Sumi Ink Florals


Annie Mertlich teaches how to use sumi ink to create a completely new style of painting, from dramatic to delicate! Learn to draw flowers, leaves, and insects, then apply sumi ink using normal watercolor brushes.

Please Note: This class was included in the Wildfield Collector's Pack.

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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.

MODULE 1: Introduction & Supplies

Meet Annie Mertlich and discover how she likes to use sumi ink as a versatile medium in place of watercolor paints! She’ll share some of her fun and varied sumi ink projects as well as her go-to supplies for creating this beautiful style of artwork.

MODULE 3: Brush Strokes and Getting Acquainted

Annie demonstrates how to use your watercolor brushes for sumi ink, including liner brushes, round brushes, cat tongue brushes, and more.

MODULE 4: Drawing a Butterfly

In this module you’ll learn how to draw a butterfly by hand and how to get everything symmetrical.

MODULE 5: Drawing Flowers

Next, you’ll learn Annie’s process for drawing different flower shapes, including perspective tricks for making them look like they’re facing in different directions.

MODULE 6: Drawing Leaves

In this module, Annie shares her process for drawing natural-looking leaves and stems that have texture and shape.

MODULE 7: Helpful Drawing Tips

If you’re still having a hard time drawing flowers, you’ll love these tips for training your eye, tracing photos to improve your drawing skills, and using your phone’s photos app to make flower photos easier to draw from.

MODULE 8: Five Ways to Paint Leaves

Annie walks you through a fun exercise to take one of your previously-created leaf drawings and apply sumi ink to it in five different ways for totally different effects!

MODULE 9: The Final Painting

Now you’ll follow Annie step-by-step as she completes the class project: a multi-flower arrangement in delicate sumi brush strokes! This is perfect for framing on your wall or making a smaller version for greeting cards.






2 hours






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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!