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How to paint coneflowers using watercolor

teacher avatar Riana Samaroo, Artist, Mixed Media & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Intro to Coneflowers


    • 2.



    • 3.

      Brush strokes & pressure


    • 4.

      Learn to use your brush


    • 5.

      Coneflower creation


    • 6.

      Inky details


    • 7.

      Final project & closing


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About This Class

Have you been interested to try your hand at loose watercolors?

If so, this class is for you!

You will learn a very simple method and techniques to create a beautiful flower, the coneflower, along with using an inky pen for interesting details.

Please note: In general, my teaching style on Skillshare isn't at all technical, it's very loose and free-style in nature. If you have specific questions upon completion of this course, please message me for details with anything you may find helpful or troublesome in your learning, instead of leaving reviews that I cannot respond to, or correct. I will gladly try to help you get as much information possible to guide you in your creative journey. I do appreciate the opportunity to teach and learn with you!

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Riana Samaroo

Artist, Mixed Media & Illustrator


I'm Riana, the creative behind RiCreation!

  I believe that anyone can create!

My hope is to stir up your creative juices and encourage you to grow in it!  

I have always loved creating, illustrating and crafting since I can remember. I enjoy using various mediums to express myself in art, and my current favorite is mixed media. I have presented mixed media in various forms, canvas art work, cards, and even sculpture for different causes that I am passionate about. I have also had the opportunity to illustrate for children books. My teaching style on Skillshare isn't at all technical, it's very loose ... See full profile

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1. Intro to Coneflowers: Hi, guys. Welcome to this class. Loose watercolor is fun In freeing. You can paint just about anything using the style and one of my favorite things to paint our florals. In this class, you will use simple materials like a paintbrush, watercolor paints and an inky pen. You will learn how to control your brush and add fun. Little details with the ink in order to create a watery, loose corn flour illustration will eventually create a fun floral wreath at the end. So what are you waiting for? Grab your brush and let's get started. 2. Supplies: Okay, let's dive right in with the supplies. What you're gonna need for this last Let's start with the brush. The brush is important because it's going to be the tool that is going to create the loose effect in this creating of this flower. You can see here I have a large round brush. It is a size 16 that's gonna hold a lot of water and color. Once we apply to the paper, you're also gonna want some watercolors. Now, I do have the primo tropicals pilot here. I like it because it's full of bright colors if you didn't have these. And you, let's say you are the type of person that has the liquid watercolors. You can definitely use these as well in the same mirror manner. And I will show you for people you're gonna want to use. Something like this is a Kansan Excel watercolor paper. You're gonna want to use something like this or whatever you have that you love. Use it and just for details. This is optional. But I tend to use this a lot when I'm creating loose paintings as I use ink, I would recommend really using something like this pig room Pig MMA Micron 03 Archival ink is better because it's gonna be waterproof and you can put the paint right over that. Although we are going to use this for details after the fact, so it shouldn't be a problem anyway, but just my thoughts on ink, what you should use. So that's it. Let's go ahead and get started. 3. Brush strokes & pressure: Hi, guys. Welcome back. We're going to go ahead and talk about, um, brushstrokes a little bit. I'm going to just give my watercolor a wet. Normally, I have a spray bottle that I simply just, uh, squirt onto these, but I'm just lightly topping color down into the various colors. So let's start with our large round brush. I've one ahead and have wedded with plain water, and I'm just gonna grab the color. So I'm gonna take a, uh, this red. It's kind of getting mixed into the orange as well, but I'm just going to get this tip really saturated with color. Okay, See that? And down. We're just going to play with strokes a little bit. So you've probably watched other watercolor classes where you've seen people take their paintbrush and show pressure and how to place pressure. So with a large rubber, she could do a lot You can make. First of all, let's start with a thin line. You can make a thin line by generally running the paintbrush, the tip right across the top, and with very little pressure, even get a very thin line. You can see I can can the tiniest thin line by using very light pressure. By adding more pressure, you can get figure lines. So that is the concept of using a brush, especially a large brush that was very large because I'm pressing down the entire with of that brush. So let's take a little closer. Look at this for a moment. Okay? So I have brought the camera down a little closer so you can see from an angle here. Um, here's my paint brush tip. Very saturated with color. And I'm going Teoh lately, we're in the brush, right? Those very little pressure going to do a little bit more pressure, you saw. I hope you got to see very clearly the demonstration of the pressure of the tip of the paint brush down when I wanted it bigger up really pressed down. You know, when I wanted the strokes whiter, rather really just gone there and expressed it right down. But when I wanted it relatively thin, I just left less pressure onto the area. You know, we didn't push too much, so I hope that just quickly demonstrates a little bit of the pressure on the brush 4. Learn to use your brush: okay, so I just wanted to quickly go over like a pedal. Let's say how you would do that with such a large brush. The end of a pedal is a lot of times more tapered or narrow, and as it goes up and comes around, let's say looks something like that. This was probably a funding color to choose for a pedal, but I think your understanding what I'm saying by that. So it's a little whiter and then narrow on the bottom. So in one stroke with this brush, you can create that same look by holding it down very gently and applying some pressure, bringing it up. Then, instead of lifting the brush completely off, going back into a point like so, which is an option for a pedal or even a leaf, let's say you don't want to do that. The difference with the's pedals is that they're more rounded, and so you're going to start again, very tapered, going up. Continue to drag it out and just left, and that creates a more rounded edge. I'm going to get a different color so it doesn't look like it leave again, were starting small. So we're just stabbing. And then we dio all the way down Ah, and lift all the way down and lift. So I'd like for you to practice a few of these brushstrokes just so you can understand for yourself how to learn and deal with your brush. 5. Coneflower creation: Okay, so we're gonna just start on our flowers. So the inside of flour, a lot of times, typically darker, you'll notice black or brown or some color like that. In this case, we're going to stick with the darker tone of colors such as purple and brown. Uh, Teoh, make the center of the flower, and then we're gonna work our way out or in, and I'm gonna show you what I mean by that. So the first thing you're going to do for this loose floral is simply clean your brush, make sure it's nice and clean, and you're gonna get either the purple and brown. I think I'm gonna mix the two a little bit. Just toe get a nice, uh, dark color for the center of the flower. So conceits like a dark I like dark, no maroon kind of color, which is a perfect color. So I did a little of this brown and I did a little about purple. Whatever brown and purple combination you have tried out test it and see what you think. In this case, we're doing the corn flour. So ah, lot of times the corn flour has a cone shaped type of, um, tip. So I kind of just made a triangle, but blunted shape on the top here, and little round it and went down. And I'm topping into the area the color Because I want that saturated with color, I'm gonna go ahead and grab my other round brush. I actually have another one the same size 16 and I'm gonna grab now the other color, which is going to be in this case, we're gonna use yellow and orange tones, uh, you and choose whatever color you want. But I'd say I recommend just trying this first and then you complete after. So I have orange and yellow and this corner, and I'm just really getting that brush with. So the idea here is now we're creating this loose effect by having the colors bleed into each other by adding color to the very bottom and dragging it out this way, the brown kind of leeches into the yellow. So dropping in the color, dragging it out and lifting just like that. And we're going to continue to do that. Oh, once we do that, we're going to just rinse off the brush a little bit wash a lot of the color away and get it pretty light. You can see I'm just adding a lot of water, and I'm just going to come in between and drag out free lightly, some more pedals. Just so it's so we're gonna let this drive for a second, going to take my dark paint and make the center what the June brown color get the yellow orangey color and press and dragged Downwards, said the pedals in quarter flowers tend to go down a little bit like so. Now if you just liked that effect and you didn't want to add any extra yellow around it, once you let it sit for a moment to dry a bit more, you could leave it just like that. But because I just want to fill it a little bit more. Time was simply coming back after the fact, with the latest of the yellow color and kind of just two ranking the color a little bit that way, I'm trying to control a little bit of the looseness of the brown going into that pedal right there by simply taking the brush, resting it on the color, getting the color onto the rush and dabbing it off to the summit. And I'm going to do this a little bit more in the middle here, toe lift off a little color just to give it a little difference. And I could even do it to this guy too. Yeah. Now, if you wanted to add leaves or a stump, you would just go into your green putting down some color right on the palette here and the some would come from the bottom so you can just drop in the stem like that and again, maybe something between one of the pedals right there like that. And then you have a stem because thes puddles were a little what you can see, the green condom blended right into those puddles, which I like the look loose. Watercolor florals tend to go into each other, and the colors fund, which is the whole point of it, it's not controlled, is less control, and the technique dislike the wet on wet technique. I'm going to just make some leaves by taking a slightly darker color and just dropping in. Hey, uh, little stump first and pressing down my brush and releasing it going right back to that same spot, pressing it down on lifting to release it. So you have something like this. You don't have to add leaves or anything like that, but that's your option. It gives a little brightness to the image itself. Next, I'm just going to show you how to do the exact same flowers with using liquid watercolors. If you, um hath, um instead of the pan watercolors, I'm just going to grab my pallets here less is just plastic and clean off a few areas and dropped down two colors the brownish color and this pink color and let me just but this here so you can see it. I'm gonna take some of that pink, put a few droplets, take my brown and probably put this off to the side because they don't want it to mixed just yet. And I'm going to put a little more water in there. I'm going to create the corn flour top. So this is the corn, far from the like, a side angle. Great. So I'm just rounding out the top and dropping in some of that brown because I really like how it blinds with the lighter color go into this pink when they do the same thing here, hold it on the very end and drank it out and pull it up and the same dio all the way around and you can see the effect is really cool. And this is thes air liquid watercolor so you can see the difference here, how it spreads a little differently. I rinsed off the brush of it, and I'm just going to come in there and add a few extra small pedals and very gently, somethin areas. - So , you know, main part about this is that we're understanding the flower itself and how toe drop colors into that. 6. Inky details: So the optional part of this class is just detail ing your florals with some sort of ink. And this is archival in here. The pig Mom Micron. Um, pen that I have here. What we're gonna do is just drop in a bit of detail and I'm gonna go in a little closer so you can see what I need. So I'm adding a little upside down movies to the or lower center. Teoh, give it a little more dynamic and texture, since the center of it is not smooth and flocked, Then I'm going to just take my ink and ink pen and just office really quickly. Um, go over some of these. I had always like that and drop in a few details by having a lines and lines really bring dimension to a piece in this case, these black lines. So you could actually come around from the bottom here and just at a few more like so to give it more dimension, something like that. Even with the leaf area on the stem, you could just bring down vory simple thin line, and you can outline this leaves and kind of put in a few veins, you know, from, like one of the league's kind of like that. So then you have one piece and actually throughout the entire. If you did a bunch of these, you can leave of some of them inked and some of them loose like that. And the effect is so it's really quite pretty. It's very pretty. So I love that look. So this is something you can try yourself. 7. Final project & closing: Alright, guys. So what do we do now? With the's flowers that we've learned to create? I have decided to make a wreath and I'm going to bundle cornflowers on one side with a few leaves and going after the fact with a little bit of e black ink and add my little details to a few of those flowers. So not all of them will have that detail. - Now . I'm just adding some tiny stems and some leaves to give the reef a little more color in substance. So I'm going to just, you know, periodically drop in a leaf or to wherever I feel like it works. Outing little in key details using the Micron pen. And I'm really focusing on a few leaves just to give a little more detail, like the little veins I and some of the pedals in the area and just giving it a little bit more dimension. I hope you've enjoyed this clause and learn a little bit more about loose watercolor in painting these cornflowers. I had a lot of fun and I hope you did too. Please remember to share your projects in the my project section. I will be looking forward to seeing what you've created. Bye, guys.