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Easy Watercolor: How to make a Modern Watercolor Landscape

Ana Sofía Castañón, Instagram @anasofiacastanon

Easy Watercolor: How to make a Modern Watercolor Landscape

Ana Sofía Castañón, Instagram @anasofiacastanon

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11 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Art Supplies

    • 3. Gathering Inspiration

    • 4. Color Palettes

    • 5. Mood Boards

    • 6. Thumbnails

    • 7. Final Sketch

    • 8. Practice - Making Color

    • 9. Practice - Making Layers

    • 10. Final Project part 1

    • 11. Final Project part 2

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About This Class

Love Watercolors? Learn the techniques that make this medium so wonderful and dreamy.

Become confident and learn with this fun, relaxed and pretty simple approach to Watercolor. Taught by artist  Ana Sofía Castañón, you will learn the basics in Watercolor by making a simple and Modern Landscape. Whether you are new to watercolor or a seasoned artist, you'll find value in all these lessons.

Key lessons include:

  • Gathering Inspiration
  • Choosing Color Palettes
  • Making Mood boards
  • Making Thumbnail and Final Sketches
  • Practice Making Color, Transparency and Layers.

Plus, Ana will share her favorite tips and tricks throughout the class, leaving you with new tools you can start using right away. After taking this class you will not only feel confident painting with Watercolors, but  you will also have learned new creative processes for your projects.

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Ana Sofía Castañón

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1. Introduction: Hey creatures, My name is oneness effect. I sign out and I'm an artist based in Cancun, Mexico. I actually started out in college studying graphic design and later on became a fashion designer. Or wherever they wanted to do was paint, which I've been doing full-time for the last five years. I worked with different media, but in this class will be used in watercolor. I'm highly inspired by nature, enthralled this lessons. I'll be teaching you some of my favorite techniques in watercolor to create a beautiful piece in a very easy step-by-step way. We'll talk about arts flies, ways to gathering inspiration dates into finding really good God ballots, texture, soil layers, washes, and other quality that made water borders or magical. I'll also give you some tricks that will be helpful for your watercolor practice. And with his skills learn, you'll create beautiful and simple modern peace, inspiring nature and landscape. I hope as you follow along, you'll find the beauty and peace on every stroke. I'm excited for you to become more confident about this medium and keep exploring watercolors. After you finish your project, I'd really like to see where you create. So please share your work or any questions you may have on the project gallery, and I'll be sure to answer them as soon as possible. Thank you for joining this class that you've started. 2. Art Supplies: Okay, Richard selects gives bounded. On this lesson. We're going to be talking a little bit about art supplies. You sing a nine by 12, Winsor, Newton, Oracle or pad. But there are so many brands out there that are just really recommend for you guys to use the ones you find. And just for this project, make sure that the paper is up 300 grams. We will also need some loose paper or somnolent books for sketching. A pencil and eraser and old sort sharpener. Some color pencils and tape. You can use masking tape or maybe if you have some Washington works perfectly also. Since we're gonna be using watercolor, we need ballot. It can be a plastic one or a ceramic one. Would wells will also need some water or tissue paper or a towel. Some brushes. I'll be using rounds with appoint to tip. Some of them are natural haired and others are a blend of sympathetic with natural like this black belt at once. And the sizes vary from two to six, I think I'm using it to a 46. And their old rounds. For this class, I recommend it using watercolor pans or tubes. I'll be using synonyms where she, Lincoln and Daniel Smith used the ones that you have. And also we'll be using computer for gathering some inspiration. So this is all for our applies. Where I was showing you a whale and tools for gathering afresh. 3. Gathering Inspiration: in this lesson, I will show you two ways. I gather inspiration by doing aiming search. And since this project is about your landscape, that is exactly what we're gonna be doing. Our research. I'm starting by doing a search by imaging Google on mountain landscapes. And once I'm here looking at all this different images, I can start cleaning the ones that I feeling drawn to and inspired. I've already created a boredom interest called mountain landscapes. For me to gather all the inspiration I find hearing Google and in Pinterest. Now, this is a resource I really like to use, which is gold Pinterest. And we're on my profile right now. We're gonna go to see all my boards where I actually keep many images and illustrations off things that inspire me in different boards with different topics. But for right now, we're just gonna dive right into the mountain, escapes for inspiration board I made for this class. So Okay, what I see right here after spending quite a bit of time on saving for a breath from Google and also from interest, if you could actually see where your inspiration or categories taking you when photographs and there's not a number like special number he could use. But for this project, I just couldn't stop. And I made a pretty big board with more than 200 photographs for you to also see and get inspired by. This is my way of showing you how by pinning and saving. After a while, you'll start to see things that the photographs having common, for example, right here, even though every photo is taken by different people in different places of the world, in different hours of the day, we could see things in common. I can see I'm being drawn by monochromatic scheme color bullets without a very high contra scholar. That's one of the things I noticed first, that I'm liking, seeing the dark tones and then the light ones on the horizon. On the forms, the mountains make one in front of the others. Also, I'm feeling very inspired by water and the reflection of the mountains in the water. I could see that in several photographs, so this is a great way toe understanding where your project is going. So what I got from this board waas mostly about the feeling off the be someone to make on the form, said I inspiring me, but I'm not. Why, sure, which course games I'm using. So this is why I made a board four course kings or color palette inspired by mountains. And I've got old inspiration that I'm I'm ready to start thinking about polar, which will be doing on the nice list. 4. Color Palettes: in this lesson, I will show you How did you I like together and just keeping cool remind and just doing that by using my situation and see more inspiration on the bigger board I made for mountain last capes. I wasin actually saving the photographs, thinking about polar. So even though this board gave me a really good idea elsewhere, the project on the inspiration is taking me. I thought it would be a good idea to make another board under the color palettes for inspiration one I already have on Pinterest, where I keep four arrests of nature and things around us that are a great way for understanding color. Because, really, what a better way to see the balance on the harmony between colors standing nature. So this boredom interest is always helpful for me to come back to. And since I wanted to now think about color for this project, what I did was starting saving landscape photography, but keeping in mind colder. So I made a board on Lee by the colors I was feeling drawn to, and this is how I found that I'm being inspired by monochrome colors in a cooler bullet because I'm not actually seeing any photograph here with warmer bullets. Like maybe red, orange or purples. It is all about greenish blue colors and earth terms. So after doing this exercise of these new board, I now feel ready to move forward. And on the next video showed you a mood board I created for this project. 5. Mood Boards: Okay, So mood boards and what's the deal with movements? That's a way to interpret all the inspiration we collected and making the rate of connections between all So for this project I actually made towards because I was feeling very fired by all the images I found on Google on Pinterest, which is okay, because I'm actually gonna be using the two boards, one for final project on the older one for the exercises we'll be making before we start our break. Okay, guys. So what I got from the inspiration I collected Or two boards, One of them, if he's one, which I called mirror brief because I get seeing the reflection of the water in all the images I was being drawn to and this bullet, it's making me feel like, Okay, you gotta understand if I live in a very hot weather and a human weather leaving the Caribbean. So the idea off colder days in the mountains right now I feel pretty good. So this is where I went by looking at all this images, I felt the need of being at this place with the sound of quiet minutes and just being present in water on the rain and having morning baths and just contemplating the nature. And this is where my mind went. So this board on this Gorbulin I'll be using for the exercises before the final project and this board, which I name, call me anytime. And so I want to be calling me. It's nature because I keep seeing the mountains, and I really I feel like I really need to go to the mountains. This is gonna be my next trip. So for this board, I'm being drawn by cooler colors like colder colors, I would say, but more in the name like nature. Why? I actually have some, like, conscious colors like yellow and CNN and maybe finish in red. But still, it's on the greenish tolls, and I'm feeling the symptom and I'm getting from this is I feel like forest forest bathing . You know, the sound off trees and the smell of the earth after the rain, having some walks in the woods and my morning to. Yet when I wake up, you know the 40 days. This is a feeling I get from the board, and that's what I want to take into my project. So this is how the boards work and how you can get a feeling for from getting all the images together and collecting, like all the making, the connections between the images. Okay, Now you're ready for words. Next, listen and started. 6. Thumbnails: in this lesson, I will be making several quick sketches and shoes, one which I'll using inspiration for my after making the more boards. Now I'm ready to make some thumbnail sketches, which are really just smaller sketches or simple drawings or doodles off. How would think our final piece would look like and I'm ready Stopped. So right here as dawn, several layouts in a horizontal and one in a vertical way because I'm actually being drawn toe painting this piece on a horizontal way. And right now, what I'm doing is laying out the idea, our replacements off where the elements will be on our final piece. So I'm doing it with H. R. P. And they're not supposed to be perfect. Just a way for me to see or understand how it could like the final project could look like and just placing the elements and seeing how will life entropy. And maybe I don't even want to work with the reflection on water. Although I I am really feeling drawn by this, I don't know. I actually also like this idea off not covering the whole page, So I think I'm going to do something like that? Not quite yet. So I will be making a few more. I'm liking this idea. The mountains. Maybe not coming along or not being one on top of the other. Just having one mountain on the back, like different forms off mountains, coming all to the center. I think I like that. That's when I really like having the idea off. Maybe mountains right here to center you. I like this one right here, where I have the water on the reflection. Also there to set off mountains, coming, want into. And we have another set of mountains from the back and the reflection of all the room in the water. I'm going for this idea. I really think this is going to work. Really good. Now listen where I'll be sketching with more. 7. Final Sketch: in this lesson. I'll be working on my final sketch for the project, and this is when I do consider that there's anything onto that work on details or if there's anything I want to be about the project. So after I made the funding sketches or the smaller sketches to give me idea of where the placement off the elements on the mountains would be, and I decided this was the one I would go with right now just starting to make a rough catch, which will be, let's, say, a larger sketch. But now, taking all this into account what I notice off the reflection in the water and the mountains old going and meeting in the middle of the peace. Now I will make this but adding detail so I can see how my final piece would actually look like or the sketch before I start painting. And I'm working with a collar pencil because on my sketches, when I'm working with Roths, I like to use color pencils. I actually almost always use yellow, but I want you guys to see it the bottom lines before applying the pencil. Or it could actually be like a pen. Whatever. But it will if I need to make make some details or if I need to refine some lines, I can do it over the color pencils way. I'm happy with this. And now I could start a plein and so so I can refine the lines. And if there's something that I think needs to be like maybe not crossing this one over here. But maybe instead of that, starting this mountain right here Yes, I actually like that better. This is why the pencil right here. It's important because this line I didn't do with a color pencil before, but I'm going now. And you know what I think I actually think I would like this mountain to come all the way over here. That that probably works better in terms off being balanced. Okay, son. And now let's work on the reflection in the water. So, as you can see, we're doing what I what I like from my previous sketching, which waas having to set of mountains that are coming and meeting in the middle, having a set of my mountains on the back. And also we are doing the reflection on the water and this is my let's say, final. Not well like the rough sketch. With more detail, we'll probably add, because Moeller set off mountains or rocks right here. And maybe we'll do some forms. The look or resemble trees. Want Teoh want to would be. Oh, this reflection right here. Also smaller, one like this. So I'm pretty have wagered out, and I'm ready to Tracy's on the baby I'll be using on my final project. But before that, I want to work in the next lesson. We're making holders Frank's making flat washes and doing some layers. 8. Practice - Making Color: In this lesson, I will practise and show you how to make colors on water water washes. These are the Course I have selected for our watercolor practice. And they're based on the color palette, the mirror, brief mood board. I want to start by making what are called washes. Not only because it's a great way to understanding your colors, but because this practice makes a really good warm up. So it doesn't matter if you've done this before joining and make this exercise with us. Start by depend the brush in the water and adding it little by little into one of the wells in your palate. I decided to use a synthetic round brush to have more control over water for this exercise, where I'll be taking a color from it's lighter most transparent value to its most saturated one. By adding faints gradually to the water in the pellet, will be getting different tones with the same color. The more pain you out to the water, the thicker and opaque the tone will be. And by the time you get to the most saturated tone, you'll also notice color is less transparent. I'm doing this exercise again with another color. And notice how I'm living at puddle, which I'll be sliding down. And this is going to help for the watercolor not to dry. Before I add more color. Something I want you to see is that even though we're getting to the most saturated tone, still we haven't lost the transparency, which is actually one of the most beautiful qualities, these medium half. Now use what we've practiced and knowing how we can make different tones by adding color to water. I want us to make four different values using the same color. Don't forget to clean your brush and don't leave it in the water. After we've played for a while, doing the washes and making values from the same color and working with transparencies, I want to make the actual colors I'll be using for our next exercise or for the practice of working with layers. So what I wanna do right now is make the actual colors I want to use for the following exercises. And as we did before, I'm adding water here to the pilots and some color. So we can see which is the right amount of paint and water I need to achieve the color I want and see if maybe this is a color I want to use. And I'm not going to be adding any other color to this one, like any other color from our ballot? I actually like this color as it is. And I added enough paint for it to be still transparent and still have the color that I want. So this is, this is actually like the perfect amount of color versus water. Now that I've gotten the course I wanted to work with, I will show them to you on another piece of paper. This would be my first polar, my green. And comparing this to our, to the ones I selected from the mood board, I could actually add more pain to the scholar to make it a little bit thicker. Not that much because I don't want it to be very saturated. As you can see, we can still see the colors and we can still see the transparency. That looks pretty good to me now. And this could be the colors that I will use, f contrast right here. So this is what I got the glorify God from mixing the color palette I had already selected based on my mood board. After practicing making courses washes, I read into the next lesson where we'll be working on practicing with transparencies. 9. Practice - Making Layers: this is normal practice. Some of the things that I believe may water cooler, magical, which of course, are transpire and see working with laters. Hello. Hello. So first I want to show you one of the things I really like about watercolor. This is probably another first time you've seen a palette that has tried pain in it. And one of the things that is beautiful about water court is that you can actually add some water and activate your colors and use them again. I'm doing this with a dropper that you could actually use your brush. And remember to add the water bit by big, so the values of your colors won't change. When you feel you've added enough water, you could just earlier brush and have your colors just ready to use them on your piece. I'm ready to start with it for a slayer, which is going to be a flat wash using the warm, great color. And after we do this one, we just required to have patience because we need each layer to dry completely before we apply the next later. And this is what we're gonna be doing in this lesson. I'm not gonna be mixing colors on my layers. I'm just applying one color per layer And keep in mind that to get the flat, smooth wash I want the keys to track where the wetness ease and make sure to guide the water to the direction I want it before it drives. - Wow . Well, look at this Quarter's so okay, this is how I really like this. They feel very fresh and I love the color palette. And it is actually how I pictured in my mind how they will look together. And I'm feeling so much joy from just looking at this so peaceful and it takes me to that landscape in the mountains for on the mirror breathes more bored. So I think I'm all the right path adding another layer here with indigo color in the front which could be a mountain or maybe a rap. Let's make this line crossing over the mountains and again just doing this. It's set on exercise in practice to play with transparency and to really just show you how right now, all you need to have patients and really wait for the Lakers to dry. So if you do that if you wait for your layers to dry half of the work it's done. Look at the beautiful blue and how different it looks on the white paper and over the later I'm about to finish, and I will only add for my last layer. I wanted to be a bit darker, so I'm going toe. Add more paint to my already made indigo blue to make it a bit thicker, since it's going to be our last layer. I don't mind for it to be more saturated, so I don't plan on putting another layer on top of it. I could actually make one more. As you can see, I'm always making my core here, and I'm not adding that the pain directly on the paper. I'm always doing it on the ballot, and this is something we really need to keep in mind making our Kohler's in our palate. I did it all the way this turn out, and I'm pretty excited to start my final project, which will do in excess 10. Final Project part 1: in this lesson, I will make clothes for my final project and focus on being think the buns on their reflections by using flat washes layers. And I want to show you how by using the call me anytime warbird. I sell it to the pains I want to use, and I already have the power with water, and I'll start creating the colors as I showed you before. I'll add being to the water and create the values island. After I'm finished making my Kohler's, I will check if they have a value I want. If not, I can add a little bit of pain to make the colors thicker or a little bit of water if I want them to be thinner. I added a little bit of thing to most of the colors, and now they're The first thing I'm doing is by using a Washington out tape, the watercolor paper onto a wooden panel which will help me to have some ability if I need to move the peace around to paint and also prevents the paper from warping. I have already traced my peas and using the washing tape, I will cover the frame I left, so it won't be painted with water quarters. I will used another tape just because I finished the one I already had to separate the mountains from the lake, and I will press very softly. You don't have to do without hard to help us make a very clean line that separates the mountains from the water, and I'll start by painting. The mountain there is farthest away in my composition, using the light blue. After I finish with this one on the left, I'll go on paying the one on the right while the first mountain drives. When I'm finished with this mountain, I want to wait for the mountains to be completely dried before I move on into the next layer. And one thing I can do is use a blow dryer, which will make the process be epic quicker, and I can make sure the paper and the color something are completely dried. When I started my third layer, I noticed that the cholera had need wasn't a stark is I wanted to. So I added a little bit of paint. And what happened says that even though I had already tried the colors on a paper in a white paper. Once you start layering, the clues will change a little bit, and you can just add a little bit of court to your ready made on your palate and achieve the colors you want. Something I want you to notice is that the farther away, the mountain if in our composition, the lighter the Kohler I use and as we're getting closer, the colors are darker. So this is really good for achieving up death in her composition and something to keep in mind when you guys are making your final project. I'm changing now to a brush a round number four to paint the mountains on the back and have a little bit more control, because I'm not gonna be painting over the ones I've already done. Once I finished faint in the background and the mountains, and when I'm sure they are completely dried, I can remove now the washing tape very slowly because I don't wanna bring the paper with it . I don't want every bit and take your time. There's no hurry, and when it's done, I will place it over the mountains so I can paint the lake or the reflections off the mountains on the water, and I'm going to take the same steps I did bait in the mountains. Now, with the reflections, I will start with this one right over here and then move my way to the right, wait for the water court to dry and then being the second layer when that one dries pain, the third layer and so on, just like a date with the mountains. Since I covered with tape the set off little mountains on the front, I need to remove the tape to see where the reflection will go. And as you can tell right now, while removing the tape, I some water actually went through. And this is something that could actually happen to you, too. So don't worry about it. Just have a tissue paper and remove the excess water with it and maybe using a little brush in a bit of water, you can remove the paint if it tried. But it should be okay about the fish on the reflections and forward to the next lesson where I'll be baking sky without warmer palette and just 11. Final Project part 2 : in the final lesson, I will finish my lambs game and shoot away off, making a warmer seem or feel cooler and also share with your way off a line and show to your piece. Now among to paint this guy. And I'll be doing just like I did before with a Mountain Senate's reflection. I'll do the same here with us on and the sky and his reflection on the water. I'll be moving around the paper so the colors won't planned and waiting for layers to dry before applying in you in the sky. And it's reflection. I'm using a warmer palette and in order for the colors not to stand out in the piece, um, using the water cooler very thing. And once they dry, I will show you a technique I like to use to make this warmer palette be our big corps. The sky in the reflection have already dried, and I'm making a new color to apply on top of these two because I want to bring a cooler feeling toward peace. Even though we have already painted with warmer colors, this can be achieved, and this is one of the things I like most about water cooler, so I'm making right now a colder, which will be cooler. It's not gonna be that saturated. I still want to keep transparency because it's only going to be a wash to apply over the warmer course we already painted. Once I finish applying these washes, I will wait for the water core to dry before I start getting into details. I want these rocks, for example, to be darker, so I will paint over them with a more saturated color. And the same thing happened to the sun and other parts in my composition, where I felt more caller was needed. So now that it's dried, when I want to do is war with some colored pencils for the details and I've got here some some of the ones that want to use, and I'll start killing the son and Scott and for adding shadows and light to the mountains . I'm using white, a dark blue. It's like a navy blue, um, dark green in some of like a peacock green, which I want to give here and again. This is just to keep up bit of detail and shadowing to give her composition more death and at a final touch, I want to add some rocks and I want the pain to be very saturated and thick. So I'm going to make the color right here without adding that much water because I'm not gonna be painting any layers on top of it. And I want the rocks to be very dark painting the last little rocks and am Don. Now I'm removing the tape, which is one of my favorite parts of the whole process. And I really have to be careful, well doomed if and not hurry. So just take my time and get it done. And I like to leave about 1/2 a niche longer framing the bottom. So I have space for me to sign instead of signing with them the painting. In case I want to do this, I always love to see how the final peace looks without the tape. It makes all the color stand out, and the white frame just makes it look so much beautiful. And before I finish, I just want to add a little bit of colder and wrap it up. But it looks pretty good to me now. I'm really happy about the result, and it makes me feel exactly as the more board made me feel. So this is really making me happy Looking at the call me anytime will board. And the final piece together brings a big smile to my face. So this is you guys. I consider this project on and class Finch. I'm really happy you guys join me, and I can't wait to see what you guys come up. Also feel free to the board type credo. Interest, inspiration. As soon as you're finished with your projects, please share your laugh gates on the project gallery and I'll get back Teoh. Thank you guys for being here.