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Mini Watercolor Painting Class - HOW TO PAINT SNOW

Kellie Chasse, Artist/Instructor ✅ 16+ Years

Mini Watercolor Painting Class - HOW TO PAINT SNOW

Kellie Chasse, Artist/Instructor ✅ 16+ Years

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8 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Intro Mini Winter Class

    • 2. Materials Needed

    • 3. Let's do a quick Sketch

    • 4. Wet in Wet Background and adding Salt

    • 5. Removing the Salt

    • 6. Let's begin painting the Trees

    • 7. My Favorite Part...Adding the Snow

    • 8. Thank you - Here's your Class Project Directions

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About This Class

Great for turning into Holiday Cards!

A quick and simple way to create some cool textured backgrounds using salt! We will add some trees and layer with snow using white gouache. This is a great warm-up painting for anyone plus a fantastic way to create multiple cards for a quick but rewarding image to gift.   


Let's play and create some snow using watercolors. 

Get your watercolors out ... and let's start having fun with some quick paintings full of textures and wintery goodness.


  • We'll cover a wet in wet style, learning how to easily blend your watercolor
  • Learn to create an interesting texture with salt. 
  • Create fun and easy snow by using gouache
  • How to use and hold your brush to create splatters
  • Link draw and paint trees (Youtube Video). Please don't forget to post your projects below, I can't wait to see them! 


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Kellie Chasse

Artist/Instructor ✅ 16+ Years





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1. Intro Mini Winter Class : Hi there. And welcome to our many class on watercolor. We're gonna be painting winter snow using wash and salt techniques. Hi, I'm Kelly Chassis. Um, a simple living and main artist online instructor. I've been teaching online now for over three years, and I love to make these simple step by step quick and easy courses for you to enjoy. This was designed as a short little course, perfect for those of you that are beginners with watercolor or those of you that are more advanced but just want to do a quick little warm up painting we'll be covering in this course, a wet and wet background and will also cover how to use salt decrease and beautiful textures. You'll learn about wash and how to use that to create some beautiful snow techniques as well as using it for some splatter techniques. So grab your paint in your paper and let's get started 2. Materials Needed: four materials for this winter scene. You will need obviously watercolor paper, and I'm going to recommend that you use at least £140 cold press. It just works a little bit better with a wet on wet background. I'm using the art easa watercolor pad for this. It's great for warm up paintings if you're sketching or journaling. This is like a perfect little watercolor paper. It's pretty thick, so it holds the water quite well. You'll notice this is on a spiral binder, and it does have perforated edges on here so you can bend that and take your painting right out and move on to the next one, Which makes it really nice. What color cards Air? Another option. Strathmore has some really nice ones that come. A pre made the do is fold them, and they also have envelopes to go with them. So if you want, this is a holiday card. This is this is another great one to use. You will need watercolor paints. I chose to use my Windsor Newton artist quality paints. You can also use Cotman or really any type of pan paint. You can also use the two paints. But just keep in mind that the two paints air a little bit higher pigments and might work a little bit differently with the amount of water that you'll be using for this. Do you need a sketch pencil and you will need a couple of brushes? It is not important. With size round works best, you just need a larger one and a small one. For some details, you will need some whitewash. This is by Windsor Newton, and it comes in a tube form, so it's nice and sick, and you'll also need some table salt or some type of heavy, coarse salt, whatever you choose to use, and then you will need some water, and I would advise I only have one cup here, but if you don't want to change your water out often, two cups of water works even better that we can use one for clean one for dirty, especially when you're using wash so over ready. The next step will get started here with the sketch 3. Let's do a quick Sketch : So we're gonna show you today how to create a beautiful, very simple little seen winter scene using some salt and wash on. We're going to start this off by doing a very quick light sketch. Keep in mind. Since we're using watercolor, your your watercolors are transparent, so you may be able to see some of these sketch lines in your paints. Now we are gonna be using some gua sh, which is opaque, so you're not going to see all of it once you covered with snow. But if the lines bother you, the sketch lines, you can also use a watercolor pencil. And once you add the water to that, those lines will disappear. So it's a little little tip for you. So we're in a sketch in just three little trees here. These air for trees that we have and the branches on. These really hold that snow so beautifully in the wintertime here and mean. So these are the perfect little trees to dio. Now, if you are interesting doing trees or some sketches, I do have a a YouTube video on trees that you may wanna watch. It's all post that for you in the links here. So very quickly a light sketch. Three trees were going to make this very simple, quick and easy for you to get started for your project. 4. Wet in Wet Background and adding Salt : Now that we have our sketch completed, we're going to start with our background and we will be using some salt. I'm gonna be using a little bit wider brush here, just so I can really quickly get a nice wash down on the paper. So you know what the brush first would just some clean water. Make sure that you rinse that brush up and that it doesn't have anything already on it. I've done that before and accidentally put some color into my painting. They did not want their. So make sure you have a clean brush, clean water, and we're gonna start with adding a little bit of this purple. No, this is Violet, and this is in the winder Newton pans, but any purple will will work for the most part, as long as it's not. It's more of a blue purple, less of a red purple, a red violet. So I'm just gonna follow this line across the bottom here. I don't wanna have any water. Reach down below here because we want this nice, crisp, clean line for our snow line. And you can see I have this paper quite wet when we're just gonna tap some of this color and here and let it go where it wants to go. I did leave some areas completely white without adding the water to it. So you'll see. It may be a few little spots here and there. This is not have to be solid. And if you use this tap emotion, just letting the paint go where it wants to go, move along and it creates this beautiful blooms in your in. Your painting now on the side here could see where it's a little bit stronger color and do not move as much. I do not get much water over there, so make sure you do tap the color only in where it has water. It's gonna add a little bit of red to this, a cranberry color just to give us another shade in this. And I'm doing this at a diagonal just for something interesting, and then we'll rinse that off. Now, Miss Softness up just a little bit. Here is I did not have that area real wet. Fill this in just a little bit more area and then we're gonna use our table salt here. Let's put a little bit of that same color down the bottom here. Just so it looks like we have a little bit of hill, A little bit of shadow on the bottom. Now we're gonna take our salts. This is just a regular table. Salt. Very find table salt. You could also use the real course table salt. It will give you another look. So I would suggest that you give that a try in your projects. We want to try some different salts and see what kind of different looks that you can get with that. That is a really fun. So we've got that on there. I haven't covered it completely, but this is going to make that illusion of some snow, so we're going to let that dry. 5. Removing the Salt: So the next step is going to be removing the salt now, depending on your environment, how warm your area is, how much humidity there is. This may take a lot longer for some of you than others, so if you need to speed the process along, you want to wait for the salt to really absorb. First, you get this beautiful pattern or texture in here. Before you do this, give it a Lisa, maybe 10 minutes to see what it's going to do. And then you could take a blow dryer and speed up the process. Once you see you have some patterns with the salts already on your paper, so I'll often do this with a blow dryer. Just to speed things up a mountain, make sure you hold it away from your paper. No did six inches or so. You don't want it to be too hot. I just want some nice, warm air to blow on there, and it should be dry to the touch or warm to the touch, and one way to check to see if something is dr taking the back of your hand. If it feels damp. Still, it's probably not dry enough, and then you want to remove the salt just with your fingers doing a scrubbing motion. This is great exfoliant for your hands. It feels wonderful and get the salt off of there. Now. If you try to remove the salt prior to it being dry, you'll just make marks on your paper and that salt will spread with the watercolor annual Create marks on your paper so really important that it's completely dry before you do that . And I have a couple little stragglers here for some pencil marks that I have some just erasing those. You cannot erase pencils. If you're watercolor has gone over it. Just keep that in mind if you use colored pencils. This is not an issue, because it will just blend as watercolor in your paper. See, we'll see those marks. So they were just gonna move that Psaltis side here. Beautiful pink purple salt now, and I know this is dry will be moving on to our next step by adding some trees in our painting 6. Let's begin painting the Trees: So let's begin. Our trees were going to use our small brush here, rinsing off, making sure that we have a non thirsty brush. So it's always something key. To make sure you're doing when you're working with water colors is to make sure that your brushes completely wet. Oh, or else if you mix up your paints, it may suck up all the paint mixture that you've just made. You will notice that the background of this is quite rich. It's quite dark, and because of that, any water color is going to have a difficult time showing up on this background. So you will notice that I do not have a lot of water with this pigment, and I'm not mixing the water and making a little puddle off to the side like I did with the purple. I'm just wedding my brush and dipping it directly into my pain pan, so this is pretty dark pigment. It's quite thick you can see here. There's not a lot of water with this, so I will have to go in and read load my brush a little bit more than what I might have to do if this was white paper or a very light background When you create your project. Another fun thing to do is to try the different color backgrounds. Try some lighter shades, try some darker shades and see what they're going to dio on. That you can get a little bit of variation with your pigments with the green, and you may even want to try some blues, pops and blue in there. It's always under experiment and try different colors to see what your preferences. You could even do a little sampling of a bunch of different colors beforehand and try that out and see what you like best before you creature roars. Speaking of the blue, let's most pop a little blue in here while this is still wet and get some shadows and the underneath of these branches. No, we were not all one color. A lot of this might be covered depending on how much snow that you like wants to a 2nd 1 Here, you'll notice I'm using the side of my brush and the very tip of my brush. I'm using this morbid dabbing motion. I'm not holding this like I would a pencil really close. We want this nice and loose and you don't want. You don't need to have it completely solid, but because we're gonna be putting snow on top of this with a wash, it will be a little bit more difficult to see if you don't have the green there. We're getting a nice base for the color to lay on emerald or 1/3 tree on this side, something to keep in mind When you are working with water colors, they don't always do exactly what you want them to dio, and that's the fun and the freedom of water color. So if you have a background and you absolutely love it, but there's one particular spot that you're unhappy with, this is a perfect time to pop a tree and over there. So even though you have three trees, if you find that you have an area you don't want to show, you can always cover that up by putting another tree in there. I really like the way that king could bloom down around those trees, so we're keeping those pretty much We were they where they were drawn and you notice you cannot see my pencil marks because it's such a dark Ah, dark color. We'll rinse air brush off, and I think I'm gonna put a little bit more blue in here on this one as well. Now, if I was not putting still on this, I might get a little bit more detail with some of the other colors and the other layers. But because I'm gonna be using so much wash on this, a lot of this is not gonna be seen. This is gonna be peeking through and we'll rinse the brush up and will dry this next. And for our final step, we will be adding the whitewash to make snow. 7. My Favorite Part...Adding the Snow : So for our final step will be adding snow by using my one of my favorite ways to great snow . Um, is by using wash. So quash is Pirmin were permanent white. It's opaque, it's quite thick. It's a little thicker than normal water color. It's almost like a toothpaste, and you don't need a whole lot. A little goes a long way with this, so I'm gonna put this off to the side. Here. You do want to make sure that you don't add it. Any color, because wash will pick up tends to anything. It's, you know it's white, so of you at just a tiny bit of color to a content your wash, so quashed does work like watercolor, where it can be reactivated. And the more water that you have with your quash, the more transparent it will be. And it sometimes will dry a lot lighter than this bright white that you're seeing now. So the thicker that you have this there are more white. It will look. It almost is like using an acrylic paint. If you haven't really thick. With the exception of once, it's dry. You can still reactivate it with water soak wash is a little bit trickier to try to take out once you put it in your painting. So one thing to keep in mind wherever you put it, it's gonna leave that chalky nous to your painting, and it does. It can blend as well. So we're just gonna take the tip of the brush hair, and you can see where I'm just making starting motion. Just adding a little snow on top of these trees. I'm using this little tap emotion toe laughed into the right, and we don't want it perfect. You want it a little bit more random snowfalls where it wants covering some of those leaves doesn't have to cover all of them. You want to see some of that green showing through again any little place that you're not happy with covered with snow, little tricks of the trade here and anything you don't want this squash to be to. To think you do want just a little bit of dampness on your brush, a little bit of water so that it will move for you a little bit better. It's too thick and be it could be, um, first, while you would use way too much. Then you need Teoh. But second of all, it will leave like the thickness or a layer texture on your paper, which you don't wanna have. There's continue to tapping this on here. You like a lot of snow, a lot of snow on there. We don't like a lot of snow. Just put a little bit they could see with the middle. Tree here has already started to dry a little bit, and it's not quite as white like washing the center is is starting to pick up a little bit of that greeting through there. It's more transparent, so I had a little bit more water on my brush at the time with that one. One thing to keep in mind to You don't want to keep going over and over it because it will actually pick up the color the tones underneath. So now it is gonna do a little splattering. This is wicked fun. This is where it snows everywhere now, and I'm just loading up my brush and just tapping it on top of my finger here. If it's not coming off, you may need to add just a little bit more water to it. If it's too thick, it's just gonna want to stick to that brush. It's got too much water. It will drip too much. So there's that again. Fine line. You want it almost like the consistency of house paint for this and there we have it. We have a cute, little, really simple, easy painting that you could give us a gift or you could make into a card and send out for the holidays. 8. Thank you - Here's your Class Project Directions: Thank you so much for joining me in this quick mini winter scene. Painting on. I would love to see your class projects. So what I'd like for you to do is take either your blank paper or card. Whatever you like to dio on. I would like for you to create some backgrounds to start, so mix and match from different color combos. Try different types of salts and post your projects down below. Let me see what you come up with. If you have any questions during your projects, please make sure to leave them in the discussion board. Please make sure to click the follow button and you will be notified whenever there is a new course up. I'm working on a series of many courses for you now. So they're quick little 20 minute projects great for warm up paintings or great for just when you have a whole lot of time to do a full fledged painting. But you want to just get a little creative time in. So don't forget to post your project below when you finish it completely from start to finish on. If you want to tag me on instagram, you are more than welcome to do that. I would love to see your projects poster there as well. And you could do that by tagging me at Kelly chassis. Underscore fine art. It would certainly appreciate if you have a chance to leave a review that lets other students know that this is a course that they might like to watch as well. Thanks so much. And I can't wait to see your projects.