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Dance with Your Brush: Paint Expressive Watercolor Florals

via Skillshare


One of my favorite brushes to use for expressive watercolor florals is a quill brush. I love how it follows my hand gestures and how it creates unique strokes for painting flowers. It may be an intimidating brush for beginners but in this class, I will guide you step by step on how to use this brush and unlock your creativity.

Here are the topics that we will cover: 

  • Materials
  • Definition of Quill Brush
  • Difference Between Quill and Round Brush
  • How to Control Water
  • How to Mix Paint
  • How to Hold a Brush
  • Brush Stroke Drills 
  • Petal Strokes
  • Leaf Strokes and Leafy Wreath
  • Delphinium
  • Dahlia
  • Expressive Pink Flowers
  • Bright Floral Arrangement
  • BONUS: Flowers in a Vase

This class is packed with a lot of exercises! All the videos were filmed in real time so you can paint along with me. At the end of the class, you will be able 4 different projects. The class is suitable for beginners or seasoned artists who want to explore using a quill brush.

I believe that each one of us has a unique way of painting and this class will guide in exploring different strokes and help you interpret expressive florals in your own unique way.

Happy Painting!


  • Introduction Video
  • Class Overview
  • Materials
  • Quill vs Round
  • How to Hold a Brush
  • What is a Quill Brush
  • Controlling Water
  • How to Mix Paint
  • Brush Stroke Drills
  • Petal Strokes Part 1
  • Petal Strokes Part 2
  • Fading Technique
  • Leaves Part 1
  • Leaves Part 2 Leafy Wreath
  • Delphinium
  • Dahlia
  • Class Project: Bright Florals Part 1
  • Class Project: Bright Florals Part 2
  • Expressive Pink Florals Part 1
  • Expressive Pink Floral Part 2
  • Bonus Video Flowers in a Vase
  • Final Thoughts

Taught by

Joly Poa

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