Pastel Blooms | Nina Hidalgo | Skillshare

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10 Lessons (58m)

    • 2. MATERIALS

    • 3. WASHES

    • 4. Lesson 1: STROKES

    • 5. Lesson 2: LEAVES

    • 6. Lesson 3: PETALS

    • 7. Lesson 4: FORMATION

    • 8. PROJECT

    • 9. Bonus: MINIATURE

    • 10. GIVEAWAY

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Hello! This is Nina Hidalgo for another Skillshare Class which is called Pastel Blooms. Obviously we will be painting flowers using pastel colors. Did I just hear you say you don't have pastel watercolors? No need to worry because as long as you have some white watercolors, then we're good.

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Nina Hidalgo

Miniature Painter


Philippine-based miniature painter, Nina Hidalgo has been painting in tiny journals and canvases since 2016. Initially a watercolor calligrapher, Nina incorporated her watercolor skills with her fondness for miniatures bringing about a perfect combination of her two passions.

Nina's progress into miniature painting allowed her to encourage enthusiasts to continue making art no matter how small. Join her mini challenge #MiniArtventure #NTHMiniChallenge on her social media accounts.



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1. INTRODUCTION: Hello. This is Nina Hidalgo for another skill shark class called pesto wombs. We will be painting beautiful flowers using pastel colors and a dagger brush. Did I hear you say you don't have any best of colors? Don't worry if you don't have any, because as long as you have some white winter color, then we can be able to produce past ALS. Now grab that fresh and let's get started. 2. MATERIALS: these air the materials that we will be using. In this glance, I will use the fab Brianna. What are color paper? 25% cotton. It's called pressed and 200 GSM, but you can use any watercolor paper as long as it's at least 160. JIA's repair your past the collars but s a set. You can use any ballot as long as you have white to mix it with this one. Over here is vintage pastels from art philosophy in a water container in the star of our costs the Doctor Brush, which is Princeton under Velvet Touch and maybe Taylor Siri's. 3. WASHES: Let's talk about washes. It's also important how much water we put into our pigments because it will indicate how amazing our artworks will be Cream This consistency has thick enrich pigment which movement iss lesser than the other washes. We will use this wash for our secondary color later milk This consistent secrets contrast against white paper and this is the most commonly used wash. We will use this wash for our primary color coffee. This consistency has translucent color which we will use for the leaves. 4. Lesson 1: STROKES: one of the most important things to practice and painting this flower is knowing your brush strokes, whether you are right handed or left handed. It is easier to control the bagger brush when the part with longer bristles is the one here . You we will be practicing the basic strokes. This stems and leaves. Then we will move forward to the metal formacion. Let's start making Finn lines, but using only the tip of the brush, put a little bit pressure when gliding it. Now we will do it again, but this time will add pressure. Remember not to put too much just enough to make fixed roots. A shaky hand is normal at the beginning, so feel free to glide your pinky finger together with a brush. Now that you already know how to make, the thin and thick strokes will have a combination, so make sure to load your brush with value. Did order collards. It's easy of you. Start with a thin line, so pressure transitioning the fixed stroke light and add pressure. This activity will help you get to know dagger brush better and the marine practice, the more your hand will remember the strokes, since practice makes brokers keep a piece of watercolor paper and fill it with your practice strokes, 5. Lesson 2: LEAVES: Oh, my favorite part. We will now enjoy painting some leaves. I also have a skill share class and how to paint leaves using different brushes. But if you're wondering which brushes perfect for painting leaves, then you are in the right class because that her it is. What I am doing is a one stroke leave. Remember a thin and thick strokes. Start with making a thin line by using Onley the tip of the brush, then gently at pressure. The transition, the fix stroke. Make sure to check on where the longer bristles, part ISS faced. You make people your hand a little, too. Do the leaves on the other side, or just rotate your paper. If that's easier for you. Next is the two stroke leaf. The steps were the same. We will just need to add a space in between to make an illusion that it has two sides. No need to make it symmetrical. Now I'm gonna leave you to watch the remainder of the video so you can concentrate. Fainting leaves is so fun right now. If what you have is the regular wider lager brush like what I'm using, then that's perfect to the leaves will just look bigger, which is a great variation for when we paint a stem full of leaves. Now, whether you use the narrow dagger bush or the white bagger brush, it will not matter as long as he have a dagger barrage and it's gonna work because it's perfect for botanical painting, which we are doing right now. I'll now leave you with the remainder of the video so you can concentrate and practice more . 6. Lesson 3: PETALS: All right, let's now move on to the most awaited part prepared to consistencies. First, it's coffee for our primary color, which must be light. And second, this cream for our secondary color, which must be darker than the primary. I am using Graham Black for demonstration purposes. So great it's my primary and black is my secondary to test. If you have two tones in your brush, you may want to glide the bristles onto your watercolor paper and eight affects stroke in order to get a two tone stroke. Using the backer brush, we must first load or fully coat the bristles with a primary color. Then dip the triangular tip off the brush into the secondary color. What I do for me secondary color is a get it straight from the pen holding your brush loaded with two tones. We will glide it onto the water collar papers slowly. Now, this time, the longer bristles part must be facing on the other side. It's like an inverted right triangle, but the two corners are flat onto the surface. Now you see what the secondary color is for. It's for the shadow off the battles, the secondary color plays an important part because it gives the illusion of this flower having layers. The next segments will show a complete demonstration when all the elements are combined, - yeah . 7. Lesson 4: FORMATION: I should have warned you from the beginning that this kind of floral painting is addictive . Set piece yourself. When it comes to Formacion, it is also vital that we know where the flowers are facing. The easiest way to understand information is by during a donut. You're a big circle, which is the diameter of the flower. You'll paint like a doughnut will put a small circle in the center, too. The formacion of the first castle bloom we painted slave flat, and the reason it looks like it is lay flat. It's because the small circle is at the center Now. I'd like to paint it facing to the left, and in order to do that, we will add a crescent marker. Excluding the outside part of the crescent. Mark will put the small circle in the middle and leave a small crescent mark in there, too. - The donut must be the pattern when we paint these paso blooms, and for this vessel bloom, I choose to end the layer on my crescent marker. But you may extend up to that part 8. PROJECT: for your project. Make a lay flat by still blooms or pestle blooms in different formations. I will be showing a demonstration of both projects, and you can choose either one or make both. Don't forget to post your project so we can see it. You she's okay , she's imagine. 9. Bonus: MINIATURE: no. 10. GIVEAWAY: Thank you so much for taking this class and I can't wait to see your projects to better help you. I'll be giving away a Princeton velvet touch baggers, striper and a velvet touch me any angle Shader To qualify, you must of course, take this class and submit a project again. Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe and happy meaning?