Design and Paint a Folk Art Style Monogram | Jennifer Asbury | Skillshare

Playback Speed

  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x

Design and Paint a Folk Art Style Monogram

teacher avatar Jennifer Asbury, artist, designer, welder

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (1h 8m)
    • 1. Project introduction

    • 2. A Little Color Theory

    • 3. Supplies Needed

    • 4. Let's Get Inspired!

    • 5. Getting Started on Layout

    • 6. Sketch Letter Part 1

    • 7. Sketch Letter Part 2

    • 8. Begin to paint YAY!

    • 9. More on the Painting Process & Tips

    • 10. Closing Thoughts and Thank You!

  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





About This Class


Create a beautiful monogram using elements of the folk art style. Perfect for a wedding gift!

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Jennifer Asbury

artist, designer, welder


Hello, I'm Jen.

See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • 0%
  • Yes
  • 0%
  • Somewhat
  • 0%
  • Not really
  • 0%
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.


1. Project introduction: fourth. Is this my four skill share class? I think it is. Wow. What? No I fourth skill share class and the project for today is a folk art style monogram. This is an example of what I've done, and this would be great for a wedding gift. If you did the couple's initial of their last name, it would be beautiful. You could do it as an anniversary gift. If you did numbers, you could give it as a housewarming gift. That would be really beautiful again doing numbers you could do a wedding date, anniversary day, birthdate, anything. So anything is possible with this. It's fun. It's easy. That's a quick project you could do in a day or less. A couple hours, a fun painting time and you have something really beautiful. So meet me in the next segment and we'll get started. 2. A Little Color Theory: way. Spend a few minutes talking about color wheel and choosing some colors. Um, this is a basic color wheel, showing the primary color secondary and tertiary color, so primary is red. Yellow blue secondary is made by mixing equal parts of your primaries, and then you get your secondary and then your tertiary colors air made by mixing equal parts of your primary and your secondary. And then you get your tertiary colors. Here we have kind of a warm side of the color wheel. These colors are warm and temperature. You can call people call color temperature on. Then we have cool colors over here and then on the back of this one, Vickers into a little bit more about color schemes. One of my favorites is complimentary and complimentary colors, sitting directly opposite each other on the color wheel. So any colors that sit opposite each other, we'll be complementary colors, and they really work. They offset each other nicely. They're great way to highlight each other. Red and green Christmas colors. That's why they work their opposite each other on the color wheel. So that is one way to work. Another way he might work with color choices is a split complementary color scheme s. So if we wanted to use orange, we would go on either side of our compliments. There we go, blue, violet, blue, green. And there's would be, you know, an example of a split complementary color scheme. If it were me, I would go with all three of theirs and then choose this orange for a little bit of pop. Really kind of offsets the orange if you are working here and then you choose something here even in even in here, You know, if you chose, there's three and then you took a little bit of orange or red orange. Just really make it pop. So there you go. We have some other ones here. They're calling a triad where you're choosing three. They're equal distance on the color wheel. Attached Rod is a square, basically of colors here. One of my favorite ways to work is an analogous color scheme, and there's your colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. Now this color wheel says no more than five consecutive colors on the color wheel so you could go here, and that that is about I think that's about right. And I have an example of that. This painting here is a good example of that. I went from the reds to the oranges to the yellows and mixed everything in between. On that was where I was working was in through here. And this painting has kind of another example of an analogous color scheme. But I went over and I used to read violence and violence in here. So I went with some reds and oranges, a little bit of gold. But I also chose a little bit of Violet. And I really like how the violet kind of pops using, You know, they're considering this a warm color, then only we could probably debate that, but I like how the warmth of these oranges kind of plays with the the purples and the red violets and things like that. So if you're new to choosing colors, maybe you want to try monochromatic. Just pick one color and work with it. And here's an example. Monochromatic. This is painted in wash. And then I messed it up there. So for that by Monk, romantic is beautiful. And if you're looking at folk, are you. You've seen monochromatic color schemes and they're striking their stunning. So choose one car. Keep it simple for your first project. If you want to venture a little bit more, maybe try a complementary on and work like that so that hopefully that is a little bit more than what you knew about color. And maybe that will help you choose colors for your project. So when we come back, we will talk inspiration and get started on a project. 3. Supplies Needed: Teoh for supplies. Really pretty minimal paper. I have hot pressed paper here. This is a prying eight inch block £140 and high press papers. Very interesting is the first time I worked with it this year, and it takes a little bit of getting used, Teoh. But it's very smooth. When you paint on it. You get a nice crisp edges, so you may want to try that. It's fun to try. I'm glad I tried it. I don't know that I love it, but I'm I like it so far. I like it. Regular watercolor paper. This is a great brand. This is You can get this at Michael's or on a Seymour type of place. This is these nine by 12. And you know, if working this big stresses you out, cut it in half. Sometimes people get scared about working big, but I wouldn't worry about that. Gives you some room, Teoh to move and work again. £140 paper. I don't think you want anything later. You don't want it toe warp as you're working so that you keep that in mind when you're buying paper. This is relatively inexpensive for this. I think it's, like 13. $14 for What did I get here? How many pages? Oh, I don't know. Bunch of pages on dso again. 24 right there for me. Eso 24 Not not bad price wise. And I think this was this was about $10 too. Are you gonna need paint I am using Wash. This is a blank pal that I purchased, and then I put my colors in there. You can use very inexpensive washes if you want to try it. I bought my first set. I think it Michaels and it was Reeves brand. And they're not bad. There's They certainly will work for your first project. They may not be super duper light, fast or last forever. But for your first project, they're probably just fine. I have a mix of Windsor and Newton and hold lying here. Um, and I've purchased them just one or two at a time over in course of time. So that's what I'm working with. You could certainly use water colors. I have one. I will show you in the sand when we get to the samples that I didn't watercolor. Just a different look, but I'll be using wash today. Brushes. These are probably the size is that I'm gonna be working with a four. I've got a zero and a two and these Air Cotman brand by Windsor and Newton and I like thes . They're relatively inexpensive and they hold a shape. These arounds, the type of brush that we're using or that I'm using is around. They hold their shape, they hold a lot of water and paint. Another one that I like is by simply Simon's or Simmons Simmons Simmons. And this comes from Well, I got this one a dick Blick online. But you could, you know, wherever you can find a decent brush. I think a good brush makes a difference. Thes air synthetic. I like the synthetics again. They hold water, they hold their shape, they stand up to a lot of painting. It's up to you. What kind you get? If I was going to spend money, I would probably start with a brush, Get a good brush. Are you know, a couple and then you want to size them appropriate for however teeny tiny that you're working. If you're working small, you're gonna want a small brush. If you're working larger than a larger breasts will work for you. Now this is purely optional. This is a fan brush I'm using. So when I erase my lines, I used this. So if there's any oils or anything of my fingers, I don't get it on my paper. But that's entirely optional. You're gonna need a pencil to sketch and lay out your design. I'm using a four h s. So it makes a very light mark the lettuce hard so it isn't going to put down a black a heavy black mark, the lighter the better for this cause we're gonna need to erase almost everything but still be able to see it. So that's what I'm using. And then I have an eraser that, like this brand of eraser to erase before I start painting and then anything else afterwards. You need a container for water and some water, and then that should be it. And you're good to go. So we'll see in the 4. Let's Get Inspired!: Okay, let's talk briefly about what makes up folk art style, the elements of style and where we can find some inspiration. So when I started searching for folk art and elements of full card style I found, and the first thing that comes to my mind, this Pennsylvania Dutch hack signs I feel like they follow that style. And so I even searched elements of folk art style, and I couldn't really find anything. So I started looking at what exactly makes a full part. And so in my mind, I see things that are very simple. A sfar us. The elements go on and how things were treated s so we have a heart here. It's very simple. The bird. Very simple. It's a bird shaped. He has a wing ahead and a beak and tail feathers somewhere, not that detailed. And so a lot of these elements are not very detailed. If you see a flower, it's very simple elements, the pedals air broken down to their simplest shape. You don't see veins and leaves and things like that. You see just a leaf shape, and so they're very simple. So you can see here elements of that very simple flat. So they're kind of two dimensional. There are some that you see that have more of a three dimensional look to it. Maybe they've had layers and layers of color put on there so they look a little more two dimensional. This leaf here has two shades of green, so or whatever you wanna call this here has two shades of green and so it looks a little more dimensional. But that's about as much dimension as I see. Maybe you might find something that shares you more. And as far as choosing things that we want to incorporate into our design, what we don't want to do is copy, but we want to Dio is pick elements of things that we like. So I really like this skull border here, and I like the contrast between the black and the white, and I think I'm gonna incorporate that into my peace. I like the bird. I've tried to incorporate birds, but I'm not having a whole lot of luck with that. My birds I haven't developed a style of bird that I like when I draw it. So I'm still working on that, But hearts I always incorporate a heart into my pieces. That's just something that I dio and flowers and leaves. It seems to be kind of where I go for ideas. So that's how you want to look at things. And how you want to draw from things is picking element. I like this piece. I like that. I want to include a cat I want include a dog I want include a house, Ah, heart, whatever, but make it your own. Please do not copy directly from somebody else's work. This cat is adorable, and I like the flowers here. The flowers are very simple. The leaf shape is simple. The cat is that it's basic elements. So you could kind of take this as an idea and say, Maybe I want to put my main focal point in my letter in the middle and have it surrounded by flowers and leaves and take the ideas from that, or you like how there's this dotted border around the heart and maybe you want to discover border around your heart, but that's how you want to go and pick things out. Um, here is a bird, which I thought was really beautiful. And if you're doing the letter, l I thought, Oh, it's kind of got the l shaped going in here already. So maybe you could use this as an idea for how you wanna play in yours. Maybe you put on element in the corner, a flower or heart, and then you have these leaves and vines coming off for the legs of the letter. L um, Here again, the leaves are very simple. The flower is very simple. It's basically just three pieces. There's some other unit is a little bit of detail here, but that's it. It's very simple. These little blue buds, one color, one shape the same with the leaves. One color, although there are multiple colors in here. But the leaf itself is one color. There's not a whole lot of detail. And you know this, you know, kind of like a backwards leaf. But that was pretty cool. The whole thing is neat. The flow is neat. The focal point here is really beautiful. And then the the leaves and the vines kind of accent that so again, you can kind of pull elements from things that you're seeing into your own design and that way it becomes your own. This is a book I purchased which I like. It has very simple line drawings and it also it shows some fun. It's just one designs, but also kind of tells where these where these came from, where they came off, furniture or hack signs or things like that. Um so these elements here are not symmetrical, but their balance. And that is also another I think a an element of full court is that you see a lot. It's it's symmetrical on. And if it's not symmetrical, it is balanced. It feels the same. If you were to hold in your hand, it wouldn't, you know, come fall to one side or the other. It feels balanced. Now Here we are, seeing something symmetrical some more, Some aren't, but they're balanced and symmetry is easy to start with. This here this element here the heart with these flowers. You see a lot of this on you can, you know, kind of create this in your own way in lots of different ways. But there's this is a good example of what you see Borders. These borders are nice because they would help you you to give you ideas to use in letters that have like an M, which has a strong vertical element to it, So your borders would really be helpful there on. Then there's cats in bulbs and quote templates or quote unquote designs. In here is what This is a neat ball, I thought actually course cheap. I bought it years from Amazon, and it's a lot of great ideas in it. Um, so there is another avenue for inspiration and finally we'll move to Pinterest. If you're gonna go on Pinterest, I would suggest setting a timer literally set a timer for no more than 15 minutes and get to it because you can go down a rabbit hole. Everybody knows that and waste on our off, you know, pinning stuff s So that's what I would dio I do that a lot is ice at a time for things like that and it focuses me and it it kind of puts the pressure on. It's like, OK, this is all I have the time for. And when the timer goes off, I stop. So here is more full court on. You can see a symmetrical here. This is really beautiful color scheme. We've got red and green with a little bit of gold. Really beautiful design. You can take elements of this like the flowers coming off the heart. If you like that, this is gorgeous. Here. This is a little more dimension to it and how she's layered her colors and layers and layers and layers is very intricate. You don't have to be that intricate if you don't want Teoh. In fact, for your first project, I would suggest you don't. This is really sweet, you know, Typical of what? You see, A lot of hearts really very beautiful. This black and white is gorgeous. It's not symmetrical, but it is balanced. This heavier, darker element here kind of balances all these loose, floaty things here. Eso We're going to talk a little bit about balance A SARS color Palettes go black and weight is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. Red and white is gorgeous. Eso you can you know this blue? This is stunning. I mean, this is just gorgeous. The blues, the monochromatic from the dark to the light blues Absolutely gorgeous on a black background, absolutely stunning. So you could paint your your background of your letter Black if you like. It's entirely up to you. So if you're gonna get on Pinterest again, I seriously set yourself a time limit. Found some Pennsylvania Dodge tax signs. I found the cat again. He's really cute. Something very simple. Again. Pull elements. Don't copy it, Aziz. You see it and, you know, steal somebody else's work. That's really article. Okay, so that should be good for some inspiration there and give you some ideas of where to go. Some elements to pull into your own kind of work and kind of get just started. I find that like, leaves of vines are great Adan's and fill ends. They're easy. They work you can a little tiny flowers to a kind of work for everything. So kind of look for some things, little elements that you can fill in if he need Teoh. Um and then you can focus on your big ones, and then you have some things to fill in, and we'll talk a little bit more when we get to the planning stage. All right, So let's gather our stuff and our inspiration and come back and we're going to start planning our design. Go 5. Getting Started on Layout: Welcome back. Let's talk about some fonts and then laying out our peace, and then we will eventually gets painting s. What I have here are some Google fonts that I printed out in a letter that I want to use. And, uh, what you can notice about these. We have a script. We have a nice block letter here. We have a letter with some serifis thes air. More formal. This is a little more casual. So think about that is you're choosing your letter. If you want this to be a more formal peace, maybe you want to go here. This has a little more contemporary feel and this is a hand letter look at which is super duper popular right now, so that will be entirely up to you. The other thing that I took notice of in this letter and this is the letter that I wanted to use is the proportion of the e of the upper part in the lower part and how this is a little smaller. This is larger, a little bit more than half less than half. So I want to keep that in mind as I go toe layout. My letter. So let's draw whales. So what I did here, I started my layout. I used ah, one inch wide roller that I had. You don't need a one inch wide world where you can use any straight edge any straight at will Dio. I chose this one because it very quickly give me a one inch border and that's what I did here is drew off a one inch border. The next step was to make a lying from corner your corner crime surgery corner to corner and then corner to corner and came up with the approximate center of my piece are of my paper. And then I sketched my letter, keeping in mind the proportion that I just mentioned of this being a little less than half of this being a little more than half and also keep him in mind. The slant. So have a little bit of a slant here, and you can kind of see the same thing here. The angle there And there's all the things that I kept in mind as I was sketching. You could certainly use your own lettering, your own handwriting. I'm sure your own handwriting It's gorgeous. Everybody thinks that they're sucks, but I'm sure it does. Not that way. Then you won't have to worry about using references, But you certainly can. So I sketch my letter and you can see that I sketched it numerous times. And this will all be erased when we get to the final portion of the layout when we start placing elements in our design so here might be able to see the faint, faint crisscross lines. But I laid this out the same way, found the center laid out the J sketch. My elements erased most of it. Before I started painting, I left a very, very faint line. And that's what you want to dio eso. That's what I've done here for this project. And I'm just gonna use this as a guide for placing my elements and placing the elements will be in the next segment. I'm gonna work on another piece while together in unison with this one, and I sketched this out the same way corner to corner or corner found the centre, and I'm doing a lower case. I and I sketched that out and I'm gonna paint this one like I painted this one where I drew my elements in and my elements are the paper. And then I painted everything around that we saw some of that in our inspiration segment, and I really like how that looks. So I want to do to The other thing that I will be doing is this is cold press paper and this is hot pressed paper. So you get a chance to see the difference between the two and how they move and how they work. The hot press paper, the paint moves differently than it does on the cold press. I think I like how it it moves on and how it works. The one thing about hot press paper is that it dries really fast. So if you're new to it, be be prepared for that. This our class example was done on cold press paper, and I like working with wash very similar to watercolors. I like letting the pain the paint kind of do you know, fun things merging together, and I also like dropping dots of color in when I want to do that. I didn't really do it in this project because I wanted the more boulder solid feel of folk art. I didn't let a little bit of that happen here and in here, but I kind of kept that to a minimum for this particular project. So that is what we need to do next. We need to get her paper, decide on the letter, get it laid out and get ready to finally. Almost room is ready. Pain. The next step will be placing elements and then we will finally get to painting. 6. Sketch Letter Part 1: way have our letter laid out and I want to start sketching and we'll talk about that in a second. But first, um, these are some sketches that I did for another project, and you may want to just get your sketchbook and sketch out things that you think look like folk are elements, and that's what I did here. It was very freeing, no end result in mind other than just sketching out ideas. And for me, that's very freeing. If I don't have to worry about, Oh my gosh, it's gonna look a certain way or this is gonna be perfect. Then I can just sketch and have fun with it. And so that's what I did here. Just tried out different things that I thought that I liked and might like. Certain elements kind of repeat themselves for me. I like this the shape of flour. It seems to show up a lot, and it works for me, so I like it. So I draw it a lot, and when I, uh, come up with other flowers in my repertoire, I'll draw theirs, too. But for now, this is what I'm drawing, and this is what I you knew experiment with some leaves and different like to two sided leaves, Just different dots. I like dots. I think their whims of corn fun just different leave shapes, some flowers Here I was playing around with I think this one turned out kind of huge little pig is cute things like that. So have fun with this just sketch on. Just enjoy on Here's something else that I did. I think I said the very beginning, that I wanted to draw birds and I hadn't figured out how to do it. And then I did on I really like the spurred I like how it turned out. I think he hasn't a neat folk art vibe, and this was just a scrap piece of paper that I played with. And again, I find that very freeing and relaxing. Um, and it works for me. So I just painted. I just drew when I painted some elements and here's this shape again. I was, you know, like putting little hearts in my paintings, drawings or sketches. And so there they are. And then I experimented with different kind of flower and again just experiment and have fun with it. And so here I am now with my sketch. So remember, I am doing the letter e. And I put my bird in there because I thought, you know, Hey, that's kind of almost the bottom shape of my e. And, you know, we kind of use your imagination there. So I did, and I went ahead and I put my bird in here, and then I put his other wing, um, over here. I guess I'm not sure how I like it. I think I like it. I guess we'll see in the end whether I think it's successful. It may or may not be, but I've added my flour, my little tulip shaped flower elements in here. This little swirly thing. I like Teoh to do a lot. So I put that in there, more more flowers onto flowers, the dots and things like that. So that's where I am now. I'm adding, I'm just adding some elements in sketching, erasing, plotting, planning, whatever. Just doing kind of, you know, whatever I want to dio. And then when we're ready to paint, we're going to come through. Get out of here for sure, Miss Chris. Girls lines out of probably should have done that beginning, but I did not. And even our border line is not necessary. When I am ready to paint, I am going to take my eraser and just very lightly over the whole entire thing. So I can barely see it. Because if this this paper might have race better, sometimes it works. Uh, well, and sometimes it doesn't. I've had some paint come up from the erasing, which to me is not a big deal about that up tighter about it. I could just go back in and touch that up. You know, if I was giving this as a gift for somebody, I wouldn't get too stressed out about it. And I should be using my brush. So? So what I'll dio is I will raised reviews. Raise very gently, very lightly race much as I can. If you are going Teoh, go over around your elements with ah, fine line black marker. You'll be able to hide a lot of these pencil works so that it's entirely up to you. If you want to do that, you can do that. And so I think you might be able to see here where I try to race and I ended up messing it up. I thought the pain was Dr, but apparently it wasn't kind of messed it up there. Somebody senior tried to scratch that out, make that look a little bit nicer. I'm also going to sketch out my eye as well, so I'll be working on that and finishing with my bird. And the other thing that I did when I was working on this is I got, you know, the majority of the elements in here, and I painted for a while, and then I stopped and evaluated whether I thought I needed to add any more elements. And you can certainly do that too. And that might be where I am with this project. Here, get some painting going, and then you can always add things if you think an area needs it, you know, probably were at something in here. Probably needs a little something here, but maybe it doesn't. I think I want to start painting the bird, which is the largest element, and and then evaluating and see where I am with it. So we'll see. And you can certainly do that. So I'm gonna work on sketching my lower case, I and this ball right here lends itself well to things like a flower. So you could, you know, think about that. When you're planning out your letter. What areas lend themselves well to the elements that you like? You know, this this cute little flower right here? This flower shape right here, Right there might be real nice right there. So it doesn't have to be round perfectly round item. It could be close. It's the dot of the eye. And if it's a flower than so be it, then it's a flower. Um, you know what? This one, I was going to paint it like this. So I have to have to think about that before I sketch this in. It may be better two years, a flower shaped like this where I could paint around it a little more easily than this year . But, you know, I could probably fit that in there and still paint around that, like, this year, you know, sketching out so that there's room around to paint is what I'm trying to say. So did that. Here. This is small. So I should be able to make that work. I just don't think about that for a few minutes. Okay? What we wanna do wear my goals here. What kind of elements? Air? One years. How? Don't fit them in. Since I am painting this in, all of my elements have to be contained within my shape here. So that the so I'll have room to paint around them. That's all right. You know, I need to keep that in mind. And so that's what I'm gonna work on next. I really do like this little flower here. I think it's really cute, so I'm gonna try to fit it in here. Turns out pretty good there. So, you know, some space appear, but I think it might be nice to kind of balance out on. Then what? I'm gonna have to do that. I'm gonna have to leave space in between here or sketch this in with a black marker or something. I have to do something there to define this shape. And then in between the pedals here, obviously, you know, be easy to paint. And through here, it'll be easy to paint here. But then what do I do about this? So I have to think about that. You know how I define his petal shapes. That would be something I need to figure out. And I could use the marker, you know, use my fine line marker and just defined. There's pedals that certainly would work. I could paint, you know, I could paint in between here, Could take a very fine brush and paint right there and then just define thes petal shapes and do it like that if I wanted to. So that is hanging out there, That really there's I don't like the heart right there. I think something else needs to be here. And maybe the heart can go here s you kind of make There's editing decisions as you go. As you were drawing it once when I first put it there, the OSCE cute. And then as I got more in there and then it wasn't so cute. So maybe little workers up here, and then maybe there's another little the other shape. Maybe it occurs here. Maybe it's a little bit of a different shape to it, Flower. Now, this stem think represents a problems. You know how I how I paint around that so that might not be, you know, a great idea Here, the's you have to leave. This is going to be, you know, paper and everything is gonna be painted around it. So that could be kind of tricky there. So maybe I don't want to go with that particular type of thing. That leaves just weren't accent that hopes like that. So maybe there could be leaves at the bottom of the flowers instead. I know I don't like we don't like this. This thing it was cute, but it's not secure anymore. Fact, I'm not sure like any of it. So get used to do. And sometimes it goes like that. You think one thing is going to be cute and it really isn't. So what I think might be cute. It's something like this, a little more symmetrical. And then I can add things in around, and it might be a little bit easier to balance something like this. So that's what I'm gonna try next. I'm going to try. Let's see. I don't want to be too symmetrical. - You know what I have? I want to be able to have, you know, space to paint in the background here, so I need to leave myself room to paint my color background. I can't fill the entire thing. Just won't work, right? 7. Sketch Letter Part 2: changed it more time. I like this, uh, this flow of the leaves, the other thing really wasn't working for me, so I try. I thought, Well, maybe I'll just make my flower shapes kind of go like this, you know, the length of the eye. And I'm not really sure what I'm gonna put in here just yet. I'm just I'm looking at this, and I'm thinking now, this is a cute little flower shapes, and maybe I'll add something like that in here. And like I said, I need to, you know, leave some space around here. Pain and then each each of the elements needs to be, you know, individuals. So I could paint around that. And so that is what I am working on one right now. Sometimes it takes a little bit to get going with your ideas and your flow. That could be a color. Whatever color here could be the center off that flower. That might look pretty cute. So, you know, sometimes this doing it like this, you gotta think, really think I had about what? You're gonna paint what gets left paper, what gets painted, and that's okay. That's a good um, you know, I wanted to stick a B in somewhere. So maybe the B goes here because, being b, I could just leave these elements as paper and then paint around it, and I think it would be, you know, understood his baby. So give him a try that see what happens here be shaped. Okay, I think I'm pretty happy with that. I've got plenty of space to paint around. My elements might come in and do a little more detail in these leaves. You might take a little shape like this, and with my background color, just maybe paint a little more and maybe even in here to just add a little more interest to it and see, You know, like I say, you have to sort of get in there and start painting, and then you take a step back from it and look at it and decide if it needs anything. So, um, you know, I get the, you know, the background in, and then I can decide if I think it needs some some little details and I probably will on That's okay. So I can add that later. It's going to be deal do you think I want to add dot There. So I think that looks pretty cute. I'm pretty happy with that. And I am happy with what I have so far for the E. Like I said, I'm gonna get painting. I'm gonna pay the bigger element of the bird in and then decide. You know what I need if I need anything and what something. I did it. Probably It's not really full party, but I think I'm gonna do it anyway. Azzam having some of the leaves kind of encourage in the space that is the bird and the same here with a small flower. I want to try. That just kind of happened as I was sketching and I thought, Well, that might be kind of neat. You don't have to stick 100% to the folk art style Unless you really want Teoh. You know, it's using the classes using elements of folk art style to create a monogram. And so I'm using the elements. I feel like I'm using the elements and but I want to make it my own and my own idea and my own creativity. And I want to see what that looks like. So that's what I'm gonna do. So, yeah, we're done this segment and we are finally ready to paint. 8. Begin to paint YAY!: Okay, real quick. Let's talk about color choice again. Just just briefly. If you are still share addict like I am, you probably have watched the painting teacups with acrylic wash class and she's fantastic . She's so cute. I just wanna hug her. But she had this really cool thing that she did which Waas. She made little swatches of her washes and, like paint chips. You know, when you goto go to the paint store or your home deeper, whatever. And I thought that was circle, so I did that. So thank you for that. I love it. I just cut a two inch by three inch piece of watercolor paper like cheap stuff and painted us watch, started with the purest color and then faded it down here to a light color. I write down the brand and the name and I thought this is I thought it was a fantastic idea for to help you plan out your color palette. So for the one for the project that I'm gonna paint the background, I'm going to use this really pretty indigo blue. I think that would be really gorgeous. Eso that is my choice there and for my bird for this one. I started with the main color that I wanted to use, which is going to be this blue green. And then I I got out my color wheel. Just just, you know, for reference. And so this is like a blue green and because I love complementary colors so much, you know, I went to the opposite and got a nice orange there. But I also like to add, you know, some of the colors next to my main color choice in the color wheel. So that's what I have done. I have picked my main color. These colors here are all next to each other on my color wheel, and then these air opposites that I'm gonna use for little bits of pop here in my in my in this piece here. And I probably add some other things, too, but this is going to be what I'm going to go with. And again. I love this little swatch painting tip because it's just I think it's great. I think it's a brilliant idea. You pick your main color and then start adding from there, it kind of gives you a chance to audition your colors and see how they, you know, See how they work together. Before you put paint to paper, you can see if you're gonna like them together, how they're gonna work together. And so there we go. I thought that was a great A technique. I love her class. I love her. Love her ideas. She's wonderful. Okay, so let's get started. Finally, she's getting to the painting point part, huh? Okay. One thing if you're working with gold wash or watercolor. One thing that I do is I have a little spray bottle here and I'm gonna spray my paint. Just kind of gets everything going ready to go on free that part as well. Give it a good, healthy spray. I keep that handy at work that works for me. You may not like to do that, but I do. And now we're going to finally paint. So this is a pretty small piece. I apologize for my dirty hands. I'm standing furniture and getting pieces ready for a project I'm working on in between filming this class, so I'm gonna get my brushes going small here, So I want small brushes. I keep my paper towel handy and I'm gonna paint. And I'll speed this up for you for sure on then. Of course, if there's anything I want to add, I'll let you know. But don't you know, don't feel like you're missing anything. If I speed it up, you're not. I won't. Maybe in the dark I will let you know what's up. So I'd like to get out a couple of brushes that I think I might use for the process. So that's what I'm doing now, just picking some brushes that I think I might like to use. And then I'm gonna go and get started so the bird is gonna be blue, and that's where I'm going to start with this. Um, So I'm gonna go with a little bit of larger brush, and that's gonna be the blue This This kind of took crazy blue green right here in my palate. You can, but that one there, and you're not gonna be able to see my palate because I want you to be able to see my painting. Um, so my cameras in tight on the painting and you don't really need to see my palate. It's a mess. So You don't need to see that. He wants to see that number. So remember, this is the hot purse paper, and, um so it moves a little bit differently. It's a little, uh, no, you'll find out and I just wanna race. Maybe just a smidge. More like I said in the previous segment, I went through and erased as much as I dare, so I could still see it. And again, I just want to do a little bit more of that. I probably will go over this with the black marker. I like that. Look. Definitely gonna use my brush. It's my neighbors Are stain from staining furniture. Okay, here we go. Um, not really gonna talk so much about how to use the products. There's a lot of great classes on skill share about getting getting familiar with different paints. Really, It's just a, you know, getting in there and playing around kind of thing. So, with a hot pressed paper, I'm going Teoh going to add a little bit of water. This is a pretty large area that I'm gonna paint. So I think I'm gonna add some water to the paper, and then I'm going into my paint and I'm just gonna dio 9. More on the Painting Process & Tips: I'm painting for a little bit and I want to show you My progress started on this piece here and all I'm doing for this. It's very simply amusing. My small brush. I'm using a one and done outlining my elements. And then I also outline my letter and then just feeling between with some super easy. So just a little bit of pain. I think I mentioned before. I like having paper towel handy to dab off water if you get a lot of water, sometimes drops where you don't want it to drop, and that is not fun. So doing here, go around the heart. I want that and I do a lot of touring my paper so you can get in nice and close to where you need to pay. And I apologize if my head is in a way. Get in there, paint little water, little paint I like. I really like the variations that I that I'm getting here. I've got some, you know, blobs of dark in here, and I'm like, you know, my go back in and add a little bit more. That's something that you certainly could do if you want to paint opaque. Um, really make it opaque. You're gonna probably want to go over this a little bit more. If I wanted to add, you know, a stronger bit of color in here. I could just go back over it that really add some strength to it Out of my element. Here it is entirely up to you. I like, uh, letting you know water drops. You do interesting things that they do with with watercolor especially. But with washes. Well, if there's an area that I'm not crazy about right here, for example, where you know I had a strong band of color, but then everything else is kind of light around it. Great thing about this type of wash, which is relatable. That's a word is that you can go back in and smooth some of this stuff out. You could do that a lot easier, I think, on the hot press paper on the whole press paper. Sometimes it's not, I don't know, maybe it's not as easy. That was easy for me anyway. But that's OK. I really love the variations, but that is not your thing. That's OK. It's OK. So add as little or as much color as you like that. There's all I'm doing for this piece, just outlining the elements, outlining my letter and filling everything in between. And then I probably will come back in. I think I mentioned that before in the planning part and just add a little bit in here. Maybe I think that adds, Have something to it. Some of these pieces here from these elements here a few. Maybe here's a little something again. This is your piece. You make those decisions. Whatever you do, it's going great. So I like I like that. That has a little more, I think, a little more movement, a little more energy to it. And I'll probably do the same thing in here. I'm not. I'm not done yet like that so much. But I will probably not sure exactly where I'm gonna add in here, but I think I'll do something. I think it needs a little pizazz. Everybody needs a little desires every now and then. Just here. And there's one you could add really any kind of anything to add some interest if you like . You know, in a painting like this, we have some large white areas. You know, I could even add some little dots right in through here. Little Siris of dots that would probably fix that up a little bit. Give it a little more interest. This looks a little walking so fixed that the great thing about this particular technique is that if you don't like your edge, your outline you can paint that in. You know, if something looks a little funky, just kind of pain, and then take it away, it's where she paint around. You're good to go. So I've got a lot of water on this brush. Dab that off so that it doesn't drop where I don't want it. Teoh had that happened? If that does happen to you, I have not been able to get myself to remember to bring any out here out to my studio. But a Q tip is great for that. If I dropped water where I didn't want Teoh, I would just take my paper town dab it. But a Q tip will allow you to get in nice and close to fix a spot if you need to. And on this piece I have painted blue and I have my swatches right here for color examples and the Knights of my orange and added my dots in here looking at this now, this was the wing, the second wing that my my second wing idea. And I'm not sure that it in my mind that it registers as the second wing for this bird. I think the scale is off. I think I made this way too big, but I like the way it looks. I like the shape that it's made, so I think it's gonna be OK. Obvious. It's gonna be OK. Where I'm gonna go with, um, yellow thing that I'm thinking about as I paint is, I am balancing out my use of color. So I use the blue here as my main color and now I'm adding in the orange and I want to make sure that I balance it out, especially, you know, a stronger color like this. I want to make sure that if I put some here than maybe I want to put some here, maybe a tad here so that your eye moves around The peace on it doesn't go toe one areas to be thinking about that as you add your color and I'm gonna paint some or and I'll come back . Come back eso I've been painting away while you were away or while I was away And I just wanted to share a few things with you About how I paint what I like to do You may like to do it to you may not like to do it on something you Some decisions that I made along the way As I was painting, um, I decided to change the shape of this little pedal element here and this leaf element here , which means I need Teoh come in with my blue again and kind of touch up around that. But I want to make sure that it's really dry. I don't mind if colors my great If you do, that's great. If you don't like that look, then definitely wait until it's 100% dry. Eso it doesn't migrate. That's again. That's up to you. One of things I really like to dio with watercolor and with wash is I like to drop dots of color into a wet area. I mean, I'm sure if you can see it right here, This flower here I painted with my, um, this color here and then I dropped a dot of the purple in it and it rated the base. I dropped it right at the base. It's migrating up, and it is gonna have a Really, I think it's going to be really pretty when it dries. I really like to do that. And I'm doing the same thing here. Almost just dropped war where he didn't want it. So that's where your Q tip comes in handy. I'm gonna do the same thing right here with this pedal. I'm using my yellow, my Naples yellow color for the pedals. And then I'm dropping dots of this orange in there just to kind of let it do its thing. And I think it has a little dimension, and that's what I like about it. I guess I'm not a fan of the 100% opaque new dimension kind of look, and that's my taste. And and if you like that, look, that's wonderful. Go for it. There is nothing wrong with that. Okay, so here we go paint our payment pedal and then on a drop in the dot off the orange and you know I've been changing shapes of these pedals on. That's okay. You know, have fun with us. Relax and enjoy. This process is that is what it is about. Take a little dot of my orange and right here at the base of the pedal, I'm going to dot in the orange color. This this one is still wet. I'm gonna do a little bit more, and I'm just going to do its thing. Uh, this pedal is wet. I just painted it. So there's a lot of water there and it's gonna migrate around, and I think it's gonna be really cool when it settles in. And like I say, I really like doing that. If you don't, that's OK. So here's where I am so far with this one and I'm gonna continue, I'm gonna finish up what I have. And then I'm gonna decide whether I need to add any more color anymore elements, whether I think it's done or not. And what elements I will add. Okay, so now for this piece, this piece here, I think I'm done. I made some decisions again while you were away, and what I did was instead of painting the the ball of the I, the daughter of the I n and my elements out, I decided just to have some fun with it and just paint the leaves, let the edges of believes define the center of the flower and then put a little heart up here in a different color. I know I said I was going to stick with this into go, but I just couldn't resist. And then just to kind of make it connect. I brought this color, this red violet color down here for the center of the flower, and I think it's cute. I think it's a little it's whimsical, it's fun, and I like how it turned out. I added a few elements here that we talked about, and I think that's enough. Personally, I think that's enough. If you want to add more, go for it. I may come back in with a black fine liner and add details in here. I think about that. I'm gonna let this dry overnight, and then I'm gonna erase everything, and then they will decide whether I want to do that. But that's where I am with this piece. I really like how this turned out, it takes to me to take some of the seriousness away from here and adds a little bit of whiteness and some some whimsy to it. So that was my thought process there, and I wanted to share that with you. So I'm gonna do some or painting and come back and chat some more. 10. Closing Thoughts and Thank You!: segment. I wanted to show you my finished pieces and go over a few last little thoughts about the project before you do yours. This is the finished letter. I really like how it turned out. You know, I talked about the changes that I made here, and I really like that I did. I added some dots, some little lines, and then it took my fine line marker. I used a sigma Micron 0.1 or 01 This is the one that I used and I outlined each element. And then I went in just and made the teeny tiny dots where I wanted to add a little bit of dimension or shading when I'm doing drawings, I'd like to do little dots. Is this kind of, well, shading elements? You can add as much of that or as little as you like, or none of it. If you don't like the look at all s o, that's entirely up to you. Add on the line work. Don't at the line work whatever makes you happy. And for the e I like, really like how this turned out. I think I said I might add some more elements in here. And when I got done painting this, I thought I thought it was enough. It felt like it was enough to me. I think if I added more elements, it would take away from the letter itself. Eso I thought, Well, maybe I shouldn't. Sometimes less is more and again. I outlined my elements with my fine line marker and then I added some dots here, so I added some dots there just a little depth and dimension and make it look. I don't give it a little more personality, I think. And I didn't do the bird. I don't think I'm going to do the bird. I think I like it just like it ISS Now When I went to erase, I had a little bit of a problem, and you might even be able to see us much here. That it's much too. I had a lot of smudging and I was very unhappy about that. So my suggestion to you would be to erase, make sure that you erase as much as you possibly can before you paint, so you don't have anything to erase after you paint, you know, with the chance that it does smudge. Um, so I have a little teeny, tiny racer that I'm gonna find. I'm gonna try to find and get in some of these areas here and see if I can fix that. Get rid of that smudgy, smudgy bit right there. Now, if I were to scan this, you know, all of that would go away, which would be super duper handy. So you know, if you're going to scan your artwork and maybe have a print made of it, then I wouldn't worry so much about your, you know, erasing your pencil lines because you could remove those in your in one of a program that you're using to scan your images within, like a photo shop or an affinity photo program. So here it is. I hope you like the project. I loved doing it for you. Here's our original project. If you have any questions, if you need any clarification, please ask. I'm here. I'll be happy to help you if I can thank you again and have a wonderful day and enjoy your project.