DIY easy watercolor bookmarks, even if you have never used a paint brush! | Marylin Hoffman | Skillshare

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DIY easy watercolor bookmarks, even if you have never used a paint brush!

teacher avatar Marylin Hoffman, Art & Illustration

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Getting started

    • 4. Technique #1 Wet on Wet

    • 5. Technique #2 Wet on Dry

    • 6. Technique #3-4 Salt & Layers

    • 7. Fixing mistakes

    • 8. Final Project

    • 9. Thank you & Goodbye

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About This Class

In this Skillshare class you’ll create a beautiful set of watercolor illustrated Bookmarks. Your project will be to create a complete 6 pieces watercolor bookmarks.

We'll be using watercolors and different types of brushes and learn all basic techniques. I’ll take you through basic techniques, creating texture, fixing mistakes as well as suggest best materials to use! No previous experience required and it’s suitable for all ages!!

The process videos will walk you through the following:

- An introduction to watercolors 

- Supplies list

- Basic techniques

- Creating interesting textures 

- Fixing mistakes do and don'ts 


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Marylin Hoffman

Art & Illustration



Hi there! I’m Marylin Hoffman, a former Physician that 2 years ago decided to become a full time artist. Illustration in watercolors and digital programs like Illustrator and Procreate  are my passion, but I love exploring all mediums.

I believe creativity is in all of us and art is a form of meditation, and my job is not only to share my thoughts through art but to show you how you can too. I'm enthusiastic about helping people to re connect with their creativity.

When I’m not drawing, you can find me kissing my dog "Happy", or unintentionally murdering all my houseplants LOL. 

I love sharing my latest work and process videos on Instagram and youtube so come say hello :) 

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1. Introduction : Okay, talks in Spanish hahaha ok. Hi, my name is Marylin Hoffman and I'm a self-taught artist I'm mainly use watercolors and the iPad to create my artwork. I really love to show other people how they can paint in really Fun and simple way. I believe art is for all of us, even if you don't have too much experience painting before. That's why this class is for you. In this class, I'm going to start by sharing some basic watercolor techniques. So you get to play and explore this wonderful medium. I hoped you enjoy the class. So grab your supplies and let's get started. 2. Materials: Okay, so the materials that we are going to be using for this class are watercolor paper, first So there are many different kinds of watercolor paper, but I'm going to just be talking about these two. So we have a hot pressed watercolor paper, which is really soft. If you can. Just put your fingers over and you're gonna see that it's really smooth surface so it doesn't really have that much texture on it. Later on I'm going to be showing you some examples of how your painting is gonna look if you're gonna do it in these kind of pepper, is really nice. This is a really good brand that I like Fabriano and this kind of watercolor paper comes in a block. So it's very nice because then you don't have to tape it down. Like I gonna show you later on in the project. But instead you can just go ahead and paint on top of it. And it's going to keep him from buckling up because it has some glue on the sides. and once you are done and your painting dries, all you have to do is take it off. So it's really handy. The other Hot pressed watercolor, paper is Arches, which is a really nice but just a little pricey so, honestly , if you doing these just for fun, just for yoursefl or just to give it to someone. You can just buy the cheaper brand I'm just showing you here My Favorites. Anyways, these Hot pressed is also really a smooth. It's really, really nice. Although if I put my hand on top I can feel a little bit more of texture than the Fabriano, But it's the really smooth surface. So I'm gonna bring it close so you can see there is no too much texture on it. as suppose the Cold pressed, which is the one that I'm gonna show you now. Which is a more textured watercolor paper. This is the brand I would recommend you get for this class, especially because it's a really cheap paper, you can shop it online. I got these, I think on Blick.... mmmm I will just add this later on the video because I don't remember the website, but anyways, this is the cheapest yet and the good quality, paper. Best quality you can get for the price, I think as least as far as I could find. It's Fabriano too But it is Studio watercolor. Fabriano. It's a Cold pressed, and because is cold pressed So let me just do a close up. And see if you guys see texture that has on it. So it has a lot of texture It's really nice. But you can even get a more textured watercolor paper. I think this is good because it's kind of in between all those cold pressed, hot pressed So these again are the ones would be the one that I recommend for the class. So now continue with the class. We have again Cold pressed but now arches These one. The difference and why the price change is the thickeness So this is 140 pounds. This is 90 pounds, is still really, really good, especially for practicing just for having fun. I believe is the best you can get. But if you are doing something a little bit more professional or you're just doing a painting to sell or wherever it is. You do want to get something around the 140 pounds Just because is thick so that means that you have also more chances to use here a lot of water without the paper breaking or just really like kind of crumbling. So I recommend this This is a cold pressed which means again, we have a lot of texture in the paper and mine is almost done just bc I use it a lot. But this one also you can see the difference between the two. it's really, really texture if I put my nail on it you can tell I really like that between the two, mostly I will do my paintings on Cold pressed just because I really loved that texture, but some people really don't like it. So what they will do, is to use the hot pressed, but I'll recommend if you have the chance, I will say get the two papers, the two kind of watercolor paper. So you can try them out and choose which one you like and this other one Really nice watercolor cold pressed and also 140 lbs is very smooth to be a cold pressed So there is some people that would like a little bit of texture but not to much so this would be the way to go. It's call Canson and is also very cheap. So we have the water color paper as the first materials that we are going to be using. We of course need some watercolor paints they can come in these way as little pans of watercolor. And all you have to do is activate them with some water. I will show you later on. Mine as you can see, I have user it before, and actually have to refill some of these paints I never really clean it just because I like the messiness and also because all these although is dry here as soon as you put some water and activate so you can still use it. So it's up to you. But anyways, this is really handy because you can put your brush right here on the middle, close it and here you go. You have your palate and you have your colors. Everything's so, If you're going somewhere, you can bring your watercolors with you and they even sell them is smaller pans just like this which is very cool, but also you might find watercolors and these are huge tubes usually they come in really tiny tubes. . Let me see. Usually they will become little tiny tubes like this, and they gonna last you a while because for watercolors since we are going to mine them with water all you really need jis just a little bit a at time. but anyways, for the one that come in tubes all you're going to need is either a palette to put them on. or this cases and fill them up which is what I did. So that will be it. ,You can have as many colors as you want for this specific class, honestly you can just choose two or three colors and just go with the primary colors. that will do it, because you can mix colors in so many different Ways, and I'll do another class on that, on how to chart the colors because you can create a really huge amount of colors with just with a few, let's say three or four. And so you don't really need to many to start with. If you have a lot fantastic, we can get started with what you have very much. We are going to be using. some brushes for this class, all you need is flat end brush the edge is Like this, flat. and you can have any size you want. Will be maybe easier, smaller ones. Since we are doing bookmarks and the piece of paper that we're going to be working on is going to be very small. We're going to cut out the paper. So maybe a smaller one will be easier for you. But whatever you have in hand and then a round one, just because I really want to show you how versatile these brushes are So with a round, sometimes I just paint with this one Sorry, Karla. hahaha There you go again. (bloopers) So with a round brush you can really get any shape And technically you can just paint with these one. But since we are doing some geometric shapes will be easier for you with these. But anyways, so you're going to need a round and flat brush. If you have just one I highly recommend you get the round brush. And again can be any size. I have these two different sizes here just to show you, we can work with either doesn't mean Jyou need all of them we're going to be as using salt. Just table salt is a little bit I have this for a while? So honestly, where we're gonna be using just a little pinch, so you don't need much Because we're going to do a pretty cool exercise to get some texture with this. We need a cup of water You can just get a glass or jar just for painting You can get also a plastic cup to start If you don't have too much experience, with watercolors or with painting You can just get one and you have to change it as it gets dirty Or if you know a little bit more of color theory, you can use two cups one for Cool colors, one for warm colors, which is very handy just because you don't have to change the water So often, same way if you have just a huge jar that's perfect nut for this class this would do it. other thing we are going to be using is of course, paper towels to clean up our brushes and you don't have to throw it Right away , this one is dirty but still, I use it. or if you don't want to use paper towels and generate more trash You can just get the old rag that you have around your house, use that and just keep it at your studio we are going to be using whose tape as well This is going to tape down our paper. We're working on. That way it doesn't buckle up that much. a pencil, and eraser. Because we gonna cut the paper to the size of the bookmark of course a ruler, but if you want to make a little bit funky honestly Go ahead and cut without measuring . Sometimes I do that because the edges doesn't have to be perfect. But if you feel more comfortable this way get a ruler and of course, the scissors and much that would be it So just to recap, watercolor paper, either hot pressed which is a smooth surface cold pressed which is a more rough paper minimum 90 pounds, ideal 100 lb brushes, If you have just one lets it be a round one watercolor paints on pans or tubes Salt, Water Cup rugs or paper towels, pencil eraser, ruler and washi tape. And csissors. that's it. It looks like a lot, but isreally no that much, other thing you wanna make sure is that you have a really nice space where you are able to put everything you need and that we be it!! 3. Getting started: music 4. Technique #1 Wet on Wet: So we're going to start with a flat end brush and whet the paper fully, but not too much that you get puddles on it. Then just activate your paint by adding water to it. And start applying it to the wet paper. keep adding more on a motion of left to site. add more concentrated and dark paint towards the top. and let it Flow on the paper. the pigment will flow naturally on the water and that is the smooth, nice gradient we wanted to achieve Now, let's try with different colors. So I start by weating the paper and apply one of the colors on the lower edge, going upwards, but allowing the paint to flow do the same on the top with the second color Until both colors get in contact with each other. let it flow by itself, so you don't really need to go over it too much. And there you have it. Beautiful gradients bookmarks. 5. Technique #2 Wet on Dry: Start by getting your paint ready by mixing it with water then using a flat end brush, draw some diagonal lines. leaving a consistent space in between. Once you have filled the whole page choose another color. with this other color, with the very edge and side of you brush, repeat the lines. But now these will look a lot thinner because of the way you holding your brush Continue until you have completed the whole page. For the second exercise, we are going to be using a small round brush. Have ready multiple colors and start painting little random marks on the paper. do the same with all of the other colors. When we're using wet paint on the dry paper, we get these nice and crips edges and have somehow more control of the paint Once you pleased and the paper is full you all done set aside and let it dry 6. Technique #3-4 Salt & Layers : Now let's try some other techniques. Fears I start by putting love somewhere on your piece of paper. All out with the color of your choice. So the base remains with for the last step. Now we are going to be used in the salt. Just as being important, all our See how the sod react with the width paper. Alright, let this die and move onto the next one. We're going to be used in different colors as y star by painting different size circles. In our wonder manner, you can use multiple colors, or I would do it with so many because I love colours. Most of the paper. Make sure you allow it to fall it out before you continue with the next step. Okay, so now that is fully die, we can continue with our layering technique. Star by painting more circles on top with a more saturated paint. This means less water on your face. Because what colors are transparent. You can see to the top circles this nice layer effects. You can time me if you'd like. 7. Fixing mistakes: In this video, I wanted to share with you some quick tips on how to fix mistakes. hey We all made them. So first when you need to erase some of the color act fast, do it before the paper dries..... with a paper towel, go just go over the wet paint and , wipe it off. Or you can also use a dry brush for this purpose, will give you more control and is better for small details. But if the paint dry already, don't worry. You can still go on top with a wet brush and rub it , very gentle. and then wipe it with a paper towel. Be careful though, this could damage your paper So here you have, the results with all of the three options and how to fix mistakes. And as you can see, you can virtually remove all of the paint of the paper. Keep in mind, it might take so effort and patience But in the end, it can be done. Pro tip: If you make a small mistake. roll with it, they pretty often make your piece more unique. That's all !! 8. Final Project: By the end, you will have a full beautiful set of watercolor bookmarks and learn some basic techniques. 9. Thank you & Goodbye: I want to really thank you for taking this class with me I hope you have fun and keep practicing , exploring and having fun with watercolors. I can't wait to see your bookmarks and I know that other students would love to see them too. So please do share them in the project gallery, also, if you decide to share them on social media. you can tag me my handle of Instagram is @marilynhoffmanart. I would love for you to leave me a review, in this my first class in Skillshare that way I can improve for my other classes. Ok, I'll see you soon, happy painting.