top of page
Tutorials: Building Skill

News! there are now two types of tutorials:

The longer tutorials (cost £55 plus), these start anytime and work at your own pace - keep access indefinitely and benefit from annual updates to the tutorials.

 

The new Mini Tutorials (cost £20) are only available for a limited time, access is extended to 8 months. 

Do you want to learn about specific topics and techniques or supplement your learning by developing your skills. If so scroll down the page to see the full range of tutorials available. Botanical Art Online has a new range of affordable tutorials that may be just what you are looking for. These non-assessed tutorials are delivered via dedicated web pages with video tutorials with detailed written instruction.

IMPORTANT: 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 info@botanicalart-online.com providing the correct details. If for some reason the email hasn't arrived within the hour, please check your spam folder in case the email went there because occasionally some email settings block such emails, if you can't find it please contact me using the the same email.

NEW

Keep an eye out for the new mini tutorials, scroll down the page to see the latest tutorials

NEW! Coming June 17th  COMPOSITION Tutorial - Scroll to bottom of the page or click here for more.  Available to pre book with discount code SpringStart!

 

NEW for 2024 Fritillaria Flower Tutorial Available  price £20 

NEW  Drawing Complex Forms Tutorial

Keep all minis tutorials for12 months

All longer tutorials have no time restrictions

Payment can be made via Paypal or card via the Payment button, if you can't see the payment buttons, it's likely that you're using an older Safari browser. Perhaps try the mobile site or another browser, such as Google Chrome. Alternatively, you can contact me directly and a I will  send a payment request   

Available Tutorials

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

Once purchased you will receive an automatic reply email with log in details, please check the spam folder if it doesn't arrive. If you have any problems or wish to use a different email than the one used for Paypal, please email info@botanicalart-online.com and we can send the log in information manually.

Coming Soon in 2024: Watercolour Techniques 2! 

Don't forget to check email after purchase to receive log in details, also check spam folder 

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.  

Once purchased you will receive an automatic reply email with log in details, please check the spam folder if it doesn't arrive. If you have any problems or wish to use a different email than the one used for Paypal, please email info@botanicalart-online.com and we can send the log in information manually.

Don't forget to check email after purchase to receive log in details, also check spam folder 

Tutorial 3: Graphite: Perspective Drawing and Creating Form

Cost £55 Available Now

Is drawing from life difficult and perspective a mystery to you? 

Do you struggle to create believable 3 dimensional drawings using shading? 

If so this tutorial provides just what you need as it shows the techniques and process in the videos with written text to support. 

 

  • Explore materials and equipment that work best for tonal drawing and the differences between them.  

  • Learn to make line drawings of leaves, flowers using perspective, by using a combination of measuring, observation and shapes. From simple line drawing to more complex subjects. 

  • Understand the importance of good lighting on your subjects, learn about tricks of the trade,  how to set your subject  lighting and about using simple photography methods to help.

  • Learn about the different shading techniques, where to use them, continuous tone, stipple (in graphite and ink), hatching and cross hatching, with examples. 

  • Create form in your drawings using light and shade with graphite by understanding the approach to layering graphite.

Suitable for all levels. This tutorial has 19 videos and a downloadable 16 page PDF with a range of exercises to carry out.

Once purchased you will receive an automatic reply email with log in details, please check the spam folder if it doesn't arrive. If you have any problems or wish to use a different email than the one used for Paypal, please email info@botanicalart-online.com and we can send the log in information manually.

Don't forget to check email after purchase to receive log in details, also check spam folder 

Tutorial 5: Drawing Complex Forms 

Cost £55 Available 31st December 2023

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

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

You will also learn a variety of tonal drawing techniques through lengthy tutorials which demonstrate the process in detail to help you to achieve smooth tonal values 

Examples will include, fungi, lichens, overlapping plant parts, negative space in roots, fibonacci sequence, pine cone, mini pineapple, complex flower centres, soft downy surfaces and how to deal with hairs. 

It's taken me a long time to make this one, so sharpen your pencils ready for this tutorial for 2024. This Tutorial will be delivered in two parts and will be added to over the course of 2024 with new videos which develop in complexity. 

READ THE BLOG FOR MORE INFORMATION 

scots thistly seedhead 1.jpg

Tutorial 6: Achieving the Depth and Detail

Cost £55 Available now

This tutorial is ideal if you have already taken the Watercolour Techniques tutorial or have some watercolour experience and want to push your work to the next level by learning more in-depth techniques. 

 

 Learn how to: 

  • Paint rich colours, highlights and shadows

  • Transparency in petals and other parts

  • Create texture, such as velvety petals

  • Add surface patterns and markings 

  • How to add hairs

  • Paint bloom, such as on certain fruits 

  • Negative space, such as roots and flower centres

This tutorial guides you through the process of painting of actual subjects in longer videos, showing the as much of the process as necessary in a painting. Often the first stages are essential in establishing the depth and detail in the latter stages of a painting and multiple challenges may be present in a subject. In this tutorial I will demonstrate my approach to the topics mentioned above from start to finish so that no steps are missed.

 

The materials are delivered on a dedicated web page, which can be printed as an 18 page  PDF along with 8 full videos of subjects, totalling over 9 hours of video, all are mostly in real time with dialogue explaining the process. More videos will be added at a future date, so you will benefit from these too. 

 

Once purchased you may keep access indefinitely and will benefit from future updates to the page. You will receive an email with the password following your purchase, please check your spam folder. If you wish to have the tutorial sent to another email address, please contact us  using the contact form or using info@botanicalart-online.com

Don't forget to check email after purchase to receive log in details, also check spam folder 

Tutorial 7: Keeping a Sketchbook 

Cost £55 Available Now

Do you want to keep a sketchbook but find it daunting and don't know where to start?

 

This course gets you started with:

 

  • Choosing materials

  • Identifying and describing subjects

  • Colour matching and notes

  • Layout and how to decide what to include

  • Observational drawing and measuring for accuracy 

  • Using different media and approaches from graphite to watercolour

  • When and how to use photography

  • Working with limited plant material

  • Different approaches, e.g. double page spreads, mixed composition pages

  • Working away from home 

There is a 26 page printable document

10 videos

Plus, for the first 4 weeks further step-by-step videos will be added each week showing my latest sketchbook work as it progresses, which reveals the process that I use -

taking you from the ideas stage, to drawing, tonal studies and a complete watercolour sketch pages, complete with dissections and annotation. 

Once purchased you may keep access indefinitely and will benefit from future updates to the page. You will receive an email with the password following your purchase, please check your spam folder. If you wish to have the tutorial sent to another email address, or have any problems please contact us using the contact form or using info@botanicalart-online.com