New! Tutorials: Building Skills! 

Do you want to learn about specific topics and techniques or supplement your learning by developing your skills. Botanical Art Online has a new range of affordable tutorials that may be just what you are looking for. These non-assessed mini modules are, delivered a via dedicated web pages with video tutorials and written tutorials with downloadable PDF documents.

NEW for 2020

I've been overwhelmed by the popularity of Watercolour Techniques and Colour mixing, so much so that I've decide to launch a whole new range of Tutorials for the new year. this has lead to a little delay in the Drawing Tutorial, so thank you for being so patient! the site should be updated very soon. 

Please Note: if you purchase a tutorial using a Paypal email address which is different from the email you want the tutorial password delivering to, please send an email to me at providing the correct details.  

Tutorial 1: Watercolour and Dry Brush Techniques 

Available now: Cost £55 

  • Do you struggle with patchy washes, ragged or hard edges, heavy flat paint or 'cauliflowering' effects?


  • Are you unsure about what dry brush techniques actually are and when and where to use them?


  • Perhaps you find it difficult to create any form and your painting is flat, lacking depth and saturation and doesn't really pop off the page as you'd like it to?

  • Maybe you simply want to brush up on your watercolour techniques, learn new ones or to supplement learning?

If any of the above apply to you then this could be just what you are looking for.

This non-assessed comprehensive tutorial provides simple guidance and instruction on the essential watercolour techniques used in botanical art. The same techniques can also be applied to many other natural history subjects too, such as insects and shells. The tutorial has 12 short instructional videos on various watercolour techniques including all of the washes and dry brush techniques as well as troubleshooting problems. In addition the demonstrations include topics such as creating and maintaining highlights, and crisp or soft edges are 2 longer videos showing how to put those techniques into practice by breaking the process down into a simple step-by-step approaches in a painting of small subjects, such as petals, leaves and fruits.

  • The tutorial can be completed in your own time because there is no assessment

  • Suitable for all levels from complete beginners. 

  • When you sign up you will receive a password to access the web page on the start date

Tutorial 2: Colour Mixing, Using the Primary Palette 

cost £55 Available Now  

  • Do you struggle with matching the colours found in nature and with understanding how primary colour mixing works? 

  • Perhaps you find it hard to understand what mixes to use for shade colours? 

  • Maybe you can't understand why you white and yellow flowers look dirty?

  • Or maybe you just can't achieve the vibrant colours in your reds, purples and other vibrants? 

  • Do your greens look the same or are the just lacklustre and flat?

if you want to gain a better understanding of colour and how to use it in practice this tutorial can help you. Learn about colour theory and colour mixing as well as my own approach and palette choice, using primary colours. 

As well as the basic colour wheel system, with complementary, harmonious and analogous colours etc. I've included practical demonstrations in 12 videos and written this tutorial to include my own favourite colour topics, which specifically relate to botanical painting, including:

Mixing with a primary palette

My green and brown mixing system: using the light value of blue as the predictor colour

Why White isn't really White: soft and high light value colours

Keep it Clean, avoiding the dreaded 'botanical' grey and muddy mixes

Hot and Cold: colour temperature and why it's all relative 

Yellow, Orange and Red! How to keep it bright​

Rich Purples 

The dark side of the values: Black Mixes

Neutral Tint: Painting tints and shades

Seeing colour and tricks of the eye: Using underlying colours

This tutorial includes: two downloadable PDF documents with over 10 exercises and 12 accompanying videos, showing how to make colour charts, wheels and paintings of actual subjects using different colours.  

Tutorial 3: Graphite: Perspective Drawing and Creating Form

Cost £55 Available soon. Available shortly

Is perspective a mystery to you and do you find it difficult to achieve believable 3 dimensional drawings? 

If so this tutorial might provide just what yo need.  

Learn to make line drawings of leaves, flowers using perspective

Understand the importance of good lighting on your subjects

Create form in your drawings using light and shade with graphite 

Learn the various graphite and ink techniques used for shading

Tutorial 4: Painting Feathers

Cost £55 Coming soon

Wh doesn't want to draw and paint feathers? 

Capture the different textures from the shiny irridescent surfaces and those lovely floaty parts

This mini tutorial will teach you about the structure of feathers and will show you how to draw and paint then on paper and vellum with beautiful soft results.

Tutorial 5: Drawing More Complex Forms 

Cost £55 Available March 2020

In a tangle with roots, confuses by cones and Fibonacci or maybe  you just lost your way with a flower centre or multi petalled flower

This tutorial will help you to break down those complex forms in to achievable subjects. With no complicated math! 

Tutorial 6: Achieving the Depth and Detail in Botanical Watercolours: Rich colours and textures

Cost £55 Available March 2020

this is a great tutorial to follow up the Techniques and watercolour mixing. It extends the subjects with more advanced colour theory and techniques in a number of subjects. 

Tutorial 7: Keeping a Sketchbook

Cost £55 Available March 2020

Do you wan to keep a sketchbook but don't know where to start? This course gets you started, with materials, colour notes and how to decide what to include in sketchbook pages, from graphite to watercolour. 

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