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Watercolor Botanicals: Learn to Paint Your Favorite Plants and Florals

Watercolor Botanicals: Learn to Paint Your Favorite Plants and Florals

by Eunice Sun


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Learn to paint gorgeous watercolor flowers, houseplants, and arrangements with this inspiring guide that includes 30 step-by-step tutorials.
Filled with lessons and daily exercises, this fun introduction to watercolor teaches beginner artists how to create their own botanical-inspired paintings. It covers everything from selecting paper, paint, and brushes to choosing a palette, blending colors, and adding dimension and detail. Once you’ve mastered the essential techniques, you’ll learn to paint cacti, popular houseplants, and individual flowers, and see how to combine these components into more complex compositions, including frames, wreaths, and colorful bouquets. Step-by-step tutorials, along with artist Eunice Sun’s expressive artwork, provides all the guidance and inspiration you’ll need to render small motifs, decorate a card, paint a charming still life, and more.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454711049
Publisher: Union Square & Co.
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 480,980
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Eunice Sun is the watercolor and lettering artist behind Electric Eunice. Along with designing for weddings, events, gifts, and collaborations, she teaches watercolor illustration and lettering workshops. Her work has been featured on, Green Wedding Shoes, 100 Layer Cake, the Starbucks 2016 Holiday Red Cup commercial, and Bored Panda. Eunice is based in Orange County, CA. Website:; Instagram: @electriceunice.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Tools & Materials 1

Preparing to Paint 13

Watercolor Basics

Day 1 Color Theory 22

Day 2 Painting Techniques 30

Day 3 Layers & Details 39


Day 4 Lemon Leaf 48

Day 5 Olive Leaf 52

Day 6 Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Leaf 54

Day 7 Ginkgo Biloba Leaf 56

Day 8 Fern 58

Day 9 Leaf Pattern 62


Day 10 Rose 68

Day 11 Anemone 71

Day 12 Hypericum Berries 74

Day 13 Floral Arrangement 76

Day 14 Peony 79

Day 15 Ranunculus 82

Day 16 Craspedia Globosa (Billy Button) 85

Day 17 Full-Page Floral Piece 87

Day 18 Tulip 91

Day 19 Icelandic Poppy 93

Day 20 Gerbera Daisy 96

Day 21 Floral Flat Lay 99

Tropical Plants

Day 22 Monstera 102

Day 23 Bird-of-Paradise 106

Day 24 Fan Palm 110

Day 25 Caladium 112

Day 26 Tropical Leaf Arrangement 114

Desert Plants

Day 27 Prickly Pear 118

Day 28 Saguaro Cactus 122

Day 29 Echeveria 124

Day 30 Aloe Vera 126

You Did It! 129

Resources 130

Acknowledgments 132

Index 133

About the Author 134

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