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Art Journal: Watercolour Flowers [FREE Class]

This week’s Free class on UStream was all about watercolour flowers, thanks to Christy, which took me back to my roots. That’s where I started art journaling. At the grand age of seven, having already shown an interest in my mum’s artwork, I was given a copy of Edith Holden’s ‘Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’. I started an art journal almost immediately, using whatever I found in our own garden as inspiration, heavily influenced by Holden, Beatrix Potter and the best colour pencil artist there is, Raymond Briggs.

I was hoping I’d have that journal about somewhere but I couldn’t find it for today’s class. I kept it for a full year, and continued journaling afterwards, though I moved away from nature journaling to just whatever caught my interest that day.

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Violas - photo reference form Holden's own illustration

The trick to flowers, I find it to use a good reference or the flower itself and keep it simple. It’s easier to paint abstract shapes than a Poppy. Use big, bold strokes, dense colours and aim for a good representation rather than trying to capture every detail.

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Poppies

For light or white flowers, treat it like white fabric and paint the negative space and shadows, not the flower itself.

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Pansy

I’m not a watercolour expert, nor am I a botanical artist. But a little confidence and a good eye will give you enough of a head start to at least make something recognisable as a flower.

If you missed the show you can catch it on demand. It’s in about 6 parts because UStream was really messing up :/

Next week we’ll be doing mixed media collage. Sounds like fun to me :)

Want to learn to paint fun, stylised portraits?

Check out Christy ‘Gulfsprite’ Soboleski’s new class ‘Painted Faces’ [intro video here]

Starts March 15th, registration open now!

 

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3 thoughts on “Art Journal: Watercolour Flowers [FREE Class]

  1. Christy

    Another great class. So glad I asked as I learned more than I knew for sure! I will be rewatching as I missed a few bits here and there. Thanks again for doing these mini-classes ;) And thanks for that bit on the faces class. I am hoping to see a lot of colorful stylized faces starting in March!

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