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Watercolor Chocolate Bunnies & Eggs

teacher avatar Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. Class Supplies

    • 3. Using the Template

    • 4. Speckled Eggs - Part 1

    • 5. Speckled Eggs - Part 2

    • 6. White Chocolate Bunny - Part 1

    • 7. White Chocolate Bunny - Part 2

    • 8. White Chocolate Bunny - Part 3

    • 9. White Chocolate Bunny - Part 4

    • 10. White Chocolate Bunny - Part 5

    • 11. Class Wrap Up

    • 12. Bonus Class! Time Lapse Chocolate Bunny

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About This Class

Join me as I demonstrate a technique to create speckled eggs in the color of your choice, (pastels, deep colors, even chocolate colored eggs) and a Chocolate Bunny.

This class is geared towards beginner watercolorists with a focus on creating shadows and highlights. We will start with a sketch, that can be made using the Bunnies & Eggg Templates that can be found in the Class Project Section. Then, I'll show you a technique to create a mask to use for spatter work.

There are two in depth lessons, with multiple classes in each lesson. 

The Class Wrap Up shows some variations on the demo bunny and eggs. There is also a bonus lesson showing a time lapse of painting a dark chocolate bunny.

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Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is a opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as a educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

I upload art classes every Friday, here on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

Check out my blog for additional info on my website danielamellen.com or my YouTube Channel for additional c... See full profile

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1. Class Intro: Blue. Welcome to my skill ship class on painting, watercolor, chocolate bunnies and speckled eggs. I'm Daniella Melon, an author and artist. In today's class, I'll show you a fun technique to paint speckled eggs in any color you like. We'll also paint a chocolate bunny and play with highlights and shadows to get a smooth effect. We'll use watercolor paints and basic supplies to complete our images, and we'll start out with a template to make stencils and a mask for our images. I'll show the techniques to create a few images, and then I'll show suggestions on ways to modify the images using different colors and effects. We'll start with sketch, then had layers of color and spatter for our eggs. For the chocolate bunny, we will start with the sketch, and then you can decide if it will be white chocolate, milk, chocolate or colored money by using different colors. You'll get different results for your class project paying image and posted in the project section of this class. But I must warn you, painting speckled eggs is addictive and you'll soon want to paint them in every color. Be sure to follow me on skill share to get notified of future classes, and please consider leaving a review. Let's get started painting 2. Class Supplies: the supplies that we need for our watercolor, chocolate bunnies and eggs Class is the template which can be found in the project section of this class. And let's talk more about that. In the next chapter. We'll need some watercolor paper here. I have some cut into five by five squares and an eight by 10 sheet. We'll need piece of scrap paper. I like our little like a piece of scrap card stock. This is just the backing from one of my watercolor pads, a pair of scissors, pencil and eraser, Um, a spray bottle of water, which is optional assortment of brushes. You're watercolor paints and a jug of water. I also use a paper towel to pick up the mess and to dry my brush. 3. Using the Template: to use the template. You download it and you can find that in the project section, and then you'll see there are three bunnies. Um, this is a bunny for an eight by 10 piece of paper. I did a miniature one in case you wanted to do that. And then I have the egg with a template. So the way to use this properly is to cut out the egg for any of the shapes that you want. But I'm gonna show you how to use the egg for our class. And so here you have the egg. It's important to keep it on the paper. Then I'm gonna fold it in half the midsection, and I could see them not quite amid smell trying to match that up. You can also use an Exacto knife. It's a lot better. And then I'm just going to cut around here very carefully. Now for this project, you wanna have the mask, which is the square with the missing EG and the egg. So for the egg, you're just, um, sketch it right on your paper and use it as a guide. The mask will use later on to protect this spatter. What I've found to be really helpful with the mask is to pick. Take that piece of card stock, the scrap from my watercolor paper pad and with white pencil because it was a dark background. I sketched the egg and then I'll do the same procedure. I'll fold it and because I can't really see underneath it, I'll just start the cut and then I'll go in and I'll cut. And this gives me a little bit more of adorable. Mask gives me a far more adorable stencil, and it is very helpful for using for our spattering technique. There is another way, so we'll just cut this around. So there I have my A mask. Now it doesn't have to be perfect. We're just trying to protect the areas that are not the egg but will use this later on. There also was an alternative way to use the template completely optional. You can buy a little light box here. I got this. It's very thin. As you can see, it turns on different degrees of brightness, and I put my template down and then I could put my watercolor paper over it, and I could even vary the brightness. And from here, I can figure out where I want my sketch to be and just sketch it right on top of it. So this is an idea as well. Now we'll get started. 4. Speckled Eggs - Part 1: the pain or egg. We're gonna make a speckled egg here, and you can use any color that you'd like to use. Its the same procedure, whether we're gonna do a pink egg, a purple egg or even a chocolate egg. So the first thing you do is you take your brush and went your egg, leaving the centre just a little off center, kind of dry on the paper. Then you want to go around, um, wedding the egg, leaving a little bit of border between the wet part of the paper and the pencil mark. And so for here, I'm gonna do a light pink egg so it makes my color take a light pink and a little bit of red. I think I'll take a little bit of purple in there as well. No more red. Okay, so I'm gonna go in and trace the perimeter with my paint. It's a very pale color right now, right? And then with what's the left on the brush and drag it through the wet part of the paper and just over the dry paper. So I'm starting to see a little bit ingredient in the color. It's a little deeper on the edges. And I want to just go over that again, paying careful attention to adding more pigment to the outside of the egg. Um, just the sides and kind of 3/4 this way. And this will give the highlight effect on the egg. And I'm gonna mix in just a little more pink and take a little bit of that. Go right around the edge again, again, really get a vibrant color. So there should be a nice contrast between the edge of the egg and the center of the highlight of it. If you want, you can even add darker color, mixing a little more red and purple. But I like the way this color looks right now. Well, let this layer completely dry. Now the first layer is dry. I'd like to go in there with an eraser and just erase any of the pencil marks around the egg. And here we can see the variation in color, but it take my smallest brush. I'm gonna dip it into the pigment again and just trace around very lightly tracing around the edge of the egg. So from here, what I want to do is take our smack ask that we made and I'm gonna put it over the eggs so it fits perfectly Gonna take a bigger brush and I'm gonna mix in some red with the color We already next I want to make a vibrant, very vibrant pink I'm gonna move my paint Gonna put my mask over my egg And I'm gonna go in there with the vibrant pink and I'm just gonna spatter it right on the egg. Then I'll let this layer completely dry. 5. Speckled Eggs - Part 2: our first layer of spatters dry. So to take my brush and get ready for my next layer gonna make some water with some dark brown you can use black. You can use dark purple or any neutral that you really want. Dark green would even work. I'm just trying to create a nice, rich color Gonna put it over my egg, the mask again and just put a few more speckles remove my mask And here we have the egg with the speckles. We're gonna add one more layer speckles on top of this. You can stop here if you'd like. But while we're here, I'm gonna add a little bit of a cash shadow. I'll make some, like black with some water to make the gray. And then I'm just going to bring my brush very carefully right around the edge. Here, take a smaller brush, wet it and pull some of that pigment around. I'll go just a little bit more pigment. Drop that in closest to the egg and we'll let this layer dry. Now you could stop here and you have in your speckled egg or we can add one more layer. I'm gonna use metallic gold. If I didn't have the metallic gold, I probably used the yellow car here. So what I'm gonna do, isn't it a mix of water on the top of my metallic gold? Start with my brush till I get it nice and milky consistency. Load my brush and I'll do it to do the same procedure one more time. Put my mask on top of my egg and spatter. Now the camera does not really show the metallic flecks as it doesn't person, but it's a very nice effect. So there you have just a basic spattered egg. 6. White Chocolate Bunny - Part 1: to make our chocolate bunny in our chocolate egg. Um, I'm gonna make a white chocolate bunny, which is gonna be like an off white, a slightly a cream color. And I'll just do another speckled egg here. Think I'll make this egg look chocolate, Dark chocolate. A black chocolate. So first I'm gonna do for the egg. Is it gonna go around the same procedure we did for the egg in the first chapter? Gonna wet my egg, leaving a highlight The center off center. Little mix my color. Take some water. So rich brown, a little bit of sepia. And again, I want to create more of a darker color by the edges of the egg. The perimeter ago in wet my brush Add some water in the center to let the color bleed and little, but still keeping that highlight. And then I'll go in with a little bit more of a darker brown and very carefully. Just add a little bit to the edges, particularly the bottom. I'm going with my smaller brush. Just make the darker rate a threat to bring it right to the edge. Darker pigment. - Well , that layers dry. Actually, before I let that dry gonna go in there and just sharpen this edge here. Rounded out a little and we'll let this later dry. 7. White Chocolate Bunny - Part 2: our first layers dry. So now we're to work on the bunny because we're gonna make it white chocolate. I'm gonna mix the color first. Gonna take a little of this orange yellow and it's a little of this lemon yellow and add some water here Could also add a little bit of the yellow Oakar until I get kind of a light butter color. Then with my brush, the flip, my picture upside down here, I'm gonna just use the wet paint, the wet water right on the edge of the bunny. Right now I'm gonna work on creating an outline because it's a chocolate bunny. It's very simple. There's not a lot of detail work, but we do want to create nice highlights and some shadows. So I'm just wedding outline of money right now. I'm gonna go in there with my smaller brush and with just a little bit of color, very light color on the brush. I'm gonna start tracing that outline because I went it. The color will bleed a little. Won't be such a harsh edge. - And any areas where the water has dried on the paper, I'll just go in with a damp brush just blended out a little bit again just to get rid of any harsh lines. Also, take a little of that color and go over the I because there's a little in dent, um, around where the eye is on a chocolate bunny. The mold makes I just want to create a little more color there and then with the same brush , very light color. I'm just gonna go in and create some shadows here and there. Just very light brush strokes, and we'll let this layer completely dry. 8. White Chocolate Bunny - Part 3: now that our first layer over bunnies dry, going with an eraser and just erase the pencil marks gonna start just on the one side of a bunny because the paint is so light, it might be hard to see And when I'm sure that I can still see the outline, but I want to create a little more shadow with I'll continue to erase the pencil marks. I'm gonna leave the I intact for now with pencil. Then with my smallest brush, I'm gonna go in with some yellow Oakar, make a little darker color, mix it with a little lemon yellow and make a very sharp point with my brush. I don't want more pigment or more water on the brush, and I can handle. I don't want it to be sloppy. And then with a very light hand, I'm gonna create that outline. So a very light touch. I'm very barely touching the paper. I want to create a very thin line and I move this far as uncomfortable moving. And when I have to change direction, I lighten. I picked up the brush just gently off the paper. - So here we have our bunny outlined gonna take a little bit of that pigment that we mix the darker yellow Oakar, and with it on my brush, I'm gonna go and create a little shadow. So I'll start at the bottom, will start at the tail here, create a little shadow of where the two pieces of chocolate meet the tail in the body. I added a little pigment when I went in there with a wet brush and just blending it out a little. So it's the line isn't so harsh, but we still see a shadow. Then I'm gonna come over here and create a little shadow where the foot and the leg meat and again going there with a little water on my brush and just blend that out, moving up the body. I'm gonna go over here to the leg and create that look significant. This leg here gonna create that little shadow and the top of the leg here as well. I'll go in and rinse my brush and blend that out a little. I want much less of a shadow over here towards the hip area. Do the same thing over here underneath the arm. I'll carry that arm a little further in. Lend that out and above here and on this hand where it meets the egg and then over here a little bit. I also want to create a little more at the base because we're using such light colors. We can always go back and add another layer when it dries or see how it looks. I also want to create a little darkness at the base of this arm here, little underneath and a little on top as well. Create a little behind the news and a little in the nose. Create a little back here in the back of the head and then, lastly, behind the ear, where creates a shadow both years little on this side in with my brush. Could it kind of create the center of the ear? Just a light little shadow. Well, let this layer dry and see where we wanted to We were. We want to add more pigment 9. White Chocolate Bunny - Part 4: so our shadows are all dry. I'm gonna go in there with my smallest brush and a little bit of pink, very pale pink. And I'm gonna create a little bit of the nose here. Just started the bottom and just build up that color. Supposed to be a very pale, just like when they decorate chocolate They last a teeny bit of the darker red at the base just to give a little shadow. Then I'm gonna paint the I could take a nice, um, dark, black, very sharp brush and I'm gonna paint the eye here and then I can see there's a little bit of a harsh line on the nose Swell going with a clear brush and just soften that edge out Well, that's trying. I want to work on the next layer on our egg So I'm gonna take my mask, put it over the egg and take some but seeing go take some dark. I'm gonna take some black and mix it with brown to get a nice dark color, nice rich color center that on top of the mask on top of the egg and then make my spatter and we'll let this layer dry so now could create a cast shadow under my bunny and egg because the light is highlighted here on the egg that's sending the shadow towards the left here. So I'm gonna take my clean brush with water on it and just create a little bit of shadow underneath. Here we'll go just to the edge of the egg. I'll just go in there with a little bit of gray and dropping some color, and then I want a warm up that shadow just a little bit. So I'm going with a little bit of yellow. Oakar just dropped that in, still maintaining that its gray, but just warming it up somewhat. Take a clean brush, blend out the edge here. So then I'm gonna take my mask again. I mean, I'm gonna mix up this burnt sienna. It's a nice warm color, and I think it'll tidy chocolate egg in with our bunny. Maybe had a little darkness to that. The mask over our egg and answers better. It's just a subtle difference between the dark spatter. We'll let this dry 10. White Chocolate Bunny - Part 5: And now, to complete our bunny with our egg, I'm gonna put a spatter layer of yellow Oakar. So it'll kind of resemble gold. It's gonna mix that color. First I take my mask, put it right over the bunny, right over the egg, covering the money, and I'll just add a little spatter. The yellow Oakar. And there you have our chocolate white chocolate bunny with our chocolate egg. 11. Class Wrap Up: So here we have our finished projects. We have our Easter egg speckled using spatter technique, and we have our chocolate bunny with our chocolate egg. With the egg, you don't have to limit yourself to one color. Here I have an assortment of colors. Put them all together in just a little tag format. So I have a purple egg, pink egg, light orange egg, nice, um, spring colors yellow, green, blue and the chocolate egg. Uh, it makes for a nice gift tags or just a little book. And then I can add little Easter quotes or quotes about spring that I'd like. So I have a sort of a little art journal, then with our Easter Bunny. So we did it here with a yellow golden tone, kind of buttery looking to look like white chocolate. But you can also change that and use blue, and it becomes just a little bunny, either statue or stuffed animal. It's a kind of acute effect. You can also turn them into greeting cards or postcards. Here I put the chocolate bunny that I painted with the chocolate egg understa watercolor background, and then here I took a bunch of eggs, different colors, and I changed the size layer than layering them on top of one another. And I have this postcard. It's kind of a need effect. And then, lastly, I have the postcard of the two bunnies. I took the one image, and on my computer, I scanned it in. Then I flipped it around, so I have a mirror image. Then I added one of the eggs right in the center with the water cover background. Kind of a nice little effect for Easter cards. I hope youll try your hand at one of these designs, or maybe even a few, and post your work in the project section of this class. Thanks very much for watching. 12. Bonus Class! Time Lapse Chocolate Bunny: