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Get Started Watercoloring: Fresh Florals

Brush up on essential watercolor techniques and watch your abilities bloom.
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Get whisked away into the whimsical world of watercolor florals. Painting professional Kristy Rice shares a library of techniques to get you started in this versatile medium. You'll learn to paint a pretty peony while gaining transferable skills for any watercolor project you dream up.


Kristy Rice

I'm passionate about painting to feel joyful.



Kristy Rice has garnered accolades for her stationery creations for celebrities such as Katy Perry, and her designs for Bridal Guide magazine, The Greenbrier resort and Yellowstone National Park. Her work has also been featured on paper products for brands such as Anthropologie, Target and Papyrus. She has authored several painting books and loves teaching students of all levels.

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Getting Comfortable With the Materials

01: Getting Comfortable With the Materials

Meet Kristy Rice and learn how her approach to watercolor makes this medium accessible and fun. She'll show you how to prepare your palette, set up your space, experiment with loading the brush and play around with watercolors to start getting comfortable.

21 min
Technique Glossary: Essentials

02: Technique Glossary: Essentials

Begin creating your very own glossary to discover the different methods of paint application, from wet-in-wet to spatter, and the myriad results you can get. Hang the glossary in your workspace to keep it as a reference for future projects.

10 min
Technique Glossary: More Advanced

03: Technique Glossary: More Advanced

Continue building your glossary by moving on to more advanced methods, such as lifting and line control. Then you'll practice the techniques in a small study with Kristy's guidance.

16 min
The Peony: Flowers

04: The Peony: Flowers

Put your skills to work and paint a whimsical, simple peony. Use line work and flooding to make vibrant expressionistic petals, and see how to give your floral depth and dimension.

27 min
The Peony: Leaves & Fillers

05: The Peony: Leaves & Fillers

Continue working on your peony project as you create filler elements such as buds, leaves, stems and more to complement your petals.

27 min
The Peony: Finishing Touches

06: The Peony: Finishing Touches

Fnish up your project and learn what additions will make it an even stronger composition. Kristy will show you how to add stylistic elements, adjust color and apply final details.

22 min