Loose Florals in Watercolor and Ink - from Sketchbook to Bouquet | Camilla Damsbo Brix | Skillshare

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Loose Florals in Watercolor and Ink - from Sketchbook to Bouquet

teacher avatar Camilla Damsbo Brix, Teaching Whimsical watercolors

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Welcome to class


    • 2.

      Stuff to use


    • 3.

      Going green


    • 4.

      Focal flower: The ever feared peony


    • 5.

      Medium head flower: Tulips


    • 6.

      Detail flower: The Muscari


    • 7.

      Final bouquet


    • 8.

      Now it's your turn


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About This Class

In this class you will learn how to paint loose florals in Watercolor and ink. You can use this for so many things like weddingstationary, painting your favourite bouquets, graphics for webdesign and so much more. 

We will start the class with a bit of sketchbookpractice where we’ll paint Tulips, Muscari and the ever feared Peony. But no need to shake! I teach in a flowing style and make painting florals fun and... well... loose... you know like loose florals should be. The sketching is to familiarize us with the flowers and to make it easy to use them later on.

After some sketching we'll mix the flowers in a beautiful bouquet with tips and tricks on composing and balancing the elements.  


For this class I've used

  • Canson watercolor paper 300g
  • Watercolor sketchbook from Moleskin
  • Tropicals pan set from Prima Marketing
  • 2 round brushes in size 3 and 5
  • Ink fineliners from Staedtler in 0,05; 0,1 and 0,2
  • Tissue
  • Glass of water

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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

Level: Beginner

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1. Welcome to class: Hi, guys. I'm Camilla, and I'm a water colors from Denmark, and I'm super excited to have you here joining for skills here class. So thank you a lot for pushing that play button stay. We're gonna learn about loose laurels, and we're gonna pay this as the class project. But before we get there, we're gonna do a lot of sketching. A really hope you'll upload the sketches, sketches as well, because the process is just as important. And the sketches just to get familiar with flowers and hopefully make loose rolls loose and hung. So see you in class. 2. Stuff to use: Okay, let's look at what we're gonna use for this project. First of all, there's paper. This is Skansen. 300 grams watercolor paper and 300 grams is important because I've been told a lot of water . Then I have my sketchbook with some old skin sketchbook, watercolor paper. That's perfect for all the quick sketches we're gonna make here, Then I have my my watercolor pants that this is pre my watercolors in the troubles. Pensive. And of course, I'm gonna put a link to this in the project. And those two rushes three and five with a around breast with very nice tip, and we have some find Minus, this is actually two different. Once you're a points or five and syrup on two, they're waterproof in those tissue, of course. And, Leslie, some water. And with goods ago, 3. Going green: OK, guys, Now start. Let's start painting. Lucky to familiarize yourself with the brushes first before we jump into the flowers. So let's just make some simple leaves and it's super simple. Just yes, the tip of the brush pushed on, uh, up. And you could do that as minister must your life just to get yourself familiar with brushes and strokes. You can use this as well as, uh, to create Carlos watches and stuff like it just made a bigger leave here with two strokes instead of one, can easily do that, too. And I'm trying to do this to show you that it's super easy to get a lot of different types of foliage for your flower case, and they create a lot of movement and texture. If you have different types, it's tough. Just 11 leave just creating some small lives here on a big leave like a grass. Now just try to make a bunch of grasses here, just to show you that it's super easy with the same technique. To make something that looks, looks, crew just a typical brush down and tip of your brush and just use different types of color for this. It's always fun to have some different colors in the greenery to If you do a bit of a flick with the brush, you configure like a bent leave here, which creates some interest to you. Okay? And I'm gonna try to make kind of olive branch just to show you that it's It's actually the same type of believe, just smaller and a bit of curved but a little bit curve, but basically the same then, just on a stamp of branches actually still trending in in florals thes days. So go ahead. Use it, for some reason, are huge. Is the trendy, trendy her greenery. I'm gonna do it class and green Aries ATT's some point. So if you like to know when that's out, you can just follow. Follow this class. If you let one of the the leaves go in over the stem, it'll create some. Some I mentioned the it's of stemming, so the plant they ago. Let's go over and paint some flowers 4. Focal flower: The ever feared peony: Hi. Welcome to the fun part of the class with the kind of paints of flowers. The new style of house is a very sketchy type of style, but we're still gonna look at some reference photos to get the shape right. So I thought my good old friend Pinterest you could do the same. I did a simple sites for peonies and just look at the shapes are like, um when you find your pictures, paint the flour and use like one of two minutes of each flower and move onto the next one. And if it looks a little bit like blob, my will, you'll see in the next list. Don't worry about it Well, in the outline later, and it'll shape the flow nicely. So heavy painting. Okay, so now we're ready to paint our first flower and it's the piano. Yes, we found on Pinterest just before, and I wanted to start with the PNE because there's a lot of people who fear the PNE because of all the pedals kind of intimidating, but I wanted to show you that it's not that hard. It if you just kind of, ah, go loose with it so Right now, I'm just making a lot of strokes, so kind of shape of flour. And it's just what paint on dry paper. So it's the we don't write technique. I'm not mixing anything, anything at the moment. I'm just put it down from some paint and when I come to the outside tried to use less pigment. So it's it gets lighter, and I kind of make the strokes like the leaves before where you put down the type of brush and then pushed down. It was actually the same. Secondly, guess we're just trained. Yes, you can see the middle is stock, so it gets a lot more focus. Now. Try to paint the flower on the lower side of the picture. It's always good to paint flowers from different angles so it can create some interest in your painting. And here I'm just trying to get cup of flour, but see how the pedals work together. You can see it's definitely not the same flowers not coping at all. I'm trying to get the the pedals and foreground and the background and then just putting down some color here, wet on wet that will spread very nicely to the outer petals just to make the center nice and focused. And I'm just gonna pay the couple of piano small, and I'll speed up the process. Okay, so we painted some flowers, and, uh, I think it's looking good. Now we're gonna paint the outlines, and I just just a just a come. There you go. You said fine liner syrup 0.1 here. And I'm just kind of drawing the outlines of the pedals. And when I said kind of, I'm not doing a correct outline, I'm more like a record line. And it's not exactly like in the photo unless you could see him actually, right now, drawing the shape of a flow that's not in the reference photo, it's to the left of it. And I'm kind of drawing from, uh, from memory here, but you can easily find you your reference photos. It's really nice to have the next to you because you get the shapes right. When you paint enough, you'll get muscle memory, and, uh, that's a great thing. To have a reference photos is always, always, always perfect next to and, uh, I'm doing the outlines and a bit later on during some small details with the final line as well. And hopefully these lines will shape the flow very nicely. Tried to make sure that you you don't paint so close to move the pain of things that you don't leave some white space whites basis so important in this style really creates lose whatever flower. I'll just speed up the process, and I'll see you when we're gonna do some details and some shadows. - And now that we did the outlines, it's time for a little bit of detail ing and I use a bit smaller. Fine. I hear it's a sore point, Cyril five. And the details are actually just small strokes. That kind of indicates which which direction these pedals Lee have a little. It'll really shape the flower a lot when we do this, because outlines and color is just not enough. But these small details makes a lot of difference, and the state does Willis well, which will do in a second and just be loose for that and kind of start from the middle and go outside out of the pedal. So now that we did the airlines and the details, we're gonna make some shadows, and I'm just saying a blessing technique here. We're just use a darker value off Florence and just adding some strokes at the end of the at the bottom of the flower. And then I'm just wedding my brush just water and diluting the pain, the paint. So make a nice transition softening bitch. And I know shadows can be a bit terrifying, at least a two least. I thought so when I began to paint flowers because I never knew where to put them. Uh, but I always put it at the edge off the pedals, the bottom of the flower and whether pedals over left. And that usually makes a lot of difference in the flower. Yes, you can see, I just painted with overlaps, and that kind of creates a dimensions of flour. Of course, you don't need to put, uh, put down shadows like I do if you know where do looks a lot like a flower with all the outlines in detail, but I really think that that shadows makes a flower pop even more, and in this case I'm using a the same color as the flower, just in a darker value But you could easily use another color like blow green or something like that, to contrast the flower and make some interesting real spur salts. I often use blue with the with the purple styles, for example, and with pink flowers because to create some interest so you can always have fun with it. Those flaws and meant to be fun. Okay, guys, I'm just finishing up this last flower, and, uh, I hope youll upload the sketches in the project gallery, so I considered, and in a second will just go to the next law, which is the to 5. Medium head flower: Tulips: Okay. Congratulations. You survived the PV. Now we're gonna look at a hopefully a bit easier flour. It's too silly. And the two of this one that's super popular to pain in the slough Stylist oil and the process is the same as before. We're just gonna do a watercolor. Bush was some reference photos from Yes, and this. You could see him just putting in some pain and diluting it with water. And it's not like reference photos that much, especially the shadows. But, you know, we're gonna make that later, and I just paint a stem as well. And it's bleeding where distant maids, the pedals and I love that effect. But if you if you don't the new congest weight with flowers dry and paint the stem afterwards year so I could see I left a lot of white space in this painting. And just with the PNE, it's because it creates a lot. Lusa also look and it's important to the style, and I'm just drawing in the Outlands of that's where did with piano and again, it's not a straight line. It's more like a record line to create a softer look of the flower and I'm not copping reference photo. I'm just looking at the shape and trying to so may make it. And I'm actually using a syrup on. True in this this painting and I used to serve 0.1 in the p anyone, and it's whatever you have handy. The important stuff is that it's waterproof, so it's not bleeding when you apply the shadows a bit later. - Oh , yeah, - can't . Is gonna finish up this last and we'll go to the last flower, which is the most scurry. If that's how you say it, I actually have no idea how to pronounce that. Never mind. It's a whole texture flower, and it will be up in a sec. 6. Detail flower: The Muscari: Okay, so now it's time for the last Well, the flower I can't pronounce for some reason the most. Curry and I found my reference picture on Pinterest as the other times just painting the flower here and you'll see I'm not buried. Detailed with this flower is just getting the feel of it. And the process is the same as the last two. First reply the watercolor wash wet on wet and with on Dr Another cults believed nicely, just very loose. Afterwards you put on the ink other and create some details with think and Leslie put on some shadows. And I'm gonna speed up this video because you have seen the process two times. But I wanted to share anyway, so enjoy. - Okay , so that was the last flower. Now we're ready to put it all together in a mason floral arrangement. So see you in the next lesson where we'll make a bouquet 7. Final bouquet: Hi and welcome back. I'm so happy you're still here. I hope you enjoyed some sketchy and learn some tips and tricks along the way. Now we're gonna take it to the next level. We're gonna put all the elements together and create a floral arrangement. And just to recap what we what we learned so far and what we're gonna make. There you go. Um, first, we I learned how to paint the pne, which is a focal flower, big head flower. Then we learn to paint the to, which is a medium sized flower and the most carry here to be a small size flour and create some some details. Then we made some foliage and some grass to give it some texture. It's also your final class project and I can't wait to see what you will come up with them super super excited. And this is my first time teaching. So it's like it's like Christmas. Almost eso Please, please please upload your final project in class section so I could see it coming on it if you like. And if you put it on, it's to crime. Don't take me so I could see it there, too, And I'll probably reposed a lot of them on my instagram stories. So, uh, I could break to My father was on my great students. So there's not much else to save in. Grab your brushes and let's start painting. Okay, so we all set up this time I'm using in the a foe the cancer in whatever color paper. And, ah, I'm just starting with my focal flower here, which is the PNE. And when you paint this, you can just have your your sketches next to you and you'll know exactly what to do and how the flower look and the process is exactly the same. You apply the water for wash, then you make the outlines and in the until create the shadows. Oh, you When you're painted case, there's some tips and tricks to make the balance even more perfect. First of all, it's always nice to not have super perfect flowers. Some imperfections create a mechanic look, and that can be achieved in a lot of ways. But you can, for example, just put in a kind of withering flower little Megan infection. Oh, kind of create a imperfection in the balance of the okay. And I will do that. When? With some of the flowers just kind of popping out of the Okay, you'll see that the bit a little bit later. And if you layer the flowers on top of each other So someone in the front and some are just kind of picking through you create some dimension and movement to the flower. And then I found that an even number of flowers created bit of a balance to the arrangement . And I actually break that rule in this, uh, okay, because I only made suit focal flowers, but, you know, rules are meant to be broken, so it's OK. You could just have fun with it. Here. You Okay? - Okay , guys, There you have it. A water color. An ink. Okay. With loose Florence, I hope you enjoyed the process. Justus much decided. And the in a second world forever 8. Now it's your turn: Okay, so now with the end of the class and I would like to say thank you so much for taking this class with me. It's been super fun to teach, and I hope you learned a lot as well. Now it's your turn to pay. And I can't wait to see what you come up with. Please uploaded in the project gallery and on Instagram, if you like, and sack me so I can see it and comment on it. And please come in on the other students works well. It's always fun to have a community to share your work with. If you like class, please write a little regular and give me a thumbs up will help a lot. And if you like to know when the next presence out, which is programmed greenery, I think. But most definitely in water Colony hit the full button up here and, uh, you know when itself. So thank you so much. And until this time