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Watercolor Florals for Beginners : Paint Easy Spring Flowers

teacher avatar Kanchan Kaul, Artist and Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

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      Class Orientation


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      Class Project


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      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Welcome to this class where we paint fun and easy loose spring flowers. These flowers are great for beginners who are just getting started with watercolor florals. I paint these flowers all the time for quick practice and I am sure you will enjoy painting them too! 

This class is specially designed for beginners to get comfortable and confident with watercolour florals, by painting four different types of spring flowers.



  1. We will start with understanding the materials which work well for beginners.
  2. Next we will do a short drill to practice our brush work. 
  3. Finally, through easy to follow short lessons, we will paint tulips, crocus, snowdrops and magnolias.


Your class project will be to paint a floral composition of one of your favourite flowers that you learned during the class. 


  1. Post your project or practice flowers in the projects gallery.
  2. Feel free to start a discussion if you have any questions.


I recommend watching my classes:

1. Mastering Watercolor Brush Control: Paint Five Types of Leaves in a Glass Jar 

This class gives helpful tips and techniques to practice your brush strokes, through painting five types of leaves in a glass jar.


2. Watercolor Florals for Beginners: Exploring Depth, Color, and Details

More in-depth on painting aesthetic florals.


Here's my blog which talks about the materials that I recommend for beginners 



The supplies that you will need for this class are :

* 100% cotton cold pressed watercolor paper in 300gsm.

* A round brush in size 6 and 0.

* Your favourite watercolor paints.

* A jar of clean water 

* A palette for mixing colours

* Paper towels.


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Kanchan Kaul

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Hi, I'm Kanchan!

You probably know me as Petite Procrastinator from Instagram! I am an artist, illustrator and art educator. I love painting and drawing graceful botanical compositions in watercolour, gouache, ink and digital.

From always procrastinating (hence the Instagram handle...ahem!) to can't stop creating--I have come a long way. And here I will share with you all the cool stuff that I have mastered over the years. Watercolours, digital illustrations, sketching - EVERYTHING! I am delighted to have you... See full profile

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1. Welcome!: Hi. Welcome to this class where we paint beautiful spring flowers. These flowers are perfect for students who are getting started with watercolor florals. I personally like painting these flowers all the time for a quick practice and I'm sure you will enjoy them too. Hi, I'm Kanchan Kaul I'm an artist, illustrator and an art educator. My work has been used for books, wall arts, products and even tattoos. Since I started my watercolor journey a few years back, I've come a long way. Today, I have a strong community of like-minded watercolor floral lovers on Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, as well as Skillshare. I get my inspiration from nature and changing seasons. Spring happens to be my favorite season because it is the season of flowers. This class is specially designed for beginners to get comfortable and confident with watercolor florals. We will start with understanding the material that works best for beginners then we will have a short drill for our brushwork, which we will be using throughout the class to paint these flowers. Then through easy-to-follow short lessons, you will learn how to paint a tulips, crockers, snowdrops, as well as the magnolia. For your class project, you will pick one of your favorite flowers that you painted in the class and create a floral composition. The choice is yours, which flower you'd like to paint. This class, as well as my other classes, not only give you helpful tips and techniques to paint watercolor florals and practice your brush strokes, but you will have the confidence to use these learnings in future to paint any floral project. I am so excited to see what you create. Let's get started. 2. Class Orientation: This class starts with a quick intro to the materials. Then we will have a short drill for a brushwork, which we will be using throughout the class to paint these flowers. There is a separate lesson for each flower that we paint in the class, you can choose to follow these flowers as per your liking. But I highly recommend you try all these flowers to build your confidence. For your class project, you can choose one of your favorite flowers from the four flowers that we paint in the class and create a floral composition. I highly recommend you choose more reference images and start using them to create your final project. For questions and discussions feel free to start a discussion in the discussion tab below. 3. Materials: In this lesson, we will learn a little bit more about the materials that we will be using throughout the class. All right, before we get started, let's talk about the materials that we will be using throughout the class. The first thing is the paper. I find this paper, Canson Watercolor paper, which is 300 GSM, 100 % cotton, cold pressed paper, which is very good for beginners to use. It's a good quality paper. It holds enough water, and it's also quite affordable. So I use this all the time for my practice and I have absolutely no issues with it. Now let's talk about the brushes that we will be using. Even though you might be tempted to buy the best quality, I would suggest you get something which is a synthetic brush, which doesn't hold as much water as natural hair brushes, and they were perfectly fine for me. Then, the size that I recommend for this class is size 6 round brush or which works well. I also keep a small brush handy with me. This is a size 0 brush. Again, this is a small brush, but this is a professional quality brush. Even though it is professional, it is affordable because usually smaller brushes are more affordable, and you tend to want the small brush to be of good quality because you want the tip to be really fine. A small size 0 brush anything smaller can do as well for small details if you're interested in that. These are the brushes, then the paints that I use are student grade paints, and I use the WinsorNewton cotton colors for my practice, especially, I prefer using student grade cotton colors because they are affordable. Check out my blog where I have more details on the different types of materials that I use, which you may find helpful. The link is in the description of this class. If you're using tubes, you will also require a palette. I use this small ceramic palette in which I mix all the colors, and then you will need a glass of water and a paper towel to dab your brushes, and that's it. With this, we can get started with painting. Grande, I hope you have all your materials ready. In the next lesson, we will have a sharp drill to practice a brushwork. 4. Practice: In this lesson, we will have a short drill to practice our brushwork. This will be helpful for us to paint all the flowers in the coming lessons. Let's start with some practice. This is something that I call pulling the paint from the edges, and I love doing this method of painting because I feel it's easier to control than wet on wet, and you get beautiful gradient results with this. I'll show you how you do it, and we do this for most of the petals and flowers that we will be painting in this class. Let's get started. Let's wet your brush first, make sure you fully dipping it in the water and then remove some excess water from the side. Depending upon the brush you use, you may have more or less water. Practice a little before we go into painting the flowers to see how your brush behaves. Once it's wet and not dripping wet, I'll just take some paint at the tip of my brush. I'm using this, any color is okay, for practice I'm using this permanent rose. In general, you just have to notice which is the darkest part of the petal and start painting from there. Let's assume the darkest part is on top, and I'm just painting a petal, something like this for the rows. This brush doesn't hold too much water so you can see it become drier here, so I'm just wetting my brush again, removing all the excess water and paint. I'm just pulling this paint to the rest of the flower. But while the paint is wet, I'm wetting the entire petal. If you see some veins, this is a good time to pull the paint in the direction of the veins. If I want to create veins which are in this direction, I'll start pulling the paint there. In case you feel that the paint is less, you can just take some water at the tip of your brush and again, do the same process. In this case, it will become wet on wet because your petal is already wet in this case, so be careful. I'm going to clean my brush again, remove all the paint and water. I'm just dabbing it, and then again, I'm pulling this because the paper is already wet. Don't have too much water in it. You might spoil the paper. Then pull it in the direction of the petal that you want the veins to be in. I'll talk about the observation of how the petals look and observing the direction of the veins in the lessons coming up. But this is just for practice. This is something that I call pulling the paint from the edges. I feel it gives really beautiful results to your petals. Let's do another petal. Maybe this time you start from the bottom. Again, I'm just taking a wet brush with paint at the edge of the tip of the brush, and I'm trying to make a petal which is darker at the bottom. I'll do something like this. Now I see there's not enough paint because my brush was too wet, so I'm just going to take some more paint, and drop it here and repeat this on top. Now I have the darkest shade at the bottom of the petal, and I just pull the paint in the direction of the veins to give this beautiful petal detail. This is what I do for most of the flowers that I paint. If you feel there's too much water, just pick it up and then dab your brush on the paper towel. You can just keep pulling the paint lines. Keep practicing this. This is the only technique that we will be using most often during the entire class here. Good hold on this practice will help you paint all the flowers that we paint in the lessons next. There's another technique I wanted to show you, which is called wet on wet. Personally, I don't prefer that technique. I think it's more difficult to control the way paint and water behave or look in then. But some people find it easier. I'm going to just show you, if you want, you can practice that as well. Let's just show this. I'm just taking a wet brush for wet on wet and you first create the shape of the petal. I'll take some paints so that you can see it, but it can be clear water. In this, you wet the paper first with some water, and once you have a glaze on the paper, not too much water and not to less as well, you take the paint and drop it at the darkest areas. It starts blending with the water. Then clean your brush, remove all the excess water because there's enough water on the paper. Then again, pull it in the direction of the veins to create these petals. This is another way to do it. It's wet on wet where you wet the paper first. I find it sometimes difficult to handle, but both of the techniques will require some practice. Make as many petals as you wish. All right, I hope you feel confident with your brushwork. Let's get started with the flowers now. 5. Tulip: Hey, welcome back. In this lesson, we will start with painting a tulip. In this lesson we're going to paint a tulip. In this reference picture that you see the darkest tone is at the edge of the tulip, which is using a little bit of orange. We're going to start with this cadmium orange hue that I have. Again same method, take some paint on the tip of your brush and let's paint the first edge here. In this case in the tulip, there are multiple colors and that's why I picked this reference. You just place the paint first and again, you notice how the veins are. In this case, the veins are going upwards like this. You can actually make an edge if that's helpful and just pull the paint upwards to give the textures. Now I'm going to keep this area light. It's the lightest part of this flower. Now let's repeat this on the other side. Before that, now let's take some permanent rose and drop it at the edge. Again, this is multiple color so this is wet on wet. Let it blend with the cadmium orange. If you want, you can take your small brush. This time clean one, no paint and just help it to blend with the orange. I'm just going to pull it like this. In the process, I'm creating some textures as well. Something like this. Now just leave it as it is, let it dry. While it's drying, we'll paint the other side. Again, we take the same cadmium orange and we make the same edge here. It's easier to turn your paper in this case, to make this edge. For me, it's easier because wherever the darker shade is, I usually like it to be at the top because I'm right-handed person. Depending upon what is convenient with you, you can move your paper around. I'll again make the same edge here like this and bring it to the center here. Something like this. Again, just mark the edge of the flower like this. Let me move it back. I'm just marking the edge of this petal and this time the direction of the veins is top-wards like this. It has some straight veins going up. I'm just pulling the paint with my wet brush. Again, be very gentle with this. Like you see, I'm taking rest of my hand with my pinky finger on the paper and then I'm just gently pulling it. Now this petal is wet so I'm going to drop some permanent rose at the edge because it has beautiful colors in this tulip. I'm again, dropping it at the edge, removal the paint or you take a small brush and repeat this process of pulling the paint and creating some textures. I'm just using the same brush to add some textures and veins. It's not too much detail, just a little textures. Usually you will be done within one layer. Now, I'm going to wait for this tulip to dry before we add the center which is slightly darker. Let it dry completely. While it's drying, we can actually add the stem. I'm just blending these together and taking some orangish green to make a dirty green and making the stem like this similar. Again, I'm pulling the paint. I just drop the darker shade on top, clean my brush, and just pull the paint. It's so much easier to control your water and your paint in this way. Now I'm going to add the leaf as well, the long beautiful leaf. Like this again, pulling the paint from the edge. Clean your brush, and just pull it to give some details and textures and highlights. If you feel that it is too light, you can again take a darker shade of green and drop it as wet on wet. If you feel this is missing out on some of the textures again, take your brush, small brush, and keep pulling it to get those textures back. I love details and I love adding more and more details to my flowers and petals. It's all up to you if you like this look in which the colors are blended but not too textured, then you can keep it as it is. The petals have dried. What I'm going to do is now take a darker shade, so it's only permanent rose this time. I'm going to mix a little bit of orange. It's orangish permanent rose. I'm going to just drop it in the center. There's no texture here this time, I'm leaving a little bit of highlight, like a gap between the petals. I'm just dropping this paint here to mark the center. If you want, you can drop some lemon yellow as well on top because I see some highlights there. Just drop it, give it a loose look and that's it. This is your tulip, which is so easy to make. Just a little bit of practice if you're not getting it right the first time. I've painted this many times and I'm sure you will do much better every time you practice this. Did you have fun painting this tulip? In the next lesson, we will paint a crocus. 6. Crocus: It's a beautiful purple color, sometimes even yellow color, spring flower. In this reference, it's very easy to see the darker shades at the tip of the flower. Again, I'm going to just take my brush, wet it, remove excess water, take some color at the tip of my brush. Let's make the center petal first. I'm just going to drop it like this. I feel there's too much paint on my brush, so I'm going to just remove some paint and wet my brush and pull the rest of it. To make this. This is the first petal. It has a bit of yellow on the bottom, so this is wet on wet. I'm just dropping some yellow, but not too much. While it's wet I use my small brush to pull to make some veins and details. This is again, your personal choice. If you don't want to make, it's perfectly fine. I'm going to make the central vein as well. There is slight detailing here, darker central vein. I feel some of the printer's gone missing here, so I'm just dropping some more and then pulling it. This is the first petal. Now let's do the other petals. I'm just taking some paint at the tip of my brush and I'm making a small petal here. This is just the back of this petal. Then I'm going to add more details later. Then we will remove all the paint and the water from my brush and just picking up some of this. Like this, it's a bit too light. I think let's drop some more paint here. I'm just dropping in the top like this. Now let's make the other side. On the crocus. Again, just the tip of my brush with the paint, wiping everything. Since there's enough water and paint on the paper already. I'm just pulling it in the shape of the petal towards the center like this. If you want, you can add more petals as well. There are a few that I see behind. If you feel it's too wet right now to do that, then you can just stop for now and then add later while it's drying and you can add some leaves. I'm just going to take my hooker's green mixed with lemon yellow and add some leaves while it's drying. The leaves are very simple, there's not much to it. Something like this. Let's wait for it to dry and come back to it. I feel due to too much water, some of the details have gone missing, so I'm just adding that with a darker color with my brush in water and just pulling the paint. Again, this is also a personal choice. If you feel it's looking fine, you don't have to do this and add some color to make it look different. Now, this petal, if you want to show some darker color like this, like a cupping shape, you can actually just draw it on top of this once it's dried. Something like this. This would be the flower which is behind. This is a very simple flower to make. Again, keep practicing. If you feel it's blending too much, you just wait for it to dry and then add some more color, one more layer in the similar manner. In the next lesson, we will paint a white flower, which can be a bit challenging and it's a snowdrop. 7. Snowdrop: In this lesson, we will paint this beautiful white spring flower color, snowdrop. The next flower we paint is the snowdrop, which is a beautiful spring flower again, and it's really easy to paint. It has a slightly different technique because it's a white flower. White flowers can be slightly tricky, but not so difficult to paint from the method that I'll show you. Again, we are using pulling the painted me, but it's slightly different in this case. Let's start with creating the end of the flower first, which is this bulb on top. Something like this. I'm just dropping some paint. If you want you can mix it with some lemon yellow to give a little bit of detail and highlight here. Now clean your brush completely. No paint in this, and pull this paint to create the petals, so white petals are not really white. They actually have a tinge of green and then sometimes, or a little bit of indigo. You can even use some indigo very light, not too much and just pull this to create the first petal. Then again, I'm just using a wet brush to pull it from here, create another party. If you feel is not pulling enough paint, that's perfectly fine. You can use some indigo or darker shade of blue and just drop it to mark some of the petals. It's very light, you don't have to make it too dark. In the center again, it has some detail. You can just create that here. Just be too gentle and then create the beautiful drooping stem like this. This is a very easy flower to me. Let it dry. I can see some details. If you're into details, let it dry before you use your indigo and small brush to add some veins. Since it's a white flower, you need to be very gentle with this. Don't make it too dark. Just use some indigo to create some wins and details. It's just really watery consistency of the color. To add some details. Beautiful flower like this. Add some leaves as well. I'm just going to mark some leaves like this. We lose, have fun, more details. This is just a fun flower to paint in practice. Something like this. If you wish, you can add more petals and more flowers into this one. And that's it. It's a really quick, beautiful white flower to paint. Did you have fun painting this snowdrop? Let's get to the next lesson now where we paint a magnolia. 8. Magnolia: Are you ready to paint a magnolia? The last flower we paint is a Magnolia, which is my favorite flower. It may be a bit tricky to paint, but with all the practice that you've done previously, I'm sure you can do this. This cloud is a bit different in which the darker shade is at the bottom of the petal. We'll start with that first. Let's take the brush, clean it, take the paint at the tip of the brush. Let's start with the first petal, which is on the left of this flower. I'm just going to make a petal like this just the bottom of the petal and then I'm cleaning my brush and just pulling it to make the rest of the petal. Something like this. While I pull it, it is adding some details and textures. That's your first petal. Then I add the second petal similarly on the other side. I'm just dropping some more paint here first. Again, on this side, it is a petal which is very close to this. I'm just going to mark the bottom, which is the darkest. In this case, not even putting it in the shape of the petal. Now I'm cleaning my brush and pulling this in the shape of the petal, something like this. Now I'm pulling it upwards. It's darker here. I'll keep it darker there. Just pull it to create the other side of the petal. Now, let's do the center one. If you wish, you can wait for it to dry. If you're confident that you're not going to blend it together, you can do it right away. What I usually do is leave a small white gap between this so that it doesn't blend. Again, I'm just going to drop the color, the paint with a small white gap. Yeah, it's tricky. It is already blended here, so I'm just going to pick it up, put the paint here, and now pull it with your brush. I'm just marking the center vein first. I'm going to just pull it in the shape of the petal with the veins. Something like this. If your brush is not wet enough, you can actually wet it and then pull. If you feel you've pulled too much paint, you can actually drop some more and make it darker here. Then just pull it again in the shape of the petal to add these veins and details. Now, let this dry as well before you want to probably repeat this. If you want it darker, if you think is looking perfect then leave it just as it is, it's looking beautiful already. We can mark some of the petals which are behind in similar manner. I will mark a petal here which is darker here. Again, try to leave a small gap so that it doesn't blend. Or if you feel you should wait, you can wait, I'm just marking the darker side first. Then pulling this in the shape of the petal, something like this. This mark are slightly white gap so that it doesn't blend. I'm going to mark another petal here. I'm not following the reference exactly. I'm just using it just as a reference. I'm going to add some petals here, which is a very light shade of this permanent rose and some petal here to complete this. While the flower is drying, you can add the details of the stem. In this case, I want it to blend. It gives a really nice loose look to it. I'm just dropping some paint to mark this, and the stem. Something that is not too detailed. It's a very loose-style painting. I love details like I've told you before, and I feel like it's a bit washed out. I'm going to add these details once the flower dries up. It's a bit dry now and I'm going to just take a small brush and some paint at the tip and mark some veins, something like this. I see some veins here as well going up. I'm just marking some veins here. If you want, you can mark a darker edge here. But like I said, it's a very loose style painting, so you want to keep it just as it is. That's perfectly fine. If you want to blend it with a little bit of purple to give it a slightly different shade so that it's two different shades and not just one, then you can [NOISE] do that here. Just blend it. Too purple. I'm going to try to remove some of that with a dry brush. Just wipe it, clean it, blend it. Perfect. I really like this blending. It's so typical of watercolors and gives such a beautiful look. If you feel the veins are too harsh, you can just use a wet brush to blend it with the rest of the flower. That's it. With this, we are done with the last flower, which is the Magnolia. Don't worry if you didn't get this flower right the first time, it takes a lot of practice to build your confidence. I recommend that you keep practicing until you build your confidence and your muscle memory. 9. Class Project: I'm sure you enjoyed painting the four different spring flowers. Now is the time to get ready for your class project. For the class project, I would recommend picking one of your favorite flowers that you painted in the class and then create a beautiful floral composition with it. My favorite flower is the tulip. So I'm going to paint a tulip floral composition. I also recommend that you go ahead and pick your own reference images and try to make this floral composition with different reference images of your choice. I would highly recommend you watch Lesson 8, breaking down a reference from my class, Watercolor Florals for Beginners, exploring depth, color, and detail. I'm really looking forward to seeing your projects, so please post them in the class gallery. We are a supportive community here. So don't be shy and share your work. 10. Final Thoughts: Congratulations on finishing the class. I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing your class projects. If you need further practice for mastering your brush control, I would highly recommend watching my class; Mastering Watercolor Brush Control. Painting five different types of leaves in a glass jar. If you enjoyed the class, do let me know how you like it by leaving a review. For questions and discussions, feel free to start a discussion in the discussions tab below. Follow me on my social media to get future class updates. Thanks for joining and see you next time.