4 Watercolour Christmas Card Ideas Using Masking Fluid and White Cardboard | Kai D. Janik | Skillshare

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4 Watercolour Christmas Card Ideas Using Masking Fluid and White Cardboard

teacher avatar Kai D. Janik, artist | art therapist | activist

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Part I Preparation of Materials

    • 3. Part II creating abstract backgrounds, working with masking fluid

    • 4. Part III work on details, introduction of salt

    • 5. Part IV finish main part of cards

    • 6. Part V Last step, polish cards

    • 7. Final words, tips for your own project

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About This Class

If you are a beginner with watercolour or if you are running out of time to make this years Christmas Cards, this is the class for you. I will walk you through the process of creating 4 Christmas cards at the same time, working on one card while the others dry.  The main element in this set of cards is the contrast between white and dark blue.

You will learn how to use masking fluid and the basics of wet on wet watercolour painting. I also introduce a possible way to use salt for abstract effects and how to remove too much paint and water from your painting.

No previous experience with watercolour is needed for this project.

If you have no experience with watercolour at all, I recommend watching the video once before you start painting along with my instructions.

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Kai D. Janik

artist | art therapist | activist


Hello, my name is Kai (he/him, they/them). I'm a professional artist and art therapist from Germany.  I believe that everyone can become good at painting and drawing, it's only a matter of dedication.

Before I started working on my portfolio to apply to university, I had stopped creating anything art related for almost ten years. When I decided to try anyway, because studying an art related subject was what I had always wanted to do, I gave myself the time to paint and draw every day and I saw a massive improvement of my skills in a short time.

At university I had four years to develop my own style and learn from different artists. Now my art mainly consists of video installations and portraits. If I need something to relax, there's nothing better than painting waterc... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello, everyone. My name is Kai. I'm an artist and our therapist from Germany and I love adding something personal to gift are two cards wherever I need them for Christmas for birthdays. I'm very busy lately, so I decided to make for a cart that once he's in water color and masking fluid so I can pain one card at a time while the attic cards dry. A central part of my own art is the use of different media. For me, it's like speaking different languages and every topic. It needs a different approach. I love to paint. Portray. It's sometimes acrylic portrayed. It's our oil or part. It's including completely different materials and also what color. Of course, you will learn how to use masking fluids and the basics off wet on wet water color painting . I will guide you through all the steps from beginning to end. Please stop the video after each step so you can complete it in your own time. And if you already know more about water color, if you're already experience and you have prepared the materials are listed, be afraid. Just get the first part. He started the first lesson with preparing our materials and learning how to choose them. The animal Gaggi with were the different steps off Painting your cards. Please excuse the voice. I have a very bad cold and it's been lasting for weeks. I hope you can still understand me, so let's begin. 2. Part I Preparation of Materials : Before we start painting, we have to choose the right materials preparing. We will need a sheet of watercolor paper masking tape, masking fluid, water soluble pencil, a large and a small paintbrush. Ultra Marine indigo, Payne's grave, Taylor green, dark red and yellow water color wide squash paint and ah, bresil pain burst to splash it onto the paper. Sold paper towels, scissors, scalpel over another shop knife and some kind of clue. Optional are white cardboard, black cardboard, a hair dryer and a spare piece of paper for sketching. First, the paper. We're working with the masking fluid, which we're going to rub off the paper in the end, so the paper shouldn't be too smooth, as this will make it more likely to cling to them. Asking fluid and the tape, I would recommend hot pressed paper because of this rough papers find. Personally, you don't like it too much, so I just cold press paper, which is in the middle of the two in terms off smoothness. We're working wet on wet, so I recommend paper with a weight of 300 gram. If you have a random postcard lying around, you can use it to define the space for each count you are going to make. If not just measure the paper, find 1/2 off each side and place the masking tape on top after middle lights, keeping my undersize off envelopes. If you want to send the cards proposed. Worth masking fluid. You have different options. You can choose between blue and white, and you can choose it in a bottle like this or a little jar. The advantage of the blue one is that you see more clearly why you put the fluid, the disadvantages that you don't get a feeling for the colors and the final piece. For something like these Christmas cards. I usually recommend a white one, as you will see where the fluid is after applying the first layer of paint and everything except what we do with the masking fluid is abstract anyway. The one in a small bottle is practical because you don't need a paintbrush, and most of the time you can make continues thin lines with it. I say most of the time because the front bid will get clogged with paint and then a big club will come out all at once when you don't need it with a fine paintbrush. It will take a little longer, but usually you will be able to achieve the same fine lines without accidents. 3. Part II creating abstract backgrounds, working with masking fluid: Okay, let's start with Step one of actually working on our cards. If you don't have the paper in the block with a cardboard back like me, tape it down on a piece of wood. Are your table. I have chosen to motive off a fir tree for two off the cards because it has the easy shape of training Go. We're going to sketch an outline of the trees with the water soluble pencil first so we know where to put the masking fluid. The advantage just catching with a pencil is that you can paint over it later, and it will blend into dressed off your painting. You can practice on a spare piece of paper first until it flows from your hand easily. The third card are some branches with red Berries and snow on them. Just sketched a rough place where the branches are going to be the fourth card cups without a scant snow. This is where we use the white car later. No, take the masking fluid and applied on top of her sketches. 1st 3 cards that let it dry. It is important that you wait until I'm asking. Fluid has dried completely If you start too soon, it will come off. Mix with the water underpaid were in the painting in the process, and you will have a really hard time getting it out of Japan. Persia. While it rice, we can start painting on the fourth card. Apply water with the large paint brush. The whole paper should be wet, but there should be no puddles at a wash of indigo to the paper. Starting from the top. Think of clouds, then pick up some more paint and with small moves, more dots. The long strokes applied to paid in a triangle. Shame. This is our first tree outline. This is our background, so it's in a distance without any details. I had two more trees like this. When the masking fluid has tried on the other cards. Apply water through the next one like you did with the first card. Remember, everything should be wet, but no puddles. You can use a paper towel to remove some of the water if you think it's too much. We're working on this card. No, loosely at a wash of Payne's gray, starting from the top so it gets lighter as you move to the bottom. I left some white areas in the bottom right corner to suggests no are just add some depth in the final piece. No, I go on with the indigo, starting from the top, mixing it with the great bad, stopping in the middle off the card, Then wash out your paintbrush and pull out the color so please into the bottom half. But don't add more color. Did you can have some clear water on your brush, but if the papers still wet, there should be enough water watercolor tensorflow towards the areas with less water. So just go in with a slightly wet brush to encourage to paint to bleed into the bottom half again leaves and white areas. We go over the trees again. You might have noticed that the pain looked a lot darker when it was wet. Either you were quickly applied in the go to dry paper and then go in with a wet brush to pull out paint on the edges or you apply water to the paper first, so it's all wet and then go in with the indigo. Both methods work. Just use the one that feels more comfortable for you and make sure that in the end the whole paper it's wet, so you don't get harsh outlines on the edges off the areas that were read. You can mix a little bit of ultra marine blue into the indigo in some areas, but only so much that it suddenly changes the color, the little dots and making bleed out on the wet paper. And to get some contrast, which makes them more, which makes the whole painting more interesting. Be careful, nutter up too much with the papers as the first lace of watercolor fragile income and can come off when you go over them. It depends on the pigment, and you have to find out how permanent the one you're using it try and a small piece of paper if you want. My indigo comes off pretty quickly. 4. Part III work on details, introduction of salt: onto the third card. You're already familiar with the process of preparing the paper. This time. We started with the ultra marine blue loosely applied to the paper are only a slight wash it first. It's important that the area around the top off the trees in the middle remains white now that you see where the trees are going to the first wash of color with a little more ultra marine to make it darker but minding white areas. If you accidentally paint into them, try taking it out to paint with a dry paper total. For the fourth card, start with a very light wash for mixture of ultra marine and indigo. Bring in some indigo from the Trump right corner and added everywhere around the trees. It doesn't matter if some of it please interview trees, but we once and white there so we can add different colors. Next, we bring in the Taylor green in the trees back to the first card, apply water to the canvas than reinforced tree silhouettes within the go. I also added a little bit of indigo at the trouble. To add some kind of frame to the composition, take the sold. You only need a little bit, and it should be completely dry. Make sure you're not adding it everywhere. Stick to one area and shows the upper half after painting, maybe the background behind the trees. Sprinkle some salt on it. The salt will pull out some of the water and create small, lighter areas. Do the same with the second card as the more indigo. Starting from the top. Apply water with only a little bit of a DNA. Go to the bottom and then Sprinkle in some sold, focusing on the area between light and dark after it has dried removed. Assault didn't go over the to upper thirds with an ultra marine wash. Rinse your paintbrush and go back in from the bottom to make the whole pack wet toe. Watch our badges. Focus on keeping the right bottom corner white. If there is too much paid, you can always go in with a clean, almost right rush and take out some off the paint. And it's always good to have a paper towel. Handy for keeping the brush dry. Go into the still wet paid with a mixture of indigo and gray. Make it a starkest possible about picking up a lot of paint with a little water. Dad the paintbrush into the paper in a few areas, especially the top right corner, because it's still wet. Indigo will bleed into the rest, but only a little. Go back to the first card. First the layer of Clearwater, then at a mixture of indigo and ultra marine on top of the trees and some indigo and gray into this guy. One to the next card. Apply water. Now we're starting with the yellow. It's important that a pluess completely dried or you will get green. As a result, I decided to take a warm yellow for this. If you have cool yellow that work this world, or you can add a tiny amount of red if you want, take a lot of ultra Marine with a little water and apply it to the lower part of the trees and the other part of this guy. Stay away from the get go in the fourth card as clean water to to hold card first, then at a lot of indigo next to the trees. Sprinkle some salt and we want to create something like a snowstorm here as 5. Part IV finish main part of cards: as taylor green to the trees. Let dry, then remove the sold and repeat the whole process. You can go really dark in the sky. Now make sure the bottom part below the tree stay slide to make it look like snow with the layers were added. Now we only add more contrast and more depth to the cards and another warship. Ultra Marie Internet trees, when it has dried completely, rub off to masking tape. It's really important that the paper is completely dry or you will pull parts off it off, or you will spread to paint onto the white areas. As you can see the areas where the masking fluid waas are completely white, xom, ultra marine and apply to the bottom corners of to painting. Imagine a big over in the middle of the current. It should remain untouched. You can go over the address with a dry, clean paintbrush to blend the marine and the white. Remove the mosque. Include from the second card. Apply what to the card. Take a small paintbrush and make a little dots of red along the branches below. The white removed the masking fluid from the last card 6. Part V Last step, polish cards: make some white glass with water. Apply some Clearwater to the background of the card. Pick out the wash with the bristle brush and Sprinkle. The wives wanted a dark background. The water will cause the Sprinkles to blur into the background without adding water. First, add some smallest. Bring us to the other cars. Use less water and less paint and try on this pair piece of paper first. What kind of Sprinkles you're creating when the first contest right? Go back to it and at a small Sprinkles us well. They won't bleed into the background now, and they will remain white. Take away cardboard. Take a piece that this is why it is the card sketched oriented. You can use a stencil that relied or just get your own tree, then cut out to tree using scissors and a scalpel or other kind of sharp knife. Take another piece of white cardboard mark where the second tree should go. Sketching counted out in the same way. You could also catch two trees at once if you wanted, or you can just use one or add 1/3 home. Measurements depend on the size of your card of course, use any kind of clue to clue the trees to record. I just pray glue because it makes it easier to cover all of the trees regardless of all the answers, carefully removed a mosque in tech. Congratulations. You have finished your artwork. Now you only have to sign them. Take a piece of paper and cut it along. The editors. You decide If you want to leave the White address, take it envelope to measure the size if you want to send him propose or if you want to cut out just the paintings and glue them on white or black card. 7. Final words, tips for your own project: now that you followed along with my instructions and made for Christmas cards for yourself . I really encourage you to experiment with what you have learned and come up with your own two signs. It could be anything that has a lot of what con dressed in it. Everything with snow. For example, if we stay with Christmas or winter time, feel free to experimental. Please tell yourself with me and with all the others in a project action, I would love to see what you came up with. Thank you for watching.