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14 Lessons (54m)
    • 1. Welcome Intro

    • 2. You Will Need...

    • 3. Color Play

    • 4. Color Exercise

    • 5. What can your brush do?!

    • 6. Loose Leaves

    • 7. Fun Florals

    • 8. Build a Wreath

    • 9. Bonus Video using Viviva Colorsheets

    • 10. In Conclusion

    • 11. Holiday Edition! Intro

    • 12. Holiday 1

    • 13. Holiday 2

    • 14. Holiday Wreath

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About This Class

Do you have watercolors and brushes, but not sure what to paint first?

Do you see artists posting beautiful wreaths on Instagram and want to know how you can do it too?

Do you just want to get your creative juices flowing?

If you answered YES to any of these, then please check out my new "Watercolor Wreaths" class.


You will Learn:

-The brushes and techniques I use to make fun and easy botanical wreaths.

-How to paint a variety of loose florals and leaves with simple but effective strokes.

-How I choose my color palette and how best to arrange a composition of a wreath to make it aesthetically pleasing.

All skill levels welcome. Beginner to Advanced!

Whether you have a previous knowledge of watercolors or not, there is something to be said for just getting paint on paper and having a go!

Join me as I show you how best to let your creative juices flow.

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Sarah Jean Bryson

Watercolor Artist @Its_Art_OClock


Hello! I'm Sarah Jean, an artist, Illustrator and owner of the Instagram art account @Its_Art_Oclock. Originally from England, I moved to sunny Los Angeles, California in 2008. 

As the daughter of an artist, I was always exposed to different artistic mediums growing up but didn't really find the passion for painting myself until I had a child of my own. When I was pregnant I started Art Journaling, then painting canvases- I dabbled in acrylics and oils, but finally found a real passion for illustrating and watercolors.

When my daughter was born, I became a stay at home mummy.  Alone all day with a baby, I realized I needed to find an easy outlet to take time for myself when my daughter would nap, and so "It's Art O'clock" was born!

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1. Welcome Intro: Hello. Welcome to my first skill share class. My name's Sarah Jean. I'm a watercolor artist and illustrator on the owner. Off the instagram account, it's underscore art underscore oclock. If you don't follow me already, head on over to Instagram Well, right now, so you don't forget. Be sure to hit, follow and see some of the works that I do also say hello. I'd love to see who's taking my class, and I want to see your progress. I'm excited to see lots of class projects with your reefs. So why is this class called loose and lively? Water calorie? It's well, it's because we're going to be doing wreaths like the's not Superstructure Mawr, the idea of florals and botanicals. And that's why this class is aimed at anyone who just wants to get their creative juices flowing. Maybe hasn't had watercolor experience before, or if you have, maybe you want to remind yourself what your paints conduce. I love making these. I found them to be really relaxing to create. I also love using them to make for gift cards for people. A lot of people like to receive cards or gift tags with these little Reeve son will have a cost project. I want to see the lots of wreaths popping up. Um, I want everyone to use that uncommon palette. I will go over color, and I'll go over the techniques that I use brushes I use in the shape. So I put together to create the illusion of botanicals. But we're not going to get bogged down of structure with structure in this class. It's more about just getting something on paper and enjoying the process I hope you will enjoy. My class will be telling you what you need in the next video. 2. You Will Need...: So let's talk art supplies. Firstly, you're going to need some watercolor paper. I personally like to use £140 watercolor paper and you'll notice a lot of my pieces. I do like the square square styles, and it actually works really well with a circular wreath. But any watercolor paper will dio I just personally like the £140 cold press. If you like to use a lot of water or you think you use a lot of water, the higher the weight of the paper, the better. You're going to get on effect with, However, if you only have access to £90 wards, color paper or even a mixed media paper like a mixed media sketchbook like this one, that's fine to carry. Papers work anything that can take some water and watercolor paints will work. You just want to have at least three sheets available. If you doing loose pieces, you want three pages available for your final piece as well as your exercises. You're also going to need watercolor paints. These are my Viva watercolors. These are highly pigmented What color paints. I will probably use the's at some point in the class just because I love them in the vibrancy any what color paint will do. Even if you just have ah, generic brand from the local crafts store, you'll be fine. I will also be using my art philosophy prima watercolors just because I have so many off them. And but, like I said, any paints that you have in colors that you like will work just specifically water color. For this particular class, you need watercolor brushes. I will be demonstrating a number of different brushes, specifically round brushes, the four rounds five round and my quarter inch dagger brush. I'll go more into what brushes I'll be using. But any watercolor brush specific you have will work. You're going to need a pot of water. I like to use old yogurt pots that don't come with lids, because I feel like it's nice to repurpose. So it's with the yogurt part of my daughters. Now it's my water pot, and lastly, you need some paper towel. You're also going to want something round, whether it's a cup that you can turn upside down and empty cup or a duct tape roll or something round that's around the size that you want to make your wreath on. We're going to reasons as to why we're going to do that in a little bit. Lastly, an optional item. A cup off British tea. If you're like myself, you need a couple tumour. Uh, bringing of fainting. The tea is obviously optional. Everything else we are going to need in this class. So let's get going. With all our items now ready to go on head over to the next video. 3. Color Play: welcome to this first lesson and we are talking about color. I called this lesson color play as opposed to color theory. Because color theory is really in depth. There are a lot of videos already on skill share or on YouTube going over saturation. Hugh, what color it is, I highly recommend it. If you have zero knowledge of color, go and watch a great color theory project and come back. However, if you wanted to just kind of get going and see what your paints that you have at home do. This is the lesson for you. So we are gonna go a little bit over complementary colors, harmonious colors, things like that. But in general, this is about playing, seeing what your paints do, Onda seeing how you could make a color palette that will work that we will then use in our final wreaths. Okay, so just the bare minimum of knowledge that you need tohave is you've got your primary and secondary colors primary colors being your yellow, red and blue. There the colors. It's like a triangle like this, that the colors that you can't make yourself secondary colors being the mixes of those orange, green and purple or violets. In this case, the other thing that I find super useful to remind yourself where the color wheel is the opposites, also known as complementary colors on DSO you know the complement of the yellow will be. Your violets are purple. Opposite of blue is orange, red and green. Complementary colors are exactly that. They complement each other. However, when it comes to water colors, this doesn't quite work as well, especially if you're doing wet on wet techniques, which we will be doing a lot off in a watercolor wreath. The reason behind this is that the purest form of the colors, like a red and a green, which I'm going to show you here when they're side by side. That beautiful you could you green leaves with a pop of red as a rose, however, watch how what happens when the two complementary colors touch wet on wet. They bleed together, and what you end up having is a kind of dirty brown or blackish shade, and it doesn't always like become a problem. You can do this and it looks good. However, if you're doing a piece like a reef and you're doing some beautiful green floral leaves all the way around, and you decide you want to have a pop of red with them, but you haven't waited for the green to dry. When you add that complementary color, it's going to bleed in and you're gonna end up with some. Brown's might work, however, if you didn't know it was going to do this. You have an issue, so it is important to bear that in mind. It doesn't great to have complementary colors. They do contrast and great on a piece. I do recommend it. Blues and oranges, obviously reds and greens, just a pop of color can really make a difference. But like I said, you want to keep them separate. You want toe, wait until one layer dries before adding the next color. So we're going to do this exercise. We're going to Swatch a bunch of colors together to see what works and what doesn't work. And it's just is important to see what doesn't work as what does. As you can see, I do this a lot. I write out the numbers of the paint that I've used sometimes on. It's great to see kind of the color combinations you can come up with. This exercise is a lot of fun, so let's head over to the next video and I will show you how to make them. 4. Color Exercise: so taking a piece of what's kind of paper, Preferably if you can. Taking a piece of the paper that you plan to use for your final reef. Your final project. It's useful to use the paper cause it also helps you see what your pink does on that paper were literally just gonna swatch a bunch of colors. Now, being wreaths, I do recommend starting with your greens because, you know you know you know you're gonna use the greens are always great. Um, to get started. You kind of can't go wrong when doing a bunch of greens. And so I'm gonna allow these to run into each other. It's very wet on wet, um, and I'm laying out all the different greens I have. I'm letting them touch. I might do a couple of dots of a different color. Um, so this is old greens right now on this guy. Do some lines. It's literally playing. You're just seeing how these bleed together, how they work together. Um, if you don't like the way a shade looks or you like it on a certain area, you can remind yourself not to put those two together, but literally with any paints that you have. Just make a bunch of little swatches and just keep doing it. I'm gonna do a bunch of them here for you. Some of them work, some of them won't. And that's the whole purpose of this is to see kind of a mixture of what does and doesn't work thing. Okay, so it's a symbol is that just's watching a bunch of colors? You can if you like, put the purest form of your color on the side of each one. I do that sometimes when I have individual swatches I want to do. I write down the numbers of the pains, and they tend to do that. If I really like the combination like I really liked how these guys came out. I know exactly which, for those are just why haven't numbered them. As you'll see, I've done that. Sometimes over here is well, but at first the most important thing is just getting the colors on the page and seeing how they interact. Now, palace that close to each other on the wheel are going to blend nicely so yellow in a green like this that similar shades are gonna look beautiful. If they blend into each other. Same with a green in the blue, the next to each other colors. You're going to get away with a little bit more. The main thing is getting a switch is done. Let them dry. Go in again with other bits of paint if you want to see how it will look if you put wet on a dry color, because that could be helpful as well. I do this all the time. It's a great way to get to know your pain. See how they interact with your paper, and also this will help you narrow down to you. Want a lot about four colors for your final reef? Um, if you're nervous about picking your colors, I say stick with your yellows and greens and can always do a pop of color like a red or a pink or purple. So pick your own color palettes on. We'll move onto the next step. The once you've completed your color swatches, feel free to share them in the class projects. We can see your progress. Also see what different color combinations you come up with will be fun to see what everyone's doing, and in the next video we're going to be going over brushes and the techniques I used to actually create botanical shapes. 5. What can your brush do?!: so welcome to your next video lesson. So we've just done some color play and figured out our color palettes hopefully, and now we don't see what our brushes conduce on. Like I said, this class is aimed at beginners, although you never know someone can always learn something new. I learned things every day being an artist, and that's the beauty of now I am going to show you today three different kinds of brushes , any brush you have lying around at home. You can do this exercise with. It's a really great option, similar to how we learned what are colors conduce. This is going to remind you what each brush conduce, so I'm gonna be showing you a four round. This is a very basic this, actually a synthetic brush from a local craft store by artist's loft. You can get Michael's if you're in the States, just a very basic brush. But I like it because it's around. It has a nice point at the end. If you have a six round an eight round, you can do this with that as well, so I'll show you around. This is also a round brush. It's actually cure Attack a water brush so it fills. The reservoir is filled with water and a lot of people have these. Now, if you go traveling or you want to take a brush with you again, it's a synthetic hair. But I I'm going to be showing you what I do those just because a lot of people have them in their collection. Um and lastly, I'll also is showing you what I like to do with 1/4 inch dagger brush. This is a Princeton brush money detailer not been alive. This is my favorite brush right now, because as a beautiful point, but you can also get some great leaf shape. But no, everyone has that in the collection, Which is why I'm going to show you this particular exercise that you could do with any brush. Even if you have a giant one of these hanging around 12 round, you could try this with that. This exercise is a great way to remind yourself what your brush conduce, so let's get straight into it. So I'm taking my first brush and I'm loading it with water and paint on. I'm just going to draw some thin lines I'm going to see what the finish line I can get with this brush would be. So with the tip down, I'm just going from the bottom to the top during super thin lines. They don't need to be the same. They don't have to be perfect. I'm just seeing how thing of the line I can get with this brush. And I will do this with all the brushes. In fact, I'm gonna do it at the same time just to kind of show you how you can do it with any brush . So I'll do the same. This is now the brush pern. The finish line I can get is much thicker, obviously than my full round, because it's a slightly stubby atop. And again, let's see what it does with our dagger brushes. Well, beach, even jacket brush like this is it does still have a very thin tips. I'll see how fin of the line I can get with him. Very similar, if not a little bit thinner in that first full round up there. You don't have to do all your brushes. You can just do one. You can do an entire week with just one brush. That's not a problem at all. I do it many times, but this is a great excesses to remind yourself what your brushes can do. So I'm gonna put them in the order so I can remind myself which brush I'm using for what? So against we've done somethin lines. I'm gonna show each each brush in that section. So thin line, I now know finish line I can get. What about dots? What dots can I get? How small of a dot How big of a door. If I put more weight down, have a little play, same with squiggles. Do some squiggles. It seems like an unnecessary step to do these exercises sometimes and honestly, I still do them. It's a great way to get started. Remind yourself what you can do with your brush. And even if it seems kind of mundane, it's actually really relaxing. I often refer towards color painting is art therapy because I find this to be super chilled to just see what my brush canoe. Now put the weight down and lift up and see what that does. See when these dry it will be a beautiful dog at the bottom. The on the flicks. See how fit of a flick if I do await down flick, have a place. The aim of this exercise is to see what shapes we can make with our paintbrush, just in terms of squiggles, dots and lines. It's a simple as that I am going to speed up the process with the other two brushes just because I'm going to be doing the same things. Dots and lines, squiggles and splats. Andi, it seems like it's not a necessary step, but on the sea. This will help you so much when you come to doing a final peace. Because if you know what your brushes do, it's gonna be merch. Easier to put them together and create some fun, lively shapes on the reef. Thanks. We'll do some up strictly down, lifting up to a point, wait down, lifting upto a point. This is whether Rounds do well. If you have a point on the end. Thin line weight down the thing up to a point. You got yourself a leaf right now, thin line down and lifting up again, and I could do this with them and we'll go into more depth with this in the next video about leaves. But this also just reminds you what you could do with each particular brush for that shake . So I encourage you to play with the brushes, see what shapes you get with each one. And then in the next video, I just going to go over how we put these together to create shapes that will give you the illusion of botanical. 6. Loose Leaves: Okay, so let's start with some leaves. Now. We've done these exercises in the previous at a previous video to show you the just what your brush conduce and taking these shapes. Very simple lines, dots and curves. I'm gonna show you how you can put them together to give the illusion of a plant. And when we make a botanical reef, you're going to be building up layers. So a great one that I like to do, and I call it Queen Anne's Lace, even though it's no really a queen Anne's lace is just the idea Off is just doing somethin lines some dashes like so and then a couple of dots on top. Just those three simple elements, and you immediately have this kind of illusion off a botanical like a Queen Anne's lace. And what we'll do is we'll go around our wreath when we have it, and then you know the next stages I'll show you. But plants like thes just very simple lines and dots. When built up together in different colors, you really will start to get the feel but florals and the tentacles. So I really love this one for kind of a light floral. It gives some movement with the dots in the lines, so this is a kind of go to shape that I tend to go with. And it's a simple Is that during a very thin line again? So using that tip and then putting the weight down and lifting up, wait down, lift up, wait down, lift up other side, thin point weight down and lifting up one point weight down and lifting up? No, I rushed him a little, so it's not quite right. But you know what? It doesn't matter. Loosen. Lively florals are about kind of just getting the fun flow going. And no two plants are the same. Let's be riel. None of them look exactly the same. Wait down. So this is a very common kind of leaf shape. And on a reef setting, these will layer beautifully on top of each other. I'm gonna let this one drive and I'll show you what I mean, but it's just a simple is drawing that fair line and then wait across it one. And that's just one upstroke and look. As you can see, putting more water versus less water will give a different effect and putting more paint unless water will get a different effect. So I encourage you to just kind of try them out and see another good leaf shape is to do a thin line and put a weight down on the brush and lift up to a point thin line and away, down lift up to a point. It's gonna give a different kind of feel of a leaf. It's a much bigger leaf, same weaken due to upstroke. So we'll do a thin line weight down to a point that you're gonna load my brush again and going from the bottom again. I'm gonna join that thin line and do another weight and meat at the point. Now the beauty of water color is as you'll see. Some of this will bleed down, and when that drives is going to have a different kind of feel to it than the other one. Sometimes you can go in with more color like darker color on that wet and get even more kind of design going. You can go in after the fact and draw on the actual lines. If you want a more detailed approach, you might get a different look. Have a play. The's air Really great options, and color does come and come into it here. Now I'm using Green, so oversee it's gonna be feeling botanical because of the greens. It's feeling very leafy. You can also just do a simple as green lines like this just back and forth just to get that idea of a leaf. Now a lot of this when we layer it, that's going to be the most important part of the reef, because taking something like this and laying it on top of there. So say we've painted our wreath like this, and then we lay another leaf style over the top because he's now dry. It's going to continue layering, and you're gonna get different effects. And that's kind of the beauty of doing a wreath. You can't really go wrong when it once you've got your right colors and you've got your palate chosen. It's hard to go wrong honestly, because even if it believes into each other, you'll know your colors go well and you'll get that kind of leafy feel just by layering on top of foliage does that you don't know which plant belongs to which and so you can kind of get away with a lot of different things. Layering will be really important with the leaves. So the different kinds of leads that you can come up with always work. Well, as you'll see on here, I'm just going to layer up, has an example just to show you how different shades of green and the different shapes of leaf, when built up together, can really give that beautiful foliage feel and fullness to your wreath. 7. Fun Florals: Okay, so now we're going to be looking at some simple lines. Dots and squiggles weaken, due to give the illusion off florals. Now, I do find that when it comes to flowers ah, lot of the times you can get away with shapes based on the color you choose. So, for example, this is a really, really simple one. But just putting your weight down on the brush I'm using around here and lifting to appoint kind of like doing the leaves and then putting a middle one of those down to a point on the other side, down to a point. You immediately have a kind of floral shape, and you can take it even further by doing some lines out and possibly some dots to get the kind of idea of the Polin Onda again unjust. Doing simple down strikes in a formation of three. Now, these little buds don't necessarily look like much in this setting, but they do make for excellent pops of color on a wreath, especially when you got a lot of foliage. And then, if you want to add some color as just a little touch of something thes air a great option for that and they're so simple to do next. Flower. I'm kind of speeding up here, but just putting the weight down similar to doing the leaves, I'm going to go to a central point on. We're now going to do that same downward strokes, but in the formation off a flower. So it's going to be at least five petals, and I'm just doing a downward stroke and then meeting it with a second downward strokes. I'm gonna do it one more time in real time. So we're doing a downward stroke meeting in the center and going all the way around and just a very basic floor shape. But it works really well. Next up, we're going to do some simple dots, literally, Doctor, that worked out all the way up, then the top slightly Andi being in purple and then taking a thin green line through the center immediately. It gives the viewer's eye the idea of lavender really simple, but adds so much dimension on a wreath setting so you can have them poking out the sides adds a lot of movement, and it's a simple of some dots and a line down the center This is why I loosen Lively is what I call this. These are very simple strokes, but they really come together to feel like flowers and foliage. I just love the simplest e, even just doing pops of color in this manner, doing some squiggles and swirls and then going in with my greens. It's going to give that kind of floral bouquet feel, and it's just a simples. Some swells. I also really like doing these sort of lotus e feeling flowers where I take four downward strokes again, similar to leave and then by taking the pink like this and adding green at the bottom while it's still wet again, you're getting that really kind of floral feel by playing with the colors in this way. Flowers Having the green on the base like that can really help make you think of a flower. When you do these simple shapes and you can go in and do more details do seem like extra lines or pollen or stamens. You don't have to, but sometimes I like to do that to give more interest to a piece. But the more movement you get, I find the better it looks So here's a piece that I started a while back, never really finished. I liked how it was going, but for some reason didn't carry on Andi. I could say he's done, but I know that some people think, um, less is more when it comes to wreaths, I think more is more. And I wanted to add a pop of color. And I think I was waiting for this one to dry, which is why I'm going to show you this simple, almost tulip feeling. Three dash option can work really well, especially if you're only doing one pop of color and I'm gonna show you how so Just doing those three dashes and strategically placing them on my reef. And when I say strategically, I'll go into this more in the next go in the final class of making the reef. But I try to balance my peace. I imagine across like this imaginary cross and I try to keep similar patterns in each cross . So, for example, I have him there, there, this one and this one. I need to mirror him slightly over here, and you don't have to do it that way. I just find it's more aesthetically pleasing if it's slightly merit with the opposite parts that he hasn't got anyone marrying him yet. This one's not quite right one over here, and I'm just doing three little dashes like I showed you, and I've just chosen a color that I knew would go well. And it's a simple as adding those little dashes that gives you the illusion of some flowers . And then, if I wanted to take another color, let's go with I can orangy yellow and I just gonna do some dashes, like so on immediate area. You're gonna get that feel of a flower. It's like the Poland popping out stamens. And so we'll see. This isn't a final read, but just to show you how just adding those pops of color sometimes as simple as three strikes since and dots on top really can bring a piece can elevate the peace and give it some more kind of interest. 8. Build a Wreath: her case at the time has finally come to actually make a wreath. Put everything we've learned together, I have my color palette handy so I can remind myself what my colors are going to do. I have my piece of paper, brother me and I'm going to show you my Sarah trick Tip number one. So if you recall when I mentioned the list of items you need, I never mentioned a pencil. And that's because I said, Bring a round object to the table seeking U's upside down glass. Or in this case, I'm using an old duct tape. Roll something around the size you want your reads to be on. This is going to be a great way to avoid having to raise pencil lines, which I personally have a pet peeve of hate from raising pencil lines with watercolor son's name. I'm tracing around my secular object with, um, water on a plane brush Clearwater. That's a lot. If you can see this, it's very clear. Circular line of water. Andi, this is going to act as my guide that I'm now going to follow as my wreath starting point now, taking my first color in this case, I've gone with the light green. I am going to break up the water line with some color and water on the brush, and it's important to break up the line to kind of take away the severity of a circle. I feel like it looks way more realistic for foliage and botanicals. If you've got kind of some squiggles going on, I'm still following that circular line. So it's It's definitely still my circle. But by breaking it up with just some simple movements back and forth, I'm gonna have a nice starting point toe work from for my wreath. Onda. As you'll see there will be no pencil lines to a raise. That is my magical chip for you to start with. Totally great if you don't have to raise met pencil lines, so now you can let this dry and have it is your base. You're really not going to see much of this first layer once we start building up, foliage looks so much better when you have a really loads of footage built up. So this will be such a small base of it. By the end, however, I like wet on wet and I like how it looks. So I'm taking a dark green now, and I'm just popping it all the way around and just getting the brush strokes on and just making kind of like a starting point for us. So, as you can see with the wet on wet right here, the colors blending together it's a really nice base for me to start my reef, and we will build up on this and we'll just keep building and building and building the beauty of doing Ah, Watercolor Reef. Like I said, it's very forgiving. Um, you kinda can't do too much. There's been times where I've kept going and going and going, not knowing when to stop. And it still looks great because naturally, foliage is quite thick and it just works. The main thing about doing a wreath his balance. So I'm going to do a couple of lines and I'm gonna go all the way around. Now there is an option to go all the way round in one direction, or you can make a central point of the bottom or the top. I usually just go with what I feel and actually feeling like this could be a something at the bottom. If you go to different directions, you just need to make sure that you have a very central point. So I'm just gonna do to little dots to remind myself. So I'm going to go away this way towards that door, and then this way I'm going to go away again. So I'm gonna go away from it, this direction. So this means that the leaves are gonna be going in two different directions this way, versus this way. The only thing Teoh concern yourself with that is that you just have to remember which direction you need to be going with that. You just drawing some lines here in a color that I like. And I am going to gonna make some of these into little leaves. So just like we practiced earlier, this is going to be the most structured part of this reef of these leaves. Because I really like the illusion of a botanical more so then the really structured shapes . Now I want to give the feel of some leaves. So drawing some very basic shapes that make you feel leafy. E I took a little bit about balance because this is a big part of making a reef. I find the best way to achieve a good balance is to imagine my circle, because reads tend to be in a circular former. I like to imagine that it's divided into quarters, and then I tried to mirror items on the opposite side or in like its opposite quarter, basically. So if I do one thing on one side, I will try and do the same on the other, whether it side to side or top to bottom or diagonally across in the quarters. And the reason I do that is because if I was to put some leaves on the side here kind of poking out, and I didn't merit or balance it with the other side, it just wouldn't look right. And this is the same thing florists do when they make really wreaths with the leaves. They try to balance it out so one pink flower might be on one side and they'll make sure it mirrors on the opposite. So it's a good rule of thumb to just kind of think of the quarters there. You don't need to actually draw them on with pencil lines just like looking at it visually , we'll give you a better idea and then just try and stick with, like, the color palettes in the same areas. And if you got something sticking out the side, then try and mirror that one. And that's just like a good kind of option to get you some kind of balance and aesthetically pleasing reef by doing so. - Okay , so now we're coming to the end. Now, it can be hard to know when to stop. I'll be honest. I have that problem still knowing when to stop. I feel like I'm almost there with this one, but I'm not quite there yet. I can't quite figure out yet what it is I want to add, but I don't have you noticed? A lot of the times I am doing just these squiggles, and this is part of that like, lively feel that I absolutely love. So I'm using now that the yellow color in my palette and I'm just doing some squiggles away around, and it just sometimes adds a magical kind of touch. Teoh. A piece that is really honestly, what I feel is what makes it like the loosen lively kind of feel because it's just very organic looking on, just kind of fun. That's a little bit of magic, I feel, and just look to see where your balance is off. If you are slightly, I have to look at this one more time like this. So I see that this end seems a little bit thicker than this. And so I might do a squiggle up here. Just try and get it as balanced as you possibly can again. You can go back in and add some more colors really like that. Look, I feel like something's missing head a central piece, so I'm going to do one kind of bigger flower just to feel a little bit like there's a central point for the final birds. I'm just going to go in again, do some dashes. What I actually like tickle fairy dust is at the end. I'll do a couple of middle adults just here, and there just does a sprinkling, and it just kind of ties the whole thing together. And then and I put a little yellow flower at the bottom here now it didn't quite work as I had in mind. But that's not the end of the world. It's about having fun. And I have had fun. They hope you have had to. 9. Bonus Video using Viviva Colorsheets: welcome to the bonus video. So this video lesson is really for those of you who owned the Viva Color Sheets, which are a super pigmented watercolor paper sheet if you don't own them, but you would like to own them. Having watched this video, I can offer you a discount code because I do have an affiliation with the Viva. I genuinely just love that pains, which is winds that working as part of the design team. If you want to get 15% off your entire order, go to their website for viva colors dot com and enter its art oclock 15. Check out and you will get 15% off your entire order. They make phenomenal gifts. They're grateful, taking out and about because as you can see that tiny little poets without the case, they are literally this. Then they come with a little mixing palette of the back on there just also just fantastic, highly pigmented colors, which you're going to see when I show them. I wanted to make this video mainly because I wanted to show that this is a little bit different, using these pains than using kind of regular watercolor pains on, does it some tips and tricks I've learned since having them that I didn't know when I first got No. When I first bought these I waas getting I was using them a lot quicker when I first received them, I was using them up really quickly because I was using way too much water. And that's something that I highly recommend. If you get these and you haven't used them before, the smallest dot of water will go a really long way. So just putting a little bit of water on the sheet in the corner as you stop. That's already actually slightly too much. But that little blob will give you such a highly pigmented color and it will go a really long way. Just that little teeny, tiny dog. And this will stay this ritual. Watch it dry because I'll have it in real time. On as it dries, it will very, very slightly fade. I mean, it will barely fade it all, to be honest, So I'm just gonna get straight into making this wreath on, and I'm gonna stop with a light green. This is a lot of water I put on there. I already broke my first rule, which is hilarious, but yeah, just a smallest patch. So I'm going to speed things up a little bit just because you've already seen the final wreath hopefully and done the class, So you kind of know how it goes. I've done the water ring. I come with my first color light green, and now I'm going in with the veridian, which is a beautiful color, if you can tell. But on the screen that the actual sheets themselves sometimes all deceiving the violets, the Persian blue, they have this kind of reddish gold color on the sheet. But when you obviously had the water, you're gonna see different colors. Come about. So I do recommend the first thing you do is swatch them out. So you can really see what colors you're dealing with because they all deceiving. I also like to mix c shows the actually mix really well. I'm putting a Persian blue with that meridian to make it a little more Akwa. I like blues, but I like to have the greener end of the blues. So just to show you that you can also mix these paints beautifully. Do you recommend mixing off the pallet, though I wouldn't mix directly onto the paints themselves, being such thin sheets back with this like green, which I adore, just putting some sprinklings in again like I did on the previous wreath. That may be a pope of pink, so I obviously did my color play before this, and I tested out my shades. I've used these pallets a lot, so I know what colors work together. The whole pallet itself, by Matveev a really work beautifully together, as you can see on the rag there as well. I do love a paper towel covered in paint that works world together. It's a piece of art in itself, but I would say you can get away with, like, four or five colors in your color palette as long as you test it first. Now I'm gonna add Cem fairy dust like I do with most of my paintings, just so I find that this tends to tie all the colors kind of together that I pick, and that's just kind of a step that I like to do. I just feel like it brings in something it had. She reminds me of Poland I don't know if that's why I like to do the very dust, but I also just feel like it. It makes the final piece just pop a little bit more. So I'm gonna go around with that magenta else to tragically place it in areas that might be a little like little lefts going on. Okay, so that's any a couple of the colors, but I hope it helped you. Good idea for something else you can do again. Just simple lines and dots can have a really beautiful final effect. Look at these colors. Guys, look at the beauty of the pigment in these colors, and this is a fully dry piece now, and this is using the Vivas again. Oh, and then here is that first piece I did just to show you. This is no fully dry, and it's still highly pigmented, which is so rare when it comes toward the colors. Unless you're using a concentrated watercolor. Highly, highly, highly recommend this pain guys. It's definitely different to play with and takes some getting used Teoh, but is fantastic, super vivid but also transparent watercolor. And like I said, if you want to get your hands on yourself. Go to the Aviva colors dot com, and when you check out, this is the 16 color palette. When you check out, you'll get 15% off your entire order. You can order a wood case like this as well. If you want, they'll right on whatever you want. Some people have little quotes or text written on. I have my name and my Instagram Onda. Yeah, it's a fantastic product. Highly recommend on again. It's Article 15 will get you 15% off your entire order. And I hope this was helpful for anyone who already has these paints at home but wasn't really sure how to get going. Get a reef going. If you've enjoyed these lessons, Andi, I hope to hear from you on DSI. Lots of reefs. See? You see 10. In Conclusion: If you are watching this video, it means you have completed my class. Hopefully you have taken the skills that you have learned and you are now able to apply them to your own reads We You obviously saw me making this one. You saw me making this one. I I obviously like I said, Do this all the time. I make middle reads here in that I give them a cards to people they could be used in that way. But there is a great instagram hashtag that was started a while back not by me. That says, when in doubt, refit out on bond Honestly, that is the perfect example of why I made this class. Any skill set can do this on board. I sometimes not inspired like I'm not in the mood to do something, but I want to be creative. A wreath is the way to go. It's super simple. If you've done the color play, you've done the practices, you start getting a feel for what works together. If you just want to do something creative, you could do these really quickly at your desk at work. My instagram. It's art oclock came about because I wanted to find a time every day that I took for doing something created for myself. This is a great use of that time. It really gets to creativity going and you can make it. You're out oclock. You can do it in five minutes, 20 minutes an hour like whatever you want. However detailed you want to go, but get them going. Share what you've done in your class Project section of this in this class I really want to see what you came up with. I want to see a bunch of different styles and different themes and colors and how you put the botanicals together on share them with me. Who if you like this class on click follow follow me on Instagram as well on day I hope to hear from you I'm excited to take this journey on skill share. Andi, I hope you enjoyed my classes to thank you so much. 11. Holiday Edition! Intro: Hello. Happy holidays. Today I'm gonna be showing you how I use my loose and lively watercolorist style to make holiday wreaths, botanicals that are festive and christmassy and holiday feeling things like mistletoe will do some holly Berries, Christmas tree sprigs I'm gonna show you how I put them all together to make a very festive feeling Holiday loose and lively Reef It is designed for all stages of watercolor, specifically beginners. If you get water colors for Christmas and you don't know what to do with them make one of these well in doubt refit out so true you can get started with the reef And it's always fun to dio This is gonna be the holiday edition So let's get straight into it, Andi, I'll see you in class. 12. Holiday 1: All right, So first things first, we're gonna be practicing with our brushes to do some specifically holiday feeling greenery on and Berries and things like that. So even some pine cone shapes as well. And I'm just going to show you how using. In this case we're gonna use today, I'm going to be using a three round on a five round brush. You can use any brush that you want, but for these particular shapes I have been using the round brush on, we're going to be making a loose and lively holiday reef. And I say holiday wreath because not everyone celebrates Christmas. My husband specifically celebrates Hanukkah. So you know, I might introduce some blue shades because Hana contents have a lot of blue. You can add ribbons if you want. I'm going to go on the assumption that you've done the previous lessons. If you haven't, don't worry. But I would suggest doing at least the color play Section four Holiday. Honestly, we can kind of cheat a little bit and just stick to certain shade. So I am going to be doing a very dark green as well as a lights, a green sticking with the greens. You can't go wrong. But if you've done my color play section before, you will know that you want to be really careful when it comes. Teoh, including the reds, because obviously red and green is a famous combination. However, there are also complementary colors, so you don't want them to really bleed into each other. Unless that's the look you're going for. I will be using these shades. I've already predetermined that these colors work well together. And so just to show you up here, swatch it for you. Those are the shades I'm going with now. I'm using typical my art philosophy. Watercolor pains. These a pallet pains. You do not have to use this brand. I just really like their paints, and I have a lot off them again. Any words colors will do. Just make sure you do the color place section off the classes so that you know how your colors will interact when you put them together. So Christmas Tree Sprigs. I'm going to do a simple line similar to practicing before. Just do somethin lines like this with the typical brush, and then do some sprigs coming off of that line so lying off line so that it doesn't matter if it becomes too thick. I'll show you why Thistles going toe act is like our branch kind of edge. And the more spring's coming off you have, the more realistic it tends to look. So now that we've got just some lives, as you can see, they're not perfectly straight. That's not a problem. And it just draw some very thin lines coming off each conga line. And true to this loosen, lively feel, it doesn't matter if they touch. It is just the idea of a Christmas sprink. The main thing to know is that these lines are coming off all of those first lines of that make sense. So I'm drawing the central kind of shaft area, and then I'm drawing my sprigs along it. Now I get color plays. An important part in this using a dark green will be more realistic of a Christmas tree sprig during a long, thin line down the middle and lots of little lines coming off that central point again. The thinner, though the sharpest point that you have on your brush, the more detailed you're gonna be able to dio, But don't feel you have to use a brush this size. You can use any size brush that you like. I just want to be thinner brush because I'm doing it on a smaller scale and one more hair and just going to show you is a close up. How one spread my look simply lines coming off of lines. It doesn't have to be perfect because, like I said, we're gonna lay of those. So that's number one first Branch. I'm going to show you how I like to draw. Mistletoe is thin a line when it's Mistletoe Branch, and then I like to put my weight down, wait down and meet on Ben. I like to round off that edge because mistletoe really has, like, a rounded edge Leave. Another way you can do it is drag drag around off that edge and then make a spring there. Now, these don't look so much like mistletoe I find, unless they're pointing down because most people think of mistletoe. Hanging off of something has a very simplified shape. As with all of my, um, brief police and lively, Reid says, I want them to feel kind of simple easy, Onda, you know, mistletoe. Usually if it's hanging, it has lots of springs coming off like so and then literally, these shapes could just be hanging off them. And again, just layering. It gives you the illusion. I like to do it. Say that it's not perfectly, all the way down the strip, but just to give you an example. Just doing that shape, yes, even easier way of doing it, literally just drawing a line and just drawing around and filling it in very simple. And again when layers on a reef it's gonna give you the illusion off a mistletoe sprig. In fact, you can't even see them on this version that I did. But that extra layer of a different shade of green is helping give some kind of fullness to the overall wait. 13. Holiday 2: next up is probably one of the most no no holiday botanical evergreens, which is Holly. So let me show you how I do my holly on my reefs. They're very, very simplified versions, but I basically has some to start you off. I do a thin guideline on my where I'm gonna put my leaf, and then I do this kind of semi circle up and semi circle up exhibit like a moustache. And then I follow the line around in that same curvy fashion landing, appointed each area, then join it Same on this side. I could probably do one more than that. It doesn't matter that I haven't done that completely correct, because I like to fill them in any way. You can always go back in later on and draw on a central line of your leaf. But really, just getting those spiky like wavy shapes is sufficient to read on a wreath as holly and again when put together with the Berries and maybe a couple of sprigs together, I could do another one here joining same that kind of shape at the bottom that I like to do to symbolize where my point stutts and then round like a This time I went a little bit false to just to show you can do these quite quickly. Main focus is trying to show that you've got some spike on their because Holly is a very spiky bush. But just to give the illusion of spikes were just doing those waves and then coming to a point. And then I'm filling in. And like I said, when it's dry, we can go in like I did on these Go in and Jor thin, darker line over if you wish again. No necessity. But you can if you want to. And then, when paired with you know, a red berry, you'll say it's immediately Ah, Holly Sprig. It's a simple is that another way you could do the holiday again is to sort of just got kind of mimic the idea of it of just doing some of this kind of shape, but making sure it comes to a point. You can feel it and if you want, and then obviously could go in and add some Berries now thes kind of shapes at the end of a wreath, or like, say, at the bottom here could be a really interesting focal point. All right, next up, we've got Berries on, and the way to do Berries in my version is again super duper simple. We are literally just doing some kind of circular shapes. Color will play an important part. You wanna pick use of rich red colors for specifically for Berries at this time of year, like rich reds or in G colors, Onda creamy whites are the best options. You could do some blueberry type shapes, but reds of the way to go, I find. And I've been in quite a lot of pain here, and I'll show you why in just a second. And I am also leaving a slight gap in the middle that you do not have to do that. I just find that it kind of reads a little better when you do and I'll show you why. So now so say I want to do a sprig similar to this. I would then take like a brown or possibly even a little bit of a green that I've used on my wreath, and then I draw kind of like a stem, and I allow it to bleed in because that's just like the look I like in this case. I'm just gonna have it as if it's attached here like a little sprig of like a Stam attached . You can like this one. Have it go off like it's ah branch. Or you can add them on two areas elsewhere. The reason for that dot in the center staying white is so that I can then go in with a dark color like a black and just do a little dots because if you cheat, notice a lot of Berries have a little kind of part. The stem that goes through on what I like to do is that white dot stops it bleeding too much into the berry itself. I mean, the alternative is obviously you could just do it after it dries. But what's so great about like a red berry on a green reach is it just adds a little bit of color fun, you know, breaks it up a little bit on and yes, so I do like to have some Berries on a reef. Now these guys here are specifically mistletoe Berries. These white ones on What I've done is I've taken some white What color paint. And then I just added another color. So in this case, I think I added a touch of green on I just just to make an off white because White itself on white paper doesn't really show up. However, you can do straight white. If you put some green leaves down first, say of handsome green here, this is dried already, and then I want to add some white Berries. I can always do that. What? You could use some white wash, which will be a little bit darker. But if you notice here they have a black center. And actually I have noticed that mistletoe Berries do have, like, a white shape and then a black dot in the center. Like that said, I already read more mistletoe and again, you can do some strands off if you want to make it feel like it's attached to something and then you know, for the mistletoe itself, you would then have, like the mistletoe leaves coming off. I would usually suggest during the leaves first and going in with Berries after the fact, but again doesn't read well to me in the sketchbook as well as it will when All together on the reef. And I do really like having a pop of white and red again. It just feels very festive in its color palette. So there we go. We have some very simple shapes and lines that read, As you know, Holly and Mistletoe ribbon, you conduce thes kind of shapes for some very basic pine cone feel. If you wanted to do like a hunt occurred, add some blueberries on that wreath. You can. It is some florals, those botanical specific to the holiday season. Then, in the next video, I'm going to show you how I put them all together to create a wreath similar to this or these ones on Duh. Yeah, we'll get going. I'll put it on fast to begin with, and I'll go over details of what I've done. 14. Holiday Wreath: that cross. So it's been many times, many ways, way, Christmas way this'd is my first determines doing my reef. And I'm now going in and doing little detail The bits that I feel I feel like an area is two spots will go in and do some more. Maybe like for, uh, um, mistletoe leaves. Maybe I gonna put in a couple of the white, um, buries as well. I'm just going to layer up a couple more different shades of green here, just again. Just help with that thickness, making it look a little full. And I say it all the time in this class because I really believe it. I find reads to be really forgiving. If you make a mistake, you can totally fix it by just doing another layer of foliage. It's that's really, really quite great, like great for that. So I'm just having in errors that feel a little bit empty to me. I'm adding a bit more foliage, just even some more squiggles. You know, previous class of showing your squiggles, even just doing a little bit of that just to help with the foliage. Just upping the fuel church. Now, if I wanted to, and I'm almost tempted to I think, had might we could go in and put some ribbon now, Like I said, my husband is Jewish, so I try to incorporate blue and silver into ah, decor Hine, like I was raised Christian. So we have Christmas a dollhouse and Tanaka so much You're going to do this. I'm gonna take some blue and I'm going to wrap the whole reef in an imaginary ribbon. You have to imagine it's going up and around just kind of making this up as I go along. But I'm just imagining if there was a ribbon on that, how would it go? Would get around here and then maybe around here. And I'm sure if you could find a reference photo off a wreath you can kind of followed up to, um I didn't do that with this situation. I'm literally making it up As I go along. I'm just imagining how it would sort of wrap around and again. I wanted to be the idea of it doesn't need to be exact, and then you can do a giant bow at the bottom. But I will be honest. I am not good at doing bows, so I am not going to do that. I'm gonna up the ribbon here a little bit, get look like it's going behind all the way around. And then what I'm like Teoh is add some of those little billable type things. And again, this is not something you have to do. I'm just doing it because I guess I just want to show you all the different things you could do, but and I'm doing my typical trying to stay as kind of even as possible. If I do a a bubble over here, I'll do whenever here, try and balance it as best I can. And then what I will do is I went to this dry a little bit and then I'm gonna go in with that white for some white Berries. Such you. Let's find a patch that could show that off. So maybe, like down here, have some white Berries tongue here and again. Doing in this off white can be a little bit better because it shows up a little better. Sometimes I might just do some straight white as well actually see how that works. I'm just doing some circles on them. I even go in with, like, a little white pen later on. If I feel it needs it. I think, actually, because I've made this so dark, I do need actual wash now again, you do not have to use Gosh, you can use acrylic. You can use a white ballpoint pen. Um, I just happened to have a lot of whitewash on hands, so I'm gonna go with that. Um, but that's only if you want to do some white Berries. I just like for Hanukkah, feel toe, have some white as well as blue. But if you're just doing a Christmas wreath and you just want to stick with the reds and greens, by all means do so there's no right or wrong way to do this. I'm gonna go in with some black and do little dots in the center, because have you ever see? But mistletoe Berries have these little tiny black dots on the end, and I'm gonna put small detail in this ribbon because if the light's hitting it in certain areas, well, maybe it's just a ribbon with some light parts to it. I don't making it up. Give a sprig one. Most brig. You know what? I also I forgot. I want to do Cem highlights on these little bubbles to emphasize that's what they are. They could be ornaments. It could be just like little things. If I wanted to go into depth, I could do some details on them. But for now, just a little bit of shine is sufficient. I think I'm gonna dio make it look like it's got a bit of a shape toe. A couple of little bobbles. A bit more dark on that blue. Took too much of it off. Let's keep going to your happy. Okay, there we go. I think many the this is called not knowing when to stop. You know what? I forgot to put some sprigs coming out of thes little mistletoe Berries was going at a couple of black lines again. Very subtle. You probably won't even notice it on the end result. But it can make it more realistic when you have all the details on there. Even if the final picture doesn't show it, I can't see it much. Just doing it will make it more realistic because the positioning of the Berries positioning. Everything will work better if you followed. You know the line as if it was a riel plant. I had some couple more Berries here and then final. Berry, I think we have done. Think I need to stop. All right, we have done. Okay. There you go, guys. Happy holidays.