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Learn Brush Control with 10 Fun Watercolor Exercises!

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14 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Class Project

    • 4. Succulent

    • 5. Flower

    • 6. Pineapple & Leaf

    • 7. Middle of the Flower

    • 8. Rose

    • 9. Finishing The Worksheet

    • 10. Galaxy1

    • 11. Galaxy2

    • 12. Mini Landscapes

    • 13. Final Project

    • 14. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Learn Brush Control with 10 Fun Watercolor Exercises!

In this class, we'll go over:

- The supplies you'll need.

- I'll walk you through the basic techniques you'll need for this class with a fun worksheet that contains 7 exercises.

- We'll take the techniques we've learned one step further, and let loose with 2 options of a galaxy exercise, in 2 different levels of difficulty.

- We'll create tiny landscapes the size of a coin.

- For the final project we'll create a colorful greeting card.

This class is suitable for all levels and doesn't require drawing skills.

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Maya. I really like to paint small. I've put together 10 fun exercises that will help you improve your brush control, so you can create your own wonderfully detailed paintings no matter what size they are. We'll start with the worksheet that contains seven exercises. I'll walk you through the basics we'll need for this class. Then, we'll put what we've learned to practice and I'll show you two Galaxy exercises in two different levels of difficulty. Then, we'll experiment with mini landscapes, the size of the coin. At last, we'll create colorful greeting card you can give to your loved ones. This class is for all levels, whether you're a beginner who wants to start your watercolor journey or a more advanced artist looking for a good practice. I'm so excited for you to join me. I can't wait to see what you'll create. 2. Supplies: In this class you'll need water colors. They can come in any form you want, tans, tubes, or liquid. A couple of things to keep in mind. You don't need to have the best watercolors to take this class, and you don't have to have a huge variety, you can do a lot of the exercises with one color. If you are using cheap watercolors, they might not have the same texture flow or vibrancy. Don't let that frustrate you, use what you have. I started learning with cheap and chalky watercolors to see if I like it and upgraded from there. Brushes, I use these five, but all you really need is a small one like number 1 and the medium one. Make sure your brushes form a tip when they are wet. I hate to work with brushes that have a tiny band at the end of the tip, or a few hairs that go to different directions. Make sure you're not making the painting process harder by choosing a brush that don't cooperate. Play with your brushes and see which are the brushes you feel most comfortable with. Paper. I use this Canson XL pad for all the exercises in this class. Make sure your paper is 300 GSM watercolor paper. When I started, I bought the cheapest one I found that said 300 GSM, but it was the worst. It had a cardboard texture, it was gray, and could barely hold water. See if you see one that specify the properties of the paper, like it type, hot pressed, cold pressed, or rough, and that it's acid free. Canson XL is not the best paper, but it's good enough to start in and practice on. Mixing palates. I use these porcelain ones, but you can use whatever you have. You will also need a pencil that is light. I usually use 5H, just use whatever you like. An eraser. For the galaxy exercises and correcting mistakes, I used white ink, but you can also use a wide tangible or acrylic paint, towel or a paper towel to wipe your brushes with and water. 3. Class Project: For your class project, I'd like you to follow the exercises and upload as many as you like. You can also upload your work in progress. I would love to help you along the way and answer any question you may have. To upload your project. Simply press "Your project" tab and upload it here. You can also find the class resources here below. If you like, you can ask questions in the Community tab as well. Let's start. 4. Succulent: We will start this class with this worksheet I created. It has seven exercises. I find that it's more fun practicing while painting something you like. So you can totally just do these exercises without this template and choose your own subjects. You can also just do this in a square circle or whatever shape you like. To transfer the worksheet, download it from your project tab, print it, go over the other side with a regular pencil, and then secure it to your paper. Go over the lines, and that's it. You can also just copy it or make it your own. Okay. Let's start. I want this class to fit all levels so I am going to explain things that you might already know if you're not a beginner. So feel free to increase the video speed or go straight to the exercise. Our first one, is filling the succulent leaves and leaving the gaps between each one wide. I'm mixing two colors for this, green and purple. You might choose whatever color you like. You can also do each leaf a different color. I'm adding a bit of blue to the green. I'm looking for a quite or watery mixture that will spread evenly when I apply it on the paper. The more water you add to the mixture, the lighter the color will be. So if you add little water, it will be really concentrated, but also add it to spread on the page. If you add more water, it will be easier to spread, but lighter in color. So just play with the ratios of color to water and test it on a piece of paper or even on the worksheet itself until you get the consistency and color you like. I want the purple mixture to be thick and concentrated, and the green one to be quite slowly and watery. Another thing to keep in mind is the amount of mixture on your brush itself. When you deep in the brush in the color you mixed, scrape it on the pallet so we won't overload the brush. If you have too much mixture, it will be harder to control and make clean and precise lines and shapes. Look what happens when I don't scrape the brush and I have overloaded it. It's too watery and I struggle to make clean edges, so I need to be more careful. Now let's scrape it. You see how easier it is? I'm using the tip of the brush to create clean edges to this shape. You can drop more color into the shape, but only if it's still wet like here. Now, while the paint is still wet, I'm going to drop a bit of purple to the tip of my leaf. This technique is called wet on wet. When I fill the leaves with a green color, the paper will still dry, and that technique is called wet on dry. I use a smaller brush to drop the purple because I don't want it to spread too much. I made this sketch to light for the camera to pick up. But I went over it after the first exercise so you'll see better. So bear with me. It's important to keep the pencil marks light, because once you go over the pencil with watercolors, you will be able to see the marks and it won't be erasable. So if it's not the look you're going for, make sure to go over the pencils with an eraser, if you haven't sketched lightly enough. I started to paint from left to right because I'm right-handed and I don't want my hand to interfere with what I paint. So think of the direction of painting before you start to paint, so your hand won't touch the wet paint. I switch to a smaller brush than the one I started with. It takes a bit more time to fill each part, but I feel that I have more control with it. Experiment with different brushes, if you have some. Keep going with one that is not too small, that the paint will dry too quickly because it won't hold enough faint, but not too big that it will be harder to control. So what we are doing is filing each segment with a green color, being careful not to let the segments touch each other. You can leave a very small space between each segment to make the exercise harder or even do this exercise in a smaller version. If you're feeling it's too hard, you can do a bigger version of it or make the spaces bigger in between each leaf. When you paint each segment, try to keep the edge from drying. When you are loading the brush again, you will be able to continue to pull the edge without it drying and leaving a hard edge in the middle of the shape you're trying to fill. So keep filing the shapes. Remember to drop the purple when it's still wet. I'm speeding the video a bit, but remember to breathe and to be patient, go as slow as you need. Don't rush yourself. These are the things to remember throughout the whole class. I will stop the time-lapse from time to time to give a few tips. Careful when you get to the smaller shapes. Change to a smaller brush if you need. Use the tip of the brush to go over the edges, and smooth them, and make them crisp and clean. You can also experiment with filing the shape with water, and dropping coloring to see what effect it gives. That's it for our first exercise. See you in the next one. 5. Flower: We're going to jump around from exercise to exercise in this worksheet. So we won't have to wait for anything to dry. Now I'm going to fill the branch with an orange-y brown color. I'm going to use quite a large brush for it, but choose whatever you like. The mixture is quite translucent and quite watery. I want it to flow very well. So go ahead and fill the branch like you did the succulent segments. Now I'm going to clean the brush and take only water and use it to continue to paint the shape because they want it to be lighter and also to see what effect it will create. Now I'm going to drop a bit of color here and there. I'm going to drop only water here, and in a few other places and see the effect it creates. It creates beautiful blooms that I love in watercolors. Now I'm going to add a bit of color and that's it for the branch right now, but we'll come back to it later. Now I'm going to show you the liquid water color, but off course you don't have to use it. Use what you have. I'm only showing you the options. Unlike the dry colors independence it, we dropped it and it's ready to use. In this flower exercise, we're going to play with transparencies. The more water you add to the color, the lighter it will be. We are going to paint each petal with the same color but different tones of it. From light to dark. We're going to start with the lightest color. We're going to put water here and take a bit of color and mix it. Now we are going to fill the first petal. Just like before, we're going to leave a space between each peddle white. So now we're going to take a bit more color and add it to our mixture. Fill our next petal. Be careful here so you won't touch the previous petal. Then continue to do this throughout the whole flower. Move the page around and see what angle you feel more comfortable with. Go as close as you can, but if the petals touch, don't worry about it. It's all for practiced. Nothing has to be perfect here. Increase the space if you feel it's still hard. Remember that the pencil marks are only guidelines. You can do the petals a bit more pointy or curved wherever you like. Of course you can do an entirely different flower if you want. It might look like we arrived at the darkest down, but you'll see when we get to the next peddle. If you want to smooth the edge of a peddle, take a smaller brush and smooth the edge. Turn the paper around so you won't touch the wet paint. This here is the most concentrated tone. This is our range of tones in one color. Go a head and fill the rest of the flour in whatever tone like. 6. Pineapple & Leaf: In this pineapple exercise, we're going to play a bit more with transparencies, this time in the form of layering. I'm using a tube of watercolor this time, but again, it's only to show the different kinds of watercolor. We're going to fill a body of the pineapple with a single color like in our last exercise. But this time, we will layer the washes of color on top of each other, mix the color with a lot of water to create a very light tone and fill the pineapple's body, leaving a bit of space at the top as not to touch the leaves, which we will fill like we did in the succulent exercise, but this time, the shapes are smaller. We'll wait for this pink layer to dry before painting the next one. I don't want the colors to mix in this layer, and also I won't have a crisp edge if I'll paint on a wet layer. I will fill them with this blue color I mixed, choose whatever color you like. The other exercises will be different, if you're tired of it don't worry. Go as close as you want. Now that the first layer is dried, we are going to mix a bit more of the pink and fill it to the first pointed tips. I'm going to fill up to this point and do a kind of curved zigzag, but you can get as creative with this as you want, you can do a spongebob pineapple or whatever you want. The second layer is dried, so I'll add another layer and you're starting to see how it gets darker from layer to layer. You can also do this exercise with different colors and see how they look on top of each other. There is no needs to wait for the layer to dry, so we'll head on to the next exercise now onto the leaf. I'm going to use my number 1 brush to create a pattern with these three greens I mixed. I'm going to do tiny triangles throughout the whole leaf, changing from color to color, from time to time, to see them blend. This is my favorite exercise out of this worksheet, I find it really therapeutic. I'm doing this very slowly as you can see. If you find it's stressful or too repetitive, maybe change the exercise a bit. Make the triangles bigger, so the exercise will fit you better, but don't be afraid to challenge yourself. This exercise improves the control on the pressure we use on the brush. I want to have a consistent pressure in this leaf I'm using a very gentle pressure and use the end of the tip to create my lines. Of course, sometimes I press too hard or use this side of the brush instead of the tip and the line turns out thicker than I want. But it's okay, nobody's perfect and the whole purpose of doing this is to practice and get better, not to avoid mistakes. Here you can see my first sketch of the worksheets, you can feel the triangles if you like. I used the bigger brush and the triangles were bigger. I will zoom in now so you will get a close look. Try to keep an even pressure, but don't stress yourself if you make mistakes. Remember to breathe, sometimes I get caught up with a specific tiny detail in a painting and hold my breath. Take your time, be patient and go as slow as you need. Speed up the footage, stopping from time to time to give a few more tips. Turn the page around so you'll be comfortable. I hold the brush very close to the tip, to have more control and get very precise lines. Find the way you will have maximum control, but also that it will be comfortable to you. Get your head into the painting when you need. I find that it helps a lot. When I'm far from the painting, I make more mistakes. I'll take a breather and fill another layer of the pineapple. It's important to take breaks when you feel tired or that it's too much. If you work too much, you'll start to feel your hand trembling. So please take breaks and don't overwork yourself. Let's continue our triangle. Feel free to use as many colors as you like, but remember to mix enough of them before. So you don't have to stop and mix again if you don't want to or if you want to see your colors to be consistent and you don't feel confident in mixing the same colors again. Now I'll do the last layer and it will be quite thick. Less water than the previous layers, but still enough so it's manageable to move around. With this, we have finished our pineapple. Now let's finish our leaf. That's it, see you in the next one. 7. Middle of the Flower: Now we'll take our smallest brush for me it's this one and like the last exercise we'll create a pattern, but even tinier. We'll fill the middle of our transparencies flower. I'm using the same color, but again, choose any color you want. You can do whatever pattern you like, squares, circles, polka dots. I'm going to follow the existing shape and do these half circles. This exercise will help us in the mini landscapes exercise that we'll do later when we'll paint tiny details. It's basically like the last exercise with the triangles, but this time try to make the shapes even smaller and closer together. Try to have very gentle pressure on the tip of the brush, don't push hard on it. Because it's so tiny, it dried really fast and I can erase these pencil marks. But make sure it's really dry before you start erasing. I wanted them to show on the camera, so I made them a lot darker than I usually do. I use this precision eraser because I find it easier, but use what you have. If you're using cheap watercolors or cheap paper, be very gentle because the eraser can rub off colors or the paper. I really recommend making the sketch really light so you won't really see it's after you paint it. 8. Rose: Now onto the rose, I'm using a double zero budge for this. This is a small brush but not too tiny like the one in our last exercise. It should still hold a bit of water so you won't have to stop and reload it every second. I will follow the shape of the petal like this, and do a thin lines, so very gentle pressure all the way to this point. Make sure you don't have excess paint and scrape the brush. This is the exercise I find the most challenging and you'll see that I made mistakes. Relax yourself and remember to breathe. Now I'll do another one close to it, and that's how I'll fill the rest of the rose. It's okay to stop and smooth the line and then continue, you don't have to do it in one single stroke. Do it in a way you feel comfortable. Try as best as you can to keep the same pressure throughout the whole line. But again, it's only for practice, so don't stress over it. If you push too hard or the line isn't as consistent as you want it to be. Look how slow when working, don't rush it. If you struggle, maybe try a different position that will feel more comfortable, so keep turning the paper around, like I did here. As you can see here, my hand wasn't comfortable because it couldn't lay on the paper. If you're working with a spiral pad like me, open it up and put only the taper on the table, so your wrist won't hang in midair and can rest comfortably. If you're wrist isn't stable on a flat surface, it will be hard to move it smoothly around. This smaller ones are easier because the lines are a lot shorter, and we're done with this one. Although it was challenging, I feel like it was a very good practice for me. Now I want to erase the pencil a bit because I'll feel the stem, with a light color and I don't want pencil marks to show through. I'm going to just fill this up because I think it'll create a nice contrast, but you can also continue practicing on the stem part as well, and this is our rose done. 9. Finishing The Worksheet: Okay, now let's start the leaf. I mix some autumn colors here for it. First, I'll feel this section here. In this exercise, I want you to experiment with different patterns. You can choose any pattern you like, circles, zigzags, waves, whatever you want. Get as creative with this as you like. You can mix up and change colors if you want. Now in each segment, I'll experiment with a different pattern. I'm going to use my number one brush. First, I think I'll do simple lines like this. Again, find a comfortable position. Now that I changed mine, I'm more comfortable and the lines are better and it feels easier. Now I'll do these little half circles, it reminds me of a mermaid. I'm changing the colors a bit throughout this pattern. Just play around with this and have fun. I wasn't really pleased with the lines, so I'll try again here. Mind your wrist, if it's a small detail, you can do these little strokes like this. But if it's a long stroke, you can try moving your whole wrist like this. Now I'll do lines the other way around. Here I'm using the side of the brush and a bit more pressure in these waves. Here you can see the difference in bit of patients makes. I did this sketch a lot less mindfully and rushed it. You can see how the rose looks different as well. Okay, now let's return to our forgotten branch. We'll give it a wood texture, put in what we practiced in the last exercises to use. I'm going to do these long strokes with a similar brown. I'm using the side of the brush here because I want a thicker line. Look how lovely it looks on top of the textures and blooms that were created with the drops of water, that's our branch. The last thing I'm going to do is outline each segment and the whole leaf itself. With this, we've finished our worksheet. Now that we've learned and practiced the basics, we can put it to use in our next paintings. Let's have some fun. 10. Galaxy1: Okay. Now we're going to do two galaxy exercises. After the worksheet, I wanted to do something more fun and loose. You have two options, an easier one, to feel a silhouette of your choice. I choose a castle, and the second option is one that I find a bit more difficult in which we'll paint the galaxy around the sketch. In this one, I'm doing three house doodles floating in space and of course you can do them both. If you want to use my sketch, I uploaded a scan to your project tab. You can customize these exercises to your liking. You can do a cat, a whale, anything you want. I mixed all of my colors beforehand because we'll use a lot of wet-on-wet in this exercise and I don't want to stop painting to mix colors while my painting dries. I'm also going to use salt, but it's completely optional. I choose coarse salt because I find it creates a more dramatic effect for me. I'm wetting the surface inside the shape first with water, not too much, just a thin layer. I'm not getting outside the lines because I don't want the paint to spread outside the boundaries of my castle. I'm going to start by simply dropping in colors one after the other and letting them mix, just like we did in our first succulent exercise. I'm adding colors, trying to keep all the edges wet so we won't have hard edges except for the castle's actual edge, that I want to be crisp and clean. Now I am changing to a smaller brush so I'll have better control. I'm dropping a bit of salt now here and there. It needs to still be wet to have an effect. I'm being really careful here with this little tiny towers. If you find that you have too much water at some point, you can use a tissue paper or a dry brush to soak some of it. Here you can see I let this edge dry, so I've got this hard edge. I'll show you how to fix this later if you don't like the look of it. I'm going to clean my brush and wet the bottom of the castle to create this faded effect. I'm also leaving few white parts to add a bit of interests, but you don't have to do this. After it dried a bit, I wet it again. Look how the salt created these cool textures. Now that it's completely dry, I remove the salt very gently. You can see here, it left marks because I put it when the paint was too dry. So I'll add another layer to cover this and to create a bit more depth and also I'll fix the hard edge we talked about earlier. I'm doing the same thing, wetting the paper and dropping more color. I got a bit overboard and hid too much of the lovely salt textures, so be mindful. Now I'll go over the edges a bit with a small brush to make them crisp and defined. Just move them out gently while they are still wet. The painting has dried, but I accidentally rubbed some of it with my hand. I'll show you how to fix this. I'm going to use white ink for this. You can use a acrylic or gouache as well. I'm mixing it a bit with water and it completely disappears. You can also try to lift the paint if it isn't a staining paint like this one I used. Now I'm going to take a tooth brush. You can use a hard bristle brush and dip it in white ink. I mixed with a bit of water and I'll flick it a bit like this to create a splatter of tiny stars. That's our first galaxy. Join me in the next one. 11. Galaxy2: In this exercise, we will paint a galaxy around the sketch. It'll be a bit more challenging than the previous one. I will paint very close to the pencil marks and after it will dry, I'll erase the sketch and the white of the paper will pop. You can wet the paper like before, but I prefer the extra bit of control, wet and dry offers. I'm leaving a bit of white stacks to add a bit of texture. In doing the same things I did in the last exercise, I'm adding more colors that will bleed into one another and create beautiful textures. Also I'm trying to keep my edges from drying. Now I will fill the roof here very carefully. Make sure your hand doesn't touch the wet paint. I'm smoothing the lines with the side of the brush like this. Again, I'm dropping salt when the paint is still wet. I'm pushing the color slowly until it gets to my pencil marks trying to make it as straight as I can. Sometimes I'm adding water to the edges to keep them from drying and to create room. Remember all your open edges and keep them wet. I'm always looking to connect my edges to each other, so I will have less of them to keep from drying. I'm dabbing parts that I feel are too watery with a dry brush. As always, turn the paper around so you'll be more comfortable. I'm using the tip of the brush to fill these little windows like we did in our rows and triangles exercises being really patient and careful. I'm working my way up to the pencil sketch very slowly. Here I'm adding a bit of color to fix this little spurge I made. These tiny spaces make sure you don't have too much paint on your brush. You can make this exercise harder by making the white spaces thinner and easier by making them thicker. Now we wait for it to dry. I removed the salt very gently once it dried. Now let's add our little stars, just like in our previous exercise. If you made a mistake somewhere, you can also use ink to correct it or just smooth the white outlines. Maybe try splattering on a scrap paper if you haven't done it before. You can also do some bigger stars with a brush or with a white gel pen. If you don't like a star you did, clean your brush and smooth it out with water. Now after the ink dried, I'm erasing the pencil sketch. That's it. 12. Mini Landscapes: This time, we're going to work very small and paint three mini-landscapes, the size of a coin. First, I'll outline the coin. As you can see, I could use a class in pencil control. Our first landscape is this green field. I'll walk you through the first landscape and then show you two more examples. Feel free to do this bigger and in any shape you want. You can even do this inside of a flower or a butterfly. I'm going to start with the sky being careful to stay inside the circle. If you don't have small brushes that form a good dip, consider working a bit larger. I chose three references from a free stock photo site. I'm not going to follow them exactly and match every single detail, but go for it if you want. Now, I'll take a bit of water and smooth it down so it will fade a bit. You can take a dry brush and lift a bit of the blues to create clouds, but I think I'll drop a bit of water to create blooms like in our branch exercise. Make sure it's really a tiny bit of water so it won't spread all over the sky. Now, I'll wait for this layer to dry. Now, I will add the field with a light green. Again, we'll wait for it to dry. I recommend that you do a few simultaneously so you won't have to wait for each layer to dry. Now, I'm adding this darker field that is a bit further back using the tip to smooth the line. Now, I'll take the tiniest brush to create the trees and bushes. I'm basically dabbing the brush to create organic looking texture in the trees. It's so tiny that you shouldn't stress over it. It could be simplified if you want it to be. It's a bit too light, so I'll darken it a bit. Now, I'll add a bit of texture to the field, starting with a light color, making simple lines close together to symbolize the grass. Again, doing the same thing, but a bit darker to create a bit of contrast. Here, I went outside the lines, so I'll wet it a bit and lift with a paper. Now, I will erase the pencil marks. This is our first mini-landscape. Remember to be patient and wait for the layers to dry if you don't want a wet on wet effect. Use a brush that is an appropriate size for the size of the painting you chose. Simplify things and don't get too caught up with every single tiny detail, unless that's what you are going for. Now, I'll show you two more examples. Keep in mind everything I've said for these two as well. Here, I'm sketching very lightly the mountaintops and the moon. I'm being really careful around the edge of the circle, smoothen it slowly. I'm painting the sky around the tiny moon. Remember, it's okay to stray away from your reference and make it your own. You can see I'm working here in layers, filling the mountains and then adding their shadows. Don't be afraid to try things and make mistakes, you can always try again. I'm leaving a tiny bit of white here, being mindful. With the water, I'm first doing a pink layer and then I'm working on top of it so there will be tiny pink specks on the water. Here, I'm wetting this tiny part where the sun will be and lift a bit of the color with my brush. Now, I'm adding the little hot air balloons with the very tip of the brush, being very careful how much pressure I put on it. Now, I will erase the pencil. You can see here I got out of the lines a bit so it's not a perfect circle. You can fix it if you want with white ink, but I'm going to leave it like this because I don't mind it. These are our tiny landscapes. I put the references and the resources in your project tab, and of course, you don't have to use the ones I chose. I added links to free stock sites you can use for inspiration. You can also choose a different subject entirely and do a mini-painting of it if you're not really into painting landscapes. You can do houses, animals, you can go abstract if you want. I can't wait to see what you create. 13. Final Project: We arrived at our final exercise. We'll put everything we've learned into this abstract greeting card. As always, I uploaded the sketch to your project tab if you'd like to use it. But feel free to be as creative with this as you like and create your own lovely patterns or anything else inspired by the class. To make this sketching easier, I measured the middle of the paper and then drew this freely. I find it more interesting that it isn't completely symmetrical, but make yours as perfectly symmetrical as you want. The horizontal line is where I will fold the paper to make the card, you can fold the paper in this vertical line to make a smaller card. You can also do a full circle if you want. As always, my colors are all mixed and ready, and I tested them here to see if I like them together. Let's start. By now you know the drill, I'm being super careful, working slowly and mindfully to feel these shapes. Smoothing the edges to make them crystal and clean with a tip of the brush. Feel free to blend and mix colors as much as you like. As always, you can change the level of the difficulty by leaving less and more space between each shape. Turn your paper for maximum comfort. I'm dropping other colors in water from time to time to create beautiful blooms and textures. You can also freestyle without a sketch if you want, that's what I love to do most of the time. Change between brushes to fit the shape you're filling. I'm going to outline these triangles keeping an even pressure like we did in our worksheet exercises. Make sure you don't overload the brush here, but still have enough paint. Here, I'm using the side of the brush to create this curve gradually. I feel like this is a good practice because over different shapes call for different angles to paint in and practice on. Here I'm using my tiny brush to smooth the edges. If there is a bloom you don't like you can smooth it out or do another layer if it dried. Now I'll do only the outline of the shape changing colors from time to time. This angle was a lot more comfortable to me than when I was here, and painting in this angle. So switch it up, find the angles that are more comfortable to you. Oops! Mind where you put your hand. Try to lift mistakes with water and debate with a tissue paper. This is a staining color, so I'll fix it later with white ink. I'm making sure that paper dried before coloring this bit. I'll wait for it to dry and erase the sketch. I'm fixing my little mistake here, I really love how it completely covers it up. You can also smooth the edges with the ink if you like, but I don't mind the imperfections. That's our colorful card. Now let's see all the exercises we did. We started here with our worksheet where we learned the basics, then we arrived at Galaxy land, and all the way to do mini landscapes, and now let's fold our card. I will fold it this way, but you can also fold it here. You can also cut off the edges of the card a bit or continue to paint it until you feel the whole page. I really hope you'll give it a try and upload your card along with the other exercises into the project gallery. I can't wait to see all your projects. 14. Final Thoughts: Thank you so much for taking my class. I really hope you enjoyed it and that you will find the exercises useful as they were for me. I'd like you to remember that progress takes time and practice and that it doesn't happen instantly. Find your own fun ways to practice that will fit you and make your process enjoyable. Paint things you love, so it won't feel like a task. Lastly, remember to relax and take your time without rushing yourself. I found that the moment I started to consciously paint slower and be mindful, my painting skills improved. Remember, you can share your progress and ask me questions. I'm always happy to help. You can also share your creations from this class on Instagram. Use the hashtag mayaskillshare and tag me at seas.and.rivers. I would love to see everything you create. I wish you all a wonderful time painting.