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Easy watercolor: Bookmarks using gradients

teacher avatar Noelia Acebes, Watercolor illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Introduction to the class

      2:49
    • 2. Art supplies

      0:45
    • 3. Getting the paper ready

      2:51
    • 4. Sea bookmark: Learn how to paint water

      12:27
    • 5. Watermelon bookmark: Learn how to layer watercolors

      6:46
    • 6. Sunset bookmark: Learn how to create a gradient

      8:05
    • 7. Final thoughts

      1:51
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About This Class

Welcome to this class, where you will learn and practice basic watercolor techniques while creating the three bookmarks you can see on the thumbnail.

I will share with you all the steps that go into making each one of them, from preparing the paper to adding the final details. I will also share some tips that have helped me to get to the point I am now as a painter.

In the video lessons, I will show the materials I use, some recommendations on those, and how to get your paper ready. Then, three tutorials will follow, each one showing the painting process of one of the bookmarks.

The first one has an aquatic theme to it, you will learn how to paint sea waves and water in a realistic, yet very simple way. The second one features a watermelon; you will learn how to layer color to get a vibrant result. We will end with a very simple sunset themed bookmark.

All three projects are based on the use of gradients and wet on wet painting, so if you do not master these techniques, don’t worry you are in the right place to learn!

I hope this introduction has woken up the artist you have inside and encouraged you to join in this fantastic adventure that is bringing your ideas to life.

Are you ready to start?

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Noelia Acebes

Watercolor illustrator

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Hello there, I hope you are ready to learn some fantastic skills!

I've been an art passionate since I was a small kid, but it wasn't till architecture school that I discovered watercolors, and immediately become fascinated by them. I’ve continued using this painting method ever since to express myself, showcase my ideas to clients or just for the sake of creating.

When I paint, I can completely lose the track of time, it’s like a therapy to me, it just makes me happy. I hope we can share this feeling, and of course, the beautiful artwork we will create together.

Let’s start creating, shall we?

With love,

Noelia

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1. Introduction to the class: Hello everyone and welcome to this class. My name is Noelia, and I will guide you through the process of making these three bookmarks. I will share with you all of the steps that go into making each one of them. From preparing the paper to adding the final details. I will also share with some tips that have helped me to get to the point I am now. In the next videos, I will show the materials I use, some recommendations on those, and how to get your paper ready. Then, three tutorials will follow. Each one showing the painting process of one of the bookmarks. The first one has an aquatic theme to it, you will learn how to paint sea waves and water in a realistic, yet very simple way. The second one features a watermelon. You will learn how to lay your color to get a vibrant result. We will end with a very simple sunset themed bookmark. All three projects are based on the use of gradients and wet on wet painting. If you don't master these techniques, don't worry, you're in the right place to learn. I think the beauty of this class is to experiment and enjoy yourselves. So don't get frustrated if you make mistakes. Everyone makes them! Also, don't feel obligated to imitate my style. You can do as you wish. You can transform what I showed you into something completely different, or follow every step religiously. It's all up to you! In this class, I'm trying to teach you basic watercolor techniques through practice. As I feel that the most important thing when dealing with watercolor is just to paint. And for this reason, I highly encourage you to make a project of your own. You can choose to make one of the bookmarks or all of them, as you like. Also, feel free to spice things up a bit and create designs of your own. Once you have completed your project, would be amazing if you could share it with us. I will be honored to see the beautiful projects you create. If you happen to have any doubts or questions, feel free to contact me or open a discussion on the "discussion tab" below. Remember that I am here to help you, so don't be shy! If you're on Instagram, you can follow me on my brand new account @noelia_draws. And you can also tag me on your art if you happen to post it on Instagram, I would love to see it! I hope this introduction has woken up the artist you have inside and encouraged you to join this fantastic adventure that is bringing your ideas to life. Are you ready to start? 2. Art supplies: The materials we're going to use, are watercolors, a brush, a pencil, a black pen, some scissors, a white pen or white paint. Masking tape, water, watercolor paper, and a palette to mix our colors. 3. Getting the paper ready: Let's start preparing our bookmarks. For this first step, we will need some water color paper, scissors and ruler. The watercolor paper I'm using is Canson 300 grams with quite a little bit of texture. I like it to have a lot of grain. Because it gives the illustration are very rough finish that I enjoy. Anyway, you can use the paper you like the most. As long as it is watercolour paper. The first thing that we're going to do is draw three rectangles in our paper. The rectangles can size that you like the most. Keep in mind that this is going to be the final size of your bookmark. So you just want to cut them as you would like your bookmarks to be. In my case, I'm doing six per 22 centimeter rectangles. As I have said, any size will do. I didn't have any cutter around the house, so I had to use scissors for this step. But I'd highly recommend to use a cutter instead, as the edges would be sharper. Once you have all your rectangles cuted down, you can stick them to the table. I found these step very useful, as in this way, the paper is not going to bulk as much as if you don't fix your paper to another surface. Also, I really like to leave a little bit of a white margin around the bookmark. So that's why I'm placing the wash tape over my paper. This overlap is around three millimeters. I used masking tape for this step as is way more easy to lift it from your paper and it will not harm it but if you use other type of tape with more adherent properties, I will recommend you to stick it on your clothes a couple of times and then onto your paper. In this way, it will lose some of its grip and it will be easier to take it out later. Okay, so that's all for the preparation process. We can now start painting. 4. Sea bookmark: Learn how to paint water: In this video, I'm going to show you how to make this bookmark. The first step is to prepare our colors. For this matter, we're going to need three tones of blue and a yellowish tone for the sand. For the blue tones I'm going to make a mix of blue, green, and brown to imitate the color of seawater. If you don't have these colors you can mix: blue, yellow, and the tiniest bit of red. I'm grading three tones a light one, a medium, and a dark one. I'm also adding a lot of water into my color mix, as it, will help me later to make a seamless gradient. You can also notice how I try my colors on a separate piece of paper every time. Just to check if it tone I'm making is the one I want. This is really helpful as the tones on your palette are going to seem way darker than they actually are. Also taking into account that wants the water colors I tried to call. There will be a bit lighter than the one to Swachh Bharat descent. And going to grab the ochre from my palette and add a beater Brown. If you didn't have these tones, you can grab a bit of red and the tiniest bit of blue. Almost nothing up. Just a tiny, tiny, tiny little bit. And you will achieve this scholar. Once your colors are ready, it's time to start. First of all, we want to make our paper wet. So I'm doing that by applying water with a Spreitzer. You've got hacked one. Don't worry. You can apply it using what does font or yes, with a wet brush. As you can see, I can feel that my paper 0s bit too wet. So I'm just using a towel paper jokester abit of that water as we wanted to be wet, but not soaking wet. After that, we're going to start applying our beans to make a gradient. I start painting the bottom part with that, OK. Or I can team by applying the lightest Lou. After that, I will apply the medium tone. And lastly, I will apply the darker one. Once they are altogether as a beeper was wit, and the beads contained a lot of water a day are going to make by themselves creating a gradient. If you're not happy with the result that you can go. Once again, as I'm doing now, with your brush over the different terms and they will mix together. Be careful to clean your brush every time you change from blue to occur. As you can see here, I made the mistake not to clean it, and the result came out a little bit too dark for my liking. So now for fixing that mistake, I'm using once again my clean paper towel. I'm tapping over the excess of paint. This tower will absorb all that paint and act as an eraser. Bearing in mind that this only works if the beam is wet. If it's already dry, jury is no way to fix your painting. Once we have completed our gradient and we are happy with it, is time to let our paint dry. As I'm Alito bidding patient, I'm using a long drive to speed up the process. You can use one or two dry naturally. If you use a blow dryer, you have to be careful to move it around so that every part of the painting derives equally. If you didn't do this, probably do watercolors will move around. And maybe your illustration becames a bit blurry. In this case, it is not an issue because we want the water to look as in regulars plausible because it gives it a more C-like tower take look. And that's what we're looking for for this next layer, themes. And going to change allele big my colors. And he's going to make them a bit darker. So that's why I'm adding a little bit of the lack and genomics. One little tip is to add, Yes, the amount of luck. And try your color and repeat this process once and once again. You use Black is a very tricky color. And if you add a little bit too much, your color would immediately turn black. Sir, you have to be really careful when adding black. And before a patient, as you can see, I'm always, always, always trying my coolers separated speaker. Now, I'm going to start with the second layer. And this one, I'm going to paint the waves. In order to do this, we want to create three different gradients. One for each wave. Dry between the different waves. I'm starting with the lower one. That is going to be the light IS grab my lightest tone at the moment that is a little bit darker than the one we had before. I apply on a very irregular line just to imitate sea waves and enjoying that color down so that it mixes with the color I had before. In order to do this, you just wanted to clean dry brush and go with wood, but clean brush and move the camera around. Don't worry if the edges are not perfect. As once again, we really want this chaotic and a little bit in regular looking painting. For the second wave, I repeated process, but this time with a darker tone. Wasn't notice how I've been a bit too dark and I is lifted once again to fix my mistakes. So don't worry if you make something that you feel that it's like I'm saved because you can always excellent. I am also adding spots. A darker paint because that makes the water look more watery. If I may say, sir. For the last wave and use making at gradient from very dark to admit Joan blue. You can see that I didn't really feel very happy with the second waves and yes, retouching it a little bit, moving around the edges. Then I go again with a blow dryer. I go with another layer just because I feel that there is not enough color in some parts of my painting. But if you're happy with your lowest rate channel ready, you don't have to do this. You can also see that I am once again adding these little spots of paint that once the painting drives, are going to look like little waves. Once the lower part of my painting is dried and going once again with the Volcker tone and I'm layering it over to first wave, describes the effect of sand under the water. We're almost Dan, and this is going to be our last step. For this one, I'm going to use a bunker wide marker that you can use any other wide medium, like white paint or a white band. So now we're going third and final details. These details consist on their phone that is created by the waves on the sea. We're going to start by drawing three very irregular lines where we previously painted our waves. Once we have done this, we are going to start adding little pebbles around those lines. As you can see, a pretty bubble day Drew is completely different from the one I drew before. There is no, any science for doing this step correctly. The only thing that you have to do is to follow your gut and draw bubbles where you feel like. Then you have to connect them with lines and doing that. So once you've done this with your three waves, you're painting will be complete. Oh, I forgot over something. At the end, I'm going to add some middleware despots. This isn't really necessary, but I feel that it gives a more natural look to our illustration. With no further ado. I'm going to leave here with footage of myself painting the bubbles so that you can see how I did it. Right? And so we'll see you back in Italian. 5. Watermelon bookmark: Learn how to layer watercolors: In this video, we're going to learn how to make the bookmark you're seeing right now. As you. So it is composed of an illustration of a watermelon. In order to paint this watermelon, we're going to need three corners, green, red, and black. Luckily, these colors are usually present in every watercolor palette. So we don't really need to call their mix, indicates that you only the primary colors you can make wring my mixing blue and yellow. Once your callers are ready, it's time to start painting. First of all, we want to make our paper abit wet. So I'm doing that by applying water which has reached her. You don't have one. You can apply it using the dispatch or yes, with a wet brush. I start by painting a big red circle and using a very dilute it read as using this lawyer? Yes. You see where I want my color? I agree. I guess. I proceed downwards. When I'm done, I up why? Read the sign? I'm using a very concentrated pigment. This nuance that there is not much water. Makes two illustrations, right? As always, I use my blow dryer to speed up the oocysts. Now, I would like it to be, I blow dry my illustration. And once it's completely dry, I start to paint the last details. We can start with our last step. In this one, we're going to be mistakes. And inside the water. For the system, I'm using black watercolor. Use a black market for a black band if that's easier for me to use colors. Because in this way, you can use different dilutions of black and white with very little. So this way we can create the illusion of seats being underneath. Another less middlewares making the outer skin darker, shade of green. And outer line. That it will be o for this bookmark process. And see you on the next one. Good to share your project here. Using the hashtag, wouldn't idea. I hope to see you on the next tutorial. 6. Sunset bookmark: Learn how to create a gradient: In this video, we're going to learn how to make this bookmark. As you saw, is made of a gradient, like think tubercle and our drawing overeat, Where are you going to start making the gradient? The first step is to mix our Coleridge. First, I start creating divided tone. In order to do this, I'm mixing blue thread and a lot of ordered. As you know, adding water to our recovers, he's going to make lind ISA we together. The author tone. I'm grading you still like pink there to create these one and use grabbing. And we'd operate and bring a lot of water into it. So that's all for the color mixing groups. And let's start with a gradient. As we did in the other videos. I'm going to start by making my paper at the duet. Nor that you've noticed. As you've only with water as you know you can use and what brash, Well, what is launch? Once? It's slightly what we can observe. This time, I think mixing them together. I also work hard to give you a little lighter. So that's why I'm absorbing part of the beam with a paper towel. Once I'm happy with the gradient, I proceed geologic dry or with a blow dryer as I'm doing. Okay. Now, it is simply retried and I feel like the upper part is not as dense as I would like it to me. And that's why I'm creating this time. Only covering the upper house. You'd your music in from violet to like pink. Once I'm happy with it, I proceed, drill dry again like Big Endian. Wonder watercolors are completely dried. We can start rolling dielectric. Makes sure that they're watercolors are completely dried, referred sipping chicken step because they're not. More likely thing to happen is that ink on your band will bleed and you will lose taping gentle and gradual way. Here I'm drawing directly without any previous and sketch. You don't feel comfortable doing this, you can, yes. Making cookies sketch with pencil or a transfer you're drawing from another paper. I'm going to leave from their research, stop, attain light in case you want to transfer it from there. So feel free to go anywhere who joined different to this one. I get the skyline of maybe some trees. Ramones, Jane's will also look really, really good. So now I will leave me with soundproofing Chapman, and now you can see how I do it. Gives you won't you drill? Bien? Okay. Mm-hm. And surrogates. 7. Final thoughts: We have finished painting and the watercolors are completely dried is tangent. Every bookmarks the patient and take your timing is last step. As if that quickly the tapes may shed the people. Well, that's all for this class on logical or painting. I hope it has met your expectations and that you have learned some useful skills. If you haven't started give particular ready, this is the best moment to do so. I cannot even express how important it is to actually paint in order to master watercolor painting. Also, you'll be missing the final speed of the glass. Once you finished your project, feel free to share it with all of us on this platform or an Instagram. By tying me on your post, my handle is normally at drops. I will love to see all of your projects. I hope you have had a great time. I learned a lot. Feel free to leave a comment or some thoughts on the girls so that I can improve for the next one. Once again, thank you very much for watching and see you in the next one.