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Eucalyptus watercolor with a wedge brush - Decorating letters

teacher avatar Jen Sweeney, Watercolor, Calligraphy, Cycling

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13 Lessons (1h 10m)
    • 1. Intro & Welcome!

    • 2. Class supplies

    • 3. Class project

    • 4. Quick handout review

    • 5. Simple color mixing

    • 6. Eucalyptus brush strokes Part 1

    • 7. Eucalyptus brush strokes Part 2

    • 8. Tracing the "L"

    • 9. Painting the "L"

    • 10. Sketching & painting the eucalyptus design on the "L" Part 1

    • 11. Painting the eucalyptus design Part 2

    • 12. Letter "A" - Sketching & painting the eucalyptus - Part 1

    • 13. Letter "A" - Part 2 / the End!

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About This Class


  • In 3 simple strokes¬†you will learn my technique for¬†painting eucalyptus leaves with your wedge brush (or triangle brush). A round brush can easily be used for this class.
  • I demonstrate, step by step, exactly how to hold, place, and maneuver your brush to obtain these beautiful brush strokes. AND,¬†this is also included¬†in your handouts.¬†
  • Speaking of handouts!
    • You have¬†access to a boatload of them!¬†In addition to my brush strokes, I've included several¬†templates of my design examples. And,¬†I've included the alphabet (1 large letter per page),¬†numbers (also 1 per page), and a smaller¬†size of the¬†alphabet (all on 1 page) and numbers too. You can easily trace any one of them as we paint our designs in class and you'll have them future projects.
    • PLEASE NOTE- Handouts are located by clicking on¬†the "PROJECTS & RESOURCES" tab. On the right hand side, under "Resources" you'll see 3 separate PDFs available for download.
  • In class, we take¬†it to the next level and design a eucalyptus stem around a letter.¬†
  • From beginning to end we will trace the letter "L", paint it, sketch our design¬†around it, paint our eucalyptus and¬†then add a few flowers for a beautiful burst of color.
  • Let your creativity reign and add as many or as little florals as you like!
  • We then add a beautiful eucalyptus stem to the letter "A" which ends up¬†looking so soft and serene.¬†The tracing and some of the painting of the letter "A"¬†was¬†done ahead of time because it's the exact same process as the letter L.
  • Lessons are in real time¬†so you can paint alongside me.
  • NO¬†voice overs in the painting lessons.
  • Simple color mixing with just 2 colors.
  • In a little over an hour, you walk away from class with 2 completed designs.



  • Wedge brush (any size is fine) or a Triangle brush.
  • A round brush can easily be substituted.

Watercolor Paper:

  • I¬†use Arches cold-pressed, 140lb. Use your preferred paper.


  • Most any green, blue, grey, and maroon will do. Here's what I use:
  • Perylene Green by Winsor & Newton
  • French Ultramarine by Daniel Smith
  • Jane's Grey by Daniel Smith
  • A very small amount of Naphthamide Maroon by Daniel Smith.¬†


  • Pencil & eraser
  • Micron pen (I use either black or sepia, size 005)
  • Paper towel
  • Water jars
  • White Gelly roll pen (optional)
  • Lightpad (optional)
  • Tracing paper (optional)
  • Washi tape (optional)
  • Small ruler (optional)

Considering a Beste Fountain wedge brush by Creative Mark? Here are some options:

Jerry's Artarama 

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Jen Sweeney

Watercolor, Calligraphy, Cycling




Hello! I’m Jen, a watercolor artist and calligrapher living in Ohio with my husband. I used to be a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner but now, I'm pursuing my art full time and have become completely smitten by the world of watercolor. Perhaps, like me, you didn’t go to art school, but you have a deep passion for creativity. My absolute favorite tool has been the wedge brush (or closely related, the triangle brush).  Maybe you have one, and know a few strokes, but eagerly desire to fully unleash the artist within. If so, allow me the privilege to walk alongside you and demonstrate, step by step, the versatility of this br... See full profile

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1. Intro & Welcome!: Hello and welcome. I'm so grateful you are here in this class, you will learn how to decorate letters with these beautiful eucalyptus stems. I did get a little crazy with the handouts. This time there are plenty for you to download in a glass. We reviews simple color mixing with just two gorgeous colors for our eucalyptus. We spend a little time talking about the shape in the style of the eucalyptus leaves, but then we get right to work. Practicing three simple strokes, I show you exactly how to hold a maneuver your brush. And if you don't have a wedge brush, no worries. You can easily use a round brush. We trace in pain are letter and I walk you through My very simple design process and adding some florals always gives the design a beautiful pop of color. Now, for a second design, I chose to leave this one very soft and muted, but also very striking. This class was created with the beginner to intermediate artist in mind. In just over an hour, you will have to fully completed designs that really do make the perfect gift for someone special. There's so many possibilities here So let's get ready to paint. Hi, I'm Jan of J. Sweeney Designs. Welcome to my home in my studio. So this is my eighth skill share class. I'm so excited that you're here if you're new. Welcome aboard. If you're a previous class participant, welcome back. I really think you'll enjoy painting these eucalyptus leaves. They were a lot of fun. And really, once you get three strokes down, you are good to go. So let's hop on over into the next lesson and we'll get started. 2. Class supplies: here are all the supplies you're going to need for class. Now, If you don't have these exact supplies, please don't worry about it. Not a big deal. Use what you have at home. Grab your wedge, brush whatever size you want to use today or your triangle brush. And you know you could really use a round brush to if you don't have a wedge or a triangle . I'm not going to go over exactly how to use the round brush for the eucalyptus leaves, but you can certainly learn from the principles that we go over in class today. These are just a variety of brushes that I used to paint in my letters around. Brush would actually be just fine for that, too. Paper towels and then an eraser. I have just a regular racer and then a kneaded eraser. We have the white jelly roll pan, a micron pen and just a pencil. The paint colors that we're going to use. I use very little that the nap Samide, maroon. I just used that just a tiny bit, but whatever maroon pink color you have would work fine. That's a nice compliment to the eucalyptus leaves James Gray, French Ultra Marine and Windsor Newton purely in green. Really, really beautiful colors There. Now I have, ah, whole section on handouts, and I would suggest you do take time to look at that. And when you can print the handouts, please do so kind. Got a little crazy and made all kinds of handouts for you. Some are just the plain letters and some numbers. So my decorated just for reference and then others just the letter. So that way you can just print and trace those at your leisure and pick whatever letter you want to do. I'm going to be using the arches Cold press, £140 watercolor paper. I have a piece of tracing paper, a light pad. If you don't have a light pad, don't worry about it. You can just hold your work up to the window and trace it that way. Have a small ruler, a little bit of tape. I've got water jars off to the side, and I think that it's probably about it. So let's head on over to the next lesson. 3. Class project: Okay, so I think your class project is pretty self explanatory, so I can't wait to see just a thana decorated letters with eucalyptus leaves and florals. So these are just a few that I did that I'll share with you. So this one here, this is the Jains Gray, actually, the Emma's, the Jains great to a couple washes on this one. But I did a little bit of micron outlining splatter effect. Just something fun to dio the f I left plane. While that's a pencil sketch was some micron now a word of caution to with the letters that I've included in the handout Just be careful. If you have a frame or you know what, you're going to put it in. Just make sure it fits, so the F will fit nicely in there. In a five by seven frame, However, the M is just way too big. So just be aware that if you're using the letters, the templates in the handouts, so I did give you a few ideas just to spark some creativity. That's all in the handouts will go over those in the next lesson. And then these two. These were the two that we dio in class, so I can't wait to see your designs. I'm excited to do this class with you. It's just a lot of fun. And there's so many different options. And I forgot about this little one here, too. So I've included the smaller alphabet to to make some smaller little pieces as well. So just run with your creativity, have a ton of fun with this, and we're gonna hop on into the next lesson. 4. Quick handout review: Okay, so I may have gotten a little crazy on the handouts for this class, but I do think you're going to find these to be very, very useful. So, as always, the handouts are located under the projects in resource Is Tab. So once you click on that over on the right hand side, you'll see a section that says, Resource is and you'll find all of these different handouts. Now these air just toe start your creativity. But I know you're going to run with it and come up with some super gorgeous designs. I've included the small one page of smaller letters and then one page with each large letter and then the same with the numbers. One page with just the smaller numbers. And then I've got one page per number for the larger set. All right, so I hope you enjoy these handouts. Let's go ahead and get on over to the next lesson. 5. Simple color mixing: for our color mixing today, we're going to keep this super simple. That's the name of the game for this class. So I'm gonna just mix up two colors today. And there really are 1000 different ways to make thes really pretty greens, either. This deep green like this thes muted colors, more of a grey blue, a grey green, a dusty miller kind of look to I just think that is so gorgeous. So if you prefer more of a green boulder type eucalyptus, please feel free to do that or more of this muted, Dusty Miller kind of look there. I'm going to kind of shoot for this one a little bit more, so I kind of like the blue side a little bit more than than the green side. Um, So what will dio two of my favorite colors here that purely in green by Windsor and Newton and the French Ultra Marine by Daniel Smith. So this I've already done this here and we'll do this again, but just I want you to practice getting the different values to as you have more green or more blue and then just watering it down to see how light you can go. All right, let me get this out of the way. Get our paints in close. Making a mess as I do this. It's okay. Part of the fun, right? All right. So we're gonna mix up the green First in this green on its own is just fabulous. Fabulous color. Just what that looks like. So, so pretty We'll get our blue beautiful blue color. Here's this one. Just gorgeous. Now it's in the section here will start, start with our green, rinse a little bit and then grab some of the blue And this is just This is kind of a game going back and forth, seeing how much you want to add. Now that's certainly still pretty blue. So will pick up more green. Now it looks more green. We can water that down a little bit. I have a big chunk of believe their rent, some of that. Whatever greens and blues you like to mix, police feel free to do so Or if you want to mix a gray with some of your green, that'll work. Teoh, This still looks kind of blue. Yeah, but there's really some eucalyptus that look like that, too. Let's get more green in this guy here. Still a little too blue there. It's a lot of water. That's a little better when I'm going for not quite like this green here. But you can see that blue coming out a little bit more. I like that. Like that. A lot. All right, to go ahead and mix up the colors to your liking, because in the next section, we're gonna jump right into the strokes of the eucalyptus leaves. 6. Eucalyptus brush strokes Part 1: Okay, So the really cool thing about eucalyptus most of the leaves are generally the same. They're going to be pretty uniform throughout, so we can always remember the heart shaped that eucalyptus leaves have in this blunted round. And sometimes it's got a little bit of a tip to it. But not a real fine point, like some other leaves dio. But we're going to really generally go for this heart shape or more of this oval shape here , and this is all in your hand out to. But we're going to review this step by step and again, keeping it simple. So really, there's only three strokes you need to know. Starting here. Get this out. Now, this is a size 10 and I grabbed the bigger one just so you can see it a little bit better. So I always like Teoh talk about where the point is going to be in relation to a clock. So my point with the wedge facing up, that's an important part. The wedge has to be facing up towards you. The point is going to be a 12 o'clock. I'm just gonna land the brush, push down, give a nice firm stroke The second stroke. I'm gonna good. Stay at the top there and then swivel Twist out to the side, Push and twist. So I got first stroke, second stroke, third stroke going back to that top swinging around to the left side. Okay? It's the other way we can do It is if we start with our tip facing at six. Oclock position, Land the brush. Nice firm Straight stroke up the second stroke. Like I haven't moved my brush it all in the position. I'm just going toe, move it out to the site. I actually kind of roll the brush a little bit with my fingers and just roll it around to that right side. Come right back for the third stroke. Roll it around to the left side, and then the side strokes pretty much just a side swipe of the brush. So the tip is about the nine o'clock, and I just landed and kind of sideswipe for those easy strokes, and it's trying to simulate a little bit some of this here. Okay, so let's go ahead and pull this paint in here. I'm not too worried about the color right now. I just want I want you to see this. Strokes. Load this up pretty good. You can tap a little bit on your paper, tell if you want to, but I need a fair amount of water and pigment in my brush. So I just have my little notes here. I'm gonna have my brush wedge facing up. The tip is going to go right here. A nice firm stroke down the center. Go back to that starting point, swing it around, pushing and twisting. It can kind of color that in a little bit and then go back to this side, twisting and running out of paint there. But that's OK. I kind of like that dry brush. Look there, too. So that's the shape we're going for. Let's do that again on this one. Here, I leave my brush fully saturated, so I'm gonna start here, lay the brush down, come around here twisting with my fingers, go back to the starting spot, twisting and turning that brush. It takes a little bit of practice, takes a lot of practice to get the maneuver down where you're rolling that brush in between your fingers there. Let's do that again So I'm gonna start like this one here. If I start at six o'clock, my hand is resting on the table. Lay the brush down. Nice stroke up. Second stroke twisting around. Third stroke. Same thing. Twist on the other side. So it's getting that heart shaped with a little bit of a blunted. And there try that one again. Well, in the brush. Nice straight stroke and he kind of pull straight up. Go right back in Twist. Come around. I'm going back with a wedge facing up, twisting around this way again. It feels kind of awkward doing it this way, but you'll get the hang of it. You just want to practice lots and lots of leaves. Still a little bit more Now my paints gonna end up getting all mixed together here, and that's totally fine. I really want you just work on the strokes. So let me try this one again. Here, starting from the top clan down twists the brush around, go back to the top, twist the brush. Now this is a pretty big leaf. So if you were doing a nice big piece on five by seven or eight by 10 that would be the size. And when we get to the letters, we're gonna have to really shrink these guys down because that I just want to do this so you can see it. So the side stroke here now, Actually, we just if you had the the stem that way. So just for that side stroke, I just pretty much land the brush. Sometimes do a little overlap there. Time. I have lots and lots of practice pages of eucalyptus leaves. It takes a while. Give yourself some time to learn this. It's like I said, that twisting is what gets you sometimes. So wedge facing up I land the brush lift. Come back down, twist back to the starting twist the other way. Now, that was really dry. Sorry about that. But just, you know, you can get back in there with your paintbrush, fill it in a little bit. Let's move over to this one here. So I threw these out, obviously with pencil, and I'm going to switch out my brush to a size six just because thes leaves are much smaller 7. Eucalyptus brush strokes Part 2: All right, so this is helpful to do. So we have this and pencil here with the shape. I've got my notes here. So what? I mean by inside out or outside in Sometimes what I'll do is I'll start what I would call from the inside where the stem is the inside coming out or from the outside. In whatever you're most comfortable, I tend to go back and forth just depending on where the paper is. The leaf is if I want to move it around. So we show you what that looks like here. So with this one, if I do inside out just like we practiced before Wedge facing up land the brush lift twist it around back to the starting land twisted around You can push and pull it around Or use that twisting motion Just experiment with with each different way So inside out again land it left Twist around up to the top Twist around Sometimes what I'll do Turn my paper all the way around and I'll start here twisted around this way I'm going for that That heart shape. Same with this guy here. Land twist, land and twist. We could fill that in, or we could leave it, whichever you prefer. Get this really saturated. Let's do this one here. And that's pretty saturated. So this is arches, watercolor paper, and it just sucks up the paint really quickly. So I do go back and forth between dry brushing and then mawr of filling it in all the way. This one here, a little one twist, push and twist. What, you to be able to see this? Okay, so here we go again, starting from the outside in Well, and it comes straight down. Lift twist. This is a little guy so that you can just kind of pull your brush around that way. The side strokes. What kind of just paint those in if you like. And I flipped my brush back and forth, depending on where I want a little bit of the tip to be. Now we can darken this up if we need to, but we're just focusing on some of these strokes right now. And I like these that come down in the middle here. It's off center a little bit, which is just fine. It's not enough paint on there. Land the brush swing it around land and twist. Just get back in there painted in if you need to. What you got to remember because it is, it feels weird to have this wedge brush with the wedge portion facing up. That's just how I how I tend to do it with these leaves land come around and twist on the side Twist on the other side. Three little strokes trying to roll it a little bit more with my fingers. Or if you've got enough paint and pigment in there, you can just swing it around without really rolling it straight down left. Now this six might not get all the way in. There actually did pretty good. And I like the little white space in there. I'll use a white jelly roll. You'll see me do that later to add that center vein there, but sometimes just leave in that very, very pretty from the outside in. I'm sure you're getting the hang of this here, given it that nice, characteristic look of a eucalyptus and stop short on this one because it's coming out of this, this leaf here and then just a couple down here. So over here, Philip my brush. This is what I do it for. A typical leaf. Just do a long stem. Then I might land it. Come around, give that nice little graceful tip there. That's not what the not what we're going for. Because, like we said, the eucalyptus more heart shaped, more oval shape, not the typical leave shape. All right, so practice thes the re little strokes going from inside out outside in the push twist Just kind of get those words in your head as you're laying the brush down and go slow because muscle memory is a big thing here. Once you get the hang of it, it really comes a whole lot easier. And just those three strokes are filling it in. As you need Teoh, I'm positive you're going to get this. It's just the three strokes. It just practiced those a little bit and then we're gonna head on over to the next lesson and start working on our letters. 8. Tracing the "L": Okay, So do you feel confident in those leaves? I sure hope you dio. And trust me, it did take me quite a while to figure out rolling that brush and getting the strokes down . So as I always say, give yourself Grace. Give yourself time to practice this right now we're gonna do something super simple. We're just going to trace our letter. I have my light box here. It's upside down clearly because the the plug is over on this side. So but this is the art. A graph like pad 9 30 XL. I really like this. I use it a fair amount. If you don't have one of these, you can always hold up your hand out to the window, tape your paper over it, and just trace that way on a bright, sunny day. Or you can just freehand it. Whatever you want to dio use tracing paper. Just remember to work smarter. Not harder sometimes, right? All right. So just taking me through my exact process here, going to go ahead and just take this guy down a little bit And if you don't want to do in l grab whatever letter you want Of course, I'm gonna put some on this site to This is just a little bit of washi tape. And I am just eyeballing this. I'm not too terribly concerned right now, So just looking at the sides here, because where? Let me show you here. So how I'm going to dio my eucalyptus. I'm gonna come around the big, bold part of the L here. So I want to make sure I have enough room, so it's not gonna look unbalanced. If I had it over this way, it would be too tight here in too much white space here. So I'm just eyeballing this, and I hope I get it right. If not, we're just going to go with it, right? I was doing this for a job. I'd be way more particular a little particular now, but not overly so. All right. Gonna take this down, and then if you want to just outline it in pencil, feel free. But I always grab my little roller just because kind of a stickler about straight lines sometimes and feel free if you want to make this larger or smaller, Whatever is going to fit your needs. - All right, So I think that is the easiest part of this whole class. So in the next lesson, we're going to go ahead and start painting this. 9. Painting the "L": so I'm gonna be used in Jane's Gray for my letter. If you want to choose a different color, please feel free to do so. Let me show you these two here, This is what the James Gray looks like. This one has two if not three layers. I start pretty light. This is just one layer here and I build up from there. So I just love the versatility you can get really from any paint. But I love the color here how it's contrast ing with this dusty green and then the maroon here for this one, just playing and very soft overall. So pick a color that's going to be nice and complementary. Teoh your eucalyptus leaves before we start painting, let me explain these brushes to feel free, to use whatever to paint these in what I found, I've had this forever and I've never used that. This is a stroke brush and it's just got this great edge to it that, as you see, I'm just gonna be pulling the paint down. A lot of people prefer just a round brush to do the whole thing. Whatever you have, it's totally gonna be fine. This little guy. I do. I use a lot of that. I use this a lot for when I do bricks on How says this is a chisel blender? So you can kind of get in these little nooks and crannies here too. So no big deal. What brush you use? Don't feel like you have to have exactly what I have. So let's get some pain out here. And then I have my kneaded eraser, which I like to just lightness up a little bit. You know, once the paint gets on those pencil marks, I really can't do much about it, which is totally fun. You can just go over it a little bit more was darker pigment. If you do have a darker pigment that you're using, I just like to lighten it up a little bit. No, it's have my water off camera. Just gonna mix this up and get going here. All right? I can't wait to see what colors you choose and how you decorate your letters. So we're gonna go ahead, get a little bit more water in here, and then just start turn your paper as needed. That might clean this up a little bit off camera that edges. Sometimes it's kind of hard to see with the camera right over my head. I'm sure we'll add a second later, so I just want to get the 1st 1 in here and always clean it up a sui go tight. Squeeze there. I think I will switch out and use just a round brush. - All right. Good enough for the first layer. We're gonna let this dry and then we'll come back and do a second layer. All right, First layer down, ready for the 2nd 1 I did. Go ahead and erase my pencil marks There to that. Now would be a good time to do that a little bit sick or paint here. Try to work fairly fast. Doesn't always happen, though. Sometimes when a switch out for this other brush I try to go in the direction that I started and I don't like to go back and forth too much. Switch out for around. Careful. Don't get your hand in there. Let's keep it this way. I actually blend this back a little bit. It's definitely does not need to be perfectly one uniform color all the way in fact, if you have a little bit of great Asian, there would be super nice to e find. This is really one of the most relaxing things to dio painting in these letters. I think my type A personality is coming out with these lines. I try to get right next to it. Get right up in these little crannies here. A little bit of a tail on it. All right. I think when I let that go, I might clean up the such a little bit, just like off camera suck so I can see that they're a little bit more close up. 10. Sketching & painting the eucalyptus design on the "L" Part 1: All right. So my Ellis totally dry, cleaned up a little bit of the edges, Not too much. I did clean up this spot here, but I want I want us to all get comfortable with the little imperfections along the way. You know, we could print digital pages for days and days and just decorate those. But this is the relaxing part, Really? Is just filling in the letters and just taking your time doing that. So a couple ways, I dio I come up with a design. Either I sketch it out just on the watercolor paper or I grab some tracing paper and then practice and play around with different designs that way. So let's go ahead and just use the tracing paper, and we're just gonna have We'll do this. We'll just gonna wing it here. I haven't really sought SARU a whole lot how I want to do this, but I always like a bit of a curve like that. And then I tend to get right in here and get a big leaf right there. Same down here to give it a little bit of balance. Doesn't have to be perfect. We're just getting a getting a rough sketch of what we want to dio. You want to leave some room for flowers, too? Well, took a little bit in there for top of color. All right? I think that's pretty good for now. A good start. So what I could do as I could grab a micron. I could dark in these leaves, grab my light box again, Put this on the bottom the l over top and then trace that. But I think for now I'm just going to go ahead and just freehand at what we just did or something similar. It's a little too big right there. - All right, so I think I'm gonna leave that as is, and I grab my kneaded eraser. Just lighten these up again. And sometimes I don't even sketched this out. We'll just go for it and hope for the best. But go ahead and keep these on here now for the stem. A lot of times what I'll do either all just painted in or I'll just grab a micron either the black or the sepia, and just dio that for the stem. So I do want to get the leaves down for So let's get our paint back over here. This is a hot Dr Mess right now, so we gotta reactivate all this and check our color again. Switch this around and you can always just dunk your paintbrush in water to get that lighter value. So I like that someone. I go ahead and load my brush. Actually, don't get in my water off camera and start up here. I'm gonna start with the wedge facing up the point down towards my belly about 656 oclock position of these. These air little leaves. So we've got to be careful here, So lay down, uh, swing around. Don't have to do a lot of twisting there. No, I can't around that out a little bit if I want. Get back in my paint. Don't get in the water. You know these literal little or leaves you can feel in your brush If you have some of the paints, enough pain in there to get another couple strokes out, this one will start from the outside in. I typically erase my pencil lines a little bit more than this, but that is totally fine. We'll let this dry before I put that one there. Are you gonna let this dry and then we're gonna come back and darken up some of these leaves. 11. Painting the eucalyptus design Part 2: before we dark and I want to go ahead in the race. Some of these still got a long way to go. Not too long. But this is the part Greek. Start second guessing yourself sometimes, but just stick with it like I always say, Take your time. All right? So, to give a little bit of contrast, I'm gonna get back in with more of my the green less of this here. Let's just see. And then I'll just go back in and darken up a few terribly happy with that shape. But that's okay. We're gonna add some white lines in here too. We may add more eucalyptus leaves, but we'll see once we add once we had the flowers in. All right, so I'm gonna go ahead and darken up. This stem first starts coming together. When you can see it like this, - I usually just do it light first and then go back and darken it up. - No . Says where I'll grab my jelly roll sometimes to to add these little white veins here. Not on all of them. Some of them already have it that I'll just leave alone spilled on that one. That one a little bit, too. Can't really see that one too much. All right, let's get some flowers and there. Give it a good pop of color. Found the way. First get my maroon Get that all activated and ready to go. Still a little bit agreeing on my brush there, Lawrence. That real good. So we want a lighter area and a more concentrated area. And if you've taken my classes before, you know the wedge brush, you know how this fun flour works. So we just have a little bit on our brush here, flop it back and forth, dab a little off, and then dipped that tip right into the concentrated pigment. Lay your brush down and wiggle it around, and we're just doing this enough to give just the impression of some flowers. And this is just such a beautiful color against the eucalyptus leaves. Okay, so and looking at our fill our letter here with the leaves, I think I want to add one here. Probably up here, maybe on this side and tucked in here and down here is well, too. And we probably gonna add some more leaves because I feel like I need a couple little more areas. But that's how we how we do things we just build is we go start getting this all loaded up here to have it a little bit into the concentrated pigment International. Let's do this one first. Here we were just tucking him in there just enough to give the I just that fun, little effective and added boost of color. - It's easy to overdo these two, so just a little more. Okay, so I think I want to add one of the side leaves there and probably down here, too. So it's cleaner brush really good about ready to wrap this one up. We want to let it breathe a little bit, too, and have, you know, so you can see the stem that leaves. You don't want it all crammed in there. I've definitely overdone these before. It is so drying my house again. Always add water to this pain. I think I say that in every class. Let's check this out here just to give that impression of one of those cool side leaves side facing leaves, I should say. And then I'm pretty sure this is dry already. What I'll do is. Get back in with my white pen and just add a couple little centers there. Something else? Toe. Just bring the I in, actually still little bit wet, but that's OK. I was jumping the gun here. Wantedto get that added in. This one was drying. All right, Sometimes what I've done to is do a micron outline, but I'm gonna leave this as is, so we'll let this dry completely. I think we're gonna be done with this one. So if I would look at this and evaluated, I could add another leaf here, maybe, or just letting it breathe. Um, maybe something down now. I wouldn't actually actually. Wouldn't do a whole lot more to this. I just want to keep it light. Keep it simple. We're focusing on the flowers or Flook focusing on the eucalyptus leaves, the l. If we get it all bunched up together and there, then it's just too much for the eye, and it just it's it's too busy. So don't be worried about the white space. Let that breathe sometimes and that, you know, maybe come back the next day. And if you think now, I really do want to add a leaf. Go ahead and do it. Not the end of the world. All right, let's let this dry and then we'll come back and do the letter a. 12. Letter "A" - Sketching & painting the eucalyptus - Part 1: all right. Moving on to our A. So you didn't miss anything? I went ahead and did a lot of this off camera. I wanted to just focus on the florals here. So I thought for this one, we would do a like a backward. See, almost a more traditional looking eucalyptus may or may not add flowers will see, this is just one layer of the Jains gray, and then we'll go back in and add that I may or may not dark in this up. We'll just have to wait and see what it looks like. So started up here. I had my small one want to get a couple more side leaves. You know how he said just those the eucalyptus just having these really pretty side leaves . And then a big one here in the center, a couple off to the side. I'm thinking maybe a couple here and then having one of these little offshoots down here. That way, it kind of balances it out. You've got the boldness over on this side, and then you've got your the aim of your eucalyptus going that way. So we're gonna give it a shot and see how this goes. We'll get some of the pencil marks off a here. Like I said, if this was a finished design, I really wouldn't have this much pencil on it to begin with. But it's just a good guide for right now, and so you can see where their strokes go. So we get my number six. Get this activated again. Here it's test that color still looking pretty good. I like that Does dunk it in more water, drag it off the edge of the cup. Feels a little went to me there. So just dab that on your paper. Tell someone to start up here. It still feels pretty wet, just given a nice little side. Leaf there can get back in there and dark and those up sometimes the edges and would bleed a little better if it wasn't so, so warm in the house. Today we'll do this one from the outside in twisting your brush. I think I prefer the working from the outside in feels a little more natural. I apologize if this is going in and out of focus, the camera tends to pick up on the end of the brush. Sometimes on may just leave these This color kind of a really muted, muted effect to just the whole piece. We'll see. I might change my mind. Okay, So I'm gonna let this fully dry. Get some of these pencil marks out of here, then we'll get back in and finish our A mayor may not add some flowers. May darken it up. Well, we'll see. Okay. Time to get this stem in here. And I just use in the micron for this If you wanted to paint it in. Certainly feel free to do so. And I'm kind of like in the the muted effect here, I think I'm gonna leave it like that. I need the need. The phone, a friend option. I need you to tell me what what I should dio. This is always the point where I just want to call somebody and say OK, do I add more? Do I had flowers? Do I darken it up? Have you ever done that before? I feel like I do that all the time, but they tend to keep things pretty simple. What? The art speak for itself? I have my moments where you want to get even more detailed but warm for simple today. A little notch on the end there. So I had a little bit of looks like pink pain on their Sorry, and I think that running out of white on this to use this a fair amount. 13. Letter "A" - Part 2 / the End!: All right, let's get this all the way down here. Call it a day. Now. The risk of doing this a day before is that chances of me getting that exactly the same color? Probably not, but we're getting close. I think I'm gonna use up around for this one. - Okay , I'm gonna let that drive fully, and then I can get back in there and work some of the edges out a little bit. Okay? So I raced the pencil lines around here, and I was going to get back in with just a damp brush and kind of work. These edges out a little bit, But you know what? I'm good with it. I'm gonna let it go. Leave it as is. I contemplated darkening some of these leaves here. Even some of these And I thought, No, I'm at the point where I do like it. I'm gonna let it go now. Check with me in a week or so and see if I have messed with it and added some flowers or dark and up the leaves, or even darkened the egg. But I'm good with it. I think this would look nice. And in a black frame and just have this really muted jewel tone look to the peace. So I hope you enjoyed this class. I had a ton of fun making it for you. So upload your projects into the project Gallery Lever Review. I'm here for you. If you need anything, send me a message. All right. You have a great day and we'll chat soon.