Paint a Watercolor Rose - Watercolor Painting for Beginners
What you'll learn
- Create watercolor paintings with more vibrancy and colors that glow! Lecture breakdown is as follows:
- Setting up: I offer a PDF supply list of the materials I use, and instructions for getting yourself ready for the painting process. I also provide an outline of the rose and photo reference that you can print out if you wish, along with instructions on how to trace it onto your watercolor paper.
- Lesson 1: I show you tips for getting off to a good start with the very first wash of color, getting an even tone and planning highlights.
- Lesson 2: You will learn how to lay the first shadow areas to attain subtle color shifts by blending and blotting.
- Lesson 3: Learn why using the right orange is important! How to mix it and apply it to maintain vibrant transparency on the rose petals. I also explain how to use and maintain the right amount of water on your brush.
- Lesson 4: Getting Bold! Adding a transparent red to the petals to enhance the layers beneath. Also, how to handle unwanted blooms--it's not the end of the world!
- Lesson 5: Beginning the stem. I will show you how to make lively, lovely greens that aren't flat or boring. (Greens are a tricky color for beginning watercolorists.)
- Lesson 6: I will teach you how to paint a background quickly without streaks or blooms. I mix my own grays to really make the bright petals pop off the page.
- Lesson 7: You will learn how to glaze another layer of yellow to brighten the petals and visually blend the colors beneath for a more realistic effect.
- Lesson 8: Fine-tuning the background shade to really complement the yellow petals. Learn how to do a second background glaze quickly while avoiding lifting the first layer.
- Lesson 9: I introduce you to the "lifting" technique, and explain how and why it will actually make your final painting more vibrant.
- Lesson 10: Using a detail brush to add dimension and substance to the stem. Learn the colors I use to achieve realistic green shadows on the stem. Learn why plain water can be one of your most important tools.p
- Lesson 11: Getting close to the end! Adding another crimson glaze to the petal tips to achieve more dimension and realism.
- Lesson 12: How to mix the right shadow colors for the petals, and how to apply them. Find out why all pigments are not created equal, and how to blend these more difficult sedimentary colors.
- Lesson 13: Cleanup time! Softening edges and lifting final highlights to add form and an eye-catching final effect.
- Conclusion: I offer an under-two-minute recap of each step, including colors used and techniques applied, so you can easily and quickly refresh your memory without having to hunt for information in the longer videos.
- Students will need watercolor paper, brushes, artist-quality watercolor paints, and a desire to learn! Specific materials are listed in the downloadable PDF that accompanies this course.
**UPDATED JULY 2017**
This course is designed for students who want to learn how to paint bold, glowing watercolor paintings.
I will show you step-by-step how I achieve deep, vibrant colors through glazing, as well as various other techniques including scrubbing and lifting, color mixing, visual harmony, and achieving realistic colors.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Use the right color combinations to make your subject stand out.
- Create a quick and richly colored background without masking.
- Glaze multiple layers of colors to create a rich and realistic effect.
- Effectively "paint" with plain water.
- Mix your own luminous grays, greens, and oranges (notoriously tricky to get right!)
- Fix minor problems such as blooms easily.
- Glaze and lift repeatedly until you are satisfied with the resulting color.
I will paint a yellow rose from start to finish in 13 video lessons, and will provide you with a list of recommended materials, PLUS a printable outline of this rose AND the original reference photo you may print out so you can easily follow along.
The concepts I teach can be applied to anything--landscapes, still-life, figures--whatever your preferred painting subject, these techniques can improve your paintings.
This course can be taken by anyone interested in watercolor painting, from beginner to expert, however, if you want to learn how to paint a quick, loose watercolor, then this course is not for you: My methods require patience and multiple steps to achieve this glowing effect.
If you find this is not the course for you, I offer a 30-day money back guarantee, no questions asked.
This painting class contains videos of me doing the actual painting and I break down the process simply and easily. At the end is a video recap of each lesson with the techniques and colors used, for easy and quick reference.
Who this course is for:
- This course is for watercolor painters at any level who want to learn how to create intense, vibrant color and improve their paintings immediately. Even beginners will learn many core concepts that can be applied to their paintings for immediate improvement.
- This course is not for those who want to make a "quick and loose" watercolor painting. The techniques I teach in this course require patience and precision.
I am a self-taught artist, and I have been making art for as long as I can remember. I have been painting in watercolors for over 20 years, and I have sold originals, prints and commissions around the world.
Although I work fluently in many mediums (watercolors, colored pencils, acrylics, oil paints, and mixed media) my art all expresses a love of color, the natural world, and (quite often) the fantastical and unexpected.
As much as I am in love with creating, I also have a passion for guiding others through the learning process, and helping them to develop skills that will enable them to show their hearts, calm their minds, and enrich their lives.
I look forward to helping you on your creative journey!