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Paint a Silhouette Tree Line in Gouache

Eden Bourne, Paint and Patience

Paint a Silhouette Tree Line in Gouache

Eden Bourne, Paint and Patience

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8 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Paint a Gouache Landscape!

    • 2. Tools and Set up

    • 3. Sky and Horizon

    • 4. The Hills

    • 5. Grass and Foreground

    • 6. Tree Silhouettes

    • 7. Final Details

    • 8. Project

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About This Class

Welcome to my second 'Paint with me' style class.

In this class you'll be painting alongside me as we create a project together using gouache paints.

The subject for today's painting is the sun rising and shining through a line of trees on a bank.

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Eden Bourne

Paint and Patience



Hi, I’m Eden.

I'm a New Zealand artist, specializing in gouache paintings.  I also run my own business selling prints of my paintings.


My classes range from basic colour charts and creating gouache landscapes to how to best digitize your artworks so that you too can begin selling your art.


Please feel free to explore my classes, or drop me a line through my socials or website!

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1. Paint a Gouache Landscape!: Hi, everyone. My name's eaten. Welcome to my sick and paint with me style class today, repainting the sun, rising up behind a line of trees on the bank. I think you'll really like it. True story. About two years ago, when I got back into painting, I avoided paying with me style classes. The reason for this is because I wanted to pick up skills that I could use for my own paintings, and I didn't want to replicate somebody else's at work. I didn't think that that would work for me. Little did I know at that point of my journey that these style class is actually perfect for people who love to dive, hit first and what they're learning. If you're a person like that, well, someone who just wants to try quash. I definitely recommend taking this class. I look forward to seeing all your projects in the project gallery, and I'm here for any questions that you may have enjoy 2. Tools and Set up: To complete this painting, you will need the following tools and equipment. A piece of watercolor paper, preferably a four and 300 g s e. I like to play scrap paper underneath a range of round paint brushes, brushes I use most a listed on screen white, yellow, red, blue, yellow OK and black. Quash. If you have other yellows, blues breads, then you can use these. Just also be prepared for the fact that your final peace will not look the same as mine, which is absolutely fine. A ruler, Painters or washi tape. If you don't have this, that's OK. It's just easier if you do two containers off water, a micro fiber towel and a paint palette. 3. Sky and Horizon: on an A four watercolor paper measure 12 centimeters down from the top on each side and connect the dots with your washi or painters day. If you do not have any tape, you can also roll a light pencil line. I recommend using the tape impossible as it will allow you to get the straightest horizon line with the least. If it next, take some whitewash and some ultra marine quash and place it into the same well on your pendant. General idea with wash is that the consistency of your paint should increase as you add more layers. A. So this is your background. You want to a light blue mix to be a fairly watery consistency. I hate this medium shade along the top of your page with your largest round brush, it should reach about five centimeters down from the top of the page. - Next , add a little more white to your well, using water to create a similar consistency. As before, take this lighter shade and paint upwards from the washi tape line. I needed to mix a little more paint, which in this situation was OK, but generally it's safer to mix more than you need, so you don't need to worry about matching your color for this painting. We need the center above the horizon line to be the brightest, lightest part of the painting. I'm adding more white wash to this area to get this effect. In addition to making the scene to lighter and brighter, I've also decided to make the edges slightly darker to create more contrast. Just lightly put some of this darker shade on your age is it does look a little lining at first, but we will be bending it out when I'm doing this. I put my finger on the bristle of my brush to give me more control when I figure out and you can see that it's blending slightly better when I use that technique, it's quite messy, so just do what what works for you. I felt as if the white wasn't as dramatic as I had intended. If you also feel this way, go back in with straight white wash and make a more obvious patch of white in the center. It may also help toe allow your sky to dry before layering on more paint. Oh, with a clean depth brush feather the edges off your white block to blame them into your background. Once I rent my brush, I will often squeeze the bristle slightly with my fingers to remove excess water. You can definitely do this with your micro fiber or paper towel. It's probably a lot less messy. That way, too. You will notice that I did not paint all the way down to the washi tape. This time. Shortly, we will be painting hills just above the horizon so there's no point and painting with these wig are If you have painted all the way down, don't worry. One of the things I love most about quash is how easy it is to layer, especially when dry. So just wait a little bit after you finished your sky until your paint has dried before going over the top and painting your hills. 4. The Hills: to create the hills, you will need your black and white. Since these air in the distance they will look very grey. Hills closest to the edge of the page will be darker than the part closest to the center. With your grey loaded. Drag your paintbrush from left to right across the page, just above your washi tape. It's okay if the brush dries out and loses its color along the way. Load your brush again and make the same movement from the right to the lift. You may see this effect more prominently in your own pace, as my camera didn't seem to pick it up very well. The center will be now less pigmented than the ages. Mix a little lemon, yellow, white and gray to give them. You will only need a little amount of paint toe light in the center of your health. You will see that I needed to go back in and light in my mix with some white paint, so it is a good idea to make your mix a little whiter than you. C Minus Currently way work this color and from the scene outward to the hills at the edges of your page be mysteriously falls from the ceiling and lands in your palate. You know you're on the right track. Sometimes a curse. Light colors tend to dry dock A with quash. You may need to work this area a little longer like I did. You could also use some covering white to speed this process up a little. 5. Grass and Foreground: make sure your painting is dry, then gently pull away your take to create a dark green color mixture ultra Marais and lemon yellow with a touch or two of yellow way type across our horizon. We need to be more careful and laying this point down. It is okay if you're Linus, illustrate how it, in fact it will make your painting look more realistic isn't make your dot green. Go down about three centimeters. This area will be the bank before the mid and the full ground its costs and shadow as the sun is rising behind it. Make a new mix with your coach Murray lemon yellow and ochre, this time making him via on the yellow side to give yourself a lighter shade of grain. Make enough to cover the wrist off the page. If you have to make more paint, that's OK, as this grass will be a collection off different shades of green. By the time that we have finished, - reactivate your dark grain with clean water. This will give you a slightly more watery version off the dot grain used originally with this reactivated paint mark various lines across your page, like so to show the different lumps and bumps off the land in the foreground. You can also start to blame some of the darker lines out into the green. Already on the page. Heather play around until your foreground is just how you want it. It does not need to resemble mine exactly. Using the dot grain reactivated again if needed, draw some lines across your foreground. Like so. Keep in mind that the lines in the center will be straight and the lines to either side will be drawn on a diagonal, with the angle increasing, the further the right or left to our on your page. These other shadows for the trees that will be adding later. Make sure you are also the line when needed. If your foreground has any large bumps of land, like my line further is to the right. Still, with your dot grain thick in these lines, the lions will get thicker the closer you get to the bottom of your page. I used a few different techniques with this pot to see what would work best if I was painting this again. But stick with lines going down the page instead of a bunch of shorter lines going across the page for this path while painting the shadows. You could also darkened areas of your bank. If you're shadows have dried a bit too light, don't be afraid to go over them again until you're pleased with them. I've been added more shadows with the dot grain by using a series of horizontal lines and blend in Next mix and oh Khoury, green color with equal parts yellow Oka Ultra marine and live in yellow. We will be using the color off that golden tent of sunlight through the trees that falls just under the bank and out for brown places. Color more on the scene. Tip between the shadow lines. For highlights, add some water and what wash to the OCA green payments you just made. This point needs to be a little watery as we wanted to blend nicely with the layers underneath. Blend it into the green between the shadows. It's a morrocan will now be adding some color to the very top off the doctor screen. This is a sunlit grass at the very top of the bank. Uh, - lighten your highlight mix against with some white and lemon yellow. Go back into the four mid ground and add patches of light. Likes to emphasize the shadows across the grass and the bank for the final time. Go back in with your Doc Greene. All right, And finally do the same with your highlights. 6. Tree Silhouettes: before you begin to paint the trees, take note off your shadows. Your trees should more or less lineup with shadow lines that you've created using a watery black mix in a small round paintbrush. Paint strokes from the horizon to the near top of the page. Do not make all the lines the same size and do not try to make them all straight. Aziz. Your tree trucks and trees are beautiful. Some of your lines may also have other lights branching off of Um, - I apologize. My camera did die at this moment. Finish your lines and then add some weight to them by thickening them a little, keeping the lines closest to the top of your page. The thinness part and the lower trunks, the thickest using the same plane blag, MCs, Marc short horizontal lines around the upper middle part of the trunks. I'd squat triangular shapes with irregular ages on top of these lines to give the appearance off leaves. - But to create the treetops, mark outlines as I have and then fill in the shapes. - You can then start to add smaller branches. I used a double zero brush, Phyllis, and then add more lives again until you're happy with the density off your tree line. 7. Final Details: if you'd like more of a burnt orange color at the top of your bank, makes a tiny amount of common white and Oka uses to line the tip of your bank again, using that same orange color at a few little touches under some of the highlights. New grass Way to make sure that green with a touch of black and dark in the area just below the orange line and some patches on your bank and blamed the bank color into the shelter lines. You can also use some of the light of green and a bit of white. Add a few highlights to the bank using your covering. White. Create an indentation on the trade that is in front off the lightest pot on your background . You may also like to thumb the branch of the neighbouring tree, too. Before signing my name, I again lightened some pictures on my grass. It does get a little repetitive, but you often need to see how the paint dries before you can decide if you're actually happy with how it turned out. 8. Project: Hi. Thank you so much for completing my class. Please remember to take a photo of your outwork and upload it to the Project gallery. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you've created. If you have any feedback or questions for me, please feel free to message May either here on skill share or on my instagram. Thank you so much. Once again. Look forward to seeing you in the next.