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The Earth Laughs in Flowers, Watercolor Your World with Janet Asbury

teacher avatar Janet Asbury, Watercolor Artist and Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (60m)
    • 1. The Earth Laughs in Flowers, Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. The Sketch

    • 4. Oceans Wash & Color Blending

    • 5. Flower and Foliage Practice

    • 6. Bloomin' Earth

    • 7. Bonus!!! "The Earth Laughs Calligraphy"

    • 8. Bonus 2!!! "Wonderful World" demo

    • 9. FinalThoughts

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About This Class


This class is project-based and interactive. You're invited to post your questions, comments, and work in progress, at absolutely every step.  

Whether you're a beginner or an advanced watercolorist, you can jump in and enjoy this class.  I provide printables to trace and step-by-step instruction for the beginner  The advanced artist will find inspiration to add their own style to.     

In this class we will cover and apply the following:

  • Art supplies I recommend, including paint brands, paper, and brush types.
  • Centering, and sketching your world
  • Wet on Wet watercolor techniques to create the seas
  • Color mixing on paper to create blended color effects upon the seas
  • Using sea salt to create blooms, suggesting clouds over the seas
  • Wet on dry watercolor technique for our flower and foliage practice
  • Wet on dry watercolor technique to fill the continents with blooms and foliage
  • Bonus Lessons creating your own watercolor "ink" to use with a dip pen, matching artwork
  • Bonus Lessons featuring modern calligraphy to add sentiments to your artwork

Our goal is to create a fun and whimsical world where you will enjoy some creative play with watercolors. I hope you learn a few things along the way.  And I hope this class brings you joy as it has for me!  

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Supplies List:

  • HB lead pencil 
  • Art Eraser and/or kneaded eraser
  •  Prima Marketing "Tropicals" palette, or....
  • Various professional or student grade watercolors in vibrant floral colors, greens, turquoises
  • Arches 140# Cotton Watercolor paper, 9" x 12"
  • #1 Rigger brush (small details)
  • #2 Round watercolor brush (small details)
  • #6 Round watercolor brush (larger fills/washes)
  • Mixing Palette or white plate
  • Water x 2 (one for rinsing brush, one for clean water)
  • Paper towels
  • Various flowers/wildflowers picked to inspire and make you happy!

For our bonus lessons, you will need the following supplies:

  • Tiny container for mixing 'watercolor ink' (bottle cap will do!)
  • Calligraphy dip pen (Brause "Blue Pumpkin #361 and straight holder is what I used) 

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1. The Earth Laughs in Flowers, Intro: Hello. My name is Janet Asbury. Welcome to my second skill share class. The Earth lefts and flowers were going to do a watercolor globe filling the seas with beautiful turquoise blues. And we're gonna make every continent filled with blooms and make the whole earth laughs in flowers. I'm lucky enough to live here in the woods. Okay? Not right in the woods, but in a house in the woods. And there are just all manner of wild flowers and blooms right now, right behind me here. See if I can get them in the frame. I've got beautiful rhododendron blooming right now, and there's just wildflowers everywhere. And I'm inspired to just fill the whole earth with these cute little blooms and take this whimsical world and paint it so I hope you'll join me. It was a lot of fun making this class, and I hope you enjoy taking it. Come on, let's go 2. Supplies: Let's do a quick run down on supplies, starting with paper. I prefer arches because it is 100% cotton. It's very absorb it. It's very easy to lift color If you're trying to remove color, it's a much better quality than the cancer in on the Strathmore that you find in your WalMart. Um, and if you really plan Teoh make a keepsake, then I suggest putting a little bit more into it with a better quality paper. Use a T square to find the center of my circle, the center of my paper and then a compass to create my circle. And then I make it a little larger. This is a compass with a blunt end so it doesn't put a hole in your paper as well, then making your circle. Then make your compass a little bit larger to make an outer circle for your words as a guy for your word, unless you're tracing mind brushes. I've used a rigger not expensive. I think it's a royal blank blank occur. It's, uh, number one royal rigger brush, and that's great for doing the tiny little florals, but also the number two around with a nice point and in that works great, giving it to focus in here on this. But the number two works really well as well, because it has a nice fine point for you to get your tails in with for the water on the globe, the oceans. I used a number four around and these are a Skoda around brushes. I think I have upside down. Yes, I do. Um, a Skoda product number four or not. That's the number six round about your pardon Your racers. I've got a kneaded eraser and an art eraser kneaded eraser. I love to just lift lines to make him a little bit lighter before I paint. Initially, I started with my little palate that I created here with some Daniel Smith colors and I used the fifth, a low turquoise and the cascade green for my globe. Also admit I threw in a little bit of my winds or blue from my Windsor palette, Windsor and Newton. On This is a professional Windsor and Newton palette of great investment. It's lasted me about three years. This one is just from some tubes that I bought of Daniel Smith that I created an out towards with denting gum little sections inside, if you can see that, but it comes in handy. It's great for traveling, but this is really what I wanted to feature for doing this class, and it's the prima marketing tropicals palate. It's a cute little power. I absolutely love it. It's got a little holding ring on the back. Um, this is my first time working with it. And these are the colors which are great for this project. For all your florals. If you want to tone down different greens, you can mix those greens. You can take this at a little of that, pink this page in it and make it a deeper green. But it's just even without mixing. It's just a great little power world. Find stuff. Even the blues are fine for the globe. You have to have Daniel Smith colors the's blues. You can add in some of the greens on if you're trying to get that deeper balloon color images dab in a tiny bit of pink. That's almost that Windsor Blues almost a purple compared to these blues. So let's peek inside this book. Okay, so that's the Trump Palace from premium, and I did largely use this for you could use it for the whole thing. That's the box. It came in great on Amazon for like 18 bucks and change. Not bad and claim them to be professional colors. Not quite as wonderful is Windsor and Daniel Smith, but they're pretty sweet. I used a palette, of course, whatever you have, a white plate works great. Porcelain is perfect, a little inspiration from the woods if you have them nearby but the palette and then these little balls. There are actually dishes and great for mixing my water color ink. You might call it for using the calligraphy pen for the last bonus videos of our project were will create a sentiment on our artwork. Let's see that I forget anything. Of course, your water. You want a paper towel to clean your brush off load when you have too much paint. That kind of thing. I have a spritzer for wedding, my palate, which is totally not necessary. But if you have when it comes in handy pencil you want to use for your sketching would be an H B lead pencil, which is very easy to erase and a much lighter lead. This is a mechanical with HB leads in it. I just prefer mechanical pencil, but it's not necessary, and I think that about covers it. So if you don't have the supplies and you have other ones, you certainly can and lit. These are just my suggestions. As faras watercolors using a better quality gives you more translucent. It's you're going to see a real cha keenness from the cheaper paints, and you won't achieve the beautiful, translucent layers that you have with a good quality professional or even student grade. This student grade Windsor and new ones are great, too, so that's about it. Can't wait to get started with you. Gather your supplies and let's go make our earth left and flowers. 3. The Sketch: I start with marking my center and using a compass with a blunt point to mark out my globe circle and a larger circle where I'm going, Teoh, for our bonus video, Put some sentiment, um, around the globe, you know, I'm gonna loosely sketch out my map from just a globe that I found online under images on I've chosen the section That, of course, has my country, the US. And if you're not from the US, feel free to sketch out any portion of the globe that you desire way. - I'm just erasing and fine tuning until I'm happy with how it looks. And just to note, I'm using an H B lead, which is easy to erase. Um and I'm gonna at the end of it all, kind of go over my marks with a kneaded eraser to lift up anything that's heavy. So I have a very fine pencil line. Eso is do not have it show so much through my water color paint. And there we are. I'm happy about that show. With that wrapped up, let's move on to our next lesson of painting ark load 4. Oceans Wash & Color Blending: Welcome back. Let's go ahead and paint our globe, shall we? This is an A Skoda number six round brush and I'm going to use the Daniel Smith Fellow Turquoise and Daniel Smith Cascade Green from this little mini palette I put together, spritz them here with my spray or and get them nice and damp so I can use them. If you've purchased the prima watercolor palette, go ahead and use that. You can use your hurricane colors your ocean color and maybe add in a little bit of the poems to make more of a turquoise. Go ahead and play with that, and maybe even drop in a little of the purple reef cover to add some depth to your globe. But if you have purchased that, you can certainly use that for your blues in your water area of the globe, I'm going to just lay down a wet wash on all of the areas of this globe that our water and have everything nice and wet for me to drop in the paint Here, here. - I'm getting a nice wash of the fellow turquoise on my palette here, and I'm gonna use that along with the Cascade Green both Daniel Smith colors. You can work with any turquoise is or blues that you have if you don't have a turquoise blue at a little bit green to it and come up with a nice color on your palate and, uh, just work those into the wet areas you have that are the water areas on your globe. - Thank you. This area over here is not wet. So I'm gonna now wet this area. You can do about half a time or if you do it all at once and it drives up, go ahead and re wet it to make sure you're doing a wet on wet application and not on dry paper. It will flow a lot nicer than and you'll get that nice variation of color that you want to see it for water on the globe. I'm laying in some of the cascade green now where my areas were kind of dry and adding a little more water. So little blend Well, they tending to dry out on me here, So I want to make sure this color flows with the turquoise. Okay, I think I'm going to take a bit of my Windsor Blue. So if you have a nice deep blue just to add a little variation into the globe, you can see it here on my palette. This it's almost a navy color, and I'm gonna drop that in here and there to give the water and illusion of depth in certain areas that nice, deep blue you see in the ocean. Some areas are very turquoise, especially around the shore in the depths tend to be very deep blue. I've got a lot of white areas because I wanted to look like there's clouds over the Earth to now. I'm going to take a bit of sea salt because, after all, this is the ocean and I'm going to Sprinkle it on the wet areas. Not too much, just a little bit. And it's going to give a nice effect that's going to kind of suggest clouds, and I'll just leave it on there till it dries and continue to paint in my water, put a little salt, decide for the next areas, finishing up my water, laying in another wet wash Here. I'm kind of cheating. I don't have clear water other than what I've rents to my brush in se lo turquoise level Windsor blue, mixing up nice and again some more salt. Just a light light. Sprinkle finishing up blend here and there around the edges to fine tuned around them out where there might be uneven. I had a little depth here. It's very dark in the area and some salt, and we're done. So let's move on to the next step. If you would join May, I'd love it. 5. Flower and Foliage Practice: prepare your colors that you're gonna use for your florals. You're gonna want a green or greens yellow, pink, orange, possibly a red, purple blue whatever colors you have like that. And I'm using a rigger, very fine rigger brush and my number to a Skoda, which has a nice flying point to it. So let's get started on creating some florals. I like to paint the sunflowers and daisies from a side view. Also, the cone, flowers and purple are really cute from a side view, and we'll add the tops when those dry or it'll just bleed together. Right now, tulips are super simple. You just want to kind of painter an oval and bring the sides up a little bit to look like the pedals overlapping. So kind of an oval with a little open top here can paint some little cut type flowers with a little open circle at the top. In any color you want. Let's add in some little purple blooms front facing just a little five rounded pedal or oval pedal. You can again do those in any color elected just dot in a very dark brown center from my daisies and sunflowers and some little blue clusters, bluebells or whatever you might have. I like the little clustered flowers or just the easy painting dots, and they're so cute. And I'll use my pink to dot in some little hydrangea just here and then back to the green since our flowers or drumline for some stems and some leaves. Just a nice bright green, really fluffy leaves here on these little cut flowers. Well, I'm just gonna put some little dots on top of them for fun. You can be as creative as you like with this. There's no set way to do this. Just let nature or whatever, be your inspiration and have fun, Tulip said. Those long leave. So don't forget those. Oh, going to add the leaves to my hydrangeas here, maybe out of seem more in to fill in the bottom. And again, just little dots. Okay, I bled into the green here. Let's lift that out. You can lift out mistakes with a wet brush if you catch them right away. Just going over this two lips with a little bit of a darker accent. Then here's our little purple cone flowers at some of those in a dark center, and these were just simple little brush strokes. Very easy. When you're painting this miniature, you can't really get very detailed. So simple is huge and easy, and you can fill in your whole globe with these and any array you like. I love these little fines swirlies, and the sun can add even little dots of flowers to these. Keep it simple at a few roses on a few buds, and then I'll come back. Mr. Greenery on that and your roses are just simple dots in the center surrounded, my little See strokes very easy. And just have fun with this. That should be son. Nice creative exercise to kind of get you ready for filling in your world with blooms. Greenery is fun and easy and just paint some cute little lines and binds. And I love with steer Ian. I had it in the house that we used to live in, so I like painting those into. It's a little hanging wisteria from the top of Ah, a continent looks fabulous. Go ahead in practice those and of course, we'll put a little lavender in here because let's another one of my favorites and they're so easy to do little dots and then follow through with sin stroke for your stems and leaves a few more little front flee facing five pedal blooms in the nice blue and firms or Super Easy. Just start with somewhat curved line and but some little leaf strokes on either side and match them parallel on both sides. They look really cute. Interest burst into your florals. You can put lots of greenery to fill in. Your space is too cute, little dots on what's kind of like a fern and some little succulents down here at the bottom when I'm just filling in a few places here, but you can do on your map if you need Sil, then it all just kind of blends and flows together. It's fun. 6. Bloomin' Earth: at this point, you just want to make sure everything is well erased. And there are no more pencil lines left using my two brushes, the s coated to round and my rigor just like we did in the floral practice. I'm going to go ahead and make the earth bloom in these tiny little spots like this where you have such a small bit of land mass you could just dot in some little pinks and greens or whatever color you choose to use in their Don't get a elaborate you're not going to be able to in that small space, but just put some color into it, as you are able and then, just little by little, filling your continents and make them bloom. And there we have. North America is almost fully bloomed. So just keep on in this vein and keep making your earth bloom. And before you know it, the whole earth will be laughing in flowers. Stay tuned. If you want to watch and or just get started on your own and let me play in the background . - Well , that about fills our whole earth with balloons. I hope you've enjoyed this class with me making our earth left in flowers. And if you want to follow me, you will get notifications of any other classes that I put on skill share. And I'd love to have you join me again. Thank you so much. 7. Bonus!!! "The Earth Laughs Calligraphy": in this lesson, I'd like to show you how to create and ink from your water color to match what you're working with. So in this case, I have worked a lot with the tropicals palette from prima marketing, and I am going to make an ink from going to do the earth lefts and flowers. So I'm going to make ink out of the hurricane air, the ocean I think I'll use. So here's my ocean in my palette, and I'm just gonna load my brush and then with water offloaded into this little dish here and you can use any kind of small container. Um, I mean, you can use a bottle cap if you don't have anything, so this works great. Uh, this is just a little sushi dish. So it works great. And I'm just making a medium intensity, Inc. Because I don't want it so dark that it it doesn't match my glow, but I want it fairly dark so that it shows up and doesn't look watery. So I'm you see the consistency here, Um, are there density of the ANC or of the paint that's too heavy. A little more water to that and I'm just dipping my brush in my water and mixing it in. Um, any brush will dio I'm just using this flat brush because it's great for loading my dip pan , so I'm kind of happy with that wash. You could see how intense it iss when I come out the side and let's do a little practice my palate aside. Now here's my depend. And this is a brows, rose nib. It's a nice, uh, thick dip for down strokes, so I like getting that nice, thick down stroke. Um, and it really held up so well. Um, so any never really that you like. I'm using a straight holder because I'm going to be doing writing that is not slanted or italicized. So my writing is pretty straight up and down. You want a load your brush by simply stroking brush across. I mean, load your neb Sorry, stroking across the pinpoint and you don't want to get it too heavy. And now what I like to do is just touch my pain. Because if this is too heavy on here and I offloaded or I start writing on my paper, I can very easily end up with blob. Hopefully, I won't show you what I mean now. Sometimes when you're when you're just starting with your pen, it's a little stubborn. This one happens to be working very well, especially a new nib, so sometimes it helps to just make a tiny little dot and then start with your stroke. Now you'll notice when I press hard, I get a six stroke. When I let up, I get a thin stroke. So traditionally, with calligraphy your down strokes and I'm going to I'm going to make a here so my upstroke is thin on the down. Stroke is when I come across, it's fairly thin. So let's do another letter. I'm gonna load my pen again again just by taking my wash of water color that I created into ink, washing it onto the brush tip. Just touch my ink to make sure I don't have too heavy of a drip. If I have too heavy of a drip, here's what's gonna I mean, if I have too heavy of a load, here's what will happen. That's a pretty heavy load. I'm gonna touch my paper. I was done that figure when I wanted to happen it doesn't. Okay, See, that is what can happen. And you don't want that to happen. So you don't want too heavy of a load of your ankle on here. And just touching down like this helps offload anything that's too much. It's gonna drop. So again, let's go back and just do some some curves. Let's do a C. So I'm gonna make my loop come down and I'm gonna press harder on my down stroke. So what happens when I press harder? If you concede e these times, see them separate. This isn't I won't want to press this heart, but I'm trying to demonstrate for you how the Chinese will separate. And when that happens, they release more ink. So if you're not familiar with a depend, this is how they work. And this is how you get those nice, thick down strokes. So going to load this again, my blue touch it on here and just make some nice see strokes. And now, sometimes going up on watercolor paper, you'll get stuck. So use just a gentle pressure in case you get stuck. See, that's kind of sticking right there when I go up. So you want to be aware that And if that happens, just kind of lesson up your pressure and then increase your pressure on your down stroke. You won't get stuck on a down stroke, but I get stuck, especially on watercolor paper that's textured on an upstroke. You're going against the point of that name upward. So down, stroke sick upstroke Finn. And if you're getting stuck by going up like this, you can go down. That's what happens when you run out of ink, which is no worries. Reload. And you're gonna want to reload away from the paper you're working on because you can easily give it a little splatter like that. So you don't really want to do that on your artwork unless you're going for that look. So are down stroke. See, I loaded too much there, and that's what happens. And then you're upstroke. If you want, you can lift off and kind of come at it from the side. Do you see what I did? I came down lift and then come out. Come back up from the side and your name won't stick that way. So that's just a simple V. And I put a swirl. In the end of that, sometimes when you cross over letters with using watercolor for an thank you tend to get a little blob bleed there. But it's OK. You can just let that dry, that be character of your work. So we're going to write the Earth Laughs and flowers on our club. Remember down stroke with pressure let off, the pressure gets thin, so you want to keep the pressure on a down stroke. Let off when you come up from the tea. Reload again and you'll have to reload frequently throughout this process because we aren't making a deep well of you can't really dip, although you could do that if you wanted to, But it's gonna take a lot of water color. So press that down stroke, Let off that pressure coming up. Okay, there's my little down stroke. I got a little more pressure on that. Okay, so there's low practice. Looks like a master. I just wanted to show you the principle behind it with that pressure strip being sin. And if you want, you can make your upstream. Thank you, Bye. Going back over it like down. So let's move right along, too. Our work that we're gonna put our sentiment. So I've penciled in earth, laughs in flowers, and I loosely follow my pencil guidelines. I don't always follow it perfectly, but it is very helpful to get your placement. You're welcome to print off the one I've provided, and resource is get your placement and freer, you know, to have everything centered and sized. So my earth is actually a little bit bigger than the bottom, but I'm OK with that. So here we go. The earth laughs in flowers in our water color ink and these air big letters. So I'm happy to have a pen that makes a nice, thick down stroke. I'm gonna lift. And I really probably want to reload already. And I don't know if I'm gonna cross them. I will. But often I think I lift here, then love. It's stuck there. So I'm gonna lift carefully and again. You see how that's wanting to quit on me? I don't have a lot of ink enough. I can work it and make it come down by just going over that stroke. But really, what I need is a reload. But because of the thinness of this. We don't want to overload. So we get less lettering done with the small amount of reload. Now, wanted sick in that a little bit, so I'm gonna go back over it. My again. A little sin if you find your wash your water color washes. Not as dark as you'd like it to be. Darken it up by just adding a little more of the pigment to it from your water color. Um, if it's too dark, you can send it out. I think this is gonna be good. It's gonna be kind of a close match to my globe. Let's kick up our speed here and take you to the end of this process. I have to wipe out that little blob, Ana. Just gonna leave it, not try to lift too much. Here we go. Thanks so much for watching Hope you enjoyed the bonus and that you'll create your own man 8. Bonus 2!!! "Wonderful World" demo : 9. FinalThoughts: Hello again. I'd like to share a few parting thoughts with you. I hope that you've enjoyed my class. I thank you so much for taking it. I hope it's brought a little joy to your world filling the earth with laughter and flowers and that you've had fun filling the globe with Blum's hope. You've gotten out in in nature and enjoyed some wildflowers, lavenders, heaven and, uh, maybe learned a few things along the way. I'd love to have you join any other classes that I do and even hear your suggestions about what you might enjoy learning or creating along with me. I'd be happy to hear those suggestions. So go then. Leave those in the discussions and any questions you might have or anything I can help you with. I'd be glad to do so. Go ahead and post your work in your project. Even your process is helpful to see how you've have you progressed and what you've done along the way. Your little floral practice go ahead and post that I'd love to see it all and others would love to is well for encouragement. So I invite you to do that If you need help doing that. I hope I can help you do that to ask if you have questions about how to upload and I'll try and help you there as well. So come on. Join me next time by following me and you'll receive notification of any other classes. I do. I love to have you back. And I've enjoyed having you and creating this class for you. Thank you.