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Loose Watercolor Cacti + Succulents

Kolbie Blume, Artist

Loose Watercolor Cacti + Succulents

Kolbie Blume, Artist

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15 Lessons (1h 43m)
    • 1. Welcome!

      1:19
    • 2. What You'll Need

      5:26
    • 3. Watercolor Techniques

      3:52
    • 4. Cactus Doodle 1

      6:01
    • 5. Cactus Doodle 2

      2:18
    • 6. Cactus Doodle 3

      3:15
    • 7. Cactus Doodle 4

      1:55
    • 8. Adding Details to the Doodles

      11:19
    • 9. Succulent Doodle 1

      9:17
    • 10. Succulent Doodles 2 and 3

      5:18
    • 11. Filler Florals and Leaves

      6:38
    • 12. Colors and Shading

      11:23
    • 13. Misty Desert - Final Project

      11:34
    • 14. Desert Wreath - Final Project

      21:48
    • 15. Recap

      1:26
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Explore colors, blending, and the magic of loose watercolor with me as we go wandering through the desert! 

At the end of the day, watercolor should be about having fun and exploring life's imperfections: and that's exactly why I love loose watercolor illustration, especially when it comes to painting desert botanicals. This class is all about using watercolor to doodle fun cacti and succulents -- creating some fun + cute + perfectly imperfect creations.

In this class, we'll go over: 

  • basic watercolor techniques
  • colors and shading
  • 5 ways to paint a cactus and 3 ways to paint a succulent 
  • accent florals and leaves for desert-themed pieces 

and then, we'll put all of that together for 2 final project options! 

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Kolbie Blume

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I'm a full-time artist, writer, and online educator -- but up until a few years ago, I was working a 9-5 desk job and thought my artistic ability maxed out at poorly-drawn stick figures. 

In my early 20s, I stumbled on mesmerizing Instagram videos with luminous watercolor paintings and flourishing calligraphy pieces, and my mindset slowly shifted from "I wish" to "Why not?"

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1. Welcome!: Hi, My name is Colby, and I am a self taught watercolor artist. If you are interested in learning how to paint really fun and whimsical and quirky illustrations of Watercolor CAC Die or Succulence, this is the class for you in this class. We're going to go over basic watercolor techniques and how to use them to paint loose and fun illustrations of desert botanicals, mostly focusing on CAC Ty. And Second. And as we go through, all the different elements were going to end the class with two different projects. This kind of misty watercolor piece where the CAC ty and other desert botanicals are blending right into the ground, and this desert botanicals watercolor wreath where we put all of the different elements that we learned into a fun floral design. So if painting either hose to projects or learning how I like to paint and doodle desert botanical sounds fun for you, then I would love for you to join me in this class. See you there 2. What You'll Need: before we get started. Let's talk about the materials were going to use for this class. First paint. I am using artist grade water color paint from a tube, so the brand that I'm using for this class is me. Hello. And it's the mission Siri's, which is their artist grade. Siri's. And I am going to be using this color palette. But I will say that you can use any color palette you want, I would recommend if you want to stick with, like desert e colors, I would recommend having some greens, maybe yellows and oranges. I like to mix things up with having some other contrast in colors like I am using into Go and let me just show you all of different tubes amusing. So I'm using in to go and I'm using Van Dyke Green, which is this dark green, and I'm using sap green, which is this lighter green. And then I'm also using yellow Oakar and Violet grey, which is this like purple e color. And I'm also using this coral color, which I'm mixing together using bright opera and yellow orange, so write operas like bright pink and yellow orange to makes this really cool coral color. If I had to choose to colors that I would use, like if I only had to choose two out of these six, I would choose this coral color that I mixed with bright opera and yellow, orange and sap green. Because I think that for a desert theme, this green and coral really help make each other pop. And um is that's the color scheme that I would use most often. So the greens and the blues over here are obviously going to be mostly going to be the color of the CAC Die and the succulents we're going to be painting. But I also included these other colors, which you can use for the different filler leaves or florals we're going to use, or you can use to paint the character as well. Remember, this is loose watercolor, so you're not bound to realistic color schemes. Here. You can use whatever you want, but this is my like, dusky desert e color scheme that I'm going with using these be Kelo Mission. Siri's paints. I'm also going to be using some doctor Ph Martin's bleed proof white, which is white washed. Add some white accents. And then I have ah, jelly roll us occur a jelly roll white gel pen as well, just for ease of those next Let's talk about paper. Um, for practice, I always like to student grade papers. So I'm going to use this Skansen Excel watercolor pad. Ah, £140 cold press watercolor paper. That's what I'm using for the practice sessions only practice all the different kinds of desert foliage we're gonna paint. And then for our final projects, there are two of them. I'm going to use some, um, 100% cotton professional grade watercolor paper and ah, have this Blick premier watercolor block that I'm going to use for one project. And then I also have sheets of arches, watercolor paper, which I'm going to use for another project. So for arches on for Blake to. But if you go on black dot com, you can order large sheets of watercolor paper and just cut it, cut them down to size. I find that to be the most cost effective way to purchase watercolor paper. If you find it a little pricey, it saves you a few bucks. So, um, that's paper and for brushes, I recommend having a round shape brush, and I'm using size six and size zero. This size Sixes Princeton brand Aqua Elite, which you can recognize with the black handle. It's kind of a velvety feel to it, and then the size zero is this. You trekked, synthetic. Say what? Siri's also with a black handle, but it's more shiny. Both of these are synthetic, which means that no animals were harmed in the process of making these paintbrushes, and they're excellent for holding their shape and holding water. So just in final things, I always like to have a mixing palette on hand. This is a handmade ceramic mixing palette that I picked up from a small business artist. Her business is called Sylvan Clay Works, and you can also use if you keep your paints in like a plastic mixing palette. You can definitely use that and then off to the side. I have two cups of clean water. One of them is going to stay clean because, as we're doing some color blends, I want to make sure I don't muddy it with some dirty water on. Then I have some paper towels off to the side. So, um, that's those are the materials I'm going to be using today in this class and one more plug for you that you don't have to use the exact same materials that I'm using. You can use whatever you have on hand, and as long as you have a paintbrush, paper and watercolor. Yeah, I'm sure you can create beautiful things. Okay, So gather all your materials and let's head over to the next video. 3. Watercolor Techniques: before we get started painting, let's briefly go over the basic watercolor techniques. The first technique that you need to know is the wet on dry technique. Wet on dry is when you paint with wet watercolor because watercolor is always activated by water, right? Uh, you paint with wet watercolor on a dry piece of paper so wet on dry is characterized by these crisp, defined lines that you use to paint subjects the way that you want them to look. Watercolor is activated by water, so when you use the wet on dry technique, it means you're only allowing the watercolor to go where your paintbrush goes, because your paintbrush is the only place that has the water that has, um, ability to lay a path for the paint that you are using. Um, that is in contrast to the wet on wet technique, which is when you paint with watercolor on a wet surface. So when the surface is wet when you start painting, watercolor is not bound by where your brush goes. It can go anywhere. It's wet and it wants to, and so the wet on wet technique is how to create color blends and how to create kind of blooming textures just like this. And the wet on wet technique is going to be important for our painting CAC ty and succulents because we're gonna use the wet on wet technique to blend colors together and are really pretty texture. So one of the things we're going to talk about when we paint cactus especially, is layering on color to create depth and, uh, shading in the CAC Ty. We're painting. And we're going to do that by layering color in terms of how light or dark they are. So like if I start with a light shade off yellow or just a lighter color and then while that color is still wet, if I add on a darker color, uh, I can create I can create a shading effect on whatever subject I'm painting with no paint lines so I can create like a subtle Grady int, which is a shift from one color to the next with no paint lines and having these just pretty blends and blooms off these colors together and still create this shade and, um, depth and complexity to the pieces that we're gonna paint. So we're gonna talk more about that when we paint our CAC die in the next video is. But I just wanted to talk about that with the wet on wet technique because that is what makes it possible. The reason we can create shading like this with watercolor is because if our subject is still wet, the wet on wet technique will allow the paints to blend together with no paint lines and create these really cool water calorie shaded effects. So that is my brief little introduction to the water car techniques that we're going to use . And then the way that we're going to use the wet on dry technique is first, we're gonna use that to, you know, lay down and make the shapes. But then, once everything is dry, we're going to layer on another layer of paint to create some details like the needles. And we need to use those different layers of wet and dry paint to build our CAC Ty from the bottom up. So that wraps up our little intro to these techniques and how they apply to this class. And now let's move on to painting the watercolor CAC Ty 4. Cactus Doodle 1: first up, we're going to learn four different ways to paint a watercolor cactus. Now, because this is a beginner class I'm not gonna go into, like, the specifics of this is what kind of cactus it is, because I think sometimes it's just easier to recognize shapes and because I'm not about missed. So, uh, for the purposes of this loose beginners watercolor class with easy cactus shapes, I'm just going to show you the basic shapes that I recognize and that you'll probably recognize, too. The first shape Ah, I think, is by far the most recognizable cactus shape. And it starts with a long, um, I'm not exactly even sure like an arch like a filled in long arch just like this kind of phallic. But, uh, that's how you start painting a watercolor cactus and a lot of the different variations actually, of the character that we're going to paint, have this base shape to it. I guess it's kind of like 1/2 circle, but it stretched out so like 1/2 oval, um, with like an arch of the top and then straight at the bottom and then to continue on to paint the the basic cactus shaped that I think we all recognize the most. We want to paint two more shapes, kind of like that, uh, jutting out from the side. But the key with doing it with watercolor is to paint these while they're still wet. So that way, you don't have any paint lines between the first shape the first little stretched out half circle that you're doing and then the 2/2 circles that kind of bend toward the center. Um, I guess arms, if you're gonna say it like that, you're creating the arms of the cactus. So if you do it, if you paint thes while the cactus is still wet, then you can create this whole create a whole looking cactus without having any paint lines . And so the key to doing that is to make sure that your paint has a lot of water in it, and that your paintbrush has a lot of water on it when you start painting. So this is the base at one of the basic shapes. Another way that you can kind of expand on this basic cactus shape is instead of just doing like a thicker, stretched out half circle with too little arms. You can do a thinner version with multiple arms coming out of it. So if I'm doing like a thin version with wet paper, I'm using my size six brush for this so that I can get the small details but also have a big wash. I can paint that first stretched out, have circle, and then this version, instead of having just two little arms, has multiple arms coming out of the center and even arms on the arms. So this is another cactus that you see in real life, CAC ty that have, like loss of little arms protruding off of the 1st 1 And so you can have a lot of fun with with shape and composition. And as you're exploring this shape with, like the stretched our arch with arms coming out of it, I would recommend trying different sizes, trying different placements and just letting loose and not really worrying about where the right place is to put your arms to just kind of paint. And if, as you decide, is your painting along that maybe one version, you don't like a Muchas another, then take note of that and try again. Um, I think that especially when you're learning to paint and to doodle like little things like this you need Teoh not be so hard on yourself for not being super realistic. Or maybe for painting things that don't look quite like you're intending. Partly because especially if you're just a beginner, you need to put in the practice. If you're going to want Teoh, be the kind of painter you know you can be or that you see others are. But also if you limit yourself by Onley painting perfect things if you Onley want to paint Perfect CAC Ty, you're not going to stumble upon the imperfections that will make your work unique to you that will make you stand out amongst others and will help to shape your creativity. I really, honestly, in my own life and in witnessing other people's art stories, I believe that it's the quote unquote mistakes or, um, the you know, errors or the pieces that maybe you thought were kind of ugly or you unintentionally things that you unintentionally did those air the keys to unlocking your creativity and to figuring out exactly what your style is so I'm gonna get off my soapbox a little bit there and just come back to these cack die and say, as you're painting this basic shape just with the, um, the stretched out half circle with the little arms or skinnier ones with lots of arms, be mindful of the fact that there is no right way to do this. And especially since we're doing loose watercolor CAC ty loose watercolor desert foliage. There's no need for it to look exactly realistic. Just put the color on paper and see what happens. So this is the first shape that we're gonna practice, and now let's move on to the second shape. 5. Cactus Doodle 2: shape number two of thes basic cacti shapes were practicing is very similar to shape number one. In fact, it's probably a little more basic. So we're doing that stretched out half circle again. But we're not going quite as big. It's just gonna be a small a little stretched out, half SoCal half circle ob long shape here and, um, some CAC dying just stop right there. And then this is where you add the needles and some of them, like sometimes you see CAC die in pots like this that are just this basic ah, half circle kind of shape. And then sometimes they even have just like a little friend plopping there right on top as like like a little head but in the same kind of shape and eso this is pretty basic. And once you add the details which we're going to do in a separate video, then it kind of all comes together. But this kind of cat eye shape is also commonly has a flower on top of it, and we're going to talk about how to shape the flowers and the flower video. But I'm just going to show you what it looks like right now. So this is the second basic cactus shape that you can paint and having a variation of like a smaller, more simple shaped CAC ty is useful when I am trying to paint wreaths and when I am trying to paint, um, like pages full of foliage or little patterns, which is what we're going to practice for our projects. So this basic half circle shape and then instead of little arms coming out of it, you can either leave it the way that it ISS. And I'm going to demonstrate that as well, so you can leave it the way that it is and then wait for it to dry and paint the details on top of it. So, like the, um, the needles and the lines, or you can add a little head on top of it and a little flower. Um, I've been away. This is the second basic CAC Ty shape 6. Cactus Doodle 3: Welcome back. Let's talk about the third basic cactus shape. This is similar to the second in that you and the first even and that we're going to layer things on top of each other while they're wet. But instead of like that ob long half circle shape, we're going to do more of like a cut off teardrop shape. And this is the kind of cactus that, if you were to look at it in three. D, would be pretty flat, so it wouldn't be like round and bull. This, like these other CAC Ty are in real life is more like, um, like a disc almost, and eso we're going to But we're just painting in two D, right? So we're going to paint this disc as like, almost like a cut off teardrop. So, like you're painting an upside down teardrop. But instead of painting the point right here, we're cutting it off. And then while it's still wet, similar to the other shapes that we did, then you're going to paint more cut off teardrops just right on top of it. And the further up you go, the smaller you're going to get and you don't have to just do like one little arm you can dio multiple jutting out like this. These kind of cactus air really fun to paint because you can just kind of go to town. You can have them be really small. You can have only one or two jutting out you can have. Uh, basically, these are growing everywhere on top of each other and so you can experiment with shape and size and whatever. Wherever your imagination takes you, you can also like, layer more on top of them just like that. So if this cactus had, like, it was in a field of CAC Ty and there was just this layer of cacti in front of it with this cactus behind it, um, let your imagination kind of go wild. But to demonstrate that one more time, we're doing this kind of disk style. So it's like a cut off teardrop, uh so, like almost like an oval or circle less tapered and flat at the end. And then, while it's still wet, painting smaller versions of the same thing just right on top of each other and once again , don't worry about whether it's perfect or whether it's realistic. If you really want to look realistic than you know, you could pull up on Pinterest reference photos to kind of try to replicate what you see there. But I would recommend learning these basic shapes first so that you can kind of have these drills, these practices in your mind. And I also honestly think that reference photos aren't always needed. Painting realistically isn't always necessary. So, um, and it's not always is fun. So that's why I am just for this class for this very basic beginner's class were just going over these basic shapes. So this is style number three and that next we're going to talk about number four. 7. Cactus Doodle 4: Okay. Welcome back, Teoh. Our fourth style of watercolor cactus. This, um, style is similar to the first where we painted this kind of like, ob long half circle stretched out half circle shape. But instead of 1/2 circle, we're gonna kind of do like a wobbly rectangle. Obviously, I am a professional and have very accurate terms and scientific terms for these shapes. But basically, I'm painting like a rectangle kind of shape but wiggling the sides, creating this kind of wave along the sides just to create texture. And that is pretty much it. After this Dry said, we're going to on top of it, put the needles and this can also have a little flower on top if you want. But some tact I just look like this just kind of stand alone and have weird, wavy shapes like that. They can be long and skinny, or they can be kind of like short and, um not even so much like a rectangle, but short and still ob long. Either way, some some cac ty just kind of stand alone and have thes funny boldest wave shapes along beside, um and these are really fun to doodle and paint as well. So that that wraps up our four versions of cactus out of tact. I And then in the next video, we're going to draw on paint all of the details on these loose watercolor CAC Ty that will pull them together. 8. Adding Details to the Doodles: Now that we have, um, these watercolor CAC ty the base layers of color. Let's add a few little details to kind of pull everything together. So first, I'm going to talk about how to use white Wash. So I'm using Doctor Ph. Martin's bleed proof white to paint some needles right on top off the CAC ty that we're using. So I'm just going to take some of this white wash and, um, put it on. Sometimes I like to use the lid of Dr Ph Martin's as, like, a little palate. And we're gonna take this Quash usually is really Pacey. Um, so it's, um, use have to use a smaller brush and kind of wipe off some of it on a pal in order to get the really in order to maintain the small points that you want to use. But once you have the white wash on your water on your small paintbrush, then go ahead and, um, pick a cactus that you want a paint. I think I'm going to choose this rectangular virgin first. Once you have the once you have the white wash on your paintbrush, then it's time to paint the needles and there are a few different ways to paint needles on a cactus. The first way that you can paint needles is to, um, kind of paint like a clump of three thin lines, all in one spot, and then paint that clump everywhere on the cactus. So the reason that I like to use white is because, typically, pine pine needles. I paint pine trees a lot, so pine needles. It was kind of an automatic response. Thes CAC Diet Cactus Needles, um, aren't usually white. They're usually like a big age kind of color often. But we're using white because it's easier to get you know, uh, wash, which is an opaque paint in whites rather than mixing your own like beige color. And this is a beginner's class. So if you just kind of paint pine needles, pine needles again, cactus needles and these clumps of three, that is one way to get a fun kind of realistic ish looking needle on your cactus. Another way to do it is to instead of painting those clumps of three, you could just do little crosses, and this kind of makes your cracked. I look more doodily so like more like a fun illustration rather than if you're trying to make it look more realistic. And one. One way to do this if you're not sure where to place the needles is to paint the lines, um, on the cactus first in this white wash. And so if you start from the top. Usually when I'm painting lines to add texture onto a cactus, I start from the top middle, and I do one side first. That's kind of stretched arch slightly on what to one side and on the other side that's arched slightly to one side. And then I do one down the middle and, ah, sometimes I ate paint these three lines. Sometimes I will do four or even five. So maybe I'll do five on this one just to kind of use an odd number. I like using odd numbers and then do the same thing for these arms, and you could just have the lines go straight into the body of the cactus. Remember, this is just, ah, loose illustration. We're not trying to create super realistic CAC Ty by any means, and so if you're lines just kind of disappear or stop, that's totally fine and especially as you're just getting used to it. So I'm painting these, uh, watercolor cactus lines. And honestly, I'm kind of on purpose embracing the messy because it's OK if this doodle is a little in perfect. And so I painted some of these crosses beforehand, but normally, if you're going to paint the lines, I probably would paint the lines first and then just paint some exes, some crosses along the lines on the cactus. It doesn't even have to be on the line specifically. But it is noted that most of the time when you see needles on a cactus there in the little crevices, the little the folds of the cactus, which is what these lines were supposed to represent. So just make sure. Also, Teoh try to put some lines on the outside of the cactus as well as in the middle. And my best piece of advice also is to try not to make it look too much like it's a pattern . So when I'm painting these crosses on a cactus, sometimes a similar thing happened. Sister, when I try to manually paint stars on night sky, my mind naturally turns it into a pattern. And so if you're noticing that you're kind of spacing out your crosses in a pattern or in the exact same way, then I would try to take steps to not do that. But I know that it can be difficult. So just, you know, go with the flow, be kind to yourself and just put these crosses, um, all across the lines on this watercolor cactus. And that is one way to add in these small details of the cactus to make it look slightly more realistic. Another way that we can use this white wash is to. Instead of adding needles, you can add dots. So, um, that's one of my favorite ways to add details to these, like Morse, Smaller, Simple or CAC Ty is to just add a bunch of docks onto them, and you can leave them as dots just like this. Or you can add dots and then, uh, also at a few, uh, needles to them. So when you add the dots, you can either add the like three pronged needles that we did over there before or sometimes I just even do like a little V on top of the dot, and that is another way. Teoh ad Some detail Teoh the's loose watercolor cocked I. I would also note that, um, it's important to Also, you don't have to just stick with white when you're adding the detail to your watercolor cocked. I you can use darker colors as well. If you have like a dark pen, like an archival permanent Ah, fine liner or micron pen. You can use that, or you can just use a darker color Teoh ad the same or similar details that we added in white. So I'm just using indigo Ah, highly pigmented into go to add some lines to this cactus. And then I can do the same, um, tricks that I did with the white, just like thes three pronged needles along the outside, using a darker color and that will work to so I don't feel like you are limited by only using white. I like to use white sometimes, especially when I'm doing like desert foliage doodles. I wanted to look like more cartoony or illustrated like this instead of fine art, because I think that white really makes the colors pop, Um, but yeah, definitely don't feel limited by it. You can use dark colors, and you can use pens and whatever you want. So this is kind of how, uh, this cactus would look with this dark paint. And then I can also use the dark paint to paint dots in a similar way. And, um, including toe. Make sure to have some dots like Ong along the edges of these disks thes circle discs that I have to, uh, kind of help give the effect that thes CAC ty have spikes all around them, not just like on the front where we can see. So that is, that kind of wraps up this lesson on adding details. You can add little V's, or you can add the's three pronged needle lines, or you can add crosses. And then, if you're gonna paint lines on the cactus, make sure that you if it's the half circle one, make sure that you start from the center and kind of arch downward. One last thing is you don't have to use White Wash. As I mentioned before. You can also use a white gel pin toe. Add some of these white lines or dots. Sometimes that is a more fun way. Teoh have the details to this. So if I just kind of dot some of these white Dodge with my Joe Penn and then, uh, a few of these spikes in that V shape, that's a fun way to add this texture. And then I can also add, like some of these white lines striping down the CAC Ty as well. So and then you don't have Teoh. In addition, Teoh just in the air of not being perfect, you don't have to get the lines exactly on the CAC Ty. Sometimes it can be fun to go just outside and have a more kind of sketchy style as you are adding that detail. So that wraps up adding detail to these watercolor cocked I. It can be fun to mix and match and not really care about what kind of detail is supposed supposed to go with which version of CAC tire your painting? Just have fun with it, an experiment and I will see you in the next set of lessons 9. Succulent Doodle 1: Welcome back. Now that we've practiced watercolor cocked, I we're going Teoh practice a few different versions of loose watercolor succulents. So this verse, this first version utilises white space on the basic shape of the, you know, leaves in a watercolor succulent so that we can give, like a loose kind of geo metric deconstructed version of a succulent if you're looking at it head on. So, like from a bird's eye view. So first we're gonna paint. I'm using a small detail brush by the way, to paint these succulents because succulents are kind of small, and the details that were doing the methods that we're using are going to be better served if you have a smaller paintbrush. So first I'm going to paint the center of the succulent and basically my center of succulents are always, like just a little circle, sometimes with just a white space in the middle to show, uh, some detail there. And then we're going to build the succulent from the middle outward, kind of in like a spiral in a circle and forming the leaves around the first center that we've built. So this deconstructed version, which is version one weaken dio with the leaves in two different shapes. The first shape is kind of this cone like, um, I say Cone like, because it has, like some rounded edges, but it's a triangle like with rounded, ballooned out edges. Um, so we're going to paint basically thes triangle like shapes that have edges arched outward all the way around. And so I'm going to paint four all the way around the center. But as you're painting, also note. So like, the point is not super sharp here, but it's still a point and note that I'm going to just kind of overlap. Uh, once I have those 1st 4 I'm going to overlap or put the next ones in, sometimes in between the previous layer and sometimes not. It doesn't have to be exactly like a perfect pattern. If there's anything that you learn from this simple watercolor, succulent and cacti class, it's that I much prefer a like a loose in perfect style Teoh a like perfect watercolor pattern kind of thing. But so that's kind of what I'm going for. But if you want to create your own pattern, feel free to just notice that I am using whitespace to separate these leaves of the succulent and, um, to show the kind of complexity and the and the deaths of the layers of the leaves surrounding, uh, that make up the shape of this plant. So I'm just still doing these cone shapes all the way around. Sometimes they're touching each other. Sometimes they're not. Um, either way, there's always white space in between the leaves and ah, the leaves on what in one layer and in between the different layers. So then you can just keep going until you feel like it's done. At the end, it will look like a little deconstructed flower, basically with a bunch of white space. So just to show you the stroke that I'm using on this one e, I did once again, I'm gonna do a bigger just so you can see kind of like a triangle like a cone with a point kind of like around and point at the top, just like that, with a flat edge. Um, that kind of comes to a point up here. But then, like arches outward in that classic arch shape another shape that you can use so you can do this deconstructed study. You can do this deconstructed style in multiple ways with multiple shaped leaves because there are lots of different kinds of succulent right, so you can do leaves that are shaped like this, Um this, like cone shape that we just spent a bunch of time painting you can use. You can paint leaves that look more like this, so also kind of a cone triangle shape but more tapered at the top and then tabled again at the bottom. So it's kind of like painting a bracket and then filling it in like a bracket that looks like this, if you ever, you know, used that kind of bracket in math or in shorthand or whatever. If you paint a bracket and then put a line on the bottom and then fill it in, that is also a succulent shape, just kind of at loose, succulent shape that you can use. And then the 3rd 1 that I like to use sometimes. Is this kind of like rounded shape? Um, that's kind of like a squiggly or a tilted teardrop shape. Almost eso. It's tapered at the end right here, but it's all rounded, so we don't have any corners or anything. Any points, Really? Just this rounded, tapered at the end. Honestly, this kind of looks like a comma. Or maybe an apostrophe, like a big apostrophe or upside down comma, some kind of punctuation, if that is helpful for you. And then, um so you can use any of those shapes to form this kind of deconstructed, open faced succulent. So like, Ah, here's how I would do it with the bracket form. So if I do this kind of squiggle for the middle and then, um, if I have these bracket leaves kind of layered on top of each other, I would just keep painting at the same way that I painted the 1st 1 starting with this layer of leaves of four leaves and then building my other layers on top of that, - and then you can keep going. I kind of stopped. I would if I was going to keep building out this, I would probably expanded a little bit more. But that's a demonstration of how to use that bracket shape. And then one last demonstration on how to use that like comma apostrophe shape. And there you go, none of these are perfect or super realistic looking, but they are a really fun way. Teoh approach a loose watercolor, succulent, just using whitespace and thes shapes to make like a deconstructed, succulent plant. So this is version one, and then in the next videos, we're going Teoh discuss to other versions. 10. Succulent Doodles 2 and 3: welcome back in the previous video, we talked about how to form these, like, deconstructed, loose, freehand succulents. And now we're going to use some of the same techniques. But instead of having them be open face like we're looking at them from the top, we're going to form them from the side. So similarly, we're going to use white space to separate the leaves just like we did. Ah, with this first version. But instead of building from the middle out from this top, we're going to build from the middle out on the side. So let's just use that, like, basic cone shape we used in the 1st 1 So if I form, I'm forming the succulent to be kind of large ish. So if I just formed this first cone kind of shaped leave, um, I would start with one whole one, and then I would form more of these shapes, but like they are layered on top of each other. So I'm taking a bite out of one on the side where it's supposed to be layered, Um, kind of like, layered behind this 1st 1 And I would do that on both sides, so formed the same kind of cone except, uh, paint it with a little separation and note that you can still touch the first cone in some of the places, like in some places. But just make sure to leave at least a little bit of white space behind so that you can tell the difference between the two. And usually when I do these succulents, I do two on either side, um, and then Ideo tomb or where it's kind of pointing outward, where the point, instead of pointing upward, is kind of pointing outward. Sometimes two more, maybe even just one more. I think for this when I might just do the one on that side and then, uh, continue with the white space version, uh, paint the tops of the leaves that are in the background layers not the background, but just the back layers. So I'm basically just painting the points of the leaves, just like the top third, and then leaving the white space between thes tops that I'm painting along that would go on along the bottom and leading white space in between the other leaves in the background layer. So and then I might paint a couple more. Just small background cones. Teoh complete that layer. So this is another fun way to use white space and a loose, succulent concept to paint a little doodle of a succulent. That looks really fun. And the different layers and the defend the white space between adds texture. It's pretty fun and easy and similar to these shapes that we used over here like this bracket shape on the cone shape. Um, you can use those shapes to form this kind of succulent as well. So I did this 1st 1 with that, like cone shape. And then if I I could do it with brackets also. So here's like that kind of pointed bracket shape for the succulent. And then if I wanted to do that same method, I would just form the similar shape and then cut out the side of it, too. Create the illusion that sitting behind this 1st 1 and maybe I'm just gonna make this one a little smaller just to show you don't have to have necessarily all of the layers. Just a few are fine. And there you go. There's another, uh, loose watercolor succulent from the side and then if you wanted to try to do this other virgin, this, like rounded version, then this is how I would do that. I would paint one of these and then just kind of keep forming this rounded version. Ah, sometimes facing each other, sometimes not. But just paint. Um, instead of having the tips have your layers be thes like rounded, rounded kind of leaves to form this watercolor succulent. I think that this shape works a lot better with the open face to lose watercolor, but it still works with the, um, with the side version as well. So there are types one and two versions, 12 of these water car succulents. And next in the next video, we're gonna do the third version. 11. Filler Florals and Leaves: in this video, we are going to talk about what I like to call the filler flowers, because one of the projects where painting is a wreath using the desert foliage that we've practiced all reads. It's important for always toe have, like leaves or filler objects so that you can fill in the spaces in between the larger, more importance of subjects in the wreath and for desert botanicals, those filler subjects come in to in in three different versions before at least this for the specific class. So my first kind of filler leaf that I like to paint is an ague ave leaf and on a Garvey leave kind of looks like this. It is like an elongated version of one of the pedals that we painted for, um, the succulent and so you can paint it with a size six brush or with a smaller brush. But it has. It's like long, and it's pointed. And, um, it has some like, uh, how once they may be spikes along the outside of it. So after you've painted the general shape, I just like to add a few dots on outside while it's still wet to showcase those spikes and a Gabi leaves sometimes are long and straight like this, and sometimes they are long and kind of like bend like that. So I think that when you're painting a garbage leaves, one of the most important things is to just kind of lean into, um, this loose style. Have some of the leaves bend sometimes, but we do want them to look relatively stiff so we don't want the leaves toe look like they're super flowing in the wind. Like I would normally with, um, normal, like kind of green leaves. And so mites Best tip for that is to mostly kind of keep your bends slightly more angled, Not like super geometric angled like with lines. Give them still a little bit of roundness. But don't give them the same kind of loose flow necessarily that you would a different leaf on made that might not make a ton of sense. And in which case, just ignore it. Um, just, um, go with the flow and recognize that sometimes Theodore belief will kind of slightly bend at the top. Sometimes it will be straight like this, but either way, the ah Garvey leaf is really a cool filler, flower or filler leave toe have when painting a desert wreath. So next up, let's talk about eucalyptus. There are a lot of different versions of eucalyptus, Um, and the one I'm only going to talk about one this time. So this is called the Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, and basically I've format by first painting a stem. So I paint a line for the stem, and then I paint just thes round leaves that go on either side of the stem. And sometimes they're around like this. It hardly perfectly round, obviously, but sometimes they're around and sometimes are more flat like this, Uh, and they can go across the stem or off to the side and the flat versions. Just showcase what it's like to look at this round silver dollar eucalyptus leaf from the side. So it's like it's staring up at you almost. And when you're forming these eucalyptus plants, these eucalyptus stocks, I think, generally with any kind of flower or foliage. It's important to add, you know, differences and complexity so that your mind doesn't get bored as you're looking at it, but is changing the shape. I am perspective of the leaves on this eucalyptus plant is one of the coolest ways you can do that. So, um, just by painting either the circle that's sitting on the side of this eucalyptus plant or painting more of this kind of like thin, rounded blob either sticking on the side or even going across the center as if the leaf is on the side and staring up at you just like that is in a fun and easy way to paint these eucalyptus leaves and then finally, last. But certainly not least, we're going to paint. Learn to paint, just like a super easy layered, Ah, flower that can either sit on top of a cactus. Or it can just be another subject in your wreath. So I the way that I do these layered flowers is pretty easy. I just kind of paint these blobs, but with my paintbrush by tapping. And then I use white space to layer more blobs, just kind of on top of it. And sometimes I have, like thes three different layers. I start with just a little blob like this. I told my brush at an angle and just kind of do a circular motion so that I leave behind this, uh, kind of blobby texture. And then I layer on another set of that same thing, leaving behind this line of white space. And then I do that usually three times until I have this kind of textured looking blobby desert flower. And my favorite color for painting these flowers is this coral color. But you can also use yellow or that, um, violent gray that we have. Either way, this is how I paint these flowers. And, um, it's a fun kind of rustic way and loose way to add a floral element to a mainly green desert, Um, scheme that we have going here. Okay, so that wraps up the filler flowers. Now, in the next video, we're going to talk briefly about shading and color blending, and then we're going to work on our final two projects. 12. Colors and Shading: Okay, So before we move on to painting our final projects, I just wanted to talk a little bit about color and shading. We briefly mentioned this in the techniques video where we went over watercolor techniques like the wet on wet technique on the wet on dry technique. And we used the wet on dry technique and glazing to form the details on our CAC. Ty and Teoh form the layers on our succulents. So, like in this more slightly layered, more realistic watercolor, succulent, we use the wet on dry technique and a form of the wet on dry technique called glazing deformed. It's layers, and we also use the wet on dry technique to paint on the details of our CAC Ty after they dried. And now I want to talk just a little bit more about colors. So this color pilot we've chosen and how to use the wet on wet technique to create shades and to create shading and more details on the CAC. Ty. Now I'm not going to go super into color theory, but I do want to say that if you're trying to blend colors together, it's important to know how they're going to blend together. And if you don't like, if you don't know much about the color wheel or color theory in general, I definitely recommend, you know, looking up YouTube videos about it or some of my other classes have beef brief rundowns of the color wheel. But basically, one thing to know is, if you know where colors orient themselves on the color wheel, you can know which colors blend well together. Colors that are next to each other on the color wheel are called analogous colors, and they blend really well together. So, like if I were to take the sap green that I've been using, and, um, blend it with some yellow Oakar, which is another color in this color scheme, sap green and yellow Oakar blend really well together, and they're going to come up with a color that looks pretty good because they're next to each other on the color wheel. But if I were to say blend sap green with uh like that coral I was using, it's gonna come out more brown. And that's not to say that Brown is bad. It just maybe is not exactly the color blend that we were looking for, although, you know, in a desert color palette, maybe brown isn't so bad. But, um, the reason that green and pink like this coral color don't blend maybe as nicely as green and yellow is because green and red are complementary colors and complementary colors. That's compliment with an E. R. When they when they blend together, they basically neutralize the pigment. And so they form neutrals or brown, as opposed to like another colorful color, like yellow ogre and sap. Green kind of made this all of green yellowy green color. So when you're blending colors, it's important to know that and honestly, the best way to get a feel for which colors are going to blend well together and which ones aren't, especially if you don't really want toe. You know, look up videos or whatever on it is to just experiment yourself. Test out the colors that you want to use and paint some of them on a paper levering, leaving them really wet and then, uh, combine them together and see what colors that you get when you mix them up. So, like I put this violet gray, this gray violet, together with into. Go on, then I got this cool like violent purple color. And so I know that those two colors blend well together. You also can use a mixing palette to blend them together. You don't just have to try to blend them directly on your paper. So, like, for example, if I were to try to blend some sap green and I put it on my mixing palette and then wash off my paintbrush and pick up some more of that gray violet and mix it with the green. Um, it kind of does neutralize it, but I get this kind of darker, more stage color, which is a pretty cool color. Honestly, um, so I definitely recommend experimenting with color recipes. Meaning what happens? What color do I get when I makes two different colors together and run your own experiments in that way, we're not gonna focus too much on color theory or much more on color in this class. I just kind of wanted to give a little rundown of how I would experiment with that and how to know which colors blend well together. And then the rest of this short tutorial, where is gonna expand on what we practiced in the techniques section, where if I want to add some shading to like a watercolor cactus that I'm painting, then I was start with a light color for the base eso, similar to how we started with the third version of the watercolor. Succulent would start with the light, a light value color. But instead of waiting for it to dry, we're going to keep it wet and at a darker color. So in the techniques version, we added a darker green toe. Add some shading, but you can also add, because again, this is loose. Like I'm adding a darker into go here instead of green and adding in to go to this sap green is going to make the result mostly still look green, but you can mix and match your colors as your shading here. So I'm just kind of adding to this cactus right on top of it. And while it's still wet, um, putting a darker color and then I'm gonna wash off my paintbrush and just kind of manually tapped with this clean water on my paintbrush. Teoh form uh, like, um or even blend between the two colors. And then, if I feel like maybe I want to add Ah, and even lighter version on one side, uh, to highlight the contrast between one dark side and one light side, I would take some water. So just some clean water on my paintbrush and use it to kind of push away the paint on one side. And this is a way to add some highlights to this cactus and Adam, or contrast between the dark and the light. One trick to making a cactus look around ID is to add to have that contrast, so one side is gonna be in shadow. And to add those shadows, we're going to use the wet on wet technique, right? Like we talked about Teoh layer on shadows that blend in with the cactus and then to make those shadows look even, um, add even more elements and more complexity and like roundness to this cactus. Then you can use water or a light, a light color Teoh make the other side of the cactus lighter. And what we do this while using the wet on what techniques. So there are no dried paint lines so that it all just kind of looks really smooth and seamless. And, um when I form CAC Ty, especially if I'm trying to form them slightly more realistic than my shading technique is like a back and forth between. Sometimes I'm adding more dark, and sometimes I'm taking more pigment away by lifting it with a clean brush with water pushing the pigment away. Um, and it's just kind of a dance, and you can decide when you want to stop. There's no right or wrong, and the more you paint thes, the better you're going to get figuring out which is your preferred method. I also want to say You don't have to keep your CAC ty this green color. You can also paint them, um, different, different colors if you want. So, like, for example, if I wanted to paint a cactus that started off as this violent gray color, maybe. And, um, I wanted Teoh. Uh, maybe I'll add some of this Van Dyke green. And then when I add the green to the violent actually kinds of kind of turns it purple or blue, which is funny, Um, I could do the same thing with different colors, so that's the beauty of using paint and being an artist is you don't have to stick with, You know, the traditional colors that CAC ty come in. You can choose whatever colors you want, but knowing some basics of color theory like which colors blend well together, in which don't that's going to help you as you hone your technique and experiment with different colors. So but this is what it would look like if I'm basically doing that same thing just with a different color scheme with this violet grey, gray, violet. And, um, this is Van Dyke Green that turned blue once I added it to the purple. So anyway, that is just kind of like a brief rundown of colors and shading. One thing I also want to say, we're not going to talk a lot. I'm not gonna paint really in my final project, any of these kinds of succulents because I think they're a little tricky, more advanced than this beginner class. But some succulents also you may find, um, have do have a natural shading of purple two green and so, like they have their leaves are green, but then they have these purple stems to them, and you can use the wet on wet technique to form those as well. So, like if I formed a green leaf and then just kind of added purple to the stem just like that , then I would use the wet. On what technique? Teoh blend those together. Ah, the what? On what technique and water to blend those together to get the that cool kind of transition from purple two green that does naturally occur in some succulence. So that's that's mostly all I'm going to say about that. Maybe in ah, in a class in the future where I do, um, or intermediate level or advanced level of desert foliage. I will focus on succulents that look like this. But for now, I'm just going to stick with this basic shading technique and the loose watercolor succulents and cacti that we've practiced. So I hope you found this helpful. And let's move on to the final projects 13. Misty Desert - Final Project: welcome to final project number one. For this first final project, we're going to put just a few of the CAC ty that we've practiced and paint them and kind of a misty row. So if you know anything about me Ah, if you've taken any of my classes before or if you have seen me on instagram, you know that I like to use this kind of line of misty trees technique. And so I thought for this class, instead of painting misty trees, we would try the technique for a row of misty cocked. I've so were, in order to start, the first thing you need to do is get some clean water and just paint. Um, probably like in the bottom half bottom third of your paper. I'm using just a sheet like a five by seven sheet of arches. Watercolor paper paint. Um, a large swatch, like not running the whole length of the paper, but large enough that it covers how much where you're gonna want your character to be of clean water. And we're gonna want to keep this wet most of the time. So on, then, once you've painted that. Stop, um, Swatch of clean water, you're gonna want to move fairly quickly. So I would recommend if you're painting along with me, then feel free to use the shapes I'm using. But if you're just watching this before you start painting kind of have in mind the shapes that you want to paint before you start. That might be easier for you. So I'm just going to paint a bunch of the's watercolor desert, um, shapes that we practiced before. So here is a watercolor cactus, and then I'm going to paint it right into this wet ah, swatch that we have at the bottom. And I'm just gonna extend this a little because I like it better. Tall. I think I do that all the time, start painting and then decided I want a different way and we're going to, uh, paint it right into the water. And that is what is going to cause this misty effect. So it's like the CAC Ty are kind of blending into mist or water, and then I'm going to take a different color. Um, this time I'm going to take into go and paint another cactus, kind of like one of those wavy rectangular cac ty and I'm just going to paint like the basic shape, the basic outline of thes CAC ty. And before I start, um And then I'm gonna wait for them to dry before I start doing the outlines similar to how we practice before. And then I'm going to paint, um, like one of those disks CAC ty Ah! And this time, part of this cactuses blending into the other one. And that is a technique I really wanted. I did that on purpose. I really like using the wet on wet technique and this loose style Teoh blend my objects into each other and encourage color blends I think are fun and worked really well. So I'm just going to dio a few of these little discs popping out before I move on to my next watercolor cactus. And at this point, I'm just gonna take stock and make sure that the space underneath it's still wet. If it's if it's drying that, I'm going to add more water to it. And now I'm going Teoh, I think I'm going to use some yellow ochre or this time and paint like a little batch of maybe one of them will be yellow Oakar Another one will be this indigo color Just some of these, like small CAC Ty right next to each other. And I might even do one behind just like that. So again, I didn't really have a plan. When I put this together, I just came kind of putting paint down. However, I feel like it. Um, if that's not your jam, that is totally fine. But I would recommend putting together some kind of plan before you start painting if you're not comfortable freestyling or if you just don't really like to freestyle, Um and that is a completely fine and great way to paint to plan first ahead of time. Um, then I'm going to paint another one of these. I'm gonna paint like a long, skinny cactus. Ah, so first I'm gonna paint the middle of it, and then I'm going to paint thes arms, but I'm gonna paint a bunch of them and I'm gonna use different colors for the arms so some of them might be I'm going to use this indigo color, and I'm even gonna I think, use a little bit of this gray violet color on the outside of this here, especially when I'm just experimenting. I like Teoh. Um, mix and match my colors. Teoh, explore my creativity a little bit more. And I think that's good for that cactus. Gonna take another quick stock of my wash of water and I'm going to use for my next, uh, cactus. I think I'm going to do a another like disc Juan. So is a flat bottom I'm using in to go. And then this one I'm gonna make all into go. Except I'm going to try to use only the pigment from that 1st 1 So I washed off my paintbrush, and I'm only using water on picking up pigment from the inside here to paint the outside's the discs. As this cactus kind of grows upward, I'm gonna blend in that top disk with this arm on the other cactus because that's how I like to do things. Okay, Um, now I'm gonna do, like, another kind of blobby cactus like this. Maybe a little higher when those blobby like rectangular cocked I and then to just kind of wrap it up. Uhm, I'm going Teoh, add a few little strands of a Garvey leave. This is mostly a cactus peace, but I'm going to add some a Gabi leaves just kind of in and around the different CAC ty to show some kind of like diversity complexity. Just add a little elements like I talked about before. I often use a Gavi is kind of just like a filler plant. Ah, when I'm dealing these desert pieces and that's exactly how I'm treating in this time. So in order to paint these ago bay leaves, I am doing just like this thin, thick stroke and painting the leaves dressed like that. And then finally, I'm going to go back in with some water, some clean water and just kind of pushed some of the pigment from the CAC Ty that I've painted down. And I might even add a little bit even more of my own pigment just to get some of this nice fun, uh, blended colors along the bottom here. So I'm just gonna add some of my own pigment down here. And if you find as you're doing that that the pigment stops or a stride, then you just have to re wet. It will be careful of creating dried paint lines. So I'm gonna add some yellow pigment here. And then I may even add just like a touch of purple in some places just for the fun of it. And then I'm taking more water and blending it into the wash of water that I had before, so that all of this all of these desert pieces kind of blend in together. Okay, so now that this is dry, I'm going to take my white gel pen because a lot of these air small. And I think that using a Joe Penn is a little easier than using a paintbrush sometimes. And I'm just going to add in some fun, quirky little details like some lines on the cactus here. And, uh, then I'm going to add I'm going to go through and out of the lines where I think they go first. And then I'm gonna add the needles where they go. Okay, So I took my white gel pen and I added the lines on some of the CAC ty. And then sometimes I added the three pronged needle. Sometimes I added the V. Sometimes I added the cross on the lines on and then sometimes I added some little dots, even some dogs on these lines, and I put some dots on the ga Bay leaves. And, um, that's how I finished up this misty desert foliage piece. So I like the details. I'm only used a white Joep in this time, but you can also use, like, another pen or a small brush with dark color if you want to add in those small details to I kind of wanted to keep this more doodily and fun. So I kept it just white. Um and I think it looks pretty cool. And then I just mixed and matched the details. Sometimes I put dots. Sometimes I put other things. But that is the final project number one, uh, one final thing to finish up. I'm just going to add a little flour on top of this cactus right here. Just that kind of layered floral technique we practice before just to add a little bit of texture. Little difference. A little pop, Um, there we go, and that is final Project number one. And now let's move on to final project number two 14. Desert Wreath - Final Project: welcome to final Project number two of this class. For this project, we're going to paint a desert wreath. So using all of the elements that we've practiced so far, Um, and just in this class we're going to paint a little wreath. And so to start, I took a bowl that I have and just outlined in pencil. Teoh, give myself a general outline. You definitely don't have to give yourself a perfect circle outline. And when I'm done, the reason probably won't look like a perfect circle anyway. But I like to have this guideline just just because one trick to is if you find that your pencil is too, um, dark, because if you have your pencil is too dark, it will show underneath the water color because watercolors transparent, right, and you can't erase it after. So I have this nifty thing called a kneaded eraser, which is just like a stretchy eraser basically, and I use it to, like, roll on top of pencil and it lifts up some pencil while leaving it behind. So I get this like, lighter version so that I can still see it. But when the colors on top of it, it will likely disappear. So first things first. When you're painting a wreath, my number one rule is to start with the biggest objects first. And for us that means starting with CAC Ty. So I'm not gonna paint necessarily all of the different kinds of character that we have, because this wreath is probably gonna be pretty small. But I am going to paint, um, one kind of largish, uh, cactus on the side. I almost always start on the upper left hand corner. I'm not exactly sure why, but I'm going to paint a kind of largest cactus off to the side. And for this cactus, I'm going to practice the shading techniques that we, um, practiced in another video. So I'm going to start with a sap green, and then I'm going to add in to go to the side of it and just kind of make this fun, uh, blended and, um, shaded cactus. And then I'm gonna take some clean water, a clean brush, and just push some of the pigment away off of the other side lifted away so that I can create a highlight down at the bottom to create that contrast even more. And then I'm going to on one side, on the darker side, I'm going to paint an arm that is dark. And then on the wider side, my arm is going to be, um, lighter. So I'm gonna take a lighter value of sap green and painted arm that is a little bit lighter than the other side, and that's just going to help enhance the effect. The contrast in effect, Um, just to contrast thes arms even more. I'm going to make the side that's dark right here a little bit darker just to create that small ingredient and then also on the other side over here. Push away some of the pigment. So I'm creating like, two little mini Grady INTs on this cactus as well. So and then, like, I tend to dio I don't like how I don't like the short. Uh, that cactus just didn't feel quite tall enough for me, so I'm just gonna extend it, and it works to extend it while the paint is still wet, because I can extend it ah without creating any of those dried paint lines. So there's my first cactus that I've painted, so it's a little bit more shaded, and I'm going to paint too more so I'm gonna paint one at least two more big ones. I'm going to paint one more one cactus. That's kind of like the, um, wavy rectangular kind of cactus right here. And I'm going to make this one kind of like multicolored. So I'm gonna paint it with indigo and also with this, um, violet color that we have and just, like, blend the two right together on the cactus, which is not super realistic, but I like, uh, blending colors on these loose kind of styles. And then I'm also going to take some clean water and just create some highlights in here, mostly to not to try to get any kind of realistic shading. But Teoh increase the fun water color, texture. So there's that that cactus. And then I am also going to paint a little clump of smaller CAC ty. Just this like, uh, half elongated, half circle kind of cocked I, but with no arms, but I'm I'm going to paint them kind of like they're in a little clump or I don't know if garden is the right term, but, uh, so I'm gonna make one that's kind of thicker. And then I'm gonna take some into go and paint one next to it. I'm gonna paint three in the background and then two in the foreground, And, uh so the background ones will have to dry first. And then I'm gonna go back and paint to more, right on top of them, right here. So now that we have some of these cacti, I going next, I'm gonna move on to succulence. Uh, first, I'm going Teoh, I think paint a succulent in this Ah, violet gray color. And I'm going to do one of those deconstructed succulents. So let's take my size zero paintbrush and, um, just next to or just under this cactus I'm going to start this succulent, and I'm just gonna good, good. I'm going to dio can't see the word gonna I'm going to dio this kind of like bracket style . And I'm also going to use that violet as well as Van Dyke green. So sometimes my leaves might mix together and use both colors. And I am doing that on purpose to create kind of like a multi colored ah, loose, deconstructed, succulent so I'm not like trying to go for that realistic look where some succulents have that violent tip, right? That's not what I'm doing. What I'm instead doing is creating this deconstructed, succulent alternating colors that I know will kind of mix well together in order to create a cool blend. So this violet, grey and van dyke green blend to create almost kind of like a gray blue color which might not be if you don't like, if you like more bright colors than I would probably go for a different combination. But I think that this combination is can be pretty cool. So I'm just going for these loosely deconstructed bracket shapes for this succulent. And then I'm just gonna go until I feel like it's good enough. So they were going to do just one more one more layer of this along the edge here on and almost done this This succulent kind of has a lot of layers, but I'm down with it. And as I've picked up more color and denser pigments, notice that more color shifts air happening with the leaves, which is pretty cool. Okay, I think this is gonna be my last one here. You could keep going and going and going, but I'm going to stop right there. So that's one succulent. And now I'm gonna do one to the side, and I'm going. Teoh, use yellow okra and green. Ah, yellow car and sap green as I'm painting it off to the side. So I am picking up some sap green, and I'm gonna put this succulent right here. I'm so gonna do that deconstructed version. Ah, where we use the white space. But it's just going to be from a side angle. So here's my version of that. And then I'm gonna alternate between picking up some green and picking up some yellow Oakar . And then just to show you, um that I'm gonna use that other succulent method that we've used in the past. I'm going to paint a layered succulent just right at the bottom here. So I need to start with a light layer and I'm gonna use this light kind of violet and form the outline of the crown here and then fill it in. I'll fill it in with paint, so I'm going to This is my first layer, and then I'm gonna build even more layers on top of it. And then after I build that layer, I'm gonna fill in the rest of the wreath with Mawr Ah, succulents and maybe a couple more CAC ty and then we will stop from there. So the most important thing to know as I'm painting this is to go from bit large to small. Start with the still biggest things first because they take up the most space and then fill in the space as you get smaller. Uh, and we're gonna talk a little bit more about that as soon as I finished painting a few more succulents. Okay, so I have added a few succulents here, including this layered one a few more deconstructed ones. And now I'm just going to add a couple more smaller CAC Ty Teoh fill in some of the space is a little bit better as well And what we're going to start with adding the darker, layered ones on top of this little bunch right here. So I'm just gonna add to darker, more defined CAC Ty in front of this layered little garden of cacti right there and then I'm just gonna add, like maybe one right here to go in front of this cactus and one right here to go next to this succulent. And then I think this one I'm gonna add a few of those. Maybe I'll make this one like more of, ah, flat disc version. So we'll out a few prongs, a few discs going on top of it. And it's OK if the layers go in front of succulents. Just generally, it's okay if some of the elements layer on top of each other. It just adds a little bit more dimension complexity to the peace. So one more like that, and then maybe I'm gonna add another little, um, like blobby kind of cactus right here and one more in soft green. Um, I'm just gonna add another smaller cactus with arms just right here. Okay, So now that we have added, like the base layers for these cacti and succulents, now let's add in some of the filler leaves, so I'm going to take some sap green, and first I'm going to add, I'm going to do some eucalyptus, so I'm gonna paint just like the stocks of where I want the eucalyptus leaves to go. They should normally be pretty straight. And so I'm just gonna paint the stems and then start painting the circles for the eucalyptus leaves. And they could just be, especially if they're small like this. They can just be blobs. Uh, some, like circular type blobs on either side. This is loose watercolor. I'm not paying so much attention to how realistic it looks. I'm just trying Teoh paint something that I think looks cool and that I have fun painting. So, um, even if some of these eucalyptus leaves aren't a circulars, I as like they normally would be Or if they're smaller, Um, that's okay, because we're just going for fun and quirky. Not so much realistic here. So I'm just painting the straight stocks and then painting some circles and other flat blobs on either side to represents those eucalyptus leaves. And then I'm gonna paint like one more stock of eucalyptus leaves over here. I think, um, just toe kind of balance it out a little, So maybe I'm gonna have one that's going behind this cactus right here. And this time with the eucalyptus leaves. I'm going to have the leaves B, this violet color just for fun. So sometimes the leaves connect with each other. Sometimes they don't. Either way, here is a stock of eucalyptus leaves. Maybe just one more, because I like it. I like when the eucalyptus leaves cross like that one more behind this cactus here and then I'm going to paint. Ah, fewer Garvey leaves as well. So let's paint maybe some McGarvey. Maybe I'm just gonna paint this ago belief right in front of this one. And I'll have another one. That's kind of straight, like so and one behind. And I'm gonna paint one over here, so I'm just kind of going with the flow. I'm not really. I don't have, like, a rhyme or reason, really, which is, as I've stated before, more my style. So if you like to have more of a plan than you could go ahead and sketch this out beforehand. Um, but I like to just kind of paint used my eyes to figure out where I want to go next, that kind of thing. So now I'm going to paint in a Garvey leave, I think, behind this succulent just like that, and then maybe have it coming behind it like this even crossing over into the eucalyptus right here and and a girl relief right here. And then I'm going to do one more. A guard relief. I think that just kind of crosses in front of these cac Ty right here. Okay, So I added my ago bay leaves, and now I have mostly all of the spaces filled in. And so I'm just gonna add a few flowers. Now, some of the flowers I'm gonna add on top of the CAC ty and some of them I'm going to add in spaces where there are any left. And, uh so I'm gonna I'm just mixing my coral color. So I'm gonna add a flower on top of this cactus right here just with these, uh, the layers off dots blobs that we practiced before. And I'm also going to add a flower. I think a bunch of flowers right here, still just using this dotted layer effect and maybe some maybe a few right here and here. Flowers wouldn't even be a loose term. You could even say I'm just kind of like adding some dotted texture that could look like a flower just to fill in some space out in some accents and almost done. Okay, so I added him some flowers and that coral color kind of just like, makes everything pop, I think. And that is again because pink is an excellent contrast to green. And so when pink and green are mixed together, they kind of just lift each other up, mixed together meaning composed with each other toe accent, each other, as opposed to when you mix them together. Went on what they just make brown. But, um, so next, I'm just going to let this dry and then dry in some details. Okay? So I finished up this piece with using my white gel pen to add in some details on top of the dried, um, on top of the dried wreath. And now it's done. This is my one of my favorite ways to use this really kind of fun loose watercolor, desert botanical style to put it all together in a really whimsical and fun wreath. And I hope you had a good time painting with me, and that wraps up all of the painting we're going to do in this class. Um, we're gonna talk a little bit more about just kind of recap what we've learned in the next video. And, uh, but just in case, I hope that you really enjoyed yourself. And if you decide that you want to post any of the projects that you have made, feel free to post them to the project gallery so that I and the other students can give you a shout out, let you know that how, um awesome your art looks. And if you decide to post this to Instagram, please tag me. My handle is this writing desk. I would love to see your work. And I would love to see all of the progress that you've done in your watercolor journey and cheer you want? So thanks once again and I will see you in the next video. 15. Recap: thank you for joining me in learning how to paint easy watercolor CAC ty and succulents on other desert botanicals. I had so much fun creating this content for you and I can't wait to see what you created Just to recap we have two projects for this class. We painted this little misty line of CAC Ty and other desert elements And we also painted this fun, quirky watercolor early using different character died succulents and florals as well. Um, I had a blast coming up with these designs and sharing the use techniques that I've kind of honed over the years with you. And if you want to share any of the projects that you have created from this class, I would love to see them. I would also love to see if you have any feedback for this class. One of the best ways that you could do to support teachers if especially if you love classes like mine is to lever of you. And if you are willing to do that, I would be so appreciative also, If you want to post any of your work to Instagram, please feel free to my handle. Is this writing desk. So make sure to tag me so that I can see your work and teary one. Thank you once again for joining me, and I will see you next time.