Free-Flowing Florals in Watercolour

76 TUTOR: Elizabeth Baldin (BA Hons)

This course will explore how to paint flowers in a loose and expressive style - letting the paint and water do the work. The aim is to help you to loosen up and paint the essence of flowers and foliage, so that you can handle watercolour with more confidence - embracing its often unpredictable nature. Some experience of watercolours would be of benefit, but there will be practice exercises covering the basic techniques at the start, to help those that struggle with watercolours or have tried to paint with them in the past and become stuck or simply frustrated with the results.

3 PM
PM course

Course Notes


You will start by looking at the nature of watercolour and how to balance the right amount of pigment and water in order to achieve more predictable results. Through simple exercises you will learn how to avoid the common pitfalls and falling into bad habits.

You will then apply these techniques to painting flowers and their foliage starting with two specific flower types (one light one dark) and concentrating on capturing the essence of their shapes and colours rather than getting bogged down in the botanical details.

This will be followed by looking at wet-in-wet colour washes for backgrounds and painting more loosely and freely. Pulling out flower and leaf shapes from the merged background colours. Finally pulling all the techniques together to paint a more 'finished' piece as well as some quicker more experimental exercises.

The tutor will demonstrate techniques throughout the course and all materials and reference images will be supplied.

Course Tutor

Elizabeth Baldin

BA Hons

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth studied at UWE Bristol, where she qualified with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design.

After a career as a book designer she left publishing in order to devote time to her great passion for painting. She first exhibited her paintings in 2011, and has been a fulltime professional artist ever since.

Currently Elizabeth is concentrating on working with watercolours and acrylic inks to create impressionist-style landscapes using lively brushwork and dynamic colour combinations. She also loves painting floral arrangements in a loose, semi-abstract style. Over the years she has worked in oils, acrylics and watercolours, and striven to develop her techniques in all media to widen the scope of her painting.

Elizabeth travels around the south of England doing art demonstrations and workshops to art groups, as well as running workshops and courses for all levels of ability near her studio in Berkshire. She loves to see how her students' artistic journeys develop, from early nervous beginnings to proud artistic accomplishments.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM