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Watercolor Flower Bouquet

with Mary Murphy
Paint a vibrant floral still life with essential skills that will transfer to every watercolor work you create!

Learn how to paint watercolor flowers with delicate petals, bold blossoms and dramatic light! Explore color theory with fun exercises in mixing hues to convey mood, and create a monochromatic study to hone your skills in depicting lifelike value and depth. Discover compositional strategies for a scene that engages your viewer, and begin painting with fluid transparent washes. Use wet-on-wet blending to build layers of jewel-toned petals, and apply the drybrush technique for detail and texture in your bouquet. Plus, learn surprisingly simple ways to correct any problems, and how to crop and frame your work for the best result.

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Mary Murphy, and learn more about watercolor and some of the techniques covered in your class.


Lesson 2. Watercolor Techniques


Lesson 3. Value: Scaling Lights & Darks


Lesson 4. Color


Lesson 5. Composition


Lesson 6. Preparing to Paint


Lesson 7. Developing Your Painting


Lesson 8. Finishing Techniques

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