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Painting Spring Wildflowers with Watercolors

teacher avatar Sushma Hegde, Watercolor Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Materials needed


    • 3.

      Practice Lesson


    • 4.

      Flower 1 - Chelidonium


    • 5.

      Flower 2 - Spanish broom


    • 6.

      Flower 3 - Dandelions


    • 7.

      Flower 4 - Fireweed


    • 8.

      Flower 5 - Cornflower


    • 9.

      Flower 6 - Forget-me-not


    • 10.

      Bonus Lesson - Wild Parsnip


    • 11.

      Class project


    • 12.

      Final touches and Conclusion


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About This Class

In this class I'll be teaching you how to paint Spring Wildflowers in a loose style with watercolors.
I've picked seven different kinds of wildflowers, that are colourful, simple yet have unique features.The class is simple and suitable for all levels of artists, beginners to advanced.

I start by taking you through all the materials that I'll be using in the class. I'll add the names of the main supplies here again.

1. Hahnemühle Cezzane Watercolor Paper, Matt, 300 gsm, 100% Cotton

2. Watercolours from Daniel Smith and Nevskaya Palitra (St. Petersburg White Nights)

3. Silver Black Velvet 3000S Round brushes from Silver Brush Limited

Then we learn some basic techniques, slowly diving into the classes and start practicing the techniques to paint different gorgeous wildflowers.

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Sushma Hegde

Watercolor Artist


Hi! I'm Sushma Hegde.

I'm a self taught artist and watercolor lover from India, currently living in Luxembourg. I mostly paint with watercolors and gouache, and try to immortalize what I feel about the beauty of nature. Painting creates a sense of calm in me and I wish to create the same sensation in my paintings.

I've loved creating and had a great interest for art since childhood, but somehow my creative side took a back seat while growing up. A few years ago, out of sheer boredom, I took out my watercolors and started painting some flowers, and I was hooked!

I love learning from other artists and have slowly realized the joy of sharing what I know, no matter how simple or difficult I think it is. It makes me immensely happy when someone tel... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi. I'm from India. I knew she My things are in my heart. I'm really excited to teach you. So just enjoy the process project. So let's not face anyone and get started with the next. 2. Materials needed: I would like to start this class by showing you all the supplies that I'm using for this class. First is the people I'm using. Honey laces on 300 g s. A 100% cotton paper I'll be using are discreet watercolors from Daniel Smith's and white nights. I just poured them into this pallet on dive, be mixing in the same pilot as well. So this does not mean you have to use the same supplies that I'm using. Just make sure you're using watercolor paper, 100 person Corton and are discreet pains. Let's talk about brushes I'm using to off my most favorite brushes. The's are from Silver Brush Limited, a size eight and size four off Civil Blackwell, but around brushes so it doesn't mind which brand of brushes you're using. Just make sure they're Rome, and they have a nice find dead. Actually, some off my artist friends are not very comfortable using brushes from this brand for making fine lines. So, yeah, it's up to you and your way of working. You know, it's so need a jar off water and some paper double all room tissues to dab the excess paint and wife off your brushes, and that's it will get started 3. Practice Lesson: before starting with the Florence. I would like to emphasize that a large part of what we are learning today involves a lot of loose brush strokes, so I recommend a few exercises to get usedto painting with less control. Let's start by making lines without brush observed where I hold the brush and house with clear mood. I suggest you to do the same throughout the class. Now let's try doing the same thing diagnosed early and this time. Hold a brush really higher and try more roughly. Look, let's do that again. So we'll be using this technique to paint some off the flowers in this class. Let's try another technique. This is a simple one and mostly used to paint leaves. Just press your brush and lifted swiftly. Now do the same thing, but short of oceans off it. So just fresh pressed the brush and quickly lifted. We'll be painting flowers using this technique. Let's try it again. Press then left quickly one more time. This time I make it more scattered and joined them together using shorter versions of the same stroke. We'll try another flubber, this time in a different direction. Remember each battery need not look similar to that. The one just keep it as it was as possible. - Let's try painting this again, but this time not so close to each other and kind of moving downwards. We'll try painting some leaves this time. Don't press the brush too much on the paper. Just gently. President swiftly lifted Let's do this diagnosed Lino. But this time let's stand and try this in stuff sitting down. See how much my brush strokes are loser than the previous one. So basically my wrist is not resting on the table now and so naturally becomes a little loser. So basically, try experimenting with different ways off holding the brush and see what works for you. Let's try another kind of leave. I'm basically been bringing all the techniques that I learned before together and making to the bushing use another Longley, but this time a little baby one. So I just shake the brush little while lifting it and I get away. We leave another technique that I used to make some off the flowers like Forget me not in store gently May lagu dots, and this represents the plaster off levelers. So I keep my brush almost perpendicular to the paper and gently tap all over the people. I dab off some of Texas beamed from the bush. Basically, you don't want to do this like press completely, but just gently touch your brush to the paper. I think my smaller brush for this technique. Once I have pain in my brush, I take it in my right hand and use another brush in my left hand, which is dry. Make shirts, drive and then gently tap my brush over this and around slowly so that you get a little splatters all over. This adds a nice takes, Children. The painting. That's it. So we use all of these basic techniques, toe being a lot of slammers in the next few classes. 4. Flower 1 - Chelidonium: I've picked a few flappers with different shapes so that you get a hand off trying a variety off levels. So let's start by painting some yellow slammers. The 1st 1 is the Caledonian Flowers. They're easy and pretty simple on their chosen this as the first level. So as you can see, I just start by adding these little dabs off yellow which actually looked like leaves. But I'm just randomly handing them here in there so that they're not very well structured, just like the flowers. And I've chosen Newcomb board here because I want a brighter son. You're kind of yellow here. And as I had these little flowers, I randomly put them in different places and I make sure also add these little birds here and there. As the flowers are drying, I start working on my leaves. As you can see, the leaves are much bigger than the flavors. So I used the same technique that I use for the flowers, but I make sure they're a little bigger and there are more white spaces in between. And for this I used a cool under warm green mixed together so that I get this mid tone as you can see the actual leaves. One more thing is I make sure that my leaves are not all pointed in one direction, but they're moon like different directions, and some of them are lapping on each other to make it look more wild as the leaves are still wet. I am looking blobs off a darker shade of green inside these leaves, so that gives a nice, shadowy affecting doesn't make all if it looked like one bland green. I do the same thing with my flowers as well. On the tips, I add a little darker shade of yellow. Yeah, for the same thing. So that it there's this slight radiation toe show, this shadowy effect within the flowers. This kind of gives a nice depth toe the flowers. Let's more onto painting the stem now. For this, I use a smaller brush, but if you're comfortable with the bigger one, you can go ahead with that. So first I start bad and little dabs off green at the ends of the flowers so that green slightly blends with the yellow. Make sure I don't have too much green at their ends also so that it doesn't blend completely with the yellow and cover up all the yellow with green, so I'm a little careful at that time. As I draw the stem, make sure it's not completely straight, and all of them look alike. So I make sure they have these little hard edges. And I think there's a little too much off the stem there. So I'm just covering it up with leave, so it's up to you. If you feel that it's it looks pretty empty, then you can just add some more needs and make it a little more tens. But make sure that you don't overwork it and add too many leaves and make it very bushy, like these. Parents also have these bike utility long seat boards, and I want to add does as well, so I just add them in the little space between the flowers. But you can add them on the side as way doesn't matter. And at some little bringing Barnes. It's sad. One believe hill into the fire, adding more bunt so we have. There's no hard and fast rule that you need to follow for this. Just make sure that the leaves are denser at the bottom and the flowers are bigger at the base, and as you grow up, they become smaller and the bars are at the dog. So this looks a little more pleasing. And also the leaves as you go up are smaller than the ones below. Because that's how usually many off the plans are. Andy, I think we're done. No, you could go on and I had somebody deals, but I leave it as it is for now, and I'm quite happy with this one. 5. Flower 2 - Spanish broom: the next plateau, where Bean thing is the Spanish room. For this, I take a lighter one off yellow to make it look more transparent by light at all. I mean, I add more water to the paint in stuff, adding white, so that's the beauty of water colors. You just need to wait in the amount of water toe increase or decrease the intensity off the color you need. And, yeah, that's pretty simple like so to make the flowers, I just press the brush down and lifted gently, so make sure your flies are actually lose as possible, and they are more distributed all over this time, unlike the previous one. With better, they're all clustered together. I had a little bit off green call off the Becket's eso that they slightly bleed inside the yellow and gives that little yellowish green kind off 10 to it. I'm adding some, you know, toe make it a little bright, and some areas India. If you feel that there's more water in your brush and these are big blow upon, your people just dropped down. Brush gently on your paper double so that there's no pigment, then water in your brush I want that used to be as closer and colored to dio petals. So I want a lighter green. So I mix it with the yellow that are previously used and with the similar technique, asked the flowers. I start making the leaves so slowly I am also adding this them. And as you can see, I'm not making one street line for the stem, but just joining all of these little flowers together with short lines. One more thing that I make sure my painting, these little plants, is that are really the greens, so that even though all of this is the same yellowish green and make sure that the intensity off it is different for each leaf and the stem. So this I feel, gives life to the painting. So are a little bit more off green or a little more of yellow. And keep wearing the greens that your painting. So we have the almost done with this painting. Just make sure that the stem is a little ticker at the base and, um, yeah, add more leaves at the bottom than at the top and, yeah, that's it 6. Flower 3 - Dandelions: next up is the dandelions For this I was a slightly different technique to paint the flowers. I add the floor. It's on both sides first, basically creating kind of a boundary based on how big I want the flowers and in which direction I want them. And then I had the centers. So in stuff going from one side to the other, I first at the floor, its own both sides, and then I At this end, um, I want I want nothing. You make sure that all these lines that you are adding not all neatly arranged, one next to the other. But they're more scattered and overlapping, one on each other, and some are longer term a Shorto, so it gives that nice, rougher look to the flavor. Now I start, I didn't the little green based off the trouble, and I try to keep it as lose as possible and make sure blends slightly with the level. Let's more onto the stems Now. These plans have nice long stems, and the leaves are at the bottom on like the plants that we painted allow, so make sure that you add his long, straight stems which school to the bottom, so it's OK if you don't get the lines completely straight. Just it didn't come with practice. I want to make the send off the flour little more taco and more fluffy. So I have more lines there and take a darker tone off yellow. And I had those little dots to give the nice, fluffy look at the center. I also want to add this green thing, which contains the white seeds which burst open and make these flowers look all the more gorgeous. I stopped by defining the shape. Give it a nice triangular look and then I start filling it in. As you can see, I leave little white gaps in between, and this gives it a nice texture without even adding in two more. But I want to add a little more darker green on top. These plans have a very unique leaves, which have thes jacket ends, and painting them could be a little tricky. So what? I'd always I mean, these inverted wee's and make them smaller as I go down and then fill the gaps. But I make sure there's little light space in between. Let's try this again. It's the one in world to green and another small one And, uh, no, even smaller one. And then I fell on off the gaps between them. I had some all use and make it a little, then so at the bottom, and then we're done. 7. Flower 4 - Fireweed: next up is the fireweed flowers for this I'm taking when I don't rose and mixing lots of water into it to make it as light as possible, I start working from top and then I moved on woods. That's how I like it. And I mean these little brush strokes, which are diagonally off facing upwards, and I make them onboard the left and right sides, leaving a little gap in the center. So I make sure that it's not on Dobbin. As I go down and becomes wider. You can also see that I keep mixing the pink with different amounts of water. I do this so that I get different tones off pink. Oh, this gives a nice, naturally look to the flower. When you really don't tones of the same color, I make sure that the patterns are as it was, a spa, possibly, and as they go down, the petals become bigger and they more in different directions, not just pointing upwards. I think a lot of few more petals on doorbell as well, because I want to make it a little more tea. No dog. So remember, stop, You're making smaller brush strokes. Let's fill some off the white space but off your settings. And then maybe a lad a little dark, hoping to the tips off the patterns so that it gives a nice depth to the flower. And then we can want to the stem similar to the patrons. I start the stem from top and slowly moved onwards and started firing little daughter door . And then, as I go down, make it a little to go for the stammer mixed pink along with a little bit of green to keep the color as close to the battles as possible. As I said before, the stem will not be one straight line connecting all of the battles. I'm just randomly adding little strokes and joining the battles together, even if some of them are not joined together. It's okay. Doesn't matter for the leaves. I take a darker don't off the same Quinn droz and green mix, and I meet leaves a little longer than what I've done before, and I make sure they're in different directions and not neatly stacked one next to the other, but the just gently overlapping on one another or just moving in different directions. I could stop right now, but maybe I'll add one more leave and make the stem a little to go, and then we're done. 8. Flower 5 - Cornflower: next up are gorgeous little corn flavors for this amazing mix off Quinn draws and Ultra Marine, keeping it more on the blue side by adding more ultra Marine to the purple. The technique is similar to what I did for the landlines. I decided how big I want the flour. And then I marked my boundaries by adding little strokes on both sides. And then I feel the center. I make sure there's lots off white spaces in between on the inside, a little more cluster together, then before, and they're a little bigger and wider. Let's try this again. I made these little brush strokes on both the left and right side, depending on how Big One, the flubber. And then I slowly filled the Santo, and then I make it a little bigger by adding more strokes and a little more Denso. Can I also add some barks here and there, Maybe one dog and one at the bottom, while the flowers are still wet? Aladdin little darker tone at the bottom. Let's make those little bulbs at the bottom. Off the flowers. I first outlined something like a little jug at the bottom, and then I slowly fill it in. Observe that I leave a lot of white space in between. This naturally gives it texture. Look, incidents leader, adding lines on top of that, let's start with the stem. Observe that I hold the brush very close to the tip, so this helps me get very fine. Blinds allowed believes at the bottom. It was a similar technique to paint the leaves as the previous one, but I just make sure that the brush doesn't touch the paper completely, but just brushes against it. And I made believes a little longer than the previous one to finish this painting. I'll just add a few more leaves at the bottom to make it a little denser, and then we'll be done. 9. Flower 6 - Forget-me-not: it's time to paint him. Forget me, not flowers. For this. I'm taking a light of blue that is self blue and mixing a little bit off ultimately with it . So don't pain these levels since they're pretty tiny. We don't paint each and every Flamel. Instituto give the essence of the whole plan. I just make tiny dots to indicate these flowers, and I think that will be sufficient. I had some dogs here, and they're leaving white spaces in between. But I won't add them too far away from each other because I want to depict the whole bunch plaster together. Let's add some darker blue to give this a nice depth. But make sure you don't added completely, but just a little bit here and there. Maybe I'll make this a little more fluff. You're allowed more dots and cover up more space. I want to add some yellow to depict the center of the flowers, but I make sure I don't act too much off this yellow because first of all, the blue is still wet, and so if you add to Marcello, it will alternate toe green. I don't want that, but I also want toe this little radiation in between, so gently add some yellow. Some of foot might turn a little green, but that's okay. They just make it look more natural. Let's add some stands now for this. I make a little we kind off lines to bring the clusters together. So by making these lines were the victim that the flowers are separate and they're not one big bunch. But they're all connected together, and they have these little plasters here in there. So first I start by bringing these little clusters together and then in. Then I bring the world bunched together as we go down. Let's add some leaves here and there for these leaves. I make sure that the tips are not pointed like the previous ones, but a little around it. At the end, I could stop right now, but maybe I add a few move lovers and make it a little more dancer on the job to make this whole bunch off lady flavors interesting. We could add some splatters here there, and that'll give a nice depth to the whole being. So let's cover that being with the paper so that there's no splatter on that and I hold my own brush, dipped in paint in my lifetime and just didn't gently tactic with the other brush. So this gives a nice control. It's plateau and that's it. We're done. 10. Bonus Lesson - Wild Parsnip: to practice the previous techniques that we used for the forget me, not flavors. I've chosen these violent past lovers, so the technique is very similar. It's only the stems which are a little further about Come back to this so you can just watch me paint and paint along with me. - So painting this times is also pretty similar with me, these little we kind of structures and joined them together. Observe that I don't join all of these Bunches together at once, but make these separate plasters and join them later. This way I get an idea of where I can place the stem according to the flowers, instead of joining all of them at once. One more thing that you can observe is the flavors are pleased a little further apart on top, and as they go down, they're closer together. And even though the structures are further apart on top and as you go down, you can make it a little more than so. So this gives that effect off the plants popping out. So when you're painting a big bunch off different kinds of wife lovers, if you mean these pop up it, give it a nice, interesting look. I quickly add some leaves at the bottom, and then I want to show you a different splatter technique. I mean, it's similar to the previous one, but a little different. Let me make this flash a little more dancer on a little more darker because I've used to much she alone the whole class. So I'm adding more dots a bit orange just makes the yellow and the red. And, yeah, I'm adding dots here and there and makes it this makes it a little more fluffy, or I'll end this with some splatters. This time I keep the brush with the pain in my right hand and then gently tap it over the left one. So this gives a more spread out splatter compared to the previous one. So, yeah, we're done. 11. Class project: Let's bring together all that you've learned now so that we have a spread off wildflowers in one single page. So obviously we have to meet our flowers a little smaller than what we painted earlier, because we have to fit all of them into one page. So I will be using a smaller brush for this entire painting. That is, I'll be using the size for brush engine off the size. Eat. I speed up this whole video because all the techniques that I'm using are exactly what I've talked about in my previous previous gases. So feel free to go back to the previous lessons and have a look, if you have any doubt. One more thing. Remember, nature is full of imperfections on especially. We are painting wife lovers, so it's OK. One flower doesn't look like a shadow or the stem is a little wonky or the colors are not exactly what they're supposed to be. It's all supposed to be wide right, so it's OK. Just enjoy the process. Relax and have fun while painting, I start with the second level since the 2nd 1 is also yellow. I don't want to be close to the 1st 1 So I just put it on the top a little further away from this one. Try experimenting with different greens over the whole class, so maybe you could mix different yellows with different blues. Or you could mix some green with a little red to give it a more color. So we are very the greens that you're using over the page. So it all doesn't look where he planned together. I had some days to these flowers. Maybe by just adding a few Jenkins strokes with the doctor. Oh, shit. Uh uh . - Yeah , - uh , - maybe I make this a little darker because this or veto Munshi alone this page and, yeah, just make it a little orangish. Not that we have finished with all the flavors. I had some pillows to cover the page. I think red would be a good option as it would make the whole page a little more colorful. So I'll add some twigs and add off your bread flowers here and there. - Yeah , uh, maybe I'll add some possible Oh, So down there, there's some space left to depict white. I take a little bit off the dirty mix on my pallet and add lots and lots of water to make it as light as possible. This is going to get lighter once it's dry eye at this stem when it is red. So that a little better for bleeds and do these bards. We filled the page with lots of flowers. We're almost done. Maybe I'll add a little more blue to make the forget me nots Little day so and we're done with the final project. 12. Final touches and Conclusion: I really like how this whole page has turned out. I decided to add a tin border with the black men and at the names of all the world flappers . I think it gives a nice windage wipe to it. I hope you enjoyed this class. Try experimenting with different level. Is using the steak needs Try different art supplies different colors. So basically, have fun painting. And then don't forget to share those paintings in the project section. I would love to see it. You can also have a look at my instagram page. I keep painting a lot of different kinds of flowers, so maybe you could find something interesting there. In my next classes. I'm planning to focus and compositions and teach you how to bring these wife levels and more together to make a field of wine. Flowers, a bouquet are a different subject. So I hope to see you in the next classes too. So that's it. Have a nice day. Bye.