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Let's paint a simple pink watercolor flower

teacher avatar Angèle Kamp, Artist & Graphic Designer

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Making the sketch

    • 4. Painting the flower

    • 5. Painting the leaves

    • 6. Add shading

    • 7. Painting the center

    • 8. Time to share

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About This Class

 In this class, we will learn how to paint a simple watercolor flower with leaves. I will show you exactly which materials to use, how to create a quick sketch using a reference photo & I will teach you some basic watercolor techniques.

This class is for those of you who want to learn the basics of watercolors and how to create depth and detail using shading.

Once you have completed this class you will be able to paint your own beautiful watercolor flower. You can upload your artwork via an internet browser on a desktop or tablet (not via the app). Go to the 'projects & resources section of this class & click on the green button 'create project'.

• A clean glass of water
• Tissue paper
Kneaded eraser, Faber Castell
2H Pencil, Faber Castell
Round brush no. 1 & no. 2, Da Vinci
Alizarin crimson, Winsor & Newton
Perylene Green, Winsor & Newton
Watercolor paper, Hahnmühle Expression
• Flower reference photo

I am an artist & graphic designer from the Netherlands and creating art is one of my biggest passions in life. I love creating, watercolor art, illustrations, and hand-lettering. My designs are inspired by nature and Botanics and my style is feminine and delicate with a soft, neutral color palette.




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Angèle Kamp

Artist & Graphic Designer


I'm Angèle, an artist & graphic designer from the Netherlands and creating art is one of my biggest passions in life. I love creating, watercolor art, illustrations, and hand-lettering. My designs are inspired by nature and Botanics and my style is feminine and delicate with a soft, neutral color palette.




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1. Intro: Hello, everyone. I'm Skyla, I'm an artist and a graphic designer and creating watercolor art. It's one of my favorite things to Dio in this class will go over all of the materials that I like to use for my watercolors. I'll show you my favor watercolor paper, the colors that we're gonna use and my favorite brushes. We'll also show you how to create a quick light sketch. You can also use a sketch that I've uploaded to the class Resource is. Then we will paint the flower and then, of course, we'll add some shading. Are you ready? Let's get to it. 2. Materials: All right. So let's start with talking about the materials that were going to use for this class. I have a clean glass of water, so I'm tissue paper, Um, a needed a racer. I have this really light pencil, which is a to age from crab flavor, but still, but you can use any brand you want. As long as it's like a light pencils, you could make the light sketch. I have these two brushes that I want to use. Um, I use the number one for more of the details and then two for the first washes thes air from Divinci. They're really nice, high quality. They're around, but still have a nice tip to it for making details. And these are the two colors that we're going to use. This is the pink one is the allies are in crimson on the green. One is apparently in green. They're both from Woods. Aaron Boone. I will be leaving a link to all of the materials that where you're using. So you couldn't check those out in the class description? Um, this is my favorite paper. It's hard, Mullah. It's 100% cotton, but it's still really affordable. It's from the expression line. It's 300 grams. I wouldn't go any lower than this cause. Otherwise, the paper will just warp and buckle. This size is nine by almost 12 inches, but you couldn't cut it down. If you like to like an eight by 10 which is a standard size, it's cold pressed, so that means that it has like a fine texture to it. But this one that doesn't have too much texture. So I really like it. So if I scanned it, it will be too rough. The paper is really nice and white. This comes in a block, but already cut it off. And when you do cut it off, be sure to, um, use the paper the right side up. So this side you will have to paint on because the backside it's a bit different from texture, and what I do is I was market on the back, so I know that this is a side that I don't. This is a side that I'm going to paint on 3. Making the sketch: so there are several different ways in which you can create the sketch. You can either just draw by hand or use your computer screen or an IPAD like I'm doing and then trace over it. I'm also uploading the finals Gedge to the project. Resource is. So if you want to print that onto your watercolor paper or printed onto normal paper and then transfer it to your watercolor paper using a light box or even just a sunny window, then that's another option to. So for the reference photo, I'll be using this image by Anne Spratt. You can open it up on your iPad or on your computer. Um, I'm just gonna hold it down and save it to my iPad, and then I will open it up in photos so I can enlarge it. See that fits. Then I will be using it to trace the basic shape of the flower. I'm just going to lock down my iPad by clicking down three times on the on and off button so it locks the screen. Then I just close the curtains. So that's why it's a little bit darker here. You will probably won't be able to see it on the only camera. But just make it as dark as possible. And then you can trace the basic outlines. You're gonna wanna sketches lightly as possible. So So you won't see the pencil lines after you color it with watercolor little petal here. And then we're gonna make the bottom of the the flower. Oh, I forgot one big battle here. So if you want to raise any bits, then you can use this kneaded eraser, which is really soft, and try to go a race as gently as possible. So you don't break any of the fibers of the paper and this little But here, let's not forget about that one. Stem another big leaf here, and this one has to lease. But I'm just gonna make it one. There you go. So that's the basic sketch we will be using for the watercolor 4. Painting the flower: I'm going to start off by using my number to brush so people create the first layer. So let's start off with painting the flower, going to start with the lightest pink and then work our way up. We're going to start with. The Allies are and crimson, and we're gonna add a lot of water to it so we can make it really nice and light. I'm just gonna test it on some paper here. That's about right. I made my sketch a bit darker for you guys, so you couldn't see it on the camera. But I always advised to keep it as lightest possible so you won't see it after the painting is finished. I'm just gonna add a little bit more, more more water because it's too dark. So as you can see from the photo, the pedals are lighter on the outside and then going to the middle, it will be darker. So we're going to do that in the first layer as well at Mawr pigments to the bottom of it. And then when we go to the top, it won't be lighter. So we will just add more water. There's gonna let this one dry before we do the one on the right here. Otherwise it will just blend into it. So we'll just head over to this one, which is a little bit darker because it's to the back. But I'm still gonna make it light the same light at the top and then darker at the bottom. So start with the bottom. Just get a little bit more pigment and then add more water as we go to the top. See, I don't like how this one's trying someone. I had a little bit more water so it can blend in nicely. And that's how we're going to do the first layer. I'm just gonna go around Andi, paint in all of the different pedals. This one here is darker. So I'm gonna have, like, a lot more to it. Add like a really light wash of pink for the background for the stunned here. No, not just in the statement so well at the details that I won't be like start white. See how this is blending in nicely. That's the beauty of water calories that it blends and flows. All right, this piece is also really light. So we're gonna add a lot of water now that the paint is still tiny, bit wet. Well, just a little bit more pigment to it. Let's see. Hopefully, yeah. There you go. This will be the shade of the flower petals. We'll add more shading later on. But I also like, like the beginning stages with the first layer. This part is already dry, so we'll have to wet the whole pedal to add some more pink. Also, if I want to use, um, at some more details, I'll use my number one brush like making this corner here. I have a hard time doing that with bigger brushes. If you can pull it off, then go ahead. Some people even like to use like a number six brush for the whole painting. But I like to keep my brushes as small as possible. All right, let's keep painting the pedals. I let the whole flower dry so I could add the's lighter bits. As you can see here where the pedal folds outward, it's much lighter. So I had to wait for it to dry. So what? I'm gonna use my number one brush cause the's air smaller parts like I said I had to wait for it to dry. Otherwise the water would just flow into the other pedals. So this is just water with a tiny, tiny, tiny bit of pink. Just a little bit more. All right, so that's it for the first layer of the flower. Now let's head on over to green leaves. 5. Painting the leaves: Now we will use Thea apparently in green to paint our green leaves. See how in the middle it has like this really white big vein going through the middle. We're just gonna leave that the white of the paper. So we're going to paint around it, adding some green with just a bit of water, so it's not too dark. That's just I'm gonna tilt the paper a little bit. Just start with this pedal from the sleeve here. So we're just gonna paint the first half of believe in this light green. I'm just gonna add a little bit more grain because I wanted to be darker, Thin will paint the other house, but then will leave like a white, really thin white line of the paper visible. I'm gonna go back to my number one brush because I want to make all these little details. So when I first start painting when you start painting the first layer of the watercolor doesn't really look like much good. You have to add more layers, keep working at it and make it come to life a little bit more paint. Thanet I wanted I'm just gonna go with it. just like we did with the pedals for the first layer. We're also gonna add so tiny bit of shading you're this top part of the leaf is going to be a lot darker than the bottom one. So at more paint there also the leaves like behind the flower, will be bit darker. Okay, let's just leave that to dry. I'm gonna paint the rest of the leaves so the pain is still a little bit wet, so I might go in and add a little bit more green, just to give it a little bit more depth than shadow. It's little blood here is darker up at the bottom, so we'll add more brain here for this one as well, just a little bit more green to make it darker. I just took my paper. See that it's flowing into the the previous layer. So you concedes, the little tiny a little bit damp. If not, you can always what? It a little bit. For a second time, 6. Add shading: for the shading. I'm going to use the pink on, then add a tiny bit, apparently in green to it. So it will be like a little bit of a purple e darker color. Just tested on some paper. Yeah, that looks pretty. All right. So, like, before we're gonna add, like, the darker bit to the middle of the pedals. And then as it goes out, it will just stay lighter. I'm using my number one brush again, and we'll start adding some details. You see it? All these little things we're not gonna add all of them. Just a few to give it a little bit of detail, but not make it, like photo realistic. I'm just adding a little bit of water, cause I was way too harsh like this line. It could stay like that, but this was way too harsh. That's better. Like a few lines, but not all of them. And then at the bottom. Oh, uh, a lot more color like that. So this pedal is behind that one. So on this side, it will cast a shadow, so we'll make a nice, thick line there. It's not really visible in them from the photo, But I like to create a bit of shadow so you can see which pedal is behind. Like this one as well. This one's gonna be much darker, cause it's all the way in the back. So I might just go and paint almost the whole pedal with this darker purple pink. Maybe add a few lines for the veins to give it a bit of that stripey texture that we've got going on here. I think that looks nice. Okay, I'm gonna go back to this year because I had a problem of water. I'm just gonna go look at each pedal and then look at the photo and then see where I'm gonna add. The darker bids were at a bit of stripes for the texture. All right, - we're see how the flower just comes to life when adding it's a tiny bit of shade. Now let's add some veins to the leaves. We're just going to use a dark Perlin green. Okay, So them the veins will be going slightly round and upward, so we'll start like here. And you don't have to add all of them like making a really dark when you start at the beginning and at the end like to see what it feels good and just add a little bit of detail . This one needs to be a little darker. That's a little thick for that one was gonna dab it with my tissue paper because I go to the top. I want to make them lighter. It's got a little bit more paint on my brush and then for the other side will do the same. A little too dark. There you go, Uh, just 20 feet of water to make it lighter, and then to fill it in, I'll add like a tiny bit of darker green in the middle, shading so it just creates a little bit more depths. That the leave is brown instead of flat is definitely my favorite part of the whole painting, adding details and adding some depth. Now I will do the same for the other leaves way. So for the stem and little, but also just add a little bit of shading. This part will be darker because of the shadow from the flower, so I'm gonna add a little bit darker green there, Andi, then for the stem, also just make one side darker so that it looks like it's a little bit round. Just water it down a little bit, so the blinds aren't that harsh on for this stomach. Well, by adding some water now for the last leaf, and then we're almost finished. 7. Painting the center: So for the center of the flower, I'm not going to use, like the shield yellowy color, Um, like you see in the picture, because I won't just keep this flower using two colors. Um, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna add, like, a little bit more green to my pink, which will create, like, a purple e like an even darker purple shade. So I'm gonna use that too. Um, create the details for the center. We'll just start with the base first, and I'm gonna use, like, small strokes and then make a darker at the bottom. And then we'll had some taller ones and some little oval shapes in between. So we'll do some at the bottom, then work our way up. It's over the center of it. I'm just gonna add a bit more of a dense, um, circle. So it's not gonna be like tiny Chinese ends of the statement. We're just gonna make it like more of a a blob. And then on the outer bits, I'll just at some random, um, dots. Charles finds the love they and makes it just gives a little bit of detail. So for this bit, I needed to be a little bit darker, so I'm gonna add a little bit more green. Purple. There you go. That's better. I'm just gonna let that dry for a little bit and then go over it one more time. Way. While I'm waiting for this center to dry, I'm gonna add one more layer of shading with a darker purple that we created. Okay, just let that try. Um, I'm gonna do one more round of shading for the dark green as well. - Now that it's dry, we can create the final details for the center. So for the bottom bit will just create stripes. Use my number one brush and the dark purple we made. So for the bottom that will add stripes, make it a bit darker at the bottom. And then for the for this bit will just add little dots. There you go. Don't worry that it's a little bit messy. That's the beauty of watercolor, like these larger areas as well. So I'm gonna create a little bit more of those to create the illusion that it's a bit denser in the middle. There you go, and then on the outer bed will create like to some tiny specks here and there. I'm gonna make a little bit more dark proposal. That's almost done. See how you can create so many different colors. Just using these two colors. Okay, So for the outer bit was gonna at some random specs to keep it a little playful. Just a bit more color at the bottom. And that's it. Just leave. Leave it to dry on. See how it turns out. 8. Time to share: So now that our our work is finished, it's time to share. So what I usually do is I take a picture of it with my camera and then I share it to Instagram, or you can upload it as a class project. So then everyone else can see it in this class, and I can give you feedback. If you'd like some. Or if you have any questions at all, then leave them in the discussions and I will definitely get back to you. Another fun idea is you can frame it. You can hang it up or you can give it as a gift to a friend. It's your choice. So thank you so much for joining in. And I hope you had fun and see you in the next class. 9. Bloom Creatives art classes: Would you like to learn how to grow corals and paint with watercolors than the wound greatest membership is the place for you. I will be your art teacher and DOE camp, and I will teach you all the basic art skills of drawing and painting with watercolors. I will guide you through each art piece step-by-step and we'll read beautiful florals and botanicals together. Are you ready to start grading? Then join the balloon creatives membership today?