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Painting pumpkins with watercolor: Step by step process

teacher avatar Aarju Sanjel, Watercolor Artist, Youtuber

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Introduction to course

    • 2. Materials needed

    • 3. Shapes and colors of pumpkin

    • 4. Drawing practice

    • 5. Paint stroke practice

    • 6. Using masking fluid

    • 7. Base layer of painting

    • 8. Adding second layer

    • 9. Shadows and background

    • 10. Adding more layer!!

    • 11. Painting foliage

    • 12. Splatter and final details

    • 13. Final Reveal!!

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About This Class

Fall is my favourite season. To denote this wonderful season, we are painting pumpkins. Pumpkins are scrumptious, rich and full of colours. They are inviting. So in this class, we are learning how to paint them.

This art exercise can be done by anyone, from beginners to advanced level artists. I have broken down the painting process into bite-size chunks so you can take them easily. 

We shall look at pumpkins and see their form and values. Then we will do drawing practice and stroke practice, then painting layer by layer and adding foliage to create our magnificent pumpkins. 

Overall we shall learn:

1. Identifying shapes, proportion and composition

2. Patterns of strokes in a painting

3. Knowing values and building layers

4. Adding interest in painting through objects

5. Painting background


This class is best for those who are into watercolour painting and want to improve their skills. 


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Aarju Sanjel

Watercolor Artist, Youtuber





I am a Chartered Accountant and artist that is passionate about life in general. I found that art is the way I want to express myself. Out of all mediums, I love using watercolors. They are uncertain but make beautiful patterns if applied correctly.

I have tought people from children to elderly and I have had the pleasure to learn from them too. I believe that everyone has an inner child with immense creativity. With proper guidance and practice, anyone can be an artist.

 In this platform, I will share tools, habits and techniques to reignite with your inner child.

I post my works regularly on Instagram, and Youtube, you can follow me there aswell !

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1. Introduction to course: Hi artes is far too favorite season of the year. Would you like to make a memory as a painting so reminds you of the amazing smell of pumpkin spice and Autumn Leaves. Clang, forget Valerie. In this course we are painting pumpkins. I will cover drawing practice, watercolors, strokes practice to warm up, and then move onto making final painting. Then I will clean the final painting, teaching you how to use masking fluid, initial layers, adding subject and background and values in the painting. I will guide you every step of the way and we will move gradually to create an amazing masterpiece. Discourse can be done by even absolute beginners. I will teach you how to use your imagination in painting. Make it alone or with your family. It becomes full of joy, love, and bless. Isn't it amazing how a simple act of painting can make us so happy? I cannot wait to get started. Let's begin. 2. Materials needed: For this project, we are using for ash pencil as it makes light marks. And in razor, I use large round number six and number eight more brush for most of my work. And the Madu round rush for detail. You can only use an angular brush for your whole beans in if you have it. We will use roughly prefer drawing practice and lose water polo sheet for water going to strokes practice. Or della sheets are cheaper than watercolor paths as well. As always amusing cos, art, cold press through energy SMP based as it is great for the colors. I'm using some tissue papers. Winsor Newton coordinated set of food, five columns, two jobs of water. A masking, which is optional for this art exercise. 3. Shapes and colors of pumpkin: As I have pumpkins with me, I will take advantage of it to see how it feels in my hand. I feel the shape of the pumpkin, taking note of all possible colors that could be in is alive. Object always gives you more realistic columns. Then the voter, I took the leafy vine that would go with this painting and see the colors when exposed to light. It is very transparent and yellow. In doc, it's green. So I shall means pride by these to make my own set of polygons. Next, we shall move on to drawing practice. 4. Drawing practice: In this lesson, we are learning how to draw. Making drawing before you start, shall familiarise with the shapes of the painting. I want you to take your rough paper and a regular pencil. Do make confident lines. Imagine making a basketball. It has lines originating from two poles. Just connect the lines from top to bottom. Also imagine the insides of an orange. It is exactly this way. He's all about. When we practice making basic shapes of our painting, it becomes easier for us to approach the painting. And making multiple circular drawings to build my confidence. If you have a pumpkin network, you will know exactly what I'm talking about. Draw a few more circular shapes too. You get confident in making them. In destroying. I'm using the dark pencil to show you all the lines. As my camera better picks it up. In the end, I will make the same image on my watercolor paper using a light pencil. For my final drawing, I want to include both orange and green pumpkin. Both plays in the garden with light hitting the right. Keep in mind the proportion of pumpkins relative to each other. Always judging subject in relation to each other while drawing. I will also include some leafy vines as they will add character to the painting. It will complement the pumpkins and after the composition. Before adding items in painting, ask yourself if it adds to the meaning of painting. Use curvy lines for the vines is confident mocks and do not add too much moocs as a dry mix without being a naked, muddy. I want those vines to enveloped my punk kids. Finally, our drawings should we done? I love how it has turned out to have also a dashed my drawing in the resource section. So you can see and take reference from it. You don't have to copy it exactly. Next year learning watercolor stroke patterns. 5. Paint stroke practice: Previously, we learned how to draw. I take a look at my soldiers and decide which colors to use Has it gives me a better idea of colors that I can expect on people. You can use colors to the proximity of mine. You can use colors to the proximity of mine. All you need is stellar, orange, red, green, and blue. Do you have another brand of paint? We may use similar colors and get pretty much the same result as mine. First, for my orange pumpkin, I'll makes cadmium red hue, cadmium orange and yellow ochre. Then for my green pumpkin allele, all greens have separately mixed with water. Foreshadow part I'll mix band on the sepia and some ultramarine. You can create any turn of cool color for the shadow part. Now, let us use some series of colors and make coffee circular strokes on watercolor sheet. It is a great way to loosen up before a big painting. Try to mimic the patterns that may be used in our final painting. You can mix layers to see what the colors make. Wat, let us be free and practice whatever we feel like. You can use any expression in new odd and it's all about you. If you are feeling very confident, make the pattern of the background which we retries or spooky house, tried to be creative. Year. Tried to be creative. Hello. 6. Using masking fluid: In this lesson, I will teach you how to use masking Floyd, masking fluid. Child preserved the specific areas of white in your brain thing. Using a masking fluid can be difficult. I advise using the small, cheap brush, number one or number two so that the marks can be precise. Use it on areas that you think that might need, highlight would need to be separated from the background. I'm using these on the leaves and branch as I'm painting a dark background. You can completely skip this. If you want to. Use a cheap brush as a fluid will tear you brush has I like to wet my brush and Robert against a bar of soap before dipping it in the bottom. Please do not wipe the brush with a tissue paper or digital. Only mess it up. Just use your hand to take it out or run it with the water and clean the brush gently. One tip is to use the fluid on dry Sanchez and peel that fluid right after the painting is finished. Issue don't have masking to lawyers. Don't worry. You can use 2n bits of masking tape as well. It will also leave a better shape that is softer than muscling fluid. In the next lesson, we shall pain the bees. Leah. 7. Base layer of painting: In this lesson we appeasing our base layer. I believe that you're done with your drawing from my prepared colors and taking the orange mix and placing it on this tiny ballot so that you can see the strokes better. I use a thin layer of water to make carved strokes, leaving space in the middle for highlights. Make sure to limit using water to just the pumpkin. Then I'm adding the paint in the wet areas in some curved motion. This method is called wet in wet, where we add water directly to the painting and add colors after, and then let them mix on their own. This part is a bit tricky, yet you need to believe in the process. Just let it do its work. I'm adding more cadmium red hue and painting the lower paths and the carved pots to create deep values. Then I let it dry. Moving with my green pumpkin by create greens on my palette. Pure colors for transparency. I used a viridian green hue for my Beasley. Pays the same technique to apply that cutters to my green pumpkin. Deny welded to try. It's also dishonest pumpkin is dry. A goal. And by adding more layers. And this time I have added the yellow ochre. Remember that meeting slight changes in column exists will create depth and interests the values in the painting. I'm using my number six brush from now as I try to keep a smaller brush only for details like twigs and highlight. Then creating depths on angles to give an impression of depth and painting feelings on the middle to create highlights. Leaving the painting to dry is the best thing you can do when using watercolors. If I overwork the India, it would become a huge mess. So to uplift your watercolor skills, learned to take lot of breaks in in-between layers. I will leave you to watch and paint the rest with me. In the next lesson, we shall add to second layer. 8. Adding second layer: In this lesson, we are adding second layer to our brain thing. Drying the layers will also give you a clear idea where you're painting is headed. At this point, I'm only restaging the layers to create that illusion of depth in-between the pumpkin using the same mix of cadmium orange and cadmium red here to make a rich color for the deep angles of pumpkin and stood in using a large brush at distance. As it will make it easier to cover a large surface in short time. Also will develop 12 says is metadata, as it requires you to trust a medium and slowly the bending will unfold on its own. Hi, we'll use sepia to create to add some colors to the branch of pumpkin. Also, adding some shadows to create a sense of realism and interest in the green team. I used a mix of bubble and Lou enlightening. In next lesson we shall add Dhaka shadows. I play around with the green pumpkin, lending in some pods and leaving some bits wide. As I want my watercolors to have irregular patterns. I'm having so much fun at this point. It's so easy to get scared. But remember that all you need to do is get started. Then it will flow very natural to you. Then I am taking masking fluid out from the hand of competence. As I've seen, like it's better to take it off right now. Which is all instinctive. Missing right over Rome. Who can leave it to end as well. Then as my top part is dry, I use a small brush to give the shape and the field they are missing the form. Using a mix of ultra marine and CPR and one brush florida. I shall add curvy lines in the Pumpkin. From the bottom. We are adding dark lines in the boardroom. As light is hitting from the top to the bottom, plots will be darker than the top. Then adding more layers of colors in between. I'm just playing around the colors now. And so should you. Next, we shall add shutters and background. 9. Shadows and background: In this lesson we appeasing the shatters. I'm not copying any picture. So I'm thinking of making this in a field setting, pleased in grasses. But I only want to give that illusion. So I play around with the colors of green and blues. For the thrust Lear of shatter, I use a mix of bubble mode and entrepreneurial. Has light is hitting from the right side, the shadow will be more towards the left, then letting it rest. In the background with tones of green to suggest grass or fields. I love how pumpkins are placed in grasses. Only adding little details to the grass. I'm not painting the whole of the paper as I want a white border. So with my large brush, I paint the greens and then move on with the ghetto at the back, painting cadmium yellow mixed in lots of water at this stage. As the light is warm, I being light yellow in the fly. And to suggest warms. Also, when the light is warm, the shadow must be blue. You can add any dark color hair, just ASM blue on it and create a doc leaves. Not be scared of placing them. Don't stress about it. There are certain much more possibilities in any creative artwork. Let your imagination run wild. In the end, I mix more of the blue to green and make the grasses and shutter. Let the Lear dry and add another layer of background. Finally, and more green in the mix for shatter. But you can use Marine or sepia for more. Next of kin. Okay. 10. Adding more layer!!: In this lesson, we give more definition, volume, and depth to our pumpkins. This is done by adding value in the painting. Till now, the painting looks a bit flat. So using number six and number of full brush and adding finally as to the pumpkin, to redefine the pumpkin, dark tunes and background shall make the farm kids pop and pushes. It narrows from beating the dark edges of the stem to taking out the rest of masking tape and painting the leaf. Adding dark dunes, definition and shape will make it more whole. As we all know, as actually go from light to dark in watercolors, all of their meeting strokes are mean making sure that the painting is cohesive and the values are correct. Till now, my shadow has lost its definition. So I am adding a layer of shadow. This is more like a final thought. Before we add the details. In the next part, we will create foliage. 11. Painting foliage: Pumpkin is not complete without its foliage, rich, lacking here and there. The surround the pumpkins and real. So in this lesson, we are going to paint foliage. When we have this pumpkin from my psalm, the covered in sick leaves and foliage. This almost hard to reach the pumpkin without bending some branches. So I encourage you to add that leaves that are fountain likes. You can go with only a few leaves or grow completely wild. It's up to you. I am using my large coal brush. You can use a MOOC or around rows as well. Just learned the brush with a lot of paint and some water and slide the whole brush. Try making the leaves with one stroke. I'm adding leaves on both sides of pumpkin, framing our pumpkins. Also to make our pumpkins pop and build the contrast. I use leaves with dark values. You can notice that our painting looks much better this way. Add as much you want. You can also make it fit sepia or ready Scala. Just to add that interest in your painting. It depends on how the light hits the leaves. One tip. Painting the background is do not add too many details so that the viewers will get lost in it. Rather than the painting itself. Oh, I cannot help but add details on the foliage in the middle. So I cannot let them disappear. I'm using a smaller number to remote brush for adding details. Taking green mixed with dark colors, ultramarine and sepia. It is perfect for those dark values. I'm using Qazi strobes surely to make fewer errors. I loved this process. Also redefining those branches with the same doc makes. Next, we will do some fun spattering. Ok? Mm-hm. 12. Splatter and final details: In this part, we will do some splattering using my document. I use a large brush and splatter on my painting. I use a rough sheet to mask the places that I want them clean. Using one brush to hold the paint and the other one to hit it so that I can get better at the places I want. Then to add the final details. I'm using the small brush and make slight marks on the Pompeian with a darker shade of blue and orange with very little water almost dry. These add to the deck shop. The pumpkins we drew also makes a painting more realistic. Did not go overboard with adding textures. And you want some unevenness just enough to add undressed. And now we're doggie. In the final lesson, we are during the final reveal. You can all pat yourself on the back because you've May is such an amazing piece that you can hang on your house. Well done. 13. Final Reveal!!: We are now ready for the season. We have an amazing yummy looking pumpkin painting. So we can hang it in our house or gift it to our loved ones. You can retrain the pumpkin on a small scale, a few layers, and you use it in sending cards to your friend and family. I cannot wait to sit my coffee. Has the hot pumpkin pie with my family. I hope you all had a great and fun time painting lists. I request you to leave a review as it would mean so much to me. See you in my next fun course. Do not forget to follow me. So you'll get updates on discussions about my art creativity and new works. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the discussion section. Have a great time. Painting by