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9 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Paint A Fall Collage Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Lesson 1 Drawing The Fall Collage

    • 4. Lesson 2 Painting Center Pumpkins

    • 5. Lesson 3 Painting Yellow Green Squash

    • 6. Lesson 4 Painting Acorn Squash&Gord

    • 7. Lesson 5 Painting Cut Pumpkin & Leaves

    • 8. Lesson 6 Painting Oak Leaves

    • 9. Lesson 7 Painting Yellow & Green Leaves

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About This Class

This is such a fun acrylic class that will help you get inspired, explore composition, learn some drawing and painting techniques.  You will create an inspiring Fall/Autumn collage filled with pumpkins, gords, squash, and leaves reminiscent of the Fall season. 

This is a great way to create fun patterns and textiles for product and surface design, or just to display in a frame on the mantel.  The best part is you will learn some tips and tricks on creating beautiful collages of any season or theme.  Let's have some fun together mastering the perfect composition to fill in all those negative spaces creating unique whimsical art.

Before you start the class, print the two printable files attached.  One is the color scheme to help you select your paint colors, and the other is a drawing of the composition that you can look at for reference when drawing the collage.


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Yvette St. Amant

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1. Paint A Fall Collage Introduction: Hello everybody. I want to introduce my brand new class, paint, a fall collage with myself, event saints Him. I want to show you how you can create beautiful collages using these skills, drawing, composition, block painting, and illustration. Let's take a look. I really hope you'll come join me in this fabulous class and paint this beautiful fall collage with me. This class is perfect for all levels were using simple lines and shapes. And the color blocking technique is great for all ages. So if you're ready to dive right in and paint with me, you can move right on to the supply list and we'll get started. 2. Supplies: Everybody, I just want to go through the colors we're going to be using and all our supplies in this class. These are the colors I've chosen for our fall collage. I have. And a lot of these are Blick acrylics and then some of them are just folk out. So I've got a light orange, yellow, it's actually a very pale yellow color. I've got cella dawn crushed coral and then fire coral. So that's these two colors here. And then I've got an orange light, which is like a peach, and then an orange medium. And then always have, you know, some white and black on hand for contouring. And we're going to use some white to lighten some colors. Perhaps. I like to just always have them on hand because I think we're gonna get some little details in our collage. Fluid using watercolor paper. And I always have a pad of 12 by 18 and I usually cut it down so that it's a nine by 12. This is a really good size for creating your collage. You don't want it too small because we're going to be put in a number of images on the paper. Make sure you have a pencil as we're going to be drawing, are components of the collage and an eraser and then just have a series of brushes whenever you prefer. Painting with, I've got anywhere from a two to a six here. So whatever you're comfortable painting with everybody likes to or prefers a special brush. I do love my watercolor brush for doing washes, but I don't typically use it when I'm I'm using my acrylics heavy, I'll use like a two round or three flat here. Okay. So another thing, just make sure you have a bucket of water on hand. And I also recommend having little undeveloped paper towels and just kind of fold them up and I stick it underneath my water buckets so that I can wipe my brushes after I rinse them. That's a very helpful. So that's all you need for this class. And you can just move right on to the first lesson and we'll get started on drawing our collage on our paper. 3. Lesson 1 Drawing The Fall Collage: This is the composition that we will be drawing for our collage. And in this lesson, I will be taking you through the step-by-step guide on how to get this image onto your watercolour paper. Make sure you go in and you grab the printable that I provided for you. And you can also use that as reference if you print it off and just have it at your workspace beside you so you can keep looking back and forth to help guide you as well. We're going to begin by drawing two pumpkins in the middle. And I always start just doing two circles. It's so much easier and then you can put little stock. And from that point, use them as guides to create the sections of the pumpkin. Don't be afraid to go a little bit over the circle. You know, and make, just make the sections a little on uniform just to make it a little realistic. But you've got that circle in there to help you with the shape of the pumpkin. And every pumpkin is completely different, so it doesn't have to look exactly like mine. If your pumpkins a little wonky or lop-sided, all the better, it just adds character. We're going to do a second pumpkin. And this pumpkin, imagine that we've sliced it in half. And once we painted and we'll see like all the little seeds in the center. So we're doing a half pumpkin. Just again, create a circle and then just go in and kind of re-form the lines so that it's not so round just to give your pumpkin a little more character. And then I just added a little thin kind of skin on the outside the Rhine. And then we're going to add a little, another little circle within that, and that's where the seeds are going to be. So there's three layers to that half pumpkin. When I'm done, I just erase all those little circle that I did. Okay. You can add your little stock. Okay, so on the top right-hand corner we're going to draw a gourd. And this gourd is going to be a little upside down. So I'm almost doing beginning with an oval shape and then we're going to add, you know, like a neck onto it. So these are just simple shapes. You can pause the video whenever you want. If you need to catch up. Now in the bottom left-hand corner, we're going to do another type of squash and as more of an elongated squash. So it's just a long oval shape. And again, you're going to put a couple little lines down it. Just to give it some sections, to give you a little bit of a guide because we're going to paint within these shapes. And then go ahead and just put your stamp on it. We're going to continue building up this composition with a lot more pumpkins and squashes. I'm gonna do an acorn squash in the bottom right-hand corner. So it's almost a round shape, but we're going to put a little point on the end. We're going to add the stem and then we are going to section this squash as well, just like we did the pumpkin. So I'm adding one section in the front and then I'm burning the rounded part down. Okay. And once we start painting, you'll understand why we're sectioning our pumpkins like this. The type of painting that we're doing is a very simple. There's no special technique involved. It's just painting sections. So we're gonna do another pumpkin up here in the top left-hand corner. This pumpkin, I just, I want to create different shapes, so I made it a little more oval. So it's kind of like one of those flat or pumpkins. So feel free to explore with your shapes. You know, when you're creating your first composition here, try and do it as closely as you can to how I'm doing it that way. You know how to fit all the components in. But then after you can just go in and explore and create a variety of collages with whatever subject. So I'm gonna do another half pumpkin here, up in the top right hand corner below that gourd. Oh no, this isn't to have pumpkin. I apologize. This pumpkin is from the top looking down. So again, you're just going to draw a circle and it's going to appear almost like you're doing a flower. And I do a little circle in the middle just to let me know where that stem is and then you can build your sections off of that. So now we're going to fill up some of these spaces with some half pumpkins and squashes. So this one is the half pumpkin. So again, drawing an oval shape, you're gonna get a lot of practice drawing pumpkins and gourds here. So same thing. You just, and then refine your line and get whatever pumpkin shape that you want. It can be a little squashed or flattened. And then we're going to do a double line for where the Rhine is. And then we're gonna do it another circle in the middle, which is going to hold all the seeds within that media are part of the pumpkin. Okay, so now we're gonna do a half gourd over here. So it's little bit like the shape that we did in the top left-hand corner. The same kinda comes up. So it's almost like a kidney bean or if you can imagine a paisley shape. And we're going to add our stem. And then we're going to, because it's a half pumpkin. Again, we're just going to put in a little circle, circular area here where it's going to hold the seeds. My camera got little fuzzy there, so I cut it off. You may notice two little sections that I put within that half gourd. You guys don't really have to put that in. I think in my head I was kind of conceptualizing where the seeds are. We're gonna paint over that and we're just going to draw the seeds in. So if you want, you can have it. It helps you. Otherwise don't worry about it. You'll see months we paint. I apologize for the position of my camera. I am doing another small pumpkin at the top. And you might not be able to see me drawing it. Hence why it's a really good idea to have the composition that I, the printable that I gave you guys. But you've had a practice. This is another pumpkin that is just shown as from the top view, just like the one just below my hand that I'm covering. So you'll see in a minute here again, I apologize that my camera is too far down. You can kinda see it there, so it's just another top view. And I trust you guys can get that in. Now what we're gonna do is we're going to start filling in the gaps with some fall leaves. And I'm doing a couple different type of fall leaves. This one's pretty simple. Again, follow along, it's just using the lines and then we're tracing around the lines. Something or really funky is happening to my camera. I don't know what is happening. It's having a really hard time auto focusing. I do apologize for that. We're going to create the same type of leaf here. And again, we're just using the lines as a guide, as the veins. And then we are going to trace around those lines to create our fall leaf. So I'm going to get a couple more leaves within these spaces and they're just going to be a little bit different. I do repeat these sleep patterns. So I'll do a variety in this style as well. So again, they're just using lines and some little oblong ovals, almost like tear, tear drop shapes. Nothing fancy. These are all just shapes. So I'm gonna do a single leaf here. We're gonna do a few more of these single leaves just to fill up spaces. When you're creating a composition for a collage, you want to fill in the spaces. So you're going to be using, you know, of variety sized subject. And in this case, I'm using leaves as my feller. So whatever kinda collage that you're creating, you know, make sure you find components that are, you know, kind of smaller, but you can simplify the shapes has fillers. And also you want to make sure that you have a variety of shapes. You don't want to use a whole bunch of components that are round or oval, that are just one shake. You wanna mix them up new on ovals you want rounds do want more organic shapes that can bend and twist between the lines, you know, and in this case that's the leaves here. I'm gonna get a couple more leaves within the empty spaces. Again, I apologize, my pencil is off the page here. But when you're looking at the composition that are providing did for you the printable, you can see the placement so much better off all the leaves and that will help guide you. I think I've got two more leaves going in here. And when at the top has, it's like the three-pointer here. So it's got three leaps coming off it. And then I probably have one single leaf at the bottom. Yeah, we're gonna do one more leaf here at the bottom, and that will complete our composition. And you're gonna be ready to get on your way and start painting. So we're done the drawing. You guys can now move on to the next lesson where I show you how to paint. 4. Lesson 2 Painting Center Pumpkins: Okay, let's have some fun and start painting are collage. We're going to begin by painting the two centric pumpkins there, the full 1.51. Make sure you get a little bit of each pink color on your palate. Have that prepped, and we will get started. We are going to be painting each section. So this is gonna make sense how we drew the composition, making it easier for you to paint. We're really just coloring a solid shapes within the sections that we drew. And I'm starting here with my fire coral. So what we're gonna do is alternate colors on each section. You're going to do a dark than a light beside it in the next section and then a dark. But what I'm doing is just starting with a one color at a time. So I'm going to do all the dark colors. So I'm gonna just gonna alternate sections and then I'm gonna come in with my lighter coral. And I'm gonna do that section that I left white in between. Now, because this is pretty straightforward way of painting with not a lot of technique gets just painting solid shapes. What I'm gonna do for these lessons is I'm going to speed up the video a little bit so that you can see the process. Because I'm sure once, once you see how I do it, you can probably work on your own, but it will act as a guide. And then I'm just going to add some music three-year enjoyment. So sit back, watch how I create this and then you can go ahead and create your center pumpkins. I broken up the lessons into doing a couple of pumpkins at a time. So in this lesson, you will be doing these two pumpkins, and then in the next lesson you'll do tomorrow pumpkins and so on. So I hope you enjoy this class and I can't wait to see your finished products at the end. So let's get to sit back and watch how we create this beautiful fall collage. Hello. Two, maybe. Okay. Okay. Right. 5. Lesson 3 Painting Yellow Green Squash: For this next lesson, we're going to be painting the yellow and green squashed. So you wanna make sure you have your yellow and green paint handy. Also have some white and black because we're gonna be contouring like we did with the orange pumpkins. We're using the same technique as we did with the first two pumpkins. And we're going to begin by painting in a solid section in the yellow. And what we'll do after that is we're going to add another section of the yellow this time. And we're going to leave a little white space between each section. And that's going to be where we're going to be put in our cell add-on or our light, Sage green, whichever color that you're using. So I'm going to speed up the video for you again in this lesson so you can see how it's done. Again, no special technique, we're just color blocking. Have fun guys. Okay. Okay. Okay. 6. Lesson 4 Painting Acorn Squash&Gord: In this lesson, we are going to be painting the acorn squash and the bottom right hand corner and the half court, continuing with the same technique that I've been showing you with all the pumpkins and squashes. So i will be speeding up this video a little bit. You can sit back, relax, watch how it's done. Pause and work along. Whatever works the best for you. Good luck everyone. Okay. I am a teacher. It's true. Okay. No. Wherefore. 7. Lesson 5 Painting Cut Pumpkin & Leaves: This is going to be a quick little lesson as we are just doing that pumpkin in the bottom left-hand corner at that split in half. And the two leaves on either side. You got this, everybody, let's get to it. Okay. Okay. Okay. 8. Lesson 6 Painting Oak Leaves: This is our final and last lesson in this course. And we will be completing it by painting in the two oak leaves that are left. It doesn't work. It's a little different. Right? The stakes that Congratulations, you have finished your fall collaged. Thank you so much for joining me in this class. If you think this class was fabulous, please leave me a review. This helps me prepare all the great classes that I've been creating for you guys. We'll see you next time. 9. Lesson 7 Painting Yellow & Green Leaves: Okay, we're nearing the end of our collage. We only have a couple lessons left. And in this one we're going to paint some little yellow leaves. Okay. Oh, and on and on. And on. No. Wow.