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Botanical Illustration with Watercolors

A course by Paulina Maciel · Canela , Designer and illustrator

Designer and illustrator. Guadalajara, Mexico.
Joined June 2015

Discover the techniques to create illustrated compositions with plants and flowers

  • Best seller English, Spanish
  • 96% positive reviews (4.1K)
  • 140051 students

Discover the techniques to create illustrated compositions with plants and flowers

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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What will you learn in this online course?

17 lessons & 13 downloads

5 minutes, 39 seconds
Introduction to watercolor
14 minutes, 16 seconds
12 minutes, 4 seconds
Opaque textures
3 minutes, 31 seconds
Bright textures
5 minutes, 30 seconds
Textures with hairs and spines
13 minutes, 52 seconds
English, Spanish
  • 96% positive reviews (4.1K)
  • 140051 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 32m)
  • 13 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

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 this online course for?

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

Requirements and materials

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.


140051 Students
4145 Reviews
96% Positive ratings

Paulina Maciel · Canela

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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

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates

    If you're a Plus member, get a custom certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

  • Watch professionally produced courses

    Domestika curates its teacher roster and produces every course in-house to ensure a high-quality online learning experience.


Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Botanical Illustration with Watercolors. 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
  • 96% positive reviews (4.1K)
  • 140051 students