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with Nan Carey
Online Class

Close-Up Flowers in Watercolor

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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!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h9m

Included in this Class

1. Getting Started

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

2. Mixing Colors

Explore your palette with Nan's explanations of colors and color relationships. You'll learn how to pair analogous and complementary colors for a pleasing effect before practicing various methods for mixing the exact hues that you want.

3. Beginning the Lily

3. Beginning the Lily

Start painting along with Nan as she begins with the leaves of a beautiful lily. You'll set up a comfortable and efficient workspace before diving into a wet-on-dry technique that allows you to quickly cover the parameters of your transfer image.

Recommended with this class

  • Watercolor paints, watercolor brushes, watercolor paper