4 Easy Watercolor Drip Flowers: Plus Doodle/Zentangle Illustrations for Beginners | Karen Brake Barge | Skillshare

4 Easy Watercolor Drip Flowers: Plus Doodle/Zentangle Illustrations for Beginners

Karen Brake Barge, Artist, Illustrator, & Graphic Design

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11 Lessons (49m) View My Notes
    • 1. Intro to Drip Flowers

    • 2. Drip Flower Watercolor Painting Supplies

    • 3. Step 1 Creating A Good Drip

    • 4. Practice Doodles and Zentangle

    • 5. Drawing On Your First Drip Painting

    • 6. Blending Techniques for Watercolor

    • 7. Painting On Your Doodle Drawings

    • 8. Doodle With Fineline Resist

    • 9. Painting Over The Fineline Resist Pen

    • 10. Removeing Resit Masking Fluid From Painting

    • 11. First Drip Flower Whimsical & Free


About This Class

Drip, draw and paint flowers in mixed media. Karen is going to show you how she got started in the field of illustration. The word illustration can mean almost anything when it comes to drawing.

Have you ever just started with a drip? The more we paint and draw the better we get, right? Now is your chance to see what you can create form a drip of watercolor. Let your creativity run wild. We will draw, paint and play.

This class is perfect for beginners.

What to expect in this class:

  • Art supplies I recommend, including paint brands, paper, and brushes
  • Create three different styles of drip watercolor flowers
  • Short explanations and full-length timelapse videos
  • Why I doodle or zentangle and draw
  • A PDF download full of doodle flowers to get you started
  • Basic watercolor techniques including blending
  • We will practice using masking fluid
  • How to use a brush to create whimsical, bright and fun paintings

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1. Intro to Drip Flowers: Theo Karen. I'm back with my third skill share. I'm a professional illustrator and designer. My illustrations and paintings can be found on packaging, Christmas cards, stationary greeting cards, Children's books, different types of fabric and home decor. But I haven't always been an illustrator. When I first started out in college or even in high school, I tried to draw and get frustrated. I would draw, I would erase. I would throw it away. I would get out had on the spear that I needed to put it down on the paper had been perfect the first time, and that's not really the way it works. You've gotta practice practice practice. I had a college professor site. Go get a sketchbook and fill the sketchbook up with drawings, the front and back before the end of the semester, he said. I don't care what you draw. Draw anything. And here are some of the first doodles I ever did. I loved animals, and I would scribble and draw thes cule animals and because he disciplined me to draw every day Philip the sketchbook by the end of the semester. I have a better illustrator today because of him and I thank him so much. What we're doing in this class is we're going to practice by doodling and we're also going to do some water color because I believe that those of the first steps in really becoming an illustrator is drawing. And then painting with watercolor is so easy and inexpensive. That's a great way to get started. We're going to create three drip paintings for three different styles. The next thing we're going to do is add all of the doodles that we've already practiced and kind of Zen tangle up your painting. The second watercolor that we're doing, we're gonna add our drawings not with a black pin like before, but we're going to do it with a resist pin, so everything that we draw in the end will come out white, then the last drip painting. We're going to create the zin tangle or the doodles with our brush instead of the black pin or the resist pin just to give us practice. Painting with a brush because of brush is gonna be completely different than a pin. We're also going to talk about mixing paint and applying the watercolor onto your paintings . I also have a section all about watercolor and paper and things that are less expensive than other things. How to get started with inexpensive supplies. So one of the traditions in my family is that we use cloth napkins. Every time I go on a trip, I try to pick up a new cloth napkin. I love cloth napkins that have all these patterns on. You know, for a fact that that was a doodle in the beginning. Even though these are not my illustrations. Here are a few other examples of products that started at as a doodle. Even these containers from Starbucks. One last thing. I have provided time lapse videos of my projects, just in case you want to see the whole thing. I can't wait to see your projects. Don't forget to post on below. And if you have any questions Oh, my gosh. Please don't hesitate to ask me and I'll see you in the next video. 2. Drip Flower Watercolor Painting Supplies : I just wanted to share with you briefly. All of the supplies that I have that I use for my watercolor projects. There are thousands of watercolor product, and I just wanted to show you some of my favorite ones. It's a Windsor Newton travel kit that comes with the brush. I usually don't put water in here. I use this for mixing just like I used for mixing over here. And the reason why is because it I've spilt so many times when you're traveling and you do this of you use feel. What I use is a brush that already has water ended its pin tell you can get the men any hobby store or online and Amazon, and it's great because the water is already in here. You're gonna squirt the water out and then pick up the color and then paint with it. It's really very convenient when you want to change colors. What you do is you press the water through the brush and then clean the brush. I love this when I'm traveling cause I think it's easier, and I use this a lot just to pate, florals or my illustrations, because it's just fast and easy. It was a really cool little brush. I've had this big pallet since I was in college. This is what they suggested, getting a large palette so you could mix a lot of colors. This is the way they taught me how to organize it. I've used different types of pain. I've used less expensive watercolor by liquid texts. Not as crazy about that. I like Windsor Newton. I started using Windsor Newton when I went to college. That was what the professor said to use. And so if I'm using professional watercolors, I usually use wins or new. I use with all of my classes, and I still use this to do illustrations. Professionally is praying. I absolutely love praying watercolors. I usually get the double colors here, all the main colors that you would get if you got a small set. You just get the regular red and yellow. You know, the brown and black, and sometimes it comes with white. I do not use a lot of white paint when I paint with watercolors. I think it makes it look muddy. If you want to do something pink instead of red, basically, you use that you use a lot of water and a little bit of red to make something pastel instead of adding white paint. When you buy a set like this, you get a brush that looks like this, and it's just a cheap watercolor brush. It would work just fine if you want to get started with it. But let me talk about brushes now. We already talked about this and it's a pen tell there were different sizes. I just This is just the normal average size, but there's different sizes. This is absolutely one of my favorite things in the whole world. Didn't know if I ever, ever paint with something like this, but I do and I love it. I bought a whole set of these at Hobby Lobby. You can get them on line through Amazon or I just got a hobby lobby. You don't have to use a master's touch. The thing about this brush that's different than most brushes is that it comes to a fine point in that fine point helps you get detail. Listen, right here is a six that I just got a bunch of them in a variety pack or this is gonna be really brief about watercolor paper, watercolor paper. Come in, spiral bound or take bound. I usually get cold press. I also use Strathmore a lot. That other one was skansen. It was less expensive. This is what I used for my students. Usually this is 300 Siri's, its spiral bound. There are two different size watercolor paper when you first open it up, this is the textured side. The other side doesn't have as much texture. When you're creating watercolor paintings, it's better to do the texture side. The watercolor doesn't soak in as fast if you use the textured side of the watercolor. This is a block. This is This is really this is a lot nicer. This is acid free. This is nine by 12. The sheets have been put together. You can see right here where you just cut off the sheets. I'm almost finished with this one, but this is just a watercolor block. It's glued here. So then you don't have to tape it to a board or two a table to keep it from wrinkling. That's what a watercolor block is good for. This is really what I'm using for the drip flowers is just the strap. More coal press. I have provided a list of materials that you confined to the side of your project information. And basically, this is what you need. You need water, color paint, whatever kind of paint that you choose to use. Watercolor paper, round brushes six and 12. And then any other brushes that you want to play with. Oh, my gosh. Have fun with this. We're also going to use fine line. Resist pin for one of the water colors. We're also gonna use Sharpie markers or some other type of permanent marker. 3. Step 1 Creating A Good Drip: first thing we're gonna do is we're gonna load up our brush with color and lots of water. I chose dream, but you can choose any color you want. Too many times when I create this type of painting, I create two or three of the paintings with the dots on it. So if one painting and I don't like it, then I already have the drip part of it ready to go. You want to load up your brush with lots of water and lots of color, and I'm just, ah, blotting mawr color onto the page. I'm now changing my color of an ad pink. I want you to see how I am adding Mawr and mawr color and dabbing mawr water and color on their water color, depending on how warm the air is or how warm the day is. Your watercolors gonna dry pretty quickly, so you want to make sure that you have lots of water and paint on your page. So when you get to the part where you're dripping, there's actually something lift on one of the dots that you created in the very beginning. Like the green, the green was 1st 1 I did. I'm going to make sure that I have lots of water and paint on that. I'm gonna speed this up to show you how to drip. This is super simple. We're gonna pick up the page, so it's completely vertical. So when the puddles of paint start to drip, they strip straight down off the page. Sometimes you have to shake it a little. Sometimes, if the water color has dried a little, you will need to get more paint and added while the pages vertical. 4. Practice Doodles and Zentangle: the next trick Flowers. We're gonna add some doodles. I don't know about you guys, but I love to doodle. I doodle a lot, so I doodle all the time on everything. It's kind of crazy. I mean, I even doodle I have, ah, gratitude journal. I even doodle in my gratitude journal. I have given you a pdf files. You can practice some of your doodles if you want to practice before you actually doodle on to your painting. Three. Okay. When I first started doodling, I went and found some very simple shapes for flowers. I just started drawing the simple shapes on copy paper. Sometimes I traced it because I didn't feel confident even to draw when I first started doing doodling and drawing from the very beginning just get copy paper and set it on top of , you know, whatever I found. And I would just trace just so I could get used to this hand eye coordination. And I do believe in tracing. I don't think that's a bad thing to trace. I don't know if you've ever looked at a bunch of doodles and go. I don't know if I can even draw any of this stuff. It's so complicated if you're there, which it could be and that's okay. You gotta start somewhere, right? I have provided a pdf with all of these drawings on there and then get just a copy paper cheapies a coffee taper and and trace it. It's OK to traits. You know, if you feel that your that uncomfortable man, go for it. I did that too, when I began. Like I said, it was years ago, but it's it's okay to trace in the beginning while you're trying to find your style. And the next step is to take my permanent marker and start to sketch. The best way to do this is start with the flowers. You think you're gonna be in the foreground is the one that are gonna be closest to you first. See you in the next video and let's get to Isn't tangling 5. Drawing On Your First Drip Painting: So now we're ready to get started. Here is the drip flowers that we created earlier. Here are my doodle pages that I'm gonna be looking at. You remember what we want to do is we want to start with what are the flowers that are gonna be in the foreground? That's the ones that you want to start with first, and then you can do the ones in the background. This big one right here. What I want to do is that's the last one I'm gonna do. It's in the background. I like this one. I think I'm gonna make it here and then I really like this one. I really like the one with the circles. This is gonna be fun. The permanent markers. They're two different types. There are the Thich ones and this is called a fine point. I only does very fine. I think that's a kind of a fat point, but that's what it's called. It's called a fine point. It's bigger. So the ones that I use for my doodles are the ultra fine or extra five. You wanted to be a fine point. So when you go in here and you create your doodles on top of your painting. You can get lots of detail the whole reason why we're using Sharpie markers or permanent markers. Because remember when we get finished putting on all of our doodles were to go back and paint with watercolors, so you want something that's not going to smear all right? 6. Blending Techniques for Watercolor: Okay, I'm starting out with this brush. It's a size 12. It's a little bit larger. I usually start out with larger brushes in the beginning, and then I go down to the smaller ones. What I'm doing is picking up water. I'm going into my color and picking up a lot of color that I'm painting the color on. Once I get some color on to the paper, I go back and pick up more color and mawr water. I'm gonna dab it onto the flower. Let the water kind of run into the other water color that's there. So then it has, you know, there would be places where they will be more puddles of pink. The pink will be darker in one area lighter in another area. I think that's what's really nice about watercolor, and it kind of does its own thing. It kind of just blends and puddles up in different places based upon whatever is on the page. And he was really nice. That really makes a nice painting, something different than just a solid color, like acrylic or even wash when you're doing watercolor, unless you want all of the colors to blend together. I mean, all over the page. Then the way I paint the way it's good to paint is to start in one area, paint that area and then go to another area that doesn't touch the area that you just painted. Because if you touch the area that you've painted, that water will rush into the new color. Whatever the color is now, sometimes you want that to happen, cause that's really nice. And I'll talk about that later to get a darker pink, which is really what I desire is to go back to the palate, get a lot more pigment or paying onto my brush and then come back to my flower. And I dab large amounts of that pigment into what is already wet. And then I kind of just let it, you know, expand and blend with the water and the pigment that's already on the flower. So what I'm doing now is I'm gonna be working on some leaves. I took like a bluish green color, and I am doing a couple of leaves with with this bluish screen, and then I'm gonna go in, and I'm gonna mix up other types of different color green and we're gonna blend on the page . I'm gonna blend on my palette first, and then I'm gonna blend on the page to show you how. If you just dab a little bit of green into the blue, it makes a completely different color on your leaves. And that's what the whole goal here is to learn how to blend, not just on your palate to come up with a straight color, but to get the different colors, the greens and the blues and blend them on the page right on to your painting. So this is what I'm doing of dabbing onto the page with this green. I'm kind of picking up a little bit of the blue a little this tilly blue color that I also have green on my on my brush. So I'm going back. Gots more green. I mean, if you look at leaves, leaves have all kinds of different colors. They're not just straight green right out of the tube or right off of one of those pans. You can go in and create all kinds of fun, different colors by blending right onto the paper and letting this is where we're letting the two different colors kind of run together within a shape which is obviously these little please are at this next section. I'm painting these little blue flowers and I want the blue to be a variety of color. So I actually go in and touch. Watch how do this I go in and touch the pink that's already in this flower. And when I did that, the pink rushed in to the blue and when that happened, it turned purple. And this is such a fun way to add some variety to these little blue pedals. At this time, I'm starting to mix up a combination of colors that are gonna be dark in any kind of composition where you have a whole bunch of flowers, maybe in a field you have, like the foreground middle ground of background. The foreground is where the flowers with the leaves are, and then the middle ground is gonna be this section that's right behind all of the the leaves that are on the stems of the flowers with water color, you paint lighter, and then you add more color on top of your painting to make it darker. And then you layer, you keep layering and you get the effect that you really want. So basically, this is what I'm doing here. And I'm also trying to vary the background with teal and purple because if you look at any field of flowers or any field anywhere, you're gonna see all kinds of different colors. I'm gonna have a dark teal and I'm also gonna add purple, and I'm going to try to make it dark. So then when I paint the flower leaves and stems, they'll pop off the page. So the flowers air in the foreground in this area that I'm painting is considered the middle ground of this painting. And then the background will be the sky. Okay, Now I'm gonna talk about blending on wet on wet and what that means is I put a bunch of yellow down on the paper on the big flower, and then I wanted to come back and add orange and allow the drips of orange to blend in with the yellow that I have already put down. The yellow was very wet, added a lot of water and yellow, too. The flowers, I am now adding just claimed water to help the orange to blend more smoothly with the yellow, added a little drop here, there to help the two colors blend together. The day that I painted, this was a really warm day. I had to help it a little, but adding extra water. This is one of the coolest effects that you can get with water cover. I just love water color. It is just so much fun. 7. Painting On Your Doodle Drawings: We've done all our doodles with the permanent marker and we're writing started painting. Now when you start painting, you could do anything you want to fill free. Then that's another reason why when I do these projects, I usually do three or four or five of them. At one time, one of my students actually did this one and gave it to me as a gift. I thought that was really sweet. It's absolutely beautiful. I love it. My paintings will be done with the praying. Remember, I totally about the praying watercolor. So some of my paintings will be done with the praying watercolor. Some of the painting will be done with Windsor Newton. Use what you like, right? I'm painting with a number 12 round paintbrush. This is the beginning of the time. Let's video enjoy three 8. Doodle With Fineline Resist: this short portion is about this fine line. Resist pin. A resist pin is masking fluid for water color or acrylic or whatever you want to use it. Or so that's what we're gonna be doing as we're going to be creating doodles with this masking fluid. And once it's dry, whatever color, whether it is the white of the page or you have drawn over one of your drip flowers, that is the color that you will see even if you paint another color on top of the masking fluid. I'm hoping that you can see me drawing with pen. I tried to draw not on the white, but on the actual color first, just so hopefully you can see it. 9. Painting Over The Fineline Resist Pen: Okay, this is now dry, and now we're going to paint it. Here's another example of one that I've already painted. All of the white is what is left over from doing the fine line. Resist. I'm using a round brush because I like the tip. I'm using a round brush. It's a number 12 started started. 10. Removeing Resit Masking Fluid From Painting: okay. It's all dry now, and it's time to rub off the masking fluid. Now there's two different ways to do it. You can use your fingers and rub off the masking fluid so you can pick it up and you can see this and pull off the masking fluid. That's one way of doing it. But remember, you have oils on your fingers if you haven't washed your fate hands really, really well, you may still have water color on your you know. Sometimes you get watercolor and your fingers. So if you're doing that, then you may smudge extra water color where you don't want it to be. So I use this rubber cement pickup because I don't want oil extra oils or if I have other watercolor on my hands from painting, I don't want it on my painting and it picks up. See how it's just picking up all of this. All the masking fluid. When we removed the masking through it, you can see how it leaves the white of the paper. When you remove this masking fluid, we have now left the white of the paper or we have left a lighter color. OKay, underneath. What? Here? This is what we've pulled off that funny. After you pull off all of the masking fluid. This is what your painting will look like. 11. First Drip Flower Whimsical & Free: Hi guys. I have jumped right in doing some whimsical leaves for our flowers. What I'm doing is I'm rolling the paintbrush in my fingers to create thes, whimsical leaves. So we're just trying to be really loose and free with our paints, adding a little bit of yellow mixing right on the paper. Right now, I've washed my brush. I am getting some permanent rose. That's a Windsor Newton color. If you don't have Windsor Newton, then you. If you have the praying, you can get red and you can get the red violet and mix it to come up with a flower petal color. I am using a number six round paintbrush. I am pulling out different pedals. Remember these air very whimsical flowers and fun flowers to paint. We're not really trying toe have a lot of structure or just here to practice. And the more we practice, the better we'll get. So I went into my palate at a little bit of orange onto my brush, and we're just gonna add a little orange to the paint that's already on here. I'm just overlapping them a little bit, and none of them are exactly the same color. That's why we're kind of blending the orange and the pink or the orange and the rose colors together. So I'm adding a little yellow and a little orange. I'm mixing it on the palate, and then I'm bringing it over just to kind of add to the pedals that are already here. Now I'm going in with some yellow, you know, leaves ca NBI different colors that could be yellow and they could be green. And so we're trying to be whimsical with the paintbrush. So while I'm painting, I'm taking the paint brush in my hand and I'm rolling the paint brush with my fingers as I paint the leaves so the leaves are not straight. When you're painting in watercolor, you start out really, really light, and then you just add a little bit of color at a time. So a little bit of time put a little bit of Oran just pink in there, and I added some more color. And that's what you do with watercolor set out light. And then you add extra color along the way. I think this painting is a lot about it. Experimenting, experiment with lines, experiment with adding extra shapes. Maybe these leaves have little spiky Zonolite. Right now we're adding curly cues. Something I love to do is doodle, and one of the things I would like to do on a doodle or create these little curly cues. I'm still have the never six round brush, and I went in with green. Since it's a blue flower, it's gonna be green and blue flower, and I am just adding these little curly cues. And once I have some color on there, I go back and I'm adding a little extra paint on top of the paint that's already there, because when I painted on their originally, it was really liked, and I wanted to add more color just like any water color. If you already have water on your paining, then you can add color just by picking up more color from the palette and dotting it on to your painting. I now decided to add some purple pedals to the larger flour, and I makes up several different colors of purple. But you know, if you have the praying watercolors, you can use the blue violin and add the red violin. You could even use you know some red to mix in with your violet colors. And remember, if you only have the primary colors, if you take blue and red and mix them together, that becomes purple. Now I'm adding a little bit of this pink. It's called Permanent Rose. It's actually a Windsor Newton color. By adding the pink, it gives it some variety. I love variety. I try to put variety and every piece of art that I create. The next thing I do in this painting is I use my brush as a drawing tool and just basically draw pedals with my paintbrush. If you look at any flower, the petals kind of overlap. And that's what I'm doing with the paintbrush. I'm drawing these pedals that overlap each other. Hope you enjoyed painting your first drip painting whimsical and free