Botanical Watercolour Painting: Bleeding Hearts (EN)

Monday, February 28th at 6 P.M. (EST)
Duration :
3 hours
Teacher : Gabrielle Haynes

$40 | offered online via ZOOM | Capacity: 50 persons
*This course is only offered in English.
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Students will learn how to paint bleeding hearts using a limited watercolour palette. Using an image that students will download from the course page as a reference, they will learn how to break down painting this subject into steps beginning from a graphite underdrawing all the way to the finishing touches with watercolour.

Some prior experience with both watercolour and drawing is recommended for this class.

Open to intermediates.
Ages 14 to 99.

*This workshop will be recorded. You will receive a replay link 48 to 72 hours after the workshop.



Part 1: Underdrawing and watercolour base layers

Students will lay out their botanical composition in graphite and begin painting the base layers in watercolour starting with a background wash.

Part 2: Mid-layer painting and shadow build up

Students will continue building up layers of watercolour to create depth while adding finishing touches to the background and subject.


List of materials to bring:

Bleeding Hearts model to download
✓ Watercolour palette (a plastic takeout tray or plastic lid also work)
✓ Masking tape
✓ Watercolour paint: warm yellow (e.g., Cadmium yellow), warm blue (e.g., Ultramarine blue), warm red (e.g., Cadmium red),
brown (e.g., Burnt Sienna)
✓ Drawing board (minimum 9”x12”)
✓ Watercolour paper (140lb cold press, 9”x12” sheet plus a scrap for testing colours)
✓ HB pencil
✓ White eraser
✓ Sharpener
✓ Watercolour brushes (round #4, short handle oval brush ½” or mop brush)
✓ Paper towel or cloth rag
✓ Tissue box with rubber bands for makeshift desk easel
✓ Jar or container of water