Paint Watercolor Flowers

A Beginner’s Step-By-Step Guide

Birgit O’Connor
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 384 p
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 2018 by Birgit O’Connor  

Watercolor Materials You Will Need
These are the materials needed to complete the exercises and
demonstrations in this book. I noted the brand I used in
parentheses, but use any brand you prefer. For advice on
choosing materials, see Chapter 1.
Cold press (Arches), 140-lb. (300gsm) for practice and 300-lb.
(640gsm) for finished paintings
No. 30 natural round
Nos. 8, 14 and 20 sable/synthetic blend round
No. 3 synthetic round 2" (5cm) bamboo hake
Mop or other wash brush (such as Mottler no. 60 synthetic wash brush)
Transparent Watercolors
(all by Winsor & Newton except where noted)
Burnt Sienna • Cerulean Blue • Cobalt Blue • French
Ultramarine Blue • Green Gold • Hansa Yellow Medium* •
Indanthrene Blue • Indian Yellow • Indigo • Permanent
Alizarin Crimson • Permanent Rose • Permanent Sap Green •
Quinacridone Gold • Quinacridone Magenta • Quinacridone
Pink* • Quinacridone Purple* • Transparent Yellow • Winsor
Blue (Green Shade) • Winsor Blue (Red Shade) • Winsor
Violet (Dioxazine) or Carbazole Violet*
* = Daniel Smith watercolors
Large plastic paint palette (shallow wells, large mixing areas, covered)
Large wash bucket, 1–2 gallons (4–8 liters)
Small spray bottle
Terry cloth towels or paper towels
Pencil (2B)Kneaded eraser
Masking fluid or drawing gum (Pebeo)
Masking tool of choice (old brushes, Uggly Brush, Incredible Nib, etc.)
Rubber cement pickup
Original Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (generic name: melamine foam sponge)
Sketchpad/drawing paper
Graphite or transfer paper
Artist’s tape
Hair dryer (optional)

As you look through these pages, you might, at first glance,
think this book is only about painting flowers, but it’s actually
much more than that. The floral compositions presented are
just a vehicle for freedom of expression to play with water,
color, movement and design.
For some, flowers as a subject matter can seem a little
limiting, but your perception is really all in your approach.
Exploring exciting compositions and experimenting with the
amount of water you use with your paints can dramatically
change your perspective.
In general, watercolor is the most fluid and expressive
medium. The variety of effects that can be created offer you
many ways to express yourself. It can even become an
emotional experience. Watercolor moves with or without our
help and has the ability to reflect light off the surface of the
paper, through transparent layers of paint. The luminous color
that results is well suited for the beautiful blooms we will paint.
All the techniques used throughout this book are universal
and can be applied to other subjects, such as landscapes and
still lifes. Lots of people think they can’t use watercolor or that
it’s too hard, but it really is all in how you approach it. Nothing
compares to this medium, and once you learn the techniques,
you can allow yourself the freedom to explore, have fun and
find your creative artist within.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Getting Ready to Paint
Chapter 2
Basic Watercolor Techniques
Chapter 3
Understanding Color
Chapter 4
Designing Strong Compositions
Chapter 5
Lessons and Demonstrations in Watercolor
Orange Cactus Flowers
Tree Peony
Calla Lilies
Apple Blossoms
About the Author


Edited by Stefanie Laufersweiler
Production edited by Jennifer Zellner
Cover designed by Clare Finney
Interior designed by Nicola DosSantos
Production coordinated by Debbie Thomas
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