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6 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Sketching

    • 4. Painting

    • 5. Decorating

    • 6. Final Thoughts & Bonus

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Get in the holiday spirit and come paint some fun and quirky ornaments!  This class is great for those with a little watercolor experience.  We'll paint a variety of shapes and decorate them with happy gouache and metallic details!  These are great for gift tags and cards!  

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Sweetseasonsart Cris

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Hello, I'm Cris, the founder of Sweet Seasons.  Welcome!!   I am a watercolor artist based in Richmond, Virginia.  I love all things bright and floral and I have a special affinity for wreaths!  My style is described as loose, but I love finding inspiration from vintage botanical art and nature.  I hope you'll join me for a wreath class or maybe for one of my By the Book series where we loosely interpret vintage art.  You can follow me on Instagram at @sweetseasonsart and find my Society6 shop at www.society6.com/sweetseasonsart  Thank you for visiting and happy painting!!!      

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1. Introduction: I think my favorite thing about the holidays is putting the ornaments on the tree each year. I'd love to see unique design of each one. And our tree has a completely eclectic group of ornaments we've collected over the years. I thought it might be fun to try to paint our own collection of quirky and fun ornaments for gift tags or cards for you to use for yourself. This is perfect for beginners and more experienced painters. And your assignment will be to paint your own beautiful ornaments for the holiday season. Let's get started. 2. Supplies: So let's talk supplies. First you need some paper. This is an artist cold pressed block, a 140 pounds, a 100% cotton. Use any paper you have handy, Canson, Strathmore, Stonehenge, Fabriano, all good stuff, finds good watercolour paper. We're going to do some sketching, so we use a pencil and eraser. I like this polymer racer. Obviously we will need brushes. This is six to ten round. These are from the pigeon letters. I love these pressures and use them a lot. Cold, clean water as always guys and the Milesian pates. I'm going to use this color palette. You can use any color palette you like if you want to do more traditional Christmas colors, this is a little retro in different. I'm just doing it for fun. Use whatever you'd like. Maybe forgot to make a gift tag. Think about the wrapping paper you're using and do something that will compliment it. So I will put a paint supply list up, but this is generally a yellow ochre. This is going to be as scarlet Lake. This is a good turquoise mixed with some Mars Black. A little opera rose, which is a beautiful pink. It's going to have a tinge of some reddish mixed in. This is kind of a lighter version of this. More water down and same here. More water down, little less black will be doing a little blending as we go. But check your paint supply lists. These are generally the watercolors I'll be using in there. All Winsor Newton. Now the fun part once we paint our ornament, is that we'll get to embellish them. So I'm going to really, I like to use this wake wash. So Winsor Newton has sediments, so does home again. Think we can use some other colors too that would complement like a yellow ochre, a scarlet lake, something that we want to complement our watercolors. If you don't have Guassian, that's okay. Don't, don't stress. You can also embellish great with ache. So this is just a signal universal white that looks great on water color. And this is a micron pen. You have various sizes and of that tips of the pen, but this is also great for embellishing on top of watercolor once the watercolors dry. Finally, if you wanna get real fancy and I think, you know, why not? It's Christmas. And we'll do some gold embellishment or metallic abolishment. This is from prestigious Phi, it's their story goal, paints. They asked some other metallic if you don't have them, that's fine. Just use your guage or your pens. It doesn't matter. This is just a little extra shimmer for you if you want to add that into your project. So we're gonna jump right into sketching. I would suggest unless you can do perfect circles, you have something to trace. This is a paperweight I have. I'm going to use this to make my circles as my starting point. A lid of a jar of water glass. Really anything will work unless you want to win it. I'm really bad at circle, so I'm going to use something I'm gonna trace. So stick with me. We're going to jump into Tracing. We'll do a really quick sort of base color owner ornaments, and then we will get to embellish. So thanks for joining me for easy ornaments and let's jump into our progress. 3. Sketching: Okay, let's trace our person. One of, I think we'll just use a straight up round ornaments, so we'll just go ahead and trace our circle. I'm going to do it very lightly once you paint over pencil, and I don't even know if you can see that. But once you paint over pencil, you can't erase it. You could remove it in Photoshop, but if you have anything that's too too dark, you can lighten it up. That's just our first ordinates is going to be a circle. For our second ornament. I think we'll try to do one of those elongated icicle like ornaments. Can't really use anything as a template here that I can think of. So I'm just gonna go ahead and try to sketch it out. And then down to a point. And I like that side. The irony is I will not be able to get the other side to match. And never can bring that in a little at the top. And I'll try to sort of mimic exactly what I did. I find little, little marks. And as I go or best. So bad is basically this ornament. We will put little top Urs on these. But for now I think that will be our base shape. I had to go a little darker on this because certain. But it doesn't matter if your pencil lines shown as some people, some people don't like to see them, and some people that wanted to. Ok. So we have a circle. You have this sort of almost teardrops, sort of pointed one. I thought we'd do two more. And I thought we'd do one that sort of comes out and then really goes in and not quite heart-shaped, but if that gives you an idea, heart-shaped type ornament. So again, I'll start at the top. This is trial and error. I usually erase I can't believe I got that one as quickly as I did normally, I'm erasing and erasing and you could just bear with me and take your time. Pause if you need to, rewind, if you need to. So I'm just doing kind of what I think of as like a heart-shaped little bit flattened and not quite as rounded on the top is coming into go in in like this. They're like that. It's kinda what I had in mind looking for, you know, traditional shapes generally that you might see on your tree. All right, again, light strokes to try to mimic a little bit what we did on the other side. I actually think that's I came a little better. A little straighter. So it doesn't have to be perfect. This is just going to be our guideline when we go to paint. And undoubtedly I will paint outside the line and then I'll have to keep going back to make it more even. But again, generally, this is kind of our shape for, for this one. I might even bring this. Out a little more. Maybe, maybe that was an error. Let's see. I'll do it on this side. So go with whatever shape you want. If you want to do all round ornaments that, that's totally fine. Do whatever, whatever sort of strikes you. Alright, so that's something we'll go with that. And then last, let's do like a two tiered one. Have some of these, I painted some of these before in my collection. So the top. And again, we're gonna go really light on this because I'm not really sure how to make this one work. Like circle overlay shaped things. And now I'm just sketching really late. Again. Oval. Amelie got exactly symmetrical, but it's okay. And then the bottom will be like a funny or different shape. You could either do the bottom is smaller than the top or larger. I think I'm gonna do like a 100 hooks, kinda funny. Very left-sided, very odd. But it's okay to keep at it for a few minutes and try to sketch them out a little more normal. If you're done. Move on. Sketching is never been something I've been very good at. And I normally don't sketch before I start to paint, but I really would like some symmetry on my ornaments. So I'm gonna try to get them at least most of the way there. I stipulate this should be like outdoor music. Alright. This is what we do is just start all over against. That's okay. All trial and error. All right. Oh, he's so weird. Okay. Something like this. You want to just do another round one that makes total sense to me. And want to go back to tracing circles there. Okay. Just said we're not wasting all of our time sketching today. Let's go ahead and call this guy. Dan will do like a little thing here with him, said you'll get more of a sense of like what he's doing. This one might take a little work. I gotta light in these lines a good bit. But it'll give us a general idea, right? I'm not going to sketch the tops right now of these because I think we're just going to paint them in as we go. So I think we are pretty much at the end of our sketchy. And you can do another one down here. If you have space on your page, please feel free to do whatever you like that let's get started with putting some paint to paper. 4. Painting: So now comes the fun part where we put our paint down. I'm going to start with our round one. And I think I'm going to start with our read. It won't come out this dark probably I'm going to do and wet in wet technique. It's going to get my nice and wet. This is my round ten. And I'm just going to apply water all over inside. So this will take a minute. And I might miss some spots because it's really hard to see. You might not be able to tell where the water is and that's okay. You can spread it around later, but I do want this to have the flow of wet on wet, where the watercolor moves. We can clean up our edges a little as we go. These are gonna be loose and fun. They're not going to be like perfect ornaments. So I'm gonna get a bunch of my red. Then I mixed up already. The minister touchy inside colors. And you love watching watercolor bleed. So pretty. So you'll see I left some white here because I'm picturing the light hitting this from the side. And it would shine right over there. And we'll do that with all of ours. One of the things I like to do to add to the effect of the light on the size to dark in all the edges you think of it kind of being farther away. It gives it a little bit of a three-dimensional shape. So it's a little darker on this side because the light hitting it over here. A little more color here. And then we'll really must be done. Again. These are quick and easy. It's not supposed to take you forever. So don't get too bogged down in the details here. And I just like the looseness here. So we'll do the blue one here. Kinda like to think of this guy is the blue one. Okay? So again, I think we'll do a similar technique. We'll get our brush nice and wet. I'm not going to stress if it has a little red pigment in it. Let's get this really, really wet now. So again, we're going to do this dark, darker edge. And I'ma leave it later over here. And we're going to let the water do you a lot of the work for us. So at the bottom of this would generally be darker. You'd have a darker side here. The edge would be a little darker. Mill that this can be done as well. Again, you can add some water in here, kinda push things around so you don't have any sort of harsh lines. But I think that's kinda fun the way it looks right now. So with this, we're gonna go with the yellow ochre. It's going to be straight up yellow ochre, no mixing or blending on this one. So I didn't mind that I'm going to put a drop of water here to disperse them in the pigment on this side. You can pick it up if you dry off your brush, she can pick up pigment with your brush. Right here we go with our odd ball. I'm gonna do the top part in the ochre and the bottom in this, in the red that we started with. So again, this is rounded to the outside, it'll be a little darker. And the underside here. Be a little darker. Now we don't want to pay the bottom until the top is totally dry because otherwise you're gonna get a bleed here. And that's going to make those colors run together like watercolor does. It's what we love about watercolor, but it's why we have to be patient with watercolor and I am not that person. So I would say, let's let these dry. And when they're dry, we'll come back. We'll finish the bottom of this and we'll go ahead and put tappers on these. And then we'll move to embellishment. Since the, the wonders of modern technology, we're route dry here. Let's just finish up the bottom of this one is going to use my six. And I'm going to paint it in our red, like our first one. So I'm taking care to do the tones a little darker right underneath. If this was really a bulb, that would be a shadow where it came up near the top part. And then again, I'm going to try to shadow down where it's lower. I still think this is really weird looking. You see how the deeper tones here make that top part kinda pop out. I think this ornament is done. I think we should go, well, things are almost dry. Put talkers on them and then we'll move to embellishing them. So for topping them and do a couple of ways. One thing you all can do is if you want to take some of your Mars Black and water it down or some Davies gray can do a talk like this. It's pretty much all in grace. There's more pigment on this side and less here because again, the light is hitting it. And then we'll do a little topper, do a little darker underneath. Again, it gives you a little bit of a 3D effect. We can do them in italics. You can do them in gold or silver or if we want, I think that might be nice if they have like a metal top. Or you could actually just take your black ink if you wanted to and draw sort of this like top of a cylinder, right? And then a little loop on top. So because I'm going to use them and gold embellishments probably I'm gonna go ahead and do my tappers and gold. They may not have as much dimension is this here with the shadowing, it's a little harder to do that with with a metallic paint. Let's just try some topper zone there will go through this 1 first and then you guys can practice on the other three, right? And I think I'm going to use this gold and I'm a try to give it some tone. Shadows with a darker metallic on there. I'm not sure how to work. Let's try it together. The nice thing about these metallic paint is the kind of mix up really cool. And they're super sparkly like to mix it up and get it. And then normally start with sort of a little, just two lines. May not stand out as much on this ornament, two lines. And then the top. And then I'd like to start filling in from this side. Again, our lights on this side. So I fill in the darker on this side. Take a little paint off and start to blur it with a little water. So you see it's a little lighter over here. The bottom edge will be a little darker where it meets the ornament. And then I might just take this up. Maybe two notches and touch. Just touch this side. So in white and the edge over here in lawn care or might give it a little more. Just a little more dimension. We'll see how that looks when it dries, kind of flow it this way and leave it where the lightly headed. And then you're printing my darker tone. Maybe. I'm using a number two. Usually gray at this part, but we'll just do a little loop on top. And I have to be perfect. I think it's nice if it's a little bit of a darker tone. So now do your next three top person, whoever you wanna do it, ink it, or painted watercolor, or add some modalities. Everyone think we've topped them. So let's get started on the balance sheet. 5. Decorating: Alright, we are ready to put some decorations on these. It can do is sort of a very minimalistic thing. If you want just some stripes or polka dots or you could do something more involved. We may do each one a little bit differently here. You can use your inks, you can use your goals are going to use a 62 because they'll allow us to be more detailed in our work. So let's start with this guy. I'm thinking maybe we'll do him in Florence and will really, really cover him up with those. This squash color is just our read, our scarlet read wash. And then I've mixed in some whites with it. So let's do a traditional sort of pedal on here. And we'll see if this is light enough to show up. You may have to add even more white to it as we go. We'll just have to see, we'll see when it dries how it looks. So I'm gonna do a little five petaled flower. This would be a great place to use the white ink as well. I think that would obviously show up really well. I'm gonna keep mixing as we go. And I'm not going to be too particular about where these are. Although I will do some. Like if it was coming off the side or around the corner here. We just want these to look fun. The don't have to be super structured. And don't worry too much about the placement. We can fill in gaps with other things. So you see symbol overlap a little. And that's all fine. And it's just for fun. Doing over a couple of these, just to look to darker, tends to make sure they don't get totally lost. Gosh, you can layer up. So once the bottom layers dry, you can actually really add more opacity by adding layers on top. I think that looks good so far. So let's add some more color to it. I'm going to use the yellow author, which I am going to mix with some white as well because I think it's just going to stand out better. And I think what we'll do with this yellow ochre is, and see how light it is. We'll add some little, little leaves similar in shape to the. But you can see any little more water. They're similar in shape to the pedals. And just kind of not really having them be superstructure. Using the small strokes. You see this will start to fill in some of the spaces. So I'm just using little market-making technique basically to form sort of a leaf shape. You can see how it's starting to fill in and look pretty. Okay. So on this one that's filling in really nicely, I think let's add some centers to our flowers and going to take the blue color. I have some turquoise and black wash over here, which I think should give us an approximation of that. Just really simple Centers. I'm just gonna kinda squiggle my brush in there. Okay, let's do this one next. We'll start with the top. Let's do some of the darker blue on here. It'll really stand out and maybe with a little bit around. And then down here we'll move to some yellows with maybe some blues too. So they, they coordinate. I think because of the size of this one will use to, to thinking on this, we might do just some little snowflake type shapes. So really what that is is just, at least for me, is to do these across and then a diagonal. We can add a little detail to the snowflake as we go. Or you can just leave it like that, which I think is is pretty too. If you want them to look more like snowflakes, you can add little v tips on the sides. Now, I'm going to continue. This is just going to be, he'll be a little bit tinier and imperfect, so don't worry about it. You could stop right there if you like. You don't need to add anything else to it. If you want to add more. I kinda like it just like that. I think that's, it's kind of simple, but I think it's fun. Let's move over to this one. On this, I'm gonna do some, some lines with some zig-zags and polka dots. So we're really going to mix it up on all these. Have a little bit, little bit of everything you could do your to all in the same style if you want it to be really cohesive. That we're just going to do this differently on each one to show an example of your options. Line right here and a line right below it. And really if you wanted to, like that's just sort of a beautiful classy ornament. You don't have to, you don't have to do anything else to it. And we'll do another similar thing here. And here. And again. You could stop right there if you wanted to. I think I'm going to add a little zigzag to ever fund. So this is just like making little triangle. So what I'm thinking is I might put dots in each of these little spot. You could do something in here like a loop, de loop in the red or something else. But let's, let's move that down here. So last up is this one. You know what? Let's do a loop up. Do some loops. Start with the red on this. So I'm just gonna free hand as let's, we'll see how it goes. Look definitely not perfect, but still fine. We can clean it up a little. I try to do another one down below. Just do a stripe in the blue. So it doesn't get too crazy. And I think I'll put lines on either side of these little loop de loops. Okay? If you're happy with your want him into the way they are now, then. Quit right here. You are all set. I am not thrilled with this one for some reason. I don't, I don't like how those combinations came out. So I'm gonna go in and do a little bit of embellishing on this one with some white ink and show you how to do that. So if you have your pen and just go to each petal like this, I gotta get your pen or flowing. Which will happen if your patient make these pop out a little bit. It's just an idea of a style, if you like the look of that. How to use your white pen? You have to go over it a little. The rough paper is sometimes hard on your pen, so that's why it's not quite consistent. So that gives you a little idea of what it would look like with a little ink detail on it. I'm actually going to embellish this one even more. This one's gonna be a little bit ornament on the tree. I'm going to add a little center to the leaves and the blue. So I'm much, much happier without, with a little more detail on it. Last thing here. A little bit of the gold. Just for fun. I think this one seems to want a little gold. I'm gonna touch the tips of the ends here. I think that makes that a lot more fun. So let's add a little gold snowflake right here. I think that would be pretty. So I think that looks pretty. Even just a little gold mines here. I think that looks really nice. It's just kinda sweeping that on. Maybe we'll just put can't resist and put polka dots. Now I feel like he meets some gold because he's the only one that doesn't have any. So we're gonna booing out dissenters here. You've done it. You've painted them, trace them, decorated them. I'm gonna give you one little additional bonus in the next segment, and then we'll have a final thoughts. 6. Final Thoughts & Bonus: So thanks to everybody for sticking in there with me today. I hope you enjoyed painting ornaments and adding the detail to them. You might have paid some you love, some that you don't love as much. It's all trial and error and that's the fun of it. That's how I feel when I finish every project. Some of these I think are really great and fun and others I think who won't pay them again. I thought for fun before we wrap this project up, that it might be fun to add a little detail to some of these. So I thought really quickly, we might try to paint a little sprayed about holly leaf or maybe a little bit of time. I do have other classes on those two topics that you can look up. I'm gonna stick sort of with our bluish color. I don't want to add another color to this in case I want to do a pattern out of it or something else. But we're gonna use kind of our blue. We'll do a little bit of a holly leaf. The way I do these is kind of swooping. Just make little swooping shapes. Click that. And they're all a little different and irregular. They're not they're not perfect. Something like that. And then I would just fill that in. C, You could do that. You could add a second one if you wanted to, or just leave it as a little leaf. Pitching the holiday spirit. Or maybe you want to do something a little tiny would do here. And you have enough pain and like that. And then even more, that's when I'd probably go back. Like this. Turn this guy with me. A little easier to do this direction for me. Go back over a little darker. Again, it's not gonna be perfect, but it's just kind of find, if you want to add a little something else to your ornaments. Again, you can take out a darker leaf behind this one. You could add even some berries here or something if you wanted to. Just to add a little more color and a little more playfulness to your ornament. So I hope you've enjoyed this and I hope you'll post your projects. I would love to see your ornaments of leprosy, the colors that you choose, and what you do for your own holiday. And I really enjoyed painting and it's with you today and I hope you did too easily verb you. If he's like, please post your project like CKY them on Instagram. I love to put them in my stories. And as always, happy holidays and thanks for meeting with me.