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Creating landscapes : painting hills with watercolor

teacher avatar Sarah Van Der Linden, watercolor artist & nature enthusiast

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. intro

    • 2. supplies

    • 3. composition & lines

    • 4. techniques

    • 5. final landscape (part 1)

    • 6. final landscape (part 2)

    • 7. project time

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About This Class

Hello everyone!

I'm so happy to welcome you in this class about painting hills in watercolor. 

My name is Sarah and I'm a watercolor artist from France. I really love painting landscapes and creating atmospheres inspired by what I see around me.

In this fun class, you will learn:

  • what supplies to use
  • how to draw hills using simple lines and your imagination
  • different techniques that you can use to paint hills¬†with watercolor, water and salt4d8d09a1
  • we'll also create together a¬†landscape so you will be able to implement all these techniques


This class is great for beginners, or anyone who want to explore and discover new techniques, or if you are, like me, fascinated by landscapes.

You will find here my others classes about watercolor :

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Sarah Van Der Linden

watercolor artist & nature enthusiast


Hi there, my name is Sarah also known @mirglis on instagram. I’m a watercolor and gouache artist living in the French countryside.


I believe that nature, inspiration and imagination are deeply connected, and for me, creativity is a long road leading to a better observation and understanding of the world. I'm most myself and happier when I'm in a forest or in the middle of nowhere, and that’s why all my inspiration comes from nature. I love painting landscapes with watercolor, playing with water to create textures, and patiently adding one layer after another.


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1. intro: Hello, everyone and liquor. My name is Sarah, and I'm not gonna artists from France. This is my fourth class on sketcher about creating landscapes, and today we're going to bend is with weather color. There are many ways to create the feeling off fast nets on depths in watercolor and bending . Here's is a great way to play with lines in this class. I will show you different techniques that you can use to create pictures out of commands, his techniques in a painting out through lines using your imagination. And we been together a landscape with multiple layers off pills. I will also talk about composition and seems to keep in Manuel painting at Jenna's this class, you'll have all the tools you need to create your own months. Capes. This class is great for beginners or anyone want to learn to bend his your projects will be to create an escape using the techniques. You're not in this class with water polo in water, so let's get started 2. supplies: first, let's talk a bit about the supplies you will need for discuss. You will need wetter, cooler paper, a 300 gram per square meter. The size and run does not matter. It depends on what you have at home. You would also need some day. You will need also a pencil on a few brushes off Vaio size is a small one. Two intermediate ones on the fabric. Sh If you have one at home, you will also need a Naqura brush filled with clear water. If you don't have one, it's not important to can also use a brush and clear water. We will also use a tennis bunch. Some Qinshan sites to create picture. You will need to chance off water, one to clean your brush and one with clear water. We will also use white inch and, of course, some brains. We will mostly use trickle off one indigo, one horse AENA and one sub green. If you don't ask this exact Karos, it's OK. Use what we have at home one green, one blue and one oak LeBron and that's it. 3. composition & lines: Before we start painting, I would like to show you how to sketch your hills and how to find nineties. The goal is not to be accurate, and you don't have to look at a picture. You can just use your imagination to draw some lines for the composition. There is just a few things that you need to keep in mind, and I will show you win an example to create some depths and at contracts to your landscape . There must have some differences between the background and the for worm. For example, you can use like order at the back, and Doctorow's a different when you're painting something that is far, far away at just fugitives. On the contrary, you can be as detailed as you want at the fairground, and finally, you lines need to be tighter at the back and most base at different keeping Z. Three things in mine will help you with your composition. No, let's talk about the lines. You can just draw some lines randomly on and imagining along escape in your mind. You can also use some more curve line like it was more Fontaine's on the hill. It can also be interesting to connect your lines on, create a whole landscape, step by step. Or should I say line by line. You can also draw some lines in the shape of the wave and follow the mood of this first line and this time to I'm connecting all the line between each other. Just follow your imagination and see how many lines and layers you want to add to your landscape. And you can also do something very different with the fuel lines on less players. It depends on what you want to create. So I just rose is pretty random lens to show you that there are no principle are original to follow. But once you've played with the line keeping mine white, I told you all year so your lines under back needs to be tighter and the lines at different need to be most based. So take a sheet of paper, Ben and often, and experiments with the lines. And in the next video, I'm going to show you a few techniques to Penn. Some here's 4. techniques: if you have already followed one on my classes, you know that I like to do this. It'll exercise before starts to paint. I will show you what techniques we will use to bend the rules. It's different techniques, and then you can use them and combine them to create a whole landscape. I'm going to use only one color for this exercise one green, so you can see how many possibilities there are with only one color. So let's begin for the 1st 1 We're going to create a greedy int. I'm going to use my green, but with a lot of water to create the first layer. Europeans needs to be very diluted, and you have to add way more water than pigment. So I'm going to pence the hell that is on the back very far away. That's why you need to use a very light bent. I know you can't see 12 the video, but you will be able to see better when I will have the next layers and you can draw out you pent to the bottom of your area, so we will have to wait until this first layer is dry before adding another one? No, let's add our circle, Mayor. I will add a bit more pigment in my green mix because I want this layer to be a little bit darker than the 1st 1 I'm starting at the base and I'm going to draw another line close to the 1st 1 And then I'm feeling the space with my green. I'm doing exactly the same thing as earlier, but just a little bit darker. And we have to wait and see. The second layer is dry. I'm going to add two more layers. Each one will be a little bit darker than the previous one. So I'm adding a bit more green in my mix, and I'm starting by drawing your line and then feeling the area. And I'm going to add a last layer with a little bit more green because I wanted to be doctor again and we are done with the 1st 1 and you can see that even if I'm using one color, I'm able to create a lot off dips forces 2nd 1 I will be using my tiny sponge with clear water. I'm waiting my paper bitch randomly and then with my green. I'm just painting the shape of a here again. You can see that when depends is touching a wet area. It's diffusing. It's creating a misty or foggy atmosphere. This is an easy way to create an interesting picture for you here, and you can also add a few tiny drops of water toe. Add more texture and that's it's now I'm going to show you two different way to add lines to you is I'm starting by painting the shape of a heel. I'm using the same green as before, and I'm feeling Waziriyah. Do not add too much paint because you want to layer to be sin and not to wits. So before this little dries, I will use my smallest brush and the very saturated pence. A very dark green is the same as before, but I'm just not adding too much water. And this time I will add a few lines. You can see that the paint is spreading a little bit, but not too much for this one. We're going to do exactly the same thing extent that this time we are letting the deal dry before I think the lines. So with my brush and my pale green. I will spend the shape of a hill again, fills the area and then wait for it to dry completely. So know that it's dry. I we use my fine brush again, and my doctor Green and I will draw some line exactly as I did all year. But this time, Zip end is not going to spread like earlier. If it's easier for you, do not hesitate to vote at your paper toe. Find a great position to paint. I will add a few final lines and that's it's so now you can see the difference between this to the 1st 1 is softer than the second, where the edges are harder and darker. So let's start our next one, and this time we're going to add a bit more texture. So where's my green? The same as the previous time I'm going toe Penta Hill and fill it completely, and now I will add a few drops off my doctor green. Just a few drops, not too much. And then I'm adding a few drops off Clearwater. You can either use the same brush. Oh, you can use your aqua brush. This is one of my favorite picture toe creates. Don't overwork. It's on. Let the magic happen when it's drink. Another thing you can do with you hills. He spent a few tiny trees in the background that would be far, far away, and it will other bit of interest in dips. So something as usual, I'm venting a hell and I'm going to feel the area. And with my friend brush and the same shade of green, I'm during some tiny trees. Basically, I want to pet some pine trees, so I'm joining a line. And then I think a few branch my goal it to have a shape of a training girl at the end and that my trees and my ill are blending together. You can see there there is no line or no difference between the Eli painted first and then the trees. So for the next one, we are going to use a bit of salt as usual. I'm starting by painting Myhill. I'm feeling the old area and why is it bent is still wets. I'm going toe. Add a tiny beat off kitchen salt. I'm sprinkling a few grains of salt on my weapons, so now you have to weather bits and see the pent is fully dry, and only then you will be about to remove the grandes off sorts. Now, for the last one, I want to show you what you can do with the flat brush like this one. So with the bits off my grandparents, I'm just throwing the top of my ill first in one single movement and then I will feel a bit underneath. I'm not feeling my brush with some green pet again because it creates an interesting picture with the brush is starting to dry. So now we have eight techniques to pen is with the same green off course. If you want, you can use more clothes and combines two or three of these tactics. For example, you can use this one and this one to give her. Or if you want to use the gradient, you can add some site like this on the mayor. Oh, you can draw some lines like this one on another one, etcetera, etcetera 5. final landscape (part 1): Let's begin our final on escape so that you can understand better what I mean with the different techniques. You can see that I've taped a sheet of water coral paper on the back of my pad, and the first thing we're going to do is to schedule line off our ears. I prep urges during and turned it into a pdf that will be about toe find in the project section of this class. I will use it to schedule line on my voter koro paper. I'm going to do the pencil to draw the lines, and I'm roughly started at the 1st 3rd off my page. I'm starting with this one. And then there is a curve line like this, and I'm adding the curvy line that is just between. The two is just wrong trying not to press to out with your pencils or paper because Whitaker is France parents and won't. I'd the lines, and I'm just finishing by adding the line at the bottom and you can see that it's pretty similar to my templates. Before we begin, I would like to show you what corals we're going to use for the spending. We will be using some in dingo for this guy Bits off war Sina Father, is that are on the background on finally some different shades off sub green. First we're going to pence alights guy with our indigo, so I'm using a brush. It is not too small, and I'm starting by adding paints at the top of my paper. I will bet all along at the top, but I'm not venting until the first hill. I want to leave some white space. I think it will add some depths and some lightness to this landscape. I will add a bit more dark blue at the top, and then before we dries, I'm going toe at some water, some clean water with my akra brush. When the water will be touching the paints, it would creates an interesting picture. If you don't have a neck rub rush, you can use a clean brush and some clear water, and it will do exactly the same thing. No, I'm adding a few more drops of water just at the limits between the event and the water, and you can see how it reax. I will use my tennis bones to remove the excess water and make sure that there are no pedals on my page and try not to add water where you use will be okay. That seems pretty good. Now we are going to paint the hell that is at the background the most far away from us, and I will use my Rosina. You can no need to be really, really lights, so you can see that I added a lot of water. Tow my palate, and I will spend a very, very sin and light layer. The goal is to add way more water than pigments. It says. The technique we saw earlier with the gradients remember that the years that is on the back needs to be really with the lights. No, I will use my small brush to paint the angers, and we find my lines and that soul for this one. I'm going to pens the second player right now because it's OK if serpent is not dry and if the colors blend of it. And when we add a few pine trees just like we did earlier, I will use my sub green but very, very light submarine. I added way more water than pigment once again because we're still painting layer that is on the background. I will use a slightly bigger brush and I'm starting to feel is the all area. I'm switching my pence to be sure that's my layer is very lights. No, I'm removing all the excess spent to make sure that my layer is uniform. I'm going to add a few drops of water with my Akwa brush toe, other bit of picture. And now with my small brush, I will spend a few trees. Adds it up with the same light green. It's exactly what we did earlier in the produce. Listen, I'm just painting a small line for the drinks on. I'm creating the footage and I'm creating the shape off the trailing girl. I'm just venting street. Tiny trees don't add too many details. It just to add some depth to our landscape. And that's it. And now we have to let it dry. Okay, so, no, that it has, right? We're going to pants our next Phil and we will use this technique. So first the sponge toe wet the paper bits and then the green paint. So with my sponge and clean water, I'm going to wet, especially the top off the hill, just a tiny bits. Iran's there. I will add a bit more green toe my mix so that this layer is a bit darker than the previous one on. Inventing is the all area, and now I'm switching my pens just like I did earlier, and you can see here and here than when my pence touches the water. I added with the sponge, it's spread of its and now with my smaller brush, I will find my line, especially as it up one. And again I will use my Akwa brush toe, add a few drops of water and no, we have to let it dry. 6. final landscape (part 2): now for this layer, and this time we are going to use this technique. We will be adding some salts to create a picture and a few trees. First, I'm adding a bit more pigment off my green in my mix to make a darker shade. And then, with my large brush, I will spend the entire area. And then, with my fine brush, I refined my line, and now I'm adding a few pine trees, and this tree's needs to be bigger than the one we did earlier. I stopped by drawing my trunk first, and then I'm paintings of footage. I am using the same shade of green, and I'm adding just a last tree here and now I'm going toe. Add my kitchen salt. I will Sprinkle just a few grains on top of my grandparents and a bit on the trees, too. Now you have to let is this layer dry with the salt, and you will be able to remove it just after that. Let's that I will next layer. This time it's gonna be quick. We are just going to add a few docker lines. As always, I'm adding a bit more pigment to my Knicks and then always feels the entire area. I will speed up the video again, but you will be able to see the under your process. And this time I'm going to use my doctor green almost pure, because I want the ship to be really, really situated, and I will draw a few curvy lines from the left side toe. What the middle of the page. You have to be quick because the entire layer needs to stay with and just a last one, and it's done. And now just a bit of patients. When you show that you earlier with the salt is right, you can remove all the grains, so now you can see the picture for this layer. We will use this technique. We will add a few drops off that green on a few drops of water. As always, don't forget to add a bit more green to your mix. And then let's stop paintings, this layer and finally, with a smaller brush, I will add a few drops off dark, dark green. Just a few drops. Iran's there. I love observing XYZ dark green spreading on the page. Just humor drops off Dhaka green, and now I'm adding a few drops of water with my Akwa brush, you should be able to see the picture and observe I was. The weather is rating with the color just like this. And now we have to wait until it dries. And this is our final layer, and this time we will add a few clean lines. So I'm adding again, some taika green to my mix and I'm going to feel is the Antalya area. Then I will let it dry and we'll be able tow, add our lines. - So we are going toe. Add some lines. And this time I want a really, really doctrine. I will use my really, really small brush, and I will throw some lying, starting at the bottom and coming until the middle off the area. You can see that my green is almost pure, straight from the tube, because I want this line, Toby Doctor, than the one we painted before. My point was a bit too dry, so I'm going to draw my line again and that's it. Our loss cape is fully finished. I hope you can now see how it's possible to combine all the techniques. We learned to create a landscape with a lot of dips, and I hope it inspired you to pent a lot off. Here's 7. project time: your projects will be to create you almost cape, using the techniques to around in this class. You can experiment with different ways to pen his using water. Water polo Insult I really want to see what your creates. So Fif, free to upload your projects in the project section of discuss If she were interesting in learning more about painting landscapes, you can also check my also classes about skies in countries. Thank you so much for joining means his guests.