Paint A Summer Bouquet in Watercolor

This lesson shows how to create an impressionistic painting of flowers in a glass jar.  For a loose, flowing watercolor look, we’ll paint on hot press paper – a tricky but expressive surface.

Using Value and Temperature To Show Light

This is a fun and easy lesson but uses interesting shifts in color and value to show light and form.

It might be considered a sketch, rather than finished work. That’s OK since we want to concentrate on the color mixes we need to shift the value and temperature.

We’re working on Hot Press Paper this time. It’s a challenging surface but really enhances transparency and color vibrancy. It’s a great paper to use when color and color shifts are featured elements in the painting – as they are in this one.

Remember that photo-realism is not the goal. Rather, we are looking for an impression and depiction of light and shade relationships.

The Drawing Layout has dark, heavy lines to make it easy to see. On your watercolor paper, it’s best to use light pencil marks.

What you’ll need

  • Brushes – Large, medium and small Rounds
  • Colors – Aurolean Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Permanent Rose, Utramarine Blue
  • Watercolor paper – preferably Arches 140lb Hot Press cut to about 8″ x 10″ or so


Get ready, turn on the video and let’s jump in!


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