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Watercolor Fish Doodles: A Watercolor + Line Drawing DIY Art Project

teacher avatar Annette Brown, Embrace + Express Creativity

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6 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. (1) Supplies

    • 3. (2) Fish & Doodle Inspiration

    • 4. (3) Painting the Watercolor Background

    • 5. (4) Drawing Fish Doodles

    • 6. Thanks + Your Project

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Personalize Your Space with Watercolor Fish Doodle Wall Art!

This is the first class in my Personalize Your Space DIY Series.  In this class I'll show you how I create wall art by drawing doodles over a watercolor background. 

There's a practice sheet available for download by clicking the "Your Project" tab, and then the link, "See Full Description."


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1. Introduction: thanks for considering my new do it yourself. Siri's personalize your space in this class will create watercolor fish doodles that can be framed and hung his Wall Arts. I'll demonstrate how I paint watercolor backgrounds, find inspiration and then, due to my line drawings, I hope you'll join me. Click and roll and let's begin. 2. (1) Supplies: to create the watercolor background. I'll be using a sheet of water polo paper that's £140 cold pressed so you can see that there is some texture. I don't know if you can see him, but there's some texture, but not a lot of sexual. It's best to avoid rough sexual paper for this project. I'll use a jar with water I don't primarily be using to paints that are already on this plate. You can also use a palette to hold your paints in. Here is a pan set of paints. Um, probably. I'll use thes periodically, but I will primarily be using my tubes it, but there some colors and this handset that aren't in much upset, so I'll sometimes use this one. If you're using a pansa, you can prepare it to pick up pigment by dropping water in each pan. On that softens the pigments and so that you can easily pick them up. The team said that I'm using as this, um, Chinese water colors. It's a really good set that I picked up from Hobby Lobby or paintbrushes. I'll be using a number six rounds and another three rounds And for the doodle portions, I use a few different tenants. This is a favorite castle brush pan that I used to fill in larger areas. This is a paper may flare that I'll use periodically. This has a medium tip. I also use a micro owns a 0301 and 05 This is what a 03 looks like. That's your one. It's really fine. And a 05 So these are pretty small, but, um, I, like Teoh create really detailed doodles. So that's why I use thes butts. Used what you're comfortable with and use whatever brands weren't best for you. Okay? And the next segment will get started with creating the water. Call the background. 3. (2) Fish & Doodle Inspiration: If you need some ideas about what colors to incorporate into your watercolor background or the different type of fish shapes that you would like to use, you can do a quick search on Google Pinterest or flicker. In order to get some ideas, I'm going to go over three images that I found. And in this first image I love the shape of this fish I love. It's Fens. The cool blues against the warm orange is Aziz air complementary colors, and I also love the pattern on this on this fish scales. So these are all elements that I'll abstract Lee incorporate into my doodle drawing in the 2nd 1 I also love the shape of this fish, but I love how the his scales are overlapping and then gradually go from this larger size to these little dots. Eso That's also something to consider when creating doodles. I also in like the shape of the coral, um, and also the color of the coral. So I'll let some way incorporate these colors into the watercolor background, and this shape will somehow be incorporated into my doodle drawing. And lastly, I focused on this image morsel because of the plant life and the coral. So these are giving me more ideas about the different shapes that I can use to help fill out my my final piece. When I have doodle, I usually start with a shape, and then I create compartments within that shape, and I allow the shape to inform the types of doodles I create within them. So, for instance, if I were to take the circle here and partition it, this shape will help me decide what shape to create next. And I'm going Teoh create another curved line. And so now I'm thinking I'll create an offshoot of that curved line which will create more curved lines. And then this creates a new shape that I can outline. And now I, like Teoh, create lines in the opposite direction. So that's just one example of how the shape helps me determine what shapes to create. So in this area, I think our session it this way, and I'm going to use lines again. And this is just freehand um, you don't have to use ruler. You can if you want to. In this area, I'll create curved lines and you can always play with distance. Like make some allow for more space to be between some lines. Um, you can act. You can shade in some of the lines, you know, just by adding that extra line in every other space that creates a different effect and something the color those in amazing, a larger tip brush marker in order to call their these end. And it just it adds dimension. It makes the piece look a bit more interesting, right? Um, you can also play with variation in terms of other shapes like circles, and you can even make some at long. And I made a mistake there, but I'll just stick in this line, and now I can think in some of the other lines, too. So this is what I mean by allowing the peace to inform its own direction. Like sometimes you create, you have an idea of what you want to make. But the piece kind of have has a golden off its own as well. So I think you have to give it some space to express itself, um, and help you to determine what you want to include, and you can also create concentric circles. You want darkens in circles, so every mark you make when you're doodling is derived from just that one that right so you can make the dot long to create a line. You can create multiple dots in one condemned space. You can read a circle from that dot so these are just a few examples you can also, I created a zigzag with them, the lines if you want, so just play around with it. Enjoy yourself. This could be a really relaxing process, so I hope that this was helpful. I will include a practice sheet if you feel so, you need to more direction and you can download it in the project area. 4. (3) Painting the Watercolor Background: to create the watercolor background. I'll use a wet on wet technique, so I'm just adding water to the paper and then dropping in pigment and I'll continue this process. The water is really blue, but I'm creating a primarily blue background, so I don't mind that. But there was also pigment still remaining on my brush that made the second drop a darker blue. So here we are. I'm dropping green pigment now and I'm just sporadically adding color. You can add contrast and colors in working sections so that the colors don't all bleed into one another because that'll just create a muddied like brown color. So I'm slowly moving the pigment up to the contrast and colors, just being careful, not sublet them too quickly. I'm adding more water and now I'm starting to combine the colors again. I'm adding more water and then more pigment, and this is like an under the sea type Look, So you see blue zc, greens, reds, purples. Um, just a lot of different colors can be seen underwater, so I just want to capture as much of that as I can here. And so you know, I'm I sped up the video in order to reduce the amount of time. But I wouldn't move this fast. I would take my time toe work each section so as not Teoh cause the colors to blend too quickly. And as you can see here, I'm just dropping pigment into other areas just to blend all the colors in an interesting way. When you dropped the pigment in, it blends with the area, as it wishes, so to speak it. It runs in whatever direction there's moisture, so just dropping in the color creates an effect that you wouldn't necessarily create on your own. And I want the edges to be blue. And here I am, dropping in more contrast in colors, and right here I'm dropping in more water so that that causes the pigment to run in a different direction. And it can create cool effects, too, so you can just take a paper towel in dab areas where there's excess water. And so this is the finished piece that I'm going to allow to drive fully before I start to doodle over it. 5. (4) Drawing Fish Doodles: 40. So here I have a stack of watercolor backgrounds. I took the larger sheets of paper and cut them down to five inches by seven inches each. These created a more extracted version of the of the backgrounds that we had already created and with these backgrounds will create our fish doodles. Now, I won't use all of these, but I just wanted to give you more of a close up of thean effects that were created by the water color paint and how these effects make it kind of easy to create underwater elements . So I've penciled in some marks. I don't know if you can see here, but here's an outline of a fish. There's another one here and this one, too. And I'm going to use these outlines to create the base portion of these drawings. And then I'll fill the men with abstract marks or doodles for the sake of time. I sped up this process, but as you can see, I'm outlining my pencil lines and I'm using the larger marker so that I could do it more quickly and make the lines broader. But normally I this is a slow process, and, um just be ready for that. When you start to doodle, it takes some time to create the outlines and especially to see create the doodles on the inside of the outline. But as you can see, I'm using the water color effects. Teoh inform my decisions when creating shapes as well. That's why it's really cool to use water color as the background because the outlines are or the shapes created by the water color are so dynamic that it just adds an added element to the drawings. So this is my second example that I'm outlining right here and you can see in some areas I'm going over the lines twice just to think in the lines. This is just the beginning. As you begin to doodle, you'll probably add more marks as needed to help fill out the composition of the peace. So these air the outlines, and now I'm going to start doodling. I'm still using the medium tip marker to create repetitive marks within these shapes, and you can use circles, lines, triangles. You can use thick lines, thin lines, alternate thin and thick lines, and as you go like right here on this vicious Ben I used. I created lines, but it seemed a little unfinished to me. But I left it and moved on to the other areas because as you go on and create more marks than that will help you decide what to add to other areas. I thought it'd be cool to create circles or, um, little bubbles. I guess you can say in different sizes, or they also looked like little pebbles. Um, so that's what I will create for the body of this fish. And I'm using various sizes in order to add depth and dimension and also for visual interest. And again, I don't do this quickly. It took me about 30 to 45 minutes to finish this piece altogether. So, um, that's another reason why I cut the paper down to five inches by seven inches because it could be a little less intimidating. Teoh finish a piece when it's smaller than when you have a huge like nine inch by 12 inch piece of paper. I think, especially if you're starting out, it's best you have a smaller space so that you can fill the space confidently without feeling intimidated. After finishing the body, I could go in and add more marks to the fin. And as I mentioned, these take a long time to finish. So I'm going to move on to another example just to give you an idea of the types of doodles that I use in my work. And then I show you the finished product of them both at the end. So in the lower portion of this fish, I decided that I wanted to add cross hatching So you can see me creating the agonal lines in this entire area. And now I'm going to create the Agon, Allianz, Parque, lenticular to those. And now I'm adding lines that are vertical or up and down. Can a one of the area toe have even finer cross hatching? So I decided to create the agonal lines on top of that as well and in opposite direction. So now I'm just filling in areas that I might have had too much space and just making the crosshatch more defined. Since you can see, I like to partition off areas and then create designs within those areas. So here I'm stacking curved lines in various directions and I'm gonna go back in and add more color from darkening the middle space in all of these stacked lines. And I decided to add more underwater elements because this face looked a little empty to me . And I think you'll find that you probably do the same as you go along in your project, filling these with circles and half circles and some going to fill in tow. Add some dimension and I decided to use wavy lines for the 2nd 1 So these air just abstracted lines really simple and again I'm filling in. Some of the space is just Teoh. Add visual interest and dimension. I actually think that your piece should inform the types of shapes you make, so I don't want to offer too much direction. But you're basically just using basic shapes like lines and circles to create your final project. So here to finish pieces, a Z could see this one has grown or evolved since since that last showed it to use. So I darkened to Some of the circles are dark into these bands on, and up here is well and here addict bubbles. I'm so these weren't here, but this face looks to empty to me. So I added bubbles. I added. Dark bands here is well, and here e I'm satisfy with the composition. I think it's pretty balanced. So I moved on to you a 2nd 1 And with this one, there have been some changes as well. I used a lot of hatching here and here. I added thes elements that want their before, and I darkened this area because I think the lines were competing with one another. Um, all right, I added these elements as well. Just Teoh offers imbalance if you feel it, so you need a little bit more direction and you can download a practice sheet that I included in the project section below. If you click on my projects and then read more, you'll see that there is a link for a practice sheet, and I'll just include the doodles that I used to complete these projects. 6. Thanks + Your Project: thank you for enrolling in this class. I hope that you enjoyed it and got some ideas on how you can personalize your space at home or in the office. Don't forget. Sit down. Will you practice sheet and your project for this class is to create your own watercolor fish doodle and uploaded into the project gallery. If you prefer to doodle something other than fish, that's perfectly fine. I just x that you use watercolor and doodles to create a project and then uploaded into you the Project gallery. Let me know if you have any questions in a discussion section below. I hope you consider joining future courses in the Personalize your Space Siri's.