Painting Vibrant Flowers in Watercolor: Revised & Expanded
Soon Y. Warren
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Paint flowers with feeling!
You can paint watercolors that capture the beauty and personality of roses, peonies, zinnias and many more brilliant blooms--and achieve color more vivid than you ever dreamed possible with watercolor. In this expanded edition of Soon Y. Warren's best-selling book, she will help you:
- Capture the unique shapes, textures, details--and temperaments--of magnolias, hibiscus, sunflowers, bougainvillea, gladiolus, dahlias, water lilies and more.
- Use watercolor to duplicate and enhance the floral colors you see in nature, from subtle to saturated.
- Create dramatic compositions that excite your viewers.
- Complement your floral subjects with luscious surrounding textures (antique copper, smooth glass, rich fabric) and flattering backgrounds.
- Learn fun and easy techniques for underpainting, mingling and texturing with 23 step-by-step demonstrations.
Don't be a shrinking violet--express yourself with bold watercolor florals that have as much personality as you do!
Detail Demonstration: Creating Buds And Stems Buds make a beautiful subject as well being useful as elements that liven up a background. This hibiscus bud demonstrates the understated loveliness that buds and stems can create on their own, apart from a blossom. Materials 140-lb. (300gsm) cold-press Arches Mechanical pencil Nos. 8, 10 and 12 rounds Plywood board Masking Fluid Color Palette Aureolin Gamboge Hooker’s Green Indigo Permanent Alizarin Crimson Quinacridone Magenta
With a no. 10 round, use a drybrush technique to create the wood grain. Drag your pigment along the direction of grain. Fill the tablecloth holes with a mixture of dark wood grain color. To finish the upper colored shadow from the light filtered through the petals, apply Scarlet Lake and Sepia. STEP 7: Finalize the Painting Get ready to use a scrub brush to soften and clean the edges. First, use your fingertips to remove the masking fluid from the flower parts, and use a no. 6 round to
Green (yellow shade) on the background with a no. 10 round. This lime green will establish the lightest value in the background. STEP 2: Create Background Patterns Using your no. 10 round, drybrush Sap Green over the background to create patterns in a generally horizontal direction, creating the look of grass. STEP 3: Warm Up the Background Glaze Burnt Sienna sparingly on the background with a no. 10 round to create the warm look of dirt. STEP 4: Add Depth to the Background
harmonized composition. Sometimes I have a clear idea what I want to do and sometimes not, at least in the beginning. In this demonstration, I know that the single, large flower will be the dominant feature of the painting and withered leaves a subdominant feature. I don’t want the flower to be isolated from the background, but this time I must force myself to start the painting, hoping an idea for the background will come later. Materials List 22" × 30" (56cm × 76cm) 140-lb. (300gsm)
watercolor paper. The gummy texture will not scratch or buff the paper. Mars Plastic erasers from Staedtler are a good choice for erasing the sketch after finishing a painting. They are a little harder than rubber erasers and are better for thoroughly erasing pencil lines. TRACING PAPER Tracing paper is transparent and sleek. Drawing directly onto it will make transferring your drawings to watercolor paper a snap. Tracing paper withstands lots of erasing. MASKING FLUID It’s not easy