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Learn To Paint 3 Northern Lights Landscapes with Acrylic Colors & Sponge

teacher avatar Debasree Dey, debslilarts | Acrylic Artist

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Lessons in This Class

17 Lessons (1h 57m)
    • 1. Hello and Welcome Back!

    • 2. Art Supplies

    • 3. Learn The Sponge Technique - Part 1

    • 4. Learn The Sponge Technique - Part 2

    • 5. Project 1: Cool Colours Northern Lights

    • 6. Paint The Background Layer 1

    • 7. Paint The Background Layer 2

    • 8. Paint The Silhouette Land

    • 9. Project 2: Warm Colours Northern Lights

    • 10. Paint The Background Layer

    • 11. Background Layer + Silhouette Land

    • 12. Project 3: Warm & Cool Colours Northern Lights

    • 13. Background Layer Cool Colours

    • 14. Background Layer Warm Colours

    • 15. Paint The Silhouette Land

    • 16. Create The 3 Couple SIlhouttes

    • 17. Convert Your Paintings Into Postcards & Gift Your Special One

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About This Class


Viewing the Northern Lights is on everyone's bucket list. And there is nothing more romantic than gazing up at the unearthly colours dance to a ballet against the dark starry sky, along with your special one. 

If you have been dreaming of experiencing this wonderful view, paint it to manifest it in your life. Join me in this class and I'll teach you how to paint the majestic Aurora Borealis in a very easy way, using sponge and acrylic colours.


1. Acrylic Paints (listed below)
2. Canvas Paper / canvas board / stretched canvas
3. Brushes - Round brushes Size 6 & 1
4. Sponge
5. A plate - something to mix paint on
6. Water
7. Tissue paper
8. Scissors

Colors I used in this class:

1. Titanium White
2. Chrome Yellow
3. Orange 
4. Pink
5. Dark Green
6. Black
7. Teal Blue
8. Burnt Sienna
9. Prussian Blue

By the end of this class you should feel confident in your ability to create this painting.

I recommend this class for everybody - no prior art experience is necessary. If u haven't painted in a long time and wanting to brush up your skills or if u haven't found anyone to mentor you in your creative journey,  or if you are not sure you will be able to paint, or if you just want to paint pretty landscapes just to feel good - this class is for you.

Look forward to seeing you in the class


If you are new here, do check out my other classes and create masterpieces:

How To Paint An Abstract Forest Landscape

How To Paint Sunset Reflections

How To Paint A Realistic Seascape

How To Paint A Monsoon Landscape

How To Paint A Landscape From A Photograph

How to Paint Autumn Landscape with Knife

How to Paint Sunrays Through Window


You can purchase all the items I use by clicking on this link.


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Debasree Dey

debslilarts | Acrylic Artist



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Working as an artist for 7 years, I have carved my own path into the art world. There were many big stumbling blocks and also bigger accomplishments. All of which lead me to become a Thriving Creative.

Collecting my experiences, I have built this ROADMAP for you!





Hi, my name is Deb. I'm a self-taught artist, acrylic art guru and a creative entrepreneur based out of Pune, India. Academically, I've done MS from BITS Pilani, worked in corpor... See full profile

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1. Hello and Welcome Back!: Viewing the Northern Lights is on everyone's bucket list. And there is nothing more romantic than gazing up at the unearthly kalos dance to a valley against that doc starry sky. Along with your special one. It is such a perfect view to metal lice glaciers with love. I'm dreaming of experiencing this wonderful view. To manifest sit in your life. Join me in this class and I'll teach you how to pin the majestic auditable realists in a very easy way using spawned an acrylic colors. This class is absolutely beginner friendly. So if you're new to acrylic paintings, you can definitely learn a lot shore which will boost your confidence to handle the medium. And if you've been painting in acrylics for quite some time, you can definitely pick up some new techniques that you can use in your other paintings. Hi, my name is Deb and I am an artist living in India. I have been teaching art professionally for the past five years. I have changed my profession from corporate to a full-time artist by US back to pursue my interest in art and to educate others about art. If you want to know more about me, please visit my skill share profile, or feel free to connect with me on Instagram. I will be showing you all the art supplies that you need to create the spin things in toto step-by-step approach, I will first each field the sponge technique on a rough sketch pad for you to practice it a bit in a rough paper and Wal-Mart. And then we will dive straight into creating the final paintings. First, we will create all the three bad grounds of the three paintings with the sponge technique. Finally, I will teach you a very easy trick to create the pit coupled floats on your paintings. So do not worry at all. I am here to guide you along the way. All you need is your sketchbook. You're actually talers, some canvas or papers. You're interested in art and your time to dedicate to this class. So I look forward to seeing you inside the glass. 2. Art Supplies: He was back. So in this video we're going to be talking about all the art supplies that you would need for creating today speeding. So first of all, you need a substance to paint on so it can be any surface that you can choose. But for this class, I am using what kind of people, which is for 300 GSM. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna factors so A4 sheets into two and create a file so that I can create it on the smallest size like this. So that is what I'm gonna do. So and some mysteries and I'm usually to waterfowl upbeat because I really loved that exchanges. And in this class cuz we're gonna be using a sponge for creating that we'll be doing. So the brushwork is not much needed. So it's not going to matter whatever surface you're losing. Okay, so the main thing that you need for today's class is a sponge like this. It's a guidepost kitchen sponge. I got it from our look and stationary. So whatever spans you if you have something at home, that's also totally fine. I'm going to cut it down into small pieces that we can corresponding. Alright? And then you're binding some acrylic beans. So these are all the colors that I want to be using for today. These are very basic colors and any regular set of equity colours will have them. So the colors that you would be needing, our black and white on the warm colors. Chrome, yellow, crimson, red, pink, orange. And you're gonna need dark green, teal blue, Prussian blue, and brown. Ok, now, I know many states come where color is not usually bear. So the brand that I use is failing electronic colors, which is a pity light designing five hundred, eight hundred bottles. But you don't need to buy the 501500 email once when buying a 100 event once also by these other sheets, names that comes directly in this one. I'm sure you will get this obesity strains in any other brand. The only color that might be a problem for you to get is the team. So I will show you in this class how you can create the team blue because it's a very important color for creating this b, d. Ok, so these are the colors you need a plate to mix the colors on glass of water. And for brushy, you'll need one drone brush like this. This is say 61, absolutely clean brush to do all the detailing work where using rate you will be creating a lot of the couple. And with a bigger brush, you will create the light. So this is where we've been eating the pressure for doing all the black works. And couple of 14, so you need escape one extra brushing handy that might be in school. Site, but for the backside which we'll be using for creating the stars. So it can be any steep or any browser Indias, right? You're gonna need a CSO. So this would be used for cutting down does fund. And also if you want to cut off the edges of the painting like I have done here. So it can be use for both the things. And very importantly that you'll need for today's class is to print out a four breathed out. So this, I am going to attach it in that glass below so you can just download this file and printed out on that day for salespeople. So this was I made for salespeople. And when you when you print it on a four say speak, but this is exactly how it's going to come. And the size is measured, particularly for if I use size paintings, ok, so you don't have to change the size or anything. This is the exact size that I have resized to do proportionate. And it can simply print out this April sheet and cut it off and use it for creating your own height. So that's on. Now let's get started. Alright, now let's size our A4 watercolor paper into half. And to make it into a fives that we can use for intake. Brava cutting board, ninth and a scale if you have them, or even simply use a Caesar as well to cut it half. What I normally do is I use another sheet that I already have to measure the center of the A4 and then cut it off. All right. Now that are papers have been cut and sized A5, ready to paint. I'll show you how to cut the sponge also in small pieces. And you can have all your art supplies ready to start painting. So I am going to size this into six small pieces because I kind of find it easy to handle. But if you feel you want to make it to four pieces, that's also to cleave fine. You will have a little bigger pieces. Now that the sponges are ready. And let's tip down our first be solved A5, to start a faithful sprinting. 3. Learn The Sponge Technique - Part 1: Hi, so in this video, I am going to detail the techniques of creating the conscious, nice guy of Northern Lights. Okay, so the first color demo that I'll give you is of the cool colors, which is basically a mix of Prussian blue, blue, and white. These are the colors that you will use to come up with this kind of extra. So sponge. So this is the one that I cut down into small ones. Here at the smoke sponges. I'm going to use to show you guys the demo. Alright, so let me take out the colors. I shouldn't blue, teal and blue. Now, some of you guys may not have the TDD new. So for that, I am going to show you how to create daily beam. So for that to unique dark green color, so just take out a bunch of doctrine and you need white. Alright, so the first thing I'm going to, how to create deep. So the color combination is Prussian blue, dark green, and white, nor cream to get the desired color. So you see you have reached the exact same shared as this 1 ninth and bad equilibrium by adding a bit more of white or whatever shape you want, can be a little, but it's absolutely the same as the scholar now you can see that, right? Okay, so that is our deal making process. Now that you've learned back, we will start with this one. So I'll show you how to use the Spanish to blend the colors nicely. But I will show you this one. Okay. So we will start with, now that I have the clinical around this side, I am going to keep it aside and I'll use it a little later and start off with a clean sponge and dig a lot of Prussian blue because a lot of color for the first round, because now that your canvas is empty or paper is in teach, you go on and add the flushing. B can add it however you want. It's not going to be much problem. But the ideal way of adding is by doing this depths. Okay, now I'm not going to go all over. I will go gradually from one side to another. So now, after adding quite a bit of oppression, what I'm going to do is pick up a bit of weight on the same side where I picked up the oppression loose. And I'm going to go on top of it. Now you'll see as you place your spans undock atlas on the dark background, especially this corner shape is going to form on your, you see this con is upcoming, Great. So now what we're going to do is we're going to go fairly intently on top of it and blended out. And one of the things that you can do is try to use the God, just this corner. Ok? So if I use the corner, you see it's getting blended really nice. And the lines are not that from minute. Now if you still feel. So this is where, so see how I balanced the gallery out is I get to 104 ducks, sheep, one corner for lights shift. So this is where I have more weight. So the moment I feel so sufferings are beloved, picking up a bit more of weight of this corner. And I'm adding the white here. Ok. Now you will notice right now when I'm adding, I do the gardeners forming or we'll rate. And that's because I'm putting really gentle touch. No effect, a lot of pressure. I get this. Colonists without effect go really tempted. You see those corners are not forming. So it really depends on the pressure that you apply. Okay, now, I show you the other way around not so nows if for example, you've added quite a whitish blue as it the light blue and you want to make it a little bit more darker in-between. So what I'm going to do is on this corner where I have blue, I'm going to pick up more blue. And let's see, I want to add a bit more dark or for short. So again, C, it came because I haven't. So there are two reasons according again, form. One is you have more than adequate quantity of bent. And the second reason could be putting a lot of pressure. So what I'm going to do is the gravity should be four. And when you feel that you have quite a bit of faint and it's coming off. As an entrepreneur, you could just step off a bit of it on the distributed with, okay, so now we go back to adding that. See, I can just call it the we didn't whatever direction I need. I want to go and the corners are not coming. Okay, I'll get, I switch to the white Cournot, become more of white and go around it and blend it off with the dark blue that I had added just over there. So you can see and there's a beautiful lines are being formed from the age of the sponge. So you could automate his goal again at our own data, very gentle and create some nice textures. So one of the important things of creating northern lights. You don't want to have one solid flat out column. You want to balance the sheets of the gallows. So as you see, we assigned from dot, dot lou and wiggling too little light Allah in even more light than again. Like so you want to alternate between the different sheets of the palace. So I'm just giving you, giving you guys a couple of more examples to show you how you can play around with it. So now you can use the same sponge. You can use this corner to pick up till and added for mature and blended him. Or you can use an undisclosed. So I had this funds already with that deal on a tray. So what I'm doing is I'm using that. There are two benefits of using sponges. I'll show you what it is. So I'm adding the dean on this side. So whenever the blending is happening over there, if I feel that blending is not happening, the way I've drawn US adopt blue, Prussian blue one. To balance it out. I feel using one sponge for that to be deals with the different colors is actually easier when you are working with the same family of balance. So it seems we are using all blue. It's better for me, I feel to use just one spines rather than changing sponges come from molecular gangs. So now if you look at this one, I am going to add a bit more of dots over here. So what I'm doing is at picking up the color on the age of the sponge. And gradually I'm coming in. Now you see so much of line has formed over there, that spine in the first layer, you can have quite a bit of lines phone, but gradually what you'll need to do is you're going to blend it in with the rest of it. Right? So you understood how we created a balance of Chronos using just one sponge. And if you wanted to add little bit of lighting there, feel free to do that because like I said, having a balance of balance sheets is very important for creating this kind of the light. And it's a fairly easy process. That technique is really easy. All you do is do that depth on your canvas. The only important thing that you need to keep in mind is the plenty to your banjo picking up and the pressure that you're applying. Tried to use the corner, like I said, because if you use the corners, you will have to list chances of creating the corners, the lines of the ages. Okay, so another thing that you can do is use little bit of downstream and come here and create a nice blend of Galloway. So that the team that you see or which, or that is created using a mix of green and yellow. So I'm just showing you the process and while showing you this beam theory and see how I'm mixing up the colors and however we want and doing it. And it's easy way if you feel marking with one's fun, she's kind of difficult for u. One we, of blending colors if you are getting quite a bit of lines, is just use a blank, a sponge and after you have identified alerts. So let's say for example, I am just showing it for the demo purpose. So let's say I want to add some dark blue over here, okay? And I'm getting quite a bit of lines, right? And I'm not going to planed it. If, if that is the problem that you're facing, feel free to switch to a empty sponge and just go smoothly over it and you'll be able to blend it really wet. And then maybe you can pick up a bit of white really ness and just do a little bit of gentle dabs and blended it with the background. So this is just to show you how to blend two colors if you are having trouble, but I don't think it should be a problem. 4. Learn The Sponge Technique - Part 2: Okay, so now that you've understood the mix of the cool colors, now I will show you how to do a mix of the warm colors. So we are going to do a mix of being orange and yellow. And I think it's a critical combination also that you can use for predicting Supreme if you are into abstract painting and control. For creating abstracts. I have created some abstracts using spans and the gum out really well. On right? This is just one of my boss join on it that I use for practice. So let me take columns. When actually you think of this one, it's absolutely dry. It does funds that aids was to call your so I'm just going to use a clean site operator. Okay. This is our reference image for this. And this has a little bit of down also. So I show you how to blend all the colors together. So I'm going to make it quick and not take too much time in showing this because I wanted those two factors in a rough before just to get up very good hanging off the painting so that once the painting starts, you can confidently do it. So today's I start from the blue. You saw that I started from the dark corner and came all the way. Jitter light area. Here. What I'm gonna do is I'm going to start the light section and go up to the top here. Okay? So I'm starting off with the white and, and I've seen Orange and Pink little bit with it. And that gives me a really pretty color. So this is a mix of orange and think, and we'll start adding a beautiful yellow along with it. So all of this creates really, really pretty columns. You see the lines that sponge-like monks coming up but there's moving to vanish, so don't worry about them. And then as we are moving higher, I am moving to more of orange on the side. Okay, and we'll add a Peaches Brown to this. So what you can do is, instead of picking it up on a corner to speak attack on the age completely so that you can have a bigger area to play around with. And you see when I just cleaned it up. And I'm going to show you how to blend in. So I'm using a switch to a different corner now. And i music being. And white. And bringing it down on top of this. So now what we'll show you see it's a different column, right? So I am using pink and white and it's not really blending in with the background. So all I do is switch to my orange brown corner. And just linda didn't with the 50 lisp. So keep alternating adding mod of y you till then as I'm moving forward, as an upward, I will add a motif. This side. See it kind of blend it really well because this was light being stuck pink. And now from being, I'm going to switch to Brown. So you see, I'm adding the Brahma with Joan. And it also blend it so nicely with being. I did not have to struggle much. It's just automatically happening. Ok, so we will add little bit of brown on the site. So again, pick up the Brown on that complete age of the sponge. And the way we end, and I'm making a little bit of white on top of this so that it blends it when I know I'm going up faster than this one. So what you can do is just watch it once with your full attention and then you can try it on, on your paper or rough sketch book, whatever you have at home. Just try this technique on to get a really good idea of how to go about it. And in this corner we're going to add a fleet of brown them black. So let me take out and we're just glad I am not doing that exact this painting as of now. I want to go to get up for looked at understanding of how to do this bunch blending fellows. And then once the painting comes up, you will be able to do it more confidently. Sword, This is where we are using black and brown. And you see how nicely this kind of cleaned it up prey. Oops, the black Grimshaw. So what we're going to do is use the other side, light at dawn and we can blend it off. So that is why it's so you see when this kind of accident happens, when you use the same sponge to do every column. So that is why I would say for each of the paintings, you can just switch the colors as many times. You switched the sponge as many times as possible. Have different sponges. So, so for this one you can have long spans for doing the lighter shade and keep another one for using for black and brown. So that way you will get a really good, easy way of doing it and you will not have such accidents. But again, Let's say that in this kind of technique there are no accidents. Anything that you create will turn out to be pretty. So. I hope that's it. I hope you brought up a really good understanding of how the sponges work. So try this out a couple of times, see if you're getting a hold of it. So you can see closely over here also, I have a few lines kind of shrink too. But, you know, one day it's not going to be a problem even if little bit line chosen, because once we add the stars on top of it, it's what you do, it's not going to be visible. So let you see this being there are a few lines only I can see because I know when doing them. See couple of lines or mature, maybe a couple of them over here, but they're not really that visible, right? So you have practice it on a couple of times and I hope you get a really good angles using the sponges. And we will start with that first painting. 5. Project 1: Cool Colours Northern Lights: He served project. The first painting that you're gonna be creating as fun, as distinct. And the statue had been needing for painting this painting, I feel these are the six colors. Now if you don't have to, I have already showed you how to create DB2. It spamming thing, freshen your dark green and white. So just check the proportions of the velocity are using to come up with the desired sheet that you want. Alright, so let's get started. 6. Paint The Background Layer 1: I am so excited to start of with the first painting. It's one of the very easy paintings, so called compared to all the complicated things that I have done in the past. So let's get started by taking out the pins. So the colors that I am taking out a Prussian blue, dark green, yellow, black, and white. Now grab your sponge and start by dipping our corner of it in the Prussian Blue and start from the top left corner. So keep tabbing for the first layer. You don't have to consider anything. You can just keep on dabbing. I'm adding also little bit towards the right side. Mix it up with a little bit of tail, blue and white. If you notice that I am not adding the same color everywhere. Because we want to have a balance of colors, a dancing of colors happening over your, so we don't want to add the same color all over. So I'm changing the colors by picking up little bit of T and widen between to give different shades. As you have already learned in the techniques video, that how to not make the corners of the sponge visible on the people. So if even if you do, you can always use the alternate fallow and balance it out. Since this is the first layer, you the layers will be the ages of these funds will be showing through a bit. But the moment you are done covering people, you can use the corner of the sponge to make them go away. So you can see how gradually I am developing the sky by changing the color shades. So we are not playing with too many colors here. Only. Talk is blue, Prussian blue, and white. These are the three colors that we're using to play around. Again, there is no right and wrong here. If you don't want to do exactly that we I am doing, or if you feel that yours is not turning up the way mine, that's totally fine. Just make sure that you don't put a solid color all throughout and your varying the color shifts by using different colors, by adding little bit of white here and there, so that it doesn't look like a, like a solid color all throughout and other variations of the colors are visible. So here I'm trying to add bit of Prussian blue in the center to give the doctrine also. Now since we have completely covered the people on the top part, what I'm doing is I'm not adding too much of pressure. So now I'm holding my sponge absolutely gently. One of the thing that happens when you hold it very gently is that the corner of the sponge does not show true on your paper, which actually gives you a better control to blend the colors. And even if you feel it getting too much corners, you can also wipe off the excess paint from the sponge of the tissue paper. That way it will not give you the sharp edges. Here I'm adding a bit of teeth to vary the color, shades and adding little bit of why did the center area as you can see, I'm holding my sponge absolutely loosely. Now, one more tip that I would give you is don't go over the place over and over again. Because if you do that, you're going to blame the whole color into the background. And if that happens, there is no problem. As such, we can again go back on top of it and you can add the others again. You can see that I am trying to add as many shades of blue as possible by adding a bit of white at places but of T. In some cases. If you feel one of the corners of your sponge is too loaded with paint or feel free to switch to the other corner. Right peta on the tissue paper, whatever suits you, so that you can play with the right shade that you want. This is all about creating textures using the sponge. So I would recommend that you do it your own way. It does not necessarily has to be exactly the way I am adding it. So once you've understood the concept, once you are, have watched this video, once, I would recommend that you do it in your way, don't make it all dark blue or light blue. Just have a balance of dark in some places. Balance of dark and light so that the color looks, or the sky looks vibrant. I mean, this is just a basic layer that we are doing. We are going to add a couple of more layers on top of it. So you will see how the, oops. So here my sponge dropped on the colors, so I am getting one more clean, smart, and the process continues. If you feel your sponges to loaded with color, feel free to change it. Because sometimes changing the sponge also gives you a better control on creating the sheets that you want. Also try using the corner of the shape of the sponge. So over shorter and pretty much using the corner. And a bit of age. My Prussian blue is almost o walked. So I'm trying to create some dark corners in some places in the sky. Because when you do the doc, the stars also become really prominent. After adding the dark blue, I switch to a different corner of the sponge and adding the white. Just next to the white, I'm adding a bit of dot doc.gov, Prussian blue on the left side. This to give the contrast of the light in the center. Alright, so now it's time to create the stars on this dark blue sky that we created. Okay, so take a round brush or whatever brush you have, mix a little bit of white and water, and then start chipping. Saw the tripping will and depend on the amount of water that you have taken. And a very easy way of doing it is take another brush and just tap on top of this brush. And the color will. The water droplets, we start falling on the paper and give it a very nice star look. Now the way to create big stars and the smallest stars is the least amount of water that you will have on your brush. We'll create the smallest does. And if you want to create big stars, you just need to increase the quantity of water in your white mix and that we will get a bigger stars. But this painting, we will try to create as many less the small size stocks as possible and not create really big ones. You can see this sky is starting to look so gorgeous. So even if there are some marks of the sponge, the partners are visible in the sky. Once you have done the stars and everything is, it will start to vanish a bit. And anyways on top of this, we are going to create one more layer. 7. Paint The Background Layer 2: Alright, so I hope you had fun with creating the stars. Now we're going to create one more layer on top of this background, blue layer. And this is the time that we're going to create some gorges, yellow, green, bright colors to the northern lights. So for that, the colors that are mixing are yellow and a little bit of Teal and white. So you'll have to mix quite a bit of white to give it to the very light tune of the column. And we will mixing a little bit of green also along with it to give it the light greenish. Short shed. So keep leaning the colors until you form a really light greenish shade. And we follow the exact same technique that we did in the previous layer. Only thing is that down the previous layer have dried and now we're going to add one more layer on top of it. Try using the corner of the sponge and tray as much possible not to create the AG's edges of the sponge showing through on your people. And even if it shows through, you already know the technique of how to cover it up. Just go with the another empty corner without any color to just blend it off. Again. Seemed like, as we did in the first layer, don't do the same color all around. In some places, had more of green. In some places, add more of white in some places at more of jello. So keep lending all these colors and different shapes in different bots to give the Northern Light effect. I'm going really slow. He'll try using the corner of the sponge and blended very gently onto the background layer. It should not be showing too much lines or edges. But even if little bit of edges show true, it's totally fine. It's part of the northern lights, so it's not going to be really odd. You can see, again, I am changing the sheets. So this is the most important thing. You want to have a balance and an, a dance of colors happening here. So even though we're alternating between just two to three colors, just keep alternating the proportions of the colours to have a different mix of machines. You don't want to have just one sheet. Ok. So with my previous fungi, I added a little bit of Prussian blue just to dock in that area on the right bottom. So anytime you feel you have gone to much overboard with the green area covered up too much of blue user blue sponge and come back and again, reclaim your place so there is no way you can go wrong. He also, if you feel something you are not liking, you can put the other color, the color that you already covered up, and you can always come up with your desired outcome. So you can see gradually I'm moving upward with the green shade. I don't want to cover the entire blue background, so I am living spaces in between. You can see a little bit of blue is showing through in the middle area. So from both the sides and going up very gently, I'm not adding too much of green and letting the blue shoots through the greens do very gentle steps. That is the key technique I would say to get this painting right, do very gentle taps. You might have to do a little longer, but that's fine. The effect that you would get by decking gently is amazing. Towards the low area. I'm trying to lighten the ADL quite a bit as much again, because this is where the couple is going to fit. So you wanna make sure that these areas pretty light compared to the top area. I'm tapping off the excess spent on the tissue paper so that I don't have too much paint gobbling up the blue. You can always use at NTU sponge-like up clean sponge to blend off some of the areas. It will do that really well. I'm trying to add a balance of colors everywhere at a bit of green on the top, just play around, Have fun hill. There is no resistivity or so that you have to create exactly the way I am creating. So have fun with that. Law scholars understand the way I'm doing and you can do it in your own way. Add little bit more colors if you want. If you want to add a little bit extra yellow, feel free to do that. It's totally fine. As long you're happy with the outcome, it's coming up. 8. Paint The Silhouette Land: I hope you had fun creating the northern lights with the blend of different cool colors. So now is the very easy. All you have to do is take black and we will create the black ClO to land at the bottom of the painting. We're going to paint the couple of little later. We're going to be the oldest tree couples together. So at the moment it's a very easy just Lakota land and fill it up with black. And we're going to create a field trip to the left. Why? Yeah. Now I have washed off my brush, got rid of the black paint, and I'm taking just a little bit of white Benton adding a few big stars with my small brush. You can do that with the same technique also. But I just feel like some of the areas under T vacant. So I'm just adding a few extras to us. Human there, just make it look good. Washed off my brush and I'm mixing a bit of blue, yellow, and dark green with a bit of flight to create this light tinny Scala. And I'm going to add a little bit of dots on the black area just below. The couple is going to come is just to create a little magical effect onto this painting. So again, we're going to do with the exact same way. Just GIP fuel droplets. If you'll feel tapping with another brush helps you can do that as well. If you don't have enough amount of water in your crush, it's going to be difficult to have the droplets falling on your paint on your people. So let's show you how good amount of water while you're doing this. So now it's time to take off the tape and see what we have created. Gently pull down the tape. If you have also tipped your people. And you will see the magic revealing. I absolutely love the tape peeling pot. And we have the gorgeous background done for our first painting. I hope you'll enjoy it creating this first painting of the tree. 9. Project 2: Warm Colours Northern Lights: A project number two, which is this painting in the series which is created using just the warm violence. The best part of p. We just want galaxies. Some of the colors are, it's mixed up with each other. It's not going to be a disaster because all these colors mix up to give their, they belong to the same family. So even if little paradox mix up happens is just going to drag down up pretty, I need somebody to be a disaster. So as long you're not mixing cool colors and warm colors. It's all going to be fine. And the colors that we are going to be using for this are orange. No, these are the three main colors that you want to be mixing to come up with all these pretty shades over your. And then we're going to meet some of Brown to create all the colors of the finance. Black and white. So gather all these six colors from whatever colors that you have. But I would say fluid acrylics would be the best for treating this and fainting. And let's get started. Here is your final beating of the series. I hope you enjoyed creating the fullest to being things so that you have an understanding of game with just learners in the first one. And they just came out with the one fun is in the second one. In this one we're going to do a mix of food. So what we're going to do is we're going to divide the top Kos and add only the cool colors. And then we are going to add in the bottom section just the one Goddess, and then blend it gradually into the polygons. So all the colors that you need for this one is Prussian blue. The blue, dark green. You need Dahlgren only if you don't check deal. Now if you have dealing each doctrine, dating this feedings. All right, so for the top cough, you need freshman Blue Gene. No, adequate. And for the bottom half, you need pink, yellow, orange mixed up with white. And finally, you need to create the Szilard. So these are the seven factors that you need for creating the colored pink. Alright, so let's get started. 10. Paint The Background Layer: Now let us start the one-color norther light painting. Let me quickly take down the paper onto my table. Now let me quickly take out all the pins required for this painting, which are being chrome, yellow, orange, white, black, and brown. These are the six colors that you're going to be needing for this painting. Okay, now grab your sponge and we will start sponging to create the background of the painting. Some starting off with just being. So for the first layer, you don't have to worry about anything. Just go all out and dab or the color that you want. Don't go too far away, just stick to the top right corner. And gradually I am taking y it and lending into it. Remember again, we are going to alternate different shapes of the colors that we are using. So from pink we are coming to very light baby pink color. This is going to be one Q two full-color combination background. Once it is done. And now I add it to the same color, added just a little bit of brown to give a really nice new tune. The color and blending it off with more of flight. You can see how the colour is becoming. From the top, it's kind of dark and as we're going down, it is becoming light. Because at the bottom of the painting is black. So you need to balance the top of the building also with the dark colors, not black, but the Dhaka tone of the colors that we are using. Ok, so that's how you balance the composition of the painting. Also, I'm creating pretty dark colors on the side, on the edges of the painting. And the moment we are going insight, we are adding more of white. So here on the left side I have added quite a bit of orange, but I haven't changed my spine. I am using the exact same sponge that have been using from before, previous color or also there on my sponge. So added orange and then I'm lighting the orange with a bit of yellow and white. I love how the color mixing is coming up hill. So we are adding more of yellow and white to the orange to bring it down to a really nice beautiful shape. Once you get a hangup video, realize how fun it is to mix the colors with the sponge and create this beautiful texture. You see I am not having any more lines from the sponge created because I'm not putting too much of pressure and it's already looking so nicely Blend. I'm just switching to the empty corner of the sponge to have less Kahlo and adding modals white on the bottom right corner. All right, so now almost all the lighter part of the painting is done. Only the top left corner is left. So that is the area that we're going to add little bit of doctrines now. So gradually I would start moving up now once the lighted area has been done. So all I'm doing is taking a little bit of brown on the same side of the spine. So all those colors are not going to impact to the Brown. Even if it mixes up with brown, it's totally fine. So the first layer is just covering up the papal White and add as much brownie van. And you can see different shades of colors are already coming up because of the previous colors that you had already on the sponge. Sponges starting to look so pretty blended very nicely with the pink area. So I have picked up little bit of pink again to blend it in. And I'm adding little touch-up of brown on the right edge of the paper as well. Like I said, the age, the top and the bottom, basically all the four sides of the obesity has to have little dapper dawn so that your focus gets inside the painting. So that's why we are adding little bit of Dhaka dawns on the ages. I'm getting even more darker. So once the complete Brown has been added, I am taking the sheet analogy Docker and trying to create He's adopted or not on the top left. Now it's time to add more of black and brown to the top corner. So it's not absolutely jet-black of we are picking up the black on the same side of the sponge. So all the previous colours are also there. And mixing it up with little bit of brown and pink as well to blend it into all the colors that is there behind. So if you notice we're not bringing the black down too much. If you fill you up too much of the dark color on your spine, you can feel free to wipe off little bit of it on the tissue paper. You see how I am sticking to us, the age of the people. To do all the doctrines. If you feel your sponges too much filled up with color, feel free to switch to a clean sponge and blended n. That should be fairly easy. But little, little bit of Calibri here and there, it's totally fine. I mean, I'm 13, loving the way the colors coming up. See I faces a bit. The black is a bit too much, so I'm adding a bit more of brown. And so it's totally up to you how you want to play around and add the colors. Just make sure that you are not bringing too much of doctrines inside the painting. Let them beyond the site of the painting. 11. Background Layer + Silhouette Land: Alright, so this sponges pretty much full of color and I'm switching off to another clean sponge. We are almost done. Just a little bit of final touch ups that I want to add the painting, but you can leave it sure if you're happy with all that background is forming, whenever you feel happy, you believe it. I just be like adding a bit more of the light being in the middle of it. So you can consider this just as we added the light green in the previous painting. So similarly, I'm adding a little touch up of light being in the center. It shows you of absolutely less color on your spongy. Don't want too much out of ice. Ages when stuck showing up are likely tough on tissue paper. I think it's starting to look really pretty, don't you think so? So I'm using just the corner of this cane sponge and adding just a bit of light pink in the center. Alright, now it's time to add all the stars exactly the same way as we did in the previous painting. Mix water with white band and then tap onto your paper with addiction brush or whatever you have at hand. As you can see, the stars are gonna be more visible on the top left corner where we have added all the dark ones. But it's going to be visible on the light area as fan. So make sure you do. Do them, release them loyal. Don't do them really big. Because I think the smaller the stars, the better the painting looks. Okay, I've washed off the white brush and now it's time to pick up the black pain to and create the land at the bottom of our painting. Again, the most simple step of the whole painting. Just create up ground, sorry, black line. Make sure that you don't do the line very straight and you kind of make the edges a bit today as an uneven so that it looks like a land and not just a straight line. And that will add a little bit more dimensions to the main name. And with that, we have come to the end of our background painting of painting number two. Now let me quickly beloved the tip. This is my most favorite part of the painting icon. Wait to do this. Every time I finish a painting, I am always so impatient to take the tip of because it just gives such a beautiful Luke. Once this is done. I hope you enjoyed creating this beautiful background of warm colors. 12. Project 3: Warm & Cool Colours Northern Lights: Yeah, being of the series, I hope you enjoyed creating the forest to paintings. So in not that you have an understanding of claim with just a cool colors in the first one. And then just play around with the one, the second one. In this one we're going to do a mix of port. So what favour to do is we're going to divide the top half and add only the cool colors. And then we are going to add in the bottom section just a 1B others and then blended gradually into the political risk. So all the colors that you need for this one is Prussian blue, teal blue. You need Dahlgren only if you don't have a deal. Now if you have dealing with GET don't need Decretum and for obtaining this painting's. All right, so for the top half, you need crushing Latino and white. And for the bottom half you need pink, yellow, orange mixed up with white. And finally, you need to create a siloed. So these are the seven photos that you need for creating the third pig. Alright, so let's get started. 13. Background Layer Cool Colours: All right, so let's get started with our last and final painting of this series. And I'm sure by now you would have already got a really good handle of how to create this beautiful backgrounds of Northern Lights using sponge. So I would not be speaking much in this video, but I will show you how I did the mix of the warm and cool colors. And I'm sure you will be able to do it as beautiful as you did the previous two. So let's get started. So let me take out all the cool colors on the left side of my Prussian blue, teal blue, white. And on the right side of the plate, I'm taking out on my warm colors, which is pink, orange, yellow, and take out a little bit more white again to mix up with those colors. Grab your sponge and we will start with the cool colors from the top of the painting. And in the bottom of the painting we are going to add the warm colors little later. So first we are going to work with blue, Prussian blue, and white. So mix it up with Y2, create the different shades of blue. And in between we're going to add a bit of teal blue also to keep very various shades of blue. Just like we did in the first painting where we did completely blue. We started off with the very dark blue on the corner because as I told you that the ages and the top part, top part specially of this painting has to be dark because at the bottom we are adding the black solo to land. So to balance that, we have to add really dark colors on the top. Look at the way I am adding the colors. It's not the usual way we added in the previous two paintings. So I'm making a line, the dark blue in the center. And then I will be bordering it with a lighter tone of white mixed with blue on both the sides of this doc to give the spiral looking effect of the Northern lights in the sky. If you feel it's looking too blunt with just one color, feel free to add a little bit other sheets wherever you like to. So here I'm adding more of white to this to give it a balanced look. And blend of colors, different shades so that it looks like the sky is dancing. And here I'm adding the teal blue also towards the right. You can see all the marks of the sponges, pretty much visibility, but it's all going to get over arrays on. Once we go out with a second layer on top of it. Pretty much Prussian blue, and the right side is pretty much teeny blue. But it's looking really beautiful. You can keep it this way also. But I'm just going to add a bit of pressure in blue on top of it as well. And try to create the Dans in the sky by creating different sheds. It's actually a really fun technique to play around with and just create beautiful Northern Lights guys. And you know, you can, you can use this technique even in creating abstract paintings because the colors that you create a really pretty by mixing with the sponge. So here I picked up a beautiful pink to mix it up with the blue to create a little purplish kind of Rashid in. So you can mix it on the plate also. So you are mixing teeny blue and pink to create a pople shit. And I'm just adding it at the bottom of this blue shade because once we add the warm tones in the bottom of the painting, it will be easy to mix it mixed with the cool colors on the top if you have a little pop up over there. So all we are creating is a little bit of poeple and adding towards the bottom. Keep adding more wide because as it's coming down, we want to keep it light. Pretty much that's all we want to add with poeple. And now make sure that you just clean off all the edges that are showing into the painting. And you are done with the first step of creating this painting. Okay. 14. Background Layer Warm Colours: Okay, time to grab a new sponge, a clean one, and we will start creating the warm tones from the bottom of the painting. So we'll start off with white. Absolutely. And then stack mixing up yellow, orange sheet. A very light, very light soothing to take just a bit of being and you create this beautiful light tune. So keep adding it to the painting and blend it with the white that you just added. I think the combination of these three colors, pink, orange, and yellow, creates a beautiful soothing tone, which is so pretty. Now gradually we will start going up and start blending the pink with the Bhopal shape that we already created with the blue. So now as we have when we're not using more of orange or yellow, we are going using modal pink now because the pink we easily blend with the poeple of the previous one. You see how nicely it is getting blended into it. And with very less paint to feel free to go little bit on top of blue as well. And it will create more of poeple. All I'm doing now is after covering up the entire background, I am taking the light pink color a little bit upwards through the middle of the blue. It's pretty much like how we did with the light cleaning, the forced painting and the light baby being in the second painting. We are getting the colors into each other and we are adding little bit of light being now going up into the blue. But again, I would say if you like it this way as it is right now with the blue on the top and the pink at the bottom, you can feel free to keep it like this. I think it's already looking really gorgeous. But if you want to experiment and add a little bit of cool colors, sorry, the pinkish shades going into the blue, you can totally do that as well because I think it will be a little challenging to mix the colors. But you see the benefit of painting with acrylic says that the blue has already dried. So no matter how much you take it up, it's not going to blend up with your pink. So make sure that your blue has read because my blue is completely dry it so you can easily go up in the middle without worrying about the colors mixing up. I'm adding a bit of yellow on the left side of the painting just to give a little bit of brightness at the bottom. You can see I'm lightening the bottom AIR quite a bit. So it's almost like another new layer happening on top off. Previous pink, orange, yellow layer that we did. It's starting to look like a burst of colors happening on this papal burst of dancing lights in the sky. It's starting to look really nice. The yellow is actually making the painting look very bright. I'm adding really slowly because I don't want too much colours to blend into it. But yeah, we're almost done. Again in the top sorry, in the bottom layer, I tried to add, I'm trying to add little bit more of weight because that is where the couple is going to come. I'm adding just a bit of the pink tone on the top part of the sky in the blue area. But this is optional if you don't want to feel free to write this. And with that pretty much our sky is done. You see additive did little bit of pink over there that I didn't like, so I just replaced it with blue from my blue sponge. 15. Paint The Silhouette Land: And now we're at the final step of the spin team. We are going to add all the stars and create the black silhouette land at the bottom. After you painted the whole land, black tried to create a few leaves popping out from the land. We 13 brush. It just gives a little extra look to the whole thing takes okay. 16. Create The 3 Couple SIlhouttes: Alright, so now that you are ready with the final tree background painted on your canvas or paper. We are ready to int a tree coupled silo's on this sheet, beautiful paintings. So the first thing that you need to do is get a printout of the siloed outline that I have already attached in the description below. And then we'll already have a finger, print it at home or get it from a local print shop? Sure. I have just printed it out in my studio. And this is how a bowl-shaped looks. Next, grab a season, and then, but this'll loads into small pieces of paper, which is easier to trace on our bindings. Now that you have the pieces, Scott, grab a covering people that you should get in any local stationery store. And to cut this one into small size so that we can place it easily under the US model cutout of the print out. Alright, so now that we have our small piece of govern people, place it gently below the printout paper. Make sure that the base of duff ego, as embed their legs are ending. Make sure it is standing on the land that you hook into it. And now outlined the segal That they are insane completely all around. Before taking it off completely, just pull it up little bit to see if it is if the lines are prominently visible on the canvas. So sure in my case it wasn't really prominent because I did not put a lot of pressure. So this is one thing that you can do is whaling while using the carbon paper and a pencil, make sure you put a lot of pressure just to ensure that the lines are coming really nicely on your paper. Okay, now I can see the lines, not that Tia Lee. So you could just outline little bit widow instead of looking at the figure, but you'll get most of it really right. So that's the trick of getting the figures really accurate on your painting. And now we're going to repeat the same process for the next two. So now all is achieved. The solids have been sketched onto our paintings. Now what true then stack doing is pick up your liner brush whatever the smallest size that you have and get your black paint. And all we're going to do is paint it black. So have fun during this process, there is really no technique, nothing much to follow. Just make sure you don't go outside the line and you go really gently and slowly. But for the sake of time, I am going to fast-forward it a little bit. But you'll still be able to see how I am painting the entire, say Loads. I hope you're having fun doing this black paintings. And I think this is the most fun part of this whole thing, thing, isn't it? And you'll have it. Your final Northern Light paintings created with different tools. Your favorite one. If j loved vile. 17. Convert Your Paintings Into Postcards & Gift Your Special One: Here's a little extra bonus video for you guys. So now, after having created this stripping things, if you want to convert them into postcards, all you have to do is simply cut out the white edges from European things. And I think the postcard view of a painting looks really cool. If you want to get someone, you can write a note at the back of it and it just looks so presentable. So have fun doing it. It's really simple. Just take a Caesar and cut off your ages. And then we are going to just, There's a little bit so that it looks just like a postcard. Have fun doing this and have fun gifting. There you go. You have your first post scratch 3D. And now the process is pretty much the same for the next two. So I'm going to fast forward it to save time. So enjoy watching and doing it. And there you have it. Your final tree postcard paintings. I hope you enjoy this class and I hope you could come up with really amazing paintings that you can proudly gift to someone special. So let me know how it went. Poster, review and post a picture of your project that you have created. If you have created just one, feel free to post just that, whichever is your favorite choice of colours. So thank you so much for joining me in this class and I hope to see you soon in the next class.