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Experience Watercolours - Stormy Seas

Melinda Wilde, master teacher of watercolours

Experience Watercolours - Stormy Seas

Melinda Wilde, master teacher of watercolours

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7 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction to Stormy Seas

    • 2. Paper towel, draw and sky wash

    • 3. Mountains

    • 4. stormy seas

    • 5. Land Mass And Trees

    • 6. Birds, glaze and splatter!

    • 7. Info and finish

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About This Class

In this class we'll repeat some of the techniques we learned in Landscape Success for Sure" and add a few more to them. This will build up your repertoire of techniques, which will lead to more success on your own.  We'll be adding how to create the look of wind blown trees and the sea smashing on the rocks. 


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Melinda Wilde

master teacher of watercolours


Teaching Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkRR5TW5Zy8zMz9BwiZ-E1g


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Hello, I'm Melinda. I've been in love with watercolours for 35 years. I've been teaching for over 30 and love watching my students when they realize yes, they can create in this marvelous medium. I live on Gabriola Island, Canada and love the God given beauty and inspiration this place provides. Pursuing my art was the perfect thing to do while co-raising 5 children who are now grown and gone. Teaching is my main mandate these days and I hope you'll join my first class and look forward to the many more to come!

Gabriola is a real gumboot community so I couldn't resist painting all ou... See full profile

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1. Introduction to Stormy Seas: Hi, I'm Melinda. While welcome to my studio at another session of experience watercolors today in our stormy waters class will be repeating some of the techniques we learned in our landscape. Success for sure class and then adding a few extra to it. The idea is that the classes build on one another. So you get a chance to try some of the older techniques that you've already become familiar with. And then we add a few extra ones in this well, and I hope you stay tuned because at the end of the class will post a basic watercolor supply that I like to use. Okay, Thanks. And let's start talking about supplies. So this is where we're headed today. And we've got our artist £140 cold press take down all the way around the edge on a board . We've got a very simple palette. Six colors. I've got a one inch flat and a small round for some detail. Work a little bit later. And just for fun, we're gonna try a little bit of a toothbrush work going to use a toothbrush and some weight washes Well, today. Okay, let's get started. 2. Paper towel, draw and sky wash: So one of the first things I want to show you is we're going to take a paper towel and we're gonna dip it in the water bucket and then squeeze it out, squeeze it so that it's really quite dry because we don't want it to be adding more moisture to our paper when we use it. And then I'm just gonna open it up a little bit here like this. Give it a little shake, and this is gonna be a tool we're gonna use throughout. Our paintings will just lay that aside. So here's where we're headed today again. And the first step will be just to decide where we want that landmass to be in our picture . So we'll just take a regular HB sensible. So this is where we're headed today, and the first thing we need to decide is where we're gonna put that landmass on our page. So I'm just going to take a regular old HB pencil and just lightly sketch in where I want my land mass to go. I don't want it to end exactly halfway in the middle of the picture, so I'm just gonna take it a little further along than halfway. And maybe we'll decide to put an extra little rock or something here. And then the other thing I want to do is just lay in my horizon line and little less than halfway in the pages. Okay, now we're ready to lay in a sky wash, so the first step will be to moisten the paper all the way down to the horizon. Here we go. Then I'm gonna take a little bit of yellow and a little word of caution about yellow. It's It doesn't dry back like some water color color's do dry back, meaning when you put it on a color looks a certain way, and by the time it drives and watercolors, it's usually a little bit softer, you know, maybe even up to 10% softer. So most colors you wanna make them a little darker as you apply them than you think you want them to be. But yellow tends not to drive back very much, so I recommend just being very cautious with it, not getting too heavy with it right from the start. Then I'm going to take some blue and I'm gonna think clouds that air wispy and blown by the wind. And I'm going to throw in a little bit of turquoise sky here. And basically I'm painting around the clouds right down to the horizon that I'm gonna take that paper towel that we had moistened. And I'm just gonna roll in that area that I want to preserve the spray. If you recall here, we've got a nice spray from waves hitting the other side of this. So we just want to preserve that areas white. And this moistened paper towel will allow us to do that just very softly. You don't want to press too hard or you'll bruise your paper. Okay, it's time to hit the blow dryer. 3. Mountains: let's lay in some distant mountains now. So I'm gonna take clear water on my brush. Just do a strip a little above the horizon line all the way along very quickly I'm gonna pick up some of the blue that I used in my sky and I'm just gonna run it so that my brushes partly into the water and partly onto the dry. So where my brushes onto dry, it's gonna leave a sharp edge. And where it's into the water, it's gonna leave a soft edge. I'm gonna meander along here and just make whatever I think mountains should look like. And then I'm gonna make my brush a little thirsty by blotting it on my rag and then just soften along the base here. If you end up with any little bits on your page like this, you can try and rush them off. But be very careful. I would not pick at them with your fingers because then you bruise your paper and it will make a nasty mark. Mostly if you just leave them when they dry, you could just brush it off, okay, because watching paint dries the funnest thing in the world I'm gonna go to the blow dryer again. Let's do another set of mountains now. So again, strip of Clearwater and then picking up a little bit of the same blue. And I'm going to just do exactly the same thing except a little bit lower. And I want to try and not mimic the same shape that I put along the top because that looks a bit funky. If you do that, let's just do this Mander along here, make them slightly different. A little more pigment on my brush. Can we go right up along here, on and again, swooping across the bottom just to pick up any excess moisture. Now, while that stamp I'm gonna take this paper towel and again I have to preserve that little area of spray. So I'm just gonna roll it on their very softly and there we go. We continue to keep that white area there, So let's put in a slightly closer segment of land, something where you might start to see the tree definition of the treetops. So I'm not gonna wet my page this time. I'm just going to pick up the same blue again that I used And the first thing is to just get that bottom line in right along the horizon. I'm gonna go a little bit into my land mass, but not too far. And then I'm gonna pick up a tiny little bit of yellow. I didn't even clean my brush. I'm just gonna drop it in here a little bit here and there, create a shape. Then I'm gonna grab a tiny little bit of my burnt sienna, which is the brownie color. I'm gonna put up a supply list at the end of this so you guys can figure out how do you can get started without spending a huge amount of money? Okay, I've made my landmass shape now to create the trees on the top. I'm going to use this part of the brush here and just flick up and pull that pigment of Just pull it up, pull it up, away long. It's gonna create some tree shapes on the top for me, and it's they're very relaxed this way. They're not too stilted. Hearst, if you don't want to try to paint every single tree, okay? And then we're just gonna again take off some of that spray area. Now we don't have to obliterate the land entirely because the mist is translucent. It's not completely opaque, so you may not. You may see some of the landscape in the background through it, so I'm just gonna lift out a tiny little bit of it here. 4. stormy seas: Now it's time to put in a little bit of ocean. So I'm gonna start with a clean brush, just water on it. I'm gonna use my brush quite flat to the pages opposed to using it perpendicular to the page. And then I'm going to just make little smiles with my brush all way across the page, leaving some areas will be drive, some areas will be wet. That's exactly what we want. And then I'm gonna pick up a little bit of the yellow and again a little more smiling, especially down the foreground. Here, the yellow a little bit back. I'm going to pick up some of my turquoise, which is the color of the blue that I've been using and again smiled. This is certainly not the only way to paint rough water, but I think it's a great way to get you started. You can hear how dry that is on my page, and that's exactly what we're after is a nice dryness. Now, as we move up toward our land mass, we can keep it quite rough along the edge because the water is splashing up to the shore so we don't want to make a sharp straight line like we did in our still water video. Okay, A little bit more. And as we get into the distance, we can make it a little darker and a little bit bluer. And there we go right up to that land mass again. And I'm just gonna go even a little dark for yet still in a little bit more. So we're leaving a lot of whites on our stage, which is what we want to do because we want to suggest superstrong ends where we have a lot of white cafs and a lot of action on the ocean. Now, I'm not gonna forget about a piece of paper. Tell here again. I wanna lift out that little bit of spray in that area around the island. Here we go. Just a little bit of translucent spray. And if you end up getting too hard, edges a little along with island here, you can certainly softened those as well. Okay, I'm going to stop there. And the next step will be some land 5. Land Mass And Trees : Let's put in a little bit of closer land now. So I'm gonna start with the yellow that I used in my sky quite thick on the brush this time . And I'm just gonna slap it on to that area where we wanted our land to be right down to their I'm gonna really watch this lower edge because I wanted to be not straight. I wanted to be a little rumpled because we've got lots of action happening with the waves there. Okay, then I'm gonna grab a little bit of bread. I'm just gonna slap a bit of that in there just to make things interesting. And I'm gonna take a little bit of are burnt Sienna and do the same thing. It's almost like making a little checkerboard. Except you don't want it to look to checkerboard E. And then I'm gonna take a bit of a different blue. It's called Ultra Marine. It's a bit purple earlier, and when you mix it with the sienna, it makes a lovely, dark, rich dark. So here we go. I'm gonna put some of that on there as well. Now, while this is old damp, I'm just going to take my scraper. You can use a cut up credit card, or you can get these silly things pretty reasonably at any art store. And I'm just going to scratch in What I think for landmass should look like makes it more interesting if we get a little bit of rock formations happening here. And then I'm also going to take some of my yellow again, a bit of that turquoise, and I'm gonna make some trees in here. And if you recall in our last video, we did trees by resting or wrist in our fist and then just using the point of that brush to make different trees, different distances apart, different heights, and that gives us our trunks. And then we use just the tip of the brush here to kind of blah back and forth on those trees. And this creates a really nice west Coast tree. Look, I'm gonna have a little sienna to that, because that greens a little bit sharp. If you add an earth tone to your greens when they look a little bit unbelievable, that will give you a nice, more realistic, nice, realistic green for your trees. Okay? I also want to blot out the base of where the trees hit the land. Because I don't want it to look like they're potted on the hillside. I want them to look like they were just growing growing naturally. So it's blah belong here. Make a few more trees. Um, we could suggest a bit of wind. I think. Let's suggest a bit of wind by pulling those trees a little bit to one side. Maybe making the odd one. Really? Yeah. Just meandered along here. Keep going. A little bit of turquoise, a little bit of CNN on my brush pulling, pulling them so they look blown. Could have made these all a little bit more crooked right from the start. At any rate, where I come from, there's a lot of trees like this to get continually blown. So there, really hanging over in one direction. Okay, then I can use my scraper up in there if I want also to create some snags. Port. Bring those rocks up a little higher. All right. I'm just gonna look that over and decide when I like what I don't like. I kind of want these trees to go right off the edge make it seem like our landscape goes on forever. So I'm gonna just do that. Uh, let's see. Got a nice rough edge along here. But I might add a little bit more sienna to that, because it just looks a little bit too stiff. I'm gonna use my brush against him using it on the side. I'm not painting with it, like so. I'm kind of blogging it, padding it. That's maybe a better word, having it along the edge there to create what looks like the ways all pushing up. Okay, here we go. A little bit of spray on there. We can take out a little bit of that with our paper towel. Should we put in another little rock? I think so. Stick went over here. I've got some nice white water happening, so I'm gonna just start with the yellow again, Travis. Just a hair. The red just makes it interesting. A little splash of red and there, you see? You don't really notice it. It doesn't jump out at you too much, but I think it adds interest to the peace. You take a little sienna a little more sienna here. We go again. Keeping this bought a maj rough because it's in the waves. And grab a bit of that ultra marine that purple Lee blue and as a I'm gonna put up a supply list for you guys. So that even get started, as I said before having to spend a huge amount of money. Okay, there we go. And then I can scrape that. If I feel like it needs it, I don't know if it does or not. 6. Birds, glaze and splatter!: now Because I know Siegel's love to fly in the wind. Let's put a few little birds in using quote A small brush that I mentioned at the beginning of the video, and I'm going to make very I'm gonna show you first on a piece of paper in case you missed the beginning video that I did. So you're gonna hold your brush quite perpendicular, and you're gonna make very shallow EMS and very shallow weise. And you can make them many different ones. Overlapping different distances apart. Different angles. Okay, let's put some on our painting. Go throw some right in here. They don't have to be just up in the sky. I've zoomed in a little here so you can see it a bit closer. There we go. Let's make some up here. Why not? And maybe one more? Mm. Yeah, I think that will do. Now, the other thing I want to show you is if you find that the white is just competing the whites on the edges of your pages, competing with your land mass, which is kind of your main event that you want to focus on. We can do something about that So I'm going to zoom out. We'll show you what is called a glaze. I'm gonna take some of that soft blue again that we started with and I'm just going to It's really softly, really, really softly Lots of water in the mix and not much paint on. Just take down some of these sharp weights. Here we go, some of these sharp weights, that air dragging my eye out of the picture. And the other beauty of this is I can go around some of the spray that I've put in, which is gonna make that spray stand out a little bit more and around the edges of the white water that's lapping up against my island, which again is going to make the island stand out a little bit more, very softly. There we go. I think that just makes things stand out a little more around our focal point. Now there's one more little tip I want to show you before we finish. So this other thing I want to show you years ago would have been considered absolutely not OK. Used to be that in water colors, you would never, ever use anything except pure water colors. But now, with the advent of mixed media, things have changed a little bit. So I'm going to show you this because I think it's kind of a neat little trick. If you have lost your white spray and through here and you want to make it a bit more definite, you can take what is called White Wash, which is just water media paint that is opaque. It's not as transparent as your water color, but that's what we want here. And you can put it on a toothbrush, and you can just flick your toothbrush to create. You're gonna flick like this to create a little bit of spray. A little word of caution, though, especially if you're new at it. You can get it absolutely everywhere. So what I recommend is just covering part of your painting, and then you can just flick it on here and create a little bit more spray. But be careful not to get hard lines, so you want to move your stencil there. That's covering, but you see how that just gives us a little more spray can add a little bit down here, maybe hold your brush your toothbrush very close to the paper. Because if you hold it up to high, it'll spray absolutely everywhere. It's kind of a little fun thing to do. And if you found that you lost some of your weights, which I kind of did in here, I just wanted to be a little bit stronger. So that just gives us a little more room for the spray of the ocean. And I think it adds a nice little touch. Congratulations. You've completed a painting with some stormy seas, a lot of atmosphere, and I hope to see you next time. 7. Info and finish: and as promised, here's that basic supplies for watercolors. I hope you enjoyed our lesson. I hope to see you again.