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Botanical Illustration with Watercolors

A course by Paulina Maciel · Canela
Designer and illustrator. Guadalajara, Mexico.
On Domestika since 06/08/2015
, Designer and illustrator

Discover the techniques to create illustrated compositions with plants and flowers

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% Positive reviews (1.9K)
  • 62950 students
Botanical Illustration with Watercolors

Discover the techniques to create illustrated compositions with plants and flowers

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% Positive reviews (1.9K)
  • 62950 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (2h 32m)
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  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
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Paulina Maciel - designer, illustrator and founder of Canela Estudio- has turned botanical watercolor illustration into her career. She has applied it to business projects for brands like Palacio de Hierro, Desigual and other creative agencies, as well as for clients who, depending on their style and criteria, give her total creative freedom. With watercolors the results can be unexpected and never the same twice, just as in nature.

In this course you will learn, step by step, the processes involved in creating botanical illustrations, using flowers and plants as models. Continue your watercolor training with Paulina’s other course: Botanical Watercolor Sketchbook, in which you will discover nature and combine watercolors with other techniques such as ink pens and graphite.

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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You will start by getting to know the work of Paulina Maciel and her influences. She will also tell you about the materials you will work with during this course and the technical qualities of each.

Next, you will do some introductory watercolor exercises, which will help you apply color in different ways and obtain all kinds of textures that you can find in nature.

You will learn to add light and shadows with watercolors to create volume in your illustrations. In addition, you will discover some tricks to identify geometric figures in plants and flowers to make it easier to draw them. You will observe the parts of the plants in detail, which will help you identify the indispensable parts that you will need to incorporate into your composition.

You will take two different approaches to botanical illustration: applying watercolors directly and using graphite for the grisaille technique.

You will create your illustration applying all the techniques learned thus far and finally, Paulina will teach you how to digitalize and retouch your illustration in Photoshop so that you can apply it to any design product.

What is this course's project?

You will create a botanical illustration, from a real flower, that will serve as the starting point to design a stationery set.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Designers, illustrators, cartoonists and anyone interested in exploring the botanical world through watercolor illustration.

What you need

No previous knowledge is necessary, although for the digital application to your illustrations you must have a basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

With regards to the materials, you will need watercolors in tube, pan or liquid form; watercolor paper; round brushes and leaves, plants and flowers that can serve as examples.


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Paulina Maciel · Canela

Designer and illustrator

Paulina Maciel's first encounter with watercolor took place in university while she was studying design. It was not until years later that she decided to explore this technique more and go deeper and explore the world of nature through professional training at a watercolor academy. Her first commissioned piece was a wedding invitation for some friends and since then, many more. Her training in design has allowed her to make the most of her illustrations and be able to apply them in all kinds of projects.


  • 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.
On Domestika since 06/08/2015
  • 97% Positive reviews (1.9K)
  • 62950 students