Watercolor Florals- Painting Poinsettias for Beginners | Meenakshi Muthuraman | Skillshare

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Watercolor Florals- Painting Poinsettias for Beginners

teacher avatar Meenakshi Muthuraman, Artist and Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.



    • 3.

      How to Draw a Poinsettia


    • 4.

      Modified Leaves- Base Layer


    • 5.



    • 6.

      Modified Leaves- Glaze


    • 7.

      Modified Leaves- Veins


    • 8.

      Green Leaves


    • 9.

      Class project


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About This Class

In this class, I will show you how to paint beautiful Poinsettia using watercolors. This class is perfect for anyone who likes to begin his/her journey in watercolor and also for those who know the basics but want to experiment more. 

In the class,

  1. I start with the supplies you'll need and I'll explain what kind of paper and paints are good for beginners.
  2. Then I'll be teaching you how to draw a basic Poinsettia.
  3. After that, you'll be learning step-by-step to paint a Poinsettia using watercolors.

Happy Painting!


  • 100% cotton Watercolor Paper 
  • Paints [Mijello Mission Gold Watercolor set of 24]
  • Watercolor Brushes with a nice point
  • Rough cloth / Tissue
  • Water Jar
  • Pencil
  • Palette (ceramic palette)

Paint Brushes

  • Synthetic Round Watercolor Brushes (2,4,6)

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Meenakshi Muthuraman

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1. Introduction : Hello, I welcome you all to like loss. My name's we knock sheet. I'm an artist and illustrator. I love to draw and paint flowers. In today's class, I'll teach you to draw and paint a point, say TI, using watercolors. I will teach you right from the basics. You'll be learning how to draw basic points a tier. We will do the base layer using wet on wet. I will teach you to add more layers on top of it for an organic look. The clause also covers various tips and tricks to do a realistic painting. The painting might look complicated, but I've broken down the process into three steps so that it is easy for you to follow. So if you'd think this clause for you, we will meet in the next lesson. Bye bye. 2. Requirements : Let us now take a look at the requirements for the class. First of all, you'll need some brushes of different sizes. I'll be using synthetic brushes because they are easy to control and make sure your brush is metabolized point. Then coming to what the colors I'll be using Mission Gold watercolors for this class. However, you can use any good brad of your choice. For today's project, I'll be using a full-size watercolor pad. This is something which I regularly use to paint watercolor florals. Regarding the thickness, it is 300 GSM. You'll also need a pencil and an eraser to do the outline. You'll also need a tissue or a rough clade to wipe off the excess water. Then you need a pallet to mix the paints. I'll be using a ceramic one. Finally, you lead two jars of water to clean your brushes. So that's all regarding the supplies. And let's get started. 3. How to Draw a Poinsettia: In this lesson, we will see how to draw a Boyne City or let us start by observing a reference photo. Appoints a TI has three main parts. The red tissues we seen a point CTR often misinterpreted as flowers, but they are the modified leaves. And then we have the green leaves. And these leaves are larger and larger as we move down. And finally, we have these tiny flowers. So the saint Tao, which are circular in shape. Let us know started draw the flower. Do a large circle for the outline. The center, do a tiny circle to arrange the flowers. The flowers are circular in shape. So I just do a lot of tiny circles on the center. Then draw the first set of modified leaves. These modified leaves abroad in the said Dad, they have Boyd the edges. Nothing special. It is just like how we normally draw the leaves. For the first layer, I drove four leaves which are opposite to each other. Now let us move on to the next layer of modified leaves. In this layer, the leaves a little bit larger than the previous ones. Draw these leaves overlapping each other. For a realistic look. Don't draw the leaves very plainly. For the natural look, I suggest you to give some ups and downs in the leaves. Draw the leaves larger and larger as you move down. I mean, the leaves which are the top are small and the leaves which are the bottom, they are very large. So keep that in mind before drawing. Finally, we have an amazing points. A, D are ready to be painted. 4. Modified Leaves- Base Layer: In this lesson, we will do the base layer of a point Cynthia. I'm using a medium sized synthetic round brush. Start by whetting your garage and do a nice wash. Date one leaf at a time and read that leave completely. Then I load my brush with bombed in trade. I'm taking a nice amount of pigment and start by painting a wall one side of the leaf. As you can see, the paint is pauses in the water. I slowly bring the pigment towards the center. For the other side of the leaf, I'm going to use crimson league. You can also replace it with quinacridone. Lose. It doesn't matter what color you use. You just mean that she'd I'm taking some more pigment. I go with outlined to complete the leaf. That's it. We're done. Let's move on to the next leaf. Again. Start by whetting your surface. You don't want it to be too damp or too dry. You just need a dried a moment of Florida. Now I switch on to a smaller brush and taking some permanent tread. Starting from the debt, I move in towards the center. The technique we use is called the wet in wet technique, that we lay the wet paint or the wet paper. I love this technique because it makes the blending process very much easier. For the end, I uses crimson lake. Slowly blend the two colors together. As you can see, we have this Crimson lake on one side and permanent trait on the other side. But you can use a initiates afraid of your choice. Similarly, do all the other leaves. Follow the same steps as we did for the previous ones. I start with the Crimson lake. Use stable decides for the nice contrast. I use bombed in trade. Slowly blend these two together. You can make one did daga for the shadows. This leaf is very light, so I wish to make this darker. So I use a little bit mode of Portland tread on the bottom. Let us move on to the next leaf. As always, I start by wetting belief. Then I load my brush with Bowden trade and pages. I generally make one AD off the leaf dark and light. This is to indicate the highlights and the shadows. As you move towards the tip of the leaf, make your color light. And I'll leave one area blank for Princeton leak at Clemson lake on the LEFT_OUT space. Similarly, do the rest of the leaves. You are going to follow the same steps again and again. Step number one, you are getting the leaf and then you are adding permanent trade on one side. And crimson lake GoDaddy side. Make one by adding more pigment and data area light by adding less pigment. This process is so meditating that you can do this again and again. Use crimson lake on the other side. Keep 1 in your mind when you paint overlapping leaves. That is, the leaf that is beneath has a lot of shadows. So you have to make that part of the leaf darker as I do now. You can also use a shade of brown effect wired. As for me, I think this is sufficient to blend the two colors together. I wet my brush and I clean it before blending it. Always use a clean brush to blend the carlos. Similarly do the rest of the modified leaves. At last we are done with the base layout in the next lesson, Adichie the pain, the flowers. I'll see you then. Bye-bye. 5. Flowers: Let us paint the flowers on the centre. For this, I use the smallest synthetic brush I hat. I start with an Olga. I grab a good amount of paint after waiting my brush. Take one cycle at a time and paint. I suggest you to draw the outline before you paint on it. I've drawn the outline so lightly so it's not visible on the screen. I grab some more paint. Continue painting the flowers. As C move out being the flowers in old sheep. And this will give a realistic look to a painting. I have just used one color for all the flag was a loca. But if you want, you can also use a mixture of colours like lemon yellow or town, but it's still up to you. Now. I'm going to fill the white areas with indigo. I use the same brush. This DEP consumes a lot of dying. But be careful in this step. This is where people go wrong. It is absolutely a meditating process. I have listed all the oceans and paint while you're on the right background. Don't be in a hurry. Take your time. This is a very easy painting, but it consumes a lot of time. But I tell you this, why did similarly Pindar the white parts? With this, we have completed the flowers. 6. Modified Leaves- Glaze: In this lesson, we will do a layer of glaze on the modified leaves. I'm using the same set of colors. I start with permanent rate. Take one leaf at a time and draw a midbrain. Apply book ratio and gradually bring the pain to the other part of the leaf. We do this to make our leaf look natural. As you move out, disperse the paint. You wrote out a bat to be light and the middle part will be dark. Now once we joined, the quinacridone rose for a darker shade. Now it is paint the shadows for the other part of the leaf. This bile is going to have shadows because it is beneath that at the leaf. So the basic idea is very simple. The leaf which is bandied, will have more shadows. One which is what? The top will have less. For a darker shadow color, you can also use a shade of brown. If you're glazes, notes, mood, then try using some more water. If you use a lot of more data is going to damage your paintings. So always be careful to use the right amount of water. Always remember, I can always drained excess water on your brush using a tissue. Some book we now could own rules for the finishing touch. I also use a touch of red brown regarding the colors, as I said before, you can use any shade of brown. Now let us pay the next set of leaves. Start with the midbrain. Amusing. And slowly disposed towards the side. I'm adding MOOC Allah do was he said that for the shadows. Now, another part of the leaf, I add quinacridone rose towards the edge. Then to darker the color. I use Quinacridone Rose towards the center. When you do this glazing, there's not gonna be any particular rules like step one, step two, and step three. You will get this in practice. So one important rule is to take your brush and practice. Your first leaf may not look perfect, but when you practice it, you're going to get it. So don't be afraid to take your brush. So glazing is nothing but adding another layer of paint over the base layer. We use this technique for two reasons. Number 1 to make it look even more vibrant. And number 2, to create highlights and shadows, that is to create variations. I move on to the next leaf. I start by painting the midrib. And I apply a layer of force on one part of the leaf. Then I use bomb and drag towards the center. On one part. H I use bombed in trade. Don't go sit down, rate the dock in the gala. I do the dot, get it to us. Slowly this move towards this side. You can also use wet in wet technique for easy blending. If you use wet on dry technique as I did, you will have some traveling blending. In such cases, you can use water to blend it a little more afraid of that H. Similarly, do the rest of the leaves. Since this bad debt is bad, it's going to have an oldest shadows. I'm using a lot of debt. We are done with a glaze. In the next lesson, I'll teach you to add some details or the modified leaves. 7. Modified Leaves- Veins: In this lesson, I'll teach you to add veins in the modified lease. Uses small size John brush with a nice point and the column mucinous Berlin tried. I also give a touch of red brown to it. And slowly pulling out veins from the mid ship. It, it's gotta be very thin. So it is important to use a nice pointed Josh. Likewise do on other side of the leaf. Who do you brush at a right angle and slowly pulled out and Wayne's that's all we have done. Let us move on to the next leaf. Again, bonding trade with red brown. I start with the central vein, the mid-deck, and go to us aside. Some veins are long and they usually go to US lobes. Let us move to the next leaf, starch and descend. Dad moved towards this side. All the leaves. If your base leave the stock, then you have to make the veins even rho dot by adding a little more of red brown, like what I have done now. Dhaka veins will give even more than realistic look. It makes a painting pop up. If you don't have dead drowned and you can replace it with von town MBA or bunts Yana. Gender day the leaves that are beneath will be dark. So in such cases you have to add it in Moore's law, but Tambo above SCANA or drown, while it is. That's all we are done with. The modified leaves are painting. That's amazing. That is, move on to pain beliefs, whereby we would meet in the next lesson. 8. Green Leaves: Welcome back friends. In this lesson, we will do the greens. Use a drawing pencil to do the outline. Draw some leaf-like structures behind the brats. Draw some leaves shot and some large photo realistic look. I draw these green leaves behind almost all the brackets. For a natural look creates some variations on your drawing, which means to change the orientation position at the shapes of the leaves. Let us move on to pain the greens. I'm using a medium sized round brush. You can absolutely use any shades of green you have on your palette. And also you need a sheet of ground. First, I start with glucose, and I carefully paint ages 1. Notice that I haven't used anymore, Don't myself is I'm loading my brush with sap green. And at Bain other part of the lease, slowly blend the two colors. Movie a brush up and down again and again to blend it. Since we haven't used any water, the suffices little bit challenging fluorescent blends. I use glucose green again to create a smooth gradient. Moving on to the next leaf, I start by wetting the surface. I use a mixture of glucose green, and my background as a shadow color. Take your own time to do that would be the Heidi. I add some little dots. Now clean your brush and come back with sap green. Complete the dog BAD of the leaf. I add some dots. The next leaf. As always, I start with a glucose. Load your brush with a lot of pigment and come back. Moving on to the next one, I wet myself this with a green color. And I use sap green for the highlights. I load my brush with a lot of sap green. And I paid the edges. After giving a mild sap green wash, go back to glucose and paint the edges with who caused this dark shade is for the shadows. Gradually blend the two shapes using a lot of water. As you can see as they move out as slowly disperse that color. I'm just adding another layer of mucus green for the shadows in watercolors if you want to do, and that they could go back and do as many layers as you want. The more layers you do the mode doc and more colourful your painting will be. However, you can now go back and make some corrections in watercolor. So one important tool in watercolors to preserve the light areas cause he cannot move back and correct it. I'm using a mixture of glucose during and Van Dyke brown for the veins. For this user, nice pointed drown gosh, hold your brush at an angle of 90 degrees and draw the veins. I would suggest using synthetic brush because it is easy to control. Good brush is always important in painting watercolors. It's very easy to draw the veins. First start with the midrib and the sideways. But if you draw the veins, Make sure your leaves that completely dry. With this, we are completed painting going saved. Yeah, I hope you had fun. In the next lesson, we will discuss about the class project. 9. Class project: We have now completed painting this beautiful poinsettia. I hope you enjoyed this class. If you have any doubts in any part of the class, we free to contact me. I will get back to you as soon as possible. Now coming to the class project, try collecting some beautiful photos. There are thousands of photos available dataset. Note that the techniques we discussed in the class are wildly for your reference. Try giving you own touch to your painting. There are pink poinsettia wide and there are so many other kinda guess. So try a different color if you want to. You can not be a better artist. I didn't start taking your brush and paint. You might be a beginner, but don't be afraid because I was taught this good when I did my first bathing. And don't forget to share your projects, I would love to see them. Also. I would love to hear your feedback. Hope you enjoyed my class, but Bye, Have a nice day.