Going green! Watercolor Foliage to Accessorize those Loose Florals | Camilla Damsbo Brix | Skillshare

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Going green! Watercolor Foliage to Accessorize those Loose Florals

teacher avatar Camilla Damsbo Brix, Teaching Whimsical watercolors

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Going into the wild!


    • 3.

      Tools and materials


    • 4.

      Going green


    • 5.

      Painting texture and grass


    • 6.

      If ever in doubt - wreath it out!


    • 7.

      Now it's your turn!


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About This Class

You all probably know those characteristic loose watercolorflowers - they are all over Instagram and Skillshare! But when you take those flowers and put them all together, you’ll want some greens to complement and create a bit of calm in the composition.

This class takes you through leafs, grasses and twigs and show you how to focus on just shape and color for the loose style.

Finally we paint a wreath with only greens (and some other bold colors) Hopefully this can be an inspiration to explore even more leaves, grasses and foliage to make your floral paintings even more awesome.

This class is for everybody interested in painting with watercolors.

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Camilla Damsbo Brix

Teaching Whimsical watercolors


My name is Camilla and I’m a danish watercolourist. Mostly I paint whimsical flowers which I share on Instagram as @camilla_damsbo_art. Here on Skillshare I love to share my knowledge in fun and easy classes on watercolor and ink and I can't wait to see you in class.

I would deffinitly say that watercolour is the most magical kind of paint, and all you can do is just know a little technique, loosen up your brush and trust the process.



If you plan to watch one class this summer I advice you make it this one. It will launch very soon and you will learn the very best technique for your summer vacations or staycations - Watercolor and Ink! you will learn to draw 5 flowers and then bring them into a s... See full profile

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1. INTRO: Hi guys. Welcome to Plus, this class is all about going green. And we do that by painting leaves and grasses and types of foliage in watercolor in ink. My first Les waas on looks, florals and we painted this. You can check that out if you like, but I do feel like the flowers of getting all the family stays. And that's a bit of a shame, I think, and I'll show you why. Uh, so this is a picture of flaws with no brains, and with greens you can see it makes a lot of difference in texture and movement. And I feel you mixed with flowers pop a lot more, So it's good to focus on those greens as well. The class project is very green. It's a reef made off only leaves and grasses. I'm gonna put some color in there, so it's not too intimidating, but it is all green and we're gonna make it. I'm sure in my first last, we went to Pinterest to find reference photos, and we're gonna use references this time as well, not from interest, but we're going to go into the wild to find some. So grab your hiking boots and come along with me 2. Going into the wild!: Hi guys. We've now ventured into the wild, if you can call it that. This is a beautiful Danish forest and it's actually my chance with forests. Welcome to that. I brought this basket. So let's go and find some green. - Okay , So now we found a lot of green here in that found some branches and grasses and stuff is what? But besides all these, we're going to need brushes and paints and stuff. So let's go back to the studio and look at some materials. 3. Tools and materials: So now let's look at some materials for this project. First of all, off course, we're gonna need some paper. I use cancer in its 300 grams, so it's kind of it's pretty heavy and it could take a lot of water. Then I used three brushes. Round brushes, please. 13 and five. They're from Synot Surprise. And I used to find Linus. One that is syrup points of five and one that's syrup on two is an Atlantan and Stetler in S 02 different brains, but they're waterproof, and that's the important thing. I use a bit of a positive not that much, because it has a fine line and I use it for highlights. It's great to have that on hand. Of course. Water and tissue, you know, the usual. And as you noticed, I haven't got any pains yet because I'm just gonna go a bit more in depth with the paints Here. I created this pellet and it's Ah, it is screens and of different kinds. These some ico Linus fluent doesn't tubes. Who's a cover mons and I got different types of pence. It's as well this from pre my marketing and someone's and mutants as well. And I I think it's all the greens. I could find him studio. And then there's this pains great here, and I use the pains great in all of the colors to tempt them. So they have kind of cohesive. And I put the paint great in the greens, and then I used the other colors to accentuate. Okay, so we got everything we need to stop painting. I did the hard work. Boys don't have to go out in the wild. I created pdf with the pictures off, all that were gathered here. But if you like, please go on the forest or your garden or a park or whatever, you have clothes and take pictures of your own reference and included in the class project that will be super fun to watch. But for now, grab your brushes and let's done painting 4. Going green: Okay, so we're all set up to stop painting, and this is our first leave. It's kind of it's a long leave. I don't know what it's called, but it is has a long shape, and it's kind of narrow but still a record. Which and I'm gonna focus in shape and color in this tutorial, only shape and color just to simplify the process. And it's good to look at the reference photo and just kind of just look at the shape. How can you simplify this sip, too? Just create a very simple leaf, Do you remember? It's for the loose role florals to assess arrest those, and they are super symbol in that shape as well. So no botanical correctness here. Just look at shape and then put in some cola swell. And here I'm gonna look at the same leaf, but in a bit different angle, because often you see leaves that are bent like this, and it creates a lot of movement in the composition. If you can paint the leaves in different angles, and that's how they look at nature as well. So it's it's good to add that to the mix as well and him just stepping in some color just to make the the vibrancy a little better. Um, otherwise. And the color was a bit dull. And then I'm trying to add in some something other than green because green, even though it's beautiful and that's often the color of the leaves, it's good to add a little bit of other colors. Just make it pop. And here I'm gonna create it shape behind believe shit that's going down. I'm doing that by just adding a bit of color in the The Bent and then again lead in a wooden wit technique. And now we're gonna look at this beautiful leaf that it's from a tree, I think. And, uh, important thing about this leave is that it has kind of three if a pedal divided in three and the petals of kind of kind of record, all of them. And I'm trying to paint the profile here, and I'm making this a very night leaf in the color. This is the mainly the prima tropicals color number 16 which is kind of kind of like sap green, I think. But then I'm adding some brightness, just like the other leaves with the fluent equal line green. And I actually used that fluent green a lot because it's so, so beautiful and dust a lot of stuff in vibrancy. It's a bit different to work with fluent colors than with pence. It's but I think the mixes just beautiful, and I'm trying to make the strokes. So they turning the same direction as the leaves. And this is the next next leave. And this is actually more like a plant, I think, and it has such an interesting shape. So I couldn't resist on getting this, and we're going to start from the top and try to not copy the flower or the shape because it's ah never should copy anything, actually. But dont more like look how it's built and just try to makesem strokes and see if you can great a shape that looks a little bit like it. I'm using a smaller brush here and just using first a light color and then having in some some other colors as well. And I used some pink here just to make some interest and then the ICO line again just to create some vibrancy and something here as well and I tried to step in the pink in the E Colin and that waas not going that well because the equal Linus so bright has a lot of pigment and, uh, the pants, it's just not cutting it like that. So if you want to play around with the different types of paint, just take notice of that. You need a lot more pain to do that. I see it. I put in some pink here as well, also just in the middle, but also in the and the leaves and petals as well. So the last one we're gonna look at is this fern, This is has a long stim ish and the some sad pedals. And, uh, I'm just gonna look at the start with the stem and just painter side stems as well. And there is begin by being very long and then gets shoulder up the stem. I'm not going to make them even because there not really in nature conceit look at the reference shape and then I'm gonna paint relieves here, and I'm not painting any any precise leaves, just kind of having my brush on the side and just stepping color so It's more like a suggestion, I believe more than actually painting leaves. And here at the at the end, I'm not even doing side stems anymore. You could do this with a fairly, uh, fairly dry brush, and it'll give a very nice texture as well. I'm using some very cold colors here just to kind of experiment a little bit. Some blues, emerald and I kind of like that look. So I might include that in Greece later on. And now it's time for all the final details. As you might know, I'm kind of in love with my in Kleiner's fine line us. I'm not sure why, but I really like the way that it it accentuates to the shape and really makes the leaves pup a bit more. And it if you're a beginner, this really helps as well because it really defines the leaves and the flowers. If you're doing that as well, and I'm doing outlines, not entirely outlines, but sometimes record and sometimes just complete outlines. And then I'm just doing small details just to show which direction leaves not going. And then just to make the the leaves pop a bit more, I'm gonna add a small, small shadows. Do that in my my first dances. Well with with the flowers, it's just adding some color and some a bit darker color and then just defining where the shadows should be, using just waiting my brush and diluting the stroke a bit. So it's not that harsh. So you can see here. I'm just painting with water next to the stroke, actually, and that is it for leaves. Let's look at some grasses. 5. Painting texture and grass: So now that we painted some leaves, let's head over to some other things that can create some texture in our compositions. And here we have a grass and there's so many different types of grasses, and this is just one. And I actually loved grasses there so fine and delicate and has some beautiful shapes. You can see it's some very fine lines, and therefore I'm using a small brush with very fine tip just to create that that loose stroke. And I'm just starting from the bottom here and working very loose upwards and the grass, the flowers of the dress. I just paid them in the green and then dab in some yellow and, uh, actually accentuates it a bit with some some, uh, pincus. Well, grass is a great because they can. You can create texture and taken great color, and there's actually a lot of color and grasses if you look closely so you can use that to your advantage. You consume just having color here, and it's so so fast that it's wouldn't wet. So it'll bleed into each other and creates a night's nice effect and then these long leaves . And that's just tip down. Push and tiba Very easy if you're unsure how to do that. Also show it in my first class on the floor so injected out. But it is very easy, and I found this crazy little guy in the forests, and I kind of fell in love with it. It's so crumpet and crazy and it's almost like a grass, just with a lot off. I almost pine needles. It's I'm not sure what it is. Well, I'm working my way up just with the grasp. Find tip and just being very loose with these schtrops and dropping in some color as well. And I think I use I used the red here just to complement the green, and I'm doing it fast so they will bring bleed a bit into each other as well. And green and red is complementary colors. So that works really well. And I'm just gonna do some fine details and think, and I'm using my fine line of this and just like before, it's just they refine outlines. Don't press too hard in the don't be too precise. It doesn't matter if you the outline is a bit off. That's no miss its shapes and you can actually create a little bit of shadow on the grass is just a little doodle You said a lot, and here I'm just defining the squeeze of the weird lines just to make it pop of make big meal. You can see it makes a lot of difference, and I'm gonna look at okay, I'm just gonna use the plus keep in a bit just to make some highlights. And then I'm gonna look at the last thing, and I used the syrup on two for this, so it's a bit bigger than the other fine dining. And that's because it's the branch tweak. And that's a bit different from the others because you know it's not green, but I think it's It's a great thing to include in a reef, and it's a great thing to include in any floral arrangement, actually, because it creates a texture and some the graphic element that looks great, and I think it it really helps of Reese. Get some some structure. Actually, you can see that it's a lot sturdier than the other things, but you can see it's the tweak has kind of a thickness to it and I'm trying to add other here. So it's not a stick in the end of the the Bryant is and then it gets sick, gets figure dumb to the end here, and I'm not doing a the full line. I'm just doing a record line, actually, just like the outlines just Ciger. And I know these are not leaves, but we are doing great. So I'm campaigning them and I'm really hungry, and I'm just doing a little bit off right here as well, just to get some color in here and now it's time for the class project. 6. If ever in doubt - wreath it out!: Okay, so now that we exercised our brushes of it, it's time to paint the class project. And as I mentioned before, it is a green reef, this reef. And as you can see, it's not entirely agreeing. I did include a lot of color splashes here, and I encourage you to do the same. I think that the colors make the green even greener. Don't be afraid to be bold. And when you've done painting, please upload it in the gallery section. I love to see your work. It's definitely the most fun about teaching, and it's super inspiring. So please do that and send me on Instagram if you put your work up there as well. It's so fun to see and let's start painting. So we're ready to start here and, uh, for the wreath, I'm going to create a circle here with this whole that I found. Just not gonna do a refine pencil line here just to make sure that it's round and you don't need to do that. But it's a good tip to get around one. I'm actually always doing them way. Took rocket of want to do it by hand, so this is a good way to do it, But get out of my house without my needed a racing. And that is a bit annoying because this does ruin the paper paper bit. But it's okay. And I'm just gonna remove those funny little roubles things. There you go. You can almost see the line now. And I'm gonna do this by by hand. I haven't done this beforehand, so I'm just gonna do it with you, and I'm gonna do it with a bit limited color palette just to push myself. So you screens and some complementing colossus as well. And I'm actually not gonna talk that much during this video on, uh, quickly, can I tell you? But what I'm gonna do and then I'm gonna put on some music so you can just enjoy it and don't have to listen to my Danish English thing accent. And I'm gonna do some leaves in the bottom and some grasses, and then I'm gonna gonna do the tweak in the upper half of the offload brief so you can see I'm gonna build it from below. And I hope you will enjoy it. Oh, - Oh , - no , not at the end. I hope you had fun. And I'm ready to go take your own reef. I can't wait to see it, So please uploaded and have fun painting. 7. Now it's your turn!: okay, It's time to rev up. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much for taking this class with me. It's been so fun to teach. And I hope you learn some tips and tricks along the way. If you find that leaves and greens, just not cutting it for you and you want to put some flowers in the mix and totally get that you can see behind me, I'm all about hours. Uh, please check out my other class on loose roles and you can put some peonies, tulips and stuff in the mix as well. And if you want to know about my next last, I'm not entirely sure what is going to be about yet, but it's definitely gonna be something about watercolor earning place that the follow button and you'll be notified whenever it's out. And please write a review. If you liked the class and give me a himself, it will help me a lot and a little help. Other students find the class as well, so that would be so great and thank you in advance. And the final thing to say is that it's your turn now. These go paint. Have fun and upload in the classics. And I can't wait to see what you come up with and, uh, until next time.