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Expressive Floral Painting with Acrylic Paint

A course by Sonal Nathwani
Painter. Vienna, Austria.
Joined September 2021
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Explore drawing and painting techniques to boost your illustration skills, creating botanical compositions with colored pencils, acrylics and crayons.

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Explore drawing and painting techniques to boost your illustration skills, creating botanical compositions with colored pencils, acrylics and crayons.

  • 100% positive reviews (28)
  • 1267 students
  • 14 lessons (1h 40m)
  • 19 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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“Infinitely inspired by nature, I hope my signature abstract florals embrace the power of color, a free spirit, and the beauty of imperfection.”

Inspiration comes in many shapes, colors, and sizes. Painter Sonal Nathwani finds it sprinkled throughout nature, from a glistening meadow to a blossoming flower. You can see her passion for the natural world in her work for clients like Anthropologie, Target, SAMSUNG, and Marks & Spencer.

In this online course, learn how to compose floral illustrations using pencils, crayons, and acrylic colors. Discover creative techniques to capture the beauty of nature and conquer the blank page. Are you ready to unleash your artistic potential?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Introducing Sketchbook Florals
  • U3
    U3. Bringing the Flowers to the Paper
  • U4
    U4. Developing the Project
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Sonal Nathwani, a renowned artist, and your teacher for this course. She shares the creative journey that led her to become a painter, as well as her influences and sources of inspiration.

Get an overview of the materials you need, before starting on some illustration exercises. Sonal shows you some important concepts about composition and color theory.

After gathering ideas for inspiration, start drawing flowers and leaves–first with a graphite pencil and then with charcoal. With your primary sketch complete, add layers and depth with crayons and colored pencils.

Sonal then shows you how to tackle the background and sketch some basic lines with pencil. Learn to define the color selections and the main floral shapes with acrylic paints, and outline the details with crayons.

Once you’ve added the final touches, and your artwork is complete, Sonal shares her tips on how to promote your work on social media, as well as how to preserve it carefully.

What is this course's project?

Create a floral painting across two pages of your sketchbook

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in improving their illustration techniques, from absolute beginners to experienced artists who want to develop a looser style of painting.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience required.

To take this course, you need a sketchbook, pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, acrylic paints, crayons, brushes, and real flowers.


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Sonal Nathwani

A course by Sonal Nathwani

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Born in Malawi, Africa to Indian parents, Sonal Nathwani grew up in England and now lives with her family in Vienna, Austria. She’s drawn and painted for as long as she can remember, with only a short pause while she studied finance at university. Her love of art was rekindled by an opportunity to study at the renowned Charles H. Cecil studios in Florence, Italy. This pivotal experience ultimately led her to leave a career in finance to pursue her passion for painting.

She now spends her time painting and creating art for various markets and companies including Minted, Artfully Walls, Hallmark, Marks & Spencer, Anthropologie, Samsung, as well as for private collections worldwide. She also enjoys teaching small groups in her studio. In the past, she’s collaborated with florists and led floral painting workshops in Italy and the USA.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Introducing Sketchbook Florals

    • Materials
    • The Importance of Keeping Sketchbooks
    • Color
    • Composition
  • U3

    Bringing the Flowers to the Paper

    • Drawing Flowers and Leaves in Pencil
    • Drawing with Charcoal
    • Crayons on a Colored Background
  • U4

    Developing the Project

    • Preparing the Background Color
    • Pencil Sketching the Composition
    • Choosing the Colors
    • Painting the Flowers and Leaves with Acrylics
    • Adding Details with Crayons and Colored Pencils
  • FP

    Final project

    • Botanical Illustration of Floral Acrylic Paintings

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Expressive Floral Painting with Acrylic Paint. Illustration course by Sonal Nathwani Best seller

Expressive Floral Painting with Acrylic Paint

A course by Sonal Nathwani
Painter. Vienna, Austria.
Joined September 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (28)
  • 1267 students