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Explore your Unique Brushstrokes and Make Painting Easier

teacher avatar Madonna Guinn, Artist and Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Tools and Materials

    • 3. Brush Techniques

    • 4. Know your Brushes

    • 5. Waves

    • 6. Mountains

    • 7. Flowers

    • 8. Deer

    • 9. Project

    • 10. Last thoughts

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Welcome to the class of Explore your Unique Brushstrokes and make Painting Easier. In this 27-minute class, you will learn to experiment and expand your knowledge in different kinds of brushstrokes and techniques whether you are an hobbyist or an experienced artist. I will walk you through tools and materials, getting to know your brushes and choosing the right one to make it easier for you to paint any subject using one brush or combination of your different brushes. This class will teach you life long skills and approach that you can apply in watercolor or any water based media. By the end of this class, you will be able to paint any subject using your own brushstrokes with confidence and unique to your own style. So, What are you waiting for? Grab your Brushes and let's get started!

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Madonna Guinn

Artist and Illustrator


Hello, I'm Madonna! I am a Filipina Artist and Illustrator, a happy full-time Mom of one, and a walking wanderer based in Florida.  My big love for nature helps me to be creative in every way. I love to try to explore different kinds of media like watercolor, gouache, and pen. Most of my work is traditional so don't underestimate the power of your hands.

When I do not paint, you can find me in my garden digging sweet potatoes, or filming for my Youtube drawing channel. I really do believe that being passionate about art takes a lot of patience, effort, time, and allowing yourself to grow in your craft. If you are looking for support and a community that will help you inspired and bring the positive joy of learning, you are in the right place... See full profile

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1. Intro : Hi. Welcome to class exploding in this class. You will learn to experiment and expand your knowledge in different kinds of breast strokes and techniques. In watercolor, what are you are hobbyist or an experienced watercolor artist? I'll walk you through tools, materials, rush weeks, getting to know your purchase, using right one and how to paint any subject with just using one brush or even a combination of different kinds of Russia's. They will make her paintings are illustrations really stand out from anyone This glass will feature Life Long steals an approach that you can apply in watercolor, wash or any water based feature by the end of this class will make a project like this painting using your Joseph brushes in your very own signature brush robes. So what are you waiting for? Rob your brushes and let's get started. 2. Tools and Materials: Hi and welcome again. Thank you for enrolling in my class here, the tools and materials that I will be using for today. Let's start first with paper. I will be using artists a quarrel Hot breasts nine by 12 inches, £140. I love this booth texture office paper and feel free to use whatever paper you already have their If you off for a more affordable paper, I highly recommend accounts in Excel for the Water Caller. I will be using a Windstar immune and watercolor set. This is a four, U Penn said. And if you don't have it, don't worry. I encourage you to have at least the basic pen set, and your brand would, too, for a paella. This pallet comes with aware, Akel said. Already in I love this attachable figure, you can use Blade or any blessing qual that you have. Let's go to brush us. Russia's are most commonly used tools for watercolor or any type of media. For this class, I recommend you to have at least 30 different kinds of brushes or more pencil and eraser for sketching artist ape Next Tar water. I'll be using that list two jars because there will be a lot of ah washing for different brushes. So it's great to have an extra since we'll be dealing aware the Mexicans of brushes instead of paper towel. I will use a raga and you can use that Katrina brag, but was wash it first or rallies short. Baby will be Greece. I'll see you in the next video. It explored a wide variety off brush ropes a single brush can do. 3. Brush Techniques: So what? It's brushstrokes. Maybe you didn't in Gondor this word yet, but you do still realized that you're already doing it. Brushstrokes are express. It works better in lying shapes on the surface, by the movement of your brush. They're citic me. That artist expressed this style of their painting important element in your painting to before we start to paint. I want you to be aware of the basic brush techniques, and I'm going to use my number 10 wrong brush. That's some I will be using a Skansen Excel called Breast Paper. This way you will able to see better strokes because this paper has a a raft surface or F texture. So the 1st 1 we're going to start with a straight line. We're doing this. It will help you with your position. You can make vertical and horizontal lines. You can start by you sing or painting. Eighth. Say the line by using the tip of York Joseph Brush. No ruler, please. So to make it thicker, drive your brush sideways and you could apply this also with a vertical line by pulling the brush. No rights, You next. Let's to the contour line. You can make serviceable waves or herb lines for a stick and stay in line. This one you can experiment whether the line variation for a dry brush the so to achieve this. Take me. Make sure that you try your brush a little bit before you dip it in the water collar because the brush will absorb the water. There aren't that big German, then in two months. So when you paying it onto the service, our paper, it will give you the sword and Dexter are dry texture to it. Nexus of flat washes I know about set away the dry brush. It is self explanatory, and this one, too, will enhance her skills in controlling the amount of water you put through the brush by making the wash even or a flat on the surface. Boy, the last stippling. This picnic uses small that's in this. Bags are splitters, and this can give you fascinating results. All right, Dexter. And that said, I'll see you in the next video and get her your brushes and up, and we're going to start exploring 4. Know your Brushes: in this video, I'm going to show you how to explore your own unique brushstrokes. All you need is a plan. Quarter color paper. The bigger the better. Especially if you have many brushes. If you don't have so many is totally fine. In fact, I started being taking it. We only just treat brushes. Yes, sometimes. So if you were brushes, you have the more you know with them and this breakfast. I want you to be comfortable and have fun. So we're going to make different strokes or remarks using the tip side and back over your brushes so any pressures will do all their new. So I'm going to start when they brushes and you can watch me. And I was beat up a little while. I'm making different kind of strokes and textures with it. We're going to start first. What if op barrages pray for delicate colors and in this soften the edges of the old jack like leaves? Florals are some of the subject that I visualize for this brush a school for did a round brush this one of my favorite brush and I can call this an all around brush to Since it has pointed to him. It can holds Ah, lot of water, too, for fun. Garage If I was great for blending colors that he could great. A lot of textures is great for landscape because being grass for and villages next. Yes, angular brush he can paid on gold shaves or a sharp edges. I mostly used to us invading ocean or for flat brushes, disgrace for flat washes. It blends or float colors great for based coating, and you could make bold and sweeping strokes for Phil Break. You could paint around, but always leaves and strokes with this kind of breast because he got a sake of flat oval shape. Small, appointed on garaged is great for fine details by lines spilling and or retouching for the wash brushes. The similar disappointed brush or a round brush, but it is smaller in size. Yeah, what are breasts? Hands down because it's so compact, convenient and easy to use. Have you traveled a lot? It's so must and also is a timesaver, too, because it already comes with water and you just all you have to do is squeeze it, and their small boats run Russia grade for they can headline, Let's go to script liner, this barrage or whether it's safe, that I said to myself, You gotta be kidding me. I purchased Biro boy, but I really didn't know how to use it offers. I mostly used it as a way to let Im doing some lettering or for highlight our long strokes . Um, this one. Another short presses one is may favorite, um, brush to and noted to a lot of details. Last banana elicits the smallest parts that I have. I call us Triple Zero brand. This one is, um, dribbles, hero brush. And it's really good for super find details, too. So we're all warm up now, but the fun doesn't stop here. I'll see you in the next video. I am going to show you a really painting example. With this using an angle burst 5. Waves: for the fares. Real painting example. I'm going to show you how to paint ocean waves. I'm going to use my angular brush and is the biggest brush that I have in its little fort itch in size. Yes, For the entire painting, I will just use this brush. So I don't understand me to power up your brushes instead of using masking heart fluid. You can use this brush as an alternative, but at the same time you will enhance your skills in getting use of it, especially if you already have it. So for the goal of this example, by using this angular brush we're going to make betters of lions. Yes, but leaving some white for it highlights. You can vary the thickness of the lion and don't worry to call her right now I want you to get to know this brush. The important thing is that your purpose E if you never use this before, it can be intimidating at first. But yes, in a matter of time. Soon you will be able to pay faster. So by making the lines, the slower you move your brush, the more water and colors will come out but if you make the line a little faster, the lion will be thinner and smaller. Also, the way you hold a brush is one thing that you should remember. The strokes become different if you hold it straight or sideways. I'm holding my brush in E. 45 degrees angle so that I have line moderation, and it means I have Zeke and feelings. You can apply this in any form of water like Rivers Lake, but if you wish a smaller waves, you can use smaller, angular brush. Honestly, you can make ocean waves with any brushes, but each brushes will give you difference. Taleb waves and same thing that should remember you choose to paper, too, and one of the factor to to consider system. Using hot pressed paper to service a smarter and culpas. Baber has more texture to it. Another waves Portis tall, but I use different brush. I use an old, smaller round brush and masking fluid for a white area. Since it's an old brush, it has scratched texture to it. But I think this tile is more oil, the abstract form, and it's wavy. If you watch me watercolor and wash painting ocean waves glass. You will see that we just may number 10 Big run brush Aiken. Great. Various strokes to form ocean waves. So the sky's the limit in painting waves and all you need is practiced in patients. I'll see you in the next video. I am going to show you how to pain mounting with just a round brush. 6. Mountains: for the second example, I'm going to paint a couple of mountains, and this time I'm going to use Meyer. Be brown brush. This one is one of my favorite brushes because of its pointed tape, and the same time can hold great amount of water and color. I'm going to paint first the sky. I love this barrage for blending colors, too, especially if the surface is still rat. Where I dumped you can make settle back her own and washes. I am going to use the weather. New A technique. This brush is very forgiving, and we'll day purpose are tasking. That you can play a role with so many textures and strokes and edges off to mounting is easier to pain because of its pointed tip for soft. At just, this brush can do the job very well. Mountains are great subject because it doesn't require you to have a perfect edges. And shapes can be a regular too. Compared to angular brushing dose, one is re workable. Also, it can make subtle strokes and pointed areas this type of Ross's great to carry around when troubling, also because it can almost paint all the style, especially in watercolor. And if you loves sketch in this medium, you will find that this brush is very helpful. So the type of the brush in shape of it blaze a big girl to in grating your unique marks, pictures and strokes. I noticed also that the beard a barrage, the more it can pick up, we're absorbed. A man of water in color. You're the one who control your brush, and you can decide a consistency off the paint you want to put into your brushes to your paper. This technique is very important. Your chosen medium being a worry. Cholera, guaje, acrylic or oil on your brush strokes reveals you're Braasch personality, and a swell is your solace and orkest. If you took me class and sketchbook for beginners, finding your 26 style, you will see that the way you paint reveals off what your very own artistic style. And that's what makes you different and unique. Two other artists just remember brushes air different, a swell Asare hands, so mustering your brush strokes is a long life skills, and you will build a memory using it. And there you are. You have painting a mountains with just using your round brush. Also, Eunice video. And because this time I'm going to show you how to paint a bunch of flowers with dis using number five or on brush. 7. Flowers : for the third example, I'm going to paying floors with an Embraer five smaller members. I'm using a live reference, but I'm going to just use it for only for inspiration. The net all is illustrators or artists love to paint flowers, especially if it's very detailed, and it can take a lot of time to paint it, especially if you aim for a realistic warn. Some floors are just really complicated to pain itself, but but good thing you don't have to spend the rest of your life painting with just only one flower. And for two days you I'm going to show you that one of the power of your brushes this study , you can make a loose paining. Yes, sometimes who painting realistic flowers high start first, painting them in loose style that would just using simple, more X and strokes. You can paint any delicate flowers. Yeah, I do believe in the saying lasts more. I was just using simple Morris and strokes. You can paint any delicate flowers small bar straight for details, subjects, but depending on your style, a paining. You could always make it easy by painting it, using simple shapes and lines I don't be afraid to try new ways to improve your painting by exploring your brushes. You over maze of what? Paining what? You can discover yourself. 8. Deer : for example, I'm going to show you how wiping dear the goal of this class is to use her very old strokes to depict textures for your painting and combining do fire in kinds of precious. So for dist, baby, I'm going to use my big round brush smaller and brush for details and a fan to pained, aggressive so later on so dear is well known forward or end Lear's Brick, You guys. So I'm just going to put more details on the he had and a face and there s I will just make it not so detailed Are a letter away to use your brush stroke as to guide or a drug die of the viewer to your focal point. So in this dear painting, my focal point, Morris iron the face that I on the upper part of this animal. So that's where I'm going to put more details to it. 40 buddy, since there is Harry also, but it's very fine. Ah, let's just use a dry brush method. So when you say dry brush method, it means that you will let going to use a lot of water controlling the amount of water you put in your brush. It will take time to master it. But if you spend enough time to because if you put a lot of water or you did your barrage in more pigment and water, the outcome will be wet brush. It wouldn't give you a cer tain dry brush texture. So controlled the manner water, the last water, the bread and the dryer. Your brush is better practiced this method. You can apply this in any type of subject you want. A paid are illustrate that all the animals nexus. Sometimes when you use this, use when brush where other subjects it's great to. But you can get creative to in combining different kinds of brushes. Yes, you can use only one brush. It's but sometimes it depends on your subject like this, dear, I could have used, uh, fun brush for the eyes cause the eyes were delicate, right? So you really need to have small brush. You paint it properly, having where ideal brushes can give you also different, interesting strokes. Some subject calls for different strokes, and it gets more interesting. I'm extra to it 9. Project: for the glass bridges are wanted to paint in a subject using Do the three brushes? Yes, actually, I chose an inspiration or photo reference online to us for this painting on bitch. I had a recommend on Splash website for their wide selection of beautiful photos. For reference, I decided to use tree brush us one big and small angle brush and a small wrong brush for details. I rarely us uncle brush for the clouds, but I find it fun to use this type of brushes and makes him then together to come up with the friend style. Don't be trying to shore up your unique brushstrokes. He can paint an Ennis. I'll be the realistic Alou's painting. Go while your brushes and you can combine the for ambushes in one illustrations or painting . Or maybe use a brush that's been Lehner under in your drawer for a long time. I encourage you to be resourceful and grated and speaking of creative, if you want to be more creative, you can use so other tools like with barrage or sea sponges to create more expressive marks or textures aside from your brushes. So it's relaxed. Hueter stall If you want police? Don't forget to upload your project in the gallery. Heart tugged me and on Instagram I will be glad to see your artwork there if you wish to can use watercolor gosh or any media you wish to express your getting rest rocks. The important thing is this. Enjoy painting and I'm explorer, your unique brushstrokes. 10. Last thoughts: Hi, guys. Thank you for watching the glass. I hope I help you and exploring your Colin Grass drugs. I just wanna wrap up some things that you have to keep in your mind. Er miss all our strokes. So first we need to know your brushes. Control, like assures. Be the shape and size of it. Next, surface up here. Paper also your first ropes, like using hot brass heart cold pressed paper or Venice rivers like, would you wear off the consistency of your paint and water that you put on your brush? So all I can say is breakfast and practice. Brazier. Unique marsh robes Don't stop painting every day. And of course, made time to prove your breast strokes. So until next time, have a great day and have a painting.