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An Introduction to my Watercolor Classes + Basic Watercolor Techniques

teacher avatar Samantha Cabrera, Artist & Writer

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5 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Art Supplies

    • 3. Watercolor Basic Techniques Class Part One

    • 4. Watercolor Basic Techniques Class Part Two

    • 5. Watercolor Basic Techniques Class Part Three

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About This Class

Hello, everyone. Welcome to my first official class on Skillshare.

This class includes a little bit about me, what I'll be teaching, glimpses into my style of watercolor painting, and a few basic watercolor techniques to take away. More than anything, this class is for you to understand my style of teaching watercolors and a little glimpse into the exciting subjects we'll be painting.

I hope you enjoy these classes + I very much look forward to sharing what I'm able, and seeing your lovely work.

In this class, you will learn:

Introduction to my Classes

The Types of Subjects We'll be Painting in Watercolor

6 Basic Watercolor Techniques: Wet on Wet, Wet on Dry, Fading + 3 Types of Gradients

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Samantha Cabrera

Artist & Writer


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1. Welcome: near the camper at Welcome to our studios, where I watercolor paint oil pain to kind of let myself go on. This is my happy place So I thought it was a serious of watercolor classes. This is going to be a Siris of 18 subjects from buries as you can see, two flowers, Teoh birds as well as police. Like all of branches such I do go through like art supplies and I have my art supplies video below this I go through all the colors and use. I got all this. I so things are fairly cheap. Reach from 6 99 Were masters touch and love masters touched? It's just the right country. It's not too overly expensive, so you can still before thumb. And of course, my brushes, My Pele. I go through all of the supplies that I use in my art supplies video, which is very important that you need to start successfully. Watercolor. So aside from that, I will also be going through how to paint a very which will be our first project are first class assignment will be to paint a very every which will look something like this very going to go step by step on how to be to draw first and then have to paint it, and that will be your turn. Teoh Paint your own any realistic? Very as actually hot. As hard as it looks, it's very fun. Simple techniques I will be teaching as well will be in my basic watercolor technique video . And I'll just be teaching simple techniques from using whitespace, blending and mixing colors. And all that will be explained in my watercolor techniques video, which will be below the art supplies video. So several classes coming in the works and I'm excited to share them with you, please. So afraid to sign up and roll in the classes, and I hope you enjoy them. And I hope you gayness something from these classes I have been painting for 10 years, but I just sort of my watercolor, joining almost a year ago when I was commissioned for watercolor flowers. That's what I would say. My Etsy business began in August of 2017 and I just loved creating flowers and birds and sort of whimsical nature and some fired painting. Since then, I would definitely say my stylist delicate, soft, but very detailed. I think all of us at some time or other desire to paint with more detail on watercolor. Then you know the simple, washed out flowers with the stem. I think we are all much more capable than we think we are. 2. Art Supplies: Hi, everyone. Welcome to you my art class. About the art supplies only Teoh watercolor paint. I'm going to show you all the supplies that I used to water color paint. And I will go over several of the paintings that will be going over in my classes. So first things first. Here in the corner. I have my watercolor Pelley. I got this at tabi lobby. It comes with a lid, a snap lid so they don't dry out. I filled in each of a little peek cans with my watercolors Thes air the colors that a use I use cadmium red, que permanent rose cadmium yellow lemon, yellow hue, permanent green deep. I love this color. Olive green oppression blue, Ultra marine, great blue color, their light purple. I love this color. Raw Sienna, raw number for your browns And, of course, your ivory black and plenty of Chinese white white. It's really comes in handy for radiance. I also have a little sketch pad. You confuse anything to just quickly sketch out what you want to paint before actually playing it on the paper and having to race all the time. This really comes in handy. E also have plenty of white towel. Let's that I use I get these at Wal Mart. They come in handy. Um, I even laid out on my table, as you can see, to avoid dirtying my white table. I also use my favorite Mona Lisa brush tank cleaner. There is a wire guard down there, but you can't say because of the water. You kind of see it down there, but it really works for easily taking off the paint from your brushes. It works really well. Now, I also will go to the brushes in a second. But for the pencils, I have a small little pencil holder. You know, we need all of these is freaking drawings. But I do use pencils like crazy for watercolor. A lightly sketched out what I want to draw. And this really comes in handy. You can't go wrong with having a pencil. Always, always, always before watercolor painting. I also have here. I call this the paper Pele. Basically, it's a mixed media £98.60 sheet paper. I just use it to make sure psychology want works up there. Pally, do not mess at my paper. Um, Now for the brushes. Typically, you're gonna want any medium sized brush. It works really well. Some big brushes, even like this one's my favorite rush. It works for small lines as well as big lines, which is just amazing, cause the tip of it is really should sharp. So it works really well for details as well as big brushes. Big Strokes. Now I also love my gonna pull them out of the brushes that I usually don't have to use this brand, but it is my favorite brand, so I use for my main painting all the time. If size four for Master's Touch. It's an awesome brash, as you can see the detail right here. Perfect size, using the size of my finger and relative size toothbrush and also have a number two for a little bit more finer details works really great for the fine line details as well. Flight. You can see it right there, that nice size relative to make thinker, and then you don't have to get these, but I use a smaller size of two shots zero you can get. This is the to slash zero size. It's really skinny. You can see that pretty tiny also well as a longer, um, brush the 20 slash zero for master's touch. It allows for longer lying details, which comes in handy to, um, overall as long as you have, I would say a medium size for brushed. You cannot go wrong with this brush. It's wonderful, and it really works well for the details will be doing in our Blackberrys and our spirits, which I just love doing little details like that, especially, and even our leaves. Okay. Also, be sure you have just blank Pele's. I use these to blend to mix colors as opposed to my semi made water, called her cake pants that I, um, don't want to mix my colors in here because I'm just going to get him on the brush and then mix some all on here. Which is why you can see it's all colored clay washed every once in a while. And as far as the paper goes, there are different mediums of paper that you can use. But I typically go with the cold press. Um, £140 paper want color paper. I just love the texture of the paper. I love that It's not really thick, and I love that. It's, um, the natural whiteness of it. I just really enjoy that. That texture on this kind of paper so you can get at hobby lobby my goals, even Walmart have a pretty cheap at Walmart. Get a Mawlamyine at WalMart, okay? Or you can also use be more advanced. I'm watercolor paper, which is this one. It's £300 paper, which makes it incredibly thick. It's really picked paper. You can see the thickness of it. It's a very, very, very thick. But it makes really, really great for layering. Um, you can do layering on this paper, which is what we'll be doing, as you can see. But you don't want the paper to buckle, which will be learning techniques on as well. I'm in a couple of classes, so there you had it for the art supplies needed 3. Watercolor Basic Techniques Class Part One: Hi, everyone. Welcome to my basic watercolor techniques class In this class, we're going to be learning a few simple techniques for the art of watercolor. So we'll be learning what on wet, wet on dry and a few little techniques when it comes to you, painting with washes and blending and the stated look which will go over in this class. So first things first. I just want to show you what wet on what looks like. I typically don't paint wet on wet paper, but this is what happens. I get my color. It's just the get blue color, and I just start to paint. You'll see that it creates a very when you let it sit. You'll see a lot of people also use tape to tape their papers down, being charging what unwed. So that paper doesn't start to rise with me like a competing for something. But you can see it creates the very, very, um, sometimes inhuman starts to Spader with a little bit, um, especially using salt. But I don't use salt to my paintings but creates a very washed out appearance. This is a great, great technique, if you, let's say, are wanting to create a very faded look state. You're going to create a circle. I feel that with some water in there and get your dark color and start to bring that color in that color is going to feel the circle. It's going to stop at the edges of the circle that you made, and it won't go anywhere else unless you yourself go outside of that circle so you can feel that circle and fill it and feel it. And it just will not leave the confines of that circle. Just a pretty cool technique, Um, and then you can go in and take some paint away with your dry brush and making creedy. It's also a pretty cool. In fact, it was like immune or something. I just simply lifting up the paint from your paintbrush. Will it mean lift thine? So it's overall a pretty cool technique, um, wet on whites 4. Watercolor Basic Techniques Class Part Two: now if you wanted Teoh a went on dry going to use the space here. Just get your brush and you can see full lips and paint and you can see that it's a lot more drier edges. It's not at all washed out like our what on what is not to say. You can't blend this, See if I get my brush and I clean it, dab it a little bit of water, but not a lot to pretty much try and I bring that color out before it dries. You can kind of create a washed look as well. Once you get your water around, gonna be kind of quick to make sure isn't dries. You can see it drives and then, um, you can create a semi state and luck, Um, and you can you can leave some dark in there. Looks pretty cool. I worked to get somewhere dark Middle kind of looks like petals of a flower, abstract flower or something. So you can once you have wet on dry, you can't with water and a little bit of, um, water that not a lot. You can fade out the edges pretty quickly to create a fated look for Grady INTs and washes . We're just going to simply get, uh, are lightest light, some white and some blue in here. Some water picture that your consistency of your paint isn't overly what? But it's not full of too much paint, either, because I'll show you what I will end up happening. Said. You have too much pains, even on your brush. This is what it looks like. It's just way too thick and it gets even a little bit. Bubbly looks too much of a paste, and you don't want that. What you want is watch her to really blend. Create a nice consistency with your paint. You can easily tell the difference. With the right consistency, you can see it's a lot more water like 5. Watercolor Basic Techniques Class Part Three: 15 Dealer wash. Let's just pray a little square here. King, Giller Square. I think so. Darker tone and kind of go into in middle here. Six. So our darkest town and bring it on the ends. Clean your brush, a tiny bit of that lighter light on there and then district kind of blended a little bit into each other, so and then go in and start to pick up. Paints a simple wash, more of a lighter color on time and then just two colors instead of three. Bring in some more watering in. Carry that water through, and this kind of creates a to grading and wash here to make a more seamless blend. Just get some water. Clean your brush. Don't take up all of the water, though, and just kind of sweep up the area that you want to kind of blend more while it's still what. Otherwise you're gonna have a problem with, um, picking up the water where it's trying and it'll create a white patch and you don't want that. So get that one singularly note. Beautiful color. Be here and parents your brush and I quickly and just pick up that paint with your fresh just to pick it up a little bit more water as you picked up, and it will create a really nice don't go so hard I did in the beginning and just kind of gently sweet wife. Now with Gen. Generally pick up the water more because of the harder you go, the more painful pick up, the lighter you go, it just gently seep into your paintbrush, which is pretty cool.