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Spring Flowers in Watercolor: explore different Watercolor Styles

teacher avatar Irina Trzaskos, Watercolor Artist & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.



    • 3.

      Mixing Colors


    • 4.

      Painting a Hyacinth in Ink & Watercolor


    • 5.

      Painting a Daffodil in a Realistic Style


    • 6.

      Painting Tulips in a Painterly Style


    • 7.

      Last Thoughts


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About This Class

Welcome to the class! Spring is a wonderful season and spring flowers are a beautiful subject to paint in watercolor. In this class, we will be painting spring flowers and exploring different modern watercolor styles.

I enjoyed creating this class and I hope you will like it.

If you are new to the watercolor medium and would like to understand it better, I have 2 classes on watercolor basics:

Essential Watercolor Techniques for Beginners (in this class I am explaining how to paint a realistic tulip)

The Basics of Color Mixing in Watercolor

The classes are concise and fun.

This class is geared toward designers, illustrators or nature sketchers who use watercolor or are attracted to watercolor media.

Happy painting,

x Irina.

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1. Introduction: Hi everyone. My name is Irina Trzaskos. I'm an artist and illustrator. Welcome to my studio to explore the magic of watercolor. In today's class we'll be paintings spring flowers. I will show you the variety of styles we can paint different flowers. I hope my classes will help you build a successful and beautiful portfolio. In the next video I'll show you the supplies we'll be using in this class. Let's get started. 2. Supplies: In this class we'll be using the following supplies: watercolor paint, watercolor paper, whichever one you prefer. Cold press or hot press, any kind you like. Water, of course, and paper towel, paint palette, a pencil, eraser, a fine liner. Just make sure it's waterproof. Also we'll need a medium watercolor brush. This is Kolinsky Sable number 4. For details, we'll need a small watercolor brushes. This is Kolinsky Sable number 2. Use your favorite brushes. For painterly style we'll need bigger watercolor brushes. It can be natural or it can be synthetic one. Also, we may need a flat, synthetic brush if we'll decide to leave some unpaint from our paper. We may need for highlights, white ink, white gouache, or white gel pen. That's it. In the next [inaudible] , we'll be mixing colors. 3. Mixing Colors: For our spring flowers we'll be using the following colors. For hyacinth we'll be using ultramarine blue for the flowers. Also brighten it up with some carbon red. Magenta will work fine too. I took magenta by accident. For the leaves we'll be using cadmium yellow. We'll mix it with green. This is a mix of cadmium yellow and green. Also I'll be using green mixed with ultramarine blue for a darker shade of a leaf. I think it needs a little bit more blue. This is better. For the flower bulb we'll need red ocher. Also need some purple or violet. We'll be mixing these two together. We may need stevia. Just a little bit. You still remember we painted a tulip when we were studying essential water color techniques, studying glazing. As you remember, we used cadmium orange. Carbon red. As you see, it's a little warmer than magenta, but it's still a cool shade of red. Also we'll need some cadmium yellow. Yellowish green. Of course we won't be using it like this, we'll mix it with yellow or with regular green. Lets add some yellow too because it looks way too natural. Also we'll need regular green. I recommend you testing all colors before you start your painting. I have an entire class on color mixing. If you're interested, you can find it on [inaudible] classes, or I can leave a link in the description of this class so you'll understand all the rules how I'm mixing the colors. Here we'll have a yellow daffodil with orange middle. We'll be using again cadmium yellow. Sometimes you'll need to mix it with a little bit of purple. I'll be using yellow mixed with purple, and some more yellow, just more natural looking yellow and it's a darker shade, which we'll need for adding some texture to the petals and ink shadows. Also we'll be using cadmium orange again. By mixing cadmium orange with yellow we can get the golden orange color. For the leaves we'll be using just the regular green mixed with yellow for lighter shade. The yellowish green mixed with some ultramarine blue for cooler shades. Maybe you will need a little bit of regular green in it like this. These are the colors we'll be using for spring flowers. 4. Painting a Hyacinth in Ink & Watercolor: Let's draw and paint the hyacinth in ink & watercolor. This style is suitable for editorial illustrations, for contemporary stationary, for journals, nature journals, garden journals, or just any sketchbook style illustrations. Here's a buds, which isn't opening it. You can do the drawing with a pencil first. Or you can go hard and draw with sharpie liner or any liner. Let's outline the main shape of a flower with all its interesting patterns. Does it have to be perfect. Thanks to a template to the projects section of a class, in case you want just to transfer onto a paper. What I'm drawing. A few petals here. Here's the flower which is half of a point. Yeah, l have a big leaf. Here we'll have a bulb. Two very interesting texture. Here we'll have some roots. I can add as many as we want later. We'll get back to the roots. So now let's get drawing our a flower. So we'll have to show the mimosa of the flowers. Saying we'll have a needle here another one here and here. Needle of the flower and always is a focus on composition. Maybe one here. From the needle of a flower you start drawing other petals. They don't have to be perfect. Especially in this style. I know it's a complicated flower mode. We can do it at just the playful and just draw some petals. Flowers I think are kind of hard [inaudible]. At some point you even don't understand which petal belongs to which flower That's totally okay. So here we'll have fewer petals and a stem. A stem is great if you could hide it and every flower has on longer and shorter petals at the same time. Let's widely draw and the main shape of a flower. Because after that they can play and end petals. However, we still have this main shape intact. Maybe a few here. Now finally, I we can starting adding the color. After we can add more lines with out fine liner if we'll want to. So this here remember will be using green with [inaudible] yellow. Four leaves at four. The buds which didn't open yet. Again, as you should know, we'll be leaving some light space and for main flower. Main flower. I'll be using ultramarine blue and magenta. We still work very well together. Then enter color starting with middle of the flower. Also, I'll add some color to the buds like this, and the magenta. Don't be afraid to leave some whites pace. We need just to show the main character of the flower, and if you are getting outside the lines, it's also beautiful, don't worry about that. I'll put 10 good drops of magenta, and then add in some blue orchid. I think that's enough for now. Next, I'll mix some of the green with yellow, put at the top of the leaves, once you're getting to the darker part of the leaf will need a regular green or some ultramarine blue and try to avoid making flows. Again, light green and then dark green, which you have to paint all the leaves, but we can paint some of them white. [inaudible] will be using red ocher, and we'll add some purple to it, and moderate the ocher and the purple, and from bottom to above up I'm going to add some shape here, we should add some texture and depth. This then is going to be green with some blue and magenta, I add too more green, it's good. Next I take more blue and add some shadows to our flowers, especially in the middle. Our hyacinth is almost ready, even add a few more lines to the leaves. This do need some texture, but we'll edit with our final [inaudible]. We said that I want to add some more texture to the bulb, like this. I had left details with our eyeliner. That is still we so I'll wait, so I will add some more roots. Some lines on leaves, maybe some more petals, and after editing, I'll get the middles of the flower and some lines on the stem. This is our hyacinth in ink and water. 5. Painting a Daffodil in a Realistic Style: Now let's paint a daffodil and a realistic style. First we'll do the drawing. I did a nice drawing but I'm going to outline it's fico so you can see it. I'm always starting from the middle of the flower because I think it's the most interesting part in the most of the flowers. It always captures that tension of the viewer. As you seen reference picture are daffodil is looking straight at us. Have this perfect circle with wavy merchants, then we have the first layer of the petals, three petals and a third one. Then a second layer we have another three petals behind the first thing. It's a pretty simple flower to draw but its sound a bit hard. Then we have a stigma that's have two leaves. This is good. We'll have a darker part on this middle sun, putting them on a line here. Now we've got to start painting. You're drawing has to be dip light, not as thick as mine. If you made thick, just erase it three of it. Next I'll make some cadmium yellow, yellowish green. I want yellow then green. I'll paint this three dot tiny circle, always remember in the realistic style by using glazing techniques and that's important to let the layers drop in between. If you have a one room, sometimes while you paint are a different element here, previous layer is already drawing. I hope that's what will happen today. After I painted this tiny circles, they're already dry. But it can mix more yellow and we'll add some cadmium orange tint. We'll paint all these middle, if we tint the circles we painted before. Let's try to work fast, in-glaze techniques of this layer is a layer where we can mix it up colors, like wet on a wet. That's why I'm trying to work fast so we can add some more watercolor wash. Now I will take some for our book and they'll add a to our mixture and I let it, while it's still wet right here, without touching the circles. Let's take some cadmium orange and add to the edge, especially here where it's still wet. Here it already dry so we can add it always like that, it won't blend anymore. But here we can see how it's blending, same step isn't good to the part which was always and drawing and I will be blending it into yellow. Wetter brush. I'll take medium watercolor brush, place in the water and I'II dry it on a paper towel. Then I'll soften the edge of the orange and again rinse it in the water, dry it in a paper towel and soften the edge. This is good. Next we can paint the petal. Also get back to this very middle of the flower, will darken it so this, a little circles will pop visually. For the middle of the flower, I'll be mixing cadmium yellow with a lot of water and also doted there like yellow not a dark colors. So I'll be at a link up for and I'II be painting one petal at a time, just like these. I covered it with the wash and then I'll take more cadmium yellow and add it to the bottom of the petal. Next I'll go into the petal width, attached previous one and will do the same thing. [inaudible] a little bit wet. I'II take some darker yellow and I'll add some texture to them. Just some lines and wrinkles, which bring our flower to live right way. We'll still add some more texture later, if we feel like it. On the petal I'll set all their setting they're creating the shadows. This is too dark, so absorbed a little bit with the brush. While our petal are drying we can paint the stem and leaves. Let's mix some yellow and some green and mix some yellow green with atomic blue color called shade and we'll alternate this two mixes. Making our watercolor wash more interesting. In the same way on the leaves. This is good. Next we can paint other three petals. Again with yellow. This is a very simple painting. You can make it in no time and just give it as a present to someone or hang it on the wall. The third one. Again at the bottom of every petal I will add more yellow. I could mix it with some purple or green. Whatever you feel like, it's your painting. Now let's add some more shadows. Here where the petals touch each other, its tinkle. I think this is too dark we need more yellow, makes it better. Maybe a little bit of green. I am covering all these white spots on the left here. This is a little too dark. Let's take some off. We need the shadow here, and some more texture. Next I'll take some purple mixed with yellow, and on dark conveys part around the little circles. Don't be afraid to take a painted dark shade on this, and they'll soften the edge again with a simple brush and then [inaudible] two layers like this. Maybe let's add pure drops of yellow it. Now let's leave all our layers to dry and we'll be adding texture. Now when our ends are totally dry, we can add some texture and highlights and other [inaudible]. So first let's add some texture to the middle, just some irregular lines here and there. They can be bigger or smaller depending on your style, and if you feel here there are too many of them, you can dilute them a little bit just like I'm doing now. This is better. Next I'll take a dark yellow, a yellow mixed with some purple, and we'll add some more shadows and texture on the petals. Especially when I have this so cold, and waiting more just to have a mix of yellow and purple too. After the layer is dry, I erase a little bit tones as well as I could. So that's why your drawing should be a little light, so don't have this. Add some lines like I do. Next, let's take some ultimate and blue. We have a layer of coral green and we'll get a cold dark green. You can add some shadows to the stems, and again we'll be adding texture at the same times, so we'll be drawing this lines, and here we have the leaf turnings. So made partly darker, make some lines again. You can drops of green right here. Next I'll take some a wet dark ink, that will add the highlight. First of all of course, on the circles and then on the edge of the middle. I feel like we need a few more dots just to bring it to life in a moment. Add a here lines, also here lines on the petals. Especially here. Our idealistic looking [inaudible] , isn't it? 6. Painting Tulips in a Painterly Style: Now let's paint the bunch of tulips in a painterly style. As you remember, in essential watercolors techniques class with paints and atomic idealistic style using glazing techniques. If you're interested in painting at all in more realistic style. You can watch that class. In this class we'll be playful and we'll paint some tulips in a painterly style. I'll be using mostly a big brush. But maybe for stems, I'll be using also a medium water color brush. What we'll do first we'll need to have a paper towel next to us because a big water color brush absorbs a lot of water and you'll want to have some control over it. We'll be drying color brush in a paper towel. What we do next, we'll mix some Carmen grad with a lot of water and also we'll mix quantum grad with some Garmin orange. What a warmer shade off Carmen grad. Again, we need a lot of water. Next, I'll be using the brush to shape the flowers. There is no rush, just take your time and start painting until it shapes. Next one it will have more orange. Some Carmen Grad. We want an open tulip Next one I want to do it just like a bud. Then I want to have a lighter tulip so I'll mix more water into Carmen Grad. Because of these puddles of water we'll be mixing, very interesting. Some of them a bunch of tulips, some orange right here. Try another brush. I like this brush better because it's more round. Next I want to add some yellow too. So let's just add some Yellow. Next for the bottom of the tulips I'll take some yellow with some yellow Green. I will take a sharper brush in here. What I'll do is I'll add just one drop of this yellowish green to the bottom of the followers. Next without touching the flowers I'll be painting, the stems again with yellow with some yellow green. Next I'll mix some a little green with a little bit of ultramarine blue for a darker shade of green. We can start painting some different color of lighter green and darker green leaves. I'll suggest using the brushstrokes. Your [inaudible] should look like you didn't work a lot on that. Don't overwork it so until it looks springish and light. So maybe a little here. Now I have to wait until our tulips dry and enjoy our illustration. 7. Last Thoughts: Thank you for watching my classes. I hope you had a chance to paint with me. If you liked this class, please leave a review and upload the project to the Project section of the class. I can't wait to see your beautiful flowers. See you in my next class.