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Watercolor Art Lake Scene with Birds - Paint Step by Step

Kellie Chasse, Artist/Instructor ✅ 15+ Years

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9 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Introduction to the Artist Kellie Chasse

      1:43
    • 2. Introduction and information to help get you started on with the watercolor painting.

      2:00
    • 3. What you will need and setting it up.

      3:48
    • 4. Let's begin by sketching our background and items.

      3:39
    • 5. Next we will work on painting our background.

      4:53
    • 6. We will go over how to paint the islands into your watercolor.

      7:04
    • 7. Time to start working on our trees.

      6:18
    • 8. Next we will work on the birds.

      5:52
    • 9. Now we can put the final touches on our work of art - Congratulations!

      7:26

About This Class

WATERCOLOR COURSE - Simple, Easy and Step by Step!

Create an amazing Watercolor Painting your very first time with this easy step by step Artist guided course.

Have you ever wanted to take up watercolors, but found most classes are too heavy and academic? These classes are similar to a Paint Night but we use watercolors. The classes are Easy, and no basic knowledge of watercolors are needed. You can usually finish your first painting under 2 hours.

This course is simple and easy to follow, plus minimal materials are needed to start painting today. Use any watercolors or brushes you have on hand, but I'll give you my favorite supplies and a PDF list to go by.

The course is broken down into small easy steps and I'll paint along with you. If you have questions as you go along please feel free to send me a private message or ask openly on the discussion board.

Watch it over and over or enjoy a private painting class with your family and friends along with some coffee, tea, or wine.

Once completed, feel free to share your final product with the class in the discussion. I love to see the final work of my students.

Have fun and enjoy!

Transcripts

1. Introduction to the Artist Kellie Chasse: Hello. My name is Kelly Chassis, and I'm a professional artist and instructor. And I've been teaching watercolor classes since about 2007 and in my classes. Really, Like I said at the beginning, it's about enjoyment. It's about being creative. It's for beginners and for hobbyists. For anybody that just wants toe. Sit down, relax for a couple hours and paint. And my scenes are usually fairly simple. Usually, they'll take you about Ripley two hours to paint from start to finish, and I'll go through everything step by step with you in my classes, and you can start, Stop pause. Um, you know there are no mistakes and it's really like I said just about having fun and enjoying yourself, so give it a try with me. 2. Introduction and information to help get you started on with the watercolor painting.: everyone Kelly chassis here, and this is a watercolor course. A very simple, easy course, and you'll need minimum materials for this one, and I'll take you through everything step by step. And what will be painting is this. I get it ready here, this pretty little lake scene, and there's some birds that air swimming in the water that could be loomed. They could be ducks, whatever you want them to be. And in the background, you can see there's this nice kind of foggy, um, the illusion of a island back there. So I show you how to do that. I actually had to do some trees up in the front, and we'll put the birds in, and I'm also gonna take them out so I can show you that it's very simple to be able to remove things in water color. A lot of people don't think that you could do that, but you can's a list, and I'll have this as a PDF form you can print with all the materials that you need for this course and for colors, will be using sap green, ultra marine blue and burnt number, along with some like wash if you want to post your paintings when your complete with your scene, I would love to see them as well as if you could leave feedback. That would be wonderful. And if you have questions during taking the course, feel free to send me an email or drop me a note at Kelly chassis at gmail dot com. And I look forward to seeing your results. So grab a cup of coffee, grab your paints something stiffer to drink if you need it and just come and sit down, relax and do a couple hours of painting with me. 3. What you will need and setting it up.: So let's get started here for materials that will need for this course. I'm gonna be using arches brand watercolor paper. It's 100 £40 cold press, and it has a rough side in a smooth side, and we'll be painting on that rougher side. I also have a backer board, and you can use any kind of border either canvass, board, even cardboard to take your painting down. But it's just so that you'll be able to turn your painting as you're moving through the process so you don't to take it down to your table. And as I said, we're gonna have that rougher site up. And if I can center this into this eight by 10 foam backer board and put my mat, which is an opening of a five by seven directly on top, I'll be able to see in this area that I'll be painting in. So I'm gonna take my pencil on just Mark four Corners here with these four little dots, and that way I'll know what area to tape down. So when I'm completed with my painting, I'll have everything actually showing in my in my scene. So what will lead as well. Who put this aside? Will be using a number two pencil will be doing some light tracing for this for sketches. I also use a black Sharpie, and you don't have to have a black Sharpie. But I could. You could put birds, and with this you can do your signature with Issa's well, and I also use a polymer racer. This is if you have to do any type of erasing. I don't recommend using your number two pencil eraser because it can mark your paper. I'm also using a 3/4 inch oval wash. Brush something with some nice bristle so you could absorb the water well. And I have here in my little Windsor Newton Cotman kit, and in this kit comes a little sable detail brush, and this is a nice point on it, so you can get some really small details with this. We'll also be using for this course some white wash, and this is non transparent, and I'm using this to put in my white areas, and it's fairly thick. It's almost like toothpaste will be watering this down, and I'm using that really, in place of a masking fluids will be able to use this on top of our painting rather than leaving an area white now. Also be using two cups of water usually have one clean and one for dirty, and that way you're not always running to the sink, and plus your colors will get muddied. We also have a roll of paper towels. Won't be using this just to either wipe upper brushes or if we have some excess paint. And this is the Cotman kid up close. This is all of the paints that we usually use for most of my courses and opened the shows. You what The kit looks like my nice used kit. And so what we'll do next is tape down our our watercolor paper, and I'm just using a regular painter's tape. For this. You can use masking tape, but this works best cause you can lift it up and not have to worry about tearing your paper once you're completed. So what I'm doing now is I'm just taping those four sides down and you can see where my light pencil marks are. So I'm just gonna not make sure not covering those areas as I'm doing this, because that's gonna be the area is gonna show on your mat. I was gonna get off for these corners done and will be ready to paint. 4. Let's begin by sketching our background and items.: So we're going to start with a light sketch of our painting, and we're gonna basically go just about 1/3 of the weight up on your paper on left inside. And I'm just bringing out the line almost to the halfway mark. And that's gonna be where our little four forward island is going to sit. And then what I'm doing here is just adding Cem sticks where the trees, they're gonna be just some lines and they don't have to be straight. They could have a little bit of curve to them. But if you think about trees off in the distance there, not all perfectly straight up and down. And I'm gonna come over here on the right bottom side, and these are gonna be the trees that are to the foreground, So these are gonna be a little bit closer, so I'm gonna make these a little bit larger when we paint them in and I'm gonna have that one all the way to the right there, the tallest. That kind of brings your eye forward into the painting. And now I'm gonna show us how to do those little birds, and I'm gonna call him loons, but they could be Ducks are a little bird you want what I'm gonna do here, Very simply, to make a reflection of a bird in the water is going to make two circles ones for the head . And once for the reflection of that head, I'm gonna attach those to of the line and then bring a line out for the body and we're gonna just fill in a little hump on the back and then the reflection underneath, so it almost looks like a little crab. You put just a couple little beaks on the front, and that's all there is to it. So let me just show you really quickly up close version. So I'm gonna make this a lot bigger than what you're gonna want to make this on your paper . But there's the circle for the head, and then we'll make a circle again for the reflection in the water. Then we're gonna attach those two, so that's gonna be your neck area. And then the line that comes out from that form that T shape is gonna be your back, and we're gonna fill that in and again, you're going to do the same thing underneath for that reflection in the water. And then we're gonna put a couple little beaks on them, and that's really all there is to it. So, you know, they're small like this, looking at a distance like a bird just floating in the water. Okay, so we'll go ahead and put our 2nd 1 on the painting. Now. You want them Usually swim fairly close to each other. So well, just put this one or right down below him and try to get these a small as you can because they're Ah, they're really not a large a large bird. So But you want to be able to see them in your painting. So then I just did the circle for the head. The reflection attached them and gave them a little body in the back. And then all I'm doing here is just adding some little lines in the city where there They have a little pattern that follows them for their little feet of the ripples on the water. And that is all there is to the drawing. Well, get ready to paint 5. Next we will work on painting our background.: right, so that we're gonna start our background area. And what I'm gonna do here is just make a nice puddle of clean water into that I'm gonna add a little ultra marine blue and a little bit of the burn number. And what we're trying to make here is a nice gray, light, foggy grey color for our background, and I want it Water it. I don't want this to be a heavy paint that if I tested on here, you could see what this is quite light, and this is what we want to start. So we're just gonna fill this in cross Star entire paper and you'll see where I have a little couple of spots here where I skip and that's okay. Don't worry about that, because it gives a nice a little, uh, reflection of light. So I'm just going to kind of wet this entire area with this light, foggy grey look, and I'm doing this rather quickly, just getting enough water on the paper. So it's got some nice movement to now going to go into a little bit of a darker shades of add a little bit more pigment, and I'm just gonna tap just a little bit of this in here. Here and there is what it looks like. A little bit of a reflection or little clouds that we have going on in here. And I'm using that left to right motion, and we need to do this next part fairly quickly. So I'm gonna grab my little brush. And normally I tell you always to dry the backgrounds before we go to our next step. But for this particular one, we want to leave this background nice and wet. So we need toe move quickly when we're doing this next part. So I'm gonna mix up that same color with the ultra Marine blue in the burn number. But I'm gonna make this a little bit darker pigment. So I want this to be a little bit thicker. This is gonna be that island. It's often the background, but it looks kind of misty. So to get that look, we need to do it while it's still wet. So I'm gonna tap in this color and where to start with just doing a line just to see how much this is going to spread. And it's all about how dry or how what your paper is. So I'm gonna come up a little bit higher than that background area that we first started the tree island. And I'm just using this tapping motion with the tip of my brush and you could see where this is spreading. And depending on how went your beer background is, that will bleed further and further. So you really want to kind of contain it to that top portion. You don't want to get to to spread out, so just kind of watch it as you're tapping it in here. And if you find that it's spreading a little bit too much, give it just a few more seconds and let it dry just a little bit more. But if it looks good, you just continue. And now I'm going to do is just go down on the bottom because this is the reflection of those trees underneath, and you could see what I have a little bit darker in some spots. A little lighter and others isn't as you load your brush up with more paint, you'll get that variation in there, which looks nice, and I'm just gonna do the tips of those trees in the background here. So I'm just doing this up and down stroke motion and coming across that line down the center again. So that divides that reflection up. And then what I d like to do is a turn my painting sideways a lot of times when I'm doing a mirror image, and it's much easier to see that shape if you just follow the same thing on the other side . So kind. Extend some of those trees out with her a little taller, and it gives you a better, better image. Her should say better mirror image. But if you want to tap a little bit more of that dark in there here and there just to give a little bit of variety a little light and dark and you can do this and as long as it's still wet, because what happens if it starts to dry, it will become a more defined line, and that's not what we want. We want that misty look like it's far away, barely see it. That looks good, and we'll go ahead and drive this section now and will be moving on to doing a little island in the front 6. We will go over how to paint the islands into your watercolor.: all right, Now that background is nice and dry. So what we're gonna do is mix up a nice, dark, rich green color for our trees on our island. So to do that, I'm gonna use a little bit less water for this one, and I'm gonna use the ultra marine blue and the sap green into that. I'm gonna add a little bit of the burn number. And with the birth number, you really want to just kind of add it slowly because that's one of the darkest shades of darkest colors, so that can really change the color quickly. So add your colors lightly and always start using with your lighter shades. So I think have a good color here. It's nice and rich with a tested here by drawing my for painting my first line. And this is where that island area is. I'm just gonna fill that in, and this isn't actually perfect, cause a lot of these old trees are going to be filled in this area, So it's just to give you an idea roughly where this is going to start my tent extend out at the very end of a very thin line So now we're gonna start with our trees. And when we do a tree to try to get a very fine point on your brush and you can roll it in your pain Teoh to get a nice, sharp edge on it. But I want a very thin line to start thes whether you don't want these big trees that air further out because we want them to be a little smaller cause their father away. And you can see where I'm kind of just using this little tapping motion to the left and to the right as I build this tree out. And I'm barely putting any pressure on this brush at the end. So if you put pressure, you'll end up with big blocks of color Big blobs. That's good. All right, so now we're gonna dio is make a little bit different shade here. When I had a little bit of that ultra marine blue to this and I'm just gonna tap a little bit of that different color just here and there on these trees, and that paint will really only settle in where it's still wet. So I'll give you a nice variation of color continue arm of the trees, make some a little taller and you see a fine of a lion. And you can get these if you're not putting a lot of pressure. Sometimes I like to call it my art swing because I'll you'll see me kind of go over where I'm gonna put the paint and then I'll go back and actually put some pressure down because you said to be careful with how much pressure you put on these little brushes because if you do put a lot of pressure, you'll just end up. You said before with a lot of paint in one area where you might not want it. And you also can use ah, smaller brush if you have, ah, very fine brush. You will find, though, that you will load up on paint a lot more because the smaller brushes won't carry as much paint on them. So won't go quite as far. And it's okay to if you have some that end up a little wider than what you wanted. You can always like I just it with us when I made a little bit taller. That tree trunk is just a little bit too wide and you know some of these some of these trees that are gonna be a little bit fuller than others. So really, you know, trees. There are no mistakes with trees. Goodness, film in here and there. And if you have a little spot were not happy with it, you could put a little skinny tree in here. You could see the differences in the color is just spitting on. You know how much pain I had on my brush? I have a lot of paints a little bit darker. You just get to play. You could build upon these as much as you like. You have it in there. I'm just kind of tapping in like it's a little grass down on the front here. Maybe one more off onto the side. Like to put one. It's a little cock eyed. Is those trees which on islands tend to grow towards the sun and they got those big trees in the way? That kind of lean. I think a lot of times, the more realistic it looks when you have things that don't line up perfectly. So I'm happy with those. I think now it will do is we're gonna add in our reflection area. So I want to kind of get them in there where they're supposed to be first. And this could be quite messy. When you're doing this, if you want to, just kind of look, it's a first of all, Get them in there. Were there supposed to be a coming a little bit of, ah, reflection going on, I'm gonna go in a little bit heavier with the paint, kind of, um, spreading it out a little bit more This a little bit watery. I'm just doing my little squiggles And you know what to think about it to too much. You know, it's try to get it the height to that tree that's directly in front of it or at the angle. This one's a little crooked one. And the nice thing about this is, once we get this green of this great green color in here, we're gonna be able to add some weight to that. So it looks like a reflection in the water. So if you go overboard, that's okay. Is have a little bit more of a shadow or reflection area. Just gonna add a little bit of darkness underneath here, tapping it in because that's where your shadow is gonna be. The darkest. And like I said, don't worry about your little squiggles. If you mess them up, we can cover that up with some good wash. I'm just gonna add just to a few little more trees and some branches in here where fields a little sparse. And don't forget your little reflection on the bottom. Come out here. The very end More grass in here. I think we're just about good. So we'll go ahead and dry this and then we're gonna move on to our next bunch of trees. 7. Time to start working on our trees.: All right. So let's get started with our second set of trees down here in the front. And I've mixed up that same color that we've been using on their first at that gray green color, which is the ultra Marine blue again. And also a little bit of sap green and a little bit of raw umber. And I'm gonna start with this tree off to the right hand side says their biggest tree. So it's gonna be closer. Looking to us is gonna be a little bit bigger. And I'm going to do that same motion again. That left to right motion. Just using the very tip of my brush and being quite messy, not really thinking about how these branches are gonna be going in here. Perfection is not the key. When you're you're making trees, if you want them to look realistic, they need to be messy cause trees grow messy. They're all over the place. These branches you get blown off in the wind, they get damaged by storms. So we're going to kind of fill this in and I come down. But it should be doing is getting a little bit wider as we go down the trunk of the tree and bring these branches out just a little bit more. And a lot of these air gonna touch The trees are gonna meet in the middle and you won't know where one ends and one begins. And if you're looking down through the trees, usually it just like the tops of them. And we don't know how many trees there really are in there. So if you run out of paint, you can mix up a little bit more. You want to keep this fairly fluid, so we need to keep adding a little bit of water to it so it doesn't dry out on you as you're working on it. You could do that. I want to do a nice little skinny one. You can see I went right through that tree and somebody's air. Spindly little buyers. I don't have a whole lot of pine leaves on them or for its are for trees. I'm just gonna get to you, filling it and getting wider at the bottom here, and I'm going to go into the middle of these two trees and just kind of Phil O's and a little bit in here just to thicken it up again so that we don't know where one ends and one begins. It look less perfect that way so that we're gonna go ahead and put the next one in, and it's going to little shorter. You gotta be careful that you don't go over your loons that you've penciled in the background there. So just kind of keep your eye on where those trees are going to go so that you don't accidentally cover up where your birds are. Swimming in the water. There don't make this one a nice little short. One on the one next to it will make it a little bit taller. A little bit of room up there. We're just gonna get a work our way down. Fill this one all in. I think this whole space is just a little short trade down in here, and it's okay if you have some spots that are sparse. I just didn't like toe to fill it. Eggs, Life, user. When you're looking down over these lookouts Europe on like a camp porch or something and so you're only seeing the tops of those trees with that kind of filling in. You don't usually have a whole lot of space loaded up a little bit more paint again. It's making that lying down. I think by now you might have the hang of how to do. These trees have done a few of them here, so I'm just going to continue to fill these in and I'll have you do the same and I'll continue to play the video so you can see how I'm progressing with this and that will give this a blow dry and we'll move on to the next section, So have fun making you trees. 8. Next we will work on the birds.: All right, So now that we've got the trees all done, everything is dry. We're gonna do a little detail ing in this water to give it a little bit of definition here . So I'm gonna take just some water, and I'm gonna add a little bit of that saying color that we use for our trees And what's watering this down? Because I don't want a whole lot of paint for this. This is quite a light background that we've got, but I just want to add just a little bit of shadow in the water here, so I'm gonna take my tissue. I'm just gonna tap off most of that paint, so we're just gonna have a very light amount of paint on our brush. And then, with the very tip of that, I'm gonna follow that line for the island in the back. And then I'm just had some little lines here, and they're just like little ripples in the water. And that will give some some definition to this water a little bit of light and dark. And then we're also wipe that one off. Clean that up again. We're going to go into our dark blue again, and we're gonna make a little bit deeper color. And this is what we're gonna use for our birds. We're basically basically mixing up a nice black by using these two colors. And if you have ivory black in a tube, you can use that. But most of the kits don't come with black. We have to make them. So I'm just tapping off that excess. And if you have a very small detail brush, you could you could switch out brushes. This one. I'm just using the very, very tip of this so you could test it on another piece of paper separately before you actually started on your painting. Or you could do it off to the side for going to the same thing that we did when we were drawing that in where we do the circle for the head, a circle to bottom, connect those remembering that little body out at little hump for the back and then do the same thing underneath, you're gonna add little beaks and the same thing for the other one. So a circle for the head circle for the head in the reflection lying down, attaching those gonna line for the back. Fill in a little hump from the top and under the same thing underneath and then add those little beaks. And that's all there is to those little birds. And like I said, try it. Try it a couple times. You could practice on us another piece of paper before you actually do it on your painting that I was gonna add a little bit of detail here. A swell, a little bit of that dark across the bottom again where those reflections are. And I think it was gonna pop it out. A little tree in here. Since I have that blacks, it's nice and dark, and it will give you some layers or some works depth for these trees, These ones down the front in the shadow. You could do the reflection again on the water. For those now comes the fun part. So now if you have some white wash, we're gonna dio some details our highlights in the water and we can make sure your brushes nice and clean before you do this. And I'm gonna open up my tube of wash, and I'm just gonna go straight into the tube. This is bad. Don't do this at home cause you'll actually dark. You change your color of your of your paint by doing this. But I have a very little left in there, so I'm just adding some clean water. I'm gonna put some of this on my brush. And then across the back here, you could see where have skipped a few places there was gonna add just a little bit of highlights in the water. Here, it shows up a really nicely nice and strong on this back island, and all of a sudden it looks like you have glassy water. You just gonna kind of good looking a long way with this again. Just a little bit here, a little bit there. And you want your paint fairly thick because if you have too much water with this, it will disappear on you. One of those things you really have to play with to find out that the amount of paint that you're gonna be using on this because if you have too much pain, then you'll end up with these a really bright white spots all over your painting and you want that? But then if you have a too watery. It just dries and it disappears on you so, you know, get a kind of play with it and get the texture of the amount of pain on there that you are happy with. The good thing is, if it disappears, you can always reapply it. And the other thing is, if if it's too bright, you can add a little water to it to kind of water it down. So what I just did there is I added, just a little bit of that white in between where the bird and the water line would be so right down the center of them. And I just, uh you could see where I was a little bit too bright, so I just kind of took my tissue and just pushed on it and lift it up. Some of that paint EMS go back in because we're some of that has actually dried. It was a little bit more transparent than I'd light, so I I'm adding just a little bit more white to this. Another thanks thing you could do with a squash is if you have a funny shaped head or your beak came out bigger than what you wanted. You could take a little bit of that white and just kind of tap it in there to make any adjustments with any of those little beaks airheads that you've gotten in there. I think that looks pretty good. 9. Now we can put the final touches on our work of art - Congratulations!: all right. So I want to quickly just show you if you are having a hard time with a brush, you could also use a black Sharpie to put those birds in the water. And this will give you a lot more control. It's not painting, it's a little cheat, but it works at all you have to do is the same thing we did with the brush. Except for you're just gonna do it a little bit smaller dot because you have a little bit more control with s a dot for the head top for the reflection that line again and follow that same same directions that we did for the brush. But see how much finer line you could get with this and sometimes you're sharp be, will it? But, uh, a lot of paint down there you might have just kind of scribble it to make sure that you can get it working. Sometimes that Thea watercolor will well gunk it up a little bit so you can see how easy that is. Just add a little bird in the water with a Sharpie and he could have the same thing with birds in the sky So your own speaking like this little V shape and these air small cause they're far away. They're flying off in the distance. I usually try to put like a nod number in here, so we'll do. Five needs to put the little little diesel wings out. And then what you can do is go back into your washing. I wanna grab my brush again. Make sure it's clean again. Don't do this unless you're at the very end of your wash tube because you don't want to color all of your your paint. Well, im doing is just dotting just a little bit of white in here. So those look like maybe seagulls that are flying off in the distance again. You don't need a whole lives. Just a little touch, maybe on the belly area and then on the underneath of one of the one or two of the wings, I'm gonna have my little bit of highlight again in the water for the bird that we put in there. Never. You want to clean off your brush again? We're gonna go into the yellow okra and I don't want this pigment to be too dark. So against very watery, and all I'm doing is just I'm just a touch of that yellow okra in this back island here, because it was so dark gives is just a little bit of light. Even though it's a misty morning, you still have a little later this and other colors and there that you want to pick up. So just a little touch of it and then grab my marker here and just kind of touch up. Those birds cause the whites a little too strong there and a few of those there a little bit more definition in them and Can's got a little bit of that darkness in here because I have a lot of white. It's one where there's light. There's dark Er's always both. They just use of little final details back in here, it's gonna add a little bit of water just toe. Why that down? Soften it just a little bit in here. Well, too stark black for me. Just add a little bit of highlight in there, and I would throw him out on it and see what I think. And I like the looks of it. I do want to show you one other little trick little thing. And that is, if you're not happy with your birds at all, you could actually take them out. One of using is the Quash. It's almost like an eraser school. Watch this. So you're just gonna add a little bit of white to it and go right over him? It's like he never existed. Now you may have to do this a couple of times where you weren't wanted. Let it dry in between. So if a dry, then he starts see him come through again. You could do another layer of the wash, so you have to kind of wait for it to dry to see what you get. When it's once all drive, you see that bird still through there or not. So we're gonna go ahead and blow dry that and see how it looks. If we need to add another layer of wash on this and now it's dry. I could see how it's darkened again. I could still see the the the shape of the bird underneath there. So I am gonna add one more layer wash on here and almost, you know, almost looks like that glassy reflections in the water so you could do this with this particular painting. I'm gonna grab my black Sharpie again, and I'm gonna put that bird back in there. Let's see if I like him any better. That's why I stay with water colors. You do really don't have to be afraid. Is there so many little tricks that you'll learn during these courses? Um, that people think that once you put something down on watercolor, you can't make any changes. But that's not necessarily true. It's just little little cheats, A little ways you could do things. So I was gonna go and put a little bit morgue wash in there again just to get the definition between the water and the bird very lightly. You kind of touched up a little here and there. And ah, so we've added back in. So don't be afraid. We'll go ahead and Matt this and I think we are finished. We'll go ahead and sign it on, and we are all done. So I hope you enjoy this course, and I'm getting ready to start a new one here soon. So look for more thanks and happy painting