Advanced Watercolor Techniques With Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers Step by Step

If you love detail, you'll learn a lot in this video - backgrounds, birds, flowers, leaves - it's all here.

Spring is a busy time and this lesson will keep you busy, too! For advanced painters - learn how to mix a limited palette of colors (in the palette or on your paper) for beautiful results. Painting time to finish - fast painters three hours - the rest of us, even longer.

Included in this lesson:

    • Introduction text with tips
    • 2 video demonstrations of approx. 30 minutes with explanation dialogue.
    • downloadable written step by step instructions
    • downloadable reference photo, extra reference photos and outline page

This lesson has a lot of detail. I, personally love a detail painting. I look forward to taking a break out of my busy day to spend an hour working on the painting until it's done. That way I don't feel rushed or overwhelmed. I recommend students take their time, too. And if it's just too much, you can always paint only the top half of the painting - it also makes a beautiful composition.

Materials needed -

  • Paper - good quality paper is recommended (I use Arches 140 lb. cold pressed)
  • Brushes - round watercolor brushes (in sizes you're comfortable with for the area you're painting), a soft wash brush for the sky/background area
  • Paint -
    • Blue - Cobalt (light) and Pthalo (dark)
    • Red - Quinacridone red or magenta or any 'pinky' red
    • Yellow - Lemon or Hansa or a light bright yellow
    • Brown - Burnt Sienna

Start with the background, then tulips, then bird.

Continue with the pansies and the watering can.

And then finish the bottom. I think the yellow flowers from one of the photos would look better in the middle, with pink ones on the left, (but I'm not up to painting it again.) There are several reference photos available so you can arrange your composition the way you like best.


Your Instructor


Deb Watson
Deb Watson

Hi, I'm Deb Watson - a self taught artist and long time watercolor teacher

My story is simple.

I loved drawing from childhood, but was discouraged from art as a waste of time. So, I became a nurse, worked at a lot of hospitals and raised a family. But I kept painting.

Over time, I became better at the realism I loved, and just kept working toward improving through painting and self-study. I've always enjoyed painting scenes from my life and small town community (which I call my Small Town America series).

My paintings are not usually famous or majestic subjects, often they're just everyday stuff I see around. But I see so much beauty there, and show it to the rest of the world by painting it.

Now, my watercolors have been in exhibits and won awards across the nation. Yet, it's when my art connects me to other people that it's really done what I wanted, and teaching certainly does that!

Happy Painting.



Course Curriculum


  Introduction to Spring Garden
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  Video Demonstrations
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  Video Part 2
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  Downloads - Instructions, Outline Page, Reference Photos and Extras
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Thank you for taking this lesson!

If anyone finishes this, I would LOVE to see it. Email me at [email protected] with any feedback, good or bad and I'll appreciate it greatly.

Happy Painting!

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