Paint Simple Ditsy Flowers with Gouache - From Imagination! | Mikaela Boberg | Skillshare

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Paint Simple Ditsy Flowers with Gouache - From Imagination!

teacher avatar Mikaela Boberg, Surface Pattern Designer

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Welcome to This Class!

    • 2. What You Need & How to Mix Colors

    • 3. How to Paint Flowers From Imagination

    • 4. Painting the Base of the Flowers

    • 5. Addind Details With a Second Layer

    • 6. Final Words

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About This Class

Welcome to this beginner friendly class of drawing simple gouache flowers from imagination!

In this class you will practice:

  • How to paint simple flowers from your imagination
  • Mixing your gouache paint
  • Painting in layers 
  • Let go of any stress related to painting after a reference image
  • Just play around and not knowing what the result will look like!

This class is perfect if you are new to gouache and want to get to know your paints. Or maybe you are interested in pattern design and want to know how to make a floral ditsy pattern with gouache? Paintings like this is perfect to scan and transfer to photoshop to transform into a pattern for e.g textile design.

The term ditsy means a piece of artwork consisting of small scale flowers in a scattered pattern. Often used in patterns on apparel and textile.


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Mikaela Boberg

Surface Pattern Designer


Hi there!

My name is Mikaela Boberg and I'm a self-taught surface pattern designer with a special interest in sales.

I have always had a dream of running my creative business and to get there I have studied entrepreneurship and gained experience through my previous work as an account manager and project manager. I have got deeply interested in the psychology behind sales and the human interaction in sales situations. Being good at sales is to understand other people and their fear and desire.

I'm happy to share my knowledge about sales with you! Have a look at my courses here on Skillshare.




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1. Welcome to This Class!: Hi, my name is Michela bouba and I'm a surface pattern designer from Sweden. I am designing mostly fabric and a minus sign practice. I'm using all kinds of mediums from the guitar, working with Procreate, both the shop and Adobe Illustrator. And I'm also being more artistic with wash. In this class, I will show you how you can pay a beautiful piece of artwork like this from just your imagination. And if you're not familiar with drawing flowers from imagination, you don't need to worry because I will have a short introduction of the process that I'm doing for painting very simple flowers with Bosch. This is beginner friendly class and perfect if you are new to Gaussian. And I also think that it works perfectly fine to use watercolor instead. What we will be doing in this class is installing without any reference image and without an implant. This is a great way to practice, to let go of unexcited of performing good artwork. This is like, this is also very easy to turn into a pattern if that is something that will be interesting for you. However, that is not included in this class. My goal is to invite you to have a good time playing around with your colors. 2. What You Need & How to Mix Colors: I want this class to suit everyone. So I'm not saying that you need the same material as I have. But if you're interesting in what I use, I'm going to go through it now. If you want to know the exact name of what colors I use, I will add a detailed list in the project resources section. I'm using. Different colors are red, green, blue, yellow, and white. I use watercolor paper, a really basic paper and nothing fancy at all. I have for brushes, It's a round brush number ten and round brush number four. The other ones I use for mixing my colors. I have a piece of plain printer paper which I will be using for a template. I have an old towel for cleaning excess paint from my brushes. I have two jars of water. One for first clean-up brush, and the other one for a second cleaning of brushes. And finally, I have a color palette for my paints. Let's prepare our color palette. I like to prepare a few colors, so I have something to start with, especially since I will be painting all flowers with the same colors in the same time, and switch to another color that I'm pouring up a small amount of red, green, blue, and yellow color on my palette. I use a large brush to add a bit of water to the palette. So it will be easy to mix my wash paint. This makes a more creamy texture, which I think is more easy to paint with. Instead of using only gouache. I use a separate known favorite brush for mixing large amounts of paints because the paint builds up on the brush and I'm a bit rough when mixing. The brushes also gets a big deformed. So I save my favorite brushes for painting. I'm preparing the colors I will be using for the first layer under flowers. Here's a light pink and dark pink and purple. And since I'm not using a reference picture, just drawing imaginary flowers, I don't have to force myself to get any current colors. I will not be drawing over the whole paper. Instead, I'm going to mark out a square, which I'm really painting. I have measured a square on a piece of paper and cut it out. I'm just doing small marks around my template because I don't want that much to erase command. 3. How to Paint Flowers From Imagination: In this class, I'm not using any reference image when I'm painting. I'm going to show you some easy ways that I draw. Simply watch flowers. This is a great start, a way to warm up before your main paintings. So you really get those painting muscles in your hand activated before heading to start with the final RP. I will just show you first how I paint my petals. So why aren't going for East? Really simple flowers, nothing complicated. We're just going to have some fun clearer, okay? So what I do, I make a stroke and then turn back. Okay. Well, I imagining a center. I can even draw like this is the center of the flower. And then I'm just drawing the petals around it. Filling in the petals, maybe moving to paper a little bit, filling in the petals. And what I do is I draw my brush like in a bow, up and down. And then doing the same unnoticed that up and down. I usually draw a five petaled flowers. Some color here is for getting up. So I draw like a bow, one. A curve, sorry, manage filling it. Okay, I didn't see it. Okay. So that's just very basic petal. Well, you also could do that. I do some time. It's like you have the center to help. I'm just drawing a circle and then a draw. And then I make some kinda like squiggly like I'm just wiggling my hand and then draw it back. And then you give them more like a square pedal. And doing it again, make some scribbles or just wobbling ends up wobble, wobble, dam, wobble, wobble, wobble, wobble. Something like that. Another thing to get a flower bit more light, because now I just painted the center. What you can do instead is to not draw the center and not filling in the pedal that much. I'm going up while the wobble written down and then I'll just feeling some strokes, not all the way down, but just a little up while the wobble down and just take some brushstroke down. What you see is that you get a little bit more life in a pedal because you leave some white. And that makes the whole flower more and more alive. Athletes. But I think the difference feeling pedals and more alive petals. Okay, so that's the basic. 4. Painting the Base of the Flowers: I'm starting with painting the light pink flowers. I paint my flowers by drawing each petal at the time next to each other. I make a long brush stroke than a few smaller ones at the top of the petal. And then along the one to close to PET though, I'm not feeling the pedal with color is that I want to have some white details. I have kind of a clue or where the center of the flowers. I'm not drawing a circle to start with. If you find it easiest to start drawing a center first and then the petals, feel free to do so. I have no plan of where to put my flowers. I'm just putting down my brush somewhere onto paper and draw, keeping in mind the square root I have made. So I'm painting the flowers inside of that. I am also varying the size of the flowers, making some smaller and some larger ones. That's to create a bit of more interest in the painting. Up to creating a few pink flowers. It's time to change color and cleaning my brush and pick up the darker pink color. I can either make the flowers look like they are tucked beneath each other by drawing half of a petal like this. Or I can use Over the light pink if that color is completely dry. I'm doing not to have any plan of where to place the flowers. I'm just going with the flow and the rest will be what it is. I paint approximately ten flowers with each color before I switch to the purple one. And then I repeat the process. Now I'll describe is covered with flowers. Are there exists some whitespace this. So now I just fill in the gaps with flowers by alternating between the three colors. However, I will leave some gaps, so I have room for painting some leaves. I haven't prepared a color for the leaves, so I'm doing it now. I'm adding a little water to the palette and mixing green, yellow, and a little amount of blue here on my first attempt and got way too dark and too much blue for my liking. So I'm moving some of their color to another hole in my flat and adding a bit more white to get a lighter green. Once again, I'm using a different brush for mixing colors. I'm painting the leaves in the whitespace around the flowers, also at the edge of the square. I also worry the size of the list, making some smaller and some larger ones. I like to make some part of their lives stick outside of the square, so it looks like they are wanting to burst out of the square. When I'm finished painting the leaves, I still have some whitespace left. And that's part of my painting. I'm not feeling that square completely. Now when I'm satisfied with my green leaves, I will continue with filling in the center of the flowers, yellow. And for this, I'm using a smaller brush for my yellow color. I want to have a dense quash paints. I'm not blending this one with water. I'm just going over and roughly dabbing in some color on each flower in the center. I have saved some whitespace on each flower. But if you haven't, which works just fine to paint over the previous color. That's why I'm not blending with paint with water because I don't want the paint to get too thin so the layer beneath shine through. When you're finished with adding color to the center of each flower. Clean the brush and get ready to paint a second layer. 5. Addind Details With a Second Layer: I will start with adding a second color to the light pink flowers. I'm mixing the light pink and dark pink colors from before to get a cut of that, It's something in-between. I paint my second layer, but adding a few brushstrokes on each petal. Careful not to paint over any whitespace that is appearing in the first layer. My color was a little too light, so I'm adding a bit more red to get a darker tone. To get an interesting texture, I add the brushstrokes sporadically on each petal. Song gets more brushstroke and some petals, just a few. To make it a sense of light and shadow, I add more color on the petals that are on one side of the flower. So it looks like they are more in the shadow. And the pedals on the other side has more light shining on them. When I'm satisfied with the second layer on my light pink flowers, I will repeat the process for the other flowers. I'm just blending a second layer color for the dark purple flowers. Since my purple is so dark, I decided to go for a lighter pink. And on top of the first pair, add a little bit of the perfect paint into my pink paint to get a new tube. I have no real plan when mixing the colors for my second layer, Ms, blending the colors from before. I would speed up the process a little. When I have added some details to all purple flowers, I continue with the dark pink ones. But this one, I need to mix even darker tone of pink. So I pour up some more red paint and add a little amount of the light beam from a fork and get these dark pinks slash red color. Time to add some brush strokes on each petal. Week. The second layer of color, I'm building the structure of the flower, especially by playing around with adding more color on the pedals on one side of the flowers. Now, I have added a second layer of color on each flower, but I'm not satisfied with the contrast between the colors. I like the contrast between the colors on the dark pink flowers, but I think the purple and light pink flowers look to pay. I decide to paint darker brush strokes, starting with blending my red mix with the appropriate to get near-term going over each purple flowers, the new color. And that's the thing we're not having any plan when you start painting, you would just do some mistakes and then you can try to correct it afterwards. Then I'll do the same for the light pink flowers, mixing my light pink color with the red purple, Mom. I don't have any plan when mixing my colors. I'm just trying to get a darker tone. And before mixing colors is a leader of this trial and error. And since I'm not using a reference picture, just drawing imaginary flowers, I don't have to force myself to get any current colors. I think going over each flower and being satisfied with yourself. Let's continue with adding a second layer of color on the leaves. I'm using the green color from layer one, but I'm adding white paint. I get a lighter tone. I draw a curved line on each side of the leg. So make kind of a highlight effect. On each leaf. I will speed up the process. Finally, I add a few leaves to fill out the whitespace. Then it's done. 6. Final Words: Thank you so much for participating in this class. And I really look forward to see your finished artwork. So please upload it in their product section. And if you have any question, yes, leave it in the discussion tab and I'm happy to answer it. And also, I would be really happy if you left a review and if you have something that you think that I can approve and something that you would see in the next video. Please feel free to every year so I can improve too. Next video, I'm looking forward to hear from you. Bye-bye.