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Learn to paint: "Beautiful Blooming Borders"

Sarah Jean Bryson, Watercolor Artist @Its_Art_OClock

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7 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies Talk

    • 3. ColorPlay1

    • 4. Flower Power

    • 5. Border 1: Corners

    • 6. Border 2: All the Purples

    • 7. Border 3: Roses to finish


About This Class

Let me teach you how to paint "Beautiful Blooming Borders" using Watercolor paints and Water brush pens.

In this class I show you how I create loose beautiful floral borders as a unique way to add some color and fun to birthday cards, journal pages, gift tags, bookmarks and more. The options for these borders are endless. I will show you how I like to use water brush pens with watercolor paints to create a variety of different florals and arrange them in a border that is pleasing to the eye. 

This class was made in collaboration with GiftedLa (in an attempt to help small business during Covid19). The set I showcase in this class comes with:

-The Classics Palette by Art Philosophy

- 2 Round Water brush pens by Art Philosophy currently available:

- Ooly 160lb Watercolor paper

It is available from http://www.GiftedLA.com HOWEVER ANY watercolors and brushes you already own can be used to do this class, do not feel you HAVE to buy on Gifted LA. I made this class for EVERYONE.

Whether you are a complete beginner or proficient in Watercolors, i'm sure I can show you something that "sparks" creative joy for you.

Happy Painting!


1. Intro : we owe welcome. I am Sara Jean Grayson. I am an artist illustrator. On the face behind the instagram out account, it's ought a book with under skulls. Today I partnered with gifted L. A. Which is the cue test boutiques Specialty Gift Store in Beverly Hills, California as well as online gifted dot com. They sell the best unique gift ideas, from popcorn on the co puzzles to my own little paintings, as well as the art supply pack that I am going to be showcasing today. I am currently filming this during the pandemic of Kobe 19 and so a lot of us are stuck at home. So we thought, Why not get together a set of art supplies that you can play with Andi? Then I will show you what you can do with them and they set from gifted L. A. Includes the art philosophy palette, classics, which I'm always going on about on my instagram. I love this palette with all the colors. You also get to water. Fill brush pens in two sizes of small in the medium that a fab and I will be showing you how I paint beautiful blooming borders in different styles. I'll go over the shapes I use and how I use my would brush. Pens will come up with a variety of different designs. They're great for making cards for people. Mother's Day birthday and they just really fun to do. I am a strong believer in art therapy. I really think that just doing something creative every day your art oclock, which is where my instagram came from, is really important, especially if you're stuck home. So if you can get hold of this set from gifted L. A. Please do so if you cannot. That's not the end of the world. Use whatever you have at home, just get creative. And so let's just get into Okay, let's talk about art supplies. What do we need? So I have a whole arsenal of brushes, paints all sorts, but today, specifically because of gifted L. A. And what can get in that pack? I'm going to be using only the items you can get from this particular set. So that involves the classics palate by art philosophy. I made a little cute swatch card. Just That's just how I like to do things. Mine's been well loved As you can see, that's fine. You'll also have a piece of paper you pay for. That I recommend is £140 watercolor paper. The reason behind that is because I personally like to use a lot of water in my watercolor art. Andi theme. Heavy other way to paper, the better I find that it works. It doesn't buckle as much. How, if you only have £90 or even mixed media paper, that's fine, too. You can still make it work well. Also be using this set off watercolor brushes, their brush pens that you can get. These are great because it's two different sizes. There's a thin on a thick brush head. You will also need paper towel. You'll also need water, just a glass of water. It's not a necessity, because these are brush pens that will be filled with water. I dislike to always have more water on hand. Onder, if you're anything like me and you need a cup of tea committee, also an essential item for me anyway. So go put the kettle on, and then when you got everything laid out ready to go, join me in the next listen 2. Supplies Talk: Let's start by opening these bad boys up. Now, if you have just bought purchased the items and you have the classics palette when you open it up, it might look slightly different, by the way, because they used to have a different name. Um, you'll have a swatch card you can totally fill in yourself. I do cute little designs because I always think that's fun. But you'll also get these words color brush pens in the pack, and I'm actually gonna open these up in front of you. Run you like you would get, uh, I've used these before. They have lots of different designs of brush pan. This is also lots of different brands that make these kind of pens the ones I always look for in a lot brushes. When I get what color brush brushes is, does it go to a nice point? You want them to go to a nice point? There's a thin with a thick one, and in fact, when I wetter, I'm gonna let it get wet a little bit. You can shape it back to that point. As you can see, there's a medium or even a large, and then a smaller size. I would say that close to a round brush that was maybe a six. And Ford say probably you're going to take your brush goes your tap and you just twist the body part the black part here with your fingers Twist on, open it up and you have a reservoir to fill with water. Hope it back in By have since filled this with water. As you can see in there in the reservoir, there is water in there. We're gonna squeeze it very lightly very lightly, actually, to get the water. There we go. So now I got a little bubble. I hope you can see them. Um, just to show you that the water is now flowing through it. Now, I personally like to use riel water as a dipping tool regardless, But just to show you, you then use it like this, and the brush is ready to go. So he's, like, nice and moist on. You do not have to fill the reservoirs with water. That's really an additional option that you can do if you, um you know, you're traveling and you want to take water with you, but you don't have access to water easily, if that makes sense. So I probably actually for the purposes of this video will still use my water here. So first things first. What do we have in these colors? Let's start by doing that I'll do is like a mini breakdown of what colors or in your pallor , and I'm just gonna slightly clean that down. Okay, so you obviously have a white white is not used in water color to lighten the paints. That is not why use white. It will actually do the opposite. It will make them more opaque. But it does give a nice, creamy texture if you're trying to do something creamy, which sounds really weird. But honestly, that's like the best way use of white that I would say I have. So I'm going to start with the pinky. This is one of my all time favorite shades. I have a wet brush and putting it onto my pain. Andi, I'm gonna squeeze a little bit of water through it as well, just to make it a loose to put it more. And now I've got my wet activated pain on the palate part. So the first thing I always suggest. No, I'm using the larger of the two brushes right now. I always suggest getting to know your brushes. It's really important to get to know what your brushes conduce when you first get them on board. I have used many water brushes before, but I haven't used these particular ones. So I'm gonna do what I always do, Which is I'm going to see what the thinnest line I could do with my brushes doesn't have to be perfect. I'm just lightly dragging the brush tip across. Then I'm gonna do the same, but put weight down and lift up. And it shows me I could do a fairly decent leaf shape. It also actually, this is a great brush because it also is holding a decent amount of paint on it, which is honestly, quite Ralf isn't that it crushes. So I quite like that. Like I said, this is the first time I'm using this brush myself. As you can see with what's colors, you can go back over areas with more pigment like this dot It on could be fun. So right now I'm just playing. But as you can see, I've already stated my brush pink, which is fine. I am squeezing. This is a great technique that you get to use water brush with. What about Penn? Sorry with is you can squeeze and literally rinse your brush on the paper as you squeeze it and look at that. It's taken off that pigment really nicely, actually. So if I wasn't at home and I was able Teoh, take this with me somewhere, that's a great ability to be able to do. Obviously as I am home, I could have also just dip the whole Russian and it would rinse it for me. But that's just to show you like what you can do, and it cleans up pretty well. So now let's move on to a rare just to see. It's always good to see what colors you've got. But like I said, my main thing is just seeing what my brush could do. Going back and full seeing, like does it do good angles if I add more water? What happens? I'm a big believer in figuring things out by experimentation, and I'm deliberately using a selection off colors just just like show you what your options are and like I said again, I'm cleaning the brush like this. Excuse that orange you can see on this particular area. It didn't pick the paint up, and that's because the brush wasn't wet enough. Now I could have squeezed a little more water out, or I could have dipped in the water again. But right now we're just testing out our brush. You want to see, like how they never lying? You can make how thick of a line, how much water, what it does. Um, literally just play. So obviously, this is the larger of the brushes. So let me try the smaller one and would be my favorite green. This is actually no joke. My favorite shade of green of all time. I love the number sex by art philosophy, which is just a stunning I didn't even know how to describe a girl screen again or a sap green. Maybe so with this second brush, and now again, I can see I can get a much thin a line than I can with the thick of rush, which is to be expected. I can also get a nice, thin and weight down again. You can make nice leaf shape. This is that these are great brush pens. Actually, I'm very pleased with these, So I would suggest the first thing you do when you get your palate open is play with the colors. Play with the brush is just to get use. So how they work, how they move, what they do. If you've never done what colors before, it's a great time to experiment. You can also, because he's a water brush pens you can squeeze while you're doing it. So let me show you. This is with the full pigment on my brush, like the full pain, and I get like this, and I get the most opaque version I could get a bit now, as I squeeze my brush slightly, it's going toe. Water it down and you're going to see it get later and later and later. It's a great way to dig radiance when you're using a water brush pen because the water's right at your disposal. So have a little play having experiment on. Also, we're gonna figure out colors 3. ColorPlay1: So for this class, we're obviously using the art philosophy classics palette. So you've got all these 12 colors, you know, at your at your disposal. So it before even start mixing shades together, we should see what we already have. So going with the pink to begin with, just cause I love it so much, I'm going to do something that I do in another class of mine. The loosen lively would color REITs I do sign called Color Play and instead off like a color theory. This is how I tend to sort of figure out what colors will work well together. And I literally I'm doing wet on wet with multiple shades. And so I've taken the pink here. I'm taking some red now. Andi, these colors are very close on the color wheel, which means I know that they're going to work quite nicely together. If they bleed into each other, it's no going to be too drastic on, and they're going to just kind of compliment each other. But the only way to figure this out is to actually try it to taking the yellow, yellow and pink. It's going to make more of an orangey shade as it bleeds in, and I'm doing it very wet on where to see how it will move together. If I was to use the brush you know on my border and let the colors bleed into each other, this is a great way to figure out what color palettes will work. Well, obviously this. Oranges, yellows, reds, pinks all those shades on the rainbow are on the color wheel that are closely next to each other are going to go together nicely, so the opposite of that decision can be doing the opposites on the color wheel. So we've got the yellow, and the opposite of yellow is the purples or violet e purple, and so when they sit next to each other, they're going to look really pretty. But if the to bleed into each other, it's going to become quite muddy. That's the one thing about water colors that Ah lot of people dislike. But provided you've planned in advance and you know what your colors do, it really shouldn't be a problem. So if you know that putting the opposites next to each other are going to bleed, either wait for the paint layer to dry before putting the colors together. So if I was doing a purple flower, I would pray. Wait before putting a yellow or vice versa. Um, however, you know the pinks, working with it both and just play. Come up with your own combinations if you want again. If you want to see the actual breakdown of how I do come up with my color combinations, I do have another class on this specific topic. I just want to give you a quick, brief overview of the art philosophy, classics, pallor and kind of the color options that you can do there. And I also just like to see what goes well. Now we're doing botanicals, so there's gonna be some greens in there, so it's always nice to see which greens will work well with which colors. So here I would want. Maybe there's very vibrant green, but when it got to say the darker shades, I might want, like a more rich green next to it, like a bluey green. But again, it's about experimenting is about seeing what the paints do and how they work together on, and you know you can change up the pallets and I'm gonna do some blues. Andi Ah, kind of obviously blues always go well together at some purple in with, um again sticking with that color wheel and rainbow thought process. If you put the ones that are near each other on the, um, color wheel, you're gonna end up with, like, really nice colors that work well together that having said that, I will say that I have done paintings before with Aled the colors in this palette. Andi, it can look over killed to an extent. But honestly, you can get away with doing, you know, wildflower florals utilizing all the shades in this palette. The main thing is to work out what happens when the to interact. So if you pick the wrong shade and it bleeds into another, you might end up with a muddy like brown color if you're not careful. So I suggest doing this particular exercise regardless before you start your final piece. Just because it can be a helpful reminder as to what the shades will do. And even though I've used his palette for a long time, I always do this before I start just to figure out what I want to use 4. Flower Power: Okay. Welcome back. So I've got my water here. I've got my color palettes idea up here. I've decided I'm gonna use the pinks, yellow oranges and red shades on a bit agreeing for mine. So the first thing you want to do is once you picked your color palette, think about what flowers kind of spring to mind with those colors. Write them down if you want. That's how I tend to do things. I'll think. OK, so I'm gonna go with this guy. So let's think here. What do we see when we see this? I see that orange and the orange would be gorgeous. California poppies, California popping now because I'm now doing the California poppy, Maybe I could do the red also like a red poppy in there. I'm feeling like these would be great for wildflowers. Even you could even do a rose with a hot pink. And then you can't see it so much here. But if I was to concentrate that yellow into here, I know it would go. And yellow flowers, a great that's buttercups, daffodils and some just simple leaves. And I'm gonna show you how I figure out what you know how to lay them out and stuff. Once we've got the kind of shapes on the page and so to me, I want to think what flowers make the most sense. So let's go with something as simple as like, a California Poppy. You can get a reference photo. I do have a reference picture of not California Poppy, but just regular poppies that I printed off. It can be helpful to see the image of what flower you're thinking off if you want to keep it quite loose and kind of, I guess, uh, unstructured, if that's the word, you totally can. I'm just gonna draw a pencil line right now to show you what I have in mind of the shape that you can use. But if I was to do this myself, I'll show you both ways. But basically just so that you guys can see on camera, I'm imagining sort of this shape, but this kind of a heart shape And then in order to layer on the petals, um, I'll do some like here and here from imagining how my poppy was to look. And then the black part will be in that central point. Now when you use water colors without a pen is an outline. You have to think in terms off. How am I going to show the difference in the petals? If I haven't got an outline on, there are ways to do it on. One of my favorite techniques is to let the water and the paint bleed together. So I'm gonna show you right now using the big brush. So I am gonna be dipping in water just cause that's the way that I'm used to working and then going with this fantastic orange such a vibrant orange. I'm dropping some water onto there so I can activate the pain. If your palate is brand new, which if you just started using these paints, they might be, you might want to let them activate a little bit, like let it get really wet. And then I do use the pilot a lot just to see, and I always like to have a spare piece of paper nearby so I can see how much I watered it down. Now that's getting a little bit too light. So if I add a bit more of the pigment in there and dried off on the towel in a little bit. See if I can get that richness, cause the more pigment, obviously you have on your brush and less water down, the more vibrant it will drive. That's a really nice orange. Not even need to add any other color to it for it to look good. So, following this shape thought process, I am going to draw it with my paintbrush, draw the image that I had just done there. So I'm gonna do this, like heart shaped like an off heart shape, like so going back in dipping a bit more, I want another petal to come out here. I'm leaving a gap in the middle just to remind myself where the center of my puppy is, and then one more petal coming out here, maybe bending like so. And it doesn't matter if it joins together, because I will show you what I'm gonna do, so this will dry slightly differently. I'm trying to get this kind of shape. It sort of goes down to like a funnel point now, rinsing my brush and going in for the black. I'm going to, on the very tip, gonna drop along this part here, the little black, just a couple of dots along that line and let it spread and do its thing on its own. If it goes on to that bet, that's fine. We can always fix it later. In fact, I will take a little bit of paper towel right now. Lift off some of that black on there because not loving it spreading so much over there. But sometimes that can give an interesting look, too. And I'm using the orange again to just sort of follow that line round. And now I'm gonna leave him alone. Let him drive for a bit. Now, this one, If I was to fill it in the way I drew drew a pencil and just gets, um, of the same shapes on their like So you always do darker. And when I say darker, the more watered down will be a lighter shade. So using the richest version of the paint and then putting in that black to that central point again, letting it bleed up and then stopping. Now, another great thing to do is if you take that green and I haven't really washed my brush in between spareness. I'm squeezing a little bit, but I'm allowing the colors started to do that thing. If you draw a nice thin stem starting there and going down and it's OK if it bleeds into it , I love that look. It's one my favorite things. Actually, when you let it bleed into a, it just sort of ties it together. And then you could always either leaf if you wanted to. But for what I'm gonna be doing today, I actually wouldn't need the leaves. But just to show you cover for your property off the top of my head looks a little bit like that. Now if I want to do the same, but with the typical red copy, we'll talk a typical from A because from England, it's usually the red poppy. I'm using the red shade now the number three doing a similar shape, that kind of heart issue, because they do have this really pretty kind of shape to them that feels a little like now I'm gonna do this one facing out, Andi, I'm going to just do the number of petals I think it has, and again I'm going back in getting more pain during the shape as I go around kind of allowing the pain to do its thing, rinsing in between and then again, with that black, I'm gonna do that really rich black center and let it bleed all the way around on it won't dry Quite a vibrant is this So I might have to do multiple layers, But it is a really cool effect and really reads well as a poppy. When you do it as like, a border process may want to the yellow. So I've rinsed my brush. I'm taking the the thick brush pad again I'm gonna see I'm gonna water it down slightly to begin with Onda again. I'm gonna do very simple strokes I'm gonna do kind of like when I did the leaf, I'm going to press down my brush and lift up, and then so the point brush down like so it's almost like doing a yellow leaf. I'm going to do that a way round, see if you can figure out what I'm doing before I finish it like so And then I'm going to do some lines out and I'm letting the brush flick up at the end to make that trumpet shape , and hopefully that's that, Reed says. A deaf it'll now putting the orange, and I just happened to have it sitting there and doing this sort of circular shape at the end might give it more of that trumpet effect, which makes it so typically a daffodil. Allowing the orange in there cause yellows and oranges. These all colors that work well together as a very basic version. But I'm trying to show you this just to show how it how easy it is to get the shapes on on just to give the illusion off the flower itself, just even some back and forth, making it seem like a leaf. You don't need march for it to read as the flower you're trying to dio, especially when you're doing loose florals, which is what we're doing. We're doing kind of basic shapes to give the illusion of particular plants. I'm going to swap to my smaller of the two brushes and get agree and going on my brush like so, and I get the most concentrated form of it. I'm going to draw with my brush, paintbrush a line and then on the edges. Wait down and flick up, and you can turn it around it that way, if you want slicked down and up, and this will be a more structured leaf shape that could be attached to your lease flowers . These are all elements that similar to when I did my class on loose and lively watercolor reefs. It's a very similar technique of like going in and with amore pigmented version of the paint doing some details. This is not something you have to do, but it just shows you what you can do now. As this drives, you can see he's really lost his shape. Now if I go in with the pigment really rich, paint on the brush and do wiggles going all the way around, I've just brought attention back to that central point, and so you can kind of use that as a means to add detail. So let's get the yellow at its strongest like so I'm just going back and forth of my brush strokes, letting it I kind of do what it wants to do. But that reads more definitely now to me. You have to do that. You could keep it completely loose and not do any details after the fact, but even loose florals tend tohave kind of that feel and shape that you can still tell what the plant waas. So this guy is now drying and I can go in for another layer of the orange to showcase which petals are separated Now off. See, this one doesn't have the pencil lines, and this one does so on this one. I know that I might make this part a little bit thicker. Another layer of the orange I can even go over that black if I'm no feeling at um and then also the darker I'm thinking the darker parts will be on the very inside over the flower. I really like how this pleads in when it's dropped onto the pain. I actually I'm really liking that green with the orange pop. And so I'm going to highlight that again by putting a little bit more grain. Now, One other thing you can do that I get I talk about in my other class is so I wanted to the pink very simple strokes. I just to put the weight down the lift off and just the simple act off weight down, weight down, weight down, weight down. Your flower doesn't even have to exist in real life. And you can create that floral feel just by doing some simple shapes and letting that water move Letting the paint flow on the way it will dry will be really interesting that now I'm doing a sort of imaginary, almost lavender shape at this point, but with pinks. And then I'm gonna take that green. And I know that green and pink or these shades are almost opposites. But I'm going to drag this brush through like so let it hit the bases of each beer as if it's like the petal, and that will give another effect. Now I may hate it when it dries. I may love it, but the anyway you know, is if you try, I actually quite like that. I lost filming footage just now, but I want to show you this option as well of kind of a lavender Look, if that's something you want to put in and literally just doing little dots and I've allowed myself to use quite a lot of water on their side make quite a liquid watercolor and I'm just dotting back and forth, back and forth, getting a little thicker towards the base and a rinse my brush, Get the green going on again, just kind of drawer and where that stock would go but allowing the green to bleed into the purple slightly because it gives a really interesting effect as well. And then again, like I said later on, you can go in and do a little bit more detail over the top and kind of buildup that shape, maybe put some blue in there and again. It just reads is a really nice loose version off a 11 dis brig. So I'm just coming back to a scrap piece of paper that I was playing with earlier. Andi, I wanted to show you how I like to do roses. Andi, I am not a huge fan of painting roses. I'm not gonna lie because they are very hard to do, especially in the style. I like to see them usually, but the end result can be beautiful. For example, this is a border. I made ah flora border that I made for a friend, and this is an example of how you can use roses is like a central point on a border. And so I thought, I just quickly show you how you can achieve that Look with the brush pens because actually , these pens are great. These brushes area great for showcasing that on. I will show you why. Because again, these are ones that require quite heavy paper. So if you're using the £160 early watercolor paper that comes in the set from gifted L. A, then that will it will be perfectly fine. If you're using anything less than 100 £40 you may find it starts to buckle the paper because we're gonna be using quite a lot of water. So this is the smaller of the two sizes. I'm taking some of that red and mixing some of that beautiful hot pink because because I feel like that makes the most delicious rose red. So this pinky rose red. As you can see, I've made this isn't a quite a concentrated but loose consistency. Andi, I am going to do some sort of semi circle shapes, like so to just show you how raised that is as thick amount of watery paint I put on there and there's a reason for that. So now, with the larger of the two brushes, which is completely clear, me to drip out some water onto it, so it's quite saturated. And then with the wet brush, I am going to drag, actually going toe wet, even more drag around the semi circular shapes that I've done and kind of followed that same idea around. And then again, with the wet brush dragging around one more layer and it doesn't look like much yet because that's just the first round. But it will give you the illusion when we go in for the second round. Now I'm gonna do it one more time. I'm gonna use just the big one for this. Get that sort of central bud section and then I'm going toe wet my brush and with the wet brush, I'm going to drag in the same style all the way around in these sort of semi circular shapes. And I really like the very, very light ones that almost looked like a white rose. I personally like that. Look more this when I've allowed, you know, the painter stand the brush. That's a much darker shade like to do is go straight in with the green and quite wet brush stroke on where I want my leaves to go on. I let them hit the wet rose. Some kind of bleeds in. That could be a really pretty look, because even though the red and green are opposites, they don't seem to muddy in quite the same way if you put them on it just the right time. So that's how I d roses. And obviously you can. You can play with the color combinations like a lot of people like to do yellows. And again, if you do with the yellow, you can do that exact same idea. Take the yellow going round floating around and then, using a wet brush, just drag. Oh, the way around in that similar fashion of how the petals would lay on it. And then, as that pain sort of spreads in and it fades and let's put some green on here as well. The reason I say lots of water is is good for this particular look is because it can also, you can make you know white looking florals because where it hits will give you that shape . So this one looks like a weight rose, even though it's got that yellow center 5. Border 1: Corners: s for the purposes of this particular demonstration, I am gonna be using a brand new sketchbook that I have. It is by handbook journal on. I like it because it's £140 watercolor paper. But this particular one is this life's long, thin shape, which is a little bit unusual. I never had one Mr Size before. It is actually considered a pockets panorama. I'm gonna use it because I want to show you how you can utilize doing a border on something like the cover page or even better on a birthday card or something like that. So what we want to do is we want to take our color palette are flowers that we've thought about, and we want to figure out how that would work on the page. Now I could sketch out with a pencil where I want things, but because of the way that I personally work festival feel free to use a pencil to sketch out where you want it to go. Do not feel that you have to do it the same way I do it. Every one is different, Andi. I want them to be uniquely yours. No, necessarily like a carbon copy of mine. So as you can see hit away. This is dry. It is so interesting. I don't if you can really capture that, I'm hoping you can see it. But it's like bled out. The watermark lines is so fascinating. And here they just feel very organic and botanical. And that's why I love this particular method. And using the water brush pens is actually great because it means we're getting a lot of water on there. So for a beautiful border, we want to think color wise what we want to dio do we wanna have splashes of color on two opposing ends? That's one way to do it or to do an entire, like, Reith border of florals. I'm gonna do corner and corner for mine on and I'm going to kind of go it go as I would normally do it. I'm gonna, you know, practice my paints on here, see that I've got it. If they bleed into each other, that's not a problem. For May I like that. Look, it's gonna go for it, and I suggest you do the same on your pieces of paper. Just go for it wing it. If you don't feel confident doing that, you condone early practice again and again. I've done this enough times to kind of know how it's gonna work. But I'm gonna start again. I'm gonna do you know a poppy shape down here of what I, you know, Imagine a poppy to look like again. Since doing this, I haven't even looked up to see if this is even what a puppy looks like, Which is kind of ironic. Do you feel free to look up? What? The flowers you're trying to paint look like I just I really like the idea of, like, a loose could a memory of what I think they looked like. And if I'm wrong, I'm wrong. But now I've got a lot of water on him, so I can also go in and add some orange here for dark patches. Wherever that more pigmented part will be will remain a little bit richer in color than the rest. So I actually let this layer dry. I want to show you up close what I was trying to explain, adding that little bit of mawr paint to the already wet surface has given this ruling Ice, Grady ation off color. Now, I didn't do the black on this. Like I normally dio I actually just wanted to see how this would turn out, and I'm gonna go in with the black in a little bit, and I'm gonna go over this again with another wash of paint. But while this is now dry, I'm actually going to change it up. I'm going to put in a yellow floral behind it. Now when it's dry, what's color pain? You can get away with doing kind of layers. So I'm gonna do that. It's of daffodil ISC shape as if it's behind. And I will be very careful not to press too hard because otherwise it could end up not working in my favor. But I'm just going behind this and doing kind of a loose, definitely shape getting that trump area in again, going in with a little bit more pigmented paint more, uh, paint on the brush in water to take a little bit of that orange while it's wet and just tap along the top it to sort of differentiate the cone part. Now, while I've got some orange on the hair, I'm going to go back on here over the top and sort of layer a little bit of wet. Not too much. But I want to make this, like, reactivated slightly. Andi, I want to wet this little patch here and do that black on this along the line. Believe it. But it spread a little bit. Can even pull it out a little. If you pull that wall trial, it will move to black. I went this ever done Hiss let me get some green and do like a little store because I said , I love that look of the green kind of bleeding into the blade based slowly. Let's get some green on there. I just love green in general on foliage feels foliage and I'm gonna do some leafy shapes Kind of make it feel more of a border. Just going in with that green. I'm allowing myself to go over the top of that daffodil a little bit, cause I'm also not decided yet. What's gonna go here if I want to put a bit of red or another puppy? Perhaps right now I'm just getting colors on and letting them do their thing. There's obviously gonna be some need for something that I'm gonna let him dry. Andi, I'm gonna go to this other corner. This particular kind of floral border that I'm thinking of is going to be either side. So it's gonna be like the corners on. One thing you can do to really tired piece together is to use the same kind of images again . So I could like a symmetrical, like copy it basically and do a poppy orange poppy and to definitely have a side that way. And I think that probably will be the most aesthetically pleasing. So many use the same colors. So going to do another poppy up here and I'm going to do it kind of an upside down version . And I'm going to kind of imagine where this would be better. I don't want to be exact now. The other thing is, if you don't like how it's turning out, don't be afraid to take your paper and lift off some of that pigment like I'm not loving him. But look at that. You can remove a lot of the color and literally layer over the top, and new one will be any. The ways about the end. So I'm going to start over with that shape, that kind of heart shape, trying to move fairly quickly because the paint does dry, obviously, and I want to capture certain movements with the pain. So again, I'm doing this kind of poppy shape that I feel looks puppy esque, then again going in with that black and I'm gonna focus it more down this time because think that was the issue wasn't lending in the right place. There we go, that's better. And then let's get back green on their up here. But it bleed into this one up here. And like I keep mentioning, I use a lot off water in my paintings, and the reason I like the look of that is because as it dries, you get all these gorgeous watermarks. You get things like this where you know the water in the paint have moved together and done their own thing. So I love that look, and I don't mind if the colors beat into each other, but that's why it's so important to really figure out your color palette in advance to make sure that the colors even work together. Now this particular shade of green and orange. Looks lovely in my view. Now, we got some yellow over here, so we're gonna want some yellow over here. Okay, E So I'm gonna do some little kind of shapes back and forth with the pink. I personally love pink next to yellow. So I'm gonna try and go towards that yellow over there as well, so that they really tie into each other. I notice how I'm allowing it to hit the green there. That's no a problem for May I actually quite like that. Look where it's some kind of bleeds in and they all it will dry together, and I'll just look really pretty. And another technique that I like to do is dotting And it's literally where I take the colors that I have chosen to use and I dot them all over the place. I either spray them on or I just stopped them, and I just for some reason, I really like how it looks. It adds Cem movement. I feel, um, and some interest. And again, if I heavily water this down like this is kind of watered down so it won't dry. So strong is that, but it will still give some dimension to the peace similar to when I'm doing my wreaths. You know, it's just getting some shapes on there that will give you the illusion of of florals and botanicals. That's just kind of the best away, huh? Now, this gap over here is a major issue for me because it doesn't make sense that there be such a big gap over here and not on the other side. Now, when I say we're making floral borders, we can drag to the edge, are brush and make some leafy shapes that will hopefully read Maura's a border because I chose to do just the two corners this time just letting the paint and water do its thing. And if yours doesn't look like money at the end of it, do not worry. There's nothing wrong with that. I hope that they will look slightly different, and you can do your own colors and urine shapes on your piece of paper. The main thing was, I wanted to show you like what you can do with these particular products, and you've got like, the sky's the limit with this particular paint palette because they really are the classic said the classic colors that you can use for pretty much anything. Onda, as you'll see as they dry they pretty vibrant. And if you notice this, I tend to use the same brush for the whole thing when I paint. And I actually use that little one the whole way through. But just for the sake of argument, cause it has such a great tip and going to use the larger off the two and go in with, like, the richest form of the pigment before I've wanted it down. Onda, I am going to do some kind of flicks of color to similar to here. Like just title together. Really Now. A signature move on my part is to do the following. I take very I wet my brush down. I'll take a color. Usually one of the colors that's been in it used. And then I lightly top and water brush pens works so great for this because I filled with water and I'm tapping the colors that I've used. So that was the green Rinse my brush again. Go with hot pink like the top. Uh huh. Think I personally love this look lost color Mina put on there is that yellow and it's just a very heavily watered down for some Sprinkles that that's just something I really like to do, and I'm sort of controlling where it goes. But in general, I'm allowing it to do its thing. I am going to draw on the little stamens of the poppy like so I think that's what I called stamens and the little dots of the black just to make it feel a little more structured. And it's not necessary to dio. But sometimes it can help you help it read more of what you're trying to show. So there we GOP beautiful border, and I'll remove that pencil line once it dries and let you see the end result. This is a really great example of how vibrant these colors driwater colors in general do fade quite drastically when they dry. But I do find art philosophy pains when I put them on, you know, fairly thick with the pain. They actually stay pretty rich most of the time without really much fade now. Obviously, this one was heavily watered down here, but just to show you they're actually beautifully pigmented paints, and that's why I really love them and recommend them all the time. On. Like I said, you can get this whole set or not that that's my spy picture, but you can get this plus some watercolor paper. The £140 is the one that I recommend, and this is obviously a sketch, but but it's the same kind of paper cold press my go to. I hope you'll join me in. The next lesson is I go over other designs for floral borders with more foliage. Also one that goes away around, not just the corners and, yeah, see you in the next class. 6. Border 2: All the Purples: Okay, so I am now going to do some purple blue shades on, and I am going to make a full floral border like a blooming border with those colors in mind at us. So again, my first thought is, What can I do? So my immediate jumper Purple is wisteria. I just love it, and I think that it's really a great loose floor you conduce on. One of my favorite ways to do with Syria is literally just load up my brush and I kind you two strokes downwards mysterious. A plant sort of hangs off like these Bunches, almost like a little blue in there as well, Mixing it in with that purple to make like a really dark This actually had a little bit of green left in it. Which is why that's made that sort of, um, very dark violet shade. And then it kind of goes down to almost like a bunch of grapes. It goes down to this point of like the florals will come together at the bottom like this. You know, we talked about earlier. Lavender. Lavender is a great option again. Just simple sprigs with dots coming out. So maybe if I'm doing a border around, you know what? My deplorable I'll have mysterious hanging down here and perhaps lavender coming up from the bottom on that purple will tie in. Now if I want something to go down the sides here, I could introduce this blue and maybe do some. Forget me, not's. That was hilarious because I actually forgot what they were called Forget me nots. So maybe you could use a forget me nots coming up the side. So now I've tied in that purple purple blues, so let's go with that thought process. But I am going to start with the larger of the two brushes, so I got my two. I'm going with the larger and I'm squeezing it. So I've got some water on my palette and I'm going in with that initial purple. And again, I always like toe have a scrap piece of paper nearby. That's just something I find easier just so I can always test out where I'm out with my color. Let's go straight in with the purple, and I'm going to do just as I showed you earlier that with Syria I'm doing these back and forth little almost, Um, what's the way of, like, horseshoe? Kind of shape facing down like a horseshoe semi circle thing going on? And I'm going back and forth and going to that. Now I am gonna let them go larger on the edges here, imagining what I might use a floor, a bill to four say I want to do This is my mother's mother's day card, for example, which actually, now I say that loud I might do. I might want to put the half a Happy Mother's Day part here, so I don't want too many flowers dropping down into where I would write. So on the edges I'll have a little bit mawr, um, like the length going down and then here I'll do it a little bit lower. - I'm gonna do little dogs starting at the top. And again, this is heavily watered down paint right now, and I'm just stabbing back inflow of back involved, back in full and getting sort of thicker in the shape towards the bottom. Now this first layer is heavily watered down paint for the reason that obviously I want it to be almost like a faded in the background set of florals because then I'm gonna go over with, like, a Dhaka set because we're making borders here. We want it to feel like a border. So I want the larger pieces up, you know, on the sides kind of drawing your eye into the center. And again, I'm just doing flicking back and forth Add in to these areas like a little bit more of the color Also seeing now that this is on here, these sprigs Although I'm loving it, I'm liking how it's looking. I think there needs to be a little bit more going on. So I'm gonna put in some green from just flicking my brush up to sort of put in some greenery cause lavender tends to grow like a grass. I don't know if it is a type of, you know, it's in that same family, but it does sort of grow in that Grassi style like wild, flowery again. So I'm going to add in some green greenery. I'm just allowing the pain to mix together and putting on the colors like so just doing some kind of details as to where the stem would be. And if I want my you know the viewer's eye to sort of go here. I need Teoh. Add more color in this area going over the top of the painting that I already did and doing like a richer version over the top, said I drew. It draws the eye two more of that area. And just by layering this way and putting, you know, different levels of water, amounts of water in each time you go around will give the illusion of depth as well. Because you know they'll be some faded shades in the background that will seem like the Bunches go all the way back, which is kind of what I'm trying to do now. This is feeling very sparse in comparison, so I now want to figure out How can I draw the eye more to that central point and still not like over crowd the page. Now I forget me no such acute letting looking plant, but again, I like to do the idea of so it doesn't need to be perfect. But I'm making a good light blue, taking that dark blue and light blue mixing it together. I still have a dirty brush from using the purple and that's okay, because again, it will tie in all those shades. So I'm just gonna do some little adults in a figure of five. But I'm using very watered, heavily watered down color right now. And I'm just doing those little five adults, like, so to fill in some of that whiteness that still showing Why do most things? I'm making this up as I go along. I have not tested this in advance. It may work. It may not work, but that's okay. Because, like I said, it's also about experimentation figuring out what you do like, So don't be disheartened. If you're painting doesn't necessarily do what you wanted to do. I'm also gonna have some flowers as if they were coming off the page like here, Um, maybe one coming off, because that also is a really great trick, Teoh, just of the visual of it, feeling like this would continue off the page is to kind of do it. So it is coming off the page of that make sense. So, like, three petals here means that there's more that you don't get to see so the viewer of the are visually will look at it and think, Oh, this could keep going. Okay, So added that blue going up the side, perfect example. Off less is not more. I do sometimes get carried away. Some people may not love this. I kind of do. I think that it's still fun, Andi. It's very full foliage, but we're getting that border, and that's the main thing. Now there are some elements that are not working for me like this is coming up quite high. So I feel like I need a bit of wisteria to come down to sort of match. And this is a very again, this is a blooming borders like we want it to feel like a lot going on. So that's fine with me Now. I could put some leaves in. I will do the speckles that I always do, like the little dots back and forth to sort of add some more movement in the colors that I won. So I'm going to use these dots now. And if you notice, I did go back in and do a couple more flowers in a like a rich a pigment going to add a little bit more wisteria there. I also feel like this is coming up here, so I feel like it needs a little bit more coming down in these regions as well. Just live match that bottom part. I'm gonna use my dotting technique, a little flecks of color back and forth. And again, I'm trying to draw the viewer's eye to that central part because the border is just that. It's the edges. So I want it to be important, the edge, because that's what this is about. But the reality is it's also the edge off, you know, an area that we're trying to focus on in this length found, and I'm going to step back and have a look. See what works. I see that there's no quite that not quite right there. And I would just see it when it doesn't seem balanced, and you're kind of trying to get an element of balance on these. And it could be that because I did this border here. That's really what's throwing me off. I might need toe bring it in a a bet. Um, maybe if I add some more lavender sprigs hair or even perhaps, if I do some more of that green and incorporate that green again thieves. Maybe that's what's messing some foliage on the edges to draw the eye and still to that central point because obviously is quite thick on the bottom, on the tops. And maybe that's what's missing. So there we go, so that's a purposely border. So now we've done like the two corners over here. I've done a purple E base border using other florals, so I will actually end up writing Happy Mother's Day in the center of this point. But the point off this video and this cloth is to show you can do beautiful borders, whether it's the edges or just the corners as like a central title page. They make great cards for people. People love homemade cards. But I wanted to showcase what you can do with this palette, and this is just like what we've really focused on maybe four of the colors, not even really delving into a worthy options that you have. Andi, I will continue to make examples for you. So there we go. I like him 7. Border 3: Roses to finish: Okay, so there we have it. That's a different kind of border on Don't if you watch what I was doing, but I was again trying to get that symmetry. If I did a lot of flowers on one side, I tried to mirror it. Now I didn't get quite right because I only prep it four on this side and three, but visually, it's still kind of works because it's just has a lot more going on there than there is that the two at the top and then sticking with that board a theme. I've kind of just dragged a little bit of light color. This is a much more delicate version, So what I will do is I will write Happy Mother's Day here, flip it over, and this is where I'll write her the message. And my mom does like roses because her mother was called Rose and my middle name is Rose. Um, other than Gene, I have lots of middle names, and I'm just showing you the options you've got here. There's so many things you can do with Borders. Um, this is like a delicate approach. This is a more full foliage approach And then this is like focusing on the corners more like a title page. Um, approach. But they are all technically blooming borders, and they're beautiful. So get to it. Get going. Try out your pain. See what they do. Play with the colors. Play with your color palettes. As I've showcased with this, you know, these two brushes and the paint palette there are so many options. Just with this one theme of borders, the options are endless. So I look forward to seeing what you come up with If you do a project, please, um, tag me in it if you put it on Instagram, my instagrammers at its underscore art underscore oclock on Also put them in the student section so we can all see your work. I'd love to see your interpretation of borders What you come up with, Everyone can do something unique. It does not need to look like what I've shown you today. Um but I hope that you've enjoyed this class. You didn't purchase these items from gifted l. A. But you want to again? The website is w w dot gifted l a dot com and they will send you amazing £160 color paper . This is 140 that I'm using. But anything more than that is gonna be fantastic. 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