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15 Days of Expressive Watercolor Skies -Exploring Watercolor Inks & Paints

teacher avatar Nilam Roy, Art Instructor

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Lessons in This Class

24 Lessons (7h 13m)
    • 1. The Beginning- Intro to the Class

    • 2. Materials Required

    • 3. Watercolor Paints Vs Inks -Techniques Part 1

    • 4. Watercolor Paint Vs Ink-Techniques Part 2

    • 5. Supporting Elements

    • 6. Warm up Practice with Watercolor Inks & Paints

    • 7. Day 1: Fluffy Clouds with Liquid Watercolors

    • 8. Day 2: Aesthetic Blue Sky with Watercolors Paints

    • 9. Day 3: Sunny Blue Sky with Liquid Watercolors

    • 10. Day 4: A Day at Pangong Tso

    • 11. A Stormy Day By the Barn Part 1

    • 12. Day 5: A Stormy Day By The Barn Part 2

    • 13. Day 6: Silver Lining

    • 14. Day 7: Calm Before Storm- Part 1

    • 15. Day 7: Calm Before Storm Part 2

    • 16. Day 8: Homecoming

    • 17. Day 9: A Serene Sunset

    • 18. Day 10: A Fiery Sunset

    • 19. Day 11: Magical Aurora

    • 20. Day 12: Dancing Lights

    • 21. Day 13: Starry Night

    • 22. Day: 14 Winter Sunset Sky

    • 23. Day 15: Pastel Snowy Sunset

    • 24. Thank you for Joining :)

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About This Class

Learn to paint dreamy skies with soft cotton candy clouds that you see floating above you!!

If you too are a Nephophile- like I am - then this is "THE" class for you!!

When I was just a beginner myself with watercolors I often struggled to achieve skies that I paint as today!!

The Secret Mantra if you would ask me is "PRACTICE"

In this class, I have introduced WATERCOLOR INKS as well and showed you the difference between painting skies with watercolor paints and inks. 

Hence, I designed this class for you so that you get into the habit of painting skies with various simple watercolor techniques for 15 days!! And, I am pretty confident that by the end of this class you will be able to stunning skies yourself!!


This class is suitable for all art enthusiasts at any levels, but I highly recommend you to take my first class “ Watercolor Sunset Seascapes”.

There I have explained the very basic watercolor techniques and one of the most important aspects of watercolor – water control. 

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Nilam Roy

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Hello Beautiful People, 

I am Nilam Roy, a watercolor and gouache artist based out of Bangalore India. I love travelling and find solace in painting beautiful nature landscapes. I am a thalosophile and a nephophile. Crazy right? 

I can't seem to get over my obssession to paint these beautiful skies and seas!! I explore these landscapes with different mediums such as watercolor, gouache and acrylics. Watercolors and gouache has been my go to or favourite mediums to explore.

I started my art journey on social media around the end of 2019, but was too scared to post due to lack of confidence. Believe me, when I say this confidence comes only through practice and practice makes a man perfect. And today here I am much more confident in my approach. This confide... See full profile

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1. The Beginning- Intro to the Class: The sky and the clouds has a very optimistic message for all of us. The sky reminds us that all things are possible. And with that, whenever I am feeling a little lost and I feel that I needed that job inspiration to energies and regenerate my soul. I look up to the power of the sky and just sprayed how the clouds shift and sky changes its color. It automatically changes your mood and relaxes your mind. Hello my dear friends. My name is milliohm and what to color and a wash artist based out of Bangalore, India. You could find me on Instagram under the handle name at the Niels artsy underscore code, where all my watercolor and gouache are drugs are displayed. You could also find me on YouTube as well as on Pinterest and Facebook, the link to which is given on my Skillshare profile. Now, if your nipple file like me, then this is the class for you. For this class, I will be teaching you how you can be this beautiful, soft, dreamy fluffiness skies with clouds using watercolors as the less water color inks. And I'll be walking you through each and every step of the process, including the technique section, where we will be seeing the difference between love watercolors, beams, and the water color inks, and how both of them behave differently when it comes to the techniques involved. Now, I have designed this class for 15 days where we will be painting 15 different sky escapes using different techniques. And we will be also exploring the watercolor paintings. And I'll be showing you how you can try to get the same kind of effect using the watercolor paintings. Just like how you been the skies with watercolor beans as well, the regular watercolor paints. So in this class, there will be a mix of skies with vote inks as well as water Philippines. So come on, let's start this interesting journey and let's try and learn how we can create this fluffy beautiful clouds with water color inks as well as if you're an absolute beginner and you have no idea of how you can work with things or you do not have insert of liberal with you Do not worry. Grab any supplies that is available with you. And let's get started. 2. Materials Required: Let's quickly take a look at the materials that we are going to be using. So you're our list of themes that we are going to be using. Now as you all know what the colors comes in tubes as well as pants it. Now your, this panzer that I have is customized, fancy. So I have colostrum, White Nights, the naval scapula, as well as some few of the colors of my choice that I like the best from Magellan, Mission Gold. So you can always customize your watercolors and fans and store them and use it like crazy. Now in this class we will be using watercolor inks as well. And I have given out clear, you know, difference between watercolor, ink and water color themes in the previous lesson, so that you are well aware of how water color inks behave on new people and how it is different from watercolor of beams, which are pigment based. Well, some of the watercolor paintings are diabetes. Now, this one is diabetes watercolor ink and it is very much a vibrant because it is Davis. Now there are some pigment beast watercolor ink is also available in the market, but the only one problem is that water color inks do not last longer. They start feeding out as the time progresses and when they're exposed to light. Okay, so that was all about watercolor. Now coming to brushes. So this one, as you know, is the Princeton Neptune series, which is a squid or limitation brush. Brushes. And as well as in this class, I will be showing you how you can use your mop brushes and create stunning skies with fluffy clouds. So these are the brushes that I'm going to be using for this class medially. Now coming back to the people. So this is the scent cue ball mills, Saunders, watercolor people. And I have tried out recently and it is amazing. So this is also a 100 percent watercolor mold free and archival quality watercolor paper. 300 GSM is the thickness of the people. And I'm just love with the texture of the people. Look how beautiful the texture is, right? So we are going to be using this paper and the size of the people of this path in particular is seven into tenants. But for creating our projects, I will be using more of squarish rectangle shape. So I'll be going ahead and using, you know, 20 and 18 centimeters of those people. So 20 centimeter being the width and the length being the 18 centimeter. Okay. So next we would read acquiring is mixing pallets. So you're I'm using a ceramic palette, but you can offer any ceramic plate or your lids of your watercolor pans will also do. Now, next is two jars of clean water. We would also be requiring masking DVS or instead of masking tape, you could also use washi tape of two varying sizes. And last but not the least, we would be using some tissue paper to dab off and clean, brush and ruler or a scale, an eraser, and a pencil to do the basic preliminary outline is required. So these are materials that we are going to be using. 4. Watercolor Paint Vs Ink-Techniques Part 2: Okay, so let's get started on with ink. So this is going to be fun. So the first technique that we are going to see is the wet on wet technique. Like normally as we do for watercolors, you're also am layering my people with this coat of water and now I will be squeezing out some of that ink on my palette. So your R Though, details of the ANC which was mentioned in the Barton's bringing him close so that you can see the label information. So those were the labels now insert in general, very vibrant because they are made out of dice, unlike watercolors, which are made out of pigments, and they have a binding agent and a little bit of additive as well. So the purity of the water colored the domains though vibrancy of its pigment. So as you can see, I'm letting the paint and the painters, the liquid watercolors, as the name says, it is liquid and neater, so it is always, the pigment is suspended in a solution already. So here, there is no way that you will be able to control the amount of water in your paint. So the only possible way for you to have controls on the amount of water that you are using is the amount of water that is there in your brush as well as on your people. So now let's quit DC voltages on dry technique. And I'm directly layering, forming some paint on the paper. And now with the help of my damp brush, which will be loaded with water, I'll be, you know, layering this color on the paper. Now here, as you can see, I should have dip the brush on my damp towel. So your is an example how you can exercise control of water when you are working with liquid watercolors. Now another important thing while you are working with liquid watercolors is that the end result will be very smooth leg, you can see right? Because here they are diabase and there are a lot more vibrant and so there is no granulation because there is no additives which are added in the solution is just the pigments are directly suspended in a solution. That is why when it comes to the light fastness of this beams are the inks. You know, they are poor in that respect because over time they tend to fade away. So the color vibrancy want to mean the same, like if you come back and check for like 2030 years maybe. So, yeah, that's the difference between watercolor paints and watercolor ink. Okay, so that was the wet on dry technique. And now I'll be showing you the variegated wash, like going with though wet on wet variegated wash like we did for the watercolor wash. Your am living this lighter shade as my top layer. And then I will again come back from the bottom with the another color that does my blue. Now your you would be seeing that the paint you heard, sorry, not the beam, the watercolor ink or watercolor, the liquid watercolors steams your people. You know, it is more than water does advertise generally. It's stained COP IPO quite easily now as you can see, two colors and not at all blending and mixing with each other. Did you see that, unlike watercolors, as soon as you to some complimentary watercolors, they create an in-between color of them and a third color, or tertiary colors created right? But it is not the same as I can see with my watercolor ink. It did not form any tertiary or third watercolor. Interesting way. So I think with this, I will not be able to create much of that dramatic skies with the ink. So I don't have to be very careful about how I use this beans though. Now the same kind of variegated wash I will try seeing on the wet-on-dry method. So in this technique, as we have seen in the watercolors, I take two colors and they go from top to bottom approach or bottom to top approach and go with the left to right motion of my brush. And here do you see the colors are not blending with each other at all, even though it's quite liquidy. Still the colors and blending, and you can see the blue is more overpowering of data of the pink. And yes, there is no third column which is getting formed in between. So I hope you are getting a fair amount of knowledge and ideas through these techniques and know what exactly you can do with inks and what exactly you should be avoiding well working with the inks. So now let's look at the fifth technique, though, bleeding technique. Now, I have squeezed out some of that paint on that red background. And like you can see though, themed is really bleeding into the paper by when the two beam or the Incas meeting with each other. As you can see, the blue is again dominating over the pink. Are the rows p on in color. And yes, it is not forming any, though, towards tertiary color, which should be a purple shade. When you mix blues and pinks, you get violet shade rate. So you are not getting that. So, yeah. So here you can see right there in Kansas own mind and mood I would tell because so you should understand all these properties and then you can experiment the ink in your landscapes and let it behave the way it generally has its own characteristics. So in that way, you know, you would be able to do great landscapes using watercolor ink. Now let's look at the lifting technique with the inks. So I'm wetting my background. We will be doing wet on wet for us to do this lifting technique and see if it really works on watercolor paintings. But I have a feeling it won't, because inks Dino people the moment you load the pigment onto the people. So I don't think you will be we will be able to get fine lifting technique through this. So yes, you can see here it is very poorly am able to lift some of the colors. But you can see the Incas already steam the people. So there is no chance of lifting the color out from the paper. So once you touch the wet background with your ink, pretty much done and dusted, there is no time actually for you to read correct your mistakes in this regard when you are working with ink. So this is one tip that I would give you that if you're working with things, so you need to be very mindful of those things and you need to plan well ahead that what kind of techniques that you're going to use so that if there is a situation or a need, we arrays where you need to fix something up, then I think you will have to resort to using some acrylics to recover and come back with your mistakes or to use wash. So that's the only way, I think that is that for whatever length. So yeah, every medium has its own pros and cons. So I think King is also one such medium. So based on how vibrant they are, yes, and since it comes easily in liquid form, it is very easy. Like you just open the bottle and you're just ready to use it, you know, so there is no hassle of mixing the paint and then having some water control in it and all that fast. You can totally avoid when you are using watercolor in. So, yeah, so here let's explore more and learn more about watercolor paintings. So I'll be trying are those salt effect. So I will just leave the background, maybe a gradient background or just a flat wash. You can use your inks and just create a flat worse like this, and the colors will flow smoothly. This is one beauty because there is no granulation in the beam to your background will look very smooth. The end result will be very, very smooth. So now I'll be using some salt particles over there and we will wait for the solid to dry up and see what kind of effect we are getting there and whether it is same as that of watercolors or not. Okay. So we will let it dry. And in the meantime, we will start out with the next technique, like we did with watercolors. That is the cling wrap technique. And we will see what kind of textures we are getting in the background. Your four Xiang, the colors won't be separating into granulating colors. So here you won't be able to get a chance. You have and witness the beautiful, you know, the unpredictability that the watercolor has you would not experience in the ink. Ink is unpredictable in its own way. So it is very moody. So I would say are more like me. Okay? So, yeah, so let's experiment with this cling wrap and we will read both this cling wrap and solve to get dry. And then once it is right, we will come back and check on it. Okay, now so the paper has dried and you can see the drastic difference between the two textures that regard using the same technique. And the other is that, you know, the cling wrap technique. So yeah, that is how your watercolor paints. The pigment and the inks are different from each other and they both have their own respective characteristics and their own mood. So you need to understand both of their behavior accordingly. Use them to your benefit and paint gardens landscapes with it. So let's check out the next lesson. 5. Supporting Elements: So before we move on to our class projects, so let's quickly understand what exactly are the supporting elements for our landscape. Now, as an example, so for the sky, as the main focus of your subject, you can always choose to paint, you know, supporting elements like mountains, polls, electric wires, fences, shrub, tree silhouettes. You know, there are endless options. You're going to be into roared with street lights and also like this kind of blurry background, silhouettes, windmills, or the floral Meadows. But mostly in this class we are going to choose very minimal supportive elements so that our sky is looks the main focus of the subject. Okay, so let's quickly understand water though. Very beginner friendly support development that you can add to your landscape. The first being the most easiest, that is the boards. I think we all are familiar with how to, you know, paint our outline or board with the help of our being brush. But if you're not comfortable with it, just observe. My brush strokes are tier always user sharp, pointy, head of the brush and create this lines of the birds. Because birds are flying in different motions rate. So that's it. Now he does again, it is just like I was talking about earlier, though. Power grids or the power lines that you can have. So just create the street, the pool like line and create this shape of how you would observe electric pole would look like. And then creates wires running through the poles to connecting to the another poll. And then yeah, that's it. That's how we are going to pin. So you're going to add some boards sitting on the pools. You can join the electric lines on the pool's using crisscross manner. So it's up to your imagination. So what I always do is whenever I'm gazing at the nature, I always observe my surroundings. So in that way, you would have a fair amount of idea. What are those supportive elements you can add to your landscape. So it is not only sticking by the reference, you can always go in and add DR. liking supporting elements, for example, birds, trees, some little houses, lakes, rivers. The options are endless to choose from. Okay. So the next supportive element that I'm demonstrating your fences. So I think we all have seen this wooden kind of pull fences Along the countryside or along green free pasture lands, right? So this is how you can create this kind of additional some elements to your landscape apart from use case. So these are very elastic. So that's why I have chosen all these kind of small additional elements. Now the next two I would be showing you is the shrubs. How we can add the shrubs in the distance are in the foreground and create landscape altogether, okay, so supportive elements and nothing but the sum. Are there additional characteristics that you provide to the painting without stealing away the main focus of the painting. Suppose for example, if you want your sky, REO clouds to be the main focus of your painting, then I will suggest you choose the support developments. Not very prominent. Our u, which would grab too much of attention because your main focus should be on your sky or the clouds rate. So that is why it's easier to go ahead with this kind of small and sharp supportive elements which can be painted very quickly and easily. As you can see that first I have just created an outline of these kind of shrubs and then using various color or tonal values. On the left side I went with the darker and on the right side, I retain the like those strokes so that it gives that sense of depth. And do though elements that you are creating or the trees that you are creating, Okay? So here is that example. And once you are done with the shape, you just create this short, spiky kind of stubs to indicate those lateral growth of decrease. Okay. Now the next is the grasslands. Now I think grasslands or grass pasture lands. I heard the most common, you know, landscape that we see or which we also commonly referred to as the field lens. So yeah, these are the grasslands which occurred in nature, random, so it does not have any definite are outlined characteristics associated. It's just that the color is always the greens or it is on the tunes of Brown's raid. So that is what our grasslands will look like. So I'll be using this tonal variation of yellowish green and sap green mix. And with the help of my pointy brush, I'll be just going ahead and creating this sharp, sharp spike lake structures to indicate the grassy glutes. Now you can see how I've held my brush. To have a better grip and better control. I have held my brush very close to their fare you. So I'll be giving you a closer look on how I'm creating this grassy leg structures with the help of the tip of my brush. So I'm using the size number 4, a long round brush from Princeton velvet series. Now, whenever you are going ahead with detailing, always uses synthetic hair brush because you do not want too much of water retention in your brush rate when you are filling in the deduce. So, you know, a synthetic hair brush would be best suited when you are going for this kind of details. So for the Hauser Kevin, I think we all know how to do this, but again, I'll be just briefing you. So creating triangle and then connected using up parallelogram. That is a quadrilateral raise the roof kind of structure that we're making and then join it to the body of the house with them connecting lines. And yeah, yeah, house would be ready. And then if you want, you can fill in the colors, used colors of your choice. You can add some texture to the house. You can create stripes on the body of the house to give it an extra kind of textured look. So it's totally up to you. It's how you can use this kind of supportive elements. You'll know you can create a cable and shrubby areas around the Cambrian and the beautiful sky up ahead. And yeah, you are. The landscape 3D. Landscape is just ready to be framed or to be preserved in your schedule. Guard your file wherever you are maintaining your artworks. Okay, so the next easy one that I'll be showing us how you can create a bunch of loose floral kind of bundle. So you're in this floral bunch, use different tones of greens. And then you leave some empty white blank spaces in between when you are going and creating this foliage like patterns for the shrubby, a look though. Bushy floral bush. So in between now of those whitespaces for leptin with the other color of your choice, use a brighter colors. Yellows, pinks are red. And yeah, just drop the color in those ADS since the surrounding areas will be read if you're going ahead and doing it with watercolor paintings. Yeah, It is surely going to spread and create a beautiful effect. So around bushy areas are the foliage patterns that you have just created. You can just go and use the tip of your brush and create this kind of DOD or shapes of those florals or the flowers that you are painting. So there is no definite shape, we are just keeping it to lose and DSCR supporting elements are these. Now you're going to observe around your surroundings and create some other supportive elements like roars, street, lives, silhouettes, anything of your choice. So I think I have explained you everything that we are going to do for our class projects. So let's get started on. 15. Day 7: Calm Before Storm Part 2: Hello, hello. So resuming back without painting, I hope you have had a break. And now it's time that we create little bit more of details on our muddy part three. So as you can see, I'm going ahead and doing the layering technique I have grabbed are loaded my brush with that of burnt sienna mixed with a little bit of burnt umber. And I am creating this kind of folks on the road to make it look more realistic. This blue is gray skies along with this yellowish green and this muddy road is just the perfect combination, isn't it? I'm loving the color combination of this painting, so so much the same kind of color combination we had been did RB five also rate, I hope you remember. That was with inks today. I wanted you to show it with watercolors. So here it is. Now you can see, right, I did just lifting technique using my damp wet the brush, not too soft wet. It was just done by adapted on the tissue. Darwin. How generally we do the lifting technique. Okay, so that is how we are going to faint and here is a closer look. So I'll just go ahead and fixing little bit some more of the details urine there. And then I will be going ahead and adding our tree in that right-hand side of our grasslands. So that's it. That will be far painting after adding the tree. So you're, I'm trying to perfect those grasses a bit more by adding some more darker sheets in between. So that is totally up to you if you want to add Go ahead orders. If you just, you know, color blog though, this land area and just, you know, along the curvature of the road, if you've been the only these glasses, even that is absolutely fine. There is no issue. Some way or the other. The painting will come to life. And it is only and only up to you how you want your painting to look like. So based on that, you can add or, you know, take off or delete the elements as you like. Now you're, I'm trying to create some shorter glasses. You're on the right-hand side, just using the tip of my long-run drugs. So if you're not comfortable doing, doing this in this way, you put also void and use your spotter fine liners are, you know, even a liner brush would do this job or that even mean needed dealing brushes would also help you to do this sharp D dealing of glasses. So I was not really happy with how it was looking. So I blended the colors in the background. And I am going ahead and creating these grasses all over again and adding a little bit of browns in there. And then I'm just dragging the colors and creating this glass-like shapes. So I think I'll just stop at that. And now it's time to add in that tree. So for the tree, I'll be using my burnt umber shade and I have missed lives over. Don't write Washington just a tiny bit amount of wash and I'm just painting this tree. Choose to add one or more trees. But here LB, just adding 13 because I like it in this way, but it is totally optional. And up to you, how many trees you want do. Now painting these branches of the tree. Use a very thin liner brush, or a brush returns a long, pointy tip. Now if you're not comfortable with this kind of liner, round or pointed tip two brushes. You can always go Use your money dealers or your fine spotter brushes because that would give you much, much more control then, you know this long brushes, but they distort the lead dependent on you how you handle your brushes. It all depends on the practice. Now, as you can see, I have started creating the tree structure. So now for the foliage Bart, at the base of the tree, I'm using the darker colors because this is where the light is not passing through and hence it is Doug. Now I'll be adding in the lighter shade, my greenish yellow shade in-between though, darker areas that have been doing. But the greenish, yellowish bar, the lightest part will be at though, governing the topmost Davy of the tree. Once you're happy with your tree now it's time to add in some grasses in between the Muddy bought three. So because it is a Monday pathway, we are adding some just random shape and little rid of Grassy Lake batches urine there on the middle of the road. So that's it. I think with that we will stop with up ending. It's finally time to be loved. Your masking tape from all the four sides now here recently derivative. Whenever your phone has dried thoroughly or lead them. We loved your masking tape, especially when you have fixed your paper onto a board surface. Artisans worked sometimes happens due to the weight of the people. Sometimes the paper buckles up, even if you are using 300 GSM paper due to multiple heavy washes that we, you know, meet the paper, undergo it sometimes recolor, so lead the people dry thoroughly on its own, and it will come back to its proper shape. So that's all for today. Tomorrow we are going to paint a beautiful sunset sky. See you tomorrow. 24. Thank you for Joining :): And that's a wrap of our 15 days of expressive skies with water color, inks and watercolors. I hope you have had your fun painting this along with me, because I surely did have fun creating this class projects for you guys. Thank you to each and everyone who has joined me in this journey of 15 days and created all 15 of those beautiful skies that we have been good so far. If you have painted all 15 of those gorgeous guys, I would love to see them. Please do upload your class projects in the projects gallery section, you could upload all 15 of the class projects together as a collage and pose them and social media like Instagram, if you are doing so, do not forget to tag me or use the hashtag, paint with Niels artsy goal. I would be happy to reach them back on my stories. I hope with all the knowledge that you have gathered in this class, you can try out your own compositions and feel much more confident when you are being endings guys. So please do leave a review if you are really like the way that this class has progressed. And I would love to hear from us, well, how did you like the class? So reviews are the best way that you can communicate that to me. I'm looking forward to seeing your class projects until then, stay safe and keep your creative spirit high. And keep painting. Bye.