Fun and Easy Watercolor Patterns + Bonus Class on Ink Texturing | Abhiraami Thangavel | Skillshare

Fun and Easy Watercolor Patterns + Bonus Class on Ink Texturing

Abhiraami Thangavel, Architect - Artist - Entrepreneur

Fun and Easy Watercolor Patterns + Bonus Class on Ink Texturing

Abhiraami Thangavel, Architect - Artist - Entrepreneur

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9 Lessons (1h 6m)
    • 1. Welcome to the Class

    • 2. Materials Needed

    • 3. Class Structure + Basics

    • 4. Patterning with Lines

    • 5. Patterning with Circles

    • 6. Patterning with Squares and Rectangles

    • 7. Bonus Class on Ink Texturing

    • 8. Class Projects (and making postcards)

    • 9. More Ideas and Thank you

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About This Class

It's always fun to throw some watercolor paint onto a piece of paper and let the magic happen. By the end of this class, we will be creating easy and beautiful watercolor postcards. 

In this class, you will learn: 

  • Materials Needed
  • Watercolor techniques like Wet on Wet, Wet on Dry, Glazing
  • Easy and Fun ways to create Watercolor Patterns with Geometry
  • Ink Texturing
  • To make Postcards

All that you will need for this class are:

  • Paint Brush (Flat and Round)
  • Watercolor Paint (Any Brand)
  • Watercolor Paper (300 gsm preferable) - A5 Size
  • Painter’s Tape / Scotch Tape
  • Mixing Palette
  • Jar
  • Tissue/Cloth

This class is suitable for beginners. Don’t worry if you have no prior experience with watercolor painting.

Meet Your Teacher

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Abhiraami Thangavel

Architect - Artist - Entrepreneur


Hello everyone. I am Shri Abhiraami. I am an architect, artist,illustrator and entrepreneur. I am currently based in Erode, a small city in India.

In my final year of my under grad, I started conceptualizing my brand - The Pixie Dust. Currently I am focusing on developing a range of products under my brand- The Pixie Dust, and also working on sharing my skills on Skillshare.

Check out my Online Store on Etsy and Instamojo.

I am also working as independent designer for Pixylz and Noun Project.

For me, art is fun and therapeutic. I really can't keep restrict myself to one style or medium. I love experimenting with different mediums. My recent obsession is Water Colour Florals.

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1. Welcome to the Class: okay. Did I meet with the founder and the artist behind the pixie? I'm country based in need of a small city in the southern region of India. I love experimenting, different styles and medium. I'm trying not the country, my sex toe. Anything in particular. My current love is patterns. Patterns are constructed by repeating are echoing one or more elements to communicate a sense of balance, harmony, Contrast under them, this class is going above how what can be fun and easy. This class is very much appreciated for beginners as we'll be discussing the basic watercolor techniques on how we can create fun and easy Waterville a pattern with just few strong's. I also added a bonus clause on infection, which is a great way off, adding that back in the class project, we work on bidding with fun, fatter than courts free, free to paint with me in real time while take the class doing is learning. And that is how I learned to. I wasn't trying to show you the progress from medical hammers and abuse so that you are able to study the brush strokes better. I hope you're as executor as much as I am. All right, let's jump into the class without any for that 2. Materials Needed: in this lesson. I'll tell you about this place. You will need to take this class. It is going to be a fun class. Now that you don't have to need the exact same place are the brands that I do feel free to experiment with what you have always available to you. You will need some watercolor papers. I have taken a four sheets and cut them toe. If I sighs, I would recommend you toe have watercolor paper about 300 GSM so that it can observe the water. Well, you will need black fine liners are pence for the bonus class where you will be working on texting based on your presidents. You can also use other color pins. Next our brushes. Basically, you will need both round and flat brushes for round brush. I am using Silver Blackwell with 3000 round size four and eight and for the flat ones, Bristowe are this gold falcon brush off size two and six. You will need some watercolor pains. I will leave it up to you to decide the palate off choice and liking. Relax on. There are no hard and fast rules and it is a fun exercise in class. Just go by and pick your own colors I have taken. Here are a few colors from the Bristol watercolor set and tropical and based on dreams ballot from art philosophy. Next will be needing some masking or painter's tape or Scotch tape. As you may know it, we'll use this toe. Master borders in the painting. I'll also be using the masking tape for the fun exercise in a class project session paper, travel or tissue toe tap and remove the excess paint or water from your brush. And we need a basic stationery items like pencils and an eraser. You will also need a container to hold some water. I'll be using this bone fair to mount the watercolor papers on two. This is eight. With this applies, let's move on to our next lesson. 3. Class Structure + Basics: in this class, I'll be discussing the class structure and introduce you to a few basics off what developing things before we move on to other lessons on patterning, using basic dramatic shapes like lines, circles, squares and rectangles. In each of these patterning, lessons will be painting due to four different patterns. There's a special bonus class are being lecturing. I also included Apartment she in my So section. From there, you can download and use it somewhat known today, from all of the first couple of lessons, we'll be working on a class project to create a postcard with fun patent and coats. Last but not least, I'll be showing you more patterning ideas, which will help you experiment and develop your own custom patterns. First, basic particulars taking we'll be looking into is the return, which achieved a very fluid and unpredictable effects with the flat brush with the watercolor paper with clean water. Don't make a bottle of water, then mixing a moderate amount of water into your pain. I play the paint on the surface. This will create a little effect. Now follow the same steps as the previous one, but this time, drop paint using the red brush onto the wet surface, you can see the pains bleeding in. Try playing with different colors to see how they blend organically with each other. We don't try. Technique is similar to the redundant with, but the basic different is that will be a plane, the red. Think directly onto the paper and not onto a vets office. The next take me we'll be using extensively in our class is the glazing or the layering. Technique in this method will allow the layer of transparent colors to dry and then add successive layers on top offer and let each layer dry before painting the another layer. Here's a small tip to remove the masking tape from your paper, but at most care removed slowly and keep the tape close to the paper when removing. If you're holding it far from the paper, it may actually damage the paper or your painting 4. Patterning with Lines: Welcome to the listen part, earning with lines in this class, you will be learning toe paint four different patterns in just less than four minutes each . 1st 1 is painting ninth. Using the wet on dry technique, I have chosen to warm colors red and yellow. Feel free to choose a color off your preference. I am using my face six flat brush for this pattern. Load the pain on your brush and paint the lines placed in lines close to each other so that there's a blend between the pains creating unnatural effect. Keep repeating the process until the end of the paper. Don't stress yourself to keep the lines train because the main motor off this class is to have fun with watercolors and create easy patterns. - Second pattern will be working on a similar to the previous pattern, but instead will be painting curved lines. I am using my size too flat brush for this pattern as I want more curved lines within the paper For these patterns, I am choosing random colors and letting them blend and create a color off their own. Whoa! - Well , yeah! Whoa! Yeah! Whoa! Okay, The 1st 2 patents we painted. We're on the blending off colors. The next two patterns will be painting using the wet on dry technique. But the lines will be placed a little far from each other and there won't be any blending. - Yeah ! Whoa, yeah! Whoa, yeah! Whoa! 5. Patterning with Circles: in this class on patterning with circles will be painting to different patterns. You think two completely different picnics on everything under six minute speech. I'll be using my round dress for this lesson. This one is based on the weight on with Take me Load your brush with clean water and pain circles. Now, I am dropping some things on the wet surface. I am leaving some gaps so that I can drop a different color paint in the gaps and let the two colors blend. Whoa! If needed, you can draw circles slightly on the paper. If you need reference to pain circles, I am going to pain my circles. Three hands play with colors to see some amazing water. Koblenz Yeah ! Whoa! - Well , yeah! Whoa, yeah! Whoa! For the next pattern will be working on layering or otherwise called the glazing technique. We need to add a lot off water to our pain for this technique, draw the circles, outline first and fill them up. Well, yeah, Whoa, little brush dry and now observed the excess water and pained. Make sure the first layer is completely dry before you add the next layer. Add in a different color for each step. Keep repeating the steps. Play around with this technique to fully understand it. Yeah. Whoa! - Well , yeah. Whoa! - Well , yeah. Whoa. 6. Patterning with Squares and Rectangles: in this lesson will be exploding to patterns using squares and rectangles in under six minutes each for the 1st 1 will be using. We don't wait. Take me just like how we did with their circles but will be creating are different composition. Painting squares and rectangles is easy with the flat brush for this particular pattern I am going to use when the one color and keep it a monochromatic composition. We are going to repeat the same steps, but by reading the size off the squares and rectangles and placing them next to each other Whoa. First step will be the load your brush with clean water and then painting squares or rectangles. Once the clear layer of water is done, we'll draw some paint over it. For this composition, I am leaving some uniforms space between the squares as it's going to be a monochromatic painting. I am creating different patterns with quest By changing the way I dropped the paint on the Clearwater. I am are playing the paint using different strokes. Yeah! Whoa! - Well , yeah. Whoa! Yeah! Whoa! Okay, This one we are about to create Next. It's by mixing two techniques we learned the basic class one is the wet on dry method. Another is the glazing technique I have lorded with something on. I am painting the outline off the square at random places within the paper. I am using my size too flat. Brochure. I am using a smaller size brush here to keep the thickness off the outline of the square. Small? Yeah. Whoa. Once this layer has dried, I am using a different color on lading. This quiet or with them in the same method. It is up to you to choose which color you want. I'm going to keep repeating the steps until, like our the whole page with patterns. You can stop when you want to. - Yeah . Whoa, Yeah. Whoa. - The next lesson is a bonus class. It's going to be fun. So we'll see you in the next one. 7. Bonus Class on Ink Texturing: this bonus class is about interaction. To start with, download that extra sheet from the project and the source section to take this class. People made a print out the sheet or save the file as a soft copy on your device. Either off this will work protection sheet is a sample of pictures I like to use. Usually, it might not be an extensive list just to show you example out off the eight, I'll be interaction ing four off the patterns we creator in the previous lessons. I am using my black fine liner here to draw pictures over the patterns again, you can visit on the color of the pain that will suit your patterns. I feel black goes well with all lines are very powerful, and it can do wonders. So let's do a simple picturing in this pattern just by using lines. I am not going to make sure the complete artwork as it will look overdone. The interaction ing will be lost. I am placing the pictures in a very Zander manner. There, just freehand lines placed next to each other. Picture doesn't have to be complicated to make a patent look great. Yeah, Whoa! Yeah. Next up is the pattern we created using lines. I feel lines, complement lines. Well, sometimes simple patterns can be brilliant. In this case, justice lines might not are any depth. So I'm adding a few dots randomly here and there, as you can see. Whoa, Yeah. Whoa. Okay. To complement the circles we created with watercolors are lecturing will also be within the circles. Use offensive just in case you need some guidelines for the circle flavor, the texture in this one. Yeah. Whoa. A quick tip. You place the empty spaces in the painting to draw the picture. That's the best way to enhance the painting. And to make a patent and watercolor so will stand out. - Yeah . Whoa. - So the square pattern we created in the last class, some simple lines can create a difference. I'm just going to out in the circles with my black men in a single stroke. Your lines don't have to be a straight as to draw using a ruler. Wrigley Lines can be interesting on express A sense of character. Yeah. Whoa, 8. Class Projects (and making postcards): in this class project. Apart from putting the lessons together into a painting, you'll also be learning how to make a handmade postcard and how to use a Scotch tape toe. Master Avia, you don't want to paint after taping the borders off the paper. As usual, I am taking this cost the master area in the middle file you some text in between and it's going to be a long one. So I am asking the paper from one end to another. Once you stick the tape to the paper, run your finger over to seal them on. Do award any bleeding in the future based on the size and lend off the text. You're going to illustrate master area. Accordingly. I am using the glazing techniques and painting the first layer of circles. Remove the excess water or pain from the circles, if any, because we have master a DEA. We don't want to paint. We can constantly paint over the nearby 80 years, and the pain won't bleeding into the marks area. - Repeat the layers off circles until well covered the entire paper. Yeah! Whoa, Let your last layer dry. Once the whole pattern has dried up you can remove the masking tape and work on your text. Be extremely gentle and careful while ruing the masking tape. Now I'm going to write the world Hakuna matata. They're using pencil. I am lightly writing the text. It will be difficult to erase the pencil mark once you have covered it over with Water Palace, so make sure you raise the pencil. Martin Lapointe. It's only visible to you are not prominent. Yeah, I'll use the sites for round brush to write the text in watercolor. You can use a black pain to do so. Whoa, - no , that one side of the postcard is ready. Let's look forward to the other side. There are three important things you need to keep in mind while making a postcard. One is the stamp area. Next is the address Avia on the last one is the writing a DEA Using the pencil. I am marking all these three areas on this site off the postcard. Once the emissions catching is done, I'll go over those nine using my black pen. You can also add in your signature if you wish to highlight toe my brand name or sometimes my instagram I t in it. Whoa! Once you are done with the black men, it is the pencil marks. Your handmade postcard is now ready to be sent to your dear ones. Let's also look at another project where we'll use the patterns we already created. Before I am taking the patterns. We creator in the pardons using lines class. This one is very simple and easy. I am hiring sums, exact lines over the quarter, color patents and leaving the central 80 are to write the world breed. - Yeah . Whoa. I'll write the world breed in pencil first, it will help me finalize the size off the letter and its position. Now I'll go with the little using my black fine liner. Yeah. Whoa! - One side of the postcard is now done Flipper to the other side to create the template. The members to leave space for the stamp on the address. First of the space can be used to write the postcard. Yeah. Whoa, - Here are some off the 100 part in postcards I created using the same technique we just discussed . There are endless possibilities off creating your own post cuts happy creating. See you in the next and final lesson where I'll show you more ideas and inspirations. 9. More Ideas and Thank you: Like I said in the previous class, there are endless possibilities to create little imagination flow by mixing the techniques we explore to create some interesting patterns Wanted. Be fun to send a handmade post cartoon urine. Dear one. Here are a few off my watercolor pattern. There is no right or wrong that you brush and paint. Do the magic. Approve your work on the project and Bezos section. Make sure you posed any feedback or questions you have in the discussion board. I check them regularly. You can find me on Instagram at doping Cedars by 80. I have been experimenting with patterns a lot lately. Parents are everywhere. Here are some of my collection and if you are on instagram, tag me. You can also use the halftime create with a B so that I don't miss your work as I would love to feature it in my stories too. Thank you for taking this class. Hope you have fun playing with water colors. Don't forget to leave a review and share your experience about this class. It will definitely help me prepare and improve my upcoming classes. See you soon in my next class. Bye bye