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Loose Watercolor Florals: Learn to Paint Easy Flower Compositions and Bouquets

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Welcome to Class!


    • 2.

      About the Projects


    • 3.

      Watercolor Supplies


    • 4.

      Wet on Wet Watercolor Technique


    • 5.

      Painting Loose Watercolor Flowers


    • 6.

      Painting Watercolor Leaves


    • 7.

      Watercolor Floral Composition Tips


    • 8.

      Project 1: Watercolor Floral Composition


    • 9.

      Project 2: Watercolor Floral Bouquet


    • 10.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

This class will teach you how to paint soft, delicate, loose-style watercolor floral compositions and bouquets. 

In this class, we’ll go over the wet-on-wet watercolor technique that I use for creating soft petals and color bleeds, then walk through the process of painting the flowers and the leaves individually so you can get the hang of each element. Before starting the projects, we’ll review the key components of creating a well-balanced composition by looking at some examples of my old and new artwork to help demonstrate each of these points.

We’ll finish with not one but two class projects: The first will be a delicate floral composition, and the second will be a sweet and simple floral bouquet.

By the end of this class, you’ll not only have the skills and techniques to create beautiful blooms in your future paintings, you will also have two works of art to frame, hang up in your studio, or use as inspiration as you continue on in your watercolor journey.

This class is suitable for beginner and intermediate watercolor artists, and anyone who appreciates floral and botanical art like I do. I’ve broken up the class into bite-sized lessons with step-by-step instructions, and I’ll be painting everything in real-time so you can follow along easily. Feel free to also pause, rewind, or slow the class down to a pace that works best for you.

About the Artist

Hello and welcome! My name is Priya and I’m the owner of Petals by Priya Watercolor Designs. I’m an artist, art teacher, surface designer, and paper goods shop owner based in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. I’m passionate about teaching art in an approachable manner and helping artists at any level feel excited and empowered to create beautiful artwork that embraces their own unique style.

One of my absolute favorite parts about being an artist is connecting with other creatives and sharing our love for art, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Let’s connect!

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Please don’t forget to upload your projects to the “Projects & Resources” section here on Skillshare. It’s a great way to receive feedback on your artwork and connect with fellow students and creatives. If you also share your project on social media, please tag me on Instagram @petals.by.priya so I can like and comment on your work and share it with my audience! 

Thanks again for joining this class. I can’t wait to see what you create! Have a question? Feel free to send me an email or DM me on Instagram!

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My name is Priya Hazari and I'm a watercolor artist and owner of Petals by Priya Watercolor Designs. I specialize in painting loose watercolor florals and botanicals and am deeply inspired by the vibrant colors and beautiful nature surrounding me in Honolulu, Hawaii!

My journey with watercolors started as a hobby in 2018 and is now my full-time career. Over the years, I've had the pleasure of teaching in-depth painting and creative business classes to 5,000 students online and in person. I've also been able to see my designs come to life on products through licensing projects, and have transformed my artwork into prints and stationery items that are sold in retail stores around the United States. It's been a dream come true!

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1. Welcome to Class!: [MUSIC] Hi and welcome to class. Today, we're going to learn how to paint soft, delicate, loose style watercolor floral compositions, and bouquets. My name is Priya from Petals by Priya watercolor designs and I'm a watercolor artist and online art teacher based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Loose florals and leaves were the very first things I learned how to paint when I started my watercolor journey in 2018. It's truly what made me fall in love with the medium. Over the years, my floral style has grown and evolved from what looked like blobs of paint in the beginning to my now signature style of soft, loose petals, roses, and delicate compositions. In this class, we'll go over the wet on wet watercolor technique that I use for creating soft petals and color bleeds. Then we'll walk through the process of feeding both the flowers and the leaves individually so you can get the hang of each component. We'll finish with not one but two class projects. The first will be a delicate composition and the second will be a sweet and simple floral bouquet. By the end of this class, you will not only have the skills and techniques to be able to create beautiful blooms in your future paintings. You will also have two works of art to frame, hang up in your studio or use as inspiration as you continue on in your watercolor journey. This class is suitable for beginner and intermediate watercolor artist and anyone who appreciates floral and botanical art like do. I've broken up the class into bite-size lessons with step-by-step instructions. I'll be painting everything in real-time so you can follow along easily. Finally, one of my favorite parts of being an artist is the amazing supportive community of other artists and creatives on social media. You can find me on Instagram @petals.by.priya, where I share all of my paintings, process videos, tutorials, and behind-the-scenes content. I'd love to connect with you there. If you want to learn more, I also offer free artist resources like my watercolor supply guide and color mixing guides on my website, which is petalsbypriya.com. Now, if you're ready to start painting some florals, let's get to it. I'll see you in the first lesson. [MUSIC] 2. About the Projects: I briefly mentioned our two-class projects during the introductory lesson. The first will be a delicate floral composition, and the second a sweet and simple bouquet. Well, you could follow my every move and color choice to reproduce these exact pieces. My main goal of these projects is to give you the skills and confidence to create your own individual compositions. I'll show you how to paint the loose style florals, add in the leaves and buds, and share tips on creating well-balanced floral pieces but I really want you to add in your own style, choose colors that stand out to you, and create a painting you're proud of that feels like an extension of you as an artist. Finally, I really encourage you to upload one or both of your final projects to the project section here on Skillshare so you can receive feedback and praise from fellow students, comment on other's works of art, and it's also a great way to make connections and establish friendships with other artists. I already have uploaded my own projects to start things off and I hope to see yours there soon. You can do this by navigating to the Projects & Resources tab using your laptop, click on the green button that says "Create Project" and upload your photos, a title, and a brief description or comment if you're up to it. I also encourage you to share your final works of art to Instagram. I know firsthand how scary and intimidating it can feel to put yourself out there on social media but I promise, the artist community, especially on Instagram, is just the best. Please also remember to tag me @petals.by.priya so I can like and comment on your artwork and share it to my audience as well. 3. Watercolor Supplies: Let's talk supplies. Here are the supplies you'll need for this class. For watercolor paper, I'll be using Legion Stonehenge, 100 percent cotton paper. We'll be using the wet on wet watercolor technique in this class, which is much easier to do with high-quality 100 percent cotton paper. But if you don't have that, it's totally fine. Student grade paper will still be great for practicing and building in your muscle memory with each stroke of your paintbrush. For brushes, I'll be using a wide variety of round brushes. We're going to be painting big fluffy flower petals so I recommend using at least a size 8 or 10 for those. But you can use smaller brushes when we add in the details and the smaller leaf stems. For the paints, I'll share the colors we'll be using at the beginning of each lesson, but I want you to know you can really use any colors that you have at home and that you like to work with. Just pick a couple of different colors for the flowers and a few shades of green for the foliage, and you'll be good to go. This class is more about learning the technique and the process for creating extra soft floral blooms. I want you to focus on that part of it and not get too caught up in choosing the perfect color mixtures. That part can always come later. The other supplies we'll need to include a jar, a bowl of clean water, your mixing palette, and a paper towel for dabbing excess water from your brush. Once you have gathered up all your supplies, I'll see you in the next video to start practicing the wet on wet watercolor technique. 4. Wet on Wet Watercolor Technique: We are going to be using the wet-on-wet watercolor technique throughout this class. In this lesson, I want to go over the basics of the technique and walk you through some practice exercises to help with water control, which is a huge part of mastering this process. First and foremost, what does wet-on-wet even mean? It's exactly as it sounds. It's when we paint on top of a layer of paint that is already wet. We're putting wet paint on top of more wet paint, and that results in these nice organic blooms and gives our florals the soft, delicate look that we're trying to achieve. A couple of things to know before we start practicing. Number 1, the base layer should always be lighter than your additional layers. We build up color from light to dark. Your first layer should be almost transparent and all you need to do to get that lighter value of color is either rinse off some of the pigment from your brush before you start painting, or simply dilute the color by adding more water to your mixing palette. Number 2, you want to have the right amount of water in your first layer, which is something we're going to practice next. If you have too little of water, you won't be able to get the color bleeds and blooms. But if you have too much water, your paint will end up pooling and it will leave harsh lines when it dries instead of a soft blend that we're looking for. Okay, let's practice by painting a simple circle. I painted an example here just so you can see what our practice exercise will look like. You can see I have my first layer here that's nice and light and then it gradually darkens into this dark orange. First, take a light value of color. It doesn't matter what color you are using, we're just experimenting here, so choose any color, get a light value [NOISE], and just paint a simple circle. Again, you want to make sure that your first layer is nice and even. You don't want any pooling of water, but you want to make sure you have enough so that when you put down your second layer, you'll get some nice organic blooms. Just make sure it's nice and even. That's looking pretty good. Then load up your brush with a darker value of that same color. I'm just loading up my brush here with a darker orange. Then just start tapping in some color along one side of the circle. See how that color is blooming and bleeding. That's exactly what I want to see. If you want to make it even more dramatic, you can go back in with the third layer with an even darker value of the orange and tap it in and make a darker contrast between the first and third layer. Let's do one more practice before we start painting our florals. This time I'm going to paint a square. Again, I'm taking a light value of this orange , painting a square. Then making sure that this first layer has an even spread of water across it. That's looking pretty good. Now while it's still wet, again, I'm taking a darker value of the orange, loading up my brush and tapping it in. Just for demonstration purposes, I'm going to show you what it looks like if I do a little bit too much of a contrast between these and then I'll show you how to feather it out. I'm going in with a really dark value of orange. Now you can see there's a really big difference between this first layer of yellow and this third. I'm going to show you how to blend that out. In order to make this a softer blend, just rinse off your brush so it's completely clean, dab off excess water. Then you can just gently feather it out with your brush. I'm just feathering out where it dried. Making the blend a bit softer. You can repeat this process as many times as you like to get the desired blending effect. That's the nice part about watercolor, is you can always reactivate it with a little water. Now you can see that that blend is looking a lot softer and there isn't a huge contrast between the first and third layer. Feel free to keep practicing these exercises. I know it can be frustrating at first, but once you get the hang of water control, it gets easier and easier. I also find that these simple exercises are great for daily warm-ups before you start painting. I personally have tons of sheets of paper filled with random shapes from practicing these soft bleeds. It's a simple practice, but it's really a game changer for improving your loose watercolor technique. 5. Painting Loose Watercolor Flowers: Now it comes the fun part. We're going to practice painting a couple of individual flowers so that we can get the hang of the process before we start piecing together the composition. Let's get started with painting flowers. Again, you can choose any colors you like to work with since we're just practicing this dark plum color. Now to start, I'm using a smaller round brush size 4 and I'm just loading up my brush with a really dark pigment of that purple. [NOISE] We're going to be painting a very dark center of the flower, and then using just clear water to brush out the petals. Once it's loaded up just start tapping in some small dots on the paper for the center of the flower. I'm Just going to do a few more dots here before I brush up the petals. That is looking good. Now once you have your [NOISE] center done, take a bigger round brush. I'm going to be using this size 7. Just get the brush wet. Don't add any color, but make sure it's pretty loaded up with water. Once it is take the very tip of your brush and drag out some of that pigment from the center, and then just lay your brush down a few times. I'm just rounding it out here to create a nice soft petal. We have to work fast because we don't want that center part to dry, otherwise we won't be able to use any of the color from it. Again, I'm wetting my big brush using the tip to just drag out some color from the center, and I'm laying my brush down. We are doing very loose blooms today, so don't worry about creating a perfect petal shape. Just lay it down and be loose with your strokes. Just let your brush dance on the paper. My brush is nice and wet. I'm dragging some color from the center, and I'm laying my brush down. You can see wet-on-wet just like what we practiced. That pigment is just flowing into the petal all on its own. There's my fourth petal, and I'm going to do one more here. I'm just going to paint the petal here, and then drag in some color. Now while it's still wet I'm going to go back into my really dark pigment of purple, and I'm going to make that center even darker. Your petals should still be wet, so some of that darker value will start absorbing into the petal as well and you just let the color do its thing. Now, the method that we just did with starting with a very dark center and then using just water to drag out each petal. Now this time I'm going to do it the opposite way, and I'm going to use different colors. This first flower we used all the same color, just different values. This time I'm going to be using this yellowy orange for the petals and I'm dropping in some of that dark plum for the center, and that makes it look very dramatic. This time I'm going to start with the petals first. When you're doing this method, you do really light petals and then a dark interior, a dark center. You always want to start lightest and then out in darker, so I'm going to start with the petals and then tap in the darker center. I'm just laying down some petals here with that light yellowy orange. Make sure you're using plenty of water in your brush. Don't worry too much about getting the perfect petal shape. Let's lay down some petals here and then we can always go back in at the end and clean it up a bit. I'm just putting down five petals. I'm making sure each one of these petals has plenty of moisture so that when I tap in the dark plum center, I'll get some nice bleeding and blooming. Once those five petals are laid down, I'm loading up my brush with a really dark plum. Again, if you're not using these exact colors just make sure your petals are light and the center is some dark color, and then just tap it in here in the center and you can see those really beautiful bloom starting to happen. You'll just absolutely love this style, it's so relaxing. One thing you do have to keep in mind is you have up to let go of control in this style. You can absolutely keep control of your water amount and the colors you're using, but you can't control each and every bloom. That's actually what I like best about this style. I'm just continuing to tap these in, and I'm going to go in one more time with an even darker value just to really make that center nice, and bold, and dark. Another thing to note when you're practicing these flowers is that white space is very crucial. When you're doing this loose of the style of florals with this much water, it can be really easy for it to just turn into a complete blob. We don't want that, we still want some separation of the petals and the inside of the flower as well. Make sure when you put your petals down, you leave some white space in between and you don't completely fill in the center of the flower. If you do that, that's when it turns into a blob. Keep that in mind as you keep practicing. 6. Painting Watercolor Leaves: One more quick lesson before we start on the projects. I want to practice painting a few different styles of leaves that we'll be using in both the floral composition and the bouquet. The first style of leaf that will be practicing is just your basic leaf shape. I'm using a mixture of sap green and Payne's gray in loading up my brush. Now I'm going to just drag at the tip of my brush onto the paper, and then add a lot of pressure, and then lift back up and do the same thing right next to it. There is your basic leaf. Again, it's light pressure, heavy pressure, and light. Light pressure, heavy pressure, and light. Once you have your first layer down, if you wanted to add some blooms to this type of leaf as well, then grab a darker pigment of green, and tap it in there at the bottom. You can see the color blooming there just like it was with the flowers. Again, we're using the same wet-on-wet technique that we practice at the beginning of the class. The second type of leaf we're going to practice is a more rounded almost olive branch-type leaf. For that, instead of lifting back up at the end to create a pointy tip, I'm just going to have a soft round right there. Then go back and connect it up at the top. It's the same technique as the one we just practiced, but it has a rounded tip instead of the very sharp pointy tip. Again tip of your brush, lay it down, and then just put a little bit of curve there up at the tip. Again, if you want to add a soft blue, grab a darker value, and just tap it in. The other type of leaf that I always use in floral compositions is a flowy, drapey style leaf. I'm going to practice as if I'm just painting a leaf coming off of this flower that we practiced. To make it drapey, I'm just using the very tip of my brush, pulling it out of it, laying the brush down, and lifting back up. I'm going to do one connect it off here too. You just wiggle your brush as you go down to give it some organic edges. It's not a perfectly smooth edge like these first two that we practice, it has a little bit of wiggle which I actually like. Again, tip your brush, lay it down, and make a nice point at the end. Finally, the last style that we're going to practice is just a simple baby leaf stem. I like to usually add these towards the end of my compositions and I make them a lot darker, and smaller, and just use them as a filler leaf. I'm using a smaller brush. This is a size 4. I'm just going to use the very tip, draw a little bit of a stem, and then push down to create a leaf here up at the top, and do that same thing, and just work my way down. Use the tip, drug little stem, and then push down to create your petal. Just work your way down. There's obviously a lot more ways that you can paint leaves as well. Those are just a few of the types that we'll be using in the projects today. Now that we've practiced both the leaves and flowers individually, it's time to get started with our compositions. 7. Watercolor Floral Composition Tips: Our very first project will be a delicate floral composition. As I mentioned, I'm going to give you tips for creating a dynamic, well-balanced piece so you can create a composition of your own. Let's start by going over the important components of floral arrangement. These aren't necessarily in order of importance, but they're all key things to keep in mind. I'm going to be showing you examples of my old and new artwork to help visualize each of these points. Number 1 is having a focal point. You want to draw the viewer's eyes to the main element of your piece, which is usually the larger florals. Then naturally the filler florals, buds and leaves will come second in view. That leads nicely into number 2, which is contrast. Now you can have contrast in color, size of your elements, you can have contrasting angles or points of view that your florals are painted from, etc. The main point is just to vary all of these components so that your composition doesn't look flat and stagnant. Number 3 is making sure your piece is well balanced. This doesn't mean having a perfectly symmetrical painting. You just want to make sure you're painting isn't lopsided with all the heavy large elements on one side. You want to make sure those bigger pieces are balanced by smaller fillers and leaves, and also make sure that your color choices are balanced as well. Number 4 encompasses a few different things that all tie in to the movement of your composition. One thing to keep in mind is you want the viewers eyes to move with your piece along the paper. You don't want them to just look directly at the center of the painting and move on. One way you can do this is to try to compose your painting in an S-shape or zigzag shape, starting at one of the top corners and moving down to the bottom corners. Like you can see I subtly did in this composition here. You also want to keep white space in mind as you paint. Sometimes it can be very easy to overdo it and feel like you need to fill in every little gap or white space with leaves. But white space can actually be very powerful. For example, this is a very old painting I did a few years back, and I jammed in all of these leaves in every open space, so there's no room to breathe. Every element is right there in the center. In this case, it would have benefited me to leave some of that space open and maybe add some draping leaves or flower buds to give this piece a little bit more movement. Finally, number 5, you want to keep your larger focal elements in odd numbers or groups of three instead of pairing them together. Take a look at another old painting of mine that just has two big roses and some greenery around it. It feels unbalanced and a little uncomfortable to look at because it's just too big blobs right next to each other and your eyes don't have anywhere to go next. This painting would have benefited from adding in one more larger flower element and then some smaller buds and leaves to help balance it out. These tips will be very helpful as we move into our class projects in the next video. 8. Project 1: Watercolor Floral Composition: Using what we've just learned about composition, let's get started with Project number 1. Here we go, we have our blank sheet of paper, and I know it can feel a little intimidating and scary when you have just a blank sheet of paper staring at you and you're not entirely sure what your painting is going to look like. But I just want to remind you, we're just doing this for fun. We're learning a new style, we're being loose and free with our painting, so try not to put too much pressure on yourself as we get going. I'm going to start by just very lightly outlining where I want my main floral elements to be and do three big flowers, and I'm just going to lightly sketch out where I want that to be. I'm just circling, I'm not outlining flowers or doing any detailed planning. I'm just loosely circling out where I want this to be. I'm going to get started with my very first flower. This is the one on the top left. Again, you don't have to follow my exact composition. Just feel free to put them where you like, use your own colors. I'm going to put some petals down on the paper. Again, I'm doing this method where I start with really light-colored petals and then I go back in and drop in a really dark center. I used to be really particular about how my petals looked and I tried to make each petal look the exact same and look uniform. But over the years, I've actually liked experimenting with messier petals like this, especially in this loose style and I think it just looks beautiful. Don't worry about making the perfect petal shape. The petals are nice and wet. My brush is loaded up with the dark plum, and I'm just going to start tapping in the center. It's looking really nice already. I think it's a little bit too much of a contrast for me from this really light blush to the really dark center. I'm going to add a little bit of darker pink onto the petals. Again, these petals are still nice and wet from the first layer, so I'm not having any trouble just dropping in a little bit of darker pink around each of those. Now I'm just going to do one final drop of that dark plum, just make the very center nice and bold. The next flower I'm going to do is this orange-yellow. I'm going to do the same process as above. Starting with the petal, I want these petals to have a little bit more definition than this pink one. I'm just taking my time. Remember what I said in the floral lesson, the whitespace is really an important element here, otherwise, you can end up with just a big blob. That was one of the troubles that I had when I first started watercolor painting, because I wasn't very good at water control, and so I'd get very frustrated because all my colors would just bleed into each other, which is what we're learning in this class, but it's more controlled, and so that whitespace in-between each petal, it's really important. Now, I'm going in with a dark brown, and you can see those colors start to bleed. For my third flower, I'm going to use the technique that we learned first, which is starting with a really dark center and then using only water to brush out each of the petals. I'm using all the different things we learned earlier in the class to help build out this composition. There is my center. Now I'm just loading up my brush with water, no color, and using the tip and then brushing up the petal. If you're working on your petals and you're not getting enough color in there, just reach into the center and drag in some of that color into your petal. One more petal to go. That's looking good. Now that I have my three flowers done, I'm going to start adding in the greenery. I'm going to first start by just adding in a couple of leaves off of each of the flowers, and then I'll see how the composition is looking. I'll see where there's areas of whitespace and then I'll start adding in a little more of the flowing greenery and some flower buds as well. As I'm adding in these leaves, you can see that my petals are still a bit wet, so the green is bleeding into the yellow petal, which is completely fine. We're doing a loose style so that's to be expected and that just adds more interest to your composition. Same thing happened here, get some nice bleeds going on there. I'm just adding in these leaves where it feels right. Same thing here when you're painting your leaves. I want you to keep that same mentality as when you were doing your petals. You are not overthinking it. You don't have to have the perfect leaf shape. You just dropping down some color, and keeping that brush nice and loose in your hand. I think that's good for my first layer of leaves. Now I'm going to plan out with my pencil where I want some flower buds to go. I think I'm going to have one coming out of here. Again, I'm just lightly penciling this in so I can see how it will look. I'll hop on there. Probably have one coming out of here, and one coming down. I'm going to start with this little stem up here, and I'm just going to start placing some small little delicate buds. Just a little oval shape. I'm just going to place a few of them coming down the stem that I penciled in. Just a little teardrop shape. I want to start putting in the brainstem while that is still wet, so I get some nice bleeds. I'm loading up my brush with the green and I'm going a little bit of a darker value on the screen. I already have my light first layer. Now I want to go darker as I add more greenery. I'm using a size four here because it's just a thin little stem. As I worked my way up, you can see it just starts to bleed into each of those little buds. That means stem is done. I'm just going to add in a few small leaves coming off of it. Don't be scared to overlap elements that you've already done. As I said before, we always want to work from light to dark. This green leaf is a lot darker than this light yellow petal. It's completely fine if it goes over. I'm going to do the same process. But since this is a pink flower here, I'm actually going to put some yellow buds to help balance it out. I'm just going to do a couple here. You can see I had too much water there. You can see some pooling. If you have that happen, just rinse your brush, dab it on the paper towel, and then use that. She still got some of that excess water. You're just using your brush as a mop if that happens, and soaking up excess water. I think I'm going to do a couple more coming up this way. Now it's time to add in the [inaudible]. Again, loading up some green on my brush. I'm just using the very tip of the brush when I add in this part because I don't want it to be too thick. You can see those nice blooms forming, and adding in just a couple leaves coming off of the stem. That's looking pretty good. Something else I like to do while I'm working on compositions like this is to stop every once in a while and just take a look at it from far away. I can see here that I'm starting to bunch up a little towards the top left, which is something I always tend to do for some reason. That just means I need to focus a little more down here at the bottom and make sure I'm adding plenty of buds and flowing greenery down here. Otherwise it's going to feel off balanced. Again, just adding some yellow buds coming down here. Now adding in the green stem. The more water that you have in your buds, the more blooming there's going to be. You can see that one's almost completely green now because I had a lot of water in that one. Again, you don't have to follow exactly what I'm doing. Just look at your composition and see what else it needs. It can be easy sometimes, so just get locked into your painting and you don't even take a look at it until you're completely done. But I always like to access as I go to see what's lacking, to see if there are areas that have too much white space or that are getting too crowded. I've been doing a lot of light colored buds, so this time I'm going to do some dark purple buds. I'm just going to do a few. Now going in with my dark green, putting the stem in place. Since these buds are a lot darker, you won't be able to notice the bleeds as much. I'm just adding in some draping leaves. When you're working on your leaves, don't overthink it, just lay your brush down, wiggle it around and see what happens. Again, this is really important to know. As I said, I always work from light to dark when you're adding my layers of watercolor. That's why this base layer, these big leaves, were lighter green. Now I'm going on top with a darker green. You can still see the contrast between them. That just gives your composition some more depth because you can see that these leaves are on top of the ones behind it. Just going to add in a couple more here. Let's take another look. I just noticed there's a lot of white space here, so I'll do one more little thing of flower buds. Then I'll go in and put some finishing touches of some more flowing greenery, and then we'll be done. I've just flipped this composition upside down because I'm working on the bottom buds. I'm just going to add in a few more of those. These buds didn't have a ton of water in them. You can see a little bit of blooming there, but not too much. Here's the stem. I'm just going to add a few more leaves. I'm doing one last assessment before I finish off, and I'm noticing a few things. First, there's a little bit too much white space for my liking here. I'm going to add probably just a couple of small leaves coming out of the yellow flower. Then also I just need a little bit more movement and it's looking a little bit too centered. I'm going to add probably some stems coming out of here and then coming down the bottom too, so I can give it that nice zigzag flowing movement. I encourage you to just step back and take a look at yours, see what areas need some more, or if anything needs to be balanced out. Another thing you can look at is your colors. If you have too much dark on one side, you can add a few dark buds on this side, or if it's too light, vice versa. Just take a look, assess what you think needs to be done, and then we'll finish up. As I said, there's a little bit too much white space here for my liking. I'm just going to go in and add a couple of wispy leaves. Again, white space is important, so I'm not going to fill in this whole thing with leaves, but I am just going to add a few wispy little leaves. This is for here, and just lightly adding those in. Might add a couple of curving in here too. That part looks good. Then the other two things I mentioned was just adding a little more movement. I'm probably going to add a little bit of a second layer of leaves here and maybe a couple coming down here as well. You can see I'm just adding very loose style leaves in here. Just letting my brush do all the work. I added a little more Payne's gray to my green mixture, so it's really dark and moody now. I always like to finish up with some really dark pieces just to give it a little more drama, make the leaves a little more bold. I'll also add a couple of coming out of this one too. Stepping back one last time, I think everything looks good. Let's review some of those composition tips that we went over. First of all, it's a odd number of your main plural elements, so we have three. We also added in some different sized flowers. We have buds, we have leaves, we filled in some of the white spaces with some filler leaves. You can also see some movement. Those were some of the last steps that I did. That's usually my last step, is to see where it's lacking, and then add into movement with these types of leaves and greenery. That's it. I hope you're happy with yours. If you're not, don't worry. Every time you paint, it's great practice. This isn't one of my all-time favorite compositions, but it was great practice. I had fun doing it. That's the whole goal for today. Once you're happy with your composition, let's move on to the next lesson where we'll be painting the sweet and simple floral bouquet. 9. Project 2: Watercolor Floral Bouquet: Our second project is a simple floral bouquet like this one that I painted earlier, as an example. We'll be using all the same techniques we've covered so fa, r but instead of a flat composition, the flowers and leaves will be arranged in an upright bouquet. All of the same tips for compositions will still apply here. You want it to be balanced, include contrasting elements, and still group the larger flowers and odd numbers. The biggest difference will just be here at the bottom, where we'll add all the stems to the pieces bunch together like a real life bouquet would have. Once again, I'm just lightly going to circle where I want my main three flowers to be. I'm going to be using the same colors that I used in the last composition just because they're already all mixed up and ready to go. My first flower is going to be light pink. Using this same pastel, peachy pink color. Then I think the center is going to be that same dark plum. I really like that combination. I'm going to start again just putting those petals down on the page, making sure I'm using lots of water in each stroke. I'm just going to be adding this last fifth petal here. I just like to add a little bit more moisture here in the center before I start tapping in the darker color, just in case any of those have started to dry. Now I can start tapping in the color. That's looking great. My second flower is actually also going to be that peachy pink. But I'm going to try doing a yellow orange center instead of something dark. Because the center is going to be yellowy orange this time and not the dark purple, I'm just going to make sure that these petals are a bit lighter so that the light yellow orange center can still stand out. Now I'm grabbing that orangey yellow for the center. I'm going to tap it in. I really like how that looks. It looks a bit softer and more gentle than this one. This one has a nice bold contrast, but I also like this one too. For my third flower, I'm actually going to use that same yellow for the petals and then probably do a darker brown again for the center. Just to vary this flower a bit from the others, I'm going to make these bottom two petals just a bit smaller. Actually for now I'm going to just use the same light peachy pink for the center, then I'll probably go back in with another coat, add something a bit darker. That's giving it a nice, almost like a cream circle gradient. That's really pretty. I do like my centers to be a bit more bold. This is nice, but I'll probably go back in once it's dried up a bit and just tap in a little bit of a darker color. I'm just going to tap in just a little bit of a dark center here. Don't want to go too crazy with it. For both of these, just something a bit more dramatic. That's looking great. Now that the flowers are done, I'm going to start adding in the base layer of leaves. Same as last time, I'm going to start with a lighter green, and then as I add more buds and filler leaves, I'm going to get darker and darker. Starting with a light wash. Just going to add a few leaves coming off of these flowers. For the most part, all of these leaves will be angled upwards, and will have probably a couple of draping down. For the most part they'll be coming up. Remember you can also use the wet on wet technique for the leaves. You can tap in some darker values if you want. Now all the base layer of leaves are done. I'm going to just plan out where I want the bud stems to be. They're going to look similar to the buds that we did in the last composition. I'm going to have it overlapping this petal here. We have a couple coming out of here as well. Now I'm going to start painting those buds, will finish up with a few extra leaves and greenery stems. Then the very last step will be adding all the stems coming down at the bottom of the bouquet. For the buds, I typically start on the left side and then work my way to the right just because I'm right handed, so I don't want to have to set my hand in any wet paint. This first one is going to come out of this yellow flower and have buds coming to the left and to the right. Again, there's a little too much water here, it's pooling. I'm just going to soak some of that excess water up with my brush. We're just going to follow that same process as we did in the last one. Those are the buds and I'm getting a dark green. I'm just doing a little stem. You'll notice a lot of this process will look very similar to what we just did, and that's all great practice. Each time you paint a composition, I feel like you've learned something new. You learn about your preferences, what looks good, what doesn't. It's good to practice. One thing that I tend to do is go a little overboard with the leaves and the buds. I always end up liking it when I just have a few buds and a couple of leaves coming out, but I usually tend to go a little overboard. That's something that I've learned when I'm painting, so just try to keep it simple. That's looking good. I'm just going to add a couple of more buds here and a few coming out of here. I think I'll call it good. I'm just going to do two little ones coming out of this. I'm going to do one more little stem of buds and then we can do the finishing leaves and add in the stems. I'm still going to be adding a few more leaf stems coming up at the top and sides but before I do that, I want to just start planning out where the stems are going to come. You definitely want to have enough stems coming him that would be realistic for how many elements you have. We have the three main flowers and then we have lots of leaves and buds. I'm just going to start penciling those in. For example, you want to be able to show that there's some depth to your bouquet. This flower is more towards the back. I'm going to show that stem coming through behind that petal and then coming down. Just start penciling that in and then we'll add the finishing touches, which will just be the last layer of leaves and then these stems coming down. For the finishing touches of the leaves, I'm using a really dark mixture, just like I said on the last one, I always like to add with the darkest. I'm just going to do some wispy leaf stems. I just do intuitive painting here so I'm not trying to plan out too much where everything's going or how many I'm going to put. I just assess my painting and see where it's lacking and that's where I usually add these last little stems. One other thing I really want to mention is to not give up on your compositions. I can't tell you how many times I've started a floral composition and halfway through or not even halfway through, I start hating it and I want to throw the piece of paper away or rip it up and start fresh but then I ended up adding more fillers and leaves, adding some more details on top of the flowers and I end up loving it, so don't give up. They always look a little weird in the beginning because they're not finished, but just keep pushing through, and even in the end if you don't end up liking it, it's still a good practice. Try not to tear up your paper and throw it away if you're getting frustrated. If you don't want to put full leaf stems, you can also just do these little wispy lines and I'm just using the very tip of my brush for that. Again, it just adds a little bit of texture to the painting. I think that looks good. It looks like a pretty full bouquet. Make us do a couple of last dark lines here. Maybe add a leaf or two. But again, it can be easy to go overboard and overdo it at the last second. I think I'm just going to call it good there. Now we can start adding in the actual stems of all the pieces. One thing to keep in mind when we start doing this part is we want to vary the shade or the value of the greens coming down because we want to show some depth to there, that there's some stems in the back and some upfront. You can see in my other example, I have some lighter stems and then darker stems. That's exactly what we're going to do here. Starting with a lighter value of green, I'm using size 4. I'm just going to start dragging down some stems. You can also vary the thickness. You can have some thicker stems for the bigger pieces, some thinner stems. Again, you want to show those stems coming through the whole bouquet. Now I've loaded up a darker value. I'm going to start gently going over that first layer. Ones you see these darker stems coming through, that's what really gives your piece depth. The very last step just to add a few dark big leaves coming off of the bunch here. I think I'm going to call it there. I'm pretty happy with how this looks. It's pretty similar to the composition we just painted earlier lots of the same floral, so lots of the same colors and buds but just gives it a bit of the different perspective when it's shaped into a bouquet, it almost looks like you can just grab it right off the page. In the next and last video, I'll share some final thoughts and wrap up the class. See you there. 10. Final Thoughts: You made it to the end of the class. Thank you so much for joining me as we learned to paint these delicate loose style florals. I hope you had fun and learned some new techniques that you can now apply to your own watercolor practice. To recap, we learned how to master the wet-on-wet watercolor technique to create blooms and soft-colored leaves, we then practice the individual floral and leave elements, and learned the key components of a well-balanced arrangement before finishing the class with our two projects; the floral composition and the bouquet. If there's one thing I hope you take away from this class, it's just to be loose with your strokes and just enjoy the process and the magic that is watercolor. As a reminder, don't forget to share your project and be sure to tag me on Instagram at petals by priya so I can like and comment on your work and share it to my stories as well. Additionally, if you have any questions, I am always reachable of Instagram DMs, or by email, which I'll leave a link to below. You can also find more artists' resources like my free watercolor supply guide and watercolor leaves, color mixing guide on my website, which is petalsbypriya.com. If you enjoyed this class, please take a moment to leave a quick review. I read each and every review that you guys leave and the feedback really helps me identify areas of improvement and gives me tons of ideas for future classes. I also encourage you to check out some of my other classes as well. I'd love to see you there. Thanks again for joining me today and happy painting from me to you. [MUSIC]