Folk Art Illustration: Paint a decorated bird in watercolor & gouache

Julia Bausenhardt, Illustrator & Designer

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6 Videos (54m)
    • Introduction

      1:23
    • Tools

      5:46
    • Examples

      2:31
    • Painting part 1 (watercolor)

      27:18
    • Painting part 2 (gouache)

      16:38
    • Final thoughts

      0:44
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About This Class

In this class, I’m going to show you how to paint birds in a decorative folk art style. We’re going to look at two different techniques and paint colorful birds first in watercolor and then in gouache. With just a few tricks, you can create a decorative illustration of a bird.

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Easy to follow along and a lot of fun..I love this class. Hope to find more like it
Charming and fun
Love her beautiful birds, and I'm off to try one myself! Great explanation of how gouache is different from watercolor.

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Julia Bausenhardt

Illustrator & Designer


Hello, I'm Julia.

I’m a professionally trained illustrator based in Germany. My illustrations have appeared in magazines, books, on book covers, greeting cards, and more. In 2017 my book Fresh and Fabulous Vegetarian was published, an illustrated recipe book full of beautifully illustrated vegetarian recipes.

I love getting inspiration from fresh food, faraway places, and nature. I enjoy the attention to detail in botanical reference books and the color...

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