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Creating Texture in Watercolor with a Plastic Card

teacher avatar Camilla Damsbo Brix, Teaching Whimsical watercolors

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Welcome to Class

    • 2. Tools, Materials and a Plastic Card

    • 3. Scraping Techniques

    • 4. Using the Card as a Brush

    • 5. Painting the Class Project

    • 6. Let'sWrap Up

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About This Class


This is the third class in my mini series on alternative materials to create Texture in Watercolor. In this class I will guide you in how to use a credit card to create amazing textures. We will take a look at different ways to use it:


  • Scraping with the tip of the card to create grass. 
  • Creating lines for the paint to fall in
  • Scraping with the side of the card to move the paint
  • Using the card to as a brush
  • Combining the techniques to create grass, rocks and texture on trees

So grab your brushes and come paint with me.




Oh yeah and I would love to see what you create! You can do that in several ways:

  • Share your project in the project gallery
  • Share your art on Instagram (tag me @camilla_damsbo_art and use #camilladamsboartinspired)
  • Share on Facebook and tag me there too (@camilladamsboart)

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Camilla Damsbo Brix

Teaching Whimsical watercolors


My name is Camilla and I’m a danish watercolourist. Mostly I paint whimsical flowers which I share on Instagram as @camilla_damsbo_art. Here on Skillshare I love to share my knowledge in fun and easy classes on watercolor and ink and I can't wait to see you in class.

I would deffinitly say that watercolour is the most magical kind of paint, and all you can do is just know a little technique, loosen up your brush and trust the process.



If you plan to watch one class this summer I advice you make it this one. It will launch very soon and you will learn the very best technique for your summer vacations or staycations - Watercolor and Ink! you will learn to draw 5 flowers and then bring them into a s... See full profile

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1. Welcome to Class: Hi, guys. And welcome to class. My name is Camilla, and I'm a water colors from Denmark. And today we're going to, uh, cover the third topic in my texture and watercolor a serious and that is ground to create texture with a plastic card like this. So I know you all have, um, in your wallet. They're everywhere. And the besides from paint ping was them. You can actually paint with them, so that is really, really cool. A class project is a very simple tree, but I'm going to cover full techniques first. And then we can apply them in this painting of tree. And I hope you will join me in injurious Well so shared in the project gallery and the Technion Instagram If your home there so I can see it and comment and share and everything . I would love to see how you were Have you interpret this technique? So I think that is it for now. I want to just go ahead and die. Vince's some material, so I will see you in class 2. Tools, Materials and a Plastic Card: Now let's start by looking at the materials for this class. Of course, we're going to use a plastic cat and you can use whatever you have laying around in your wallet. Just a hard cap, kind of flexible. And we're going to use this for a love things. You can cut them up. If you're a lot, you can cut them up in small and biggest sizes, or that is all up to you. And we're gonna use watercolor paper, 300 grams. This cancel Heritage Inns, cold press. Um, you can use a lot off other types of paper for this, so use what you have. Two brushes. Um, this is a size nine round sympathetic and its small size one synthetic as well. And then, of course, we're going to use paint. We're going to use two painters is a paint gray blue tone from Daniel Smith. I'm gonna use a little bit of my colors in my my pants It as well Can I use Prussian blue and a little bit of new combos? Then I'm gonna use a pellet, and that's for squeezing out the to paint. And I'm going to explain the technique a little bit later. But that's when we go to use our card as a brush. Of course, tissue and some water. And that's all the materials we're gonna use Now we can look at what we can use A cart for hago plastic has a great for things like flowers, landscapes and animals. And ah, this is just this is really just three suggestions. You can use it for so many things. I'm gonna use it for rocks and grasses and painting a tree in this class. So let's dive in to see some of the first techniques. 3. Scraping Techniques: we're going to look at two different types of technique sets. One is scraping techniques, and one is how to use our cartas a brush. But in this exercise, we're going to look at scraping techniques and, ah, that's a technique work. We're using a lot in watercolors, and the first technique is creating lines in paint with the each of our plastic card. So let's see how that is done. First, I'm gonna put down some paint. I'm using my my size nine ground brush. Here it is a beautiful, beautiful Prussian blue. How that pain is just amazing. I think it's so beautiful putting down a pretty nice layer here, just thinking, thinning it out a little bit just to see the difference between the lines on the darker side of the pain and the lighter side of paint. And I'm just gonna put down or brush and sake of my credit card here or plastic card. And I'm just going to use the itch off my card here, and you can see I created some lions is you can see just dragon lines in the paper. The pain can fall into the lines and create DACA lines The technique I'm gonna show you now is scraping with the side of the car and this is perfect for rocks and stuff like that. We're gonna scrape away some some pain to reveal the white paper. Underneath is a super super popular technique, especially in landscapes. I think a landscape escape. Penders have a plastic card somewhere in their stash. I'm just putting down was a swatch off paint again and the I'm gonna pick up my plastic card and I'm not having too much water on this. I wanted to be not dry, but not completely wet either. Then we'll just we won't see too much of in effect. Here you go. You can see how that created a highlight. That is just really, really pretty. Just I just whom the focus there. You can easily imagine how this will be able to turn, translate into rocks, just pushing down pretty hard to remove a lot of pain, exhumed, not lifting the pain. I'm just scraping it away so the pain will be pushed to the side and create a nice shadow so we can use that turn advantage. It's looking pretty cool. There's a subtle and a hot effect. The last technique in the session section is Cem dragging out paint with the side of the card, and this is perfect for grass, and we're going to use it for grasses as well. In the class project, you can see I'm just using the side of the brush. Not sorry. Outside of the card here, the edge of the card to drag out thes small lines. And these are hard to create with a brush. So it's perfect to created with a a A plus to cut like this, just doing some rocks as well, just scraping away just for the fun of it. When you get started, it's really hard to stop going because it's super fun to see how far can you track the pain around. And, of course, if there's a lot of pain, you can drag it a lot. And if it's as little can't drag it that much, there you go. Three techniques creating lines, scraping and dragging outlines from the paint 4. Using the Card as a Brush: this last technique is a little different. We're going to use the card as a brush. So in this case, we're going to grab our to paint and I'm going to put my Payne's gray here from directly from the tube into the palate. Niego. Just squeeze it a little bit. Not too much. Hey, go. You can You can do this with the pan colors, but is easier to get a nice saturated look when you have that you pains. So I'm just gonna put thes next to each other. Just put away my my pen colors for you while they go, it's gone. Now we have them next to each other, and I'm going to take my brush and with the paper and give it a nice coat. So it'll be and be nice and shiny when we go in with our plastic card. Can see how it shines here and the everywhere where there's water, the paint will go, so make sure not to put water in places where you don't want the the pain I'm gonna and I use the side of the card here so you can see I'm just dipping it in the paint So now we have some paint here on just yes, there is pain, and I got it on my finger, just putting it down on the water here. And look how that spreads. It's easy to imagine how this is possible to use in so many ways. Look at this. It's just a beautiful landscape escape emerging from just a few strokes off the off the card. I love this technique, and you can use the card in just going, going again. Create some mountains and soft tree tree lines and stuff like that. It's perfecting and even a so you can see in the front create a dry brush effect with the card. So yes, like that. There's so many possibilities when you're using your card to apply the paint, so have fun with it in the See how it goes. Now we can the hit a word through our class project and see how we can use these techniques 5. Painting the Class Project: Now we're ready to dive into our class project. And ah, I hope you will join me and painting this and creating some kind of painting with the the technique off the plastic card. It has put down some some pain in my appellate here, and I'm gonna use my card as a brush like we we saw before. And I'm trying to I'm not putting it directly on the horizon line. This time I'm putting down some some the seemingly clean water. It's a little un cling because I painted with blue before, So I hope you'll except that I'm painting a M chunk off water here where one my ground to be. I want this to be rocks and then I want to create a tree. Have you just put it down? The pain along side off the where the edge of the water So the pain can flow into the water and crazy, some some beautiful texture. I'm trying to use both the side and the itch to create some texture, and we're going to go in and work it even more now. I want to create some branches on the tree and I didn't speed up this process. This is actually how fast girls just dragging with the each of my card. Some some, uh, branches here and at the moment is not looking like a tree. And I realized that Joe just putting down some more paint there. And I know there's a lot of water here, so this will drive fairly light. Ah, but I still want to. I tried to see if I can shape this tree a little more before going in adding more pain. Um, and it's fair. It's so big on the tree trunk and the branches are kind of thin. So that's why I added some more volume up here to some of the ranges. And you can see harms shifting between using the itch off the off the card just to drag out these thin lines, Um, and using the side off the card to create sigur lines. And there's so many possibilities in a card just adding more pain here because you can really, really get these thin, thin lines that's so hard to achieve with a paintbrush. So you really have to work the adventure of the card. I'm gonna use the brush now just to see if I could add a little more paint. As I said before, it is a fairly wet because we added this water tool to the the paper before to make sure that it it could bleed nicely. I'm just gonna tap the brush here bit to create some. That's nice. Paints, bladder never hurt anyone. Um, and I think is this is actually beginning to look like a tree already. I'm gonna push the boundaries here a little and move the paint even more. I want to give this a a little bit of a wild look, a soft look. So I'm just putting down water to let the pain spread here. So we kind of get a backdrop for my tree here, and we are going to define the tree even more. But first, I wanted to create this nice light wash. So, uh, so there's a background just taking some tissue and just tapping here so the paint will go away and not bloom too much, just lifting a little bit of the pain here in a random pattern to create some some texture . Now I can go in and add even more color here on on the left side off the tree. If I edited to the right side, it would bleed into my background so that I try to avoid that. I'm just creating some lines now. First, I'm dragging out some some grasses here, like I showed you before. Is this the same technique I used for the for the branches as well and trying to scrape out some some rocks here. Don't be scared to push down on the paper. This is a This technique takes a little while to get used to, and it often takes a a bigger push than you think. I'm just gonna scrape a little highlight here on my tree. And while this is still wet off course, the paper underneath the scrape will also be wet. So some of the paint will return, Um, to where you scraped it from Until creating some lines here, this will be the texture off my tree. You can see how that just helped define the tree. So it stands out from the background, just put out down a little bit of water to my June paint. It was drying a little bit. You have to work pretty fast in this technique, especially with troop in, so it's not drying. If it drives, it won't work the same way. You need to have that really, really saturated troop color. Of course, you can totally, totally, totally work with if you haven't got any two colors. Totally work with pan colors as well. You just have to, uh, maybe not use the The car is airbrushed as much as Thea other things, but you can totally do the scraping techniques as well on Penn Colors. Here you go. I'm just doing some grasses on the wet area, on the backside, off the tree for a little bleed there. It's beautiful. Just creating more grasses here. Look how the checks should just That's just stunning. Love, the rocky feel and the and the Grass is it's amazing what you can do with the plastic card . And if you want to see more videos of me using a plastic card and this is one of my favorite techniques, I have a lot off on YouTube. Eso again. Just look me up there. I'm Camilla Dumb school art. If you wanna check that out. And as you can see, I'm not painting entirely with my credit card. I am supplementing it with brushes. So, uh, we get a a different feel from the both the two mediums ago. Just adding most letters. You can't do this with a credit card. Maybe you can never tried toe. Oh, and I to oppose Dreiser's. You can hear Children in the background at some point. We are in the middle of the Corona virus at the moment and the, uh, home safe. Um, my husband is taking care of them downstairs, but the name it might be, it might be possible to hear them. So I do apologize for that. So I'm just adding a little bit of detail with my fine brush here. Just some shadows. You're in there and you can see how high on the handle. I'm holding this brush. I don't want to go into a to Philly off a mood you control. You can get way too fiddly if you are using it tight, holding its head to the bristles. So don't do that. We just wanna be loose and keep that integrity of the painting. I'm gonna take my big brush here, clean it, and I'm actually going to spray a little bit of yellow here. It's a new gumbo. Sh And I'm adding the yellow too kind of break this very monitor a home monitor. Monochrome Look to give it a little bit off sunshine in the middle of a year of rather gloomy painting. And the blue and the yellow complement each other so well that nothing. It works really well to emphasize each other. So I'm just putting down the yellow on some of the rocks, then see hard, instantly. Challenge air changed the look off the painting with the yellow here, and I'm just gonna scrape a little bit more into the yellow, a swell just to reveal some of the the white through the yellow. You can totally do this more than once. And right now I'm just considering what to add in that when you are in doubt and your painting were intuitively like I'm doing here, uh, take a step back at a a point. When you end out in, maybe you go and grab a cup of tea and something and come back to it in a while. Then it would be a lot easier to see what this piece is missing. But while I was, I was thinking I decided to add some water. I cannot go on, get rid of that very big chunk off water that that splatter that just turned out to be really big. So I'm just adding a little bit of water here, letting it spread a little. So it's organic and they're just lifting some of the color, and you could totally just lift it. But it did want to create a transition between splatter and the background. So I just added water so it could the lead in so the background. And now I can go in and add even more texture. Trim entry. This is a perfect way to add texture. I really love how that let that turnout. It's so pretty you can to do this with all trees to get a very easy and and recognizable tree texture. Just gonna turn the paper here so I can work on my branches. I don't feel like they, uh, quite enough. It's somehow there to to, uh, short for my tree trunk. So I want to add some volume and some length to the tree to the branches so they they feel no cohesive with the tree. So and I'm adding this with my fine find brush Here, Um, it can be a little hot, too, to work on the composition when you ah forming your tree in the beginning with your credit card because you have to work so fast before everything dries. So it's a good thing to just take a look at it afterwards and see how can I improve on the composition and then totally find to go in with a brush as well. There's nothing forbidden in the using a brush when we are in a credit card tutorial, because we're going to be using both mediums as for its best, so you can see how that instantly created more move. Realistic tree. Also more life to the tree, even though it is a wintry went a tree. Um, we we want life into it. I would love to see your trees as well. So if you were choose to to a class project, try to create a tree that would be so fun to see and also tracked using these techniques in other motives as well. There's so many ways to use it in there. I know you can create some beautiful things with this. This is such a fun technique, all of them. There's four techniques we could cover in this class. So I think you should just try all of them, see how they work for you and how they can be incorporated into your work. And also, this is the third, um, class on textures in in water calls to check out my other classes as well on sold and clean crap. And you see the final tree conceded a close here and the now it can go and rev up. 6. Let'sWrap Up: Thank you so much for taking this class with me. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. And I want to check out my other classes on a helps create sector in watercolor. And if you like the class, please leave a review and and, uh, tell me how you liked it. Maybe as some questions in the comments section, Yeah, really helps me create even better classes, and it helps other people find the last. So it's a win win situation. Also, if you try out the class project shared on the social media and on the project gallery, I would love to see your trees like like my Or if you decide to have pain, something else with these techniques, please that share them as well. And I'd love to see it. Also, you can find on social media and follow me here if you wanna get notified when I publish new classes, which is at least once a month. So it's a good thing to hit that fella button somewhere up here. Andi, I think that is it for now. So I just one. I say the state's safe out there in these virus times and that I will see you