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Step-by-Step: Watercolorfall

Maria Smirnova, Watercolor artist

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15 Lessons (1h 36m)
    • 1. What is this class about?

      1:14
    • 2. Supplies

      1:33
    • 3. Colors

      1:09
    • 4. Dry brush technique

      2:39
    • 5. Drawing

      5:37
    • 6. Waterfalls: Step 1

      6:41
    • 7. Trees: Step 1

      8:59
    • 8. Rocks: Step 1

      7:27
    • 9. Rocks: Step 2

      7:00
    • 10. Rocks: Step 3

      7:01
    • 11. Water: Layer 1

      4:37
    • 12. Water: Layer 2

      9:24
    • 13. Trees: Step 2

      14:25
    • 14. Waterfalls: Step 2

      11:36
    • 15. Final touches

      6:53
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About This Class

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Painting water as it is can be very challenging. 
What if we take both splashing and wavy water? And how about making it without a single drop of white paint? 

How? 

Join the class and you will discover: 

• How to use dry brush technique 
• How to paint abstract greenery 
• How to create a perspective effect on water surface 
• How to get water splashes effect without using white paint 

This class may be interesting for intermediate and advanced artists who never stop improving their technique, but courageous beginners are kindly welcome to participate!

Transcripts

1. What is this class about?: Hi, everyone. My name is Maria watercolor artists, and this is my third skill share Medio. It means that they've already discovered some basic water car techniques such as painting, wedding with and weapon Dry Way also created colored radiations and tried to faint details about the car. This kills will be used for these lessons as well. So if you missed the previous classes of how you can check them on my structure of age at any moment, but now it's time to go further in this class. I'm explaining to you how to bait with an almost dry brush using the paper texture and off course. We're going to master this technique by baiting aware ful. Yeah, this picture may seem a bit complicated to do, but I'll show you every step of the process from the needed supplies to the lost touch. You'll see how to paint water, surface, greenery, rocks and, of course, how to create light and shadow on the splashing water stream without a single white vendrell. So in the end, you make sure that this is not that hard joined. The glass enjoyed watercolor falls to really 2. Supplies: Let's take a look at the materials. First of all, we need paper. I use 100% cotton called pressed paper. But this time I'm gonna pain in the backside. I will really used this paper, but I was not happy about the result. So I decided, Why not to use 100% of this paper? You can also try a row paper for this painting, especially if you're going to be in a bigger size image as usual, who should stick it with masking tape on the clipboard? Four. As in my case, directly on the death off course, we'll need watercolor paints and plastic or ceramic better. As for brush, I'm going to use only one B brush. It is around, squeal fresh and I also fly to synthetic brush. One of them is wrong square limitation brush. The other is just smaller and tighter. One. I'm also use this Chinese calligraphic brush. It has an interesting type of hair. I guess it's nature, but I don't really know which one exactly, and it doesn't have fine tea, so it allows us to create very random shapes off work our spots. We'll see how it works later next, winning the council on and the razor scrap paper for a test in Color Bland's and the paper towel or piece of tissue. And, of course, whether which always stays behind the scene. So this is our supply set for the date. 3. Colors: first, I'm gonna show you a color combination I'll use for painting water. I'll use Talib. Lose sometimes makes an eight ways. Ultra Marine blue. I lost. You need lemon yellow on blending it with Malibu. I'm getting green color for trees. You also may use any green your prefer as also used safety of for rocks and also pains. Great. Sometimes I'm gonna meet them all together for a dark brown gray color. Besides for water, I'll use Turk was green. It's very beautiful. Furthermore, I'll take the serum for the sky and that's it. Here is our ballot. 4. Dry brush technique: before I started the painting. I love to brief the show and explained the man technique for the waterfalls. Other words, The most interesting part. When you paint with watercolors in the normal way, we take enough of the liquid to the brush and we paint like that and to get a paper surface evenly covered with a collar, you may have noticed that at the moment when the watercolor on the brush and you may get this kind of gaps in the world car spot, it means that your brushes almost dry and contains not enough of watercolor there. Often it isn't unwelcome facts, but for our banking, it is exactly what we need to get off course. We're not going to wait all the time, the lack of color in the brush. So we're going to make it almost dry in purpose. It is necessary to have some color on the brush, but not that much water take away in excess of water. A touching off PayPal tower is enough, and now we can pain using this effect. Look how easily we can get brushed trucks with Thorne. Edge this painting. We're going to create water streams on they have a direction. So to train yourself a little and recommend you to try this exercise, imagine that you have what it splashed going out from the center like what? Explosion. It's interesting that if you want to paint them in the most convenient way, you should move the brush in the opposite direction because making this color background in fact, we create this splash shape so it would be useful to try this technique this way to learn how it works. I also would like to add that I'm painting now on the very smooth paper, but they're over your pay for surfaces, the easier you'll gather sect. So, for example, a setting or hot pressed paper is not a really good idea for these type of paintings. So let's finally apply this technique. 5. Drawing: first of all is usual. I'll start by doing a pencil drawing. I need to set three levels off the wonderful to plan where the lake surface going to be and also generalized for off trees. And that's it. I start with the water surface. I'm drawing it with the ruler by taking around 1/3 off the total area. Even a bit less. You can take more or less as you wish. There will be the highest stage off the wonderful here, and it also goes there. There are some bush between these two parts I draw very lightly. Then I'll make it with more contrast for you to see better. There is the medium level in this place. This is the rock here. I also controlled shape of the stream The way it goes down and another look We'll be here Thief's dream girls this way and then to this part and next it goes down across the stage and on legal. Oh, a slow off the waterfall is left withdrawal. If it seems too difficult for you, you can start with painting on Lee. One part of this wonderful. As you might see, I'm using my preliminary painting I've already made. And I've put for you the final version off the painting in the right corner. All this video. You can also choose a photo somewhere on the Internet and use it as a reference. And now the rock is going to be here. Okay, This part l A raise because the levels should be the same here. Because otherwise the way off the water would contradict the physics. One more stream will be here next. I'd like to draw very generally the shape of the greenery. There will be bushed here. This is Iraq on the bush growing on it. I agree. Everything may seem not that clear, but this drawing will help me in the future, for sure. So I highly recommend you to do yours too. There's no point to draw everything in detail. Wait. Especially in the background, as I promised before. I'm redrawing its doctor now. So this is the first stage off the waterfalls, eats Contras, Iraq and the other one Next, the second waterfall streams is going to be here. Iraq again. It's one more rock which is dropped by the water stream. But I'm not sure yet about this part. I'd like to paint a tree in this area and its leaves will be here. Bush again. Why? They're full water. Well, I think it is quite enough for me to start water coloring. 6. Waterfalls: Step 1: I'm using this pray bottle for refreshing the watercolors. Now I'm taking away excessive Griffith using this soft art razor. I haven't decided yet in which farther out pains. But I suppose I'm not going to paint everything at once. Just east of these, probably. It will be just more clear for you like that. All right, let's start with the water shadow color plans. It will be the very first step for the waterfalls. The shadow in the beginning will be very lies and almost transparent. And of course I'm gonna work with the dry brush, so I always keep the paper towel. Nearby. There is a waterfalls formed shadow, and I start from it. By the way, almost everything in this part is going to be in the shadow as the sun shines in this direction. So I only have a small white spots here, and the rest will stay in that shadow and painting. Now with an almost dry brush, you may see this area when they brush was not enough dry. I've got a sharp spun egx, but I needed to be inter mediums. That's the point. I can safely cover these entire zone. Please. The color. Maybe I'll just leave some small white starts because there can easily be some water drops specially and coming under the sunlight on becoming. I used the same color for a while, but I actually can also where I the huge next time taking Clearwater. You see nothing is on the brush. You know when you put some water on the paper where the water color layer reaches not dry. Yet it's can turn into the kind of cloud because the water drop pushed the pigments to spot boundaries. And I'll try using this effect here to imitate a home, embedding excessive water into the favorite towel when needed. And I keep working. Mother Waterfall will be here, so I'm aiming a shadow. And well, as I'm working with the blue, I'll continue to paint waterfalls in the other parts. And don't forget to pay attention to the quantity of water on your brush. It is better to start to dry, then to pain very sharp and clear brush strokes. All right, let's go back to the soul. Everything here is in this shape, so I can make it even darker. Only the opera parties under the sun and somewhere where it is wet. I keep putting some clean water. As you may see, I keep some white space here. So that was our part, Number one. 7. Trees: Step 1: in order to complete this part, I need to wait until it is completely dry. But the paper here, still waiting on it means that it's still Web so I can work with, like, dry on dry sneak. It is not that important in rejoinder to work, so I'll start first with this guy. You can take a bigger brush if you want, but I'm gonna work with this. One's Trees on bush are supposed to be painted in this area, so I prefer to keep this those free of any color for a while. And now I'm taking clean water to the brush, and I'm blurring the edge of greenery and take a look. The sky becomes more transparent and lighter, closing up to the horizon's. Meanwhile, it is important to make this guy dark enough because, like that is will highlight the water splashed. I have my painting laying horizontally on the table for better filming, but for the more convenient fainting, you may give it a small angle like that. The water called gravitate down and will be easier to control Next. I can pain this college. I'm taking 11 yo with a clean brush, and I'm adding just a little drop of the blue I used before for the shadows. It is better to make the color bland, more yellow for the beginning. Later, you'll see White. Uh, I start from here on purpose while the sky still wet. In that case, I get a softer edge, which is good for the background when I paint over the first kai layer with the yellow color and glands with the blue and gives us a green. I'm not painting on the waters age yet. I'll do more precisely with the darker color. Later. Here will be your off. I also connect some doctors shade somewhere, but it can be an issue as the stage of work, so I prefer to complete it with next layers. There will be something green here is well, and here, too, and here at the bottom, - I should also decide if I'm going to paint a treat. Yes, there will be. It's sunny parts, and I also can bait it's foreign shadow. Uh, I am even aiding some great for that. - Well , I could actually do that later, but I've already started, so I'll finish it more or less, - and I think it's enough for now. Maybe I would some details later, but Lucy 8. Rocks: Step 1: Now I want to finally form a waterfall shape, so I'm landing. Dark color makes I'm taking safety and Payne's gray the You should be really dark, and the main technique I need is a dry brush. So I'm touching a napkin to take away 1/4 like the like that the pregnant stays but brushes much drier. I start from the zone. I don't plan to have a water stream in this part on Lee Rock. There will be a little rough here, by the way. It is under the sun rays, so I can even pain. It's sunny part broner, and there is some space under the rock where there's almost no water. I'm using a say me dry brush. Well, even very try, I'd say. Important. That's doing it. I'm not just feigning a rock, but I also create the waterfall shape so you should focus on the white area, even though you are working with Dr Collar. I worked the same way in this part. I like to put some clean water here, smoothing veg. If you remember, I was supposed to do the cloud here. What's next? This part in the center is very important so I'm gonna do it carefully. I started paying the waterfall be further from its edge and I'm closing up little by little . I'm putting some water to these areas, though now you may note how dark color is spreading smoothly. One more rock in this part. I'm fainting again with a very try brush. And I'm doing in Dedicate Lee. So this is the way which water goes. This small rose has thorns edge here and the sharp counter on this site. You see, I'm almost forgetting what a splash in there. I've split it with a brush steep, and now I'm using it to complete this part. All right, I'll try not to get hung up on this part. Also later, if any details are needed here, so let's move on. 9. Rocks: Step 2: in pictures like this one. I normally tried to paint first the things I know how to paint and then moved Teoh, unclear areas. So at the moment, I don't really know what the in this part, But it is more or less clear about this one, so I'll start with it. I'm making a very dark and color van. You see, the tone is very dark and I also tried the brush. Here we go. First of all, I paint a water boundary. It goes down like that. Wildest areas to wet. I can smooth it gently. The brush I'm using now is not very well. Just a little. - Keep your eyes on this same streams. They shouldn't start from the middle off the rock. They go down from the top and then they may break. And yet, please try not to make them identical. Next, I'm taking brown color to this sunny part of this road. Any forms and the water fold here. So from one hand we paint the rock. But from the other hand, the right part of the waterfall as well. No, it seems a bit flat to me, so I'm gonna paint the shape Now it looks more life, doesn't it? - Over the first where I'm meeting more shades on and the robe gets Finally, it's William. All right, let's Malone in the areas where I don't need a splash. Fact. I paint with the Web brushes. Usually, however, for facing a water frozen. I always switch to a dry technique. Be careful of this area where two streams cross theme. One goes from here on. There is the second ones here. - I wanted to do some rocks here, as you may remember, So now I'm thinking damn carefully. You see, I always make Thoren bond Aries. Now let's move to the next part. 10. Rocks: Step 3: first, I'm going to add some greenery here. - Next . I'm painting the rock the same way I did before. Okay. What about this part Here? I have another water streams on. This is how it goes. I drive the brush all the time. I'm putting somewhat are here waiting the area. It allows the dark color to spread mostly through this water clouds. I don't really like how this part had turned out, so I'm gonna add some. Splash wants to paper. Here's drink. We're moving. No. And I'd like to complete this piece with the dry brush again. Of course. Take a look. The best way to paint a waterfall is to move your brush in the direction which is opposite to the water stream direction. Remember the exercise. So if water falls from the top to the bottom, I painted from the bottom to top. Iraq under the sun can be lighter. So let's do it like that. I'm not going to continue painting this part with the dark brown gray color. I'll complete it with the bushes and trees and I still feel like I want to add some details here. This part looks too heavy. I guess I want to see very thin and live water streams on the right side where actually, the paper surfaces to two whites, so I'll cover it with a bit of color Here . I also have a little waterfall, and I'm doing a kind of a shadow here to separate it from the waterfall in the foreground. Otherwise they look the same one which is wrong. 11. Water: Layer 1: Now it's time for this part of the painting first. Well, I'd like to mention that we need to keep this for me. Area free, off color. And as for the water itself, I'm going to paint two layers. First I'm waiting the paper Apart from these edge, don't with some clean water. This layer is about life, part of the water surfaced and taking the color of the sky and mixing it with the blue I used for the shadows. So here is the bland color I'm painting. Mostly Wedel. It's but along the upper border, I draw some short bars somewhere. I can also make them a bit blurry years in the clean and wet brush, and there is a form clouds reflection here. Once again, I'm using a clean brush. We some clean water on in this area, too. It can be more convenient if you give a small tilt to your painting. What color will go down making? The process is here. I'm taking away the color using the clean, almost dry brush, and I'm washing and greeted me after every touch. The water for grown. We may paint even docker because it creates a proximity effect and I keep making white parts. It will be some waterfall reflections on the water surface on De, so it's on the base layer. Now I need to wait while dries before painting the second layer. I'm washing the top border a little while it's still wet, but I would also like to keep some waves as they are. 12. Water: Layer 2: I'm taking for Tala blue. I used for the first layer, but this time I need to make it even darker. Emel Saving some ter quiz on may be a bit of Syria them and I want to prefer several different blends before I start. By the way, I also need to blend with the yellow. Yeah, it looks a bit acid, but it will work well for trees. Reflections Let's take a look at the scheme off painting water. The ways which are closer to the waterfalls are short and seen the closer to the bottom of the paintings that go, the longer and thicker they become. So this way we get a perspective effect where everything seems small in the distance. Now I'm going to reproduce this in the painting. So as begin I start very carefully. It can be even more tor Quiz. I'm etting More water in the area where there is a road perfection. I'm making it even darker. I'm using this dark color blend for that and there is the trees reflection here. So I moved to green color. If you don't feel very confident about brush movements, you can try them on a scrap paper before you start while painting water, I'm trying to imitate the way or waves. - I'm lending gray with Marquis. Oh, so now it becomes looking like water. Marlys, don't forget to go outside the painting area. Don't hesitate to paint own masking tape. This area will look better this way and working with dry. So the ways have sharp edge on the That's the plan. Actually, - I'm aiding dark details while these brush strokes are still wet, so watercolor spreads inside them. I'm taking light blue, almost transparent by adding more water. And you see, I'm painting with the very people that rush. - It seems like I can take more blue, and I'm meeting some details on the dry paper. - I don't need a lot of details here, so I have probably leave it like that for a while, and I'll check in later. If something else is needed. Just a couple more details here. You can also take a smaller brush for these dedicated work. - All right, let's move to the next step 13. Trees: Step 2: Now I'm going to work with this green zones and then to add some details. I'm taking this brush. It's very well for these work because if it's cheap, I'm taking them on yellow and then aiding some blue and also a bit of great, and I prepare another brush reaches clean and wet. I'm heading to start from here. The main thing I should remember about is that the light goes from the left side, which means that the left side off every bush will be eliminated and I'll have a shadow on the right side like we already have on the tree. In fact, I could start to paint the tree on Lee right now. It was not at all necessary to make it in the beginning. First of all, I'd like to hide these little white pieces and thereby to highlight the wonderful I'm putting sound clean water and quickly adding dark color. Here it is almost great, and it gives us a deep shadow. Here. I'm working carefully was the edge. This little bush will be completely in the shadow, But we know I just want to say that there is no special technique for that you only should remember what I was saying about the light. No, I keep covering white spots with the color. Take a look. It is a quiet, interesting moment, something we call negative painting. It is because by doing a dark part off the upper bush, I am painting at the same time an edge off the border, one creating its shape. Let's try various hues of color, for example. Now I have a little bit more blue. I'm heading to paint shadows on this bush. Later, when thes area will dry out. I'm not really happy about the way this far turned out. So while these see wet, I'm taking away some color with a clean brush and fainting attentively in the waterfall zone, creating a high contrast. There's greenery is mostly in the shadows, so I'm making it darker, and I am changing a shade all the time. Normally, I start with light green color and then I as dark here. This bush is in the background, so let's try to make it a bit blurry. I'm waiting a bit a paper surface, but not too much. If you see that the color spreads too much, it means you should take less work. On the contrary, you have sharp image off your watercourse sports. Like as you may see here, where the paper was Dr. I'm meeting medium in density green collar on. I'm not gonna work in this area, because here the paper still wet and the color flows to this part. And I don't really want to make this effect. So now I'm taking a very dark bland Make sure that you are not painting these lines to straight, because in this part, we have somewhat a splash in the air as well. Uh, here I have a shadow on these bush. It is important to look at your painting from a distance from time to time. You may also take a photo. It's during the process. It really helps to see it, like with someone's eyes. And you may easily find some things to add or to correct. Let's put all this part in the shadow. I'm just trying to make this one more voluminous. Clean water and a bit of green. - Maybe Dr Car here and there. A Zay said before there are no exact rules on how to paint all these greenery. I'm simply trying to add some dark green on. At the same time, I'm keeping eliminated area flights. Uh, the main thing is not to be carried away, making everything too dark. Some details here and there, maybe even war in the foreground. I guess you may probably don't understand how to make it, but just try not to think too much. I did in a very into the way you see in the part where there is only one tone Bush sing quite flat. So that's why I'm putting dark hues. - I 100% sure that you will get a completely different result in this part because all these green trees quite absurd. So there's no point to repeat it after me. Just create a mix off light and dark parts, keeping the bush shape even me. I wouldn't be able to match my first try. Precisely. I feel like something is missing here. I don't really like the background here, so I'm heading to paint something. Maybe a little bush on because of this tree, everything under it will be in the shadow. Well, I agree. It's not easy to figure it out, what and where exactly to add. But that's what practice does for you. Well, and I was time for very dark details almost back, because for me, this plants in the shadow still flat, - the's details may seem too dark to you, but no worries. Once they are dry, they'll become lighter. You'll see all right, it lost. I will work on the tree and that's it. 14. Waterfalls: Step 2: all right now I'm taking of Taliban aiding a bit off with her marine blue. So we have a quiet, dark land and I'm drying the brush. All this area isn't the shadow, so I'm heading to make it even darker than it is now. Yeah, At first glance, it looks very intense. But trust me, that it's that is what we need. It should have a doctor. I'd like to have even more with turmeric to make it look more while it may be I'm waiting this part with the water clouds like that. The shadow was spreads mostly Everything here is in the shadow. True. I'm fading again with the dry brush And you see, I'm taking it out all the time on this crap paper. A shadow also can be here. I feel like I wanted to be even darker. So I am ending gray to ultramarine blue and adding these bland into the shadow. You say that the water foam is wife. That's true. But when we painted it will be white Onley eaten in dominated parts. So we seem to can leave it the same tone everywhere way are No. You may know this wonderful looks much more life. I like how it's going. I washed the brush and I'm bleeding against Otto and ultra marine blue. We should always bear in mind that watercolor becomes lighter when it tries. This type of brush feeds very well for these work. - Of course, I could take on Lee the blue first and trained with it everywhere. Then I could take a darker color and bandy the cross waterfalls. But I'm not doing it just because when I work in a certain area and I have some ideas, what to add? I am simply afraid to forget what exactly? I wanted to ban Seon case off changing the subject. A shadow is going to be here. I'm also waiting the paper here in the cloud area and I'm watering it down with a brush. As I've already explained in the exercise part of this video lesson, what is falling in this direction and it really makes sense to fainting from bottom to top . But in fact, sometimes it is inconvenient to do it like that. Right now I'm ending this shadow off this cloud and purpose to make it not that white. Okay, let's move on. There is a big stream. Ah, which goes like that. And it also has its form shadow. Uh, it is always better to keep it to white in the water than covered entirely with a blue color. The paper surface is already dry here, so I'm meeting a little bit of water again. You see, when I get to that part, the watercolor is spreading gently into this part. I'm meeting more would turn waiting for deeper shadows. I should be careful with this area on not to go too far with the shadow because there is another stream here and as usual, to understand where and what to add. Just take a photo of your work in progress or look at it in the distance. Andi, if you use a father reference, compare your painting with each all the time. I can also put some shadows here because, like clouds in the sky, this one has a shadow zones. I apply the same colors for that. I washed the brush and I'm blending to blue colors only to the shadow reached thes Rappe casts. I keep painting on always trying to variety color. All right, I still got a little thing to do. Oh, now the brush. She's even to dry. You see, I almost can't paint. I think there is a shadow off this rock. And I suppose you could understand the way I pain water. False using a dry brush. So now you are able to complete your own paintings. 15. Final touches: I'd like to correct a little bit. Several parts which seem to fled to me. So I'm taking sepia and things great. I'm not covering everything here. I am just trying to imitate a shape. This piece looks pretty good. I'm meeting some shade here and remember, we've already touched it before, so I'm just making the Contra stronger in purpose to keep this water splash effect. I'm working again attentively with an almost dry brush. This little rock is like in the shadows and there is one here. Now I'm making the color, Baylor, by adding more water into the bland. Oh, it would be not that not to think too many details and to stop at the right moment. Oh, I see What else seems to be missing? This zone is supposed to be in the shadow and even this cloud I'd like to make doctor. So I'm covering it with a blue color. Uh, you can wet this zone before you start. So So I'm doing now. I keep painting the road, making it bigger. This cloud is still here, but I like the wonderful shape much more now. And like that, you see, every stream has its own cloud. I still have a few details to add here and there. Maybe at this stage you don't need them in your fainting. So you see, even when the painting seems to be finished, I still have a thing to paint. I'm meeting some ter quiz to the 30 bloom. Maybe even darker would be better. So let's at some great I'm getting very fine lines over the reflections. I've already gotten here, and you see, I'm painting in the wedding dry technique. Now How it seems like I said, we don't want to finish. Painting with an almost dry brush can be very useful in a lot of cases, not only for a waterfall, but as we have a chance to see. It works very well for creating white water splash without even a drop of white paint. I want to keep painting, but actually I I really should stop here. So here is our final results, and I hope you've discovered new things about what are called technique. Now it's your turn to pain. Waterfalls don't hesitate to share. You works in the project section below the video and also on your instagram page, and don't forget about our attack to be featured. Thank you for watching the class. And I hope you enjoyed it. See you next time. Bye bye.