Intermediate | 2 hours
Taught by Yao Cheng
Learn how to paint gorgeous, gestural florals that reflect the vitality and energy of a freshly picked flower. This class is not about capturing the detail in every petal and leaf – what’s more important is focusing on the composition and the movement of the arrangement. Once you’ve learned how to create leaves and single stem flowers, you’ll learn how to combine these elements to paint a stunning bouquet.
Learn how to:
  • Paint several types of leaf shapes, berries and buds
  • Paint single stem roses, tulips, and peonies
  • Use white space to suggest definition between petals
  • Paint a bouquet


Chapters
Painting Florals
01:00
01:46
Painting Florals
21:59
16:21
06:12
11:08
12:10
08:45
Finishing Details
10:21
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Watercolor sheets (Yao uses extra-white Fabriano cold-pressed 140# paper)
  • Wooden board to secure the sheets of paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Bone folder
  • Round-tip paintbrush (Yao uses sizes 1, 8, 14, and 20)
  • Watercolors in a variety of colors (pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, blues and browns)
  • Two jars of water
  • Gouache in Permanent White and Permanent Yellow Deep
  • Small plastic jar with lid
  • Paper towels
  • Downloadable PDF
  • Discussion
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    Intermediate Watercolor
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    Part 1:
    Intermediate Watercolor: Painting Florals
    Yao Cheng
    Learn how to paint gorgeous, gestural florals that reflect the vitality and energy of a freshly picked flower. This class is not about capturing the detail in every petal and leaf – what’s more important is focusing on the composition and the movement of the arrangement. Once you’ve learned how to create leaves and single stem flowers, you’ll learn how to combine these elements to paint a stunning bouquet.
    Part 2:
    Intermediate Watercolor: Layered Abstracts and Landscapes
    Yao Cheng
    The second part of Yao’s intermediate watercolor course is chock full of techniques. Yao begins by demonstrating a simple layering technique, which takes full advantage of the transparent nature of watercolor. Once you’ve practiced layering shapes, Yao shares her technique for painting landscapes, moving from background to foreground and adding layers of dimension and texture. Every step of the way, Yao explains how to create a refined color palette so that your paintings will look cohesive and rich.
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