Have a Cup of Coffee with me! Watercolor & (optional) Coffee | Maria Giulia Escard | Skillshare

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Have a Cup of Coffee with me! Watercolor & (optional) Coffee

teacher avatar Maria Giulia Escard, Practicing Exploring Sharing

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5 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Sketching

    • 4. Wash Shadows (& Scent!)

    • 5. Final thoughts

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Are you a watercolor lover? Would you like to experience Coffee Painting? As simple as that: paint with real coffee! Your are not a coffee lover? Then you can paint with your usual palette So come along and paint this Espresso cup with me... Beginner, Intermediate.... this class is designed for any level. 


In this class, you will learn how to paint a yummy cup of Espresso Coffee, using watercolor and your favorite ingredient.... Coffee! If you don't like coffee so much, you still can paint a cup to offer to a friend. Adding strong shadows will make us feel as we were sipping coffee during a summer holiday morning

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Maria Giulia Escard

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Hi, my name is Maria Giulia, I am based in Italy. I’ve been a creative since a child. Loved working with paper, knitting, drawing, upholstering, embroidery... I lived in different countries trying to catch the beauty of each of them, but the most enriching experience was my 8 years stay in India, in New Delhi. There I've discovered what is a constant practice of art, with an ongoing internship in ceramics and pottery in a wonderful studio, with an engaging teacher.

From there, I discovered painting.

Watercolor is magic. It has its own soul and behavior, a master of resilience and adjustment. Accidents and mistakes become the chance for new discoveries.

It has become a meditative daily practice. I mostly post on my Instagram profile... Check it out if ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, I am Maria July scar. I am an Italian artist. I'm based in Torino in Italy. In this class I want to teach you how to paint beautiful cup of coffee such as this. This is my coffee, I'm going to drink it now. As you can see, the capital for the coffee is very small because we in Italy used to have espresso coffee. So if you enter a cafe and you don't ask, other than a coffee, this is what you will have. I like to paint something that tells me about the normal life routines. Sitting in a cafe, outdoors or indoors is a very usual routine. I'm going to teach this class in a very simple way that is recommended for beginner to. And very simple materials and colors are just 21 is a dark one, and the other one is coffee. Like real coffee. If you don't have coffee, you can use any brown color that is at your liking. The scene is very simple to draw a coffee over a table in a cafe, maybe a small village where everybody is friend to each other so that the barman doesn't even bother to clean the table in between one customer in the other. I hope I see you in next lesson. For the materials. 2. Materials: For the materials, you need to have some paper. I used Fabriano artistic equal 100 percent cotton. If you don't have these kinds of paper, it is still recommended that you use quite thick paper, at least 300 grams per square meter, because we are using quite a good amount of water on it, otherwise it would warp. Then I'm using a big brush, a small brush for details. A palette. I've used just two colors, and I have a Payne's gray and coffee or drown plus Payne's gray. I really like paint gray, but it's not mandatory. If you have another tone that you like now needs to be a dark one that is appropriate for shadows. The beauty of this painting is that we just need two colors out of this. One could be coffee. Then you need a capital, a saucer, and a little spoon. If you don't have a small cap, you can use any small shape, round and a bigger one, such as vases or jogs or so for coffee. I use an espresso coffee. I have the machine at dawn. You can still make coffee in any way that you are used to. Otherwise, you can use powder coffee that is very easy because you can concentrate it as much as you want. Or as I said, you can use for coffee any brown color. I am attaching list of materials in the projects and resources section of this class. And now we just have to take our pencil in our hand and start drawing. See you in next lesson. 3. Sketching: I have placed my coffee cup on the paper in a position that I like it to be drawn. I have also put a light that will help me with the shadows. So I start by tracing those shadows. I see. So this one. And I can remove the cap now and trace the round around the saucer. Like so. And then I move a little bit this saucer. And I again trace another circle here. So I have put the light, but if you don't have a light, it is still okay. You can copy mine or just imagine the shadows. In this way. We know that the light is coming from this side and we have to remember this. Now, we can put the capital in the center of the second round that we have, the second circle that we have traced in the middle here, like this. Now we have lines, so we are going to erase this one. We are now going to trace another circle inside, which will give us the thickness of the wall in the car. In correspondence of the shadow of the handle, we are going to trace the handle, which we are seeing from. We are also going to highlight a little bit of the outside of this car. So we aren't just tracing a line here and a line on the saucer that will help us while tracing the shadows. So we are just imagining that we are standing a little bit on this side so we can see a small portion of the height of the top and hope the plate coffee normally cancer with a small spawner. It is called the coffee spoon, which is sized to the size of the espresso cup. So we are also going to draw this here. So we can have parser for. So with the shadows, we are going to see some shadow here around the end of the spawn, and also some shadow, we can imagine it here. I had forgotten to trace the shadow cast on the saucer. I've done it right now. It starts around the size of the lower part of the cup and enlarges a bit on the edges because we want to give also the idea that the saucer is not flat, but it's going upwards. Now the sketching part is done, and I'll see you in next lesson. Bye. 4. Wash Shadows (& Scent!): Now we can start painting with coffee, so coffee is never very concentrated. We need to dry the brush and take these more concentrated coffee pot and painted. See here inside. We would need many layers of coffee. Coffee, and we can paint some coffee or so inside. The sperm, leaving the light is coming from here. So we are living here Medicaid with the pain seen. We are living some irregular white. We can imagine the customer has put the spoon inside the coffee, has shifted to mix the sugar with the coffee and then put the spoon on the saucer. Now, we can start by painting the shadows on our the Payne's gray. We start remembering to leave this part white. We start by the source on the handle. We going to trace the shadow again, but also leaving some white part to help us our eye with the shape elite like this. So this is basically what we can see from this handle, goes up and then comes down. So here we have our shadow. We can also trim off some more color here. We'll refine the shadows later. These parties is still wet. We can go over the spoon with some Payne's gray and touch the edge of the spawn so that we know that this part is going to be in a shadow. Okay? And we can use the same color maybe with some more concentration of Payne's gray for the handle of it. Tracing some and leaving some part. Why? Because this is going to be valid color. So now we cannot take our capital and drop it in the cafe that we have, or just painted, paint edge with SAP or feet. Ok. And you can imagine this customer has taken the cap end and carefully put it on the table instead of the sources. So he has done a stain of coffee. We can also drop some coffee and also some from the source, which is normally quite dirt. And left. Right. And did I take coffee with this hand? And normally this part is also a little bit because I'm drinking this side. I let everything that I now we are attempting the shadow of the saucer, being careful to avoid this white part and also the spoon. And we can get some more shadow to the inside of the span. We also want to give shadow on this coffee. So sees the light comes from the side. We have the row here, so the shadow will be cast. In this way. It's a long shadow, so it didn't because of this. Here we can give a darker. So we take some. The last thing I want to do is tracing a blue line on the edge of the saucer and up the top. So it will give a more personal touch to our painting. So for that, I am taking my Payne's gray because it really look like a blue line. And I want to stick on my commitment to use just two colors for this painting. So we start from here. Here the line will come a little bit inside. Because we have left to that white line. That helps us, our eyes to guess the shadow. And now I can do the same thing on the edge. Happy painting, Israeli. So now we can erase all the pencil lines. And I'll see you in next lesson for the final thoughts. 5. Final thoughts : Here we are. I hope you enjoyed our class. And you ended up with a beautiful painting that you can hang in your kitchen that I really encourage you to post your projects on there. Project section of the class. And if you would like to receive feedback or comments, please. I'm happy to share any of my thoughts with you. I really, really thank you for taking this class. Bye.