Watercolour Painting at Home: Eucalyptus Blossoms and Leaves


Learn to paint beautiful Australian flora at this at home watercolour painting workshop.

2.5 hours Class size 1 to 25 (public dates), 5 to 50 label $39

Whether you're a nature lover looking to capture the beauty of the natural world or you'd like to try your hand at watercolour painting and want to work from an incredible subject, this online painting class will show you how to create a gorgeous painting of some iconic Australian flora.

In this online class, your friendly and experienced teacher Fran, based and 'zooming' in from Blue Mountains, will guide you through the techniques behind basic watercolour painting and brushwork, creating gradients, and washes with watercolour.

Under Fran's expert tutelage, you'll work on a range of exercises to prepare you for painting your beautiful blossoms. The eucalyptus (Australians call them Gums) is considered a holy tree for the Indigenous peoples of Australia. For the Aboriginals, it represents the division of the underworld, earth, and heaven. The eucalyptus leaf is also often believed to have a purifying effect, as negative energy disappears in the place where you burn it.

This class is a great place to explore watercolour art, no matter your level of experience. Anyone can learn how to paint with watercolours, and this class caters to both beginners and those with some painting and illustration experience.

This unique watercolour class is also a lovely way to connect with other like-minded creatives from the comfort of your own home with a glass of wine or cuppa in one hand and a paintbrush in the other!

Please note: Public dates for this class require at least 3 guests to run. In the unlikely event that we don't reach this number, we'll cancel the class; in this case we'll inform you and allow you to get a refund or reschedule, so please watch your email/SMS one day prior to the class.

Knowledge required
Beginner friendly
What to bring
  • A4 sheets x 2 of smooth textured 180gsm or higher grade (sometimes called g/m2) watercolour paper (you can purchase this at any art supplies store or some office suppliers).
  • Watercolour paints: green, white, yellow, orange, red, brown. Suggest 'cake/pan' style instead of tubes. You can often buy them in a 'set' with a range of colours. (Please message if you would like brand suggestions, for this workshop high quality paints are not necessary).
  • Brushes: no.6 round tip (medium tip brush) and no.0 or no.1 round tip (fine tip brush for detail).
  • A pencil and eraser.
  • Two cups or glasses half filled with water to wash your brushes (Recommend access to water, in case you need to change it during the class OR have a jug of water clean water and container for dirty water.
  • Paper towel (a few sheets) and cotton buds.
  • Hairdryer (optional).
  • Apron or old top to protect clothes.
Your teacher
Fran Cane
Fran Cane
(Lady Bird Design)

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Fran is an artist; an educator, neither overshadows, they simply entwine and enrich one another.

At a young age Fran discovered the value of creating art in her daily life. The act of art helped Fran express her identity. The process of developing an idea, especially with jewellery, seeing that idea come to completion by Fran's own hand filled her with satisfaction and accomplishment.  Fran began to see how creating art helped other aspects of my life and learning.

Fran is inspired by nature, patterns, form and texture. Each created piece portrays a slice of life, a perspective of the world in which we all live. Her mediums span painting and jewellery to collage and stitching. They all bring joy, though not everything turns out how she envisaged.

In particular Fran sees the unique design and individually handcrafted nature of bespoke jewellery as an ornamental way of extending personal self-expression. During the creative process, she is mindful that someone will be wearing the piece and it will come alive only when it finds its owner.

Fran is most comfortable in the studio classroom teaching art than in any other place or endeavour. It fills her soul to help others learn by exposing them to tools, materials and techniques of Fran's trade and then develop their skills and confidence in the creative medium.

Through support, conversation and laughter, I set a welcoming scene of free expression.

Ladybird Design Creative Studio is the culmination of creating a life around my passions of art, jewellery and teaching. It frees Fran to take a piece of silver, blank canvas or paper, turn it into a beautiful thing and share it with the world every day. Fran believes now more than ever that pursuing one’s passions makes life more colourful and vibrant, gives us pleasure and purpose, but most of all it reminds us of who we are.

Fran would love to share the joy of creating and making with you.

Verified reviews

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Nia W Jul 2023

Fran’s watercolour class was lovely and relaxing. Fran is a very kind and clear teacher, she checked in on how we were all getting alone and gave lots of encouragement. I would recommend her class!

Bianca Villani Jul 2023

Fran’s watercolour classes are instructional and very detailed. She explains what she is doing each steps of the way and regularly checks in with each participant.
It is rewarding to see what I can achieve with Fran’s guidance and some inexpensive paint supplies.
Fran’s classes never disappoint and tonight was a calm, relaxing way to spend Saturday night at home.
I cannot wait for the next watercolour class.

Isabella Wolfram Mar 2023

I had a really lovely time in the eucalyptus leaves and blossoms class.
The preparation for the class was great with templates and very clear instructions and Fran is a most knowledgeable, experienced and sympathetic teacher. Her demonstrations and suggestions were really helpful and clear and she quickly adjusted instructions to our level of ability.
Thank you Fran, for refreshing my love of watercolour.
I just hope that I can make a regular time for myself to practise.
Warmest regards,

Painting class review by Isabella Wolfram

Claire Cooke Feb 2023

Fran was great. When something came up and I couldn’t make the class she very kindly sent a link to a recording of it.

Elspeth Nov 2022

Another great class from Fran. It was well paced and fun. I was pleased and surprised with final result. Thanks Fran

Painting class review by Elspeth

Megan Oct 2022

Wow this class was amazing, loved Fran's other classes & now can add this one to the list. They are always sooo much fun, very relaxed & Fran's a great teacher, showing you step by step what to do as well as lots of alternative ways to do the different colours so you can put your own personal stamp on your work. I went with orange blossoms & green leaves all using the same green colour but with different darkness & colours added. Really looking forward to seeing what Fran comes up with next but totally going to do more of her watercolour classes.

Watercolour Painting at Home: Eucalyptus Blossoms and Leaves review by Megan

R Ismail Oct 2022

Easy to follow step by step and lots of practise with wonderful Fran and painters. A great Saturday evening watercolour session. Look forward to more.

Watercolour Painting at Home: Eucalyptus Blossoms and Leaves review by R Ismail

Fotini Oct 2022

Fran is an awesome informative teacher. Great class for beginners to try out watercolour within a supportive super friendly environment. Instructions for the class were clear and organised. Heaps of fun and highly recommended. Impressive to see the whole class produce beautiful unique blossom flower paintings.

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