Painting Whimsical and Wonky Flutters in Watercolor | Lisa Hetrick | Skillshare

Painting Whimsical and Wonky Flutters in Watercolor

Lisa Hetrick, Watercolor Artist + Surface Designer

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14 Lessons (1h 7m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:55
    • 2. Supplies

      3:57
    • 3. Practice Handouts and Color Mixes

      5:03
    • 4. Technique: Sewing

      11:42
    • 5. Technique: Salting

      2:03
    • 6. Technique: Sketching

      5:19
    • 7. Technique: Splattering

      1:05
    • 8. Technique: Scraping

      1:06
    • 9. Sketching the Flutter

      3:24
    • 10. Final Project: Painting, Salting + Scraping

      9:08
    • 11. Final Project: Sketching + Doodles

      4:56
    • 12. Final Project: Sewing

      11:46
    • 13. Final Project: Finishing Techniques

      3:57
    • 14. Finishing the Flutter and Thank YOU!

      2:08

About This Class

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In this class, you will create a whimsical and wonky flutter. We're going to Scatter JOY using some of my favorite watercolor texture techniques to create this fun 3D butterfly project together. 

We'll splash our way around the color and take a deeper dive into JOYFUL techniques.

  • Wet into wet watercolor and color mixing

  • Sewing

  • Salting

  • Sketching

  • Splattering

  • Scraping

These techniques will help us create beautiful texture in the wings of our flutters.  

I’ll demystify and walk you through each technique step-by-step before we paint the final project together. 

Each video lesson breaks down the watercolor painting techniques into smaller chunks giving you the ability to follow along using the practice handout. Then, we'll put it all together and create a beautiful butterfly. 

Transcripts

1. Introduction: welcome to whimsical and walkie shutters in watercolor. In this class, you will create a whimsical and wonky flutter. We're going to scatter joy using some of my favorite water color texture techniques and create this fun three D butterfly project. Together we'll take a deeper dive into simple, easy going water color and texture building techniques with a bit of a twist that you can use in your project's Over and over again. I'll share supply options and alternates to make the most out of what's in your stash. We'll splash our way around the color wheel, creating wet into wet color combinations for interesting watercolor blends while learning about water and paint ratios. And then we'll move on to what I call the scatter your joy texture techniques. We're going to sow salt, sketch, splatter and scrape our way to beautiful texture in the wings of our whimsical flutter. I am super excited to show you how I'll demons defy and walk you through each techniques step by step before we create and paint the final project together. Painting flutters brings me great joy, and having a little mixed media fund with this project makes it even more delightful watercolor is my favorite medium, and I know it can sometimes feel challenging toe work with. I'm here to help you have more fun and experience joy with watercolor. May you find pause from the hustle, pure joy and inspiration here. Welcome. Let's get started and have some fun. 2. Supplies: Okay, let's get started by talking about some of the basic supplies that I'll be using in this class. This class is gonna be so much fun. But don't stress about the supplies. You can use what you have in your stash. You can always just change it up. But I'm gonna be sharing some of the different things that I'm using in the class so that you can go through your stash and make some adjustments. Okay, So starting out with our watercolors, grab your favorite watercolors, either two pans, liquid, whatever you prefer to use. Um, I've got a couple different pan sets here. Here's a little pan set. That's great. We're going to just be using a handful of colors, and I'm gonna be making color recommendations so you can try out different colors in your own set. Here's another Pan said that I have I'm gonna be using some of these two watercolors that I have poured into one of my pallets here, and I'll talk about that a little bit more as we go along. Okay, Some of our basic tools that we're going to need for this class it looks like a lot, but really. It's a handful of things. You're gonna need some round brushes. I have a number eight brush here, and I'm only gonna be using one brush for the whole class. You can use any round brush that you have on hand. I have a couple tools here that might look a little bit different. And basically these three tool examples that I'm showing here I'm just showing them because we need something that has a bit of an edge to do a little bit of scraping into our paper. I also have an old toothbrush here that we're gonna use for some splattering techniques. I've got some tacky glue and some foam tape that we're going to use and also hear some of our basic tools. I've got some scissors and I have this craft pick here, and we need this to poke holes in paper. You could also use a needle. We just need something she with sharp edge to poke holes into the watercolor paper. I also have a micron sigma pin. You just need a black pen. I have a unit ball signal, the white unicorn of jelly pens, and I have a pencil. I also have this piece of foam to protect my surface when I'm poking holes through the paper. Okay, so here is some craft flaws. This is a little bit different from my classes. So when you were going to be sewing on paper, so we needed a little bit of craft loss, and I also have some salt, and this is coarse salt. We're going to be using this for one of our techniques. You can grab it from your kitchen. I also have a little bit of white wash and some water. You could use white acrylic paint if you'd like. Now let's talk a little bit about the watercolor paper I'll be using. I'm using 100% cotton watercolor paper. You can use any watercolor paper that you have in your stash, but because the techniques were going to be using are really super wet and juicy, I highly recommend 100% cotton watercolor paper and in the supply handout list. I have a list of several 100% cotton watercolor papers that I enjoy. It's also really, really nice and thick, so it's going to make our butterfly really, really heavy duty and allow us to do a lot of the techniques on it. I am going to teach you how to draw the wonky butterfly. But in the handouts is theirry stray shin for the butterfly that you can download and transfer it to your watercolor paper for the class. Okay, let's move on to the next video. 3. Practice Handouts and Color Mixes: okay, We're gonna talk about wet in wet color mixes and the practice handouts for the class. So download the practice. Handouts were going toe walk through all six of the scatter your joy techniques, these air some really fun texture techniques that are a little bit different from my other classes. So be sure to download the hand out so that we can walk through all of those techniques together Before we create the final project. This module, we're gonna focus on the wet and wet color mixes. There are so many color possibilities for creating the butterflies, and I've got four different color mixes that I'm gonna walk you through. Okay, First, we're going to walk through the blues and the greens, and you can use any blue and green watercolor you have in your stash I'm using Stay low blue and Cascade green. So to get started with this color mix, I am just painting with water. I'm just painting a rectangle of water onto my watercolor paper, and I'm dropping in the blue watercolor and I'm using fellow blue and the technique that we're going to be using throughout this whole classes wet into wet watercolor So I'm just dropping in the blue from the top. And now I'm dropping in the green to the water from the bottom and letting the two colors mix together. We're going to be doing this technique in the butterfly wings. It actually in the entire butterfly just wet into wet color mixes. Okay, so now I'm gonna move on to the pinks in the yellows and again I'm repeating, adding the water to the watercolor paper, Just clean water. And now I'm going to drop in some of the pink water color. This color I'm using here is called Opera Rose. You can use any pink watercolor that you have in your stash, and I'm just dropping in that color. You can see that I'm not stroking it in or painting it in. I'm just dropping it into the water and letting it do its thing. And now I'm gonna go ahead and drop in some lemon yellow from the bottom and let it mix in with the pink. And of course, where the two colors meat. We're going to get that orange tone or that darker pink tone almost like a PCI tone. So it's going to be It's really fun. Just mixing colors this way and you can take a look at the example here with this butterfly . How I've mixed those two colors together and actually, here's the blue Green Butterfly. So we're going to be using this technique throughout the whole class and just you can decide which color mixes that you prefer to use. Okay, so now I'm moving on to the purples and pinks and I'm just repeating the technique again. I'm adding some clean water onto my watercolor paper, and now I'm gonna drop my brush into my purple and the purple that I have here that I'm using is a bright violet and just dropping it into the water and letting it do its thing, just letting it just kind of blend and move through the water. And now I'm gonna add a little bit of that opera rose through the bottom of this rectangle and let it just flow into the purple. That's above it. So where the two meet, we create another color and you get a really nice blend of the two colors coming together. Now, this wet and wet technique that we're going to be doing throughout the whole class is really easy going and flexible, and it gives you opportunity to play with your watercolors and see how they mix together loving these combinations. Okay, so let's go ahead and move on to the Reds and the yellows. So I'm repeating the technique again, just adding some plain water onto my watercolor paper. And now I'm going in with some red. And this is just a really bright red watercolor in a minute. Come from the bottom of this rectangle and add a little bit of that lemon yellow and let the to just kind of bleed together to get a really pretty orange in the middle. And I'm just kind of coaxing it around, and you could see me dropping a little bit of that yellow into the red so that you can see how they mix together. So we splashed our way around the color wheel and created some really fun color mixes that you can use in your class project, and you can choose which one you want to use. Okay, so let's move onto the next lesson 4. Technique: Sewing: okay, We're gonna do something a little bit different, and we're going to scatter joy with sewing. And I am going to walk you through step by step the three sewing techniques that I am using on the Butterfly Project. So don't forget, download the project. Hand out because I'm gonna walk you through all of these techniques and you can do the techniques right on the project Download. It's super super simple. So Okay, so let's go ahead and get started with the first sewing technique. And that is French nuts now looks super hard, but it is really, really easy. I've got my piece of foam and I'm going to lay it underneath. My watercolor paper here from the first technique, Kloza said, is going to be French knots, and these are going to be really, really fun for the centers of our flowers. And they had a really nice extra texture and dimension. So take a look at this flower here, and I've got four. I've got five French knots right here in the center of this flower, and it just adds a really nice extra level of texture to the final project that creates it . Jacks up the whimsy. So we're gonna have some fun with that. And I'm gonna walk you through each one of these sewing techniques in this class module. Okay? I'm gonna get started by adding a little dot to my watercolor paper. And this is just going to give me my reference for being able to use my craft pick here. Or you can use a needle. You just need something sharp to be able to put that hole in the paper. So I'm using my craft pick here so that I can start my sewing now again, you could use the needle that you're using for the sewing to do to punch the hole in the paper. But I've got this craft pick and I'm just winding it around a little bit just to really open up that hole in the paper so that I can get my thread through it. The paper is really thick, and RPR threat is pretty thick. So I want to make sure that whole has a little bit of an opening so that I can get the thread through it. Okay? I threaded my needle with some of the blue craft flaws and I'm going to go into the whole from behind the paper, pull the thread all the way through that a little bit naughty there in the back. But that's OK. That'll happen. I have a really long piece here. Now I'm going to do the French. Not so you take the thread. So I've got my needle in my right hand, my thread in the left, and I'm going to wrap the thread around the needle three times and then go back down through the hole with the whole needle and threats. I'm just going gently back down through the hole and I'm going to pull my threads through. But be very, very careful towards the end, not to pull too tight. So then I get that French. Not so you can see that I get this really neat looking not here. And it just creates that extra texture and dimension that we're going for toe. Add that sewing dimension to our project to bring the all the joy to the center of our flowers. Okay, so let's go ahead and do that technique again. I've got a little dot here on the watercolor paper and amusing my craft peck and I'm just opening up that whole nice and wide so that I can get my craft thread all the way through. So from the back, I'm going to come up through the hole, cool my needle and thread all the way through. Just be very gentle as I'm pulling it through. You don't want to pull too tight. And then with my needle on the right in my right hand and the threat in my left, I'm just going to wrap the neat the threat around the needle three times and then put the needle back down through the hole and gently pull the thread through to create the not, uh, I love this technique. It looks super hard, but it really is super simple to create thes French knots that are going to create that extra texture and dimension to the center of our flowers. Just love it. Okay, now we're going to move on to stitching the lazy daisies. Now I love this technique. I'm going to do it twice so that we can walk through it. It's a little bit more difficult than the French knots, but look at the beautiful texture and dimension that it's going to help create for our final butterfly project. And here is a sample of the lazy daisies that I did inside of this watercolor flower. Look at the detail. It's just a really fun, whimsical selling technique that super simple. Okay, let's dive in. I'm going to add three dots to my watercolor paper. I've got one here and then one a little bit further away. And then 3rd 1 is a lot closer to the second dot because we need a little bit of room in between the first and second, but not as much room between the third. I'm using my craft pick to open up the holes and really just get them a lot wider. It just takes a little bit extra to get it through that watercolor paper. I'm gonna come up through the bottom through the first hole, and then I'm going to go back down into the hole in the same hole, and I'm gonna create a little loop with my thread. Now, I don't want to pull the threat all the way through. I just want to pull it through enough to create a little tiny Luke with my thread. You can see that I'm playing around with it a little bit to get that loop. Once you have the loop and you're ready to go, you're just gonna come back up through the back of the paper through the second hole and then you're going to pull the thread through. But you're gonna catch the loop that you've already created. So you're pulling the thread through and catching the loop and pulling the thread through but not pulling it to too tight because we're going to go back down into the third hole and just finish off the top of that daisy. It also helps anchor the loop of the daisy in position so that at loop just kind of stays there and it's not going to move. So you could have those that second and third hole even closer if you really don't want it to be really super, super wide. So let's go ahead and do this technique again. I'm gonna go ahead and use that first hole used the same hole because I'm just kind of creating a flower, and I'm going to add two holes out over here on the right hand side. So I'm taking my craft pick going through the hole and really just kind of widening that whole and making it big coming through the bottom with my thread. And then I'm going to go back down in that same hole to create my first loop to create that loop for the Daisy. So I'm going back down into the same hole really gently, and you can see me holding the thread here with my thumb. And that's just so that I don't pull it all the way through, have a tendency to a little bit heavy hand in pool things through a little bit quick. So using my thumb to just kind of hold that little loop down is really helpful. Okay, so I'm coming back up through that first hole, and I'm going to catch the loop right here and then just pull my thread through and then go back down into the third hole so that anchors the loop and gives us that daisy shaped that we're looking for. And this is such a fun and joyful technique. I just love it. Okay, so we're gonna go ahead and move on to stitching the stem stitch, and that is this stitch, right? here that we're going to use on the top of the butterfly wings, and it creates some really nice texture and dimension. It's just a really easy going stitched to Dio. So I'm taking my pen and just making several somewhat evenly spaced dots with my pen. And then I'm going to take my craft pick and just go ahead in and just widen the hole so that I can come up through each one of those holes with my needle and thread. So again, you just need some somewhat evenly spaced dots and holes for this stem stitch. So I'm going to come up from the back through the first hole and I'm going to pull my threat all the way through the water color, skip the first hole and go to the second hole. So I'm gonna bring this up to the camera a little bit closer so that you can see I'm going to go all the way through that third hole. Then I'm going to come back up through the second hole and you can see me moving that thread over just a little bit with my thumb. I'm going to come back up through the second hole on the right hand side of the thread you can see on the right hand side of the thread, cool my thread all the way through and then go back down into my paper into the fourth hole . So I'm starting to create this chain or stem stitch. I'm going to repeat this technique again. I'm coming back up through the third hole, skipping over the 4th 1 and going to the fifth hole, and then I'm going to come back up again and repeat the techniques. So I'm coming back up through the hole on the right hand side of the thread, and then I'm going to go back down and you just keep repeating this technique, this stitch all the way across, and we're gonna be doing it all the way across our butterfly wing in our final project. And what it does is it creates some overlapping of the thread and creates this stem stitch or like this chain like look and feel in. It creates a little bit of a bumpy texture with a really nice line, but it's just a really, really fun stitch to Dio. So here's a final look at the three joyful sewing techniques that we did in this module. They're gonna be so much fun on our final project. So let's go ahead and move on to the next video. 5. Technique: Salting: Okay, We're moving into one of my favorite techniques, and we're gonna scatter joy with salt. Don't forget to download the practice handouts so we can practice the Sultan technique on the handout. So let's get started with salting. Now. Salting is a really fun watercolor technique that kind of oxidizes the watercolor and create some really fun texture techniques. And I'm going to walk you through it. We're gonna be using it our final project in the wings, and it's going to create some really whimsical texture and dimension. You can see this oxidizing off the watercolor that it can. It does. It's a really fun watercolor technique to use on your projects. Okay, so let's get started with the salting technique. I am just getting my brush wet and dipping it in to my fellow blue here, and I'm just going to add a ton of watercolor to my watercolor paper here. A really want a nice, nice saturation of color to do this technique, and here it's off course salt. This is just some Celtic sea salt from my kitchen, and I'm dropping the salt into the water color and I'm going to let it dry. There But what the salt does to the watercolor is it creates some really nice texture, kind of oxidizes the watercolor. So it's sort of like a little science experiment. It mixes together with the watercolor and it will oxidize. And once it dries, we can just go ahead and just get the salt off the paper and you can see this look and feel here. It just kind of tied eyes it a little bit. It bleaches it out. It oxidizes the water color and leaves this really, really nice texture. Okay, let's go ahead and move on to the next technique. 6. Technique: Sketching: okay, We're going to scatter more joy with sketching, and I'm gonna take a deeper dive into a couple sketchy, doodily like techniques that we're going to do for a final project. So don't forget to download the project handout to follow along and do our sketching. Okay, so let's go ahead and dive into the first sketching technique. And I'm just pulling in a little bit closer here. I've got my micron pen here. You can use any black pen that you have. And I called this technique the leafy loop de loop. So you start out with too little loops at the bottom and you just keep working your way up doing these little loop de loops and eventually towards the end, what we end up creating is a really, really pretty leaf like greenery feller piece that's going to be perfect for our watercolor butterfly. So it's called the leafy loop the loop. Okay, I'm going to show you the leafy loop de loop again with just doing some bigger loops. So you have a lot of variety in the way that you conduce this technique. You can just do it with a little bit less loop de loops and you can create some really wonky and interesting leaf and greenery shapes. Love it. Okay, The next technique that I'm going to move on to is more of what I call a graphic leaf. So you're going to make this leaf shape, you're gonna come up and then come back down, and then we're gonna go ahead and just do some lines inside of the leaf. So you're going to make more leaf shapes inside of the larger leaf to create this kind of whimsical graphic. Look, now let's take a look at that again. So I've made that leaf shape, and then I've come up and made another leaf inside of that shape to create that kind of whimsical, graphical leaf like shape. And it's a really fun filler technique. Okay, we're gonna go and do this technique again, but a little bit bigger. So I've got the leaf shape with a stem, and then I'm going to create two more leaves on the left and one on the right. And now I've got a complete leaf shape, and I'm just drawing some lines inside of the shape just to give it a little bit more of a graphical Wednesay like look. So all three of these leaf like shapes that I've got here, the loop de loop and the leaves inside of the leaves. When you pull them all together, it creates a really interesting wins ical sketchy look. Okay, so now I'm gonna go on and show you the sketchy flower, and this is one of my favorite flowers to doodle and sketch into my watercolor projects. So we're going to start out with the center and you're just making little tiny circles in the center before we start onto the leaves. So little tiny circles, just little round circles in the centers for the flower shape. So let's go ahead and move on and make the pedal. So I'm going up and just kind of squiggly and coming around and just creating this pedal shape. And once I go up and around the one side, I just go back the opposite direction So we're using. We're creating a puddle shape with two doodle like sketchy lines and I'm gonna work my way around the entire flower using the circles in the center, the center of the flower as my CenterPoint, and I'm gonna work my way all the way around to create these pedals, going up and around and then back down the other direction. So once you've just kind of keep working these pedals, you've got this kind of sketchy, squiggly like shape, sort of doodily like shape. But it creates this kind of really interesting, sketchy, doodled flower that's gonna be perfect for our watercolor butterfly. And I'm just adding a few little extra pieces in here just to kind of bring the whole head of the flower together. And it's got a really nice organic shape to it. It's super fun and sketchy and easy to dio. Okay, so I'm moving back into the center of the flower. I'm just adding a few more circles, and now I'm just doing some flicking from the center out, just with some lines, just to create a little bit more texture and also a little bit more of a focal point to the center of the flower. The's sketchy doodles are going to just add so much extra dimension to our final watercolor butterfly. I'm just loving it, so let's go ahead and move on to the next technique 7. Technique: Splattering: Okay, We're going to scatter some joy with one of my favorite watercolor techniques called splattering. Except for this time, we're gonna do it a little bit differently. So I've got an old toothbrush here, and I used this toothbrush for lots of different art. See techniques, but we're going to use it today. Four splattering. I'm putting a little bit of water color down onto my mat here, and I'm going to dip the toothbrush into the water color and then just run my finger across the brush to splatter some of the watercolor on to my watercolor paper. Now, this technique gives it a little bit more of a finer splatter than it would if you just used your paint brush. So I really enjoy using the toothbrush technique. You could also dipped the toothbrush into your watercolor and then splash it down onto the paper to get different kinds of effects. Okay, so let's go ahead and move on to the next video 8. Technique: Scraping: Okay, We're moving on to the next technique, and that is scraping. So make sure you download the practice hand out so you can practice the scraping technique on the handout. Okay, I'm grabbing some of my tools. I've just got a couple tools that haven't edge to them that I'm going to use to scrape into the water color and spread it out. Okay, so I'm putting down something a low blue on to my watercolor paper here, and I'm just grabbing the edge of this stamp block, and I'm dragging the paint off of the edge here. Now, this is going to be a great unique to create texture in the butterfly wings. So I'm just using a different scraper here and showing you how you can pull that watercolor off of the edge there and just scrape it into the paper just to create that extra bit of texture. It's really, really nice. It's gonna be super fun. Okay, so let's go ahead and move on to the next video 9. Sketching the Flutter: Okay, We're going to get started on the final project, and the first thing that we're going to do is sketch the flutter onto our watercolor paper . Okay? The butterfly that we're going to be making for class is a bit wide. So this is a five by seven piece of watercolor paper, so we're about six inches wide. So you want to make sure your watercolor paper is large enough. Now you can go back to the color combinations that we did in the beginning and decide which colors you'd like to use. Moving forward. I am going to be using the blues and the greens on my 100% cotton watercolor paper. Okay, so I really don't want you to sweat it. If you're concerned about drawing out the butterfly, I do have the butterfly sketch in the download that you can transfer to your watercolor paper. So let's go ahead and get started. I've just got a little fit putting dots down on the paper here, just in the center of my block to start working on the body of the butterfly. So I just put the two dots in position so that I can begin to draw out the center of the body. So I'm just doing in a long, gated tear shape here. So sort of like one of our loop de loop pedals, but just in the long, gated tear shape for the body of the Butterfly. And I'm lightly sketching this in because I don't want to be able to see my sketch marks once we start water coloring now getting started on the first wing, just going out to the left and just kind of coming around the side little squiggly lines and then coming back in. So it's sort of has a shape of a wonky heart, but not quite so. It's just easy going and very whimsical now for the bottom of the shape of the Butterfly. I'm just coming down and around, and I'm just noodling a little bit here because both sides of this butterfly are going to be different. This isn't going to be an asymmetrical butterfly, so I'm just going around in getting that wavy look to the bottom of the butterfly, creating the little tail at the bottom of the wing and then just coming back up to the side of the body. So I'm doing this with really light pencil marks. And you can just gently a race as you go along until you get that shape. Now, don't worry about perfection here, because the left side and the right side are gonna be different. So I'm going on to the left side, to the right side, and I'm doing the same thing. I kind of have that wonky little heart shaped wing, and then it just following across where I did the lower wing on the left hand side. I'm just gonna go ahead and do it over here on the right hand side, and I'm elongating that bottom part of the wing because I want this butterfly to be kind of whimsical and have a little bit of walking this to it. Okay, so let's go ahead and move on to the next step. 10. Final Project: Painting, Salting + Scraping: Okay, We're moving on to the painting, salting and scraping techniques for our butterfly that we just sketched out. And we're going to work from left to right. So I'm gonna work on one side at a time because you're going to do the techniques on the left hand side and then repeat them on the right. So I'm painting in some just water Now, the waters a little bit tinted because I have some blue in the water, so I'm just painting onto my watercolor paper with clean water. Now you're gonna notice here that I have just added a little bit water to the center of the wings. I'm not painting the whole wing in water now. I'm dropping in some of the fellow blue and I'm hitting it pretty thick, so I'm dropping all of that color into the water. So the whole technique that we're doing the whole time for this final project is wet into wet. I dropped Aton of color into the wet point. And now I'm just using the edge of my stamp block and I'm scraping out that color towards the edge of the wing. And this texture really shapes that wing and starts to make it look like a butterfly wing. Now I'm dropping in some salt in that really saturated wet area else on the outer edge of the wing. And I'm gonna let that sit there for quite some time, just playing a little bit with the color that I have in the top part of the wing before I move on to the bottom part of the left hand side of the wing here. So I'm just dropping in a little bit of that green color my cascade green into the wet areas on the top part of this wing. And what it's doing is it's just going to blend together with this wet and wet color, some just dropping little droplets of color in. Now the center of that wing is really saturated, and I really want to create a lot of texture there in the final butterfly. So I'm dropping some of that Celtic sea salt right into that center, and, uh so I got a little bit here, and I'm just gonna use that extra bit. That's kind of bleeding over to side. Just pop it over into the body of the butterfly. OK, I'm going to move on. And while we're working in the blues and the greens on top, I'm going to move on to the right hand side and I'm adding in again, painting with the water. And I'm not painting the water all the way into the butterfly so you can see on leaving some space where space for the paper to shine through. And I'm dropping in that halo blue and just letting it do its thing. This is that this is the beauty of the wet and wet technique. You just drop that color in, let it do its thing, and when it's not moving in the way that you wanted to, you just kind of croaks it a little bit into the watery areas. And the more you drop in, the more saturated that color is going to bay. So I'm just noodling around with the color here, dropping in some more blue, knowing that these two areas the outside of the wing in the inside of the wing, I really want them to be saturated. I also need them to be saturated so I can used the edge, my scraping here and do the scraping technique and while I'm scraping. I'm also getting like these little blotches that air going across a swell that creates all of this texture and dimension in the wings. Now I'm going to drop in a little bit of that Cascade green while the paper and everything is still wet Now the blue and the green are gonna mix and mash and blend together And just have a little party and view super, super beautiful when it all dries Now I dropped the soft indus well to get that salting, oxidized technique going while I move on to the bottom part of the body and the wings. So again, I'm going to go in on the left hand side here the left wing and paint with water and you can see that I'm just gently going around that top edge where the wing is because I don't want that to bleed in. I just want that whole bottom to be wet and just a little bit loose. So I'm dropping that cascade green in that very bottom tail and you saw it Just woo sh all the way up. It's finding its way through the water. The beautiful thing about the color Cascade Green. This Daniel Smith Cascade green is that it is a beautiful green, but when it dries, it has thes turquoise, he granulated pigments in it that just make them so beautiful. So I'm going back and forth between that cascade green and now I'm adding a little bit of that blue to that corner, and I'm using my edge here to do a little bit of scraping down to the bottom in this bottom part of the wing. And I'm gonna replicate that whole technique and everything that I've done from the painting to the scraping to the salting over on the right hand side, off the butterfly as well. So I'm going in pretty thick here with some with some water, and I'm painting in the water. The paint. The water is a little bit tinged with a little bit of blue water color, but that's OK. It's kind of helping me see where I'm going with my paint here. Now watch. Drop that cascade green in and watch it move through the water. So this is that wet in wet technique. It's super simple. It's very effective, and it also gives us this really flowy, flowy look and feel to our final project. So I'm just coaxing this cascade green around just a little bit and saturating it in a couple different areas of the wing so that we can get a little bit more definition between the darks and the lights. So I'm going to drop in some of that halo blue to in a couple different spots just so we get that kind of tied I like effect where the two colors are meshing together and blending in the water. And I'm gonna scrape that out with the edge of my block just to get that extra added texture. This scraping technique is super simple, really fun, and it can help give you a lot of texture and distribute that color in places that you can't really get with a brush. Okay, so I've got my heat tool here, and I'm zapping it. I am going to dry this baby out. I want it to be really super super dry before we move on to the next techniques. And I also needed to be super dry before we start to take the salt off. You know, I'm gonna move on to the center, the body of the butterfly. I'm going to paint it in the cascade green. So I put a lot of water in that body of the butterfly and I'm just dropping in that cascade green and letting it move through the water. I'm gonna go back and forth between the cascade green and the halo blue and just let those two colors play well together and put them inside the body here and just loving the way this is looking It is so thes. Two colors together are so gorgeous I can't wait to see what you create with the color combinations that you choose to dio But the blues and the greens air just so serene and super super fun OK, so now I'm gonna go ahead and just make sure that everything is dry Before I start to remove the salt, I'm going to start taking the salt off. But if I find some areas that are still a little bit wet, I'm gonna zap it again with my heat tool that the heat will also reacts with the salt and kind of helps with that oxidation process that we're trying to achieve in that texture. So I'm just wiping off the salt with my fingers. Don't worry about any of the excess salt or peed that might end up on your page on the outside. It's totally okay. We're gonna be cutting this out now. Look at all that texture and dimension that we've created with the salting and the scraping combined together. This is amazing. Okay, let's go ahead and move onto the next technique. 11. Final Project: Sketching + Doodles: okay, We are moving into the sketching, the leaves and the florals on our butterfly. Now, I removed my butterfly from the block and we're going to focus on sketching the leaves and the florals in the bottom and the top part of the butterfly. We're gonna go focus on the top of the wing, the bottom of the wing and definitely on parts of the bottom of the body. So we're going to get started first with the loop de loop technique that we did in the sketching module. And I'm going to focus on doing these loop de loops and follow the bottom off this wing and go all the way to the outer edge of the wing. This loop, the loop sketchy doodle filler technique is a really, really fun way to just add a little bit more whimsy to the project. So I'm gonna go ahead and finish up this wing, and then I'm gonna turn it around and start working on the other wing. Now, when I'm when I am doing my sketch work or even my painting, you'll see that I constantly turn my piece of art around, and this just makes it easier for me to get good perspective. When I'm drawing and sketching and doodling, I'm also left, Hander says. Sometimes I just need to move my paper around so that I can see what I'm doing. So there we go. We've got her doodles right here on the bottom of these wings, and I am just loving the attention and the definition that they're giving us between the bottom wings and the top wings. Now we're going to start in those corners and I'm going to I'm working out doing the sketchy floral. So I started with the center little dots that I've made for the center of the floor. Oh, and now I'm just doing my squiggly pedals and creating that floral sketch out on the outer edge of the wing. So now that the sketchy floral is done, I'm going to go ahead and do some of the pedals inside of pedals here to just add a little extra bit of texture bright below the flower. Now Minnick over here on the right hand side and repeat the same process. So I'm just going ahead and doing a little sketchy Floro. I've got little tiny circles in the centre I'm following the edges of the painting and I'm just doing my sketchy little pedals for my flower and my little scratchy marks inside the center of the floor. Oh, and then going ahead and doing my peddles inside of the pedal doodles. So I've got these really great little sketches going on that air, helping to define some of the edges of the butterfly. So I'm gonna go ahead and do some more on the bottom, and I'm going to do some smaller little florals in the bottom part of this butterfly, and this is just a great way. So you're just adapting the larger flower to a smaller space. So just adding in some of the little circles for the center of the flower and then just doing the really sketchy pedals really loose really free. You can practice them if you want on the outside of the butterfly first before you start the inside, because we're going to be cutting that watercolor paper away anyway, So now we're back the loop de loops. I'm gonna do some loop de loops all the way up the bottom here just to create a little touch of whimsy down here. on the bottom off this butterfly and I just the loop. The loop is such an easy filler sketch that adds some really great texture, dimension and detail, and it's super simple to Dio. So now I'm going to do the same kind of loop de loop concept around the side here, but I'm really doing it as peddles inside of pedals. So I'm just following around that edge and nesting the pedals together. So pedals inside of pedals. It's the loop de loop concept, but with pedals and just adding some pedals inside of each other. So you can vary up the sketching techniques that we've learned in the sketch module to do almost any kind of illustration you want inside of this butterfly. Just have fun with it. This is the whimsical detail that we're adding to the butterfly wings that air. Just this gonna make the whole project come together. I'm just gonna go ahead and finish off this side of the wing before we move on to the next module, loving the whimsy of this project. So far, 12. Final Project: Sewing: OK, now it's time to get started on the stitching details for our flutter. The first thing that we're going to do is the stem stitch. That's the stem stitch. That's the first stitch that we did in the stitching module. I'm going around the top of the butterfly's wings here, and I'm dropping in a few little dots. I'm going to get my craft pick and just open up polls in my watercolor paper so that we can begin the stitching process. So once I get started with the stitching, I'm going to turn on a little bit of music so that we can stitch together and listen and and enjoy some music. So now that I've got all of the holes punched out, I'm just gonna go ahead and get my thread and my needle ready for the stem stitch. And remember, this stitch is a really simple stitch that's going to create that chain like look on the outer edge of the wings. So let's just go ahead and get started. I pulled my thread up from the first hole, and then I went to the third hole down into the third hole, came back up in the second hole and I'm going down into the fourth hole. So let's go ahead and turn on some music and stitched together. Really? - Okay . I'm putting the finishing touches on the right hand side, and I am loving the way the stem stitch came out on the wings. It's just gorgeous. And what a really beautiful extra little bit of texture here. Okay, so we're gonna go ahead and move on to creating the French knots, and I'm popping some holes into the center of the whimsical flowers that we've done on the outer edge. And we're going to create some French knots in the center of the florals. So in each flower I've created three holes were gonna make three French knots in each flower. I'm gonna walk you through the first couple french knots, and then I'm gonna turn on some music and we're going to stitch together, Okay? I've pulled my thread through, and I'm holding my needle in my right hand and my thread in my left hand I'm going to wrap the thread around my needles three times, and then I'm going to go back down into the same hole that I came up from and then pull my thread gently to create that. Not just love that French, Not. Okay, Let's do it again. And then I'm an eternal in some music, and we'll finish up our French knots together. I've got my threat in my left hand, my needle in my right. I'm wrapping the threat around my needles three times and I'm going back down into the same hole I came up through and pulling it together to get my French nut. Okay, I'm gonna turn on a little bit of music, and we are going to stitch together. Okay? I'm finishing up the last French not here. And, ah, the French knots just creates so much extra whimsy and texture and dimension to the flowers just loving it. Okay, so now we're gonna go ahead and move on to stitching the details of the lazy Daisy. Okay, so I've got my marker here, and I'm just putting in three dots on each side of the butterfly, one of the dots in the corner, and then two other gods a little bit further out, and I'm going to go ahead and get my craft pick and open up these holes so that I can get my needle and thread through the holes. And the craft pick makes it really easy. But remember, you can use your needle to just open up the holes of the paper. So I'm taking my thread and I'm going to come up through the bottom hole here, and then I'm going to go back down into the hole again and create that loop. I'm not gonna pull the thread all the way through. I'm just going to pull it through just enough to create that loop so that I could come back up through the next hole and then lock that loop into place to create that Lisi Daisy. I don't want to pull too tight because I don't want to pull my loop apart. So I'm just going back through that loop. I'll go back through here again and then pull my threat through very gently, then go back down through that hole to create that daisy shape. Oh, I just love it. Okay. I'm gonna turn on some music and we're going to stitch the last Lazy Daisy together. Okay, We have finished up the lazy daisy and all of the stitch work together I am loving the stitching and the whimsy that it creates. Okay, let's go ahead and move onto the next module. 13. Final Project: Finishing Techniques: okay, We're coming into the home stretch for our final flutter. We are going to finish this project up with some details and some splatter. So I've got my Unipol signal pen here, and I'm just going into the doodle work that we've done all of the sketchy work that we did . And I'm just adding a little bit of detail with my white gel pen. And this is just going to draw some of that white that we have in the upper part of the butterfly between the salt and the in the wings from the paper. It's just going to draw some of that white around the whole composition up the butterfly. So I'm just sketching in this white in a couple different places, just kind of noodling around and adding a little bit of dots here, a little bit of extra lines with just adding these details. I'm going to get out my white quash paint and just put a little bit of that quash down on to my craft. Matt, get out the trusty old art toothbrush, and I'm going to add some splatter to the butterfly now, just adding a little bit of water to that wash you could use Ah, white acrylic paint or Jess Oh, or anything that's white or a color if you'd like just to add a little bit of extra splatter to the final project. So I'm getting it all nice and mixed up with some water, and I'm going to just spot or some on first big chunky splatters with my brush. And then I'm gonna go ahead, grab my arty toothbrush here and just dab it in to Mike Wash. Use my finger and just get some of those micro fine little splatters over the entire project. Now, if you get a big Hawkins flatter like I just did, you can easily just take a little towel and just Gavitt right off because it's it's very liquidy, very watery, so it's gonna come off pretty easy. So I'm focusing a lot of those concentrated splatters on the center to get some really interesting details in the body of the butterfly in that center body. So just going back and forth, adding a little bit of spotter with the toothbrush and with my round brush just getting big chunks and little chunks of splatter just to dial up the whimsy a little bit more. I love this finishing technique, and you could use this technique in any of your watercolor projects. Okay, so here's a little bit of a bonus that we didn't talk about in the beginning, but we're going to paint and make some floral embellishments for our final project. And I'm just using my round brush and making little pedals with my round brush and then just putting them down onto my watercolor paper here, playing around with the different sizes. You just take the whole belly of the brush and lean it on its side and you get these beautiful little pedals. We're going to make another one right here. I've got some of this bright violet watercolor, so I'm going to show you again. I've got the whole belly of the brush, and then I'm just dropping it down and creating these tiny little pedals that I'm going to go back in and just kind of add a little bit more refinement and round them out a little bit. But these cute little droplet flowers are going to make cute little embellishments that we're gonna add to the butterfly. Okay, let's move on to the next module, where we're going to finish up the whole project together 14. Finishing the Flutter and Thank YOU!: Okay, let's take a final look at the flutter. So I have cut out the entire butterfly and I've also cut out our little tiny flowers. So what you want to do is cut out around the edges of the butterfly because we really created this is a huge embellishment that you can either use on a really large card if you want to, or you can put it in a shadow box and frame it. So I'm going to add these cute little flowers that we did to the bottom. Here, I've got a little bit of tacky glue, and I'm just gonna add a little bit of glue to the bottom of my butterfly and attach these cute little flowers. This has been such a fun project create. And I hope you've enjoyed the six different scatter your joy techniques that we've done these texture techniques to create these fun. This fund butterfly, I am just having so much fun with this project. Here are a couple other ideas using the same techniques that we did in the class. And look at this really, really fun flower where I did some of the French not stitching and some of the lazy daisies . So I would encourage you to take all the techniques that we learned today and use them in your other paper crafting and art making projects. So here is one of the final butterflies that I mounted on a five by seven piece of watercolor paper, and I'm going to put this into a shadow box. So I mounted it with a little bit of foam tape. It's got all this great dimension, and it's a really, really fun gift idea or something that you can put in your home or office. I'm so grateful you join me for this class. I hope that you found great joy creating this project together. Thank you so much for joining me, and I'll see you in the next class.