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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials Required

    • 3. Know your colors

    • 4. Practice Sheet

    • 5. Quick Sketch

    • 6. Final Project - first layer of sky

    • 7. Final Project - land and trees

    • 8. Final Project - Lighthouse

    • 9. Final Project - Detailing

    • 10. Bonus Class

    • 11. Conclusion

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About This Class

Learn how to paint watercolor sky filled with drama and a beautiful lighthouse.

We mainly use just 3 primary colors and have fun with color mixing and blending. learn to make soft clouds with easy light brush strokes. Also we will go through through tips on adding details

In the bonus class, we learn how to paint small fluffy clouds as well.. so yeyy..

Tip:I would highly suggest to do practice work in a smaller sheet of paper to get a hang of the brush strokes.

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Panchami Shetty

Watercolor Artist and Instructor


I'm Panchami.

Friends call me Panchi, I am a watercolour artist. I love to paint everything beautiful I see. I love colours as they bring such positivity and cheer to life. I am always etching to try out different subjects. I paint landscapes, recreate pictures from my travel, my thoughts and imagination, illustrations, flowers. Nature is my inspiration. 

I'm constantly exploring and learning new things. Every time I try something new and get better at it with practice, it brings me so much joy. Which is why I find joy in teaching as well. I love to teach watercolor and concepts and help people rekindle their artistic side.

Come join me, let's make art together...

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1. Introduction: Hello, everyone. And welcome to my first kill share class. My name, Miss Punchy Me am a watercolor artist, and today together we learn how to paint a dramatic sky by just using the three primary colors in this class will do some nice color mixing and blending the colors on paper practice some simple strokes to give the traumatic effect and e tailing techniques. Sky is my favorite subject to paint. In fact, it was my first inspiration to try watercolors, which is why I have put up this class with simple steps to blend in and make a beautiful dramatic sky and add some detailing. I hope you guys enjoy the class. 2. Materials Required: Here's the list of materials that we need for the class. You can pause the video on, go through all the materials. We'll be using three primary colors, which is red, yellow and blue. You can use any off these sheets that are available to you. I have used these three colors from art philosophy set yellow from pistol dreams, crimson from tropicals and the blue from Odyssey. You can alternatively use lemon, yellow, crimson lake and cobalt blue from any said that you have with you. I'm also using Indigo on Dwight for highlighting if you don't have Indigo 10 3 to use Payne's Creek or Black coming to the brushes, you can use a mop brush or a size eight. Brush a size four or anything brush that you have an A D tailing brush Coming to paper. I'm using a 300 GSM corporate sport, a color paper. I prefer 100% cotton paper and we'll be using the brand to trip out here. Feel free to use any brand off material that was already available to you 3. Know your colors: it's time for us to swatch and know our colors. I've spent up the video a bit hill for some section just so that we can quickly run through this watch and no the colors that we're using. As I mentioned earlier, we are using lemon yellow Crimson lake on cobalt blue. You can use any other color that is available to you, complimenting to these three colors and which are complementing with each other. I will also be using Indigo. In case you guys do not have indigo, we can go with Payne's gray or black. I'm also using white, so indigo and white is mainly 40 sailing on to give shadow parts in the painting, slowing down the video. Now let's do some mixing exercise. This exercise is very important because we need to know that the colors that we have chosen here upon mixing give us a nice bright color and not a muddy, dull color. In case your pains are giving dulled result. Please change on driving different colors. So as you see when I mixed this pink and yellow, I get a orange sunset color, which is a gorgeous color, and now when I makes blue and pink. I will get a beautiful purple, which is just perfect toe. Add that drama to my sky. Let's quickly brushed through some concepts off watercolor. I'm not going to go in detail into these. I'm just going to tell you enough that you need for this class. Let's begin the dry on dry. You're going to take dry paint on a dry brush and at some texture on our dry people. This works very well in our paper, has a very good rough texture on it. If you're finding it too difficult, just moist your paint a little bit. Take your dry brush and try again. So you see, I'm getting some nice rough texture moving on to a wet on wet here. Free pain pain on the surface. So at first I'm going toe my surface with a light pink wash on. I'm going to load my brush with a good amount of pigment and paint and stroke it on the wet surface, and now you can see the movement off the pigment on that wet surface. 4. Practice Sheet: using this blend, we're going to paint a dark section on the top, a middle yellowish section and a light on in the bottom. The pain, the top part dark blue on a layer off pink below it and blend it on the paper to get a nice purple. And then we paint the yellow section and mix it with being to get that orange similarly via going toe blend the bottom part moved on. Let's begin violating the paper. We need to evenly. What people. So you see. At first I put some water on the paper and my fresh vertically and covered the idea with water moving on. I mean, my brush horizontally so that I make sure that most part on paper is left. Let the paper to really, because we need it went for a long time until we complete the first layer off our sky. At least for the sake of practice. We're taking a small six into six section just so that we can finish this faster, and I can show you the painting with smaller strokes and quick, beginning with the yellow section. I'm going to paint some yellow lines, yellow stroke loosely and believe some space in between or it need not be a even wash. Just make some random yellow strokes, adding on the pink. I first add the pink on, then blend it with the yellow on the paper to get my orange. If you're not getting that orange, then you can separately mix orange in your palate and then apply it to get that blend. Also, I'm adding some strokes in the place where have left empty. When I made my yellow strokes. This is toe. Add some soft clouds moving on to blue, paint the top section with blue doc in it and slowly moved down to blend it with the pink. If you find it difficult to blend on paper, then blended separately and add on the people were pink and blue meats and then try and blend it. Do not worry if you're seeing some not so need blends because we are adding some dark it on later, taking a very light mix off pink. I'm going toe paint the section with light tone, diluting the purple mix. I like the purple in the bottom, and you see how these two colors are blending on the wet surface. This is why it's very important. Toe wet our paper totally. So now we have our pink purple blue on top are yellow section on our light on Let's move into the top corner, leaving some space in between blue. I want you toe pain, some clouds which are actually moving inwards and in the direction that I have shown in my sketch, which is from left corner in words right corner inwards. So I'm mixing a nice dark purple, which is leaning more towards blue. My paper is still wet, and I make very loose stroke off clouds moving in words in this direction. So let's try and just some soft, strong off clouds moving inwards, leaving a bit off blue in between untouched. Similarly, draw from left corner moving inwards. So this is how we add some corners with clouds. My paper is still wet from the first wash. So you see, I have left the blue in between, which adds a very nice Donald change in the sky. This is just a practice sheet, so do not worry if you paint inside the lighthouse 5. Quick Sketch: thanks, guys, for staying tuned this long. So let's get serious and start sketching on Begin our painting. As you can see, I have already taped down the section off paper that I'm going to paint. It is a six into six inch square section off my paper. As you guys already know, we're drawing a lighthouse. First. We're assuming that the water is towards the downward side. That is, we're not going to paint the water, but we're going toe pain. The rep side off the lighthouse, which is a plane sky. So we're going to the broader lighthouse in the second half, The bottom second half off the paper in this section here. I do not have any reference picture for my lighthouse. I'm just drawing it pure out of my imagination. Feel free to draw a simpler lighthouse or any other light house using a reference image. Even though I'm drawing my lines. Freehand. Feel free to use scale, uh, drawing outline for some distant greens. Maybe trees are some. Bush is done with sketch. See you in the next section. 6. Final Project - first layer of sky: Let's begin with wetting the surface. I'm going to speed up the video here. Let's but it totally as needed in our practice session and leave the light house. Try using the smaller, more brush to wet the area close to the lighthouse, slowing the video down. We're going to follow the same order that before, while painting practice sheet another sample section. I'm going to use this brush, which I install makes yellow paint to make those yellow lines. Please bear in mind that these colors they tend to look lighter once the paper drives off. So at least have one tour off paint doctor than what you are expecting in your final piece . I'm leaving some white space in between. That's because going to blend in or put some orange there. Once this is done, I'm gonna do the pink. Clean your brush thoroughly to remove all the yellow from the brush. Load your brush with pink on at the layer off pink on, drop off yellow, Try and mix the yellow on the pink to get a good orange. If you're not getting that color, then mix them separately on the palate and applied in the section where pink and yellow meats and blend it. I noticed the direction off my strokes. It is kind off in moving in a U shape, taking some orange and making those soft cloud strokes in random order. Try not to overdo it and just add a few strokes. Toe agonize, drama. Let's load out, brush with some blue and paint the top corner with the Ninth Blue as we moved on, try and blended with the pink to get a nice purple to make our job a little bit easier on making purple in the palate. On adding at the line where blue and pink meats The transition here doesn't look quite organic. So takes a more blue and try to blend the purple and blue on paper. And now we have our blue, purple, pink and yellow with some soft orange clouds moving on toe the bottom light tune. I'm taking a very light wash off pink and applying at the bottom section. If your paper has already dried, please re wet it. You see how light my washes. I would like to keep left side off my light house a bit dark, so I'm adding some orange. I want the light toe move from left to right in the order off dark and going later. So I'm making it a bit oranges to the left. I would highly recommend to do the practice sheet so that you get the blending well and also the correct order off applying the colors on paper, applying the light purple wash in the direction, moving from down towards the center. I do notice that the wash off the light on section is way later than the top section, which is the top purple and pink that we have again, adding some darker purple toe the left side off the light house as I want the light a bit darker towards the left. Now let's paint the dark clouds in the top corner. My paper is still wet. If your paper has right off, please apply a light wash off water. I hope you remember the direction off the strokes from corner moving inwards. - These dark purple clouds really at the drama that I love. You can take some darker load off pigment in your brush and drop it here and there to give a cloudy effect. You can make thes dark purple either by adding more blue, or you can add some indigo to it to make it dark. If you do not have indigo at a tinge off black or pains grief, do notice this pink on the area off blue that is left, which adds more tonal change in Ask I. Let's add some small orange clouds. My paper has right up a little, which is why it's giving me some hard edges over here, taking some purple on, adding shadow to the bottom off my cloud. Since my paper has already dried, I'm going to revisit this middle yellow section where I want to add some tiny orange clouds , adding some tiny blobs off pain in the shape off cloud to get my small clouds. Since these are clouds in the distance, these need to be small. I have made a continuous line off 10 cloud in the center. You can choose to break them and make smaller clouds. All right. Now it's time to soften the rough edges off the clouds, which we got on the dry paper. So clean your brush, take some water and just soften those edges just like this. Okay, let's paint the land Now I would like to make a brown by mixing the yellow crimson on my blue so that I get a nice brown, which is complimenting the colors that I have on my paper. You see, I've got such a nice complimenting brown here. Okay, We're done here with the first layer off sky and land in the next section. Lex pain, some greens. 7. Final Project - land and trees: I have made a nice dark creen by mixing my blue and yellow. I have mixed more off blue in this mixture because I want that ninth dark green as thes trees are in a distance. I want to use a dark color, adding some fund palm trees you can add any kind of trees are maybe a tiny little house in the distance. For me, all these tiny little elements Just add a lot of fun to your painting. Cutting some blues if you notice I'm making all these colors just by mixing three colors, which is my yellow, crimson and blue. But if you feel this is took time consuming than, please use the premixed colors straight from the tube or pens. Since this is kind off, uh, after sunset scene, I would like to make this land a bit dark using dry on dry technique. Here, Toe adds some texture to the ground, adding darker highlights using indigo. - Okay , be I don't here, let's pain the lighthouse in the next section. See you there 8. Final Project - Lighthouse: Let's begin by wetting the lighthouse first with fresh clean water. In this scene, the light source is on the right side, which is the light is beaming from the right to left, which is why I want the right side off my lighthouse Toby light than the left side that is , the left side will be darker, or the left side will have shadow. On the right side is a yellowish taking a very, very light wash off yellow, close to negligible amount off yellow in it on applying it on my lighthouse. Let's add some shadow while the lighthouse is still wet, making a very light wash off purple, adding this purple only towards the left side, all the shadow side off the lighthouse. I have not sped up any off the videos in which I'm actually painting throughout this class , so that you guys get a good idea off the amount of time I take mixing the colors and the amount of time real time I take to paint soft means the edges now with a clean brush, painting the darker sections with a bit of indigo, huh? Adding a second layer of shadow, again softening the edges with my clean brush. We are done here. On the next section is my favorite section detailing. See you better. 9. Final Project - Detailing: Hi, if you guys are still here than thank you. And congratulations because you're in the last leg off this class this but we're mostly going to use a lot off indigo and white. Let's add some shadow and highlights to our lighthouse. Now I'm using dry on dry technique here to paint the room off this lighthouse so that I get some nice white edges. But if it all you're unable to get that, then don't worry, we can at these white legislator on with white jelly roll pan. All right, paint holding our brush slammed. Let's add some detailing. Toe our window with indigo. He has a closer look on. Have you painted? Hold your brush slammed on, drag the pain down. You can practice on a sheet of paper before painting it on your actual painting. Let's at some highlight toe our lighthouse. We're going to use a light wash off purple to paint the edge and then clean the brush on with some water will blend it. Uh huh. We're going to follow the same concept for top off the lighthouse as well. Every pained, the right side with some shadow. You can use genital pens toe. Add some detailing or use a thick white paint toe. Add some highlights. Uh, here you need not use all these ways off making highlights. I'm just showing all the possibilities so that you can follow whichever you find comfortable. - You can also add some detailing with my chrome pens, huh? You can paint some birds in the corner and we are done. Here comes my favorite part removing the masking tape. Don't you guys just love it? - And here we have our dramatic sky. 10. Bonus Class: welcome to the bonus class here. We're going to learn how to make Tiley clouds and add some shadow. Tow them and practice and paint this on our final piece. You can just leave your final piece as it is, or add these clouds only if you're comfortable to begin with. Wet the area where you want these clouds to be pleased, preferably in the lower light section, and then take a dark purple and made dabs off tiny little clout or in the shape of tiny clothes on the paper. Since these clouds are in a distance, these need to be smaller than the clouds that you have painted on the top color. The cloud shape usually goes like fluffy in the center and papers as it moves on each side , mixing some darker colors. Toe art shadow to the cloud. Once we have this ready, beat up the bottom off these clouds with these darker shade. Now let's do the same on our final piece. Be careful around the words while waiting your paper. Avoid them. I want my clouds in the section. Oops! Looks like I have some dry area here. That's why I'm getting hard edges. But I'll soften these later on with some clean brush and dumb 11. Conclusion: Thanks for taking my class, You guys, I hope you had fun and enjoyed this process off painting dramatic sky I would love to see all the gorgeous guys you guys have painted by the end off this class. So don't forget to upload your class project on skill share Also, if you post them on Instagram do tell me if you have any doubt, feel free to start a discussion or contact me over instead Do leave a comment or review so that it helps me to grow. And I would love to hear from you and know your thoughts so until next time but by