Welcome to Botanical so Beautiful with Jarnie Godwin
My easy to follow step-by-step tutorials take you through a variety of botanical subjects.
Suitable for all levels of ability, including simple studies to more complex pieces, there is something for everyone.
From equipment and technique, through all the stages of botanical watercolour painting, including drawing, tips and advice on
composition, through to the finishing touches and even troubleshooting,
my tutorials will help you achieve the results you are looking for in your botanical painting, whilst developing your own style.
With a new tutorial added every month
“I have to say, this is an AWESOME Tutorial!!!!” – Stacy
“The tutorials are wonderful…you explain what you are doing while giving insight into why…teaching me how to think about the process, growing the ability to translate the skills.” – Betty
“Thank you Jarnie for your excellent tutorials I am just a beginner with botanical painting but have found the stages of the tutorials excellent and so well explained… have learned so much already” – Rita
Want to have a go? Try my free tutorial. with the easy to follow step-by-step videos, it’s easier than you think. The project covers all aspects of the painting, right through to the finishing touches, including support PDF downloads to help you complete the project.
Lots of extras are included in your free membership package. As well as the Free tutorial, you also get access to a selection of my ‘Technique Tool Box‘ videos, along with a practical Sketchbook in Practice exercise to help you gain more skills and confidence. In addition, you will also receive my exclusive membership newsletter, ‘In a Nutshell’, and the fortnightly tip sheet ‘Bitesize‘, where I share lots of extra tips and ideas to keep you inspired.
Each project contains a series of videos, detailing a stage in the process of painting a subject, from the foundations right through to the finishing touches. Most subjects are botanical, so projects could be flowers, fruits, berries or leaves, but the techniques can be used just as effectively to non-botanical subjects, such as feathers, butterflies or shells, and along the way more of these will be included in the project list.
You’re shown everything in real-time, (just a little speeding up to cut the length). No fancy camera work, just close-up footage of the project in progress with a clear, carefully constructed voiceover recorded by me to take you every step of the way.
There’s always a fresh challenge with a new tutorial being added every month. Carefully planned for the best learning experience, by introducing new techniques and skills, and you get access to the full archive of projects all the time you are with me.
Each tutorial is accompanied by a few reference photographs and an outline drawing for you to work from (especially useful if you just want to try the painting).
The tutorials are suitable for all levels of ability, including complete beginners, with three levels of difficulty to choose from. With a range of subjects and techniques on offer, you can mix and match your selection depending on time or what you’d like to do.
*Videos are for streaming, not downloading, so you will need a high speed internet service to watch them.
The Technique Tool Box is a set of really useful short videos where I share all aspects of the techniques, and offer useful tips I use myself in the studio. An ever-growing knowledge base and reference library, to use again and again when you’re working on your sketchbook, on your own projects, or when you have a go at one of the step-by-step tutorials. Here are just a few:
• Painting with Black and Neutral
• Working from Photographs
• How to Mix Greens
• Paints and Colours
• Palettes and Brushes
• The Method Overview
• Painting Leaves
• The Wet-in-Wet Technique
• Capturing Light
• The Studio Set-Up
• Finishing Techniques
• Ways of Looking
It’s so important that you keep painting and drawing every day if you can, so in addition to the lovely tutorial projects, I aim to provide you with lots of support through some great little sketchbook extras to keep you motivated and confident.
Sketchbooks are a wonderful tool to help you get ideas on paper and try out new techniques. To help you build up a beautiful sketchbook of your own I’ll give guidance on a series of sketchbook exercises that are perfect for when you don’t have much time to spare, or for building up your skills base.
In a Nutshell is the dedicated exclusive newsletter just for members of the Botanical so Beautiful online tutorials. And in Bitesize, you get a mini tip sheet delivered to your inbox every fortnight. Here I give lots of extra tips, hints, ideas and advice to really get you motivated and inspired.
These are specifically designed to offer greater challenge when you are ready, if you have more experience, or if you want to push your paintings further.
Check out the Tutorials Library for the latest Masterclass videos, and focus on more challenging projects, including more complex compositions and subjects. Great fun once you’ve built your confidence.
* Videos are for streaming, not downloading, so you will need a high-speed internet connection to watch them.
As a member of Botanical so Beautiful you can also sign up for the occasional live Skype tutorials that are up for grabs. These are smaller classes where I cover one aspect of the painting process or specific techniques, and are aimed at tackling something with a bit more challenge.
Great for when you need that extra boost
Learning is so much more fun when you learn together. When you become a full subscription member of my online learning site, you immediately get membership of the private Facebook Group. Here to introduce you to other members, you can post your work and discuss your progress. Plus, I’ll be on hand to answer questions, post exclusive sneaky previews, and offer lots of encouragement,
Great fun to help you build your confidence and meet new friends.
Just search for the Botanical so Beautiful with Sketchbook Squirrel group on Facebook and send a request to join
How to join us:
1. Choose which subscription option you would like from the selection below.
2. Fill in your details to create your new account. You can create your own password.
3. You will be taken to the secure payment page on PayPal to enter your payment details (credit or debit card or PayPal), and complete your transaction.
4. You’ll receive an email receipt confirming your order and payment, and another one from me with your username.
5. With your account, you can view all your profile, subscriptions, order history, billing and password details.
6. My Tutorials is your own personal space on the site and gives you access to all the tutorial courses.
Got a question about joining? Check the FAQ's Page for further info.