Brush Strokes to Paint Flowers | Farah Bidin | Skillshare

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7 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. 2 stroke - Brush Strokes to Paint Dahlia

    • 3. Quick Flicks - Brush Strokes to Paint Chrysanthemum

    • 4. Wavy Strokes - Brush Strokes to Paint Carnations

    • 5. Bell Shape - Brush Strokes to Paint Muscari

    • 6. Bonus Lesson - Foliages

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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One of the most essential component or aspect of any flower painting is brush strokes needed to paint its petals. Mastering the most basic brush strokes to paint flower petal shapes is extremely helpful in understanding which brush strokes types there is to paint flowers and how they work best in other similar looking flower shapes too. There is no right or wrong way to paint flowers but knowing some basic brush strokes that is needed to be applied in painting the petals of flowers will help you to express and communicate your flower painting ideas.

In this class, Farah will be sharing how she approach painting flowers using brush strokes & mark-making. Explore different kinds of brush strokes from painting smooth broad 2-strokes to using flicks of your wrist to create marks and detail. Experiment with different brush sizes and see the kind of strokes & marks they make and which suits your need. Learn to combine both wet and dry technique in painting the brush strokes to provide a variety of tones and precision when painting the petals of flowers.

At the end of the class, students will be able to paint variety of popular flowers using the brush strokes that is taught in the class. Along with practice, students will strengthen their brush skills and discover their own unique strokes. This class is suitable for beginners as well as a refresher class for those who have been practicing painting flowers with watercolors.

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Farah Bidin

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1. Introduction: Hi everybody, My name is Barbara. You might recognize me from my Instagram page, things directed. And today I'm going to be teaching you brush strokes that are needed to paint loose flowers. For this class, you will need to prepare three basic painting supplies. Your paint, brushes and paper. The key to painting loose flowers. Similarly, some basic brush strokes that I needed to be applied in painting the petals of the flowers. There's no right or wrong in painting flowers that I will show you my approach in painting them in much more simpler way. This class is suitable for beginners as well as for those who wants to learn to paint flowers as the new subject. At the end of the class, you will be able to obtain variety of popular flowers using the brush strokes. Let's start the lesson. 2. 2 stroke - Brush Strokes to Paint Dahlia: In this lesson, we're gonna be learning how to paint the two strokes brush marks. Starting with a round size ten brush, start painting from the bottom, moving upwards in one stroke and repeat the same movement for the second stroke. Try switching to a medium brush size and you want to repeat the same two strokes movement. Experiment with the smallest size brush and see the different marks or strokes you can make. Practice these two strokes. Brush over and over again until you get a hang of it. You want to also experiment applying pressure, light pressure when you paint the strokes. Pulling it further up will make your strokes longer. Try painting the first stroke with a dark paint and then we just water paint the second stroke. You can also experiment color blending by painting a different color. For the two strokes. You can use this brush strokes to paint leaves and flowers such as Daisy, cosmos, and LAS, which I'm gonna be demonstrating to you next. Now I'm going to paint the flower centers using a small round brush and then pull from it to paint the flower petals using the same brush strokes. This dahlia, I'm going to be painting using the same two strokes movement. You can see I'm painting the two strokes closer to each other. To create the flower centers. You can pull colors from other petals by using just water. This way you can get those light-colored pedal tones. Experiment blending other colors to paint the petals. Tried to stick to the colors that are close to each other to create a harmonious painting. Let's paint another dahlia next to this one to finish this painting. So you can see I started off with the sensors with a dark orange and pulling the outer petals with just water. Land in some pings to your flower petals to create interests. And that's how I paint dahlias using the two stroke brushstrokes. I'll see you in the next lesson. 3. Quick Flicks - Brush Strokes to Paint Chrysanthemum: The second lesson we're gonna be using a smaller round brush to create marks by making quick flicks. Think of it as making movement to create the right symbol. Using quick flick Severus, create short parallel lines going upwards to the right. If you're left-handed, you should be able to make this movement heading upwards to the left and the tip of your round brushes handy to create details like this dot like marks. How much you put pressure will also that mean the size of your marks? You can also create straight-up marks by using speedy upwards and downwards flexor of the risks. Like a dance with the brush, let loose and create the marks going in different directions. Try to explore this brush strokes using the flat brush. They are great to paint straight. I just all lines. Since the bristle lung is not very long, you can create marks like this to paint leaves or even grass. I use this brush strokes to create smaller flower fillers like this. Using quick likes of the risks, apply some pressure to form the petals of the flower fillers and the same strokes to paint the arch, stems and smaller leaves. You can use this brush strokes to paint pine tree leaves and flowers like marigold chrysanthemum, which I will be demonstrating to you next, begin by loading your brush with a darker color. Here I'm using permanent yellow deep, and start using quick flicks, subarrays to paint the centers of the flower, like we did in lesson one with Italia. Once we're done with the center, I'm going to paint more petals with just water pulling from my yellow sensor. And I also want to add in a different color when I'm painting the strokes to create some nice blends. Keep on pulling paint from the center and continue going upwards and downwards to create the strokes until you reach your desired size. Let's do another flower on the top, following the same movement of going upwards and downwards to create the petals of the flower. What to paint a few more flowers to make up my flower composition. Once you're done with the flower petals, you can start painting the stems. I like to paint the flowers first so I know where I can add the stems and leaves later on. But feel free to paint however you like, whether you want to start with the Stanfords or flower first, make sure you have enough space to paint them. I'm going to add some leaves to fill up the negative space in between the flowers with my flat brush. You can also add in a darker pigment to the petals. There are still wet. You can see some of the darker red starts to flow naturally into some of the petals, creating a nice range of shades. You can skip this step if you're still not sure how colors blend and work together. But that is how I paint presents a mum using quick brushstrokes. I'll be showing you another brushstroke that requires movement in the next lesson. See you there. 4. Wavy Strokes - Brush Strokes to Paint Carnations: Another brushstroke that requires movement is what I call the wavy strokes. In this lesson, we're going to learn to paint wavy brush strokes to create individual petals. Using a round size two brush, create wavy strokes by moving your brush upwards and downwards, painting the strokes closer to each other. Try to visualize the alphabet n. When making the wavy strokes, each n shape brushstrokes creates individual petals. Switch to a medium round brush and see the different size you can make out of it. Practice making these strokes as many as you like. Try blending two colors like we did in the first two brushstroke lesson. Explore this brush strokes with a larger brush size. By practicing with different brush size, you will strengthen your wrist muscle memory and better your brush skills. So really take your time to practice and familiarize yourself with this brush strokes. I use this brush strokes to feign carnation, mainly because of the frilly petals. Start by marking the center flower and start painting the individual petals using the wavy strokes. Going around the center flower. Dilute your paint, mixed with a lot of water to get the lightest tone to paint the petals. Remember to blend in two colors together to achieve a soft blend of the two color mix. Once you're done, leave the flowers to dry. Now we're going to create the petal freely marks using a small round brush. In size two, I'm going to paint the wavy darker details by layering on the edges of the petal that have dried. Try to verify the shapes of the wavy strokes with shorter and slightly longer marks. You can also create the wavy marks outside of the petal to shape your flowers. That's how I use the wavy strokes to paint a carnation. You can also use these strokes to paint corn flowers and maybe some daisies and wildflowers. 5. Bell Shape - Brush Strokes to Paint Muscari: It is important to practice painting. The strokes are marks as much as you can. I often use the back of my papers to practice painting my strokes of laurels. In this lesson, we'll be learning to paint bell-shaped strokes to paint flowers like miscarry. Saturday, smaller round brush minusing size for start by painting the shape like the alphabet n. Then fill up the space in-between. This is stroke using a medium round brush and repeat the same steps. Now let's practice these strokes again with a larger brush. Paint the same bell-shape strokes and practice as many as you like until you get a hang of it. Now we're going to step up our practice by painting the strokes horizontally. Start painting with a pigment and paint the next one with just water. Keep on alternating paint and water and try to paint the strokes close to each other to create leads and soft blends. This time let's practice painting the strokes vertically, following the same steps as you did just now. Keep on alternate in-between paint and water. Repeat the same steps, but this time we're going to try painting the strokes going in zigzag direction. This bell-shaped stroke is perfect to paint flowers like blue bells, new phobias, and miscarry, which I'm going to show you next. I'm going to start by painting the stems of the flower. You can then start painting the bell-shaped bulbs like we did in our practice. Remember to alternate between paint and water when painting the petals. Great legally marks at the bottom using a smaller brush give the illusion of the openings to the bulbs. Keep in mind the composition of your flower. By referring to your flower pitcher. You can add in more flowers at the side to shape it. Finish off by adding a darker green to the stems to highlight the shadows. 6. Bonus Lesson - Foliages: In this bonus lesson, I'll be showing you how to paint Vazquez and alchemy lab, two types of foliage you can add in your flour painting compositions. Rescuers foliage has long curved stem and attractive flowy, feathery like leaves. In lesson one, we'll practice with the two stroke brushstrokes or this foliage. Instead of two strokes, I'll be painting the leaves with only one stroke by putting pressure on my brush and lifting it when I reached the tip or ends of my leaves. The outcome yellow foliage is usually lime green in color and has to lacy appearance. It is pretty enough to be painted like a flower when you paint your flower bouquet composition. Using the tip of your brush, paint quick dots in a cluster. Then the marks close to each other and lead paint and water create a natural blend. Another use of the wavy strokes we learned when painting carnations is to paint the leaves of this foliage. Use the same strokes, very smaller round brush to create the small wavy leaves. Finish off by connecting the thinner branches of the foliage with a darker pigment. 7. Final Thoughts: Thank you for letting me teach you how to paint brush strokes than two hours. I hope you learn something out of it. And I'll see you again in my next class. Until then, take care.