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Have Fun with Learning to Paint Watercolor Apples

Shannon Christensen, Surface Designer, Creativity Coach

Have Fun with Learning to Paint Watercolor Apples

Shannon Christensen, Surface Designer, Creativity Coach

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28 Lessons (47m)
    • 1. Class Watercolor APPLES INTRO

    • 2. PROJECT Watercolor Apples

    • 3. Watercolor APPLES SUPPLIES LIST

    • 4. Watercolor Apples CHOOSING APPLES

    • 5. Class Watercolor Apples VALUES

    • 6. Inner Apple Step #1 DRAW

    • 7. Inner Apple Step #2 WASH

    • 8. Inner Apple Step #3 EDGES

    • 9. Inner Apple Step #4 SKIN

    • 10. Inner Apple Step #5 STEM & CORE

    • 11. Inner Apple Step #6 STREAKS & SEED

    • 12. Inner Apple Step #7 SKIN EDGE

    • 13. Inner Apple Step #8 CORE DEFINED

    • 14. Inner Apple Step #9 DEFINE & RE DEFINE

    • 15. Outer Apple INTRO CHEATSHEET

    • 16. Outer Apple Step #1 DRAW

    • 17. Outer Apple Step #2 BASE PAINT

    • 18. Outer Apple Step #3 SALT

    • 19. Outer Apple Step #4 SPATTERS

    • 20. Outer Apple Step #5 CLEANUP

    • 21. Outer Apple Step #6 SPECKLES

    • 22. Outer Apple Step #7 TIP

    • 23. Outer Apple Step #8 REPEAT

    • 24. Outer Apple Step #9 SHADOW

    • 25. Outer Apple STEP #10 SALT

    • 26. Outer Apple Step #11 STEM

    • 27. Outer Apple Step #12 SHADOW

    • 28. About ME

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Paint watercolor apple halves inside and outside. Two cheatsheets are available (9 Steps Inner Apple & 12 Steps Outer Apple) to help with the painting and  following along with the videos. You'll be painting apples all over the place in no time.




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Shannon Christensen

Surface Designer, Creativity Coach


No matter where I've lived - Jordan, Sweden or the United States - they all speak the universal language of flowers. And I love the lexicon of blossoms! Florals are the darlings that guide my artwork, start my fabric collections (I've made 3 with Windham Fabrics) and delight my creative life. 

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1. Class Watercolor APPLES INTRO: Hey, hey, my creative friend. My name is Shannon Christianson from Shannon studio.com. And we are going to be painting some watercolor apples. And it's a watercolor class. And so we'll, I'll be walking you through this step-by-step. Even if you're a beginner, you can do this is we will be painting the half of an apple on the inside and also the skin. I also produce some cheat sheets for you so that when you are done with the class and you're sitting there, you're wanting to paint, but you don't want to have to go back to the video that you have some reference. So I do the skin and then I also have the inside Apple sheet. And so that way when you are after you've viewed the video, you want to sit down and paint, you have these seeds. You can sit right next to you and just refer back to it so that you can actually start to do it on your own. I really want to help you be successful, and that's why I create the cheat sheets. In this class, you will paint wet and wet. You will also see what a washes and paint that you will see how we layer and build up the apple core and the skin and just kind of use the richness of the washes to build up that color. The project is to paint some apples. I will show you some inspiration of what you can do with your apples. When you start to do things. You think that this just this one little apple, your painting and then, oh, that's not anything, but it really is something. What your little apple can do. I just want you to be successful. I want you to be able to not be intimidated by this. I remember what it's like to be be a beginner, so don't be scared. We can walk through this together. Go ahead, get your paints out and get ready. And I will walk you through it step-by-step. 2. PROJECT Watercolor Apples: Your project for this class to paint some apple halves. That's it. Just paint the apple hubs, have fun with it, learned some skills. But you're probably going to want to try something else and have a little more fun with them. For these apples, I cut them out and place them on our plates for things giving. After I was done with that, I put them in my life book and I used it as a journal page for my month of November and wrote in some of our activities for November. At the very least, you could do a journal page about yourself, your core values, your, what you feel is the core of creativity, the core of your character. There are just lots of different fun things that you can do. But you're going to want to do something. 3. Watercolor APPLES SUPPLIES LIST: Ok, creative friend, let's go over some of the supplies. I usually recommend a 140 pound paper. I also preferred gum to edges. So then that way you don't have to tape it to the table. And it's just really a great surface to work with. Different pressures, have different sizing formats and different countries. So I've lived in Sweden, the US, and Jordan. So I have a variety. But what you want to look for is us say sizes 46812 rounds and a one-inch flat brush. I use tube paints, Sap Green, amber, light yellow, and a medium yellow, a lime green. Yellow, yellow, green, and a red. Yellow, red. I didn't listed here, but a Blue is well, if you don't want to invest in the two paints, you can just use the less expensive option of a children's Pen. Palette. Can lead it palette, paper towels and clean water. Also rock salt in a grinder. Gets some apples. But be sure to watch the video on choosing which apples to get and what to look for. And you're going to want to download the cheat sheets, the inner Apple nine step one, and the outer Apple 12-step. These will help you immensely when you sit down by yourself to paint. It'll be just a great reference to have. There's also the watercolor Apple patterns incase you in case you want to follow along and do the same Apple that I am doing. Everybody has an inner artist. Let's find yours. 4. Watercolor Apples CHOOSING APPLES: There are three apples that we can choose from. The particular, I mean an apples and apples, but sometimes a shape or something catches your eye like this around these two is very interesting. So when you paint your going to have this area, whereas this one doesn't have it stems, you want to get one that has a stem. This is a very interesting stamp. This one little, it's interesting but a little less beautiful. So I probably wouldn't paint them. So this apple's out. So I would go with one of these two apples were going to work small. What you do is you're going to cut the apple in half. Get the Apple apps and something acidic. I used orange juice, but just some names so they don't turn brown quickly. 5. Class Watercolor Apples VALUES: In this section, we're going to create a value scale and its value that'll give our apples their form and shape. User number 23 or four round brush, whichever you're used to using using yellow paint and mix them plenty of water with the pigment. On the smoothest side of the scrap, a watercolour paper make small marks all the way across the page. Do not read dip your paintbrush in the picnic or water. It's the release of the pigment in water on the paper without redeploying, that creates the values from dark to light. Now repeat this with grain. You first try and might not work. So take your time and make several attempts at it until you get a good dark to the light scale will be using this for a painting. So you'll want to make sure you have distinct values. 6. Inner Apple Step #1 DRAW: Welcome to step one, draw, we're going to be drawing the inner Apple. Here's an easy quick tip to draw the app. Since this really isn't a drawing class, I'm going to give you a quick tip. You can trace around the app will to get the outer shape and draw the inside parts. Just make sure the apples are dry. Before you put them on the paper. Pencil marks become permanent once the watercolor goes over the top of them. So you will want to erase any dark lines, any stray lines, anything that you might not want to show up after you've put the watercolor on, especially in the lighter areas. Use the apple that you traced as reference to draw the inside of the apple and get the marks down you will need in order to carry out the painting part. You don't have to put every mark, just the marks that you will need to reference. In nature, It's the details of a particular form that given personality. So you want to look at the apple and see how deep does the stem go? How wide are the seed pockets? How big are the seeds? Our little hairs at the end of the apple shaped. So look at it in detail that you get a real good idea and draw that specific apple. Okay? There's a download for Apple drawings that you can have to help yourself out a little bit if you need help with the drawing. 7. Inner Apple Step #2 WASH: Welcome to the watercolor apples class. We're going to be painting the inside half of an apple. Download this cheat sheet and take notes on it. It'll also help you to paint after you're done watching the video. This is the apple we're going to paint. We've already done step one drawing section in a previous video. So go back and refer to that video if you have not drawn your Apple. Step two is the wash. We're going to use the lower values in the value scale to wash in the flesh of the Apple who washes just a thin layer of pigment placed all over, blocking in the color. You want to make sure it's not any darker than the first three values on the right-hand side. 8. Inner Apple Step #3 EDGES: Step three are the edges. We're going to just darken up the edges around the outer edge of the Apple. Again, we're going to use the lighter colors from the value scale. We'll start with yellow and put another layer of yellow. Just on the edges. Don't go darker than left first three to five colors on the right-hand side of the value scale. That way we know for sure we're not going to dark. Before we need to go dark. Then blend that yellow into the existing layer of yellow. So the edges kind of blend a little bit. So that's it for step three. Let's go on to step four. 9. Inner Apple Step #4 SKIN: This is step four is can't, you don't get a little bit of medium green. So a medium value green and worked on the skin very well. That's going to blend a little bit because you're painting wet and wet. And that's okay because we'll go over this skin edge again further along. What on what means that you're taking your wet painting painting onto a wet surface. After he'd gone all the way around the edge of the flesh. You're going to paint the skin at the top and the bottom. You're going to use a darker value on the skin of the apple. So you're going to take the value scale and look at the values on the left and take the two to three going from left to right. Let's move on to step five. The stamp and core. 10. Inner Apple Step #5 STEM & CORE: Okay, we're on step five, the stem and the court really examined the core of the apple and don't get intimidated by the complexity of it. Just keep referring back to it. You can mix a little bit of green and brown Together. We didn't do a value steady for the Browns. But take a medium brown because later on you're going to put a darker edge on that brown. And if you make it too dark now you won't be able to take it dark where it needs to be taken dark later on. Keep referring back and forth from the apple to your painting. When it's okay to stop now and then reexamined the apple so that you make sure you know where you're going next. This process takes a little time, so don't worry that you're not going fast enough or that you're not quite getting it at first, just take your time, be patient with yourself, and just keep reexamining the apple will making the marks that you think are the best. You're building up the layers on the core. So you've started out with a light brown one. You're going to move into a little bit darker brown. We'll try and keep adding layers. It's okay to turn the paper so that your hands not at some odd angle and it makes it uncomfortable the paint. And you can always move things around. They don't have to be stationary. And the more comfortable your wrist in handler, the easier it is going to be free to paint. Right here we're going to paint the pocket where the seed lays in to start with a little bit of yellow and maybe mixing a little bit of green is your next step is number six, streaks on seats. 11. Inner Apple Step #6 STREAKS & SEED: We're moving right along with its step six streaks, tandem. Who picked an interesting at all, then had streets near the stem so that we'd have something fun to paint. You've already taken a little brown ring mixture in paint, those little streaks, stripes, whatever you want to call them. But the discoloration near the Stan. You're also going to bring that color and little bit into the edge of that. Apple's came near the top. You're going to continue on to add a little bit of yellow, green, Brown, an alternate colors to what you see and what you like. And you'll also darken the seed area. Using a little bit of a mix of green and brown. You're going to lay on another wash to darken that seat up. The stripes are the streets that you paint don't have to be perfect and they don't have to match mine or the apple exactly. Net a little bit more darks. And to some of the areas after they dry out, i we will finish this up, let it dry, and move on to step seven. 12. Inner Apple Step #7 SKIN EDGE: This is step 7, the skins edge. Using a small brush. You're gonna make some little bit of brown and green. And you're going to want a little more on the green side than the brown site. Then we're going to paint the very edge of the apple, a real thin line and just follow that outer edge. It was FAS. See the difference between the sides. Sometimes we feel like we're we're not doing anything. We're doing so little. It's not making a difference like very small wash or one layer color. But it's there is really a process happening. I've been blending a little bit more into the apple flesh than I did on the other slide. Felt like it needed more blending a little more color. Sometimes you just need to look at what the app looks like. And it might change the process and it'll take a little bit in that same color we've been using. When darken the skin of the apple. With a little wash of color. We'll do the top and the bottom. Now I'm getting more on the end. Step eight, core defined. 13. Inner Apple Step #8 CORE DEFINED: We're on step 8, core defined. Here we are going to define a deepened the seed pockets kinda pushed them back so that it looks like it's a space at the seed. Can rest. And two, we're still working with the green and brown and yellow. And we're making those thin layers. Those little wash is thin, transparent color and building it up. This is a work in restraint to not just pile all the color on there the first go round, but to build a color up. And to look at the apple and see where I see color. To really study the apple. And to notice things that maybe weren't noticeable the first time around. Here, we're going to use a little more brown than green and paint the bottom of the apple. We're going to work on the hair-like parts of the apple. I've painted this up we'll numerous times, and I'm familiar with it. But even in life familiar ART, there are times where I hesitate and I have to stop for a minute and think. Just pause. So when you're looking at that pull in, you are hesitating and you don't know exactly what to do next. That happens. That's part of the process and that's where we stop and look, study a little bit more. And then until we feel somewhat, somewhat comfortable with the next mode. Because really this is some paint by numbers. It's paint by feeling, it's paint my singing. And so it's a different process. All right, let's move on to Step 9. 14. Inner Apple Step #9 DEFINE & RE DEFINE: Step nine, define and refine. Here I'm mixing a little bit of teal green. I've taken a little bit of the light green, mixed it with the blue. I didn't tell you to get any blue because this is the only place that I can remember that we used this color and didn't really think it was worth it. I didn't really like how it turned out in the sea. So for that reason, um, I didn't tell you about it. But if you really want to go ahead and try it, It's the light green with blue and mixing brown into the sea to kind of tone it down from that teal color. Well, we're doing in this section is we're defining and refining the form of the apple. In this really personal preference. We're deepening the shadows, creating that distinction and values so that there are some really dark darks. And then similarly lights. Okay. Hi. There. Here is where we pick up a little bit of the red pen, add it to the brown and use it near the core, the center. You can see where that water color kinda spilled out from where it originally painted it. It's because it was wet over on that side. So the watercolor naturally cooled into the wet area. And then I took a clue paint brush and pulled up that color. I kinda wish I would have left it. It's kinda cool. And that would have been a happy accident. But back to the idea of using the red. It's used very sparingly. Hello. Two. So I've taken a tissue here to pull up some color that I didn't want there. Sometimes you put water in an area that's not trained on is quite like what you wanted. And then putting a piece of paper towel on it. Except that coal. That's just a little tip for excellent minor mistakes. Hi. There. Okay, this issue, when we use the read, we use it sparingly, intense color and sometimes get a little out of control. We were doing. It's always a hard thing to figure out when to stop a painting. Kind of a rule of thumb is if you don't see anything new to add. So when you're looking at the apple and there's nothing new that comes out to you and jumps out at you. That's the time to quit. And if you still want to paint, which sometimes I'm like that I still want to paint. Then started another apple, read you this one, cut up another apple and do a new one. But again, this is preference. How far do you want to go and how much you want to refine it. But I think I've showed you in lots that you can good idea of the process and what's is involved into Napa. So go ahead and finish up. Take a picture of your Apple. Put it online hashtag, share jets with Shannon and posted in the projects. I hope you really pleased with the inside of your apple. And now we'll move on to the outer apple. 15. Outer Apple INTRO CHEATSHEET: We'll be painting the outside of the apple in 12 short steps. First, print the cheat sheet that has the 12 steps so that you can take notes while you watch the video or why you're painting. 16. Outer Apple Step #1 DRAW: The outer Apple, step 1, draw. Pick the apple, have dry off the flesh. Trace around. Had a stem, which we didn't do here, but drawn a stem. And let your quick tip. That's it for step one. Let's move on to step 2, base paint. 17. Outer Apple Step #2 BASE PAINT: We are going to base paint a light wash of yellow first. It has very little pigment, is more water. You don't have to use a flat brush. If you don't have one, you can just use your largest round. You're going for a value scale of 1 to 4 on the right-hand side. So everything's pretty light. We're not looking for a totally smooth surface. We're looking for a mottled effect, meaning kind of splotchy. I should have waited a little bit more to let my layers dry in between. But I sometimes get a little anxious and don't wait. But it will still turn out. We'll just had different layers as we go along. Let me using a little green on the right-hand side and make one side of the apple a little darker than the other. You want to immediately move into step 3, salt. 18. Outer Apple Step #3 SALT: While the base paint is still wet, you want to put a little salt on it? I like using a salt grinder because you get different size granules onto your surface. And that's going to pull up the pigment, can absorb the water so that you get this model defect. You have to let this dry completely before you scrape off the salt for the next step. 19. Outer Apple Step #4 SPATTERS: To-do spatters. There has to be enough water in your paint brush. You can use your fingertip with the end of the brush or you can use your paint brush and tap it on another paintbrush. The point is to make irregular shapes. If possible, spatter into wet surface. That way those betters of dissipate and you'll get the soft look. And let that dry spatter again into a dry surface and you'll get different formations. The various methods give it a variation that looks very natural. And you'll also want to remember the smaller the brush, the smaller the spatters. So if you want something a little bit larger, go up in the brush choice. If your spatters start to go in a line, just turn your paper. And you can do some more spatters in the direction will be different. And also you can use your paint brush to had spatters, can different carriers in different places. This can be really fun seeing how the watercolor works to make these different layers and to create this depth. Just like the skin of an apple loop. This is a tip to add more depth. I didn't show this, but give me your apical surface is completely dry. You can do another wash, can yellow over the top, and then reduce nor spatters. When I say do a wash over the top, I don't mean brush, brush, brush, brush. It's like one brush over the surface and then go onto the next area of one brush over that surface. If you start to rub back and forth and brush, then you're going to rub out the previous spatters. 20. Outer Apple Step #5 CLEANUP: Powder Apple, step 5, clean up with this betters. You're going to have spatters that go outside of the apple area. So you're going to want to clean those up and you just take very clean water and just lightly go over them and then pull that color up. You can also put the water down and then use a paper towel in and press those up. 21. Outer Apple Step #6 SPECKLES: Outer Apple step 6, speckles. Speckles are a little bit different in that we just use the paintbrush to make those shapes. Randomly placed them, push the brush down a little bit so that it gets that irregular shape. And just kind of play. Have an apple nearby. So you can reference that to look back and forth and see what kind of shapes and clusters or are on an actual apple and then try to replicate that. Okay? 22. Outer Apple Step #7 TIP: Outer Apple, step seven. If your spatters and speckles start to look too perfect to round, just dab your finger on what ones to make the shape a little more irregular. 23. Outer Apple Step #8 REPEAT: Outer Apple step eight, repeat. You're just going to keep repeating steps four through seven and tell you get those desired layers that you want to get, to get that Apple's can affect. 24. Outer Apple Step #9 SHADOW: Outer Apple, step 9, shadow. You're going to mix a little green and brown, little yellow to create a darker shadow color. And you're going to apply that to the right side. When I put this shadow on, It's a very sharp edge. And so I clean up my, clean up my brush and give it a little softer edge and I'm rubbing more than I want to on this surface, but I want to get rid of that edge. So I'll lose a little bit of the under painting. But I think it's worth it. Get a better transition from the light side to the dark side. On the left side, we're going to put a little bit of the yellow wash to kind of lighten that up and brighten it up a little bit. Again, not a lot of brushing over the top of the previous layer so you don't lose that effect you've created. Just lightly go over that surface one or two times, you can start to see the apple shape take on a rounded form. Also. Let's pick up that darker shadow on the right-hand side. At the very end of this, you're going to want to put a light, very light layer of water over the whole thing so that you're ready for the next step. 25. Outer Apple STEP #10 SALT: However, Apple step 10 salt. Or we are going to do another salt layer, just kind of Kim, another layer of texture. Let this dry completely before you rub this off. 26. Outer Apple Step #11 STEM: Outer Apple, step 11, step. I didn't paint the stem for this outer Apple, but you can refer back to the inner Apple videos 56 and a little bit of eight. In order to see how to paint that stem. 27. Outer Apple Step #12 SHADOW: Outer Apple step 12, shadow. I'm going to give it one more paths with a dark shadow on that right side. And if I wanted to, I could do some speckles and spatters in there or even put some more salt on. So you know the different techniques you've learned now. So you can kind of play and see what it might need to create that apple skin. They're done with the outer Apple. Congratulations on going through the steps. And I hope you try this again and have a lot of fun making apples. If you want to know when my other classes come out, go to my website Shannon studio.com and sign up on my email list. 28. About ME: I'm Sean, I'm Christianson from Shannon's studio.com. I grew up in California and have a home in the Midwest. I've lived in Amman, Jordan for a few months and that was an incredible experience. I've been living in Sweden for two years almost. And that has just upped my creative experiences immensely. And living in another country is still in our future. I've been married for 38 years to my high-school boyfriend. We have nine kids. We have a seven-year-old still at home. So life has been a little bit busy. I believe creativity is self-care and a little bit of self-preservation in there. So teaching and passing along that creativity just feels very natural to me. And I've actually been teaching women for years, different creative outlets. So that's a little bit about myself. I want you to enjoy this class and feel free to contact me if there's something you are looking for. Anything creative like that. My Instagram is at Shannon's Studio. You can also go to my website, Shannon studio.com. So you can connect with me there, share your projects. That's part of the fun. Doing what we do. We get to share what we have done. And so uploaded into the projects hashtag it share it with Shannon. And usually I have can see though, so I usually comment on things and yeah, let's get painting.