I’ve created art in just about every way you can imagine: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, book arts, digital painting, collage, and on and on… It’s all so fun! Which is one of the reasons I love being a Skillshare student (I’m also a teacher and affiliate.) There are so many classes you can take about all kind of arts and crafts (not to mention just about anything else you might want to learn.) So today I’m sharing these classes that teach DIY florals 13 different ways!
I’ve watched all of these classes, and completed many projects — I’ll share some photos! If you use any the (affiliate) links to these classes and you’re not already a premium Skillshare member, you will get your first two months free! Yay! And I’d love to see any of your completed class projects (please to link to them in the comments below).
Art Collage: Create a Beautiful Paper Rose Bouquet by Claire Picard was probably one of my favorite classes in this list, if not my very favorite. Claire is a lovely teacher who helps you feel confident in your (even imperfect) collage skills. I didn’t have tissue paper before watching this class so I improvised a bit with my project, using a vintage, discarded library book cover for my base, craft paper for the leaves, and vintage ephemera for the flowers:
In Introduction to Designing Repeat Patterns in Illustrator by Elizabeth Olwen, you’ll learn how to create digital floral patterns (though truth be told, you can create a pattern out of anything you want using her techniques!) You will have to have Illustrator and know how to use it for this class, but if you don’t have it you can get a free trial here. And if you need to learn a bit more how to use it, this other Skillshare class, “Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator” should be helpful. I actually recommend all of Elizabeth Olwen’s classes because she is such a sweet and thorough instructor. But Introduction to Designing Repeat Patterns in Illustrator is a great place to start.
If you don’t already have a garden, Bouquet Making: Arrange Flowers Like an Artist by Kaylee Young will make you want to start one! (I know I do!) If nothing else, this class is like floral eye candy, and Kaylee is a delight to watch as she mindfully creates her stunning bouquet!
In Exploring Paint: Learn to Create Gestural Florals by Victoria Johnson you will learn how to quickly and easily paint more “abstract” or gestural florals. I believe this was one of the first watercolor floral classes I took on Skillshare. Victoria helps you feel confident on your mark-making, as well as in choosing a reference from which you will (very loosely) base your own painting.
And if you like watercolor florals, why not try making them into letters, like you’ll learn in Watercolor Floral Typography with Ash Bush! Ash shows you how to draw out your letter, some basic watercolor techniques, and how to put them all together in a lovely letter form.
The other watercolor classes I’ve mentioned taught how to make loose, even abstract watercolors, but Learn to Paint Detailed Watercolor Illustrations: A Nasturtium Flower by Anne Butera does the opposite. Anne takes flowers from her own garden and teaches you how to paint more realistic, finely detailed florals. I’d say this class is for a slightly more advanced watercolor painter. But even if you’re an absolute beginner, watching how Anne plans and paints is inspiring and enlightening!
More watercolor florals? Yes indeed! I had to share Modern Watercolor Florals: 3 Ways by Amarilys Henderson because Amarilys is one of my favorite teachers on Skillshare. She is so fun and funny, plus she’s just a great artist and teacher. If you’re not already, I recommend following her on Skillshare and social media, and watching all of her classes.
Let’s get digital! You’ll need an iPad, iPen, and the Procreate App for Digital Florals : Painting in iPad Procreate by Marta Berk, but if you already have those tools, this is a great way to learn more about using them! The Procreate App has so many little tricks, I love watching other users because I almost always learn something new.
And now we’ll go analog with DIY Florals: Creating Paper Flowers with Book Pages by Lena Elise! This would be a fun DIY florals project for adults and kids to do this summer: using old book pages and maps to create little paper flowers.
Need a flower crown for your wedding, music festival, photo prop, or just for fun? Check out DIY FLORALS Flower Power: Creating Your Own Flower Crown by Amy Balsters. Amy is an experienced floral designer and has so much great advice to offer about the materials you’ll use in this class.
In Wonderful Watercolor: Learn How to Paint a Peony Wreath by Nic Squirrell I love how Nic uses the magic of watercolor (ie. not necessarily knowing how the wet-in-wet technique will look when dry) to create her Peonies and leaves! Layer upon layer, these little blobs become beautiful flowers and leaves transformed into a beautiful watercolor wreath. You can add hand-lettering inside, or leave it as is. I really enjoyed creating my own project for this class:
If you love simple black and white illustrations, check out Painting relaxed ink florals by Erin Kate Archer. In this class she covers how to draw different types of florals and botanicals with ink, creating a lovely composition, and finally drawing a bouquet of flowers. She even includes some very handy printable worksheets to help you get started.
So this last class, Modern Landscape Illustration with Gouache Explore the Ways of Traditional Illustration III by Sova Huova, is kind of a “cheat” because it’s not exactly a floral class. But there are certainly some florals and botanicals in there. Plus, I just LOVE the imagery in this class, so I had to share it. 🙂
So there you have it! DIY Florals 13 Different Ways.
Again, I’d love to see your own class projects: feel free to link to them in the comments below.