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Sunset Watercolor Painting | Beginner

teacher avatar Kellie Chasse, Artist/Instructor ✅ 16+ Years

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16 Lessons (57m)
    • 1. Sunset Course Introduction

    • 2. Watercolor Sunset - How to paint skies

    • 3. How much water do I use with watercolor to create blended backgrounds

    • 4. Let's create some fluffy clouds

    • 5. Orange Skies # 1

    • 6. Let's try a Sun - Orange skies #2

    • 7. Trees and island practice

    • 8. How to remove paint

    • 9. Painting small branches

    • 10. Foregrounds and how to create distance

    • 11. Project - painting the sky

    • 12. Painting the islands

    • 13. Painting the foreground

    • 14. Painting the islands

    • 15. Finishing touches and details

    • 16. Outro

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About This Class

Sunset Watercolor Painting for beginners

Sunset painting is some of my favorite subjects and now that I live on the Lake year-round facing the western sky, I get to see amazing ones all year long. This project was inspired by one of them.

I will be sharing a bigger number of demos than normal so that you can practice before we do the project! We will cover some watercolor basics like how much water do I use and how can I remove watercolor paint.


I've broken the class content into easy, manageable steps even for beginners in watercolors, yet there are techniques for the experienced artist too! 

We will learn several important concepts like how to create light and fluffy clouds, how to use wet in wet techniques to blend your colors successfully without creating mud. We will also see how to create layers successfully while creating depth and values in your painting. 

So if you are ready to create some luscious and colorful skies and a gorgeous view to sit and stare at during those daydreams then let's jump in!

Materials I used in Demo:

Watercolor Cotman Kit

140lbs Cold Press paper

Winsor & Newton Black Gouache

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1. Sunset Course Introduction: I skills your friends. I'm Kelly Chassis. I am online instructor. I've been teaching watercolor classes Alcohol Inc resident jewelry for about 14 years Now, today I want to show you how to paint a watercolor sunset. I've been living in the lake here in Maine four, about six months now, and I have seen these amazing sunsets. We are facing the West and they're just beautiful and I have to share them with you and this course we're gonna do a little bit more with demos. We're gonna do some more. Practice sessions will cover how to use wet and wet techniques and be able to develop a beautiful looking gorgeous clouds and skies. You'll be able to try a few different colors, so broken this down into steps, and it's for beginners. But if you are an advanced teacher with watercolor, you might find a few tips. Hopefully, from this class is, well, room using a little bit wash, and we're gonna be doing more of a monochromatic black and white along with the colorful sky. So we'll cover year and far out of make things look closer to you, and we'll be doing lots of layers with this one, and then we will complete a project at the very end. So if you're ready to create some luscious looking skies and clouds, let's jump in. So I hope to see you inside the course. Be able daydream while you stare at it. 2. Watercolor Sunset - How to paint skies: Hey there. Welcome to our watercolor sunset For beginners, this is going to be our final project. That will do at the very end. But to start, we're gonna practice doing some two different colored backgrounds for your sunsets. So too do little orange and red Emeryville purples and yellows. So we're going to start off with the watercolor paper. So I have two sides to this paper you'll notice with watercolor paper. One the little smoother and one's a little bit. Has more tooth to it. That tooth side is the one that you're gonna want to paint on. We have a little five by seven card here, have ah, 3/4 inch oval wash brush and I have my little Windsor Newton Cotman kit, and it comes with a little sable brush inside of it. And these look, it's a great thing. The newer ones have a little place for your thumb so you could do it is a travel one, and the brush is just a little bit larger than the one that came with this kid. I had this kid for a while now, and you can actually refill these kits by using the two paints and they have all of these 12 colors. They sell separately. So you just take the to paint. You squirt it in and let it sit out and harden, and you'll have your pan paints rebuilt. I want to start with some clean water and we're just gonna do the top layer of the card for our first practice. Now, you could see here. My card is fairly wet. It's not so wet that my paper is beginning to curl. And I do recommend using 100 and £40 cold press paper for this. No, you don't have to actually tape it down if you don't want to, and it won't curl up or buckle on you as much. Depending on how much water you use, your paper can begin to curl. You could always take these down while you're doing your practice session. So I'm going to lightly just happen a little bit of the ultra Marine blue and I didn't hit every area. I'm laying the paint, do the work for me, and now I'm mixing up a little bit of purple using the red that we have in here and the ultra Marine blue, and it makes a nice soft lavender because I've got a lot of water in here that a dark in that you can use a little bit less water and go a little bit more concentrated on your pigment again. Just tapping it in here, leaving some white space so it almost looks like some clouds will be clouds in there and then carefully go up a little lemon yellow in there. I'm doing that mostly where the white spots are, because if you mix your yellow on your purple together, you'll get more of a brown shades. You have to be careful while you're doing this. So perfect thing to practice. And I don't have a real bright yellow here again. Lots of water on the paper. So it's very soft looking. We're going to just tell us a little bit. See how the paint will just bleed up a little bit and until you can get a lot of very natural organic, look without using your brush to move the pains, and we're just gonna let this sit and dry as is, and let the paints do the work for you. 3. How much water do I use with watercolor to create blended backgrounds: So here's another great thing to think about when you're first. Starting with watercolor is how much water do I use on? I have a little glass here, a little jar, flips and clean water. I'm gonna show you just three different levels of water. So think of it like the Goldilocks and the three Bears back in the day where you have too much water just right. And maybe not enough. I'm gonna start here with just wedding the one side of my paper. Now I'm using 100 £40 cold press paper, not taping it down. So I want you to see if it's going to buckle or not. Is the more water you put in here? The more chances you are gonna have for a little bit of buckling in your paper. So you see, I have loaded that up with quite a bit of water, and I'm gonna mix up some pigment and I'm just gonna tap it in here. So there is quite a bit of water on the hair. Let's go ahead and add a second color to this and see what it's going to do. So, yeah, this is just moving wherever the water is is where your pain is going to go. A little bit of purple in here. Let's just watch it. What This does. No. They said this is quite wet at this point, there is a lot of water here. Now what's gonna happen is this is going to blend a little bit more cause there's so much water is that continues to move around. Those colors are gonna blend and they're almost gonna fade out. So let's try just a little bit of water here and try the same thing they could see. I don't have a large puddle of water. It's just damp, similar colors. At this point, we'll go ahead and put that second color in here going to clean up the edge just a little bit. So I don't want that to run into the other one. If you've worked with watercolor for a while, you know that if it's wet and those to meet, it will go right into the other set of Peller. So it's really important to put it down. Will you call it only where it's wet if you're going for this? Look, so I'm gonna try just very little water here, and you could see that the pigment is a lot darker. It's not getting a whole lot of movement because it's quite dry. We're in a tap in a little bit of that red again to make some purple, and because I'm putting wet onto away here, you're getting a little bit more bloom. But you can see the outer edges very dry, so I don't see that that's not gonna move a whole lot or is on this one. You can see how that's really spreading, So this middle one is really what we're going for in the final project. If you want to have that lovely watercolor sky that just blends naturally, the middle section is going to be the way you want. You're gonna want to go now. The left side is still pretty, but it's going to mute those colors a lot, and it's going. It's a lot of water, and the one on the right is so dry it's very vibrant, very bold colors. But you would want to just do a larger area on your painting because you want to make sure that you got your edges wet so that you don't have those real sharp edges on on here that you can see with my brush is, um, very dry with those little dots of blue in there. So the 2nd 1 is blending quite nicely. Now, these are both going to once we dry are gonna lighten up a little bit and you can see the puddles just blowing all over the place with the 1st 1 Another thing you don't want to have do because because what's gonna happen is those air going to run and you can see where I get these little stragglers. Just run right off the page. And if you want to contain your area where you want your sky to be, you don't want those little blooms to stretch out and go. Places that you don't want them toe have happen in that middle section again. It's just lightning. It's very soft, very fluffy. And those colors have blended nicely. The 1st 1 you can barely see where we put the red in there made the purple again, putting on the look that you're going for. You may want to try the one on the left of the one on the right. So you could see the back of the paper is a little buckled, and I did not leave that water on there for too long. And that's another reason why I like to tape down my paintings when I'm doing these, because that will help minimize that bulk buckling. And the less water you have will help minimize the buckling. Have you practiced that a few times as well before we do our final project? 4. Let's create some fluffy clouds: we're gonna try us again. We're gonna create some clouds this time. So using the same paper, we're gonna let that 1st 1 dry. We're gonna put in a little bit of that same blue instead of just Clearwater this time. So we're wedding our paper with that light shade of blue And the first time we created some more natural looking clouds without adding any, uh, color initially which said that the water said this time with the blue, I want to show you how you can create some little fluffy clouds in here. If you want to have a little more concentration of color with less of that white, it's were into the same step by adding a little bit of that purple in there, just tapping it, letting it do its thing. Because we have the water already down there with the blues, what's still moving and then adding that yellow to that, I am being careful not to get too much into the purple. You can see a little bit of that muddy color coming, but we're gonna take out some of this color anyway, using a tissue so you can use a tissue, you can use toilet paper. You can use paper towels. You can use a little cotton rag. Anything you have handy that will work toe lift, that pain out. And the only way you can do this lifting is when it's wet. So if you let this dry too long, you can no longer do this. So this is very important. Step by getting this in here. Now, while this is still wet, you can see things they're still moving around. The colors are lighting up a little bit. So I'm going to use that little piece of toilet paper rolled in a ball, and I'm just tapping that in there. So I'm pushing down and lifting up. Now, the lighter that you do this, the lighter these little clouds will be. The more concentration you push on your paper, the more pigment that's gonna lift up. It's very easy. Little fluffy clouds. You can see it's a little bit different in that 1st 1 that we did with more natural looking cloud and these ones given really nice look as well. So a couple different options for you to try in your project here at the end. So where is gonna set this aside now and we're going to let this dry, and it's going to lighten just a little bit from what you see here and that yellow I'm just softening. That was just using my little finger here, pushing that away. 5. Orange Skies # 1 : Similarly, we got that really soft looking purple lavender types guy. Let's go with the more traditional look of a sunset. We're gonna try to different ones here, and I'm starting off the same way we're wedding. That paper of a new sheet of that fine by seven. Great little size to practice on. If you want to try some options before you do your projects on what colors you want to try . And I recommend that you try a bunch of different combos for these to see which one that you really like. So we're doing these very simple. This is starting off with a little bit of water and some yellow that lemon yellow rope bright, vibrant, and it's gonna soften as it starts to dry. So if you want something a little brighter, you may want to use a little bit more of the pigment and less water now tapping in a little bit of that orange and you see, I do this really quickly. Don't think about it much, and I'm just tapping it in here with a tip of that brush on letting the paints mix on their own. I'm not rushing it in there I'm adding a little bit of red just to the underneath here, A little bit again, letting the paints do their thing. I'm just using a very light tapping motion. I'm not actually painting this in. We're gonna try that tissue again, getting some little fluffy clouds in here. This is a great way to lift your paints if you feel like you got too much of concentration of color in there. Also a great way if you want to change the shape of those clouds or you can really make the painting looks like the clouds air going in one direction or another. And in this next step, I'm gonna show you how you can really bring these dramatically in. Have these kind of going into an upward flow here, getting a very light in that top left hand corner and keeping my concentration of color down that bottom right 6. Let's try a Sun - Orange skies #2 : So one more try here. Let's try a more dramatic look. Who with a son in there began using that same sheet of paper at the bottom. And we're gonna start off by wedding. This area with just some clear water. You could also What it if you wanted to. With the yellow. Well, tapping a little bit of that yellow again. Nice and bright here. And I'm bringing my brush strokes and inward to the center. Here. Do the same thing with the orange. Layering it. So this time I'm actually doing more of a painting rather than dabbing. I am very important to do this while it's wet. Try not to blend it too much. We don't want to turn us all into one color. But I do want to have some type of marking in here. So why would I do want a little bit of those brush strokes. And now I'm gonna just lightly tapping a little bit of that red in here. This is quite what now, letting the paints do a little movement here and now I'm gonna take my tissue and I'm going to to ill different motion here. I'm gonna follow those same brush strokes. So it looks like that sky's coming inward or that beam of ray of sunshine is coming out. Continue to dab at that angle and then let's say we want to put the sun right here in the middle, maintain my tissue, ball it up really tight. I'm gonna really push down on that and lift up. Push and lift, push and lift. And you see how it's almost a circular motion here. Damn it, a little bit more. That's not gonna be perfectly round anyway. But we can always adjust that a little bit. So I'm grabbing that really tiny fine brush that we have in the kids. You don't have the kit. That's okay. Just use a small brush, and I'm just gonna tap in just a little bit more of that yellow. You can make it a little bit more circular just by thinking that yellow and moving into more of a circular motion. And there we have it. Beautiful little sunset. You could take some clean water and just lightly add that to the middle, and that will push them or that paint out. But if we want to add a little bit of boldness down here. You can lift some of that out, or I may be a little bit more of the yellow in here, so it gives a nice reflection is almost It's coming down over the water. Really simple and easy. So again, you have lots of different options here. You can change your colors up for your project at the end. Um, so this just gives you a few ideas of where you can go with this. And here Is that all finished? They're all dry, and you can see that they make a lovely background or lovely sky for your project. 7. Trees and island practice: So let's try a little tree practice for our water color. We're going to use that very small brush, and I just want to show you just some really quick samples of how you can paint a tree so it looks like it's off in the distance and I have a YouTube videos. Well, you may want to take a look at that. We do a little bit more close ups, but for a tree that's far away, and we're gonna just one basically more of a black and white scale with our colored background for this for the sunset. And to do this, you want to make your own black, and I like to use. You have to make your own luck. If you have your If you have black, that's fine to its ivory. But black. Some of the water color kits have it. Many do not. The common kit that I'm using does not. So we have to make it. So. It's the ultra Marine blue and a little bit of the and the burnt number, using very little water for this. So to make a tree again, we don't want perfection here. You can see I'm moving my my brush back and forth really quickly, and it's just the illusion of a tree off in the distance. The smaller it is, the further away it looks. So let's try an island. Here's one to start with. My little straight line makes some, maybe some rocks, a couple of little rock areas in the front, and then just using that tapping motions, you can see how small those are. So it's just a illusion of some trees way back there. And I also do this one in my watercolor class for painting rocks and ah, we go through this similar step along with some water and some more details for the rocks. But for this painting, we're just gonna bring this way off in the distance. And then if you want to do a little reflection, you would just do this same thing down below, mirroring the image that you have now, I do find it easy way to do this, to make sure that you have that correct sometimes is a little hard looking upside down, and that would be to turn your paper sideways, and that way you can really see if you have a better mirror image with that's it's really easy to do. Turning your paper sideways. Here's a little tip for you didn't just working on some of those little high areas that I have on the opposite side, and I can see them a little bit better again pitching on water down there or not. The reflection might not be exact anyway, but that's a really easy way to do your your mirror images. So there are some very simple little trees again. If you want to check out a few more, check out the YouTube channel and I'll attach that link for you in the lectures as a resource and very simple way to do some distant trees. 8. How to remove paint: So we're gonna practice some values and how to remove paint in this section. Now we've made black before. I want to show you here how easy it is to make a few different values with your black, and it's just by adding water. So I'm mixing my pigments and going directly into the paints. There's not much water on my brush, and you can see what a deep black I can get with this, adding a little bit more water and gets a little lighter, adding a little bit more water. And then we have a really nice shade of light grey. So very easy to just add water and change those colors. Let's give this a really quick blow dry, and I want to show you next how we can actually remove paint. Books. Always think that with watercolor, it's more permanent nothing that they can take things out. But let me tell you, you can is possible. And it's all about having clean water and renting off your brush many times to do that, and you can even do it with the color black. So normally I would actually leave this part out with a blow dryer but I want to show you really how long it takes an actual watercolors to dry. So I want to show you here, using a blow dryer on warm heat. You can touch it now. I could see where it wasn't dry completely. Some continue going. It was just that one spot up top hasn't completely dried. But I want to give you an idea of how long it takes with a blow dryer to completely dry that painting. So at this point, I am done as completely dry on the paper now of Arkle. Obviously you can wait for air drying naturally, but the dryers air really great to have. And you could make things a lot quicker. I say that, but really it drives quite fast. They're putting on the heat. Right? So we have our three stripes here and I want to show you with some clean water. And I could see I still have my brush with a little bit dirty. Just has a little bit of a tent in there. The gray. We don't want that. We want clean water that usually I'll go out and get to cups of water. One for cleaning one for dirty, and that makes it's much easier. But today only have one glass. So with a just a wet brush, I'm dragging that through all three of those colors and you can see how every time I lift it through, I wipe off my brush. I'm rinsing it out. I'm getting some clean water. I'm gonna do that again. No, I obviously have some great here. You can still see. I have some color. So I'm going to continue working that and drag it across, wiping my brush, dragging across it might be my brush. I can get it quite clean. And that's with, you know, making a black, which is going to be one of your darkest, darkest colors. So you can see that's almost back toe white. You can also take a tissue with the area and just pushed down and lift, and that will lift your pain out. Once you get it wet enough, you can continue the work that area as well, making sure that you don't have a really, really wet. I'm going to show you that next in the next step where you can actually mark your paper. So you want to let that dry. Leave it alone. Let's go ahead and try it one more time up here. So I'm stewing almost like a scrubbing motion back and forth on this one, and you can see where, really, if I keep going, I'm just turning it. Graham not really lifting so again, very important to do a little scrub and then wipe off your brush to the difference when I wipe that off, Actually, pull that paint off and then wipe it onto my towel, cleaning it again, taking water. And if I again continue to work that back and forth, back and forth with I wiping that off, it just wants to blend that in so you could see the difference between the bottom one of the top when I have a lot more gray in there because not lift my brush out and wipe it off , not tutorial. Let's go ahead and do it the right way. Now drag and white boss a little bit better, having a little bit more clean water. Let's try it again. And there we go. We're getting a little cleaner. No, it's not gonna go back to Stark White, but hopefully it gives you enough lift is so that you can actually go back into your painting and do what you need to do for your painting. So if I continue to wet that, get that paper really wet and go back and forth, back and forth old lie in one area. That is how I could actually Maher my paper. And what I mean by that is you'll actually take some of the texture of your paper and you'll get little pieces of the fiber that will come up. And it looks rough, almost like if you were to take an eraser and you race too hard on paper how you will get that little bit of texture that comes up through the paper. So that's what you don't want to dio, you know, if you need to dry it in between and then attempted again, clean off the edges here where I have a little bit of those lines. Just wedding the area first, and then I'm gonna push down and lift. Make sure that the cloth that you're using on the tissue that you're using as clean as well , cause you can actually put pigment back down onto your paper. Let's see how you can easily clean up those lines as well, so it disappears like it's not even there. And once again, whatever you're done, just make sure that you dry completely before you add anything else to it, or take anything else away. 9. Painting small branches: So now that we know how to make some far away trees, let's practice a few close ups and learn how to do a few branches. It's amusing that same color that we had made before of the black, and I mean to start over here in this corner. Now, this is where you're gonna want a very small brush. This one actually is small, But you could even go smaller if you want some very fine branches. And you can see that as I'm doing this, I'm not making those all perfect their little squiggly. If you hold your brush to, uh, the end, sometimes I can if you get too perfect with your branches, that can help you get a little bit less perfect branches that way. And so that's how you're gonna make your trees. And the more branches that you add, the more layers to that, the more realistic sets going to look. So if you want to practice your branches is holding up at the tip, you can see you get a nice, fine look with that very thin, and you can practice a few of those. Let's try one of these a little bit wider. This is what students that air new do. You usually don't make this a little bit too fat and too straight, so you can see how it looks more organic on the left, and the one on the right is just very stiff. So if you find you're starting to that, you can always bring those branches out and extend them a little bit more to give them a little bit more of that finer look. And you want to keep in mind, too, that your branch is always thicker at the base of the tree and at where the where first meets and comes out. So that's where your thickness is going to be. So go ahead and practice those a little bit. And then if you find that your brush just one quite thin enough, you could always use Ah, a Sharpie to do something like this. Now, this is more of a mixed media type piece if you use a Sharpie, but it will work and you're using the color black, so you could also do a dark blue Sharpie or something like that. But diesel find tipped sharpies were great for getting yourself some really fine lines. Let me show you hear what I mean? So we have this really thick branch and then you just want to extend out from that. Fine, you can get those. So let's just do a full tree here with a Sharpie in the very fine branches. And you're gonna want to thicken that main branch up just a little bit more. So let's go ahead and do that. No, he didn't want to do the whole tree in the Sharpie. You could do the base of the tree and just give yourself some little fine lines at the very end. But see, it looks very similar to a little bit darker Black. Obviously you're dealing with a black ink, and this is not removable. This is permanent, unlike your watercolors. And we'll go over that coming up here shortly on how you could actually remove some pain if you need Teoh. So there's some very basic, very simple ways to make some tree branches, and I'll have you practiced that before we move on to your project. 10. Foregrounds and how to create distance: so that you have a new idea of what it looks like far away what it looks like, really close up. Let's do a little bit of layering here. So we're gonna foreground really very quickly, using the same colors to create our black. And I'm using a little bit wider 3/4 inch oval washes. Wanna just lay this down here really quickly, So this is really gonna be our medium layer. And you have your one, you know, islands far away. And then this is gonna be more of your foreground. The in betweens we're gonna actually, once we have this layer down here, we're gonna add a few details on top of this, So this is going to make them look even closer up. So let's say we want to have some, you know, some trees way off in the distance. You would do them. You know, the tops of them like this. But now they're up close. This looks more like having some kind of shrubbery in the front and maybe some grass. So I'm just taking that wet area that I already have and just looking my wrist and creating some grass, and these could be some branches if you want to be some taller branches and you could even do a tree up front, this is gonna bring that rate close to you. You can see that the bottom is wet, so that's blending a little bit. And I'm gonna show you here. If I bring this all the way down into this area, it almost gives you a blurry look. So it takes away that foreground look. So now it looks like it's sitting back a little bit further down here. So what we would want to do is we won't want to dry that area. And then you could bring that tree down a little bit further with little bit heavier pigments. Even if I try to add a little bit of darkness in here, it's still wet, so it's still blending. Let's really quickly blow dry that tree show you what we could do to make that little darker. Bring that more forward for us and you could see the beautiful colors here. You've got this lovely gray blue and all these different shades in here because I mix my paints and then I put him right and they don't have to be the exact same color for this. I would like to have that little bit of variety in here, so making a little bit darker shade. Let's go over the same tree once again. This is all dry now. This is gonna be a little bit darker value. We're gonna bring that rate forward in the painting. Now you can see it. So you know, is that now makes that other layer in behind that. We want to do some more grass in here a little bit darker. We can come again a little bit more forward and bring these little branches up. Well, you could have some of those little shrubbery, even with the ones with the little flowers on them. This is more of a night scene, so you're not going to see all the colors in there. But you could really add a lot to your painting by just tapping in some little values in here. He's a little flowers in there and again. You could always throw some more blades of grass, and there you could really layer this. Let's make a little bit thinner, and you can continue to make more and more with those branches. And, you know, once you add more V's in here, you don't know where one begins and the other one ends. So by layering it like this, it's a little bit less challenging than if you were to try to paint a particular tree, especially when you're first learning how to make these branches and making look or realistic and wispy. Since, as you continue to add a little bit more in here getting some darker values down the bottom , all this becomes more forward in your painting. Okay, so have you practiced that as well? And, you know, have fun with a great all kinds of little textures. And if you have some flowers that you're used to that are, you know, grown in your area, you can throw some of those in there and again. It's just a shadow over Justin illusion of it, because this is a really about the color in the sky, and everything else is more of a black and white Mary monochromatic. You can even add some leaves in hair. If he wanted Teoh, depending on your time of year, right? Okay, So go ahead and practice that and will be moving on to the next step 11. Project - painting the sky: all right. Now that we've practiced and on our little demos, I hope you're ready for your sunset project. So we're going to start with Step one. I've taped down my watercolor paper just using some regular blue painter's tape. That's for some peoples can throw the eye off, so I'll have to put a mat on my painting As I'm working through the process, you could also use some white painter's tape or masking tape of that helps your eyes. It doesn't throw it off using that blue, but for me, I just throw them out on top of it. Now I'm using a foam backer board, and they have these little kits on Amazon, and I'll have all the links for the supplies for you down below. So if you want to try, the foam core kit comes with a plastic sleeve and the mat, and this is a size five by seven. Of course, if you want to try something larger, please, by all means, go ahead and go with a larger painting. Good to start with this smaller size, though. If you're just beginning, remember, you'll use a little bit more water and you use a little bit more paint. So we're going to start this the same way we did with the background of the sky. And we're gonna wet that area first mixing in that same color that ultra marine blue. Or if you decide that you want to do that orange seeing that's great to either one or even if you want to try something totally different. No, I'm gonna show you here how you can easily make a mirror image of that top sky. So we're gonna have some water in this one someone, a mirror, that same image that we did down below, similar to how we had done the trees. You know, if you feel like you need to turn this sideways and that will help you see that image a little bit better, Bell means go ahead and turn it sideways into the same thing on both sides. And both these areas are wet and left. A little line actually didn't even leave the line barely in the middle. There were some of that complained in together because that's where your trees air gonna be anyway. So now I'm gonna mix up a little bit of that purple using the red in the blue can. If you want to go lighter, you do lighter. If you want a really dramatic look, you can go a little bit darker. This one's pretty dramatic. It's pretty dark. There's gonna lighten again once it's tries and also has a lot of water in here. So a lot of this is gonna blending in a little softer. Remember the more pigment that you put in there? The less water, the deeper those colors are gonna be the purple. Let's runs off our brush and add a little bit of that lemon yellow to it. Make sure have enough in my palette here. I don't want that to vibrant, so I make pre mixing it. And just down the center area here, when I have a little bit of yellow and maybe just a little tad appear and down here barely can see that school a little bit more again. I don't wanna makes too much in there cause we don't want it to turn brown or muddy. You can see where it's blending just a little bit too much right there, so we're gonna take the tissue, and that's where our clouds are. gonna be from a dab some of that up again. Same way we did during our practice session. Just lift, tapping left happened left, and I've got thes class going up towards the right hand side here, so it's a little bit more fluffy on this side and in towards the middle area. And again, if you want some really fluffy cat clouds, remember, you can like tapping motion. You can really push and lift up if you want some real vibrant clouds, but this is nice, soft and airy. So let's check and see what we think with a mat on it. It's quite light. Still like it again. All preference. When I'm teaching my classes, it's all about you. It's not about me. It's about what you like and what you enjoy. So remember, it doesn't have to look exactly like mine. Let's go ahead and I'm gonna blow dry this again. If you'd rather have it air dry and let it do its thing, that's fine. Tune. Come back to the next step. I'm gonna speed this up a little bit, and sometimes of loader makes it look Cantonese. Where have a little bit of definition in here and the clouds are really lucky because it drives it fairly quickly. Where's if you let this run and blend a little bit more? Sometimes it's often said even more. I would suggest that you try it with a blogger and went out and see what your preferences. 12. Painting the islands: here. Background should be completely dry. Now I'm going to start step two of our painting. We're in paint some islands. So we're gonna mix up our homemade black using the ultra marine blue and the raw umber burnt number. Whichever one you have, both will work one just a little bit more lighter than the other. And I'm going to divide this basically in half. So if you want to have more sky, you could put your islands down a little bit lower. If you said you want more water, you up a little higher. And so I'm going to start mine rate about here just above center. And you don't have to have that go all the way across. There could be a nice little gap in your islands. And then we're gonna start tapping, making those little trees off in the distance, trying to do some variation on the heights of the not all the same height and then again damn below to give it that mirror image. Do you get a couple little islands here? If you wanted Teoh, you could create more rocks and a reflection in the water down here and you can shorten them as you go, so it looks like it's going further and further away. Being a little smaller, you can create some taller trees, so it gives the illusion that this side of the island a little closer to you, giving those tips of the trees just a little bit more definition. No, let's make another one here. This one seems even further off because there's little last details of those trees. You barely see them, so it's more of a mound. I mean, the couple down in here if we want just little touches in the water line, and then we have our final island over here, so this can really determine your distance. If I want this to look closer, I'll move it down the page a little bit more, and I'll make my trees a little bit larger. These are gonna be pretty even on both sides, and they come out with my little rocky edge here just a little bit. So I'm bringing those in their coming in a little shorter as they go out, and that is it for that really easy to dio. You can always add a little bit of variation and color so I mixed up a little bit darker shade. I'm gonna add that to it. Give us a nice separation between the two here, especially as this drives. It might lighten a little bit on you, so it's nice to have a couple little pillars in here. Let's go ahead and make a tall tree over here. I am replacing the reflection in the water. Those don't have to be perfect. Water has ripples. It's not completely placid, so it might be a little different than the top. But that's pretty close. I also want to share with you something else. If I have a portion of my pain. I really like like I love that yellow in the sky right there in the center so you can really adjust your paintings as you work on them to either cover up things that you're not completely happy with, or to make sure that you work your painting or work your island so you don't cover up some of those areas like the beautiful yellow that I have been there. It wouldn't want to cover all that cause I want to keep that in my painting, so I was very careful to put the smaller island. They're You could put a little bit of ripples in the water if you want very light wash. This is not real. Real dark. It's more of a gray. So you're just gonna add a little bit more water to that paint? And I'm gonna move this down all the way across here, just dragging my brush really lightly to make some little squiggles in that water so it looks like it's that has a little bit of movement and then we'll go ahead and blow dry. This will move on to our next step. 13. Painting the foreground: Step three Reynold Layer, our first wash in the foreground. Here. I want this fairly watery, but not so much that is going to be transparent. And if I want to start this down here, you're gonna draw in the area that want to dio we're gonna switch over to that quarter inch brush. It just makes it a lot faster number is gonna fill in that foreground areas. This is gonna be the back layer. Whenever I layer my watercolor, I always do my closest item last for something that I want to have very detailed at the very end. So I'm dabbing a little bit of the blue. A little bit of the black switching at Al Just so I have, ah few colors in here and then we're going Teoh, go ahead and put in just a few little details here using that small brush again we're switching. Was put some grass in here, a little blades of grass or a stick up. We're pretty much using that color that we already have down there. I didn't really get much, much more paint from that. We can use what's already there. I just want to create some texture in there gonna be a little tree, a little shrub? Just that it's not. Not perfect Back there went a little messy with these little flowers in there. This could be like a Lupin or a lilac Bush movie in the front. Let your imagination take you. All right, so it looks pretty good for a star. And the rest of it will do more towards the foreground even more than X layers. We're gonna blow dry This. We wanna make sure again. This this is completely dry. So I only go to add that next dry layer. It doesn't blend into the background. We want that really rich, dark and right up front. 14. Painting the islands : So if you tickets on my other classes, you know that I use a lot of black wash, so want to shoot the difference between using the black wash and making your own pigment? So this is good wash. It comes in a couple different size tubes. This one is Windsor Newton, but there are many other brands. Windsor Newton is more of a artist qualities, so it's Ah, very good. And it could be a little expensive, but it's more of a chalky consistency, and it is very dark. You can use obviously with watercolor, so you can lighten it. You can make it more transparent by using more water. You can make it very strong pigment by using very little water. So I like to use this for some really dark areas in my paintings because I don't get that transparency, which it's great when you're using it for some of these final details that we're gonna put in another island here. And I'm gonna use the black wash for this about it. Just a little bit of water and we're gonna do a few trees on this one. Now you can see it's almost transparent here. This is up because I have some water in my brush, so it's not quite as dark as it could be. No, I'm going to at a few more on here so you can really can get the best of both worlds with this one. It's great for covering up areas that you don't want to be transparent at all. And it's great for your fine line work. I use usually the black and the white mostly, or in a lot of my paintings, a lot of mixed media with it. Ah, and it's great because unlike acrylics or something like that, you can't take it out with the wash because you can reactivate it with water you still could hit. Get out. It's not quite the same as trying to take out regular water color because it wants to leave that a little bit of that chalky residue in there, not as easy to remove as a regular watercolor. Just keep that in mind wherever you put this plan on leaving it there. Nothing. It's not possible, but it really takes a lot of work. We're gonna do the trees and do the reflections that we had practiced earlier and you can see this is a little bit darker as a little bit of machine to it. Turn this upside down just to get that reflection a little easier. Little trick that we learned earlier. I'm trying. I want to cover all of that yellow, but it looks like I can still see some of it here, and we'll do one more trailing to do things in threes or odd numbers if I can. Sometimes you just have to throw a little bit more in there to that is it for that one, and the final soaps will be coming up next. We'll do a little bit more details in the foreground. 15. Finishing touches and details: So Step five is our final piece. The final details. And I have my small brush and we're going to create some more of those tall or trees up front. Well, this is our 1st 1 and I'm continuing with the wash just because it's a little bit darker and that will really show up over some of those trees that air in behind there. I wanna making these trees. I don't have the branches all the same size again. If you have trees that are in your area and you want to do something different with this, by all means, we have a lot of these trees here in Maine. You will see them on just about every island. They all look the same. It doesn't matter what I paint. It seems like it could be the same place in Maine. That's crazy. Ah, so you know, if you want to have more of the skinny trees or more of some tall more, You know, uh, you if your branches are really narrow, you could have leaves on this. As we said before, it's wintertime here. Well, I'm doing this project so I don't have any leaves. Almost these trees, the fir trees or the ball. Some trees always keep their leaves all year long, so those always look the same. But some of those more, uh, bushes and things near the water will lose most of their lives. So all you see are these little branches sticking up everywhere. Hopefully, have practiced these enough again. They don't have to be perfect. It's just about the process. And this could be very therapeutic. When you're making branches means you really don't have to think about make these little wise and forks, and once they all go together, you don't know where one ends and the other begins. So a lot of, um, will layer on top of one another. So we're not. I got just a few more in here. Give us a more grass corrupt tussle. A few more spots can very wispy try to make him a little bit thicker at the bottom and center, so you want a lift up as you bring your brush up. You could make some really tall grass can not all the same height, have some taller ones up over here, and I just want to layer a little bit more so I don't see too much of that. What's behind it? I just want that Teoh most disappear, so it looks like it's way in the background and these air now all forward and a couple little docks and here movies and Berries were still left on those branches. Maybe it's just Thea Dr Flowers that we have left. Some of them just kind of hang around for a while. Or if you want to make this summer time, you could definitely put some flowers in there cause it's giving any time of the year and and that a little bit of dark just to separate that a little bit more. Maybe add a couple more darker trees in here with the quash. Can it give it a little bit more depth? And that's for all those final details. Come in. Were you about what? About some, maybe some birds in here. Birds are really easy to do, too. It's giving a little bit more texture, and here just using that scratching motions, putting a little pain on there just to soften some of those just a little bit. Maybe there's a rock in the front. Here is where I get to have lots of fun. You can keep going, even with black. All right, let's do simple birds in here. So they're just like this, little B, and that's all there is to make you a little bird. Get this close up for you. I did it in threes again. So grab your mat and let's see what this finished piece looks like. But that this would be really pretty with a black matt around the inside of this to just highlight it. And then you can sign it either on the bottom or on the back. 16. Outro: So we've finished. Congratulations. And thank you so much for taking the time to take a class with me today and joining me on. I really hope that you enjoyed it. Next. If you would leave your project, I would absolutely love to see it. You could start off doing a few of those demos if you want to post a few demos, maybe some different colors for your sunset. I would love to see those on. Make sure that you use a £140 cold pressed paper that works best for some of these really watery type backgrounds. Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel. There's lots of free demos on there. I think I have over 100 videos up there now with watercolor with Alcohol Inc President jewelry. There's lots of different things if you are interested in trying some other projects with me, So thanks again, I really appreciate it on. 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