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Easiest Loose Roses with Watercolor

teacher avatar Olga Koelsch, Watercolor artist and Pattern Designer

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Roses 1


    • 3.

      Roses 2


    • 4.

      Roses 3


    • 5.

      Roses 4


    • 6.

      Roses 5


    • 7.

      Greenery Drills


    • 8.

      Final Project - Bouquet


    • 9.

      Final Thoughts


    • 10.

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About This Class

Hello friends!

Are you ready to start a mindful journey into the world of loose watercolor bouquets? I'm excited to guide you through a series of exercises that will help you create stunning artwork with ease.

In this class, we'll dive into the art of painting watercolor roses from different angles and shapes, mastering the skills to paint greenery, and finally, combining everything to make a beautiful, delicate rose bouquet. Each stage of the course comes with easy-to-follow practices that will have you confidently applying new techniques in no time.

My class is all about intuitive, free-hand painting that flows naturally and helps you sharpen your artistic abilities. Get ready to unleash your creativity and paint like a pro!

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Olga Koelsch

Watercolor artist and Pattern Designer



Hello friends! I am Olga Koelsch,  watercolour artist and pattern designer living in Norway.

I started my art career in traditional botanical illustration but later on I focused on modern watercolour techniques and loose painting as it has more flexibility and have a high commercial demand.

I love intuitive painting, free-hand painting that comes organically but nevertheless based on knowledge of colors, techniques and composition rules.

I create whimsical watercolours in delicate painting style combined with bohemian touch and expressiveness. I am also known for transparent flowers illustrations (or X-ray flowers) which are becoming my personal signature.

Being a full-time artist I run profitable shops on E... See full profile

Level: Beginner

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1. Welcome!: Hi friends, and welcome back to my studio. Today I prepared a new project for you, which includes a lot of drilling in painting roses and really in Beijing greenery. And after all these exercises, you will be able to paint your roles bouquet. I will show you an example, but you could easily apply everything you practice during my course into your role painting. So let's just start. 2. Roses 1: Let's paint this nice roles in five different ways. Or let's say we will just take this one for inspiration and let's see what, what will get at the forum. Basic color for basic mixture. I take quinacridone, rose, very diluted, and just with a hint of any green from your palette to make it note these Barbie pinkish, but a pleasant, nice, dusty pink color. Let's start from the middle of the rows with tiny little strokes. Strokes. This is the middle of our rows. Clean the brush. Truck out the color very carefully. Trunk out to the color. Again, take our mixture. Strokes, which gets a bit thicker and bigger and roll around and again, wash the brush, clean the brush, and drag out the column bold mixture. Because strokes, to get the biggest strokes, you start with a tip of the brush on the belly. Let it go. Tip of the brush press on the belly, let it go. Tip of the brush, press on the value. Let it go. Wash the brush. The color, the color or shuttled around. You go from the middle of the rows, the Beagle and lighter petals are. Let's keep this in mind. When making very big, lovely petals around. Like this. Press on the belly. Let it go. Add some random strokes around to make some volume to make it looks natural. Take a beat off, dryer color, dry and darker color, and add to the root of the petals randomly. Again a little bit and drop off. 3. Roses 2: Most water looks like and just prepare something. Some circle I paid and some circle very, very random, very pale. Just like this, which is also pretty nice and could call it as a rose number 28. And let it here for now to dry out. Now we repeat the same technique as we have a wave. Rolls. Number one, we are taking their bolder color, started the middle, making C shapes. Maybe a little bit more curvy to make rules is different. And drag out the color. Strokes, curvy strokes. And the color with very vague lean movements of your brush. Make the law clog up the color. Another line. The color. Add some contrast to the rules of the petals to make it brighter. But always, be careful. You could add color and motor only while the part is still wet. Once it starts to dry, don't touch anything. When we'll talk about this later in the other videos. So we're almost done with this. I want to add some nice curves around some shades, final touches. It's always important to stop at the right moment, which is difficult. This is it. 4. Roses 3: Rows number three will be in referrals. Unfortunately, I do not have English roses in my studio. But we will manage English roses have very specific middle. Middle. Now looks more like DC. No worries. We will get to our rose. Looks like we just prepare the spot where petals grows like this. A little bit of vertical lookup from the top, filling that gap with some bolder color. Now we repeat the same technique as here, but we have started already with bigger. And they put them around our middle part. And now you could see all our roles. Peers. We add some random lines around and seeker strokes to show petals which grow out of the body. Try to be not very symmetrical. Let's emphasize the middle. With bold mixture. At some details, fill in some gaps. Connect middle of the roles and the petals. Again, some shades randomly. 5. Roses 4: Bod of the rules, which will look something like this. This will be our example. We paint strokes. This. Randomly. Wash the brush and make the shape of the bottle diluted. Color. Our front of fraud petal. There'll be mostly on the sunshine, so it should stay as void as you can. Better add some shades on these shady side. On the bottom. Maybe. True for me this curve. And let's add few very pale petals. I like to add some white space to divide petals. Try this. Sum, something. Nice. To divide petals and emphasize the Gautam. To make it look natural. Let's add a stem. For stem, I'm taking cocoa green with a hint of our quinacridone rose. Now let's paint the stem. The stem and the sleeps. Well this leaves. We start with the tip of the brush, press on the Berlin, let it go again. Tip of the brush, press on the belly. Let it go. One more. Tip of the brush, barely let it go. I like how these things can green column mix into each other. Tiny little details done. 6. Roses 5: Number five. Number five, take our mixture, both mixture. Again. We start the middle, tiny little strokes. And we make them a little bit more curvy. Drug out the color. These curvy parts. Firewall from the middle, the Beagle, the petals are eager and braver should be your strokes. Now we have feeling the gaps in-between these white spaces, white petals, some color, some fluffiness shape around here. Like nitrile. Make it we need good crow side. Because our rows like this. Some contrast with the darker color. Divide petals and add some shades around to provide all the petals here. Like this. Again, would be nice to add some stem. The stem, I'm taking green color, making stem. Leaves, tip of the brush, belly of the brush, some pearls. And one could go from the tip of the brush, the brush and let the colors mix. Some tiny little details. 7. Greenery Drills: For painting greenery, I do not use the bright green colors. Of course, you could use anything you like. I prefer to mix green color with one die or any other brownish color to make it a little bit dusty. How would we do with paint greenery? There are just too a lot of different ways. E.g. we start with the main branch. Then. Let's say we paint in oils Polypterus. I press little bit from the belly of the brush and let it go. And on the other side, I press on the belly of the brush and let it cool. That's how I get these. A little bit of roundish to sleep. E.g. again, small stamp, belly of the brush and I vaguely beat the brush. Would always correct. Manually. You did not manage to my kitchen Van Gogh, It's completely fine to correct it. For some variety. I, I add a little bit of oxygen to another link. And let's try to do it again. A little bit. Press on the belly of the block. Let it go. I like to leave a little bit of white space in between. The big middle wine. Next one we will paint something very different. So you could try different to click finish this. Next one, we will paint some pain, more like Ross, e.g. a lot of tiny little details. This one we have basically done. Next one, let's paint same color. Something. We've all tiny little details. And I prepare a place for cluster. With the tip of the brush. Small moves. The first cluster. I imagined that the second cluster, cluster role like this in this direction. Now I decorate it with strokes. Another cluster, leave a lot of whitespace. It makes greenery very, very natural. Maybe one more small preparations. It looks like we paint the skeleton and then dress it with leaves. It's really, really asks for one more here. Okay. Next one. I'll show you a very lovely technique. When you paint. It's maybe it's a little bit more childish, but sometimes it really plays a lot. So you Just the outlines. And it looks really modern and cool. And e.g. if you paint a book care, then you want to add some greenery. And if you do it like this, this kind of leaves to make your artwork really, really specific. And how you could play around. He would make the outlines slightly bigger, slightly thicker. In some parts. Nice span. Your outline is Kirby. It looks interesting. Add some shade. In goods, too childish. Maybe. I lie to add some curves everywhere. And middle lines. This one. Let's try something, something very abstract and very spontaneous. I just preparing game, my mixture. For spontaneous painting. It's nice to be ready and prepared colors. And just with wave, very brave moves, I paint something. I think it could be a bumbles, e.g. it looks like a bumble sleeves. Very sharp, very dynamic. Just like this. Let's try something, something you want, something different. I will show you the branch with fico. With the fecal leaves. I start with the tip of the brush. I press on the balance of wash. And basically I'm painting with, with the body of rock. And I, I take a little bit different heat, more dark and this real quick, nice shade. I want the sleeve have some texture. This chip textural, this eight, choose the one with the body of the brush. Just move my brush. Worry. Really. I want to make it a little bit. So I prefer these curved up. Some dark colas. And one more. It's nice if you paint two halves of the leaf in slightly different shades, lighter, e.g. in dark like him. I hope you could see the difference. And it really creates this nice, lovely fold. And for some structure, when the lighter part is dry, you could add some just a few strokes, not only to imitate, try to imitate all just few and then you get this nice feeling. Let's paint something more. E.g. let's try something in-between. These. Now I paint with our clients, but they are a little bit bolder. And these greens, some variety. If we on this stage add some e.g. darker brown to the stamp. It will distribute all these nice dark shade. And look how nice and lovely. It looks like. These white areas they imitates of their curve, of them off the leaf. E.g. what we could also do is to wash the brush, dry the brush, and remove all the color from one side of the leaf. It will also create these, not as crispy as here, but it creates this nice volume. Let's paint something, something for me. To close up the lesson. Let's paint something relaxing. You could make a lot of experiments and paint different greenway in different styles. And it's one of my favorite because you can't really two things thrown here. And it has a lot of variety. Could just play around with brush strokes. And every time you get an amazing, amazing, beautiful result. E.g. here it is still the paper is still wet. Just the right time to add some dark spots. The volume. And here it is, We have a lot of different green leaves here. 8. Final Project - Bouquet: I will start with the top rows and I'm taking dark purple color. And I paint with C strokes. I paint the middle. C strokes are overlapping each other. I'm mixing them with Quinacridone Rose. For diversity. I, it's basically C, strokes everywhere tip of the brush, belly of the brush, tip of the brush. I like the dusty feeling of roses. And to get, to make a dusty, I mix quinacridone rose just with a hint of Berlin green. And that's how I get these, these nice vintage coloration. Sometimes, or we could say just the tops of the petals. And sometimes they are really wide open. Like these curves. The more we go from the middle, lighter. And C curve becomes the petals and means of the car. And lighter become the strokes, even changing to a thicker brush, bigger brush. It's number 12. And I called out. I go round and what I like to do is to add some darker color to them. To the beginning battles. Yeah. Until the middle, of course, it's nice to emphasize the middle, to add some extra depth in it with the tip of the brush, just with the tip of the brush. And randomly, Don't forget to leave white spaces around. I would like to immediately paint few alcoholic two sleeves, Covey's. I may I take a lean green just with the belly of the brush with one move. I'm painting equality to sleep rather randomly. And I let all the colors mix. I now start to paint the second row. And the second rolls be more, be more warm, orange, little bit lighter than this one. So I take pyrrole. It's very beautiful color. It could be very intense, orange if you take it bold, or it could be very pleasant. Light pink. Hint. It's the same, basically the same principle tip of the brush belly of the brush. Strokes around emphasize the middle. Allow watercolor, do its duty. Try not to control too much. And immediately I painting some green leaves here. So our equilibrium sleeves, this green hints could connect with our rows. And the third rows will be here. We will be back to, I collect this leaves. It's just a pure them. Maybe. Right now. More tense. Just like these other roles. The roles, so same principle. Let's try to do something in trusting. And it will be slightly underneath the authors. I'm painting the middle. Now. I am with, with the other brush. With just clean brush. I distribute a little bit the darker color around. And let's see what's happening, What's happening. I did not plan this. Let's see how it will work out. I feel a feeling that would be nice to make it a little bit more pink. Wish. I take quinacridone rows instead of purple. And I keep in mind these, these petals will go underneath of the other rules. I make them darker. But the other petals, I make very light. And I go with some random moves, darker underneath the other roles, and lighter. On the top. I want again to emphasize, to add some shades. Just with the tip of the brush. Mixture of quinacridone rose example. I think we'll walk nice here. I just go round with the same C strokes, maybe a little bit thinner and smaller. This time. I go around and immediately I switch to the green leaves. Polypterus. I want some leaves, a Charles trailing down. I'm painting them like this just with the belly of the brush. Just with the belly of the brush. I want to add some variety here. This is a very beautiful color. It's, I forgot the word. So the color which has fewer particles in it, and the particles just distributes and flows. If guys, I forgot the word of the name of these colors, I will tell you once. So remember, but it's really nice to have one or two of these in your palate. It allows you to play nicely with your colleagues. Now, I'm making different feelings and these care, e.g. I. Add more flips. Yeah. Click to slaves. They're a little bit too round dish. I keep this in mind. When I paint. I don't make them too far, like roses. I collect those feelings. I add some random no name, no name graphs around. Just for the volume, for contrast. And maybe what I like to keep these hot shapes. So I'm actually not going to paint too much here. Now. Now we have a lot of sunshine. Probably a little bit difficult to see. Fun. Greenleaf. One more green. To make it really hot loop. I not hard getting just heart causing little cane. I'll add some greenery, some some tiny strokes. I tried to cover with myself this sudden sunshine, Norway. And now with the tip of the brush, I want to add some structure and texture. I hold my brush on the opposite T, which allows to make very unpredictable, which is frightening, but fun, unpredictable strokes. Rather uncontrolled moves, which is really, really fun. So I think our, our lovely book kid is ready. 9. Final Thoughts: Thank you so much for joining this class. I hope you really liked the process. I hope you managed to try different practices and I'm looking forward to see your final picture. Bye-bye. 10. Join my Membership!: Hi friends, I'm going to be killed. And I welcome you to joy, to my membership. I know that we all somehow at different stages of our painting skills and that's fine because I split my membership classes, my membership offers into sudden bundles. And you could start either from the very, very basic steps and then short-time get to another step and then to another step. And as my favorite thing, we could paint together complex botanical illustrations or loose floral compositions. It, somehow, it takes time to realize what you're more into, either into loose painting or some more precise painting, it's okay to give yourself a try. And another thing I would like to stress out that most of my classes, you could stop at any moment, e.g. when a baby cries or dog needs to go out. So really at any moment and heavy, just 15 min daily practice. Good. Bring you into really nice progress with watercolor painting, withdrawal away, anything basically. So I invite you to try out free classes, to try out churn membership, e.g. for a month and feel how how does it feel here. So I hope you will like it and we could make, we could create a really nice together. I hope I see you there. Bye bye.