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Glazing with Watercolors: Painting a Christmas Elf

Bianca Haeck, Drawing on Inspiration!

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6 Videos (9m)
    • Lesson 1: What is glazing, and supplies

      1:10
    • Lesson 2: Wet-on-wet background technique, + dry glazing

      2:00
    • Lesson 3: Glazing the elf hat

      0:59
    • Lesson 4: Glazing the beard

      1:40
    • Lesson 5: Glazing the gloves and boots, and retouching the beard

      2:00
    • Watercolor Glazing 6

      1:24

About This Class

In this class we will learn the quick and easy technique of glazing in watercolors. Glazing is the layering of transparent colors on top of each other to get different hues, or even different colors.

Lesson 1: What is glazing, and supplies

We begin with a quick intro about glazing, then jump into the supplies!

You will learn:

  • What glazing is
  • What kinds of supplies you'll need
  • How to make a glazing chart on your own time

Lesson 2: Wet-on-wet background technique, + dry glazing

We start the lesson off with using the wet-on-wet technique for painting our first layer of paint in the background, then we dry the first layer, and glaze over it with a different color.

You will learn:

  • How wet-on-wet works
  • How to do a dry glaze

Lesson 3: Glazing the elf hat

We get started on our elf! First up, the hat!

You will learn:

  • How to make light, flat layers
  • How to layer similar colors on top of each other in dry glazing

Lesson 4: Glazing the beard

We continue to build fun layers, using multiple colors of interesting glazing effects.

You will learn:

  • How to make the illusion of a gray beard using different colors
  • How to make small hair details

Lesson 5: Glazing the gloves and boots, and retouching the beard

Now we do some finer details on his accessories! We do some fun color layring to really emphasize the glazing effect, to let the bottom layers of paint show through!

  • How bright colors react to glazing
  • How dark colors react to glazing
  • What colors can create different illusions

Lesson 6: Final touches

We finally put in some nice finishing touches to make the image pop! Be proud of yourselves, you did it! :)

  • How to liven up the final image
  • How to use this technique for cards and gifts

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Short and fun class! It's a new technique for me, so I will be adding it to my daily practice.
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Bianca Haeck

Drawing on Inspiration!

I have been an artist from the moment I learned how to wield a crayon as a kid. There was no end to the fascination that a world of color, shapes and ideas could bring! I try to carry that kind of passion into my teaching in the present as well. I like to consider myself a multi-functional artist, as I work in several different mediums. I say "functional" rather than "talented", since I think it's a bit presumptuous to think I alone can say if I have a talent or not :) I love to experiment an...

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