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Watercolor Hydrangea Bloom : Painting Hydrangea Simplified!

Pooja Kenjale-Umrani, Watercolor Artist

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13 Lessons (1h 19m)
    • 1. Prologue

      2:26
    • 2. References

      2:52
    • 3. Supplies

      4:15
    • 4. Color Swatches

      3:23
    • 5. Understanding Light Source & Lighter Blossoms

      10:32
    • 6. Important Tips To Make The Process Simpler

      4:35
    • 7. Introducing Darker Shades of Blue

      4:37
    • 8. Turning The Paper Around

      2:07
    • 9. Patience is the key!

      8:16
    • 10. Finishing Touches To The Bloom

      10:20
    • 11. Sketching & Painting Leaves

      10:36
    • 12. Finishing Leaves & Stem

      5:13
    • 13. Final Touch-ups + Epilogue

      9:56

About This Class

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When I started out on my journey to paint watercolor florals, I explored a lot of florals such as roses, peonies, anemones, tulips, coneflowers, just a lot of them! For some reason I did not attempt to paint hydrangeas for the longest time and honestly I was scared to paint them. Just a few weeks ago, I decided to sit down and decode this lovely bloom and painted my heart out practicing this bunch till I felt satisfied and content.

In this class, I am going to paint a hydrangea bloom with you and walk you through every step of how I paint watercolor hydrangea in a loose, abstract yet simplified style.

My aim in this class is to guide you to paint an impression of the hydrangea flower, the way I perceive it and take off the stress to paint the complex cluster of petals. As we jump into the process and start painting the bloom gradually, soon you will realize that you were able to achieve the results and make your own version of the hydrangea flower.

Sounds straightforward and doable, right? I know we got this, let’s jump into this and create something today!!

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Thank you so much for watching,

Keep creating,

Pooja.

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Transcripts

1. Prologue: When I started out my journey to paint watercolor Florence, I explored a lot of floral such as roses, peonies, wildflowers on Yemenis to lips, cornflowers just a lot off them. But for some reason, I did not attempt to paint hydrangeas for the longest time. And honestly, I was scared to be them. Just a few weeks ago, I decided to sit down and decode this lovely bloom and entered my heart out. Practicing this bunch Bealefeld satisfied and content. Hi, I'm Buja. I'm a watercolor artist based out of North America. I'm a not influencer and educator and some off You must be knowing me by the name by the league side, out studio on Instagram And you do If you wish to read more about my our journey, please check my skill share profile which also has a list of all the classes that I'm reaching. Welcome to my tent skill share class. In this class I'm going to paint a hygiene share, bloom with you and walk you through every step off. How are being watercolor hydrangea in a lose abstract yet simplified style? My aim in this class is to guide you to paint an impression off the high ginger flower. The way I perceive it, I want to take off the stress to paint this complex cluster off petals as we jump into the process and start painting the bloom gradually. Soon you will realize that you were able to achieve the results and make your own words. Gin off the hydrangea flower sounds straightforward and doable. I know we got this. Let's jump into it and create something today. 2. References: so before we actually sit down to sketch and paint the hydrangea bloom, let's look at some off. The blooms are for our reference. So I simply died. Hi, ginger In the search bar off Pinterest. And these are all the images that I'm coming across. So there are a lot of colors off this bloom. There is this beautiful pink. There are some purples and lavenders. Then there's white, high ginger. There are these beautiful blues. Even in the blue family, there are a lot of different shades. For example, uh, the person blues like these ones are really darko ones. But there are also some light blues and some dark blues like this one. This one is really dark and almost or monochrome. And there are some light things and there are also some deep alert hydrangeas like these. But for today's class, I'm going to pick something on the blue side. Maybe, um, something like this. I really like the slight yellow centered bloom. So I'm going to keep this in mind. There's, like the stingy off yellow in some off the petals. So this is a very nice color that we can work with, so I'm really drawn to the blue color. So let's take a closer look at ah Blue Hygiene Journal. This one is really beautiful. I really like the soft blue Petters with really light yellow centers. So this is a very nice bloom to consider. So, yeah, there are a lot of reference off photos available on the Internet, which we can directly use, and, ah, you know, try to paint our hydrangea bloom. But what I would like to do is just have a look at all of these pictures and then feel inspired from the shape off the petals, the colors, the big leaves. These are some off the features that we're going to, you know, keep in mind. And when we actually sit down to paint, we're just going toe draw and paint an interpretation off what we just saw. So I'm not going to use any particular picture today to pay in the high ginger, but I'm just taking a quick look at all the blooms on, then using this as a reference or guide. We are going to paint our own bloom today 3. Supplies: So let's look at all the supplies that we will be needing for today's class. Starting with people, I will be using watercolor cold pressed block by artful a softie. This one is 8.5 inches by 11 inches, so I'm going to be using this full sheet off people. Over here, I will be placing my hydrangea in the top center, top half off the page and the bottom half. I'm going to leave for the stem and the leaves. So this is the size that I'm working on today. If you choose a smaller size paper, make sure toe sketch out your bloom according to the size off the people, so your blue looks in proportion with your paper. So this is the size I'll be using today. 8.5 by 11 inches. This is £140. Hold rest for sketching out the bloom. I will be using a pencil and an Reza for brushes. I will be using a couple off them today. This is a size 12 Princeton Heritage round brush from the 4050 Siri's, this one I'm going to use to paint my leaves. This is a size six round brush from Princeton Heritage. I will be using this brush along with the size 12 to paint the leaves. Then I will also be using a size for round brush. This is going to be my mean brush with which I'm going to paint my hygiene share bloom. So I'm going to be painting all the patterns that the tiny blossoms with this brush and a size to brush, which I will be using for doing all my detail work, such as the center of all the flowers and Wayne's off the leaves. So these are the brushes that I'll be using today for pains. I'm going to use a mix of assorted colors that I have in my collection. I will be using the base still dreams palette, particularly though I see Blue Carlo in this palette is going to be the primary color that I'll be using to paint the lighter petals off the bloom. I will also be using this year low, along with the stone quarries blue in the palate, so these are the three colors that I'll be using from the base to dreams fired. I will be doing a colors watch video showing you all the shades that I'm using from different palettes. So in the next video we will talk about the colors in detail. I will also be using the currents palette. The currents palette has a beautiful collection off blues, so I'm definitely going to be using a couple of thes blues while painting today. And other than these, I'm also using some shades off from my custom palette. A couple of thes blues. This is indigo, Prussian blue, ultra Marine, deep, then for the greens I'm going to use Ah, sap green green appetite genuine. I'll be showing all of these watches off in the next video. We will also need to jars off clean water, one for your blues and want to makes the greens some tissue paper to adopt your brushes and clean them. So that's pretty much what we need today to get started. I hope you will quickly gather up all your supplies so we can just get into this and start painting 4. Color Swatches: So let's look at all the colors that we will be needing today to paint our high ginger blue . The post one is a very pale I see blue can no from artfully Sophie. I will be using this color to paint all the lighter blooms on the top portion off the high ginger, where the option of her source off light the next is a shade off ultra Marine deep from Winsor and Newton Cartman Seed. He's It's not necessary to stick to these particular brands, but these swatches will help you pick up your best choices. I'm also showing like those watches off these colors on the side. The next one is Russian blue from Winsor and Newton, and that's the lighter wash of the same culo. The next one is indeed go from incident. Neutron professional CDs. That's the lighter. Wash off the same Cano. So pick up all your blues together and keep them ready on your palate so it will be easy for you when you begin painting the blue. I'm going to use a couple of clues from the art philosophic garden spoilage. The 1st 1 is called Blue Fin from the currents palette the next one is a beautiful turquoise blue call. Seaside from the same garden spanned it. Now let's look at the greens. This is sub cream from Mission Gold. It's a beautiful, bright, fresh green. The next one is a green appetite, genuine from Daniel Smith Extra find watercolors. This one is under sea green from Daniel Smith. Extra find watercolors again, and the last one is jadeite genuine from the same series and brand. And then I'm going to use some brown while painting the stem and the leaves. This one is born jumbo of a trophy alot to do our centers. I'm using the shade from the still dreams. So these are all the colors that we are going to be needing to paint the hydrangea bloom. 5. Understanding Light Source & Lighter Blossoms: So before we begin painting our hydrangea bloom in Lieu style, let's start by drawing a guiding circle, and this circle will help us to position all the tiny blossoms in our high Genscher blue. So I'm not going to draw a perfect circle using any instrument, but I'm just drawing a slightly oval shape. Not so perfect circular shape. I'm just pleasing this in the center off my beach. As you can see, it's not a perfect circle, but I'm just using the shape as a guiding line to paint my hydrangea bloom and from the bottom center off the so confidence, I'm just going to draw a light stem that comes down in a cove. Germano. After high position this circle, I'm going to erase the lines slightly just to make sure that the lines are not seen when I start painting the blue, and then I'm going to begin by painting a very light wash off this icy blue color from art philosophy. It's a nice pale blue Kahlo, which I think is a perfect shade to start the lighter wash off the patterns. So before we begin painting the bloom, it is important to fix our source off light. In this case, I'm considering my source off light coming from the top left corner, so we will make sure that all the blossoms on the top left portion off. The circumference are lighter in color, and as we come down diagonally, people darken the blossoms. This will give the bloom a spherical ball like perspective, and it won't look flat. So let's start painting small clusters off four petaled blossoms by placing them very close to each other in a tight arrangement. I have mixed enough. Wash off the light. I see blue color in my palette. When you first start off, you may feel that this is a never ending process to pay in these small blossoms, but as you get into the groove, it will fall into place quickly. So, mind wise to you, while painting the hydrangea bloom would be to be extremely patient, especially in the beginning, when the bloom isn't taking the shape in the closer look, you can understand how light my initial washes. I'm going to paint this in real time with you just to make sure that you don't feel rushed . My aim is to have you finish your painting with me by the end of this class. So if you're at it, I'm right. Your pending with you. So please don't rush through your painting and make sure that you follow all the steps with me and you will enjoy the process totally. Now, when the blossoms are still damp, I'm going to take a lighter shade off year low and add some color to the center of the flowers and let it bleed into the blue. This year, law is from the base still dream span it. I will then continue adding the light blue blossoms, making sure that all the white gaps are filled up. I'm going to make sure that the white gaps are not very big and species, but very minute small by. Gaps are okay because we don't want the blossoms to be very close to each other because ah , then we won't be able to show the shadows and the light. So make sure that your blossoms are close to each other. But at the same time, there is some tiny my new distance between them. - I'm just trying to paint these blossoms around the topsoil confidence portion off the guiding circle that we drew or Leo. After painting a couple of blossoms, I'm introducing a new shade off blue to mix with the blossoms. This is a turquoise blue shade from the peace still dreams palette. It is a nice, bright Carlo, and I'm just adding a hint off this color to make the blooms look vibrant and gradually start darkening the patterns as we come down towards the bottom portion off the bloom. I'm now moving a bit lower in the bloom. I'm tryingto add small blossoms in the second rule now, and as you can see, I'm still playing it ready light with my colors. The lighter colors are actually going to make your bloom look light and airy with a hint off based on freshness to it. I just mixed a very, very light wash off Ultra Marine be, and I'm starting to introduce that hello into my patterns now. But if you see I'm still keeping the color very light, I'm just fighting a hint offered and marching that color with a clean brush. I'm making sure that the colors are introduced gradually as we start coming down at any point. If you think that the shade you mixed is we do, Doc. Oh, that initial wash you can always rinse your brush, and with the clean brush, you can lift off some Carlo and make your patterns look lighter. Now I mixed a slightly darker shade off ultra marine deep and just placing it around the center off, some off the blooms. Cand I'm going to count this as shade number two and being some blossoms using this wash. The gradual transition off the sheets is really going to look pretty in the end at this moment. Oh yes, it's not going to look very appealing. You're not going to see the results very soon, but as you start progressing, your hydrangea bloom will start coming to life. So I'm just trying to lift off the color a little bit, making sure that most off the big white gaps are covered with blossoms. I'm painting these blossoms quite fast, and I'm making sure that the perfection in the shape off the pedals is not holding me down , because when you painting hydrangea bloom, one of the most important things is to work quickly before the petals dry. If your petals start to dry, you won't be able to see those bleeding effects. So once all your blues are already in the palate, it will be easy to walk your way faster. We just mixed a slightly darker shade of blue this time to paint this blossom, adding Padalka value near the center, letting it bleed, and then, using a clean brush, I'm going to help it blend. 6. Important Tips To Make The Process Simpler: Let's continue adding some more blossoms. It is a fairly simple process. If you follow these steps, gradually increase the intensity off blue color, Blend the colors well and work you way down in a diagonal manner. Here are some tips to make your process a lot more simpler. Keep cleaning your brush to blend the lighter colors. Use clean water so you don't get money stains on your Bloomberg look bright and translucent in the end, try to accept the imperfections in the battles and make it a part off the painting so you're bloom wound. Looks a metric. In other words, arrange your tiny blossoms in a random manner to break the monotony. Or else it may look like a geometric pattern in the form of diagonal rows and columns in the end, and we don't want that to happen. For sure. Take your own sweet time to blend the shades ahead of time so you don't interrupt the process off painting. Every now and then, if you notice, I'm making sure toe overlap, some off the petals, keeping a few petals in the front and a few patterns behind the other blossoms. This will add a character to your bloom. - I'm just going to add a hand off the guy's blue. To some off the blooms. I think the turquoise blue or brings out the bright and fresh look off the bloom. I really like that color for a subtle hint off contrast, as against the lighter shades off Prussian blue and Alger marine deep. So have at least one shade of turquoise in your collection of blues to use it as a pop condo when you're pending any kind off blue colored flowers, nor just hide ginger, but it's a nice color to have in your collection. 7. Introducing Darker Shades of Blue: So we started out with a pale I see blue. Then we switched to a lighter wash off drama in blue, and now I'm introducing a wash of oppression blue and some darker shades. So let's just continue adding blooms around the circumference off the guiding circle that we Drew or Leo. I am also going to use a couple of blues from the currents. Palette from artfulness offi lose in this palette are really vibrant and refreshing, particularly these five shades thes are my favorite from this palette, so I'm just going to try and use. Ah, little bit of these are colors in my blossoms now. It is not necessary to have so many shades of blues about two or three different shades on more than enough. I'm just using so many because I have those options ready with me. But I feel it is easily possible. Toe makes your own shades off blue. So now I'm just going to go ahead and use these blues interchangeably but again making sure that the transition to the darker shade is smooth. Also, it is a good idea to vary the size off the blooms. We want to include a few big ones. A few small ones to add some variety. I hope you're enjoying this process off bringing your high ginger brew to life. And as you progress towards finishing your bending, I will finish mine. Do and I will see you in the next video. 8. Turning The Paper Around: Now I'm going to make my block upside down and paint a couple of blossoms this way. I feel that when you pained floated clusters in a certain top to bottom orientation, they tend to steer or orient in a downward manner. But when I told my beige around and draw the same flowers, it makes a difference in the way they appear. And it adds more what I did to my composition. I would like you to try this out and see if your bloom looks better on a little different. 9. Patience is the key!: so I'm just going to tell my block around again and continue adding more blossoms. That's pretty much show what we need to do while bending. Hi, ginger again Bending hie Jinja is quite ah, process in itself, especially if you want this light to dark thing going on in your bloom. So, yeah, it's going to take some time for your high ginger to look the way you want to do. So. The only option we have here is to just, you know, keep at it and he painting the blossom. Still, the actual bloom starts to looking fuller and dense. And later on, when we progress towards the last darker layer at the bottom, we're going to trace all the white caps around the bloom and fill them up again with Darko values. So, yes, it's going to be a long process. But I hope you are painting this with me. I could have just, you know, made this a time lapse video and you show just show you how I paint this quickly. But I really want you guys to paint with me. And that's one off the reasons why I'm just going toe. Ah, lead this video be in real time so you can actually finish your painting with me. I'm following the same steps that we discussed earlier is to ah, basically keep on mixing slightly darker shades off blue as we go in the downward direction . Overlap your blossoms darko values and that them bleed into lighter washes at some yellow centers and let the motion to your blue. So I'm just using the same sequence over and over, and I will continue doing so until I reach the bottom portion off the high ginger. I'm making sure that the blossoms on the left hand side are still a bit lighter because that is our source off light. So I'm going to flip the block again and are some darker blossoms towards the bottom portion off the guiding circle. I want my bloom to be really fuller and dense, so I'm just going toe pain. These blossoms really close to each other just to show a very tight arrangement. I'm starting to use the darkest off the values off blues, adding a hint off and ego in my Prussian blue as well. I'm only liking how this transition from light to dark colors is starting to look, and it's going to look even better when we start adding all the finishing touches at the end. So, yes, I think we're approaching towards or the last section off painting this bloom. So in the next video, we're going to work on all the finishing details, and we will start to fill up all the white gaps, and we even see how that looks. 10. Finishing Touches To The Bloom: So I'm just adding these small dots in the center off all the blossoms to starting a bit of fear law, he's My new details will really enhanced. Look off your flower. In the end, the small details really make a lot of difference, So try not to skip having that one final look. Now I see a lot of white gaps in the center off the bloom. And because the hydrangea blooms are really fuller and dense, we have to know tackle all these white spaces and add some overlapping patterns in the background. So I've just mixed a darker shade of blue, and I'm going to start painting overlapping betters. I'm just going to paint one or two petals in the white gaps so they will appear as if they are on the other side off the blue. Adding these darker shadows and overlapping petals is going to make your hydrangea looked lush and at a level of visual interest at complexity, which I think is the main feature off this bloom. If you look at the hydrangea, you will force get an impression that it is a complex flower. But as you dick or did you will realize that it is a beautiful cluster off simple, tiny flowers. If you're painting at my pace than you should finish your bloom by the end of this video, and you will notice that it suddenly starts to look very interesting with a character and has got a spherical perspective toward turning my block around and adding some petals on the outer topside off the bloom, which directly faces the source off light. I'm making sure to switch to a lighter blue while working with this part off the bloom. I'm also being mindful off the round shape off the flour and adding the patterns accordingly. I think the bloom looks good for now. In the next video, we will start painting the leaves, understand? 11. Sketching & Painting Leaves: So now that are, bloom is ready. I'm going to sketch out a stem and draw some leaves. I'm going to draw a slightly bigger stem, keeping it nice and long. I'm going to place about 2 to 3 leaves on the main stem. Make sure your leaves are bigger in size and not too small. I'm going to keep the edges off the leaves slightly jacked, adding one more big leaf on the right hand side off the stem. Let's add a couple of leaves around the blue, but I'm not really sure if I'm going to paint all of the leaves. We will start painting the main leaves and then dig decisions on the goal, whether or not we want to keep all of them. But for time being, I just want to position all my leaves, so it helps me visualize the overall look off the beast. Um, adding one more leave on the lower side off the stem. Keeping it slightly overlapped on the stem, he raising out all the extra lines that I don't need, adding some pencil details for the leaves just so that will be easier to paint de Geron if you wish you can directly add all of these finishing the jobs when you're painting your leaves. But I just want to make sure that I have a guiding sketch ready underneath. So I don't have toe make any decisions while I'm painting, especially the ones up to decide whether or not to add. I leave in a particular way or how it should be pleased on the stem, so I'm just making all of those decisions right now. Now I'm going to start painting by these two big leaves, and I'm going to decide about the leaves on the top leader on. So let's begin painting the two leaves. So I'm going to use my size 12 round brush mixing a wash off SAB green. This is going to make it light and watery and just apply a light wash off the skull oh, onto the bigger leaves. But before that, I'm just going toe. He raised the lines and make sure that they're not seen through after the bending is done. So I'm just waiting out all my lines, with any result policing the water. We wash on the surface off the leave, using a bigger brush, stooping such big leaves is going to be easy because you will be able to walk your way faster, and this way the color wouldn't dry up. I just picked up a lot of sub green onto the tip off my brush, and I'm just loading this color. Or do believe letting it bleed into the forced wash and then loading some green appetite. Genuine. The tip off my brush and placing it near the stem and the couple surface off the leave, blending them together, keeping the color light near the tip off the leaves and blending all the other ages softly, loading some more pigment and adding a darker value and then blending it again with a clean brush. I'm going to march all the colors together, - he raising outlines off the next leave, keeping a very light sketch, which will just guide me to place the Carlo and using the same watery wash up submarine. I'm going to start painting the other leaf. And once the wash isn't please, I'm going to load my brush with undersea green from Daniel Smith. It's a slightly deeper culo compared to green appetite, genuine and sap green, so I'm just going to use the shade on this leave to add some variety, too, though leaves cleaning my brunch and and blending all the washes together, adding some darko value near the stem and then blending it all together with a clean brush. 12. Finishing Leaves & Stem: Okay, now I'm switching to my size six round brush. Work on the stem. Just mixing some brown on my ballot, adding a bit of green. Do it and using this wash of color, I'm going to start painting the stem. Just fill this color in keeping the stem a bit bumpy on the ages, just to make sure it looks natural, adding some brown on the sites off the stem, placing some sap dream and letting it Moore's with the brown. I'm placing some brown color at the end of the stem to show the catch portion. Now, joining the leaves the means to him. Let's go ahead and paint the smaller leave on the lower side of the stem. I'm going to use the exact same steps that we used to paint the or earlier leaves you're raising off the doctor lines. - I think the green leaves are already making the bloom look nice and cheerful. It's slowly coming together. I'm placing some darko values on the dark portion off the leave, marching them all together. If you want, you can overlap the leaves onto each other, but I want to keep this composition really simple and easy to follow, and that sent our third leave understand are now ready 13. Final Touch-ups + Epilogue: Okay, So after adding these three big leaves at the bottom, I feel that the green proportion here is really balancing out the large bloom on the talk. So I don't think I want to add these two leaves here. It's going to look a bit more crowded, and I'm just going to leave it your so I'm just gonna go ahead and series dispersion. Completely similar, Andy. So you know, when you build your composition, it's completely okay. If you're not sure in the beginning off, you know what elements to add. You can always take away decision in the end, when you start approaching your paintings. So now I feel like there's this flat top head over yours. I'm going to add a couple of fleets in this portion now, so I'm just using a lighter shade off blue to add some patterns on the top, just giving it a more spherical shape. If you feel your bloom is already looking Lau round and complete, there is no need to add the patterns, just showing themselves some bedrooms as if they're overlapped behind the front patterns. So there's no need to draw all the four petals on the sides off the bloom. I like the spherical shape. Now it's sort of looking complete and round from the top portion. It's not looking like a flathead. I'm using a size two round brush to add centers to, although tiny blossoms, a mixing production shade off Prussian blue and just going to place these small dots in the center of all the rooms. Earlier, we had blazed, you know, in the sender's, So I'm just going to overlap that with a small blue dot for each of the blossoms, the small dots are instantly making a lot of difference. I feel these tiny details are going to make a lot of difference and the final look off your painting. Next, we're going to makes a darker shade of green to work on the wings off all the leaves. I'm just going to draw these broken lines. I'm not going to be very perfect while drawing these wins, but using the tip off the brush, I'm just going to draw these not so perfect queens. I'm not pressing my brush too much, but just being very light on the pressure that I'm applying, let's try some things on the next leave making sure that my send Elaine is slightly solved to follow the direction off the leave, - adding a bit off ground and working on darkening one side off the stem, mortgaging the harsh line with a soft, moist brush and just taking a glance at the blue and adding darko petals in the background . Wherever I still find white caps, the darker blue is instantly going to add a hint of shadow underneath the petals. - Every battle that you add in your bloom is certainly going to make a difference in the end. So I'm being very thoughtful about making these final touch ups. Visual complexity is something that we want to evoke when we look at the bloom, and that's exactly what I'm trying to achieve right now, and that's it. I think the blue is now ready. I feel satisfied with all the touch ups and, um, final didn't that, we added. And I think it looks complete and I hope you have finished your painting. Do Don't forget to upload your project in the project gallery, and I would love to have a look at it if you post your work on Instagram to tag me at by the league side out studio. And I would love to feature your work in my stories. Thank you for watching. And I will see you again in my next class.