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Close-Up Flowers in Watercolor

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Capture the beauty of flowers with fun, easy watercolor techniques!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Nan Carey
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Join award-winning artist Nan Carey and learn how to paint watercolor flowers that blossom with vibrant hues! Begin by easily transferring the image of a lily, and dive into color-mixing to create an array of lush, beautiful hues. Follow along with Nan to apply soft, delicate washes of color to your floral composition, and discover how to use wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques to create light, luminous petals and leaves. You'll learn how to preserve white areas in your painting to act as highlights, and how to depict shadows that create a sense of depth and dimension. Explore glazing to enhance your work with rich layers of color, and then practice your new skills with a second composition: a radiant rose. You'll also learn how to instantly create texture, erase your mistakes, choose the right brushes and set up your workstation — everything you need to know to paint exquisite watercolor flowers any time you want!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started
Meet your instructor, watercolor artist Nan Carey, and kick off the lesson with a colorful overview of the paintings and techniques you'll cover in class. Nan shares important considerations for choosing reference photographs and helps you transfer your photo of choice onto watercolor paper.
2. Mixing Colors
3. Beginning the Lily
4. Glazing
5. Finishing Touches on the Lily
6. Starting the Rose
7. Finishing the Rose

Recommended with this class

  • Watercolor paints, watercolor brushes, watercolor paper

Taught by

Nan Carey
Nan Carey
Nan Carey received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and worked as a graphic designer and art director before transitioning to watercolor painting and instruction. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, and featured in Watercolor Mixing: The 12-Hue Method by Christopher Willard. Carey teaches at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and here on Craftsy!

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