Lavender Field Watercolor Painting in Wet-in-wet Technique | Anna D. | Skillshare

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Lavender Field Watercolor Painting in Wet-in-wet Technique

teacher avatar Anna D., Watercolor Lover

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8 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Art Supplies

    • 3. Pencil drawing

    • 4. Masking fluid

    • 5. Preparing paper for wet-in-wet technique

    • 6. Painting sky and hills

    • 7. Painting fields

    • 8. Painting the house

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About This Class

Hello! My name is Anna, I am a watercolor artist based in Moscow, Russia. I've been painting with watercolor for 17 years already and the more I learn this medium the more I fall in love with it. I am absolutely charmed by wet-in-wet watercolor technique which makes painting look soft and airy. 

In this class you'll learn:

  • How to prepare paper for wet-in-wet watercolor technique
  • How to paint clouds without white paint
  • How to add a cool effect with the use of salt

This class will be helpful for beginners and also for intermediate artists who want to deepen their knowledge.

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1. Intro: Hello everyone! My name is Anna. I'm a watercolor artist. All my life. I was charmed by watercolor. As a child. I attended an art school, working hard on my watercolor technique. When I got older, I wanted to broaden my knowledge of watercolors. I experimented a lot and finally found the technique that helps me completely express my ideas. This technique is called wet in wet watercolor technique. And I'm so happy to share my tips and tricks of this technique with you guys. In this class, you'll paint a beautiful summer landscape. With lavender field, and a tiny house. Your learn how to prepare paper for wet-in-wet watercolor technique. How to create clouds without white paint. How to add a cool effect with the use of salt. This class will be helpful for beginners and also for intermediate artists who wants to learn a new technique. So let's start our travel to a beautiful lavender field. 2. Art Supplies: So that's what we'll need for this lesson. Brushes. A big flat one for wetting paper, and the other two for painting. Watercolor paper. I recommend using 100% cotton paper as it stays wet longer than cellulose paper. Plexiglass drawing board. It will help to prevent watercolor paper from getting wavy. Also will need a hairdryer, a pencil. An eraser, masking fluid, salt, palette. And of course, watercolors! We'll need the following paints. Cerulean blue, cadmium yellow, carmine, olive green, cobalt teal blue, ultramarine blue, sepia, cadmium red, and ochre light. If you don't have the exact colors, you can easily replace them to similar ones. So let's get started now. 3. Pencil drawing: Let's start from a quick pencil drawing. You can see a reference photo attached below. Let's draw the horizon line. I want it to be on approximately 1/3 of the sheet. The next step is to draw the house. And I also draw a chimney. Then I outline a lavender field So we finish the drawing. I erase all the unnecessary pencil lines. In the next video we'll be working with masking fluid. 4. Masking fluid: The next step is to use masking fluid to cover the house. I take the small brush and start covering the house. I don't want to have straight lines of masking fluid on the bottom of the house. So I leave some tiny parts uncovered. Later, these parts will look like grass. Also on the roof I want to leave some space to paint the tree. Finally, I apply masking fluid on the chimney. We need to let the masking fluid dry and then we can continue. 5. Preparing paper for wet-in-wet technique: When masking fluid is dry, I turn the sheet and start wetting the paper from the backside. In wet in wet watercolor technique, we need to have the paper wet as long as possible. So I wet the paper on the backside twice with the interval of three minutes. Then I turn the paper. And wet it on the front side, make sure not to overwet your paper. Let's check if it's completely wet. Okay. We need to wait for about one minute and then we can start painting. 6. Painting sky and hills: Let's start from the sky! I take the brush and mix cerulean blue and carmine. Make sure to prepare a lot of this mix. I start from the top making long brush strokes. Leaving some parts untouched and forming the shape of clouds. Clouds look long and lazy. On this painting. I add a bit of carmine to this mix and apply it on the surface closer to the horizon. As the paper is still wet. We can add some dark tones near the clouds. I want the clouds to have a bit sharper form. So I take a clean brush with no paint on it, remove the excess water, and start taking away the paint. Okay. I like the way it looks now! The next step is tp paint hills in the distance. I mix ultramarine and carmine and make the shape of the hill on the left. Then I add cobalt teal blue to this mix And paint the second hill. Then I remove the excess water from the brush and take away the paint on the place where a tree should be. Then I mix yellow cadmium and all ingredients and apply thix mix forming the shape of the tree. In the middle of the tree, we can add darker green. To do this, I mix olive green with ultramarine. Our next step is to paint the fields. In wet-in-wet watercolor technique, you need to work fast in order to have beautiful foggy like forms. In the following video, I will show you how to paint the fields. 7. Painting fields: Let's start from the green field. I apply cadmium yellow closer to the horizon. I also mix yellow with olive green and start covering the surface. Then I mix ultramarine blue, carmine, and cerulean blue and apply this mix on paper. then I add some ultramarine brushstrokes. Our final step here is to add some salt. Salt creates a beautiful effect in watercolor which you'll see later, when the paper is dry. To paint the house, we need to have the painting completely dried. So I dry it with hair dryer. 8. Painting the house: So when our painting is completely dry, I remove the masking fluid. I apply ochre light to the walls of the house. When the paint is still wet, I add some sepia to the place under the roof and completely cover the front side of the house. And then I dry it. Then I mix ochre light and red cadmium. And painting the roof. I also add some more sepia under the roof and quickly dry it. With sepia color I paint chimney and its shadow. Then I add some more contrast with sepia color under the roof. And that's all. I hope you like this lesson and learned more about wet in wet watercolor technique. You can ask questions and leave your comments below. I'll see you next time. Thank you and bye.