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Create Unique Watercolor Textures with Everyday Household Materials

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12 Lessons (1h 52m)
    • 1. 1 - Intro

    • 2. 2 - Your Class Project

    • 3. 3 - Materials

    • 4. 4 - Brush Techniques PART 1

    • 5. 5 - Brush Techniques PART 2

    • 6. 6 - Stamping Techniques

    • 7. 7 - Drips, Drops & Dribbles

    • 8. 8 - Surprising Extras

    • 9. 9 - Creative Combinations

    • 10. 10 - How to fix mistakes

    • 11. 11 - Usage Examples

    • 12. 12 - Final Comments

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About This Class

This class is about creating fun textures for use in your home and business.

You will be learning basic mono printing, brush skills, and all kinds of artists tricks that get great looking results. By the end you will know how to make many of  those trendy watercolor shapes and patterns used in social media. I will even show you a series of surprising extras, that will be fun additions to your art tool kit.

The techniques you learn can be used to design unique paper items from stationary all the way to frameable wall art. Create attractive and original gifts for your  friends and family.

Digitized, your artwork can become anything from website and business card backgrounds, to fabrics.

This is simply a no experience required session of playing in the paint!

The materials are easy to find, many from your own home kitchen or bathroom cupboards. Even a few bits from nature and salvage from the recycle bin. A trip to the local art and craft store will round up the inexpensive brushes and a few tubes of paint.

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1. 1 - Intro: Hi. Welcome to my skill share class. My name Surely. Scoble. I'm a professional watercolor artist and teacher, and I am incredibly excited to be able to teach you how to create beautiful watercolor Dexter's You're going to be doing projects that will enhance your home. Make interesting core. Be usable in your website for business cards, all kinds of applications. We're gonna have some fun learning all kinds of crazy techniques, and you will have some interesting projects. By the time you're done, we're going to do some scavenger hunt, which should keep you busy all around your home. We're gonna look for many of the materials that were going to use, and you're going to come up with some new ones to increase my stockpile of cool things. I'm looking forward to seeing what you could do as you're going to find that you need very little is purchased materials, a couple of tubes of paint and a few supplies in the way of brushes and some photo paper. So we're going to give you a list to help you shop, and then I want you to join me playing in the paint so we'll see you in the next video 2. 2 - Your Class Project: let's outline your project for you. What I'm going to do is give you a wide variety of techniques to use to create all this beautiful Dexter. What I want you to do with it is create three of these texture sheets. This is simple photo paper, and you're going to pick your favorite things that you've learned and put them together to give me three of bees. Once we've created these, we're gonna be talking about how to use them, whether to photocopy them and put them in decorative items for your home. Digitized them for your website. So once you've created your three, I really want to see what you've decided. She used four is in the background. A Christmas card Has it become a pillow on your sofa? I really want to see your process. So as you go along, I would love you to post what you're doing part way through so that we can all see and share the ideas that she come up with. You're also invited to add to my collection of wonderful things that I work with by letting me know what you scavenged, what unique things you've found to create texture. So please in the project section share with us all the cool things that you've been doing 3. 3 - Materials: by their time to talk about our materials. Like I said, I'm going to send you on a bit of a scavenger hunt. So before we start into talking about what we needed, the art and or stationery store, let's review a few things that you are going to hunt for. When we start out, I'm going to get you to use cookie sheets. These don't have to be expensive in anyway. Don't use your best one because you're not going to use it for food again. But you want a couple of cookie sheets toe work in because we make a bit of a mess, what do it and this is going to allow you to contain the mess. I'm working on a plastic table, and if you're going to be working on a better table, you might want to throw a plastic tablecloth or some kind of covering down. We're gonna be looking for something like a mason jar with a tight lid. Now this one has some of our materials. These are marbles, so let's get rid of them. The reason you want this mason jar or something with a lid is that when you walk away from what you're doing, you're gonna put the lid on. I have pets. When my son was young, uh, he drank paint water at one point with a whole raft of brushes in a big juice Can he still managed to drink it? I have cats that love to tip over my water. If I have an open water glass, they will be in there lapping away. So this way, especially when we're using isopropyl alcohol, which we're going to use, you want to make sure that your water jar is covered. Even the paint themselves are not the best thing to ingest. So it just keeps your animals and your kids and your grandkids safe when you put the lid on it. Now, then I want you to look around your area for all kinds of things, like toothbrushes, kitchen sponges, cellulose, sponges, leftover Styrofoam. I have here some burlap. This is a shelf liner, so it's a bit stranger underneath the carpet. Any of those kinds of things. This is a sea sponge makeup sponge. There's that fork that's been hiding in the corner off the kitchen drawer there, So bring it out and we'll put into use we have dental flaws we have string. Who knew that all these crazy things we're going to be used to make texture for brushes? I just want you to go to the art supply store and buy a cheap pack of brushes the big craft stores. But big box stores carry, you know, 40 brushes in a pack, and then they also come with what we call palette knives, which I don't have here. But it's a little looks like a little spatula. So all kinds of things makeup sponges are things that you could find around home. But when you go to the art store or the craft store, you're just gonna look for a big bag of cheap, cheap rushes. This is not the moment to spend money there. You can also either use as a pallet instead of buying a palette. When you do take that trip to this store, these are just take out food lives so that if you have take up food, just wash these really, really well so they're not greasy and save them. Uh, plastic plates will dio to something without a lot of color, just so you can see the colors that you're mixing now. The other thing I have here is I have a very cheap clipboard. These came from a dollar store, and you'll notice that there still wrapped in plastic Daddy, is because I'm going to splash water and paint all over them. So you just want something that is plastic or this covered up in plastic, preferably in a neutral color, cause if you get something bright pink or something, it's going to disturb you while you're creating your masterpiece. So just neutral colors, and then we're going to be painting on photo paper. Watercolor paper is incredibly expensive and a total waste for something that we use in small quantities when we're starting to do watercolor lessons. But for this, just a photo paper is a lot of fun to use, and a package of 100 sheets will take you a long way. So you just want to try picking up some of that a little spray bottle if you have one or you wanna pick one up, uh, some good old paper towels, a little bit of Styrofoam. If you have packaging, scrounge in your recycling bin and see what you can get so that were just looking for Oh, Q tips, old toothbrushes, You name it. We're gonna use it Birthday candles. Who knew? And we seriously are going to use the marvels. So although you might think I'm losing mine, we just need this collection of supplies from around your house. So here we come, to the only part that I'm going to ask you to spend a little bit of more money on. These are professional artist water color pigments. The reason I'm asking you to buy professional grade as opposed to a student great pigment is that the professional great has a lot of color in it. The pigment is fully saturated. We are going to water down what we're doing If you buy a student grade pigment, what you're going to find happens is that there is so much filler in those pains that they will fade out. You will not get nice, bright, beautiful color with those. Now we only need 2 to 3 tubes of paint. I've got four out here. You're gonna go for small tubes of paint because thes go a fair way. So what I have here is from Windsor and Newton, which is a very reputable old paint company and pull bine, which is also very reputable company that has been making paint watercolor paint for many, many years. So we're looking at a range of blues. And what I'd like you to Dio is choose maybe three blues or three reds or three greens because we're going to try and work in monochromatic color. If you wanted to work in red, yellow and blue, I would have to take the time to teach you color theory so that you didn't end up with kind of browns and grays and icky colors. When you stick Teoh, arrange, that's close. Then you're going to get nice, bright color. I will be teaching a skill share class on color theory down the road. But right now, if we just stick to one color family and we're going to choose greens, blues or reds Sampley because colors like yellow although you may love them, do not turn out very well. We won't see them very well, so I just want to 23 tubes of artists quality pigment. If you go to the art store, they'll help you. So you want, uh, there. There's a Siri's called Cotman. Those are Windsor and Newton student quality. We do not want those. We want the artist quality. So just really stressed that to the people that you're meeting. So pick up your supplies and come and join me. Play in the paint in the next video. 4. 4 - Brush Techniques PART 1: welcome to brush techniques in texture. I'm just messing up some French ultra marine blue pigment in this little lid from a take out trade and you can see it's kind of watery, and I'm using a big, fat round brush. So we're gonna play with this and see what kind of textures this and a number of other brushes I have here are going to give you and have some fun creating some texture sheets and a bunch of just random textures so that you get the idea off what she can do. And, uh, let's go play in the paint, see what we get. So I'm starting out. I've clipped this paper down because it's just so much easier than trying to hold the paper . Still, it's just a standard clipboard, and I'm just running this across here, rolling my brush as I go, and as it kind of skids along, it creates a really interesting pattern. So let's just try that one again. You can see I'm going straight across, and as I'm pressing down on the brush just a tiny little bit, it's not really even pressing. I'm just rolling it along, and it's giving us a really kind of neat texture. Now, then, if we take that same idea and I'm gonna get a little bit darker pigment on the tip of my garage going to come along and going to kind of go up and down as I twirled the brush. Now, for the first couple of times you try this, You may drop Dobra. She may do all kinds of crazy things as you get used to it. I'm just holding the brush really loose sleep so hopefully you can see Take my other hand away in. That might help that this is just really loosely held. If I clutch down on it like holding onto it for my life, Um, I'm not going to get much of anything happening, and it's going to be painful both in speed and kind of hard on my hand so you can see Oh my , I'm getting a different texture. Actually, by pressing down on this brush, for all it's worth, it's not giving me all of these little interesting marks in here. It's just giving me a very tense lying across your So I've seen students just try and strangled brush handle. Um, but you can see. It's very hard on my hand. It kinda hurts and it's not accomplishing much. That's fun. So loose enough on that brush and maybe at some darker pigment. Now, I've got wet, squishy pigment here because I've been doing a lot and I didn't have anything dried out. But I would suggest if you're new at this, that you let your pigment dry because you tend to pick up too much pigment when we're doing some of these things. So here we go. This is kind of texture 101 with this brush, texture and you can create some really cool things. I'm just sort of putting in a little finishing bit to connect it, but there we go with that one and kind of fun brush to use. Is this fan brush usually found in most of the kinds of kits that I'm asking you to get? This little guy makes a really amazing marks. Look what he does when he's fully loaded, cool. And now we're splashing up onto the page above. It doesn't really matter. Let's take that strangled area and come in with this on top of that And look what we get is in that beat. A lot of fun here, Okay? And there's a different one when the brush is really, really wet. Um, or we can go across this. What you're seeing is something I do all the time, which is take different textures and combined them and see what I get. So if you see any of the work that I do with this that I use for commercial work with a designer, uh, then what you will see is layer upon layer of texture. Now let's dry brush this out of bed. Way to go and see what this does. Look here, Same fan brush. But look what it's doing now. That's kind of cool. So what if I came back up here and but we'll wait till that's dry. But can you imagine what would happen if I went across here? How about when you try it? Give it a shot? Look what I can do now with this. See the layers. So we have lots of different texture happening very quickly now, so that is just to recap a round, large, round brush and kind of a medium sized van brush. Now, this round brush, we go back for a second would also create an interesting street ish line. So it's kind of cool that way. And if we came along and wet it again and ran through here, it's actually going to lift up pigment. It's not doing it as well, so I'm going to show you on something darker. What happens with that? Then I'm going to take a different flat brush, and this is a one inch, coarse haired brush. Dip it in the paint and some water. It's been stained by using different colors that are kind of died colors, which is why you've got the cookie sheet here so that we try and keep all of the paint within the trade. And if you've got a beautiful manicure that you just had done and you're a fussy lady, then you don't want blue fingers like I have. So you might want to use some latex gloves. Let's just sort of take this thing and go bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce across here and as we bounce, Look at what we're getting whole different texture and it's gotta lose hair, which I'm gonna pull out of there. But see what the loose hair did. It's given us another little section there. I'm gonna go right to the end of the page kind of bouncing here. It's almost a snakeskin that we're getting or some kind of interesting crater. So there is a little bit of what this will dio. Now let's go back and I'm gonna pick up a lighter version of that slant brush is going to come in here with a wet brush and now you can see that it picks up and creates a line. It's picking up the pigment one more time. It's picking up the pigment that we laid down a minute ago just by any wedding, the brush and holding my hands steady and just running it through. So we have some interesting stuff that's happened here. I'm just gonna turn this page around and finish it off. Now, I'd like to have that a little more dry up there before I stick it under this clip. But I'm in a hurry, so I'm gonna just go for it and let me see what other brushes I've got in here. My little Oh, here we go. I don't think we used this guy. He's like a stencil brush. And so let's just play with him for a minute. He's another ones that if we come in and do kind of a penalty thing way gets, um, interesting texture there. Or if I drag it across the change again, I'm gonna get just some kind of, uh, dry brush Kind of a thing. I want to come down here where I didn't finish with my fan brush and just sort of play in there and play in here just finishing that edge. So there we have it. Just a few of the many, many things that you can do with different brush strokes. Join me on the next video and we will have a look and see a few more and what to do with them. So here is your first example of a texture sheet with brushes and what they can do for you . And I really love it. If down here in the project area, uh, you would go ahead and scan this yin and send it to me, let me see what you find you can do with your brushes. I know you're gonna have fun, and I'm excited to see how you get to know them how you're going to use thumb 5. 5 - Brush Techniques PART 2: Hi. Welcome back. A little more brush technique to give you some fun things to do. Just gonna set my tray over here. I have some French ultra Marine taint that has been spread out, and I wept it down to get it fairly squishy. So I'm taking this funky brush and everybody right now love circles. So let's make circles. You can see that this kind of messy, rough and tumble looking brush does make some pretty cool. Pretty straight forward, uh, circles that kind of match up. And that one's running under the edge of my clipboard a little bit. Uh, let's try a different brush. This should give us something a bit unique. See what it does. This is my fan brush and wow. Ooh, and look at the texture in the center of that. Pulled it up closer afterwards. Let's get a little more pigment on. And to do that again, it's coming from two directions, and it's really giving kind of a swoop in the center. Wow, I really like this one. Hmm. Oh, and that's an interesting shape. It's kind of like a doubles early thing. So if you just sort of walk your brushes around. Sometimes you get some really unique things going on. There we go. That's pretty cool. That one. So far. It's my favorite. Here is our angled brush and let's see what we can get with it. Now I'm putting a little more dark pigment on one side of the brush and some light on the other. And woo hoo! There we go. Yes, and another one that's a little tamer. Wash this radios Am I still got it fairly dark? Okay, lets grab another brush. Now, if you're very, very careful about this, you can make perfect circles. But, um, it's not always into perfection is an artist. It's kind of fun. Have less perfection, and we can get dog bers and sponge brushes that are shaped in a circle. Well, that one's got a little chunk out of it. And to do another one right beside it and kind of connect them. There we go, bro. This is really connecting a number of things. So there we are and come over and do the same with this one. Wow, that's kind of cool. And let's take this brush here, try the same things. I don't see what we get down here? Oh, this one's a big oval shape. If I push down on it a little less, I get this So they all make circles. Now, if you want, you can come into some of those. You've got quite a bit of texture here, but we could come in and enhance this a bit by adding some darker pigment. And let's see how that drives. So there you go. If you play around later. Darker, more water, less water. Seen what you can get your on just walking the brush. A good and woe. It's running Teoh, and that's okay so way with your brushes creating circles. See what you get here. Let's do it with this round brush. See what happens? Kind of It's got a funky tip on it, this brush, but it's still giving us here sort of ordinary circle out there. It goes kind of birthday out. So there we are. He's kind of bumps that we get, and there we are. That's kind of cool. So think of what you could make with some of these. They're great if you're using them in social media, you can put words and things in some of these shapes, you can join them, make little balloons and dot sheets patterns. So your imagination is the limit. Have fun, and I'll see you in the next video. 6. 6 - Stamping Techniques: so many ways of creating surface texture. So let's have a look at another Siri's off weights. We're gonna use some unusual tools again, mostly from the kitchen, for creating some kind of different texture. So let's have a look first. Good old paper towel. You thought these were here to wipe up the mess? Guess what? They also create texture. So let's have a look. Just going to put out our faithful lose again, mixing a pigment that is quite watery. You can see there's a puddle forming here, and I'm going to do what we do with paper towels. I'm going to dab up paint. There it is. And then I'm going to start to dab down the pain so hopefully you can see and I'm beginning to get quite a bit of interesting texture out of this Plain old paper towels make it a little darker, so it's easier for you to see who knew paper towel instead of a brush, kind of rolling it off to the side, picking up Maura's. I mean, if you have a pretty texture on the paper towel, that just adds to the story. How different is that? Just a little more paint because, like the paper towel dealers tell you very absorbent, sucking up a lot of pigments work my way across the page. This also works on canvas. I wonder about watercolor paper saying this is printing paper, photo paper. The surface will be a little bit different. You can try it on any number of things. And if you're losing some of the texture from, just grab another paper towel, it's not gonna break. So there we go. One paper toe and a whole lot of cool texture. I'm just gonna rule this over. I don't have to take out another paper towel. I am gonna add a little more in one area that, you see, it doesn't really have this much powder. And I'm like, Want to come back? It's gonna just kind of mush together. So the catch word for the day is let it dry. I'm going to take it off the board and just cover those areas that were under the clip from my board here. So there we go. We'll see it shortly and add to it you've seen what you could do with a paper toe. Let's see what we can do the kitchen's bunch. He's terribly expensive. Tools. I don't know how you're ever going to afford to be able to do this again. We're going to absorb quite a fit and interesting kind of all over texture a little more very heavy in one corner looks a bit like bricks. I think I need some more paint. So let me more chilly cold compost blue from full vine and I'm going to take a difference. Bunch, I have cellulose, sponge thes revealed bullying again. Any of the dollar stores in those types of, uh, your grocery store me have cellulose sponges here, Sort of my vintage ra manager these things because they were the kitchen sponge that we used to use a lot. I'm gonna add a little bit of another blue in here just to make it more interesting. Bad French, Ultra Marine from Windsor and Newton. Just a darker, deeper blue pigment. Stir that up sort of off to this end again for you. If you can stop and let your pigments dry, you won't be using quite as much. And you'll still get the bang for your buck. Dip it in. Both ants come in here, Get that additional text. I love the way cellulose sponge spreads out the texture. All these little pockets, better formed, are really cool, like bubbles. If I miss the corner, I just go back, work my way down the page and because I have two colors in one on one end, one on the other, getting kind of interesting variation there as well we go. If I press harder, you can see that the little spaces fill in and kind of lose some of their powder. So here we are. Yes, another full sheet from the cellulose sponge. Very simple textures. If you wanted to create a wrapping paper, those kinds of patterns you didn't. Some of the fabrics and so on would be interesting done this with. So there are all kinds of people online who will turn your patterns, download them into fabrics and all kinds of things. T shirts, you name it, So just a job finding those out. If you manage to do any of that, decide to try that out. I again would love to see that in the project section. Next, let's have look my cease budge. These come in little bags from the art store for the craft store and they also creates more it list things Pour a little water into my trade. My pain waters pretty blue kind of passes as a texture all on its own Squeezer from my cellulose sponge Stand in my seat Hopefully I have enough Take me here that this is going to really show up. Well, drain some of the areas up there. Something out again, Stamping motion now. Well, quite different Pastel area. Sea sponges are smelly. Thinks so. The first time times that you years expect to smell the ocean. Not in the best way, but they make wonderful marks. See how fast recovering page. So I picked up some unresolved paint there. I think I'm going to twist that and we get there. Put some of it down here. I had a couple hairs there, got picked up fitness. Now the other thing you could do with some of these things is actually some lifting. This is a bit wet for that technique, but you get the picture, we come in and just sort of counts on it. And we get it to lift. Going to look at the good old sponge on a stick from the craft. Let's take this out of here. I could Yeah, it's break with the rules here and do this for you. Where is the amount of water that I have running down that page from that sea sponge is giving me a wonderful drip and dribble pattern. So we're quite literally gonna go with the flow and let it do what it wants to dio. Just take the sea sponge and sponge along the bottom of my paper and anywhere where it's particularly weight. Try not to deploy my sweater in pain here and just left this run all over just part of the texture that was counting letter runnin run all over the place because it's really pretty and there are no rules. So when you try it, just have fun. See what you can get. Another favorite of mine totally is Styrofoam. I save it. I make my family crazy. I make my students crazy. They collected for me too. But it does wonderful test things. Sorry for the noise effects. Guys sound sexy, Wonderful with this stuff, I'm just going to apply paint to this side of this one, which is very, very smooth, and for us it down. And look what we get. I don't know how well you could see this. Try actually dipping it in and see if it covers it completely. Here we go. Cool again. Bubbly textures, depending on how much moisture you have in here on your Styrofoam get a wide variety of different textural sex. Now you could see what just side of it. That's kind of so all kinds of different stuff happening here, and it takes the other side that I haven't used yet. Pick up some of this. Bring some of it here. Okay? It's not an interesting base for a design. What would you want to put on top of this kind of got is rocking around cause I've cropped it up. So the little show you what I'm doing better. But also let the pigment run down. That is a few of many, many stamping techniques that we can use 7. 7 - Drips, Drops & Dribbles: here we are backs against this'll time going to start out with something called mono preaching. As you can see, I started without you dropping and dripping paint my cookie sheet just taking a piece of paper. I'm gonna drop it on top of all that. And in a minute, we're going to have a mono prince. Just let it set for a minute. And we have a very unique pattern that has been created from the pigment and the trade, this unique powder and also has a very unique brush here. I'm just going to a couple of brush. Here's understanding pushed those off. And even in doing that, I'm creating texture. So check out the lines that air coming from just moving fresh fears around along here. Just gonna can't get them out of there. So we're gonna set this one aside and I'm gonna grab another piece, have another turn it over and catch that bit of pigment from a bottle. Way to go with these ones. Set aside one more, she and lay it on top. No, it isn't so interesting, but that's and dribble. It's and pigment across here splattering. Runner, grab a traditional sheet of paper and let's see mano print, as they say, is a single print on one piece of paper. Whether we put to together or not, we're still getting a single print each time we do this. So although these air similar way look at the two side by side they're not identical individual mono prince. I'm gonna set one of these aside and I'm going to work with dripping, dropping and dribbling both with alcohol and and I have in my hand what I call my dedicated bottles of rubbing alcohol. A dedicated bottle of alcohol means that this is never again used for cleaning wounds or doing anything medicinal. This bottle has been contaminated by paint and with me using it s o I don't ever, ever uses again in a medicinal way. Also leave original in the bottle in the safety cap. I don't tend to use this alcohol. Pour it out into any other container. It's a great way to poison somebody by putting this clear liquid in another container. Kids don't get it, other people don't get it. So the safety cap is there for a really good reason. So what? We want you to do is believe the alcohol in the bottle. I usually put a big honkin label on here that says, Poison do not, um, art alcohol. So it's just a reminder that you don't leave this stuff around. There's a lot of kind of nasty chemicals, sometimes with your paints and the alcohol. So that's why it's a dedicated bottle, and I just want you to work carefully and safely. So let's take this alcohol went down my brush just force of habit with me. What is kind of funny is if I just hit the edge of the bottle and splatter. Now that's cool stuff. But even more fun is when I take and draw come up here way. No crop circles. I really like doing this with greens. It creates really interesting things that set this aside, going to picking up color. Um, uh, this really in some of these air expensive so that you might not want to purchase these ones. There are lots of great colors in. I'll give you some suggestions as well as naming what I've used here so mixed that, and I'm just going to even know it's still I'm going to, and some color around, just dropping color, Going to see some of them stay in there creating. And but I'm also just coming around the edges. So I'm not completely rocking my calorie here I am just sort of pushing some of drivel still have fresh air's And, uh so with green tones that I, like, use some of the alcohol run down there. This is the staining color so that you want to use this carefully in the cookie sheet, and you really kind of want to have maybe something underneath in the way of, like, a plastic bag or something with your floors precious again. Ladies with manicures. This is definitely the rubber blood moment for the latex glove. I should say this will you for a little while if you're not careful with. So here we go. We have all kinds of interesting three persons stuff that happened back in with my alcohol . If I could get the lid off it and at some additional drops, - this one, we're going to let your on, and I'm going to pick up one of the other ones actually dry. It's pretty close to this one out of here. Here we go. going to drop and ripple all over this piece. Interesting power center. Leave it centred so that we have that unique texture that we created kind of down the middle and scribbles on either side. - You know, we've been doing is kind of working and dribbling around more than official pouring official pouring is when we're really trying to di paper and creator designed from doing that. So I just lost control of it and it took over my center area. So oh dear, didn't work quite the way I was wanting to. But you know what? It's pretty interesting looking, with texture trapped low, and this is a fairly transparent. So as it dries, we're going to see some of what's going on underneath that, and I'm gonna let it long into the palate and we complain with one morning so this one needs to dry too many things in my hands. Let's again take some of our dark blue Now I'm gonna live that down there and you're gonna see that you could be creating two things at once. So I'm just mixing granular, not granular. Just means pigment was separate out and you can see we have something started on the back. I'm going to keep working on the front so you might site for me. What's the back? You can see that the pigment sometimes follows other pigment lines. So here we go. This is more blue based and kind of creating something that we might call mono chromatic monochromatic against like Oh, no, Prince is just one off something. So as I'm creating monochromatic, that just means amusing, varied shades of blue to make a single chroma. For for some of you who have some kind of arts background, my explanations may sound a little simplified. But trust me, having taught for many, many years, um, what I find is that even talking about loading my brush is one of my neighbors. One day as I was doing videos and she said, What are you talking about? Loading your brush? Loading my brush simply means what I'm doing right here, which is putting pigment brush. But for somebody who has no experience with art, that's logical question asking. So, uh, if I sound like I'm explaining things to simplify the manner for some of you, remember that there are lots of people out there who have no art background for whom this is a first experience out water. So in terms are using new and we just want to get So here we go, pouring a winning drips on girls across this ship. I'm letting it run out to the edge of the page. I really don't want bright color along the edges of my page. That just distracts the eye. The reason for having a plastic when you. So there we go. That one is interesting. Let's pick up some additional color on the back side, part of my arm way here. But let's go over here so this could have all kinds of drips and dribbles and things when the other side is done. Here is this sign. It's thing and Theo, other side. I'm going to see that I'm gonna take this trade right out of here and let all of this dry 8. 8 - Surprising Extras: here we are at the surprise, Andy. And so I have this wonderful sheet of paper in front of me. Somebody who knows this whole texture things challenge be to come up with some totally new things that I have never shown anybody before. So, like I'm challenging you in your project to give me some scavenged items. Here we go. So I have some paint here in the darker colors. I'm going to show you how to do this, and then I'm gonna show you the finished project because this is really quite wet and takes a while to dry. I'm going to mix up some stronger color out of this palette. It's already going. So let's get started here. Just going to take magic is gonna happen. You're gonna start to see something developing. I'm going. I'm just working at getting an interesting collection of letting it gather here. It's a place on like page. It's very what we call variegated so that the colors are kind of running together, and yet you can see them individually. Think of the owner has multiple colors. That repeat panda is variegated. So I'm creating a variegated pattern just while you're watching. Think about what? On earth I used to create that you're beginning to have a merchant. I'm letting the paint dark and collect in some places and others. It's coming out quite like Thanks. You can see that I'm really leading with paint just huddled on this pitch. It takes a while to get this to drive, so decorate my clothes. This would be why you might want to wear something that again is not precious. I had one lady show of for a beginner watercolor class in a white angora sweater. I'm sure worth hundreds of dollars. So this is not the time to wear things that are expensive and special that you don't want 16. The last time my grandson was here way were doing a little bit of this kind of stuff, and he had really cool structured on that his mom had fought him. That was so we had to convince him to stripped down and put on something else way more additional marks, other than the team crest that, sure, So here you go. That's what this thing looks like when it's wet. This is what it looks like when it's dry. So what on earth. Did I do? You're going to laugh. This is created with a birthday candle. So let's set this aside. I'll show you quickly what I did, and we'll move onto the next one. So there you go. You can see the puddle pain for the darker colors in here. Here. So this is fun to do. You could do lettering. You do any number of things decide. I chose to create kind of a Z grab powder. You could do just about anything you wanted like this. A flattering any number of things. Some of these candles, like the yellow ones here show up a little bit. But I don't know that you're seeing this. You're really just seeing me move my hand. So anything that you want to write or do cross here is going to give you that. If you lift off the little crumbs or blow off a little crimes up stuff that show up, you can see here that I've created resists so kind of fund for finding more things that are hanging up in the kitchen. Here we go. Now, this one a sign. Sure. For my next trick. Here we are just going to use the clipboard as a good old fashioned household twine. So that's just out of my drawer. A little bit of string that we used to tie up the cycling. Yep, it into the paint. Running is along, so I've got quite a bit of it wet with paint. I left a little tail to wrap around my finger and I'm starting dear towards the edge. Well, kind of in the middle bit towards one edge of my page. I'm going this way. Come back and pull this that way and you can see what we've got. Dip it back in, run it through and take this one towards. You founded start here in previous powder so that you can see get some pretty cool patterns running across the page. Now, this can also be done with dental flaws or any other kind of stringing kind of thing. There we go. We've got them running into each other so that this way, much pain getting I can also create gaps by lifting this string. Let's turn it around, take it out very edge of a cliff around my taken into their again on my Web pigments kind of getting low here, So So here we go. I'm just jumping over that and it's giving us a very broken brushstroke e pattern. That's so there you go. I would finish this page out so that this area's full too way need to move on. So dental flaws I would actually like to try Ribbon. I had some flowers commune that had driven attached to them, and I wonder how that would work, so lots of things that you could play with. 9. 9 - Creative Combinations: So I found quite a collection of things, and I'm just going to start making some texture with a few of them. Here's a really odd ball one. This is a few marbles left over for my grandkids. So I'm going to put some paint on marbles, get really kind of went down with two colors here. I have them in the cookie tray, and that's the secret to this. Because if I didn't, they'd be all over the floor making a serious mess. So here we go. Whoa way. Have a trail of color. Let's see, as you roll them around, what we get do I need to put them back? I'm going to use this clipboard. Help control the world Marbles on. Let's throw it back in and add more pain. Now, remember what I said. For you ladies who have fancy manicures, this would be the time to be wearing some latex gloves. Some of these pains air a bit toxic. So I would suggest just in general that for most of you, latex gloves would be a choice. They're not for me this time simply because I don't have any in the house Now. That was a bigger line and look at this. They all stopped in the same place. Okay, They're traveling. And I heard that's interesting. Take one and roll it through the paint. Another one rolling in other directions, rolling around. I'm also on and off wearing jewelry here. I tend to wear these rings all the time. I have gone ahead in taking him off a few times. As I'm doing some of this, they're used to being worn in pain, but not the best suggestion for taking care of your good jewelry. So plus, they don't fit so well under latex gloves. So you might want to consider if you have poorest jewelry like pearls or anything like that . You don't want aware that kind of stuff. You're doing all this crazy, and I could see the text books are really not a bad thing. Okay, lets go rolling dice. I wonder what Marx dice would take every time I teach. I learned something so cool thing I've learned doing this for you guys is when I didn't have enough hands, I picked up some of the dollar store foot boards and they are great for doing this. You have to take care of the end. That's under the clip, but we really are fun to work. Okay, I think we've played in the marbles now. Some other things that I have that I use all the time. Little spray bottles. So let's spray into some of this. This spray bottle seems to have a funky directional thing where it doesn't stray out. It just kind of spray straight lines, which, considering what we have down here already, is not a bad thing. Let's pick up something else that has straight lines Handy dandy, stuck in the covered left over from my last Chinese food experience. Chopstick. So what you're going to do for me and your fellow adventurers here in this class is I want you to truly go on a scavenger hunt. I want you to find all kinds of cool and different things that somebody might not have thought of. Look at that. This is kind of cool out here. It's just making more linear things happening from this design, all the trail of our marbles. Now let's see, I'm finding that I am not with this sort of closed area here, so I think I'm going to take a bigger brush. Darker color. So whoa, flicker Prussian. It's a weight down. Okay, here we go hard underbid with some pigment in it. So go for the darker colors, greater colors and just gonna correct They decide with dripper splatter. Maybe we'll just some of this kind. It's kind of a broken powder, Especially interesting. Great. In that area where we just have too much stuff like that. I'm just going to get go to great it out A bit of my old go to buddy here, my handy dandy alcohol bottle. But I'm not going to put too much of Indians. Just that's more than I want it. It will draw your I and create some spaces. Your focal areas Focal area is where we want people to see what we're doing. Artists usually put the darkest darks, lightest lights, brightest colors, the most detailed and so on in those areas. When you're creating pattern, it's a little bit different because we're not really doing quite the same storytelling that we would be doing with a painting. But it's fun to just kind of do some of that. So I think this is at the point of letting it dry. I'm going to slip this clipboard out of here and not even stop taping. We're just going to go on to using some more household items. So what else did my scavenger front turn ups? Well, we have all kinds of sponges and things like this. I don't know what we call it. It's a scrubber, actually, from the kitchen. So let's play with it for a minute. I'm going to load it where pigment again. And here we go. SPLA King on the paper. We could slop again. I guess Drips and drops Just add to what we're doing with these simple textures. Just go into that kind of the stamping motion and create a lot of texture just by pushing interest. Now I've shown you with fancy chicken feather from the craft store. This is not so fancy Gold feather from out in my yard. So let's try them both. So we split this so that it's not nice and neat the way the bird would like it and where where birds and flight use, uh, their feathers. This is the scruffy version, and I'm just going to get into my palate, pick up some colors. I love working with feathers simply because you can't control it. It is going to dio what it's going. Todo is wonderful when we're doing fine art. I used them all the time. Crevices in rocks and cracks and things like that, uh, that are very loose in natural. You really can't get with a regular paintbrush the kinds of lines and things that you get with feathers. Let's try the other one now. So here's our gold feather that somebody dropped in my yard. Similar kind of lines. I'm gonna loosen this from the cliff of the talk. I like the fact that it's so much easier when I clip it like a say. It's always fun to learn something. When a teaching your class Well, here we go kind of cool. I'm gonna bring in different with a little darker color and create a few different textures . This is a cellulose sponge. It's a little section of one for students that are learning watercolor in the fine art group. What I do is I create what's called a texture bag for them, and that includes things like sponges and so on. Makeup, sponges, things that I have a home. Eso I buy a little collection of these things and share them with students that come for workshops here. You, on the other hand, are going to get to make your own through scavenger hunt. So part of your homework project is to go scavenge and find hopefully new and different things because I love it when people add to your friend textures and find out new things that they're going to share in a class setting. So if you guys, it would be kind enough to say Scavenge for me, see what you can find in nature in your home. Wow, kind of covered up some of my other powder, but do not fear way. We'll go back and recapture some of that. There is a whole different layer of pattern. Come back here and choosing an even darker collection of pain again. I've been heavy on using glue for two reasons. One, you can see it easily in the camera, one color that really stands out nicely, and everybody likes who are we kidding? But I also I like the fact that you can see so much that can be done in what we call a monochromatic setting. Okay, so here comes our squiggles emotions back in from the feather. So there's some beneath and some of and sponge texture between again. I'm creating a sense of motion within this. Think of water, seaweed, all those contests. I think we'll let this dry. That looks good. I might say completely. Unclip this Cover up the fingerprint. I just need and come up the top here and make sure that the judges are cool. Okay, A little more scavenging. I have paid hell rule, and I'm just cutting it chunk offer. You didn't leave some rough edges. I'm gonna try using it in two different ways. Here, going to really wept the pain in this trade and pigment. And let's see what happens when we just roll it across our page. We need a little more pigment. Okay? It's a little different. Might need Teoh cut off more than one section because it gets pretty soggy. Find it's always good to have a garbage bag on hand for extras. It's cut another section a slightly different way of recycling going on here with Okay, we're pigments. I'm gonna go with greens still in those tropical blues and green. So roll this around pickups and pigment, a bit of cool stuff. In this case, I'm just kind of rocket. I think I like when I just rock the one side. That's about all I'm getting out of that. Use that to our advantage. Although when I've gone over here, there is some stuff that's trying a bit that is giving us a whole different thing, really. Is experimenting, playing? It's poor, so well, I missed. But when I got here again, your imagination is the limit. With these things, you're creating totally non objective abstract texture, which is incredible fun. Just play. I'm taking my makeup kind of dragging it, just running it here, in there in a few places. Now, any of these things, especially things that you would choose to used for food you are not ever going to use again once they've been in the paint. I don't want anybody thinking that you could reuse any of this stuff after its peeling paint. Now standard plastic fork that would go in the garbage. This one stays in my kit, just getting interesting lines going here. Layer after layer can play things in slowly. We build texture pages. I think I'm going back to my this. Thanks. Flip it over. Going to create are different. Just picking up the pigment inside of this dream green. A little strange, very strong color. That kind of over It takes everything else. So So we get interesting things, dropping some water spreading. 10. 10 - How to fix mistakes: remember what I told you when were not happy? That's what we're doing. I have an option. You know what? I'm not crazy about this one. So show you what to do when it's not working out this well, is she like, Remember I said you can either paint over and I could just leave this painted over. It's getting more interesting. Just find my adding water. But he's seeing Otterness lifting. No problem. No wasted pain, no wasted paper, no wasted time. Totally Okay, I could splatter on here or do a few different things, but not show you something else we can dio. And that is I just another sheet of paper and lay it down. Create two out of one with the model print. Let's see what's happening here. Okay, way have quite a bit of pigment spread around And remember that Amano print is just one time print pulled from either a surface glass is used. Sometimes our cookie tin cookie sheet here is used and just paper on paper. So now I just want to make this more interesting. So let's see what I can do. Gonna take my big brown brush and I'm going to go back to ripping and dribbling. So let's get slightly different blue. Pick up a little of the green blue and I'm going to start here at the top on Let it run more pigment. Nice. A watery way. Go now. I could have chosen to run it diagonally. You can see that there is some cool stuff happening here. It's turning this way and let it run on it. No mistakes play around. I don't like something. Wet it down and start again. 11. 11 - Usage Examples: Hey there. My name is Addressable, and I'm sure his friend and business partner I have done these beautiful textures and patterns into digital form and then seldom in are cracking market store at vintage. Two factors in this video I'm going to show you some examples on how you can use your final creations. Want me to use them? Is in your business. For example, if you have a brick and mortar store or an online factual, you can use these s part of your packaging or the decoration off their store or in your branding. Arrested. Can't say I put it on a shopping bag, so it's a really first highly used them when you can use them. Also for business cards. Perfect for business card backs on your local or packaging Charlie Kids lots off blue teal and turquoise color pictures, which are perfect for cosmetic packaging. Another way to use them is to create products that you sell Here. You can see some iPhone cases creating. We'd just some inspiring words on the textures as a background. If you are a member, owns six or you have used drunk shipping printed order companies like art, where you see that there's slowly meteo how you can eunice these back sharkskin your designs. They can't became, for example, kiddos for other home before Alan. Full art throws blankets, floor pillows. I also saw that society six starting to create rocks on bastard grounds, breast bathroom shower curtains and some other interesting moments, like closing posting items so Dapple backs on defensive tactics. Six. Where you can use these textures, but off course, you can just go with regular T shirt design or create something fun for your kids, but he's cute onesies. You can also create everyday items, or just that you want to give away reasonable mocks. You can combine the fractures shades on and your tax on your photos to create something truly unique. Last but not least, that these are perfect for social media. You can either combine them made shapes and text in Culver for photos or the lecture in a way that you already plan inside some white space for your inspiring tax. I would like to use them in website backgrounds or Facebook Heather's so it's a really good way to add something handmade and the personal into your branding 12. 12 - Final Comments: Hi. Well, I guess we've come to the end of our class. Thank you for sharing your time with me. It's been a lot of fun. How thing you learn about creating texture and water colors. I know you've done some beautiful, beautiful work, and I can't wait to see your water color sheets. The other thing I want to see is what you do with these textures afterwards. So please the project section share what she's done. Share you process. It's a lot of fun to see how people approach things. You'll all do something different, and I can't wait for us to see how you work all this. Let us know. Watch you turn this into I'm so looking forward to seeing you again in future classes. Have fun with what you've learned and posted for us. See you next time. For now.