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Watercolor Wreath - Step by Step - Follow Along - Sketch Included

teacher avatar Gulnara M, Artist/Etsy Shop Owner

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Eggs and Bow

    • 3. Flowers and Green Branches

    • 4. Bow Details and Dark Green Branches

    • 5. Brown Branches

    • 6. Final Details

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About This Class


In this class, I will walk you through the process of painting an Easter Wreath using watercolors. 

In the project section of this class, you will find the tools we will use and the sketch of the wreath, if you want to follow along. 

Thank you for taking this class. Please share your progress and your paintings with us. I can't wait to see what you create!

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Gulnara M

Artist/Etsy Shop Owner


My name is Gulnara and I am an artist based in Los Angeles, California. I have been drawing since before I could write and art has always played a huge part in my life. I always experiment with techniques and different mediums. My favorite mediums are watercolors, oil paints, ink and color pencils. I love to create illustrations that inspire and bring smiles.

I hope you enjoy my classes ;)

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1. Intro: Hi. Welcome to my class. My name is Golan. Are and I teach classes here on skill share in my previous classes. As showed you how to pay a cute baby animals with watercolors, how to paint seashells, tropical leaves and water droplets in one of my popular classes at the trial to paid a flower. Since so many of you share your amazing projects with me, it inspired me to make another class on how to paint and weak. In this class, I will teach you how to paint an Easter reef. Since this with is a bit more complex, I attached a drawing of it so you can easily follow along with me. I hope this class will inspire you to create your own Easter reef and shared with us. Thank you so much for taking this class. And I can't wait to see what you create. 2. Eggs and Bow: let's start. By creating a whole palette, I will be using both pastel colors and true colors in order to create pastel colors. All we have to do is still thinks the fresh paint with white paint. You can decide how light or dark he won't pastel colors to be. As you can see, I created swatches off my mixed colors on the right side of the painting. For the majority of this painting, I will be using a round brush size six. It's a big wreath inside. Six. Brush comes very handy when covering big areas. I also noticed that I tend to use my size £6 brush for most of my illustrations. When you paint or draw a reef, I always recommend Starting was the largest items in our case of the bow and eggs are the largest pieces. I haven't decided what color trimming the boat, so I decided to paint eggs first. I started with the pastel yellow. I plan to make extra colors so when coloring the yellow ones tried to alternate and make sure I don't place all yellow eggs next to each other and not the important thing to remember exact three dimensional. So let's pick a source of late for this illustration. I imagine the source of light in the top right corner. That means every object will have a change in value, where the top right corner will be lighter and gradually will get darker towards the left bottom edge, where the shadow would be This way, our X will look more dimensional. So you will notice that I add a touch more yellow color to the areas where the shadow would be, and I'm believing the opposite side brighter? - No . Next I paint the green eggs in the same way that a pain in the yellow ones remembering the lights worse, you can make the paint lighter by adding more water, which will make it mantra exclusive. If you add white paint, the color will be more opaque but not translucent. So keep that in mind when playing with the shades. Okay, I decided to make the bow pastel yellow, and I'm adding bright yellow in the folds where the shadows would be 3. Flowers and Green Branches: now that we painted a large items, we can start painting smaller ones. A good rule to follow is to paint the light color ones first and the dark ones later. In our case, I will make flowers yellow and leaves and branches will be green and brown, which are darker colors compared to yellow. So I'm painting flowers first. - I'm using the bright yellow for the pedals and adding watery. Burn seeinit into the centers of each flower I'm using what on what technique here it allows. The burnt sienna mixed naturally, was yellow. I didn't want the flowers too blunt and too much with the eggs. And by adding burnt sienna, it gives just enough distinction that your I will be drawn to the center of each flower, the insides of the bow. I'm painting with the pastel for a screen, and later I will add green stripes to the bow was the paint dries? Next I'm painting the green branches was a bright green pain. At this point, all the paint on eggs and flowers is dry, and I can safely pain the green branches without warning that the pain will bleed in and 4. Bow Details and Dark Green Branches: now that the pain on the BoE's dry as well we can pain this tribes. Was the forest green mixed a little with the white people? Four. Screen is a very dark collar, and I wanted to come down a little bit. Was white pain. I really like how these two colors work together when you are not sure if the colors will work well together. I always recommend trying them on a piece of paper. Just pain them next to each other and see if you like the combination. If you're happy, then you can color your illustration with them. If you're not, you can continue experimenting until you're happy was out wearing in your painting Waken pain. The smallest branches with the same tone Down Force Queen mix using a limited color palette will help you make it illustration more balance. Okay, - I don't know 5. Brown Branches: Now we can pain the brown branches of the Greek. I'm experience Sienna was white pain and say P a warm was white pain as well to create the style colors, - the first layer I'm covering with the pastel burnt sienna. - Next , we can pain small branches. Inside the reef was the pastel warm CPM. I am creating an illusion of branches weaving in and out. It's a fun process. Since you're a painting freehand, just pick one direction and start painting wavy lines. Imagine you're weaving this week. I also wanted to add a few more details of the reef. Deterred the brown color more so. I'm using warm sepia to pain just a few brown branches around the reef, as if it's a long, thin branch, and I'm waving it around the waist. 6. Final Details: In this final section, I will be using colored pencils to add a touch. More texture. This step is entirely optional, but if you took my classes, you know that I love adding a little bit of colored pencil to my watercolor illustrations. I love the texture creeds. I picked colors that match my watercolors, and I'm lately adding accents here and there. There is no sense here. I look at my illustration in to say OK, this area can be a little bit darker, so I'm going to add a little bit of pencil here, or this area can be a little bit more defined. So I'm going to draw a line here. It's a lot of fun, and I want you to try it. An experiment. Just remember to go light and step away. Periodically. We want this to be a watercolor illustration with a touch of colored pencil. So try not to overwork it of his pencils way have always used to breathe. I hope you enjoy this clause and I can't wait to see what you create. Thank you so much for coming on this journey with me.