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Watercolor Loose Style Leafy Wreath - Step-by-Step

teacher avatar Pooja Kenjale-Umrani, Watercolor Artist

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (53m)
    • 1. What is inside the class?

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Let Us Warm up!

    • 4. Part 1(A) Main Branches

    • 5. PART 1(B) Main Branches Conti.

    • 6. Part 2(A) Additional Branches

    • 7. Part 2(B) Additional Branches Conti.

    • 8. Part 3 Filler Twigs and Leaves

    • 9. Ideas and Conclusion

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About This Class

Hi! I am Pooja, the artist behind the Instagram account “By The Lakeside Art Studio” (@by_the_lakeside) and I welcome you to my 7th Skillshare Class!

Wreaths have significant meaning for the season. Its circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end. To some it represents an unending circle of life. The evergreen, most frequently used in making wreathes, symbolizes growth and everlasting life! 

Earlier when I published my class - 20 types of Watercolor Leaves, I called it a leaf therapy and invited you guys to experience the joy of drawing leaves! Taking a step beyond that and calling this class a sequel to it, I designed this class to paint a loose style leafy wreath. I feel you will experience a satisfying process where in I will paint a fully detailed leafy wreath from start to end along with you. I will share my thought process about how I approach and finish painting a loose style watercolor wreath in my own style.

I will also show you a variety of sample wreaths (more than 15) that will inspire you to create wreaths using various types of leaf shapes!

If you enjoyed the earlier class, I promise this one will be even better. So go grab your greens and let’s shape our leaves into a beautiful wreath!

I would love to see your projects so don't forget to upload them here on Skillshare. You can also tag me @by_the_lakeside on Instagram so I can see your projects there and share them in my stories. 

Thanks for taking this class with me!

Happy Painting,


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Pooja Kenjale-Umrani

Watercolor Artist


Hello there! I am Pooja.

I am (or should I say was) a software engineer by qualification and product manager by profession. But I prefer to be identified as an artist by heart. After working for several years in the IT industry it was eventually the heart that won over my soul and mind. I finally decided to quit my 9 to 5 'job' and decided to take on with a dream to do something my heart loves. What followed was a long, arduous journey that led to a beautiful outcome – By The Lakeside Art Studio. A manifestation of my passion and love for making handmade candles, the art is my attempt to blend my fondness for lights, fragrances and colors. I have made over 500 candles and hold an expertise in making paraffin and natural soy wax candles. 

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1. What is inside the class?: reads have significant meaning for the season. It's circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end. To some, it represents an unending circle off life. The evergreen, most frequently used in making reads symbolizes strength, draw and everlasting life as they can withstand. Harshest off the winters. To me, a read full off leads represents positivity, hope and a welcoming attitude towards life. Hi Ambuja, the artist behind the Instagram account by the league side out studio. I'm a watercolour artist and a soy candle maker beast out of India. I welcome you to my seventh skin share class. Earlier, when I published my Class 20 types of horticulture leaves, I called it a leaf therapy and invited you guys to experience the joy off painting leaves, Taking a step beyond that and falling this class a sequel to it. I designed this class to paint a loose tile leafy read. I feel you will experience a satisfying process, wherein I will paint a fully detailed, leafy read from start to end. Along with you, I share my thought process about how I approach and finish painting a loose watercolor read in my own style, so what's the end off the class? I will also show you a variety of sample treats that have painted in the past. I hope those will inspire you to create REITs using radio styles and leave shapes. So stay tuned till the end to see more than 10 different sample reads and get more tips and fun ideas for its implementation in various projects. If you enjoy the earlier class, I promise this one will be even better. So go grab your greens and let's shape our leads into a beautiful and happy looking read. 2. Supplies: Let's look at the art supplies that we will be needing for today's project for People Amusing nine by 12 1 40 l b Cold Pressed block from Stone and Jack Wow, this is 100% quarter in watercolor block, and it is one of my favorite watercolor people's to use. I always recommend to use 100% Corton people to get beautiful bleeds and the true effect of water Cano for pains. I will be using some specific shades from Daniel Smith Extra find watercolors. Here are the names off the shades that I will be using today. Undersea Green July. Genuine green appetite Genuine. I will speak more about these shades along with the swatches as we start bending. I will also be using Sap Green from Mission Goal and Roll Number from Vincent Newton Cartman. In addition to the above shades, I will also be using all the greens from the art philosophy Aaron Pandit. This is a beautiful palate with some subtle and lovely shades of green. I will use this palette for the unknown leaves and filler leaves towards the end. It is not necessary to use the exact same sheets that I listed here. These cheats should give you a good reference point to choose your greens and mix them similar to mine. Let's look at the brushes now. I'm using a couple of round brushes from Princeton, Princeton Heritage Synthetic Sable 4050 cities around six and Round four and Princeton Neptune Siri's round two and run for trying to choose to brush. Size is small and medium, which will allow you to draw big, medium and small leaves that should be sufficient for this project. You will also need a glass of clean water on the issue would have any excess pigment and to clean your brushes, you will also need a mixing pandit, and it could either be plastic or serum ache. That is pretty much all that we need to get started for this class. Now let's move on and warm up with some leaf shapes before we jump into the final project. 3. Let Us Warm up!: in my previous class 20 types off watercolor leaves, I have demonstrated a wide where I tee off leaves, so feel free to go back to the class to get maximum ideas to paint your leaves. For now, we will warm up by painting the leaves, which we will be using in the final project. Let's start by practising some branches. I'm going to paint basic C shaped coves pointing in different directions, which will be the branches in a read practice. This gulps went so you can paint them in a single brushstroke. Now let's practice leaves for the main branches. We will pain the force that off leaves that are big and bold in our project because these will be the main branches and the focus point off are read. So let's pain some basic two stroke leaps like these. I have explained everything about these two stroke leaves in my class that is exclusively for painting leaves, so please refer to it if you need in depth steps and guidance. For now, consider these leaves as quick warmups. Dr. Practicing some leaves that abroad some leaves it alone and some leaps that are thin and long. Once you build enough muscle memory, it will be fairly easy for you to draw the leaves quickly and easily. Let's practice some more. Okay, I think we should also drive anything. Some rounded leaves like these. I have used round brushes off the size six and four to paint the leads so far. - All right, let's move on and practice a 10 leafy bomb brunch. I switched to a size two round brush to get long and pointed bomb like leaves. I'm using the point, drag and release matter to draw leaves like these to loosen up your wrist. You can also practice abstract brushstrokes like these. We will use such strokes towards the end of the project to draw filler leaves in the background off the main branches. Let's factor some more patterns, which we will be using in the project. You can also practice painting some small size leaves, which will help you to Philip White caps and your read. After this exercise, you should be well prepared to begin your read. If you notice we will be using just three or four basic shapes throughout the read. It is more about how you feels things together and how you make use off available colors to bring interest and I dimension to your piece. All right, then let's begin our final project. 4. Part 1(A) Main Branches: Let's start by drawing a circle placed in the center of the people. I will be using a compass to get a perfect circle. When you're drawing a circle, make sure you leave enough room on the sites to fit your read on the people. The radius off my read is approximately 7.5 centimeters. Also keep the pencil sketch light so no lines are seen. After you finish the read, I will begin painting the read from the left side off the circle and draw a small branch. Using born Dumbo Father leaves. I'll be using green appetite Genuine from Daniel Smith. Green Appetite Genuine from Daniel Smith, is a beautiful color with hints off fresh spring green and settles down with somebody brown and olive green to create a beautiful texture. It is a perfect shared by itself, and hence I won't be mixing any other color with it. If you don't have the shade, you can achieve it by mixing some sap green and born dumbo to get something closer to all of green. Using a size six round brush, I will start adding medium sized leaves to the brunch since we're drawing the mean branches in the read. First, make sure your leaves off medium to large size. Considering the size of the circle that you're drawing, consider these main branches as the hero of your read, which will be the focus point on the read. I'm using the wet on wet technique to paint the leaves and adding a hint of darko value near the stems on the fourth player to bring out a nice gradation. - Okay , I think this looks good for now. Let's move on to the next French. I will place it below the 1st 1 and draw a small seeker. Don't leave too much distance and your read won't look connected. And together I'm making this branch slightly taken near the base, adding a bit of black to the stems and merging the condo for the next set. Off leaves are mixing undersea green from Dannon Smith onto my palate. The graduation and this color creates a beautiful effect, making the leaves look action and appealing. For this brunch, I'm drawing slightly longer leaves using various values off the undersea green. Make sure that your painting that leaves pointing in different directions just to bring a realistic touch to your branches. - I'm darkening the values near the stems and then blending the two layers. Let's move on to the third lunch for this one. I'm painting rounded leaves using sap green and then adding a hint of bone dumbo to the value near the stems. To draw this brunch, I'm using a Princeton Neptune around four brush while painting leaves. Try not to rush, but feel the joy off, painting every single leave. And I know for sure that the experience would be anything less than a calming, meditative process. Just type into the process and be a part of every branch that you're painting. - Once the leaves are in place, I'm darkening the branch, using around to brush for the next brunch, I'm mixing some July genuine from Daniel Smith onto the bandage. It is a beautiful green made from GE mineral, and the darkest value off the scanner is my favorite. Using Princeton Neptune Round four brush and painting leaves that are slightly smaller than the ones we painted for the forced to branches, I am repeating the exact same steps we used earlier to paint the leaves. A different size and type of brush can also bring about some variation in the same type off leaf and break the monotony, so use at least 2 to 3 brushes off reading sizes to try this out. 5. PART 1(B) Main Branches Conti.: Now let's try and add one more branch that looks slightly different than the ones we've painted so far. For this one, I'm using a size two round brush and drawing 10 farm like pointed leaves. I'm intentionally using a light wash of undersea green so I can go back and later it with additional leads with a darko value. While the first layer is drying, we will move on to the next brunch. I'm repeating the branch we painted earlier using sap green for the second last brunch. I will be using July genuine again and will paint basic big leaves using around six brush. I'm using a darker value for the force layer itself to make the branch look bull. Now for the last brunch, I'm using green Appetite, genuine again to paint slightly. Buffy leaves, if you observe, have not used more than four shades of green to finish the mean branches off the read. I repeated the shades alternately to make the read look cohesive. Similarly, I use just one brown to keep things easy and simple. - I've allow paint additional leaves for the Palm Branch, using a darker value off undersea green. - All right, we have painted our mean branches off the read, and now we can build up the read by adding additional smaller branches and filler leaves. 6. Part 2(A) Additional Branches: to paint the next set off alone branches. In the read, I will be using all the greens in the artful Sophie parent palette and some sap green. The greens and this palette are quite settled, and I think they will be perfect for the second set of branches. If you don't have to span it, make sure to use muted shades of green by diluting them with enough water. While painting these additional branches in the read, make sure that these branches are smaller than the main branches. In the read. The smaller branches are basically to bring the read together and enhance the mean branches . I'm using the same brush strokes that I used earlier to draw the big leaves, just reducing the size of all the leaves. The process is quite straightforward, and I will keep this process really time so you can paint along with me. Make sure to start overlapping your leaves and branches in the second stage of the read. This is the main turning point off your read. When it starts coming to life. Take your time to think about placement of each of the brunch, placing the branches correctly and uniformly covering all the white caps will give your read off. Fuller look. Try to find empty pockets between two branches to paint the adult branches. That is the main trick in this step. Try to balance. You read such that it looks uniformly distributed from all the sights. I hope you're painting with me and you read the slowly coming to life along with mine. For now, I'm OK with this bottom portion off the read Ebola moved to the top and the sites and see what can be done there. Like I mentioned before, keep your second relief slightly lighter so your main leafy branches will stand out nice and bull. I still see some empty pockets between two branches, and I will continue to fill in those with twigs and stems. Let's continue working on this in the next part. 7. Part 2(B) Additional Branches Conti.: overlapping off branches will make you go through some patients test but hanging there to our every branch in its right place. If you notice I'm not painting a unique branch every single time, instead repeating the same set off leaves interchangeably. - Whenever you feel unsure about adding a certain stem, take a pause and have a look at the read from a distance and decide if adding an element would make it look any better. That is exactly what I'm trying to do. Going slow will help you, especially if you're painting out off your imagination without any reference image. I'm building this read on the fly as I'm painting with you. You can definitely make some rough sketches on a note pad and then refer to it well, painting the final version that is another way off approaching your project, - using the same rule off Tom to fill up the white caps between two branches. Let's continue to do so tell. We see that the reader is getting completed. - Let's move on to the next part and add some final touches and see how worried looks like when it is done 8. Part 3 Filler Twigs and Leaves : So if I look closely at the read, I still find some areas where there's scope to add leaves and stems, we can consider adding some delicate abstract tricks coming out off the branches. For this, you settle watery shades of green to show the twigs in the background. A small size round brush will give you those sharp and expressive strokes. I'm using a size two round rush to add in all the details. - Overlapping the branches and pricks will certainly give a dimension to your read. I think I'm done adding the filler leaves. Let's proceed to give some final that jobs to the stems by adding wins to the leaves. I think this instantly lifts the mood off the read and brings it to life. I'm using darker shade of greens to draw the winds. Let's add some more last minute details and there you go. Our leafy reed is now ready. I really like how my read came out, and I hope you like yours too. 9. Ideas and Conclusion: Let's look at some sample reads that I've being did in the past. I hope these examples will inspire you to compose. Many reads after the class project. In the beginning, if you feel overwhelmed to work on larger reads, start with smaller ones like these. Small treats will take over the anxiety off composition. Start out with a small circle and paint only one type of stem throughout the circle, then make it complex by involving different shapes, colors and values. Once you've been comfortable with leafy reads, you can include flowers, character and feathers and your read. The options are endless, and I'm sure you'll be addicted to pain treats once you start enjoying the process. I hope these steps will help you master this fun topic, which is useful in so many different ways. You can digitize your reads to make seasonal cards or simply write a positive court in the center and frame it for your room are presented to someone as a gift. If you like this class, don't forget to leave a review so this class can reach maximum students. If you submit a class project here on skill shit, I'll be more than happy to provide a feedback. Also do tag me at by the lakeside. If you post your work on Instagram, I would love to share your work in my stories. All right then I will sign off for now and see you again in my next class. Until then, keep creating. Thank you for taking this class.