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Spring Wildflowers Painting for beginners

teacher avatar Elisa Gabrielli, "Create easy to do Art & Floral Designs"

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Introduction Spring Wildflowers

    • 2. Step 1 Supplies needed

    • 3. Step 2 Painting background

    • 4. Step 3 start adding flowers

    • 5. Step 4 add flower stems & detail

    • 6. Step 5 add more shaped flowers

    • 7. Step 6 add sunshine & butterflies

    • 8. Conclusion

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About This Class

I just love wildflowers whether I see them growing in the garden or fresh cut in a vase or painting them!

I wanted to offer this class for beginning artists who want to learn how to start painting in acrylic paints. This is a very easy class to take when just getting started. In this class you will learn:

  • What type of acrylic paints work best 
  • What brushes to use
  • How to load your brushes with paint and apply to canvas
  • How to create different brush strokes to achieve flower petals and foliage
  • How to create subtle rays of sunshine to highlight your wildflowers

I will teach you every step of the way as we paint together!

Here is a list of supplies you will need:

  1. Blick student grade acrylics blickrylic colors I use are titanium white, mars black, ultramarine blue, colbalt blue, lime green, cadmium yellow (deep yellow), violet purple, orange. I prefer this brand but you can use any acrylics that you may have.
  2. Large 3/4 inch flat brush, Med. 1/2 inch flat brush, No. 6 flat brush, No. 2 detail brush or similiar brushes.
  3. 11x14 canvas
  4. Water jar
  5. Styrofoam disposable plate or palate
  6. Paper towels or rag
  7. easel if you have one or work flat on table top

Set up your work space and lets paint together!

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Elisa Gabrielli

"Create easy to do Art & Floral Designs"


Since I was seven years old I knew I wanted to be an artist and floral designer. Inspired by nature and the beauty that surrounds me my subject matter always involves flowers, birds and nature scenes. My mother opened up a florist in Rochester, NY when I was 7 and by the time I graduated high school I was off to Floral Design School in South Florida. I have worked in the creative arts as a self taught artist and Professional floral designer for over 25 years, Weddings & Murals are my specialty. Having worked in varied environments, I've learned how to really listen to my students & clients' ideas, desires and visions as I work with them towards achieving what they truly envision.

My true love is teaching others what I have learned. I hope what I have to share with you inspires yo... See full profile

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1. Introduction Spring Wildflowers: Hi. Thanks for joining me. We're gonna paint spring wildflowers today. We're gonna do it on 11 by 14. Campus on. These are the pains that we're gonna use before we get started. I wanted to take you inside a class I taught locally at my studio. These are people that signed up for an art party. I have locally to do a wild flower painting and you can see there's different techniques that we did in this class that will be doing from the class I'm teaching you. But never be afraid to bring flowers up higher on your canvas with little dabs of paint. This is the class photo at the end. They all look a little different, but they're also happy. This class is for the beginner artist who wants to try and develop their skills and acrylic painting or for people that have never painted before. You're gonna learn how to apply paint to the canvas, how to use different size brushes, different pressures and different strokes to create different results in different types of flowers. Throughout this class, feel free to bring flowers up higher on your canvas at different colors. Use different paint colors that I'm using. But each class that I ever taught doing the wildflowers. Everybody comes up with a beautiful piece that's so different and so unique to their own style, a style that they developed by just practicing and having a confidence To try new things. You'll learn how to put rays of sunshine toe highlight your garden, and it's a painting that you could do over and over again and apply different techniques in each one. I really hope you enjoy this class. Thank you for joining me. 2. Step 1 Supplies needed: Hi. Thanks for joining me. We're gonna paint spring wildflowers today. We're gonna do it on 11 by 14 canvas and these other paints that we're gonna use. I do have a supply list listed on the program description so you can or the class description, so you can go ahead and and get your pains and your brushes and water jar star bone plate. I will show you right now a little bit in detail of the colors and brushes that you're gonna need. So first of all, we have the 3/4 inch flat brush. Andi. Then I call this the medium brush. Sometimes throughout the video, this is 1/2 inch flat brush a number six flat and then a number to detail brush. Where is your palate? You can use the power that you have that this is just a Styrofoam plate which works nights and it's disposable, a water jar. And then the paints are pretty much I got a whole range of colors in this video, starting with the chrome yellow, the KTM yellow, ultra marine, blue, magenta, cobalt blue Morris bloke, violet, ah, fluorescent green or lime green and then an orange. This is a crab orange. The paint I used in this video are black acrylics and their student grade. They're easy. They're float, they flow nice. They're creamy. I really like them. You can also use liquid texts, basics that you can get at Michael's Arts and Crafts, or even on Amazon. The canvas is an 11 by 14 canvas on, and then if you have uneasily set it up on, that works really well. 3. Step 2 Painting background: Alright, guys, let's get started. This is our palate. We've got all the colors of the rainbow mostly primary colors Some mixtures we have the hooker's green and the magenta pink orange, titanium white KTM yellow, violet, purple ultra remain blue call about blue chrome yellow and mars black So we're gonna do kind of like an abstract spring garden And to get started we're going to use are large brush which is ah, flat 3/4 inch brush We're gonna get it wet and drink Drip the water off, flipping over your brush So that drips down into the mortgage or and we're gonna start with the background And just to get familiar what it feels like putting your brush on the canvas We're just gonna do white on both sides of our brush and we're gonna do strokes from left to right. And when I do paintings on canvas, I like toe paint the sides as well. In case I decide not to frame this piece, you can hang it up without a frame, so we're kind of going a little diagonal. Get more pain as you need it to cover the grains of the canvas. You can't really see the white but you can see the wet pain applying to the canvas Now we're gonna take a corner of our brush and just get a little bit of the darker blue the ultra marine blue on one side And then we're gonna get little corner of the violet purple on the other And to start going in a crisscross motion and then go left to right again It kind of creates your this guy in a very easy way We can see some clouds from death Just kind of go crisscross again down and then across reload with some white pain Come down No need to wash your brush If you have any blue on your brush you might want to wipe it off now or wash it off and reload with white again If you don't just get a little more white Going back and forth in the middle of the canvas Now we're gonna get just a little bit of the brighter yellow, the chrome yellow on a corner And just start with some yellow down here. That's gonna be the great morning sun coming up Don't go too far up into your blew it all turn the sky green because when you mix yellow and blue, it turns green. We're getting the bright sun. It's a little bright. I want to tone it down with some light. We're just doing a really light background to kind of make it look like Morning sunrise. And it's just a soft background self kind of pastel colors in the background, and that's gonna be pretty much the grass that's behind there. We're gonna wash up our Braasch when you wash it. Just go like you're cleaning the bottom of the jar in a circle and then back the other way to protect your bristles and then wipe it off. Drip it down. But on your paper title, Weaken and wipe it off. I like to do is take a rag. Didn't put up yeah, and just put underneath so it doesn't drip all over your evil 4. Step 3 start adding flowers: then we're gonna get smaller the orange, and just water it down a little bit and do those again just a little different spots. Let them sit in there, wash up your brush and let's school with some yellow. That's what we're gonna do. A little more ducts. You want your background still Web? What are your paint down a little bit in your palate? Little flowers. Now we're gonna get some of that pretty line kind of fluorescent dream. I just kind of put it in the background. Squiggly motions. It's like the foliage and the grasses that grow out in the spring garden, I think. Sure, it's kind of water down. Squiggle it around from the bottom. Go up, Go up down. Kind of creating the flowers, the foliage for the flowers. This stems just a little bit. You can wash that off. I'm gonna do this pretty cobalt blue, adding a little water not in the center of the pile, but on the edge from water it down. No, we're gonna just do little dots kind of like maybe delphinium growing or, um, great. Pious in is not a lot of blue flowers, but that you do see touches of blue and wildflower gardens, burned meadows. Do you wash that? Then you could just lay that down, too. I just keep my brushes clean and flat so they can be ready for the next application. Now we're gonna take the smaller flat brush number six brush. Let that drip it off on the side. I don't need to show you. You've already seen how to do that, but get it wet but not dripping. And we're going to get some of this nice, pretty hot pink. We're going to start to define our flowers just a little bit more. Load it up and then wipe it off on each side and we're gonna just press I'm kind of squiggle, almost like Red Copies Press and Splichal Press and squiggle. It's not really a circle, but it's just kind of a top of a poppy. We're a new type of lower. That's this color on the garden. Some of the pedals are larger than others and you can cluster, um, in an area to because not all of them grow everywhere. And I just be in one side of your garden. The nice cluster in here, and you know this is really more impressionistic, but and the UN it looks really pretty when you hang it in her room and just do as many as you like. It doesn't have to look like mine, but it's so fun and easy that anybody can do this. What a little bit. Too much pain. You got to go watch that. I'm gonna take the same brush. Clean it off. What? It and grab some orange, Make a little poto. Not as then, but not a stick is when it pours out on your plate. Here we go. And the oranges? I'm gonna be just a little larger. These are animals like orange poppies or there a week. You have too much pain. You can always lift it off. You know, this doesn't look like much now, but once we put the stems in and the more defined flowers, it'll blend. Nice. I'm gonna do a whole bunch over here just because I want to 5. Step 4 add flower stems & detail: So now we're gonna get our big brush on the big flat brush. I'm gonna go into the green after you let us chisel it off and just tip it off with a like a ring in the very tip. If you wipe it off a little bit, it will make it a nice, smooth to find edge. We're just gonna grab very little pain on here, and we're gonna create some stems and go sideways and pull down, and some can go over in my dragged through some pain. Bring some color, but it's okay if this is more abstract. You can put little curves, reload as you need it and start from the bottom up. Or you can go from the top down to create college. You go from the stone and you press a little bit more. A little firmer is what spread, though. Pull up and then lift off. Makes a little fatter stroke for foliage. Call and then lift press pull lived. Have that little likely and dark ring together. Create some variation. It's in the foliage and go up above on the stump can get lost. It doesn't have to go all the way down to the bottom. Reload as you need it. Which is a little light, light touch. A lot of people think so. You will use a detail brush to do this because it's smaller. But actually using the bigger brush sideways gives you more of a fine line. Okay, Times you might wanna wash off your brush and reloaded because it gets mixed in with other paints and starts looking muddy like it did in here. But that's OK. We're just gonna re loan little bit of light Green little bit of Dirk. I remember this is fun are not fine art. So it doesn't have to be very realistic and you might see of a different touch than I do. Yours might be little different shapes. That's okay, but just keep doing stems until you think you have enough. And then down here, he could just add some college going in different directions, pulling through even the flowers. Even if it picks up, the color looks nice. And we're starting to get a garden here. We're gonna define out the flowers a little bit After we get this abstract background going , you just put little sprigs like this. It doesn't really go anywhere or it's not attached to a flower is just growing. Remember, this is a meadow in your backyard or in little just pieces of college. I think I'm gonna stop without for no and wash off my brush, See if we can get a little bit of details on some of these flowers. We're going to do that as we're gonna take our little detail brush. This is a number two and we're gonna let up dry it off if you need to. Can use your rag here. You can tell you this rag a few times. It's a little messy already. I think these yellow ones will kind of make him look like maybe black eyed seasons. And we'll put a little bit of a black center kind of dragging it through, starting it out. Not a complete circle, but until you went and just adding a little bit of this all sudden starts, giving it a little more definition 6. Step 5 add more shaped flowers: I'm gonna get some hot pink from my brush. Same little brush. Gonna roll it in, you know, kinda roll off too much extra. And on my pink ones, I'm just gonna bring it up a little bit. Kind of give it some pedals. It's for a little different look. Almost like poppies. Really good. Just so you look a little more like a flower, Just kind of rounding out the edges. Little ruffle we go Careful not to lay your hand on your campus, get all dirty. So if you really just starting out painting this is just a knife. Nice. Later. Help build your confidence a little bit and not be afraid by Dean being so exact cause they make for really interesting paintings. And I guarantee you, you will be proud of this And you're gonna hang it on your wall somewhere brighten our days , especially on cloudy days, and wash off my fresh. And I think we need a little bit of bring in some of this blues and whites from the sky Just getting white on the detail brush emerges, going to make some little dots of white Well, cluster dots and we're gonna go back over or next to him with some of that pretty blue. Don't, Doctor, You can go over areas that maybe that looks a little muddy of a gonna cover that up with some blue blues and whites. You're just starting it. Don't be afraid to go over something already painted because it what was in the garden don't really have their own space. They're sharing. Some are in front. Something are behind newness. Kind of sick. These deaths, which is fine. You want it to be. There you go. Maybe a little bit down here, just starting to grow. It's not perfectly spread out you don't want it to be. I'm gonna wash that up and then go into the blue. That nice cobalt blue kind of Just step on that flower. Next, Set up, Mori, uh, to your garden. The more fun it iscause different textures, different colors. That's for a little more interest. When you're doing a painting, it's nice to kinda somewhere in your painting. Have the same tone of a color, are the same color brought into different sections. That makes you be Aldo your eye to move around the campus and not just stay focused on the flower is a kind of ties in the sky A little bit. Go into the purple and mix it with a little white for a lavender color. I understand the topper saw other side where you did the blue topper side. It's a little so they don't blend. So I'm trying to say you can see the different shades A little bit of blue, A little bit of purple, Little bit of light on each one go. He is the same brush now and I'm gonna mix little yellow and orange together. Well, I got my green in there. It's okay. I think we'll move over here, kind of make like a PCI peachy orange, and we'll do some little. They're almost like little dot clusters just allows for a different shape. Well, different color in there. - Go up into the sky a little bit. You look like Farr's. You decide where when, how many 7. Step 6 add sunshine & butterflies : all right to do the sky, put the sunshine and we're gonna go ahead and get a clean palette and just put your chrome yellow, the brighter yellow and your time, detainee, um, white with your medium sized brush. Dampen this from the water. I also cleaned my water. You get it by some damn Pat it off. We're gonna put white right in here because that's the brightest part of the sky. Turn your brush sideways and just pull down. You can see the rays of sunshine well, from the corner. Just kind of coming down. Not salad, because just very slightly And then city yellow Make a nice pale yellow Go up from that point again and just come down perpendicular your brush and then flatten it out to see the rays of sunshine coming down. We're gonna create some butterflies, put it in your yellow Robert an and then just tip it and orange and just decide where you want a butterfly. Um, maybe one here. What we're gonna do is just do press and put a little line up and down, up and down orange and yellow. This one's gonna be a little more facing Ford So you put the four wings that's going a little bit sideways and his wings were going up. We will have to flying. Together you go. The two bigger wings on top. Two smaller ones down here. Kind of point out him. There you go. I mean, really big, bright orange one Here. Here we go. I think it's a little sex. Just kind of wipe it off. There is. You can add as many as you want once he wash it off. When you're done with the wings, just get your detail brush, stick it in the black and just picked up a little bit. There we go. Make the body. It's basically a straight line through the center down. And those are cute little butterflies. I think this one. I'm gonna give some black dots. Please go. That's one. Good. Have little stripes. We need a little stripe in there too. Okay. No, but too much detail. But when the show, it's a butterfly. Soon to find out the engine and edges with black. There you go. 8. Conclusion: thank you for taking my class. I really hope that you learned some new techniques and acrylic painting. How to use a detail brush and how little effort just applying paint on a brush and moving it in different directions. Diff'rent strokes and different pressures. We're able to create a beautiful painting that you're proud to hang on your wall, just like so many of the people that have taken my classes before. It took a lot of courage to paint for the first time or even continue to learn some new techniques and acrylic painting. I really hope you're happy and hope that you share in the project gallery. If you have any questions, please leave some feedback as well. Thank you.