Painting a candle with watercolors | Liisa Halttunen | Skillshare

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7 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Let's paint a candle with watercolors!

    • 2. Materials and sketching

    • 3. Painting the background

    • 4. Painting the table

    • 5. Painting the candle

    • 6. Finishing touches

    • 7. And we're done!

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About This Class

Learn to paint a vivid and cozy candle with watercolors. We'll do the painting in a postcard size, so this painting works perfectly for example as a Christmas card! This class contains no separate techniques section, but you will learn the following skills as we paint:

  • Wet-on-wet technique
  • Blending colors
  • Adding texture with dry-on-dry technique

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Liisa Halttunen

Skillshare-taught watercolor artist


Hello everyone and welcome to my page!

My name is Liisa Halttunen and I come from the world's (allegedly) happiest country, Finland. I'm a self-taught (or rather, Skillshare-taught) watercolor artist - or at least on the path to become one! I work full-time as a Software test automation developer, but my free time is devoted to watercolors. Well, I do spend a lot of time with my two kids and husband too! :)

With my classes I want to show that anyone can paint. All you need are the right tools and techniques, as well as some self-compassion. No one gets it right all the time and that's ok! With every painting and practice you do, you learn something!

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1. Let's paint a candle with watercolors!: Hello and welcome to my Skillshare class. Today we are painting a candle with water color. My name is Lisa, how to nano nine Skillshare taught watercolor artist. I paint watercolors as my hobby and date-time, I work in IT. You can follow my art journey and Instagram and also in Skillshare. And if you find my style, Kristin, please do check out my other classes as well. You can see them on the screen. We talked further, ado, go get all your materials and let's get started. 2. Materials and sketching: Hello and welcome back. Let's next take a look at the materials you will need. First of all, pick up some water color paper, 100% cotton. We will cut it into a postcard size. Then you will need colors that you can see listed on the under video. And then masking tape, two jars of clean water, brushes of different sizes, a mixing palette and what else? I think that's pretty much it. And some tissue paper. And we, that we are ready to start our project. First of all, attach your paper to the, to some kind of board or to your table. Using the masking tape. Remember to attach it firmly so that we won't get any leaking of colors. Andro the masking tape. Then pick up a pen. Let's start sketching. We will draw a Google calendar or in a glass container or glass jar. So just copy what I'm doing. 3. Painting the background: Okay, I hope everyone got their skits done. And then start to mix the colors. Pick up some yellow and add a lot of water to it. We want to use a really light tone of these colors in the beginning, at least. Then pick up some orange and also add water to it. If you have quinacridone gold, you can also pick that up and add, add water to that one as well. But don't worry if you don't have it, you don't need it. Let's first create the background. We will start that by a width into the paper, but only the upper part of the paper and not the place where the flame, flame of the candle. So be very precise when you are willing to pay for and also don't wet the candle itself. So only basically the air. Okay, I think that's good enough for now. Next pickup, a round brush. For example, size 8 or size six, mixed pick up some yellow color and we will start creating the background around with a candle flame. So let's use a very light tone of the yellow, the one that you added what water to the beginning. And test. Spread the yellow all over the background, more around the flame and then less on the other parts of the background. When you think you have added enough in yellow there next, pick up the orange. And the orange will be added kind of in the mid ground of the paper and towards the edge cheese, but be sure to leave some, only some yellow in the middle. So don't add any orange in the middle part next to the candle flame. If you feel at this point that your orange is too light, you can add some pigment to it. So you will get a stronger pigment, stronger orange color and add more of that to the paper. Okay, I think the orange is done for now. And the next we will peak Van Dyke brown or whatever other dark brown color you have. And the brown color will be added to the very edges of the paper. And we want to use a very strong full pigmented color or tone of the brown. At this point, you may start to notice that the orange and yellow that we added before might look a bit too light. So you can pick up a more saturated version of orange and add it next to the brown color. At this point, we want to blend the orange and the brow and add the yellow kind of seamlessly together to create soft atmosphere or a feeling. At this point, you can also clean your brush and wipe the excess water from it. And used a clean brush just to blend the colors. I think the painting could use a bit more darker tones. So I will use Payne's gray for that. I will add it at the edge of the painting and then start blending it with the brown. Don't be afraid to use strong colors at this point. Because remember that when the watercolor dries, the tone, we'll get. Much lighter in the final, final piece of art. But what's important at this point that you will make a smooth blend. So keep adding brow on the Payne's gray or reach. And then kind of tried to create a smooth blend with those corners. If you feel like the darker colors are starting to, starting to go too near the yellow, yellow colors. You can tilt your painting if you are using a, some kind of a board under your, under your painting and this will prevent the watercolor from an kinda leaking downwards to the yellow parts. Now I'm doing some more blending. We take a clean brush because I have some hard edges here at the bottom of the well of the painting. And I think there's a bit of a border also between the orange and the yellow. So I will maybe add a bit more yellow in the middle so I can blend the orange and the yellow more smoothly. Now I will use a clean brush to do more blending. And I think I want to make the place near the flame a Bic lighter. So I'm using a clean brush and I'm wiping away some of the color that I've had it. And next we will create some kind of sun rays or raised from the flame. So clean up your brush and wipe it on a piece of paper, on a piece of tissue. And then draw these kind of straight lines from the middle towards the edges. What's important is use a clean brush. So every time you make one stroke, cleaning your brush, wipe it dry, and then make another stroke, and so on until you are happy with the end result. Okay, Then one final step at this point, pick up a smaller sized brush, for example, of 4. And we will paint this area that is near the flame. And we will use the same colors that we used in the background. So first add some yellow to this place where you can see that I'm painting. Next pickup some orange and add it to the edge e So that can't go like this. And then let's blend the colors smoothly. Let's still at some more ground 0. So that will go also to the edge of the candle. And then we will also blend that. Steal some more blending to do here. I think we are quite ready at this point. And now we will need to let the painting dry. And once you're painting is dry, then let start painting the table. 4. Painting the table: Okay, If your background has dried, let's then start painting the table. Pick a size eight or a size six round brush. And let's paint a base color for the table. You can use, for example, yellow, ocher or burnt sienna, depending on the color you want your table to be. Then let's just paint a base color using wet on dry technique. So just paint the entire table with the same color. But make sure that the table doesn't dry actives point because we want to add some details to eat while the paint is still wet. So you might need to apply more color on the parts that fuel. You'll have painted at at first to prevent the term drying. Next, we'll add those details that I mentioned before. Because smaller-sized brush, for example, a four and then it take Van Dyke brown, dark brown. And we'll paint the gaps in between table board with this dark brown. Let's then add some darker color to the edges of the table. You can first add the color and then blend it with a clean brush. And then add some shadow under or next to the can't go. So at more wrong. And then blend it. When you have enough shadow, leave your painting to dry. And once it's dry, then we will start painting the candle. 5. Painting the candle: If your table has now tried peak of small brush for example. So I see row and let's first add some details to the candle, flame. Peak, quite light tone of orange, and add just a hint of orange to the table to count those. We will then blend the orange color wheel with pure water and get a clean brush. So there will be just a hint of orange at the top of the plane. Let's then do the same trick to the bottom of the flame. So I'll pick up some orange and add just a hint of orange at the UCC, often blame. And then we will blend it with water. Let's paint the heart of the candor or the string where the flame is. Take for example, one Dyke brown add GAS zero-shot size two, brush and just paint a small delicate line. We've got be gone now, let's then start painting the candle itself. Peak quite a small brush, for example, size two. And let's use the wet on wet techniques here. So first of all, where the backup border of the candle with water, it doesn't really don't need a bit of water. And then also add a bit of water to the front edge of the candle as well. Next, then add some yellow light, tone of yellow in the middle of the candle. And next we will take orange and then blown. And we will blend them are very small. The idea here is to leave the center part of the border as yellow and then add orange and then add brown to the edge cheese. So we will create a similar kind of blend as we did with the background. Next, peak, a slightly bigger brush, for example, size four. And then the rest of the candle with clean water. Let's use the same colors for the candle as we did for the rest of the painting. So pick a light tone of yellow and start applying it to the candle like these. Mixed, take orange, again, a lighter tone, and apply it to the AG's more to watch the 80s or the candle. And leave a yellow part on touch tier where you don't add any orange. Let's blend the colors with a clean brush here so that there's no a hard, good cheese anywhere. And then let's take Van Dyke brown and start adding it to the edges of the candle. I'll add a bit more pigment because I think I had I had to light tone of this of this color. The in some blending and acetone that let's add even a more darker, darker color. So take Payne's gray or black and add that to the edgy softer or the candle like this. An order rice. Remember to make a smooth blend. So whenever you add some color, tried to blend it to the other colors. I think I will next take a bit smaller brush, for example, size 2, and I will continue adding darker color paints gray. I will try to make the candle even more darker from the HGS. And I will also start adding some details soon. Next I will add more color to the border. And I will also add a veto for D takes to make a candle hydrostatic two more. So let's pick these borders here with Payne's gray and also from the other side like this. And then let's add also some color to the front side of the candle. Next, I will do a bit of blending with a clean brush. A bit more color to the side like this. And did I think I will also want to make the top of the candle beat to darker on the left side. So I will add some, some Payne's gray there also. Okay, I think that's enough color. I will maybe blending just a little bit more. And we got these part is done. And the next we will add the final details. But let's let the painting dry now fully. And then only then let's add the details. 6. Finishing touches: Okay, welcome back. I hope everyone made it this far. We are quite near the end now, but still a bit of the details to do. So pick a brush, smaller sized brush, for example, a size four, and then some brown, Van Dyke brown. And we will start painting some texture to the table. We will use dry on dry technique. So what we will do here is we'll take a thick consistency of the paint and then the debit like this on a paper. And we drain the extra water from the brush so that we will end up with kind of dry and a thick consistency of the paint. And here's an example of what we're going to do. So we're just going to be basically kind of scrape the year the brush over the surface of the paper and it will create these kind of beautiful texture. Let's add some more shadow under the candle. So PQ is the consistency of one Nike blown up again. And then blend that the color of it. Just take some clean water and small and the color out. So let's go and add some finishing touches with the white gouache or a consistency of white water color. Let's just try to create some highlights that make that make the picture seem a bit more lively and interesting. So maybe we could add some highlights to the, to the border of the candle over here. And then on the front side also. Then some to the side, aswell. Okay. I think that's enough. The white color, but I think I will add steal a bit more brown to the table. So i, we again use to dry on dry technique and I will add more brown texture to the back off the table. You know what? I think we are quite near the end. So let's meet in the final section where we will remove the masking tape and take a look at the final painting. 7. And we're done!: Okay, it's time to do the final task. Let's remove the masking tape. I always remember to remove it at an angle so that you'll want to tweak your paper. And it's also always a good idea to wait until your painting has dried entirely. Thanks for joining me in this painting journey and I hope to see you again soon. Bye bye.