Start an oil botanical illustration sketchbook with me! Can you use oil paint on paper? I never thought you could paint on paper with oil, but the answer is an absolute YES! In this botanical illustration tutorial, I will teach you how to input your drawings with a ballpoint pen, tone the pages with acrylic ink, seal the pages with shellac, paint over top of your sketches, and add in text using India Ink to create a spread that looks like it came straight out of the 19th century. I will also discuss my (multiple) mistakes that I made during the process of creating these pages, and as special thanks for watching, I’ll send you my reference photos so you can paint along with me.

If you’d like access to my reference photos so you can paint along, visit this link and you’ll be emailed your very own copy:

I am beyond grateful for your support of my teaching, and if there’s anything you’d like to see in a future video, please don’t hesitate to write me a comment!

FULL FLOWER PAINTING COURSE NOW AVAILABLE!!! I am so happy to share that my first course, “Painting Flowers in Acrylic,” is now available. Use code YOUTUBE25 to take $25 off! The course is available here:
Don’t forget to use the code, and happy painting!

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Favourite sketchbooks: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series
Pens: Zebra F301
Paint: Winsor & Newton and M. Graham & Co. paint in titanium white, burnt umber, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, sap green, cinnabar green, and cadmium yellow deep
Shellac: Zinsser spray can shellac (not available through Amazon, check your local hardware store)
Acrylic Inks: Transparent Burnt Umber and Prussian Blue by Liquitex Professionals

00:00 Introduction
00:44 Collecting Your Reference
01:40 Adding the Drawing
02:11 Adding the Writing
03:13 Toning the Pages
05:11 Applying Shellac
05:54 Painting the Spread
09:30 Painting White Flowers
10:28 Adding Text with India Ink
10:46 The India Ink Failure
12:08 Improvising a Solution
14:16 The Final Spread

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Hi! I’m Marianne, I’m an artist and trained teacher (BEd, MEd, OCT). I create painting tutorials in acrylic, oil, and gouache/acrylic ink for both canvases and sketchbooks. I love teaching and supporting emerging artists, and sharing tips and strategies for creating success in your artistic practice. Mistakes and failures are part of the process, and […]

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