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Learn to Paint Tea Gardens With Watercolors

teacher avatar Nilam Roy, Watercolor & Gouache Artist

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (1h 17m)
    • 1. Welcome Back

    • 2. Materials Required

    • 3. Color Palatte & Color Mixing

    • 4. Techniques & Elements

    • 5. Scenic Road View Of Tea Plantation: Part 1

    • 6. Scenic Road View of Tea Plantation: Part 2

    • 7. Scenic Road View of Tea Plantation : Part 3

    • 8. Color Palatte For Bonus Lesson

    • 9. Bonus Lesson : Sunset View from Tea Plantation Part-1

    • 10. Bonus Lesson: Sunset View From Tea Plantations: Part 2

    • 11. Final Thoughts

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           The serenic beauty of tea gardens overwhelmed by the delight of nature

                                        gives us the massive sense of Ecstasy.

                                                          -Violina B.


Have you ever passed by scenic roads with lush green tea yards on both sides and wished to paint them?

If you are one such person......then fret not, in this class I will be teaching you how to paint these beautiful tea plantations.

Welcome to the class where we learn to paint a scenic road view of lush green tea gardens on both sides with watercolors in a step-by-step manner. 

This class has been structured to suit artist at any levels. 

I have included a color palatte and techniques section before we jumpstart with our class project. This would help you to get ready before we jump start with our main project.

The class is yet again is inspired by my travel series.

Haahhhha... Yea I am traveller freak.

So, gather your art supplies, let's just dive in and explore the beauty of tea gardens.

Are you ready?

Hope to see you in my class! 

Stay Safe & Happy Creating!



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Nilam Roy

Watercolor & Gouache Artist


Hello Beautiful People, 

I am Nilam Roy, a watercolor and gouache artist based out of Bangalore India. I love travelling and find solace in painting beautiful nature landscapes. I am a thalosophile and a nephophile. Crazy right? 

I can't seem to get over my obssession to paint these beautiful skies and seas!! I explore these landscapes with different mediums such as watercolor, gouache and acrylics. Watercolors and gouache has been my go to or favourite mediums to explore.

I started my art journey on social media around the end of 2019, but was too scared to post due to lack of confidence. Believe me, when I say this confidence comes only through practice and practice makes a man perfect. And today here I am much more confident in my approach. This confide... See full profile

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1. Welcome Back: Hello my dear friends. Welcome back to another Skillshare class. This is me loam and artist and an art educator based out of Bangalore, India. And also our dog mom to this Q dy. I'm a person who loves both beaches, and mountains. And mountains during monsoons is just another beauty isn't dead. I, you energized and bomb to looking at this scenic beauty and the lush greenery. If so, then this is the class for you. I will be teaching you how to paint this beautiful lush green tea plantations and a beautiful road. I have kept this class very short and simple. We are going to being just run mean project, which is this beautiful landscape. And we will be going through all the colors that will be required for this painting. And also, I will be teaching you how to mix the colors AND gates if you do not have this colors readily available with you. Apart from this color palette and column mixing. Before we get started on our project, I will be going through all the techniques that will be required. And I will be giving your demo of how to paint each and every element that we are going to include and this painting. So without any further ado, let's kick start our class. 2. Materials Required : Before we start on with the project, let's quickly take a look at the materials required. This is our choose a 100 percent cotton watercolor people, which is fine grained and cold pressed of the sides and into 14 inch. Now, I will be dividing the paper into half and using it for the class project. Now, this is a ready, beautifully textured paper and I love using this people. Also, we will be requiring this round brushes now IMU using size number eight, round brush from silver black velvet, size number 2 and as well as size number 4. These are all from silver black velvet 300 0 as CVs. And here is a wash brush from Princeton Neptune series. Now moving on to the next important supplies that we'll be using is the watercolors. Now, I'll be here using two watercolors. One is the Magellan mission tubes as well as this White Nights gigs. Also. This is a Banza, so I will be mixing and matching, do different brands of colors. Next we will be using a palette and mixing palette to mix out our colors. You're, I'm using a ceramic palette. Next we will be using two jars of clean water. We would also be using some tissue doubles or tissue people to clean up brushes. Now apart from people, you could also use some doubles to soak up your clean your brushes after you clean it with water. Next is masking tape. 3. Color Palatte & Color Mixing: Let's look at our colors before we start our project. Now your, I'll be using most of the colors ritual be readily available in standard more tequila Ballard. So you need not worry. And also your ad will be showing you how you can mix. So our primary or secondary colors to get 0, though surely color or a secondary color itself by mixing two primary colors. Now you're mostly, we will be using shades of lemon, yellow, green, sap green, burnt sienna, and sepia. Now, I haven't be in the next phase showing you how you can obtain the colors like sap, green, burnt sienna, and sepia color. Here, I'll be showing you how you can make two primary colors and get done secondary color, leg sap, green. So since lemon, yellow and green is the coolest side of the column, so it's easier to make them and get the sap green which resembles, which tends to sway mood of the cooler side. Now, if you do not have sap green color, I'm doing this exercise just so that you know that you need not always have a separate colored tube. You can always mix and match colors and create a new color. So this exercise, I hope, will be helpful for you in case if you do not have sap green readily available in your color palette. The next color that we would be looking at is the sepia color. Now your I will be using two parts of burnt sienna and one part of black. Since editing, a little tinge of black, if you add two unequally, it saturates the callow and gives it more darkish tone. So as you can see, I have mixed two parts of bone, CNN one part of black, and I have guard CPR color, which is almost similar to it. So this sheds are linked closer to one another because all these colors are from the same brand. That is white names, but it is totally okay if you mix and match different colors from various brands and experiment with it because different brands will have a pigment information labeled on the tubes or on the pan set rapids. So you could do know, always go ahead and check this information so that you are sure that the colors that you are choosing is of the similar type. And we'll give you this seem similar end result. Now the next color that we will be looking at is how to make this bluish gray color. So for this, I'm a mistake. Took up some bright blue instead of indigo. So your eye will be using indigo from the brand medulla machine. Now, this indigo from original mission tends to weigh more towards of Payne's gray color. So it has a bluish undertone it. So I like to use this indigo and mix it with a little bit of white watercolor paint or whitewash. You are, I've used whitewash, mix it with this indigo paint. If you do not have this darker shade of indigo, which resembles to Payne's gray. Or you can directly go ahead and mix Payne's gray. If beans Greece also not available with you Do not worry. Readily go available with black and mix it with white and you will get the gray tones. So your I have Gordo, bluish-gray kind of color by mixing white along with my indigo color from Magellan Mission Gold. I hope this exercise was helpful. See you in the next lesson where we will learn about the techniques. 4. Techniques & Elements: Hello guys and welcome back. So you're in this segment or rather in this lesson, we will be learning how to create a beautiful tea garden. And we will be going through all the techniques that we will be using to create mean project. So not only the loan, the technique SEO, but also Vc, how to create the elements for our main project. The first element that we are going to learn is how to create this misty mountains which will be at the backdrop of our main or the final painting. So for this, we will be going completely wet on wet and we will be using lifting techniques to create that misty or default Good look on our mountains, which will be at the backdrop or the background. And then we will be painting the tea gardens in the foreground. Okay. As you can see, I'm lifting out with my damp clean brush some areas where we had just lead on this blue color and we are trying to create that misty or fog effect. So, you know, once you lift out this colors, you will be obtaining very smooth and soft looking background once this dries and the foggy effect will come out very beautifully. In case if you are new to my class or watching MATLAB for the first time, I have a detailed technique section of watercolors. On my other watercolor sunset see scapes class. There. I have explained each and every technique in great detail and also my underwater exploration class. So you could go check out all the techniques that, that we had learned. So your, I'll be explaining you the techniques that we are going to use for this project. So you can learn from your, and you can try to implement all these techniques on any other paintings that you tried to approach in near future. The second element that I'm showing you here is how to create this beautiful lush green step, the tea gardens. So for that I have first layer the paper with clean even coat of water. And then I have led the background color for which I have used our diluted version of sap green. Since your paper is wet, the color will then do fade, fade out eventually more. But just make sure that you are not diluting the sap green too much Arles. It will be very, very light and shade. And it will not give the real look how the tea gardens occur naturally. So after you are done with the background, let your paper absorbed the water, the pain for some time. And then start on with your adding this greener, darker green contours. That is the darker green shades where we are doing this step kind of formations here so that it looks that you're not tea gardens always are done and step farming. So that is ward. Look at we'll give by doing this process. So use the darker tones of green to create this step. Now yours, you can obtain the darker green by mixing little bit of blue such as indigo, the darker shade of blue such as indigo or pushing blue in your green color. So that would give you a green which has a slight bluish undertone in it and it will not look that flat or bland. So which generally by mixing black, it just saturates the color and tones and more darker. So that is one more way if you do not have indigo or Prussian blue would do. But this is a quick way to obtain or darker green which will be closer to your shade. As you can see, I'm just going ahead and filling those blocks or the groups that we meet with some more sap green just to make it look much more vibrant. And then just with the tip of your brush, you can just go and Davin's or kalos over there, just random shapes so that it looks that, you know, those tea leaves are protruding out from there. So that's it. That's pretty much done. Since the background of the garden is done using the sap green, which is a lighter shade of green. So your, you can add little bit more of contrast and use tonal variations of greens and yellows in here. So you can dab in some dark, some of that lemon yellow using the tip of your brush or add in some darker green leaves. Now that's totally up to you. So we will be seeing this in great detail in mean or the final project. Okay, so moving on to our third element, that is the polls. Now for this poles, I'll be using this bone sienna color and I will be adding some darker tones, sepia. Now instead of CPI, you could readily go and use black if that is available with you instead of black, you could also use beans gray are any darker shade of brown and you can add little tinge of black in it and obtain a darker shade where you can mix these colors and adding as a shadow to the polls. Now this pole, so we have gone and done using wet-on-dry technique and some dry brush patterns to create some textures on the polls. To add in more natural feel of our tea garden. So we will be adding few trees now for this trees again, we will be using for the tree trunk and the bark. We will be going ahead and using CBR or burnt sienna, anything of your choice. And now for the tree structure, just with the help of their Depot fill brush, that is of your round brush. Just go and do this staggered motion with your brush. And just, this is also a kind of dry brush technique that I'm using your I have not much. I've loaded my brush with water repaint. So I'm getting this beautiful texture and the tree is looking more realistic. Okay, So recapping the techniques that we have used industries are we have gone wet-on-dry again to create this tree bark and dry brush technique we have used to create this foliage part on the trees. Okay, So I hope this technique is that clear. Now, we will move on to our last element, that is the road that we will be painting so for this role, so I'll be going ahead with wet-on-dry technique. And now this is a cove that you'll be seeing your, so just fill it up with color and on the sides we will be painting two white strips. So for this road only we had prepared that blue gray color. So you can also go ahead and use PR gray by mixing the traditional black and white numbers just to give it more beautiful effect, more realistic effect. I have used indigo, darker shade of indigo from Magellan mission and mix it with whitewash to get this color. So for this also, we are going wet on dry technique completely. Now. Yeah, these are the overall basic elements that we are going to be using for our final project. So see you in our final project. 5. Scenic Road View Of Tea Plantation: Part 1: Hello guys. Welcome to the main project. And we will be learning how to be in this beautiful scenic view of tea plantations by the road with the help of all the techniques that we have learned so far. Let's begin by applying an even coat of clean water or no people just DO mountain area. Because we will be creating that misty mountains in the backdrop like we had learned in the technique section. I will be adding this sketch picture in the projects and resources section so that it is easier for you to sketch out the outline of this entire painting. I am using a very light shade of indigo. That is, I have diluted my indigo very lightest tonal value. And then I'm going ahead and creating these mountains, which will be dead in the backdrop of our main painting. Because this is at a distance from us. And generally, when the mountains are at a distance from us, generally appears this darker shade of blue, kind of, you know, color tone. So I have gone ahead and use this color, but you are absolutely free to choose any colors or use any lighter shade of blue. Also, as for your liking, there is no hard and fast rule that you have to go and do. Select this indigo color for your backdrop. Now if you're also noticing, I'm simultaneously carrying out the lifting technique as well because once our background will dry out, we will not be in a position to lift out these colors and create a misty, foggy look to the mountains. Also, when you are doing this lifting technique, always make sure that you are using a non staining pigment. So for this non staining pigment, I have used my indigo because this is big. This pigment is a non staining pigment. Now, this staining and non standing pigment information, you can find it on the label of your tubes or on the wrappers of your pan watercolors set. So in that way, you could select any other non staining color of your choice instead of this indigo. And you can go ahead and clear this Mountains in that backdrop. Now for the mountains in the foreground, I'm using sap green color. So for this Mountains in the foreground of VR using the sap green color we have seen in the technique section. Sorry, not the technique section, but the color mixing and the color palette section. How we can create the sap green by using two primary colors, that is the lemon, yellow, and green. So if you have any green, Suppose for example, a light green shade. You can mix it with lemon yellow and create this beautiful sap green. So the beast on your green pigment, you will get a tonal contrast or no tonal variation of sap green. Now that is something which you can experiment and select your own green of your choice to create this sap green. But yeah, you will get this yellowish-green color once you mix lemon yellow to your green. So once I'm satisfied with how my mountains in the foreground is looking, now, I will be just going ahead and creating this dry brush strokes little on the sides of the road just do. Just saw that when we add some deeper shapes such as or more of the or detune such as browns. We get different Andrea holistic look to our painting. Now, since my mountain Snow today, foggy idea is getting lighter and lighter. So I go ahead and select more yellowish-green of my choice because yellow is a brighter pigment. So that's why I am just going and darkening some of those ridges on the mountains so that once we start with the step formation so far mountains, it looks very beautiful. So your am using a darker shade of green. You can go ahead and use Van Dyke green or yellow green. With yellow green, you can mix little bit of indigo, blue to get a darker mix of this green. And you can go ahead and do this step like formations on this mountain. So these need not be that detailed. You can just do this semi-circles and this kind of shape because it is at a distance from us. So you need not worry about those shapes. I, when I started to paint, I always wanted to be in this beautiful tea gardens where I was so scared initially before that. I never thought to try this tea gardens earlier. But then during last year when I had visited this beautiful tea gardens and Monod and OD, I thought so let's just give it a try once. And when I tried out our plein air painting of this tea gardens, I instantly fell in love how easy it is to do this tea gardens. I was just scared for just nothing. So I thought, let me show you guys how you can create this beautiful tea gardens very easily. As you can see, as I'm getting closer to my vision or prospective, I am now creating this Docker groove leg structures. So these are like pockets. So these are legs sections of this tea gardens, which looks like some pockets of greenery around you. So yeah, I'm adding this darker shade of green and creating this cell-like structures in biology in our 10th grade or seventh or eighth grade, we all have learned creating this select structures rate. So yeah, just remember that and go on creating this like formations on this Mountains using the darker shade of green. But yes, make sure that your backdrop is not too dry and not to move it. So because if it is too wet, your darker greens will start spreading into the background. And it will become very messy because there will be no popping out kalos, the lighter shades that V1. So just read for your background to dry. So couple little, dry up a little and then go ahead and add in those darker shades. For now I'm adding some, or the tones of brown. Since this is mountains and mountains will have some modern it. So yeah, For that reason, I have used this little bit of brown and then because when you've got this Mountains, the color that is exposed as Brown and that's how the tea plantations, this step farming is done. So as you can see, I'm just going around and lifting out, cleaning out some those colors which had been added into our background. And I'm going on creating this leg structure. So this is how we are going to paint throughout mountains and adding in some textures, urine the earth. But the first is we will try to create this and like structures. And then we will see the other techniques in the later part. Now as you see that your mountain that is the background is getting dry. Now is the time that you can go ahead and add in more sharper, darker tones of green on the cellular structures that we have made or the grids that you have created. So with the help of four liner brush, go ahead and add tunnel lines when you are going up the hill. And when you're going down the hill, add more tickle lengths. So yeah, Always remember that. Don't worry if it is looking messy right now. Trust the process. And at the end you will see how beautifully this painting has come out to be. So I will meet you at the next section where we will be starting to paint them mountains, but just closer to the road. 8. Color Palatte For Bonus Lesson : Hey guys, I'm back with this bonus lesson just for you guys. So let's quickly take a look at the color palette that we will be requiring to do this project are the bonus lesson. We will be sticking with the same color palette. There will be no change except for addition of few more colors for us guy, as shown in the clipping previous clip. So yeah, the order of the colors that we will be using. So it's almost the same colors that we had used for Alia mean project. Just that we have added two new colors. That is this golden yellow deep, and the bright blue color, right? And also I have shown you how we can obtain this greenish yellow color and this yellow deep color. Either you could use the alluded color or you could go for orange cadmium color. So now your for the clouds, I will be using a mix of indigo and burnt sienna, you know, so this gives a very dark tone with a warm undertone of Docker indigo shade. So for that, we will be going ahead and mixing these two colors and paint clouds. So that's it for the colors. So let's quickly take a look how we can be in the soft dough fluffy clouds. I will be explaining in detail again when we are carrying out a project. But do just to give you an idea how we're going to do it. So you're am showing you we will be first going with the wet-on-wet, since clouds best when you do it, we're done with it. So I have applied a fresh coat of water on my paper. And now I'm taking some data of my bright blue color and just with the tip of my brush, I am going with sharp random strokes, urine, they're just hold your brush very lightly and do the step very smoothly, you know. So you'll get this Moodle and fluffy clouds. And the rest of the elements are going to be the same. So I'll see you in the main project. 9. Bonus Lesson : Sunset View from Tea Plantation Part-1: Hello guys, welcome back. And now that we have discussed our color Ballard, the colors that we would be requiring to get started on the dollar bonus project. So let's treat that we're jumping. I am using and watercolor people from arches, this is a 100 percent watercolor paper and I have DPT it down on all four sides, but the help of masking tape, we are ready with our pencil sketch. So now what you could do is you could pause the screen and then get DR. pencil sketch done. First. I'll be starting with this guy. So for that, I will be laying coat of water only on the sky area. That is where the sky ends and meet the mountain. So go and just read that idea only make sure that you do not read the mountain area. We need to keep the area dry. Now, as you can see, I'm going from left to the right using a slanted brush strokes to do sky. And for the same, I'm using my bright blue color. So instead of bright blue, you could also go ahead and use several million blue-collar or any and lighter shade of blue would also do. Now as you can see, I'm not entirely covering the sky area with this bright blue color. I'm leaving some white gaps in between. And here, I'm going ahead and adding some darker dawns. Remember in the color palette section, I had told you about the mix of indigo plus burnt sienna to do clouds. Exactly the same mixture. I'm using your and doing the colors because I want to clouds look more at that. It is laden with moisture and about to fall down. So yeah, I want that. I'm kind of sky or the clouds. But if you want some lighter shapes also, you could just go ahead with your indigo color as well. But you know, some playing with darker and lighter value brings up your painting much more lively and realistic. So I'm, once I'm done with the clouds, I'm going ahead and adding this yellow deep color. So instead of yellow deep color, you can also go for cadmium orange if you have that already with you. Are. You could also go ahead and mix this color by using your gamboge yellow or cadmium yellow along with their primary red, and use more of yellow to get this yellow shade of orange. And that's pretty much about it. And now what I'm doing is I will go and list some of the darker indigo shade in between this yellow sky also, so that it looks at, you know, some darker clouds are also floating across this yellow part of the sky. That is, the sun is going down and that is what is getting reflected in the sky. So yeah, just with very light shadow and gentle strokes of your brush, do this. Cloud shapes, just observe my brush movements or the motion how I'm doing this clause. And you will pretty much be easily able to do it, but make sure your paper is wet because in order to get this murder and softer clouds, you need to have your people wet for a longer period of time. That is why a 100 percent cotton watercolor people plays a important role in having search softer looking clouds. Another quick tip that I would want to add is that when you're doing this clouds, make sure that you do not bringing your yellow hues too close to the Indigo that you have placed because it will start owning greenish kind of you. So in order to avoid that, D would see, I have applied some darker tones of indigo into that cloud MQ. So dark greenish mixture, which was for me, is avoided and this guy looks much more dramatic. Now I have started out with the mountains, and I have started out only when my sky ADA has dried completely for the mountains. I'm going on with the wet-on-dry technique. Keep following my brush movements rather than my talking. Because when you observe, you learn things much more faster than Joe's bed listening. Listening always is like extra aid or help in order for you to understand or not to lose you how to on the process. So yeah. So as you have seen, I have vent on with their darker shade of my indigo for the topmost part of the mountains. And now I'm trying to dilute that color and I'm simply adding some water, lake washing my brush and loading it with Mordor and dragging those darker dawns from the top to the bottom of the mountains. So it looks like there is some kind of misty or fog effect just underneath this Mountains rate. So that is the entire loan that I want to give for this painting. And the mountains. Keep on dragging the colors until you feel satisfied, but do not pull down the colors too much because you know, in that way you are top part of the mountains will also start fading out. So in that case, keep on adding some darker colors on the top. So once you are done now, gently lift off the colors using your clean brush just beneath portion of the mountains and you will be done with Dun Mountain portion. 11. Final Thoughts: We have finally completed up being doing, and I'm loving the overall look of this painting. Now it's time to build off our masking tape. I'm building it all Ferdinand angled very gently. And yeah, that's it. We have our beautiful painting ready. I hope you have learned and enjoyed painting along with me, and I'm hoping to see your creations. The projects gallery. Do not forget to tag me if you are posting the same artwork on Instagram. My Instagram handle ID is Niels artsy goals. I'll be listing it down below your now if you want to practice more of this D garden landscapes, I am, you're attaching some of my favorite reference picture. Some of those pictures were clicked by HE, me and my husband during our travel to UT and Monod. I'm attaching this pictures so that you could practice the techniques learned in this class and try to paint on your own this the plantations. So only with practice you will be able to gain confidence in approaching subjects like this. And you can be much more confident with the techniques that you have learned in this class. I would love to see, if you try out any of these projects. Feel free to reach out to me in case you are stuck somewhere with the reference pictures, I will be helping you out. You really liked this class. I would love to hear from you about your feedback or reviews because every day that you leave a review, it has me to come up with new ideas and improve my teaching style. Thank you for joining me in this class. I will be back with another beautiful glass lesson plan for you. I'm already working on it. So see you soon again by daycare and happy painting.