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Botanical Illustration with Watercolors

A course by Paulina Maciel · Canela
Designer and illustrator. Guadalajara, Mexico.
Joined June 2015
, Designer and illustrator

Discover the techniques to create illustrated compositions with plants and flowers

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  • 97% Positive reviews (3.2K)
  • 99107 students
Botanical Illustration with Watercolors

Discover the techniques to create illustrated compositions with plants and flowers

English, Spanish
  • 97% Positive reviews (3.2K)
  • 99107 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish, English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (2h 32m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

When two passions come together, the results can transform a creative project into something exceptional. The work of designer and illustrator Paulina Maciel is a clear example. She seamlessly combines the unpredictable results of watercolor with her love for nature. According to Paulina, by making the act of observation a part of our daily lives, we can learn to value it. And, perhaps more importantly, understand the importance of holding onto it.

In this course, Paulina teaches you each step of her creative process for making botanical illustrations with watercolors. Using real flowers and plants as a model, learn how to digitize your work, make edits, and apply your creativity to any product. And if you decide to further your learning path, discover Paulina’s other course Botanical Watercolor Sketchbook, where you learn how to combine watercolor with other techniques.

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madalina_mia 15.10.2020 at 00:12

I enjoyed this course and I really recommend Paulina. You can see she has the experience and lots of patience to create her art. I will definitely use her tips for my next project!

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About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Painting the water
  • U3
    U3. Looking for style
  • U4
    U4. The botanical composition
  • U5
    U5. Digital finish
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Begin your course by getting to know the work of your instructor, Paulina Maciel. She introduces you to some of her influences and goes through the materials needed in this course, including some of the more technical aspects.

Next, start painting with some watercolor exercises. Learn some different ways to apply your paint and practice creating different textures that are found in nature.

Learn to apply light and shadow to add extra volume to your illustrations. Discover some ways to identify the geometric shapes of different plants and flowers so they are easier to draw. Take a closer look at the different parts of a plant and determine the ones essential to your illustration.

Paulina explores botanical illustration with two different methods: by painting directly with watercolors, and applying a grisaille technique with graphite.

After creating your final illustration with the techniques laid out, Paulina teaches you how to digitize and retouch your illustration in Photoshop so it can be applied to just about anything.

What is this course's project?

Create an illustration of a botanical arrangement, based on a real flower, as a starting point for designing a stationery set.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Designers, illustrators, cartoonists, or anyone interested in exploring the botanical world using watercolor illustration.

What you need

No prior knowledge is necessary, but basic skills in Adobe Photoshop are useful for digitizing and applying your final illustration.

Materials include: watercolor paint in tubes, tablets, or liquids, watercolor paper, some round brushes, and a selection of leaves, plants, and flowers that will serve as models.


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Paulina Maciel · Canela

Designer and illustrator

Paulina Maciel discovered her passion for watercolor at university where she studied graphic design. Some years later, she decided to deepen her exploration of the technique and began training at a wide range of academies throughout Mexico, Spain, and the UK.

Her illustrations for branding, packaging, and covers are combined with her work for national and international brands like Palacio de Hierro, Editorial Paraíso, and Geografía Café. She designs stationery sets and other household products from Canela Estudio, her own design studio.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • Materials
  • U2

    Painting the water

    • Introduction to watercolor
    • Volume
    • Opaque textures
    • Bright textures
    • Textures with hairs and spines
    • Rough and dry textures
  • U3

    Looking for style

    • Botanical illustration
    • Botanical illustration styles I
    • Botanical illustration styles II
  • U4

    The botanical composition

    • Plant morphology
    • Botanical composition
  • U5

    Digital finish

    • Digitalize watercolor
    • Cutout
    • Composition
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Illustrating botanicals

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Botanical Illustration with Watercolors. A Illustration course by Paulina Maciel · Canela Best Seller

Botanical Illustration with Watercolors

A course by Paulina Maciel · Canela
Designer and illustrator. Guadalajara, Mexico.
Joined June 2015
  • 97% Positive reviews (3.2K)
  • 99107 students