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Introduction to Botanical Art - Acacia, or Golden Wattle

Suitable for beginner or intermediate artists, you will learn to paint a botanical watercolour of an Acacia, or Wattle.

4.7 / 5.0
138 students8 hours 11 minutes

Created by Cheryl Hodges, offered on Udemy

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I teach botanical and insect illustration, and have produced another tutorial title “Introduction to Botanical Art – Eucalyptus Leaves”. This tutorial can be completed on its own, or following the previous tutorial.

Through my teaching I've learnt the problems that you might come up against when you first start out with watercolour. I will walk you through the whole process from beginning to end. We will start with some sketch or study pages, looking at each element of the plant in detail, and drawing and painting individual elements, so different stages of the Acacia flowers, and the leaves, on a small sheet of watercolour paper. We'll cover basic equipment required, setting up your specimen, sketching, tonal study, transferring the image to your watercolour paper, and then we move on to painting a large specimen in watercolour. We'll cover the techniques of wet in wet, then building up the colours and textures in layers and then using dry brush to add those final details at the end. For this section I have filmed and narrated me painting a whole specimen, working around the painting in a methodical fashion, to end up with a completed artwork ready for framing.

This Acacia pycnantha, or Golden Wattle is the floral emblem of Australia, and a very popular plant which is really rewarding to paint in watercolour. It's very satisfying getting those flowers to look plump and round and fluffy, and the leaves (or phyllodes as you'll learn) are shiny and bright, with just enough detail to keep things interesting. Although it's always best to have a live specimen, in this case you don't need one, as there is enough information in the handouts - my sketch and photographs of the plants - for you to get on with painting.

What you will learn

  • How to paint a botanical watercolour painting
  • How to paint fluffy yellow Acacia flowers and Acacia leaves in watercolour
  • The basic equipment for botanical watercolour painting
  • Some fundamentals and guidelines for botanical painting
  • How to sketch a botanical specimen
  • A range of watercolour techniques which can be applied to many subjects
  • How to complete a detailed botanical watercolour painting


  • Some basic equipment is required and can be found in the preview video.
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  • Price: $69.99
  • Platform: Udemy
  • Language: English
  • 8 hours 11 minutes
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bestcourses score: 5.3/10

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