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Experience watercolours Lunar Eclipse

Melinda Wilde, master teacher of watercolours

Experience watercolours Lunar Eclipse

Melinda Wilde, master teacher of watercolours

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6 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies, Placement and Mask

    • 3. Deep Sky Wash

    • 4. Remove Mask and Scrub

    • 5. Paint Moon in Eclipse

    • 6. final and finish

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Let's paint a beautiful night sky including stars, a shooting star and a full moon that is being slightly eclipsed. We will learn to use masking fluid and paint trees.


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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!

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1. Introduction: Hi, I am Melinda Wild and welcome to another session of experience watercolors. Not long ago, in our neighborhood we had a full moon which was a super full moon. And we also had a lunar eclipse. So of course I had to have a go at painting it. And today I'd like to show you my process. 2. Supplies, Placement and Mask : supplies you'll need for today's class. Include aboard that you could tape your watercolor paper down to and, of course, the masking tape so that we could get this nice white rim around the edge of our painting, uh, one inch watercolor flat and a small around for a little bit of detail. Work later. And this is an interesting thing if you know a friend or if you have any old acrylic or oil brushes. This is a really worn out acrylic and oil brush, and it's just great for sometimes at the end of a painting, we need to do a little bit of scrubbing out and in slightly firmer bristles than a watercolor brush. So they work really well for just lifting off, saying case, our moon isn't perfectly round. Anyway, we'll get into that later. We're only gonna just three colors today, so burnt sienna oppression blue and ultra marine blue. You'll also need some masking fluid because we need to mask out our moon and are shooting star and masking fluid in case you don't know is something that you can paint onto your painting prior to painting it, and it resists the paint so that when you finish your painting, you can remove it, and then you can paint of the item that you removed the masking fluid from. So, for instance, in this case, we're gonna lay masking fluid on our moon and on the shooting star, which is not in this picture, but it will be in our picture. So let's get our masking fluid and go ahead and paint that on. Another thing to remember if you're not familiar with masking fluid is you want to so pure brush. So you want to put soap on your brush before you dip it into the masking fluid because it will ruin your brush. If you don't protect it that way, and then wash your brush right away after you finish doing your mask job. So the first thing we need to do is decide where we're gonna place our moon. And here's a little trick for that. If you cut out around off something paper, preferably not white, so you can really see it against your page, and then you can place it and decide maybe where you want it. A couple things to avoid. Dead center. You don't want to have the same distance from one. Any edge. Um, there is a little rule that says if you divide your paper and thirds where the lines intersect, that is a good spot for a focal point Works if your papers not square your paper square doesn't work so well. OK, so let's say we decide to place our moon there. There's another technique I'd like to show you, which is how to make a shooting star. It wasn't in the demo I just showed you, but I think it be fun. If we give it a try, you may not see a shooting star on a super full moon. However, we're gonna assume that maybe this side of the moon is eclipsed a bit. So we'll just push nature's boundaries a bit and maybe put a shooting star. And also so I've cut a little slip of the same color, and I'm just gonna move it around, decide, you know, where would I like to have that? Um, be nice. Sometimes you see them through the trees, you know, we're gonna have trees at the bottom. So how about if we just stick it right there? Okay. And once we've decided where they're going to be. Then we can take our pencil and just lately draw around who shapes We're along the edge of this one. Take that off and then we will mask them and then we'll proceed. So we'll just show you quickly what it looks like to sew pure brush. You went your brush and then lay it on just on old bar soap. They have kicking around and just really work the soap right up into the metal part of your brush right up into the Farrell of your brush. And then when you dip it in masking fluid Onley, dip it halfway up the bristles. And as I said earlier, Washington right away, when you're finished, so protect your brush. Okay, so I've masked my moon and a little shooting star here. When I'm asked this, you could use a tiny brush or a toothpick or something that could just give you a really fine line there. I actually masked the moon twice. If you need something for sure to be covered with masking fluid, I recommended masking it once, letting the mass dry and then masking it again. Sometimes little bubbles will form in the masking fluid and they will burst, and then your paint will seep through and you won't have a clean white finish when you take it off. So laying on masking food is just Azizi. Is this just painting it on in the area? You want it? I can't emphasize enough how careful you should be about making your moon round. It's a challenge sometimes, but give it your best shot. There we go. There's our second layer. The other thing we're going to do with our masking fluid is put a little bit on a toothbrush and then we can do this with a toothbrush. Only this way, and it will create a little bit of stars. Now, you're not going to see a lot of stars on a full moon night again. But it's kind of fun to push nature a little bit, and I'm gonna hold this toothbrush very close, very close to the page that my stars Fall Azul. It'll dots not as moving little slices, and we'll just put a few nothing too close to the moon because, yes, it would be overpowering them, and they're so tiny you can hardly see them until later, when we get the masking fluid off after we've laid our nice dark sky wash. So there we go. That's probably enough. I know you really can hardly see them on the camera. I can hardly see them with my naked eye as well. There we go now. We'll just let those dry and then we're ready to go to paint. 3. Deep Sky Wash : I'm going to begin this painting by taking my role of tape and just putting it underneath the top of my painting so that it's slightly elevated. And that way we'll make sure that the paint is always running in a smooth direction toward the bottom of the page. We're gonna start with pressure in blue really quite thick on the brush. I'm first gonna wet the whole thing. I think that would be smarter. It gives us a little extra time if we went it. It does dilute the paint a bit, and we do want really dark paint. But I think this, if you're a beginner, especially despise you a bit of time, so that you don't end up with any hard edges in your night sky. There we go now grab my pressure and I just put it on here really good and thick. And because my paper is elevated, it's just running nicely toward the bottom of the page. I don't need a huge elevation. Maybe just a niche yourself. Here we go. Night skies are often very dark overhead, and then they get slightly lighters. They get towards the horizon. Here we go Now I know this is gonna dry back, meaning that it's going to get a lot lighter when it dries. And I don't want to be disappointed with that. So I'm gonna make it even darker than it is, even though it looks very dark. There we go. Now we can see maybe some of our little stars and are shooting star there. And our moon this moon has a bit of a gleam on it in the camera. But actually Look, the whole thing is painted very dark. We go, we go now, I'm going to take this to the blow dryer. 4. Remove Mask and Scrub : Now that this is dry, we can take off our masking fluid. I'm gonna use something that's called a masking fluid remover, and you can use a regular racer if you want, But I find these are great because the mask include kind of sticks to them that comes off really easily. Just like so nice and easy that comes off a nice white moon a little bit off. Oh, actually, not gonna take it off the shooting star just yet. I'm gonna take it off the stars in the sky. So go. It's a nice little constellations happening, okay? The reason I don't want to take it off the shooter is because I want to just show you we want this shooting started, have a a sense of light, not just be a white streak. I want the shooter to have a bit of a sheen to it. So I'm going to take that scrubber brush that we talked about earlier, and I'm just gonna scrub. I went at first and then I'm going to scrub just right over top of that masking fluid. And what happens is my brush is a bit too thick to land exactly on the mask include So what it does is it go slightly over the edge and this creates a bit of a glow around our shooting star. So there we go. There must be a little bit more now. When you do that, she must clean your brush often and you don't want it partly wet. You just want a damn and you just scrub along there. This is gonna give our shoes, starve it of machine, Have a nice clean piece of paper towel as well, so that once you've done your scrubbing, here we go, you can swipe. There we go. Maybe just a tiny bit more. Okay, now that needs to be dried. And then I can remove the masking fluid on that section as well. I'm taking a critical look at my moon, and I've decided it's not entirely round. So I've taken the scrubber brush that we have, and I'm just going to scrub I moisten it and then just scrub and lost a tiny little bit. And this is going to take care of the edges of my moon. That might not be perfect from I'm asking job. Also, it's going Teoh, give my men a little bit of a glow. And I recommend when you do this that you turn your page so that you're always working from the clean into the dirty rather than this way to soften the edge. Work right along the clean edge. Make sure you don't pull that dark color too far into your moon because we want women to remain. Wait if. 5. Paint Moon in Eclipse: So let's begin painting our moon first. I'm going to moisten the whole thing. Make sure my brushes clean here. Voice in the whole thing. Not partly wet. Just moist right up to the edge. Once that's evenly moist. Then I realized I lied a bit in the introduction, cause we are gonna use more than those three colors. We're going to use a bit of yellow because I'm thinking this part of the moon is still shining. But maybe the eclipse is coming up in this area here. So I'm gonna drop a bit of that yellow on there. And then while the whole thing is still damp, I'm gonna take a little bit of my regus. Well, drop a little bit of that red on there. You may think, Oh, that's unbelievable. But, you know, I saw it with my own eyes. It was very yellowy and Warren g Wait. Read. Okay. This is not his moistures I wanted, so I'm just softening it. So they bleed together a little bit better. We go. It's getting a look I want, and I'm going to take a little bit of ultra Marine, which is are perfectly blue. I'm just gonna drop it down This bottom side here where the moon is actually being covered up by the earth shadow. I think it's OK if you leave a tiny little slip a light right on that bottom edge. I think it helps your moon pop out a little bit better. I want that to be quite a bit darker, so I might actually add a tiny bit of ultra Marine burnt sienna to it. So we got burned Sienna and Ultra Marine put together, and that gives us a lovely, rich dark. Here we go. You can. I'm gonna clean my brush, make it thirsty, and just soften these edges into one another. So we get a nice, nice, smooth transition. Here we go. I think that will work for the beginning of our lunar eclipse. 6. final and finish: So let's put some trees on our picture Now I'm going to use a mixture of ultra Marine and burnt Sienna, which makes a lovely, rich dark, and I think I wanna consider is that I'm looking up in the sky. So while trees generally go straight up for perspective reasons, we might just help them in ever so slightly. So it gives us the idea that we're looking up at something. It's like train tracks. When you look at them, they converge as they go into the distance. So say we're looking at trees that are really upright, but were there way up in the sky, they actually might look as if they converge a little bit as they go into this picture. So here we've got our first trunk. And if you just use the trajectory of your brush by resting your wrists and then just running your brush long, you'll get that nice point on your trees and then use the tip of your brush. I'm gonna move my hands out of the way so you can see a bit and just kind of blob, side to side. I you know, I live on the West Coast so the trees are for and sear, and they're kind of random, you know? They're not. They're not perfect. They're not Christmas trees, that's for sure. So we'll just put some beautiful, big, random looking trees in here. The two brown. I'm just adding a bit more ultra Marine to that, using my brush quite perpendicular to the page as opposed to on the side. I mean, I'm moving into the side so you can see a bit better what's going on, but ideally, use it straight up and down. You get a much finer lazier. Nicer. Look, I think Okay, I'm gonna grab a little bit more. Let's think about where we're gonna put our next tree. How about just a a little one? Right in here. There. We got a bitter a better angle on that one, I think. Here we go. No. How about another one about a boat? Don't want one exactly below my man. So maybe I'll stick one right in here a little bit taller. Sometimes the branches look like they go up a bit. Sometimes they go down a bit depending on the kind of tree I recommend not trying to draw every single little branch or every single needle or every single everything. Just get in there and get some shapes on your page. Okay? Lets maybe put, uh, maybe put one right here. Big told one. Just slightly moving inward and again. Perpendicular brush. Nice to leave gaps in the foliage. You don't want to have a big, perfect, groomed looking tree. These are beautiful Big West Coast firs and cedars. Okay, just around out here, Mr in the brush way. Now let's see on Maria's, we're getting to the right side of our have to think about this shooting star we've got here. Maybe tree just right. I don't want it to be the same height. Is this Once we're gonna make it a bit taller. Here we go. Put on the foliage. I think I want to stick a little right in here. There. I would like to show you one other thing you can do in the event that you're splattering of stars. Got a little bit overkill on some of your stars are a little bit too big. You can just take the color that you used in your background, which was pressure in blue and take it on a very fine brush and not to moist, just barely wet. And you could just touch some of those stars to make them a little smaller. You can just put a little dot of color, decide them, and that will cover up some of the white in case they got too big or in case they go a little bit stretched out. It's a good time to just a little daughter background color to fix them up a bit. There is a little bit funny. Here we go. Let's take over. Take now so we can get a nice white edge on our painting will remove it very carefully, so it's not too. Report paper. There we are. I hope you enjoyed painting this little lunar eclipse and we'll see you again soon.