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The Watercolor Painting Series - Monochrome Botanical Patterns

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10 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. The Rules of Watercolor

    • 4. Brush Control - Brush strokes

    • 5. Brush Control - Painting Simple Shapes

    • 6. Exploring Monochrome

    • 7. Exploring Shapes - Botanical Shape Study

    • 8. Painting Patterns

    • 9. Final Project

    • 10. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Welcome to the Watercolor Painting Series! These series are designed the way that each class can stand alone and is complete on its own, but they are genuine continuations of each other. Each class has three main ingredients: Art theory, Color Theory and a Trending topic, so that you can keep up with the lates trends and modern techniques.

In this course within Art Theory we will cover PATTERNS and BRUSH CONTROL, within Color Theory we will explore the MONOCHROME and we make sure you can use some art terminology correctly, like HUE, VALUE, SHADE, TINT, TONE. Our trending topic is BOTANICALS.

If you are eager to learn watercolor painting, choose this course! The best way to learn is through practice and projects! The length and the rhythm of the course will make sure that you will stay ENGAGED and that you will be successful in finishing it and be hungry for a continuation and to level up your skills!

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1. Introduction: I would need to define watercolors on acrylics. I would say that a watercolor is a cat on acrylics dog. You have less control over water colors. You can act like you own it thoroughly, but at the end of the day, it is John Saville. The window on returns. Funny ones. Oh, wait, does that way. Hello, I'm Diaz's murder on Welcome to the watercolor painting. Siri's My Name is Alexandra Gabor, and I'm a professional art teacher. I'm holding a masters degree in art education, and I have years of experience in teaching art tickets on adults. I'm also an artist. I'm mostly a painter, but I have tones off experience in different fields. Off arts, for example. Textile design illustration. Photography Digital art brings making but mostly asked, I'm painting and I'm a dog person. Maybe this is why I'm also painting with acrylics, but I truly enjoy exploring watercolors. I mostly pains small size illustrations with lots of decorative elements and what is mostly character stick off My art is, but they're pained black bubbles everywhere. I love Geo Mataric on folkloric elements, and I'm mostly using a limited color palette accompanied by black. I love the contrast black gifts to colors. It makes them more vibrant on defined. I also love to add gold to my paintings. It makes them more elegant. But to be honest, I come to have periods when I use different color pill. It's on decorative elements. Nowadays I'm really into teal aqua. Turkey is with black and gold. You can find me all. I'm buying the name D art murder. I've chosen his name because, well, I'm a modern on an artist and these are the two things which are defining me the most. I have two wonderful kids, a doctor on the stump on. We are living in Slovakia in Eastern Europe. You can find my page on Facebook on on Instagram so you can hit follow buttons there, but most importantly, hit the one here on skill affair. I'm aware that our tongues off watercolor classes out there, but it is always interesting to learn from a different artist on different teacher, and I hope that you can learn something new from me. I have designed a series so that each class can stand alone on its complete on its own. On all of the classes have free main ingredients. Art theory. Color theory on trending topic In this class, you are going to learn rush control on patterns. As for art theory, we're going to explore monochrome for color theory, and they're trending. Topic is botanicals. The class is ideal for beginners as I'm going to go through bigger stop. It's like supplies on brush control, but intermediate and at once. Students can also find it useful to refresh their skills on to practice a little, and they can also take the class projects to a higher level. So I would really appreciate if you would take this class. So if you feel the creative energy on you are ready to create, that's diving to the class, Uh 2. Supplies : what is wonderful about watercolors, that it is very cheap in comparison to other mediums. You will need watercolor paints, watercolor paper on some brushes. Let's take a look on each of them. Watercolor paper comes in different sizes and thickness. There is hot breast and cold pressed. What I use is a free 100 gram called breast watercolor paper. Court press paper has it characters dick texture, watercolor paintings, which makes them unique. I was mainly a four size paper like these Dale a Roni act defying, but I really love a free size papers because it gives me my space. It is easy to store, but it is big enough to have a painting which looks good on the wall, and I can also cut it into smaller pieces. The Graham Ege is important because watercolor paper, which has less graham ege, tend together wavy because of the water you use. So to prevent it, you need to tape it down. But think watercolor paper keeps its shape very nicely so you can move it around while you work. It makes the creation process easier and more fun. Well, I said fairly cheap, because when you get your water colors. They tend to last almost forever off course. There are cheaper brands on the more expensive ones, but you can be sure that if you invest in some professional watercolors, they will serve you for a long time. I've will differentiate between free types off watercolors. There are the help and said's the tubes Onda concentrated water colors because that's parents all happen sets which are similar to the ones to use on elementary school, and I have one that is almost exactly like that. It is a coin or product annual in, but it is highly pigment ated. It has really wonderful, beautiful, vibrant colors. They're really cheap, but they are rather for beginners on kids. But as I'm an art teacher, I have tons of it at home. Then there is my Wong Go health and set. They are more professional ones. I love pencils because they come with the pallets on which you can mix your colors. Then there are the troops, the second kind of watercolors, which I used to create some additional colors. My absolute favorite is the Doctor Ph Martin's concentrated watercolors, which I really wide print, and you can make them around with all the other pains you have. It is always a good idea to create a reference palette with all of your pains to see how they really look like on paper, because most of the times it is different, and you can also add some favorite color mixing so you can get them later. Again. I just got a new health and staff from means or in Newton, which I got to expand my color palette. I can work with you so you can see that if you get a new one, all the little callous are packed individually, they have their name on it, and it is just a over less satisfying process. Juror for a craft hoarder like me to unpack it, I will just include a sped up a few seconds off it. If you don't mind for water color, it is best to use around brushes because they take up more water. You can play the thickness off the brush strokes, so if you press harder, you get a thicker line on. You can paint thing lines with a tip. Get a side off. Wanna cut of brushes? Ah, we different sizes so that you can try, which fits you the most. Most of the times I just have my free or four favorite brushes that I'm using. Even though I have almost 200 off brushes at home, I have some additional supplies. I use white acrylic panes for decoration on correcting mistakes, or you can use white, pink or white jail pen to, But these are just optional. What you will need is a pencil, not a too hard one, because it will leave a mark in the paper, another two black one, because it will be hardly of removable. So I would recommend the pencil in the rage off to me to to h eso so that you can dro lifelines and you can remove them easily. So, yes, you really than the razor to. I like to have date us into my artworks. It a black marker. I use a waterproof one, for example. Mike, run. You can use black ink if you want, but it can get really must see. So I just like to ensure my success with using a black marker. And you're really the copilot if you don't have depends it on the water holder. Yes, what? Holder. So here's the recap he will need political paper, Water co pains some round brushes, palette. Onda water camp. Now let's take a look on the rules off watercolor. 3. The Rules of Watercolor: the rules off watercolor. They're free rules. You need to keep in mind when you use water colors first, the more water the last control. There are two basic technics in watercolor. The weather wet Andi weather and dry. As we are talking about watercolor, it is obvious that we need water to get the pigments on our brush. But the question is if we are painting on a dry paper or a wet paper, if they put water on the paper, we can put it in a desired shape, for example. And then we asked the pigment with our brush. In this technique, we do not have too much control, and the results are pretty much surprised. There are lots of possibilities within this technique. For example, we can create a gradation by adding more pigments in one side of the shape. Or even we can get decorative elements like water color blooms. Or we can even mix colors within. For now. Just remember that he too much water, you have less control. So if you want a shape to be field seamlessly, you don't want to. What's the paper? Just use the water on your brush. The second they're from light to dark with water colors. We work with transparent layers. This causes that we can't paint a lighter layer on a dark layer, as we could do with acrylic paints. So we need to be mindful off the lights, spaces, inner sketches on. Leave them out. Then we continue to a darker and darker layers to reach the result. We want what surfaces can't touch. If what surfaces touch each other, the colors blend or bleed. If he wants the bordering spaces to be a different color without blending, we can do two things. Either we can wait till one color dries, and then we add the second color or relieve a white space border within the two colors. Don't be too strict with this blending off border and colors. My give us interesting results in some artistic character. Whitaker is not really about precision. Mainly when you're just starting out, I prefer to keep my spaces need. But that's just me, because I mainly an actually painter, and that's just a total different medium. And I'm just used to that too pain. Stay where I put them. Watercolors are more lose on free, so these are the three rules to keep in mind when you work with water colors. But remember, these techniques are not exclusive. You might use all free off the rose in one painting, so you might keep with the white space. Some boarding spaces blend to each other. You might paint a darker, darker layer in some spaces. Always just do what your heart tells you. I don't limit yourself by anything. 4. Brush Control - Brush strokes: brush practice brushstrokes. Now let's do some exercises. Take out a middle sized or small sized brush on a piece of watercolor paper and choose a color you are going to work with. We'll start with painting lines. I pray drawn some squares to keep my life in a frame so you can just do that through The 1st 1st square is dedicated to straight lines. We're going to work with only one color right now, so just choose one and wedded with only the water. Fix your wrist on the desk and start on the top and tried to keep an even distance from the side of the square. Keep on and always keep a look on the reference line, which is always a previous line you have drawn. So try to keep an even distance from it, too. Paint Oliver The tick off the brush. Don't change the pressure yet. Just try to paint straight, evenly spaced lines in the second square. We are going to play with pressure. If you increase the pressure on the brush, your lives become thicker. So started a top and increased the pressure. Now start at the bottom and increase the pressure upwards. This exercise is awesome. It not just creates an amazing pattern, but it creates an opportunity to get to know your brushes. Tried out with all of your brushes, if you can, so that you can learn its possibilities on limits, and you are also practicing painting from different angles and sites. The third square is dedicated to practice brush. Wait start aligns with a tip of the brush that, as you move downwards, give it a regular push. You will get this pearly line, which is a more interesting as you add more and more lines by his little activity. Your practice to take control over your brushes. The Fort Square is for diagonals. Let's create some rhythm within the frame. Started to feel lines them paint a thicker one, two of the lines and the thicker and so on. Okay, awesome. Now you have learned that by playing with pressure, you can create rhythm within your lines. Now let's try some vague realize. You cannot is that if you always give a push to the brush when it's going to the left, it will be thicker, and it creates this amazing effect off curls. You can try them each sites and try to make ah foot thick wave Onda four thing wave just play around and some zigzag lines for the law square. You can again play with the weight on Give it a push in some sides. Once the left one's the right, don't make a fool. It takes exactly down a thin one on some again. By these lines painting exercises, you can heavily increase your control and awareness over your brushes and movements. These exercises can also have you out in the times when you lack motivation to pain. So just take out your brushes and paints on lines and you will see that you will end up with creating something amazing. 5. Brush Control - Painting Simple Shapes: brush practice banking simple shapes. I have pre drawing some rectangles again. Now we're going to fill them with the basic geometric shapes. Now let's start with a circle there, two ways to paint a circle. Either you can start in the center and expand dogs to circle over the design. Size are. You can started painting the contours of the circle, and then you feel it up. Both are OK, but when you start with the cultures off a bigger circle, it can happen that initial brass Turks will be seen. If you are not quick enough, experimented both and decide which feels the more natural to you. Feel the square with circles in different sizes. Okay, listen, we already have a nice baton. Now let's try a little curve painting. Practice ST adult or a little circle and try to paint a bigger circle around it by being light ful off, keeping an even distance. Try bigger on a bigger circle. Now your practice to paint curves in different angles. How good is that? Let's move to the rectangle. When I paid a rectangle, I start in the top left corner. Then I continued down worse to the right. I don't think there's a rule to follow here. Just practice painting rectangles with filling the whole space with them. Here, we can play with adding more or less water to brush so that you can get a variety of values . You're going to do the same. Brush breakfast with rectangles to practice, painting straight lines, so paint a small rectangle and by keeping an even distance from it, paint a bigger on the bigger one that was due to save me triangles. I always started the bottom line that I moved up to the tip or down to the tip, as in this case, where the triangles upside down, let's create a nice pattern with them and also try to brush practice where we can keep uneven distance with painting the bigger triangles. The fourth square we're going to fill up with or going shapes. So started painting any shape that when painting the next one, keeping even white space between them. By playing around with these random shapes, we got an interesting pattern design for the brush practice here, paying anything that comes to your mind. For me, it's a botanical element, which, for its flat characters kind of full Clark, I hope you like this exercise that you gain confidence in your painting 6. Exploring Monochrome: exploring monochrome. If you put monochrome color palette to the Pinterest search, the results can be misleading. Monochrome derives from the Latin Word Mona chroma, meaning one color, but there are endless possibilities within one color. Let's just make some technology clear. We call the pure color. The hue you might have met is expression for the shop or in the names off the pains. Every pure color is a Hugh, but now I'm showing you just the primary colors, which are red, yellow and blue. We did hear we have values. Value for color is its strength. With water colors, we can achieve different values by simply adding more or less water to our pains. I am sure you heard the expression 50 shades of grey. Well, we have shades also in colors. I'll show you with the red color. So if we add black to red, we get the shades off Red color. See, we can call it Why Red or Burgundy? I really like it. If he had white to the pure you we got extends within the tents. We have the raspberry and clarity and so many more. If we had great to the pure, you we get its tone again. We get some interesting colors and there are endless possibilities. All depends on the proportions we makes the hue with the black, white or gray. All the shades, dance tones and well use are included in a monochrome palette. So when we get back to pay interest many times there are colors included which are not included in the monochrome palette off a hue. I wear the Pinterest board for you. Without these misleading results, you can check it out If you find me there, Just put the art whether in the search, just don't forget to take that you are looking for people, not pills. So there you will find my board Monochrome color. Palance, take a look a dent and get inspired. In the final project, you will lead to create your artwork with a monochrome palette. So your task now is to choose the Hugh you are going to work with 7. Exploring Shapes - Botanical Shape Study: exploring shapes, botanical shapes, study. I know tropical leaves are very popular now, but believe me, you have amazing plans. Locally too. When was the last time you went for a walk? Okay. Going to work or school doesn't count. Did you look around? Wash the plans. Trees enjoy the fresh air and the sound. This is an amazing course because your task now is to go out. I went for walking my kids. We go every day. But this time I was actually really focused on observing two plants on or short walk to the grocery store nearby. We have collected 30 differently shaped leaks like, Wow, that is amazing. So many different plans. Nature is just the most creative artist. When we got home, I placed all the leaves on the desk and observed I'm carefully again. I have chosen the shapes I like the most on created a simple study. Choose a leaf on, Just try to paint its shape. No need for stems or details. It doesn't need to be perfect. The point is to practice and to get a deeper understanding off them. I'm going to speed things up a bid. Just watch my process Okay . Amazing. This just looks better than I thought. A will. Your task now is to do the same Jew. Some leaves you like and try to paint their shapes with placing them randomly around Barnicle paper. If you do this study, please share it with us. You can upload it into the project below. 8. Painting Patterns: painting fattens. You have created some nice batons already. Remember in the brush practice on din the simple shape painting activities than in the shape study. Let's just take a little deeper look on what patterns really are. Patterns are basically motives that are repeated. De motives can be placed around randomly. This is what we did in the botanical shape city, and they can be symmetrical, like hair and a symmetrical like hair. Within. All these categories are tons off possibilities. For example, we didn't symmetrical. We can have a diagonal horizon. ALS were tickle and central, placing off the motives within the pattern. We can play with the orientation and the read, um so basically or leave shapes can look outwards in words. They can be bigger or smaller on a regular or on irregular basis, so you see tons off possibilities. I recommend you to check out my painters board dedicated to patterns to get an idea what appeals to you. 9. Final Project: So we have arrived to the project part. Obviously, you need to create a monochrome botanical pattern within monochrome. You need to choose a hue, and it doesn't need to be green. If your favorite color is purple, you can freely use purple in the project for beginners. I advise on Lee to play with the Y values, so to add more or less water for intermediate students, you can add a shade or attained or a tone. Not all of them. This is for one students. So at one, students can play with the values of the hue and added stone Stone's on trade. It's all upon you. As for the shape in this project, let's keep things simple. So choose Onley one shape from your botanicals, either the one that appeals to you the most or the one that you feel most comfortable to work with. As for the better, I absolutely leave it to you. I think by now you got an idea or inspiration what you would like to do. Let's see my own auto for this project. I decided to do it as an absolute beginner, So I've chosen purple as my hue andan. Absolutely easy leave shape on central orientation in my pattern. - Okay . Finished. I'm adding some gold dots for decoration and it's good to go. I can't wait to see your artworks. Don't forget the shared him in the project gallery. 10. Final Thoughts: I hope that you like this class. If you did, please don't forget to give me a thumbs up and a review. It is really appreciated. Follow me on social media and get an inside to the production of these classes and my arts . And of course, he had the follow button here own skill share to get notified when the other classes will be out on. If you really, really like this class, we come and eat your friends and family. I am really looking forward to see you in the other classes statement.