Atmospheric Watercolor Hydrangea | Learn Wet-on-Wet and Wet-on-Damp | Bianca Luztre Art | Skillshare

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Atmospheric Watercolor Hydrangea | Learn Wet-on-Wet and Wet-on-Damp

teacher avatar Bianca Luztre Art, Watercolor, Paper Craft, Daily Painting

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Wet-on-Wet

    • 4. Wet-on-Damp

    • 5. Simple Exercises

    • 6. Class Project

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Let's paint this atmospheric hydrangea watercolor painting and learn the importance of the wetness of the paper and brush load with two watercolor techniques - wet-on-wet and wet-on-damp.

Everyone is welcome to this class - beginners and hobbyists alike and even fellow watercolor lovers who are exploring different painting styles. 

No realistic sketch needed for this class. We'll start with demo and simple exercises to differentiate the watercolor techniques mentioned above that will give us confidence in our actual painting. 

Please prepare these materials:

  • watercolor paper
  • watercolor paint and brushes
  • water jar and paper towel or rag
  • spray bottle (optional)

Colors used (but you don't need these exact pigments):

  • Quinacridone Rose
  • Lavender
  • Permanent Violet
  • Permanent Green
  • Prussian Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue

Let's treat this class a learning experience and have fun experimenting with watercolors.

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Bianca Luztre Art

Watercolor, Paper Craft, Daily Painting


Hello, I'm Bianca Luztre, a watercolorist from the Philippines.

I've been painting with watercolors for 4 years now and I made it a habit to practice painting every single day (even for just a few minutes).

I'm still a learner but I love painting so I'm happy to share everything I've learned from books, tutorials, workshops, classes, observation and experience.

I look forward to painting with you!


Here are some of my recent paintings. As you can see, I am fond of painting flowers in a loose style. This is the style that I want to develop but I also love painting landscapes and still life (as you see in the classes I offer).

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1. Introduction: What their color is difficult to control. It has its unique aesthetic touch that is challenging to replicate with other mediums. But once you understand how it behaves, you can use this to your advantage and create beautiful works of art. Hi, I'm Bianca. The base mind banks arts. I've been painting with watercolors every single day for the past three years. In this Skillshare class, we'll create this simple yet isostatic floral painting, emphasizing to water color techniques. Wet on wet and wet on them. We'll begin with simple exercises to help you get confident with these techniques and work on our painting. You may paint along and do the exercises or watch now and observe and paint later at your own pace. I have tried different painting styles, but this one really caught my attention. It's challenging, but at the same time fine and satisfying to do. We'll also discuss the importance of timing and observing the wetness of the paper, which play a huge role in this painting style. Whether you're a beginner, a hobbyist, or a fellow other colored lover who's still finding his or her own style. I'm looking forward to painting with you and together, let's make this rural event more colorful. See, yeah. 2. Materials: Please bear, bear this materials for our class. Watercolor paper. I have a 100% cotton paper, cold press, 300 GSM, that I'll use for the demo exercises and the painting itself. And a student grade wood pulp paper, cold pressed 200 GSM. For comparison purposes. I have my Holbein palette here. Different types of watercolor brushes. My water jar, paper towel, or a rag. A spray bottle, which is optional. And some tape for a crisp border. For the colors. I will stick my favorite combination, blues, purples and greens. But you're free to choose your own palette. 3. Wet-on-Wet: In this video, let's define wet on wet technique. When the paper is wet and the brush is loaded with lots of water and pigment. We call that wet on wet. As a simple demo. Let me paint an oval with clean water and drop callers. While this is still wet. You can mix the paint on paper or let the water do its thing and be amazed by the pattern that will come out of this. Another one. I'm painting a shape with colored water. And while this is still wet, I'll drop a secondary color. You may do this with as many colors as you want. I'll do a third one, but this time using the student grade watercolor paper. Just saw, you'll see the difference. There. This technique works well with almost every subject. You can use it for your back grounds, for portraits, landscapes, and of course, florals. In the next video, let's define what undamped. 4. Wet-on-Damp: Wet on them or down on them, is almost the same as the previews watercolor technique. The difference would be the timing of dropping your callers, the wetness of the paper, and the load of the brush. With wet on damp, the paper should have less shine and it shouldn't be in between wet and dry. You'll know this by tilting your paper at an angle where you can see the shine. The brush should not be loaded with too much water and paint. You may control the brush mode by tapping the excess on paper towel or a rag. Make sure that the wetness of the paper, the brush are matched. If not, you will produce blooms are what they call the cauliflower effect, which depending on the style that you're after, can be considered a happy accident or the opposite. Okay. Let me do this one more time. But we're working on a student grade paper. I live it to you to compare. In the next video, Let's start with simple exercises where a weekend to fly in both wet on wet and wet and damp techniques. 5. Simple Exercises: If you want something blurred, like really blurred, go for a wet on wet. But if you wind a shape to be a writ blurred but still distinguishable, then use the wet on dry technique. Right here is an exercise for us. And I do encourage you to do this on a practice paper to give you more confidence for the class project. Let's paint some leaves and compare the difference between the two water color techniques. See. Now for our desired exercise, you may use a spray bottle for added drama or effect. Or if you don't have one, I'll show you how to do it with an alternative technique. Let's paint some leaves again. Spray. Now this area is a wet. We can jog more callers splatter and wait for it to dry just a bit and do the wet on dry technique. So on this third line, we are combining the two plus and additional jama created by the spray bottle. I'll do it one more time. But this time using the student grade watercolor paper. And I won't use a spray bottle. Watch how I do it. I'll start painting the leaves. Then I'll rinse my brush, loaded with clean water, paint far from the shape and slowly let the meat and bullied to each other. This is an alternative. If you don't have a spray bottle ready with you. How do you find this exercises so far? Challenging, fun, new experience, perhaps. Let me know in the discussions tab. I'll see you in the next video for our class project. 6. Class Project: Here's our class project. Let's break it down. This parts are done with wet-on-wet technique. While this ones are done with wet on damp dephase these parts, a spray bottle was used. Before we start, I would like to encourage everyone to treat this as a learning experience. We're not here to grade the masterpiece that we are here to learn and experiment. You may sketch guidelines if you're more comfortable with that. And if you do, please check the reference photo in the projects and resources tab. I'm just using the reference photo for an overall feel of my floral composition. And as a reference for the colors that I will choose. I'll start with a light sketch of a circle as a guideline for my flower, a curved line for my stem, and some leaf shapes. This article is that I'll use for our class project. But you don't need to use the exact colors. In fact, I'd encourage you to own this fainting and use your own pallets. Loaded my brush with violet, roughly paint the overall shape of the hydrangea. Use my spray bottle. And there you go. This is also a fun way to learn how to let go off controlling watercolors. See how beautiful the effect is. Next, I'll paint the stem and leaves. Also use my spray bottle, but this dying point it to the opposite direction. For contrast. Hello. Remember to remove the excess water by tapping your brush lightly on your paper towel. Use a smaller brush to if you have wide. The last step would be adding final details. Let's leave this to dry first. So how are you feeling about their painting so far? It's not the F9. But it's starting to take shape. And really looking forward to your own version of this painting, right? This has dried completely now and I'll switch to my smaller brush for the details. Defining some parts of the stem. Veins for the leaves, some petals and shadows here. I'll take this time to encourage you to post your artwork, projects and resources tab or the Discussion tab. And I'll leave a feedback soon as I can. Although this project, again, I am a student grade watercolor paper for comparison purposes. Okay. Hello. Okay. 7. Final Thoughts: Now that you know how to do the wet on wet and wet on dry technique by observing the wetness of the paper and timing it properly. You can now practice these techniques on your own and see what kinds of paintings C can produce. I love combining wet on wet and wet on them, on my flowers to achieve a soft, dreamy look for my paintings. If you want to challenge yourself, you may also paints a photo I attached in the projects and resources tab and apply what you just learned. Again. Please upload your artwork and the same tab and let's encourage one another as we experiment with watercolors. And please leave me a review which really helps in improving my classes and reaching out to those who love painting in this style. This is Bianca once again, and see you in my other classes and together, let's make this world a little bit more colorful. Stay safe.