Painting Snowflakes to Create a Beautiful Winter Wonderland | Denise Comeau | Skillshare

Painting Snowflakes to Create a Beautiful Winter Wonderland

Denise Comeau, Painter . Printmaker

Painting Snowflakes to Create a Beautiful Winter Wonderland

Denise Comeau, Painter . Printmaker

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5 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Intro snow

    • 2. Drawing gum and quick sketch

    • 3. Putting in the sky

    • 4. Painting the tree

    • 5. Removing the drawing gum

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In this class I will show you how to turn a winter landscape into a winter wonderland with a very simple technique using Pebeo drawing gum. 

At the end of the class, do post your final project to the Project Gallery so I can see your amazing artwork!


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Denise Comeau

Painter . Printmaker


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1. Intro snow: painting snowflakes to create a winter wonderland. I'm Denise, and welcome to this my fourth skill share class. In this glass, I will show you the tools needed to complete the simple little exercise. Once you have learned the simple technique using drawing gum, you'll have the knowledge to apply it to any one of your winter landscapes like I have done here in the scene off my backyard in Nova Scotia, as well as the serene farmhouse seen. The technique is the same, so follow along, and you too, will discover how to turn your creations into snowy winter wonderlands. You will, of course, need water, color, paint and paper. This court bottle can be very handy, clean water. I like using a large bucket so my water stays clean, longer variety of watercolor brushes, and I will be using to rigor brushes for my tree. But this is not mandatory. You can use whatever you have on hand and last but not least, drawing gum. So if you have your tools ready, let's start. This is a really easy class that I know will come in really handy for you on your journey to becoming a watercolor artist. 2. Drawing gum and quick sketch: We will start off by applying our drawing gum here of using a five by seven inch arches, cold pressed watercolor paper and P b o drawing or masking fluid. This is my preferred kind because it does not ruin my brushes. I find that the other brands that I've used end up sticking to my brushes end up having to throw them away. The key here being that you must rinse your brush often and well. The drying gum is not ruined. If a small amount of water ends up in the bottle on a side note, you can actually dilute it for finer line detail. I simply splattered drawing gum here. I'm using a one inch square brush, the reason being that I want nice fat droplets. We can easily see the results. For example, you could just as well use a toothbrush for this step, and that would give you finer droplets. Cover the entire area before rinsing out your brush completely and letting it dry. You can use a hair dryer for the speed up the process, but don't apply the heat directly to the drawing gum that can cause it to become sticky and very hard to remove. I then do a quick, simple sketch to give me my horizon line and tree placement, keeping in mind that this is just a guideline. 3. Putting in the sky: our next step is putting in the sky. Before applying paint, I went my paper with a squirt bottle. I'll be using ultra marine blue and burnt sienna. This is one of my favorite sky combinations. When I want a rich, really moody sky, I apply my sky quite dark to really bring out the snow in the end product. This is a good time to be brave. Remember, this is Justin exercise. Actually, you could do two or three of these extra sauces at the same time for practice using different colors and compositions. I'm using a Noval brush here, but you can use whatever you have on hand. I usually start at the top and work my way down, mixing my colors both on my palette and my paper. The foreground is left a bit lighter than the sky. To give it contrast, wipe the sides, as you are working to avoid those unwanted back runs. Do this often to get rid of excess water. I can keep on working here because I see that the paper is still shiny. Remember that once the paper goes Matt, you must absolutely put your brushes away, knowing when to stop is key to good watercolor painting. This comes with a lot of practice and observation. I believe that knowing how much water to use and when to stop is one of the hardest things to learn when it comes to watercolors. But don't worry, you'll get it. Skill share has tons of good teachers and classes to help guide you through. 4. Painting the tree: the following step will be. Our tree I will be using to rigger brush is to do this a number eight and on number four, give or take rigour brushes are built long and skinny, therefore, are great for holding large amounts of water that allow you to work longer. They come in handy for fine line work. Starting off with the largest of the two brushes, I start building my tree from the top down. I'll be using Prussian blue and a tad of old of green. I basically build the tree one branch at a time, mostly top to bottom, but I look and listen to figure out what it needs. I always try to paint intuitively feeling my way through. I try not to anticipate what the finished product will look like. That way it remains more organic, more natural. As you are building the branches, remember to leave holes in the branches. The way I remember to do this is that I tell myself to leave room for the birds to fly through. If you don't, you will end up with something that looks like this. The result is much flatter, boring, more Christmas tree like leave room for both birds and light to make it through. I'm adding a bit of shadow in the foreground as well. I used my wet brush to pull wet paint from the tree. For the final details, I switched over to a smaller rigger brush. It's important to always change things up, modified the color change brush size. This smaller brush gives me those fine line branches that really work as eye candy for the finished piece. 5. Removing the drawing gum: and the final step is removing the drawing gun. This is very quick and easy. First of all, be sure that your painting is completely dry. Many disappointments have happened to me by smearing a dark color that wasn't quite dry across a lighter sky or foreground. For this step, you can use your fingers working your way around the entire piece. Once this is done, do post your final project to the Project Gallery so I can see you're amazing artwork.