Hawthorn & Berries

In this video, I am going to show you how to paint Hawthorn. This is a great painting to try for fall or the holidays as the red and green makes it very festive! I have taken a little more time with this painting to create a more realistic look. One of the ways we achieve this is with more color variation. I have created a color mixing worksheet for this project so you can see just how that is achieved and give it a try as well.

 Mindset TIP: Give yourself time to complete your project, enjoy the process so you are not rushing to the end! The biggest difference between my floral style paintings and the more realistic botanical paintings is that I take more time.


Printable Resources 

Download the Hawthorn reference photo 

You can make your own drawing or trace the reference photo above and transfer it to your watercolor paper.

Download the Hawthorn Color Mixing Worksheet

Download the Hawthorn finished painting reference


Paper 140lb cold pressed paper by Fluid (in Speedball sketchbook)
Brushes #4, #2, and #0/2 round brushes
  • Pyrrole red
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Pyrrole red + alizarin crimson
  • alizarin crimson + permanent violet
  • alizarin crimson + permanent violet + neutral tint
  • Leaves
  • Lemon yellow + sap green
  • Sap green
  • Sap green + neutral tint
  • Light red + sap green
  • Light red
  • Light red + neutral tint (for stem markings)

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