Watercolor Dreamcatcher: Step by Step Project | Garima Srivastava | Skillshare

Watercolor Dreamcatcher: Step by Step Project

Garima Srivastava, Artist and Illustrator

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
12 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Dreamcatcher Study

    • 4. Brush Stroke Practice

    • 5. Drawing

    • 6. Loose Floral Arrangements

    • 7. Feathers

    • 8. Decorative Elements-I

    • 9. Decorative Elements-II

    • 10. Decorating the Hoop

    • 11. Finishing Touches

    • 12. Your Project and Conclusion


About This Class

Learn to paint a beautiful bohemian style watercolor Dreamcatcher with this step by step easy to follow class. 

Dreamcatchers with their mystical elements are a perfect subject to paint with the playful medium of watercolors. Floating feathers, sacred tokens, beads and braids... so many things to stir in some magic.

This class is a follow up to my ‘Watercolor Decorative Feathers:Quick and Easy Painting Technique ‘ and ‘Watercolor Loose Floral : Paint and Explore ‘ classes on Skillshare. If you are new to these Subjects still feel free to join the class as I teach all of the elements in easy to follow instructions.

I have divided the class into portions based on individual elements which makes it easy to keep up.I would explain the composition of a Dreamcatcher, get you to practice basic brush strokes before we start painting the floral and feather elements for your Dreamcatcher.

By the end of this class you’ll not only have a pretty painting of a dreamcatcher  but also  sufficient knowledge to create many more with different decorative combinations. 

Like all of my classes I aim to enable you to think beyond this class project. 

I really hope to see you in the class! 

For list of supplies and colors used check out Your Project—> Resources 

Copyright free Music : Peter Sandberg




1. Introduction : floating feathers. Sacred tokens hanging from a hope with evolve in net toe only let sweet dreams passed through. That's a dream catcher this'll Mystical object is part of Native American culture, where it is usually hung over a baby script to catch bad dreams. Hi, my name is gone Russia. Basso, I'm in art educator and the artist behind Instagram, a cone model basil dot studio. Welcome to the sculpture class, where I will teach you how to paint a dreamcatcher with Barak colors if you like the idea of combining lose florals with feathers and add a touch of magic to it. This is the class for you, I consider this class is a follow up to my watercolor feathers on blues floral classes on sculpture. But if you're new to these subjects, you can still join this class as I will teach you the step by step instructions to create all of these elements. Learn to draw your own dreamcatcher paint floral arrangement at feathers and other decorative elements to it in the state of just a za project. For this class, you'll be able to paint a beautiful dream catcher, which you can later use for your stationery projects and also as a finished artwork in itself. Let's stare in some magic and get started 2. Supplies: Let's see the supplies I'll be using. I'm using 300 GSM cold press watercolor paper. You will lead a mixing tree, a spritz bottle, some kitchen paper towels to create a circle. You can either use a compass or any other circular object. You will need a pencil, an eraser, a ruler and for brushes. Today I'll be using appointed round number four Synthetic sable. Brush a mop with a nice point to it. Number zero on to synthetic number four and number six brushes. They also have a very nice point to them. You will also need a few dry old fuzzy brushes to create the feathers. Here is the list of colors I'll be using in this class. You can decide to pick your own color palette or look on Internet for color palette references based on different teams. You confined this list along with the list off other supplies under your project section and then go to resource is 3. Dreamcatcher Study: Now let's see what a dream catcher is composed off. So for the hope part off it, what you can do is use either a circular object to trace the circle, our user geometric compass for it. So I'll just create a circle first and now, one slightly smaller than the 1st 1 I will create a few more to show you more designs, so this hoop is usually covered in sort of ribbon wrapped around it on inside it. There is usually a Viv, so of over net is made. So the simplest way that you can do is simply divide the circle in half there so many ways for these designs. So I'm just dividing the circle into equal eight parts. And now I'm using the's points as a guideline to create sort of a petal shaped pattern here , and you can add another layer to it by adding more connectors to it, so you can see you can keep building this pattern as complexes you like. You can also add another hoop inside it, not from this bigger hoop there are wrapped around threats, and from them are hanging these feathers. Another sacred tokens, like beads, are some kind of braided threats as well. You can add some kind of see finds. So seashells on glass pieces or decorated beads, a different kind of clams or scallops shells. You can also add ribbons to it and make this whole dangling part as complexes you like or keep it simple. It's all up to you attach sort of a hanging loop up on top. Now let's see a couple more designs for this interval when net. So another one is I will find the center for circle, and now I will put my compass, which created the circle, right? Any point on the circle and using the compass, create a curve. Now, next point is where Discover hit the circle, and I will keep moving ahead and creating circles and very hits the circle. That will be my next point to create the curve, and this gives me sort of a symmetric petal shape. Now I will find the center between the two petals and create another layer off connectors so you can keep building this design. You can also add little beans to them, so there's another wave, which will be using two days. Just divide the circle in the hour marks off oclock, so quarter first and then in between every quarter do more marks. So 12 123456789 10 and 11. Now let's get 12 with eight and four one with nine on Day five do with 10 and six on 11 with three and seven. So that's another design. You can go further, more simplistic wages. Divide the circle again in eight equal parts. And now just connect these points with simple short lines so you can keep it quite simple or even add more for their connectors in it. Now we'll be using this one for today in the next ridiculous practice some of the decorative elements before we get started with our dreamcatcher. 4. Brush Stroke Practice : So let's just start by practising some of the brushstrokes that will be using throughout this class to create different elements. For more detailed lesson on Markkula feathers, you can check out my class decorative oracle or feathers where I share with you my technique to create the feathers on, decorate them for loose Florence. You can follow my class for a killer loose florals. But if you're completely new to these subjects, please don't worry, because we'll be covering these elements later in the step by step process. So let's just start by practising what a basic feather looks like. So in my pointed round brush, I've got some indigo and I'll start by making the middle line first. So a little fighter at the bottom and tapered up on top. And now, with the juicy makes off color and one pushed brushstroke, I'm able to make the feather shape. Now with a dry, fuzzy old brush, I'm going to simply found out the bottom off this feather just to make it a bit fuzzy looking, and later you can add details from its stride or vet on vet, so just add a few marks dots. So this is just a very basic feather. Now, I would like you to practice with your brush some fine lines a bit. Ray vivants push off your brush. You can also practice the push and pull press strokes. So push and pull these Come hand even you're making pedals. You can also practice your leaves. So fine line and then little push and pull to make little leaves. Now for ribbon I would like you to practice this brush stroke so we start a bit wider upon top for sure. Brush down on lift as you go out Now again, Start where it started to taper a little bit thinner upon top. Push on, left as you go. Let's see it one more time. Push. Um let go. Start again a bit. 11th then push. Um let go. We will also be making little beats. So for thought, you can start by making either square or round shape and then simply use sort of a moist brush too soft on the inner edges and try to leave a bit of ICT in between. You can make them round or a bit more elongated. Try to leave the right in between as a highlight. You can also create them. It ridges. So just little sees. And now for the hope part of the dreamcatcher. What I would like you to practice is a brushstroke that looks like a wave. So you start, you push sort of David around and then left, So touch wave on left. So let's just make a hope here first. And now if you'll cover this that this overlapping breaststroke, you're going to get a look off wrapped around ribbon for more off a thread Look, you can place a little forward Slash is quite close together for braids You can start by placing little hearts overlapping slightly and it will give you braided look, So do practice. Your s brushstrokes will also be painting some drink. Let's so for that you can start by making sort of a square or around casing first and then little holding marks in between a loop to hang. And then in the center you can place a little colorful beads or crystal. Now we'll also be painting. Some see elements. So 1st 1 we're going to try is a coffee bean trivia. So first, let's paint its base. The just a push off your breast stroke, you can keep it quite light and let this dry completely. In the meantime, let's practice an arc or a clam, so we'll start with some indica makes slightly push your brush at the bottom, so sort of a softer dry angle and then little marks that run parallel to the base. So let's see it one more time, so one slight line push at the bottom and then pull again. And then these marks. We'll also be making gong, so for that it's very simple. Just one little dot another small carve underneath it and then an inverted C like this. And now, with your wet brush, simply pull some color out. Now you can also connect the top curves, so this is a very simplified conch, and you can add little marks to it later. Now our little trivia has dried, so let's just add some deeper marks for the center. So what I'm doing is making just very small, rounded serrated edges on both side and filling the gap in between them. So just round serrated edges and fill the gap in between. You can also add little dots and marks on the sides, So just little dots on little sort of ridges in the center. We will also be painting some pebbles, so just sort of rounded shapes. You can keep the base layer quite light on ab details later, or you can also add details right of a vet on vet. So these were some off the brushstrokes that will be using throughout this class. You can practice them beforehand, and then we can get started. 5. Drawing : So here is my cold pressed for color paper on. Um, I've got a compass here. So what I will do is in the upper half of this paper and sort of center to recently Al Creed. First a circle and now another one slightly bigger than the 1st 1 So I get my hope here now to create the interval Vernet, we're going to use the clock method. So first double divide the inner circle into quarters and now between each quarter, do almost equally marked do more points. So 12 123456789 10 11. Mark them with our marks and it gets easier to connect them. So 12 with eight and four, just as we saw earlier and then keep moving one step ahead. Clockwise. So one attached with five on nine to a dashed with six and 10 and find the 11 attached with seven on three. So this is the woman net for us on from the hope we're going to attach a hanging loop up on top on some flowers at the bottom. Here, on another sort of floral arrangement, appear will attach threads and from them will hang some feathers. I'm just very lightly marking this part because I want to keep it quite lose. So just simple guides for myself. So this is just a simple sketch. In the next video, let's start painting the flowers. 6. Loose Floral Arrangements: Now let's start painting the dream catcher. So I'll be painting a floral arrangement here and run up here. So I'm just using my needing gum to pick the excess graphite on. This will leave me with very light marks off pencil just to guide me in my mixing tree. I've got some burn number Arlen Garnacha drone gold, some permanent Carmine connect Drone Magenta, Eliza in crimson some Vince a violet, indigo, cobalt blue, cerulean blue, Taylor blue sat green and some finds Great. So now we will start with a flower up on top so I'll just remove a bit more of pencil. And now, in my mixing, Trey, I'm going to pick a little bit of vernacular Doan gold. And just with the point of my brush, I'm just making little dabs and kind of points for the center. Now I'll pick a mix of permanent Carmine and a touch of conductor drawn magenta, and I will start making pedals. So for bigger pedals and pushing my brush away from the center and for smaller and pulling it in. So push out and then pull back in for smaller pedals. And now, with just a touch off a damp brush. I'm just touching the outer edges off the pedals. This kind of soft and stem up and make them look more fuller. I'll make it one more time here. Some Kanak adorn gold for the center and then permanent. Carmine on Quinn. Magenta. So push and pulled. Push. Reload Your fresh push, pull, push, pull! This pedal is quite wet, so I'm just using a thirsty brush to kind of live the excess water from it. Now I'm just using the damn brush too soft in the pedals. And now I want to create some darker color flowers here. So in my brush, I'll just pick some magenta Andi on a touch of Winsor Violet to it. So this will give me quite a dark color and I'll just drop off my brush. Create five or six petal flower living white center in between. Just very simple. Dab off your brush. And now, with some Arlen and ra brush, I'm going to add it to the center, and it pushes the color of a Now, let's see a few more times. So magenta connector on magenta and some Vince a violet just dabs very simple. Five or six pedal flowers. And while they're still wet on Arlen yellow to the centers. Now, with just the touch of damn brush, I'm going to soft in up the edges off. Some of the battles kind of gives the term it's after look and also makes them look fuller . Let's create a few more of this kind down here. So Winsor, Violet and magenta and just dabs. And while it's still written, the center add the Ireland. Now I want to add another layer off pink to this pink flowers. I'm just speaking that same magenta and carmine makes a bit darker this time, less water and just adding little petals and marks in the center. Living the yellow center separate, But adding just tiny pedals is to give another layer off pedals. So it's the same, makes just a little bit darker. And now, with just a touch of the impression softening the inner petals, I also want to add some blue to the floral arrangement. So I'm going to pick in my brush a mix off cerulean blue and add some Taylor blue to it on a touch off, indeed, going it as well. And now, with just the tip of my brush. I'll create first, a slight line, a very thin line and then little dabs smaller, one up on top and bigger as you reached the bottom, so bigger at the bottom and smaller run up on top. So miniature lacks for kind of flower, so just little dabs. And now, with some sap, great, let's add little lines and leaves. You can decide to paint the whole dreamcatcher and this arrangement in a color palette off your own liking. So just little leaves. I don't have too many lives as it gets too overwhelming, and now we're going to pick a little bit of magenta in our brush and just our little dabs to create little buds. And now, with some pints, crane my brush, or you can use lamp black. I'll just add some centres to these flowers, first to these pink ones and also through these smaller, darker flowers. So this is your floral arrangement. In the next video, let's pain the feathers 7. Feathers: Now let's start painting the feathers down here, so I'm going to turn my block around so that it becomes a bit easier for me to paint the feathers. So for the first feather, I'm going to pick some indigo in my pointy brush. It's a round brush for the fine point, and I'll just make the middle nine so slightly ride at the bottom. And as I go up, I've been taper it down, and now, in my mock brush, I'm going to make a dirty mix off yellow. So I just got some dirty water. I'm no, I'm going to add connected Ron Gold to it. It gives me sort of a dirty, muddy yellow. And now bottom up, the shape off the feather and now from top down indigo, just letting it makes the whole shape of the feather touching the do in between. And now for the middle. Amusing. Some cognac adorn magenta, and I will be touching both the colors with this magenta, so in to go up on top and the yellow on the bottom and let them bleed a little bit. And now, with just a fuzzy brush, I'll found these colors out following the contour of the feather. Now, with your pointy brush, you can pick some magenta in your brush again, and just our little marks or dots on one of the sides you can randomly at that are just make a little pattern out of them. I'll also pick some indigo too dark and up some of the stop part, and we'll also darken up this middle line. Found it out just a little bit more at the bottom. We will be adding more details to it later. So now let's create another one here and here and this time sort of monochrome in color. So I've got some binds crane anal at just a touch of India. Go to it on with my pointy brush. I'll first make the middle line sort of baby this time, and with that same makes in my mop brush. I'll create the feather shape, deposit a bit more at the bottom, and now, with the old dry for the brush, just fanning it out. And with that same makes this time, but with less water, so a deeper value. I'll just deposit some off the color while the whole feather still red. Little dots on the edges and let them sort of bleed through. Let's create one more on the other side, so I'll pick the same mix in my pointy brush and make the center line first. And then with that same makes in my mom brush the feather shape founded out while it's still went, and add the touch of darker makes at the edges for a much more fourth year. Look, we will also add another set of feathers. So I'm turning the block around with Adam sort of on the sides here in here, and this time will start with Indigo from the bottom up. So I'll just first make the middle line. And now with that same makes, I will add the feather shape at the bottom. And for the stop half, I'm going to use Magenta and just touching both of them together, letting them bleed a little bit. And while they're still wet, use the founding brush to kind of spread them out a little bit. Make them a bit more fuzzier looking, so this feather is a bit more rounder than the other. I'll make one more on the other side here, so I'll just turn the block around one more time. Now first the middle line with the indigo and now the same color for the bottom part of the feather. I'll deposit a little bit more color here, since it's drying very quickly, and now I will add some agenda for the top half. Now found it out. So while these two feathers air still that I'm just going to use sort of of that brush not very wet, just slightly damp Russian just touching it onto the wet areas off this feather to create little marks like this. So it sort of pushes the color away. So these are the feathers will add more details to them later. In the next video, let's add a few more decorative elements. 8. Decorative Elements-I: so now we can start adding some more decorative elements. I want to start with some flowy ribbons hanging from the hoop. So for the 1st 1 we're going to become Make Self Arlen and add a touch of connect. You don't go to it, so keep the makes a bit juicy on. We'll start up from the hope with a bit wider mark, push your brush down and left as you go out. And now we're it starts tapering next to it, another mark like this. So let's see one more time on this other side wide from the top, push and lift and then portion left one more time. Kind of makes it feel like it's sort of turned for the next one. We going to make some sap green with Arlen. It creates sort of awful lighter green, and we'll make one here. So push on left and then another one pushin lift. And for this other mark, I start a bit tenor up on top and then push and lift similarly, another one in magenta and this time a bit carefully. In between the feathers, some starting next to the tapering off the first mark, sort of pain and then push Andi left. You can also add a little bit more deeper values at places off these ribbons to make them look as if they're sort of bent and curved at places. And now we can also start adding some of the beads, so just random beats placed all around, so I'll just first start with some pink so magenta makes in my brush, Nel first start one with right up on top off the feather so around shape this time and then soft in the center up, leaving sort of a little highlight in between. And if you're not able to create the highlight right away, you can later add white wash marks. So I'm just creating some elongated one. Some of its rounder. I will create a few with indigo or Taylor blue. I'm trying to add one right on top off each feather, so I don't really have a plan about these beads and just randomly adding them and trying not to add the similar colors together. So Kanak drawn gold a bit spread out some green this time can also create some with sort of ridges, some with a bit of purple and now we can start thinking about adding the drink lit so and members from going to create a mix off sort of a watery mix of fines. Great sort of a very light makes, and I'll just first creed the outer casing sort of a square with some holding marks for the crystal ritual. Add later. Now we can start adding the seashells. So for the coffee bean, trivial. Just make a mix off some cobalt blue, just very watery light mix. And I'll just make a little coffee being shaped. One more here, and we'll wait for this to dry completely. In the meantime, let's create sort of an arc or clam here. So same Kabul blue on Touch of Indigo to it on a softer triangle, sort of a writer bottom and little marks going up. I'll add a deeper value with some indigo, just keeping it very lose. We'll continue adding more details in the next video 9. Decorative Elements-II: Now let's create a pebble. So I'll just pick some burnt number and I will make some finds grain to it. And now just a pebble shape here, Um, maybe one more down here. So I do not have a fixed plan about these, and I'm just adding them sort of in a balancing baby between the haves. So I'll just create one more sort of a sea glass, so very watery. Mix off the magenta color living sort of a center circle in between to let the thread passed through. I'll create one more here. I'm creating these elements quite loosely. If you miss out the circle, you can simply lift the color up with thirsty brush. I'll create a few more beats, and now we can add a little bit of tiny crystals in between these drink leads. So some magenta. Now this one has sort of dried so we can start adding the centers to the trivia. So I've got some indigo in my brush, and I'll just make little curved serrated marks in the center from both the sides and then fill the gap with indigo, so curved marks both sides and fill the gap. You can also add little dots towards the edges. Do this one as well. You can make them as detailed as you like. And now some burnt number for Coke. So small mark little cars and then an inverted C and now with the wet brush just pulled the color out for the outer carve. Let's create one more here, so just, uh dot curves and where did see and then pulled the color out with your red brush. So just a very soft conch, you can add a little marks. Do it the same burnt umber mix. And now this pebble has dried, so I'll just use some white wash to add little marks to it. You cannot darts or little lines. And while we still have gosh in our hands, we can at little dots to these feathers. So on 1/2 I'm just making these lines of dots running parallel E to the middle line and on the other side, a bit bigger dots sort of varied in size, and I'll do the same to this other one. The little dots place closely together to make them look like line and then vary the sides off the other bigger dots. I will also place some for this center one, and we will darken up some of these indigo marks on these monochrome feathers. So just some indigo and creating little eyes on the sides, so little semi circles. Let's take that same indigo mix to darken up the middle line again. And now we can start connecting all of these. So I just got some pines gray in my brush and I'll start connecting them with very fine line. So just between the two beads, another elements for the pebbles on. Just wrap a couple of times around because it's a pebble, so threat will be wrapped around it to hold it. So multiple ones for the pebble and something similar for where it's attached to the hoop. So couple off rounds I'm just going around and adding a few more off the strings on leaving a bit of space in between the new ones to add a little beads later. So I'm just adding some beats now. Just add a few more, also adding tiny beats at the bottom off each of these drinks. So we had done adding most of these decorative elements. In the next video, we're going to start adding color to the hoop 10. Decorating the Hoop: So now let's start with the who part Onda. We want to create a wrapped around ribbon look to it. So for that you will be creating just as we practiced. Overlapping little curves are sort of Esmark's and then a deeper value, just on the edge of these marks for the inner sort of the move. In net part, just slanted forward Slash is very close together or little hearts for the braided look. So now let's first get started with the first layer. So I'm going to pick some connect drone gold, and I'll just start creating thes Esmark's. It's very slightly overlapping and going all around between the do circles that we had created and now for the deeper value. I'm just going to makes a touch off Winsor Violet to my good luck undrawn gold mix, and I'm just adding one fine line on the edge. Off the first marks we created, I'll pick a finer brush. So just on the edge, still leaving the earlier mark behind, just adding a bit of darker value at places and running sort of the damp brush around a little bit to create the look a bit softer and now for the interview. People first start adding some beads, so I'm just picking something Gore, magenta line. My impression just randomly adding them and some Taylor blue. This time you can add them uniformly or randomly. And now for the inner marks. Just some connector on gold on. Just as we practiced with your fine detail brush just forward slashes Placed closely together, I sometimes also add a touch of Winsor Violet at places to make this one thread look kind of interesting. So keep marrying this mixture off Blaine Garnacha Drone gold on a mix off it with Vince A violet Just a touch here and they're not complete lines with it. I will speed up this spot. So just going around with following my pencil marks so you can create this design as complexes you like, as I've said earlier, and now, with a touch of the dam brush, I'm just soft turning up some of these lines just going all over them to kind of soft enough these marks and make them look like one sort of thread rather than separate marks. Now, with just a touch off either burned number or vin, servile it to my garnacha drone Gold makes. I'm just adding a little bit off darker details here and there. Now you hope on the woman. Net inside is ready. In the next video, let's add the finishing touches. 11. Finishing Touches: Now let's create a loop to hang this dreamcatcher. So just a loop with burnt umber and Conacher drone gold. And now for each of these crossing, I'll make a mix of Vince, a violet with connect drone gold and just make a cross wherever these star points are hitting the hoop. So it looks like the thread kind of went through the hoop. You can darken up some of these just a few more, Dr Marks. And now let's on another layer to these ribbons. So some sap green here, a bit more up on top, where it's attached to the hoop so that it looks like it kind of went over the hope I'm adding a bit off for the back as well, some more to this one. Now let's add some magenta toe this creating these little parts that looked like the back off the ribbon is visible for the yellow one. I'm going to make some Conacher drone gold and put it directly on top to make it look more like the hopes color on the back portion as well. I'm just going to go around and check if all of the beads are connected and maybe add a few more here and there. I will also darken up some marks on these seashells. First the gunk, little dashes. And now also a little bit more color to the Bluhm here. And we can start adding the white quash highlights. Do some of these beats a few more touches to the hoop. And now, to make this dream catcher look a bit more lose, I'm going to do some splatters. So for that, I'm going to create a mix off some magenta and carmine and also a mix off Taylor blue. So for some bank makes in my brush, and I'm just hitting it against another brush, sort of the wooden handle and now some blue. So just pick the color in your soft round brush and hit it against another brush handle. So here is the finished Dreamcatcher. I really hope you enjoyed this project. You can decide your own color palette for it or decide to add flowers or not on. I would love to see what you create 12. Your Project and Conclusion : as the project for this class. I would like you to create your own dream catcher. You can paint something very similar to mine or come up with a design yourself. You can decide on a color palette based on a particular team that you like. You can add or remove the floral elements. You can add your own choice off decorative elements to it and I would love to see what you create. So please make sure to upload your projects in the project section of this class. And if you're sharing it on instagram, please tag me and use the hashtag my little basil underscore sculpture. I really hope you enjoyed this class. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on Instagram. If you like this class, please consider leaving a review so that the class can become visible to more students. You can follow me on skill shit to get updates about my future classes. Thank you so much for watching and have a nice day