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Painting a simple hot air balloon for watercolor beginners.

teacher avatar Emily Davis, ARTIST || watercolor artist

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Set up and supplies needed

    • 3. Choosing your colors

    • 4. Sketching our hot air balloon

    • 5. Painting our Hot air balloon

    • 6. Putting in the sky

    • 7. Adding in the landscape

    • 8. Adding in our first set of trees

    • 9. Adding in our second layer of trees

    • 10. Finishing touches

    • 11. Outro

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About This Class

In today's class we are going to sketch and then paint a hot air balloon. 

We will also be adding a simple landscape behind the balloon so that you can have a finished work by the end of todays class!

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Emily Davis

ARTIST || watercolor artist


Hello, I'm Emily.

I'm a Mom of two and a painter during nap time. I've always had a passion for art, ever since a young age. It wasn't until I was in my late teens that I discovered watercolor and even then it wasn't until after my first born that I decided to give it an honest shot. Let me just say I LOVED it!

I'm so passionate about creativity and creating beauty through art! I really hope I can bring that to you in simple ways so that you can also express yourself through painting! 

I'm excited that you're here!


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1. Intro: Hi guys and welcome to this week's class. For this week, I'm gonna be teaching you how to sketch out and then paint a very simple hot air balloon. And then we'll put a light landscape behind it. So for this class, the main focus is the hot air balloon. The landscape behind it is a little bit irrelevant, but I wanted you to have a finished piece when you are done. So that is why we are going to put a very simple landscape behind the balloon. But the main focus is gonna be the balloons. So for this, I wanted to teach you some very basic striped balloon. And we're gonna work on sketching it out, filling it in, and then putting the landscape behind it. So I hope you enjoy that and I hope it's fun. And we'll just get right into it. 2. Set up and supplies needed: For the setup for this week's class, we are going to need a piece of paper. You're going to want a pencil. Now, I'm just using just a basic sketching pencil. You don't want the lead to be too, too hard too, where if you have to erase a line while you're sketching it, it'll create little reps in your paper, you on something soft enough. Eraser. You're going to want to eventually take off your paper. You're going to want some water. You'll need a paper to swatch some colors on. So you can see this has already been used on this side. Just something, just watch your colors on to make sure you have the right blend. A painting tray. Toothbrushes, one will be a larger, ones is smaller. So you want a, I emphasize a Innosight six, but these are different brands. So this a is actually closer to a size ten typically would be. If you don't have this mini brushes, you don't have those options, then just try to work with what you got, but preferably a larger brush and a smaller brush. And then I have here a wash brush. Now, if you don't have a watch brush, just use your largest fresh. You just want something that can dampen the paper before you actually paint. And then you'll need your paints. So I've got a little cluster here we're going to work with, but we will actually pick our colors here in just a sec. We'll be picking our colors. And the next portion of this class. 3. Choosing your colors: So for today's painting, we are going to be painting a light landscape behind our hot air balloon. So we do need our basic landscape colors. So you're going to want to have a green and a brown, and a blue and a little bit of black. The green that I am using is olive green. We're also going to be using. This is a great company, a first starters for beginner watercolour artists because the paints aren't super expensive, but there's still a good quality paint. So this is just burnt umber. That's my Brown. For my blue, I am using a Windsor and Newton. And this is the, what color is this? Antwerp, blue. Just need a little bit for your sky. And then for black, we're just going to use Ivory Black. We're only going to put a little bit on our tray because we don't need to. Too much of it is just for Sonesh shadows in our artwork. We're going to pick two colors for our hot air balloon. This is a geranium lake. It's kinda like a really pretty red are going to work with that are going to put some right here. And then my other colour which I am going to use is going to be another wins are Newton color and this is cobalt green. This is a really pretty color that was gonna be kinda like a Christmas hot air balloon. So these colors aren't too, too similar to our landscape prize, which is good. You don't want the hot air blame to just disappear into your landscape. You don't want to use the same colors that you're using for your landscape. You want them to be a little bit brighter, a little bit different, more distinct. So these are the colors we're going to be working with today. We're going to set that aside and then we're gonna get going onto the sketching portion of this class. 4. Sketching our hot air balloon: We're going to start by mapping out where we went our hot air balloon to be. I'm going to have you create kind of a little, little bit of a landscape hill very Ray lightly. This will just be our main landscape. For the second Hill. Organized make slightly higher debits, so like that. And we're gonna put the hot air balloon on this left side. So if you imagine, we went the hot air balloon to look like it's still floating above this landscape, but not miles away. So we're gonna start with a basic circle. Just a rough sketch under that circle. Yeah, a little bit of space, right? You're gonna make like a straight line trying to center it as much as you can. Don't make it to 2y1 cuz that's kinda be the base of your actual Bolin. From here, you're going to connect to the one side to the circle, and then the other side to the circle. That's your basic Bolin shape. Now, this needs to be extended a little bit. So we're gonna do that. Extended just a little bit. Erase that first line. Now this is going to be a striped Boolean. So you're going to want to put in your stripes, starting with the concept of a basic central line. Moving off a little bit from that, you're gonna create, your first stripe is gonna bow outward as the boolean gets Weiner and come back in as the boolean gets smaller. And we're gonna do the same thing on the other side. That is top here you're gonna make kind of like a little bubble. Now, erase everything that's inside of that stripe is going to create the next stripes. So the next side will be a little bit wider at the top here. And I'll come down to a similar width and then come in a little curve on top here. Erase anything inside of that. And we're gonna do the same thing on the other side. Okay? And then lastly, we're going to put a stripe on each side. So we're going to follow this curve that we have here. Alright, going to bring it in a little bit more so towards the end. But our loop balloon looks a little bit heavier on this side than it does on this side. So we're going to fill this out a little bit more. And are going to put in our baskets, are going to put underway and draw kind of a parallel line. Here. We're going to make a little basket. We're going to now finish the sketch for the landscape. So what we're gonna be doing is having somewhat blue sky behind here. And we're going to put in some trees. So we're gonna just lightly sketch out some straight lines right here where we want our tree used to be three on this side, the middle one, it's going to be taller than the outer sides. And then on the other side here we're going to do one little one slightly taller one, another level one. Now once we get to it, later as an treats down here, but just for the sake of the sketch, we are going to put in one liner here and two line right here. And then right over on this side, we're going to put one in the middle here and one right next to here. Now, I am going to have you take off your thinking. Okay, and with that, we're ready to get started painting. This painting. 5. Painting our Hot air balloon: To start, we're gonna go in with our green or bluish green because it is the least by brands though and that were least likely to spread. So with our read, that's very, very likely to bleed. So that's why we're going to go on with this blue first. And what you want to do is go in with a lighter hand. Say you want the color to be a little bit lighter because we can always dark in it. Once you've darkness. So we're going to decide which stripes we went to have be red. And I'm thinking this three right here will be red. So that means these two sort of centered stripes, well be blue. So start with your blue and fill in everything except for that little highlight you made. Turned out to go over your pencil lines with that because that will make it harder to remove the pencil lines. So that one's going to next color. Make sure you're doing this with your smaller toothbrushes. Now you're going to want to let that dry completely before you move on to read because the last thing you want is for your rent, bleed right into that green. Now that that's dry or we're gonna move onto this red. This red is very, very bright red. And try to line up just a little bit. But let me kinda hard to do. So we're going to start here. And just this strip right here in the middle. We want to add another highlight right here. This is a very, very rounded stripe is felt in the two sides. It's very, very detailed work see you want to be slow and gentle so that you don't pull any color up here in these tight corners. And u1 is that tried to overlap your colors as well. Let that dry completely and we're gonna start to deep in these colors. So we're gonna start with our blue again. And we're going to deepen that green. So we're gonna put a lot down here at the base. And as we work our way up, we're gonna kind of let it get lighter. I'm going to pull out up here. Behind this shine. When soccer brush with water, blend that upward into that lighter tone and a little bit around just the sides. Kinda leaving a little spot right here in the middle where it's not the same thing on the other side. Now with that, we're gonna go on letting that dry completely. Then we'll move on to our red. So moving on to our red, we're gonna get this right in its full glory. Blend into the, so we're going to start on this side actually and start at the base and fill it all the way in. The same concept where you work your way up. And as you can, just move out the edge downward. We'll talk a little bit and blend up around that. Do the same thing in the middle here. This starts to give you a Boolean sum shape. This starts to make it look like a nice round Berlin. Moving on to the next last stripe. The exact same thing. I'm going to tell it in a downward a little bit here, less science. And then let that dry completely. Now what we're gonna do real quick to finish off our hot air balloon is we're gonna get a little bit of this red. We're going to add just a touch of black to it to just deepen the darkest parts of our balloon. Gonna make this darker kind of reddish color. And we're just gonna go in here. And just really deepen up this. This add a tiny bit to the top just on the signs that don't have to give the illusion that they have. And now we're going to do the same thing at the blue. And a tiny, tiny bit of black. Just to darken it up a little bit to make it appear lander. Pinouts or hot air balloon done. We're going to move onto the landscape before we did this basket because it's just a little bit easier to get that since the basket is going to be a little bit darker than this grass behind it. So let's start with the land. 6. Putting in the sky: And we're gonna get started with the top half of our landscape, which is our sky. And we're gonna do a very, very light blue wash. So we're gonna get our brush wet. So right here I have water. Be very careful that you don't brush over your hot air balloon. So kind of try to brush around it. Keep in mind that we're now trees right here so you don't really need to make that wet. Just the parts where there's going to be actual sky. Close to the balloon bits, okay, visit a little bit of a gap. And we want this to be wet enough that you can get color over the whole paper. So far it dry. C13 wet enough so that it won't dry while you're filling it in with pigment. We're going to go into their blue. We're gonna get a lot of pigment, but we're going to try to make it diluted. And after that, it's just a very, very, very light police guy. Starting at the top, we're gonna pressure color and software brush once we get a little bit closer to the edge. And now this is where you're going to be very careful to not smear into that red because that's a very, very bright college. You really don't want it to be blending out in T sky. And that's going to work in portions. So start with like I'm starting on Skype first. Downward. I wanted to start being more diluted. So it's almost as if you're not putting any color down here. Don't forget to add it under here. Drying out before we can get to the next. Now we're going to let this dry. Before we do anything else. You want the whole painting to be dry. 7. Adding in the landscape: Now moving on, we're gonna get this green right here. And we're going to start on this first portion of ground. We're gonna make it a little bit lighter than. So this one's going to be a lighter color than this one right here. Because a little bit farther away. And we're gonna get that green diluted a little bit. I'm going to add a little bit of brown and a little bit of blue. Kind of a really pretty tight now we're going to put it in the whole area with this. Now right here where it's a little bit blue sky. Helpful tip is just kinda try to blend that edge out. Sometimes a little bit. And then from there we're gonna make a little bit more vibrant, less time. So we're gonna go in another green. A little bit more red up her blue or brown? Blue. And we're going to just go on this lower portion here, working in sections. So starting this way and moving this way so that it doesn't dry out before we're done. Alternatively, if it's easier for you to do something like this where you get your wash brush. Move ahead of where you're painting a little bit and then go over the next portion. Can I help blend a little better deal, I think, is that it does dilute the color a little bit once you put it on CBC right here. To kind of go in with a heavy hand with a lot of that color to fill it in. We don't want that to be the same che we want it to be a difference. Now we're gonna go to the next section. And for him. Okay, now once that's dry completely, then we can start working on trees. 8. Adding in our first set of trees: You're going to want to take note of where your trees are. So here, here, here, we're going to erase the pencil lines just so that they don't show through our work client this color. We're gonna make some very simple pine tree. So we're gonna make some somewhat twisty, bendy line. They don't even have to be complete lines because we're gonna make some taps to make the pine trees. Now, you want to kind of just angling your brush downward, make some little taps to indicate some leaves. So there's one tree. So there's one tree. And we're gonna do the same thing over here. Kind of angling them down depending on which side you early user coming out of. Because these trees are going to be behind the ones right here. So they don't need to be super, super detailed. They just kinda have to fill that space in the background. There. Another little trick I like to do, which is what I'm doing here is after I've placed my leaves, these spots that look kinda around it, I like to kind of put a little bit of color at the very end to kinda make them look pointed and then heavier. You do the same thing here. Keep in mind not to blend that. Once those are done and we're going to do the same thing on this side. Right here. Can I mix up some more of that color? Move your pencil lines. And then we're going to put enter trees on this side. So now since this is more trees on this side, we're going to just do two at a time so that they don't start to dry before or this trunk systems start to dry before you get to this. And I'm even going to add right there. Okay, now with that, we're gonna come back around to where we started these pine trees. So this left side again, I am going to just add some darker shadows onto the one side of the pine trees. And we're gonna do something similar here on the other side to the opposite side of the pine trees. 9. Adding in our second layer of trees: We're gonna move on to this side over here. And we're gonna go in with this green and add a little bit of glue to make it more vibrant. And this is going to be the color of our pine tree out in front, kind of a dark, Nice, rich green color. So I'm gonna start right here and just go to town and start building your pine tree. And a little bit of black into that. And I'll make that pine tree stand out a little bit. And this is where you want to kind of let these bottom branches stick over the top of this hill a little bit. So it looks like the pine tree is right here on this hill and another one right here. Now I move on to the other side and do the exact same thing. We're going to let those dry completely. But while we do, we're going to write here in this corner. And this corner we're gonna add a little bit of pine tree here. So we're gonna put in into, are going to just make like the tops of some pine trees. So kinda make it look like a full on pine tree right down here. We're going to put one more right in here, two looks like this whole scenario. Graphs right here. 10. Finishing touches: The last thing that we need to do is paint our hot air balloon basket. So what we're gonna do for that is we're gonna get our brand. And just very lightly, think a light color is removed. Just that top line. Where the sky is. Remember where it was and just kinda fill in your basket with appellee. Now this part will be a little noxious because you're going to have to let each tiny little layer dry. Before you move on. What I'm doing here is kind of creating the concept of like a side that's shadowed. So imagining that this site is darker than I sign. But that drop now are gonna go in with that round again. Like some little tiny micro lines this way and this way, and this way. Like a little pattern. And we're gonna make using black. Kinda gonna make like the shadow of two figures sitting next to each other. If you can't do this with your paint brush, you can use a pen, but you're going to want to make very small lines on either side to represent your strings of your boolean. And then I didn't include yellow as one of your colors. But if you have one or you could leave it here. But if you want to be healthy and see if you have yellow, makes it a little bit of your read. And just put a little dab right there for the flames of the hot air balloon. 11. Outro: And with that are done at this class for this week. I hope you really enjoyed that. I hope you are happy with the outcome of your painting. Hot air balloons are one of my favorite things to incorporate into a landscape. So it was really fun to teach you that today. And I hope you enjoyed it, hope you add it into some of your own personal works and please share with me, if you do paint that, I would love to see it. Hope to see you next week.