Paint a Minimalist Watercolor Floral: Protea

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Let’s dive into the floral world with a new perspective!

Paint a simple yet eye-catching Protea flower without any distractions from the background. Dive into a meditative state while creating bracts one after another and layering all those leaves. You will master two techniques that you will use throughout the course repetitively while creating a beautiful flower.


With special exercises, you will practice achieving transparency with your watercolor layers.

Graduated wash
Create tender bracts (petal-looking elements of Protea) with one simple wash.

Layering watercolor technique
And paint green leaves with shining yellow edges.

Finally, you will create a piece where a single flower is at the center of attention. Your painting will look amazing in a minimalist interior.

By the end of the course, you will conquer two primary watercolor techniques, become a master of transparency and create an eye-catching flower that looks awesome in a minimalist interior.

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Course level: Intermediate

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Every course has a clear structure: from art tools to a color palette to the first layer. Every stroke is demonstrated from 2 angles and every technique is explained. And if you have questions you can always ask us directly.

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No guess-work and intuitive painting. Our lessons are based on theory and academic knowledge which give students the ability to paint with confidence. You will not only know the "how" but also "the why".

Watercolor techniques you will explore


The anatomy of protea & proper names of every part of it.


Picking out art tools for a minimalistic floral painting.


How to create tender bracts (petal-looking elements) with just a gradated wash.


Layering technique for leaves and shining yellow edges.


Practical exercises to master gradated washes, transparency, and layering.

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Lessons in this watercolor course

Minimalistic Florals: Protea - 4 mins

Art materials for a protea - 5 mins

Anatomy of a protea flower - 3 mins

Color palette for a protea - 3 mins

Exercise: transparency - 10 mins

Exercise: gradated wash - 8 mins

Exercise: layering - 6 mins

Pencil sketch - 12 mins

First layer: yellow on the leaves - 5 mins

Start painting inner bracts - 8 mins

Continue with inner bracts - 8 mins

Filling in the missing bracts - 8 mins

Start with outer bracts - 17 mins

Flowerhead - 4 mins

Layering technique in action: leaves - 8 mins

Continue layering leaves - 12 mins

Finishing layering leaves - 9 mins

Creating veins on the leaves - 7 mins

Adding textures - 8 mins

Volume of the leaves - 8 mins

The last sparkling touch - 3 mins

How do you learn watercolor for beginners?
There are several ways to learn watercolor for beginners. You can take classes at a local art school or community center, watch online tutorials, read books or watch instructional DVDs, or simply practice on your own. It's essential to start with the basics and gradually build up your skills by practicing different techniques and experimenting with different materials.
Is it hard to learn watercolor painting?
Watercolor painting can be challenging, but it is also a very rewarding and enjoyable medium to work with. While it may take some time and practice to develop your skills, it is definitely possible to learn watercolor painting as a beginner.
Can I teach myself watercolor?
Yes, you can definitely teach yourself watercolor. With the wealth of information available online and in books, you can learn the basics of watercolor painting and start practicing on your own. However, taking classes or seeking guidance from more experienced artists can also help develop your skills and get feedback on your work.
Is watercolor good for beginners?
Watercolor is a great medium for beginners, as it is versatile, forgiving, and relatively inexpensive compared to other painting mediums. With watercolor, you can create a range of effects from delicate washes to bold, expressive strokes, and it is easy to transport and use on location.
What type of watercolor is best for beginners?
For beginners, it is recommended to start with student-grade watercolor paints, as they are less expensive and easier to work with. Look for watercolor paints that are labeled as "student grade" or "beginner's set." You'll also need watercolor paper and a few brushes, but you don't need to invest in expensive materials immediately.
What is the golden rule of watercolor?
The "golden rule" of watercolor is to work from light to dark. This means that you should start with light washes of color and gradually build up the intensity and depth of the colors as you go. This allows you to create a sense of depth and dimension in your paintings.
What are the basic watercolor techniques?
Some of the basic watercolor techniques include wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, dry brush, and lifting. Wet-on-wet involves applying wet paint to wet paper, which creates soft, blended effects. Wet-on-dry involves applying wet paint to dry paper, which creates more defined edges. Dry brush involves using a nearly dry brush to create texture and interest while lifting involves removing paint from the paper using a damp brush or cloth.
Is watercolor harder than acrylic?
Watercolor and acrylic are different mediums, and each has its own unique challenges and advantages. Watercolor can be more challenging in terms of controlling the flow and consistency of the paint, while acrylic can be more forgiving and easier to cover mistakes. Ultimately, it depends on your personal preferences and what you're comfortable working with.
What is the hardest painting style?
The answer to this question is subjective and depends on individual skill level and personal preferences. However, some people might consider hyperrealism or photorealism to be the hardest painting style, as it requires a high level of technical skill, attention to detail, and precision. These styles aim to create paintings that are extremely realistic and resemble photographs, which can be a difficult task to achieve. Other challenging styles might include abstract expressionism or conceptual art, which require a strong conceptual understanding and ability to convey complex ideas through visual art. Ultimately, the difficulty of a painting style will depend on the artist's individual strengths, weaknesses, and artistic goals.

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Meet your teacher, Yana

Professional Watercolor Artist

Yana is a professional award-winning watercolor artist with more than 10 years of experience.

She’s tried different techniques and approaches to watercolor.

She hosted weekly workshops in Thailand and organized classes and art events in different countries of Asia and Europe.

Her work was group-exhibited in Vietnam and Spain, and original pieces are now in private collections around the world.

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