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Spooky Watercolors: Learn easy Spooky Bookmarks and a Black Cat Watercolor Illustration

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10 Lessons (1h 23m)
    • 1. Spooky Watercolors Introduction

    • 2. Part One: Spooky Bookmarks Supplies

    • 3. The Spooky Illustration Bookmarks

    • 4. The Blood Spatter Bookmarks

    • 5. The Haunted Woods Bookmarks

    • 6. Part 2: Mischief the Kitten

    • 7. Getting Ready to Paint Mischief

    • 8. Painting Mischief

    • 9. Painting the Background

    • 10. Adding your Finishing Touches

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About This Class

Want to learn watercolor in true Halloween style? 

In Part One we will create three jaw-dropping, toe-curling, ever-so-creepy sets of bookmarks that will spice up your fall reading. Each project is beginner level and designed to teach you at least one new technique in watercolor that you can add to your painting repertoire!

Cut up your project to create spooky bookmarks or leave the page whole to use as a background for your other Halloween projects like scrapbooking, collage, cards and framed art!

In Part Two we will paint Mischief the Kitten - a sweet, moonlit illustration perfect for the fall season! She is my favorite class I've created so far and I love how she turned out. Mischief is intermediate level, so be sure to complete the bookmarks before heading into part two.

Use the attached lineart to trace for your own Mischief painting. And don't forget to share your projects when you're finished!

I'll see you in the class!!



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Ashley Prejoles



Hi! I'm Ashley Prejoles, a full-time painter and instructor. My art is about a making tangible connection with the planet and each other: to feel the magic of the things and places around us, bringing wonder, calm or thrill to our spirits.

Nothing brings me more joy than sharing my art and techniques with other people! Watercolor has wiggled its way into my heart as my favorite medium because of it's fuzzy, splashy effects and I am thrilled to share with you what I've learned along the way. 

You'll find my art at https://ashleyprejolesart.com/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/ashleyprejolesart/. If you share a piece made with one of my classes, be sure to tag me and use #paintwithashley, so I can follow your journey as well.

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1. Spooky Watercolors Introduction: Hi. My name is Ashley Per Hollis, and I'm a watercolor artist. An instructor. Fall is definitely a seasonal favorite in my house, and I absolutely love Halloween as well. For me, Halloween has a spooky and also paradoxically cozy vibe. And nothing says Halloween to me more than Gore and creepy Carly's and Spooky Fours and moonlit Skies. We're gonna do all of those things in these two classes. Part one is spooky bookmarks, and it's an intro level watercolor class. You don't need any watercolor experience to do these projects. Part two will be an intermediate level watercolor class, and we're gonna pain to mischief the black kitten and her spooky moonlit sky. I really hope you'll join me for both of these spooky classes. I had a lot of fun with both of them, and I hope that they'll get you in the mood for your Halloween festivities thing. 2. Part One: Spooky Bookmarks Supplies: Let's take a quick look at the supplies you're gonna need for today's projects. First up is our water color paint today. Want to try something a little bit different and used the classics pellet from prima marketing cause a good starter said, If you're looking for something kind of cheaper to get going with watercolor paper is going to be 100% cotton water color. It's an arches block at seven by 10 inches. It's just what I had lying around. So, um, you don't have to use this exact paper. I do recommend that you 100% cotton paper and if you're gonna dio a single sheet, then you're gonna want some masking tape in some kind of backing board to tape it down, grab a couple towels, paper or fabric to help dab your paintbrush dry between rinses, I use a couple of watercolor jars when I pained, one will be for clean water, and one will be for dirty water to rinse a dirty brush. Teoh change my colors. Brushes A really simple. Today I'm only gonna be using ah, 12 inch round brush, a size one rigor and a two inch hacky or hate brush bookmarks leaves if you like to have the clear plastic sleeve to protect your bookmarks. And last but not least, a small craft spray bottle for special effects. And here's a complete list of everything you need. If you want to screen capture this on the left is everything I'm using and on the right are specific brands for some of the individual items. If you wanted to get the exact same thing that I'm using, although it's not necessary at all, they encourage you to use what you have at home. The biggest thing you'll need for this class is kind of an assortment of colors, and that's it for supplies. Are you guys ready to play with me? Let's go. 3. The Spooky Illustration Bookmarks: I'm going to start each of the three projects the same way. This is the bookmarks leave that I'm gonna use on my seven by 10 inch watercolor block. And as you can see, I can fit to nicely side by side and have a little bit of ah, wiggle room on the outside edges and this line right here, You can either just draw line or tape. Um, some masking tape down to kind of indicate where your bookmarks will start and stop lengthwise. This just helps me visually, Teoh put the better part of my designs in the area the paper that I'm actually going to be trimming. It just kind of helps me frame my work a little bit better. And then I'm ready to go to create the background of the first set of bookmarks. I'm going to get my hate brush nice and wet with my clean water, and then I'm just gonna put a loose kind of sloppy, um, thin layer of water on most of the paper. I'm not putting it on all the paper. I'm definitely leaving some dry spots here and there because I want this background to have kind of Ah, abstract splutter. Look to it. So most of the papers went, but not all of it. I've got my orange and green pains already mixed up, so I'm just gonna load my brush up with my orange orange is gonna be the dominant color on this bookmark. And greens gonna be kind of the background secondary color. And then I'm just going to start gently dabbing it into the white spaces. I will leave some white space in this background. The illustrations and when to draw on top of this background are gonna be done in black. So I do want to create a nice, soft sort of even background that will help that black pop. And then I'm gonna grab a little bit of the black and mix it with my water to create a really soft, gentle gray. I love the way that the gray mixes with the other two colors. It looks more Halloween e to me. Now I'm starting to focus on the white spaces in between the color tilting The paper will kind of help the colors mixed together nicely. So as a rule of some water color can dry up to 40% lighter than it looks on the page. So when you are mixing your colors and applying your paint, just take note of how dark or how light the colors look. If it looks perfect, it's probably a little too light. If it looks too dark, it's probably perfect because it will dry quite a bit lighter than it looks to you while it's still wet. So I'm using my brush and kind of gently hitting it with my hand and getting some paint splatters. And then I'm coming back in with some of my colors. And alternating was the gray and the green and filling in some of the white spots. I'm just gonna keep going back and forth and doing this until I have a nice, even distribution of color in this background. I wanted to look kind of interesting, but not so interesting that it will be distracting from the illustration that's gonna go on top. I'm gonna add some more paint splatters. If you want to hit a little bit harder, you can just put a brush over your paper and then hit the handle of the brush with your paintbrush like I'm doing here. I don't know, if you noticed here, I'm adding my orange right into my green, and I'm mixing them together. What this is doing is kind of muting the orange, so it's not quite so saturated. It's getting kind of more of a vintage, realistic looking orange. And I'm gonna splatter that on top while the paper is still wet, All right. And now I'm just gonna let my project dry. Look how much lighter this paper is now. It's a really soft background, very happy with it. And, um, my focus for the second layer is gonna be do it is to do something kind of similar, but come back in with slightly darker tones to kind of darken up some of these lighter areas. I'm gonna use my green and orange mixture and do some nice muddy orange splatters, and then I'm gonna add a couple of green splatters. We're going for an abstract background here, so I really want you to not feel stressed. You're not trying to recreate when I'm creating, you're trying to do your own version, so if you are on a roll and doing something a little bit different for me, but you really like it It just go for it. I specifically chose this project to be the first of the three bookmarks that we did because it's really just about playing with the paint on the paper. Okay, so one thing I noticed about the prima paints is they lift quite easily. So this can either be ah, great thing or horrible thing. Depending on your project and for this particular project, we're going to use it hard to be an inch. So I'm gonna rinse my brush, and then I'm gonna dad that water off on my paper towel, and then I'm just gonna use what is now Ah, thirsty brush. Which means it's wet, but it will still absorb. And I'm gonna just dab up some of these details when I do it. On top of what pain? It just kind of soaks that paint right up. When I do it on top of dried paint, it actually lifts the pain out some areas. I'm going to get some slightly harder edges. And I am totally fine with that because I think it will really add to that, um, kind of aged vintage e. Look, once you're happy with this layer, go ahead and let it dry, And then I will show you how I take the paper off off the block background is all done. Really happy with it. I think it'll make some nice looking bookmarks. And to remove the paper off the pad. All I got to do is take off my masking tape, and then you're gonna want a flat kind of harder object to slip in between the layers of paper. A palette knife works really well for this. The arches block has a slit in the glue up at the top. And I got to do is just slide your, um, palette knife in there and use it to kind of pull those pages apart. And then I'm gonna gently just remove the rest by hand and reveal the nice, clean sheet on the bottom. I'm gonna go cut my two bookmarks out of this sheet. I'm going to use a paper cutter. But if you don't have a paper cutter, that's fine. You can just trace out your rectangles and cutting with scissors. If you like a Dekel edge, you can fold them gently and terror the edges. If that is kind of a look that you'd like to go for a swell. And here are my bookmarks. They turned out perfect. They're really cute. And I did tested in the sleeve so it does fit nicely in the bookmarks. Leave. That way, I'm I know that it fits before I do all this detail work on top. First thing we're gonna do is theme. Um, Spider Web. It's not a very difficult illustration. Your spiderweb might look a little different from mine, but I will talk you through how I'm doing mine. I'm going to pick the top right corner as the center of my spider web. And I'm just gonna draw these kind of light dotted, kind of spaced out lines to create that kind of shattered glass. Um, look that all spider webs have at the beginning. I'm trying to create a lot of variation with my lines. I want some to be dotted, Some to be more straight, some to be more a little bit Kirk id And just to kind of give it a little bit of realism and fun, some of my lines are gonna be closer together, and some are gonna be more spaced out once you're done with this starburst pattern, You're going to start on the inside of the web and you're gonna do kind of Ah, Spiral really is the best way to describe it. I start in the middle, and then I just kind of spiraled out, but I'm doing it and more of a dotted, spaced out fashion. I'm not doing it. Um, super firm. I'm not pushing down really hard. I'm doing it really gently, really light and kind of spacey. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna just kind of interlock all of these parts of the Web with the basic design and then I'm going to go back in after I've done the basic design and filling with more details. And then at the very end, I'm gonna come back in and create some nice and bold, thick areas just to make the design a little bit more interesting, and I'll put some dots in there that can kind of have a do like looking effect. So I like to make some of my Web connections really straight, and I like to make some of them curvy. We're all kind of used Teoh. When we draw spiderwebs doing that kind of parachuting like you shape. And I think that's kind of the classic way to illustrate a spider web. But a real spiderweb is gonna be a nice mix of some straight and curvy. So I'm gonna throw in a little bit of both in this one. I'm going to speed up the video a little bit while I draw in all the details. I like to put lines that air kind of diagonal to each other, throw in some stuff, going in the opposite direction. I like to do with zigzag or a Z shape in some of the Web areas and then just keep filling in. All right, I've kind of filled in on my lines, but it's very faint and it doesn't have a very dramatic appeal, So to make it more interesting, I'm gonna come back in, and I am going to create bolder, thicker lines in sporadic areas all over the web. It'll make it feel realistic and indefinitely more interesting to look at. So I'm gonna load up my brush a little heavier than I was for the lighter illustration. I'm gonna push down a little bit harder, create some of these bolder lines, and I'm going to create some little dots, and it kind of gives it, like, a little bit of a do feel. Then I'm going to do this a little bit all over the web, and then I will be done. All right? I like how it looks. I'm gonna call this Spider Web done. All right, let's move on to our Twiggy branch bookmark. We're gonna use the rigger brush for this one as well. So basically, the way I'm going to approach this is very similar. I'm gonna have some very bold lines and I'm gonna have some very light thin lines. The way I'm drawing my branches is basically drawing one long, um, section of it to kind of give me the general direction of the branch. And then I do wish kind of, Ah, a change of direction to make that branch go in a slightly different direction, keeping it sort of straight. And then where the branch no pun intended branches off. I like to put kind of a thicker little area, like a little dot where it branches often goes from one piece 22 pieces or three pieces. You're gonna want to indicate where that extra growth begins by putting a little bit of a thicker part of the Twitter, the branch there. This is just a simple little illustrations. I'm not really using a reference for these little twigs. It's very easy to find a branch reference. If you need something more concrete to look at, just Google, you know, tree branches or twigs or something like that, and you will have endless inspiration. Or if you have some twiggy trees outside, just go look outside. But, uh, most branches kind of have a similar vibe to what I'm doing here. I'm tilting each branch a little bit, so I don't have any branches going straight up and down. It's gonna feel a little bit more realistic and interesting if the branches are all kind of leaning toe one way, either a little bit to the left or a little bit to the right, like they would in real life. And now I'm going to mix up a little bit of green and black together and create some lighter branches in the background. This is a very watery mixture. I want these two kind of feel like they're just barely there. I'm gonna grab my paper towel and dab a little bit of this extra detail here. Feel like it's gotten a little busy, and I'm getting ready to put some branches right on top of that area. So to avoid it looking like a big traffic jam, I'm gonna lighten some of these branches right here and then come and really strong with a nice, thick, dark branch to really create that depth of field. So the darker branches in the front really feel like they are closer to the viewer. And then the thin, washy, airy ones in the back feel like they're further away. And there we are. I'm gonna call this book marked out as well. Let's flip this over so you can see how they turned out. Yeah, those turned out really cute. I'm happy with the way they look. I'm gonna let them dry, and then we can go on to our next set of bookmarks. 4. The Blood Spatter Bookmarks: this red is a little bright and cartoony, so I am actually going to mix up a couple of colors to get a more realistic looking red. I'm going to use red is my main color and then add a little bit of orange. This particular red comes out a little pink. So for using the same palette, you could try this. Your red might be fine. What you're using at home if you're using a different color and then I'm gonna go back in with a little bit of black to kind of dark in it up, cause remember, these colors will dry lighter than they appear when they're wet. And I'm gonna mix up a lot of this red before I begin. And then I will begin my painting. Once you've mixed up a generous amount of your red color, load up your brush by swirling it around in your paint and grab a brush or something that hard that you could tap your brush on to. I'm going to use my hate brush, and I'm just going to gently top my paintbrush onto The Hague brush and create some really nice splatters. You can do your splatters going all in one direction, if you'd like. I want this to look a little bit more Even so, I'm going to do my splatters going on multiple directions and turn the page as I work next , I'm gonna grab my little craft spray bottle, and I'm gonna pick two or three areas of the paper where I've loaded up some of that paint . And while it's still wet, I'm just gonna gently missed some areas of the paper. And then I'm gonna turn it to encourage that pape gotta run and no pun intended Bleed a little bit around the paper. Be sure to leave some of your splatters completely untouched by the spray bottle. So that half of your, um, splatter is nice and tight little circles and the other half is just diffusing and spreading out on your paper. I'm gonna grab my paper towels to kind of absorb which dripping. And then I'm gonna let this run off the paper, and then I'm gonna let this try. Keep in mind, your project will dry up to 40% lighter than it looked wet. So what I'm gonna do is let this first layer dry and then When I mix up my next batch of red, I'm gonna make it actually a little bit darker than the first batch. And then when I go to paint, I'll have a light layer underneath slightly darker splatter layer. Here's layer one all dry and I've got my red ready to go for layer two. Layer two is gonna be done exactly the way I did. Layer one. I'm gonna go ahead and just hold my hate brush and create some nice spatters in multiple directions, making sure that I create little concentrated clumps but also fill in some of this white space that I left from Layer one and then my favorite part. I'm gonna grab my spray bottle and I'm going to spray some of those areas that I just splattered while my paper is still wet, I'm going to drop a little bit of this darker red into some of those puddle lee areas on the paper just too dark in that color up a little bit, depending on what you have going on on your paper, you might need to do more or less steps than me. I can tell that I need to do a little bit more spray bottle and a little bit more spatter. So I'm going to keep going. I'm going to spray my paper and use my brush to kind of encourage my pain. Teoh drip in one direction, and I'm going to probably do one more layer after this one dries, even though I did a spatter spray in all directions, when I'm doing my drips of making sure that it only drips going up and down when you're happy with the way yours is looking to go ahead and let it dry, I did decide to go ahead and do one more layer. It's not quite as dark and vibrant as I wanted my top layer to be, so I'm going to do a little bit more spatter and then this will be ready to trim and put into my bookmarks leaves. - And here's the finished product. I love these bookmarks there. So super cute. Frankenstein and Dracula are two of my ultimate favorite books. I read one of them each Halloween, and this year I don't know what you want I'm going to use, but I'm definitely gonna use one of these bookmarks for my October reading 5. The Haunted Woods Bookmarks: Our final spooky project today is the haunted Woods bookmarks. Let's take a quick look at how I'm gonna mix up my colors for these bookmarks I'm going to do to custom colors. I'm going to start with the purple in the palate. It's a little too great be just out of the pan. So I'm gonna add a little bit of pink and a little bit of black, and that'll make it more of a spooky color. And then I'm going to make some black and brown together, and this will be the tree colors I'm gonna use. You're gonna want to mix a nice, generous puddle of both colors. If I had to do this particular project to get, I would mix up a little bit more purple cause I felt like I ran low, but I still had plenty to complete the project. This bookmark will be done. What? And wet. So you're gonna want to definitely use your cotton paper on this project, and you're gonna want to work quickly because as your paper dries, you lose the ability to do those nice fuzzy soft effects. Start your painting by loading up your brush with a lot of purple paint and then begin putting it directly onto your paper for the two colors. I'm mostly putting the purple in the center and the darker color on the edges. You'll notice I'm also using the water to help spread the pain around on the paper and to keep the paper nice and wet, make sure you cover your entire paper so that you don't have any white dots and splatters coming through. I want the middle of the paper to be lighter and the outside edges of the paper to be darker. It'll create the illusion of like a mist or, um, kind of a spooky vibe if the edges are a little dark. So once you've laid down all your purple and then kind of edged it out in the darker shadow color, I'm just going to take my brush and draw some lines going up and down. And then I'm going to grab my rigger brush and, uh, do the same thing and also create some Twiggy Branch E effects over top of the purple. This is very similar to illustration that we just did on the orange bookmark with the trees . The only difference is. I'm doing it on what paper? Instead of dry paper, and I'm working really fast. Once the paper is starting to dry, you'll notice the edges will drive first. And once that starts to happen, you know I'm pretty much done at that point. Make sure you leave plenty of open space because the paint will spread as it dries, and you don't want it to turn into a complete blob of color. You want a little bit of that light poking through, and I think that's it. I noticed the edges of my paper got pretty dry in the corner, so there's gonna re apply a little bit of paint toe. Hopefully smooth that out and let it dry. And here's my final dried page, and that's all I'm going to do these bookmarks. I could go back and do one more layer like we did with the Orange Project and do some crisp trees in the front. Um, but I really just kind of liked it spooky and and fuzzy, so I'm not going to do that on mine, but you're free to do that for yours. I'm going to just pull this page right off and tram up my bookmarks and call this project done. Here they are. They're so cute. I love these spooky bookmarks. I have my bookmarks leaves here, so I'm going to just take a minute and gently put them into my sleeves. If you like having a ribbon or a tassel or some sort, you can put that at the top loop or some raffia or whatever you want would be really cute. I like my bookmarks kind of a little bit on the flatter, plainer side, so I'm not gonna add anything extra. But I really am curious to see how you do yours differently from mine. I really, really want to see her projects. As always, I get so inspired seeing how you guys think of things that never occurred to me or seeing your interpretation of something that I did. I can't wait to see it. I also want to know what your favorite spooky books are. Every Halloween I read either Frankenstein or Dracula. And after I do that, I'm gonna read a discovery of witches for a book club. So I hope that book is really good too. Please share your projects with the other people. in the class so everybody can get inspired by yours. And if you are on social media, you can tag me at Ashley Per Hollis, art on Facebook and Instagram. And please use the paint with Ashley, so I will definitely see it. I check the, um hashtag every now and then. So I definitely won't miss your projects if you put them under there. Thank you guys. So much for spending this time with me. I love Halloween. I hope you have a great fall in a great Halloween and a spooky rest of the day. Join me for part two of this class for an intermediate level Halloween project. We're gonna paint mischief the kitten and she's gonna be on top of, Ah, beautiful, glowing moon night sky. We're gonna use all the techniques that we just learned in the spooky bookmark class. Plus, we're going to do a couple of extra bonus techniques as well, so I really hope you can join me in that class. 6. Part 2: Mischief the Kitten: Welcome to spooky watercolors, Part two. In this class, we're gonna learn how to paint mischief, the kitten and her really sweet, spooky moonlit sky. If you are newish toe watercolors, then I highly recommend that you take part one of this class. A lot of the things that we're gonna be doing to paying to mischief We will have already covered in the bookmark class. The materials list for part two of this class will include everything that we used in part one. And we're going to use a couple of additional things as well. For this portion of the class. You are definitely gonna want some kind of masking fluid. Basking fluid prevents the paper from being painted on. When you're working with watercolor, it comes in a variety of names like MISC it first kit masking fluid, things like that, Um, and any of those will work. I also like to use a really crappy old paintbrush in the sides that I need, because I would prefer not to use the masking fluid with my nice, newer brushes. My tip for working with the masking fluid is similar to ah watercolor. You're gonna wanna work kind of quickly and hopefully before the masking fluid starts did your on your brush, you'll be able to stop and run over to a sink and rinse it out really quickly with a little bit of soap, and you should be able to restore your brush to its original um, form. If the masking fluid stays on your brush and drives for a really long time, it will be more difficult to remove. And then you're gonna want something that can be used as a white on top of your painting, so a white pen would work well, this is my favorite one for this purpose. It's a unit ball ink pen, and I found that it's nice and opaque, and it gets a really crisp white. I've also used like a jelly pen before and that kind of thing. But this one is by far my favorite white. If you don't have this item, that's OK. You can use a white wash or even a white water color on top of your dried painting. Any of those things should work just fine and keep a pencil handy, cause we're gonna trace her art on top of the paper. So you're gonna need a pencil for that. And I am going to use a couple of extra round brushes for this. Anything between a size 4 to 7 should work just fine. I think I'm gonna be using a six. That should help. Kind of bridge the gap between your tiny rigor and your your large size 12 brush. I don't feel like you have to draw this project if you aren't excited about drawing than I have included the line art in the notes so that you can just go ahead and print it out and use my lines. Or if you just really like drawing, feel free to sketch your own piece. And whenever you've got your Leinart ready, crab, your paints and we will start painting. 7. Getting Ready to Paint Mischief: first thing we're gonna do today is trace our line art onto our watercolor paper. I have my line are printed out, and I'm gonna use my light box to trace it if you don't have a light box. Don't worry. I didn't have one for many years. Just hold your two pieces of paper up to a window and use the light to kind of back light your paper and trace it that way. Keep your lines on the lighter side, but to make sure their dark enough that you'll be ableto at least see them once you begin painting. All right, here's my drawing traced on the watercolor paper, and I've got it taped down onto a piece of mat boards so that it won't warp. I'm grabbing my masking fluid and my old brush, and I'm going to mask out the eyes and the nose so that when I start dropping in that dark paint, those three areas are gonna be nice and clean. Also, just gonna put a couple of lines around the ears and, um, block out a little bit of the lines on the body, but really not much at all. And then let your masking fluid dry completely. Now it's time to mix up my paint color for the kitty. I'm just going to use one single color for her. And, um, it's gonna be a mixture of black blue and a touch of purple just so that the black isn't flat, but it has just a little bit of life in it. The first time I tested, the color was too light. So I'm gonna go back and get more of each of my three colors and then when I have a color that stark enough that it has a nice good six watch on my paper. I'm ready. Oh! 8. Painting Mischief: way we're gonna paint mischief wet in wet, which means I'm going to grab my large brush and put a nice coat of water onto my paper before I drop in any pain at all, I'm going outside the lines just a little bit so that it can bleed and and get a little bit of a puffy look around her tail and face. No, I'm just evening out that water to make sure it's not puddling anywhere, so that once I start applying the paint, it's a nice even application, and I'm ready to add color. So I'm gonna grab my slightly smaller brush, and I'm just going to start dropping color in getting with the face area. You can see me adding some of that color back into the black mixture where, um it starts to look flat to me. I'm just gonna grab a little bit of purple, are a little bit blue, and then I'm gonna continue filling in these lines, and then I'm gonna just keep continuing filling in this white space for today we're doing a more detailed illustration, so I'm gonna add a lot more, um, brush strokes and stuff to her, but if you want to dio a more simplistic, kind of minimal kitty drawing, honestly, you wouldn't have to do much else. You could call this done. At this point. I think it's really neat just looking at her with the fluff and and that soft diffused paint. And, uh, so if you like that, look, you can just leave it like this and then remove that, um, masking fluid and just paint the I details. And she would be done at this point, and I probably will go back and do that myself, just for fun. But this is a more detailed illustration that we're doing today, so I'm going to come back in and use my thirsty brush and remove some of these details. If you don't remember what a thirsty brush is, it's when we take our slightly damp brush and we dry it on the paper towel. And then we used the, um, slightly dry brush to remove some of that excess paint to create some of these lines. Depending on your paper, you will have to keep removing it over and over again. The pain will continue to bleed into these lighter areas, so I'll have to continue to remove it with the thirsty rush. If I want to keep those details lighter and while my paper is still wet, I'm going to grab some more of this pain. I'm going to darken it up a little bit and just keep dropping in this color. I'm working on arches today, so this paper will stay wet for quite a while. - I really love how it looks at this point. It really doesn't need a whole lot else. I am going to keep going, though. But, um if, like I said before, if you like a more simplistic look, you really could stop at this point. It's super cute. She looks very fuzzy just responding to where that pain is going. The thing about working wet and what is, um I could show you this steps, but your pain is gonna go into different areas. The mine will, and depending on what brands you're using, you may or may not need to make any adjustments at all, or you may need to make more adjustments than me. So just look at what's going on with your, um, pain on your paper and just respond to that. If you like the way it's looking. You may not need to do a whole lot of adjusting. You could tell him trying to decide what to do with e nose and mouth area. If I wanna pull that part out or if I want to kind of make it disappear into shadow and I kind of covered it up and later on in the project Will will make it even darker. Kind of decided on a more deep, dark look for her. - I'm gonna do one more removal with the thirsty brush, and then I'm going toe lead. Mischief try. All right, this is what she looks like. Dry because of the paint I'm using. It dries very light. So I'm gonna go back in and do another layer of black. So you'll remember from our bookmark project that thes paints do not stay in the paper. So if I want to do wet and wet on a second layer, I can't really go back in with my brush and apply a lot of water on top of these pains because they will lift up and you will see my brush strokes. So to avoid that, I'm going to use my handy dandy little spray bottle. This will keep my water layer kind of, um, smooth and even. And then I can go back and add some more of this black paint without creating a lot of ugly brush strokes. And now I'm going to repeat everything I just did on my first layer and just respond to what the pain is doing on the paper. I'm gonna add more paint, and then I'm going to lift some of the details out with a thirsty brush. - All right, so once you're happy with how she's looking, go ahead and let her dry completely. Make sure she's 100% dry, because the next thing we're gonna do is remove all that masking fluid. And you want to make sure that you're doing that on a surface is completely dry so that you don't move any of that paint around. Now I'm ready to remove the masking fluid from the kitty. I have this little rubber block. It's designed to remove rubber cement from a piece, and it works really well for taking off the masking fluid. You could also just use your fingers. That's fine as well. I'm gonna grab my smaller round brush and I'm gonna makes up a nice green color for the eyes. Gonna add a touch of orange for it And then I'm gonna paint inside this semi circle area. I want to create a little bit of depth for the eyes. So I'm going to I had, um, kind of a shadow on the top of the I've also we're gonna lift it up, lift up my paper, mix up a slightly darker green and just drop in a little bit of that darker cream at the top of the eyes. Now I'm drying off my brush on the paper towel. You can't see it cause it's out of the frame, but I'm just kind of dabbing it on the paper towel, and then I'm removing some of this color off of the bottom part of the eye to kind of lighten it up. Now I'm mixing up a little bit of a pink purple color for the nose just to give the nose a touch of life, and then I'm gonna go back in one more time and create a bit of a shadow at the top of the eye with a dark green my papers still little wet, so it kind of bleeds out nicely. And then I'm just gonna kind of clean up that edge a little bit, so it looks more smooth. - I'm gonna add a little bit of that black color for shadow on the body one more time, and then I think she's ready to try. All right, Now the eyes have completely dried, so it's safe for me to go back in with a nice black color. And I'm going to outline them on the top and the bottom, and I'm going to fill in the pupils. With this black, I'm gonna add just a teeny but a dimension to her ears. I'm getting him a little bit wet, and then I'm just gonna drop some color in there. And I think I will need a little bit more depth in the body as well. So I'm gonna put one more final, um, splash of black and then I think she's all done. Now that mischief is finished, we can get started on the background 9. Painting the Background: e o i ready to start painting the background. Let's begin by mixing up a couple colors for the moon I want a PCI vibe So I'm going Teoh take a little bit of the orange and pink and mix it up until I'm happy with what I have One color is gonna be more saturated and one color is gonna be really watered down And I'm gonna mix a color for the blue part of the sky. A little bit of a blue and light blue mixed together A lot of the background is gonna be done. What, and what also, So get your larger brush and go ahead and wet some of these areas. - All right, Now grab the peachy color that you make stuff when we're gonna start with the moon area, we're gonna paint right on the line where we drew the moon in to make it look like the middle part of the moon is kind of glowing. And then I'm going to come in with my light blue color and just give that peach color something to fade into. This is all gonna be very dark and a lot of it will get painted over, But I do want a little bit of this peach and blue to be popping out of the black. - Well , - my paper still wet. So I'm gonna add my next layer of paint. I'm gonna take my orange mixture a little bit of pink and black and even some of my, um, original kitty color. I'm just trying to get a rusty color basically, and I'm gonna come back in and drop some of this color. The moon has this C shaped pattern on it. If you've ever looked at the moon before, such as Google it and, um, you really can't go wrong. If you want to do something realistic, then go forward. If you want to kind of make up your own pattern, that would work, too. But basically for the moon, I'm gonna do some wet on wet, soft detail and then I'm gonna come back and do some wet on dry detail after the paper has completely dried for the next layer. I'm gonna go ahead and do my second layer on the background while my papers, which I'm gonna make a darker blue color and just start blending it in. You're going to kind of have to feel your way through it because I'm not looking at your project and look at my project and ours will be different. Are pains gonna go to different places? But I want, for the most part, the background to be pretty dark. And, um so it's helpful to start with these lighter colors. Just so I will have a little bit of a glow, but most of it's gonna get covered up with some of this darker paint. Oh, - I'm gonna create some variation in the background, make it look like there's a cloud or galaxy thing going on in the back here. - And then the whole time while I'm working, I'm going to use my thirsty brush to remove the paint that's trying to encroach on the moon . And if that happens with the cat, will do the same thing, dropping in some more darker colors. Now I'm going to speed this up a little bit so you can watch me work. - I can tell my paper is still quite wet, and that will give me an opportunity to go ahead and do the black on my oval shape. I'm gonna edge it out with the black. And then once I've gone all the way around it, I'll start adding details. When we did the spooky forest bookmark, we use the rigger brush and created some branches. I'm going to do the exact same thing on the kitty and putting these black, cloudy Branch e, um, accents into my sky. It's meant to be all sky, but because it's Halloween, I don't mind if it turns out a little branch he looking to. And if you haven't noticed yet, this paint does dry quite light. So I'm going to keep adding black and dark blue to this piece until it's starting to dry. Once it starts to dry, I'm going to stop working and then let it go ahead and dry completely. It be better to work with a surface that was re wet than it would be to keep working on. A surface is half drying halfway, but right now it's still pretty wet. So I've got a little bit of wiggle room to keep going, - and then the whole time while I'm working, I'm going to use my thirsty brush to remove the paint that's trying to encroach on the moon . And if that happens with the cat, I'll do the same thing. I'm just gonna keep repeating the same things over and over again. I'm gonna add more paint to make it darker. I'm going to keep removing that paint that's encroaching on the moon with my thirsty brush . And I'm going to come in with a little bit of a lighter kind of more bluish color and make it look like I've got a little bit of a blue clouds scuttling across the sky above the moon . And then once I've worked this layer as much as I think I can, I'm gonna go ahead and let it dry completely. And here's what mischief looks like completely dry the stage. I want the moon to stand out a little bit more, so I'm going to mix up a little bit of the pinkish orange color that I was using and dull it down with a little bit of my blue. And I'm just going to paint a little bit of a border on this moon, - and then I'm going to paint in some more of these craters into my moon. I want the craters on this layer to look a little bit more crisp. So I'm not putting water down first. I want them to kind of hold their shape. Oh, some of the pain. I'm gonna soak back up with the brush if it gets a little bit too bright, especially at the top. And at the lower portion of the moon, I'm going to drop in the same color but darkened up a little bit so that it has more of a three D Look to it. If you don't like something that you did, just gently pull the pain up with a paper tell now you could stop. At this point, this could easily be considered finished. I like the way it looks. I've actually liked this painting the way it looks at every stage. In a lot of times. When I'm doing a watercolor piece, it goes through like, 10 ugly stages, and it doesn't really come together to the very end. And with this picture, each stage, I think, has been really cute and perfectly fine to be a finished piece. So if you are liking the way yours is looking, then you can call your picture Don and I think that would be perfectly fine. So I do want the outside edges and the galaxy part of this piece to be a little bit more dark and richer. So I'm going to come in and do one more, um, coat of the black. I'm not going to do it Wet on wet, though. I'm going to do it wet on dry. I'm just gonna load up my brush with some of this really thick black. You could put a little bit of blue or a little bit purple in there to give it some color, and I'm just going to start putting some along the edge of my oval. I'm gonna work it into the kitty a little bit. I'm gonna work it more into the sky a little bit, And then to get it to blend in, just clean your brush with water and then use that water to kind of pull that. Hey, ain't inward to the inside of the peace. That will give you a smooth transition. You don't want a really hard edge here, so I'm just gonna pull that water in to the middle of the circle a little bit so that I have a better transition, and then I'm just gonna keep smoothing that new pain out. - I've got a little bit of wet area by the moon, so I'm gonna drop a little bit of color to make it look like there's some cloud action going on up here and then just kind of work your piece until you feel like you have a nice kind of smooth, even transition from the kitty to the outside edge of the peace. - Once you're happy with it, you are done painting. We're gonna do a little bit of white accents. But as far as the watercolor portion, we are done. I'm getting excited now. Mischief is really starting to come together, and I can't wait to see her all finished. So join me in the last segment where we're going to finish up mischief. 10. Adding your Finishing Touches: Here's mischief all dry. Um, again, I like it the way it is. I do want to add some stars in here, and if you like the idea of adding stars than, um, join me in this part, or you can leave it finished as it is, I've got my, um, white paint pen here it is my favorite for these kind of white opaque accents on illustrations. I've tried a lot of different tools for this purpose, and this is by far my favorite. I'm just gonna come in here and do lots of little dots for my stars. Make sure you throw in some variation here. You want a cluster, some stars together and you want to spread some stars far apart. Do some stars are a little bit bigger and do some that are a little bit thinner when you do a couple little outlines just to make things stand out like on my moon. And I'm gonna put some dots in my kitty's eyes so that they look like they're glistening a little bit. If you're good at hand lettering, you could write something at the bottom here. I think that would be beautiful is well you could do constellations, you could do shooting stars. There's so much you can really do at this stage because we have so much space. That's really nice and dark on this piece. Oh, goodness. I love how she looks right now. This is looking done to May. So I'm going to take her off of the backing board and show you the finished product. All right, so this is what we started with. Here's our Leinart. And here's the painted piece. Definitely use your creative juices on this one. You could change the kitty to have a different firm pattern. You could change the moon, or you could do a planet, or you could omit one or the other and just do half of the class. Just do the moon in the galaxy, or just do mischief. The kitty. Oh my goodness, there's just so many different ways that this project could go. I think this is my favorite class ever. I absolutely love Miss Shiv and have had such a good time this fall coming up with some really cute, spooky ideas. I hope your day is full of mischief. I hope you enjoy your spooky projects and absolutely expect you to show me what you do because that's half the fun. Honestly, is seeing what you guys come up with because it's always so creative and so lovely. Have a wonderful day and make sure you share your spooky projects with me. And here's my Facebook and Instagram handle again so that you can tag me and show me how your pictures turnout happy painting.