Let’s Paint Pink Florals | Watercolor Tutorial with Sarah Cray
Let’s Paint Pink Florals | Watercolor Tutorial with Sarah Cray

Hi everybody it’s Sarah Cray with let’s
make art and I teach watercolor every week we do a brand new project and this
week we’re doing pink florals now this does not have an outline which
I know is scary and florals are kind of a difficult thing to paint so I’m going
to try really hard to break down shapes for you and techniques for you so you
guys can understand how to paint this we are using four colors in this project so
our very first one is lemon yellow our second one is magenta our third one is
leaf green and our last one is sea blue which is one of my favorite blues
beautiful we are using around 6 and around to Princeton Heritage series
brushes there are go to brushes we use these for probably about 95% of the
projects that we do other projects we don’t use them for yeah in the beginning
I would switch up the brushes before we started the subscription how we’ve grown
how we have grown and changed and simplified things okay we are going to
do this project in four steps and if you’ve done a florals before with me
it’s the same steps so our very first step we put in our big florals and our
leaves our second step we put in our medium florals and leaves third step we
do the tiny little leaves the tiny little florals little you know the
filling in the spaces essentially and then step number four is we’ll just do
some details so probably the veins in our leaves if we got to do the center of
our flowers all of that good stuff now I’m going to do some warm ups and our
oath but just know that you can go in the description and Sarge puts in where
you can skip forward in the tutorial she’s so great so if you don’t need to
do warm-ups or any of that stuff you can skip right there cuz warmups actually is
going to take a long time today longer than usual oh that’s exciting I’m going
over four different warm-ups today because I really care about them getting
this one the other ones they don’t care as much no I’m just kidding okay so let’s start
with our oath so if you can raise your right hand and repeat after me I promise
to be kind to myself I promise not to compare my work and I promise to have
fun I promise to have fun do you ever sometimes I wonder if my
hands look weird when I do that do you well you’re a military man and a Boy
Scout are you a boy scout are you an Eagle
Scout congratulations okay so we’re gonna do a few different warm-ups the
first one I’m gonna do is the same one that I always do and it is values values
is so important in paintings it’s all about the lightness and darkness of a
color and values when you incorporate values in your paintings drawing
whatever art form it creates form it creates depth
it creates shape it’s a big deal so you could even see on this first like rose
flower that I did a darker value in the middle and then it got lighter as I went
out to the side and so being able to kind of know how to control those values
will help you be able to create the forms that you need so to get a dark
value in watercolor you’re just going to pick up a lot of paint it doesn’t matter
the color and you’re gonna paint with that there we go
there’s a dark value and to get a lighter value in watercolor all you have
to do is add a little bit more water so I’m dipping the brush a couple times
hitting it off the side of the cup and then painting and you can see it’s
lighter dip it again hit it off the side of the cup lighter dip it again hit it
off the side of the cup and then you can keep on going if you want but these are
all different values that guys barely-there
okay so practice that if you’re not familiar enough with values also you’ll
get more because one of the biggest challenges with watercolor is knowing
the paint to water ratio on your brush and that will just take time
with practice so in the beginning you might be really frustrated because
you’re like well I I’m trying to get a dark value but I can’t it give yourself
a little bit of grace because it just takes some time and then after you’ve
been painting for a while you’re like okay I know if I want a light value I
just need to pick up a tiny bit of paint and so being able to practice different
values gradients like this is a good warm-up that you can do to get better at
that the next thing that we are going to do is wet on wet which is one of my
favorite techniques in watercolor because we’re doing a lot of leaves and
leaves is actually one of my favorite times to do the wet on wet so what on
wet is basically when you paint a wet surface using paint or just water and
then you drop in something wet whether paint or water so if I were to paint a
leaf here and fill it in it’s wet and if I were to drop in some water droplets
it’s going to create some really gorgeous textures called blooms and that
is wet on wet another way that you can do wet on wet is you just paint the leaf
using just water and then you drop in the color and let that move so there’s
no wrong way and I like to use this technique especially with leaves because
for the most part they’re like a nice big space that you can just kind of play
look I can even drop in color if I want to drop in color there
I love the wet on the wet water first then the paint yeah it’s so satisfying
it is it really is let’s do it one more time yeah now this technique is sometimes
hard for people who want to control every single aspect of painting so if
you’re especially if you’re used to acrylic or oil or like colored pencils
this is kind of a foreign concept where you are making marks without actually
having to make the marks like when I dropped in the color and the water here
and it created those blooms but this is the special thing about watercolors so
don’t get mad at watercolor for doing its thing you got to embrace it and
accept it and love it okay next thing we’re going to practice
is thin line since we’re doing stems so I’m going to use my round two
and I get it wet hit it off the side of the cup pick up a little bit of paint or
a lot whatever kind of value you want to do and then to make sure I get a very
nice point is I actually press my brush against my palate and then press it on
the other side so it pushes the bristles together to a point so I do that a
couple of times and now I have a nice little point on my brush and I’m going
to do a vertical hold so it’s almost straight up and down and I’m gonna do
light pressure lines like so and sometimes my pressure is so light that
my brush actually lifts off my paper and I get these skips and I let those happen
I just let them happen I don’t try and go back and refill them in because it
makes it more noticeable like if I try and actually that one’s not that bad
actually never mind I’m good at this just kidding but for the most part I
just let them go if you’re getting these kind of textures that means your brush
is not wet enough so you might have enough paint on your brush but maybe not
enough water again it’s a balance okay the last thing that we are going to
go over before we start is breaking down florals into shapes so we do not have an
outline for this project but florals if you break them down into the shapes of
what you’re trying to recreate then it’s a little bit easier in your head to
understand the kind of marks that you need to make so one thing that I try and
do with florals is I try not to make too many marks as in I try to be really
intentional with the marks that I’m making you know what I mean so instead
of doing a flower and like a billion brushstrokes I try and minimize how many
strokes I have to do because these types of flowers that are loose and not really
realistic your brush strokes are really informative of the shape of the flower
so if I were to break these flowers down into three different shapes and which
they are these are three different shapes going on here the first one is
more of a rose I would say and so think of roses in the same way as if your
hands see how its concentrated in the center we’re doing an overhead cam okay
concentrated in the center and then you can see this swirl kind of grow go out
so when you think of roses think how in the center the petals are still tight
and together and then as the rose goes out the petals start to open which means
this starts to get looser so it’s tight in the middle as it goes out it gets
looser so if I’m looking at this shape if I’m tight in the middle here let’s
say this is my center and you can do a center with a circle or even just a
small little dash and then just you can bake it break it down one by just doing
a swirl okay this is for sure how I used to draw roses when I was little right still do it now because it’s because
this is the basic shape of what a rose is so if you just do this people
understand it’s a flower the next step concentrated and so what
I’m seeing here is that not it just starts to kind of spread out as we go
out right so as I’m doing these dashes do a swirl but do them in dashes okay okay so that’s starting to look a little
bit more like our flower the next step is to alternate the dashes so they’re
not stacked you see how these are stacked on top of each other we don’t
want them stacked on top of each other we want them to alternate a little bit
more so I do my Center and then as I’m doing my dashes around I start to
stagger them and lengthen them okay and then what I like to go do and this is
hard to do with a pencil is after I’ve lengthened my marks as I’ve gone out and
staggered them I would take water and actually kind of mess all of this area
up like that which is essentially what’s happening in this flower okay so that’s
our first flower our second flower this one is a little bit more um easier to do
because we’re looking at this flower straight on and it’s more flat it
doesn’t have petals sticking straight up like the Rose the Rose has petals
sticking straight up so you’re only seeing like the top of it and that’s
what those lines are that we’re drawing this one it’s more flat so you’re seeing
the whole petal it’s laid out in front of over over you kind of like you’re a
bird’s eye view so you just have to think of it as in a petal like a flower
that’s totally open that you’re looking over the top of so you would see the
center and then the petals just kind of open up and you can have the petals
overlap you can get the petals wavy the petals should not be the same exact
shape from one petal to another because most of the time with these kinds of
flowers they’re not they’re kind of tissue paper II and like
wavy and soft and have different things going on okay and then our last flower
is a little bit more difficult because we’re looking at it from a different
perspective than these two both of these are overhead flowers even though they
have different shapes this one is turning away from us that’s why we can
see so much of this side and then the other thing to keep in mind is this
flower shape is kind of like a do you know like a peonies
you know what penes are yes so before flowers depending on the type of flower
there are some flowers that even when they’re in bloom they still have this
shape kind of like not a bell because it doesn’t flare yeah kind of like a like
I’m thinking of like it’s it’s spherical a little bit and it has an opening in
the top but it’s really round feeling where like when sometimes flowers are in
super bloom or like about to die they open up so much that they lose that
really round shape does that make sense yes so if I’m trying to keep this shape
in mind and it’s kind of turned but it still has that really round just
blooming feel then the side of it is going to be round here like so so this
is like my side petal okay this is the bottom of my flower this is the side and
then I would see the other petals coming up around and then the back of the other
end and then here’s the center with like you know yellow stuff does that make
sense so it’s so if we actually were to turn
this flower and look at it overhead as we would these two it would look more
like this so we would be able to see directly into the flower in just the
very tops of the different petals coming up around it but since it’s on its side
we’re gonna see a way more of this side pedal and also flowers have lots of
petals and lots of layers so it doesn’t have to be just one two
three four we could you can start with that and then you can add a fifth you
can add a sixth you can add a seventh and an eighth and that just makes your
flower look more full I never broken flowers down that much but I hope that
is helpful for you because I understand that without breaking it down into its
shape and if you’re not familiar with drawing this is a really difficult thing
to mimic so hopefully that helps you understand my brain as I’m making these
big flowers okay now we’re ready to paint saying wasn’t that a long one but
I told you it was long it was nice that was very helpful I’m gonna rinse this
really quick because I need the water you need your water to be clean okay I’m gonna start with my big flowers
first I’m gonna start with this left one and
this is a pretty pinky but it kind of has peach undertones so I want to add a
little bit of yellow so I’m gonna grab my six I’m gonna pull some agentive to
the middle of my palate and then I’m gonna grab a little bit of yellow and
hit it on the side like that so I now have this kind of Coralie color that I
can pull from and if you want to do like even more of a peachy you can get that
going no that’s okay is that better okay so I have three different pinks
going on here I have like the super yellowy peachy I have the pyramid jente
and then I have more of a coral so I can pull from all of those while I’m
painting I’m going to start out with more of the pyramid jente because it’s a
little bit darker in value naturally and on I’m not going to start you never want
to start with the flower and the very center of your painting or of your paper
it makes it really hard to make the composition feel even when you start
exactly in the middle with one flower so I’m going to start off
little bit to the side on the left and I’m going to do my concentrated Center
okay and then now looking thinking back to our warm-ups and thinking back to the
shape of this flower I’m going to be doing alternating lines okay and then
now I’m going to use some water to really thicken up some of these lines so
I kind of have my basic shape down and now I’m just gonna go in using just
water and the color that’s already there and just kind of widen the flower shape
a little bit more now if you got to grab a little bit more color while you’re
doing this and drop it in you can I sometimes like to do that just to see
what kind of lines I can get different textures and colors but you’re still
keeping the basic form in mind which is it’s concentrated in the center as it
goes out it gets looser the lines get longer but you can see that I’m still
leaving white spaces in between okay
and maybe I’ll touch a little bit up here just and at this point I’m going to
want to leave it alone okay so it’s fairly quick it’s just a quick little if
you mess with it too much all your values even out you lose your white
spaces and it basically just becomes a circle of an even value which is still
not bad circle of its okay I know I just said to leave it alone but I’m
struggling to do that I’ve been having that problem lately no though I’m
struggling to leave the things alone I just want to keep going yeah just so you
know I struggle with this too okay your mind is telling you just to keep
messing with it but you have to be like no leave it alone so just so you know I
struggle with it also it’s a thing it’s normal totally normal okay look at that
really cool balloon that I got right there you see that oh I like that
me too okay we’re gonna start with the second flower right to the right of it I
want these to be touching when I do my next one because if you leave too much
white space in between these big florals then you’re like why is there a gap
right there and it’s not enough to do another flower but it’s like you know
what I mean it’s a weird so I try and have them touching this one I’m gonna
use magenta and I’m gonna grab a tiny tiny bit of the sea blue to get kind of
a purple in there so I have two Pink’s I’m working from this gorgeous like what
color is this no oh my gosh what color is this
it’s a pink purple color that’s all like that’s all my brain can come up with
right now sorry pregnancy brain we’re gonna leave it at that and then think
back to our shapes of when we did this warmup right we’re looking at it from
the side so I’m gonna do my big side petal first and remember I want it to be
pretty much touching this first flower so I have my big side petal it’s nice
and round and then I have my other side pedal that’s coming up along this side
and it’s coming up along the other side and then the back okay so there’s my
basic and then I’m going to add more petals to it because usually flowers
have more than four petals and I’m just going to do petal five petal six I’m
grabbing some more if the more pink magenta here seven eight so remember
this one can get a little bit loosey goosey and messy like that but it’s
still giving us that feel of it’s nice and round it’s turning away from us so
we have more of the bottom of on the side here and it still has kept that
really like round bloom form okay and I’m not going to put in the yellow
Center just yet okay and then my last floral is this
third one this one hopefully is a little bit easier and I’m gonna do more of a
peachy color on this so I’m just going to start with my petal remember I want
them kind of touching and then I’m just filling it with water and if you want to
drop in a little bit do a little bit of wet on wet on the petals and drop in a
little bit of like maybe yellow kind of right at the base of that petal look how
pretty that is gorgeous and the nice value change you see how that it’s dark
on the edge that’s because I outlined it and then use only water to fill it in if
I were to just paint the whole petal here I’ll do one if I have paint on my
brush and I paint it and then I just fill it in see the difference in values
between the two and that’s not bad you can still drop in a little bit of
color on that right there like that’s not bad but I kind of like how that
looks a little bit more so if you want it to look like that but you did this I
can lift out color just using a clean damp brush and it will lighten the
middle and it would mimic that a little bit more you can also go along the edge
with the darker value too like that oh I just love that petal let’s do it again
let’s see if we can so I’m gonna do petal again see how it’s kind of wavy
I’m okay it’s if it’s not perfectly round and then I just do water touch the
sides of that you outline don’t leave a thin white space between your water and
your outline grab a little bit of yellow drop in gosh I love painting flowers look how
pretty it is so far the petal ones are my favorite they pedal and look I
dropped in a little bit of pink at the top here and that’s just kind of
blending out and bleeding gorgeous okay well let’s keep on going well let’s do
it again and this I just want to point out to you this is the magic a little
bit of watercolor which sometimes might make people mad but you have to learn to
embrace or else you will be very frustrated with this medium I try to
mimic this flower exactly using the same technique it did
not come out exact but that’s because so much of watercolor is accidental it was
it worked out really well that it kept this really gorgeous kind of red rim on
this pedal I wasn’t able to do that exactly with this one but you can’t be
mad at that you just am like okay well then I just
I’m gonna be really happy with that one and just see what I can do with these
ones but I still think this is gorgeous too the colors that dropped in so you
just got to learn to let things be what they’re gonna be you know you got to be
okay with it okay let’s do another one and you can see I’m kind of working
around an invisible center here whoa that petal got a little wonky that’s
okay dropping a little bit of yellow one more and again if you want to lift out
color you can this one is a slightly different color than these other three
I’m okay with that also different petals are going to have different colors on
them just in general okay and then our last one I’m gonna have it overlap now
when flowers overlap they’re gonna blend and bleed together and I’m okay with
that too but I’m just giving you a warning in case you weren’t anticipating
it maybe I’ll do a little edge on this
there really is a great point you said though because you did the same
technique on all of those except for that the second one mm-hmm and they all
very different from each other yeah and that for me makes me just learn to
appreciate the accidental parts that I didn’t mean to do that came out
beautiful yeah because I was just like I didn’t even really have to work for that
one cool you know what I mean and then you’re like let’s move on okay that came
out a little bit bigger than I anticipated but I was just loving those
petals so much I was doing them big and that’s okay your flowers are gonna look
different than how I’m doing them because we do not have an outline and
we’re free we’re free-flowing yeah so it’s okay that this one turned out a
little bit bigger I just I have to be aware of that then as I continue on my
compass composition okay so I’m gonna do the two big leaves that are coming out
in between these two so the first one I’ll actually outline the leaf I’m still
using my six so leaves I’m gonna make sure it’s kind of thick where it’s
coming out and then it’s ends and I’m gonna fill it with water and I’m gonna
drop in a little bit of blue mixed with green right here and then I’m gonna just
do some water drops move some of that color around and then I’m just gonna
leave it and let that dry but look how cool so good okay let’s do the next one
and then this is where second leaves get a little bit fun because what I can do
is I can just pull color from this and use only water to draw my second leaf so
I’m gonna do my second leaf using only water and I’m going to touch it to my
first leaf and look at all that color going in there
yeah isn’t that cool I want to make this a little bit more wavy so I’m going to
pick up some paint drop it in and kind of like reshape my leaf just a little
bit and then once this dries we’ll go in and we’ll do the veins and kind of
define the shapes a little bit more but this this is the joy of watercolor you
know and I mean like so pretty maybe we drop a little yellow in there
too why not just so happy it is it truly truly is okay that is step one good job
this whenever you’re doing floral compositions like this putting in your
big flower firsts and your big leaves first for me it’s kind of like the basic
frame work and then putting in your your medium size and your small leaves you’re
working around what you’ve already built to make your composition feel even so we’re going to do some of our medium
florals now so I’m going to do these kind of peachy fellows right here and
then these I don’t I don’t know what these are called I just kind of make
flowers up as I go there’s got to be something that looks like this yeah
maybe they’re kind of like sweet peas a little bit – no sweet peas don’t get
smaller ese they don’t are aren’t on one single stock it’s fine it doesn’t matter
you can make up whatever you want that’s the joy of painting so I’m gonna do this
one coming up here now I want you to be careful because if I were to do this
flower straight up and down it would create a very strong implied line in the
middle of my composition so whenever I am doing flowers like this I never paint
things straight up and down or straight to the side you can see here that all my
branches curved out at a slight angle because if I were to do something
sticking straight up or stir right out in a very straight line that
is going to mess with your eye when you’re looking at a painting so I’m
gonna grab some of this little peachy color I still have left over I’m just
gonna do a kind of roundish shape and I’m gonna have it do kind of more
organic looking shapes that get smaller and it goes off to the right okay and
then this one down here I’m going to do the same thing but it’s going to go to
the left because you also want to think of like yeah I can see a flower spread
going this way like that feels like a natural curve to me if I try to make it
go this way and that curve is a little too extreme I’m not saying that it
wouldn’t exist in nature because like every weird shape exists in nature but
I’m just trying to think of something that feels natural okay so I’m gonna
have my sprig go this way also if I had both of them going to the right then
that’s creating a really strong pull for my eye to look to the right and I’m
trying to make it feel a little bit more even so I’m doing the opposite direction and these can be just funky little
shapes if you want to drop in a little bit of extra color while it’s wet just
to get some fun textures go for it I painted with my girls over this last
holiday weekends yeah and I showed them the mixed color with just water like
you’re doing yeah and illenore just goes it’s the best my favorite thing when we
went to the tulip festival and we taught kids they loved that part the most where
when you just did the shape and water and then you dropped in the color and to
see that color booth like all of them had that same like yeah
and it’s like it’s so exciting so exciting okay so I’m gonna start doing
my peachy flowers over here and then I’m going to do some leaves so for these
kind of like more orange flowers I’m just going to mix a little bit more you
hello in with my pink to get like this kind of it’s like a creamsicle color a
little bit you know and they’re just going to be you know kind of like this
one but a little bit smaller if you want to like drop in a little bit of pink on
the edges there you can have fun with it again the colors can kind of like differ
from flower to another and I’m just doing a bunch and the nice thing about
doing so many things in a painting is that if one flower in this tiny little
bunch looks wonky nobody’s going to notice it’s not a big deal maybe a
little bit more pink okay I love that orangish color is that
pretty yeah and then I’m gonna do kind of a brown Center you can see here that
my Brown Center bled out on these flowers so if you want that to happen
you you do your centers now where the flowers are wet if you do not want that
to happen you want your flower your centers to be really tight and not bleed
in then you’re gonna want to wait till your flowers are completely dry I like
it when the center bleeds a little bit I think it’s just cool so I’m gonna mix
some magenta and green together to get a brown because those are complementary
colors and I’m gonna drop it in and some of these are pretty much dry already
that it’s not moving too much and some of them they’re moving more and I like
that I like just the variation you don’t have to this is your painting so if you
want your flowers to be really not blending or bleeding don’t do them yet
okay so I’m going to do these kind of like I really need to familiarize myself
with different flowers they’re like buds their buds to the other flowers yes so
I’m gonna Mitch it makes a really light peachy color again a little bit of
yellow and magenta and a little bit of water to get it a lighter value and
they’re just going to be circles and I want to work pretty quick because I’m
going to add some color in there they get a little bit smaller as they go out and I’m going to grab some magenta and
just hit the point with this pink and if you want to like overlap them a
little like these are two perfectly spaced for me I need to like have them
overlap a little bit more there we go that feels better
okay it is at this point in your painting so you’re going to step away
from it and be like what the heck is going on and I’m going to tell you not
to give up just yet don’t judge a painting when you’re only
halfway through it because it’s never gonna look right because they’re only
halfway done you know so I’m going to do these leaves here so let’s start with
this one down here I have a little bit of brown and I really like how this kind
of slit is like a dis saturated green blue so I’m gonna use this Brown that I
mix for the center mix it with my green a little bit can they see my palette is
that better yes and I’m gonna grab a little bit of blue too so I now have all
of these like greens and browns greens and blue greens to choose from I’m going
to start with this kind of blueish green I’m gonna do my first leaf here and this
one I want to be a little bit longer so I’m gonna make sure that the length it’s
nice and long like that you can let your leaf edges be wavy so there’s one and
again if you want to keep them a light value that’s all you really need to do
if you want a little just a little bit of value difference I want to keep mine
fairly light so I’m not going to go crazy with dropping in color like I
usually would and just keep on going fill it in with
water if you want to do one where you do the water first and it rinse my brush
very well but that’s okay because we’re using the same green drop in some color and then I’m switching to my two to do
my stem I’m going to mix a little bit more Brown and then I’m just gonna do a
thin branch and it’s going to touch my leaf and if my leaf is still wet it’s
going to blend a little bit like bleed out a little bit my leaves pretty much
have dried which is kind of a bummer because I kind of liked how that brown
bled a little bit so if you like that and you’re bummed that it didn’t happen
we can make it happen just re wet the leaf so make sure it’s nice and wet on
the bottom where that Brown is going to touch and then go back in and there we
go so you can kind of mimic those little
accidental elements maybe not the same way but a little bit we can play with it
and I’m not gonna do the vanes yet because I actually want those to stay
sharp so I’m going to wait till my whole leaf
dries before I do the vanes and actually the top of the leaf should
be poking out of this okay I’m gonna do this one up here and this one I’m going
to do a little bit more yellow in see how this is more of a yellow-green and
that’s more of a Bluegreen so I just like to switch up colors just a little
bit just so it’s not reading as everything is the same and I’m also
going to switch up the shape a little bit these ones are a little bit shorter
and thicker in the middle I’m gonna do my first one draw it out so see how wide
I’m kind of going and then it’s going to a point fill it in with water okay and if it’s easier for you to do
your stems first after you paint your first wheat leaf instead of last that’s
fine too I’ll all do that for people who need
that light guide to go off of of where their things are going to go so I have
that’s kind of coming out here I’m gonna have a leaf coming out here and coming
out here and one poking out here so now you kinda have a guide where you want
this to go you can see that I’m being really
purposeful on how light of a value I’m keeping these leaves and that’s because
I want there to be a strong value difference within this entire painting
if we did the same value consistency on all of our flowers and all of our leaves
it’s going to just appear a little bit more flat so especially if you’re not
used to watercolor you’re going to fight using a lot of water because you’re just
not used to it you’re used to just picking up paint instead but I need you
guys to remember that watercolor is essentially like a paint color in
watercolor so don’t be afraid to to use it have one kind of sticking up here no
work around okay okay it’s going good and now I have
this one kind of coming up here maybe we’ll do the roses first let’s do the
tiny little roses first on this side I’m just going to mix a little bit more pink
in with my peach that I already have I’m just gonna do roundish forms and I know
that might be frustrating but so much of florals is it’s just like a round
organic shape and we don’t have to like since this is a loose painting we don’t
have to like define every single shape perfectly you know we’re giving viewers
enough information to know that these are a small roundish flower that’s all
you got to know about it that’s it and it’s handmade and I made this flower
yeah I probably even made up this flower since I don’t know a lot about flowers
maybe it’s a berry maybe it is you can do whatever you want okay that’s it for
those they’re just kind of roundish they’re not perfect some of them are
wonky some of them aren’t even totally round that’s okay
they don’t have to be okay and I’m gonna do this guy right here and I’m gonna put
a little bit more blue in this one you know because I like change but I’m gonna
do a little bit of brown in there too so the blue isn’t to saturate it and I like
to do my first leaf first because the reason why I like to start with drawing
my top leaf is then I know when it where it ends right because sometimes if we
start at the bottom and then just like keep working our way it can get to a
much bigger place than what we originally anticipated so if I like by
putting in my top leaf first I kind of it helps it’s the same thing with like
framework then I know how far out it goes yeah I mean I did the same thing
with check marks on my daughter’s Magna doodle like though this is the perfect
size check my box but what if it’s a little bit
what are you talking about you said you start with the top leaf so you don’t
make it too large yeah and I always make my checkboxes on the
Magna doodle enormous by the last one what’s a Magna doodle almost like that
magnetic pen that has oh okay I think that’s where I kept on getting
lost in you’re like what’s a magnet dude my girl’s phone I was thinking of itches
sketches and then that’s when I was like you could do check boxes and check marks
and it just gets cuz I feel like that would be really hard very difficult to
do that so my brain was working all through that while your daily week I
should have been more clear when I said Magna doodle I’m you know what I’m a
mother of young children I probably should know what that means kids like yeah be a better mom what not
I just see like when I say Magna doodle I mean it
witchy to be fair I don’t always say words I know what they mean
so neither do I it’s a problem we have yes that’s why we have Steve Steve’s
here okay back to it okay there’s my shape filling it in again you can see I’m getting a little
bit loose with these leaves they’re kind of wavy and they’re kind of funky and I
like that though you know it’s fun to have a little bit of funk in your life I don’t know why I thought that was so
funny we could just like that word and if you want it to be underneath flowers
instead of on top which is what you want to do because watercolor is transparent
so if I try to paint over these roses it’s not like acrylic and the roses
would just disappear under the paint you would still see the roses and it would
actually just turn kind of a muddy color since this is pink so I’m just painting
around it okay looking good now I’m going to do
the stems on these long guys that I just didn’t do before
so still using my round two my stems going to kind of come out of here and
connect them and it has like a long leaf I decided because I don’t know if this
is a real flat work but same with the one on the side
doo-doo-doo-doo and if you run a little bit into the flower that’s okay too
there we go okay so we put in our big and our medium flowers now we should get
a better hold on the shape of our composition hopefully you’re painting
these things close enough together that you do not have white gaps in between
now you will have some like I do have some right here a little right here and
a little right here you just don’t want so many or if they’re so big that it
becomes distracting in the composition none of these gaps at this point for me
feel distracting maybe as I fill in the outside they will and I’ll have to go in
and add a little bit of something-something there but for now
we’re doing okay sorry I need to sharpen this point okay now the other thing that
I want to draw your attention to is even though if you look closely at there’s
only a white gap here and here but the value difference is so extreme on this
flower that this edge is almost not even showing up does that make sense like
this feels like there’s a gap here because of how like this value is so if
that is bothering you you can go in and just darken up that edge a little bit
more and define it a little bit more so then it’s not it doesn’t feel like
there’s nothing here because some because while I was painting I was like
man it feels like there is nothing there there is it’s just so light that it’s
kind of blending in with the light but never fear cuz we could just go in and
just shape it a little bit more and now that gap is like gone even
though it wasn’t always there does that make sense it’s the power of values is
the power of values next to things okay whenever someone says never fear I
always want to end it with Brooklyn is here why from the movie Newsies oh I
don’t think I’ve ever watched every time that’s so great okay now I’m messing with this flower
I’m not going to do that you guys know we’re moving on moving forward okay so
now is the time where I’m gonna start filling this in because even though this
looks pretty contained and it doesn’t feel too empty I could totally make it
feel more lush with smaller leaves smaller berries and just kind of like
filling out the spaces but you just this is the point where you have to look at
your painting and see where in the composition it feels empty so like I
feel I’m feeling something missing here here here here and here this actually
feels pretty good to me that edge okay so you just have to take a step back
from your painting and be like where is this feeling empty this is going to be a
different answer for everybody since you’re painting it’s gonna be different
from everybody’s okay so I’m gonna do kind of like a gold color so I’m gonna
mix a tiny bit of magenta in with my yellow I’m gonna do some smaller leaves
here kind of fill it in this space now I know that some people have questions of
like these stems that are popping out of places they’re like where is this coming
from and I never worry about things like that
I just usually have things generate from the middle but not having to be like you
need to make sure this stem continues from here because because this is a
loose painting if we were doing a still life of a real painting then I would be
paying attention to things like that but we’re not so I just kind of have it
generate from the middle also I see this as like a book
yeah put together thing they’re always putting things cause composition matters
for that too it does it’s so much harder to actually do a composition for it for
me like I took a floral arranging class and like because it’s three-dimensional
so you so like I put up direction looks great yes and then you turn it and
you’re like oh yeah so my friend Ella is actually really fabulous at making
floral bouquets because she can make it look really good from all the sides
where for me I’m more like we’re just gonna do one side and then we’re gonna
put it against the wall like in friends when Monica does one side of the
Christmas tree and yes the other side spin exactly it I only focus on one
angle okay now these leaves I’m going to do a little bit darker in value because
I can’t and that’s all the reason I have to give that’s all the reason you have
to give when you’re painting something is it’s just like well I got to make
that decision because I created it and there’s a wonderful freedom in that you
know unless you go to art school which is what I did and then people are like
why did you do that and you’re like I guess I have to explain myself but when
you’re not in art school you don’t have to that’s just why I didn’t go to school I don’t explain myself to anybody I also think that that’s why I like
looser styles sometimes instead of them more realistic and also just
illustration in general especially like children’s illustrations and stuff
because it’s not necessarily following the specific techniques and guidelines
of creating form you have a little bit more freedom in playing with colors and
things like that and it was just really refreshing to be able to like paint a
house and not make sure that it looked totally 3-dimensional you know what I
mean I can be like yeah it’s a house get over
it like you know it’s a house that’s all I need to tell you or even on my I went
through this phase a few years ago and you can look on my Etsy shop that I just
started putting floral crowns on everything all of the animals and all of
the people because I wanted to and it was just really great to be like yeah I
painted a hippo with the floral crown so what I don’t have to explain myself to
you the majestic queen crown for this hippo
yeah okay so that’s feeling good I’m gonna do some down here so you see how just these little leaves
kind of putting them it just kind of fills out this space a little bit more I don’t know why but it also makes it seem
warmer will the yellow for sure because yellow is a warm color yeah so this is
where color temperatures play to where it’s like this area is really warm to me
because of the yellow of the green here the yellow here and the yellow peachy
here does that make sense that totally makes it this is a cooler area because
of the purple of the flower the blue and there’s a tiny bit of yellow in the
green but not much isn’t that funny color temperatures you’re like that
feels really warm that feels cold tropical rainforest yeah Missouri okay now I’m gonna put a leaf here but
feeling this area right here this actually feels a little bit empty to me
so all I have to do is I’m just going to do more of these little balls what did
we call them bearish filled up that space nicely now I’m like okay yes and I’m gonna get this really gorgeous
purpley color that I couldn’t think of the name of and I still can’t do some
little buds right there oh I love that color so much it’s not magenta no it’s
um I know actually I can’t I can’t think of it it’s fine it’s fine it’s fine
okay maybe a little leaf coming out of there then I’m gonna do my leaves on the
top here this is a little bit bigger so I’m switching to my six but you can stay
with your two if you want and again I’m kind of curving it off because I don’t
want it to go straight up and down also I could have it go to the left if I
wanted to but that would create a cross right at the top of my composition and
that’s a pretty strong shape I don’t know if I want that you know or an X in
intersection of crossing a crossing exactly do another one down here to fill it a
little bit more okay that’s composition wise this feels
pretty good to me I’m gonna go in and do the details so I
got to do the center of these flowers and the stems on these and some veins on
my leaves and then I’m gonna see if there’s anything else I need to adjust
so for my big open flower right here you want to make sure you get a darker value
since we’re gonna paint over some of the floral I’m gonna do my yellow Center I’m
gonna grab a little bit of magenta to make it kind of red and I’m just gonna
do dots I forgot what these are called on
flowers but there isn’t yes that’s it no isn’t that like stamen or something like
that I don’t have to make up words your items I’m sorry also if you wanted to
find these two petals that ran into each other a little bit you can leave it if
it doesn’t bother you if you wanted to find that shape a little bit more you’re
gonna drop in a little bit of a line right there and then it’s like oh yeah
that’s the side of that flower okay this one I’m just going to drop in a little
bit of yellow and orange kind of blend it out like so now I’m going to do my
veins on my leaves you just again you just want to make sure that you’re
working in darker values so it actually shows up for example if I tried if I
just picked up green and try to do a vein you can’t see that very well so I
want to make sure I’m using a dark value on the veins so if you want to redefine
the shapes a little bit more you can that got a little bit thick that’s
because I put water down first so that was my bad but if you don’t put water
down first try and keep yours thin do some veins on this I’m going to keep
this one thin this one I didn’t go all the way to the edge I just kind of went
halfway up but you can do whatever you want cuz this is your painting okay
maybe just a little bit here okay that is feeling pretty good I like
can’t take us oh I got to do this stems on this so I’m just gonna do green connecting to some of them they don’t
have to all connect okay the only thing that’s really popping out to me now is
how vibrant these leaves are compared to the rest so you can do two things well
you could do three things one you can leave it and just be like whatever I
like that pop of color right there it doesn’t bother me it’s not really
anywhere else I’m leaving it to you can do a vibrant green and a vibrant yellow
over here to help balance it because it’s pulling like this feels really
heavy on this left side to me or you can tone down how vibrant this yellow-green
is none of those decisions are wrong so you guys can choose leave it add more
take away whatever you want I’m just going to see what happens if I made
these a little bit more vibrant because learning experiences you know maybe you
can learn for me so I’m reading the leaf I’m going to drop in green and I’m going
to drop in some yellow I can get some yellow okay already I feel like that balance is
it a little bit more and that’s all you have to do like you don’t have to go
crazy you don’t have to make them all that super bright green you only have to
do a little bit of it here and there and honestly if I didn’t do that and I left
it how it was and I showed somebody that probably wouldn’t even pick up to them
that saturation imbalance so sometimes if you don’t want to change it most the
time people won’t really even notice it so you guys get to decide on things like
that okay that’s it that is our pink florals I hope you guys enjoyed this
project I hope by me breaking down breaking down the shapes of the flowers
a little bit more it was kind of a bit easier for you to understand if you
paint in this I want to see it because everybody’s is gonna look so different
we did a ton of color mixing and a ton of different values so it’s gonna be
really fun to see how these turned out you can tag us on Instagram hashtag
let’s make art or tag us out let’s go make art those are two different names
and I’m really sorry about that and we have a Facebook group that is for
the sole purpose of just sharing what you paint and seeing how other people
paint and learning from each other because you know when you’re part of a
community and you’re trying something new it just makes it less scary because
you’re like we’re in this together and that’s called let’s make art watercolor
so you can request to join that we will accept you and then you can post the
paintings that you are painting with us and if you need any of these supplies or
this kit or whatever I use you can find them at let’s make art calm that’s it
bye you

45 thoughts on “Let’s Paint Pink Florals | Watercolor Tutorial with Sarah Cray”

  1. Sue Liberto says:

    Love your shirt. ❤️

  2. Sue Liberto says:

    Best explanation of flowers yet! 👍

  3. Sue Liberto says:

    Crimson? Raspberry?

  4. Donna Leifels says:

    Mauve is the color I think you mean… thanks for breaking down the flowers 💕💕🦋🦋

  5. Connie Goedert says:

    Thank you for the in-depth instruction o florals. I can’t wait to get home and try this

  6. Robin Cardinale says:

    Wow. Excellent lesson. I feel a bit more confident with making the flowers. Thank you Sarah!

  7. Annie B says:

    Maybe fuschia?

  8. Brooke Turman says:

    Is fuschia the color you’re looking for?

  9. sara ashmore says:

    Sarah you are so cute! Loved the peek at your bump when you went to change your water. ♥️

  10. Elisa Bruxvoort says:

    "liked" it and have only gotten 30 second in. HA.

  11. Lisa McCort says:

    Just like any exercise warm ups are so important.

  12. Diana McCay says:

    I loved this! I ♥️ flowers. Thank you so much. So many names for that gorgeous color! Mulberry, plum, eggplant… it is a beautiful color by any name! 😊

  13. Clucky1 says:

    How 'bout "cup shaped" to explain the shape of flower #2. I have learned a ton today. Thank you!

  14. Day027 says:

    I love these videos so much, I cannot even describe how much I have learned from you! You and Kennan make a great team! ❤️ Sending hugs!

  15. Sylvia Patton says:


  16. Free Wi-Fi says:

    Cannot wait to try this tonight!

  17. Marsha Mood says:

    You are such a great teacher, Sarah! I have painted several of your projects but for the first time today, I ordered a kit (this project). And your paint brushes and your cool mixing tray! I am so excited!

  18. Fonnell Reagan says:

    Plum the color is plum

  19. SmileyGuyDesigns says:

    That color name you were looking for – it looks like an eggplant color – or dark plum or maybe wine – I must be hungry or thirsty! 🙂

  20. Barbara Moore says:

    Never fear. Underdog is here!

  21. Christine Foss says:

    Thank you for breaking down the flower shapes with drawing demo before painting! So helpful!

  22. Lesley Larose says:

    Absolutely love this tutorial…thank you so much, Sarah! I needed to make some cards today..this painting is perfect! Thank you so much for all you do!

  23. sarita schwedes says:

    Drawing the flower with a pen is great idea!! Helps us to “ see” the flower. Great idea..i have painted the hydragea and was SOO excited i could paint! 🙂 so fun! You are a good teacher! Hooray for wonky flowers! 🌷💫

  24. Debra Bartman says:

    This floral painting is gorgeous and my favorite, I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for making this video!

  25. Sherrill Taylor says:

    I love you Sarah, you make a person feel happy, and you’re a good artist !!!

  26. Leeann Esser says:

    Love, love, love! Thank you for breaking down the flowers Sarah!

  27. Clara Shatraw says:

    Keenan you just made me so happy! I always think about newsies whenever people say “never fear” . Yay for newsies!

  28. Dr. Renee Dyer says:

    I subscribe to the watercolor boxes, but my colors never look as vibrant as yours and they run all over my butcher’s palate. Are you mixing your colors with water or doing something initially that I should know to do? It is discouraging.

  29. Lauren Clack says:

    I tried jumping into florals using The Mint Gardner's botanical book a few weeks ago. I only started learning watercolor with this subscription box early November. I don't exactly hate my first attempt, but I was SO excited for this tutorial to come out and sure enough, just improved my flower making sooo much by just slowing down and doing these warm ups. I love you so hard Sarah!

  30. Isa Lawton says:

    Lovely bouquet, learned a lot on this demo, thanks

  31. Marianne Keller says:

    I absolutely love this!! The explanations in the warm ups are great and I especially appreciate all the composition info.!! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Dondi Dove says:

    I NEEDED that visual breakdown of the florals so much! I hope you will do more "warm ups" for flowers, I find them so difficult?! Doing this has seriously made me so HAPPY! Thank you!!

  33. Diane Andrews says:

    How about Crepe Myrtle for the medium flowers?

  34. Cathy Brock says:

    It looks like eggplant or dark plum to me.

  35. Patti Mintun says:

    Really appreciate how you show “ corrections”. I find myself getting stumped when I see something that doesn’t work, but I don’t know how to fix. Thanks!

  36. Cindy Salcedo says:

    Would it be possible to have the miniature second screen show how much water and paint your taking in when you go to add more color? I'm struggling with the amount of water I should be adding.

  37. Debra Bartman says:

    I tried it. Your instructions were very helpful. So fun!

  38. Bernadette Kapocias says:

    Just beautiful! Thank you!

  39. Mike Sackmary says:

    Florals are the most challenging thing for me to paint. It's fun to try the difficult subjects. Thanks for another great tutorial!

  40. Karen T. says:

    It's fuchsia!

  41. S. Walters says:

    I would say that the color at 20:32 is Plum.

  42. Theresa Rowe says:

    I’ve watched this a couple times, and my florals improved so much! Also, the composition lends itself to playing and trying other flowers. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial.

  43. SuperficialGloworm says:

    Poor Sarah and her baby brain 🙂 – I don't miss those days!!!

  44. Esther Bijlsma says:

    I would call it dark plum or eggplant.

  45. Isabel Hagl says:

    "I don't have to explain myself" Sarah, that should be your new logo

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