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Mini Watercolor Flowers | Painting For Beginners

Mini Watercolor Flowers | Painting For Beginners


Want to paint something pretty today? These mini flowers are the perfect practice subject to build your confidence and get you painting something you’re proud of. Hi guys, welcome back, my name is Shayda and today’s watercolor tutorial is designed for the absolute beginner. We’re going to get you painting even if you’ve never painted, even if you have really cheap supplies. I myself am using a Canson watercolor sketchpad, and I have a 48 pan watercolor paint set from Mungyo. And then my brush – I’m gonna do all this with one brush. It’s a number 2 pointed round brush. You might want to grab a 1 or a 0 if you’re just getting started – it’s helpful to have a really, really tiny one. But all of these supplies are linked in the video description if you’re interested Now I’m starting by mixing up a nice, warm green. This is a mossy green that’s in the palette. But if you don’t have a mossy green maybe just mix in a little red or brown into your green and then I’m mixing up a nice hot pink so, dark pink with a little bit of red, and we’ll start with a rose. For this little flower you’re simply going to paint a tiny little pink spiral and then get the paint off your brush and come back in with water and sort of bleed that circle out put a little bit of extra paint at the center and that’s it! Let’s do it again – little broken spiral – messy spiral, get the brush wet and then bleed that circle out – bleed the paint out and then come back in with just a little more pigment and put a little in the center. A very loose rose. Then I’m using that green that I mixed up and I have a bit on the tip of the brush I’m adding some stems and then I’ll use the same brush and I just add a bit more pressure I pull the brush across the page, and whatever sort of shape emerges, that is my leaf and then to finish the first one, we simply take a little bit of that pink and dot some more pigment at the flower’s center. Okay, next one, this is a fun one. You are going to paint a couple circles and then we’re going to join all those circles maybe do one more with these tiny little lines and we’ll give that a stem. Let’s do another one I’m going to start with the circles here and then we’re going to join them all together. Maybe do one more and at the stem, maybe a leaf or two and this is the sweetest, simplest little floral. Next I’m mixing up a rich, mustardy dark yellow. This is a yellow with a little bit of brown in it. If you don’t have a color like this in your palette just take a nice sunshine yellow and add extra brown or orange. And then I am going to come over here and do these tiny little four or five petal flowers. You can see I just sort of pulled the brush across the page. I allow whatever loose shape to emerge it could be three, or four, or five petals and these are some very loose, very tiny, little flowers. We’re going to paint a whole bunch of them in a cluster. Some are smaller. Some are bigger. Some are just a basic little heart shape. And then I am coming back in with a dark green. You could choose any sort of contrasting or darker color we’re adding stems. And again, we’re adding leaves and I make those leaves by pulling the belly of the brush across the page. I kind of just go with whatever shape emerges. And if you need to, flip that page upside down if you prefer to pull the brush towards your body give yourself that advantage Next I’m mixing up a really dark, rich, purple and for that color I’m mixing purple and brown together. I want a really rich, warm shade, and then i’m going to start again in green with my stems. We’re going to do two, or three, or four little lines here for the stems. This is sort of a lavender flower and You’re going to come in with that rich, dark purple, and just do these little pairs of ovals little oval brushstrokes you can either pull the brush towards you or push it away from you and just allow the brush to kind of hit the page and just leave it at that. You can do some more watery brushstrokes as well to get that nice watercolor look and just put a little extra pigment into the wet area and let it bleed out and it looks nice and loose. For the next flower we begin with a stem and I’m going to do kind of a “Y” shape, so two stems that meet, and then I am adding a bunch of little leaves – same formula just pull that belly of the brush across the page, allow a loose shape to emerge, don’t overwork it and you can add as many leaves as you like. And then up at the top of each stem here, I’m taking a peachy blush color and I’m just pushing that brush away from me doing these easy loose brush strokes to make a flower. While I’ve got that brown mixed up, I’ll also add stamen on the yellow flowers by doing a bit of dotting, and maybe I’ll add a few little lines to these brown leaves as well. Our next flower is a Daisy or a Black-Eyed Susan. We’re doing some dotting and brown for the stamen. Then I come back with that yellow and I just pull that brush towards me, make these loose petal shapes. You can do four, or five, maybe add a little extra pigment, just don’t overwork them. Whatever shape emerges when that brush hits the page, just leave it. It’s perfectly imperfect. And I’ll do these thin little leaves I do some stems and then add these tiny little oval brushstrokes to make these kind of raggity, shaggy Daisy leaves. And I’ll tuck one last one in behind there All right for the next one we’re going to do some berries. I always love adding berries to my florals. This is another great little mini painting that you can add to adorn any book or card. I am just doing a cluster of circles and then I come back in with a dark color – a black, blue, or brown. Just on the tip of my brush and we join all those berries with a stem and finish them by adding some little leaves and then maybe a little dot or a few little lines at the top of each berry. And what would our florals be without eucalyptus? I start my eucalyptus with a stem, and then these pairs of leaves they keep getting larger and sometimes you’ll only do one because it’s facing the viewer. So you actually can’t see the pair and I might lengthen that stem a little bit, add a bit more pigment to those leaves, and that is my simple eucalyptus. Here’s another fun painting that fits in perfectly with your little mini florals: Begin with some stems. There can be two, or three, or four and here again you’re going to make these tiny little blooms by simply letting the fresh hit the page and then just let it be so we just pull it towards us or push it away and you’re just letting the belly of the larger part of that paintbrush kind of touch down on the page for a moment and whatever little oval shape is there, that’s what you stick with! And for our final little mini flower, I am doing a little fan shape of these tiny linear brushstrokes and you can do this light, dark, add a little extra pigment there. And then I’ll come back in with a green, or any other color and we’re going to give some stems to join them all and then for this one I’ll do these really thin lines for leaves – something different. And we’ll just tuck a whole bunch in there To finish these mini flowers I like to come back in once they’ve begun to dry and add some shading, so I might darken one side of each leaf, or add a little bit of a darker color at the bottom of the larger leaves. You can add some delicate lines if you like to, or if that’s a little bit like, “No, I think I’m gonna mess them up”, then just skip that but I’ll put a little line down the center of these. And for these tiny little four petal flowers, I like to add just a bit of darker pigment at the center. Alright, that is our mini florals practice project all done. I hope you enjoyed painting along with me today. I know certainly had a lot of fun with this. Thank you so much for watching. 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100 thoughts on “Mini Watercolor Flowers | Painting For Beginners

  1. Hi! I'm from Brazil and I'm your fan. I practice all the classes you take. I would love to learn how to draw a Lotus flower. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thank you, you absolute art goddess. For making watercolour approachable for a total novice like myself, for keeping it simple, and for putting out clear, informative content ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

  3. Hello ma'am.. I am from India and i recently join you.. Please always motivate us with your perfection bcz i'm just a beginner.. And want to learn as much as possible to improve myself.. Lots of love from ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ INDIA

  4. Beautiful! I practised along, and while some of these I know I'll need to practice, there were a couple like the black-eyed susan that turned out well. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

  5. "perfectly imperfect" I'm applying that statement in a daily basis. I love your channel, I've learned so much c: Lots of love from Chile! โค๏ธ

  6. THANK YOU FOR SUCH A NICE VIDEO. I FEEL I COULD HAVE A GO AT THIS, YOU INSPIRED ME.
    SO NICELY SHOWN AND EXPLAINED.
    CAMILLE AUSTRALIA

  7. Really enjoyed and learned from this. So simple but charming and pretty. I looked at your channel thumbnails, then subscribed:)

  8. Thank you, Shayda. You're amazing. I appreciate your happy voice and lovely way to engage your audience to drop the veil of fear around painting and create beauty. Thank you. xo Thank you SO much

  9. How is your drawing away beautiful!?๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒป

  10. You are awesome, love your paintings. it is really helpful to practice painting some flowers. Liked and subscribed, keep up your good works

  11. Hi Shayda! Thank you for your wonderful tutorial and for sharing all your creations. You are very inspiring!
    I tryed to find a seller here in The Netherland for both the kits of brushes, but no wayโ€ฆ can you indicate another brand that makes similar brushes (I really love the Rhapsody ones with the "big belly" shape). Thank you!

  12. I love your video tutorials! Here and there you add some great tips, just as you go, actually doing this. It just stays in my mind naturally. You are a fantastic teacher ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  13. This is so helpful Shayda! I'm having so much fun with it! I'm just using dollar store watercolours from my kids' craft supplies and am finding that it's flaking off when dry in spots where I've tried to layer colour. Is this because my paints are poor quality or because I have too much pigment on my brush?

  14. Thank you for this video. You may need to do another reminder to reference you when people share on social media.

  15. Flowers are my favourite, so lovely and beautiful, I draw in colour pencil also flowers and abstract, thank you for sharing your wonderful talent.

  16. Thank you. The simple fact that you said to be ok with whatever shape came out for the leaves it helps me a lot. It may sound stupid but in art videos always seems that artists know exactly what they are doing and what it will came out… And it always feels me stupid… So it's good to know that's OK if you don't know exactly what it will came out.
    (Hopefully this sounds good and it is understandable, English is not my mother tongue.)

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  18. These look great, if I use a mixed Media sketchbook, do I need to prime the page first to avoid bending?

  19. Beautiful! I liked how you made it simple and easy for beginners. It looks less daunting than a full-page painting. Thanks.

  20. Hello, can you please clarify how much drying time goes between the different parts of the flowers? Because for a complete novice, your videos look like you magically make watercolor not bleed into each other so I think you should clarify both that and what parts are on wet and what on dry paper.

  21. I like it when you show how to mix certain colors. I only have basic colors so it helps me to create pretty colors like yours

  22. ์˜์–ด๋“ฃ๊ธฐํ‰๊ฐ€ ๋ฌธ์ œ ํ‘ธ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™๋‹ค

  23. I love your tutorials their so useful.Mine don't look as pretty as yours but I'm getting there.Love your art!โค๐Ÿ˜

  24. Thank you very much. Your tutorials give me so much confidence in painting โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ

  25. Can't wait to get painting again. I haven't painted in so long and this just made it really easy to go step by step and warm up! Thank you!!

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