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Painting in Gouache on Black: Folk Art Style 3.0

Nora Connolly, Illustrator + Pattern Designer + Artist + Teacher

Painting in Gouache on Black: Folk Art Style 3.0

Nora Connolly, Illustrator + Pattern Designer + Artist + Teacher

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8 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Introduction to class

    • 2. Folk Art with Gouache Paints

    • 3. Gouache Techniques

    • 4. Folk Art Style

    • 5. Project + Prompts

    • 6. 6 Phoenix Bird Prompt

    • 7. Painting in Gouache DEMO

    • 8. Conclusion

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In this class, "Painting in Gouache on Black: Folk Art Style" you will learn to paint on black paper with gouache paints.  There is a technique involved to use Gouache paints on black paper... Here we will go over how to paint in Gouache in a Folkloric Style.

I decided to make a series on the subject. In my first class, "Drawing in Black + White 1.0" you learned how to draw on black paper with white gel pens and watercolor.  In my second class "Drawing on Black with Colored Pencils 2.0" we cover colored pencil on black!

Finally in my third and final class here today, we will cover "Painting in Gouache on Black: Folk Art Style".

In all these lessons you will have covered most mediums that artists use to paint on black paper.

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Nora Connolly

Illustrator + Pattern Designer + Artist + Teacher


About Me:    Hello, and welcome, I'm Nora. I'm an Illustrator, Surface Pattern Designer + Artist. I studied at Columbia University and obtained a Masters. My thesis was on "MURAL ART: FAD OR ART?"  I decided after a number of years of work as a French Translator to go to FIT - Fashion Institute of Technology to learn digital design.  I also speak French fluently and have lived in Paris, France.  I am native New Yorker and still live in NYC presently with my husband and two kitties!   I have written and illustrated three Children's books so far.  I love art and what I do!  This is the best feeling in the world and would like to share that creativity with everyone.

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1. Introduction to class: Hi everyone, Nora Ali here today on Skillshare, I wanted to bring to you a class today on how to use wash on black paper. So here today what we're going to do is draw this beautiful bird in white with many colors on black paper. It can be hard to paint on black paper if you don't know a few techniques that I'm going to show you in this class. Feel free to join me in this class and we'll have some fun drawing this bird on black paper. The style I'll be using in this class is a folkloric style, which I prefer because it's whimsical and fun to make. So come join me and bring your creativity and paint brushes to this class. 2. Folk Art with Gouache Paints: Hi everyone. Here is the presentation that I decided to make and try something a little different. It's going to be on our gouache paints. And the style I'm going to be using is a folk art style to present the gouache paints. So in our next slide here, we have a King bird type of illustration and it's made in folk art style. And so when you look at this painting, you wonder like, well what is wash? Because that's what we're going to be using gouache paint. Gouache paint is a water-soluble paint which can be used on different types of paper. And here we decided to use black paper. And that's the reason why I picked black paper because our class is black and white in wash. So now wash, it comes in tubes. And I will be showing you that in a demonstration later on. And it is thick and usually in a creamy consistency. And it's a type of opaque paint. Now, wash paint. It dries quickly and it leaves a type of matte finish when it dries. And it also wash. It works like watercolors in the sense that if you add a lot of water to wash, you get a type of transparent layer. And wash also works from, in the sense that when you layer your paints, it works from dark to light paints, but also vice versa, light to dark. And will be explaining that a little later. And when gouache dries, the dark colors, they tend to get a little lighter and the lighter ones become a little darker. So you have to be worried. 3. Gouache Techniques: Now some techniques using wash, it can be a thick paint and creamy paint in the tube. But when you use it, because it's water-based, it's a water-based paint. It should be applied with water. Otherwise, it's not going to have the right consistency. And the more water you add, the more transparent it will become. And it will also work more like watercolor paints that you're familiar with those. Now, the layering technique is the most basic technique. And it's the one that's most often used. And there's only one rule here with this basic technique. And that's before painting onto the next layer, let the previous one dry off. And the reason for this is that because this technique is the easiest one to use, and that's the reason for why we're using it in the class today, because this is a very basic class on how to use quash paints. Now, some tips, tips that I will give you are, if you look at the actual painting on the left that I painted for you, I began with a black background. So that was the paper are used. But I added white paint outline. As you see, there's the flowers and the leaves and the actual bird, and it's all in white. Now you start your painting with white paint on black paper. But if you want, if you don't want to use black paper, you can always make a gray black wash with black paint. Let that dry and then apply your white paint over it when it dries. Now, the next layer will be adding more bright colors here. So example, for example, the red here that we have with the flowers, and then the flower on the bird and the berries, and then the beige colors or okra, and then oranges. And this will be a way to embellish your painting. And then finally, I added the shades of green, which are here in the leaves. And on those shades when they were dry, these leaves, I added to top it off details, all of the details on the birds such as the jaw to the eye, the wings, and then the leaves on the roses that I have here at the tulip that I have here. And these details are added in black. And because it gives a folk art field, and that's the style. 4. Folk Art Style: So now in our class here, what we're going to do that was just an example. What we're gonna do here is painted wash bird. This bird is a type of, it looks kinda like a Firebird or Peacock or a dove omics then to one. And then the next section, I'm going to be using this actual painting as a demonstration. How it turns out will be as close to this one as we can. Now this bird will be bright and it will also use the folk art style and genre. And I will be using the methods and techniques that were just explained in the previous two slides. 5. Project + Prompts: Now your project for this class will be to choose from one of the two of the following projects items and upload them if you wish to, because I really would like to see what you've created. On the left we have a folk art bird, and on the right we have a folk art. Now they'll bird. You can practice by doing number one. So just drawing an outline of shapes. And then number two, you try and add a little more to those shapes, for example, on the wings and then the tip of the tail. And then on the third, what you would do is actually drew the drawing, you know, connecting everything. And then on the fourth, you'd add details. So that's the type of practice that you do. Otherwise what you do if you just want to skip 12, you just draw your bird number three, outlines. Number 4, you add your details. And then number five, you can actually paint on it and then figure it out that way and paint on your bird the outlines. And then after you're done with your practice, just follow the methods and techniques that I've illustrated in the previous section. Now, for the cat, you draw your shapes, and then you, you draw the shapes connected. And finally you draw details on the cat. This is just a practice for drawing. But once you're done with practice for drawing, you can actually paint your cat or bird. And then as you feel free, you can upload your actual cat or bird to the detailed section, which allows you to upload your creations. And I would really love to see what you've created. So let's get on with it and let's do our demonstration here. One. So in this prompt, I'm going to be drawing a bird. And the reason for the prompt is for you to get your hand flowing and for you to be able to connect shapes while drawing. And once you've done this prompt, you should go on and move into the gouache painting section, where I'm going to be doing a demonstration of actually another bird. So here what I'm gonna do it, I've set up my tablet and I'm going to select a brush. And this size is good. And I'm going to use a black. And I'm going to connect some, draw, some out some shapes first for you, this is going to be the head of a bird. And it's kind of a, it should be actually like a type of rectangle. Then I'm going to do the body. And that's also another rectangle that's drawn inside. And then I'm gonna do a slanted rectangle. I mean, you can't see too well what's coming out here, but you'll figure it out along the way because it's going to look like a bird in the end. So a beak and then an I. So that's the first number one. I'm going to shrink the pen a little bit here. Now for the second prompt, the second version of this bird, I'm going to do the same thing. I'm going to draw the head and neck, and then the beak, the eye. And I'm going to draw another rectangle for the body. Connecting it altogether. And then the wing, which is a slanted rectangle. And then I'm going to add another detail and that's going to be a tail. And I'm also going to draw this part, which we're going to be three types of shapes that define the wing better. That's number 2. Then for number three, we're going to draw everything but altogether connected. So I'm going to draw the head of the bird down to the wing. I'm gonna make this like this. And we did three of them. If I remember correctly. Then the body, the tail, and then the neck again, and the beak. So that's number 3. You see that the bird is completely connected. And then number 4, you see how the shapes flow from number 1, 2, and 3 into a shape of a bird. So that's to get you to understand how the birds shapes flow into each other. So then here we're going to do the same bird as in number three. And we're gonna do the tails. Well. Now this bird is going to have a beak of well. And another Hi. And I'm going to just some types of objects, the objects on the inside. I've decided to do some rectangles. And they are, I'm sorry, some, I've decided to do some triangles. So here we have the triangles and then here I'm going to draw an arrow to make the motifs inside the bird look kind of folksy. And the folkloric style is a very nice style. I admire it a lot. And it's very easy to draw something and then embellish it with those elements that go inside the bird. So this is the fourth prompt. And from 1, 2, 3, and 4, you will see that there's a development into a final piece. And now this is just to get your arm and your hand flowing. And in drawing a prompt for drawing for this prompt. And then afterwards you can move on to the demonstration for actually painting in blush. And you'll be also drawing a bird, but it'll be a different type of bird. It will be actually a Phoenix, and there will be short iPad demonstration there as well. One. So in this prompt, I've decided to use a cat. And I'm going to show you how to draw shapes and connect them. And the reason for this prompt is to loosen up your hand so that you can move on afterwards to the gouache painting. So here we're going to start with the cat's head. And then we're going to make a type of elongated body. Also another circle. So two circles. That's going to be number one. And I'm going to shrink this and place it off to the side, hit Done, and add another layer. Now in the second layer, what I'm gonna do is draw the same two shapes. So the head and then more elongated type of body. And then I'm going to unite the two circles. This will be the cat's neck. And then the body type here. I'm going to draw two ears. And then I'm going to draw a tail for the cat. Like so. That's number two. And now I'm going to select the design I've just made, move it off to the side, hit Done, and add another layer. Now for our third and final prompt here, we're gonna take our objects that we've created and United and then draw just an outline because that's the final piece of the puzzle. And it'll be an outline of all of the lines that we've actually put together in the previous prompt here. Then we have the cap. And what I'm going to do is add and embellish some embellishments such as the cat's face and maybe its nose mouth, and make him a little happier because we don't know sad cat. Then finally, I'm going to put a little design on the interior. And I'm going to put a flower. And then I'm going to put some leaves on the flower and try and make it a little bit folksy, a more folkloric style. So the reason that I did this cat is so first loosen up your hand. But number two, it's to show you how easy it is to unite shapes. And when you're actually painting, you can maybe see the shapes more easily by doing a prompt first. 6. 6 Phoenix Bird Prompt: So in this demonstration, as you can see on the right corner, I have the bird that I'm going to use to draw an outline of shapes and show you how they're connected. And to be able to paint later on in our demonstration with wash this bird. So what I'm going to do is select my brush in black. And I'm going to start out with the head. So we're going to create a unique oval type shape. And I'm going to put an I and a beak. And then I'm going to show you that if you draw a type of oval here, that would be the neck, and then another oval would be the body. And that I would put two other little circles on the bottom for the legs where I would eventually have feet. And then for the wing, I would do another shape. And I would try and connect another shape. That way you can see maybe where the feathers would be like. So. So then there would be three more circles for the feathers. And then for the tail, I would make another oval. And then I would make other circles on the bottom for more feather type drawings. And if you have had done the prompt in the previous drawing prompts, the cat or the dog, which you would be using for your projects. You would see how drawing it out shows you where the shapes are and then you unite them with an outline. So I could do this, I could pick another color. For example. For example, like a type of reddish color. And then just to show you, what you do is you'd go over your outlines on the exterior. And that's how you would create something for the bird's body and shape. And it would be on the exterior of everything you've actually so I'm sorry. This would be an outline that would connect all the shapes, but it would be an exterior outline. And then you could embellish it however you want. In the next section, what I'm going to show you is how to go step further from actually drawing an outline to using paints to create your bird. 7. Painting in Gouache DEMO: Hi everyone. So in this demonstration I'm going to go over the supplies and also how to make this bird, which is going to be our demonstration. Today. It's a type of folkloric bird and it's going to be a demonstration about the gouache paints on black paper. So the first things you'll need are some brushes. If you only have one, that's fine, but if you have different kinds, That's also okay. It's useful around or flat brush. This is a filbert and some smaller brushes for detail. We're going to use water, some cold water. You can get a towel to blot your paint brush on or bounty. Sometimes I use that as well. Then the next thing we'll need is a place to set your paints in. I've prepared some paints or many paints here. And you can just use as many cultures you feel comfortable. It doesn't have to be the exact same bird that I paint. But you can use this as a demonstration to paint your own. And the gouache paints look like this that come in a tube. And I can show you how they look when they come out. For instance, this is crimson red. And as it comes out, it's this beautiful, vibrant red. And I took out the whole gamut of colors here just to show you. So it's type of rainbow colors here. So purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red. I definitely need white because I'm going to use the white as a base as I instructed in our text techniques section. And I really like this color, which is a yellow ocher. This brand artist's loft is sold at Michaels. So and that is some of what we have here going on. And this is a palette for your paints. So we're going to use that to dab our paintbrush in. And then just show you that we need a piece of paper that's black paper. You can also get this at my goals. Either a watercolor type paper or something similar. I use this type of card stock and it's similar to watercolor paper. Watercolor papers definitely best. So that's what we have here, minus a square. And now let's begin and draw this pretty Byrd. Hi everyone. So now we're going to start by dabbing my paintbrush in the cold water. And I'm going to use the white paint first. So I'm going to need some water on my paints to make the liquid become immersed with the paint. And that all loosen it up a little bit. And I'm going to use this as a type of base 2 for my painting. And I'm going to make the head of the bird first. And I'm not going to make this bird as big as the one on the previous paper that I used. Because I wanna make my demonstration. Not too long. But I just want you to get an idea of how to, you know, prepare your painting and you can decorate it the way you want. So this will be the head. And then I'm going to use a little more for the beak here. And I am going to make a neck. And for the neck, I'm going to do this. I'm going to fill this in with more white paint. And as you know very well with that, I, as I've said in the section with the techniques and tips, It's good to use a layer to layer your paints and then to let them dry in between the applications of your next layer. Because that's the way quash paints work. The pinks need to draw in between layers. And we're using a layering technique here to start off with, which is considered a basic NYC Tech 510k. So this is the body of the bird. As you can see. This is a very round bird, which shapes that I'm connecting. And I've made sure that the shapes are going to be united and that the paint will connect inside the shapes. And I'm going to use this, the white as the base so that it can, no, I don't want it to show through on the next layer really, but it's going to bring out the gouache paints a little more. And that way when you use it on the black paper, you can, you can see the colors come out a little more and there'll be more vibrant. So that's how I'm gonna do this. And I'm also going to place the tail of the bird, which is what I'm going to do next. And for the tail of the bird, I'm going to make it go down here a little bit. In a type of fan shape. We want it to be pretty looking, almost like a peacock. But the tail of a peacock fans out. So this is just going to be not exactly a fan, but a closed fan, I guess I would call it, you can embellish this the way you want. You can either use lines or dots or just use the colors and layer them on top of the white paint. You can see here I need a little bit more water because it gets kinda clunky otherwise. And that's not what we want. We want it to be spread out. The paint. So that it doesn't look uneven. So paints will be pushed along as well by the water and it aids them to go on the paper nicely. So that is the tail of the bird. This is the head. And I want to include one wing. So for the wing, I'm just going to make a smaller ring like this. That's just the outline. And I'm going to make sure that it goes like this. And some of the colors I'm going to use are going to be purple, red, yellow, and maybe blue and orange. And for the leaves and the fruits and the berries, as I showed you in the beginning. On the other painting, I'm going to use green, yellow ocher, or a type of brown. And I'm also going to use maybe two shades of green and maybe some other red. So that would cover what I'm going to use. And now I'm just going to make sure that I let this dry in between applications of the next layer. So this is the wing as we went over. This is what the bird will look like. Now, I also need one little more part of this, which is the for the feet of the bird. So I'm going to include one little thing here and whether one other little mound here for the beat. So this is the white part of the painting. Now, I'm going to let this dry drives rather quickly as well, so you don't have to wait too long. And then I'm going to start by applying outlines. And the colors that I want to use on the spurred, showing the birds red outline. That way, I can just place the paints in the center of that outline. The fine, it's look, it's shape. A little better with the red. It takes a little time to master this, this type of painting. But I consider it to be a type of folkloric painting because of the colors and the style that are used in on it. I'm going to speed this up at this point so that you can see what I do. And so I'm not going to be talking for the rest of this demo until the end of the demo where I'll come back and I give you a short conclusion as to what we've done. So here we go. So hi everyone. I'm back and I just want to put the finishing touches on the berries here. I'm just putting a little center dots on them. The bird is done and it's dry. And now I'm just waiting for the leaves to get dry as well. 8. Conclusion: Thank you so much for joining me here today in this class on drawing on black with gouache paint. Feel free to see my other classes. The first one and the second 11 was drawing on black with white. And the second one was drawing on Black, was the color to 0. Thank you so much for following this series on drawing on black paper.