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Botanical Watercolor Class: Primrose (Video)

Reference Image and material list below

You will create a botanical watercolor painting, step by step, with Mira O’Brien. This video is a recording from our The free livestreaming class that was held on Tuesday, January 10, 6-8pm CET.

We will paint the iconic early spring flower of the primrose, Primula vulgaris. Even though it is still a little bit early to find this flower, I can’t help but look ahead to the thawing of winter. I’ve even seen these seemingly delicate flowers peeking out of the snow in the past years. We will follow a basic layering technique to achieve detail and depth with this flower. Join me in creating a bright little painting or this brave flower.

Go deeper into the process in our Botanical Watercolor Workshop Series or join our Botanical Watercolor Essentials Course


  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor set
  • Watercolor Brush round size 6 (size 12 optional)
  • Pencils, HB and 2B
  • White Eraser
  • Paper-towel
  • Water cup
Reference photo for the free class. Primrose. Primula vulgaris

“Individual plants bear either pin flowers or thrum flowers. Fertilisation can only take place between pin and thrum flowers. Pin-to-pin and thrum-to-thrum pollination is ineffective.” – Wikipedia Can you tell if your specimen is pin or thrum?

source: Wikipedia

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