How To Paint Peonies in Water Mixable Oils Beginner Real-Time Tutorial

How To Paint Peonies in Water Mixable Oils Beginner Real-Time Tutorial

hi there Lindsay here the frugal crafter
today we are going to paint a lovely bouquet of peony flowers and the colors
are using today are from Lukas and they’re available at Jerry’s
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now I’m painting upstairs in my office I have kids and pets so I’m using water
mix of all oils because I can use the regular old water bucket I always use
and it just makes cleanup a lot easier I don’t have to deal with solvents and and
I don’t really notice a sacrificing quality using the water mixable oils the
colors we’re going to use today are listener and crimson ultramarine blue
and primary yellow and those are our three primaries from which we can mix a
lot of colors and then we’re also going to use some phthalo green yellow ochre
burnt umber and titanium white so these are all single pigment colors I do
believe I’ll double-check on that yellow but I do believe these are all single
pigment colors they’ll this does two yellow pigments in it but they’re all
really nice and bright and pure and they’re going to allow us to to keep
really nice bright mixes and I always just keep the paint’s I’m using off to
the side so that I can quickly refill them if I run out of my palette I’m just
using a white palette I get these at the dollar store and they’re wonderful for
this and I can clean them up and I like that it’s nice and bright and I can see
exactly what I’m mixing you can also use a gray palette if you prefer or
disposable toilet paper for brushes I am using the creative mark mimic hog
brushes so these are the only faux hog brushes that I have found that really
work well they are completely synthetic so no animals went into the making of
these brushes and they’re very durable because sometimes with synthetic brushes
i boil paints do tend to kind of chew them up a bit so i found this to be nice
and durable using both my regular traditional oil paints and the synthetic
the water mixable oils and you can use the same oil painting brushes for either
type of oil paints I don’t use these for my acrylics or watercolors but they’re
but keeping them with any of the types of oil paints is going to be just fine
now something else I like to do sometimes is sketch on
a with an oil pastel you totally can do that but I think I’m just gonna use a
brush for my sketching I also have this Pro stroke from Jerry’s a grandma this
is also from creative mark but it is a regular hog brush I’m just a little more
familiar with this so I’m going to use it for the sketching so I’m going to
start off by mixing a little bit of burnt umber and I do a little bit of
water on my brush because for this first layer this first sketch I do want to
have it fairly thin I don’t want the paint too strong so I’m just adding a
little bit of water so I have kind of like a kind of milky consistency I’m
going to start by sketching on my vase so I’m just doing kind of a circle here
and then I’m just going to kind of figure out about where I’m going to want
my flowers this big flower is as big as the base the peonies have really really
big blooms lots of petals and basically I just want to figure out where they are
so I can avoid putting background there and that’s basically it
don’t worry if you do get some color in the background cuz you can wipe it out
with a rag if you need to I just want to I want to just kind of get an idea of
where that’s going to go I’m just flattening out the bottom of the vase a
little bit and that’s really all there is to it so now we’re going to put in
our background I don’t like to spend too much time sketching on this layer layer
because you’re gonna obliterate so much of it when you do your painting so I’m
gonna start here just by I like to dampen my brush a little bit just to
kind of get you know get the bristles together and just help the paint flow
I’m just working on a 9 by 12 canvas panel I’ve been using panels a lot more
lately because they are a little easier to store now I want to make a neutral
background so what I’m gonna do is grab some ultramarine blue grab some burnt
umber those two colors together are gonna make it ice grey and also gonna
grab a little bit of yellow ochre now I probably Pat my paint out on my palette
I like to get them on the edges and then I put two dabs of white out because I
know that I’m gonna have to go back in and need fresh white rather than putting
one big gob of white which could get contaminated I usually put it in two or
three little piles so that I can so that I can keep kind of some fresh
color there at all times so I’m going to start a little bit of white in this mix
here and kind of mix the blue in the brown till I get a nice neutral gray
color that I want one friend of like a topi gray and what I’m gonna do is throw
in kind of like a table line I guess this is a the backdrop I’ll link it the
reference photo in the video description what I’m doing here is it’s kind of like
a kind of like a photography background it’s just a very nice neutral modeled
background and that’s really what I want to what I want to get in here a little
shadow under the base there isn’t a ton of direct light but there is a little
bit more shadow to the right hand side so I’m getting that in I think I want a
little more blue in there cool down the shadow areas a bit and I think I’ll grab
a little yellow ochre cuz that’s a nice warming color I’m gonna go into this
yellow ochre up here notice I’m not adding a lot of white now I did prop my
my painting board up I have a little roll of masking tape but kind of
underneath the top of it now I’m doing that because it’s gonna help no I have
so much glare when you’re working with oils you will notice some glare I
typically if I’m just painting you know for fun on my own I would I would
typically work on an easel and that’s why your oil painting brushes tend to be
longer longer handled so you can kind of step back and get a good a good look a
good perspective of your painting so so that’s a reason for that also a when you
can step back from your paint and it’s and it’s upright you’re not gonna get so
much glare because your lighting is probably overhead and now I’m gonna grab
some white and the strokes I’m using here are just kind of like a scumbling
you’re just kind of like criss crossing and getting some nice texture in there
and go you want to overlap the focal objects I just kind of put them there
cuz I didn’t want to put a gobs and gobs of paint behind the flowers but you do
want to overlap them because oil paint especially when we’re using white in the
mix is quite opaque so it can you cover up those things now you can do
your background in acrylics if you prefer you could do all of this in
acrylics and then paint over the flowers in oils if you wanted to and I’ve done
that before especially if I want to have a really nice textured background it’s a
really nice effect you I really want the brushstrokes to show if you decide that
it’s too much texture as you go along you can actually blend it out a little
bit and I’ll show you how to do that with some of the other brushes that I
have on my table now the thing that they’re the reason I will use a actual
hog brush I mean these are synthetic but up until I found these I just wasn’t
happy with any of the synthetics that I had found for oils the reason why I
would use a actual hog brush is because they’re so durable that I’m not going to
be throw-in that brush away in a year I’m gonna be keep I have the brushes
that I have I’ve had for decades and and they’re just so durable and they
hold up to being cleaned with solvents because that’s really where the that’s
really the damaging part of the oil paints that’s what tends to you know
hurt your brushes so because they last so much longer I’m not putting so much
in the landfill it just feels like that’s a little bit kinder to the
environment and they are a byproduct of the of the meat industry and the rest of
my family well aside from one of my children are meat-eaters so you know I
know that I’m contributing to that even though I don’t eat meat myself so I’d
rather see the whole animal used so that’s my that’s my rationalization you
know you I just try to look at the big picture it’s like what is what is the
best thing for the for the you know what do I go by the intent I guess what is
gonna be the most kindest to the earth what how was my hobby or my career going
to create the least amount of impact so I think throwing brushes if I’m not
throwing brushes away frequently keeping it out of the landfill then I feel like
that’s a pretty good that’s a pretty good thing but you can you we have so
many more choices now so I’m really thankful for that
I wasn’t the case a few years ago and that blue got a little dark so I’m gonna
go in and add a little bit of brown to that you can do this with regular oils
as well but just in the points where I was dampening my brush with water you
would just dampen it with a little bit of solvent paint thinner gamsol whatever
you prefer to use when I clean my palette I am on the water mix little
oils I’ll just spritz it a little bit of water and wipe it with a paper towel and
that does a really good job and then I would follow up with some dish soap to
kind of cut the grease so that’s kind of how you can you can deal with that now
when I am doing this table line I want to make sure that I have it fairly
straight so I might tip it up a little bit more like that and get you know kind
of hold it out in front of me so I can see and just kind of drag a straight
line across this is gonna be blended out a little bit so I’m really not too
worried about it but I don’t want to be like obviously lopsided it’s not a
really crisp defined edge now water milk simple oils
take as long as regular oils to dry so if you’re contemplating trying water
mixable oils because you think it’s gonna dry faster that’s not really the
case if you want a fast drying oil actually recommend the Lucas 1862 oils
they are also available at Jerry’s Adorama they’re the these are Lucas
berlin’s these are the the water soluble but the Lucas 1862 are the traditional
ones and they dry to the touch overnight which is really nice now if you do add
mediums to it like in any any set of oils then it will it will make it dry
slower so you just have to keep that in mind
I typically paint Allah primo without much four mediums or oils you just a
little bit of solvent at the beginning but if you’re working in layers and you
do like to add those oils that’s going to be a consideration your the bowl
anytime you add in oil it makes it dry slower that’s why you use the oil
additives towards the end of your painting session so that you so that
those top film layers dry dry slower so your painting doesn’t crack hope I’m not
overwhelming you with too much information but I figured it’d be more
interesting than just you know watching paint dry so if you
like that texture you can leave it just the way it is if you want to soften a
little bit there’s two different brushes you can use for that that work really
well and one is a fan brush and this other one another one is an egg vert
here this really long filbert they’re really soft because they have longer
bristles and so if you just want to dampen down the texture a little bit
this works really well this will blend it really smooth so I just maybe you’d
want to dampen out a little bit of the texture so I’m just kind of tapping
along here the night the other good thing about water mixable oils is that
like with regular oils you can rinse them in solvent and keep on painting
like as you’re going if you don’t have too many brushes but you can’t totally
wash them out with soap and water and use them right away you need to let them
dry but if you are using the water-soluble oils you can because the
waters not gonna harm anything so that is something where it has a little bit
of an advantage softening there where the bend and the
photo backdrop would be I feel like I want a little bit more light on the
table I think I’ll go over fresh brush for that just so I can keep it nice and
bright it’s hard not to get the table lopsided when you’re working when you’re
sitting down at a table I probably stand up okay I like that I feel like I get a
little play of light in there now okay I like that better maybe a little bit over
there and then I can just kind of soften a little bit here with the Eggbert so
the brushes that I’m using here all came in the value set generally that’s the
best way to purchase the mimic brushes because you get a nice variety and at
per brush price is lower and then it comes with some of the bigger ones that
would be more expensive so just to let you know there but any of these are
available individually as well so now I want to work on the base because our
flowers are gonna kind of spill over them so getting
working from kind of back to forward is a lot easier and I think I’ll just
switch over to this bright this is a number six and it’s a bright is a little
bit shorter than a flat so flat a bright is the same shape as a
flat but it flats a little bit longer and again I’m gonna go on a little
ultramarine blue a little burnt umber and I am going to get the top of the
vase because this is gonna be the darkest this is going to be where we
have the shadows from the flowers and it’s a darker on this right-hand side
here . So I’m going in with this on this edge and I’m gonna pull it kind of down
a little straighter to the to the table and if you want a tip for doing vases if
you have a hard time getting them proportional flips up painting over and
then look at it from the other side and it will be a little easier for you okay
so now I’m gonna kind of clean my brush just kind of dry brush across just to
get some of that get some of the paint off of there now I’m gonna pick up the
white right on that dirty brush and I’m gonna do the other side of the vase just
pull that color down try to copy what you have on the opposite side I’m gonna
give it a flip around just to see how it looks upside down and see if I’ve got it
got it about right or not it’s actually not too bad surprisingly and I’m just kind of forcing these
colors together a bit unless a little bit back because I think it’s not right and there is a little bit of a kind of
directional line on the vase where it was made like the pottery technique that
was made and it was like probably hand thrown so that’s why my brushstrokes are
going horizontally so basically here I’m just filling in the tooth and now I’m
gonna go in with some white on its own and I’m going to add that to the
left-hand side where the highlight is and pull it across the bottom to give it
a little break from the table and now I’m actually gonna add some paint and
I’m gonna drag it across with a fan brush to get that directional directional light I think I’ll use a
smaller fan brush because is a smaller area I’m just gonna switch back to this brush
and pull that highlight back out a little bit I’m not gonna put too much
emphasis on on the vase it’s gonna kind of just be a supporting role I really
want to put the focus in on the flowers and I feel like that needs a little bit
more shape here I feel like it should have like more of a more definition
there I like that kind of having a little bit of an angular side there and
I’m gonna have to flip my painting around and just go at it from the other
side too to make it match cuz now that I see that I like that shape I want to I
want to kind of copy that I’m gonna go back into my first brush I was sketching
with their mix up a little bit more ultramarine blue and burnt umber that
was our dark color and I’m just gonna look at this this side and just draw its
opposite and then pull that shadow in this way towards the center of the vase get a little bit of a curve at the
bottom because it is a round vase and just get some color in there and
then I’m gonna drag the fan brush a little bit maybe a little bit yellow
ochre that’s pretty okay so now let me flip it around back to rights again and
I’m going to just drag this across and then I’ll pull in a little bit with
the darker brush with a darker color just to bring that shadow back a little
bit just try to keep it symmetrical as best
I can okay so there’s our vase and I’m just
gonna rinse my brush which is really nice with water materials you can you
can kind of clean up as you go when you’re done though just like anything
else you do want to follow up with a soap and water wash and I like the
Masters brush cleaner myself but you can use just any old dish soap for that
because it is a grease grease spider all right
so now well I got a few more brushes on one wash here we’re going to be working
with some reds we’re gonna be making some pinks and we’re gonna be using a
lot of whites so whenever I have a situation where I’m gonna be using a lot
of white I like to get my hellar’s in first because it seems like white can
really over take an oil painting because it’s such a powerful opaque color and
like your other colors tend to be more transparent especially if they vivid
same thing as like with watercolors so I’m going to start off with a with a
round brush this is look probably round number four around and I’m gonna just
kind of wet it and not too much I just want to get some of this crimson you can
see how the viscosity of the crimson is a little bit thinner that’s pretty
typical I’m gonna go and just kind of sketch in my flowers so we got this
little barely open one up here it’s gonna sketch in the bottom of it we can
always go back in with with more red later this is alizarin crimson which is
a kind of purply based red but I like to get the basic kind of shapes in first
and that way I’m gonna go in with the with the white I’ve got something to
kind of battle against it because the white is just so powerful and your color
does tend to be a little bit stronger in the center of these flowers now if you
want your you penes to a little bit more of a purple undertone add a little
ultramarine blue in there and that will give you when we add the white I’ll give you
a little bit of that lavender kind of undertone that they have you might want
to wipe out a little bit of these paint in here that background color anyway I
don’t think it make that big of a difference but I don’t have to have it
in there muddying things up if we don’t need it you do want to make sure that we
overlap a little bit of the background we don’t to have just raw canvas showing
anywhere if you do get a lot of background color on your brush just over
in sit and wipe it off we’ll be filling in with some leaves in
a little bit so if you do have little bits of white and you know there’s gonna
be leaves there don’t worry about it mrs. there’s two flowers there so that’s
why it’s kind of kind of big a little bit of dark in that one in behind okay
so now I’m gonna keep it the same brush I’m gonna rinse it and blot it so here’s
what you can kind of see especially with a color like crimson how it’s really I
mean there’s a lot of color still left in that brush so just funks we’re going
in to do flowers but that’s why you need to wash them you need to get all that
paint out of there and I’m going to start off with the edges of this flower
here because edges are lighter so all I have all that beautiful light color on
my brush I’m gonna get that in there and as I start to pick up reds then I will
bring it inwards and this is a very impressionistic technique don’t think of
it paint is painting the flower think about it what is painting how the how
the light effects or how the light reacts to the flower I’m gonna switch
over to this filbert here yeah and grab some more white I need to do some of
these bigger petals that’s another way to kind of keep from fussing and keep
from having everything look too much the same as two switch brushes switch sizes
because then you’ll just automatically get a more painterly look now here you
can see what I mean about the colors just kind of the white just kind of
taking over that’s why I wanted to get those dark colors and first because I
knew that the white would just want to kind of take everything over when you
have a bouquet where you have a lot of multi petal flowers I think it’s fun to
do them in an impressionistic technique because because to paint every little
flower and there would be tedious and then you lose that freshness you can see how they just meld together
and you lose a lot of that the fresh color as you go so this flowers a little
bigger I think I will stick with that filbert and grab the larger filbert here’s one I
used in the background just blot it off really good and I’m gonna grab a little
more white on my palette I do like to find a fresh spot to put in so I’ll put
it on the other side you’ll be off camera but it’s just a gob of white and
that way it won’t have any other contaminants in it filbert’s are really
they’re probably my most used paintbrush in oils because especially because I
like to do flowers I find them to be there they’re kind of like the useful
like around is in watercolor but because they’re they have the power of a flat
they have that power to push that viscous paint around they just work a
lot better but you still get that soft rounded edge the wood with a with a
round brush all right so let that kind of blocked in and then I’m just going to
go in with white and get this guy back here I’m not worrying about detail at this
point I’m just kind of blocking it I’m worrying about I’m not worrying about
detail but I am worrying about accuracy I want to accurate but not necessarily
detailed you’re and that’s something that I see a lot of people kind of
backwards on they’ll try to get detail and not worry about accuracy but you
know you could have the most beautiful flower petal painted but if it is in the
wrong place or the wrong size it doesn’t matter it’s gonna look wrong little
flower bud down there I want to get and actually it’s a couple little flower
petals from the reference photo on the table and I really like the way that
looks so and I like how it kind of brightens up the shadow area so I’m
gonna put a couple of those in there as well and by doing it with the with this
big filbert I don’t I’m not gonna be fuss fussing around with too much detail
okay so we’re gonna leave the flowers be for now
we are going to work on some leaves and I’m gonna sketch first with a little
round brush I’m gonna take the some of the primary yellow I’m gonna take some
yellow ochre and some stale green and that’s gonna be the color I begin with
you can also you know I’ve started with a SAP green and added some you know
crimson to it to darken it you know you can you can use whatever you like I
didn’t know SAP green in the set and I want to kind of stick to the
introductory Berlin set so if you’re you know if you are curious about this and
you want to try it you don’t have to go and spend a lot of money you can just
get the intro set and see if it’s for you or not so I’m just gonna get this
little leaf there little leaves around the bug get the stem in here one of the
nice things about the oil paint is that it really glides so like to do the
sleeve I just have to kind of press my brush in and kind of twist and lift and
I’ve got that lovely just little little little leaf thing and we’ll put this leaf in here again
I’m a tip of the brush then I’m gonna press down wiggle and then it’s kind of
pull it up we’ll do more to those leaves as we go but accuracy not detail at this
point and then we’re gonna need another big leaf down here and this is a good if
you have any problems with a sketch of like a vase or something it’s a little
not symmetrical quite the way you want it if you can kind of drape a leaf down
over it around just kind of to break up so they can’t see the entire object that
will help your brain kind of fill in the rest and if something’s not quite
symmetrical then it won’t be a parent it’s a relief and they have to kind of
break up those two flowers okay so we are gonna need to do some
some work with the values here because we have them the leaves are way too
light but I wanted to get them sketched in just so that I could I could kind of
see it there so to make a darker green when you take this this taping green on
its own let’s look at that it’s a little bit darker but it’s not super dark so
what I’m gonna do is add opposite which would be the crimson and that’s almost
going to make a black I don’t know if you can see that really well on my
palette because of the of the light it can be kind of tricky with oil paints
because they’re kind of glossy when they’re wet you could probably see it
here as I add it to this leaf see how dark that is now that’s red and green
and I’m using the same red that I used for the for our flowers so it’s going to
just automatically look nice because I’m harmonizing I’m using colors that are
already here that I’ve already used and then they could take that dark color and
any place where I wanted a little darker I can add that in now I wouldn’t use
green to dark out the red on the flowers though because it can kind of go grayish
Brown and it can just make it look a little more withered in the like what
I’m doing flowers or fruit and I’m doing the fruit part or the flower part I will
use like a color that’s close on the color wheel like for instance if it was
like a peony flower here if it was like a raspberry I would use blue I would use
like ultramarine blue and that would give me that dark without without
deadening any of my color so you know and that stuff that comes with
experience of the color theory you know you learn as you go well dark there and
only think I want another little leaf kind of poking out over here there this one can be fattened up a
little bit too much I picked up some white so if you pick up white from a
flower just wipe your brush off and go back in and start again and that’s one I still feel like that
one can be a little bit darker maybe I will add a little bit of blue to that so
I don’t get it to red I don’t want it you know I don’t want it to look muddy
and blues another one that you could use to darken your green so stop green right
out of the tube would have been a little bit more accurate and then wouldn’t have
required so much adjusting so go ahead and use that if you want to but like I
said I wanted this to be really useful to folks that just want to get started
and we’re just want to try the intro set all right now I want to put some
highlights on the leaves while I’m at it since they’re they’re wet and I can
blend in very easily I’m gonna take some eel ochre and some of the primary yellow
you can use whatever brush you like for this I’m just using this small number
two bright and I’m just gonna go in and hit some of the edges might even add a
little bit of weight to that just to make it stand up now everything is going
to be completely kind of greasy feeling and wet as you’re working because
nothing’s gonna dry in the time that you’re you know working on it in one
sitting during this tutorial if that bothers you you can take a break you can
pause the video you can come back in a day or two and things have started to
set up so so feel free to do that if you want to I really don’t think I’ve liked
that brush for this technique so much I feel like I want a small down cuz it’s a
little more flexible or a small filbert and that’s a nice thing about having a
good assortment of brushes you can you can experiment and see what fits your
style better like that edge and when you get an edge you like just leave it be
now in the reference photo you’re gonna notice that the leaf that this big leaf
here is darker but it’s also set back further it didn’t overlap the vase I
brought it forward so that’s why I’m highlighting here so depending on where
your leaf is in your picture that would depend on what kind of highlight you
gave it grabbing a little white cuz it doesn’t
seem to be hey this one kind of further away from the flower it’s not right
underneath them so it would have a little bit more of a highlight okay so
now we’re gonna go back to the flowers and work on them a little bit and I am
going to use a smaller round for them I always end up with a bucket full of like
unclean brushes which I have off-camera already I’m gonna grab the crimson on
its own I’m gonna add a little bit of ultramarine to it so what I have is kind
of like a a wine color and I am going to kind of put some shadows in now remember
you need contrast so you don’t haveyou don’t blend every single thing that
you’re working on and I think that’s kind of very tempting to do when you’re
using oils especially if you’re used to using other media like it just it can be
very addicting all the blending that you can do so you know so blend some things
believe some things be I think it might be nice just to pull that shadow out a
little bit not blend it out too much so I don’t want the white to cover up
everything but like there I left it fairly unblended and fairly contrasted
and sometimes when I clean my brush off I just kind of I just kind of wipe it on
my palate so if I need that color again I can just go in and kind of grab it
really quick and you won’t have to kind of reload frequently when you’re doing
this when you’re working on the white because you’re gonna lose your
definition you’re good everything’s gonna get mixed up on your brush so
you’ll need to kind of I’ll show you my palette there so what I do is I swirl
off my brush okay when it the colors get mixed and then I’ll go and reload with
the fresh color but then I have that color to go back to should I need it
like if I see oh that little button is just a little hint of color I can just
go in and grab that right off of there so I basically kind
of go in here and I look for shapes that I think would make nice flower petals
and that’s where I decide to throw in that shadow I’m just kind of dividing up
breaking up some of these gobs these splotches and turning them into petals
again a very impressed impressionistic technique and you really you don’t want
a real stiff brush for this layer because you’re just kind of lightly
dancing those colors around if you have stiff brush you’re gonna just scoop the
color off and you’re gonna be lifting it back to the canvas so you know go a
little softer sometimes I’ll use the synthetic taklon brushes for this the
like the golden haired ones you just have to be careful to clean them well so
they will last for you because it is the solvents are kind of hard on them but
with the water mix the bowls since you don’t have to really get into the
solvents you can just wash them with soap and water it works pretty well
so for mediums for these you can use any regular oil painting medium however it
won’t be so water mixable if you do that so you will have to probably use like a
solvent to clean them so just kind of keep that in mind if you’re if you’re
interested in mediums I find the view paint in one sitting you probably don’t
really need much for mediums mediums come in more to play when you’re working
in layers but you can find mediums that are designed specifically for water
mixable oils I’ll link to the the the Berlin paints in the video description
so you can find them for a tinier brush here this one do well okay and I feel like I want a little
more definition in the Centers of some of those I’m just gonna go in with the
Crimson because I really I love Crimson’s one of my favorite colors so I
like to get little dashes of that color and just on its own if your paints it
for a while sometimes that the oil will separate from them it’s not it’s not a
bad thing it just kind of means that it’s kind of Sat something you could do
is like if you if you store your paints like hanging on a rack you could flip
them every once in a while or just you know squeeze out a bit and mix it up on
your pallet it is kind of a pain but if you don’t paint that frequently with
with your oil paints it can happen but it usually doesn’t ruin the paint or
bother the pain or mean is anything wrong with the pain that they just
they’re just kind of settle and separate after you’ve had them for a while
I’ve got paints that I used to buy really big tubes of Winton by Windsor
Newton for my classes and I was when I was reorganizing last year I found a
bunch of them and the paint is still absolutely fine but you know if I was
just squirt a little bit out I’d get a little like a little squish of oil to
begin with and it’s not it’s not a problem it’s not gonna affect anything
you don’t need to throw it away it’s so kind of be fine to use you just might
need to squeeze out more than you anticipated so you can mix it up with a
palette knife yeah if you want that little darker grab little ultramarine and you can always go in with a little
bit of white again to bring out those highlights so if you’ve lost some don’t
worry about it nothing to worry about here guys I’m adding the dark back here
because I want it to be clear that those are different flowers so I’m adding that
color to the one in behind that’s just gonna it’s just gonna visually tell us
this color is a little bit cooler it’s obviously different flowers it doesn’t
look like that one just kind of morphed out of control now some people have
asked me can use the same water bucket they’re the same water jars that you use
for your watercolors I do and I’ve never had a problem I’ve never had any residue
from my water bucket on any paintings I mean I’m sure though people will tell
you tell you you know have separate things for each but you know you can you
can wash a water bucket you can wash a water jar I don’t see the need it’s you
know it’s not a porous thing like a brushes brushes I definitely would
suggest you keep separate but in the water buckets I I use them for both we’re just about done you know really we
just get to put some highlights on these flowers and a few shadows and there’s
really not much more to it okay so my brushes here what I’m looking for is a
helicase soft silver color brush and bristles so long this let’s give it a
try this actually won’t work out pretty well
I want it cuz it’s really soft it’s not gonna lift up the the paint underneath
I’m gonna grab a little more white so something that would recommend doing if
you’re gonna order like the set of all any water mixable oils I would get a
large tube of water of white because you with with oil painting acrylic painting
anything like that you’re gonna go through more white than anything else so
I would go ahead and just order and you don’t have to
have the same brain like if you see a really good deal of another brand just
get you know titanium why just titanium white it doesn’t really matter that much
I would just get a big tube of it though because you will use it I think of this
is like the Sun is hitting these certain like tips of the different petals and
that’s what you’re doing here with this white and I actually like this brush
because it’s so it’s so long and floppy that you can’t really fuss too much with
it the paint’s going to go where the paint’s gonna go and you kind of have to
be okay with that so with this with these highlighters
kind of like scooping your scooping up the paint and I’m like Rabb I feel like I do want
a little bit more red in this area here so I did I’m switching to that number
four round I’m just putting a little bit in here like I want a fat and that
bottom up a little bit and I’m gonna grab a little bit of the white here
blended in for a chef or highlight there’s kind of a mid-tone mid-range you
just get a little slice of highlight there it’s really easy to overdo okay
and then this little that’s just a little dirty for that let me find a
cleaner one I don’t really have a cleaner one that’s small so I’m just
gonna grab this one here a random random generic brushes want to give this a
little bit of I want to give it a little bit of length on that panel okay so now I want to do a little
shading on the table because I think that our flowers are pretty well done I
don’t want to I don’t want to overdo it I can always go in later and add more
details if I want to so let’s take that brush that we originally sketched with
just making sure it’s fairly clean and take some of the same dark color we use
the ultramarine and burnt umber I’m actually grabbing all this oil there was
a little seepage of oil on my canvas I’m gonna I’m on my pallet from that tip of
red so I’m just gonna add that in there as a medium because I don’t really want
to add water to it because it might lift the paint underneath at the stage of the
game because we’ve already put stuff down I am going to add a little bit of
shadow here at the bottom of this vase I’m gonna add it at the bottom of these
little petals if you pick up some of the white which will happen you just go and
reload your brush wipe it off and reload it and I just wipe it on the palette and
the thing fancy and that just gives a little bit more dimension I also need a
little bit of shadow under that leaf because that’s hanging so close to the
vase even though it’s not on the reference photo I know that there would
be a shadow there so I’m gonna go ahead and add that and I can also put a little more shadow
under those flowers I’m gonna grab that damn brush again and just kind of
continue that same pattern that we had just try not to get into the flowers at
all I just wanted to have a little bit of that a little of that just that same
streaky texture of the vase and there we go maybe I’m gonna wipe this brush off a
little bit and just pull a little bit more of that I would say felt like it I
lost a little bit of it there now you will you I don’t know if you can
see on-screen or not but you will notice that you will have some parts that are
glossy ER than others as it dries it should kind of even out but if you end
up if that you do end up having some glossy spots after it’s all dried that’s
where varnishing comes in you do want to be patient when you’re gonna varnish you
want to make sure you allow plenty of time for all your layers to dry before
you do that but then the varnish is going to give it a uniform appearance
and what I did there was I felt like those two flowers were kind of morphing
into each other so I wanted to separate them a little bit so that’s what I did I
just put a little bit of this darker pink on the petals that were underneath
and then like as this dries if you’re like oh I won I wish I had that a little
bit darker I want to I want to have a little bit more a little bit more
definition you can go in here with that ultramarine blue and looser and crimson
and you can pull apart some of those some of those those petals just kind of
kind of tuck in those little shadows in between the petals and that will give
you that really full look of a multi petal flower and that’s pretty much all
there is to it you’d find all the materials I used in the video
description and a coupon code tour sponsored Jerry’s our grandma calm and I
really enjoyed these paints if you want to do some wild painting but you don’t
want to mess with the solvents and these are a great paint to try these are the
Lucas Berlin on all the paints they they tell you what the pigments are so that
you know what you’re getting you know what you’re mixing most of them are
single pigment colors but you can most of the most of the ones in the set are
single pigment but you can also find that information as you’re buying
individual tubes if you want to that said these like 20 milliliter tubes go a
long way if you got this set and got a big tube of white you would be set for
quite a few paintings I’ve been using these for a couple years and I haven’t
really made much of a dent in them so so give them a try if you’ve been curious
about oils and you don’t want to deal with solvents if you enjoyed this
tutorial please give me a thumbs up and to appreciate it and it helps my channel
girl if you have some friends that want to learn how to paint please send them
my way thank you so much for watching until next time
happy crafting


  • Cathie E says:

    Hi Lindsay! What are your thoughts on Windsor and Newton artisan water mixable oils or the Grumbacher line. I've seen both at Michaels.

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  • encouraginghope says:

    Love this!! Thank you!! I am going to give it a try- I am going to buy some of these products because I've been wanting to try them, but I wish that something I wanted would qualify for the discounts – any suggestions of best products for the coupon?

  • SuperXrunner says:

    I wish you would not rationalize your use of real hog hair brushes

  • Joan Renner says:

    These are gorgeous.

  • Cynthia Richter says:

    Thanks for showing us this technique. I am trying to learn watercolors right now and find all your videos very useful.

  • J3nny says:

    I need to get some water mixables, I've got some traditional oils but i think those will be reserved for outdoor painting in the summer as I do have pets as well. Thanks for sharing this with us, Lindsay! 🌸

  • Gwen Simmons says:

    Lovely peonies, in water miscible oil paints, Lindsay! Now for me to try it in Acrylics, since I am NOT purchasing any more paints in 2018, until my Stash has been depleted! Thank you!!

  • Jasmine Bartez says:

    Thats soo beautiful x

  • Azzu Paris says:

    Really beautiful painting, Lindsay! I will give it a try with acrylics. Thank you so much for this tutorial 😊😊

  • Helen DeNoia says:

    beautiful! love this!

  • annette fournier says:

    I would like to try these if these oils don't have the fumes working with traditional oils have. Maybe because of the solvents?

  • Brenda Collins Deeks says:

    Lindsay, one of the problems I have with paintings like this one is getting the initial proportions for the bouquet of flowers to the vase. should they be equal heights or the flowers twice the height of the vase? This a lovely painting!

  • sylvia costello says:

    hi Lindsay i have the Rembrandt water mixable oil.I had them a few years they seem to be still OK in the tubes.Might use them tomorrow having watched you.Lovely loose effect

  • Nicole Jane says:

    Thank you so much for this video! I’ve been wanting to try oils for a long time but I’ve been afraid of the solvents. I’ve been shopping for cheaper oil brushes, do you have any other reccomendations? I notice you use so many more brushes vs watercolor which I normally paint with. Thanks again so much!

  • Kimberly Walker says:

    Lindsey, ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. …even this is not my favorite medium. is still such an interesting process…..also, my mom who's now in Heaven, grew beautiful peonies…I miss her.

  • Judy Blaise says:

    Would regular oils be painted in the same way?

  • Valarie Connell /DrawingWithFire says:

    Great video Lindsay! 😁 The painting came out beautifully. I really like the texture of the vase.

  • Nella Cerra says:

    This is a beautiful painting. You are such a multi-talented artist. Thank you for sharing.

  • Anita Holmes says:

    I bought these paints last year and have not used them. I will do this! I love this painting and hope to do it justice myself! You explained it so perfectly. I love how you care about the environment and wish everyone would understand your caring nature and stop giving you advice! You are the best and I love your channel and never miss a one! TFS

  • Monica Arredondo says:

    Really beautiful, will try with acrylic as I do not have any oils at this moment 😊

  • Eloise Walker says:

    Love it! So fresh and fun. Thank you for the lesson🤗

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  • Marion Wigzell says:

    Lovely painting Lindsay. Great demo. Thank you 🙂 Marion

  • JeanneGS1 says:

    I bought those Mimik Hog brushes last time the sets were on sale. I’ve been waiting for a chance to use them. I’m glad to hear you like them as I appreciate you reviews!

  • Lorraine Turner says:

    A lovely painting, lots of great tips to a new painter throughout.  Gorgeous – I would buy it.  :O)

  • Winter Green says:

    This is really beautiful I love it. I definitely need to get some of this paint but could you recommend a budget friendly alternative? Lol Also is Jerry are the Rama the only place you can get it?

  • Mar says:

    I realized a funny thing today – that after a couple of years of regularly watching your channel I started to adopt your speech patterns and phrases and such into my own teaching (I'm a PhD candidate, so I teach undergrad and grad students, and I'm not a native English speaker but that's the language I use for work so I tend to pick stuff up here and there.) It was an amusing thought on an otherwise dreary Monday, so I guess what I'm saying is thank you for being a teaching inspiration 🙂

  • nidafaizi82 says:

    Hi Lindsay, love your tutorials, could you do one of cactus plants with flowers in watercolor please?

  • Natasha Kejriwal says:

    Do you recommend the kuretake Gansai tambi set of 24 for beginners

  • liz m says:

    love the painting, love your channel but have difficulty hearing you would it be possible to up the volume?

  • BaxtersMommaMarci says:

    I've looked at the Reeves, Cobra, Reeves, Marie's, Georgian, and Holbein…which do you think is best, in your opinion? Or at least suitable for me to make a kind of pretty mess Lol! Or are the ones you are using your favorite?

  • I Fink U Freeky says:

    Can you use a hair dryer on this to semi-dry one layer before adding another?

  • Barbara Jarreau says:

    What medium do you use … water or thinner

  • kim ryan says:

    Can you use a heat gun to speed up drying?

  • Marianne Keller says:

    Love this so much! Do you have a traceable for this?? Thank you so much for all you do!!

  • kim ryan says:

    wierds question- do you think about how every brush stroke is going to lie on the paper/ canvas? Or is it any over all look without worrying about the minutiae?

  • meadowhillfarmct says:

    Can you save leftover paints on the pallet and either freeze like oils or spray with water like watercolor?

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  • Colors of Maria says:

    So beautiful!

  • Colors of Maria says:

    Is the reference photo available?

  • Rishdha Aminath says:

    Love the sincerity and enthusiasm of your tutorials! New subscriber from Maldives here and THANK YOU for a wealth of info!

  • Sue W says:

    Beautiful painting! I need to give it a try. Thanks for painting and sharing!

  • Pokey says:

    Wow i gotta try this!! Gotta buy these paints! Awesome painting!

  • TheTroutkitty says:

    This may be a stupid question, but schmincke makes a water-soluble medium that turns any oil paint into water-soluble paint. Have you ever tried it? Are oils specifically meant to be water-washable differ significantly from regular oils significantly?

  • Tricia Henk says:

    Beautiful. When you started the painting it was such a blob of paint, I couldn't imagine how it was going to turn out. I learned so much about oils, shadows and brushes in this video. Thank you Lindsay.

  • ginette gingras says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love your painterly style!

  • yolanda roberts says:

    This is so beautiful Lindsay… you make it look so easy to paint… wish I could paint this in watercolor!

  • Cathy green says:

    Bummer, the coupon wont apply to the lukas paint nor the hog brushes. Sad

  • theresa pretorius says:

    Beautiful as always, thank you Lindsay!

  • Natasha Kejriwal says:

    Do you recommend Prima Confections Tropicals or the Winsor and Newton cotman sketchers box for beginners?

  • mary wright says:

    I was so excited to see you use oils, thank you so much Lindsay, a great tutorial x x x

  • Sylvia Ramos says:

    Hiii my sweet lady can u put on the Amazon pg the coloring pens u like 2 use the most pls&thank u. I just checked it out but u don't have them on there. Thank u 4 the info on the paper 2 use as well ohhhh I've been learning so much from u so I can't wait 2 start I just need 2 purchase some more stuff bring on disability income limits me from buying the high brand names stuff grrrr but with all I've been learning I can start my crafty journey on a cheaper level.

  • Anita Holmes says:

    I have a question; how do I find tutorials on you channel, for example, all your oil paintings? Is there a search bar somewhere? Thanks.

  • Meyra says:

    This is stunning! Can I do it with acrylics?

  • Zarah Lim Tan says:

    Yet another superb video! ❤️❤️🌸

  • Nasrin Davallou says:

    Great job❤️

  • Dot Imbro says:

    Lindsay I really enjoyed you video. A very god lesson . Thank You,

  • Ruth Christianson says:

    I learn alot from your instructions and info of the various aspects of one oil type drying time versus the specific one by Lucas. Thanks for these videos! I just ordered some water-misible oils and can really use some practice when I get them! I have been watching many of your how-to art videos, and I so appreciate you!

  • Milania 7 says:

    Lol..when you put the leave in at 28:19..I thought of same thing before u said it..very nice form..

  • Pearberrie says:

    Great video Lindsay! I’m really curious about oils recently and this is really nice! Love the texture in the background. I might have to aim to get a starter set later in the year to try out, absorbing all your great advice for the future 🙂

  • Sylvia Patton says:

    I Love how you paint!

  • Sylvia Patton says:

    Can this be done in acrylic?

  • TheCuriousArtist Inshi says:

    I love your painting tutorials…this one, as always , is beautiful.❤️

  • M.D. Campbell says:

    I wasn't aware you were a vegetarian, too! My son makes fun of me, asking, "why do vegetarians always tell you they're vegetarians?" I tell him, "like religious zealots, we're trying to convert you!" lol! Have never used that type of brush, so that's a new one for me. I gave up oils years ago, but always love to see someone put them to such beautiful use. I really love the background you set down on this. A painting all on it's own! By the finish, this came out really lovely and full of tidbits to take away for use in other mediums, as well! Thank you and cheers! 🙂

  • Bernadette Squire says:

    Love this painting thanks I'd love if you could do tea pot and I could put in my kitchen looking for kitchen painting and can't find any I like this vase looks cool I'll give it a go thanks so much

  • Life, Health and Wellness says:

    Hi Lindsey,
    This is such a beautiful piece. Could I do the same thing, only use Acrylic paint?

  • Greta Woyciehowsky says:

    I tried oils and really disliked the experience. I received water soluble oils as a gift and inwardly groaned. Your tutorial has left me hopeful! I love painting flowers and the oils you are using make it look like it is doable. I am excited to try!!

  • Paula Decker Haynes says:

    Lindsay I have to say that this is such a good tutorial for the water mixable oils. I have gotten a set but have not used them yet. I have the Lukas Berlin set. I am gonna have to break them out and follow this one. Thank you.

  • liz m says:

    would you be able to paint this in acrylic and still have it as lovely as oils?

  • Chloe says:

    Amazing! The only question I have is for water mixable oils are they disposed differently like regular oils? or can you just dispose of it like normal painting like acrylics, and so on? like the paper towels, etc. I know with solvents you have to because some things can catch on fire and are flammable. I am only curious with the water mixable oils if their disposed differently. I have asthma and regular oils bother me, someone reccemended water mixable oils to me, and I think it will solve my problem! I love oils so much! I just discovered your channel, love it! but I am curious about these things. Thanks!!! 😀

  • lynn cooper says:

    lindsay,are you using just water with these oils?.Solvents make me sick and i love any paint water mixable.When to varnish?.

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  • Renee C42 says:

    Beautiful!! Peonies are my favorite flower. ❤️

  • Jayne Posey says:

    Remarkable. I just bought a small student set of water mixable oil paints and look forward to working with them. Thanks for this tutorial.

  • Christine Ingram says:

    I really love this..I tried oils years ago and never liked them,mostly all the fiddling and the smell of the thinners etc ,so I actually stopped using them..but now I have found out they do water based wow great ,I might see if I can get you have to varnish the painting when it’s dry like normal oils?..This is just gorgeous ,I like watching a blank canvas coming to life the way you do them ..Thanks Lindsey you keep me company through most nights I cannot sleep 😀

  • Nancy Bodkin says:

    I had to write to you and say thank you so much for this tutorial!!!! I constantly look for ways I like to paint the peony. Most just seem way to hard. I just love the way you painted them. I have been subscribed to your page for years now and I must have over looked it. Im so happy I found this and cant wait to try it. Thank u for sharing your talent!

  • Tammy Thompson says:

    Thank you so much…your teaching is so easy to follow for us beginners…

  • 6862211 says:

    Thanks I love your painting and I want to use water mixable oils!!

  • Bubbles Erispe says:

    Hi, beautiful painting . Just subscribed to ur channel. Thanks

  • Sumbae 7 says:

    I was thinking whether I should try oils and was scared of the whole medium and terpentine you might need. But I think now I'm definitely gonna try watersoluble oils. Your tutorials are the best. Thank you💖

  • Michelle Tang says:

    Hi Lindsey wonderful painting! have you had any issues with the paint drying too quickly on the palette? OR does it stay wet after say, a few hours?

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