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Modern Holiday Watercolor Florals: Create 3 Christmas Watercolor Projects

teacher avatar Joly Poa, Watercolor Artist

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Lessons in This Class

16 Lessons (1h 25m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:28
    • 2. Materials

      3:41
    • 3. Floral Border Project Part 1

      6:46
    • 4. Floral Border Project Part 2

      8:34
    • 5. Floral Border Project Part 3

      6:46
    • 6. Modern Holiday Floral Bouquet Part 1

      8:52
    • 7. Modern Holiday Floral Bouquet Part 2

      8:43
    • 8. Holiday Wreath Part 1 : Roses

      4:54
    • 9. Holiday Wreath Part 2 : Pine Cones

      3:57
    • 10. Holiday Wreath Part 3 : Cotton

      3:37
    • 11. Holiday Wreath Part 4 : Pink Flower

      3:46
    • 12. Holiday Wreath Part 5 : Leaves and Fillers

      6:29
    • 13. Holiday Wreath Part 6 : Adding Details

      5:34
    • 14. Holiday Wreath Part 7 : Adding White Gouache

      2:38
    • 15. Holiday Wreath Part 8: Adding Gold

      4:49
    • 16. Final Thoughts

      2:59
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Spread joy this holiday season by making handmade gifts.

Let's paint Modern Holiday Watercolor Florals!

This year, we will be focusing on a different color palette. We will be using deep reds, muted yellows and earth-toned colors. If you prefer using bright and happy colors, you may check out my Christmas watercolor class last year here.

For this module, we will create three different projects:

  • Watercolor Florals with Rustic Gold Border
  • Watercolor Bouquet
  • Rustic Christmas Wreath

All videos were filmed in real time so you can follow along, I will be guiding you step-by-step in painting each floral element. This class is suitable for beginners and watercolor enthusiasts alike.

I hope that you will enjoy this class as much I enjoyed preparing it for you. 

Merry Christmas!

Joly

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Joly Poa

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Hi everyone! 

My name is Joly and I am a watercolorist based in the Philippines. I discovered painting with watercolor back in 2013. I started out as newbie and learned to paint better through making mistakes and learning from other amazing artists. I just love how we can express ourselves through painting, creating wonderful watercolor florals using our artistic interpretation. It makes each painting really unique! 

My instagram account (@jolypoa)  serves as my art journal where I post my progress in the form of timelapse videos, real-time videos and photos of my paintings. My goal was also to be able to share what I have learned in watercolor. I hope to be able to do the same here on Skillshare! :)


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1. Introduction: [MUSIC] Are you like me who loves to give gifts that are handmade? Well, if you want to learn how to paint unique Christmas themed projects, then you would probably enjoy this class. [MUSIC] Hi, my name is Jordy and I am a watercolor artist based in the Philippines. I'm also known as Joly Poa on Instagram right here. That's where I post photos of my paintings and I also post process videos. In this class, we will be painting modern watercolor holiday florals. We'll be focusing on a different color palette. We'll be using deep red, muted yellow, and some art drawing colors. If you prefer using bright and happy colors, I will suggest checking out. 2. Materials : Let's talk about the materials. For the paper, I am using Saunders Waterford 100 percent cotton paper. This is called pressed paper and it has a little bit of texture, so it's good for loose florals. This paper is in a block form, which means that all sides are glued except for one part right here. You can use a palette knife to slide off one sheet of paper. It's very convenient to use watercolor blocks, but it can be also quite expensive. I would suggest to buy a loose sheet of watercolor paper. It's usually around 22 by 30 inches and then just cut it into the size that you want. Let's move on to the brushes. I have here a silver brush, black velvet, round brush. I have two sizes here. I'm using Size 6 and Size 8. You don't need to use two sizes if you have just Size 6 or just Size 8, that is fine. When choosing a brush, try to look for a brush that can hold a lot of water and yet it can keep its point. Moving on to paint, I'm using the Shinhan PWC and it's a Korean artist-grade paint. It comes in tubes like this, but I do prefer pouring it into smaller half pans like this. I just find it more convenient to use when I'm painting. Here are the colors that we will be using in this class. We need permanent rose, Sap green, hookers green, yellow ocher, burnt sienna, permanent violet, burnt umber, sepia indigo, cerulean blue, and ultramarine deep. Don't worry because I'll be uploading this photo in the resources section. You also need a mixing palette, so this is just the lid of my paint palette. You can also use a ceramic plate if you have one. Then we need a jar of water and also tissue paper to blot out the excess paint in our brush. For this class, we are going to add some gold details to our paintings. I'm going to use the Art Philosophy Metallic Accents. I'm going to use the gold paint right here. You can also use a different brand like Fine Tech or maybe if you have a gold gouache or acrylic paint that's also fine to use. For the white details in our florals, I'm going to use a white gouache. This is from the brand Holbein. If you don't have white gouache, you can also use a white pen. This is the brand new Uniball Signo. I find this very convenient to use, especially if I have to draw small details. Lastly, you will need a pencil to draw the guides in our painting. You can use any type of pencil. That wraps up our materials. Let us now start painting. [MUSIC] 3. Floral Border Project Part 1: Let's start with our first project. What we need to do is to figure out where to put the main flowers first. I'm going to put one flower over here and another one at the bottom. You can use a pencil to just draw a circle so that you have a guide and then we'll be painting the border later. I'm using a size eight round brush. I'm just going to dip my brush in the water jar and grab some yellow ocher. Let's start with the center of the rose. I'm going to paint the muted yellow rose. For the center I'm just going to mix yellow ocher and sepia. We want a thick mixture for the center. I think I want a little bit more of that sepia so that it can be a little bit more brown. Using the tip of my brush, I'm going to start with a letter C stroke in the middle. That will be the center of my rose and then I'll paint some more smaller C strokes beside it. Keep in mind that you should leave white spaces in between those strokes so that it will not look like a blob. Let's zoom in so that you can see it better. At this point, I'm going to paint bigger petals. Let's dip our brush in the water jar and tap the excess paint to get a lighter shade of this yellow ocher and sepia mixture. I'm going to paint besides C shapes. Try to paint a quick strokes so that you can get those pointy tips. To add a bit more shadow to this flower, I'm going to put a darker shade of color for the outer petals. This is just diluted sepia. I'm just going to continuously paint, C shaped petals all around this flower. If there are small gaps, you can just paint a line instead of a letter is C stroke. It's a trick that I usually do just to close those small white gaps. Now let's grab just clean water and I'm just going to slowly fade away the outermost petals. Don't be scared to fully press your brush to create broad strokes. Now let's move on to the other rose. I'm going to grab some rich permanent red color. We are going to add a little bit of hooker's green because I want a deep red color. Permanent red is a bright color and we're just going to tone it down with a complimentary color, which is a green color, and that's why I'm adding hooker's green. Complimentary colors are colors that sit on the opposite side of the color wheel. Now that I have added the hooker's green, you can see that the red has been toned down. It looks a little bit like burgundy or a bit maroonish. It depends on you, if you want it to be deeper or a bit on the red side. If you want it to be on the red side then just add more red and less green. I want a thick and bold color for the Center for my rose. Let's start with the letter C shape stroke. This is the center of the rose. I just froze this screen so that you can see it. Then let's add some more C strokes that are connected to the center. To make it look more interesting, you can try to vary the strokes. Some can be thinner, some can be thicker. Just try to vary the pressure that you put on your brush towards the paper. Now let's move on to the bigger petals. I just dip my brush in the water jar and just introduce more water in my brush so that I get the lighter color. I'm doing this so that we can get a gradient effect. The center will be bolder and darker in color and then the outer petals are lighter. Let's get a tissue paper and blot out the excess paint in my brush. I'm just going to absorb that excess water on that petal. Let's continue to build the shape of the rose. I'm going to grab some more paint and just give this rose an extra pop of color so we can also add a bit more red to our mixture. It's now time to soften the edges of the rose. Let's just rinse our brush and try to slowly fade away the strokes on the outer petals. While we are doing this, we can also try to fix the shape of the rows so that it's not too round. We want the shape to look organic. Now let's move on to adding more details to this muted yellow rose. We're going to add more depth to this rose by adding a second layer. Let's grab some sepia and they want this mixture to be a little bit on the thick side. Now I find this a bit too dark and just going to add a little bit of yellow ocher to lighten the color, for the color of the second layer, I usually choose about two or three shades darker than the first layer. I'm going to start in the center and just paint on top of the first layer. I'm also making sure that some parts of the first layer can still be seen. Now let's rinse our brush and just fade away some of the strokes. For the outer petals, I'm just going to get a lighter color of the mixture on my palette. Always remember that the center of the flower is always darker compared to the outer area. That's what we're trying to do right now our painting a lighter shade for the outer petals. Now we are done and let's move on to adding some of the leaves and fillers. 4. Floral Border Project Part 2 : [MUSIC] For Part 2 of this project, we're going to paint the leaves and the fillers. I'm just going to switch to my size 6 round brush and I'm going to grab some burnt umber. We are going to paint the pine needles first. Here is a reference photo of the finished painting. Let's start with the center of the pine needle. Again, this is burnt umber and I'm just painting a thin stroke. You can make it curved a little just so that it looks a bit more organic. Now, let's grab some Hooker's green. Let's start painting some thin, short strokes. Move your brush from the center going outward or vice versa and make sure that your strokes are going into different directions so that it just looks more natural. You can also rinse your brush to create a lighter shade so that you'll have different greens in your leaves. While waiting for the first pine needle to dry, I'm going to start with the second one. Let's paint the same thin strokes from the center going outward. I'm just using the tip of this brush to create these brush markings. You can also do some swift strokes so that it looks a bit more organic. Let's add another layer to this pine needle and this time I want a darker color. I'm going to add Sepia to Hooker's green. Sepia is a dark brown color and if you add it to any green that green becomes an earthy green color. Adding this last step just gives this more depth. Just continuously add some short strokes using this dark green color. If you don't have Sepia you can add indigo instead and it will also produce a nice dark green color. We are done with the two pine needles and I'm going to add a cedar in-between the two roses. I have here a sap green color. I'm going to start with the center from the center we're going to add the arms. I'm just going to slightly rinse my brush and then we're going to dab our brush. Just lightly stamp your brush onto the paper to create a leaf marking. Slowly fill in those arms that we painted. I still have an extra mixture of Hooker's green and Sepia and you're going to use that so that we have a darker color. Every time we paint a cluster of leaves, we want to vary the color so that it looks more interesting. As you can see, some parts are darker, some are lighter. It's also nice to see the colors blend into each other while leaves are all still wet. Let's go back to our size 8 round brush. Now, let's mix Hooker's green and Sepia again to get that earthy green color. We can now start adding some leaves. We're going to start in between these two roses. When you're adding leaves, the easiest way to do it is to add it in between the main elements. It honestly takes practice to know where to put the leaves, so that it doesn't look too awkward. My advice is really just to practice and really paint a lot and try to experiment as well. Now, let's grab sap green and indigo. At this point, I'm just going to play around with the leaves. You can add different colors to your green paint and just experiment and try to see what happens. Another advice that I could give is to add dark colored leaves right right the light colored main element. For example in this painting, I have muted yellow rose. I want to add the dark green leaf beside it to make it pop up. Now let's mix Hooker's green and indigo. I'm just going to add a bit more water. For this leaf we're going to paint a round tip leaf. Just try to paint a loop to create this leaf. Now let's add some berries, I'm going to grab some permanent red paint. Adding these red berry fillers will close some of the white gaps. At the same time, it will make your painting look more festive and really good for the holidays. You can vary the number of berries. It can be just three pieces per cluster. I'm going to add one more over here. Now let's mix a frosty sage green color and they've achieved that by mixing Hooker's green and permanent violet. We just need to add a bit more water. Adding these two colors will produce a neutral color. Now, let's make one long stroke and add some arms on both sides. We'll be painting more of this leaf in our other projects. Let's clean up this area because it doesn't look that good. Using a clean and damp brush, I'm going to clean that area, make sure that your brush isn't too wet so that you won't ruin this area. I'm looking at the speeding from afar and it's feels like it needs one more leaf on the upper left side near this red rose. After painting the leaves, I'm going to add some twigs. We're going to use burnt umber. Just paint some broken lines using the tip of your brush. You can paint on top of the pine needles and on top of the other leaves, that's okay. This is also one way to give your painting a more rustic look. 5. Floral Border Project Part 3 : We are now on part C of this project and I have here my uni-ball signo white pen. We are going to use this to add some white details on our painting so we can add some white veins on the green leaves. You can also use white gouache, but I find that using a white gel pen gives me more control when it comes to painting some details. Now let's add some white berries. Just draw around shapes and attach a stem to it. Adding white details looks good when the background is quite dark so this would look good on darker colored leaves. Right here I'm just adding an imaginary filler, I'm just putting in some dots and then going to attach stems so this will look like small flowers. Now let's add a few more berries at the bottom and as you can see, it's not as prominent compared to the first set that we drew because the background isn't that dark. But that's okay because it's still makes a huge difference to put on layers of fillers in this painting. As you can see now, our painting looks fuller because we added leaves and fillers and we added different layers. Now let's add a grayish green color. This is just a mixture of Hooker's green and permanent violet. I just added a lot of water to achieve this color. Adding these shadow leaves will give a different dimension to your painting. This is optional, but I'm going to add more details on the white berries. We're just going to put a dot on the tip of the white berries and I'm using just indigo. Make sure that the mixture is quite thick so that you can get a really dark color. For the next detail, we're going to put a highlight on the red berries and I'm just using my uni-ball signo white pen again. We're just putting in some dots. After adding those details, I'm going to go back to the roses because I want to add another layer just to give it more depth. Let's mix the color first, so this is sepia and yellow ocher. I just added more sepia so that they can get a darker brown color. I'm going to trace the center first. I just added some thin strokes and then it's just rinse our brush and fade away those strokes. With a clean brush, you can just fade away one side of that stroke. As you can see, the other side still has that hard and sharp edge. The other side has a faded edge. For the other petals, I just use a diluted mixture of that sepia and yellow ocher combination. We're done with the muted yellow rose, and it's now time to move on to the deep red rose. I have your thick mixture of permanent red and then just going to add a tiny bit of Hooker's green just to tone it down. I'm going to trace the center again and then for the outer part, I'm just going to paint some C strokes. Be mindful of the spaces in-between the C strokes, just so that it won't look like a blob. Then we can start fading away some of those strokes using a clean brush. All right, we're done with the main painting. It's now time to add the border. I have here my metallic accents from art philosophy, going to use this gold right here. You can also use fine tech or you can use a gold colored gouache. For the border we're going to do a dry brush technique. I want a really thick mixture in my brush, but I don't want a lot of water so that I can get those nice streaks. You can try to paint on a scrap paper first, just so you can get the feel of the brush. I'm holding it at a 45-degree angle and I'm just going to slide my brush so I can use the side of the brush. Here's a zoomed in video so you can see it better. If you have too much water in your brush, you won't be able to achieve this dry brush technique, you won't be able to see those white patches. I'm just going to go around this paper and just paint a rectangle. You can also use a different metallic color. You can use bronze or silver, it depends on your preference. [MUSIC] Just continue to build a layer so you can really see the gold color. If you don't want this rustic look, you can also paint a straight line for the gold details so you can use a flat brush. Let me just finish this gold border. [MUSIC] Let's zoom in again so we can see the details, it's really just look so pretty when it looks so rusty. It's such an easy technique, but it makes a big difference on the overall [MUSIC] look of the painting. Congratulations, you've just finished your first project. I am excited to see your own version of this floral border. [MUSIC] 6. Modern Holiday Floral Bouquet Part 1: [MUSIC] Let's pain modern watercolor holiday florals. To start, I'm going to draw two circles here using pencil. This will be my guide, and I'm going to paint the two roses here. To start, I'm going to grab some yellow ocher. I'm using my silver brush Black Velvet in size 8. You can also add a little bit of raw umber if you would like to. Lastly, let's add a little bit of sepia to get a darker brown mixture. I'm going to start over here and let's start with the center of the rose. I'm going to paint a C-stroke. Using the tip of my brush, I'm going to paint a few more thin strokes around the first stroke that I did. Let's change up the angle so you can see it up close. I think that we're good with the center. I'm just going to rinse my brush and just tap the excess water to create the lighter color. Then let's start painting the broader C-strokes. Start with a light pressure and then slowly press it and then lift and drag your brush so that you can create that pointy tip. Just to add more shadow, I'm going to grab some sepia and I'm going to add a lot of water and re-dilute this mixture. Then I'm going to continuously add more C-strokes all around the center. At this point I'm going to add a bit more water to my brush so that it's easier to glide along the paper. When you're using 100 percent cotton paper, you don't really need to worry that much if you're adding too much water because it can handle a lot of water compared to using a student grade paper. You'll notice that the center of the rose is more on the muted yellow ocher side, and then the outer part has more sepia. Let's move on to the next rose. Again, I'm going to grab some yellow ocher and sepia, I'm just going to mix those two colors and start with the center of the rose. You can also try to rotate the paper so that you can change the angle of the rose. I'm going to start with the center C-stroke again and just add some thin strokes around it. Don't forget to leave white spaces in between your strokes. Another tip is to hold your brush in the middle portion so that you can keep your brush strokes pretty loose. Now let's start painting the outer petals. I'm just going to grab some sepia again and it's diluted in a lot of water. Try to also observe the way that I'm holding the brush so that it will be easier to understand how to paint those brush strokes for the petals. When you're painting, it should feel as if you're dancing with your brush. It will also help if you have a reference photo of a real flower so that you can see each petal and translate that into your own style. Let's move on to the deep red flowers. I'm just going to mix Permanent Red and just a little bit of Hookers Green just to tone down this red. I want this mixture to be quite thick because I want a bold color to complement the muted yellow flowers. We are just going to paint the simple five petaled flower. I'm just going to gently press my brush against the paper to create a broad stroke. Move your brush up and down and just vary the pressure that you put into your brush to create some expressive strokes. I'm going to mix more red and Hookers Green mixture and you're going to close off this flower with two more petals. I'm also leaving the center open. Now let's rinse our brush and just grab some indigo. I will put that color in the middle of this flower while this flower is still wet so that the two colors will blend with each other. We don't want a really wet indigo mixture because if it's too wet, it will spread all over the place. When you're mixing this mix more paint and less water. Let's rinse our brush again and just mix up some Permanent Red and Hookers Green. This time I'm going to add a bit more Hookers Green compared to the first flower that we did. This is just to show you what it looks like. If you add more green to your red, it's going to be a deeper color. I'm going to start with this pointed oval shaped petal. Repeat each side view flower. I'm just going to add three more petals. Just sway your brush freely back and forth to create those petals. Don't worry about the shape. It doesn't need to look perfect. You can also rinse your brush to create a lighter color. This is optional but what you can do is you can also lift the color in some of the petals. Doing this will give the flower a different character. Some parts will be lighter and some parts will be darker. Again, I'm going to add indigo in the middle of this flower. Let's go back to these flowers later. We're going to add more details, but for now, I'm going to start by painting some leaves and I have here some Hookers Green. You can use a different green if we don't have Hookers Green, Sap Green is a great color. What I'm doing is I'm adding a darker green near the muted yellows because it will compliment each other. Let's try to experiment and add different shades of green to your bouquet. Right here I have Sap Green. As you can see, it looks like a happier color. When you're thinking of what to paint, you can start by thinking of what vibe you want. If you want a happy bouquet then you might want to add happier colors too, like Permanent Rose and more yellows and orange. For this bouquet that we're doing, it's a Christmas theme, so I just want something warm. But I also want more modern watercolor florals so I added some muted yellows. Let's paint a pine needle, but I want it to look loose. As you can see, I'm just flicking my brush to create these thin stroke. While the first layer is still wet, I'm just going to add a darker green color and just let it blend with each other. Now let's grab some Hookers Green and indigo. I'm going to paint one more pine needle. You can also rinse your brush to create a lighter shade and just mix that up with the darker green color. These brush markings just gives more character to your painting. Now let's add some shadow leaves and I'm just going to mix my Hookers Green and Permanent Violet so that we can create a grayish green color. Don't forget to add a lot of water. My inspirations for doing this leaf is a dusty miller. Let's start with a long center stroke and just add some hands on the side. Let's add one more set on the right. [MUSIC] 7. Modern Holiday Floral Bouquet Part 2: [MUSIC] Welcome to part 2 of this project. It's now time to add some fillers. Right now I'm just going to add a cluster of red berries, I'm using permanent red paint. Fillers are just as important as the main element, it just complete the entire painting. Now I'm going to add some loose berries at the bottom part and we need to let it bleed into that green pine needle. Now let's add some blue colored berries and I'm using the color Ultramarine Blue, but you can use different shade if you want. I'm also going to try to fill in this gap with some stem sticking out. Now I'm going to add one more cluster of red berries. Now let's add some blue flowers. I have here a very diluted cerulean blue, I added a lot of water. We can start with painting some four petaled flowers, but you can just randomly paint some petals by just dabbing your brush. It doesn't really have to look so defined. Now let's add a little bit of sap green. I'm just keeping it pretty loose. Just going to let the colors blend into each other and we're just going to grab some of those red from the berries and just spread it. Don't worry if it looks like a mess right now. It will come together later once we add the stems. Now let's grab some hookers green, so we can add the stems in between those flowers and try to make them mixture a little bit dry. I want the stems to be quite defined, that's why we want the paint to be dry. Because if your brush is too wet, it's just going to blend in with the flowers and it will look like a mess. Then we can add just a few more leaves and maybe some stem sticking out. [MUSIC] To give this piece more rustic look, we are going to add some twigs. I'm just grabbing some burnt umber, using the tip of your brush, create some crooked lines. Then we'll just add this all around this bouquet. [MUSIC] You can also grab a little bit of green and also add some stems and just keeping this pretty loose. This is a good filler if you don't know what to add anymore to white gaps. I'm looking at this bouquet from a far and I feel like we need to add some blue over here. This is just diluted ultramarine blue. I'm just going to add some blue colored berries. If you get stuck when it comes to painting a bouquet, you don't know what to add anymore. Just look at it from a far or take a photo of it and just see it from a different perspective. You can also leave your painting for maybe an hour, just take a break, and then go back to it with a fresh mind. It's now time to add more details to this mutant yellow rose. I just use the mixture of CPR and yellow ocher and I'm going to add a second layer. Let's paint some C strokes over here. As you can see, I'm really trying to use all the parts of the brush to create an expressive brush stroke. You can still see the first layer underneath. Right now I'm just adding the second layer just to give it more depth. Let's move on to the second rows. I'm going to paint a second layer with some thin strokes that are darker. This use the tip of your brush to create those thin strokes. Right now with a more diluted mixture, I'm going to add the broader C strokes all around this flower. I still have the mixture from the dusty miller that we painted. I'm just going to add some veins, just extra details so that it doesn't look too flat. The other leaf is still wet, so maybe we can just add some veins later. Now we can add some white details. I'm using my uni-ball signal white pen. I'm going to add some white veins on those dark green leaves. You can try to alternate the leaves that has some white vein so that it just looks more interesting. Then you can add some white berries. You can even add some five petaled flowers if you want. I think that adding this white detail just gives it that holiday look and it has this snowy effect. Now let's add some veins on the red flowers. I'm going to grab some permanent red and just mix it with hookers green so that they get a deeper color. Just using the tip of our brush, I'm just going to drag it just to create these thin veins. Let's put some veins on all the flowers. Adding all these small details just gives a fuller look to your painting. [MUSIC] Now let's go back to our white pen. I'm just going to put some dots all around the center and then let's just draw some straight lines connecting all the dots. This is just an imaginary flower. You can of course, draw your own flower, so you can add different details using this white pen. [MUSIC] Let's look at this bouquet one last time just to see if we missed some details. Now I'm going to add some veins on this dusty miller and maybe we can add just a pop of red over here. Some of the veins are still wet, that's why the red is flowing into some of the veins on that leaf. But that's okay, mistakes are very much welcome. Sometimes you'll just discover new things when you make mistakes when it comes to painting with watercolor and that's just part of the journey. I'm holding my brush towards the end of the handle and just stippling my brush, just adding some small leaves using a green paint on my palette. I'm just doing this as a filler. I think we are done. Congratulations again for finishing another projects. Now let's try to move on to painting a beautiful wreath. [MUSIC] 8. Holiday Wreath Part 1 : Roses: [MUSIC] This is our last project and we're going to paint a beautiful earth-tone holiday wreath. I'm going to split this into smaller videos so that it's easier to follow. Let's do a quick overview of how we will proceed with this project. The size of my paper is 9 by 12 inches. Using a pencil, just draw a circle first so that this will be the guide of the main wreath, and then we'll start painting the three roses. After that, we are going to paint the pine cones. After the pine cones, we're going to paint the cotton. There will be a small white gap between the rose and cotton. So I'm just going to paint a brownish-pink flower. We'll also be adding some fillers. After painting all the main elements, you're going to paint the leaves and more fillers, and then we'll be painting some more details of the main elements. After that, we're going to add some snowy effect using gouache, so we'll be adding some white details, and lastly, we are going to add some gold sparkles. That's it. Now, we can proceed to painting the yellow roses first. Using a pencil, let's just draw a big circle first, and then let's mark the three roses. Just paint three small circles. Make sure that the pencil outline isn't too dark because once you paint on top of the pencil outline, you cannot erase that pencil outline anymore. I have here my mixture of yellow ocher and sepia, and I'm going to start with the center of the rose first. I'm going to paint the main see stroke first, and then let's add some thin strokes around it. Don't worry, I'm going to repeat this again many times after this first rose, and what you can do is you can observe first how we painted the first rose. After painting that area, I'm just going to dip my brush in the water jar to create a lighter color. Now, I'm going to paint the broader C strokes. Let's zoom in a little. For the outer petals, I'm just using a very diluted sepia. You can see I want a shadowy effect on these rose. I want the outer petals to be a little darker compared to the inner petals. Again, don't forget to leave white spaces in-between your strokes. That was a very quick painting. Let's now move on to the second rose. I'm still using yellow ocher and sepia. Let's start with the center. That is the main C stroke. Just using the tip of our brush let's create thin strokes around it and just rinse your brush to create the lighter color. Now, I'm adding some fatter C strokes. I'm making sure that all my C strokes are connected to each other, that there isn't a big gap between the ends of each stroke. Just use a full belly of the brush and just press it against the paper so that you can get a big stroke. For the outer petals, you can use diluted sepia or you can also add a little bit of yellow ocher. We're now done with the second rose. Let's move on to the third rose, and let's do a more close-up video. I'm going to start with the center stroke, let me just freeze that frame so that you can see it better. After that, I'm just going to add a few more thin strokes around it, and there is really no pattern. I usually just paint randomly. I just make sure that there are white spaces in-between my stroke again so that it will not look like a blob of paint. The center of the rose is quite important when you're painting loose roses. As long as you paint those wispy and sharp strokes for the center, you'll be all right, then you won't have to worry so much about the outer petals. We are now done with the roses and you'll be adding a second layer later. Let's now move on to the next video where we will be painting pine cones. 9. Holiday Wreath Part 2 : Pine Cones: [MUSIC] Now let's paint some pine cones. I'm just going to grab some burnt umber. We're going to start at the top part of the pine cones. I'm just going to press my brush to create that pointed tip and then let's paint some horizontal sea strokes. I'm using just the lower half of my brush near the tip. I'm just doing this check marks. Let's do another one on the right side. Now I'm just going to rotate my paper so that I can get a better angle at painting this pine cone. Let's move in closer so that you can see what I'm painting. When you're painting a pine cone, just remember that the bottom part is wider than the top part. I'm going to rotate my paper again so that I can paint at a better angle. Let's just press our brush to start this pine cone and just paint some horizontal C strokes, making sure that I'm also leaving white spaces. Now I'm on to the last set of pine cones, I'm going to rotate my paper once again. Let's paint two more pine cones. Don't worry, it doesn't have to look so perfect. We're just painting the first layer for this pine cone and you just want the general shape of the pine cone. Later on, we're going to add more details to make this more defined. The first layer is already dry and I'm just going to grab a more concentrated burnt umber. You are going to paint on top of the first layer. As I'm painting the second layer, I'm also leaving some parts of the first layer visible. I'm also painting just the same strokes. I'm painting the horizontal C strokes or these look like check marks. If you want a more defined pine cone, you can also try to add a little bit of sepia. I'm going to rotate my paper again. Let's paint the second layer. But this is a bit too dark, so I'm just going to rinse my brush to create a lighter color. Then let's just continue painting the C strokes. I'm not using the full belly of the brush, I'm just using the tip of my brush to create these markings. [MUSIC] Let's rotate our paper again, I'm going to finish the last two pine cones. When you're adding the second layer, makes sure that the first layer is already dry so that we can have a more defined edge for the second layer. Later on you're going to add some snowy effect by using white gouache and painting it on top of this pine cone. Now we're done and let's now proceed to painting the cotton. 10. Holiday Wreath Part 3 : Cotton: [MUSIC] Now let's proceed to painting cotton. I have here a really diluted mixture of sepia. You're going to start with four oval shapes, they look like a small balloon bundled up into four pieces. My brush is pretty wet so that it's easier to glide along the paper and easy to fix the shape. These four around shapes will meet in the middle later. Now, let's rinse our brush and dab the excess moisture in the tissue paper. Then let's grab some burnt umber. I'm going to put some details in the center. Because our brush is quite dry, the paint is not going to spread so much and it will not look like a mess. Then let's add the sepals in between the cotton that we painted. This is just going to be the first layer. Don't worry. Later on, we're going to add more details so that it will look better. Now we need to paint two more sets of cotton on the right side of the wreath. I'm also just going to show you that you can also use a very diluted indigo for the cotton instead of sepia and it will still look very pretty. We just want the neutral color because cotton is white. You just want this paint to be very light. I was just painting for oval shapes that are going to meet in the center. Now let's paint the other cotton. So I'm going to use the diluted sepia. [MUSIC] Now let's add the center details. Don't forget to dab your brush in the tissue paper so that you can take out the excess moisture. You want a pretty dry brush so that the paint won't spread so much. Then we're just going to add the sepals in-between the round shapes. Now, if you want a darker color for the center, you can also use sepia instead of burnt umber. Let's now move on to the last cotton. As you can see, I'm painting all the main elements first for this wreath, and then later on, we're going to add the feathers and the leaves. I find that this is the easiest process when it comes to painting a wreath. Here we're mostly going to use earth tone colors. But of course, you can add different colors that you want. [MUSIC] We're now done with this last quarter, and let's now move on to painting the pink flowers. 11. Holiday Wreath Part 4 : Pink Flower: [MUSIC] There's a small gap over here and I've decided to add some pink flowers. Because we're doing earth-tone colors, I decided to add some brown to my pink and mixing permanent rose with burnt sienna. You can also try to experiment by adding different browns to your favorite pink color so that you can get a mutant pink color. Let's paint some simple five-petaled flowers over here. To create the petal, I'm just going to sway my brush back and forth. Just keep in mind that they will all meet in the middle. [MUSIC] While this first layer is still wet, I'm going to mix a more concentrated mixture of permanent rose and burnt sienna. We're just going to drop that in the center to create more depth to this flower. Let's paint another flower. This is still a mixture of permanent rose and burnt sienna. But this time, I've decided to add more burnt sienna so that this flower will be more on the brown side than the pink side. I only painted two petals to give the illusion that this is behind the pink flower. Then let's just drop in some burnt umber for the center of this flower. For this part, I'm going to mix permanent rose and burnt umber, and I'm also going to add a lot of water. Let's paint some fillers. I will start by adding one long thin stem and then just add some arms. Right now I'm just going to dab my brush to create those small brush markings that will look like small leaves or maybe small flowers. We're just going to put this all around the wreath and just spread them apart. Just add the fillers in between the main elements. When you're dabbing the brush, just use the tip of the brush and just lightly stipple it. You can also rinse your brush so that you can create a lighter shade. Some will be darker, some will be lighter, and that will make it look more interesting. Also, you can try to experiment by changing the color. So some fillers can be more on the brown side by adding more burnt umber. Some can be more pink by adding more permanent rose. Just change the ratio of those two colors. As you can see, some parts here are more brown. I'm just going to add it in the other fillers as well. Now we're done and then it's time we move on to the next video. [MUSIC] 12. Holiday Wreath Part 5 : Leaves and Fillers: [MUSIC] With the main elements done, we are now going to add some leaves and some fillers. I'm going to mix hookers green with burnt sienna. We're just going to add some leaves all over this wreath. I'm going to just start painting in between the main elements first. For a darker green color, we can mix hooker's green and sepia. What I'm doing now is I'm just mixing different shades of green so that this refill just look more interesting and it won't look flat. Also, you can try to add dark leaves near the main elements that are light-colored, such as the muted yellow rose or the cotton. It will make these main elements pop up. It will also give a shape to the edges of the main elements. Now let's add some burnt umber to our hooker's green. As you can see, my main base is Hooker's green and I'm just going to keep on adding different colors to it to achieve a different shade of green. Let's put a shape, to the edge of this yellow rose by adding a leaf near this rose. I'm just going to go around this wreath and I'm going to keep on adding leaves. We're not really going to try and fill in all those wide gaps for now. I'm just choosing some spots and then I'm just going to stop and look at it again to see where I can add more filters and leaves. Just take your time when it comes to adding these leaves and fillers so that you will not overdo it. In some cases, I just add some brown leaves to give this wreath a more rustic look. I have some burnt umber over here and we're going to add leaf right there near the cotton. I'm going to stop with the leaves first and let's move on to painting just a few fillers. I have here some yellow ocher and going to dilute it in a lot of water. We're just going to paint one long stem and just add some small wispy strokes beside it. Just try to add this all around the wreath. Some can be in the inner portion of the wreath some can be on the outer portion of the wreath. [MUSIC] As you can see here, we're slowly filling in those gaps and I have here a mixture of Hooker's green and violet with a lot of water. We are going to add these grayish-green color and again, my inspiration for this leaf is a dusty miller. I think that adding this grayish-green color just gives this wreath a little extra character. If you're having a hard time painting your own wreath, what you can do is just make a repeat pattern. Maybe you can start with one rose two pine cones and one cotton. Just repeat that all over your wreath and then for the gaps just fit it in with leaves and fillers. Also, don't be afraid to paint on top of the main flower. I'm going to grab some yellow ocher and paint one more filler over here. Now I'm done with the fillers and I'm planning to add a few more leaves. I'm going to add some more brown to my leaves just to change up the color a bit. Then going to add this to the yellow flower. As you can see, it gave an edge to that yellow rose. You can also add some burnt umber-colored leaves and you can also try to layer your leaves just like what they did here. If you want to layer your leaves, make sure that the first layer is already dry before you add another layer of leaves. If you notice there are small white gaps in between some of the main elements what you can do is just fit in with a green or brown color and just scribble on the inside. Doing this simple technique will make your wreath look fuller. We can also add some brownish paint leaves. This color came from my mixture from painting the pink flower a while ago. Then you can add some pink berries as well. I really love to pop off this Hersey pink color in this wreath. It just gives this freshness to this rustic theme wreath. I just call this modern holiday florals because instead of the usual red, for example, I'm using a muted pink color here. Still has that Christmas feel, but it's just not the usual vibrant color. [MUSIC] We're almost done. Now let's move on to the next video where we will be adding more details to the main elements. 13. Holiday Wreath Part 6 : Adding Details: [MUSIC] Now let's add some finishing touches on the floral elements. Let's start with adding a second layer on the yellow rose. I have here just a mixture again of yellow ocher and sepia. This color is about two or three shades darker than the base. Then you're just going to paint on the center first, just paint the C stroke and paint some wispy thin strokes around it just like so. Then with a lighter color, we are just going to paint some broader C strokes all around it. You're going to repeat the same thing for the other two flowers. Right here I'm going to start again in the center and just paint some thin strokes. You can still see the first layer because I left some parts of it visible with a damp brush. I just faded away some of those strokes. Then now I'm adding some very faint C strokes for the outer part of the rose. We're adding a second layer because we want to give this rose more depth. We are also adding a second layer because we want to build more petals and make it look fluffier. We are done with the rose and now let's add some details on the cotton. Let's use two brushes. In one brush I have sepia and in another brush it's just a damp brush with clean water. We want to separate those cotton balls. I'm just creating a Letter C mark and I'm going to just fade away one side. As you can see, one side is faded, but the other side is still sharp edge. Let's zoom in so you can see it better. You want the sepia paint mixture to be a little thick or a little dry because you want to create a bold mark. If you want to use just one brush, that is fine. It will be just a bit time-consuming because you will keep on rinsing your brush. You can use your clean brush to fix some of the strokes and just fade away some lines. [MUSIC] Now let's go to the last cotton. I'm now going to add some thin lines on this pink flower. This is just a mixture of permanent rose and burnt sienna. Use the tip of your brush and just drag it lightly to create some veins [MUSIC]. Now let's go to the dusty miller. I'm just going to add some veins. I have a leftover paint. This is from the same mixture is Hookers green and permanent violet with a lot of water. Make sure that the leaf is already dry before you add the veins. This is all about layering. At first, it really won't look that good, but once you start layering it will look better. With yellow ocher, I'm just going to paint another layer on this yellow filler. I'm painting the same strokes, but I'm also leaving some of the parts from the first layer visible. This needs more leaves, so I'm just going to mix up some Hookers green and sepia and you're just going to go around this wreath and just continue on adding some leaves to make it look fuller. Right now I'm just checking out some gaps that needs some leaves and you can also take a photo of your painting and look at it from your phone just to give you a different perspective. The top part seems like it's lacking some fillers or some leaves. I'm just going to add something there. I've decided to just extend this brownish pink filler. I think we are good and let's [MUSIC] now proceed to adding some white gouache details. 14. Holiday Wreath Part 7 : Adding White Gouache: [MUSIC] It's now time to add some white gouache. I'm using my size 6-round brush, and I just squeeze in a little bit on my palette. I'm using the white gouache from the brand whole pane, and I don't want to add lots of water in this gouache, because I want a thick mixture. You're going to add some snow on this pine cone. Using the tip of my brush, I'm just going to slightly dab my brush, just creating some horizontal c strokes. I'm putting the white gouache on the darker parts of the pine cone. If you don't have gouache, you can use the Uni-ball Signo white pen, you can also use poster paint or even acrylic paint. Let's zoom in a bit so you can see it better. You think that adding the snow makes it really festive and makes it feel like it's Christmas. We're done with the pine cones, now let's add some fillers. I'm going to add some white berries. We can also add some white veins. Let's just randomly add those white berries and veins. Try not to add details on all the leaves so that there's texture in this wreath, and right here we can add some fillers. Just put some small dots and then attach it to a stem, so that it will look like small flowers. [MUSIC] Let's do one more right here. As you can see, the white paint really pops up if the background is dark. [MUSIC] Adding this white gouache detail makes a big difference. [MUSIC] I think I will end this video with one more set of white berries, and then let's proceed to adding some gold sparkles in the next video. 15. Holiday Wreath Part 8: Adding Gold: [MUSIC] We are now onto the last video. Right here, I have my metallic accents from art philosophy. I'm going to use this code over here and I will grab a lot of paint because I want a thick mixture, and we'll just add some details on this yellow ocher filler. We don't really want to add cool details to all the elements in this wreath. That will be too much and you'll just be choosing a few spots where you will add some gold so that there's just a hint of sparkle. As you can see I'm just layering this gold detail on top of that yellow ocher filler. We're done that and now let's add some gold berries so this is a nice addition to this wreath. Just place it randomly in this wreath so that there's a pop of sparkle. You can also paint on top of the leaves. Let's add one more set of gold berries on the inner part of this wreath. Now, let's add some gold detail on the pink flowers. Using the tip of your brush just paint some thin strokes going outwards. This really gives a bit more character to this plain flour so this used to be just a plain five petaled flower, but because we added some veins and some gold details, it just became more special. Let's go to the fun part. I have here my brush filled with gold paint. We are going to do a splatter effect so let's just flick our brush to create those splatters. Your brush needs to be quite wet so that you can do this technique. I'm going to show it to you up-close and this gold color really looks nice on the pinkish brown color. Let's add this goal detail all over the wreath but of course it depends on you if you want a lot of gold paint on your wreath. Right now, maybe it's difficult to appreciate what it looks like but later on I will show you how it just shimmers. We can also add a few strokes on the rows so that it will sparkle. Let me quickly show you how it shines. Let me take one last look when this wreath, and just check some parts where I need to add more leaves to make this wreath more balanced. The top part seems a little bit off, so we're just going to add a few more leaves and also some stem sticking out. In some areas, adding a leaf may be too much so if the space is a bit small, what I do is I just draw some twigs sticking out. [MUSIC] Can also extend some of the fillers. [MUSIC] If you have species like this, we can just draw some small scribbles, they will just look like stamps or twigs [MUSIC]. Let me just tilt this painting so you can see it just looks so pretty because of the added gold details. That's it. We are done with this painting. Congratulations for finishing this wreath. I hope that you enjoy doing this project with me. I am pretty sure that the person that you're giving this to will be very, very happy. Don't forget that you can also write a special greeting in the middle of this wreath. I'm excited to see your painting. [MUSIC] 16. Final Thoughts: [MUSIC] This wraps up the class. Thank you so much for watching. Here are some more projects that you can make from what we learned today. This is also a wreath that you can make on your own. I just filled it with some yellow and deep red roses and filled it with holiday greens. Just draw a big circle that will serve as your guide for the main wreath. In between your roses just add the leaves and some pine needles, some cedar. You can also add some berries. I also added some white gouache details, which you can also do or maybe you can also add some gold details. This is all about layering. Take your time when it comes to layering the leaves. Wait for the first layer to dry before you add another layer. You can also start by adding some light colored leaves. Just wait for it to dry and then move on to painting a second layer with a bolder color. That's one way to start if you're having a hard time on how to layer leaves. Let's move on to a different project that you can also make. If you don't have time to fill in the entire wreath, this is a simple way to fix that. You can just put all the main elements into about just half of the wreath. The other half of the wreath can be intertwined twigs just like what I did here. Just paint some broken lines that will look like twigs. You can use burnt umber or burnt sienna and sepia just to change the color of the brown so that it will give it more depth. My other class on Christmas watercolor projects has a tutorial on this. You can also check that out. This is another painting that you can do for a holiday card. You can paint muted yellow roses and then just add some holiday greens. You can add some pine needles again, some dusty miller, some cedar. You can also add a pop of red, so add some red berries and also some white berries. There are just so many combinations that you can do. Just take your time in creating your own holiday cards. I look forward to seeing your projects and you may upload them in the project gallery of this class or if you want to share it on Instagram, please use this hashtag so I can see your work. I hope to see you again in my next class. Bye. [MUSIC]