Travel Painting: Extending your Experience through Watercolors | Gina Furnari | Skillshare

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Travel Painting: Extending your Experience through Watercolors

teacher avatar Gina Furnari, Artist, Designer, and Founder of Arty Sketchbooks

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Travel Painting Intro

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Getting Started

    • 4. Finding a Location

    • 5. Color Layering and Mixing

    • 6. Painting Time-lapse

    • 7. Sharing Your Work

    • 8. Closing Thoughts

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About This Class

Professional watercolor artist and avid traveler Gina Rafaella Furnari will teach you a simple approach to watercolor field painting. She will walk you through what materials to use, teach you a bit about color and brush strokes, and give you insight into how painting can enrich your travel experience and your life in general. 

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A collection of 1-5 watercolor studies done in various locations of your choice. 

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Gina Furnari

Artist, Designer, and Founder of Arty Sketchbooks


Gina is an artist and freelance designer living and working in NJ. She holds a BFA in painting and art history from The Hartford Art School and has been artist in residence at ListH?s in ?lafsfj?r?ur, Iceland and Makeshift Society Brooklyn.

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1. Travel Painting Intro: Hi, My name is Jennifer Nari, and I'm a professional watercolor Peter. I had my first taste of travel beating back in 2007 when I had the chance to travel to Tuscany and take a class with two of my favorite professors. During those two weeks, I fell in love with the insight and focus I gained from painting. Well, I traveled, travel or feel. Painting is simply the act of taking some time to sit and paint ball on locations. And small scale works better, easily carried and executed round, electrically level of detail, range of color and whether or not they're finished is entirely up to you. The most important thing to remember is that it's more about the process than the finished work, and you don't have to be an expert artist to get a ton of benefit out of travel. Painting Watercolor is the perfect medium for travel because the packs light and doesn't have a lot of moving pieces. With this class, I'll be focused on what materials to use for the best results and some basic painting techniques for water. I'll also be sharing some hints and tips on how to shoot your work on social media and in the real world, I really hope you enjoy the class 2. Materials: in this video, I'm going to walk you through the materials for watercolor and why they're important. Essentially, all you need to start painting is some paint, a brush like this and something. I also recommend starting small, a tiny kit of at least 8/2 bands, a single sheet of 22 by 30 inch watercolor paper and one medium sized brush building more than enough to get you through this class. And the paint will probably last too many years. Symbol That means I have in my kit are still from 2007. This is my watercolor kit. I recommend using solid half pans like this rather than the pain that comes in the tubes. This is because lead paint can sometimes explode when trying to do captain pressure. Also, it takes more time to set up with fields. I work with fairly limited set of colors, but with these eight hands, I can mix pretty much any other color I might want to work with. Here I have one cool and 11 red, one cool and one warm blue, one cool and one yellow, different Sienna I'll expend on these colors and what they are later on class. But these are generally the types of colors you should look for when choosing buying colors . Look at the label on the paint carefully. Paints labeled Cotman or student grades have slipped less pigment in paint labeled artists are professional grade. Using student great pain is totally fine. You might just need to use more of it to achieve the same death color. My favorite paint companies are Windsor, Newton, Cinelli A and handmade paints by Greenlee. Very barren, etc. Job. I have included links to some pits in the materials list. Under your projects. A good watercolor brush is very first time. It has to hold water well, and because you want a few tools as possible for travel painting, it has to be able to lay down washes as well. Asshole appointed the tip for detail work thistles Why most professional teachers use natural fibre brushes like the Rafael Kalinsky brush. Its fibres are able to hold the reserve of water. New debates as well hold a plate of attempt picture bouncing. It sort of works like that. I use these really great needy water rushes. They can mimic a natural fiber brush because they have a built in reserve of water as well as a filter to regulate how much of it reaches the tip at a given time. I love these brushes because I don't have to carry extra water around with me, and I keep my kid extremely simple. Choosing and brush is an extremely personal thing, and I recommend going to the store and trying if you out to see how they feel. Paper is probably the most important material. When it comes to watercolor, There are two main types of watercolor paper hold press and hot breast. Cold press is bumpy like this, and you can see the texture and how presses. Some good watercolor paper is 100% cotton rag acid free, which means it won't yellow or become fertile over time and at least £140 weight. All of this will be clearly marked on the package or on the piece of paper that you buy. Quality paper is able to absorb many layers of washes. It will act almost like a sponge and set them up into the fibers. I use arches or robbery on a paper both really great, and you can buy them in almost any artwork crafts store. The reason I avoid cheaper papers is because many of them come with a plastic coating. While this holds the paper together, it will end up floating to the top and mixing with your pains, creating a really gritty texture and not allowing those nice, delicate washes that you expect from watercolor. I know this is a lot to take in, so remember all of these materials, and links to work by them are under the project assignment. 3. Getting Started: Okay, so now you've got your materials, so let's try them out. I like to tear my paper because it looks better with the natural deck alleges it comes with . Make us watch for each color that came in your watercolor kit and label it. See what happens when you have a dry paper and a wet brush, or what happens when you paint. What in tow. What by using a clean brush to add a wash all Clearwater to your paper before you add color . Watercolor is an additive process, so start with your latest colors and work up to the decks. You can pull color back up as well, by dabbing it with a damp cloth or sweeping it up with a clean brush. Painting is all about experimentation and trial and error. When approaching your subject, try to work with this few colors as possible and focus on the light and the shadow rather than trying to paint in lots of details. Sometimes it's helpful to squint your eyes and just work with the shapes that remain. Lastly, I've created a Pinterest board with lots of examples of travel, painting and watercolor painting. I encourage you to check it out 4. Finding a Location: for your assignment. Unless a new Teoh teach your kid with you everywhere you go. 5. Color Layering and Mixing : 6. Painting Time-lapse : 7. Sharing Your Work: sharing your artwork. It's all about creating stronger connections with the community around you. Instagram is my favorite platform because the travel in our communities are really strong and there's a lot of class over. I recommend taking pictures of your works in progress while you're still out in the field and tagging your images with the location and key interest plates. Look to your favorite travel walks or magazines and see what tags they usually accounts. Some of my favorites are a farm magazine, Passion passport and Lonely Planet. I also encourage you to trade artwork with people you meet while traveling. 8. Closing Thoughts: even the simplest with his sketch will be a memory of that woman in our. So don't worry about creating a giant master. Please just be in you see and feel see how brushes paper and the way the color boys and just have fun. I will do my best to answer any questions that you may have encourage your rights to help each other and utilize the discussion board to all of it's really have to share this. I love you guys, and I can't wait to see all of everything you make.