Modern Botanical Illustration



Modern Botanical Illustration


Learn how to paint a variety of leaves, flowers, and berries in Sarah Simon’s unique modern pen-and-outline style.

Please Note: This class was included in the Watercolor Summit 1.0.

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Loose Watercolor Florals

Learn to paint beautiful loose floral compositions in this online course with veteran artist Annie Mertlich of Wildfield Paper Co.


Sarah Simon (also known as “The Mint Gardener”) is known for her fun, colorful floral artwork with a unique modern twist! Learn her beginner-friendly secrets for choosing and mixing watercolors that work together harmoniously with this in-depth online class!

MODULES 1-2: Introduction & Supplies

Find out which supplies Sarah likes to use to create her unique watercolor artwork, from paints and paper to brushes and her favorite (easy to find!) type of palette.

MODULE 3: Composition

One reason Sarah’s paintings looks so pretty is because she’s mastered the art of composition! In this module she’ll share her tips and tricks for putting together your own compositions.

MODULE 4: Color Harmony & Theory

A few basic lessons on color theory is really all you need to start painting artwork that pops off the page. Sarah will show you how in this module.

MODULE 5: Gouache

Another one of Sarah’s secrets is using little bits of gouache in her paintings! Learn what gouache is and how to use it with watercolor to create a unique look in your artwork.

MODULE 6: Palette Mixing

Everyone LOVES Sarah’s color palettes! In this module, she’ll share how she creates her pretty, muted color schemes.

MODULE 7: Pencil Tracing

Learn the different ways to transfer line artwork onto your watercolor paper.

MODULE 8: Pen Tracing

Follow along while we trace our class project using permanent pen.

MODULE 9: Painting Leaves

In this step, you’ll learn and practice Sarah’s “point-pressure-point” method for creating realistic looking leaves.

MODULE 10: Painting Flowers and Berries

As we work our way through our class project, you’ll learn Sarah’s strategies for preventing colors from bleeding together and how to choose what sections to paint in which order.

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4 hours 15 minutes






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You were made to create.

We believe anyone can be an artist... even if they never went to art school. The need to be creative is built right into our DNA, and sometimes it just takes the right medium and a little practice to light that creative fire!