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Botanical Illustration: Paint a Colorful Garden with Watercolor and Gouache

via Skillshare


Love illustrating detailed, lush botanicals? Learn how to combine watercolor and gouache to paint a colorful garden!

In this 35-minute class, illustrator Sara Boccaccini Meadows invites you into her studio to learn how to hand-paint whimsical botanical scenes inspired by the real world. From initial sketch through final polish, you’ll learn how to create a garden that combines the soft fluidity of watercolor with the vibrant chalkiness of gouache.

Packed with examples from Sara’s sketchbooks, key lessons will cover:

  • Creating loose sketches in the moment
  • Mixing colors inspired by your surroundings
  • Layering paints to create depth and texture
  • Adding detail with pen and gouache

Plus, join Sara at the botanical garden for a lesson in finding inspiration anywhere you go, from a local park to your own backyard.  

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing creative outlet or an unexpected new technique, this class will help you make the most of your materials. Follow along to expand your painting repertoire, develop your personal style, and discover beauty in the world around you!


  • Introduction
  • Using Sketchbooks to Find Inspiration
  • Tools and Materials
  • Sketching Your Garden
  • Mixing and Painting Base Tones
  • Adding Details with Paint
  • Finishing with Pen and Highlights
  • Experimenting with More Techniques
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Taught by

Sara Boccaccini Meadows


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