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Oil Painting Cupcake

Maria Morris, Awaken to Color

Oil Painting Cupcake

Maria Morris, Awaken to Color

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4 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Oil Cupcake, Welcome

    • 2. Oil Cupcake, Supplies

    • 3. Oil Cupcake, Color Mixing

    • 4. Oil Cupcake, Demo

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About This Class


This is a long, thorough, simple demo that can be painted in oil or adapted for acrylics. Great for beginners or if you are starting over!

The last half is silent, so you can listen to your favorite music while you watch or paint along.

Please refer to my Still Life Class here in Skillshare for videos for THE FIVE STEPS. They include, 1. Color Study, 2. Canvas Prep 3. Transparent Layer 4. Opaque Layer and 5. Brushwork

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Maria Morris

Awaken to Color


Although portraits are my first love, I’m currently obsessed with florals and landscapes. I’m finding they have as much meaning as a portrait and can bring so much joy as they reflect God’s creation.

I'll teach you acrylic and oil painting with pure, vibrant colors. I offer floral, landscape, still life and portrait classes with my do-able, step-by-step process.

A part of my calling is to inspire others to dig deeper into their creativity and refine their painting skills. Many of my students have rediscovered their calling to create beautiful artwork that not only nourishes their souls but blesses others too.

To see my latest works, follow me in Instagram or visit my website! You can also shop prints in my Etsy Shop.

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1. Oil Cupcake, Welcome: I'm so glad you joined my skill share class. Today will be painting this and I will be covering the supplies, my no fail five-step process. And you can watch along or paint along or both. I have photo references for you to download, supplies list. And I would love for you to contact me for any advice. I have been painting all my life, but took some breaks to little things like raising kids, be a missionary. But you know what painting is my calling. And so now I'm back in at a 100% full time. And helping other people develop as an artist and find freedom through painting is one of the things that I love and brings me joy. So I hope I can help you. This class is good for beginners or advanced painters because of my five-step process. Step number one is a color study. So just doing a little quick watercolor of the painting is going to help you get to know your subject and plan your colors. And then step number two is your Canvas prep. I find white canvas is intimidating and so I put a drawing down. I seal it with acrylic spray on, gloss it with acrylic, that medium. And then the drawings there through the, throughout the painting process. Step number three is the transparent layer, which is really fun and oils, because you just put a little more linseed. Use your, use your deepest colors but thin and cover up all of the white canvas. And then it's not intimidating anymore. If you're using acrylics, I use a golden fluid acrylics with water, kinda like a watercolor on campus. So fun to place my basic colors and cover up that white canvas. Step number four is the opaque layer where you start putting the paint on that or and you block out your lightest lights in your darkest darks and then you go from there. And I'll show you. And step number five is brushwork in detail. So I will guide you along the plenty of advice and help you to create a painting that you didn't know you could paint something so vibrate. And before painting, it's not a waste of time, doesn't matter what you're painting. Turns out looking like it's not a waste of supplies. It is a deposit into your creative genius. It is calming and good soul care. And every painting you get a little bit better. Every painting is gonna look different. You're painting will look like mine because you see differently than I do. And that's a good thing. I would love to see your progress. If you'd like to see my work. I met Maria portrait.com or follow me on Instagram at Maria portrait. Thanks for watching. 2. Oil Cupcake, Supplies: The supply list includes watercolors because of step one, the color study. But I don't want you to spend a lot of money. I don't. These are just studies for yourself. And so I buy cotton, which is the student grade watercolor. And I only by a few colors, shallow blue, Windsor purple and dioxazine, purple, cad Red pill. He'll just kind of an orange. And my favorite color, of course, minute rows and cadmium yellow, pale hue. And then I just have to really cheap Princeton watercolor brushes. You can buy whatever watercolor paper you want. I buy them in this little pre-cut pack, which is also on my supplies list, link below, just sawed off to cut it down. It's easy. And I put it on top of my iPad. And my iPad shows the image through and then I just trace the drawing because who wants to sit in a grid a drawing for the next two hours in handy-dandy palette, which is just paper plate that I end up throwing away. So these are the step one watercolor supplies to prep your canvas for painting after you have your drawing on it. And I use graphite transfer paper and a printout of the reference to get the drawing on the canvas. However, graphite will smear you want it to the drawing to stay throughout the painting process in case you lose your way. The way we do that is by spraying it with acrylic coating. That'll join a couple of minutes and then it'll be ready for a layer of gloss medium, which you just brush on with a junky old brush, which creates a nice glossy layer. And it also solidifies your drawing and strengthens your canvas and helps your paints to go on smoothly. So I love the gloss medium on a canvas. Let me introduce you to some of the most important characters in the role of supplies, synthetic Mongoose. These are beautiful because they spring back, but they aren't like painting with straw. The way the lowest grade oil paint brushes are, like just go get a stick and break it, you know, and I mean, they're so bad. These are beautiful and they will stay beautiful if you use my brush care TTIP. And the bigger the brush, the better your painting. I do have some detail brushes for portrait work. Speaking of details, the Kemper tool is my magical little tool that I use in the transparent layer when it comes to redefining the drawing and scraping away. When you've made a mistake. Or you just need to get some paint out of the way for laying down white opaque. And I use the palette knife not to paint with just to mix colors with. If you mix your colors too much with the Brush, you're going to load up the feral of the brush with paint. And you don't wanna do that because it's nearly impossible to really clean that out. I mix. Bigger batches of color with a palette knife. So here's how you take good care of your brushes. First, with a dry paper towel, you wipe off the excess paint. Next, you have a dirty, odorless thinner jar and a clean odorless thinner jar. And overnight, sometimes the dirt will settle to the bottom so that you can put just the top layer of clean odorless, thinner I mean, yeah, the top layer of clean into into your clean jar. So you have a dirty jar and a clean jar. So after you have wiped off your brush, you rinse it gently in the dirty jar and you don't smash your bristles. Or they might be afraid. Well, I bet you can see it's still a little dirty. So then we rinse it in the clean jar of odorless thinner and it's still a little yellowing. You think it's cleaned, but then once you rinse it under water, under running water with the master's brush cleaner, again, being gentle. Rinse it with water. White began. And then when it wipes clean and you wanna wipe it this way, you don't want to, like I said, smash the bristles are our work it too hard. And then a little bit of refined linseed oil will condition your brush, bristles like you would condition your hair. You don't want your brush to dry with paint in it, although it can sit for a couple hours because it's oil paint, it doesn't drive as fast as water-based mediums. But if you're gonna sit your brush overnight, it should be like this and should be cleaned twice with odorless thinner, once with your brush cleaner, overrunning water, and then conditioned with little bit of refined linseed oil. And there you have it. My favorite oil paints are Gamblin, because when I buy them on Amazon, they are fresh and easy to squeeze out and they're not all dried up like sometimes craft store paints can be. I also arrange them in a way where they're easy to grab because I know where they go. Transparent warms go in this shelf. So I have this actually when Newton, because I haven't run out of this yet, a Indian yellow for my transparent yellow's a permanent rose. This is also Winsor Newton. Permanent roses was always my favorite color with watercolors and it is still my favorite color with oils. But for some reason Gamblin doesn't make a permanent rose. They might make an equivalent. And if they do, let me know. Permanent Rose is my other warm transparent and my third warm transparent is a quinacridone magenta. Now as far as transparent cools go, we have Windsor violet, which must now you can go cobalt blue or fallow blue. I love fallow blue. It's super bright, deep and you only need a little bit. Fallow turquoise, it's early in blue is, is opaque. Cad yellow light anything cadmium is going to be opaque. Nap fall read. I have fallen in love with lately. And this is just an easy way to get aligned. Green, Cadmium Green. You want lots and lots of titanium, zinc white. Oops, the annoying thing about Gamblin whites is the lid doesn't like to stay screwed on. If you have a hack for that, let me know. Very knowing. Ok. So these are my colors and I love to play with them. Something else you'll see on my supplies list is refined linseed oil and odorless thinner than odorless thinner you use to clean your brush. The linseed oil used to condition your brush. And in the painting process, you put the two together at a one-to-one ratio, which actually helps you thin your paint as you go, especially in the transparent layer. It's not for a rinsing your brush to clean your brush. It's just for creating the right consistency with your paints as you go. And you'll see that in my demos. I paint with a large table easel because sometimes I like to sit on the stool when I'm getting tired. I don't want to stand up for hours and hours when I'm painting, sometimes this is a hack. So you buy the large table easel. I just used like a 40% coupon at Michael's, but I will have the link in my supplies page also. I painted it white just because I thought it was prettier. I bought some sticky hooks. I made a little white rod. You just buy a piece of wood and cut it down. So what it allows me to do is stand when I want to stand and paint and with detail work sometimes I like to sit. Also. I can take the bar away for a really big painting. So that is my table hack. The other interesting part of the table hack is my iPad holder. So this is my iPad holder, and I will also include it in the link to where to buy this on Amazon.com. Let me introduce you to my palette. My palette is a twelv by 24 inch foam core board taped to a twelv by 24 inch acrylic. Now, you can use glass glasses nice until it breaks. And since I'm kinda klutzy, I break glass lot. That's why I use polycarbonate. I think it's also called, but if you just go to Lowes and ask for the acrylic and they can have a 212 by 24, but if they don't, you can ask them to trim down another one for you. What I have for you is a PDF download of these color labels. It's good to put the colors down in the same place every time so that you can paint quickly and know where everything is. I labeled them just because some of the colors are dark and I just forget. So if you don't like the labels, you don't have to use them, but if you like, and you can download the PDF below this video and cut and paste them to your foam core board. And then just tape your acrylic sheet on top and it makes a really nice palate. That's my little palette hack. 3. Oil Cupcake, Color Mixing: So I figured the best way to teach you my super bright color mixing skills is with the color wheel. So they taught primary colors going to be yellow. And I just use cad yellow light straight out of the tube and I have a bright yellow flower or something like that. The next primary color is blue. The most true blue, I would say wouldn't be alien straight out of the tube. Your next primary color is going to be red. And the truest red I know is not fall red. Now Paul read straight out of the tube. So you probably remember from art class that these are your primary colours. Now, to get your secondary colors, you usually mix the two. My colors don't always mix perfectly the primaries into the secondary. I'd just use Cadmium Green. And the purist Leaf Green is going to be a little bit darker. So I'll just add some fallow turquoise to dark and her up bit. That's my secondary color. And green. Very pretty. Yeah, there's secondary colors going to be violet. And windsor Violet is a transparent, perfectly violet color, but it's super dark in this case of the color wheel, so I'll just add some white to it. Just Windsor Violet is my purple. To try and get some medium here. Here we go. Alright? And then we need orange there, right? That's our other secondary color, is orange. And the way I do orange, naphtha I'll read is a super warm red and just a nice pure cad yellow. Pretty good, means a little minute. Or in already. Nice pure right, through. Orange. Love it. Now we're getting into our tertiary colors, which are a mix or the in-between colors, the easiest way to say it. So let's, I guess we'll go clockwise with a yellow green. Would I mix this yellow with this screen to get a yellow green? Yeah, better would so I'm just going to bring in some yellow into that green that I've already created. Yellow and white are the colors you'll use the most of. So the coloring between blue and green is blue-green. And would I mix this green with this surly and blue to create a blue-green? No, I actually think I can do a brighter job at it with cab yellow again and follow turquoise. So this blue-green is brighter because I use valid turquoise than if I had mixed sertraline. And the green that was already mixed. Reason being when you mix more than two colors, you, you start graying down your vibrancy. And so this already has two colors in it. This has one course. They would have been three colors mix together, which would have dealt the vibrancy, which is why I wanna keep it pure by just adding cad, yellow light and fellow turquoise. So between blue and violet is going to be blue violet. Ok, so if I mix my Sertraline, which has only one color, with my Windsor violet, which is really only one color. I don't count white. White doesn't dole vibrancy because you're not mixing two opposite colors, which we'll go over in a minute. But yeah, I would go ahead and just put some alien into this violet, pure violet color that I did, which is exactly in between the two colors next to it. Between violent red's gonna be a violet red. This is the key to color mixing. Is not mixing too many colors charge, trying to use straight out of the tube or two-color mixes next to each other in the painting. I think I would not put naphtha all read with my Windsor violet because I happen to know that that will dial down the vibrancy. So I'm going to warm up this violet with permanent rose to make my violet run. Nice. Okay, and then we have a red orange. The way I made my orange was with a little nap fall red. So I'll go ahead and mix some more nap fall right into my orange to create my orange, my red orange. While I'm at it, I will add more yellow, tiny bit of this orange I have for my own Yellow. And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, the color wheel, super bright colors. If you add white to any of these colors, you'll get a tint to it, right? As far as darkening colors go, though, you do want to know your opposites. So the opposite of blue is orange. If you want to darken up an orange, you don't want to add black. You want to add blue. As far as red goes. If you want to darken up elif, like put a shadow on this leaf, color. You out a little bit of red, you don't add black. Black just makes everything look terrible. But the opposite color will darken things up nicely. On the other hand, you have to really be careful for opposite colors. If you have them next to each other on your palette, you're going to dirty up your colors and get mud, which you don't want, you want vibrancy. They're like frenemies. Sometimes they work together because they darkened each other nicely. And sometimes their enemies because they don't know each other, not nicely. So you have to be in control of that yellow to, you can always darken up with some oranges, but if you want it to be a more neutral yellow, you would darken it up with purple because that's the opposite color. However, when you're painting on your palate, keep purple and yellow away from each other only when you mean to do it. Because like I said, they're frenemies. I have downloads for you, my color recipes and my color wheel for you to just have fun with color. 4. Oil Cupcake, Demo: If you are a beginner or a beginner again, at an oil painting, you're gonna love this demo because I'm going to paint a super-easy cupcake that's really fun and small. And I'm going to show you more of the palate view. I have all of my supplies setup. I've got the print out eight by eight, which in the link below you'll get the pronounced for black and white poster arised and Luke photo reference. Am I KM this here super cheap and easy? And then my profit graphite transfer paper, which I can reuse as much as it'll let me my take my pencil, my razor must spray. Golden gloss, only brush. But I would like to do a color study of this cupcake for you in watercolor. Alright, ready to go? I've got my reference taped to my canvas. This canvas is unfinished, just the way it comes from the store. Graphite transfer paper, graphite side down and with a thick ballpoint pen and you don't even have to push down very hard, you just sketch it real loosely. This is kinda controversial in the world of art because the purists would say that, you know, most important part of painting or art is learning how to draw. And I do believe that however, I have drawn half of my life hours and hours a day, and I just want to get to the fun stuff these days. Now the reason that they say that drawing is so important is that your eye needs to learn to observe correctly in order to paint beautifully. You can't just always paint exactly what you see. The tau, you see it, and how you interpret it. And it matters. Which is why I do the watercolor sketch because I'm getting to know my reference while I'm doing the watercolor. Watercolors that easy for me, if they're hard for you, you can do it with colored pencils or in another medium. So I'm getting to know the subject with the watercolor study. But I'm also decide Making Colour decisions and value observations quicker than if I were to sit there with pencil and sketch it and cheat, cheat sheet cheat and getting these ellipses correct. You know what I mean by districts? Sorry, it's cheating, but it's called life is short. And I like, after I've got this basic sketch down, you know, I got this crystal clear. Ok, so the rest of the video is actually going to be completely silent. You can watch me paint every detail. My Spotify playlist that I have in the link below, or whatever music you love to listen to. So there's nothing wrong with the radio. I'm just turning off the sound. Enjoyed the demo.