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7 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Color Palette

    • 4. Sky & Clouds Outline

    • 5. Cloud Details

    • 6. Palm Tree Outline

    • 7. Detailing Palm Trees

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Practice makes perfect. In this painting study, we will be creating pop art style palms trees with a beautiful cloudy sky. We will concentrate on paint layering and exploration. No painting experience is required in order to paint along with us, just the desire to learn and explore acrylic painting skills.  A project will be encouraged so that you may take the skills that you earned and create a memorable piece. 

This lesson includes topics such as:

-Color Palette 

-Sky & Clouds Outline

-Palm Tree Detailing and much more!

I am excited to paint with you and I look forward to seeing your creations. Don’t forget to post it so that your classmates may view your wonderful creations.

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Diana Pimienta

Creative Lifestyle. Consciousness Mentor


A creative life opens the door to happiness & healing. 


Hello there! My name is Diana Pimienta. I am a creative enthusiast  and conscious artist. My missions to help creators embrace their authentic voice through movement, visualization and art. My classes are about personal/ business growth through creature endevors along with tutorials.  I hope to inspire my students to embrace the creator that lives within. 


My experience includes: teaching art & dance, mentoring creatives, showcasing my artwork internationally, working with business professionals and social media marketing. As a self taught artist, I create using acrylic paint, oil paint, and occasionally, mixed media. As a dance instructor, I teach different le... See full profile

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1. Introduction : Hi there. My name is Diane Pimienta, and I am a creative lifestyle enthusiast. My goal is to help others by sharing the knowledge that I've learned throughout the years. As an artist, I create pop-art style pieces that reflects my experiences, feelings, and inspiration. In the past, I've showcased my art internationally and locally. I loved teaching, which was inspired by my many years as a dance instructor. In this lesson, I will be teaching you how to paint pop-art style palm trees. This lesson is meant to be a study so that you may practice your painting skills and create an original piece in the future. If you are looking for ways to explore with acrylic paint than this lesson is for you, but all levels are welcome. A recent trip back home, inspire me to put together this lesson and create with you colorful palm trees that reflect the beauty of my hometown. We will be focusing on paint layering and exploration using the skills that you'll learn from this study, I encourage you to participate in the class project and share with your classmates your beautiful creations. I cannot wait to paint with you, so let's get started. 2. Supplies: Hello guys, welcome to our painting study session for today we will be creating pop-art style palm trees. Now it's pretty cool about a study is that it's not about perfection, but rather it's about practicing your skills, becoming familiar with your subjects and exploring color. So for this particular study, we will be using acrylic paint. And I'll be showing you how to layer color as opposed to blending. The colors that we'll be using for today are cold gray, Cornelia and blue, yellow, emerald green, burnt umber, and titanium white. Now if you do not have these particular colors on your palette, that's okay. You can use a more generic palette. So for cold gray, you can mix white and black. Carnelian blue, you can use blue, mid yellow just to yellow, and emerald green, green and burnt umber brown. Now titanium white is one that I would suggest to not substitute. So I know that most artists have titanium white on their palate because it is a more generic color. But I would suggest again, just tried to get titanium white as opposed to transparent white. Now we will be painting on a black mix media sheets. In case you don't have a black mix video sheet, that's okay. You can use a white one, but you just want to make sure that you have a sheet that you are able to use acrylic paint on. And make sure that you also have a clean palette. Paint brushes and fresh water. Now the paint brushes that I would suggest using are these much more square-shaped bristles here. And as well as some smaller brushes just because with the detailing that we will be doing, it's a lot easier to use these types of paint brushes. Now, my art teacher once told me that there isn't a right paintbrush, the right paint brushes, the one that feels right to you. So in case these don't work for you, that's okay. This is just again, just a study. So make sure that you do have paint brushes that feel right to you for this study. 3. Color Palette : All right guys, So let's start mixing. Now. We're going to start with a titanium white and cold gray would be next. Now you don't have to put too much paint for this study just because we're not going to be using too much of it. But you still want to have a good amount. And we're gonna go with the carnelian blue, tiny bit of yellow here, and burnt umber. And so what we're gonna do here is using one of the square-shaped bristles, are going to mix white hair with a little bit of cold gray. Also, make sure that you have a paper towel on hand. So after you're done mixing that, and then just brush it off a little bit. And we're going to grab a little bit more of this color, just a little bit on the side here. A little bit of white. We're going to make it lighter. There we go. Now we have three different types of grace. Now you're going to do the same for the blue. So again, you want to wipe it clean, take a little bit of white to blue. I'm gonna move whatever's left on your brush. Right next to it. We're going to add even more white. And there we go. You have three different types of blue. So we go out some white. Don't be shy. Now we're not going to mix the yellow and the burnt umber for this particular study, just want to focus on the white, the grays, and the blues. And how could I forget the emerald green was missing something. So we're going to mix the emerald green with a white, exact same way that we mix these colors. Just a little bit here. And now whatever's left on that brush, Let's move it over. And then we're going to add a little bit more wide. I'm actually going to dip in on this pile, the one that had all the different colors on there. And we're going to mix that in. Here we go. So now we have three different types of greens. Now, we're not going to do this on our study sheet, but you're more than welcome to if you like. So pretty much what I did here was I added the white and the, I actually added two types of grays. So it would be these two colors right here. The blue, I added all three of these. The green right here, all three. And then I just put the burnt umber and the media gallery next to each other. So we're going to move this over. And we're going to start painting. 4. Sky & Clouds Outline: So we will start with one of your square shaped bristles here. And we're going to dip into, sorry, let me move this over here. We're going to dip into the Cornelia and blue. Okay. So don't be shy with it here. We're just going to go up and down with with your paint brush. It doesn't have to be perfect. Okay. And we go. I didn't add water on my bristles. So this is just straight paint. There we go. So whatever you have on your sheet, that's going to be the first layer. Next we're gonna go and dip into the second blue that we made. And we're going to layer that. Let me go. It doesn't have to be perfect. You just layer it right on there. Next we're going to go to the third blue on the other side here. Why not? Here? Here we go. Now if you notice with the brushstrokes, have a little bit of blue here. So I'll show you. Now we're gonna go down and backup right next to each other like that. Or if you wanted to do separate like this, that's okay too. Now whatever blue you have left on your palette, we're going to layer that right on there. Go back to the dark. And we go back to the second blue. The third one that I have. Let me go. Now. I want to add a little bit more darkness to the blue sky. So I will add a little bit of the original blue onto my palette and then put some more blue right on there. Oops. Right. Now for the next step, I'm going to dip this into my water. You don't want too much water here. But now we're going to go on top and add on whatever is left. Just a little bit wet right? Now. And the next thing that we're going to do is we're going to add the Cloud so we're gonna go straight into the titanium white. The good thing about the mix media paper is that the paint dries pretty fast, so we're good to go. All right. So we're going to start with the top of the sheet here, okay? Now, we're just going to create these squiggles here. Now it's okay if there's a little bit of blue that gets on there, it's all going to come together so you can follow along here. But pretty much this looks like a lightning bolt here. But you don't want it to be too perfect is not clouds are just, they have their own little personality. So you want to just add this, this is the outline of the cloud, Okay? So we're just going back over it again. And I'm gonna go back up here and outline it. Here we go. So we're just making these little squiggly lines. Hey, dip in the back in white paint here. There we go. And we're going to go to the other side here. Here we go. So we go, the first outline will cloud. And let's start right here, bring it down. Let me go back up. And we're going to add a little pocket in this Cloud. Very nice. So these are just little squiggly lines or they don't have to be perfect. Again, if you look up in the sky, you see the clouds have their own little personality. They don't, they're not perfect at all. They just, they just do their own thing, you know? So now we're going to paint within this little section. And for this one you could actually use one of your bristles, your square shape bristle paintbrush. So make sure that you take out as much blue as you can and you can wipe it on your paper towel. So I'm going to dip into that white and we're just going to color this all in. Once you're done with adding on that color, you want to add that texture that the Cloud has. So using the same paint brush that you have, we're just going to dab down like this. Paint brush, dab and down. Now please don't be discouraged with what is on your sheet. I know some students, they can be very hard on themselves, but remember at the end this will all come together. This is just the outline. Next, we will create the other cloud that's on the bottom side. So using the same going back to this paintbrush here that I got going on. Definite and white and we're going to outline the bottom. So again, this is just the little squiggly lines, whatever feels right to you. Now that I'm looking at it, it kinda looks like a continent here. But you can follow along. And we're going to bring it down. So for this one, Can we go, we have this little squiggly lines. And we'll call this the runaway cloud. And back to this side. Very good. Line down here. And then we're going to finish off with this corner here. Very nice. And now we're going to paint the inside with white. And once you're done, we're going to press down with their paintbrush. You can outline it first by doing that same motion. This is just going to create the first texture. The first layered texture for this cloud we're going to do is actually you're gonna go around. Some of the clouds, will fly ways. And we have little spots like this. You can just paint over it like that with whatever you have left. So after it's dried, we're going to add the second layer. So going back to one of your square-shaped wrestled brushes, we're going to dip into our cold gray. And for this one we're going to add a little bit of the silhouette style shading, so we're not actually going to shade, we're just going to add the silhouette to the clouds. So starting up here, we're just going to add this little pocket on there. We go. A little bit on this side, even it out here. And we're going to go on this side as well. And that pocket right here. Nice. Now the thing with this type of shading is it's not really shading I guess, but for this silhouette style shading, the view of this is, is as if you're looking up into the sky. So normally with a cloud and let's just say like the sun was right here and you know, it was like a different angle, like you're actually looking at it. Horizontal, then the shading would be completely different. But for this one, because it's up as if you're looking up in the sky. The shading is not as precise, which is kind of the point for this type of a piece. So I just chose these little pockets to shade within. And if you feel led to, you can choose your own places to shade it, or if you'd like to follow along, you can shade. And then the ones that I did it in. And now we're gonna move on to the bottom part as well. We're going to go back to the cold gray. Add those little pockets here. Okay, good. Very nice. So again, this isn't really shading, is just adding that silhouette style shading. Okay. And here we go. I got that second layer going on. And now we're going to dip into the second grade that we made. Very nice. Now with this one, we're actually going to go back to the first shading that we did here. Shading, I should say. And we're going to just outline it, but it's not necessarily outlining the actual shading. It's just more about adding almost like a second layer of a shading color. So we're going to just do on one side like this. And then I'm going to go in between the shading. I'm going to go back up, hey, and I'm just going to mix that into whatever is already there. It's going to go like that. And I'm going to do that with every single one of the silhouette shaded areas. So it's not really, you know, it's not meant to be perfect here is just, we're just adding in that color. And we're going to leave those little pockets of gray. So if you want to outline it and then maybe some in the middle of it, or you just want to outline a piece of it like that. I'm going to do this side, same thing, maybe just a little right here. And we're going to go down here. So this is, again, this is just, it is meant to be Pop, Pop art style piece. So it's not necessarily about perfection is just adding those little pockets of gray just to give the illusion of the shading. And once you're done with that, and I'm going to go to the third grade that you created. And we're going to add that on there. So exactly what we did. Now, I'm actually going to layer on top of it. So I'm actually going to go back to the first one that we made. And I'm going to add a right down the middle here. See that? So again, it's not meant to be perfect. This is just, I'm creating an illusion with the silhouette pockets of shading. So in reality is just, we're just messing around with the different types of gray seeing what works, what doesn't. I know right now, maybe it may not actually look like a cloud at the moment, but I promised you that once we're done with it, it will give the illusion of a cloud. So with this one again, I'm just going to going in between the shading that I did. So this one is like, if you see there's three types of grays. This one just has a little bit, you know, like they're all sort of chosen at random, but there is a reason for it. So this is where you get to decide where you would like to put the pockets of gray. 5. Cloud Details: We're going to add the exact same like squiggle line that we did earlier when we were outlining the entire Cloud, but that we're going to do throughout the entire inside. So we're gonna go straight into these little squiggles here and we're going to add, there's a good amount of paint on this, which exactly what you would need for this particular study. So we're going to go straight into it. You see that? So it almost gives it that texture. So we're adding those little squiggles, aiming, going to go over it like that. It's not about perfection here, so we're just doing those little squiggles and it's almost like we're cleaning it out with our brush. But really you're adding in that pain. So if you see what I did there, they go in the middle here. Are adding or squiggle in there, adding tons of paint. You want those little pockets. We go. Nice. So you're gonna do that throughout the entire Cloud and you're going to keep on adding the keep on adding pain. Don't be too shy with the paint. Just add it on there. Now we're going to add it around just a little. Like looks like there's pieces of the cloud come in doing its own thing. You know how clouds have their own little personality like we said earlier. So as you see, it's that illusion of a cloud. And now this part is optional. You don't have to do this. I personally like to do it just because it's just easier and it's fun to do so we're going to finger paint a little bit. So as you see here, I don't know if you can see in the shading are in the light here, but there's still some wet paint. So I'm going to actually, with my finger, grab some of that paint here. And I'm just going to do the exact same motion that I was doing with my paint brush, but now with my finger. And all over. Now you're going to do the exact same thing that we did there onto the bottom piece using the white paint. I'll just show a little bit here again. Using a ton of painting in the center pane. And those little pockets there. So hope you had some fun creating those clouds. And I hope that you are also happy with it. 6. Palm Tree Outline: Once you have major clouds and you allow it to dry just a little bit, we will now go, move on to the palm trees. And you want to make sure that you are using one of these smaller paint brushes, okay? And we're going to dip into our emerald green. So starting with the first one, we're just going to cover it up just like that. And you don't want the trunk to be too thick. You want to give it just the right amount of thickness. So you're looking at maybe, you know, say here like the size of the width of my finger here. Okay? And we're actually going to turn this over and we're gonna do the same thing on the other side. So we're gonna give it a little angle here and we're going to move it up just like that. And for this one, we're actually going to add a couple more than what the original one had. So this one, we're just going to add it just a little bit, not too long like the other ones that we made. So this is just going to be small little trunk here. And one more, we're going to put it another one on this side. And there's some, we're also going to curve it in. Almost like it wants to be friends with that one. Okay. So it's almost like we have the older ones and the baby ones on this side. So there we go. So do you see that they're all sort of in unison and they're coming in words. So I will just explain really fast. You want to make sure that you're curving it almost towards the middle, curving in towards the middle. Same with these two. Okay? Not straight up. All right, next, we're gonna move on to the stems using the exact same green. I actually just dipped it in water and wiped it here on my paper towel. And we're going to dip it in. And now we're going to create the stems. So for the stems you're going to have a line here. So you see we have the trunk and then at the tip of the trunk, we're adding that linework right here, so it's actually curving out. So you want to curve them out. And we're going to create 85 lines. So make sure that they are not too thick. I'm going to tip it back and water and now we're going to add the leaves on there. So for the leaves, this is a fun part. You're just going to starting with the bottom of the stem here. And we create lines just like that. Okay? I'm going to do the same thing on the other side just like that. Okay, so don't spend too much time with this. This is just practicing the line work of the palm tree. And I'm curving them inward. And you're going to do that with every single one of your palm trees and a little bit more. Here's your first palm tree. So you want to do that with every single one of these. Now, if they overlap, that's okay. You just want to continue to practice doing those line works. I'm to be able to create the illusion of a palm tree. So actually we'll move, we'll do one more with you guys and then you can continue with your palm trees. Here we go. So you have the line, they're curving and keep adding like that. And also one more tip. You just want to make sure that your paint brush is a little bit wet just because it's easier to maneuver. The thing with this type of papers that since there's paint already on the bottom, in a sense of the palm tree, it could be a little bit harder to actually put the color down. So make sure there's a little bit of some water on your paintbrush. Okay. We're Corbyn web like that. And on the other side. And if you think it needs a little bit more to your, There's way too many empty pockets on these leaves. You can keep on adding until you're happy with them. Okay. There we go. There's another palm tree and are going to do the same thing with these two. 7. Detailing Palm Trees: We're going to use a much more smaller brush, dip it in water. And we're going to use our burnt umber. You want to outline your palm tree with the bone, just the trunk. And it's going to be on one side of the palm tree. Highlighting the side that is, in a sense the inner part of the palm tree. So this is the outer and this is the inner, the one that's facing you. So again, it doesn't have to be perfect. It's okay if the lines look not so even. All right. So we're going to do that with every single one of the palm trees, the one that faces you go. We want to also make sure that this shading connects with the shading that you will be adding in the leaves. So we're going to just add the line in the middle of each stem, okay? And you can take your time with this and make sure that you're adding it down the middle. And once you're done with that, I wanna dividend water. Let me go take some off with your paper towel and we're going to go back to our burnt umber. But this time we will be adding the illusion of the shading on the actual leaves. So you wanna make sure that the greenest DO showing, okay, so you want to just make them smaller strokes, okay? Way smaller, easy. So that you're still able to see the green part of the leaves. There's just a smaller. So again, just smaller strokes here. So once you're done with the shading, we're going to move on to our second green that we have. So you can use the same paint brush. You could actually go a little bit smaller if you'd like. I'm going to dip it in water and grab a little bit of this color. Added this outline. Now on the right next to the brown that we painted on the trunk. Okay. So this is only for the trunk. So as you see here, just a little bit. And I give it its own little. Feel to it, but you're trying to create a little bit of shading here. And again, it's okay if it's not perfect, so we're adding it just next to the brown. Okay. And once you're done with that, you could add a little bit of this green on the leaves. So just a little bit just on the tips of them. Doesn't have to be all of them just a couple. It's okay if it overlaps on the brown. Is all about layering and adding this illusion that is shaded the second green and white color that we created. So it's going to be a much more lighter color. Now we're going back to our trunk and we're going to outline right next to the green that we had added before. Okay, So if you see here, I'm outlining it, but I'm also layering the first screen that was added on there. Okay, So it's just a little bit, It's just to add the shading as if the sun is hitting it. So even if it goes over the first screen that you paint it on, That's okay. Meaning this one that's right next to the brown, so you want to just outline right next to it. Oops, it's a little bit too thick, but that's okay. Alright, adding and I'm making sure for some of these palm trees at the original green will be showing. So for this one it's going to be right here. This is the original green. So you wanna make sure that you are just layering on these colors because that is what also gives it that pop art style. And what the exact same green. You want to go over the leaves one more time. And it's with this one. You want to make sure that you are overlapping. The brown a little bit more. Not a whole lot, but just a little bit just so you have the illusion that there's still a little bit of shading to your stems. And even if it's like this one was actually still wet, but it's okay. It's, so it gives a character with these palm trees. So we're going over them. This is probably one of my favorite parts of this study, is layering on top of beliefs. In the original study that I did, I added some yellow and I'm actually going to add a little bit of white to this original yellow just because it will combine a little bit better with the green that we. So I'm going to use the same paintbrush. And with this, we're actually going to add a little bit of yellow on the trunk. So the bottom here. Now, this part is really about being fearless and I'll say this because there's no perfect way to do this and this is just going forward. Okay? So for this, I'm literally going to go right in between the brown and this lighter shading of green. And I'm just going to go up just like that. There we go. That's it. I'm not adding anymore. It went into the brown a little bit, but this is what gives it that pop art illusion as well. So I'm going to do the same thing with this one right in the middle. Boom. Just a little bit for that one. Whatever comes out, just going for a going for it. Boom. Same with this other side. I'm going to add it actually a little bit more in between the lighter part of the green. So I'm just going to go a little bit. Not too much, just it's almost like adding highlights to the leaves. So we're adding highlights like a tear. Just a little bit. There we go. Because I still want it to be primarily green with this. But what's, what I like about the yellows, it's still gives that like sunny illusion, even though you see no sun. There we go. We are officially done with our palm trees.