I'll be using for this class are purple, pink, red, yellow, green, brown, and blue. But again, we'll be doing roses in different colors. So even if you don't like days, you can do just Blue Roses are just yellow roses, so it'll be up to you, but these are the colors I'll be using. You'll also need some paint brushes. And I, these are my go-to brushes. They are from Princeton, Princeton heritage. And I'm using a size 10 and 8. But any round brush with a flexible tip like this will do. You will need some paper. Just a white piece of paper. And I'm using the artistic extra white, a 100 percent, a 100 percent cotton from Fabriano. I really like this brand, um, but again, whatever watercolor paper you have on hand is fine, as long as it's made for watercolor so that it absorbs the water. You also need some paper towel. I run our paper towel but I have something to dab excess moisture, some water. And that's it. So let's jump right into it. 3. Mixing colors: So before getting into the painting, other flowers and such, I'm going to show you real quick which colors I used and which cause I'm mixed to get the different colors that I used in this bouquet. So for the leaves, I used green, different kinds of green. So I have a lighter green that I used just as is like this. And sometimes I add some yellow to it to brighten it up a little bit of a lighter green. And sometimes I use that same green and add some blue to it to get a darker green. Blue and even darker green. So I use many different kinds of greens. Sometimes I use some of these lighter blue, gives it another shade of green. So you can play around with the different greens, mixing green and yellow and blue. And this is what I use for my leaves. Variation is, is great in watercolor because it look more natural and dynamic, makes it more interesting and beautiful. For the berries, I used some brown for the stems, and then I use some dark blue for the berries. And what I do for the berries is I'll go and rinse my brush out a little bit with water so that I get a lighter and lighter blue. Now use this different variations of the blue to make my berries look more natural and dynamic. For the flowers. The roses, I use different kinds of pinks. I use this magenta just as is. Or sometimes I'll add some red to it. I also use just read on its own. I also use pink and pink. A very bright so sometimes I'll tone it down with some magenta. I also use some purple roses. Purple and magenta give a different kind of purple. So you can play around with your colors. And I highly recommend mixing for your roses makes them look so beautiful. And then finally at the very end, usually I use just some bright yellow just to add some round circles all around to make your bouquet look very full and complete. So these are the colors I'll be using to make the bouquet, to paint the bouquet today. 4. Painting a full on rose: First of all, I'm going to show you how to paint the roses. And if you notice in his book, I have two different kinds, 12 of them that are full on and then two that are kinda facing a side. So I'll show you how to paint both of these and just do a quick run-through for the ones that are in full bloom, where you're going to start with a lot of paint, start from the middle. And do they see motion all around, all around and then they'll get thicker and thicker and thicker as you apply more pressure on your paint brush. And again, same thing here. And then for these you're going to start a little bit on this side. And then instead of going all around, you're going to work only on one side. And have those C because C strokes only on one side. And that's basically how you're going to pay in these roses. So I'm going to show you now step-by-step. Okay, so first of all, I'm going to show you how to paint one of the full-on full bloom roses. So I want you to, I want to use my size 10 brush. I want you to pick a color, get lots of paint on your brush. Very saturated. And I start, I know a lot of paint on your brush. So I'm picking magenta. And then we're going to start with very thin, sees. This go around in a circle. And as you go, you're going to apply a little bit more pressure on your brush so that the seeds come out a little bit thicker. Each time. As we go outward. You can turn your paper around. You can even add another color. I'll add some pink to mine. And just keep going around, pressing down a little bit more time. And doing this ses all around. You can even diluted with some water. Just working your way all around. I'm going to add a little bit more pink. Then we'll see some of which, so much of it coming out a little bit more pink. And now towards the outer petals, you can even do a little bit of a Waves. Make the outer petals very thick. Taken wavy. And then just take a, take a look at it. And when you feel satisfied, then you can stop going around. So the challenge is always not to overdo it. I overdo it if I go around a little bit too much. So I think I'm going to stop right here because I like how it looks. And this is how you do a full-on rows. So it takes some practice to get that see motion going and also to know when to stop. So I invite you to practice and you can use different colors. Blend different colors, makes it rose very interesting. 5. Painting a side rose: Okay, So up next I'm going to show you how to do the side facing rules. It's very simple, kind of the same concept except that you only be doing those thicker see motions on one side. So I'll walk you through it. So pick a color. Again, we're going to start with a lot of paint on our brush. I'm going to take a read this time. I'm gonna put a lot of paint. Saturate your brush. So when I say saturate, I mean, put a lot of paint, very, just a little bit of water and lots of paint. So it's very vibrant and full of paint. We're going to start again with those small c strokes, intertwining all around. But this time instead of doing those thicker sees all around, you're going to only do it on one side so that it looks like the flowers facing that way. So I'm going to dilute some, maybe some orange. And I'm going to do in my thicker petals only on one side. So I'll delay because C's down this way, dilute a little bit and even add some yellow. Take it from the side. Press down to get those nice big petals. Just work your way around this. See motions and apply enough pressure. So at the, how the petals look like, they're more open. And again, keep doing this until you feel satisfied. And you can even go back and add a little bit of a thinner sees at the top just to complete the rose. So it's always good to take a stand back and take a look and add in wherever you think it's missing. So I think this looks pretty good. I like how it's looking for my side facing rose. It's almost like it's squished a little bit as opposed to the full-blown one. So again, this takes a little bit of practice. I encourage you to practice one petal at a time. And again, just saturate your brush with a lot of paint. Start with very thin sees intertwining and as you go out, apply more pressure so that your petals look more full and your strokes are thicker. And then just stop when you feel like you like what you see. And that is how you pin euros is. 6. Painting Leaves: Up next I'm going to show you how to paint different kinds of leaves. So also using different kinds of greens, lighter greens, darker greens, round leaves, small leaves. So I'll be showing you all the different kinds. So for the most basic leaf shape, the technique is to draw a thin line. So I'll get some green. And I'm going to draw a very thin, thin line to be a stem. And then press down on one side and come up to create that tip at the end. Press down as you go and release pressure as you get to the tip, sort of Djoser tip of your brush is touching the paper so you get the nice pointy leaf. So that's a very basic leaf. And I've shown this one in my other Skillshare classes many times as well. And if you notice, I left some white in between to make it look like a vein. But I always say that you can do whatever you want. You don't have to leave that white space in between. I'm going to try and switch it up to a more bluish green now. So add some blue to my green. I'll show you how it looks without white-space. Draw a stem with the tip of your brush and come back down. Press down as you go along that line. And release pressure to come up. And the same thing on the other side, press down and release pressure to come up. And that's what it looks like with our whitespace. And you can also let this dry and then come back and add a darker green to do the stem. You can do that as well. Just to show you, mine is still pretty wet, but once it's dry, you get nice lines. And the clothes won't mix as much, so you can do that as well. So that's a very basic leaf shape. And then I'm going to show you how to create little branches because that's what I have in my bouquet. It's very simple. Just have to connect them all. So take a green, saturate your brush, then you're going to use the tip of your brush. So applying very light pressure and go a little bit longer all the way. Then you're going to do smaller stems branching out. And then you're just going to go back and fill those in, press down and come up, press down and come up. Same thing on the other side. Press down and come up, goes down and come up. And you can make them different colors, different sizes is I always like to mix it up because we're going to look at the branches, the leaves on a branch, they're not all the same. So variety makes it look more natural and dynamic. So mix up, try a different cause. Press down and make sure you get the pointed tip at the end. That's a very basic leaf. Or you can also dilute it with more water. Press down, come up, press down and come up. One last one over hair is down, come up and goes down, come up. So that's how you have a very basic branch. And actually I can show you one more different kind, which is more round leaves. So I'll do more of a lighter green in this case. So I'll put some yellow. Hello and a little bit of green, a little bit of green, a yellow. Okay? And then I'll draw as Sam for very thin little bit of pressure. Then you go back and instead of doing ok, so you can draw a little stems just to Norway or leaves will be placed. And then instead of pressing and pulling, you just do around a circular motion like this. You can do it in two strokes. One like this, one. That 1212 and can have them go smaller towards the top. Again, varied. Make them a little bit darker, a little bit lighter. I always encourage variety. So that's another simple kind of branch. And I'll show you one more, which is very simple, just one brush stroke. So get a lighter, more of a bluish green for this one. The stem. Again to note the placement of your leaves. And then you can just press down and come up. You need to make sure you have lots of paint and quite a bit of water on your brush as well, which press down and come up. Press down and release pressure to come up and give us really cool-looking leaves. Press down, come up and do one more stem over here. Press down, come up, press down and come up. So there's many different kinds. And you can get creative. The shape. Now you can use whatever shape you want, whatever color greens you want. So please explore with that. And next I'm going to show you how to paint the berries. 7. Painting Berries: So the last element I'm going to show you how to paint this cute little berries are very easy. So first off, I wanted to take some brown, get lots of brown your brush. And then you're going to use the very tip of your brush. Or if you have a smaller brush, this would be a good time to use it, but I just use one brush and do all of it with the same brush. So just have to apply less pressure evenly so that you get thin lines. And this also takes practice. So don't get frustrated if you don't get it from the get-go. But basically you just have very thin lines branching out here in there. And you can always come back and add later. So you have your stem and then pick a color. There's many different kinds of berries, red berries, yellow berries. I'm going to stick with my blueberries. So I saturate my brush, lots of blue paint. And then just draw a circle at the end of each. And notice I'm skipping around a bit because again, I'm going to try and have a variety. So some are darker, some are lighter, olive in dip my brush into the water once just to get a lighter blue. You get a nice bleed. So this way you have different colored berries. And you can meet some of them small, some of them bigger. If you want. You can even add in between where you see fit and then you can go back and add stems afterwards. So some of them, I live a little bit of white in the middle just to make it look more airy. I like how this looks. So now I'm going to go back and add in stem, so the ones that don't have a stem. Okay. I love the berries because they're so simple. But it looks beautiful. And just the different blues, the darker blues, a lighter blue just mix. It looks so interesting and so beautiful. And they will add a nice touch to your bouquet. So, you know, vary the sizes, vary the colors. And if you need to go back and understand. 8. Full bouquet: Okay, so now that you know how to paint all the different elements in this bouquet, I encourage you to practice each element until you get comfortable. And then I'm going to show you how to bring it all together to create a beautiful, vibrant, colorful bouquet. So first of all, get a piece of paper. I'm using eight by ten. And we're going to start with two big full on roses. And then to facing the sides. And then we'll add the leaves and the berries to create a lovely balance. And I've done for roses in this bouquet, but feel free to do fibrosis or six roses, it's all to you. The sizes is all up to you as well. The cars all to you as well. Okay. So here we go. Pick a color. Start with the roses. I always recommend starting with the biggest elements. Start with one rose over here. Thin, see motions all around. And get thicker as we go out. Press down, add some pink, press down some more as I go around and keep going until you like what it looks like. I'm going a little bit more. But I'm going to start making outer petals a little bit wavy. Okay, I like how it's looking. Way v1 over here. Now I'm going to do my second rows. For this one, I'm going to do a reddish one, red, pinkish one. Again from the middle. And you want to position it so that it's not too far away from the other rows. So you'll be able to join them. It's a bookcase that they have to look somewhat close to each other. So we're going to work your way up until you get to the outer petals of a rose. So keep going. Bigger strokes as you go out. Feel freedom mix whatever clothes you like. Put some more pink going on over here. I like how this looks. I'm going to stop here. Now I'm going to walk on two side roses and each of these corners, some more orange, orangeish one. Again, I start a little bit out because I want to know that there's enough space for me to connect. So I'll do the middle around here. Again, start with very thin sees going all around. And then instead of going all around, we're going to only do one side and get some yellow. Press down a little bit more. Get more of those. Full of pedals. Again, kind of a C, C shape all around until you reach to the Bloom's. Going to fill in right to the tip. And then you can go back and add in a few Cs to complete your roles. Just like that. I love how it's blending a little bit. And that's an advantage of working quickly. When the paint and the flower is still wet, you get that wet on wet. Bleed. Again, it takes some practice. So keep practicing. On my last rows. I'm going to use some lighter pink, so I'll do some pink with some yellow paint, some yellow light the pink. Want to start with the hair. And this one, I'm going to make it a little bit smaller. So instead it a little bit closer. And again though to see motions all around. And then we wanted facing this way. So we're going to draw a thicker petals going this way. Quite a thick petal, but we'll go way around. Now. I'm going to add some more pink, make it very light pink. Keep going. Adding those sees only on one side. And the seas all around until it touches the next flower. And then come back and add in some more C's to complete the look. And that's our other side rows. So now we have the main element down on paper, which is great. So now we have to do is walk around it. So we're going to do leaves around and berries to make it look for. Some. I take my green and I'm going to be coming out of different spaces. I like to start with the space between two roses because it's very easy to put leaves there and gives you a good sense of where else to fill in. So I did a long stem. And I'm gonna do then wants to see where my leaves to be and then come up with some more paint. And then I'll come down to add in my leaves. So I'm going to start off with a very basic leaf shape for my first one. Again, add some variations. I'm going add some darker blue. To get some darker leaves. A pair. Don't be afraid to have your leaves touch like this. Again, you don't have to. If each leaf looks the same, it doesn't look very natural. So different shapes, different colors is great. Okay, One last one, a pair. And there we have it. So that's one. I'm gonna do another one coming down here. For this one, I'm going to use some very dark green. I'm just going to do just 11 striped leaves. Just press down and pull out. Plop. Plop. Plop. Okay. Next I'm gonna do one coming out of air. And so these think I'll do something similar to this side just to create balance, but I'll use a lighter green. So maybe I'm going to switch it to that site. Feel free to move your painting around just so that it's easy. I feel more comfortable. So just press down. And notice I didn't do the stems to begin with. So you can go either way. You can macro stands to begin with or you can just freestyle it. As you go. Please down leaves. Make them small and small. And you can choose to leave a vein in the middle or not. It's all up to you. Okay. So those are my three main leaf branches. Now I'm going to go back in and feeling wherever I feel like could use a little bit of green. So I'm going to do a little bit, little one, a pair. And be careful not to smudge. The other ones are roundly. And this side, again, just work your way up. I'll do one around here. I think I want this one to be beautiful, dark green. Don't make these round as well. Oval. Oval, round. Again will kill we usually the leaves get smaller towards the end. I'm gonna do maybe one or two more on this side. And we can always come back after we add after we add in the barriers, we can always come back if we feel like it could use a different color, something else, and come back and add that in as well. Do just some small ones like that. Okay. I like how it looks right now. So I'm gonna go ahead and add in my berries. And I can always come back and add in some more leaves the file like. So let's add in the barriers to care brown draw stems going out. And since you already have brown on your brush, I encourage you just go around everywhere you think we'll need some berries and just go ahead and put down those branches to go to another one, small one over here. Okay, now I'm gonna go put down my berries, so I'll take some blue and just work my way all around. Notice I'm skipping some because I want to come back and put in some lighter berries. So I'll put down on my Docker berries now. Again, various sizes. Some can be small, some bigger. Okay. And then I'm going to go back in after rinsing my brush and my Waterfall are a little bit. So now I have a lighter blue. I'll go back and add in some light the berries. Again, just to give you that variation, which makes your bouquet more dynamic. And you can add them where there's no stem. I'll come back and give them a stem afterwards. I'm adding a few more. Maybe I'm going to switch it up a little bit of a lighter blue as well. Give it more variety. So knotted, I have my berries in. I just want to go back and add in stems to the extra barriers that I added. So anybody that doesn't have a stem go back a little stem to them. That's it for the barriers. And to complete the bouquet, I always like to add a little bit of yellow, yellow circles all around just to complete. The bouquet. Makes it look for and bright. And it's nice to fill up those spaces. But if you look back and feel like you can use a few more leaves somewhere, then you can go back and do that. But that's basically how you do a beautiful, vibrant dynamic bouquet. And I hope you enjoyed it. 9. Conclusion: You did it. Thank you so much for joining me in this class. I hope you had fun. I hope you learn something new. And I hope you have a beautiful bouquet in front of you. And I'm really looking forward to seeing your projects and your painting. So if you do 10, this is tag me, adenine about designs on Instagram or Facebook. You could also uploaded in a project section on the Skillshare page. And yeah, if you have any questions, I need feedback. Please let me know in the discussion board. And finally, if you enjoyed this class, please leave a review. It's really helpful for other people to see what kind of class it is. But also it's very motivating for me. As an artist. I love teaching these classes and I love hearing your feedback so I can make a better class. Thanks Dam also let me know what kind of classes you would like and I'd be happy to share and do more classes based on the interests. So thank you for joining me. Please follow me on Skillshare so you can know right away when my next class is out and happy painting.