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Watercolor Florals for Beginners | How to Paint Simple Flowers

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In this class I'm going to show you how you can easily create your own floral pieces with watercolor. We are going to work on leaves and flowers individually and practice everything first. Then we're going to use the knowledge that he have gained and make a beautiful flower bouquet with it. 

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Visual Mind



Hello there! I'm Melanie.

I'm an Artist and teacher on Youtube and have a big passion for Sketchbooks and Art Journals. I mostly work with watercolor and gouache and create lots of tutorials for these mediums.

I live in Austria, a small beautiful country in Europe. We speak German - in case you were wondering where my accent came from.

I follow my curiosity wherever it leads me. My mission is to inspire others to do the same. Get those paint brushes and start creating. Enjoy every minute of it because life is way too short to do otherwise.


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1. Welcome: Hey there. And welcome to this skill share clothes. In this course, I'm gonna show you everything that I know about watercolor florals. This course is perfect for beginners because I'm going to show you step by step, how it's done and just give you lots of practices where you can see how to go around this. I'm going to show you the products that I'm gonna use. I'm gonna show you how to paint leaves and branches. Then we're moving onto the flower parts and practicing all of that. And then we are going to create a final painting with a composition where I'm going to show you how I do that and what to keep in mind. When you create those florals, you're going to learn everything that you need to know about the topic. So if you're interested in that and role in my class and I'll see you there 2. Products: at first that's talk very quickly about the products that I'm going to use. So for Russia's I just use these to the 1st 1 is a DaVinci cousin Neo brush. This one is quite expensive, but it's my absolute favorite brush. I re bought it at once, actually. So I know this one is a big investment. But if you decide to buy something new and you have a little bit of spare money, rushes like these are really good. So this is a vegan brush, but it's made like it has animal fibre, so it holds a lot of water. It comes to a very thin point, and I really just loved that brush so much. And the other one that I'm using is this. Veni Sanchai don't know this brand I get at a store called Mila that I think only exists in Germany and Austria. Andi, I don't know if you can find those brushes anywhere. I've looked online. I couldn't find them, but if you can, those are amazing. They're super cheap, and they're really nice. If you can't find those precious doe and this one is too expensive for you and you decide to get new brushes. I always recommend all kinds of DaVinci on Van Gogh Precious, because those are really good quality. But you can start off with any kind of froze. Just make sure that it comes to very thin points here. So I also used these moulds skin watercolor sketch books, and I really recommend getting those because they have really nice watercolor paper and you don't want to do watercolor pieces on very thin paper. I mean, you could, but if you want to get those really cute watercolor effects, I really recommend using watercolor paper, and I really loved the most skin ones. This is a smaller size, and I also have a larger size of this one, and I also sometimes used a Honda Marie Le Watercolor sketch book. I've used one of these, and they're really nice as well. Just be sure to get some water color sketchbook with watercolor paper. So for the pains, I have this big pallet. It's actually from rt za. I put a lot of stickers on there, and in there it has all kinds off pains. It's not just rt za. I also have some Windsor and Newton Cotman water colors in here, which really good for beginners. And I also have some Daniel Smith ones in here, and my plan is to get more and more. Daniel Smith pains over time because those are very high end and very good, but they're super expensive. So I makesem match all kinds of colors in here, and the more pastel tones that you can see here are from prima confections from the pastoral dream set. If you're more interested in this palette, there's a video about this on my YouTube General. I think it's just called custom palette, and Marty's a watercolor review by visual mind. So if you're interested in that, go check that out. And I also have a few missing because I'm expecting seven you pains and I already made the space where does but have been waiting for a while now due to the current situation. So these are all the colors that I have, and let me just remind you that you don't need the exact same supplies that I use. Just use whatever you have at home. And if you decide to buy something, I have, um, link where you can find all my favorite art supplies. And very soon I'll be doing a video on my YouTube channel with all my favorite art supplies , where I talk more in depth about this. But for this class, just used the products that you have and just get started. Let's go. 3. Leaves: So we're going to start as simple as possible and do some leaves. And I used to my smaller sketchbook for this on. I just trained to use my brush on. I did those very small lines very thin and edit some little dots and you conduce on this page. Whatever you want. This is just a messy page. You could use any kind of paper or your sketchbook, whatever you feel comfortable with. And here I started to practice those beliefs where you just a use the body off your brush and you just I don't know. You put very little pressure, then more and then little again. And you just have to practice that, and depending on your brush, it might work very differently. So here I just did this. And then I added in some different colors because that's really fun. And depending on the amount of water that you had used to smart really spread or it might not spread us much. It might also depend on your paper, but I think that you can get really cool effects with that, and it was already a little bit dry, so I decided to plant it a little bit. And then I did more of those leaks. You can see that I was really using or trying to use the body off my brush, and it comes to a very thin point at the end. But you really have to practice that because it might be hard on and it might take a little bit of practice until you can really do that. You can also paint your beliefs like I did here, not using the body of the brush so much. But if you do use the brush like it's intended to, then you will get those really cool floral effects that you might have seen. And I also leave a little part in the middle sometimes so that you have that you can indicate that there are veins in the mill off leave. It just adds a little extra something to it. And here I was using a different brush and doing some more detailed work. I did very thin lines and then added in those little leaves and to those are just and those kind off circles are ellipses. I don't know what the word is in English, and then I did more of those just tiny little lease with the vein in the middle. Sometimes this one disappears and you don't have the white part. But it's okay. We're very, very loosely painting here, just practicing different kinds of believes. And here I did one with, I don't know, it's just half a leave, and I did it with this very light green tone, and I was just messing around on this page. Remember that it's just a practice page. If you do that one on, just get used to your brush and just practice different kinds off lease aligns everything that you're gonna need for the greenery in your watercolour florals. So I was also experimenting with different kinds of amounts off water. You can use lots of water or very little border. This is just to find out how your paint behaves on how much it spreads with your water. I can't really give you a recipe on how much water you can use, but you can really practice that, and she will get the hang of it. Don't worry, it might be a little bit hard at first, but you will get the hang of that. Just keep on going keep practicing. It doesn't have to be perfect right away. We're here to learn everything. And here's our finished page spread off those little leaves. 4. More Practice: So we're doing another just breakfast spread here, and we're starting with just those little blooms. Those are roses and I started off with those lines on kind of Hough circles, and I started off with a pretty dark tone. It was, ah, connected on Rose Color, I think. And then I added in just more of these lines, but thicker on without any pain or with very, very little paint, You can see that this is very, very light at this point, and I just very loosely did those circles. I made sure to leave some white parts in between so we can have a little bit of texture here and a little bit of shading. And here you can see that I added in a little bit more color so that we would have a little bit more of that. But that's just it. So I moved on to another one of these. I used orange here. It's just the same principles. I just made sure to leave a little bit of a white in between. And like with the leaves, just keep on going. Keep on practicing until you get the hang of that, and here we have some kind of peonies. Or however you say that those are just some other type of rose, I think, and I started off with the darker part in the middle, and then I did just the same thing with the other roses. But here we're looking at it sideways. You will see what's it going to be pretty soon. And here I just did more of this. I made sure that I wouldn't use too much water at first, because you can always build up the colors and add more to it. But it's pretty hard to go the other way around. So just started with very light tones, especially if you want to loose effect. Use very little color, lots of water you can always add in the colorist later, and here I edit in a little bit of yellow for the middle part off our flour, and that's just it. We're done at this point, and then I did another one of these just a darker part at first, and then the lighter parts kind of around it. You can see it here more and just let it dry on. You can always come back to it later. If you want to add in more details, that happens sometimes a swell and that's okay. And here I just did a little bit more greenery because I thought that this could use a little bit more practice because sometimes that's the most important part, actually. And here we have those little round shaped leaves, those air Really cute idea. And then I just it more of this, adding in color later and just messing around with the pains. You can do as much Orosz little of this as you want and just play around with your colors. Figure out what are your favorite colors. And here I did a very thin line, and then I did leaves here as well. I was really trying to use the brush to its full potential. And you can see it here again that I was putting very little pressure on it than Mawr and then little again to get that this thin lined at this thin line at the end. And it comes together at this point, and I was just trying to make it super pointy at the end. But you could do around beliefs a swell. I just think that this looks really cute and it's really using the brush to its best ability. And, yeah, I just went back on those again because they were pretty light. You could use a little bit more pigment here or darker colors if you want to, but this is just a practice page, and I was just messing around as usual. Do you don't have to copy these practices? Exactly? That's not the class project. Those are just meant for inspiration. You can copy them, but they're sped up a little bit so that the class won't take forever. And yet just use does pages to practice. Get used to your medium. Get used to your colors and especially your brush, because every brushed behaves differently. And there wouldn't be any use if I would just make a tutorial on this specific brush, and you all had to buy the specific pressure. I'd rather you used ah, products that you already have. And if you decide that you like border colors, you can always buy more and branch out and have more stuff. And here I adjusted or of those leaves and edit them to our little flowers here just to fill the page and make everything look cuter. But this is still just a practice. Page doesn't have to look anything great. Anything perfect. It really doesn't matter is this is just meant to be the time where you mess around experiment. Get super loose with your water colors. Don't pressure yourself into making anything look great. Just mess around. Just use different tones, see how they behave and how they run into each other. You can see that I did that here. I added in the darker tones where I thought that the shadows might be. And the yellow tones were I thought that the leaves might be the lightest tone, and I did more off our little other things. I don't know what we should call those branches, but I did more of these here with our thinner brush. Andi Yeah, this I added this to our other rose here, and then I did those kinds of leaves for that one. And yeah, shadows, lighter tones, the same thing over and over again, just with different shapes and different amounts of water. And now I did a little bit more flowers because we already did a lot of leaves, and now we're desperate for some flowers. And with this one, I started off with the pedals, does a very light tone. It's a very dark, ah, very light pink tone. And I just started off with this and then added in the colors leader. And here you can see I use the Quran occurred on Rose and that those little dots here and just to add ah, little color and then moved on to our next one already. And this is just basically lines or dots or anything, but very messily, actually. With organic things like flowers and leaves and everything. Sometimes it looks way better. If you're messy, don't make it look too straight up. Perfect. It's just it will look way more natural if you're just a little bit messy. And here I added in more, more color, just building up the color, also adding a little boat orange. I was just playing around with the colors, see what kinds of effects that I could get with them. And then I used this purple tone ended another kind of flower here. I just did those kind of dots and connected them again. There really messy and not perfect because that will just add to our look. So don't pressure yourself into making perfect shapes. Don't pressure yourself into making the exact shapes as I am doing here. Just make up any kind of shape and see where you can get if it looks too messy. If you don't like it, there's it's really not that bad. We are just practicing and everything's okay and everything's allowed, and it might take a few times into. You get the result that you really want to, and you will learn so much in the process. And that's totally okay. Totally fine. Trust the process. Sometimes it has to look a bit before it can look good. And here I did a few green parts as well. I really love that color combination because I think that the purple and the green complement each other really well. And then we're moving onto the next one. That's a pne again. This one is a little bit more sophisticated, and here I started again with the part in the middle. Then I did those pedals around it, and then I did the ones in the back and even more rounded, and it's just really messy, but that's OK. That's the kind of look that we are going for. So you have to really trust that this will look good. And if it doesn't, it really doesn't matter. Like I said and adding in a few leaves here as well, just to anchor it a little bit, I make it look a little bit cuter here on. I'm just doing the same thing that I did before. Just more off those leaves I wish is trying to fill this page. At that point on, you could never practice too much when it comes to those leaves, because those really take your patients when it comes to using the brush to its full potential. On Dhere. I did one of these again so you can see that I'm doing basically the same thing over and over again because we're practicing that, and then we're going to use all of that. We have learned in our really finished peas that's going to be messy as well, but that's what we are going for. So when this part was dry, I added in a little bit off those tiny little dots, just to add more in details just at those I don't know what they're called. Some little lines and just to make everything look, there's a little bit more detailed. Sometimes you can wait for it to dry and at in some little dots, especially with those kinds of flowers, and it wouldn't make it look really cool. Andi Yeah, Here I am again just trying to fill the page. You can do whatever you want with your page. You can practice even more flowers. You don't have to paint the exact same flowers that I painted. You can look up flowers, or you can just collect flowers and look at those and fill up your practice pages and you can fill as many pages as you think you might need. And yeah, here I'm just adding in more and more of the leaves and again adding in the darker shadow parts. I think that at this point, you kind of get what I'm talking about because I've done it so many times and I feel like you might be able to follow along with this and years are finished. Page from this little practice 5. Final Painting: So now we are at our final painting and this is the class project, and I think that you should really do this one. And here I started off with a little sketch and I made it look super dark so you can see the sketch. So don't worried this footage will get better. It's just so that you can see what I was doing here because I was just trying to figure out where to put what Anna was using watercolor pencil and I was trying to be super lied with it so that we don't have any ugly lines in the end. But I wanted you to see what I was sketching here. So I just edited that and it looks really weird, but you can gonna see what I did here. I just planned our flowers and I planned the leafy parts a swell. And here you can see how it looks, really? And I started off coloring it after I was happy with how it looked. So then I just did the rose just the way that we did before. And I just added in more and more of those pedals and just build up my colors and I was being very loose with everything trying to kind of contain myself because I tend to overwork things sometimes. But with those florals, you really want to be super loose and don't add too much to it. So here's the rows. And then I did another one an orange one again here and just trying to paint the flowers do weight that I had sketched them out. And I just tried to have a little bit of a balance here, kind of a symmetry, but also not so that it wouldn't look boring. Andi Yeah, here I'm playing with the colors and then one of those peonies from the side again. I'm just using all of those things that we have practiced earlier, just putting them together. Now, this is just the final piece where we have the soap, OK, and you can do all kinds of things with the things that you've learned. You can fill an entire page with florals. I've done that before and looks it looks really cute a swell here. We're just doing up okay on Dhere. I'm playing around with different kinds of colors again. I think that this is super fun. The yellow was a little bit too green for my taste, so I added in a little bit more orange off towards and this time I believe I went back again after it had dried and added a little bit more texture and dimension to it. This is totally okay as well, as long as you don't overdo it. I mean, it's your piece. You can overdo it if you want to, But the intention is to you have everything looks super loose. And here we are doing one of those flowers with those pedals. And yeah, I'm just doing the same things that we have practiced, like I said, and trying to be as loose as possible, just playing around with everything on and adding in just one piece at a time. And here I am, doing some smaller flowers as well. So did everything will look a little bit more interesting and also if you paint the flowers next to each other and the colors bleed into each other because it wasn't dry, I think that this adds a little cute extra dimension to it because lots off watercolor florals have that, and I really wouldn't worry about that too much so if they bleed into each other, don't worry about it. I think that it looks really cool. I really don't mind that if you don't want it to bleed, then just make sure that your first flower was 100% dry. Be for you. Move on to the one next to it because the pigment will always run into word the water is. But like I said, I really don't mind that. I think that this effect looks really cute and that it adds something. It's just this is the magic off water color that you can play around with it and that it doesn't always do what you want, or you can learn how to use it. But there's always this kind of little factor that you can't control because you're don't 100% know how the paints are going to bleed, and I think that this is really cool because it makes everything so much more interesting. And if you're a perfectionist, um, this might be the perfect medium for you because you will learn how to let go a little bit because I've been there and I always wanted my paintings who look super need than everything but with watercolor is I mean, you can do super neat, but you can also do this kind of messy style, and I think that this is just so much fun. And here you can see that the green also bled into the flowers. If you think that it's too much, you can always use a dry brush and try to remove your water and the pigment and just do it again. And yeah, I added, in our little lease and everything and just trying to, ah, fill everything the way that I had planned it out at this point and adding in the shadow parts like I did in our previous videos, and I also added in a little bit of a lighter tones, and this yellow is super green. At that point, I always recommend having more than one yellow because they always tend to mud up, especially if you working like me and there super messy with that. And, yeah, just doing different leaves in different colors here. I didn't want to believe too much, and it didn't because it was already drying. It was super careful. Andi, Yeah, just doing the things that we've done before here. And I think that the different green tones look so cute together. I think that if you use different tones, this will make your painting just look so much more interesting compared to if you were to use only one green tone. This would look not as interesting. It wouldn't have as much dimension. That just adds a little bit of character if you have the colors who bleed into each other and have different kinds of tones with the green tones and everything. And for this middle part, I just decided to use a very light green tone to fill it so that it wouldn't look white. But I didn't really want to add anything big to it either, because I didn't want to have the focus on there and here I just did our other leafy things that we used to smaller brush for. Those are here as well, joining the party. And I just spread those out and did them here on at some other parts swells. Oh, that this would add a little bit more interest. And this part isn't s sped up a theater part. So you can follow along a little better, but sometimes I just have to sped up my speed up my videos because it would take forever otherwise. Because sometimes things take really long to film and the footage is super long. And I don't think that I personally would watch a sculpture. Of course, that's three hours long or something like that. So sometimes I speed up things. I get lots of negative feedback for that because people always think that they have to completely follow along every single step. But with this course, just follow along. This final painting and Thea ter parts are just exercises on. And yeah, it's just supposed to be kind of tips on recommendations and everything. And here I added in some little dots to our flower here. I think that this it's so much interest on we already are so much more detail than we were before, and it looks so much cuter now. This is just a very simple, extra step that you can take to make it look much, much more professional, I think, and those are just little dots with little lines on them. So very, very simple. And yeah, I just added in more and more leaves here because I think that the okay wasn't as full as I wanted it to be, So this wasn't planned before, but I just made the executive decision to add a little bit more leaves here, and I'm really happy with that. I'm glad that I did it and they're not connected to ARB. OK, Ba, it really doesn't matter because this is just our little watercolor piece and it can look whatever way we wanted to be. It doesn't have to look realistic. So here I just made our little leaves a more interesting as well. I actually added in a little bit off blue here, and I think that the yellow, blue and green combo is really cool, especially if you use lots off water. And here I did those little dots with lines in between them. Those are just little flowers as well. Day at some texture as well, and you can see with this piece here dead. I did a combination off bigger and smaller flowers, and I think that's kind of the key to cute, good looking florals that you combine smaller, detailed things and bigger, bulkier flowers and everything so that those little dots here's well, it wasn't completely dry yet, but I didn't really mind. It looks a little bit messy, and I kind of like that. So here I added in just a little bit more details to our flowers just to make them pop a little bit more because I thought that they might need it. And I didn't regret this because I think that it looks much cooler now and here the same thing. But I was being super careful not to ruin it. But if you do, don't worry. You wouldn't be the first person to do that. And it's not that easy to go back with water colors. So I'm always careful with what I do. And if I mess up, that's just part of the process. You kind of have to accept that and her and to live your will. Your mistakes somehow am. You will get the hang up everything at some point, and here also just a little bit more details to our roses, trying not to overwork it. But I'm still happy with have points, so it's OK. I'm doing the darker parts in the middle and making sure that the pedals on the outside are still much, much lighter. So we have this contrast between them and that we have different kinds of shading. And now we are done. This is our finished peas. And I really hope that you like the skill share course. If you decide to do the glass project, please upload it and let me see what you did here. And I really hope that you liked it here. Make sure to check out all my ardor, Skill share courses else. Well, so I can see you next time. I really hope you're having a nice state and goodbye.