Painting Underwater Effects on Mini Canvas- Mix Media | Sharon Leung | Skillshare

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Painting Underwater Effects on Mini Canvas- Mix Media

teacher avatar Sharon Leung, Life is serious, so have fun with art!

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Preparing the Canvas Adding Textures

    • 3. Painting Water Deep Dive

    • 4. Adding your Character

    • 5. Painting Water The Shallow Surfaces

    • 6. Adding Details Part 1

    • 7. Adding Details Part 2

    • 8. Wrap Up

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About This Class

Hello everyone!

Join me in learning how to paint a mini canvas with your mini underwater world.

Mini canvases are great for small gifts for friends or to add alittle bit of colour to your little corner of paradise.

In this class, I'll be going over how I prep my canvas with molding paste, as well as provide a demo of my wave painting process with acrylic paints.

I really hope you enjoy this class! Be sure to follow me for more classes.

If you have any questions at all, be sure to ask me in the discussions page! I'd also appreciate ideas for future classes that you want me to teach! 


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Sharon Leung

Life is serious, so have fun with art!


I'm a Mother‍‍‍ •  Artist• Pharmacist • Enthusiast based in Canada
All inquiries to [email protected]


My name is Sharon,  a freelance artist and illustrator based in Coquitlam, BC.

I love to paint whenever I can find the spare time (or sometimes, even if I don’t find any spare time).
As soon as I get an inspiration, I immediately feel the adrenaline rush. This sometimes drives me to paint late into the night (or mornings…).

A lot of the ideas for my paintings come to me spontaneously once I pick up a paintbrush. This is when I know that I have something good coming.

However, in some cases, I do require some extra time to research my subject because I&rsq... See full profile

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1. Intro: Interested in doing a mini Canvas piece, whether it's for yourself in your own art studio or for a friend for a special holiday. While this class is for you, my name is Sharon and I'm an artist in this class, won't be doing this mini Canvas with this water effect. What we'll be going over in this class is how I get started with my mini canvases. Prepping my canvas is adding textures and slowly adding on acrylics and guage or other mixed media of your choice will be also adding a little character underwater of your choice, which can be a jellyfish, or it could be a goldfish or a whale, or even a baby shark. You excited by m. So let's get started. 2. Preparing the Canvas Adding Textures: You want to start by getting mini Canvas which I pick up at my local art store. It, this is a four inch by four inch canvas that I picked up. Usually they're ready prep book just saw and their archival as well. I love doing many canvases because they are not as intimidating to do when they're smaller pieces. And I can usually finish it in a very short sitting. So let's start our first start by adding on my molding pace, which you can see here. This molding piece, I add on with my palette knife. And I just gently spread it in a direction that I want the water to go in to add a little bit of texture. I'm not too fussed about how there's little bits coming off on the side. In fact, I really liked when you squash the palette knife onto the canvas because it creates a nice water effect. 3. Painting Water Deep Dive: Afterwards, I let the molding paste sit on the Canvas where at least 24 hours to dry. And that way we'll make the artwork class a lot longer. Next, I pick up my acrylics. For my colleagues, I usually use any blue of my choice or turquoise and then I little bit of white to add depth and texture. Here's a demo of me adding on the water part. So I start with the little splash in the center. Me too groovy. 4. Adding your Character: Here I decided how PP&E long dragging that is swimming underneath the water. When I started by the main part of the dragon. And then later on, I add the shadow Professor Rankin. Underwater. Hi. 5. Painting Water The Shallow Surfaces: After I finished a little character and inside I start painting around the rest of the canvas, making sure to print, paint the sides. And you can see in this case, I chose to use a lighter color around the border and around the dragon. And the lighter color represents the water that is floating more on the top of the surface. Whereas I use a darker color for the water that the dragons actually swimming in to show the depth of the water. So when you're choosing and what character you want to paint, whether it's a goldfish or a whale or dolphin, choose a darker color, blue, or darker shade for that water itself. And then for everything around it, use a lighter color. And you can also create a gradient as you want by adding a little bit of white as you go further and further away from the main character in the middle. 6. Adding Details Part 1: I tried to add little bit of splash of water using the whites, especially on the crests of the waves, is very helpful to use a smaller brush for this part to add details on top of the acrylic. And the great thing about acrylic is you can always add a little bit of pain after it dries if you don't like the effect and you can paint over it again. You see? Hi. Okay. Okay. Hello. Okay. 7. Adding Details Part 2: One of my favorite parts of painting is using my tiny brush to add the little details including white P, When everything dries cried, create splashes and the waves. And I think that adds a level of playfulness to the painting as well. Mm-hm. Hello. Hi. 8. Wrap Up: So that's it for the artwork today. Here's our dragging the swimming underwater with a little bit of shadow on the bottom. On a mini Canvas. I hope you enjoyed this class and I look forward to the projects that you'll be doing. Please be sure to share your project in the project section. And I look forward to seeing you in my next class.