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Easy Watercolor Whimsical Winter Woodland

teacher avatar Kim LeBeau, Watercolor, Lettering and Digital Artist

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9 Lessons (1h 6m)
    • 1. Intro and Overview

    • 2. Supply List

    • 3. Practice Lesson-Shapes We Will Use

    • 4. Sketching and Compsition

    • 5. Watercolor Trees

    • 6. Transparent Trees

    • 7. Decorate Your Trees

    • 8. Fill in the Gaps

    • 9. Finishing Border

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Join me in this winter-inspired watercolor class where I walk you through each step of painting a whimsical winter woodland scene, perfect for a holiday destress or new year down time. This is an easy class which can be followed by beginners. I'll walk you through each step of the process, from practicing basic shapes, to watercolor, to the finishing details that tie it all together.

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Kim LeBeau

Watercolor, Lettering and Digital Artist


“I am artistic, but I’m not an artist.” This is what I used to tell people when they would look at stuff I had created and ask if I was an artist. I believed it, too. I was wrong. I have learned that anyone who loves to create is an artist. I threw aside my insecurities (well, most of them) and embraced the passion God has given me. I’d like to show you some of the things I have learned along the way.

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1. Intro and Overview: Hi, my name's Kim Libo. I'm an artist based out of Nashville, Tennessee. I enjoy watercolor, hand lettering and digital design. Welcome to my studio. In this class, whimsical winter wonderland. We'll watercolor a beautiful wintery woodland, the landscape. I'll walk you through each step of the way. We'll start by sketching out various tree shapes and go over some watercolor techniques used in this design. Learn one of my methods for placement and composition. Lay your watercolor. Paint transparent shapes, add details to your trees, and add borders and fillers to complete. Gather your supplies. And let's get started on this fun fall and went to project. I'm excited you're here. And I look forward to creating with you today. 2. Supply List: I'm gonna go over the supplies we'll be using in this class. You don't have to use these brands. You can use your own favorite brands, but this is what I'm using for my practice. I'll be using a Master's Touch premium watercolor pad. It is cold pressed. A 140 pound weight or 300 GSM, a 12 by 12 inch, but I'll be cutting it smaller. For my actual piece of art, I'm going to be using Arches paper. This is also cold pressed, 100% cotton, 140 pounds or 300 GSM. I'll be cutting these pages smaller as well. I'll be using a ceramic palette, a dinner plate or something ceramic will work. Even a piece of plastic, like a plastic baggie will even work, will need water. A pencil. I'll be using paintbrush. Infinity Arts by, I think it's pronounced Fibonacci. Fibonacci, 200, 45. It's a size four round. I'll be using a Master's Touch, short liner, 18 over 0 size. It's also a round brush. I'll be using a signal unit ball, UM, 15, 3 Gilpin, I believe it is a size 1 millimeters. You'll need six different colors of watercolor. I'll be using colors from my watercolor line at KL colors.com. But you can use any brand, any colors you like. The colors I'll be using will be rose quartz, which is a rose color. Jade, which is like a light sage green. Driftwood, which is a dark brown tea leaf. A green look in Bath, which is a tan or a very light brown neutral. Heroism, which is a blue-gray. You'll need an eraser. I'm using a kneaded eraser, some washi tape, a paper towel. I'll be using a dare as heat tool from time to time in this class. You can use one of these to speed the process or you can let your ears dry naturally. Gather your supplies, and meet me in the practice lesson. 3. Practice Lesson-Shapes We Will Use: We're going to start with some basic shapes that we will turn into trees. Some of the shapes that I like to use for trees are simply circles. And we'll just make a circle and I like it when it's not perfect, I like kind of an irregular circle with a rectangle at the bottom for a trunk, I like a triangle. But kind of with a curved side. So kinda like this with another rectangle at the bottom. So I kind of a teardrop shape where it's kind of pointed at the top and rounded at the bottom. And then just pick a shape for your tree trunk. You could do three triangles on top of each other and missing the point on the middle and bottom ones. You could do sort of a cloudy tree. We're just going to follow those shapes and patterns when we want to cover. So here's my irregular circle. And right now I'm just testing out different colors on the tree shapes. Cnf I like how it turns out. One technique I like to use when I'm doing this is to kind of draw the shape first with my water color. And then I'll go back in and pull some of the color from that outline into the center of my shape. And we'll get into this a little bit more in the next lesson. On this one, you need to make the top and bottom piece first. And then when it's dry or mostly dry, you can go back and put the center piece and we're not going to cover too much about shading in this video, but let me just show you a little something simple. You're gonna keep your paint on the left-hand side of your shape and just sort of wash it out over the shape and then go along the top again, keep most of that pigment on the left-hand side, just washing it out into the lower right-hand corner. I think on this I'm not going to make my rounded corners so drastic, maybe a little bit less of that. It looks more like a flower than a clown. They're just fine if you want that. On this tree before you add this middle tier, your top and bottom tiers need to be completely dry. Otherwise you lose some definition. And we're going to go back through and make tree trunks. So once you kind of have that where you're comfortable with water coloring, we're going to get our good paper. This is our inexpensive paper to practice on. We're gonna get our good paper, which will be our finished product. And let's go ahead and tape it down with washi tape. This completes our practice lesson. I'll see you in lesson 1. 4. Sketching and Compsition: I'm going to lightly sketch in where I want my tree line to be. So I'm going to, I think I'm going to have it go kind of like this. And then also like this. So we kinda have to hills that meet in the middle. These lines don't. I like to start with the biggest tree first. So let's start with our Cloud three. I like to start with an odd number, so let's start with five and see where that gets us. We're going to make the top part of our tree above our landscape horizon. So I'm gonna make this, start the first one here. And I'm gonna kinda have it go off the page a little. Okay? And then I know I'm going to want one in the middle. So let's put one in the middle here. And let's go below the horizon. The time. You don't want the full part of your tree, the leaves to touch the bottom. We're going to leave a border there because we're going to fill that in. And then let's put another one up. But let's go between the two and about the middle. So wherever it went about right here, Let's put one between these two. And not even with this one down just a little. Maybe one going off the edge here. Then we have our next one would be this one here. So let's do our triangle ones. Do the same thing, only I reverse it. So with this one was here, we're going to do the same thing on the side with the triangle one. Let's not make it the same height. Let's make it just a little bit lower because this horizon is higher than this horizon. Let's go down just a little bit. And we're going to make a triangle, but the bottom line of the triangle will be slanted. Don't forget, because it's kind of a wonky, fun, cartoonish looking tree. Then we're gonna do the same thing with the middle. We're going to take the slant of the bottom, the opposite direction. So this way and like that. Okay, we're not worried about the trunks right now. We're just filling in with the trees. So I'm going to put one over here. If you have where it's going to touch, just make it look like it's behind the now you see me now you don't effect. Okay, So we have these two, these two, we need one here. And obviously this is going to cut into it. So maybe we'll move over a little animal dot sort of behind. So this is the, the top tier of the tree. And then my next one will be like this. Then one in the middle. But obviously you can't put one in the middle. So let's put one to the side a little bit. Make it a little bit smaller. Okay. The next one we're gonna do, I think I'm gonna do these, this one next, we're going to follow this arises with the tops of our trees. Let's do the next one, right next here to these three, we're going to do a triangle, but kind of a curved line triangle. We're following the sky, but we don't want it to be in the same place every time just because it starts to look like a pattern, we don't want it to look like a pattern. So we're gonna go to the left of this guy and maybe a little smaller and behind me. So let's put this one above these guys. And one here. And was put one down here. Then we're gonna do our teardrop shape in the middle here. We're gonna do this one next. And let's draw him right here. Let's do one right here, but let's make him kinda short and wide. Let's put one here. That's three. And here, just randomly place them. Here's isn't going to be just like mine because you're going to have different sizes and places where you put yours. Just make sure you kind of have them spaced evenly throughout your picture. Okay, so next we're going to do this little irregular circle guy. We're going to do right here. And down here. One going off the page here. Ands put one more. We'll put them here in the middle. I have a kneaded eraser here. And I don't know if you know how kneaded erasers work, but you can see sometimes a line there. And if you stretch your kneaded eraser like this, it kind of gets rid of that graphite. And they will eventually fill up with graphite, but kinda take your eraser and roll it over your pencil lines. Like so. And it'll pick up a lot of that graphite that it'll leave a ghosting. See all the graphite on there. I don't know if you can see that or not. But once you stretch it, refreshes it. We're going to go ahead and take the rest of this graphite here. You can also tap it like this on your paper in darker areas. Just makes your pencil lines are not so dark and a light show through as much on your watercolor. That's offered less than one. Let's move on to lesson two. 5. Watercolor Trees: In this lesson, we're going to begin water coloring. When I start with watercolor, I like to start with the lightest color, and I would say that's probably this one. Possibly this one. But let's start with this buff color. And whatever lightest color you've chosen to use in your palette is, just start with that color. I think I'm going to keep mine as I did in my sample and go ahead and outline my tree falling the pencil lines. And if you don't like any of the pencil lines to now's the time to change that. Okay. I've outlined it with full strength and I'm wet my brush and I'm just going to come in here and fill it in with water, pulling some of the watercolor from the outline into the center of the shape. I'm just going to keep softening that line until it's the way I want it. I kinda like the splotchy watercolor look that's in the center when I do this, and I'm going to find all those shapes and just follow this pattern. So I outline with wet, this is called the wet-on-dry technique. My brush is wet, my paper is dry. So I'm gonna do the wet on dry technique for the outline. Then I'm going to rinse my brush and fill it with water and just kinda place the water in the center here and begin to pull the paint into the center of the tree. Keep an eye on your outline and make sure it doesn't dry out too much because it'll be harder to get rid of those harsh edges. If you want to drop a second color in here, just a little bit of clapping, we'll give it a little bit of some texture and some depth interest to your painting. Now here I wanted to add a little bit of extra color. So if you feel like you need more color, Let's go ahead and add it. That's totally fine. Our next lightest color I would say, is this green here. I'm using the color jade from my watercolor line. This is from the collection river rocks. This buff color, It's called looking buff. It's one of the Patriot exclusive simply paint colors. I'm going to do this the same way. If you have any areas that touch like this one touches a little bit, it might lead. If you I like to get bleeds like that, so I'm not worried about that too much. But if you don't like that, you want to have that first layer completely dry before adding the second layer and add a little more paint to this one looks a little sparse down here at the bottom. And then I'd say the next darkest color would be one of these two. I'm going to stick with the grain for now since I already have green on my brush and it's a little greener than uplift in that sample. I think because the paper is inexpensive paper. I said it was little greener emit, It's a little darker. This color is called tea leaf, and it is from the cozy cabin trio. The next tree that we're gonna do and color we're gonna do is this one here. Save on that circle one for last. This one is called rose quartz, and it is also from the river rock collection, the same color this jade color came from. So let's go ahead and add. Whose courts here see that pretty bleak. If you don't like the bleeds, you need to let your paint dry first, let the first layer dry all the way before adding the second color. Don't forget on this style of tree, we're gonna do the top tier and the bottom tier. First. Let it dry a little bit and then come in and do the middle one going backwards. So I'm going to start on the left side since I'm right-handed so that I'm not resting my hand in wet paint. And this one and this bottom tier here doesn't have enough paint for my liking, so I'm just going to go back and drop some around the edges. You can do this with a second color if you want. One that's going to complement the other color. Okay, so I'm gonna go back up here and fill in my second tier of this tree. Those other tiers are not quite dry, so I'm going to have some leading which is fine. But if I went defined lines, I should let it dry first and go back and to find him. And we'll define that one because I lost that middle line there. In fact, I'm just gonna go ahead and dry this last one. Dry it enough. I'm just going to take this up this way. Now we're going to do the color heroism is shaped tree right here. Their shapes and colors do not have to follow mine. You can do whatever you want. But this is just a guide for how I do it. Hey, it's coming together of a next step is to draw our tree trunks. And I'm using the color Sasquatch for this. You can make your tree trunks however you like. I'm probably going to stick pretty closely to this, although I do like a very wide, very short tree trunk, which I think that I will add in here somewhere. But I'm gonna start with this right here. The next time that you're going to give us the screen when our hair and I'm just gonna do a thin line. And I'm just missing one. I'm not like on the way that tree trunk is two and my there's not a big deal, but I want to show you one way you can take that off. I've got my fingers out here and I'm just I've got too much water. Touch the pool of water hand get muster that there. Then the next tree that I have is this teared up tree. And I think I might put a long skinny doubt trunk. So it's gonna be kind of short and wide. Maybe tapered. Let's taper it a little bit. I need a thinner brush. I think. I'm just going to go. I use that thick brush and this is just better. It's better for detail. And then our last, now we have two more tree shapes to do. Let's do this one next. This sort of rectangle at the bottom. And then on the circular tree we just do another rectangle. He's made a pretty bleak I got okay. I think that's all I can see of those trunks. We have to call it this dry. So I'm gonna go ahead and try this with my heat to us. 6. Transparent Trees: For this next part, you're going to need a mixing palette. You can use just like a glass plate is ceramic plate. A dinner plate is fine. So we're going to stay with the same colors and we're just going to water them down to fill in some of these gaps and holes. Let's do this pretty green here. And what you're gonna do, I'll put this here so we can see what we're doing. We're going to take some of our paint and make a little puddle here on our palate and get some water from our rinse rinse water. And we're just going to water it down. It's going to be very transparent when we lay it. Let's try one. Let's try one right here. See how that I just dipped my brush in water, but I really don't have to do that. Because this color here so watery. Let's put one up here. Stay right here. We're going to do the same thing with this rose quartz. Just moving the paint over to the palate with my brush. And then I'm going to add water to it so that it's very transparent. This shape is a good one to do, since I only did four with the darker color, I can I can balance that out a little with this. I'm going to put this right here. That's still a little too dark. We want it more transparent than that. So I'm just going to get more water, Pretty much water on my brush. So I'm going to wipe some of this off on my paper towel and pick up some of this water with my brush. Then there will be another here down here. And I'll let that dry and come back and fill in the middle tier. And then maybe one more, maybe two. Let's see how it goes. I think I want it over here. A small portion of that top tier. We're going to skip some space for in the bottom tier down here. We don't want too much paint. We want a very transparent, just a hint of the color. Let's do. The hero is this gray, blue-gray color. You want to be able to see the shapes behind the layers underneath. Draw right on top of your other shapes. I've got a hair right here, a little fuzzy at probably a brushy layer right here, but it will come off once it's dry, just fine. Let's put another one here. Don't be afraid to put two right next to each other. I think I'm open up here even when I go back now to my rose quartz color and I'm just going to put this in here. Kind of wonder, and if I need to go over them instead of behind, I think I might change that. Just for consistency sake. I'm going to use this color to do a few of the triangular ones. And I've just made this up here to the palate and water down, just like I did with the others. I don't want to put one up here because I want my height, height level to be different. In fact, I might put one up here. Let's put one up here. I went to left side horizon to be higher than the left, the right side. Now we have to let this dry. Okay, so I'm going to move some drift led to my palette water down. And this is what I'll use to make the trunks of the trees. Let's start with our teardrop shapes. I'm going to use my smaller paintbrush. This one, this one is a teardrop. This one is a circle. And I'm going to go ahead and do this one because I almost thought it was a teardrop. So I'm going to paint it so I don't forget and do it wrong later. So I'm gonna go back to the teardrop shape, do all of those right here. Might see a hint of it right here. I think that's it. I can't forget to fill that in. I almost forgot to do that. Let's do my train us. Just remember it's just kind of trying to save changes. So translate these into one, call them fast responses to switch back and forth to fill in this section. Let's try this and move on to the next step. This completes less than three. Let's move on to lesson 4. 7. Decorate Your Trees: In this part of the class, we're going to add detail to our trees. And honestly I think it looks great just like this. But to add details, we're going to use our painful strength. We're not going to use the watered-down paint that's on our palate. And we're going to add detail by just adding paint directly to. So this is what I'll do on this shape of tree. Just going to do little dots. Come up with a design that you like for each one. And just go ahead and do it on your practice in case you don't love it, you'll also be able to use it as a reference to the back and see what you did for each tree. I'm just going to do the same thing I did on this, but I'm just gonna do it on one side of the tree. And I may use a different color. I may use this driftwood color that I used on the Let's try it. I used this on the trunks. I'm not sure if I wanted this dark or not, but I don't think I want it as light as the buff color. When I reverse these two, somebody use Jade on tea leaf and tea leaf on Jane. This may be too. May not show up like I want it to. So I may change it. This is why it's a good idea to have a practice sheet like this. You can see beforehand what works and what doesn't. So I think that's what I'm gonna do for each one. I'm not sure about this one yet. I'm going to have to try it over here because I know I did darker on my teardrop shapes on a real thing. So let's try that right off the bat. We're going to get Jade on top of that teardrop trees. I think it's going to be fine. So we're just doing the darker trees are not doing the transparent ones. We're going to go ahead and do the rows. This is going to be really cute. Just wanted to define that line a little bit. So let down into this area and let it dry and come back to it. So on heroism. See how this shows up is pretty subtle, which is okay, I'm okay with that. Next I'm gonna do my triangular trees with the darker green for the accent details. To use this. Maybe I will mix a little bit of buffer. Person will add together to make a lighter brown. Can use that on my trees. Yeah, that's what I'm I can see that color. That's kind of what I need. And I think I'm gonna do little circles. I'm scanning over to make sure I've gotten everything. I think I'm going to dry it and maybe hit it with some white gel pen. This next step I'll be using. Or it might be pronounced Sino U M 153, a white gel pen. I believe it's a size one. I'm just going to come in here and go over the teardrop detail. And I think that stands out a little bit more. All right, We've completed Lesson 4. Let's meet in less than five. 8. Fill in the Gaps: Let me show you what I'm gonna do on our practice sheet. I'm going to make a curved line like this. And a little oval that comes to a point where it meets the stem. This is going to be a leaf. There's another leaf. And I'm just going to put little leaves all the way down. The kind of teardrop shaped. And I'm going to do this all the way down the stem. So I'm going to put these in these little blank spots here just to fill in a little bit and I'll work on here out of the bigger washi tapes. So this tape is kind of doing it for me, but not quite as well as the bigger washi tape would do. Here. You can carve your stem to the left or to the right, however you think it's going to fit your shape, that you need to fill? My put one up here with my darker brown, this driftwood, I am going to put a significant amount of water in here. It's going to act as a pool for my color. I'm going to mix it up with the tip of my brush. And I'm going to use the bottom part of the handle. Okay, I'm gonna put some paint on there and I'm just going to use dotting tool. And it's not going to be a perfectly round just because it's watercolor. I want to fill in the empty spaces with brown thoughts. The blank spaces between the trees. You can use your pinky finger as an anchor to steady the rest of your hand as long as your artwork is dry. Okay, Now along the top here, we're going to do the same thing. But we're not going to do every little area and we're just gonna do a few here and there. I'm going to let kind of random. We finished less than five cm lesson six. 9. Finishing Border: Welcome to lesson 6. You're painting should look similar to this. In this part of our painting, we're going to make a border. Let me show you how we're gonna do it with little sprigs of leaves. So we're just basically going to make a curved line for a stem. Then we're going to make a C-shape or maybe a parentheses and then a backwards parentheses. And we're going to fill that in just like we did with our trees. We make the outline first if you want, or you could do it like this. If it's easier for you, if you do a little press down, if you have enough water in your brush, can do it all in just a couple of strokes like that. We will have another branch that comes out. It's going to be random. You might want to make your branches first. It just depends. You'll kind of get into it and find a technique that works for you. But we're gonna make our branches or our stems. And then we're going to fill it in with leaves. You can't really mess it up. Just fill it in leaves to it. And each one will look different. So don't worry about it if you don't like the way one turns out, you can correct it on the next one. So at the bottom I'm going to just repeat colors that we used in here. And I'm going to use three colors. I think I'm gonna use two greens and the buff color. And it's okay to go right over the top of your trees. This is in the foreground. I'm going to leave space for two more plants and make another dark green one here. And I don't want this one to go over my InDesign. You might want to. I'm just going to I don't want to for this one. So we're just going to make a short small one. Well, one down here, and it's going to go over this tree here. Next. All right, Here. It's kinda like you're just trying to fill in space. Hi. And he really smiled here, just the color balance. You're washing tape off. Make sure to go slow. You're going to peel away from your painting. Come up that what was underneath. Let's start with this one. Away from your painting. Don't forget to sign it. I hope you love it. I hope yours turned out great. Upload it to the project section so I can see it. We are finished. I hope you had fun. Thank you for taking this class. I love to meet and connect with my students. Find me on Instagram at love lettered studio, and visit my website at love lettered studio.com or KL colors.com. I'm also on patriarchy at patreon.com slash love lettered studio. I'll see you around.