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Watercolor Feathers - 4 Creative ways

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8 Lessons (1h 9m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Fun with Color Schemes

    • 4. Project 1 - Blending Elements

    • 5. Project 2 - Florals Magic

    • 6. Project 3 - Creating Texture

    • 7. Project 4 - Negative Painting

    • 8. Thank you and more coming soon..

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About This Class

Are you in for some creativity? Because I don't want to just share step-by-step how to paint, I want you to get creative with general topics.

Take those fun feathers and play around with them, add florals, add metallics, create textures - truely feel the joy of watercolors.

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Watercolor Artist and Instructor


Hi there! I am Madhumika Sankar and I go by the name Femvisionary on Instagram. I am originally from India and have lived my entire life in the Middle East. I am an avid traveler and really enjoy dreaming up new places.


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1. Introduction: Hi guys, welcome to my get creative with watercolor feathers class. I am so excited about this because it's a topic that I've been asked about over and over again. And I read it a couple of times. So once you get so creative and so much more out of this class, watercolor feathers is a topic that a lot of people have done before. So I wanted to create something that was a little bit more unique. Where we're going to take the topic of feathers and we're going to create so much more for creative ways of looking at the same topic, adding floors, playing around with texture, creating negative painting using the same topic. It is so much more than just water colored feathers. And I'm so excited about that and I can't wait for you to get started. We're going to go through materials, we're going to go through practice exercises and the way I do color swatching in my own unique way that gets me inspired and I'm pretty sure that's going to work for you to get you excited going into the projects and then finally ending with some amazing final artwork, but you can be super proud of. So get your beans, gets your brush, and let's get started with our projects. 2. Materials: Let's talk materials. It's always my favorite topic. Materials change. Some of them remains same, but I kind of have fun with it. Okay. So I wanted to give you a clear picture because I kind of get comments that I haven't seen what it is. So just start having the text up there and having the actual picture. So I'm not going to move around things. I'm just going to talk and you can kind of go through each thing in the list. Okay, so first thing starting with paper, what we're trying to do is get caught. And so I'm using 25 percent cotton and having something that is about one ET GSM to 200 GSM. So you don't need something that is really heavy. It can be something much more lighter. And I think that converts to around 90 LBS above. The paper that I'm using is a brand from India. It's called brush true, you can use a very similar quality paper, or you will find a similar quality paper, Fabriano, which I think is also a great, great option. So there you go. Apart from that, let's go into our brush. The brush I'm using is from craft ammo. It is a size 7, It's a round brush. It's actually the set from the air addition. I would definitely recommend it because that addition, they have 10 sets of brushes and very good price plus its animal cruelty free and just really, really great. Okay, the next thing is the paint. The paints that I'm using are from Art Philosophy. It's their tubes. There are lot of different brands that you can use for Prim's, So I really give you that option of selecting which one works for you. However, I would suggest going for an artist grade or at least a student grade that is not the average. Because you have some of them that are really, really low created and they're very, very cheap. What also happens is they don't give you the effect that you want, especially with watercolors. So brands like forever crow on deadline, I think has been something that was really, really cheap and you would see it in the packaging itself. Those are in the paints that are going to really help you improve your skill. Now, we go into the metallic paints that I use. So this is from handmade creator, paint maker in UK and the brand is basically KG, KG designs by Catherine. She also has an Instagram page that is indigo GB, indigo odd Gb. So you can check her out. Metallic paints. You can find a lot of different brands, but this the one that I have and I absolutely love it. The other thing is I also use Karen markers is just for one of the exercises. It's not a compulsory. These are metallic set and I like using a combination of gold and silver. So when they combine, they give you a really nice shine. Apart from that, we are going to be using drawing gum. I think this is definitely a mass just because you can create so much withdrawing Graham. And there's just so many varieties and it's really good price. So it's not something that's very expensive, It's a very good price. Fibo is a brand that's pretty much available everywhere. Our PBO, I'm not sure how you pronounce it. You can also get this with Winsor Newton as well that a lot of other brands that also have this drawing gum, but I like this one because it works well and it's perfect. The other thing we're going to be using is in some areas, white acrylic. I'm not sure how much a use of it. It's not a necessity, but I just like having it, especially if you're making any mistakes. White acrylic is a good fix for any mistakes that you make with your painting, anything that's gone haywire, you can just fix it very quickly. And I have this acronym, bottle from five accrual. And it works really well. So these are materials. Now let's go on to our color schemes and then we can start with our projects. 3. Fun with Color Schemes: So let's start with our first project. And this is going to be kind of a teaser piece. So it is something for you to check if the color combination you chose actually works. I love doing projects like those because you're not really putting a lot of emphasis on technique. And there's not too much of stress around it as well. It's more having fun playing around with the colors to see if it actually works. And I always suggest doing this instead of just watching, because that could be a little bit boring. And sometimes when you're mixing colors, you may not get to see all the bees that they could mix. So doing something like this really quick, really sample can help you get excited about your art, which you're going to start painting at the same time, create some beautiful trial pieces and just get used to buy excited. I like doing this also to just check what the weather's like, to check how much water control I need and all those details and I'll talk about it as we go along. So the first thing I'm doing is starting with these red circles and I'm using a lot of water. So and I'm kind of playing around with the water. You can see some of them that are much more deeper and dread have lesser water ratio, whereas the ones that are more lighter have more of the water ratio. And I'm kind of playing around with that. This again comes to the fact that I want to check how hard or how humid the current climate is and how it would affect my painting. So in case you're in a country that's much more humans, much more hard. What might happen is as you paint and you go with the new layers, you won't get proper blends and they might end up just drying out very quickly. So this is a great exercise for you to check how the climate is and how it's going to affect your painting. So you can see I'm going in with the second column, which is the blue. And I'm just lightly touching the tip of the circles together and immediately the red dashes in, it spreads. And depending on where you are, depending on how the climate is in your place, the blending with accordingly happen. So if it's dry and you're not gonna see this leads coming through, you're not going to see the color mixing, but if it's much more, if the weather is more compatible than you would see it not drawing that fast and you will see the mixes coming through. So this gives you also a great way to check how fast you need to work and how many, how much can you let the piece dry before you need to move on to the second column. So here I was able to do all the reds and then add the blue and it's still mixed as to blenders to looks amazing. But if you're in a country where it's more hot, what might happen as it dries out quickly. So what you can do is you can do a couple of the red circles and then move on to the blue and then again couple of the red and then the blue. So you're mixing and matching so that away it doesn't dry. I hope that makes sense. I love doing this exercise for that reason. And in this process and kind of seeing how the blue and the red are mixing. And I'm also kind of playing around with that mixes. You can see that I'm just mixing it creating a purple. Seeing if that purple is also a color that looks good with what I'm going to create. If it's a purple, that's going to look really not that great. It's going to look muddy. It's going to make my artwork look. I'm not going to use this color combination, so it's giving me the chance to explore this as well. And all while creating a really fun, cute looking. So yeah, it's a win-win. So I'm playing around with the mixing, trying to see how much of the purple I need if just a little amount of red works better, or more of the blue works better, just really having fun with the process. Now for the bottom part of the feather, maybe a let this dry a bit before moving on. Maybe adding some details. You can see the red is dried. So now on top of it I'm going to add in just some lines, some details. You can add some doodles sneaking into your own style, getting a little bit creative. I've seen people just really have fun with doodles and I love seeing that because then the project becomes yours. It's not something you learn for me. It's something that you've created which I absolutely love, and that's what I'm all about. So I'm doing the bees and you can see I'm just doing these lines, making it not a big deal, just really nice lines. One thing I like to concentrate on is making sure that the tip of the lines are thinner. So the middle portion where they join, it's much more thicker towards the outset, Dan from outside. And you can play around with your brush strokes however you want to just to create that effect. That main goal is to create that effect. And then doing the middle potion of the feather, the mean line. Now I can go up and just do, since everything has dried, my circle is dried. I can just go up and draw this line all the way up. And I like the way this looks because it's such a fun way of swatching in a way, it's such a fun exercise. Does get you amped up. Know that artists fun art is supposed to be exciting and yeah, learn something cool at the same time. Try something funds. So loved doing this. And you can go as crazy as you want with the two dots or you can just leave it as is. If you want. You can even use black pen to do the doodles if you don't want to do with, with themes, just really let yourself go at this point. As this painting is coming along, what I also like to do is just look at the whole thing. So I step back for a bit for my painting and just look at it and figure out if there's anything I need to add, anything that is missing. So here I felt that I needed to give this kind of lines to show that it was a feather or because it was not really looking like a feather or so once I did these lines, I immediately felt that, yes, it looks like a feather. It looked really nice and add lines I were coming through while looking through a lead rolling eyes and there was some of the circles still drying. So some of that color got dragged through as well, which I thought gave a Schrodinger an overall look to the painting. So super simple, super easy. And we're going to explore more and more because we have four projects apart from this, I've not constant this as a project because this is just having fun. And the rest were really going to get into it. So completed, added some fun details and we are done with this. Sample, these. Now let's move on to our projects. 4. Project 1 - Blending Elements: So are you ready for our first project grid? Let's start off. So I'm drawing just some simple feather outline. Not being too specific, just having fun with it. And you can see I'm just doing a very light lines, so it's not thick. Just a really light line. Just so I know where exactly I'm going to be painting. Now, what I'm gonna do is I'm starting off with the red. And I loved this paint brush. I've spoken about it enough times, so definitely it's a good recommendation. So let's start with red. And I want you to carefully notice has I switched colors because this is the most important part of this technique. And what we're going to be doing is once we're going to be playing around with leaves. And I'm going to show you how, because we're trying to create gradation while we do the leaves. So starting with a really nice thin line and I'm making a really nice bulb, like rounded leaf. Is this not appointed leave? It's a nice rounded leaf. And now I go on with a secondary color. That's the blue. So this one, if you notice, looks a bit off. It doesn't look surely natural in a way it looks like this just read and then there's blue and somehow that stone sitting jolly, well, another thing I want you to notice is it's really big, right? So this is actually, I would say the one that I rejected. So I wanted to show you that I dread Lee reject some of my artwork, but I wanted to show you how how I make that decision between what I feel isn't working and what I feel is working. So now let's do another exam on the actual project and I want you to see the difference. So I realized I wanted to do it much more smaller than beams because has a keep filling up the feather. What's going to happen is these leaves are going to take up so much of space in the previous one that it's going to fill it up so quickly, it's now going to look as delicate as I want it to look. Okay. Is how I'm doing more of the red. And so this way, it actually doesn't look really weird. It doesn't look really random compared to what was happening before where it was just a red and then a dove into blue. You can go back if you want to rewatch that and you can see the difference between the two. So I will be mixing around the colors with the leaves. But you'll notice the way I do it, it's a lot more gradual and that's what we want to go for, a very gradual shift in colors. Like you can see the example that I'm doing now. So it's starting off with this Popper. Blue, red combination and then slowly moving into the blue. Instead of just jumping off from dread to direct blue. Does that make sense? And that's why I wanted to show you that example. Initially, I was going to cut it obviously because it didn't it wasn't the final piece. But as soon as I saw it and I did the new one, I realized I had to show you guys the difference and it's so cool to see that difference and that variety and seeing how this piece looks so different. I think you said the word difference so many times. Okay, so you can see how I've basically changed around with the colors. So again, doing the blue, doing the read, but couple of leaves. So not just one leaf, but at least doing two to three leaves before I switch colors. And that makes it look a lot more natural, makes it look really nice. What I'm also doing is filling up any empty space that's coming up and having some of the leaves come from outward to inside. So some of the ones that are just halfway there, some of them that are midway there. So not all of them are perfectly formed. And there are some just one leaf as bopping through. So really trying to make it look very filled up with that space. And just notice how this looks so nice Now it looks so forth. What I'm also going to do is just add couple of more leaves as I step back and just look at the painting to see if it looks like feathers. Because right now I feel like everything is just really in that area. So just want to have some of the leaves coming a little bit outside. Just so it pops out. So it looks more dynamic. And it's just kind of looking like feathers. And you can again see the before and after, after I've added these effects, after the, added these small little leaves to the one before, I had added it. And you can see that slight difference the way it looks. So the same thing for the bottom one, even though I had done in half, once I stepped away and looked at it, I kind of realized that it just looked to to cut up. So I wanted to have it more natural and just have some leaves coming outward. That's fine outside of the pencil line that I had drawn. Now, I'm going to do some leaves on the other side. But here I'm paying a little bit more intention because I don't want to do leaves again all the way, all the way to the top. So I'm just going to have couple of them just to the bottom and then it's going to blend it all the way up top. So that's going to be super fun. So notice how I'm just starting with the red. And then I'm going to add some blue and then I'm going to blend the rest. And this is how you're also creating variety in your artwork. Just creating some movement, creates them, creating some dimension instead of just having it really boring or just really flat. And I loved them mix of that blue, the pulp, the red all coming together on the leaves. Just looks so fun. And it's so interesting because it's not just one column and feed them the same thing at one color. It would have looked a little bit boring, but with these change of colors, it looks so interesting. And I loved the way that it's just kind of coming together. Now has this piece comes along, Let's just paint the remaining part of the feather with the red. Just all the way through. I am letting it touched the leaf so it just blends a little so it doesn't look like it's starting from nowhere. And just so it blends a little, I'm just starting it. A little bit of the blue. Don't worry, we're going to let it dry and Vivo. Kind of make sure those leaves look proper. But at the same time as we're kind of filling up the spaces, Let's just add in the color that it seep through. So look at that. It looks so interesting. And it's coming together. Our leaf are feathers are looking so interesting along with these leaves. Now just doing the bottom, very similar to what we had done in our practice exercise. Just draw a simple lines. I like playing around with the color a bit. So not just doing thread, but also adding the blue, which again mixes to give you a purple, just doing that combination because I find it more interesting. Now, I just wanted to add this lines with blue, just because if you see the leaves on looking a little bit, you know, they just, they look really nice, but there's still a little bit dot and the happens with watercolors, but you'd paint something so beautiful but it out once it dries. So I like adding small lines with a deeper color just to make that color just shine up even more. Now I'm letting this piece dry before I move on and just redraw that that leaf that was kind of that had blended through. So I'm just doing that again. So it looks really nice. Also doing the bottom part of the feather just because again, things kind of fade away. Now with a very light layer of the red, more water down layer, I'm doing strokes and you can see home starting off then and then just smoothing the brush all the way through. If you would like to see this technique more in my class, watercolor feathers does more of this. So if you want to see this more in depth as I explain it, you can check it out and that I go more into detail, but it's just as simple, sweeping through the feathers. Just doing this line because I felt like I was really looking quite 1-dimensional. And you want to pay attention to that because with watercolors, when things look one-dimensional, has they try, they can look through early done. It's just making sure that this some sort of texture going on can be so interesting. Adding those additional elements of small lines that are unexpected looks very interesting. And now that I've done all of this and we're basically done, what I'm going to do is just add some details with some gold, some metallics. Just to complete the artwork. I'm using cadherin molecules. You can use just gold metallic beans or any good. But I'm just using the molecule because it was there with me. No reason. But it's good materials and I like going over it with silver again just to shine it up a little bit so the goal can look a little bit flat bowl with us. It just makes it look better. And this is our final painting. Now let's move on to our next. 5. Project 2 - Florals Magic: So here is our next project. And for this one I want to do more of monotone blue, playing around with the textures, creating texture with watercolors. And I think that's so important to just get a hold of. And that's what we're going to be exploring here. Just with one column. So I'm starting over the pencil drawing as usual. Very light drawing is not very thick. Just to give me an idea of where I want the feather. The reason I do this is also so that when I'm painting, I know where I want to be. And instead of having the feather too much to write too much the left and all those things. So I'm starting with a very watered-down layer of the blue. So there's more of thought, a little bit of the pigment. And this, I'm going to walk really quickly because I don't want it to dry. I still wanted to be watery. If you notice that your paint is drying, just make sure you add a little bit more water and just made sure that it drew means not so dry at the same time, you don't want to have it too wet because that can create puddles. Just keep in mind, you don't want to have a two way. You don't want to have a too dry, you want the perfect proportion. And this might take a little bit of trial and error if you're just starting out. Now here is where I with it is when I start creating textures. And this is by just drawing some dots and the one, the areas that are still wet, the dots are going to kind of feed through and the ones that have dried, it's going to be fine. And you will see this happening as I paint, which is such a cool effect. I'm again going in with the blue for the tips of the feathers, creating that deeper blue effect. Now again, adding more circles. You can also look at the paper from a different angle and you will be able to see the glistening of the water to see if it's dry it or not. I do that sometimes if I'm not really sure. And now let's move on to the next side. And here I'm going in a little bit deeper with the color. And so just having it very watery like the first one, it's more pigment and that the color is more activated. And I'm just filling up that entire area. Right. And see how it is all filling up. I'm just making sure I drag that brush smooth across it just so it looks really, really nice and smooth. And I filled it up completely with the blue. And it's a little bit deeper though it's the same exact blue. And now I can go in and add some texture, maybe starting at the bottom creating those center feather details. I'm just gonna do all of that. I like adding some dots. On top. So here I'm changing it up. Instead of doing it at the bottom, I'm creating it on top and it's still wet so you can see it. You can see it blurred out immediately. And you can see the way this is coming through. I'm just adding some lines. On the other side. This is where I'm playing around with doodles, adding some zigzag lines on the other side. Right? So all of it is coming together. It's looking really, really funky, even though it's all one color which I will change, I will add red, but for now, I'm just creating texture within the federal. So now let's do the center line for the feathers. And you can see I've gone one step further, just activating that blue even more so that the ratio of the big int is more. And now we go on to some red details. Adding those dots again back to the previous layer of dots. And I'm also going to add the red on top. So I'm just building up on the collar, just building up on the blue that's already there just to create that effect. And again, because I find like monotone paintings sometimes a little bit boring. So I like adding that to the front color to just bring it all together. And now that I've done that, what I'm gonna do is I'm just going to also add some lines and details with this red. Okay, so now that we've done this, do you think I'm going to stop there or not? So if you've seen the artwork for the class or you just know my style, you'll know that I'm not going to be able to stop there with just this simple Federer. I like more. So what I'm gonna do now is I am going to be adding some flowers. So in this one, what I'm doing is I'm playing around with the idea of flowers outside or around though federal. And as I said, the topic for this is getting creative with feathers. And I'm taking this topic of feathers, something really fun and simple and adding flowers, adding elements in so many different ways. So you can really experiment with all of these ways. So I'm going to be adding some floss, adding some leaves and bring it all together. Now notice how I'm doing this super simple, just doing some petals. If you would like to know more of how I do these flaws, though, they are very simple, but if you still need more information, there is the exercise, the project that says watercolor florals, simple and easy. You can just look through the practice exercise and that if you would like. But it's so simple you can see how it's done. Very, very simple. I'm just creating feather-like shapes. The one thing I would say is to make sure that you all want your brushes a little bit more watered with the red so you don't want to have it too deep of color because then the watercolor effect kind of fades away, so you wouldn't get that effect. So with this, since, um, it is more water down, you can see some petals are deeper in dread colors, some are more transparent. And you kind of have that fun thing that's happening. Let's do another one. So I'm just trying to balance out both sides. And that's important when you're kind of creating something that has elements because you want to balance out both sides just so it looks proportional and you don't have just one side looking too much, right? Super important. So very, very simple flaws. And also one thing I want you to notice is I like doing multiple petaflops, so it's not just two or three or four. I'd like to do five and above. So 6, 7, 8 generally is my go-to number four petals. Now let's add in some smaller petals. And you can see these, these are just half laws, just three or four to show that they're half petals. So just half of the flower. So now that this is kind of coming through, Let's go in with some blue and just do the center portion. And I just like drawing thin lines so that it all comes together. Writes very, very simple blue lines. It's still wet the paint so you can see it kind of blend through, which looks really, really great. And also the half ones, the half petal, you can see how I'm kind of bringing those together as well. So now that I've done this, you can see it looks kind of empty. So now let's go in, add some leaves. Again, very simple leaves. It starts with a thin line and then pressing down. I think this is again covered with the class that is watercolor florals. So again, if you missed it, you want to kind of get more information. You can check that out. I just don't want to repeat that information because it's already there. But it's super simple, just drawing a straight line and then pressing down and then lifting up. Just doing that wherever you feel like. And I'm also just doing some red lines. This is, this is kind of unnecessary, but I like doing the tips of the leaves sometimes with the red color just so it doesn't look very monotone just to add that color through. Not very obvious, but when you look at the overall image, it is kind of obvious. So these small details does help. So you can see how I would just start with a thin line and then I just create the leaf sheep. What I'd like to do is just again, make sure that my brush is more wet so it's not it's not just fixed with a color. So has I keep painting, I keep or maybe dabbing out the excess of water. Just playing around with their heads. I do each leaf, so every leaf doesn't look exactly the same. And every leaf isn't the exact color. There's a slight change in the blues and that adds into the watercolor effect. Again, doing the tips of the leaves with the dread. Doing the middle portion of the petals. Just because I felt like the floss had become really dim because the red kind of faded out, has a dried. So just to add that little bit more brighter red. Now I'm just tapping, adding some drops. I love to wing. This is just, it just makes me so happy edges feel like the book gets completed when I do this. So this is a bonus if you guys don't want to, that is fine. If you want to add more floors, that's fine if you wanted to floss all over, That's perfectly like have fun with this. I want you guys to just experiment with these. It's such a fun topic of feathers and you can just go ahead, add flaws, add leaves at so much more. Add some black lines at some metallics, whatever feels like fun. Also going in at tapping gold. I love doing this as well because gold droplets, so pretty, so pretty when it dries, just looks so nice. So this is our completed art and I love the way it looks. You can go in after everything has dried, just make sure everything has completely dried before you go in. And just it is out the pencil marks. 6. Project 3 - Creating Texture: So let's go on to our third that are, and where basically again, exploring so much with just feathers. This one, I think is my favorite compared to everything, because we're basically just playing with watercolors, but creating texture. And I think that when you can do that, that's huge, that can create so much and you can just really, really have fun with so much. So how are we doing this? So I started with a pencil drawing of the leaf. And what I'm gonna do is I am using basically the gum, so it's drawing gum and this is called masking fluid. The one that I'm using is from keyboards there in the material list. And it's also there in the about section. So what happens is everywhere this blue has come in is going to be masked when I paint aware there's not gonna be anything, it's going to remain white. The paper color white, which is super cool so we can get a lot of texture just from this without even going into anything more. What I'm trying to do also is adding the blue specifically to the top and bottom. So it kinda wanna have that more concentrated towards the top and bottom. You don't want to make these two big, cause the whole space is going to be white. So if it's too many, it could look really busy. So I've let this dry completely and now taking my brush with a little bit of the blue, more of the water, just having a really nice light layer. I am going to be painting the feathers. And you can see how the water kind of glides over those I'm drops that you just put. So just like really glides through it, which is really cool. And I'm just going to continue with the entire feather. So we've done this. Now let's take direct blue. So this is non jelly water down taking it directly. And let's brighten it up. So I'm creating texture just with this. And you can see how that is kind of adding on. So you've got the lighter blue that's more water down. This is just with one pigment. How cool is that? So we're doing that by going into the blue. And now maybe we can add more of the red trade. So let's just play around with that. And I want you to also notice the edges of the feathers. I'm kind of making them pointed and adding some dots to this previous layer which was still wet. It's halfway, so some of it is blurring out immediately. Some of them are going to remain more of circles just because they have dried out, which is great. So we're creating again textures within just this. And this is the fun of watercolors trade. It's so fun when you can just play around with it. And great. So we've done this. Neat it as deep as we can make the color of the blue. And now I'm just trying to make sure that maybe if I want to add some details or whatever it is, I'm kind of seeing what could work really well. Now I'm going to take the red thread with my paint brush. And I'm just going to paint the top part. The leaves are still wet from the previous one, so it is going to blend with the previous deep blue. I'm just doing the edge of the feathers, so it looks like a feather. It's not just a crisp line, I'm just doing some lines poking out to represent the Phaedo. And you can see how pretty that is. You've got this red that's just seeping through. I'm going to add a little bit of red details at the bottom, maybe some lines. You can kind of have fun with this at this point. Just try to make sure at this, if you're drawing lines, your paint is dried. You previously as dry it. So then when you do the lines that still looks nice if it's still wet. I'm just going to have blurry lines, which again is part of the day clique. So you can go ahead with that. Just wanted to give you a heads up. So I'm liking the way this looks, so much of texture. Maybe I can add more dots with the red. And look at how pretty that is. Now let's do the other side. Now, one thing I want to make sure is that there is a gap between the two, because what could happen is the colors get merged up, right? And the layers maybe have not tried from the previous one. So I'm just dotting over the dread in this case, not the other way around, not with the blue, but I'm starting with a red, adding more water so I blend out the color. So it's not just this deep red and the beginnings, so just adding more and more clear water. And then I'm going with the blue. And you can see how I'm just leaving that gap in the middle. Just to ensure that these colors don't mix up with what we just painted. Adding some spots. So with the blue. You can draw early. Have fun with this. I like, I would suggest try using salt. So has it's drying, just add some salt, you'll see some beautiful textures. Try maybe adding splatters of gold that is so stunning as well. Really have fun with creating textures with watercolors. At the same time you're doing these really pretty leaves, sorry, feathers, which looks so fun, right? Try maybe even adding some white acrylic. See what happens with that. That's going to look really fun as well. I'm just doing the end of the feather, just doing that line. And we kind of done almost, right. I'm just going to let this dry a bit and then I'm going to add more details with the blue, just creating more texture. So when I let this dry before I move on to adding some gold. So I just wanted to get some really nice gold. And these are gold watercolors and I'm adding it to the area that is still wet. On top, it has more whitespace, so I'm just adding this gold. And you can see it blurs out. Going to the other side, which has all the dried up adding that gold. So that B have that little bit of shine that's going on a little bit of color. And look at how this is coming along. And then has these things are drying and it's almost dried. Can just go to the middle and do a goal line. The reason I wanna do this is in case I didn't really leave a gap in the middle because that also can happen and you can see how mine was looking, really jag it. So when I add the goal that just makes that look a lot better than you have this whitespace in the middle, which is not really perfect. But at the same demos doing that because I'd enjoy that you want to wait for the layers to dry before I moved on. So just kind of doing that. And then I like splashing the gold has I mentioned and love, That's my new favorite. So you're going to see this through this project. I just really enjoyed doing that. Splattering gold. And this is Goldwater colors. It's now possible with any other paints, it has to be water colors. And I can add a little bit more of water to make it a little bit more war tree. And then against splashes to just have more splatters going on. And you can see this feather, just so much of textures saw much of interests. You can play around with the colors. And it looks so interesting. And we haven't even gotten to the part of drying it out and drilling that whites the masking fluid. So let's do that, let's dry this. And what I like to do is either you can use an eraser to erase it out. But if you're using a paper that's really thin, less non-terrorists that you can just use your finger and just kind of scrape it through. There are special tools that are available for this. They specifically for removing masking fluid so you can do that. Whatever works for you. I just kinda use a mix of both over here. I'm just going to like it Is it out. And you can see how those areas are white. And this, along with all these textures that have, we have created, looks so interesting. Don't you think? 7. Project 4 - Negative Painting: So I wanted to put this one in the last because it is negative painting at the same time. This is the reason I even did this class because initially I got so many requests because people wanted to do negative painting with feathers. And I kept procrastinating and for over a year, yes, I procrastinated over a year before I finally did and then I didn't like the project that much because I felt like if it's just negative painting, it kind of can get overwhelming. So finally it turned into this, which was a mix of four different creative ways that you can create feathers along with negative painting. So let's do our step one. You guys know those steps super well, which is drawing archer these try not to do too much. It can be overwhelming if you're gonna do so many, keep it simple, keep couple of them. We are going to make it simpler by just having two layers. So it's not too much going on. But at the same time what I would like to do is just making them small. And also you can notice how they are branched out. A, that looks so interesting because it's not just one line. It's branched out which makes it look better. So guys know negative painting. You know what happens next? If you don't know, Let's get to it. We are going to be painting around these pencil marks. And I'm starting with a light layer of blue. And you can see how I'm just kind of doing this, but slowly it is so great when you just want to sit with Europeans. You just want to be and be a little bit more specific. At the same time, you just want a beautiful result. And that's what negative painting doesn't always makes me smile. Especially when I'm just like, Okay, so I'm going ahead now one thing, because this has feathers and because it's not a complete object, you can see how I'm just doing the edge as lines and I'm leaving it as it is. I'm not trying to do a perfect sheep around the edges of the federal. Right? But the inner portion, but all of the others is going to be exactly like negative painting, just making sure that I paint around those objects. Surely, well, you can see how water down this layer is. It's coming out so well, it looks so fun. And what I'm doing is on the top, I'm just leaving it as it as it is. So there's not going to be a complete ending, it's not going all the way to the top and that's okay. Let's just get through the bottom part. Let's just finish the negative painting before we worry about the top. Part of the Federal. You can see this is coming along so well. Okay, so now that we've done this, adding some dots, this is a phase that I'm going through, by the way, when I'm just adding dots to my colors. So I'm sorry about that. But this project is all about that and it's really creating textures with watercolors, which is something I didn't do before, but just, I really am enjoying that part. So now let's go to that red and we're going to just do the top area of the negative painting of that feather, just completing it. So all I'm doing is just doing some red. And I'm just blending it out. And how I'm blending it out is purchased. Water. Just clear water and blending it out. That's it. And while blending because this is not a proper blend like your landscape and things, what I like to do is just push it around. And that's enough. Now for the areas the leaves that are popping outward, rates, I'm just taking blue. They, they light and just again painting around those leaves. And you can see now what I'm gonna do is take some clear water and just spread it. Just so I don't have patches of that blue. And it looks like negative painting, so I'm not missing out on those feathers. They still look like they're part of the OT part of the feathers basically, Yeah. That leaves us still part of them. So it just do this and kind of just stay clear water and blend it out. So I've let this dry completely and I'm just going on to the other side of the feather, basically repeating with similar thing that we did before, just painting around the leaves. So look at how that's just blending up the top. And don't worry if it's not perfect because we're going to add something to it. So let's just go back, complete the negative painting pot. Create. So you can see the first layer is almost done. Now we can just go in with that red, just do the top portion of the feather and just make sure that we blend out those leaves that are popping outward. Again following the same thing of just really watered layer, just making sure I take some water, clear water and just blending it through. Again, adding some texture to the painting with some blue drops. So they go almost done. We are going to just this office, Leo almost done. I am adding blue on top. I mentioned that I was going to fix that red looking weird. So I'm just going to add this and there are so many feathers that have this detail. So I just wanted to add that since we haven't done it for the other samples. Doing the other side as well. You can see how I'm just doing lines like nothing fancy, just lines. But one thing I would like you to notice as I'm reading the shape on the right and left side. And that's important, creates dimension and details. Okay, So ready for the next layer? We're going to just have two layers. So this can be the second layer and it's done. Well, she show, show you a close up and we're gonna do is smaller leaves and against spreading it out. And one thing to keep in mind as you don't want the leaf to be right on top of something. You've already painted a penciled out before. You know it because then you're not going to be able to see the leaf. So just making sure that the leaf actually is in the areas that have been painted before and that blue area and not on the white area only. Okay. And as it goes up, I'm just adding two leaves. So you can see it's just too nice, Has it goes up, but just in that same general area, we're adding more of these leaves for our next layer off. Negative painting. Okay, so let's start painting. So taking in that blue and painting around these. And this time it's going to be a little bit tricky because you want to make sure you don't paint around the white layer and the pencil layer. So you are having two layers to keep in mind. And so this is going to be the tricky bit time consuming part. But it's coming together. It's coming together and it's amazing. So I am really proud of you for getting this far. And we are so close to the n, which is so cool. Now one thing you wanna do is walk a little bit quickly when you're doing this. Just because the top layer, you can see those blue lines digits so harsh. So I'm gonna make sure I quickly take some clear water and just blend them through. Can see how I'm blending them. I just kinda wiggle my brush to just blend them through to so it's not flat and I don't want to have flat lines there. Right. So before they dry, I'm just immediately taking water and just blending them through on the top. Now let's do those leaves that are poking out. And you can see it looks Sony. And this is just one side. Let's go on to the next side and do the same thing. Okay, we're getting there, we're almost there. Just a little bit more, just a little bit more painting. And we are almost at the end. Maybe now's the time you take some coffee, some tea, and just sit town. Okay, so I've led the whole thing dry and some red and I'm just adding details to the feather because I felt like it was looking a little bit dull. And plus, as you guys know, I'm going through a phase of textures. So adding some details to the feathers, just some squiggly lines, some dots playing around with it. You can add some doodles, whatever it is. And we are basically done with our project. I might also add some metallics, which I think is also such a great idea. So I'll add in some metallics, as we've been kind of following that same theme of blue and metallics, blue, red metallics. So I might add that as well and then just finish it up. So yes, we're basically done with this. 8. Thank you and more coming soon..: Congratulations, you've just completed this for projects along with the swash and exercise. And you just had fun and you try new techniques using watercolor feathers. And I am so proud of you for getting this far. I can't wait to see your projects. I can't wait to hear back from you. And if you have any questions, please drop it in the discussion tab so I can answer to them. And if you have done your project, you're posting it on social media. Feel free to tag me so I can have a look at it as well as some love and joy around it. The other thing that I wanted to say for those of you who have been following my classes, who had been taking my classes or this is your first time. Thank you so much. It really means so much to me to just know that you guys are learning so much and it gets me more inspired to create more, to teach more. And teaching just makes me so happy. And every time I see a project, I just light up and it really makes my day. So thank you so much guys, and thank you so much for spreading creativity to the world. Thank you so much for being the artist that you are and spreading that joy because the world needs more artists and art is amazing. So thank you, and you can use a hashtag femme visionary class if you're posting on Instagram and to inspire other people as well, to have a look at it and see the journey. Thank you so much. See you next time.