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Negative Painting - Watercolor Florals

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (1h 21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Let's Talk Materials

    • 3. Practice Exercises

    • 4. Project 1 - Simple Layering

    • 5. Project 2 - Complex Layers

    • 6. Project 3 - Layering with Metallics

    • 7. Thank you

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About This Class

An exciting class using the wonderful technique of Negative painting while painting florals! this class moves from a Beginner level project to a more advanced project with complex layering.

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Watercolor Artist and Instructor


Hi there! I am Madhumika Sankar and I go by the name Femvisionary on Instagram. I am originally from India and have lived my entire life in the Middle East. I am an avid traveler and really enjoy dreaming up new places.


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1. Introduction: Hi everyone, I am Madou. I go by, they need femme visionary on Instagram. And for my business, I am a watercolor artist and I am so excited to be teaching this class. If you've seen the images you understand it's amazing, it's stunning. I love the final projects. I love everything about this class and I'm so excited to share this knowledge step-by-step with you guys. It all goes in today's painting. And if you haven't heard of was negative painting technique of being around an object. I already have couple of other classes on Skillshare so you can go check them out. I'm so excited to get started. So the first project is begun. Our simple, simple lower than the other three. The second one is more in depth. And finally, in the last project we go into metallics and how you can play around with metallics in active painting, layering on top of your negative painting. So go by their projects step-by-step has each project goes, it gets more and more complex and the technique is a little bit more tricky. So I am so excited to teach you this. Let's get started with some amazing paintings and have a wonderful session. 2. Let's Talk Materials: Ready to talk materials. Okay, So let's talk people. For this project, we are using a cold press, watercolor people. It is about 200 GSM. Think about keep forgetting the conversion to LB. Let me just check, is about 74 LB or more. Okay, So this is a brochure people. It's still, I think it's available only in India, but you can use Fabriano as well. It's really amusing. Or BP paper and had good reviews, but Fabriano definitely is good for the pains. I am using Art Philosophy, beans. So these are prima watercolors. They have two different brand names. And it is pasted dreams and it has the set of tropical with it. So it's actually two sets of paints that I've combined and fitted them altogether. So remained using actually the tropical pinks and the indigo as well from the tropical tropical set. And I get this question a lot. So just wanted to go over that. Additionally, you can also use indigo. That's from Winsor Newton, I think that's surely nice indigo color as well as White Nights. They have a really nice in the color, indigo color pigment that is very deep and surely nice. So I don't like the tropical one that much. So I would suggest using a quote, Men are White Nights. If you are unsure about the material, just let me know. I can just explain that further. Just make sure you add it to the discussion tab so I can reply to it. For the brushes, I'm using craft ammo. It's a round brush. I'll be using also a black pen. This is from uni pen. It's just a normal black pen, is just water and feed trough, which I think is very important. So I use a black pen. I'm also going to be using a script liner brush. It's a really nice, thin, long brush. And I'll be using it for specific details or areas that are much smaller that I can't use a round brush through. You can see this, this is from Linda Newton. It's a size two. So you can see the brush. It's really long and thin. And that's what is called a detailer order rigor brush. So it has multiple names. And it's really nice. In terms of brushes if you're planning to buy approach, I would suggest craft I'm more because they have nice sets. So they have a 10 key set, which is amazing. It has all the brushes that he would possibly need for watercolors. You don't need to keep buying brushes, not really liking them and all those things. So that way. Craft animal has all of it. It also has a rigger brush in it. I think. They do have a detailer burst. There's a lot of options, so you can get the set that has all of it, or you can get a Winsor. Newton said they have also sets, which has a round brush or triggered fan, and they have varieties as well for that. So those are our materials for today. 3. Practice Exercises: How about some practice exercises before we get started? So I'm drawing a very simple floral doodles. Let's say it's a duplicate them using a pencil. So it's just basic floral. So you can see a kind of to like these bumps for the petals. So some being hot shaped petals and some just being rounded. So I have a variety going on, so it looks a little bit more interesting. So this is the basic flaw that we are going to be using through all three projects. A variation of it is just half of it. Not all five, but just half of them. And that would be a variation to show kind of a half-life. And we'll be using that in the final project. Don't worry, I'll show it to you again. So you can see here how I'm doing this. Now by just varying the length of the petal. You can see this flower looks a little bit different, that's a character to it. So we're going to be playing around with the same idea of the basic shape, but maybe moving around the length of the petals. Now that we have done this, let's talk about how are we going to do the inside portion? How would we going to fill in the poll and ideas? I like doing something really simple and has a big note, this is a perfect way of doing it. I do have some other classes where I showed different portions of floss so you can't check those out. So I'm just using a basic black pen that we used that I spoke about in the materials. Just doing some circles. And I like filling some of the circles out. So some of them gets filled up. And this immediately creates interest. And so just having them at 12 us empty, so coats, so filling some of them out. Very randomly. Null. I just do a dot, leave a gap and draw a line. And this is for the inner portion of the flower. I VD the height of this because I don't want them to all look really Street. I like having them up and down. It looks a lot better. And that's it. Super simple flower that we're going to be doing for these projects. I was just practicing this at least a couple of times. You don't need to practice it a lot because it's super simple. But I just wanted to show it to you. See you have an idea. If you're not much of a person who draws, then definitely practice it. Now let's talk about what is make the painting. So you can see the floor that we've drawn. Negative painting is painting a drowned the flyer. So what we're gonna do here, you can see I'm painting around it. So in between it, all the spaces, What's going to happen is as I paint around it, you will see the flower in the center, and that becomes the main focal point. So negative painting is a very interesting idea of making center the floor, the focal point. And it, it looks really interesting. It creates a lot of intrigue within the painting. I love this technique a lot. I have so many classes on it because I just enjoy it so much. Notice when I'm doing this that I make sure that I also fill. I paint the middle portions of the petals. If I didn't do that, the floss can look really. It's not going to look that creates, so I make sure that I paint all around it, even in between the petals. And this is the basics of negative painting. We are going to be exploring this more with the projects. Take your time to practice this a couple of times because when we go into a project, that's going to be a project. So you don't want to have like confusion at that point or like you're struggling. If you find that your brush isn't going, you're not able to paint like this. Smaller portions or the areas of the painting use a thinner brush. So we'll just making sure you kind of have got the right tools to get you started with the project. When I'm doing the smaller areas, I make sure that I do them slowly and just really carefully because they don't want to make a mistake there. So I just do it a little bit more slower compared to when I do the outside. So there you go. This is negative painting and now I can let it dry and then fill out the Center. For filling out the center, what I like to do is use a secondary colors. This is a pink. In this case, I'm using a pink for the center. Can see how I'm just doing some lines. And now I can let it dry for a little bit before going in with a little bit of depot pink and during the center again, but this time the length of the lines that I do are going to be a lot more shorter. So it's going to be more towards the center of the flower. And you can see how this deepens up the Florida little bit more. If I had just left a bit the first layer of pink, it wouldn't have looked that nice, but the second layer creates dimension. And now I can let the two layers dry before going in with the black pen and doing the center part with the poor learn and the ferments and all of those. And you can see exactly how we had done before for the previous flower. Just doing the same technique. But the lines with the Poland. And they, you go, this is the flower we're going to be doing. And I hope you enjoyed it. Now let's start with our projects. 7. Thank you: And surely hope you enjoyed the three projects, went through the practice exercises. I hope you tried it. And I call me to see what you've come up with. Post it in the projects below or on Instagram. Tag me. I love seeing projects and you can also use the hashtag called femme visionary Skillshare or February class. So you can see other people's project with a blonde. And I know it's a great way to see what else is positive. And it just helps you get more creative. And it's also a good way for other artists to also find your work. So I am so excited to see what you guys come up with. Feel free to also do a review because it helps other people also know about it. And also it helps me know about your experience if you have any questions, leave it in the discussion, could I can reply there? And yeah, that's about it. If you have any doubts, feel free.