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Watercolor Painting for Beginners : Autumn Themed Floral Bouquet

teacher avatar Michelle Gonzalez, Watercolor Artist & Teacher

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11 Lessons (58m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:28
    • 2. Materials

      1:46
    • 3. Palette Tip

      0:55
    • 4. How to Paint a Carnation Using a Triangle Brush

      6:47
    • 5. How to Paint a Rose Using a Dagger Brush

      4:44
    • 6. How to Paint a David Austin Rose Using a Cat's Tongue / Oval Wash Brush

      4:42
    • 7. How to Paint Different Leaves Using a Round Brush

      3:48
    • 8. How to Paint Fillers Using a Round Brush

      2:23
    • 9. Class Project: Painting the Autumn Themed Floral Bouquet Part 1

      14:11
    • 10. Class Project: Painting the Autumn Themed Floral Bouquet Part 2

      17:27
    • 11. Final Thoughts

      0:45
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Painting loose floral bouquets can be complicated and frustrating for some, especially beginners. In this class, I show the basic brush strokes for painting a rose, a David Austin rose, and a carnation using different brushes in real time. While it is possible to create a beautiful watercolor bouquet using one round brush or a pointed mop brush, I find that certain types of brushes are ideal for achieving different flowers. This is why I decided to demonstrate painting each flower using a specific type of brush. I am also painting this floral bouquet with Autumn / Fall colors, a color combination that a lot of people love because of its warm, nostalgic appearance. I hope you enjoy watching the steps that I share in this class and paint along with me!

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Michelle Gonzalez

Watercolor Artist & Teacher

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Hello, I'm Michelle, also known as @brushstrokesbymichelle on Instagram, and I am a watercolor artist and teacher from Manila, Philippines.

 

I started pursuing my artistic passion in 2018, as a birthday gift to myself. I did not know that I would be painting almost every single day after I attended a 3-hour workshop on basic watercolor painting techniques in March of that year. I was just so in love with watercolor!

 

A year after, I started teaching my watercolor painting process here on Skillshare, as well as other platforms and 1-on-1 sessions. Aside from the personal mental and physical be... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi there. My name is Michelle, and I'd like to welcome you in this class where I'm going to teach you my techniques for painting various flowers, leaves and fillers using autumn colors. All of the lessons are done in real time so that you can paint along with me. So that further ado, let's begin with the class. 2. Materials: for this session. We're going to need a bottle of clean water off course on water colors. As a guide, I have with me these watches, and we're going to use a select set of water colors, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, Chinese orange, brown, red number, van dyke, brown and cadmium yellow. I've tested these colors on some leaves and flowers before I finally decided which ones to choose for this particular class. Now we're going to use this sketchbook for a practice. This is made of cellulose paper and for our projects were going to use a 100% cotton paper . This is 300 GSM will also be needing a ceramic pallets and for brushes will be using a 38 inch dagger. Brush size 1/2 cuts tongue. We're oval wash brush he size eight round brush and a size 10 triangle brush. And instead of a pencil, we're going to use a watercolor pencil for outlining our flowers later on for the projects 3. Palette Tip: before I show you the brush strokes for the flowers. I'm just going to give you a quick tip on preparing your palates. Basically, you'd want your colors to be arranged in such a way that similar shades or grouped closely together not necessarily lined up. So, as you can see from my swatches, okay, I have the yellows in the other greens together, the oranges and the reds are close together, and you'll notice that the colors that I have picked for our autumn palette are actually close together as well. This would actually be very practical in helping you decide which colors would go well together when picking your color scheme. 4. How to Paint a Carnation Using a Triangle Brush: the first flower that we're going to paint is a coronation using this triangle brush, and we're going to use cadmium, yellow and Chinese orange for this. No, I'm going to activate my pigments by adding some water on them. Our base color would be cadmium yellow, and I'll be putting some of this on the ceramic pallets and adding a few drops of water to have a milk consistency. Now, after this, I'm going to load my brush and dip it in Chinese orange. Now let's take a look at the brush. We have our pointy tip, and there's one side that's shorter than the others. And this shorter side will be the one that's laying flat on our brush as we do the brush strokes. So we start by blighting the brush and wiggling the brush. As we glided sideways, make sure that there's space in between the pedal so that the colors don't bleed to each other and that we see the pedals distinct from each other. Okay, at this point, the pedals air all laid out nice, but some of them would need a few more definition, So I'm going to vote my brush again in cadmium yellow and dip it in Chinese orange, and I'll be going back to some of the pedals to add more details to them, As you can see with the Chinese orange were able to see the distinction from one pedal to another, and it provides a very beautiful, radiant, too, are carnations lover. Okay, I'm happy with this one, and as you can see, this flower is actually not facing us flats forward. But it's something that is angled towards the top right of the paper. Now we're going to move on and paint another carnation of lower. This time, we're going to paint one that's facing us flat forward. So I'm going to load my brush again with cadmium yellow and dipping it in Chinese orange. No, this time, instead of painting three flowers or three pedals at the base of our flour and building the pedals from that base, we're going to paint pedals, um, in a circular motion. And then we'll be adding a couple more layers of petals from this core set of pet does now , As you can see, I'm skipping a pedal er to Asai. Um paints each petal. That's so that I could we eat various sizes in various angles of perils that would look more natural and also to prevent bleeding of colors from one pedal to the next? Now I've noticed that there's this pigments in my recent pedals. So I've just rinsed my brush, loaded it with cadmium yellow and dipped it again in Chinese orange. So I won't have to go to, um, these pedals again later on to add pigments, - right ? Okay, Our flower is almost done, but I'd like to go back to some of the pedals and add definition to them. Okay. So, as I did to the previews flower, I'm going back to some of the pedals and adding of humor strokes for darker shading. Okay, now we're done. And now we're ready to paint the next flower in our boki, which is a rose. Seem in the next video 5. How to Paint a Rose Using a Dagger Brush: now for the next flower we're going to paint arose using this dagger brush and the color that will be using its brown red. No, I'm wedding my brush with water and I'm going to dip it in brown red. Now, straight from this man. I'm going to paint the center of the rose using this very fine tip. And we're going to do that by creating too small common strokes that look a little bit like a letter C. And then from these two, we're going to build the smaller pedals of the roads, adding more common strokes as we go farther away from the center. And as you can see, the pet does need to alternate from each other from the preview Slayer. Right. At this point, I'm going to reload my brush with pigments. Notice that I'm only adding pigment to the tip of the brush. This way our petals look soft since the pigment is concentrated towards the inner part of the pedal and there's a fading effects as we go towards the outer part of the pedal. Now you can see that the pigment is less on her brush, but we're not going to reload this anymore, Sens. We're actually heading towards last layer of her rose. And as you can see, I'm also holding the brush, um, away from the tip, unlike before when I was painting the center of the flower because when you hold the brush this way, it allows you to move your brush more freely and our potatoes look lighter and more loose. Now we're ready to go on. And pains are second rose. And just like in her previous demonstration, I'm going to show you how to paint arose in an angular position. We'll start by painting the center of the rose using the tip of a brush, and we're going to try and paint, Um, a semi dome shape. Okay. Like that. Next, we're going to outline the tip of the pedals in the foreground using our brush. Okay, so this will be to pedals that form somewhat of a V shape. Then we will be gliding or brush from the tips sideways towards the longer and straight part of the brush. This will be for the pedals in the background. Now let's go back to the pedals in the foreground and to paint thes. We will be laying the brush flats on the paper and gliding the brush as at least flats on the paper. Now, we can stop here for a, um, for a Rose Bud effects. Or we can add a couple more pedals like this. Okay. To create a fuller bloom. I think that so now we're ready to proceed with the next video for the last flower, which is a David Austin rose. See you there. 6. How to Paint a David Austin Rose Using a Cat's Tongue / Oval Wash Brush: the cat's tongue brush is ideal for the David Austin Roses because if it's very fine tip, that's good for details and the whiter belly for creating the whiter parts of the pedals. Now we're going to use yellow Joker for the base and burnt sienna for the details. Now I'm going to let my brush and dip it in yellow Joker to get some pigments and add these pigments onto my ceramic pallets like the carnation. We want to achieve a milk consistency for this David Austin Rose and we're going to begin by painting. A circle came and from here, we're going to paint the surrounding pedals. Okay, These would be a series of see strokes or comma strokes like that about two layers, very thin petals. Now I'm going to rinse my brush and dip it and burnt sienna for the details in the center of her flower. Now, using the tip of her brush, we're going to work from the center going towards the outer part of the circle. Imagine writing a letter s on this part of her flower and wiggling your brush as you go along, creating various pressures on your brush by either pressing it or lifting it as he pain thes s shaped strokes. Yeah. Now let's define the surrounding pedals by using burnt sienna to add shadows onto these pedals. We want the shadows to be subtle. That's why I'm not dipping the brush again in pigments. Now let's go back to the center part of her rose and add some more burnt sienna to create depth and definition. This time, my brush is not a sweat as before, and I'm using more pigment to add on to thes pedals. Now I'm outlining the circle with burnt Sienna with long comma strokes, and I'm also going to add a few more definition outside of this with a few more common strokes. At this point, we're done with her first David Austin rose. Now let's proceed and paints another one at a different angle. This time, we're going to start with burnt Sienna, doing some random strokes that would form a leaf like structure. Then I'm going to rinse my brush and loaded with yellow Oakar. The now simply slide my brush the flat part of my brush at a diagonal angle, doing the same thing on the left with a shorter stroke in another one at the top and adding a few more at the bottom part of the flower as well. A saseidx. Okay, at this point, we're done. And now we can proceed with painting the leaves in the next video. See you there. 7. How to Paint Different Leaves Using a Round Brush: Now in this video, I'm going to show you how you can use one round brush to paint several types of leaves. We're going to use Van Dyke, brown number, yellow joker and brown red for the colors. Okay, so that's start. Have just about my brush, and I'm now going to dip it in yellow. Occur for our first leave As your brush touches the paper, you're going to press it downwards and quickly glided upwards. Now you're going to do to brush strokes for this leaf. Let's try that again. Press and quickly glide upward, press and glide upward. Then you can use the tip of the brush too lightly. Create the stems. Now let's try creating longer leaves. This time I'm gonna see my brush before I dip it in brown red. So for this type of leave, we're going to create a longer stroke. So once the tip of your brush touches the paper, you press in glide for longer time before lifting it, and this time are going to use just one single stroke and also use the tip of your brush to create those stems. The next leave that we're going to paint would be larger. So I'm going to rinse my brush again. And this time I'm going to use um, Van Dyke Brown for this. Okay, We're going to start by doing a diagonal stroke upward, and this will create the middle part of her leaf. And from here, we're going to do a few more upward strokes from the center, going outwards. Now I'm going to rinse my brush again, and this time we're going to use number. And we're going to create a few clusters of very small leaves who start by creating another diagonal line and just stamping the tip of this line three times with a tip refer brush. Then we're going to add a few more smaller stems and stamping the tip of these stamps again three times. All right, now, at this point, I'm going to rinse my brush, and we're now going to go back to the third leave and add some details. So I'm going to load my brush with Van Dyke brown and with the tip of my brush, I'm going to lightly creates another diagonal line at the center of the leave and create the veins from the center line, moving outward toward the edges of the leaf. So just make very thin, light strokes 8. How to Paint Fillers Using a Round Brush: Now in this video, I'm going to show you how to paint. Ah, couple of fillers using the same round brush and we're going to use Chinese orange number Van dyke brown and cadmium yellow. For this, I'm going to bet my brush and loaded with Chinese orange and with the tip of my brush, just create small circles for the Berries. Andi, you can just paint them whatever arrangement he like. Okay, then I'm going to rinse my brush again. This time I'm going to load it with number. And I'm going to create very small stems using the tip of this brush. No, I'm going to rinse my brush again. And this time I'm going to load it with Van Dyke Brown, and I'm going to sweep my brush diagonally from the bottom upwards. Then, at the tip of the system, I'm going to create very quick stamping motions, leaving space in between all of these, um, leaf like structure that I'm going to rinse my brush and loaded this time with cabin yellow and using the stamping motion, I'm going to add this pigments in between the's beef like elements. Okay, that's it. At this point, we're ready to create our projects. I'll see you in the next video 9. Class Project: Painting the Autumn Themed Floral Bouquet Part 1: welcome to the first part of our project. Now to begin, we're going to outline the flowers at the center of this paper and we're going to use a watercolor pencil for this. Now, you can use any color as long as it's light, but I'm using number 432 off fabric. Castells Watercolor pencil. The reason why I'm not using an ordinary pencil for this is so that the outline dissolves as you're painting the flowers. Now we want to, um, give the OK a three dimensional look. So when you're drawing, you're outline. We'll have one circle the vets in the foreground and some of the other circles would be underneath that circle. Now, the structure of Farb okay, doesn't have to be complicated. So for this particular project, I'm going to create a simple basic flower outline. And in this outline, we're going to have one circle in the middle, and this is going to be the flower in the foreground, and the other flowers would be outlined by circle surrounding this middle circle. The first flower that we're going to paint is thicker nation using our triangle brush and for the pigments will be using cadmium, yellow and Chinese orange. I'm going to film this entire process in real time so you can paint with me. Or if you're not painting with me yet, at least you have a realistic demonstration of how each brushstroke is done. No, I'm going to rinse my brush again and loaded with kaboom yellow and dip it in Chinese orange so that the other pedals would have a darker shade. And as you've noticed, I'm actually skipping the pedals. Show that the colors would not blend, um, with each other, and the pedals would be distinct from one another. Right? All right, right. - Okay , that's done. Now let's go ahead and paint the next flower, which is a rooms using our dagger brush. And for the color we're going to use brown red for the center of her rose. We're going to to very small see strokes or comma strokes at the middle. Facing each other than the next layer of pet does would be slightly bigger, and we're going to glide or brush sideways. I'm taking off some of the excess pigment. Okay, Just glide the brush sideways and keeping the pedals in an alternate pattern. So you're actually adding the pedals in between the two pedals in the layer before them. Right? All right. Now, the next flower that we're going to paint is a David Austin roses using our cat's tongue brush. I'm wedding. My brush were in getting some pigment on toothy ceramic pallets. This is yellow joker, and this will be our base pigments. So I'm going to add just enough water to have a milk consistency that I'm going to create the inner circle of her flower. Now I'm going to reload my brush and paint the surrounding pedals of this inner circle. All right, - now we're going to do the details at the center of the flower, and I'm going to rinse my brush. And this time I'm going to, um, loaded with burnt sienna. Now, using the tip of my brush, I'm going to paint s like figures starting from the center of the circle, going outwards and putting various levels of pressure on my brush as I do the strokes. Now, after the's, we're going to outline this circle by doing a few long comma strokes in the form of a circle on, and the same strokes will be applied to highlight the surrounding pedals. Now let's go back to the circle and add a few more details this time with less water in our brush so that our pigment is darker. We'll also be adding a few more highlights to the pedals with darker pigment to add definition to this ruse. Next, let's paints a rose at the upper portion of our beau came. Now, whether dagger brush again, we're going to do a few short, um, strokes to form the middle of our rose. Okay, dip it in water. And with a more day looted pigments, we're going to paint the pedal in the foreground of this rose. Okay, First the right one. And then the left and the thesis chew would form a V like shape. Okay, deal. You the pigment. Furthermore, Onda paint the upper pedals with a lighter shade. Okay, Now I'm happy with this one, and I'm going to go back to the bottom part of the rose and complete the rest of the body 10. Class Project: Painting the Autumn Themed Floral Bouquet Part 2: welcome to the second part of our project. Video on the next flower that we're going to paint would be a carnation. So we're going to paint this on the right part of our bouquet. And unlike the 1st 1 that we did, this one would be facing the sign instead of facing us flat forward for this flower. Instead of painting the pedals in a circular form, we're going to paint a few petals side by side to form the base of the flower. And then we will be adding off humor pedals above thes set of pedals to form the rest of the flower. - Right . Okay, now that's just add one more pedal at the bottom to complete our carnation. Now, before I paint the last flower on this bouquet, I'd like to go back to this rose at the top and add some shadows so that it's clearly defined against the one at the center. - Then I'll be adding a few more shadows at some of the pedals to balance things out for this power. So everything looks go, he said, and I'm now rinsing my brush to prepare for the last flower at the bottom of this bouquet, which is going to be a David Austin rose and will be using the cat's tongue brush for this and for the colors we're going to use Yellow Joker for the base of the pedals and burnt sienna for the center details. Now I began with, um, the pedals that are facing downward just so that I can skill the flower better instead of starting with the middle parts for the details in the center of this rose, we're going to use burnt Sienna, and we're just going to have very short comma strokes for this part. Now I'm going to dip my brush quickly in water to remove some of the pigment, taking out some of the excess water, and then I'm going to add some shadows to the rest of the pedals surrounding in the middle part of the flower. Now we're done with all of the flowers, and we can now begin painting the leaves. I've just taken my round brush, and I've dipped it in Van Dyke brown to use for our first set of leaves. As you can see, some of their leaves are not painted in full. This is to create an impression that they are positioned underneath the flowers. - Right now, we're done with her first Southern sleeves. Now I'm going to rinse my brush and get some yellow ochre a pigment onto my ceramic pallets . We're going to add similar leaves to the 1st 1 Um, starting with this empty space right here. Now ask your creating your own project. He can either follow the steps in the format that I'm doing right now, or you can do your own style using the same or similar colors that I've suggested and just following the basic strokes for the flowers and the leaves. Next, I'm going to add longer leaves, and I'm going to rinse my brush before dipping it in brown red. This time, we're going to paint the leaves on top of some of the leaves that we've already painted earlier. So we're going to do longer strokes for this type of leaves and paint them in sets of 3 to 4 leaves per cluster. All right, - Okay , Now we're done with the major leaves surrounding her flowers. We can now add some of the feathers and the smaller leaves. At this point, I'm going to start by adding the Berries to this left portion off ARB. Okay. And since the Berries are actually slightly darker Thani on, um, the van dyke brown, uh, leaves underneath it. We can add a few more over these leaves. Now, let's add another filler in this empty part right here. And this time we're going to do, um, the filler that looks a little bit like a lavender farmer. Okay, using van dyke brown and cadmium yellow. Right now, I'm just looking all around the bouquet trying to see if there's any empty space and filling that space out with smaller elements to balance things out. Let's do another lavender type of flower here at the upper left portion of the bouquet, right? It would be nice to add some Berries in this portion here, too. - Okay , Now, at this point, I'm very happy with what I'm seeing, and I guess I'll just be adding some of those very small leaves that we did a while ago in our previous demonstration, the ones that are clustered in threes. And, um, we're going to just stamp the leaves wither with a tip of our brush filling in Some of the not so busy parts of our brok so that everything looks full. The bouquet looks full in total. And there's no empty space in between the flowers or the leaves. Right? Okay, let's just add one more cluster of leaves in this bottom left partially Farb. Okay? And now I'm finally done with my autumn theme bouquet. And I'm so excited to see your own version as well. 11. Final Thoughts: Thank you so much for joining me in this class. I hope that you enjoyed learning my techniques for painting all of the flowers, leaves and fillers for this flora brok using the warm and vibrant colors of autumn. I encourage you to create your own project and share this with the rest of the glass so that we could all see your beautiful creation. And if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to add them in the discussion part of this class. Thanks again for joining my class and I hope to see you in the next one.