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How to paint Tropical Art

teacher avatar Yvette St. Amant, Published Artist

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13 Lessons (1h 16m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies Needed

    • 3. Lesson 1 - Fan Palm

    • 4. Lesson 2 - Queen Palm

    • 5. Lesson 3 - Fern

    • 6. Lesson 4 - Eucalyptus

    • 7. Lesson 5 - Hanging Pods

    • 8. Lesson 6 - Layering Colors

    • 9. Lesson 7 - Two Color Palms

    • 10. Lesson 8 - Monochromatic Leaves

    • 11. Lesson 9 - Mixed Palms color scheme 1

    • 12. Lesson 10 - Leaves & Palms color scheme 2

    • 13. Lesson 11 - Various Palms color scheme 3

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About This Class

Welcome to my latest class in painting "Tropical Art".  In this course you will learn the basic techniques I use in my own published artwork while focusing on everything tropical.  Each lesson will focus on a specific type of leaf or palm, while using two beautiful color schemes that you can mix and match to create numerous lush tropical art pieces.  Everything is in acrylic, with a little twist.  Watch my into video to get all the details.  


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Yvette St. Amant

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1. Introduction: Hello, everybody. Yvette Cinema here. I'm really excited that you're joining me. I've got a wonderful new class to share with all of you, Um, a little bit about myself if you haven't taken any of my previous classes. I'm a published artist, and I specialize in creating art for the home to core industry. Ah, lot of my artwork is on trend and its current in the stores right now. And I've been selling my artwork all over the world for over 17 years. Why I'm really excited about this course is I'm sharing not only my techniques, but my specialty subject. And that's tropical decor. That's how I got to start in this industry. And I'm so excited that it's come full circle back into the market. 17 years later. I've got a little little bit of a twist on how I'm creating my art now, and I'm going to share those techniques with you. You don't have to have taken any money, other classes to start with this one. Um, if you have, you'll get a little. You've got a little taste already of my techniques and styles. But in this course, what I'm gonna do is I am going to show you how to create various spoilage. And then we're gonna work towards creating compositions using a variety of different spoilage and my acrylic wash technique. I'm gonna show you how to layer those upon layer and create some beautiful tropical jek. Heard of art. So I'm excited for you to join me The next video. I'll go through all the materials necessary for this class, and then we will get right into it. So thank you for joining me. And I'm really excited about sharing this class. 2. Supplies Needed: Let's go over the materials you will need for this class gonna start off with a water color pad and I'm using this extra large one from Kansan. You can use any brand that you want. We will be cutting these papers down to smaller sizes, so if you have a smaller watercolor pad, that's fine as well. You will need a watercolor brush for all these classes, and there's a variety of them that you can choose from. Ah, you can use a bamboo brush if you want. My favorite to use is the top one. It's a number six round watercolor brush. We're gonna be using a variety of colors. Acrylic panes and the ones that I've chosen are these beautiful colors from black off white , sage, blue, beige, pale gold and green blue deep. The second palette choice that I selected includes the ought off white from the previous color palette, so you don't need to purchase that again. Also, there's orange, medium gold, metallic orange light and nimbus gray. The reason why I selected thes two color palettes is because they work fantastic with current home decor trends, keeping in mind a tropical theme. If you've taken any my other previous classes. You're more than welcome to use paints that I selected from the previous classes. I just wanted to mix it up a bit, so you weren't using the same colors. Every time you take one of my classes, you certainly do not use Teoh. Need to use the same brand or exact colors that I've selected here. If you'd like to use thes color palettes, I would suggest printing off a snapshot of the colors and then going to your local arts and crafts store and picking out some acrylic craft pains that have this similar color and tone . You will for find a variety of different brands that have fabulous colors just like these. In addition to the supplies I've listed, make sure that you have, ah, clean tub or cup of water and something to mix paint in. I like to use just a disposable paper plate or pie plate. Let's get started with our first lesson 3. Lesson 1 - Fan Palm: Okay. So for our first village, I'm gonna show you how to do a simple pomp, Ron. And for this one, I am just going to use I'm gonna use two different colors just to make it a little exciting . And then later on, I'll show you how you can, um, merge all these palm fronds together. So I'm just going to use this simple beige color. We're gonna add a little bit of water just to water down the pain. We don't want to use the full body, so you're gonna have enough water in there that it almost, you know, mimics watercolor. And these are acrylic paints. So we're going to start in the, um, off to the side here. I'm really big on composition. Teoh eso I'm gonna as I'm showing you how to paint these particular leaves and palms. I'm gonna also give you a little lesson on composition, and that's purely just using your surface, putting your objects on the surface in an interesting way so that you're not just getting something dead center. So we're gonna begin by just pressing lately on the paper, and then you're gonna press down a little heavier in the middle and then you're gonna lift up as we move down the page and that's going to be the tip of your palm front. You can always go back and just kind of extend it. If you want that poem Frahn a little heavier, a little more paint on your your brush. And then what we're gonna do is we're gonna meet right here where we ended it, but we're going to start at the top. So we're gonna do the same thing light and then press heavy and then lighten up again as you meet, okay? And we're going to do the same thing on this side. So you're almost making, like, a little B shape and you can go back after and make thes a little fatter at the bottom, if you you like. Okay. And so what we're doing is we're going to be meeting everything in the middle, So this is a fan poem. So again, we're going to create a V, we're gonna press and then lift up and meet where the last one ended. Same thing over here, light press and then lift up. So as you don't have to add paint to your brush every single time, Um, you will get varying effects. So when you add paint, you're going to get a darker leak. But if you use it a couple times, you'll get a different variation and leaves, which is really nice. So over here again, press and lift up, meet in the center. So what? This one is going off the page. So start where the leaves connect, and again you're starting light and then you're going to go thick and then just run off the page as if it were there. So it's a good idea to have a piece paper underneath just so that you know you're not painting your nice, beautiful table underneath. Okay, so as you can see, as we're adding these leaves that they're starting to turn. So we always want to keep that V shape. And that's how you end up with that fan palm. And over here you're going to give the illusion that it's running off the page again, and then you can add the little stock of the Palm. Okay, so that's our 1st 1 That is just a palm phone. So we're gonna move on to the next one once the strives will use it again to add another one on top so you can see how we can layer. But I'm just going to show you the different types of leaves as we go. So that was our 1st 1 You can move on to the next video and see our next Palm project. 4. Lesson 2 - Queen Palm: he's so for our next palm. I'm just going to switch it up and use a different color. And I'm going to use this coral color here and with the blood paints. It's the orange medium, but it is more of a color. So same technique you're just gonna add, Ah, water to a little bit of the acrylic paint to make a nice little wash. And what's nice about these little washes is it gives you a variation in the leaves, which gives some nice texture to your art. So I'm using a longer piece of paper because this is just one of the, um, scrap pieces that I have here. So we're gonna do another, uh, palm Leaf here, and this one isn't a fan Palm. It is more of, uh, say a queen palm leaf. So with this one, we are, and I'll just kind of do a little bit of ah, curve here, So we're going to start with the stock and we're gonna come up from the corner. But what I want you to do when we get about halfway is do that same technique where you're kind of you're pressing down and you can wiggle your brush a little bit and then light it up. So what? This leaf, you get a little bit of movement. It's not so as rigid as the other one. And so now when we do, these leaves were not always going to start, Uh, where the last one ended, we're gonna leave a little bit of space, and we're also going to start at the stock this time with the palm frond. We started at the top. But with this one, we're going to start just below it, and we're going to start at the base. So again, we always start a little later, and then you compress down and just kind of squiggle the leaf. So we have a little bit of movement, and with the one on the other side, you're going to start in the same spot as the one right across from it on the stock. Okay, so there's gonna be one on either side. It's adjacent to it. So again, just move a little below and the's can move in various ways so you can have them moving out , or you can have the moving up. So with this one, I'll have the chopped leaves going out. But these ones will be a little closer together, moving this way. And don't worry if it's not perfect here, this again is art. It's not meant to be, you know, realistic. So I kind of like these little imperfections. It makes it look like, you know, the leaf ist Orn. Um it gives it a lot of character. So we're going to start again, below here and to the same thing and continue on the other side. And some of the leaves can touch and go over if you like. And again, we just leave a little space and get that next leaf, this one, I'm gonna kind of overlap a bit. And what's nice when you're using the washes is it makes the paint the acrylic paint translucent so you can see the other, uh, part of the leaf below it underneath it, and it gives a beautiful effect. Um, and it also gives a realistic because we're washing down the acrylic. You can use one color and get a variety of tones within that color, which is really nice when you're working with leaves. So what? This one, Let's just maybe tap it a bit and leave a little space. Do the next leaf again on the other side and you can see my my paint getting a little run here and in some areas it's darker. And we want that. So don't try to go over it. You never want to go over the leaf twice because you're gonna lose theis ect of this translucency. Okay, you just get a little more paint on my brush, and again, I'm going to go over just a little bit with this one. Just continue off the page once you're running out of room. When you see my brush is not in the view here, it's because I'm applying a little more paint. So use your discretion cause I'm not there to, um, give you, you know, a little bit more advice on how much paint you have on your brush. But if you find that your color is getting really watery or you did one leaf and it's really watery that I would apply a little more paint when you're going over it. So you've got the distinction between these two leaves, okay? And we're almost done with this one. And then what? I like to do over here is just add a little tip. Just so it doesn't look so like you ran out of paper. Even though you did, you want to make it look like the leave continues. Okay, so that's our second palm, and we'll move on to the next type belief. 5. Lesson 3 - Fern: okay for this next type of for college again, I am going to use a different color, and I'm going to use this sage blue. And the nice thing, the way that I'm showing you how to paint and use thes different colors is when you go to meet a complete painting with a number of these different types of leaves. You can really do a painting merging all of these together on one paper. So with the first palm that we use the bays, you could use that as the background, and then we can layer a different type of palm in the orange, so they just work really nice together. So I've added water so that I haven't wash. Okay, so I'm gonna be creating a hearn, but this one and we're going to do a little bit of a curl on it. So we're going to start with the stock, and we're just gonna really draw a nice light line with just a little bit of a band. Not too much of one. Okay. And we're going to start at the top. And now with this one, you want to make sure you don't have to too much paint on your brush, Okay? Because we're going to do all these little kind of squiggly ferns that are coming off this . So you're just gonna kind of squiggle your brush? And it might just look like a jagged e little clumpy line in the beginning. But once you start building the firm, um, you'll see it start developing. Okay, so you're going to leave a little bit of a space and do another Jaggi line. And now the beauty about this type is just kind of wiggle your brush and it's OK if your lines are in perfect. If you're squiggles aren't perfect, just kind of go with the flow. Try not to do a straight jagged e line going up, but you're just gonna, you know, naturally Bend, Think of a fern. We're always going to do a little fern on either side, so you're gonna have one going off this way and that way they match so just can squiggle and it's not perfect. And we're going to kind of keep the little ferns the same length As we start going along the bend here, these bottom ones will start overlapping. So let's just work on the top ones for now. So we can really give these a chance to dry before we start overlapping. So we can do a couple of these. Try not to judge your work until the final completion, because it will not, um, you know, look the same. You might think, Oh, this isn't working out. But just give yourself some time in some patients to see what the final product look like. Okay, so we're gonna work on this bottom one, and it is going to overlap. Not all of them will overlap. And yours might look a little bit different than mine. Um, so I'm gonna end up overlapping that when I'm moving back over here to just get some leaves in. Didn't overlap this and just continue around. Now there's different types of ferns. There's ones that are really tiny at the top, and they get bigger as they come down. So this is a good way you can practice if you do one where all the little ferns air the same, um, length on this. When you can try with 2nd 1 to just gradually make the ferns get longer as you go. Now, as I start coming down the straight edge here. I'm just gonna kind of depth and have them turned up a bit. So it's almost like, Do you see that like a little smile and just keep jiggling your brush so that you've got, you know, a lot of texture in those ferns. One thing you have to remember about art is it's not perfect. It's it's your interpretation, so it's important not to compare what you're doing to mine. This is purely technique, Um, and you want yours toe look different because that's going to be your signature style. How we use our brush is like how we use our pen and our signatures. Everybody's is different. So embrace what you have. Embrace your style and use that to your benefit. Okay, we're coming down to the end here. Last couple mons again. Just pull it right off the paper and that's it. That's how we do a fern. You can go ahead and practice this on multiple different pieces of paper. However you draw your line, you just build your fern off it. You can do friends that are straight. You can do ferns that have a little more of a curl in it. But this is the basic technique. So now we'll move on to the next video and will work on some more. Follett. 6. Lesson 4 - Eucalyptus: Okay, so I have another piece paper here. We're gonna work on creating some more rounded leaves like a eucalyptus leaf. So I'm gonna be using my gray here. It's Nimbus gray. So I'm just again going to add some water to water down paint, and I have a piece of paper, and I always like to just start with, um, a leaf. I don't like to start with the stock on these ones because I like or the stem to be how this leaf is going, Teoh, Um, almost the little pedals are telling the story, and we're going to connect it with the stem after. So I was talking there when I did my 1st 1 But how you do these leaves is you're going to start, have a starting point, and you're pressing down right away, and you're almost doing like a little bit of 1/2 moon twist, and then you'll do the same thing on the other side. You can rotate your paper however you want just so that you can get, you know, leaves in different directions. But it is just two strokes, so basically you are just going to create these leaves on opposite sides in different directions. Now let me get the stock in at the top of the stem just so you can see how they will connect. And I usually do this rate at the end, but you can connect the 1st 1 just a nice thin stem, and then you will just attach the leaves. Try not to go straight across. You wanna work with shape that you creative and just naturally connect them where the paints telling you to connect came gonna add some more here, Okay. And it's okay here if it goes behind. And I'm just going to continue that down to the bottom and then we'll connect these just like that. And that's how simple it is. Little eucalyptus leaves again. You can use any color that you have when you're doing your painting. You don't have to make the leaves green. You can use any color that you want. That's the beauty of home decor. It's all about color and whatever color that you choose to use in your home. Just because the leaves are green doesn't mean you have to make them green. Uh, it's not realistic painting. It's decorative art. So whatever color you have on him, By all means. Feel comfortable enough teams that. Okay, So those are eucalyptus leaves will move to the next video. Were I'll teach you, um, another type of college? 7. Lesson 5 - Hanging Pods: Okay, I've got a square piece of paper for this one because I'm going to teach you how to do some hanging pods. I'm going to use my teal color. Same technique. We're gonna add a little bit of water to a little bit of the paint on the edge to make a wash, and we'll get started. You'll find that the way you use your brushes. Very similar. And all of these. So, um, it's all about pressure. Like pressure and heavy pressure that will give you the leaf shape. Okay, So for these hanging leaves, um, almost think of them as little being pods. So I'm going to start. I'm gonna do a little piece coming off from the side, and then we'll get one going down to the corner and again with this one, I'm going to start with the pod, so you're gonna be light and then press heavier and light. Lighten up. A the end. There's a little kind of pointy tip there. And then I'm going to add, you know, another one beside it, and we're going to be moving kind of up on an angle. I always tend to start with the leaves first before I add, um, the stem of it. And only because I find I can get more movement. If I do the stem. Sometimes my leaf doesn't end up where it's supposed. Teoh and I don't get the nice curve this way. It allows you to be a little bit more free. So we're just moving up two words. The top of the paper and you'll see there's gonna be a natural curve. Once I put the little stock in you will, you will see. But you can have them varying in a couple different directions. So you're gonna lightly draw a stem. Then you can kind of bend up. And then what I like to do is just attach like this, and then it allows you to You can just go in and add some more leaves after, but we have to make sure that this dries. So for this particular one, you really got to make sure that that first one dries and then we'll get a few more over top. So we're going to build another one coming down this way. So I'm going to start with the bottom one and this one. I'll just kind of have it more the leaves moving more this way and just play around. You know, it's if you end up having a leaf that goes down. That's totally fine, because in nature nothing's perfect. Everything moves differently. You just want to make sure that you're going up a little bit of an angle because, as you can imagine, with these hanging ones is they? They start up high and then the branch ends up veering down lower. So here will probably have a little bit coming off the page and then a little tip, just like so and again. We'll get now the branch in we collect, going up on an angle and then you can start connecting the leaves. I think so. Okay, so let's just let that dry completely. And then we're gonna add, um, somewhere it leaves on top. Okay, so my paint is dry, and as you can see when it dries, you get a beautiful variation in color on the leaves. So now we can go in and add a few more leaves, just toe fill it up. So where there some empty space, we'll add a leave, and we're going to end up going over top of some of the other leaves, which is completely okay. And then you will just connect. Hm. Like you did the last ones. How pretty that is. I'm gonna add one over here to one another, one at the end. That pretty. Okay, Same thing here, and you can have them going in a different direction just to add interest to your composition, make it look a little natural. And again, just connect. Um, if you want with these ones, you can have a couple going out to the side as well. Just for a little more interest. It's up to you. But I just want you to be comfortable with allowing yourself to go over what you already painted and in the paintings to come where I show you how to emerge these particular Franz all together to create a painting in a composition using the different colors and the different Franz, Um, you will have to have some comfort with allowing yourself to paint over what you already paint it. It's all about layering. So these are the first steps just showing you, you know, some of the types of leaves and branches that you can dio in tropical decor, and that's it for your little lessons on how to create leaves and we're gonna move right into creating some paintings using the different colors. 8. Lesson 6 - Layering Colors: I hope you're ready to a start creating an actual painting composition. Um, one of the important things that you have to remember when you're doing a painting with using this particular technique the washes. You want to start with your lighter colors first and end up with the darker colors on top. So for this painting, I am going to be using the beige, and I'm going to use a little bit of this light orange, and then we're going to use the sage blue. So I've got all the colors already on my pie plate. Let's start with the beige and we're going Teoh whips do the fan palm to begin with, and then I'm gonna show you how we can layer that on top layer all the other, um, palms on top. So I'm starting off with my beige. I'm gonna add some water, just like I've taught you in the technique videos. Okay, make sure you have a good amount of water, so you've got a nice wash and we'll begin with the palm. So with this one, I'm gonna have the fan palm coming out to this side, so I'm going to begin with the first leaf start off, light them pressed down. And with these ones, they're just straight leaves. So let's just extend the base a bit because that is the beginning point. And we're gonna build our second leave. Can lighter at the edge at a little more paint. Um, we just want to make sure we're leaving the V shape every time we add a leave. And for our 4th 1 it's going to start creating the palm or the Dan effect. Okay, remember to go right off your paper when you run out of room. Okay, so we're gonna leave a little bit of, ah, space there, and we're gonna another one go opposite on the other side again. Make sure you are creating the V shape. Go right off the page if you need to. Okay, so at this point, you can add your little stem and then you can see if you actually need to add another Frahn or not, I am going to add one more rips. I need to wet my paint a little bit, okay? And I'll add one more to the side as well. There we go. So there's our palm front now. The important thing when we're doing this and we're creating a full composition with different colors is you want to make sure that your pain is fully dried before you go to the next color. So if you have patients, just walk away, get a cup of coffee. Um, you know, work on a couple other paintings at the same time. Typically, when I'm in my studio, I'm working on multiple paintings at the same time cause I'm creating collections, so I have time for them to dry. If I'm very impatient or I'm teaching a class and I want this toe happen quickly, I'll get a blow dryer out and blow dry dry. So I'll see you in a split second, and my painting will magically be try. Okay, so my paint is dry. I'm gonna work on my next palm frahn, and we're going to do that same type of palm bron. But this time I'm going to be using the orange light, which is almost like a flesh tone or very light pink. Again, we are adding enough water to create a wash, noticed that I don't use the whole dollop of paint when I'm creating my washes I just take as needed because we really want to make sure that painters watery. Okay, so we're using the same technique. I think this is where it gets hard for most people because we're pink. We're gonna be painting over pieces of our last little masterpiece here. So at this point, you've just gotta let go a little bit and pretend that your paper is white. So what I typically do is I'll turn my, um, painting in different ways so that I can get because I'm gonna I want a palm coming out from the top, and for me, it's hard to paint going down, so I'll spin it so that I can really use that same technique. So with this one, and it doesn't matter where on your page, you can, you know, work with me here. But just know it's not gonna be exactly the same as mine. We all work differently. So I'm going to start my 1st 1 coming down. I might have actually done it backwards, so forgive me, Can start at the bottom and come up this way, okay? And we're gonna build our be shape, and you can see how the paint is going over thes groups. The last poem that we did and it's translucent. So it's really beautiful, cause you can see the, um, palm underneath. You don't lose that. And of course, because we're using different colors, it's going to be subtle. Okay, so same technique from the last one Just creating a V. Make sure you're going right off the paper again. We're building a beautiful composition, using the whole area and not just creating something in the middle. So you probably have less palm tree on this one. And then from this point, I'm just going to do my stock coming down, and that's at so then when you turn it this way, you see the two palms coming from different directions. So again, before we go and put the next leaf in because I'm going to do one more in a different color , this is acting as our background. We want to make sure that this dries completely sold. See you in a second. Okay, so my surface is completely dry. And consider this to be the background of your painting. So what I'm gonna do on top is we are going to excuse my reach do the eucalyptus leaves. So I'm going to be using the sage blue for this. I already have it on my board. So I'm just gonna add some water to get a nice wash, and then we can start with the eucalyptus. So I'm gonna start up in the top corner here and I'm going to at one leaf and again, they're just rounds. You can turn your paper if you need Teoh to get the shape. So you're just randomly putting some a little round leaves and then we'll connect them after with the branch. I just find you get more natural pedals when you do it this way, instead of trying Teoh do a stock, and then you're doing them off the stock because what happens is you forget that there's leaves that actually go over that little stock, and you lose the natural nous. So I'm going to start putting the stem in here. I know. I keep changing it. Sometimes it's a stem. Sometimes it's a stock because I don't really know what it's called. Okay, then you wanna have I'm coming out of different areas so that they're not all, you know, connecting together and there's some that are going behind, just like so okay, And then I'm going to do another little one over here in that this'll empty white spot just to kind of fill that composition. So do little one here, not their little, and you can do them different sizes. These ones I'm doing just a little bit smaller, and then you can literally go over the stock that you did over here. Have one just like that, and then you can build your stem coming down and then just don't forget to attach those leaves, and that's it. That's our first little painting. Using my wash technique and layering leaves upon leaves and you'll notice as this dries. Try not to tamper too much with it as it dries and the paint settles, you're going to get more texture and overy variety of, um, intensities in the color, which will really make it look beautiful. So congrats on your first layer painting. I'm going to have several other videos showing you how to create different um paintings, using a variety of the leaves that I taught you in the techniques, but I won't be verbally guiding you through it. um, you'll just watch and learn because I've shown you the techniques. So now it'll just be time where you can play around and get a feel for the different leaves and, um, type of art you can do. 9. Lesson 7 - Two Color Palms: Okay, So I'm gonna show you how you can create, um, some palms using two different colors. So I'm going to be using my off white and the bays, so you want to use colors that are similar in, um, tone, but of different values, So one could be a little bit lighter than the other. If you want to use monochromatic, it's always the easiest to start, so you would take a blue and add a little bit of white to it. So you have a lighter color, Um, or if you have two colors, you know, with the off white, and then I've got the base. So it's a little bit darker, but the colors complement each other. That's when I'm going to use. So I'm going to be doing, um, the hanging vines. So I'm going to start. We'll see. We'll start on this side, the colors. Very subtle, cause I'm using an off white, but you should still be able to see various leaves. Okay, and then you can draw that little. This is very subtle. As we add the beige in, we'll go back over the vine so you can see it better. Okay, so we're just gonna let that dry and once dry, we're gonna add our second color. Okay, Now that this pain is dry, I'm going to go in with my beige, and we're going to do the same technique I showed you with overlapping. But we are using a different color, but this one. So we want to overlap on the leaves, billing some of those spaces, and then we will go and connect them to the branch. And this time we're just going Teoh, extend that branch on the vine a bit, so it blends better to the next one. And that's how you add the leaves with a different color. If you want to add, I'm gonna go back to the off wait for a minute. So I want to show you how you can, you know, add some subtle nous to the other side here just by adding a couple more of those pods in the light light off white color, just like so. And then if you wanted to go and add some more of the beige will do that in a minute when this is dry just so you can see the different compositions. If you wanted to get a side view of the vine, then you would not do anything on the top portion. But if you want more of a top view than you would add some to the top. So let's let that dry. Kay. Now that it's dry, we can go in with the beige and get a couple more beige colored leaves on this side, just like we did below. And then just make sure you connect thumb and that's it. Cut pretty, that is so that's using two different colors. So we were using the off white and the beige. So what I'm going to do is, um, add some firms at the bottom. Remember the ferns that we did? So we're gonna have a couple of these at the bottom, and I am going to use for the 1st 1 I'm going to use the Nimbus Gray. Just this one over here. I'm gonna use Nimbus Gray, and I'm going to use the stage blue on top. They're similar, um, in tone. Uh, but they're different values. One's a little bit darker, so I'm going to do a little fern coming off this way, and it won't be curly one. Okay, so we're gonna start with that one. We're not going to do the stem of the other one until we work on that one. So let's work on this one first. So do you remember from the tip? We just kind of do these little squiggles to get that fun texture, and we're going directly across from each other. Here. Continue building your firm. If you need to rotate your paper, rotate it. I know. I always need to. Okay. You can overlap. I'm gonna work on the left side here. Someone overlap thes ones. And I'd like for them to dry a bit first. And then I'm just gonna give the illusion that there's, you know, one more leaf at the bottom there. So that's our first firm. Let's let that dry. We're gonna add another fern on top in a deeper tone. Okay, so I'm gonna go in with that sage blue on top. There's not a lot of difference in this. Cut their colors their slightly different Um, So with this one, we're going to do a little, but we're gonna make sure that it's above where this one ended. We don't want to do the other one standing here cause it won't work with our composition, But we want to get a little bit of a curl, so just go ahead and begin by drawing the stock. So however you draw the stock, we're just gonna build off it. Same technique with the little squiggles. And as you can see, they're not perfect. But in the end, it's going to look beautiful. Okay, these ones are gonna over a lop a bit as it turns. I'm gonna start with the odor ones, so it gives it time to dry. Start kind of doing that smiley face where they start turning up a bit. You're always creating the next fern on the other side, directly across from that stem. My burns getting a little bit longer, so they naturally get longer and bigger. As you go down the stock. Keep building up. Don't be afraid to overlook this one that you did. Just pretend it's not there and then that's it. So you've got your ferns a little bit of that hanging, bine hanging down in the background. So you did it. You created another painting using Teoh different paint colors for each leave. So you've got a variety of colors in there, but it's subtle. So when I get into the next couple, paintings will use more color, so you get more variety. This one's just a little kind of monochromatic, but I want to give you guys options so that you know how to play with the paints that I've given you and create different, um, color palettes for each painting, just using the same colors. 10. Lesson 8 - Monochromatic Leaves: So for this next lesson, I'm going to be showing you how to pain. Monochromatic leaves will be using four different colors for this color scheme. And, uh, we're gonna be using the pale gold, copper, beige and off white. So just begin by putting a little bit of each color on your pie plate or whatever surface that you're using to mix your paint now that have gone through and shown you each technique for every type of leaf. I'm going to go through these series of paintings and show you how you can create beautiful tropical paintings using a variety of different color schemes. So just enjoy watching the video. I'll have a little bit of music playing for your enjoyment. And then, um, you can paint along with me, or you can watch the video fully through and then come back and create your own whatever makes you more comfortable. A tip that I want you to keep in mind as I won't be speaking in these videos is always start with the lighter color first. And as you can see here, I'm starting with the white off white. So enjoy the videos. Okay. Okay. You? Yeah, 11. Lesson 9 - Mixed Palms color scheme 1: for this next painting, we're going to be doing various palm leaves with five different colors. The colors will be using is off white, copper, orange, light, sage, blue and orange. Medium. You'll begin by add in a little dollop of every color on your paint surface. And with this technique that we will be using two different colors to create a one set of leaves and the colors will be a little more contrast ing. So again, just keeping in mind all the, um, techniques that I've shown you. You're always gonna start with the lightest color first, so I will be having some music as you go along and watch this video. So again, work at your own pace and feel free to just watch the video through so you can see how I'm layering the colors. And then, when you feel comfortable, go ahead and create your own project. I would also really love to see how your paintings turnout in the end, so be sure to post it, um, after this costs so that you can share your works with everybody else who is enjoying this class with me. Good luck, everyone 12. Lesson 10 - Leaves & Palms color scheme 2: for this next lesson, we're going to be painting this beautiful composition of a mixture of leaves and palm fronds. The colors we will be using is base off white like gold, sage blue and green blue deep. This is a beautiful color palette to work with because you've got those nice, neutral Jones with a little pop of the blues, so there's a lot of contrast in it. So, as always, you'll just begin by prepping your palate with each a little dollop of every color. And then we will begin again. I'll have some music so you can just sit back, enjoy and watch the video, and then you can move at your own pace. 13. Lesson 11 - Various Palms color scheme 3: for this next lesson, I'll be showing you how to create this painting using three different types of leaves. The color palette that we will be using is green, blue, deep orange, light orange, middle, sage, blue and beige. So to begin, make sure you have a dollop of each color on your palate. Let's get started.