Floral Illustration With Watercolor & Gouache
Mia Whittemore is a Massachusetts-based artist, surface designer and art teacher. She graduated with a BFA in art education from Boston University. Mia's current work explores pattern, plants, and color through watercolor and digital techniques. She licenses her artwork for use on a variety of products. Her mission as an artist is to bring color and joy to everyday life.
01: Gathering Ideas & Sketching
Begin by learning how to create an inspiration board for your botanical subject. Then start sketching, refining and balancing your composition.
02: Preparing Paper & Transferring the Sketch
Mia reveals her favorite painting surface for watercolor and gouache illustrations. Afterwards, she shows you how to prep the paper and transfer your final sketch.
03: Brushes, Paints & Palettes
Explore paint color options for watercolor and gouache along with different types of brushes and palettes. Mia shows you how to fill and use them like a pro!
04: Painting Base Colors
Start painting the large areas of your composition with base colors, working light to dark with watercolor. See how to mix colors as you go, and balance color and value throughout.
05: Layering, Details & Finishing
Finish up your painting by adding dimension and detail with layers, line work and shadows. Plus, get tips on how to evaluate your work and really make it pop!
06: Next Steps for Illustrators
Want to give your painting a different mood or look? Follow along as Mia goes over using alternate color palettes and working with patterns. She also offers advice on how to continue your illustration and painting practice.