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Let's Paint: A Paper Sailboat at Night

teacher avatar Natalie Williams, Professional artist and art teacher

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6 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction To Class

    • 2. Materials You Need

    • 3. Creating the Sketch

    • 4. Painting Your Sketch

    • 5. Finishing Details

    • 6. Final Thoughts

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Paint this cute little gold sailboat under a starry night sky with me! We're working with watercolors to create this adorable little boat painting. We'll use a few different techniques to create the boat, waves, and sky in this painting - perfect for a little nursery or just to have in your home! Using gold watercolor is such a fun way to add a little uniqueness to your watercolor paintings. I can't wait to get started with you and see what you create! 

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Natalie Williams

Professional artist and art teacher


Hello, I'm Natalie! I am a professional artist and art teacher, living in the Phoenix area of Arizona, USA. I work primarily in watercolor, but I also enjoy chalk pastels, oil paints, acrylic paints, and digital illustration. You can find me most active on Instagram, but I also have a YouTube channel and Facebook page. You can shop my designs in my Redbubble store, or directly on my Instagram page by sending a DM. I look forward to teaching you many different things on this platform! Thanks for stopping by! 


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1. Introduction To Class: Hi guys and welcome back to another class. Today we're going to be going over how to create an origami as sailboat. And we're going to be painting it in water color. So if you want to go ahead and gather your materials, then you can join me to paint this. It's nice and metallic and shiny, and very whimsical and fun. So I will be going over the materials that you need in the process to create that beautiful painting in the next couple of videos. So stay tuned, and I'll see you in the next video. 2. Materials You Need: All right, so materials that you're going to need for this project, our watercolor paints. I have an indigo paint, a gold paint. And this paint is called Starry Night, but it's Prussian Blue and Gold mixed together. So you could do this in a mixing pan. It wouldn't, it won't be quite the same as having the actual paint, but it'll give you a similar effect to what we're going for. So whatever paints you have, any kind of gold paint that you have, any dark blue, indigo color, and Prussian blue. That's going to be R3 colors that we're going to use for this painting. I have my water cups here, a dirty water cup, and a clean water cup. I have my paper. This is a 100% cotton paper and it's the ink tuber 20-20 sketchbook by the VBA colors and October, it's their collaboration. It's very heavily textured paper and it holds a lot of water. It's really nice to paint on. So that's what I'm going to use. But you of course, can use whatever watercolor paper you have if you have a journal or if you just have, I'm Leaf paper or a block, whatever watercolor paper you have at home. I have a washcloth here for drying my brush, but you can also just use a paper towel. I have my finally enter here for detail work at the end after we finished painting. I have drawing pencil. I am using a 4B because I found that HB does not draw dark enough on this specific paper, but use whatever pencil and paper combo you are familiar with, makes you comfortable whatever materials you have available to you. I'm also going to be using this number three round brush by Princeton aqua elite. This is the brush that I will use for the entire project, but feel free to use whatever brushes or brush combinations that you are most comfortable with. And then I have a kneaded eraser. A regular eraser tends to tear up this paper. And so the needed arrays there is nice because it will just pick up the graphite by stamping. So that's handy to have. And once you have all of your materials, then you are ready to go. Then I will see you in the next video. 3. Creating the Sketch: So as you guys are aware, this is the picture that we are going to be painting today. So there is a gold origami boat right in the center. And then we have these little wave details. We're going to get to sketching this on our papers. So whatever paper you have, grab your pencil. And let's get started. I'm going to hold my paper flat with these binder clips just because this journal has a hard time staying open on its own. So here's that. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to start with a sketch of the origami boat. And I am going to put it right here in the middle. So I want to draw a diagonal line to start with. And I started pretty light and then got darker when I felt more confident. And then we're going to go a little bit like three quarters of the way down. And we're gonna do another diagonal line going the opposite way. So it looks kind of like a sideways y. Like that. I'm going to carry this line out a little bit further and then I'm gonna do a diagonal line to connect those. So now I kind of have this flag shape here. And then I'm just going to draw another diagonal line down. And I'm going to leave this open because we're going to draw the waves there. The next part to drawing our origami boat is to draw the centers. So we're gonna draw a triangle and I'm gonna come down just a little bit like a quarter of the way on each side. And I'm just going to draw a triangle shape that comes up and down like this. And then there's a full of paper in the center of our boat. So I'm going to draw two lines here. It's a small gap at the top and it gets a little bit bigger on the bottom. And these lines don't have to be perfect because it's supposed to look like folded paper. So we wanna make sure that our lines aren't too perfect. Then the last step for our origami boat is to add the other sides. You just adds your straight lines that connect to your triangle. Now I'm going to clean up this line here. It got a little bit messy. So I'm gonna take my needed or a researcher and just kinda stamp. Then come back and dark in that line. Ok, so now what I'm gonna do is I'm going to draw the waves. And I'm gonna start with this one here. And I'm going to just do gentle rolling wave shapes. I like to make mine go opposite. So where this line goes up, this line's going to go down. This line goes up, this goes down. So we're creating dimension and making our waves look like it's a stormy sea. So this is going up, so this is gonna go down, up, down, up. You can of course, add more ways if you want. But I think this looks good. So I'm going to stick with this here. Let's make sure those waves are the shape that I want. Make those lines a little bit darker. Alright, now we have our sketch, we're ready to start painting. So I will see you guys in the next video to paint our boat. 4. Painting Your Sketch: Alright, I wanted to start painting the boat. And then we will do the waves and the background. So I'm going to get my brush wet and activate my Irish gold paint here. This is an artist grade paint, so it's pretty easy to activate in its very pigmented. So then I'm just going to come in and I'm just going to start painting. And I'm gonna follow my lines very carefully. So that way keep the integrity of the sheet. With our boat painted. Now I'm going to start on the waves. And i'm going to alternate what blue I am using for each wave. So I'm going to start with the indigo. And I'm gonna paint this back wave. What I wanna do is I want to leave a white gap in between my pencil line and my wave. So we'll cover this pencil line up when we paint the sky. But for right now I want to leave a nice gap there. Bring it all the way down to this other pencil line here. So kind of like that. I'm gonna mirror that on this side here. Okay. Now I'm going to undo the starry night. So this Prussian blue and Irish gold combo. And I'm gonna paint the wave beneath the boat. And remember I'm going to leave that a little bit of a gap. The idea of the white gap is to kinda make it look like white kept waves, but it's very stylized. So if you don't want to leave the white gap, you don't have to. It also kind of adds to the paper. Cut out illusions though, because our bow is origami. It kind of looks like torn paper as we leave those white gaps as well. So it serves a dual purpose. Now I'm gonna go back to the indigo color and paint me next week. Remembering to leave that white gap in our last color, you guessed, is that Prussian blue with the Irish gold. Okay. So we're going to let the waves dry and we're gonna work on our sky. For this. You can get a bigger watercolour brush if you'd like. I said, I was going to use this little one. But I'm looking at the amount of space I have in the sky and I think I'm going to pull out my size ten round. It's the same brand prints in awkwardly. It's just a little bit bigger. And I'm going to take the same colors that I use in the waves, and I'm going to blend them into the sky. So I'm going to do a wet in wet technique. For those of you who don't know what wet on wet technique is. I mean, they wanted to take my clean water and get my paper wet. And then I'm going to drop the pigment. And it will blend because the water's already on the paper. I'm not going to let the whole paper. I'm gonna do it in sections. So I'm gonna start over here on this side. This paper is nice because it does tend to hold on to the water. If your paper dries quickly, you might find that you need to work in smaller sections. So men take pick up some of the Indigo and you see how it spreads. That's because the paper is wet. So it's falling where the water is. So I can take that and I can sleep it right up next to our boat. Now, I don't want to forget about the Prussian. Come in with that and drop it in as well. So see how they're starting to blend. That's the beauty of the wow and wet technique. But I wanna make a little darker. We can drop the pigment straight in and just let it do its thing. I'm gonna come over here and I'm gonna do the same thing on the other side. Right now I'm going to let this dry and then we will par finishing touches on the piece. So I'll see you in the next video. 5. Finishing Details: Now that you're painting is dry, what we're going to do is add the final details. So what you can do to get the gold lines on the waves is use your same gold paint and glaze over the top, or you can get a gold pan. I have a gold metallic jelly roller, but anything you have woodwork, a pasta penna, different cop Sharpie, paint marker, a Sharpie, anything that you have that as goal that you want to use, go ahead and use it to do the lines on your waves. So they're just short little dashes. And again, the gold paint will do the same thing. You can vary the lines so that they're long or short? Short those looks, I'm gonna make some of them longer. And then I'm just gonna do that on all of the waves following the curve that we already established. Okay, I'm going to take the same pen and I'm going to add some stars and touristy. Again, you can use the paint, the Irish gold paint. Load your brush up. You can do this batter where you have to and you tap to spatter the paint so that you get some stars. I'm just going to use the pen and come in on the dark spots. You can add them wherever you like. I like to vary the size, makes them bigger, make some smaller. That way. They look like stars and not snow. Although if gold snow is what you're going for being my guest. And I'm going to come in and make some of the stories extra shiny as well. So I think I'm gonna take this one up here. And I'm just going to come up, make it look a little extra shiny. And then I'm gonna add one over here. Maybe a few shooting stars. So have them just look like they're shooting across the sky. And that looks pretty good. Now I'm going to get my final leaner and outline my boat. So we're just gonna go over the lines that we made with our pencil. And they don't have to be perfect. Because we're imitating folded paper. You can make them perfect if you'd like. But that's not something that I put a big emphasis on. And then I'm gonna come in and I'm going to add a little bit of hatching to put this to make it look like It's behind, it's underneath these folded flops. And the same thing over here. I'm gonna add some ageing just so that it looks like it's behind. And there you have here finished project and it's nice and shiny. And the Irish gold mixin would that blue looks really nice too. It adds a good little shimmer, interior sky. So there you have your final product. And I'll see you in the next video. 6. Final Thoughts: Alright guys, thanks for hanging out with me and painting an origami sailboat with watercolor today, I had a lot of fun creating this painting and I hope you guys did too. So comeback and hanging out with me again in a future class. Have a great rest of your day.