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How to Paint a Watercolor & Ink Bird with Fall Leaves

Laura Ashton, Watercolor Botanicals & Sketchbooks

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12 Videos (49m)
    • Intro

      1:32
    • Materials

      5:01
    • Mixing Colors for the Sumac Fruit

      2:35
    • Painting the Sumac Fruit

      2:36
    • Mixing Colors for the Leaves

      2:50
    • Painting the Sumac Leaves

      3:52
    • Final Details on Sumac Fruit

      4:13
    • Painting the Branches

      3:12
    • Mixing Colors for the Bird

      3:03
    • Painting the Bird

      10:35
    • Painting the Bird - Final Details and Markings

      8:40
    • Your Project

      0:56

About This Class

Learn how to paint a beautiful Blue Jay with fall leaves in under 50 mins!  I will show you how to create a lovely bird painting with a waterproof pen and simple washes that create crisp bright colors. The trick is to keep it simple and focus on one area at a time.

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The colors I used in this class are as follows:

Sumac Fruit:

  • Winsor Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Perylene Violet (or Alizarin Crimson + Winsor Violet)

Leaves

  • Winsor Red
  • New Gamboge (yellow)
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Brilliant Orange
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Perylene Violet

Bird

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Light Red
  • Payne's Grey
  • Burnt Sienna

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Laura Ashton

Watercolor Botanicals & Sketchbooks