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!
harmonized and balanced design. BALANCE When the subject of your drawing is balanced and situated to your satisfaction, trust your judgment. The balance is probably good. There is no objective way to measure good or bad in a composition, so keep studying the work of others and train your eye to see the interesting relationships between elements. Since there are no guidelines or rules that will magically produce the paintings you want to make, try different techniques and look at as much
1970s, my family didn’t have a heating system as wonderful as the ones available now and the winter was brutally cold with sharp north winds. I didn’t like cold weather then, and I don’t like it now. So imagine how happy I am to see this flower in the early spring! The saucer magnolia is one of the first to appear each spring. It has thicker, larger blossoms than most flowers, and the blossoms appear before the leaves do, which is a unique and beautiful sight. Saucer magnolias leave an elegant
details. Your flowers should start to stand out from the background in an interesting contrast. STEP 8: Begin the Stem Using a no. 12 round, glaze Bamboo Green onto the flower’s stem and spread it into the background reflection. This strong, bright green will show through later applications. STEP 9: Complete the Stem Darken the value of the stem using a no. 8 round with a mixture of Indigo, Sepia and Permanent Alizarin Crimson. Then use your fingertips to remove the masking fluid
half sheets yourself by cutting a full sheet into two 22" × 15" (56cm × 38cm) pieces. There are also “blocks” of watercolor paper with all four sides of the paper glued together. These are available in many different sizes. When you finish with the top sheet, simply peel it from the block. Unfortunately, you lose the deckled edges when using paper blocks. If you want sizes larger than 22" × 30" (56cm × 76cm) full sheets, you can find 29" × 41" (74cm × 104cm), 40" × 60" (102cm × 152cm) and 44" ×
washable. SPRAY BOTTLE Any bottle that sprays a fine mist will work wonderfully for wetting large areas of your paper. CAMERA Use any digital camera that will capture the images you like to paint. A SRL camera with a macro lens is ideal for capturing details and photographing still-life arrangements. Take many images from all different angles, view points and lighting directions. Where to Work My husband tells people we don’t have a home-based business—we have a