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DESIGN Watercolor Painting on Adobe Illustrator. An Introduction to Watercolor Fusion

teacher avatar Aerie North, Designer + Maker ♦ Art Gallery Education

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Overview + Class Project

    • 3. Lesson 1: Set up art board + work space

    • 4. Lesson 2: Tracing / Painting the Image

    • 5. Lesson 3: Playing with Color

    • 6. Lesson 4: Filling the Image

    • 7. Lesson 5: Background

    • 8. Final Thoughts

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Watercolor Fusion is blending, unifying, the traditional delicate flow of watercolor painting with the neoteric elements of another art form.  This class fuses watercolor with technology.



Lesson  1:  Setting up your art board

Lesson 2:  Tracing your image with a watercolor brush

Lesson 3:  Playing with paint color

Lesson 4:  Filling your image

Lesson 5:  Adding 

Final Thoughts


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1. Intro: Hello and welcome to design watercolor painting on Adobe Illustrator, An introduction toe watercolor fusion with Ari North. I'm an artist, art teacher, creator of coloring books, meditation journals and surface pattern designs. This year we launched the Ari North Project. The Ari North Project is a philanthropic incubator supporting creative communities through education and project based initiatives. Current projects are art therapy resources, providing free coloring pages to mental health clinics. Hashtag bring back the bees created the book Wildflowers North America, available on Amazon and in art gallery boutiques, design classes on skill share, encouraging artists to grow their creative business, and weekly free art and coloring pages to everyone on our email list. You can join that list that ari north dot com. In this class, you're going to create a simple watercolor painting on Adobe Illustrator. This is an introduction to watercolor fusion, which is mixing watercolor with another type of art form, and in this case, it's technology. Using Adobe Illustrator, you're gonna learn about watercolor brushes and color on Adobe Illustrator. We're gonna add a background to enhance your painting. This is a beginner's class where we focus on one stroke and one brush If you don't already have Adobe Illustrator, you can download a free trial on adobe dot com The class project. Create a watercolor painting using the introductory techniques you learned in this class and share it in the project gallery. Let us know where we can find you on social media. Please join me in class. I look forward to seeing your artwork in the project gallery. 2. Overview + Class Project: overview and less than one, we're gonna set up the art board and the workspace on Adobe Illustrator. Lesson two is all about tracing the image with the watercolor brush. Less than three. We're gonna play in some paint color unless and four the brief little video on filling the image in completely. And listen if I were gonna add some background and then there's just gonna be some final thoughts for the class project will be creating a watercolor painting using the introductory techniques you learned in class and shared in the project gallery. Please join me in the next lesson. I look forward to seeing your artwork in the art gallery. 3. Lesson 1: Set up art board + work space: Welcome to lesson one. Here in this lesson, we're just going to set up our workspace and art board. So I'm gonna click on file, click on new, create a file name. I'm gonna be working in inches for this. I'm gonna use a landscaped. So it's 11 by 8.5. But I'm just using landscape for easy to print out later regular, letter sized paper. And then I want to I just paste it. I had already copied in this image and just pasted onto the board. Gonna goto object. I'm gonna lock it on the board so that I don't accidentally grab the image and mess everything up and have a kerfuffle. So I just lock it on now I can unlock it anytime I want. So now I'm going to go and see what kind of watercolor brushes that we have here. That and then we can play with a few, but I just want to put them on my workspace. Now I can make decisions on what I want to use a little later. I also want to see what colors I want. What swatches I I want to play with. I think I'm gonna go for Bright. But I have a feeling I'll probably change that a little later. But right now I'm in the right mood something. Select that. And there. That's where we find our stroke. Strokers airline are Phyllis when we color it in the inside? Okay, I'm pretty happy with this. I just said it set everything up looking through my brushes to see which one I want. Great. So you do the same and I'll meet you in a lesson too. 4. Lesson 2: Tracing / Painting the Image: welcome to lessen, too. So now we have our map of the United States securely locked onto our art board, and we select it our papers and color. And we're just going to trace the image that we picked in this case, I have a map of the United States because it's very recognizable. If you want, you can do your own state province, territory, country, any image that would be recognizable and looks really nice. And even when you do just one stroke, because this is just gonna be one paint stroke that we're doing haven't stopped. And when we're done, we'll have a very nice watercolor effect. Okay, Good. I'm just gonna unlock this goto object and unlock so I can move the map off and see what we've got. Looks great. I'm just gonna select and center it and I'll meet you in the next lesson. 5. Lesson 3: Playing with Color: welcome to lesson three. Here. We're going to learn something new and nice effect, and we're gonna play with some color a little bit. So what I want to do is select the entire thing and make it a little smaller, going to scale it just with 98% of the original size and were copying it. So every time we hit control or command D it copies the previous version 98% smaller, So it gives us that really cool effect. So we're gonna play with color here, So I'm selecting. What are you start with is my original color, and that's gonna be the outside. And then I select about 2/3 in change the color a little bit. You can change the opacity or change the color completely, and then select 1/3 of the way in and change the color again so you can completely change the color. Or you can just change the color slightly or, um, you can play with the opacity. So you have 100% color on the outside and then maybe 67% on the inside of 33. So you've got a really faded look. Just gives this neo terror feel off a look to traditional paint. So we're taking our traditional paint watercolors, and we're refusing it with something new with technology. Okay, we're gonna play a little bit. I don't meet in the next lesson. 6. Lesson 4: Filling the Image: welcome to lessen four. I want to show you this neat little effect if what would happen if we filled in the center ? I like having the center the same color as the background. But I wanted I had to show you this anyway because it is a cool effect and you might want to opt for it to see what you think about it. So I've going to select the very last center paint line transform scale we've got are 98%. I'm just gonna copy it. So just like before, every new line will be a copy of night are 98% copy of the previous line. And it's just to get this repeated repeated. You just hit that control de or command D about 100 times, and then it will get smaller and smaller, smaller, and you can choose to stop anywhere you like. But I want to go right to the end to show you what it looks like when you completely fill in the center. You could play with colors if you want making them completely funky, groovy, different colors or just have a known bray look Or just let the capacity of the watercolor stroke speak for itself and leave it one color just popping in and out like that cause I'm just hitting control. D just okay, Almost finished. By the time you get to the last bits here, it gets kind of hard to see. But there you go. That give you that? Gives you a good example of what it looks like. Kind of that nice wave. I like that. We're taking something lovely and simple and beautiful and traditional as watercolor. And we're making it into a fusion adding technology of, uh, illustrator to create something really pretty and modern watercolor seeing the next lesson . 7. Lesson 5: Background: welcome to lessen Fi. We're going to wrap it up by finalizing our watercolor fusion image. I'm going to stay with blues and just make the older part of the image. The darkest the middle part of the image is going to be a little lighter, and then the inner part of the water color is going to be the lightest and the center on going to leave blank so it will match the background color that we choose. I like that. It's very It's simple, pretty now with the rectangle tool. I'm going to create a rectangle the same size as the art box, and this is going to be the background. So for the fill color, I want to try great to see how that looks a right click arrange. I'm gonna send this box to the back so it goes behind our watercolor fusion image, and just with the selection tool, I'll move the box into place, and then I'm going to start playing with some background colors. I'm going to stay in my pastel palette and just play with the background, the background selection and the selection of the water color that you use all depends on your mood depend on the use of the image. Who? The images. Four. I like the greens, the blues, the minutes getting in tow colors that I really I'm drawn to. Now I love this effect because it's water color. It's got the it's It's definitely watercolor, which is traditional and lovely. I'm pretty, but you're adding a nice fusion of something mawr contemporary. I'm just working my way through all of the colors and then decide which one I want to keep . And then that will be my final image. I like this one. See you and final thoughts. 8. Final Thoughts: thank you for taking this class. I hope you enjoyed it. I enjoyed teaching it. I look forward to seeing your artwork in the Project gallery. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know in the comments section or by emailing Ari North at gmail dot com. Every week I send free school civilised rations to my mailing list. Please visit ari north dot com to join with the mailing list. See you in the next class.