They may look easy, but I will admit—it takes lots of practice and muscle memory to master watercolor leaves.
In this double part tutorial, we start by sketching leaves and understanding the basic shapes. It’s all about the c-curves and s-curves! And I’ll even show you how to take your leaves to the next level with folds.
Then, once we learn the shapes and curves, we’re ready to paint! I get very specific with holds, angles, pressure, and more.
This video is a segment from my Complete Floral Watercolor Guide for Beginners. For the full video and all the chapters, check out this playlist.
How to Sketch Basic Leaves
00:00 – Intro.
00:39 – Getting started with “C” curves and “S” curves.
05:34 – Combo leaf.
07:02 – Cluster of leaves.
09:09 – Folded figure 8 leaf.
12:15 – Don’t miss out!!
How to Paint Simple Leaves
00:00 – Intro
00:40 – Brush direction and pressure/release technique.
03:45 – Beginner mistakes when painting leaves…
05:45 – Painting leaves on a stem.
10:32 – Longer leaves (like iris or tulip).
11:30 – Longer leaf that is folded.
12:26 – Jagged edge leaf (like for a rose).
13:07 – Peony leaf example.
14:00 – Don’t miss out!!!
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