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Expressive Florals in Ink

teacher avatar Jennifer H., RDÉ Co. - @rosedeliseco

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. What You'll Need

    • 3. Why Ink?

    • 4. Practice Strokes

    • 5. Ink Peony

    • 6. Ink Rose

    • 7. The Project

    • 8. Thank you!

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About This Class

In this class we will be learning how to paint expressive florals using ink and a paintbrush almost the same as with watercolours.

Painting with ink can get you very beautiful results due to its flow and varying values despite painting just one tone.

The florals I will be demonstrating this technique with will be roses and peonies. Additionally, I will be showing you a final piece utilizing loose florals and leaves to create a stunning illustration. 




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Jennifer H.

RDÉ Co. - @rosedeliseco



Hi there! Thank you for stopping by and visiting my page. To tell you a little about me, I’ll start with what it is that I basically do every day: I paint & illustrate in my free hours (mostly minutes), I look after my little rascals, one of which already seems to have some artistic aspirations of her own and loves to steal my paint & brushes. 

I’ve enjoyed doing artwork for as long as I can remember - my mom once filled my entire room with my finger paintings when I was still in Kindergarten. She is a major source of inspiration for me (she's a seasoned oil paint artist), as well as my dad, who is a crafty handyman with an admirable work ethic. 

As I was able to rekindle my love for art via online classes and tutorials, I h... See full profile

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1. Trailer : are you one of those artists that stock up on many art supplies? Like various bottles of things for a calligraphy project you were going to start, but didn't. Well, good news is that I'm gonna show you what else you can do with that ink in this class. We're going to explore loose morals and leaves. And who knows? Maybe along the way, you conspired to try these techniques in your daily sketchbook practices or during October , like I did, we will be painting a loose Pini arose. And finally, a project that could result in a stunning piece whilst enhancing your illustrative skills. Prior experience of painting with florals is ideo. But if you're a beginner and are interested in trying out in the place of water colors, you are most welcome to stay. Grab your in bottled and let's dive in 2. What You'll Need : you will need ink. Of course, For this class, the think that I'm using is the Higgins Fountain pen India Ink. My intention of purchasing this item was to one day get into hand lettering or calligraphy . But after several attempts, I had to put the bottle away. Um, up until October 2018 came around. This happens to be non waterproof, which I prefer in case of spills and what not I will show you soon. Also another reason why I like using the non waterproof ink. But any dark ink will work. Next on the list are paintbrushes. I recommend using one you're comfortable with and are okay to potentially ruin. Your other option would be to use water brush can if you are already used to painting loose world with them. A container with water. This is actually my travel container and you'll see me re using that same water in it to paint several paintings with later on. And of course, water kind of paper I've pinned on both cold pressed and hot pressed watercolor paper. Um, both gave me a nice result. Even mixed media paper will work as long as you're careful not to load the brush with too much ink or water. And last but not least, a mixing palette would be very idea. You may also want to have some paper towel, hairdryer and scraps of paper at hand. 3. Why Ink?: as I mentioned earlier, it was in October 2018 that had inspired me to use bottled in to experiment with. I have also seen the few Instagram artists incorporating in their paintings in a way that we don't usually see. One thing I absolutely found up with is how easily it could be used to make a very expressive illustration using just this one medium and some water monochromatic artwork is always fun to look at, and you can create beautiful patterns or prince with it. Additionally, pink blooms happened right away. Unlike watercolor blues, which you happen to have to wait a little bit for to see the results they think could be used in its very opaque tone or easily diluted with water, which can allow you to have ah hold priority of shades. Here are just three basic tones ranging from very dark to light. This concept movie they're important to give your art piece shadows, dimension and contrast. It's also a great way to study values of whatever it is that you will be painting. I hope that by now I've convinced you into trying Out Inc to paint loose morals. You're obviously not limited to just painting that I've enjoyed painting, landscape and urban art Burke using Just Inc in the past as well. 4. Practice Strokes : practice strokes. Painting with think does require quite a bit of mastering a k a. The dreaded term practice. Unfortunately, there isn't a shortcut to creating amazing art or master, and you mean in a short period of time. But by taking a class to learn or improve on something, you are taking the first step to success. Because fear is often what prevents us from trying up new things and be equipped with some knowledge always helps defeat that. To warm up, let's pick up our brush and some scrap paper and just get a feel for how much and your brush picks up. Just a side note. I always worked my brush first with water. Then I dab it on a napkin or squeezed the excess water out. This helps the brush to pick up and better, and I won't have to grab too much. And if the brushes already moist, I'm painting a couple of pedals. Just paint whatever you're comfortable to paint, or rather, what you paint best. For me, warm ups often consists of painting loose worlds and leaves. This way you can rather concentrate on learning to control the medium, and you won't put too much thought into getting a perfect illustration. It's a lot of fun to drop in a more concentrated version off ink into the red area and just watch it blew. It gives you a loose and a slightly unpredictable result once it has drive, and the texture is just beautiful to look at. I also have combined the ink with different media wet and dry, just certain an idea as to how the acts around the other media. These techniques are really great. If you're looking to get into mixed me yard now for the second example, I'm putting down a swash up in with a little bit of water. We're going to wait for that to dry and move on to the other part and quickly doodling a floral composition with my migrant intent, which is waterproof. Then I add loose and strokes to fill in the drawing. In some areas with dark but diluted ink, I go in once again with a bit more of a concentrated version of think to add contrast in some area. - Okay , everything has dried. That means it's time to go in with my time and my wife joked him. I'm trying are both pens and, as you can see, the white Angus visible on very big areas and the ink pen doodles are visible in more transparent areas, So ink from the bottle acts quite similar to watercolor. Now back to my flower deal. Just having a few details here and there. I'm attempting to give my doodle a bit more dimension and make it look a little more interesting. No actual technique being used here, just adding something where I feel I can improve it. And here you have it. I think we're ready to move on to our first floral composition with ink. 5. Ink Peony : the Pini. At the start, I sketched out the Pini just to get a better idea of its shape and where the pedals are placed. It's a good warm up practice as well, and a good way to improve your sketching skills. I actually looked at multiple images to get an idea of what a P looks like. I have studied it quite a bit in the past, so I have a bit more of ah, better ideas to how to shape the PD. The image you see is what I perceived with my eyes and how I translate that onto paper in my own style. Once I'm confident I have a better understanding of the peonies basic shape. I start to work on the actual PNE now. There isn't really a technique here that can be taught step by step. This is more of an intuitive technique of painting, which painting with florals usually is, but it can help to follow along and copy what I'm doing to help get over the fear of painting something in a different style or painting something for the first time. Your personal style always comes through. Our signature painting style can be a unique as our handwriting. For this composition, I'm using 100% cotton watercolor paper by Fabbri Ana. These paintings work on all watercolor and mixed media papers. In my experience, as I mentioned earlier, I always like to start with us under pedals first, then work my way around the to create what I call the crown. Once I have it looking a bit like a sideways extra, I have been work on the lower pedals. I love putting those in because they make the PNE look like a puny, even if it's not 100% realistic. I'm working with a darker ink. It's actually my water from the little travel container in which I've cleaned my ankle loaded brush with. If you prefer more of a contrast, I suggest that during the quarter with more water to get a lighter tone or just use clean water to make the pne look fuller. I at the panels where I feel like it could use a little more volume or shaping until I'm satisfied with how it looks. While the water is wet on paper, drop in the Concentrated Inc to get those blooms and at contrast, definition and or a shadow for the stem. I dip my brush in the most concentrated version of pink and just paint a line down with a thinner brush. I at the smaller stems for the leaves. Then I pick up my medium sized brush again, loaded with tended Pinkwater and paint the Leafs in loosely. The last step is when I come in with my smaller brush that I've dipped in the darkest tone of ink and paint in what would be the yellow center of the pne. I can't for the life. You remember what it's called and unfortunate. Google wasn't much help either, but I hope you understand what I'm talking about and Viola completed piece. I've also found painting in two pennies, only this time with more than needed Inc. I didn't really use any reference for it, either, but I quickly want to show you what a more planned out composition would look like. 6. Ink Rose : Inc rose. What really helps before deciding on the ultimate composition of their floor, our peace is to master the actual flower. That means painting it a few times until you're confident you've got it down. The final project that our vision with you guys the next video is actually a neat way to paint the same flower several times and in your courage is enough in different angles. But for now, let's focus on the growth. Ah, beloved rose. Loose watercolor roses are currently all the hype there, so many different ways to go about it. And despite the lack of realistic details, you can always tell that when you're looking at a watercolor rose that it is in fact a rose . So to start off, let's practice painting but loose rose in ink. If you are used to painting, lose rose in watercolor, there should be pretty easy for you. I recommend practicing it, though, because the water control and different tones of the ink require a little getting used to I usually even in watercolor paintings, start with a small brush to get the details in for the center, you can use any size brush that has a fine point that will allow you to paint the center of the rose. It often helps to look at a picture of a rose or at an actual rose to get a better idea of your adults. But I will advise against painting it verbatim. Getting pedals to look exactly like your reference can be very frustrating, especially if you have not mastered painting the rose in detail from every angle with loose Rosas is important to give the idea of the shape the brain off the eyes of the beholder off . The artwork will always be able to piece the remaining details for painting florals. I often need a warm up, even though that's mainly all I paint. I use a bigger brush to paint bigger and bigger pedals, trying to vaguely mimic the shapes of the pedals. On real growth. You can, by all means just keep painting half circles or crescent shapes around the center. But this is how I prefer my watercolor slash roses to look like, you know, personal preference. Now, if your paper is super absorbent, then you need to work fast and complete the entire rose. Or you can drop in the darker tone of 7. The Project : final project. Okay, So before we dive into the actual project, let's pick out our elements. Because, as you can see, we need a couple to create a page full composition. If you're feeling a little intimidated, please don't. This is actually a very simple composition and so satisfying. I'm sure you will be pleased with both the process and the result. And as mentioned earlier, it's such a great way to build some more muscle memory by painting the same florals and leaves, but from different angles and whatnot for the first and mean flower, which is going to be the biggest and most important in the final illustration. I've picked the PNE. I'm offended at many times now, and I feel comfortable painting it. I recommend you also pick your favorite flower that you are confident enough to use as your biggest component off your illustration. I'm going to keep it loose, but still try to paint it as best as I can to help me determine what we look good together on this practice shit for the next one, impeding a flower that resembles the hibiscus flower of it but is more of a 5 to 6 single petal flower underneath . I paint a little floor Abad belonging to my unnamed flower. They're so simple to paint, and I just love throwing them in an empty little spaces in my full illustrations. Next are the pillars and leaks. I'm not using any references for it either, so I paint what comes to mind. Since it's my practice slash reference sheet, I'm not your heart of myself for not getting that leads down perfectly the way I had hoped . They turn out. Other popular fillers are Berries. We are brainstorming our idea on the sheet, so don't be afraid to put some ideas down. It will help prepare for the final piece. I have mentioned the entire final project on a smaller piece off 100% cotton paper by Adriano, but unfortunately forgot to record it. So here I am, doing it again, and I'm actually loving this piece. Much more Practice is the best. I decided I'm one of my entire composition to be slightly diagonal on the page, so I market lightly with my pencil. As a guide. You can also use masking tape if you like. I proceed by market my sheet with three big circles for the main flower, in which case it happens to be the pne. I put the three of them down in a bit of a triangular way so that it looks more balanced on my page. Next, I put down medium sized circles, basically filling in the big spaces that have not been filled with the peonies. The smaller circles are for the buds. I'm not going to mark where the leaves are, because for that part, I prefer for it to be less planned out. I start by pending in my peonies with diluted ink, followed by the other two. - Don't drop the darker ink for shadows and dimension. - My semi fictional flowers are next. I also at the bus for two of them. This isn't going to be a perfect pattern, so don't worry about making anything look identical here. In fact, I think some differences will make this piece even cooler. - Then it's time to uglies. I like to paint these long and slightly big leaves around the peonies. Please know that I'm using a very diluted shade of ink. We will go over with darker leafs afterwards. I just at them wherever I like Now it's time for the dark, please. I like to vary the sizes of the leaves and stems, and if you like, you can put this thing kind of leaves the same ways all over the painted. It's all up to you. I like to play around with the angles and number of these on one stem. It just gives a bit more organic. Look, if you will. I added The dark leaves last because you can more easily go over the lighter leaves and a little overlapping ATS. More liveliness as well as you can see, My strokes are very loose for the Leafs. They aren't the shining star of the peace, so I want to keep it simple, especially for the smaller, darker leave and literally stamping with my brush. For the most part, the final stop. I'm going to try to fill in the word spaces but still leave enough white space to give the illustration a bit more of an area. Feel to it. If I were to do anything differently next time, I would probably add a more concentrated into the flowers to make them stand out a little more. But overall, it's a fun piece to look at 8. Thank you!: Thank you so much for taking this class. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting this class together. If this is the first time you've tried painting with ink, then I'm very pleased to have inspired you. As always. I'm very curious to hear from you. Please don't be shy to give me some feedback and please also post your artwork. I would love to see it. If you tag me on Instagram, I'll be sure to leave you comin and a shot up in my stories. Thank you again and until next time.