Online Course: Painting Flowers in Watercolor

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Learn how to paint watercolor flowers with expert artist and workshop instructor Joyce Faulknor. In this easy-to-follow watercolor tutorial, Joyce shares simple techniques for painting watercolor flowers. Joyce is here to guide you with proven techniques for creating beautiful, light-filled florals. You’ll learn her unique method of working dark to light to get stunning translucent color without having to spend loads of time building glazes. By the time you’ve finished this course, you’ll have painted two easy watercolor flowers from start to finish and Joyce Faulknor is here to show you how!

Course registration comes with a download of Watercolor Quick and Easy with Joyce Faulknor: Flowers!

Start Date:

February 28, 2012

Tuition:

$149.99

Course Materials:

  • Watercolor Quick and Easy with Joyce Faulknor: Flowers (video download)

Workshop Length:

2 weeks

Instructor:

Joyce Faulknor (bio)

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What You’ll Learn

  • Techniques for building radiant, transparent color by working dark to light
  • Tips for breaking reference photos down into simple shapes and value patterns
  • Methods for mixing and mingling paint on your watercolor paper
  • How to suggest texture and shape with brushstrokes

Who should take this workshop:

  • Watercolor painters who want to learn how to paint simple watercolor flowers
  • Artists who want to learn proven watercolor techniques
  • Students who have completed the course Painting Stunning Crystal and Glass in Watercolor

ART SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:
Pigments

    • Pemanent Alizarin Crimson
    • Permanent Rose
    • Thalo Blue (Optional)
    • Transparent Yellow
    • Winsor Green, Blue Shade

Surface

      • 11″ x 14″ (28cm x 36), 140-lb (300gsm) cold-pressed watercolor paper (will need stretched and secured to stretcher bars)

Brushes

        • No. 6 sable round
        • ¼-inch (6mm) one-stroke sable flat
        • ½-inch (12mm) one-stroke sable flat
        • ¾-inch (19mm) one-stroke sable flat
        • 1-inch (25mm) one-stroke sable flat

Other

        • 11” x 15” (28cm x 38cm) white butcher tray (one or more of these)
        • Artist’s tape
        • HB pencil
        • Lightweight staple gun
        • Kneaded eraser
        • Red pen (optional)
        • Staples
        • Transfer paper
        • Two 11-inch (28cm) stretcher bars that are 1 ¼-inch (32mm) deep
        • Two 14-inch (36cm) stretcher bars that are 1 ¼-inch (32mm) deep
        • Water in two containers

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Course Syllabus:


Lesson 1: Materials and Starting with Darks

        • Stretching and anchoring watercolor paper
        • Transferring a drawing
        • Seeing value changes in cut crystal
        • Working dark to light

Homework assignment:
Stretch your watercolor paper and secure it to stretcher bars. Once your surface is ready, transfer the sketch of the reference photo to your surface.

Your painting goal this week is to paint the dark and middle values of the Iris composition and submit it to your instructor for review.

Session 2: Building Details

        • Glazing techniques
        • Suggesting movement with brushstrokes
        • Working wet-into-wet

Homework assignment:

Reviewing the video, Watercolor Quick and Easy with Joyce Faulknor: Flowers, as necessary, your painting goal this week is to add the light values, finishing details and background of the Iris composition and submit it to your instructor for review.

Session 3: Mingling Pigments

        • Creating simple yet effective backgrounds
        • Mingling pigments on your surface
        • Mixing vibrant greens

Homework assignment:
Reviewing the video, Watercolor Quick and Easy with Joyce Faulknor: Flowers, as necessary, your painting goal this week is to paint the branches and background of the Magnolia composition and submit it to your instructor for review.

Session 4: Adding Final Touches

        • Suggesting curves and movement
        • Working wet-into-dry

Homework assignment:
Reviewing the video, Watercolor Quick and Easy with Joyce Faulknor: Flowers, as necessary, your painting goal this week is to paint thistle, leaves and petals of the Magnolia composition and submit it to your instructor for review.

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