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8 Lessons (1h 3m)
    • 1. Happy Holiday Watercolor Wreath

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Practice

    • 4. Berries

    • 5. Eucalyptus

    • 6. Leaves

    • 7. Pine

    • 8. Finishing Touches

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Welcome!  Today we are going to paint a beautiful, layered watercolor wreath for the holidays!  We'll work step by step through each element and layer our berries, eucalyptus, leaves and pine to create this project! This class may be best for those with some experience with watercolor, but we'll learn lots of tips and tricks for painting wreaths, layers  and adding dimension as we go! Your assignment will be to paint your own version of this winter wreath!  Let's get painting!!  

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Sweetseasonsart Cris

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Hello, I'm Cris, the founder of Sweet Seasons.  Welcome!!   I am a watercolor artist based in Richmond, Virginia.  I love all things bright and floral and I have a special affinity for wreaths!  My style is described as loose, but I love finding inspiration from vintage botanical art and nature.  I hope you'll join me for a wreath class or maybe for one of my By the Book series where we loosely interpret vintage art.  You can follow me on Instagram at @sweetseasonsart and find my Society6 shop at www.society6.com/sweetseasonsart  Thank you for visiting and happy painting!!!      

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1. Happy Holiday Watercolor Wreath: Hey everyone, it's critters that sweet seasons art. Who so excited that you're here today to paint. Really, my favorite thing. I love to paint, and I love the holidays. These are just a few of the holiday breeds that I've painted over the last few years and today, we are going to paint a beautiful layered holiday wreath of our own classes, maybe more better suited for an intermediate painter or someone who has a little bit of experience painting leaves and berries. But we will practice those steps together. So if you're just starting out, don't worry, you can do this too with a little patience and practice. We are going to build our wreath from the top-down with berries, eucalyptus, and lovely layered leaves. Your project will be to paint a wreath of your own. But first we'll need to gather our supplies. So let's jump to that segment next and get started. Thanks for joining me today. 2. Supplies: Okay guys, Let's talk supplies. We'll need our basics. Paper towel, clean water will also need a pencil and an eraser and an assortment of brushes. So here I have a 12 and a 64 and those apply work well for what we're doing today. We'll also of course, need watercolor paper. I like to use arches cold press. But anytime that you have should work to a 140 pounds, a 100 percent cotton, that should work great for our project today. And then the fun stuff, we'll need some paint starting with a mix of greens. So I like to mix them in all different ways. And any green do you want to use our fine, what I have here, our sap green and undersea green and hookers green. And we'll use them in varying amounts to get lighter and darker leaves will need some reds for our berries. So again, I have an assortment here because you might want to start bright and then use some darker tones. So I have a crimson, a maroon, and a scarlet lake, so we can get varying red tones in our berries. Finally, for our eucalyptus, we will need a turquoise and a black. This is a cobalt turquoise and a mars black. You can use whatever you have on hand. And finally, for some embellishments, at the very end, we will need a whitewash. Or if you don't have white quash, you can use a white uni-ball pen. Either one of those should work fine for our embellishments at the very end when we're finishing up our wreath. And I'll post these all in the supply list for the class. So I thought it might be helpful to actually mix some paints before we got started so that you can see what I'm doing off-camera as we pay the various elements. So I thought I'd show you the reds first because I think we'll be starting with the berries as those are the sort of top part of the wreath. So I just want to show you some of the reds as I mix them so you can get a sense of what you wanna do with your red. So I'll start with a little crimson here just so you can see. It's pretty deep and dark and kind of a traditional, I think, kind of a traditional holiday red. And then you have some maroon here which makes it darker. So this is sort of a little bit of a blend. You can also pull in from scarlet lake and you can see that that's a much brighter and lighter red. It's almost has like an orangey tone to it. I know there's a shine here. It's hard to see, but it has more of an orangey tone as compared to like this deep dark maroon can see how really rich and dark that is, but also has a tendency to darken things. So maybe we use those for the berries that are going to be tucked behind. And we use kind of a crimson and scarlet red blend for the top berries that are brighter and have more light on them. Now with your greens, my favorite green is a sap green. And so if you get a lot of that, that's kind of probably the greens that we'll start with. Initially. It mixes great with all other greens. So I really always like to start with SAP usually as my base. I loved Daniel Smith, undersea green can see that here. It is rich and dark and it has a really beautiful granulation. So we get into some of our darker leaves. I'll definitely be using some of that and maybe blending it with the sap green. I also have some Hooker's green here. This is more of a kind, I think if there's like a bright Kelly green. And We'll add that in a little when we do some of our darker leaves and may even mix in some black because it helps just to deepen the color. Some people don't like to add black, that's fine. Just add more pigment. So the last thing is the eucalyptus and it's going to be a turquoise. So you have a couple, you can have a turquoise light, cobalt turquoise light or regular turquoise. It doesn't matter. And you're going to mix that with a black, maybe a lamp black or a Mars block, whatever you have, just kind of takes it down a little and makes it that sort of eucalyptus tone. Know if that's easy to see here. Kind of dab it on the paper towel, but it's a cool like greeny blue effect. And we'll actually mix this quite a bit to do the eucalyptus. And we may even mix some of those blues in with our greens for some of our leaves and liked to have like a bluish green leaf. So we may mix some of the turquoise in with our greens and have like an interesting bluey green leaf. And we can even mix to make things darker in our greens. We can even mix in a little black. You can see how that then deepened this color some more as well. But that should really cover all of the colors we're going to use today, all the paints we're going to use. And again, check your supply list for that information. And now we are ready to go practice the different elements we're going to use in our wreath today. So jump to the next section and we'll practice together. 3. Practice: Okay guys, before we get started on our wreath, I wanted to practice the various elements. The berries, the eucalyptus, the pine, maybe someone bar leaves too, just to make sure that we feel comfortable painting all the different elements of the wreath. I'm going to start with the midsize brush, maybe six or an eight. You can go smaller because we're going to start with the berries, but that'll be fine. You don't need to worry too much. This is our mess around time, our learning time. And I'm going to start the mix of reds like we talked about. And we're going to keep it really simple and create our berries. So it's just a simple circle. We're going to fill it almost all the way in. I like to leave a little white, sometimes on one side to show a shine on the Barry to give an idea where the light's coming from. But it doesn't have to be a perfect circle guys. Just berries are sort of a natural shape. They don't have to be perfectly circular, so the light's going to come from that side. I'm going to put some darker pigment, some crimson over here. It just adds a slight amount of dimension to your Berry. And I'm going to put another one right next to it, but not touching. Because what we're going to go for here is a clump of berries eventually to fit into our wreath. And so I want to kinda just put two next to each other and maybe let them dry and then we'll go back and start filling it around. So again, if the light is coming from the right for little darker pigment on the left, that just gives the illusion that the light is coming from the right-hand side and it's a little bit of darkness on the left side, maybe there are some shadow there. So when we can pick up pigment with a dry brush, if you've gotten too much on there, you can pick up some pigment while it's wet. And don't worry, if you fill in the whole berry, it's fine. All right. Let's let those dry and let's go ahead and work on our eucalyptus. So load up your brush with some of that mix of your blues and blacks. And let's practice a little eucalyptus branch. So when I start my eucalyptus, I do too little leaves at the top. One is like a teardrop shaped generally, just like that, very simple. And the other will be a leaf you see from the side. So it's just a teeny line, right? As if you're seeing the edge of the leaf. And then we'll work our way down. So put a little stem and we'll have a leaf going off to the left. Let me see part of this one. So it's like a little, like a little loop. You can see part of the shape of this one. And then one off to the right. That's more of just, just a line again, you see the edge, add some stem and this leaf is going to be sort of facing us. So it's crossing over where the step is. Put a little pigment in at the tip. Maybe along the edge gives it some definition. We still have to account for the other leaf here. So I'm just gonna do a very thin line off to the right. Now the stems hidden. So we'll just do it right under that leaf. But here's where our next leaf might be. This one's kind of flopping down a little to the right. If that makes sense, you see part of it where it attaches to the stem. A little more pigment than there would have been a leaf hidden under there. So maybe I'll make it a little dark line where it would have stuck out from behind that leaf. See how we're getting the shape of the eucalyptus loop. Put a thin leaf on this side, maybe just a dash where it would be on the other side. It's up to you how you shape your leaves. You can make them bigger like this, where they have more shape to them. Can put an angle to your leaf. You know, just sort of how much of it you might see. I like to intersperse them with thinner lines just because I feel like it's kind of what a eucalyptus looks like. The leaves are facing in different directions, both toward you and away from you and to the side off the stalk. So I think gets enough of our branch for now. Let's let this dry and let's practice the next of our elements. Let's practice some pine. Okay, So if we've loaded up with some of our dark greens, I really like to use mix of SAP and maybe undersea are still using R6 here. And we're just gonna make kind of a dashed, dashed light line. Really quick flick of our brush. And we're going to use quick flicks just to make some little pine needles. They're not going to be perfect and they're not going to be precise. I'd like to turn my page when I do the other side just so I can kinda get a similar motion. These aren't lining up perfectly, but we're just trying to keep this really simple and get smaller as we get towards the end. So that's a basic. Pine branch right there. Now if that's too sparse for you, go ahead and get some darker green, maybe just deep sea by itself. And you can go back in sort of along or under each little needle and just add a darker needle, either in-between or right along the edge or just add a darker edge to the existing needle that you painted. I like to kinda plant my brush on the main stalk and then flick it out. So you can see this kind of fills out the pine branch a little more by interspersing a darker color. And it gives it a little bit again of dimension to your pine branch. So, well, that's wonky. We won't do that, but this is why we're practicing. So you can just go in and flick out some more branches, make it a little bushy or just do whatever feels right for your pine stock, maybe practice them a couple of different ways. While I kind of make a little mess of this one here. Alright, so I checked and our berries are dry. So if yours, your jar to, it's time to go back and add some darker barriers that are going to look like they're behind the existing ones. So for that, I'm going to load up on some of the crimson and more room. So we get a little darker tone. If you want really dark berries, you can add some lamp black. But this is what we're going for here. These darker berries that are touched behind, the lighter ones, it makes it look like some are popping out towards you and some are a little bit farther away. So imagine where that Barry would sort of live if it was behind these to make we make a shape. This is again, not going to be a perfect circle and not precise, but we're going to fill it in with a darker color. Like it's a berry that's farther away and in the shadow of the other berries. So you can kinda get a feel here of how that barrier might be tucked behind the first two. Again, throw a little bit wonky, which is totally fine. The light might still hit it and put a shadow on it. Let's just try another one right next to it. Just to practice the technique is to hide the edge of this one underneath this barrier. So again, you kinda have to picture where it pops out from underneath the other berry and draw a little circle. You can always make it larger. If you start small, it's a little bit easier. But see, we add this dark edge here. You can see how it's tucked behind the other berry. And we'll do this in a much larger scale when we start working on our wreath. So I'd like to go back now that our eucalyptus is dry and add a little detail to the leaves to give them a little more dimension. And I'm just going to take a little bit of the darker pigment we were using and put it under the edge of the leaf just to give a little shadow underneath these leaves and give them a little more dimension. I'm also going to touch the main stalk as I go down. Because that is farther away than these leaves generally, and it will give it a little more dimension like that stock is farther away. So I'm outlining the leaves, just the little edges of the leaves, even our top ones. And then I want to make sure we add that detail to the stock as well. So I think that gives it some good dimension and I think that makes our eucalyptus complete. So we have our pine that's done. We're done with our eucalyptus and our berries. Maybe we'll practice some leaves next. I think a little bit of practice is probably very worth it. Let's switch to a larger brush here, 10, 12, whatever you feel comfortable with. And let's go ahead and just for fun, practice some leaves, maybe some leaf shapes and decide what we want to add to our wreath. So I will add a sap green on this. And I wanted to do just a little stalk here. So I'm going to do a little dash stem and pull some leaves off the sides. This is a two-part leaf. I teach these in a couple of my classes, specifically my beginner class. If you need to go back and refresh how to make this shape of a leaf. That's a great class for this, I'd like to add pigment at the tip and the bottom of the leaf. Just for a little dimension and little something extra. This is a very simple leaf shape where you use the brush to start with the tip, push down with the barrel, and then pull up. And again, I'd like to add the detail, the darker pigment at the end while it's still wet and will blend a little. And that one did not. So I'm going to help it a little bit on its way. So if it's dry, then you see you get these blobs and you need to get them all assist with some more water. So again, it's a tip and then a push-down and these leaves are just going to be almost stock. And this will help give our recent shape and put in some branches like this that will give it a good round shape for us if that's what we end up with. And maybe we'll do one more leaf here of different shaped leaf next to this just to practice one that's a slightly different color or a different shape. I'm going to pull some of our eucalyptus tone, some of that blue black in with some sap green. I'm just gonna do one larger leaf next to our branch here just to practice. One with kind of a wavy edge. It'll give our brief, you know, some interests to have leaves that are a little different. So it starts the same. But you see how I've kind of waved out that the sides of it, it's just a larger leaf. And these might be sort of our backdrop leaves. So the leaves that are behind the other ones. But I think we're ready to get started, guys, feel free to practice more if you like, or get ready to join me while we start putting our wreath together. I can't wait. 4. Berries: Okay guys, it's time to start putting our reeds together and we're gonna start with the round shape. I like to use a little cheat to kind of keep my place on my page. And I like to take a bowl and just trace around it to give myself a really pale guideline. It's just something to follow as we're putting our race together. We don't have to stay strictly to that circle, but it helps us keep maybe our place on the page a little bit. So I'm going to mix up some of our reds. I'm going to mix up a little scarlet lake and a little crimson to get just a nice deep red. I'm using a six here. I'm going to pick a spot on the upper corner of the wreath. When you're doing watercolor, you have to work from the top-down. So what you see the most of so we're going to start with our berries. Those are going to pop off the page. The leaves are going to be underneath them, so we need to start with them. The light is coming from the right, so we'll leave a little bit of a light spot on the right side of the berries. I'm not going to be too particular with my placement to start. So just going to work on getting like a large grouping of berries in and around each other. I'll be starting with the top. I guess we'll call them the top barriers, the ones that are lighter and brighter. As they dry, we can add in darker berries behind, like we did in practice. If you're wet and just really work on the top layer. But if they're dry, we can add in like berries tucked away underneath as we go. This will be a little bit of a process because we want to get a lot of berries on, are rethinking. They kind of are the focal point. They kinda stand out and really make it. Barry holiday ish, very wintery. So just work along with me. We'll start here. I think we'll do three different clumps and berries along our wreath. So this'll be our first one. And we're just going to have to sit and make a whole bunch of berries. Okay, that's a start on our first group of barriers, we will probably go back and add some more and put some darker ones in up there. But let's pick another spot on the reef. I think. Well, like I said, we'll do three, so let's pick our next spot. We'll kind of go in thirds. I like to turn my page. It makes it a lot easier than I don't rub my hand through what I just painted, which I do a lot. So let's just do this process again. We're, we're again going to place these randomly. I am leading white on some of these, but if they get filled in, that's fine. I'm going to teach you a little trick at the very end when we're putting in the final details on our wreath. So don't worry if you're just filling in complete circles, that's totally fine. If you want to go back and shade, you know, drop some darker pigment in the one side of the berry and leave a white kind of light mark on the other side. That's great. It gives you a very some dimension. But we will do a little trick at the end also to help with that. So again, let's just work on our second clump of berries. We'll do some lighter and some darker as we go and we'll do some close together and some spread out. This will be something that's a little bit of trial and error. And just feel free to make them really randomly clump a few together, space a few out, put them where you'd like, um, and just know that we can look at it before we start filling in our leaves and other elements and add to it as we go. So I'm kind of speeding through this part of the video because it is time-consuming and I don't want to take up all of our video space with berries. You may take a break in the middle and get a drink, because making the berries is a long process. You'll see that this clump of various gotten out of control. But I think that's good to have smaller grouping like in one part of the wreath and a larger grouping and another. You don't want this to be symmetrical. This isn't a rate that's going to be exactly the same all the way around. It's going to have a lot more interest. So as we move through this clump of berries, I think I'll start now just adding a few that are darker in behind some of these or alongside them just to give a little more interests to the wreath. And then we will move over to our third and final grouping of berries and get those on the page. So hang in there with me. I think we'll start our third clump of berries over here. A second one looks pretty complete. Probably have to go back to the first one a little, but it's just again, pick a spot on our circle, sort of know, thirds splitting and third with these clumps, we may add more berries in other places as we go, as we add layers to your wreath. But for now, let's go ahead and repeat what we've done on our first two clumps, adding in lighter, darker, bigger or smaller. Just letting it be sort of organic. Just building in a clump of berries. Again, don't worry about everything being spaced perfectly or trying to do exactly what I'm doing. Everyone's wreath is going to look different. Even if I tried to paint this wreath over and over, every time I paint it, it would come out differently. Remember to add shadow if you want to. Don't get too stressed about that, and leave white marks if you want to as well. But again, we're going to do a little cheat on that at the end to help add some dimension to the berries. So don't, don't worry too much. If you just get some big round blobs, those are going to work. Okay, I think that one looks pretty good. I want to go back to our first set of berries and add a few more. They're just want to even these out a little. Each clump doesn't have to have the same number of barriers at all. But I do want to add a few more now that some of these up here are dry. So I am going to add both lighter, brighter ones up here. I'm going to make some of them larger to kind of match up better with that third clump we did because it got kind of rural big berries going over there. Again is just showing you how it just kind of evolves as you go. So I'm going to add in a few more berries to our initial clump. Do that along with me. And then we will start thinking about what comes next on our wreath. Then finally, let's add a few more back over here. Now that these are dry, we'll add a few more darker berries just to show that there are some set behind. And again, maybe even these comps up a little bit. So there isn't one that's Too much smaller than the other ones, if that makes sense. And we're almost done with the barrier part guys. Thanks for hanging in there. I do promise it will be worth the effort when you see the final result. All right, great work on your berry clumps, guys. Thanks for hanging in there with me and sticking with it. These make a huge difference in the overall breadth and this is the most amount of detail that we'll have to do. So clean off your brushes and let's move forward. 5. Eucalyptus: We're going to start now adding in our eucalyptus, that's the next layer of the wreath that you see when you're working from the top down, we're going to put a little stem out here, but we'll start to give our wreath some shape. We'll have some that maybe go to the out, some that go to the center of the wreath will let them be pretty whimsical. Remember how we practice these? And remember this is a mix of your turquoise, light turquoise and a little bit of black, maybe a lamp black if you have it or an ivory black. Practice and swatch out your colors a little before you start. We're just going to start like we did in practice with our two little top leaves and kind of get an idea of which way our stem is going to swoop. And then we're going to start adding in those different shaped leaves like we did in practice. Some straight lines, some thicker ones, ones that have a little more shape to them and come out at us, right, like this one. You see the whole leaf coming sort of towards you and then add pigment where you need it. And we'll go back after they're dry and add in an extra detail for depth when we're, when we're done with our stock. But we're going to add quite a few of these. They kinda make the wreath a little bit special, I think in a little bit different. Maybe a traditional holiday wreath. So remember we have our tipsy leaves and are straight lines and just intersperse them the way, the way you like to. This one's obviously going more towards the center of the wreath. And then we'll do more towards the outside and along the oval or round shape. But the rate that we're trying to build, as we lay our leaf, we may paint over some of these eucalyptus branches. We may tuck leaves behind by painting them around them to make it look like they're behind, just like we did with the berries will do different things with them. You don't have to be a complete, you know, branch so to speak. End it where you like. I think we'll kind of stop this one here. There'll be in the middle of the wreath as we build around it. And then I want to start another May 1 be be here going this way. So it's kind of branching out. Like it's coming out of the wreath shape a little bit. And we're just going to keep doing that. Remember to turn your page as you go. Help you not drag your hand through your painting, which I do all the time. The good news is if we do it here, probably able to hide it with the leaf or something else. Okay, so I like those look there on that side. I think we should add some to the other sections of our wreath. Again, it's not going to be a symmetrical rate, so they're not gonna be perfect. But let's add one coming out from the berries here. So this'll be our first sort of experienced tucking away some of the eucalyptus leaves behind some of the berry clumps, but it'll give it a really natural look in a realistic look in terms of how a normal reads hanging on your front door might look. So you can see now we're getting into the space where the eucalyptus would be behind the berries. So I might add a little more shadow, a little more pigment to these leaves. And you'll see they're going to stop where they would tuck underneath the berries. It's just have to paint a little more carefully here to make sure you're not painting on top of anything else. And you just sort of have to bring these right to the edge of the berry where they would be if they were actually laying behind that in the wreath. And now we're just going to go through the process of adding more eucalyptus stalks to our wreath. I'd like them to go kind of opposite directions a little bit towards the interior of the wreath and towards the exterior of the wreath. Just because this wreath is going to be a little wild, it's not going to be too perfect. And so we're just gonna go through the exercise of adding eucalyptus stalks all along the reef. You can add as many or as few as you like. I think there are like the berries. Just a really nice sort of extra detail. When we start getting into the leaves, will do varying colors and shapes. But these are the things because they're again like these top layers that they really stand out and pop out, I think to the viewer. So I like to add a good bit of eucalyptus. We can always go back at the end and sort of pull some out, you know, sort of add just the tips is if the stocks were sticking out, but this is where we have a chance to really paint the whole stock and to show the whole stock eucalyptus on the reef. So let's keep moving around our wreath and adding our stocks in different places. I'm going to put one now right in the midst of this group of berries. I think the contrast of the eucalyptus right up against the red berries will be really pretty and it'll give us space to continue to add a few more eucalyptus stocks to our wreath before we start adding in our other leafy elements. So stick with me and let's paint a few more together. So as I tuck these leaves behind an adding a little more of the black pigment, just a little more pigment generally to these leaves. They would be shadowed by the berries. So I just like to make them slightly darker maybe then the other stocks that are going to be more like they're laying on top. And if you look at where the leaf tucks behind the berries, you might just drop a little more pigment in there too, just to show that that's a shadow that the berries are throwing on the leaf and it gives, I'm just more of an indication of the order of the layers here. What's laying behind, what I think will add another stock or two in this area where this whitespaces they becoming an, a different direction. So let's add one here. Now I want to turn and add another one here, going right through this clump of berries. So we're going to kind of sketch out the stock, see how it's going to tuck under and pop out the other side. And we're going to do the same exact exercise where we will build our branch and maybe add a little more pigment to the leaves that would be darkened by the shadow up to berries. Okay, I know this looks a little crazy, but this is actually looking really good. So there are a couple of things I want to do before you move on to the next layers of our wreath. The first is there are some pencil lines showing from our original sketch. And I want to go in once everything is dry, make sure it's dry, and go and erase the pencil lines. I just don't want them to show up anywhere. If we've painted over them, it's fine, but I just don't want to have any pencil lines showing up right now. The second thing I want to do is go in and add those little bitty details on the eucalyptus like we did in practice. Taking a little bit darker pigment and just going in and outlining our stems, this the stocks a little bit. And then going underneath some of the leaves to make the underside stand out. Especially some of the leaves that are maybe tucked behind other leaves. To pull those out, just add a little bit of depth and dimension to it. Don't, don't get stressed about doing every leaf or every stock. I just think it helps sometimes when we add a lot of leaves leader, do eucalyptus can maybe get a little lost if we're not careful. So I think this just helps, give it just a little bit more dimension. So maybe just go around and add that where you like Here. Okay, I think our eucalyptus looks really beautiful. It has a little bit of detail to add something special to it. And our reef looks totally crazy. I got it. Let's just keep moving forward. You guys are doing great. Let's start our next layer of a wreath and really start to bring this to life. 6. Leaves: All right guys, this is where our wreath is really going to come to life. Let's add some leaves in these whitespaces and give our wreath a lot of shape. So we're going to start with the mix of sap green. We're not going to start with really dark leaves, will start with a lighter leaves. We can always go darker, but if we start with the dark, it'll be harder. So I'm gonna go ahead and start in the beginning of a branch, right in this group of berries down here. So again, I always like to sketch a light line with my paints to see where the stem would be. And then let's load up some pigment. Again, I'm going to use mostly a sap green for this with a little bit of undersea green. I don't want it to be too bright of a green because it's more of a holiday. I'm still using a six brush because I want to be able to make details with the point. So you really have to kinda look to see where your leaf would fall and tuck it behind. We use that same trick where we put extra pigment to make the leaf darker where it's behind. And then we're kinda guessing where that leaf might come out. On the other side. You can already see with the painting of these leaves, the beautiful layering that we're going to get with the berries on top, and the eucalyptus, and the leaves and the colors here and how beautifully they contrast. I just already love the look of this branch. It just looks like there's that whole group of berry sitting on top. And I just love that layered look. It, it takes effort to go back behind something you've already painted and add that detail and drop in that extra pigment for the extra shadow. But the effect is really wonderful. Sometimes it helps to do a little outline of your leaf, see how I just kinda sketch that lightly and then fill it in. It helps to give you a little idea of where you're going next. So I think our next branch will go right up here. Again, sketch it in lightly, dismantle, be a little bit easier because a lot of the leaves will just stand on their own and they won't be tucked behind the berries. Let's go and make another branch right here. Don't get too concerned that each leaf be absolutely perfect or at the same angle or exactly the same size as the other ones. That really doesn't matter and it doesn't really look natural anyway. So that looks nice. I think this is a great spot. This looks like a wide-open space. So let's do the same exercise here. And here we go again. We're going to pick another nice white area. We're going to do a branch here. I'm going to take this one a little to the inside because we already have this nice eucalyptus branch sort of hanging out on the outside. So we'll kinda curve this branch a little bit, painted along with me. Well, this is starting to look really good guys. So we're just going to keep turning our page and sort of keeping our shape going. It looks a really wonky kind of shape at the moment, but that's okay. Let's try to layer some in this little tricky spot right here behind these two eucalyptus. And it'll be a little extra work to touch things back, moved to a size four if you're having a hard time. All right. I'm going to move to a bigger brush now, maybe a 10 or a 12. And I'm going to fill in some of these bigger leaves that we practiced, sort of the background leaves, we've done a lot of our medium green leaves, but in some of the whitespace we can help fill in the blanks with some larger bluish leaves. So I've mixed in a little of our eucalyptus blue. With some of the sap green. And we're just, just to give ourselves a little bit of a break from doing a lot of tiny details are smaller leaves. We're going to put in some larger leaves back in behind the berries are in some of the whitespace is just to help fill in the space. Chances are we're going to paint over a lot of these with other leaves. So don't get too concerned about how precise they are. These are kind of a nice light layer that's going to help fill in the blanks. We'll do a few of these, so paint along with me. Okay, so those are a little wonky, a little crazy, but that's fine. Now we're going to have some fun adding some really dark leaf accents to this. So we're going to take our sap green mixture, we're going to mix in elite a little maybe hunter, deep sea green, one of your darker greens. If you want a really dark, you can mix a little bit of black in there, that's totally up to you. But we're going to pop in some dark leaves that are very similar to the current green leaves that we have already. And this is really going to start to add some interests to our reads. And I think you're really going to like the effect. So follow along as we add some dark leaves in-between our other ones and over top of some of them too. So you'll see I'm kind of doing either a group of three leaves or even just one or two at a time. I'm going to paint some right over this large leaf. It'll give a really cool effect. I'm not trying to be too precise and these aren't going to be quite the same as the initial branches we did because we don't have the space to put in a big branch that has 10 leaves on it. So we're gonna just kinda work in twos and threes. Maybe a little bit bigger branch every once and awhile, but I kinda like to just add these in as little pops or sprigs of the darker color. Not quite to the same extent as we have our lighter green. So keep turning your page around as you paint, see where you think you need more of the dark green, see where it fits in with your design. It's okay like this if it overlaps a little on your existing leaves and it's okay to paint underneath them, so to speak. We'll do a little bit of each because that's kind of how the wreath would be. If it were a real wreath, it would be sort of mixed in grains, overlapping a lot. So just keep turning your page with me and decide where you feel like, you know, you need to add a little more greenery, especially in the places where we have maybe a lot of people lift this right now, or a lot of whitespace. It can get tricky when you get into these smaller spaces to pay sort of behind the eucalyptus, sometimes end up painting over it accidentally and don't worry if that happens, it will happen and it's not a big deal. It won't be noticeable in the final product. It does help to use a smaller brush sometimes and to really just take your time to go in. And you see I'll switch to maybe a four, but just to go in and do the details because in an around these little tiny eucalyptus leaves, it's really, really hard to keep from painting over them. So don't stress if that happens. Just keep painting your green leaves on and keep moving along because it is hardly get back in now behind the berries are the eucalyptus or the other leaves. We don't, we don't have that much space. And if you don't just want to paint over top of your all your hard work, then you're going to have to take the time to go in these little nooks and crannies like this. It's worth it's worth the effort. But I do understand that it is hard and it takes a long time to do the tiny details. It'll show up in the end though, that you took your time. Your final product will show your effort. All right, We're in the homestretch on the dark green leaves. I'm going to tuck a few more in this area. I'm just kind of looking at the overall shape of my wreath and where I feel like we might need a little more of that dark green. But you can see the layers growing in your wreath. You can see that all of your efforts at building this layer by layer are really paying off. This is the hardest work that you're doing here now to take your time and go back behind what you did. But we're in the homestretch on leaves and then we're going to add some little details and wrap up our beautiful project. So well, I'm zooming along through this. It definitely is a slower process to go back in. I'm adding some now that come in towards the center of the wreath, some that are a little larger. Just want to make sure that our dark green stands out in some places and hopefully won't get dizzy, turning our wreath around and around. But it really does help to turn it in circles to get a sense of the shape and the proportions and where you're kind of lacking in a certain color. And see how he brought these into the center. I think they add just a nice detail to it and you can do that in some other places too. Where do you see here There's just maybe too much white or we could just add a little bit of a larger LEA for one that's kind of going to the outside just to keep our wild looking wreath inaction with lots of fun, color and shape and detail. So here's where it's really a judgment call time for everyone in terms of where you stop. I always have a really hard time with this part in deciding is it enough? Is it too much? Usually I end up overdoing it. So make your own decision on when to stop adding leaves and where to have them. It's really hard to know. Sometimes it's okay if your wreath, it's not perfectly balanced. I think that's kind of fun, but let's move on from here and do our pine next, jump to the next section with me. 7. Pine: So I think we have a really lovely wreath going here. And if you want to stop here, Go for it. But I see some places here where I think a little bit of pine would really just add an additional holiday feel to it. Pined certainly speaks of winter and the holidays. So remember how we practice our pine branches. We made an initial kind of stem and then we plant our brush and flick out our pine needles to the sides. So I'm using a medium green here. I'm using a smaller brush so we can go into our wreath and not sort of destroy what we've already done. I'm going to tuck some of these behind like I just did. And I'm just going to keep looking at the shape of the wreath and decide where a little pine might help. You fill out the shape a little or add a little more green. I will put some over top, just like this one. I think that's just natural to the wreath. So some of these are gonna go over top. I might try to take care like that, not to paint on top of my berries because I like those to show the most. And then remember, you can go back in with darker green to accent the stem of your post, or even along each little needle. Take your time with this. This is just kind of fun. These are really loose pine branches, right? This is not something precise and perfect. So I love how that looks coming out with the berries. Let's look at other places in the wreath that could use a little bit of whom, just a little bit of additional detail. So maybe up here we could add a little pine. I think they want to keep it not perfectly balanced, but I think adding some that kinda comes into the center of the wreath is really pretty good. Ad one hanging down here. Again, turning it and seeing like this is a good spot, add some here, we'll put it above the leaves rather than trying to tuck it underneath. And again to turn and see this might be a nice spot. We'll talk this one underneath. You know, I like the berries to show on top. So let's put this branch where it would hide underneath the berries on this branch. And don't forget to go back and add your details if you want to darken those stems. So I think we're really coming along here, guys, keep looking at your wreath and see where you want to add a little more pine detail. You can add just the tip of the time coming out at the side like that, you don't have to paint the full branch, right? If it was hidden underneath everything, you can add just a little bit upon sticking out here. Again, we get to the judgment call place. Where is it too much? Are we overdoing it? So hard to figure out sometimes? So don't stress over that though. This brief kind of you could add to it all day, I think. And it would just be a happy, happy holiday wreath. You can look back now and see if you want to add berries anywhere else. You could pop some berries into a couple different places if you wanted a little more red. This is where you personalize your wreath and really make it your own and don't feel like you have to follow along. I'm going to add a leaf up here because I feel like it needs one. But maybe you don't. So do it your own way. I can't wait to see what you do with this class and what your reeds look like when you're done. I'm really excited for it. So add any final little details that you want to add to your wreath. And then join me for our final segment, where we add just a little bit of special accent to our berries and finish up our wreath. 8. Finishing Touches: Okay, so now we have our wreath. It's just about finished here. And there's just two things I want to show you guys that you can do to add something special to your berries and just to finish up your wreath, to grab your pen. If you have a white pen or a little bit of whitewash if you have it. I'm going to dip my brush in the end of the tube, which is not what you're supposed to do. So this is a do, as I say, not as I do. But we're going to go back to the berries and look at where the light might hit them and add just a tiny little drop of whitewash to show the shine. I think you'll see we're more done. It actually makes a difference in adding dimension to the berries. So the second thing I wanted to do with you with go back in and add little bitty stems where the berries attach into the wreath. Otherwise I think they kinda, they're just floating out there, which is not terrible. But I'm really just going to take the darkest green, like maybe are our undersea green and go in and make a very dark little line. D kinda gotta look at this and see if the stems would even show, right? Some of these are buried underneath leaves or they're on top and you wouldn't actually see this damn, but I think it helps a little bit just to anchor the berries into the wreath. And sometimes you would see the little stems. So sort of turn your way around your wreath and see how the barriers might attach. And they can talk back like this under an existing leaf or the high end of the stem will hide somewhere. But you'll see I did go ahead and add in a couple sort of random places, little berries hidden away, little half berries. And those are kinda fun. They just add a little more red to our rates. So feel free to do that as well. All right, guys, I'm so, so proud of you for hanging in there and building this beautiful wreath with me. Thank you so much. I'm going to continually touch this because I have a problem stopping. But if you're happy with your wreath and I hope that you are, I hope you'll share it to the projects. I hope you'll post it on Instagram and tag me at Sweet seasons are, so I can store it on my Instagram. I love seeing your work and sharing it. I hope whatever you're celebrating this season, whether it be winter or the holidays or anything, I hope that it's joyous and I appreciate you. Thank you again and happy painting.