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Feeling Flowers: Painting Fun Grumpy Flowers in Watercolor - with Faces!

teacher avatar Kelly Johnson, Connecting humans and nature, creatively!

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Feeling Flowers intro


    • 2.

      Feeling Flowers draw and paint the grumpy rose


    • 3.

      Feeling Flowers draw and paint the grumpy cone flower


    • 4.

      Feeling Flowers add the grumpy faces


    • 5.

      Feeling Flowers Thank you


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Fun and Grumpy? Yes! Learn to paint flowers with grumpy faces for a creative way to let go of moods through art!

You will learn to paint a rose and a coneflower with grumpy little faces that will make you laugh! 

This idea came about because one day I felt grumpy, as we all do sometimes, and a friend said "I bet when you are grumpy you paint grumpy flowers" - well I'd never done that, but thought it sounded like a good attempt at moving beyond my grumps, so I tried it. It worked great! It was fun and when I was done I wasn't grumpy at all anymore! 

Art and nature are great ways to relieve stress, so painting some nature that expresses your mood is a fantastic way to de-stress & de-grump on those kind of days!

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Kelly Johnson

Connecting humans and nature, creatively!


I'm your guide into nature inspired drawing and painting, Kelly Johnson!

If you drop by my world on an average day you might find me gardening, making art, snowboarding, surfing, vegan baking, traveling, or helping humans build deep relationships with nature through art and organic gardening!

I have a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, an MA in environmental studies from Goddard College, an AMS 6-9 teaching credential & 10 years in the classroom, + 20 years experience teaching art & 11 years teaching nature-study to children and adults in a wide variety of settings.

I've painted everything from huge murals in Mexico to tiny paintings in Virginia to tropical plants in Florida to veggies in Europe and I love how art builds community and connections in e... See full profile

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1. Feeling Flowers intro: Hello. Welcome to the world of Wayne's Burns and Wonder. I'm Kelly Johnson, your Creative Nature Connection guide, and I'm so happy you're here in my class Feeling flowers painting fun, grumpy flowers in water color in this class will paint some little watercolor flowers but that we just opposed with grumpy faces. This class came about kind of a funny way. One day I was feeling kind of grumpy and told a friend of mine that I was feeling kind of grumpy as we do some days and she said, That's so funny. I imagine that when you're grumpy, you pink flowers with mad faces and I thought, Well, im grumpy. Anyway, that's kind of a funny idea. Why not try it? So I did, and by the time I finished painting my grumpy little flowers, I was not grumpy at all anymore. So I thought transferring my grumpiness to these flowers work so well, tapping into creativity, adding a bit of silly into it. It made me feel so much better, and I know this. I know that art is a great release, but sometimes when there's a great cloud over our heads, we just need a little reminder. So here it iss feeling flowers. So in this class will be painting some fun grumpy flowers in water color and learning a couple little techniques in practice. So all you need is basic watercolor painting, knowledge paint, watercolor paints, any kind paper, watercolor paper, but any kind or mixed media paper paintbrushes, a pencil and eraser and really nothing else. So I hope you'll join me to paint those grumps away and get happy again with art and nature . See you in the class room. 2. Feeling Flowers draw and paint the grumpy rose: Hello. Welcome to the drawing. Paint the Rose video for feeling flowers. So go ahead and sketch out a rose type shape. So it's kind of like a big arc half half oval with to Flor. She points at the top, and those will be like two overlapping pedals. And then you're gonna add two more background pedals. Sketch. The little Bud leaves come off the bottom of a rose. Little leafy shapes down for the stem you're gonna add to leaves kind of like sassy arms. Kind of exasperated arms here, and the second leaf bends down, so that's kind of like a triangle attached to an oval that attaches to the stem. Now painting, I use a magenta coming in with a fairly wet paint and then adding water. We're using a wet on wet technique. We will be right now. We're doing onto dry paper using a smaller brush to get the darks in the corners and around the edges. Because on the's flowers, we're gonna want toe, have the edges sort of framing a lighter central area where the face will go. So now adding in the water and notice how the paint will begin to bleed. That's your wet on wet technique. I noticed how I've left a bit of dry paper where the pedals this front pedals overlap. And we'll do that also for the backpedals, because paint won't go where the paper is dry. Right? So adding in darker pinks framing out your flowers face just working your way around, pushing the pain around, dabbing and more pain, dabbing in some water if needed. If you want to lighten an area up, if an area seems to not be blending the way you like, just add a little water going into your, um, back pedals or central and back pedals. And remember to leave little lines of white in between them and the area already painted that will keep it from all blending together and getting muddy in the corners and on the tips on these backs, you may want to go with a little more saturated pain. Bring in a little bit pink, darker pink where the pedals overlap. See how it's leaving almost a sunburst effect that will also make your flower dynamic. The part that is rounder that's sticking out towards you is being highlighted now, grabbing some green. I'm using hooker's green mixed with sap green painting in your stand, laying down some colors from mid tones. Now this is the back side of the leaf, so it's gonna be a little darker than where it bends over painting in your leave, just filling them in. You wouldn't leave a line for vein or any little white areas for highlights. That's fine. Now is your stem begins to dry a little bit. Add in some darks and let the wet on wet technique work its magic, adding some thorns more or less thorns, depending on how grumpy your flower is feeling, how money grumps You're transferring onto the flower now, taking a bit of a lighter green, a little more of the set sap green in there. Paint the front side of the leaf that's bending over. Now this area, some of the pink May you can leave a white line, or you can let a little of the pink very little bit of the pink touch and blend in, but helps integrate the two parts of the flower. I feel like, um and as well as put a little bit of pink in there. You don't want to get too much in their stab some out if it feels like it's too much. But when the pink and the green being complementary colors when they mixed together, you're going to get a bit of a brown, which also sort of grounds that flower onto the stem by those two mixing. You get a bit of a shadow, and if some of the green goes up into the flower, that's okay, too, because again it it joins them together. Kind. Ground some together and, you know, keeping an eye on your flower. You don't with watercolor, you sort of work around the page. You don't get the privilege to ignore one area. Um, as as the flower starts to dry, double check it. See if you need to add a little water at a little darker, more saturated paint in some areas. No, whatever looks great to your eye. This is your flower. It's working around your image. If you find the center of your flower, gets a little too dark. Just take paper towel and dab it out a little bit, and this is loose and fun painting. It's not botanical illustration. Just, um, releasing our emotions on to on to these flowers, juxtaposing something happy with something grumpy and then using our creativity toe work through that or to just laugh at it and have some fun because it looks funny, adding a little bit of green there to sort of ground letdowns. Show this the shadow of the center of the flower. You know, whatever looks good to your eye. Remember to have fun with it, and then once you get it to a point where you think it looks just how you want it, let it dry completely. Work on your cone flower. Let this dry completely before coming back and adding the faces. 3. Feeling Flowers draw and paint the grumpy cone flower: Welcome to the drawing and painting the cone flower feeling Flowers Video begin by drawing a rainbow type shape. This is the cone in your cone flower, and then we'll do the pedals. The pedals in a cone flower hang straight downwards, so we're gonna do sort of the up oven arc. Um, smile. Subtle smile. Shape around the bottom of your rainbow, the bottom of the center of the flower to create the pedals drooping down and they crisscross. So, like upside down triangles with round bottoms or upside down extended teardrops so they hang straight down. You can crisscross some of them. You can draw in some little points that represent the flowers on the pedals on the backside of the flower and then drawing the stem straight down. We have a long straight stem, and their leaves also kind of droop downward at the base. They're sort of a rosette style of plant, with the flower standing straight up. Out the center during a cluster of leads, someone of a circular shape sort of grounds, the flower down, and once you get that sketched out, time to paint. So again we is in the same wet on wet style technique. I'm using a C P A color for the cone because the centres of this is where the seeds grow on these flowers and they're very dark. We'll also be, um, like we did with the Rose having the center of the cone be lighter, so a darker frame for the face of our flower. It's working around. You can leave some little highlights if you like. Let's remember, paint won't go where the paper is dry. That's the beauty of wet on wet. Leave our natural highlights in the paper. You can get very dark with CPS with wet on what? Don't be afraid to go dark because it will dilute with the water on the paper. Work your way around the cone portion of the flower dark at the bottom grounds grounds the cone, the the central portion of the flower to the pedals, getting really dark where they meet. I've been taking a smaller brush, and I'm using a six and a three here and you know, getting in any of those details because we do want the round shapes. The pedals air actually sort of bending towards us and down, so we want the tops of those to look to a ground. If you brush takes up any paint, just dab it back in working your way around, leaving the highlight in the center to make it look around. Also, leave a light space. Highlight our little face that's soon to come, just you straight sepia for the cone portion, I'm using a mixture of magenta and violet to get the fuchsia type Dark purple e fuchsia color of the pedals now in between each pedal so they don't run together and just look like a blob or look muddy. We're gonna leave that fine, fine white line of dry paper. I mean, with the pedals at the tops or in some of the more forward pedals that can have more magenta. And the more back pedals can be less saturated and have a little more violet or in shadows where one is overlapping. You can add a little more violet just working your way carefully around the pedals again, using that wet on wet, letting the paint do the work, letting the colors mix. You mix your Hughes on your palate, but then let the tints and shades mix on your paper having fun with it. See popping in some that warm magenta brings that pedal forward. There's the one behind. It has more violent, which pushes it back. You can add some violet at the tips to one. Give him downward type feel. If you look a little stand, you can pick him up. B ad back there. It's nice to add a background pedal coming in from the backside if you get a drip. No biggie paper towels, watercolors, best eraser. Press it firmly and picked the paint right up. While it's really wet continuing on your pedals, crisscrossing the pedals adds a little interest. Makes it a little dynamic. See this pedals further behind, so it's more purple from the two on either side of it. See how the little white lines in between separate the pedals Keep him from looking like one big pedal. Adding some darks at the top against the pedals look like they're bending a little brighter in the center in the same way we did with the, um, the center of that of that flower. Doing darks at the bottom in the centre lighter who's backpedals the colors not quite a saturated so that sets them more into the background, and that's a trick with watercolor in general or painting in general. Things with less contrast look further away of bringing in amusing pretty much a straight sap green for this stem sap. Green has a little bit of red in it. It's a warmer green, and it's actually extremely close to the actual color of the leaves of a true cone flower. You can just painting out your leaves. You may want toe leave a little white in the center for the vein. Maybe on some of them. Maybe not. You know, however, they come together again, leaving space in between the leaves so they don't all run together, become just one leaf blub. I switched to that bigger brush and kind of bad about switching brushes. So do switch brushes, as has fits your needs. I don't wholly switches, often as I should, adding in some shadows, letting the paint do the work. Sometimes if you add in more saturated paint for a bit of a shadow, while the mid tone that you painted the sort of base color is too wet, it will just disappear. So that's why I let it dry a little bit and then go back in and add some of the darker, uh, shades you can notice. Take a quick look. Some of the magenta is blending in with the sepia, and that's just fine. Just like with the Rose, it creates that integration with the pedals. Finishing up your that underpinnings on your leaves, adding in some shadows, getting the leaves, just looking. How you like them haven't found with it, keeping it loose. Remember, these are just loose fun, fun little Nature Journal paintings, the fictitious nature journal paintings or based on real life because that's basically what these flowers look like. Sort of a stylized, illustrated version of a rose and a cone flower. But, um, true in many details working around it, I'm adding in a little bit of magenta again because the red and green are complementary colors, so by them mixing and making a darker brown it it gives it a bit of a more of a shadow in some depth. Going back in to your cone portion. Padding in the dark says that drives a bit playing the paint. Do the work framing it out, and once it's completely dry, you can paint in your faces 4. Feeling Flowers add the grumpy faces: Hello. Welcome to the final video painting in the Grumpy Faces and Details. So you've practiced your, uh, grumpy sketches, So add your favorite grumpy face to your flowers in pencil first, you know, always best to go in pencil gives you make a mistake. So adding your flowers once you have your face is the way you want them in pencil to your flowers. Go ahead and get your paint for the rose. I used green paint because green is the complimentary color to the red, and it will tie in with stem. So I start light at first and sketch in the eyebrows, going down angry eyebrows. Then I add small dot eyes and just under those eyes at a tiny little wine to kind of make like the eyes. There are squinting, not quite a V between the eyebrow and the little line under the eye. But, um, kind of a V without a bottom and then the little dot i in between. And just a little dash for a mouth, like the lips are very pursed. Then, for the cone flower, I use a darker see BIA, and I add again down facing eyebrows and dot eyes. But this time I just leave him a little more BT and I do a dot for a mouth and a tiny er little dashi dot right underneath that mouth like he's on pushing up his lips So that sort of that indention beneath beneath the bottom lip so that mouth is more like a bottom lip and, uh, a scowling bottom lip pop in any final details and you're done. 5. Feeling Flowers Thank you: thank you so much for joining me here in the world of wings, worms and wonder and painting away your Gramps with feeling flowers. So now that you've watched the videos, be sure to clip the start the project button below and share pictures of your feeling flowers, grumpy or happy. Whatever feelings you add to them. And when you're finished, be sure to check out my other classes on my website wings, worms and wonder dot com for lots more creative nature, connection, inspiration, activities and resource is there's a link in my profile. You can go Teoh. So okay, have fun with these feeling flowers. Play with grumpy style faces on and more details to your flowers if you like, and I can't wait to see your flowers in the project. So don't forget to click the project button below and have a great day. Let's see these funny flowers. Take all the groups away by men