Painting Tropical Foliage in Watercolor

——   Created by Irina Trzaskos

Watercolor class for Beginners

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This class is suitable for beginners.

Tropical foliage is a very trendy topic this year and it will make a great addition to your creative portfolio. Especially are popular tropical leaves on the dark background, that is why we will explore two different color schemes for our tropical foliage.

In this class I will explain step by step how to draw and paint 5 different tropical leaves:

- Banana Leaf

- Philodendron Leaf

- Areca Palm Leaf

- Fan Palm Leaf

- and Fishtail Palm Leaf

Also, we will mix two different color schemes for our tropical collections for a daylight and for a night scene tropical garden.

The course project

For the class project paint tropical foliage using the shapes and colors of your choice. Share your foliage painting in Project Gallery of this class. Optional share a photo of your supplies and your progress pictures in Project Gallery.

Painting foliage is relaxing and fun. I hope you will enjoy this project.


(You can use your favorite supplies, below I mentioned the brands I used)

  • Watercolor Paint (I use "White Nights" watercolor paints by Nevskaya Palitra)
  • Watercolor Paper (I used Canson, cold press 140lb)
  • Sharp pencil HB
  • Eraser
  • Medium size round watercolor brush with a good tip (I used Da Vinci Kolinsky Sable #4).
  • Paper towels
  • Paint palette
  • Water

For the class project paint tropical foliage using the shapes and colors of your choice.

See the reference pictures for different types of leaves below:


If you have any questions about the class or watercolor techniques, I will be happy to answer them.

I am looking forward to seeing your beautiful artwork in the Project Gallery.

Thank you for taking my class, x Irina

9 Lessons

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Mixing colors
Painting a banana leaf
Painting a philodendron leaf
Painting an areca palm leaf
Painting a fan palm leaf
Painting a fishtail palm leaf
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About the instructor

Hi, I am Irina - watercolor artist and illustrator.

Welcome to my channel dedicated to all Watercolor Beginners.

Here, I share my knowledge of watercolor, tips, tricks and techniques right from my studio in a small & beautiful town in Connecticut. In the last five years I taught over 65.000 …

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