How to Paint Transparent Watercolour Flowers – Olga Koelsch

Learn how to create delicate, see-through flowers in watercolour with the help of immensely popular artist, pattern designer and YouTuber, Olga Koelsch.

In her debut book, Olga gently guides beginners and experienced artists alike through the process of painting flowers, combining the accuracy of botanical illustration with the expression and freedom of modern watercolour. 

Beginning with a concise introduction to the key things you’ll need to get started, as well as Olga’s most-used watercolour methods, straight away you can start to paint 6 different stunning plant projects magnolia, eucalyptus, bellflower, rose, peony and iris. Every project has clear photography and step-by-step instructions, as well as an outline at the back of the book that can be traced, if you need a little help when beginning your painting. 

If you need inspiration for what to do with your finished artwork, Olga has shared a stunning collection of her own examples that showcase the flowers beautifully from cards and wall art to fabrics that would make a beautiful robe for a loved one.

Whether you’re looking to start painting flowers with a nod to botanical illustration, or to learn how to create beautiful flowers to adorn personal items, you’ll be struck by the timeless and unique artwork that fills How to Paint Transparent Watercolour Flowers.


This book is absolutely exquisite. What Olga has achieved is a wonderful combination of botanical illustration with a delicate fragility creating beautiful images revealing the true beauty of each flower she captures. 

Her content includes:

Getting started
Paint and equipment, Watercolour paper, Colour and mixes, Working with references, Watercolour techniques

Projects – Detailed step-by-step creation of:
Eucalyptus, Magnolia, Bellflower, Rose, Peony, Iris

Taking it further – how else to use this technique

Outlines – to help you get started

Every stage in Olga’s process is beautifully illustrated and explained in step-by-step detail. 

Beautifully produced this book is an absolute inspiration, something to treasure for years to come. 

Highly Recommended! 

One of our Favourite Creative Books of 2024!