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Easy Winter Landscape in Watercolor

teacher avatar Chiara Mazzetti, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (1h 8m)
    • 1. Introdiction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Exercise 1: Depth and Snow

    • 4. Exercise 2: Frozen River

    • 5. Sketch + Tape

    • 6. The Sky

    • 7. Convey Depth with Trees

    • 8. Frozen River

    • 9. Define Ground and Trees

    • 10. Define River

    • 11. Snow

    • 12. Last Details

    • 13. Conclusion

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About This Class

Winter is here and i thought it would be great to recreate its mood with watercolors .

In this class you will learn to paint a frozen river surrounded by a forest and a lot of snow! You will only need 4 colors to create this magical atmosphere.

This could be a perfect handmade present for yours loved ones, gift them with a paint for Christmas, it’s original and i think it holds a huge emotional value

Are you in? Let’s go!


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Chiara Mazzetti



  Here's the Artist behind the Art :)
  Hello! I'm Chiara Mazzetti and I live in Italy.

After completing classical studies, I graduated in 2016 at the University of Pisa in Digital Humanities and later I specialized in Graphic Design in an academy in Milan. After finishing the studies I worked as a Graphic Designer in a historic and famous art gallery and at the same time I designed websites together with my partner.

At the end of 2018 I became interested in calligraphy and lettering, whose arts taught me the patience and the importance of practicing every day. From this point on, the passion for watercolors began almost spontaneously, findin... See full profile

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1. Introdiction: chow. I'm gonna Winter is here and they thought it would be great to recreate its mood with water colors. In this class, you will learn to paint Ah, first river surrounded by a forest and a lot of snow. You will only need four colors to create a much glad atmosphere. This could be a perfect admit present for your slogged wants. Give them with a paint for Christmas. It's original and I think it goes by huge emotional value. Are you in? Let's go. 2. Materials: In this video, I will cover all the materials you will need to complete the painting. First caught on watercolor paper 200 gs, some with a rough or could presage thaxter Professional watercolors. In this crass I will only use four colors in young gold, Violet Payne's gray and indigo. Next brushes I will use tree wrong rushes on number four and True number eight. One soft and one with a more. It's not be Bristol's and the flat brush to live some color out and worth the paper. A mixing surface. A note. Clothes to dry and wipe the brushes and true cups of water, one with clear water and want to clean the brushes from the colors you will need on a big quite like this one or a whitewash to split their some snow all around. Finally, a pencil and a robber to draw the sketch in the masking tape toe. Put it on the first sides off the paper 3. Exercise 1: Depth and Snow: In this first access, I will Kovar outward achieved abs in a painting on Lee using pine trees and also all to create us now effect. I prepare the area with a nice male off water on it. No bottles. I think the brush number eight and they start to bring the sky. This part will be explained in detail later, so I sped up the video here. I only want to focus on the depth and the trees while they are out of the sky is still work . I think brush number four and I proceed to paint the first roll threes wants for apart. Alternating between the colors. Indigo Payne's gray and violet in my class easy watercolor landscape during chapter exercise to trees have discussed in detail auto paint this trees. If you are interested, I suggest you take a look to that class to learn my mattered. As you can see, the color spreads and these allows toe have a recognisable silhouette off a tree, but very blart. At this stage, it is not important to be precise, but the position figures well. Use only the tip off the brush on differences. The hates off trees Okay, - wait about 50 to 60 seconds to let the picker dry a little, but not completely. Then I proceed with the second draw off trees painting as seen before, and this time they shapes will be more refined. Remember to pass the Bristol's on the hatch off the pallet. If you have too much color on the brush at this stage, I am more precise. - I don't feel the world row and don't do all the straight trees, so it will be more natural. Let it dry completely. After tracking that the paper is completely dry, I proceed with it turned on final roll off trees. In this space, the trees must be more precise than there. Once on the bridge, Astrue Rose received with a guideline and then starting from the top. Going down traced small lines and points As you go down, the branches widens. Let's some trees have holes on the spars. - Now that we're done with it, trees let it snow. Take white, which can be the same as I'm using, or Ahmat and covering white like wash, take a small quantity of product and make it more like with with a drop of water mixing it in the polit I topped with my finger or with the other hand on the handle of the brush. Another technique to achieve the same result is to have a super brush under the one with the color and beat them together so that their true handles for a next shape. 4. Exercise 2: Frozen River: for this exercise. I already painted this guy. I need it because I only want to reflect the same colors on the river below. Start by spreading a veil off water on Lee on the inside of the river area, I used the number eight brush with a fine deep. The first caller is Indian gold, and I put it about in center. Then I surround the yellow with the violet and proceed with a nickel. I makes the true colors on the paper, trying not to go too far over day in young gold. - On that, I put the Paynes grey right next to the bank. - I flopped in the just went flat, brush with my fingers and go to take some color with a real example. Movements. I can get the same effect, even with a small brush. Number four. Okay, - after everything dried completely, take the pains Great with a brush with more compact Bristol's the other brush. It's much more water than this start to define the banks with this dark color. The thicker lines will be in the foreground, but as you move further away in the distance, these same lines will be smaller and thinner. - Try the brush and blend the color for a more natural look. Yeah, 5. Sketch + Tape: this catch will be very simple. I just want to have in mind the place that the main subjects will take. Take a pencil and about a bit under the middle of the paper draw Corbett line facing upward . Let's trace the concerts off the frozen river, Do you? I start from a point on the right below the line, and move depends left on dry. Deciding the course of the river, I repeat the same for the other bank. For the other side. I start from the same point, and as they approached the foreground, I increased the distance between the true lines. In order to have a good perspective in this area, I will pay the trees while leaving a good space for the sky. The lines that race are like and jacket. I finished small details, and it's done. I remind you that you can download the Nitze sketch in the section projects under sources below. I thought about developing the painting particularly, but nothing prevents you from other the orientation you like best. Let's more to the masking tape park. I cut for strikes and they stick them on old four sides off the paper and they leave 0.5 centimeter off white. I did this because I like the frame it was creating yet, But these old so extra avoid the paper tobacco, especially if you've got a single sheet set off a block, be sure to appear stick the tape, the surface or otherwise, the caller really patriot below it and ruin the straight line. 6. The Sky: here are the four colors we will use one second. What? The era of this guy in order to have a nice pail of water on it and not some bottles, I think the rush number eight and they start to put in the uncle in the middle of the sky. This will be just Uglow. - Then I put the other three colors around that group. Indigo, Violet and Vince Gray weeks very well together, So don't be afraid to make mistakes. The only thing to keep in mind it's not took over old a young old in the center. I killed the paper well in painting because in this way I can make the color. Toronto where I want. I add fear and more called for brushstrokes. By adding drops off clean water, I can make the pigment I already applied more even more. Moreover, I feel the paper so that this drop always coursed out. Works I dark in some parts to create more variations in the sky. Do I shift the glow a little by putting very diluted drops of young gold has lost. I spot their water with Russian report to create sparkles in the sky I accent Wait the sparkles in the sky by splattering Clearwater once again Now be quick and not let this guy dry out We need to act while the painting is still worked 7. Convey Depth with Trees: with the number for brush. I started to paint the first row of trees, the ones that are very far away and therefore a soft edge. I alternate between indigo paints, gray and violet. Proceed a scene in exercise. One changing hate off the trees on not paying too much attention to details. This will be more important later. - Okay , wait 50 to 60 seconds or the time required to notice the difference between the two rows and then start with the second layer for the third crow off trees. I had to wait until this area is completely dry to make a better use off. This time, instead of just waiting here, I decide to proceed on paint the frozen river. So let's move on to the next video. 8. Frozen River: take the brush number eight and start toe worth the paper in the area off the river, much like we did in exercise. True, after tracking that the water does not for any puddles, I start with a gold me making this shape of the sky off the same color. Don't worry, it's not required to be precise. After that, I spread the other trick collars around the yellow. Start with a very delicate and light colored layer on gun. Intensify it. If you find yourself painting too close to the light area, clean the brush and at the Indian gold in the area here on the edge, I apply a more intense color with a smaller brush. Lift the color cleaning it. It's time on the clothes. Yeah. - Finally , I had a few delicate strokes off being dangled. - Even after the painting has tried a little. We can act to remove some color, but this time I show you how to do it with the flat brush. A saint in exercise. True 9. Define Ground and Trees: Let's proceed to define. There's no with the rain. The world painting is now dry. I greatly dilute the ego and the pain square and very carefully paint on the small arrest to create three dimensionality on the ground. The rest only be white for this. No, - if the color seemed doing tons between the brush, end up the affected parts too soft in eight. Now I take the brush number four and I paid the dirt and last roll off pine trees. I used the trick collars without distinction, sometimes even mixing that together, make the trees different from each other straight and croaked, big or sparse and with different dates. Okay, - now let's paint the same trees. But this time around, the river banks. - Yeah , this pine trees will be closer to us and therefore more defined as it proceeds towards the foreground. Victories become more detail, but the technique remains the same with the same colors. But diluted, I paint shadows under the pine trees. Okay, 10. Define River: I change brush. It's still a number eight, but with Arthur Bristol's, and they begin to define the Isis left above the river. With that, Klein's concentrated mainly in the foreground and on the banks. I used the trick color soccer without distinction. If the line is still sharp, I can blend it with the same brush, leaving yourself with the lines in the sand and concentrate on the doctor folders on the edge off person. Weaver. Okay, using only the tip of the brush, I think small dolls even above the ground, giving the idea of a jacket back. 11. Snow: here we can tow a very funny but mass apart. Take their break white and make it quite fluid by adding water if necessary. Then with this more brush, start the splatter on the wall painting, helping with the other round if the white stays in the brush and some water to the mix. - If you feel comfortable, you can also use your index finger to help you with operation stop . When you are satisfied, you can also take a bigger brush to difference it the falling stone flakes. 12. Last Details: let's more onto the last date is to make the atmosphere we have created even more beautiful , still using white. But this time a little diluted I go to define depends off the river. Just forming them were necessary. Do, for example, I don't like the sharp line that was created in foreground. So I'm going to dress for me to have a more natural effect. Don't ever do this step and remember that the brushstrokes must be smaller in the distance . - In this part in the foreground, I want to paint something more. I take banks Quay and go to dark and Dedge. The white is still fresh and the two colors of mix but they created a nice packed in fact, I will accept. Waited by painting small tooth off grass, they continue to darken the river Such Okay, I, uh grass with indigo and pace query in the foreground with small boats and stripes if they are to define. I went the area builder and then I continue the last detail on the big trip, edging the hate off one of them. It looked artificial and it waas too similar to the other two next to it to mortal stops for us. And we're done 13. Conclusion: you. We are at the end off this cross. It's time to remove the masking tape from all sides and that fix the senator Now that you have finished the painting, you just have to upload gate in the project gallery below. If you share it on Instagram, remember to take me on the photo out Jarome at citi dot Are And to use the hashtag scare shirt with Sarah, I would love to see what you create. Thank you so much for joining. See you in the next class by