Watercolor and Ink Florals- Finding New Techniques
I am really trying to take time this year to take classes and learning new things. While some are stand alone paid courses and others are quick online free tutorials, I am finding my Skillshare membership has the most value for money for art and tech courses. (And I have no affiliation with them).
Back in February, I saw Ohn Mar Win's course "Organic Expressive Florals with Watercolor and Ink" and put it in my queue. I love following her Instagram feed with fresh illustrations and unique sketchbooks while using all sorts mixed media. I received a Winsor & Newton Calligraphy set and a Phaidon Flower Color Guide for my Birthday in January; I was ready!
The class was great, Ohn Mar Win's teaching style is nurturing and full of ideas, inspiration and information. I found the process really suited me and painting flowers in February helped my spirits that were ready for spring. I know I need to practice to improve, so I set a goal to paint one flower a day for the month on 5x7 paper and see what happened.
I used a Fabriano 5x7 watercolor block, the calligraphy set, brushes from Princeton and DaVinci and mainly Daniel Smith Watercolors with some Winsor & Newton Sap Green. (All from Blick Art Materials)
When February was finished, I had 36 new floral paintings. I scanned them into my computer and did a little editing and have loads to play with. Initially, I added a light wash in the background and wrote the flowers name (I obviously need to take a calligraphy lettering course). Towards the end, I kept things very minimal, which I preferred.
A lot of people commented they would make great notecards or prints so this month I got to work and here are some samples:
I also did some framed print mock ups and how fun are these? Bringing all the color to your home! All of these are in my store now.
So 10/10 for Ohn Mar Win's Organic Expressive Florals with Watercolor and Ink
If you're looking to start painting or wanting some inspiration, check out some classes, there are so many!