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Loose & Lively Watercolor Bubbles

Jessica Sanders, Artist, Instructor, Designer

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16 Lessons (1h 27m)
    • 1. Welcome

      1:02
    • 2. Supplies

      4:27
    • 3. Inspiration and Bubble Characteristics

      7:40
    • 4. Glazing

      2:50
    • 5. Lost and Found Edges

      7:03
    • 6. Rainbow Bubbles Pt. 1 - Paint a Bubble

      5:40
    • 7. Rainbow Bubbles Pt. 2 - Add More Bubbles

      6:10
    • 8. Rainbow Bubbles Pt. 3 - Distant Bubbles

      5:43
    • 9. Rainbow Bubbles Pt. 4 - Overlapping Bubbles

      10:56
    • 10. Rainbow Bubbles Pt. 5 - Second Layer

      6:06
    • 11. Rainbow Bubbles Pt. 6 - Adding Highlights

      5:03
    • 12. Sky Bubbles on a Wash Pt. 1

      2:40
    • 13. Sky Bubbles on a Wash Pt. 2

      6:43
    • 14. Sky Bubbles on a Wash Pt. 3

      9:26
    • 15. Project and Thank You!

      1:50
    • 16. Surprise! Paint with Bubbles

      3:36
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About This Class

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Hi, I’m Jessica Sanders, a self-taught mixed media artist who loves exploring art and sharing it with you!

By popular request, let’s paint Loose & Lively Watercolor Bubbles!

We all love bubbles!  This class is focused on fun!  It’s great for beginners, as well as anyone who wants to have fun with bubbles :)

We will play with watercolor and explore it’s transparency, glazing, and lost and found edges.  We will paint bubbles on white paper, and over watercolor washes.  And, I have a special surprise class for you at the end!

Skills:  

Lost and Found Edges

Glazing

Supplies:

Watercolor paint

Watercolor paper:  140lb / 300gsm

Watercolor brushes:  10 round

Paper towel

Water

Inspiration

Pinterest board - Art Inspiration - Bubbles

Resources

Other classes I am teaching:  

Loose & Lively Watercolor Galaxy

Watercolor Basics 1: Mixing Water with Watercolor Paint

Watercolor Basics 2: Water Control

Watercolor Basics 3: Painting Wet on Wet & Wet on Dry

Watercolor Basics 4: Brush Control

Loose & Lively Watercolor Hearts

Watercolor with Me: Loose and Juicy Summer Fruit Slices

Watercolor with Me: Fun & Fabulous Flamingo

Watercolor Skillbuilder: Daring Doodles

Whimsical Faces: Drawing Basics

Watercolor with Me : Falling Snow Holiday Cards

 

Other watercolor teachers on Skillshare:  

Irina Trzaskos, Ron Mulvey, Diana Nemesu

Chris V. , Jen Dixon, Ohn Mar Win, Amarilys Henderson

Transcripts

1. Welcome: Hello. Welcome to my skill share class. I'm just saying Sanders color make creative art In this beginner watercolor class, we are going to paint some bubbles. We're going to paint them on white, and we're going to pink them on a colored wash. We're gonna start with finding some inspiration on Pinterest and then talking about the characteristics of bubbles and what makes a bubble a bubble. And then we'll move on to talk about glazing and the concept of lost and found edges. And then it's straight into painting our bubble. We'll focus on the concepts we've learned in the class and apply them as paint. And it's just going to be so much fun. I can't wait for you to join me. It's super fun and exciting, and I try to keep it nice and relaxed, and it's just painting for fun. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started painting some bubbles 2. Supplies: Okay, let's chat about supplies. So this class, you need basic supplies for water color. Ah, pleasant. Couple of more items. Of course. You will need water clean, nice water, and you will need watercolor paper. Now, I have a few here that I use. I have this nice field artist Brandis sketchbook. It's really small. The paper in here is really nice. It is, uh, and I can't remember. It's not all cotton, but it is partially cotton. And I really like this. And I used it for my practice for this class. So you will see this small four by four Field artist sketch book. You could do your paintings and sketchbook. I also have a variety of watercolor paper. I have Kilimanjaro, which is a specific brand for cheap Joe's. That's a really nice 100% cotton watercolor paper, such on the same level as arches or Fabbiano. It is professional watercolor paper. You don't necessarily need this type of paper for the class. The main thing is you have at least £140 paper, So this one is £140 or 300 g s. M is often when it says here that you don't have to have these brands. Whatever paper you have will work. The main thing is the weight. So also have Strathmore, which is also £140 quarter color paper. That's the main thing. The brand not so much the the most important thing, but a lot of it has to do with the the weight of the paper. You want to be heavier weight, and then, of course, you will need watercolor brush. You'll see me using. This is a Princeton Select. It's a multi purpose brush. It works great for watercolor, and it's a round number 10 and it holds water. Nice that you don't need a ton of brushes. This one brush will work. And then, of course, you will need water color paint. I have, ah, sort of a student grade in the Jane Davenport palette that you will see me using in the class. Nice, vibrant colors really, really pretty. And I also have some professional grade Majel omission watercolor paints, which you may see me using in some classes. But I don't always use this when I'm teaching, Um, I want you to understand that things that you have are the paints that you should use or the paints that you love said. Don't let brands and things like that get in your way For watercolor painting, just do the best that that you can do on your budget and learn everything about those paints and how they work for you. That's the most important thing when it comes to the paint, because every paint brand is different. And then for this class, you will also need a white pin. I often used a Sharpie paint pin or a gel pin, a unit ball signal. But I just got these unit ball posca pins, which are a white paint pin with a nice fine point hip, And I have fallen in love with ease, so you'll be seeing me used the's in the future a lot. They're great. Um, you will need a cloth for wiping off moisture from your brush. You could use a sponge or a towel paper towels if needed. You will need some tissue or paper towel, and you will need a happy and fun attitude. Discuss because I try not to be too seriously. I mean, we're going to be painting bubbles, and I really want you to just let go and enjoy the child like feeling while you're painting . Okay, so let's get started with the lessons. 3. Inspiration and Bubble Characteristics: let's talk about some inspiration. So over my Pinterest, I have pen some bubbles for you have 142 images pinned. Right now, as of this recording, and I have lots and lots of bubbles, I have bubbles in the sky, bubbles with some people and flowers, some giant bubbles. Um, I have some frozen bubbles in here. Pretty cool. So lots of fun. Bubble inspiration Pictures s. So if you want to check out my Pinterest page for bubbles, I'm going to leave the link in the project section, and I hope you'll go check that out and get some inspiration for your bubbles. And let's see, So I have mostly riel bubbles of pictures. Three idea is to pull your inspiration from here. Not to copy. Exactly. I penned this particular one because it shows, uh, a basic bubble shape. It shows sort of the anatomy of a bubble, if you will. So let's talk about this just a little bit, so you'll see that has an outline. In this case, it has a light outline, but I think a lot of times bubbles have a mix of light and dark. They have that lost and found edge, which we're going to talk about in in the lessons it shows a sort of, ah, a pale ish sort of a medium highlight. It shows oval shaped highlights, and it shows how the center is blurred and lighter than the edges. So that's why I have this year. I thought it was a good reference for the idea of what are the basic sort of elements of a bubble. And then, of course, I saved all these others. They're really cool and beautiful. Um, but let's see, I think I want to show you, Um, this is a good one because we can see the really bright highlights. Now you see, this even has some light reflecting out into the background because it's on black. But you get the idea that has these sort of bright highlights. It has a mix of colors. It has blues and purples in here. It has some hard line shadows and has softer edged shadows and notice. Again, the center is basically the background color, so that's an important idea to know. Here is a lost edge, you see, right along the top here how that looks a little jagged That's because that's a lost edge into the black background. I like this one because of the sky theme. We're going to sort of paint bubbles. And this guy, this one has some types of reflection going on. We're not going to worry about all that kind of detail. This is a loose and free and lively watercolor painting. Um, not a hyper realistic, super realistic kind of thing, so we're not going to go into that much detail. But again, it shows how the center is kind of, um, with some word for it. Center is a little bit sort of blurred out, and the highlights and the shadows and are all near the edges, the intensity of color. It's near the edge. There's another one. You can see all of the dark around the edge, highlights around the edge, a little color here and there in the middle, and are rather close to close to the edges, but not all the way out to the edge. And then that sort of fuzzy feeling in the middle, let's find another one here. This is a good way to understand, because we have this giant bubble and we can see her hands, and if you see her hand here is very well defined. But here, when you're looking through the bubble, it is very fuzzy. So we want to convey that idea of this soft, fuzzy feeling. Maybe it's a warm pheasant bubble of the soft, fuzzy feeling with the darker areas on the edges the morning, The more sort of intense colors, if you will, and the highlights notice. Also, the highlights reflect around the edges of the bubble, and then there are a few that are just some interesting random shapes. This is a reflection of looks like some Windows house, a chair kind of thing, which is pretty cool, but we're not going to be again. We're not gonna be worried about painting exact reflections. We just want to paint the ideas of lights and shadow and color. So really cool. I could just keep flipping through, but I would love for you to go check out the Pinterest page, get some inspiration, finds, um, que pictures. You could create your own bubble board if you like. I love this picture so sweet, and maybe one day we'll pay something complex like that. It would be fun um I also have if you're interested. I have a watercolor board which has tons of watercolor paintings in it. And I probably have some water color bubble paints paintings in here. I pin a lot, so I just love it. There's some parts if you've taken my heart class and you may have seen this page are ready . Okay. So anyway, there's lots of watercolor inspiration there. Take some time, get inspired. Enjoy just looking at bubbles. Just sort of thinking about him, admiring them, looking at these shapes in the shadows and the colors and the highlights in the places where it's focused and not focused how they look when they're in the distance. This one is very blurred out in the background. But that's OK. I mean, just we're not going to paint them quite that blurred out. Um, and just enjoy it. Just takes some time. Take five minutes, 10 minutes and just enjoy looking at photos of bubbles, seeing what you notice about them. Seeing how it makes you feel should make you feel happy. Maybe a little nostalgic, um, maybe makes you want to go out. And bison bubbles? I did. Okay, look, this is cute. It's a bunny with a bubble. Now I'm quite sure that's not real life, but, you know, um, it's fun. Oh, look, this is pretty cool. There's actually a nebula. I don't know if you taken are seen my space Galaxy painting class, but there's actually a nebula called the Bubble Nebula, so that's kind of cool. I might. I might paint something inspired by that. And that kind of connects my two classes Mike Galaxy painting class and my bubble painting class. Who knew that could be connected? Right? All right, OK, so now let's talk about glazing and Lawson found edges and then, after that, will be ready to get started with our project. 4. Glazing: first technique we're going to talk about for this class is glazing now. This is a technique. It simply means you put one paint over another. It could be the same color, or it could be a different color. So first, let's start with glazing the same color over itself. Now what's going to happen is I'm simply going to paint over. It's not complicated. Glazing just means you paint a color over another color. Eso there. This is the exact same color. Now it is possible that the mixture is a slightly different like this. Maybe a slightly darker mix. That's okay. Uh, it still works for this demonstration, so this is the same color over the first color. Because of the transparency off watercolor. You see that it makes this section where it's overlapping darker, so that's what happens when you paint the same color over itself. Now you can paint a different color over color, want meter my palate around the little My yellow is dirty, but let's do yellow OK, so what do you think will happen if I paint a yellow over blue? Now we will be able to see through the yellow. This is actually dry, so don't forget if you're glazing, you're painting a wet paint over a dry, previously dried paint, so let's try the yellow over the blue and see what happens. I think you have already figured out what's what's going to look like. But let's let's just try it and see what happens. Now notice the color shift there. Did I switch that change? Colors? No, didn't change colors at all. But of course, yellow and blue make green, so when you glaze transparent yellow over blue, you're going to get a green color. Now I haven't lifted or moved this bottom color hardly at all by painting over it, but I have visually changed it. And so that's what we're going to be doing when we're painting. Are bubbles were going to be glazing? Mostly, we're going to be glazing the same color over our background. Where we're painting are bubbles on the wash that will be basically to darken. The edges will be glazing over it with same color, but we will do a little bit of color glazing with other colors that not much just to get some visual mixing and to add variety to our bubbles. So that's glazing 5. Lost and Found Edges: Another important concept we're going to be chatting about is lost and found edges. Now we touched on this a little bit in the Inspiration video, where we talked about the concept of lost and found edges and how some edges will disappear into the background of our painting because they're so similar in value that her eyes just let them blend together. Eso That's the idea of lost and found edges. The found edges are the hard edges, the ones that you can see very easily. For example, this is a found edge all the way around this box. It's very easy to see. Let's talk about a lost EJ. First, let's do it on the white. We'll come back to her box. Let's do it on the white first. So when I'm painting my bubbles in order to paint a lost EJ, I'm going to leave. Some space is so in this example, so we're using a box. So in this example, let's just say I make a line in our bubble. We're going to be making some short lines and circles. Then I'm going to skip a space Now. The reason I'm skipping is so that the background color will be there now. I'm going to take a clean, damp brush and just add a little water there. It creates an edge, but it disappears if you notice into the background. So now you can see that this is a found edge. Oh, I lost the edge. It's it's gone and disappeared into the background. Oh, look, I found it again. So this is the same shape in our brain knows it goes together, even though this section of the edge is missing and allows it to blend with the background . So I think it's pretty, pretty fun concept, actually. A little complex. If you're a beginner, it's OK if you have toe, take some time to sort of wrap your head around it. But basically Hey, I found this edge. Oh, hey, There should be an edge here, but it's gone. That just means that it's the same tone, essentially at the same lightness or darkness as the background. And so it just disappears. You saw we painted there with water to pull those colors across and connect them, but it's not such a different value or level of light and dark that we can tell that it is there and it blends with the background softly. And then we found it again. So that is the concept in a nutshell of Boston found Edges. Now we can also do that on a colored background. Which will we we will be doing and it's the same concept. But let me just combine glazing with lost and found edges and let's see what happens. So let's pick up our rid. It's a very big red. I say that many times it is red with very Pete cred. Okay, so in the idea of lost and found, edges were going to do the same thing. But since we're doing bubbles, let's try a circular shape. So, for example, we would paint an ark like that, and then we'd skip and paint another section of the Ark, and this is fairly dark paint that I'm going to clean my brush. Gonna really swish it around and get all the pain out. What you see, I wiped it on the edge. I'm going tap it 23 times. Actually there. I want to be just lightly damp, and now I'm going to again just at that in now there's an edge there, but it's very soft, right, and it's lost. Now. I can continue that again around again, adding water in this space to create that lost edge. So in our bubbles, we actually have a lot of lost and found edges, and it's just a fun and easy way to create that. We just did it. You just saw it. Now, if you notice the pigment filled in that edge, that's okay. We're not going to worry about that. We still have a fairly lost edge over here, but if you want to, you can take your brush and you can lift that out a little sort of make it blend in my blues, my blues light. Right now. There we go so that it kind of disappears there can lift out some of that pigment so that there's not a line there now with the red. It's more obvious right then, if we had gone in with the blue, as we did on this side is the blue and let's soften this edge here is going to sort of remove that section. Now we know that circle continues. We know that spirit continues, but you can see that it is not completely discreet. It's bothering me that this circle is not very circular, so I'm just hope you don't mind a little water. They're just toe lightly. Blend that together so you see you can continue creating those lost and found edges. They're still on edge there. There's an edge here, but it's very faint. And if you squint at your squint at your image, it disappears. That's a lost edge. It disappeared. It blends into the background. It's more. It's an easy way to choose a little bit more realism. Not that we're really going for realism, but we want our bubbles to look like bubbles, right? Um, so it's OK if they're not really bubbles, but as long as it's the idea of a bubble, so that's what we're doing. This sort of got crazy here. Just gonna smooth that out, then pick up some of that water. There we go. So that's really lost. OK, so that's the idea of lost and found edges, and we're going to be painting that and our paintings. It's time to get started. Let's paint some bubbles 6. Rainbow Bubbles Pt. 1 - Paint a Bubble: okay, lets pants and bubbles on our white background. This is the simplest way to paint the bowls, and we're going to make sort of rainbow bubbles. So this is my example. I'm going to try and paint on the white bubbles. Similar to this, they're sort of rainbow colored. I use red and yellow and blue and the red and blue to make a purplish color. And so let's paint some bubbles on like this. We'll leave those there as a reference you can kind of see this is loosen lively water color and we want to keep it loose. And one way to do that is to not pre draw. Now, if you just simply feel like you really need to draw it, that's OK. You can you can take a graphite pencil and lightly draw some circles. You could use any circular shape the size that you choose as the base, but I don't. In real life, you know, we talked about how bubbles are not always exactly satirical. They're influenced by the air around them, and so we're not gonna worry about that. At least I would like for you to not worry about that and it's OK if your bubble gets a little bigger as you pain, it changes shape a little. Something like that. That's all fine and good. I'm going to pick up some bread. Well, this is actually a pretty pinky red, but I love it. It's beautiful color. And so I'm going to pick this up and start with my bubble's. So I want to pay a big bubbles in some small bubbles and, um, some trying to think a little bit about composition, but not gonna worry too much about that. And I'm just going to paint a small edge. I'm lightly touching the paper. When the stroke. It's heavier that I've add a little bit more pressure, and then I'm going to skip a space and add a little bit more and skip a space here and add a little bit more. Then it went my brush and rinse it out. Actually, I'm swishing it a lot, rinsing it out, tapping off that drop because I don't get too much water. And now I'm going to soften and brush these colors together and just let them blend. Now, you see, I have these little gaps with clean water. I'm going to sort of fill in those gaps. It makes it nice connection there, but it's not the solid line. I'm gonna pull this color out just a little bit around here, and I can already see my bubbles getting a little Have a shape. So I'm just going to go back and it's okay to go over where you've already painted. We're gonna do this in layers, and it's not really going to look a whole lot like a bubble until you're actually finished . So now I'm going to pick up some yellow, pretty thin mixture of yellow. I want to be light and I'm going to on the bottom without touching this. Make a little arc and pull the color up a little like that and then with a clean, damp brush, connect them. I have a lot of water, actually, on my brush, so I'm really kind of try and keep that shape, connect them, touch the color around a little bit to drop in a little more yellow around me, and so that it can kind of flow is this is sort of like the sunlight is hitting the bubble right there, and I know it's on the bottom. But it doesn't matter because the light in the bubble is bouncing around everywhere. OK, now let's get some blue. This is a rang go fish bubble, sort of Ah, light bloom. And I'm going to start actually here and pull that around just like you did before. I'm just making it our I'm leaving spaces in between and then I want to pull that. I want to add a little more color there. Now, what's going to happen next is this Blue is going to mix in a couple of places with the yellow and with the read it's going to make sort of a purple over here, and I'm doing the same technique where I've got a damn brush and I'm pulling the color around. It usually helps me if I turn my painting, so I'm gonna pull that color across, making it nice and soft, adding water all the way to the center, clean my brush again because I don't want to mix too much of the blue with the yellow. And this time I'm going to start with a yellow because it's the lighter color and pull that around that way you're gonna get a little bit of mixed there now because I've been talking a lot. I have some, maybe a little bit of extra lines where it's dried. You won't have that issue because you won't be talking through it. So there we go. So we have a nice sort of rainbow circle? Um, yeah, I like that. Okay, so see, my edges are uneven. Don't sweat it as perfect. Don't touch it right now. Leave it. Okay, let's make another bubble. Will do the same process. 7. Rainbow Bubbles Pt. 2 - Add More Bubbles: Okay, let's make another bubble. Will do the same process. And I will talk you through this one as well. And then I may speed it up for adding other bubbles. But we'll just see. We'll see how so I'm going to pay my art. This is going to be a smaller bubble, kind of like my sample. Here and again, I'm painting that arc with the deep sort of the color and with the damp brush, I'm going to connect them and let that color pull out. This is giving me a nice soft look. It's almost like a wedding might technique, but our paper starting out dry. So that means it's not what and went Right now I'm going to the yellow notice. I'm going a little faster here. Now that's a lot of yellow and has a little bit of bread mixed in from my palate. And I'm okay with that. Going to leave that and, um, with the damp brush, pull out that color little hand, let the mix and mingle there on the edge. This 1 may have more yellow, less yellow Doesn't matter. Doesn't matter at all. This is just fantastic fun, guys. Now it's going to mix even more there and give you green. Now you can leave little white spaces, so I think I will paint a nice little space in there or rather leave a nice little space in there for, like, a highlight. I like to add my highlights with a pin. Eso It's okay if you know you don't leave the highlights, but sometimes I see a space when I'm painting. Um, let me hold us up. But here, a little bit to the camera. You can see this little space here, and it looks the perfect kind of arc shape for a bubble. And so since I see that space, I'm going to sort of just carefully embrace it and paint around it. So that's that's how I decide on that. But it's completely up to you. You don't have to worry about doing that. If if it doesn't appeal to you or doesn't sound like fun or whatever, you know, don't worry about it. It's no big deal. Let's been another bubble over here again. This one I think I'll make it a little bit more blue, and I'm gonna kind of stick with Cem rules here there are cm bringing that paint out. I wanted to pull and be deeper in a little darker there. Pulled that out. Pull this out. I'm not leaving anything to get dry in this process. So I'm keeping a nice wet area in a wet edge just like that. Now I'm going to go back to my yellow and painting in the same order. I like to do it this way because I feel like if my colors mix, they will mix nicely and it will be just perfectly fine. But I think I'll put a little yellow in there. The talk This time they don't have to all be exactly the same. And now I've already picked up my blue before I hold help my yellow But that would be okay because, um, I'm not going take very long to do this. So that's a sort of a dark blue. Now I clean my brush quite well because I want to do this yellow. I'm going to just pull that color around a little, and I'm redefining my shape a little as I go make it a little more spherical and I'm adding water here in the middle. There's going to be maybe more green or more mixing. I wanna pull that out a little. Now, if you notice this pretty much doesn't have any purple in this one because I mixed the blue here with the yellow instead at the top, it's perfectly fine. Too much water on my brush. They're going toe dry my brush and tap it and pick that up a little. Okay, Now I want to pull this and I'm working my shape just a little bit now, this may not feel like you're, like, really, like, extremely loose here. And that's because we have our painting such a small shape Go ahead and pull. That blew around a little. They're now have some more purple, but I'll drop in a little bit more of that red on the edge. What we want for the bubbles is for the edges to b'more loaded with color than the center. Okay, so I'm going to go back to my first bubble. Would just still wit and I have a clean, damp brush. I've tapped off most of the water and I'm going to just sort of screw up around in the middle In a circular motion there clean. I'm picking up and lifting a little bit of paint. Make that just more soft. And mawr white like the background. Now the yellow has almost taken over this bubble. That's okay. Nothing wrong with that Again. I'm going to pre repeat the same process and pick up some of that color from the middle. I want that middle to be more out of focus, so to speak, then the edges and to be lighter. So I'm cleaning, cleaning off water, picking up what's there. I don't do that too much. I can see my paper wants to put a little bit. Now I'm going to go back over here and do the same in the middle. It hasn't dried quite as long as it's one. That's okay. I'm doing this a little bit more gently because it hasn't dried as much. All right, so look, I love this one. This is like the perfect rainbow bubble. I actually love all of them, but 8. Rainbow Bubbles Pt. 3 - Distant Bubbles: I actually love all of them. But now let's paint a really light one. And all you have to do for that is just admiral water to your paint, so you'll get a lighter color. Now, in my example, have it over here. I'm thinking about this piece of paper, this composition, and so I'm deciding where will another lightly bubble that's sort of in more in the distance. Look, look, best I think I'm going to paint here, and I'm going to just repeat the same process but 1/2 thinner paint. So it's going to be lighter on the paper, So this even looks really pink. That's OK, too. Same process. Pull lightly. Pull that color around, keep it in all nice. And what I think I need Actually, though a little bit more pigment, just I think you can't see that very well. So I'm gonna add a little bit more of our red in there, Still gonna dry quite pale, and then I'm going to pick up my yellow, which also and a little more water and continue over here and a little bit of the blue there. Now, this is a much smaller bubble and I'm using this big brush that keeps me from getting too fussy and detailed. But it also means that maybe I have less control around the edges. That's OK now. I'm just gonna Adam, a little bit more water here in the middle. Let those colors pool together and maybe add a little bit more yellow on this side just so we can see what's happening and a little bit more, I believe. And remember what our color dries lighter. Then it starts out when it's wet. So oh, I'm loving these so far. But remember, a bubble isn't going to look like a bubble until you have finished by adding those finishing details of the highlights, especially the highlights and adding your next layer with some dark, nice dark edges. So let's see. I'll continue painting some bubbles. I'll speed this part up, Uh, and then when I get ready for the next layer, I'll slow it down and we'll talk through that. - Okay , so I've ended a few bubbles over here. They're not quite dry. Something that I did not mention to you, I think, is that if you mix the yellow, red and blue fully, that means you're over mixing, you're going to get sort of a gray color. So let me get a palette that I'm not using right now and show you if I mix the blue this pinky red, it's quite pink. This red is, but it will still do the same thing. If I makes the red, yellow and blue see that sort of very neutral color you get this one, this part that makes them more evenly. In any case, mixing these three colors together sort of results in their very neutral color. It results in a gray, so consider that when you're doing your bubble, because we have all three and they're all wet at the same time. So you want to be really careful not to just get in here and just mix it all around everywhere because you will end up with a dull yellow, a really dull red, a really gray color. See, you can get depending on which one has the most make most mixing. There's kind of gray you get, but in any case you get egg muddy gray color, and there's nothing wrong with those colors. But that's just not what we're going for in this painting. So just keep that in mind when you were going through and connecting your colors because we did connect the colors, connect the colors and connect colors. But we don't want to mix them all together unless you want that gray color. No, I'm just going to pick up some from these little bit from the middle. Here we go. Now, this large bubbles air fairly dry, and I want to make an overlapping bubble. I would be sure and show you how to create that overlap. 9. Rainbow Bubbles Pt. 4 - Overlapping Bubbles: now this large bubbles air fairly dry and I want to make an overlapping bubble. I would be sure and show you how to create that overlap. And I'm going to use really the same process and paint a bubble here on and maybe come see . Yeah, maybe should overlap on both of these. So we can just try. So I have my red just like a have notice. I have the red all in the same side. Just create consistency and also the idea of where light is. And so I've got my red. I think thinking of this right here as a good place. So we put at little. It's birth. It takes bravery. This takes bravery because your color covering over what you've already painted. Leave that space again. You can go really light here if you'd like to, and then make it darker with layers. So I'm going to do that Sweeping being were a join it together. Look, that really moved more than expected to. But now I'm going to go to the yellow and do that again. Did those join together? I think maybe a little more yellow. This rain now because of the transparency of water colors. You're definitely going to be able to see through this. So it's actually really nice. Let's do that. And I will turn this into mind, sort of sweeping motion, really lightly pulling that color out a little and connecting them so they can mix and mingle. We had a little more water than I wanted there. And then I meet true this up a little bit. It's a little a little more it. No, it's just not quite the shape I want a little more jagged. Maybe that I want to be. Maybe at him a little bit more yellow down here. All right, Now remember, we still go back in and soft and all that out. Add some water to that. There we go at a little bit more. Read to the sitch. Go back. Family fairly thick red Just to sort of intensify that color a little bit. I notice you can still see the other bubbles. Beloved them Now when we do our second layer, we can decide is this bubble in the back were in the front. Maybe it's in the back of one. In the front of other, you can pick up a little bit of that. I see that and want that. Remember to be really soft and light in the middle. Okay, Now I need to let the strike pleat. Lee, you don't want that any more bubbles. That's the question, I think actually need one more bubble here. So hoping that they will let it dry. This is just putting. One more bubble here will make me feel like it looks better. And if it makes me feel like it looks better, you know, may make you feel like it looks better, too. Composition wise, you know more about composition than you think you do because you live in the world and you there certain things you like and certain things you don't like. And a lot of times it's just because of the way it's all put together. So really soft. Adding some water in the middle and sweeping that color out a little bit. Here we go. Okay. I feel like I needed that. And maybe one more little one here. Now, this one I'm just going to do because it's so small. Sort of happen almost half and half or 1/3 and third and let me make it. It's a little bit bigger, and it makes it also feel like it's further way that red and blue are mixing to make a purple. And that's that's actually a good thing that makes it feel further away when that happens and see, I'm still using this big brush. That's to keep me from getting too caught up in the details, okay? I just want a small, colorful circle there, maybe pick up a little from the middle, pick up a little from the middle. That's it. I can't stop. Guys can stop if I feel like I need one here too. I'm gonna do all three colors this time. And this is real time painting right now. This is the speed that I'm painting at, and I'm doing it on purpose so I can again keep that loose fuel and thanks and fun bubbles again. Soften that middle. That yellow disappears. I'm, you know, wanting to the edge. The yellow always makes me feel like it's sunlight. And I again have to kind of just a keep going. I'm going to leave this at real time right now. This part because I want you to see how quickly I actually am painting. Don't feel like you have to paint this quickly. But what happens is I'm able to put down three colors and then blend them, sort of all at once. But remember, we want to be aware of that mix of all three in one color, so we don't want to do that green for this particular project. So we're gonna keep the sort of separation there that we've got going can. Picking that up in the middle a little bit. I want a little bit more of that red over there, Pick it up in the middle. So this is sort of an adding and subtracting process. This one is just going to be that red and blue and very tiny, So it will be purple and further away from us. Cool colors visually look further away, then warm colors. Now I see I'm my composition. I'm just thinking about it looking at it, and I feel like this areas to empty. It's personal choice. You can paint as many or as few bubbles as you like, so I'm going to paint here. I think I need to turn this a little. This is a little bit too thick, this paint. So that means I need to add some water. And because I'm painting a bigger bubble, I'm not gonna tip to do it all at once. It will start drying and leaving lines and things that I don't want. Begin with the yellow. Put out a little bit. Connect them. I think I will get a little more yellow and round that out a little bit and carry that over here we go dropping, and more pigment will push the other color the way they push on each other. So being aware of that helps you with your painting techniques. Oh, this is a wonky one. Look, it's gotta like being blown in the wind there, a little bit more color there. Now I'm going to sweep this around and connect that. It would be better if I turned my paper free and then connect thes and I'm going to do adding war. I want to hear kind of women to mix around that corner there and good. Pull this red around too. So this bubbles a little bigger. And when I started, Is that a tragedy that terrible? Oh, look, now It's even overlapping. Another bubble. Is that a problem with that? Not at all. Not at all. I just made it a little bit there. Then I originally planned. There you go. So now I can already have sort of this light, and it's going on in the middle. But I wanted to be like the others. If you didn't want it to be thick really soft. You could just leave it that way. It looks really nice, but I'm just gonna pick up some of that color, just swirl around and soften it. Can I'm using your lightly damp brush dry my brush a little bit more. Pull this out a little bit, Okay? Now, this has to dry completely before go on to the next step. So this is a good time either to get out your heat tool. I prefer to let mind dry without the he tool, because the colors sort of to their own thing without getting pushed around and pulled around and moved around. And they make interesting patterns sometimes and blooms and different things. But feel free to get out your he tool. Now, if you'd like to and go ahead and dry it, let it dry completely before going on to the next layer 10. Rainbow Bubbles Pt. 5 - Second Layer: So at this point, once our first layer is completely dry, it's time to determine if you actually even need a second layer. So the way I determine that is based on the colors and the way it looks around the edges. So for me, the colors in this all of these bubbles really are nice and vibrant. You can see all of them. They have really nice dried really nicely. They're not too light. So I think that as faras the lightness of the colors or rather, the brightness of the colors. I I like it. I'm happy with it. I'm fine that these purple ones are like that. They're further away. They're smaller. They convey that feeling some feeling of depth. But I do want to add a second layer. Two are overlapping bubbles, so want to determine where I want the bubbles to overlap? Do I want this bubble to be on top? This bubble, this bubble That's very, you know, personal kind of thing. What I think I want to do for this in this case, is this going to be the first away. This one's going to be in the middle, and this was going to be in the front. So the way I'm going to emphasize that is by emphasizing the edges only the edges of the bubble that I want to be in the front. So the bubbles, as we talked about before, they have a lot of reflection and light and color going on. But a lot of that is just around the edges, and so want to emphasize that this edge is in front. So I'm just gonna add some color just there. That's it. I don't need a little and then really soften it and blended with a damp brush. Remember, you don't want too much water on there to just soften improvement around, and we can still see this one in the back looking nice. So fine. That's perfect. Actually, I think I will drop a little bit more color in there. It's to really emphasize that edge just but not the whole thing. Just part, and that's going to spread out and move around in that damp area that we've already created . I'm still deciding about which ones on top here. I originally thought that the small bubble would be in front of this bigger bubble, but compositionally speaking. I'm not sure that's the best idea. So I'm still thinking about that. I want thinking about that. It's just gonna be in a bubble because we're not gone bubble crazy with this class. I hope you're enjoying it. - I feel like this bubble should be in front of both. Originally, I did tell you that I would put this one in front, but I really have changed my mind. So I want to continue emphasizing the edge of this one. And so here, you see, this edge is yellow, so I just want to reemphasize the yellow. So like we talked about in glazing, you can put one same color over itself and it was dark in it. So I'm just gonna put a, like, a little edge there. Can you have to make sure this is dry? Cool that edge right around over the top of this blue. Now I'm layering, glazing a yellow over a blue and that's going to make it look fairly green there in that one ad spot. But that's also going to cause that to be brought to Now this edges quite harsh on the small level. So I think I will just you. Some plain water sort of scrub that a little bit, too. Just soften that color. It's often that just a little, so it's not quite as obvious. Now this is just wet, so the yellow may come up a little bit. That's OK. It's perfectly phone. I think I want to add Mr Touch of that red to that yellow to make that more oven warm. More of a warm yellow almost in orange, but not quite right here. There, pulled across right there just across the edge. If you notice this edges pink or red, uh, used red, but turned out to be quite pink. I'm just gonna add also to there and again, we're softening everything in keeping it nice and light. Okay, so now this bubble is completely in front of the other two that it overlaps going to let that dry, and then we will come back and add our highlights, and that's really going to turn up the heat. So speak of these bills. All right, 11. Rainbow Bubbles Pt. 6 - Adding Highlights: I'm going to use the white pasta pin. Feel free, which I have to shake. Feel free to use a white gel pin or white watercolor with the brush white acrylic paint. Any of those things that you have will work for this step. Remember to think about the shapes of our highlights, which we talked about when we talked about sort of the anatomy of a bubble, so to speak. So around the edges of our bubble is often and bright white reflected light. So what I'm doing is lightly touching and pulling my pin and lifting it as I go so I can get that nice thin stroke. Let me, I assume in a little here. Okay, so I added this little highlight here, and this edges a little rough. So what I can do is just that becomes a highlight. Now, which of these bubbles is in front? We have to think about that when we're doing our highlights. Because we highlight this underside edge here. It's not going to look right, So make sure you're putting your highlight on this bubble, not the one behind it. And then, um, going to add more. I'm just going to keep working on adding highlights. I'm going to add some old shaped highlights with some little dots things around it, cause I feel like that works nicely. Ovals going around a curve here and even more like this here there just to add more reflection into. And if you notice I skipped a little bit when I'm when I'm doing it, that's just to make it sort of more realistic in a way, Um, and I usually try to follow the shape of the bubbles so this bubble shape is around this way. But it's also coming toward us in the shape of a sphere. This bubble is coming toward us, so you have to think about that when you're doing your highlights, because if it comes across this part, it's coming toward us. If it's in the middle, it's coming is toward us. So you have to think about those shapes when you're making so not lots of little nice highlights, and you kind of have toe, play it by ear for each bubble and see how it goes and you can do a little like scrubbing in there on the edges. One thing I'm not going to do is put a highlight on this bubble over the top of this one. That won't work. So just keep that in mind. I like to make little dots, mobile dots, lots of little light because they're wet because the light's bouncing around little square little rectangles follow the shade. Okay, so I'm going to speed up this video. Now. I think you get the idea of adding highlights following the shape of the bubble. And so I would be the seven lunch. You watch it. - Okay , so I have finished adding my highlights. Now you don't have to add as many highlights as I did. You could have fewer like, say, this one has fewer highlights, then some of the others. But I really wanted to emphasize the's, especially this area. I gave them the brightest in most highlights, and I also because, as it was drawing, it was a little bit translucent, and I wanted it to be really white, And so I went back over with, actually a second layer from my pin of just to bring those highlights up even a little bit more bright. So if you enjoyed the process of painting bubbles onto a white background now let's try painting them on a colored background. Let's go 12. Sky Bubbles on a Wash Pt. 1: sample. I painted a light blue wash background and I think we'll do the same here so that we can practice it. The the key here is to keep it nice and light so that your bubbles will stand out and the background can still show through. So I'm just gonna pick up some blue You can use the blue of your choice make. I'm making it a very watery mixture, as you can see. And I'm just going to just paint over my whole entire page notice for this one. I have but some washi tape around the edges. That's just a personal choice. No, No worries. Either way, I'm dipping and adding water as I go. I don't necessarily want a flat wash where the color is all perfectly even everywhere. I would rather there be variation like if there's a sky, you know that Maybe this is a sky here behind our bubbles that were looking up bubbles in this guy, sir. Got lots of water on here and chopping drop in a little bit more color is going to dry lighter, remember? So I want to drop and more color here and there want to have a little variation. And the blues, although want it to be all blue. So sort of like there's this guy there And I think, actually, also, I will use a tissue and pick up a little bit of this just to great, like a cloud effect, even a little bit more. Okay, I'm stopping there. I know I didn't do that a lot that I feel like it gave the effect that I want. It may be a little bit tough there. Give the effect that I wanted, and now, before we can enter bubbles, we have to let this completely dry again. You can use your heat tool, or you can let it dry. Naturally, this is a very wet technique. There's a lot of water water here. The pain is going to move and shift if you let it dry on its own. If you aren't pressed for time, I suggest that you do that. Let it dry, go. You know, grab a cup of tea, our coffee and just sit and enjoy it. And you can even sort of watch it dry and see if you like the effects and you could tap a little bit more with your tissue if you want to and fiddle with it a little bit if you want to. Well, it drives, or you can just take you tool and go for it, okay? 13. Sky Bubbles on a Wash Pt. 2: my background wash is completely dry and it just I just have to tell you makes me so happy just to see you saw how quick that was. But look at the beautiful result. We have so fantastic there. So the thing about bubbles is there reflecting their surroundings, right? I talked about that. They're very reflective. They're wet and shiny and they reflect their surroundings and you can see through them. So for the bubbles were painting here over this wash, I'm going to use the same color that I used to paint the wash, but with a little bit less water, a little bit more paint mix tenant. You can see it there. Plus, I'm going to use a little bit of the red just for fun. That's going to make it have some purple in it. I don't want really necessarily the red on its own. But I wanted to be sort of OK kind of purple, and we could paint are yellow, but guess it's going to look green if we do that. So just keep that in mind. You can use any colors you like, but I'm thinking of the edges are going to be a darker version of the same color as the background, as if that color is reflecting and concentrated in the bubble. So I'm just going to start here and using the same technique that we did before. Except, that's all I'm going to paint of the bubble and I'm going to use the rest is just going to be me using the water to sweep that around to create my shape, nice and soft and and just the idea. But there's a bubble there, using a little water there to soften that edge. Remember, we have lost and found edges. They disappear into the background and they reappear. And now this is all still drive. But I want that to be wet, but not very wet. So I'm again using a lightly damp brush. I'm just gonna softly swirl out, and I'm not pulling any extra color in there. Okay, now this is very soft, very light, and I did that intentionally because I want to be able to see all of the background. I wanted to be the same as background, but just you know something's there. When I added a little bit more color and a little bit more highlights. It's going to really show up even more, so I can add a little bit more color into this wet. It's gonna flow out a little bit, but only on one side. Onley on that one site. There we go. And again, I'm going to sweep this color out with the damp, lightly damp brush. I just don't want to travel to close into the middle. I wanted to be nice and soft. That's why it's wet. But I don't want it to get heavy in the middle. I want the color to be on the edges. Okay, lets duty. And now this is even lighter over here. So that means my bubble will show up a little bit more, think same thing, just a couple of little strokes and then soften them out and create that shape of the circle again. If you really feel the need to, I encourage you not to you. But if you really feel the need to, you can draw really lightly with a pencil again. This is just cleaning water, sort of scrubbing out that middle light color. Here we go and I will just do one more bubble for this I'm actually loving it a little bit more in here. Color. A little more color. Now, if you wanted to, you could? Yeah, at other colors. I ended up. Look, I haven't even used that red that I said I was going to use, So let me do that. Here, use a little bit of the red. I'm just gonna tap it. There. It looks pink, sort of purple again, lightly damp brush tapped off, sweeping across their picks up some of that pain, which is fine. And also add some water to paper a little too much there. So, Tatchell, then I'm going to sweep from this. So and my softening technique all the way out to the edge is just the hint of a bubble, isn't it? It's barely there. So I'm gonna dread dropping a little bit more color here on the bottom edge just to define it a little bit more, but not much. And a little bit more of our pinky red. And can sweeping that out a little. The shape this one up a little. It's not quite as around us that want and something that edge just a little. Just I want to be softer. There we go. Drop in a little bit more glue here and again. I'm pushing it out from the middle. Okay, so you can use the same technique for overlapping bubbles here as you did on the painting on the white, where you lefties dry and then you have one overlap. I'm not going to do that. In this case, I just want to show you how to paint it on this wash background. So I'm going to let this dry and then I'm quite certain will need a second layer of a little bit of paint. So let me let the story and I'll be back. 14. Sky Bubbles on a Wash Pt. 3: okay. Now are bubbles are all dry, but I want them to stand out from the background a little bit more. And so I'm going to add that second layer this time. And it didn't really add very much of when we painted on white. I didn't feel I needed it. But for this, I feel I need it. So it's important to always just check with your painting. Just check in with it and say How you doing? Let it speak to you. Let it emphasize what it is that it needs. And it sounds so strange. But paintings well, kind of talk back to us, and I'm just gonna soften that and soften this really gently is you. I'm just barely touching the paper cause I want that to stay there. But I want to soften that edge, so barely touching it with a lightly damp brush Notice I did. I am wiping it off. I'm tapping it off two or three times there and then really lightly touching the paper. So the nice, nice, very soft Look. Now here I want to show this edge a little bit because you just really can't see it, so I'm going to add a little bit more now remember, we talked about the shapes of our highlights. This is a shape of a low light, so I want that edge to be there, that darker, harder edge. But I want the rest to be soft, so just letting you know that's what I'm doing there going to do kind of the same thing here. I'm creating a shadow on the bubble because it's already really light, so we need some shadows. So I'm just using glazing and adding that effect and then soften that. So that's edge disappears. Same here. But I want that little bit of a hard edge here and here. I want that shapes their bubbles have a lot of interesting shapes in them. So I'm going to continue by emphasizing again this sign really light really soft, blending it really along the edge. Very little water notice. Here I've got this. This acts as a shadow is effectively there's a shadow there, a reflection of something. But I want to add an even more shadow here, so I'm going to do basically the same things I did in the other bubble. Soft and an ouch cannot connect. Connect it even to that, um, and soft in this part as well. But leave that slightly hard edged their nets light sort of a hard line there and again, I'm sort of connecting that over to the side. And what's your third bubble this time? I'm going to leave Sort of a harder shadow over here, softening those edges. I didn't touch that edge. I kept it, kept it there. It's a little too much pigment, so I'll pick that up a little. So we have a nice shadow there and I will do the same over here X and painting sort of a little rectangle there on the edge, which will be the shape of my shadow and then polling that around just to add more depth, really light touch, tiniest bit of water. And I'm even going to soften a little bit of that shadow edge, but not the whole entire thing. Kind of connecting it again to this one. Now I notice I have sort of a hard line here, and I don't want that. So I'm going to soften their, and I feel like I need to pull that up a little and tighten it up kind of cover the whole book. I didn't feel the need to do that here, but I felt the need to do that there. I don't want to be just a little ring around the edge. I think I'm going at even a little bit more of this read. But put it all the way to this edge. No, Maybe there's a little flower, my brushes quite dry. Actually, while I'm doing this, if you can tell from the camera and now against softening and pulling that into itself, There you go. Nice. This makes me happy. You guys makes me happy. That's why do it. I hope it makes you happy to get around this bubble out a little bit more. Add a little more clue to this edge so much. I'm still leaving that sort of a little bit of a hard line there. It's not much of a hard line there. You can obviously see that's a hard one like it and as a nice shape. This one's too wet. It doesn't have that hard line anymore because I sort of kept on painting. So okay, dried again. Look, this is really creeping out and I don't want that. So pull that back out of the middle there, softening it and pulling the pigment out to the edges. I'm going to let this strike and we'll see what we need next. Okay, so now that I'm looking this now that this is dry, actually really love it as is, But I want to add for you. I want to do a little bit of a green in one of the bubbles, so I really just need some yellow. And I could mix it here with blue, but I can just glaze it. So let's just say there's some tree in the distance and it's reflecting on our bubble, so I'll just add that yellow and it's going to visually look pretty green. When it dries, your brain will go all that screen, Uh, even looks pretty yellow right now. Clean that up and I'm going to leave it. I just added it in and sort of this sort of random shape. That could be a reflection on this edge, and I'm stopping. That's it. That's all I'm going to do there. Now that is dry. It's timeto at our highlights, so let's do that well basically the same process as before. We're gonna do some light strokes picking up our pen as we g o just to make it more thinner as you picked as we go around the bubble, we're going to add some light bouncing around in there. It's really a lot of fun to me. Some little mobile sort of follows the shape of the balloon little dots here and there. See how that shadows really emphasized because of the white there, maybe even a little bit of a squiggly one here again, thinking about the shape of our bubble, it meant everything to follow its shape. Feel free to speed this part of if you like. You can always do that with skill. Share videos. Wash them a little faster. Notice. I'm putting highlights on the very edge and also in a little bit, so makes it more as if it's spherical lights on the lighter areas. Just don't show up a much, but you still know that they're they're your brain knows that There there's there. It counts. Can these air not quite as bright White is, I want them to be add a little color into the middle. Okay, that's all the highlights I'm going to add. I'm going to live. Strike and I'll see you to talk about your project. 15. Project and Thank You!: So for your project paints and bubbles, I can't wait to see what you do. I would like to see you do it on white and on a wash background. It could be the color of your choice. It doesn't have to be the Blue Sky idea. They just happen to like it that way. Put on those highlights. Have fun with it. That is the main thing. It's so important that you have fun while you're painting. I understand that it can be frustrating sometimes when things don't work out the way that you wanted to. I feel that way too. But overall, you want that sense of joy, that sense of being immersed in the creative process, not thinking too much, but letting yourself be loose and free and exploring. Hi. Have that sense of exploration and child likeness and fun when you're painting. So I cannot wait to see your bubbles and, uh, in the project section and on Instagram. If you have any questions, please please drop them below in the discussion section, I will answer to the best of my ability. Um and I'm just I'm super excited. This this'll last was done by request And so I really hope that you enjoy it, that you enjoy the process. And I can't wait to see your paintings. Okay. Thank you so much for joining me. Don't forget, if you enjoy this class to please leave a review to share it with your friends, you can actually earn free months of skill share by sharing classes with your friends. Thank you so much. I'll see you in the project section and on Instagram. And wherever you happen to be on social media and on my YouTube, Joan. Okay, Thanks. Provide. 16. Surprise! Paint with Bubbles: Okay, everyone. So it's time for our surprise, Lesson said. Not only can you paint bubbles with water color, you can paint with the bubbles. This is a great activity if you want to get into that spirit of play, or if you want to do something fun with your kids. For this activity, you need water dish soap. You need either a liquid watercolor or tube paint. It could be acrylic floor watercolors. You need straw sim card stock and a shallow bowl, and all you do is you mixed up the soap in the water and the paint, and then you blow bubbles and swipe your paper over the bubbles to add the print to the paper. So I had to play around with the mixture of paint and water on my first attempt. I didn't have quite enough paint in here, and so it didn't really show up on the paper. So I add a little bit more at blue, some more bubbles and voila! I got a better result that time where I could actually see the bubbles added in another color just for fun. I know blue and red make purple, so I did that at some purple and had some fun with that loose more bubbles. Like I said, this would be a great activity to do with your kids. They will love it, and you get some really cool looking papers. So not on Lee. Can you swipe your paper over the bubbles? You can use a bubble blower or your straw toe. Actually, blow bubbles onto the paper will give you a little bit different effect, but it's a lot of fun to do. It gives you a little bit more solid rings on your paper. And, uh, I just had a good time doing that, blowing some bubbles and letting it hit the paper. And then I did some even splattering because, you know me, I had to splatter. Can't believe I made it through the rest of the bubble class without doing some splatter. So I just played around with this. I had a good time. I just embraced that fun that's associated with bubbles, and I painted with bubbles. And so at the end of this video, you're going to see some results of the paper that I ended up with, and some of them had the most amazing exact bubble shape and some of them not so much. But that's all in the fun of it, right? And you could take this paper and you could use it in your our journals. You could make book covers from it. There's so many different things. It's just a lot of fun to do. So I hope you'll try it and you'll share that with me in the project section or in the comments below. Thank you so much, I'll see you soon.