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9 Lessons (1h 9m)
    • 1. 1 Intro to Painting Leaves Class

    • 2. 2 Supply List For Painting Leaves

    • 3. 3 Session Watercolor Tech

    • 4. 4 Session Leaves Part 1

    • 5. 5 Session Leaves Part 2

    • 6. 6 Session Painting the Water Color Wash

    • 7. 7 Session Painting the Leaves Part 1

    • 8. 8 Session Painting the Leaves Part 2

    • 9. 9 Session Details Leaves

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About This Class

Painting foliage can seem daunting, intimidating and sometimes simply too hard... until you take this class! 

In this class geared toward all levels, you will learn:

  • how to create my favorite go-to leaf that goes with most any flower
  • 7 different types of beautiful foliage
  • how and when to use the Wet on Wet and Wet on Dry techniques when painting leaves
  • how to add depth to your plants
  • how to be sure your leaves and florals are cohesive and don't clash


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Kim LeBeau

Watercolor, Lettering and Digital Artist


“I am artistic, but I’m not an artist.” This is what I used to tell people when they would look at stuff I had created and ask if I was an artist. I believed it, too. I was wrong. I have learned that anyone who loves to create is an artist. I threw aside my insecurities (well, most of them) and embraced the passion God has given me. I’d like to show you some of the things I have learned along the way.

Art can:

Create a sense of tranquility and calmness Stretch you and your skills beyond what you imagine possible Give a sense of accomplishment Be a form of worship Bring healing

And much more!

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1. 1 Intro to Painting Leaves Class: Hi, I'm Kim LeBeau. I'm a watercolor and lettering artist on skill share. In this class, I'll be showing you my favorite way to paint watercolor leaves. We will learn several leaf styles, different combinations and how to combine them to make a really beautiful piece that you can let her on leave as is, or use as a base toe, which you can add your own flair. So grab your supplies and get ready to relax and have fun. I can't wait to see your work. 2. 2 Supply List For Painting Leaves: for our supplies will be using 15 by seven, £140.300 GSM. Wait, Watercolor paper. I'll be using cold pressed Strathmore. Pre cut yours doesn't have to be strapped more. That's just what I'm using. I will also use to eight by 10 pieces, one for a wet on wet, wet on dry technique display and one for leaf practice. I'll be using three brushes. A master's touch round number two, a Princeton snap round number six and a DaVinci number three washi tape, heating tool paper towel water and some water color paint. I'm using seven different paint colors from the sprout Creative in Chattanooga. Choo Choo's This color black rocky top pine, a pine green corn bread, a gold southern fried paint, a brownish green Tennessee blues, turquoise boot, scootin brown brown and sage green. That's all for our supply list. 3. 3 Session Watercolor Tech: Okay, let's get started. The first thing I want to talk about I want to show you how to do to techniques in water color. One is called wet on wet, and one is called wet on dry. To do wet on wet, you will draw your shape using clean, clear water. You're gonna paint your shape with water. So I'm gonna make a circle with just clean water, okay? And you kind of want your You want your paper wet enough that there's a shine, but it's not necessarily it's not puddling. Okay, so then you're gonna take your color, and I'm just going to drop the color into the circle and the color will flow to the edge of the circle and stay. It'll stop where the water starts stops so it will flow to the edge and then stop wherever you're color is. So if I drop this in here, it's not going to go beyond my water line. It's going to stay in the circle that I painted. Now I rinse my brush, keep water in it, and I'm gonna create a square here with the corner of the square touching the orange. See how it's um, kind of bleeding into the square. I'm gonna fill in the square with water. It's OK to see that. Want to do that? You use a different color to paint square. So I'm gonna grab red color here, and I'm gonna paint my square in the red and you see how the two colors blend together, they bleed together and make a real pretty believed. So let's try it with just I'm just gonna paint like a spray here. Just a little line of color and I'm gonna drop Stop this turquoise color here. If I drop it there, it's just gonna bleed out. It won't go all the way, but you can see how just dropping it into the water. It spreads this far. So if I take with the tip of my brush and I go just along this side of my water spray even that my water spray comes all the way over here. So if I go just along this side to see how that spreads now let's say that I want this on both sides on what this side to be defined. I could do this, and the two colors will bleed toward each other in the middle Now, ideally, this will be a little bit wetter on this site here. So let me just with this. If it's not doing what you want, go back and re wet it and water or color, move the paint around if you want. You can manipulate it to do to encourage it to do what you wanted to do. Okay, so then this is wet on wet. This next technique is called wet on dry. So let's say I want to paint a color me grab a vivid color that you can see. I'm gonna pick this bright blue here. My paper is dry, but my brushes wet. So this is called wet on dry. And with this I can pretty much paint where I want and my color will stay there. So if I want to paint a flower se this is going to stay right where I put it. Remember the wet on wet? It would bleed and move wherever your water was. But this there's no water to lead it. So your brush tells it where to go. I'm gonna get some more paint just to fill it in. You see how it's just sort of staying where I want it. Wherever I put it that stays there. Doesn't believe like it did with the water with the wet on wet. Now you can dio you can also do bleeds with this. You can start out this way if you're more comfortable. Um, I'll show you that how to do that while it's still wet. Grab your color. I'm gonna grab a yellow while you're subject to still wet. You're flower. Just drop it where you want it and let it bleed. Okay, so these are the two techniques we're gonna be using. We're using wet on wet and went on dry. The next session is going to be on leaf structure and color palette. 4. 4 Session Leaves Part 1: Okay, So in this lesson, I'm gonna talk to you a little bit about leave structure. My favorite way to make leaves and a little bit about your color palette. This is the color palette that I will be using in this lesson and the following lesson to make our class project. So I'll be using a Princeton snap round number six brush. It does not need to be a Winston snap, but around a number six or eight is what you'll need to make these 1st 2 leaves. I'll be using a wet on wet technique to make the top two leaves. So I'm gonna show you how to do that. First, I'm gonna paint the shape of my leaf by making an arch like a C shape, and you're gonna paint with clear water, make your bottom see and then sort of curves. It would really end up being like an S C. This looks like an s. Then you're gonna fill that in with water. Clear water. Okay, let's fill it in now. I'm going to be using these colors over here. You do not need this many colors. You can make these colors if you'd like if you want to mix them, I happen to have them in these colors already. But you can choose. You can use vibrant colors or whatever you like, but these air the colors I'll be using today. Okay, So I'm going to get this soft sage color right here. I'm going Teoh, loading my brush with the paint and just go along the outer edge of this top arch. You'll see bleeds, and I'm gonna pick up my brush ever so often. When you pick up your brush, you will see the paint sort of spread into the water. I'm gonna go over that again because it spoke. I think I grabbed the wrong color. But this will work. OK, so this is the darker color. It's like a, uh, pine color. Think it's called Rocky Top Pine. And if you want, this color is found at the sprout Creative. So with what's left in my brush, it's still pretty wetness of the very pigmented color. I'm gonna go along the bottom smile line or uh, s shape, and I'm not going to draw the lying along the bottom shape. I'm just going to drop color randomly in this bottom shape. Okay, I'm gonna let that color go wherever it wants to go. Writs my brush, and I'm going to get a green that has sort of a ah, brown tint to it. Okay, so I'm gonna drop this in these empty spaces here. Hear, hear. And then also kind of mix it in here like, So now I'm going to switch my brush. You can use this brush to make this them if you like, but I like a really thin stem. Something a wet my brush. I'm not gonna, um I'm not gonna load it with the color. I'm just gonna pull some color from the leaf. And I'm just gonna pull this color down and curve my stem at the top of the stem where it connects to the leaf. Just sort of, uh, pull that down into a V soc. Right here. It makes like a V shape, and it just looks a little more natural. Okay, And then you'll just let that dry. Okay, so the next one is done the same way. And this is where I'm gonna talk about palate a little bit. Usually when I pick a palette that has a lot off leaves in it. I will choose various greens, brown's. And if you and a black all usually put some black in there and then my floral color, whatever my floral color is, I will drop that color. Let's say my color Is this this blue color here, I'll drop some of that blew into my leaf just to make sure that it looks cohesive. And a lot of times I will mix the floral color, the blue in this case, the blue with some of the green to make sure that my green that they they marry well together. So let me show you these look fine together, but I'm gonna show you we're gonna make this leave the same way we're gonna make that, make that arch or in fact, weaken, do a backwards s, and then do the smile line with the s shape, also bringing it to a point on this end. So this is the base. Fill it in, bring your water to the point. Fill it in. So I'm to grab my sage color and this one I'm gonna drop color. I'm not gonna outline as much. I'm gonna drop in the base and the point, and we're gonna kind of usually where I drop it will depend on where it runs. And I'm just kind of pushing this a little bit out so that to encourage it to lead Marie, load my brush again with Sage, and I'm gonna hit maybe two places over here and maybe what? Well, yeah, one or two on the other side as well. But you don't want it to look symmetrical. So make it, you know, make it look natural. Then I'm gonna grab this same brownish green color bay's color, and I'm gonna hit those open spots and then a little bit just random. Hey, grab some sage. It's OK that I have some of that brown in my brush because it's gonna blend anyway. Okay, Now I'm going to grab some of my floral color. If it's red. If it's orange yellow, whatever it is, just grab a little bit of it. You don't want it to be overpowering? Maybe one or two. I usually do one or two. Sometimes I will do three. I am going to do three on this one. It doesn't look overpowering to me. You don't want it to be the main color. You just want kind of hints of it in there. Okay, so I'm going, Teoh, pull the color just like we did on this one. Up here. We're just gonna pull this line down and then make a V, like so. Okay, so that that's how you do that. And if you want, you can come back through here. This looks a little bit. I want to define this a little bit with this with this brown. So I'm gonna go back up over here. So that's how you do that leaf. Okay, so for this little leaf stem with leaves on it, I like to use a couple different colors of green, and I start with my lighter color. So I'm gonna start with this sage color and the first thing I'm gonna do, using just the tip of my brush, the point of my brush as lightly as I can. I'm going to just make very thin line for the stem. I'm going to get water in my brush and reload it with that same sage. And this leaf shape is just like the leaves that we just did appear only on a smaller scale So we're gonna make our arch and then our s shape and fill it in. I'm going to show you right now. I'm gonna show you another way that you could make the sleeve. Okay, so I'm going to draw this little stem here. Okay, First there's the stem. Okay, Now, if I take, let me show you on a brush. I'm gonna show you with a bigger breasts, just so you can see. So this is this is a a bigger brush. This is the tip of the brush. And this is called the belly of the brush. The fat part that holds the waters called the belly of the brush. Okay, so if I load my brush with paint and I get it, I get it in there pretty good. Okay? I'm going to go to my stem, and I'm going to pushed down with to the belly of my brush and pull up to a point. Okay, let me show you again. Your brush needs to be kind of wet loaded with paint. I'm going to come down here because I want to add darker leaves in here, so I'm gonna make it down here. Ways draw your stem, Go into the belly of the brush and pull up Teoh. So it's like that. Okay. Again. Stem to the left side. Then do the same thing on the right side over here. Same thing. And not all of your leaves need to be pointing up. I love to add one. That's B. C. I got the wrong color paint dipped in the wrong one again. But that's OK, because I'm gonna add that paint color. Anyway, I left to make one going down because it looks more natural. When you see leaves in nature, they're not all straight and evenly lined up. Okay, so now I'm gonna add some of the darker the darker pine color in there just to give it variation. And another thing is, if you go over the other leaves, that's more realistic also. Okay, so I've completed this bunch of leaves here, and you can see a difference how this one There are no leaves overlapping, Uh, and not too much variation and color. Although there's a little bit you can decide for yourself which one you like better. I tend to like this one because I think it looks a little more realistic, but to start off, you may want to start with this, but if you're feeling like you can take it on, go ahead and try this. Just lay your lighter color first, and then the darker color over the lighter. So let's talk about this bunch here. I like to do these in black and I like to use. Typically, I'll do them toward the end of my project because it just adds a little bit of depth to your project. So the way I do it, I'm using again the master's touch round number two. And I've loaded my brush mostly just on the tip. We're using wet on dry. I'm gonna draw my stem first. Same technique for the leaves, as we've all of these air. The same shape of leaf. I'm using black. Then I'm gonna make a stem coming off the left side and another leaf and my brushes to dry . You can see that. So I'm just gonna reload with water and paint. And I'm just going to use the tip and just kind of drop it in there. It should go work. It needs to go. Just outline it. If it doesn't fill in. That actually looks kind of cool once it dries because it has a sort of a highlight. Okay, we're gonna go over on this side and do the same thing. Okay? So this is where it gets different from your branch up here. This is gonna have little branches coming off the sights. I'm going to draw another branch of longer branch on the left side, coming out and make your leave. No. Okay. And if you can picture how you did this up here, you can do that. Same thing here. Okay, so we're gonna have one coming off the left side here and one off the right side. Okay, so we're gonna add one on the right side here. We're gonna have a branch coming out. I'm gonna start down a little ways because I kind of wanted to go up. You can do a straight branch, or you can curve it a little elective. Very. I like to leave white in line at times. It's OK. They touch and go different directions starting all over again down here. But I'm gonna have this one come up this way, keeping my pattern with the centre left. right. That's kind of how I go. Another thing you can do, you can leave it just to on that to make it look. You know, not every branch has three leaves on it. So, um, one thing I might do sometimes is have one coming down. Also also yet let's go ahead and and continue the pattern of three leaves for now. Okay, that's really pretty. I am going to go ahead and put one in here. I see, like a an open area, actually, on my have a I'm going to make a branch crossover and do leave here and have another branch coming. Are another leaf coming off here and crossing over this inter branch? And then I like the way this one is coming down here. So I'm going to do one coming down this way. There you go. All of these leaves are basically the same shape on different sizes and going different directions, just just in a different way off. The leaf shape is basically the same. So let's let's end right here and in the next session will come back and we'll talk about how to make round leaves and these nice, uh, leafy flowy leaves and the round leaves on a smaller scale 5. 5 Session Leaves Part 2: Okay, so let's talk about thes. They kind of remind me of eucalyptus. So let's talk about these eucalyptus leaves. I'm going to be using the Vinci size three. Please hold a lot of water and a lot of paint. I'm gonna load this with a light blue color first thing. I'm gonna draws the stem with the very tip of the brush. I'm gonna take my, um, tip and lay down to the belly and kind of roll it. I didn't have my hand quite right. All right. Like that with me. Let it again. Here. Same thing going the other way. No. Okay, so I'm gonna load my brush. Let's go over that again. I'm gonna load my brush. Tip of my brush. Middle load this dim. Press down, rule it out. Come to a point into the same thing on the other side. Press down on just kind of manipulated until you get the shape you want. I like for my water to pool at the tip. I just think it dries really pretty. Okay, one more. I don't like him to be perfectly round like that. Top ones really bothering me, but, um, we're going to make one more here, you can make thes, um, these Bunches with lots more leaves than this. I'm just limited on space right now, So that's why I'm only doing three. Okay, so after you do that rinse, rinse your brush out, grab a little bit of green. I like to do that sage, because it's nice and soft and drop it at the base of the leaf where it hits stem. And that's how I kind of like to do those. Okay, so the next one are these wispy, flowy type of leaves. I'm gonna make my stem. I love using this. Masters touch number two for the stem. Okay, so this is a wet on dry technique. Make your stem. And to do this, this wispy leaf here, we have to have somewhat of a wet brush and you're going Teoh, press down to the belly of your brush, drag it out a bit and start to pull up to the tip. I'm gonna do that again a little bit on the side and extended a little bit further. I like to prove that tip a little. Okay, so let's just keep going with those. We're gonna We're gonna make a few of those, and then we're gonna come back, and we're gonna add in these darker ones. This one actually turned out pretty dark. But I'm gonna see if I could get him lighter. Don't forget to vary the direction of your leaves. You don't want him all going straight up. Believe it or not, these are the same color. It just kept adding water tow. Lighten it. So this I just loaded my brush, so it's gonna be kind of dark, and I don't have enough water on my brush. That's what gives it that. Chalky. It looks like you've written it with chalk. Just come back with your water and it'll clean it right up. Okay. As I moved down the stem with my leaves, they they get longer. Now, this is about as long as I want. I don't really want it to be any longer than that. So I'm going to start shortening by leaves and I'm gonna get I'm gonna touch this leaf a little bit over here. Kind of looks like it's going behind it. And it it's too wet, shapes touching. So it's gonna have a little bit of a bleed, which is really pretty. No. And this one. I'm gonna make it kind of go down a little, and I'm also gonna shorten it. So you're gonna start out short, long, short again. Okay. Said it. See how we went. This is really a medium length longer. And then short when you get toward the end here. We did the same thing over here. Now I'm not reloading with pain every time. I'm just reloading with water until it's too light and I want more color. That's too light. So now I need add paint, and I think I want a darker one in there. So I'm gonna add just paint. I should be shortening my leaves now. Okay, Now I'm gonna go back through and add some darker ones next to the lighter ones. They could be random lengths, and they can cross over to other leaves. Crossover, other leaves, So look like they're behind them. Are overlapping. I mean, extend this a little and add a little leaf coming down here when I turn my pick for just a bit. All right, Now we're gonna move on to this smaller round type of leaf. Okay? This is a master's touch to. We're still using that small, tiny brush. I'm going to start with sage color. Make my stem. This is not gonna be made exactly like our Youkilis lift us leaves the blue ones that we made. It's sort of teardrop. So we're going to start kind of just make around like a balloon shaped and I'm doing wet on dry. Okay, so there's one at the top. That's a little big. So I'm gonna because I made that big. And I have to make the others kind of big, because really, it should be small, but you're not really gonna have a stem. These connect to the main ist em. They're gonna be kind of pointy at the stem. Okay, so I'm randomly putting this sage color because I'm gonna add other colors in. We're going to use that pine again. Actually, let's add some of this color here. Haven't used this yet. Let's use this one, and I'm gonna put it toward the bottom in case it's a little too brown. It is pretty brown, so that's OK. It'll just look like a leaf that might be dying. Um, might be getting close to fall on, Let's put one up here. It will make it kind of look like it's going be kind this leaf and see the bleed it made. That's really pretty. It's gonna look really good when it's dry. Okay, so I'm gonna add some darker pine in here. Don't forget to having go in different directions. You don't want him all going the same way. It's not how they grow. It's pretty simple to make this shape, but I'm gonna go over it again, just in case you're just one on how to do it. Uh, point your brush at the tip of the brush to the stem and make a C. We're gonna make a backward see on the other side. They would just fill it in just colored and okay, that completes this lesson. Our next lesson is going to be our class project, and we will work on making a painting using these techniques. I'll see in the next lesson 6. 6 Session Painting the Water Color Wash: Okay, So I have sketched out my design, and I've taped down a five by seven piece of watercolor paper, and I'm going to use my Princeton snap size 12 round brush to create a light wash on the background. I like Teoh lightly. You race what's here? Because sometimes pencil marks can be seen through water colors. So I'm getting race the majority of it. But I'm gonna leave enough that I can still see my design. Okay, it looks like this. I'm gonna take my number 12 Princeton snap round brush loaded with water. I'm just gonna do a water only wash on the back ground. That's pretty good. It's wet, but it is not pooling anywhere. And I think that looks pretty good. Shine. I'm going to use this brownish green color. This is probably most of what all I just want a touch of color on my add a little golden here. I don't want to see brush marks, but I like to see a little spots of Code king, and I just want to get it in a few spots. I don't want it overtake attained teller. Okay, so now we're gonna let this dry and come back to the next session and start painting our leads 7. 7 Session Painting the Leaves Part 1: Okay, so we're back with dried watercolor background and we're going to start with. I like to start with the things in the background, the things in the foreground. We will paint over the things in the background. I'm going to start with my eucalyptus leaves, which are pretty much in the center of my painting. So remember, you start with your stem longer than we did in our practice drills. I chose blue just to add a little bit of color. Normally, I would make a flower, but I want to say the flowers for another lesson, because there are a little more detailed and take okay, see how that is not defined it very well. Okay. I don't want that stem so thick, so I'm gonna take a clean paintbrush with clean water. Now, I'm just gonna in a circular motion. Very lightly. You don't want a well with the paper. It'll fill. But I had one more down here. - I'm gonna take my sage color and hit it right with basically Okay, So the next leaves I'm gonna Kate will be a combination of these leaves. I'll probably do a few beach and those are on both throw this up. The left and the far. Right. Okay, so I have my Princeton snap round number six. He went on. I'm going to start with. I never did. See curve on the top. Smiling? Yes. On the bottom, grabbing my sage. I'm gonna trace this top. Okay, we get it. A little bit of balloons to this saying color. I made my eucalyptus leaves. Okay, load your brush with water. Gonna do another leave. - Okay , we have 1/3 leave coming up page here. Go ahead. Don't be afraid to paint over that tape, okay? Now that we have our leaves painted and they're still pretty wet, I'm gonna take my fine number to brush and coal from the color down into the stone. - Okay , We're going to do the same thing on the right side of your number six brush were number eight. Don't forget, if you're not seeing the pain spread like you like to lift your brush Yeah, we know. I changed my number to brush whole stands down. Okay, so this has to be fairly dry before we get to the next step. Go ahead and and let it dry, and then I'll see you back here to complete believes 8. 8 Session Painting the Leaves Part 2: Okay, so I've got thes painted, and now we're going to work on painting these leaves here. It's going to go right here. OK, so I'm going to grab a little bit of brown. We're gonna place the's right here, going to start with our stem and go all the way up making our leaf at the top coming to a point. Go to the side, start the stem pushed down with the belly of your brush and pull up to a point where just can continue this all the way down. The more water you have in your brush, the more saturated the paint will be. It makes for good variation and color. Start always started this at the stem. Okay, so now, starting at the stamp, pushed down with the building, my brush lifting up to the point of my brush the tip of my brush to create the point of the leaf. And my pain is a little more saturated here, so it's gonna come out darker. But you want that to happen. Don't forget, Teoh. Vary the direction of your leaf to make it look your leaves to make them look more realistic. It's also okay to overlap. You're leaves. I'm gonna overlap one right here over this blue leaf. But I'm going to need my paint saturated. It's gonna need to be dark because I'm going over this blue as I go down, I kind of add water to it. Wash it out a little bit. After the light ones dry, Go back over it with some darker. Just add some depths. A little bit of layering. This is a form of layering. I want my leaves that are closest to the top to be smaller, shorter leaves. And as they go down the stem, they're gonna be longer and they'll start to get shorter again. Closest to the base of the stem. See how the variation of dark and light leaves add step, even variation on the last leaf. I just did dark at the top light at the bottom. It adds interest. I'm gonna go back over here and at a small short leaf, and that's that's all for the wispy kind of leaves. Now, let's look at the green round or tiptoe leaves. We're gonna add those right here using the sage and the pine. This is the pine. I'm going to start with that to make my stem. Just a curvy Longley stem. Curvy long stem, Nice and thin, Still grabbing the darker pine color because I'm going over another leaf. I don't want that bottom leave to show through if I can hide it. It's been a dark in this up a little here, Cain. I've made several pine colored leaves, and I'm gonna make a stem coming out of the bottom here and add around one at the top with another pine leaf at the top. Pine colored. Now I'm grabbing a little bit of the brownish green, adding a few of these just to give it some interest. And I've added some sage in here, the sage color. I've got it going on just for variation, adding one more stem here. Just going to go over these going over the blue with the darker color. I'll leave the sage for the lighter areas that lighter background areas. I like this. I like leaving the stem without leaves. I think that adds great interest. Now we're gonna add these black and green foliage here had the green here. It's very similar to the brown wispy leaves in technique just shorter. Okay, so I'm making this very similar to the, um, to the brownish green plant that I have to the right. Same technique, only shorter leaves. Remember, when you're going over the top of something, you something darker so that the, uh, the back ground leaf does not show through. And that's how that ends up. That looks great. So I think I'm going to go ahead and move on to my black leafy branches right here. Everything kind of starts with that long things curvy stem. I'll be making this all pretty saturated because I just like the look of it. I like to put these. I like to think of them in groups of threes, although I don't always put three leaves on it. That's how I start out, as if that's how it's going in nature. And then maybe one has fallen off for one, didn't grow exactly as it was supposed to. So that's how I start off. And as it evolves, I'll just do what feels right. Don't forget to have some of the leaves pointing down or curving. Take your time. The video is sped up. Just take your time and, uh, if you need to pause the video and rewind. You can do that. You can do that. Do that as many times as you need. Teoh, Cross over. Go ahead and cross over with some of your branches. OK? This is our finished product. I think it looks great on the next lesson. We're going to detail the leaves, so I'll see you back here in a second. 9. 9 Session Details Leaves: No. Okay, we're gonna detail starting on the left hand side of our paper with this C shaped leaf right up here. I'm gonna start with my small brush loaded with a little bit of paint on the tip and extend the stem just a little bit from the base of the leaf. All the way to the tip. Very fine flying here. I'm using a sage colored paint, but it's a little bit too light. I wanted to show up a little more, so I'm gonna grab my pine colored paint. Just make it a little bit darker. We wanted to be faint kind of light colored, but we do want to see it. So we're going to start from that middle line and go out and up towards the edge of the leaf like this. We're gonna do this spacing evenly, all the way to the tip of the leaf. Reload is needed. Gonna go over these right here just cause they're not quite as dark as I'd like him to be. Adding the detail just adds interest to your painting. Gives it some depth, and you can you can mix this up a little bit with different designs on each leaf. If you want, you can leave it just like this with just half of the leaf painted, I think that's really cute. I am going to go ahead and fill in the other side because I want to. Same thing on the side. Try to keep your spaces even I'm given leaving very tiny spaces. But you can do wide ones or, um or then once I just like to keep them even. You can do whatever you want. Okay? I'm gonna move to the other side of the paper, and I'm going to start extending that stem. But I'm going to make it a little bit off center on the leaf so that the leaf looks turned a bit. It's a little bit to the right side. And I'm just gonna go ahead and do the exact same thing I did on the last leaf. Yes. See? How do you see how the right side of my leaf is smaller than the left side? The line is a little to the right. I'm just repeating what I did on that last leave. See, I could leave it just like this. Add variation. I'm gonna go ahead and work on these over here lightly. I'm gonna do, like an arched type of lying. It doesn't have to look like riel. Leave the lines on a really? If you can just add, um, fun and funky little designs to him if you want. You could use a white Joe ink pen here. I'm gonna use some diagonal lines on my brown leaves. Just kind of fun. Make it fun. Have fun with it. Make it you. I do. Maybe two or three leaves on this one. I can't decide where to go. Think I'll go up here? Looks good. And I have I'm going different directions for variation. Makes it fun. We'll do a couple of the black leaves, and I tend to do it over the lighter leaves, the gray ones. It's not gonna show up very well on the dark ones. I'm just going to do a straight line and forget about the other lines on there. Okay? And I think we'll do just a little bit more here. I see Over on the right hand side, I'd like to add a little more detail ing. Okay, I'm done with my detail ing. I'm pretty happy with the way it looks. ID like to show you how to splatter. You take to paint to paint brushes. I'm using my number 12. I'm gonna load it with water and then with paint, I'll take a second paintbrush and I'm just gonna tap the loaded paintbrush against the other one, and it will create irregular splatters over your painting. I like to keep it in in the area where there's not much painting toward the top where it looks like space on all dude two, sometimes three colors. And that's all. Now I'm gonna show you how to remove the tape. I got this tip from Becky at Spring Valley Art. If you heat your washi tape, it releases the adhesive and it it peels off without tearing your paper. When you tear off, you wanna tear away from your painting to avoid peeling your paper, your painting and that is our finished work. Pretty happy with that. You can let her at the top of it or leave it as is. Thank you so much for watching. It's easy to just keep painting. Let this just be a start for you. If you want to continue to paint. Go ahead and do that. This is your class project. If you painted along with me, if you didn't paint with me, then I would love to see your leaves of your own using some or all of the techniques that I showed here today. Snap a picture and upload it to the Project gallery so I can see it. Keep in mind that you can't do this from the skill share app you need to be on a desktop. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Follow me on skill share for new class notifications. You can also find me on Instagram for more inspiration and tips at love lettered That's love Underscore underscore lettered Thanks guys for watching by.