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Fun With Watercolor: Winter Wreath

teacher avatar Kolbie Blume, Artist

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12 Lessons (1h 41m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Warm Up

    • 3. Practice: Pine Needles

    • 4. Practice: Branches

    • 5. Practice: Mistletoe Leaves

    • 6. Practice: Holly

    • 7. Final Project, Part 1

    • 8. Final Project, Part 2

    • 9. Final Project, Part 3

    • 10. Final Project, Part 4

    • 11. Final Project, Part 5

    • 12. Recap

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Looking to add the perfect handmade touch to your holiday greetings this year? Paint with me in this holiday-inspired watercolor course to create a perfectly woodsy winter wreath! 

This class is great for painters of all levels! 

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Kolbie Blume





If you're pretty sure you're terrible at art...'re in the right place, my friend. 



Hi there! My name is Kolbie, and I'm a full-time artist, writer, and online educator -- but up until a few years ago, I was working a 9-5 desk job and thought my artistic ability maxed out at poorly-drawn stick figures. 

In my early 20s, I stumbled on mesmerizing Instagram videos with luminous watercolor paintings and flourishing calligraphy pieces, and ... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hi, my name is Kobe and I love watercolor. I especially love toe watercolor around the holidays because it just brings so much joy. And it's a great way to de stress and relax when things could get a little bit busy and stressful. So today we're going to learn how to paint this winter themed watercolor wreath, complete with pine needles and holly Berries and mistletoe. And it will be it would be the perfect addition Teoh. Any painting session, any holiday decoration collection, or even for you to make some fun handmade cards for friends and family. So if you want to learn how to paint, ah, holiday wreath than keep watching and I can't wait to see you come up with. 2. Warm Up: welcome to the warm up video for my watercolor holiday wreath class. So before we get started on learning to paint all of the different elements in this wreath , I thought we just do some very quick warmups. Um, now, this class, the sun just started shining into my window. So if you saw a change of light there, that's what's happening. Um, here comes this, Uh, that was silly. So for this class, we are mostly going to be focusing on the wet on dry technique. The wet on dry technique is when you use water color to paint on a dry surface. So because we're mostly using the wet on dry technique and not so much the wet on wet, which I frequently feature the wet on wet technique in my other classes. As you might imagine, this class is mostly focused on the specific details that's going to go into the different parts of the wreath we're going to paint. So here's an example of that wreath again. You we, as you can see, we have a few different foliage elements, and we have some Berries and some branches in here, and I think the cool part about all of these elements coming together is getting some of the details right so that they all look, I don't know, bright and festive when they're put together. So that's not to say you have to get them exactly right every time. I am a big fan of considering watercolor, a forgiving medium because you need toe really lean into the chaos and dear creativity if you want to get the most out of watercolor, and that's a tangent for a different day. But there are some tips and tricks that you can use to help you get the details exactly right. So first of all, is your warming up. I always think it's a good idea to practice pressure on the brushes that you're using. So this is my number one sighs number one brush that I'm going to be using for ah, lot of the small details, particularly for painting the pine needles when we get to those. So I would if you don't have this size, that's OK. But get whatever smallest paintbrush that you have and just practice going really thin, like painting really thin lines and then going really thick also, um, I like to make this. This actually is a brushstroke in calligraphy. Um, I think it's called the compound stroke. Anyway, um, I like to practice this like squiggle line when I'm practicing, uh, pressure for brushstrokes because it's an easy pattern and ah, it encourages. It encourages me to go as soon as I can on the upstroke and then as thick as I can on the down stroke. Um, so the trick here and why I like to practice between thin and thick is because I think that it's easy to paint lines that are like medium thickness right. It's harder to paint lines that are really thin. You have to use barely any pressure at all. And in order to get our pine needles just right, we want our lines to be very thin when we paint them. So I would practice different thicknesses and then figuring out exactly how much pressure you need to get these really thin lines. And, um, note that you can when we learned Toe World will talk about this one. We do our practice pine needle class, but you can paint them slowly like this to get them assumes you want or you can even practice painting them really quick like this. Just you can paint the pine needles a little faster, and I'll talk more about that in that specific class. But that is one of the warm ups that I would do. I would do some of the squiggle lines to practice thin and thick to see how much pressure you need. I would practice painting thin lines slowly and practice painting them quickly to see how much pressure you need there also, and then one more thing the same. A lot of the other. For a lot of the elements in the wreath, there's one particular brushstroke that I think will be helpful to practice. Um, brushstroke, meaning like movement of your brush and that is turning your brush around like this. So I'm going to before we end this glass. I'm going to give you a different angle of that brush strokes so that you're not just seeing the top of my paintbrush, but, um, basically Teoh paint Berries and also to paint the mistletoe leaves. We want kind of a rounded leaf or a rounded shape and one of the best ways to paint rounded things instead of like trying to paint it instead of trying to move your paintbrush in. I mean, obviously you can still paint it this way. But instead of trying to move your bristles in kind of a hard direction, sometimes they don't want to move that way, and they jump back and forth and whatever. It's easier to just like bring your paintbrush around like this and make a circle by moving your paintbrush in an actual circle instead of just drawing one, if that makes sense. So, um, to practice this brush stroke, you start at the bottom with your, uh, handle your paintbrush handle kind of pointing towards the bottom. And then you just kind of move your hand in a circle so that you move the bristles around in a circle like that. That's one brush stroke that's really helpful to use to practice, Um, as we are going to learn to paint these leaves. So before we move on Ah, stay tuned for just a quick demonstration of that brush stroke from an angle so that you can see how you can see it a little bit better. Okay, thanks for hanging in there. Um, now, here's that rounded brush stroke at an angle. So I'm just I'm starting with my brush down and then just moving the bristles around like that. And I do that by keeping the bristles down on the paper and doesn't moving my hands so that they never leave the paper. And then if I'm trying to make a circle, then I would just fill it in like this. I've done this stroke a few different times in some of my other skill shark classes. So, like, if you've taken my bouquet, leave skill share class or if you have taken my loose florals skill share class, we've talked about this stroke before, but just in case you haven't all demonstrated warm or time. So the trick is to keep the bristles on the paper and move them around in a circle so that they don't want to like, jump, um away from the circle and ruin the shape that you're trying to make. And that's why this can be helpful. This stroke can be helpful, but if it's just a helpful for you to just like paint it normally, I mean what is normal, right. But to paint a circle like this then you can go ahead and do that Mine recommendation if you're going to like, draw the circle like you would with a pencil is to use a lot of water when you are trying to make rounded edges. So, um, anyway, that's my recommendation, and this wraps up our warm up class, so I would, before any kind of painting, I usually like to warm up for 10 maybe minutes. So if that's if you think that's enough to get you loose than I would recommend doing that , and I will see you in the next video as we begin our practice sessions. 3. Practice: Pine Needles: Okay, so you've had a chance to warm up a little bit, and now we're going to start practicing all of the elements that we are putting together to form this holiday wreath so you can see there's a lot going on here, and the first thing we're going to practice is painting thes pine needles. So, like these branches or sprigs, if you will, of needles from off of a pine tree or any kind of for tree, Um, that has needles instead of leaves. So I've done a lot of classes on, like painting pine trees is a whole. I have a loose pine's class where I go over eight different ways to paint loose watercolor forms of pine trees. I have a misty forest class and monochrome or forest class, and in all of those we learned how to paint trees that aren't that looked like this that are like, um, the actual pine trees right, And they're kind of this is like the blobby technique. If you've taken any of my classes, um, so more of like a loose form of pine tree. But for this wreath, we're zooming in on the needles and painting it slightly more realistic. So it's still Luth style. We're still not putting tongues of emphasis on the very specific details, but we are focusing on a little bit of detail, and that is to emphasize the needle. So like I talked about in the warm up class, when I told you to practice thin and thick lines so specifically learning the difference between and getting a handle on how much pressure you need to get really thin lines were going to use that practice to paint pine needles. So here's the basic gist is of painting a pine needle or sprig of pine needles. So we're gonna paint the stem or the branch, er, whatever is holding the pine needle together and then basically on either side of the, um, stem, we're just gonna paint a bunch of these very, very thin, light pine needles all the way down like that. The trick. There are two tricks to this. First keep them very thin, and second, make sure they're not all parallel and also so that they're not all completely street. I think that pine needles look more realistic when they're kind of wacky and crazy and all on top of each other. And that's really the effect that we're going for here. So, um, I'll probably do another side angle of this just so you can see if my hand is covering the pine Needle right here. Um, so I'll do this one side like this, and then all if you stay for a second, I will change the angle so that you can see the Neil's from a different angle. Okay, so we painted one side with that bird's eye view that I like to do. And now I just want to show you the other side so that you can maybe see the brush a little bit better. Um, so I again, I'm just painting very, very thin lines. I'm using a number one brush, but you could even go. A small is zero or smaller than that. And generally, I am starting well from the other side. I started from the stem going outward, but you could also start from the outside and go tour of the stem. Um, I like to go fast, partly because I think that when I go slow, like, kind of like what I was doing up here When I go slow. I tend to make thicker lines accidentally. When I go fast knowing that I need to go quick. I barely put any pressure on it, as you can tell by the fact that I missed the paper sometimes because I'm like, barely putting any pressure on this to put on the paper. But when I do that, it also kind of creates the effect that there, um, the needles are going a little bit more crazy and on top of each other. And in order to emphasize the fact that these are needles and not leaves, it's important to have space in between them. Um, so that's why the thin lines are pretty crucial to make these sprigs look like actual sprigs of pine needles, as opposed to just like very small leaves. You need the space in between the lines so that people can tell their needles. Okay, um, so that is one side from that angle, and that pretty much sums up this pine needles lesson you can. Once you have mastered the the very thin lines and you've mastered, you can do them slowly or quickly. However you want. It's just easier for me when I do them quickly to make them look kind of crazy. And, um, like there's a lot of them also, and like, they're actually in nature and have that chaotic look once you decided what Ah, your preferred method is when we do our actual wreaths, Um, we're gonna do sprigs of just like one long one like this. Or you can even add a second branch or two, um, on those longer springs just to add a little bit of diversity and extra composition to to these pine needles. So the one thing that you want to keep in mind is that generally there's like a point at the end of each branch, so very similar to when we paint pine trees, I always say, to keep this point at the top, I would recommend doing that if you And if you don't keep it, like if you accidentally put your pine needles at the top, Um, when you're doing your pine needles, that's OK. I would just recommend bringing it up a little, filling it out a bit more so that you still have that point at the talk. Um, and then you can make easier sprigs of pine needles have all different kinds of shapes, uh, to them. But generally they're this kind of straight stem kind of style with the pine needles pointing in this direction. And just to recap, you can paint your needles from the stem outward or from outward toward the stem. Whichever way is the most hopeful for you to get very thin lines. Um, so I would practice and figure out what your best method is, and then we will move on to branches. 4. Practice: Branches: Okay, so we practised our pine needles, and now we're going to practice painting just plain branches. This is gonna be, ah, probably going to be more of a quick video because branches are honestly just as easy. In my opinion as they sound, you really just need to pick up your brown paint and paint a line. The trick with making them look like branches and not like just brown lines is to first of all, make sure the line you paint isn't like Even so. You don't want a line that looks like this, and that has a little bump in there. But you don't want a line. That's particularly even You want it to be a little a little wonky. So not not like squiggly, Um, because that doesn't really look like a branch, but you want it to branches. Um, you know, have have bumps. They have. It's not like you pick up a branch in. It's a perfectly your stick is perfectly straight. It has a little bit of shape and curvature to it. In some places, it's not always the same thickness throughout, and so you want to keep that in mind when you're painting your branches, and we're gonna talk more about that when we actually paint the reef. But your branches can be straight, or they can be a little curved because sometimes with wreaths, um, branches. You know, we do curve the branches a little bit, but you just want to make sure. Either way, you're not making it look very squiggly like, because they're still there, flexible to an extent. But they're still pretty, um, they still pretty much hold their shape. So you want to try to mimic that when you're making the branches that even if its curved it's on, Lee curved a little bit, and you can almost see the tension in them. If if that makes sense, um, one tip to making branches look a little bit Mawr branch like or to give them a little bit of texture is to paint them in two strokes. And I like to do that with this res, especially so if you're painting a branch, you can do one stroke. Um, that's a little has a little bit of, um, wobble to it and then finish off the branch by leaving a little bit of white space throughout the stroke like that. Um, this is kind of a thicker branch, but by leaving some white space So, like, if you when you're doing the second stroke by sometimes touching it to the branch and sometimes moving away from the 1st 1 you did and just intentionally leaving some of this white space, it creates the illusion that there's more colors going on. The bark is doing something interesting. Um, and this is a very loose watercolor kind of style where if you've taken my loose, full florals class, I talked about this a lot where we use white space intentionally to create diversity and with what you're painting to create kind of depth or or detail ing, um, in whatever subject your painting without actually having to paint the specific details. So that's one thing that you can do with branches that I have really enjoyed experimenting with by using multiple strokes to kind of create this this white space. One thing I want due to pay attention to is, um, to make sure that in conjunction with what else is on the reef, you're not painting like a log. Basically, you want to paint like a pretty thin pretty thin branch. So this is probably too thick. Um, at least in my opinion, and we'll talk more about that more when we do the actual wreath. But this this guy right here is about it's because I like to go, Um, And before we move on, I like to when I put my branches on the wreath. Sometimes I like to paint multiple that are, like on top of each other like this, to kind of if if especially if I want them to stay mostly straight to change the direction of the wreath instead of like making them very curved in a circle, you could try painting some like straighter branches, but on top of each other like this, that kind of form, like, kind of form the basic shape of a circle and use that to help shape your reef. So well, I keep saying we'll talk more about that when you paint the wreath and we will. So, um, that's pretty much my tutorial on branches you could similar to pine needles. Not just paint, you know, one stick, but paint little offs, offshoots or whatever those recalled, um ah from the stick because not all branches, you know, are just one straight stick. They often have little little sprigs or tendrils coming off of them, so you can keep that in mind. That can be other fun. Little details to add, Um, but branches are pretty simple, But when it comes to a a winter wreath, adding that brown in there and adding those kind of like bare branches, I think, is a really nice addition. Teoh signal the fact that we're trying to paint winter. We're trying to capture Winter in this wreath, so that is the branches tutorial, and now let's move on to mistletoe leaves. 5. Practice: Mistletoe Leaves: welcome back. Okay, so we painted. We practiced painting the pine needles for our wreath only practiced painting the branches for our wreath. And now we're gonna move on to the mistletoe leaves, which, if you look at this wreath right here are the leaves are a little bit rounded at the end. So I had to look this up the difference between holly leaves and mistletoe leaves. And I'm pretty sure that holly leaves based on my intense, google circling, circling Google searching Holly leaves are the ones that are more pointed, which we will ah, practice in the next video and mistletoe. The mistletoe leaves are the ones that curve a little bit. So, um, you confined mistletoe in sprigs like this? Where? There, there are bunch of lease on a stem, and I'm just gonna quickly paint some of thes. So and, um, I'm trying to use that stroke that we talked about, um, where you dio like a rounded edge of the leaf like that in one stroke, as opposed to what I did for this one where I kind of got toe paint into. But you can do both styles if you want. So maybe I'll demonstrate both of those in just a second. But either way, a mistletoe leaf. The sprig can look kind of like this where there's a bunch of them all together on one stem . Um, or you can paint them separately, more like this. And I like to do a combination of both having like a sprig of leaves and just kind of individual used to fill in on my wreath. Ah, and we will go over that more closely in the wreath section. But for now, let's look more closely at how to actually paint thes mistletoe leaves. Okay, so I think it's a lot easier to start with, like a bigger version of this single leaf. So our first I'm going to paint this stem of this leaf, okay? And then I'm going to start, um, with using not a lot of pressure. See how the leaf is kind of thinner right here. And then it gets whiter at the top. So using not a lot of pressure, I'm going Teoh, um, start my leave and then put more pressure. And then at the top, I'm just going around my paintbrush like we practiced with that stroke and then come back to where we started. So it's still a little bit thinner. Um, and if you're shape isn't quite what you want, then you can always go back and fill it in after. So, um, I'm gonna do the same with this as I have done with the other ones where I'll do it at an angle to show you a little bit better. But first I'm going to show that to you one more time, and then we'll practice forming the shape of the leaf and two strokes. If that's a little easier, and then we'll do the other angle. So so one more time. Here's the stem and then starting thin and going thicker. And then, um, that one kind of got away from me. Uh, always be careful to control your paintbrush. So, um, starting thin and going thicker towards the top and then just kind of rounding out my paintbrush and moving it back toward where I started so that I have this, like rounded leaf a the top and then it still remains still tapers down when you go to the stem. So, um, one thing also to note with these mistletoe leaves is that they can be a little bit straight like that, or they could be kind of floppy like that. And those leaves can be kind of fun to paint like that as well. So I'll do another one of those at the angle in case the paintbrush made it so you couldn't see eso that's using that Kurds that curved stroke that we practiced. But you can also, if you if it's easier for you, practice painting these mistletoe leaves, um, using two strokes so you can kind of stop at the death of top. Um, the trick is to start at the bottom. Both times I'm fumbling over my words, so hopefully you saw what I did, but I'll do it again. You start tapered at the bottom and then go thick toward the top and then just kind of stop in the middle of the curve so that you can do the exact same thing on the other side. The most important thing is to maintain the shape so that it's table of the bottom and thicker and rounded at the top, so taper to the bottom. They grown rounded at the top and again when we do our reads. You can do single leaves like this like we're going to do it up here. Or you can do more like sprigs of leaves, whichever is better for your wreath. And you can even do a combination of both, which is similar to what I'm doing. So, um, before we move on, let's look at these leaves from a different angle, because I think that will be helpful for you. Okay, So here are these two methods for painting these mistletoe leaves at a different angle on. Also, I didn't note this specifically in Ah, the first video. But I'm using this round number six paintbrush. This is my wonderful wrist paintbrush, but you can use whatever when you want, but I like to use one painting leaves. I think round number six is probably one of my favorite, um, brush sizes to use. So this is round number six, and now I will paint this mistletoe leaf using that rounded brush stroke that we practiced . And here's at angles. You can see it a little better so thin at the bottom and then rounded at the top. And then I went back to meet the mistletoe where I started, and then I'm just filling in the spaces that I wasn't able to get right up front. And let's do that one again. A little more floppy, maybe so. A little more folded over. So its taper at the bottom and then more pressure. And then I'm kind of making that leave a little more sloppy. So it's bent. And But I did that rounded stroke so that I can do all this mostly in one stroke. But as we practice before, you can also do it in two strokes. If you to start at the bottom, taper it again and, um, kind of stop in the middle, where it's gonna be rounded at the talk and then do the exact same thing just opposite, so that you it's thin at the bottom and rounded at the top and just kind of meat where you left off that stroke before. And that will work to both of those methods for painting. A mistletoe leaf will work wonderfully, so let's practice our mistletoe leaves and then last for the elements portion of this class . We're going to learn how to paint holy, so that includes holly leaves and holly Berries and how to put them together. So I will see you in that lesson coming up next 6. Practice: Holly: Okay, so we've gone through pine needles and branches and mistletoe leaves, and now it is time to practice the final elements to our holiday wreath. And that will be the holiday, the holiday holly leaves and Berries. So let's get started. Um, Berries. Air pretty easy there, just circles. And, um, there are a couple. There's one specific trick that I used for my Berries to give them just a little bit of depth. So first of all, we used the circle stroke that we used before Teoh form the general shape of the Berries. But then, when filling them in, I like to leave just a little bit of white space toe leave, um, to mimic, like the shine that is reflected off of very sometimes, um so once more, if you're not doing that stroke than I would do it in two strokes like that, if you're drawing it and then just drawing in a little bit of shine on the barre. Um, so holly Berries air pretty easy. Just draw them like that. They don't have to be perfect circles like that. One's pretty good, but they can be misshapen, Um, or whatever you think not whatever you think. Really, just I wouldn't spend too much time trying to make your Berries look perfectly circular or perfect, because the more in perfect there are, the more they look like they're in nature. So that is really all there is to the Berries. Um, you can use red or this dark pink color that I used right here for holly Berries. I think I have occasionally seen some holly Berries that are also more like red orange outside my house, I think. But typically red is the color that holly Berries are now for the holly leaves, which are a little bit trickier. So here is the general shape of a holly leaf. And this is how I paint them sometimes, too. You kind of Well, first it was gonna paint it, and then I'm gonna break it down. Okay, so this is kind of wonky, but, um, Holly leaves are pointy, so the edges are a little bit pointy like this. And traditionally, um, when creating illustrations of holly leaves, they they look like this. Almost like you're putting two stars together at once. Um, OK, so that's kind of the crude. Um, very simple way to form them. And so I'm just gonna quickly break down what I did. You're going to use this stroke a lot, starting at the top and then moving in a swoop to the side. Kind of like that, Like, almost like a C, but not quite like half of a C, like the bottom half of the sea. Um, And then you're gonna use that one twice. And, um, basically, you're kind of trying to figure out how to say this in the right way. Um, this kind of swoopy gesture when you're at the top, it's like you're going in a straight line and then curving slightly toward the middle for the top portion of the leaf for this portion and then when you're doing the middle portion of the leaf during the same kind of gesture. But it's a little bit more curved. Um, uniformly. So you're doing more of a classic, I think, um, swoop like you shape for the middle part. And then for the bottom part, it's similar to the top, but just reversed. So it's Morse will be when you start. And then more straight when you get to the bottom. To where you're gonna have the stem. Okay. So, um and then you just do that on the other side as well, so straight, and then a little swoopy. And then a lots would be uniformly on all sides and then swoopy until it's straight and we get to the stem. Um, and then when you one way Teoh paint in these leaves is to just paint them in like this, um, So using your brush to outline the leaf and then just coloring it in basically with the paint. That's one way to paint thes holly leaves Another way that I really like to just in general with most of my leaves. Anyway, I'm with, like, all the other leaves that I do is to utilize white space like we talked about before in a smart way to mimic kind of the vein of the leaf. So normally, like if you just painted it in like this, you could then paint in, you know, like the veins of the leaf in a darker green on top of that, and you could do it that way. And I think that that would look really cute and nice, But you could also try to leave in some white space down the center, um, to make it look like the white space is the vein of the leaf and let me show you what I mean. So if we're doing, I'm using a lot of pressure this time instead of just using a point to outline. And I'm using a little bit of pressure to save me some filling. And later So for during this basic shape of a holly leaf that we practiced before, um, I'm gonna do one side. And once I used my broad end of my brush to paint the one side, I'll fill it in all the way like that. But then on the other side, I'll do the same thing on the other side for the outline. But then, instead of bringing it all the way to this line, I'm going to draw in a little bit of white space right there. And then once I've drawn in that line, leaving in the white space that I'm gonna paint in the rest of the leaf with my paint, making sure toe leave just that little bit of white space, almost like a triangle of whitespace words thicker at the bottom whiter. I mean the US wider at the bottom and then goes very thin inward. And that is another way to kind of em, Bruce, and embrace the loose watercolor style to paint thes holly leaves. So I'm going to do that one more time just to show you again. So I'm doing my swoops to paint the leaves, paint the 1/2 and then I am coloring in this 1/2 of the holly leaf and then doing my swoops again. But this time I am leaving in leaving the white space there so that when I color in the rest of the leaf, I leave just a little sliver of that white space to mimic the vein of the leaf, no matter which one you choose, Um, I think they both look which method meaning if you choose to draw in the veins after or not at all, or choose to use this white space method. I think that Holly leaves are really funds addition to the holiday doodling repertoire. Um, so ah, really quick. I'm going to show you these leaves out a side angle, and then we're going Teoh, look at how to put together holly leaves and Berries. So you get that traditional, like, bundle off Holly. So hold on just a second. Okay? So here's another look at holly leaves, um, specifically at painting the holly leaves with this little silver sliver of white to mimic the vein at a side angle. If that is a little bit more helpful for you to see how I moved my brush. So I'm starting at the top, and I'm doing my swoops straight and then curved and then curved pretty equally on both sides and then curved and then straight down at the bottom. And remember, the way the I add in the white space is when I do this first half of the holly leaf, I just fill it all the way in. It's a lot easier to do this outline in paint and then fill it in later if you using very wet paint. For the record. When I did a bunch of these other leaves, I wasn't using My paint wasn't quite as wet as I normally would have liked it, and that's why it tried before I had a chance to fill in, so I had to, like, almost re repaint the whole thing or else I would have dried paint lines in there. And that's not that's not my favorite look. So amusing. Very wet paint is my recommendation. If you are planning toe outline something you're painting and then fill it in later. Um so we did that one side and next let's do the other side swoop, swoop and down at the bottom and then using this kind of bottom of the as a guide when I am , put it down the bottom. I didn't meet it with this other side. I left a little bit of space open. I'm gonna use this as a guide to start my white space vein and then meet the water color in the middle and see, I made it a little bit more wet this time, so it's easier to fill it in and then you can If you want to put it on like a stem, just draw the stem in the middle and have the leaf meet the stem like that. There you go. And, ah, if you want to have more than one holly leaf like if this system is actually protruding tohave another holly leaf next to it. Then here's how I would do that. Um, this holly leaf exercise can be a good way to practice your sketching skills. You can also do it this way like I just did where you kind of sketch out, um, both sides of the holly leaf at once and leave the middle open to mimic the vein. And that might be a little faster, but I definitely had to practice that method multiple times before I could do it that quickly. So, um, just to show it to you one more time and then we will move on to putting all of these together swoop, swoop down, swoop that swoop down that one's a little wonky, and then I'm just drawing in like a triangle shape to mimic the vein and painting. All of that end. If you're using a size six, um, which I'm using right now, it's a lot easier. I'm like you definitely want to test to make sure that year paintbrush can retain a point. Um, I think that is one of the most important characteristics of of a round paintbrush that I look for. But if you don't have like a bigger size paintbrush that does that, then that's okay. You could totally use a smaller size, and I'll show you what that looks like. So if I'm using my one my size one, then I would just. It's a little bit easier to control, then the size six, especially if you're not doing a particularly big If you're not doing in particularly Big Wreath or if you're Holly leaves aren't going to be that big, then a smaller paintbrush might be easier for you to use, but it's totally up to your preference. Um, the good thing about professional paintbrushes, if you invest in them, is that they should retain their shape well enough that you should be able to get details like this even if you're using a bigger size. So just for reference. And that about sums up the holly leaf delusions Quick holly holly leaf tutorial. So before we end this lesson, though, I'm just going to show you what it looks like when you put the holly leaves and the Berries together. And I was going to do this bird's eye view. But now I think I'm just going to do it at this side angle again. So basically, um, I like to the way that I've always seen Holly like Bunches of holly together hiss with two leaves and three Berries. And you probably no, this compositionally but I'm just gonna paint it for you. Anyway, When we do our wreath, I'm gonna talk a little bit about how you don't necessarily have to do this composition. But while we're just practicing, I think the traditional ways a good way to practice. So I am forming my holly leave one. You don't have to go as fast as me again. Um, and if I want slower and probably look a little bit better. See, I forgot to leave a little bit of space open right there. Um, but that's OK. So one and then we're gonna make it basically a V with our holly leave. So that's one side of the V. And then I'm gonna make the other side. 123 123 Those didn't come together quite like I hope there's roastery closer together, But that's okay. I was painting in these holly leaves. These are kind of messy quick doodles, which is honestly okay, because when you put them all together in a wreath. Most of the time, at least in my experience, the elements come together to make them look not quite so messy. Or if they do it looks like you did on purpose and it just looks really fun. And doodily So, um, don't take your don't take the way that your artwork comes out too seriously because sometimes messy is exactly what people want. Sometimes it's not just need to experiment with it. Okay, so now we have these holly leaves. It's okay that they're a little separate. I would have preferred them to be almost touching, I think. But we can work with this. So now we're gonna basically form a triangle with the's Holly Berries. So there's one very There's two Berries and remember toe leave just a little bit of white space for a shine. And there's three Berries. Okay, so that is like the traditional composition For Holly, you can add more leaves or more Berries, and when we go to film our when we go to paint our wreath, I'm definitely gonna be switching it up and using a lot of different styles and compositions. So, um, don't feel like the need to stick with this composition always. But I would. I do like to stick at least one of thes classic ones in there when I'm doing when I'm filming these wreaths when I'm filming on the brain when I'm painting these reeds. So with that, let us practice this to your heart's content to figure out what styles you like the best and, um, finished practicing up all of the other elements as you want. And now let's move on to our final project. 7. Final Project, Part 1: Okay, practice time is over. And now we are going to put all of the elements together to recreate a wreath that looks like that. Um, if you've taken any of my if you've taken either my summer doodles class or my loose florals class, you know that I have a specific method for wreaths and how to put all of the elements down in order. Basically, I like to go from biggest to smallest to put down the elements that had to take up the moat the most space first. And then you use the smaller elements to kind of fill in the gaps after the bigger elements air down. So for us, that means the order that I'm going to do things is first, I'm going to put pine needles. Next, I'm going to put branches. Then I'm going to do the mistletoe leaves, then the holly leaves and then the Berries. So that's pretty much the order of things. And to get started, I you might not be able to see it very well, but I drew ah, using a bowl that I have on hand, I lightly sketched a circle outline so that I can kind of loosely follow that structure for the wreath, but also note that just because I have a circle outline doesn't necessarily mean that my wreath has to be exactly circular. So because, you know, reads their made up of natural things and often have some irregularity to them. And that's partly what makes them beautiful. So now that we have that down, let's start this our wreath by painting in some pine needles. So I'm going to take my rounds number one brush on for pine needles I'm going to use, um I'm going to use that kind of grainy saft green for the pine needles that I showed you in the first video. I'm using two different greens for the differently. So for amusing one green for the pine needles and one a different green for the other leaves because I like to mix it up that way. So first I'm going Teoh, I don't know why, for whatever reason, I always like to start on this side of the circle me because I'm right handed, but so I'm taking my round number one brush, and I'm just gonna paint not exactly around the circle, but kind of, um a little bit along the curve. I'm gonna paint a stem. Ah, for my first pine Needle branch. And I think this one I'm gonna, um, have it's branch off like that. Okay, so there's the stem for the sprig of pine needles that I'm gonna paint and then likely practiced. I'm going to, um, very quickly and using very little pressure. Just paint thes needles going all the way down, making sure that they're thin because we need the needles to be thin so they look like needles and not leaves. We also need the needles too. Have some space in between each one so that they continue to look like needles. And again, not just leaves. So that's one of the reasons why I like to practice this as a warm up in the warm of video we went over, we went over this in the warm video and also in the Pine Needle lesson. How I like to my preferred method for painting these needles is Teoh go pretty quickly, using very little pressure. So it's almost like I'm barely even touching my paintbrush to the paper. And because these are loose, right, this is a loose watercolor wreath not necessarily super realistic. It's okay if some of your pine needles don't even make it to the stem I. It's also okay if they accidentally crossed over into the other side of the stem, because when we paint the other side of the pine needles, what another calling card of you know nature is that it's kind of wild and crazy. And so if some of your pine needles air like crossing over each other, that's okay, too. We don't need them to be perfectly parallel or perfectly symmetrical or perfect anything, really. The most important thing we need is for them to be thin enough so they look like needles instead of leaves. Onda have enough white space in between some of the needles or on top, or on bottom or wherever, so that they look like needles and not leaves. Those were really the only two really important things when we're as we're painting these loose pine sprigs here. So another note to you don't have to paint the stem in greens. Ah, you could paint it like it's a branch, um, in brown, if that's what you want, but I'm just kind of going for this monotone green thing. Um, notice to just because the way my hand is positioned because I'm right handed when I paint the left side, it's easier for me to start out from the stem and go in, and then when I'm painting the right side, it's easier for me to start from the stem and go out. I'm sure there's loss of science and psychology about that. That could explain why that is, but I don't know why precisely. But I thought I'd pointed out as a way to once again mentioned that there's no real writer Wrong way to paint this, uh, these elements on here. Once you figure out the way that works best for you, then you should do that. And that's why experimenting is also really important. So if you're watching this video, you haven't experimented or practice yet. I would definitely recommend practicing before you start painting. If you practice all of the elements before you start your final project, you are almost definitely going to come up with the final results that you like a whole lot more, because practicing is where you discover what your preferences are, and, um, where you can really figure out your style. Specifically, I I'm sure there are many different ways to paint loose pine sprigs like this. And I'm sure there are teachers who have very similar styles for me. But my favorite way to come up with my own style is toe. See, you know, something that I like or I think is cool, and then just mess around instead of trying to coffee. Um, exactly what somebody else is doing. Teoh, I like to look at what they do and analyze what I like or dislike about it. I'm gonna like to experiment and just kind of figure out the best ways for me. So now that I've painted all of this down, I'm doing one more step that, um I'm not sure if I quite covered in the specific Pine Needle lesson plan, but often I like to go back over a second time. My pine needles, especially if my initial needles were really light. I like to go back over and just paint a second layer. Not quite as full necessarily or not quite uh, the same amount. But I like to paint a second layer with a deeper green. Just to add a little bit of depth and texture to these leaves. Um, I'm not. Also can help to make it seem like the pine needles or going all the way around like they do in real life, right? Because life isn't in two D like her paintings, Um, but just in general, providing multiple layers with different color values. Ah, color value is the lightness or darkness of a specific color, and it's without changing its you. So me getting a darker green because I'm using a more potent pigment. So, like I didn't add as much water to the paint, basically, and so that made a darker Ah, that is me changing its color value slightly. So just adding a little bit of these darker needles on top of the lighter ones, and one trick to to make it look a little bit more natural is too, um, even take the second layer of needles at a different angle. Eso that they kind of crisscrossed the needles up there that you're layering them, layering them on top of so that it creates just a little bit more shape and movement in this burger pine. Um, those are some pretty fun tricks, easy tricks to make thes this loose style of pine needles. Ah, fun and easy, but still look really cool. So now I'm doing the other side. Remember how I talked about in the lesson for pine needles that you can have your sprigs of pine be just like one? I have one little branch full of needles, or you can have some of them jutting out like this, as they often do on pine trees. Um, like I could even dio another branch right here. It really is. It depends on what tickles your fancy. You'll also see me moving the my my watercolor block around in a circle quite a bit. My favorite way to paint Reeses with ease Watercolor blocks, as opposed to, like taping down your paper to the desk specifically because when I'm painting wreaths, it's so much easier for me to just move the paper instead of trying to move my hand or my body to get the right angle to paint whatever it is I'm painting or to paint, you know, things upside down or whatever. So those were some tricks for me, and as far as this wreath goes, I think I'm going to paint, um, three or four sprigs of thes pine needles around the wreath. And if you stick around for the next 30 seconds, you can see a little time lapse of myself doing that. But I mostly gonna I'm I don't have anything else to teach you. So that's why I'm doing it as a time lapse instead of super long. So you don't have to just watch me paint the same thing over and over again. Um, but if you do and enjoy me watching me paint this over and over again in real time, that's how I've done most of my other classes is for the final projects. I just have, like, several 15 or 20 minute long videos of me painting all of this stuff in real time for this because they are, Ah, the elements take a little bit more time. I thought that I do this time lapse thing combo things. So if you like this, please let me know at the end of class, like interview or in the discussion board. If you don't like this mother did the same. I would love to know if you if this way to do a final project. That kind of makes these videos a little shorter, is preferable for you or not. Either way, stay tuned for the next 30 seconds to watch this time. Okay, So I finished painting most of the sprigs of pine at least the initial sprigs of pine that I have on this reef. And I hope you enjoyed that little hyper laps. And as you can see, I did a combination. I didn't really mean to do this, but it's kind of how it turned out this time. Um, on these two sides, I did some like single sprigs, overlapping each other. And then on these two sides, I did a single spring that had kind of, like shoots sticking out of it. Um, and one thing I was noticing as I was doing the close ups of the painting is that when I start painting the needles from the stem outward, it's a lot easier to get a point on the outside as opposed to when I start on the outside and go toward stem, I tend to get, like, more rounded points, which is not a big deal. Um, pine needles don't necessarily have to be, like super sharp. But that is one difference that I noted. And so do with that. What do with that? What you will and decide. What is your preference? Um, but as I was painting these, uh, I mostly did the same did in the same way that I did this bridge, which is I painted the first layer first. And then they added a few darker needles on top of their just to add some depth. And also note that when I did the two single sprigs on top of each other, I didn't really, um, bother to like, I didn't stop painting the needles. I just went ahead and painted the needles right on top of each other. And I think it looks messy and delightful and very much like a holiday wreath. So this is that concludes the first part, the first layer of our holiday wreath with the sprigs of pine. Next, we're going to add in some branches. Stay tuned 8. Final Project, Part 2: okay, Round two of our final project. So we've added the sprigs of pine, and now we're going to add in a few branches so the pine and the branches are both in this wreath. They're both working together to kind of form the basic foundation of the wreath. So knowing that I it's definitely okay to have some branches overlap on this Berg's of pine . But I also mostly want to use the branches to kind of fill in the gaps in between the sprigs of prime. Now I want to say one thing. Normally, my reeds aren't quite so symmetrical. This wreath is starting to feel a little bit Ah, symmetrical to me. Normally, mine aren't that way, so I might do some. This is a good habit for you to get into, um, if you're a painter or a creator of any kind as to when you start creating something to notice what you like or don't like about it, or notice how maybe you've deviated from patterns in the past, and if that's a good deviation, or if you prefer the way you did it before and for me, I really prefer toe have like an odd number of things tohave off balance. Um, they're not off balance so much, but just like, not so symmetrical, um, subjects in my paintings. Not sure why that is, but that's what I prefer. So I'm gonna try as I'm painting these branches to make it a little bit more off kilter. So the thing with the branches remember is that they're very simple, but mostly we don't want them to be super flexible and like bendy. But they can be curved a little bit. And if you do them in steps like this to add in some ah white space, then it can add some nice character. So that's kind of what I'm doing here with this branch, and I'm gonna is gonna extend it and have this branch have a smaller chute going off this way. And so I often if I'm gonna paint pine trees trunks on pine trees that aren't just lines, this is, ah way that I like to do it as well to paint like one line of of the tree or of the branch , and then use a second line to kind of make the's, um, Teoh make toe add in some texture out in some, um, you know, just make it look not like a solid brown line, pretty much to make it look a little bit more roughed up. Make it look a little bit more like it's in nature. So that's what I like to do with these branches and with trunks of pine trees. And so we're gonna continue doing that. And like I mentioned before, you don't have toe you can like your elements should touch. That's the thing about a wreath is it looks way better when it's full. So ah, you definitely should have Euro mints, um, the overlapping in some places. And so for here, I think I'm gonna put a branch right here. But I'm gonna pretend that it's underneath thes pine needles, but that it's overlapping this branch. So I'm just going to kind of skip painting it right there and just pick it up again right here and have it be on top of this branch like that, and then just maybe have a little offshoot there. Okay, Yeah, that looks pretty cool. I like my branches to look like craggy is the wrong word. Because mountains are supposed to look craggy, but I like them to have character and look a little rough around the edges, if you will. So, um, so now that's pretty much how I paint my branches. Now, I'm just gonna go around and put a few more branches, uh, in the in between spaces here. So let's stay tuned for another quick, hyper laps while I do that. And before I do that, I want to say I have no plan for when I put these branches down. And that's kind of how I roll. If you've taken anyone classes before, you know that I don't really have, like a solid, um, composition plan for how my wreaths especially, are going to go down. Mostly, it's just like I'm going to start with this element and then move on to this element and so on and so forth. But in terms of where the branches are going to go, I'm just kind of winging it as I go along. And so, after the hyper lapse, if there's explanation that's needed, I will do a quick recap like I did in the first layer. But, um, just know that if your question is, how do I decide where to put something. It's pretty much if there's a white space than I. I'll put a branch there and see if it works. So and then we'll talk about after. So watching for a delightful, timeless branches. - Okay , so I finished painting all of the branches. And as you can see, I did some overlap. If you hear my son in the background, I apologize. Um, he is almost ready for nap times. I'm just trying to finish this video. Um, before the light goes from my house. Darn daylight savings. Um, so I had some of the branches overlap. Some of them overlap. This Briggs of pines of them went underneath this Berg's of pine. And, um, there wasn't really any explanation. A lot of them are very craggy, but they all look they I think they have worked together with the pine to just kind of give a really rustic feel. So with that, let's move on to our mistletoe leaves 9. Final Project, Part 3: welcome back. So we painted the pine needles, we painted the branches. And as you can see, we've basically formed the outline of our wreath. So now we just need to paint in the leaves and the Berries. So first, I'm going to paint in some mistletoe and some mistletoe leaves, and I'm gonna do that. If you remember, those were the rounded shaped ones, and I'm gonna dio ah, few sprigs and then some smaller ones also. So I'm gonna put my first sprig. Like I said, I never have a plan. So generally I want my leaves to be going this way. So I'm gonna paint my first Sprague right here, and I'm gonna move so you can see a little bit better. So I'm gonna paint it over the top of this, um, branch right here. And so I'm saying sprague, meaning I'm going to do multiple leaves on one stem. And so this is where we get to practice that rounded brush stroke so I can paint most of the leaf in one go. I'm using my number six, but you can also paintbrush. I mean, but you can also use a smaller one if it's easier. I am on a smaller, um, wreath size, so it might be easier to use a smaller paintbrush. I might even pop out my, um just my around number one paintbrush that I was using before and you said to paint the rest of these. So I'm just, um, painting these rounded leaves using the two methods that we talked about one the first month. It is where we try to do all in one stroke. So, like, I put my push my paintbrush around and then bring it back to my small stem here. So I want a rounded top leave like that and then the other one and see some of them I have going straight on. Some of them are a little bit more bendy. Um, the other method for painting these leave this dude in two strokes, right? So if it's really skinny at the bottom on figure on top, skinny on the bottom, figure on top like that. But without a point at the top, like we would normal leaves, or just like simple, I guess normal works, but, ah, the key for these mistletoe sprigs is that we want the leaves to stay rounded at the top. So I'm gonna have this sprig. Just stay on top of this branch here and if you're having trouble one One tip I gave you was two for mistletoe leaves, but also for, I mean for holly leaves. But also for these mistletoe lease. If you're having trouble, uh, getting really wet paint or like you're pigment, your green pigment, it's so dark that it's almost coming out black. One thing I like to do is put my pigment onto a pallet like this and then out of water to it, um, on the palate, just so it could be a lighter value and more us. You can add more fluid to it. Then it's a little bit more watery and easier to stay wet and easier to see that it's green . One thing that I love about Deep Green is it has that really, ah, big range of color, so that you can of color value, so that you can make it look really dark or you can make it look really white. I love that, but it can be tricky if you're not sure how to do that. So, um, if you don't want it really dark. Then you just have to add more water and that one of the best ways to do that is on a pallet instead of like, If your paint is in these half pans like minor for these blue pine arts paints, then putting it onto pallets definitely the way to go Or, like butchers, plates or just anything you can transfer the color to toe. Add more water. We'll work. So there's one sprig of mistletoe. It looks pretty cool. I like for these risk, especially. I like my foliage to be like sticking out of the wreath. As you can see, I think some people prefer them to be more cohesive, like braided together. But I think they look really cool when they're just sticking out like this, and then we're gonna add more elements on top of it. So it's not quite so stark. But just in general, I really like this kind off, poking out in every general direction, messy kind of style for my REITs. So that's what it looks like when you paint a sprig on this wreath. And now I talked about how we can paint individual ones, too, so I'm gonna paint. Um, I'm just going to go around and paint a few Ah, individual mistletoe leaves throughout the wreath. Um, and I'm going to go ahead and do that for you in a fun, hyper laps, way, way. Okay, so I have finished painting some of my mistletoe leaves around, and I love how all of this has turned out. I think that honestly with wreaths, the more elements you add, I mean, I guess at some point, too much is too much. But the more elements two elements you add, the more it just comes together. It's such a really such a satisfying thing. Um, so if you watched the hyper laps I painted after this spring, I painted a bunch of like many sprigs where I did like, um, if they were connected on the same stem with just two leaves or three leaves like this, or if they were to leaves that were not quite connected but close to each other or even just single leaves. But on one important thing was that I had the leaves basically going in the same general direction. That's one thing with Circle reads especially. I think that you know it depends. Sometimes you can have them going different directions and it can look OK, but especially for a beginner circle reads. I think that the leaves look really cool if they all are basically going in the same direction. So that is pretty much it withy mistletoe leaves. Um, if you watch the hyper laps Ah, little montage of how I painted thes. You'll notice that sometimes I did the method of where I like twisted my paintbrush around . And sometimes I did the method. Where did two strokes at once? I mean two strokes to form the leaf, but either way I kind of just filled in some of the gaps filled in some space between the branches and the pine sprigs. Um, and I think that even this alone would look like a kind of bear, but also really fun. Holiday wreath. And now we're going to add in the holly. So that's gonna be super fun. Stay tuned 10. Final Project, Part 4: Okay, We've added almost everything to flower wreath. And now it's just time to add the holly. So that includes the holly leaves and the holly Berries. So since the Berries are the smallest element on here, they're going last, right? And, um, since Holly leaves are pretty unique, I'm not gonna paint too many of them because I don't I don't want them to be the main. I want them to be more like an accent and not necessarily like this is a holly wreath, if that makes sense. So, um, I'm going to look for some space is first of all, as we go, as we near the end of this wreath, it's important to look for the available spaces. Um, I see some space up here. I see. Like that's probably one of the most glaring spaces. I see. There could be some space over here in general, Um, as long. If if there's look like immediately there is a space that needs to be filled in, then you can pretty much fill in anywhere, as long as you pay attention to composition and try to balance out the reefs as you go along. So like, if I were to put in a holly leaf right here. Then I would also want to put one in right here. I know I said that I don't like to be exactly symmetrical, and I don't. But I also don't like things to look really. I'm from Utah on. We say things like ski wam, pus, but which is a term that, like nobody else, has heard as I moved to the East Coast. But I don't like things to be like look like they're tilted or uneven in any way. I just I don't like things to look perfect pretty much so anyway, that's around for a different day. But for right now, I think that this space is the first immediately that looks like I could put some holly leaves here and how it looked really cool. So I'm going to, um, use this stems as the general outline from where my holly leads. We're going to go and then I'm going to just paint to them in, remember to leave some white space. So this is small. Might be hard to see Opie accidentally painted in the white space on this side, so I'm going to try to leave it on this site. So I'm leaving in some white space right there for that holly leaf and than to paint this one doing my swoops on one side. And then why swoops on the other side? This one is a little wonky, but that's OK, this one. I'm just gonna go ahead and paint it all in. Since I'm trying to paint it on top of some elements, I'm just gonna call it good like that. So those air some holly leaves, and then right there is where I could put those three Berries. So remember that, um, like triangles kind of composition, That is the normal quote unquote normal way to include holly leaves and Berries. I said, I admit I had include at least one of those, and so I probably will right there. But then throughout the rest of the reef, Um, I'm just gonna add a few little holly leaves on top of some of these elements, just to add a little his as and I am just gonna go ahead and fill them all the way in, I think. And then, as an extra surprise, I'll show you and the last layer with my gold paint. How? I'm gonna add some detail in there. So I'm going to do another Holly Leaf, like right here. Just I didn't really like how I went over on top of my mistletoe Leave right there with this holly leaf. So for my next ones, I'm gonna try not to do that as much. That is one down side of not planning or composing your wreath ahead of time. You might accidentally pain over something that you really liked. Oops, but that's okay. I know how to I know what not to do in the future, then. So, um, remember how I said I don't like things always to be symmetrical? I don't like putting doing the same pattern every time. So I'm since I put two down like that, I'm just gonna put a smaller 3rd 1 right here. These air more rudimentary holly leaves, but they look OK. Um, and yes, I'm just going to go around and put in the rest of these holly leaves, and after a quick time lapse, then we will put in the Berries from Okay , So I added just a few leaves of holly all the way around Sometimes I added to in one place and times I just did. One mostly just did one in random places. Um, And now let's add the Berries. So I'm going to do holly in read and in dark pink. So I'm gonna do a few Berries. And the trick with Berries is because they're the smallest is to basically just have them fill up some space is so the Berries don't have toe. Always on Lee go with the holly. They can also go with the mistletoe. They look right at home there as well. And I'm just kind of putting in random circles, sometimes to it once, like right there. Um but I'm gonna try to keep them nestled in between somewhere. It doesn't matter if it's like by the holly, like right here or if it's by the mistletoe. Or the pine Berries are a great filler element for basically any reef to just fill up some space at a little bit of diversity and dimension to the peace. And, um, yeah, so because they're so small, it's so easy to put them basically anywhere. And you notice that for some of my Berries, I filled them in all the way, and some of them I'm leaving just that little bit of white space to show that some light is reflecting off of them like I did before. Um, in the buried tutorial video. If you watched that, Um, no, I do want to make sure to put some Berries by the holly, So I'm gonna put one here in between these two. And, um and I don't get to the other one when I get there. I like going in order in my wreaths, um, going around because then if I feel like any pieces are missing, then I could just go around a second time and continue adding as I see fit, So underst gonna add another berry here, Um, maybe one here on the other side of this missile toast brig. When you see mistletoe, like in the movies or wherever, it's generally represented, Um, I think most often holly Berries are accompanied. Or maybe I'm wrong. And mistletoe does have Berries too. But, um, that's one thing to know. Maybe I just didn't do enough research. And mistletoe actually does have those pointy leaves or Berries or whatever, but I looked it up and it seemed like this was right. So I'm not sure if I'm supposed to tell you, and I'm supposed to acknowledge my failings to you as your instructor. Um, but I am. I'm pretty sure that what I what I know is right. If I'm wrong, please let me know in the comments. But I hope you enjoy painting this wreath anyway, even if I get the terminology. Not exactly. Right. Um Okay, So I painted three right there next to this kind of off kilter pair of leaves and understand. I'm just going Teoh keep going along. I'm not gonna do a hyper lapse this time, because where are almost done, And it's not gonna take that long to finish these Berries. So sometimes I'm doing one. Sometimes I'm doing three sometimes. Like, I'm just gonna do a teeny one right here. Maybe too teeny ones. They don't always have to be that same General Berry size. It can be whatever size do you think his best. And actually, it is good to kind of mix up the sizes to one skin are just a little bit of diversity and fun to your piece. Eyes generally like like human eyes generally like to look at different things. Um, contrast ing sizes, contrast in colors can be really fun to look at. I have noticed that and wrote up on it a little bit since I gave birth to my son, Um, when we've awesome contrast books and he is just, um, one time I he I was wearing a striped white and black shirt and his eyes just, like, went so wide looking at it. He was so fascinated anyway. OK, so here is the's air the leaves that I first mentioned when we painted the Holly leaves, where I'm gonna do that traditional trio of to Holly leaves and the Berries right there. And then I'm almost to where I started with the Berries almost there, just painting in a couple more and random spots. One thing with loose watercolor is some people some of you might be thinking that doesn't really make sense for things that just be floating around. Well, this is watercolor, and the cool thing about art is it doesn't always have to make sense. It can be nice to follow some of the rules. Like I said, the general keep the leaves going in the same direction rule. But other times you can just kind of paint things together, and they look cool. So that's the rule that I like to live by generally. Okay, So I have painted all the way around Now is where I kind of take stock and see if I like there is that there's a different amount of weight on a different place off the paper. So, like I can see, I think I have a little bit more Berries and leaves over here. So I'm just gonna add, um, a couple more Berries on this side, just to even it out a little bit and not in exactly the same spot. This is where it's like It needs to be somewhat even, but not so symmetrical that you're painting like the exact same thing on each side. Um, I'm just kind of putting in different elements to even out the weight a little bit, and also I painted a few of these tiny Berries on one side and not really anywhere else. So now I'm going through and just adding a few of these tiny Berries throughout the painting because I think they look kind of cute and cool. Okay, maybe just two more. Three more Right there. Perfect. So these that is our Hawley portion of the final project. And now let's move on to the final layer, which is where we're going to add in some fun gold detail ing You can't wait. 11. Final Project, Part 5: okay, Last, but certainly not least. I am taking some of mine green leaving blueberry gold paint. And I'm just going to add in a few more holly Berries that are this gold color. And then I'm going to paint in the veins of some of the mistletoe leaves this gold color also. So it's pretty easy. Pretty much you just take the gold and paint holly Berries wherever you feel so inclined. I like adding gold is accents, too. Holiday res, especially because I think it can be fund just a little bit of sparkle to this time of year , and it generally goes in the gold goes pretty well with the pallets were working with and the subject matter. So, um, I'm just not adding too much gold, just a few just in a few spots and then almost done, I think just one more right there. And now I'm gonna take my smaller brush and, um, on top of my holly leaves, I'm I think, not on all of them, but on some of them, I'm going to paint in the detail ing that we would normally add with white space or with a different color so just right on top of this green. Very lightly. I'm going to paint in this vein. There's a little thick for my taste. That line is a little thick for my taste, but that's still looks pretty cool. And we are where we are. So with this failed whitespace vein, I'm going to just layer on top of it. You if you did not fail you with your white spaces, you did not have to do this, But I think it can add kind of a fun flare. So I'm not doing it. All of the holly leaves like I mentioned, um, just a few. So maybe just this one. And it's just a leaf down the middle and then some of veins on either side going into the leaf. So just that one. And I think, honestly, just one more. I think I'm just gonna do this one right here. And the other ones are just gonna leave. How? What? My darkest Holy Leaves played a lot into my decision on which leave it was gonna be. That one was pretty dark. It looked almost black. So and then, after I have painted in those gold accents, I'm done That's it for my holiday themed wreath. And honestly, this one looks even cooler from the sample ones I showed you. I think that it can be this really simple. It doesn't look simple, but all of the elements by themselves are pretty simple to learn how to paint and then just layering on top of them with each other, layering them on top of each other. It can be a really fun way to make a decoration or make cards or, um, just, you know, celebrate the holidays. Um, however you see fit. Thank you so much for joining me for this class. I had a lot of fun putting together thes different elements into this fund holiday inspired wreath. And I hope that you did too. If you join me in the recap video coming up next, I will talk about some ways that you can help support me as a teacher and a small business owner. Um, if you loved this class, one of them is ah leaving or review. I think again, I'm gonna talk about it more, but leaving a review on skill shares on the best ways to help your favorite teachers. Um, so if you have any questions on how to leave a review, I am going to be in the next video answering some frequently asked questions. I get about reviews so head onto that video to hear my explanation of that. But just in general, thank you once again for joining me. I have a lot of fun doing stuff like this with you. And if you have any suggestions for future classes, please feel free to drop me a line in the discussion form in the class, and I will take them into consideration. But until next time, head to the recap video and I will see you against him. 12. Recap: Thank you so much for watching this class. If you made it all the way through, then you will have painted a holiday wreath that looks just like this one. And I'm so proud of you for learning all those techniques and sticking with me through this class. I think that reads for some of my favorite things to paint because you can really just slap together a whole bunch of elements into a circle and it looks awesome. So on that note, I would love to see any of your final projects or any of your progress shots along the way . Make sure to post those toothy project gallery so that I can give you some feedback if you're looking for it and leave you some encouragement for sure. Um, also, if you're on instagram, if you want to post your stuff to instagram, make sure to tag me. My handle is this writing desk, and I dio I try to do weekly features of my skill shark classes. Sometimes I go back and forth, but typically on Wednesdays I try to do features of all my skill short classes. And so if you tag me, I just may feature yours. Um, and finally, if you really loved this class, I would love it if you left me Review. Um, one thing to note. You can't leave reviews on the phone app. I'm fairly positive. I think you have to go on the desktop version. So if you want to leave her of you, make sure to go to your desktop computer and leave one there. I would love to hear any of your honest feedback, but leaving lots of reviews tells the skill share algorithm that people like this class, and so it's one of the best ways to make it, so other people will find it a swell. Um, And if you, um um, like to this class and want to learn more from from me, I have several other classes on lots of different topics. So on skill share. So make sure you check those out. And just once again, thank you for joining me. And I hope to see you next time