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Watercolor Florals Made Simple

Autumn Hathaway, Hand Carved Stamps

Watercolor Florals Made Simple

Autumn Hathaway, Hand Carved Stamps

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10 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. WCFMS intro

    • 2. WCFMS Materials (1)

    • 3. WCFMS colors

    • 4. WCFMS Process

    • 5. WCFMS vibrant

    • 6. WCFMS Soft floral

    • 7. WFCMS background technique1

    • 8. WCFMS background technique2

    • 9. WCFMS background technique3

    • 10. WCFMS closing

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About This Class

Creating beautiful watercolor floral paintings is incredibly simple, with the help of a hand carved stamps.


In this class I take you on a fun watercolor journey where you learn to make a vibrant bold floral and a soft pastel floral. You could fill your page with flowers, or any motif you choose. I also share three different styles of background techniques using these beautiful stamps. 

Music in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYF0vVpBYUw


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Autumn Hathaway

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Hello, I'm Autumn. Welcome to my Skillshare channel which is all about Hand Carved Stamps. My first class is a great place to start, Hand Carved Stamps Made Simple. I would love for you to join me in class.  You can also hope on over to my YouTube channel and follow my Vlog. 

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1. WCFMS intro: Hi, I'm autumn, and this is watercolor florals made simple. The reason they're made simple is because I teach you how to create beautiful watercolor paintings with hand carved stance. Now I've been a stamp carving artist for 16 years now, and I have explored and discovered countless ways to use stance. One of the great things about using watercolors with stamps is it's an effortless way to create a pretty paintings you could do explore the colors and how they interact. While the stamp does all the work, all without having to think about brushstrokes, I feel it eases the fear of creating a painting. So I guess this painting technique could lend itself more to a printmaking method. Either way, it's super simple and a lot of fun. If you follow this process, you'll end up with two or more different paintings. One will be a vibrant, bold on the other will be soft pastel hues. The project for this class will be to stamp out a full sheet of paper, any size, any stamp and use the technique that I show you in this class and then click a picture of it uploaded to the project section of this classroom. Listen, I promise you, if you try this technique, you will easily feel a page full of flowers or any motive that you like, and it will be effortless, and it will happen in no time. And you'll have a finished painting or print. Oh, by the way, if you don't know how to carve stamps, I teach a class hand carved stamps made simple. So if you want to learn, check it out. Well, it's time to get started to create some beautiful watercolor paintings, so I'll see you in the classroom. 2. WCFMS Materials (1): Okay, so these were the materials that we're gonna be using, and they're pretty straightforward and simple. And I'm using Doctor Ph Martin's radiant concentrated watercolor there, liquid. I love them. They're great. I have palates to use them with. The brushes are primarily flat. I have several several different sizes. And I do have a round brush. And I do have a water brush and you'll see me use those in class you're gonna need Ah, water, Mr. This is a glass one. You can probably find one to re psyched that you can recycle a song as it mists. Very fine. You don't want a really heavy, clunky big drops of water coming out as you're trying. Teoh, use this. You're going to need some hand carved stamps. Of course you can use any stamp, but I've got this real, simple flower stamp and I like it. I think in I think it lends well to this technique. You can also use any stamp. You're also going to need some mask. Here I have some cut out simply just the image that is stamped on paper and then the double stick tape on the back. This is removable Doug, double stick tape, double stick tape. And you could also use brisket. This is a classic sort of film that you could cut out and use. This is very tacky. If you stand on this glossy paper, you're gonna need something that's gonna not rub off. And I use the stays on black or any color, and then I clean my stamp with their cleaner. That way it doesn't really come off. I mean, it probably could have I scrape it, but it works pretty well. I'm also going to use a little bit of white Wash and this guy good old fashioned color wheel. Definitely gonna use that. And I'll show you how. And we're gonna be using this paper. I like this. It's great value. I did choose the larger sighs. This is a 14 by 17 and it's 35 by 43 centimeters. So I like the fact that it's big because we are using big stamps and we're gonna do big painting. So this is a great value, and it's a mixed media paper, but it works on water. And like I said, it's a great I think that's it. 3. WCFMS colors: this first class is gonna be the vibrant floral paintings, and we're actually gonna be making two paintings at one time. And how this is gonna work is we're going to start by stamping the first impression it's gonna be bright and bold, and then we're gonna stamp off the leftover paint several times with water, and it will provide this this shaded, toned, pastel sort of version, and you can go pretty far with these. So let's started. So I started today with analogous colors, and I did a little test run here in my watercolor sketch book with circles very relaxing to do circles with watercolor. You could do that for hours, and it's a good way to test out colors and see if this is the color, direction and the color story that you want to tell and analogous. Colors are colors that are consecutive on the color wheel or adjacent to each other. I mean, obviously, purple is not adjacent to the orange, but they all sort of move together. If you have all of these shades and tones intense incorporated in your story. So that's what I'm looking at here. So you can basically see you got your violate. Your red violet, Your read your red orange, your orange. You might even go a little bit into yellow orange. But that doesn't the colors I'm working with now. And I have specifically a brush for each color. So the red is red and pink is gonna be primarily the biggest. So the biggest, the most amount used Somebody used the biggest brush for those And these other flat rushers air gonna be the orange and the violence. 4. WCFMS Process: so I'm gonna give you a quick demonstrations, a quick demonstration of the process so that you understand the concept of how I'm gonna be creating two different paintings at one time. So I have my paints here. I've got my flat brushes, my paints or wet a little bit. My brushes are wet and have designated a specific color brush for each color so that I don't muddy the colors too much. I want each color to have its own vibrancy, because once I add the water, it's gonna be it's gonna definitely be, huh? Blended together? No, a little bit for on this one. So then I'm gonna missed it. Now you're gonna see me missed it here. But I'm not gonna be missing it on my work surface from here forward because it does spray . And I don't want water getting everywhere right now. I'm gonna show you how I do this, but later I'm gonna turn away from my work service so you'll see me stamping out designs but not see me spray. So I'm gonna add four. Missed, miss four. Maybe a few more little short ones here, and I'm gonna do the first impression on one paper. That's actually not very bright. I didn't load it up very much with paint. And then while the paint is still on this stamp, I'm gonna missed it a couple more times, maybe three. And it's gonna be introducing a lot more water and the water to paint ratio will get higher so that colors will get lighter and the paint stays on the stamp. And I'm gonna try another impression. I know I can get another one. Three missed and the colors do start to move together. And I'm gonna do one more. I can stop, probably due another, but I'm gonna stop there. But you get the idea. So basically, you're gonna see me work through class with the vibrant ones and then the soft pastel ones . And this is the process. How I did it. I did want to separate the two paintings in class so that you can see how you can create two or more at one time. So I'm gonna show you if you decide these are some of my other paintings. If you decide you want to put all of the stamped impressions on one page, this is what that looks like you can see my darker impressions here and then they're lighter. Going out, which gives the impression that they're sort of falling behind, were fading in the distance. 5. WCFMS vibrant: here. I've switched the orange to the middle and the purple to the outside, so that's kind of what I did in the beginning. He's beginning flowers here, so these two are masked off, and I'm just gonna put this right here. That's really watery. So I'm glad it's in the background. So now I have these masks and I want to remove them. But I don't want the dripped paint to land all over my paper. So I'm just gonna blot it up off of the brisket so you can sort of not a huge mess. Now, this frisk, it is very sticky. It works really well, but you don't need to use it. You can use paper. So here I have the mask with the double stick tape on the back. And I put a piece of tape on each pedal only so that it would secure down better. Make sure you it's dry. Actually, it doesn't have to be dry. It helps, but it doesn't have to be. So I think what I'm gonna do is so I'm going with a smaller stamp this time, and I'm I just Yeah, I'm gonna do off all three colors I was gonna say I might just use one color. I think what I'm gonna do is put the pink in the middle. I'm gonna put the orange yellow next to the pink and then I'm gonna put the the red orange outside of that and then the purple and it's gonna get money. The purple in the red orange will probably make a nice neutral. But that's OK because we have a lot of bright colors going on here. No, I'm not overlapping these flowers very much, but just a little bit will give pretty nice impression of layering for the flowers. That's pretty muddy, but I'm okay with that. I might add a little bit of the pink in the middle. That's where a round brush comes in handy. You can just drop color in now. I'm going to do just four missed and we'll see how that works. Gonna add some of this yellow orange. Now, if you really wanted more vibrant colors, you wouldn't dilute this liquid watercolor at all with water. You would just apply straight out of the bottle onto the stamp and it would be much more vibrant. Thes brushes have watering them a little bit. There's some water in the pan that was four missed. The interesting thing is, no matter. War five, no matter how many different times you put the paint in the same order on the stamp in the same way they all still come out a little bit different and you don't really have to think about it too much. And that's the best part. You can just enjoy watching the colors work together. This one had a lot of water, and I'm gonna leave it. I'm going back to the bigger stamp. This is so relaxing. I could do this all day long. I don't know about you, but I love doing this and it just takes me on this journey and I get lost. It was five sprays. Yeah. I mean about this right up here, I'm not gonna ask it. I have a Oh, it's got some nice rust colors in there. That's nice. I might give this a little touch of the red right in here, cause it looks like it would dry really light. Well, it always drives lighter. Now, the reason you want to clean the stamp off once you're done stamping off your however many times you want to. I get the impression if you just want to start with a clean stamp because the water color really does grab and it sits in the crevices. Same with when you use ink to. But it sits in the crevices and it will come through and you want you want your pure colors . Four. Let's do four missed. Now, this is a perfect example for me to show you right here. You can see that the impression didn't make its way all the way to the paper. Now, this is clearly where I didn't have a lot of water. So what I'm gonna do is you can either leave it for texture. But I'm gonna move the paint with this water brush to kind of loosen it up a little bit because it doesn't really go with the rest of the flowers. He's kind of so I'm not really too worried about doing this perfectly because it has such a flowy, watery movement in this already. So I don't have to worry about this being perfect or the moving the water color right inside the impression area of the stamp sign you can just play with it. So what I love about this is that you don't have to put the paint on the whole stamp. You just touch it in some areas and let the water do all the work. Sometimes you have to look at the stamp to see how the water got distributed all over the stamp to see if you need to add more water. Now, I'm going to start working off the page here on and let's say right here and I'm not gonna stamp the whole stand because I've got ink on this side that I can use or paint on that side that I can use. And I'm gonna show you how I do this. I'll show you a couple of times. So I'm not letting this part of the stamp really go down very far. My kind of a little bit of water here. So now I have on this part of the stamp, I still have a little bit of pain which never made its impression. So I'm gonna try, then add a little bit more water because it does certainly start to dry out. I can see that right here. The purple on the tips of these two pedals is where the impression was not made. So I'm just gonna kind of put it right here on the edge. Nice. This one has five. Let's just say sprays instead of mists saying that all along. Miss, it's five sprays on this one and could use a little bit more water here, which I'll just fill in. That's it when add one more right here and it will look like the flowers are sort of moving down off the paper and we'll see how that looks. So I think I'm going to stop here. This has a nice movement to it, and I can work with that. You certainly could fill the page like this one with all the flowers. Work off the page. But this gives me an opportunity to show you another technique. If I leave some negative space here 6. WCFMS Soft floral: you can see if you get a lot of water, it will fill in the cut out areas of the stamp. So that makes them all look a little bit different. Get a little bit more different styles for each one, so they don't all look perfectly the same here. I have the mask already applied to this flower here, and I'm just already misted this one. But I'm gonna just put it right here in this middle space. It's gonna overlap with this flower a little bit. That's okay. And see how this works out. Okay? Now I think I'm gonna use the rest of I actually might add a little bit more orange just around the edge, even though maybe a tad more pink. Very lightly. More water. And I'm gonna stand this off the paper, okay? Remove or mask. And I'll stand. I'll put it someplace in another spot, and you get one more impression out of this one. I believe not on their perfectly, but I don't care. You just want to cover the majority of it. This is gonna be really, really pale. That's okay. I think The pale flowers behind the pay list. Flowers behind the more bold flowers gives it the look that they're sort of fading into the background if you will stay up startled. Each flower is so different, and I think that's the explored apart that makes this so fun. If you don't want to use a mask, you don't have to just stamp right up next to the other flowers, and you can even overlap them. It's your painting. You get to do whatever you want. And as you can see, the soft pastel version gets filled up match faster than the bold version. Well, here I am with a new fresh watercolor paper for my second and third impressions from my stamp, because I filled up the other one so quickly, so we'll start a new one. So basically you're not getting two paintings for the price of one or for the effort of one you're getting three depends on how much that's very, very muddy. But I love this. This muted tone, earthy color gonna do another impression with that one. But see, this is the kind of thing this is where you could just really start exploring. It doesn't look like much may be on the video Right now I'll post some pictures in the project section that are gonna be more true. And that was to on this one. You're all started mixing together a little bit, I might add. I don't know. Maybe some of the bigger flowers in this one. These air only the smaller flowers. We're starting to look a little too uniform, but something like this. But you could Dio is stamp them sparsely on the paper and then come back with some green leaves. You can hand paint or stamp, right? Let's see. That was three missed mists. So I can see that when I add the pink next to the red orange, it really will provide me with a nice, neutrally sort of pinky toe P dusty rose kind of mixture of everything in between. And I love it. So it's good that just a little touch right over here very soft. Have these two mask here and just sort of put it in that little area that's vacant. Now I'm using the paper mask here because they go quicker, easier to handle. I didn't get the full impression of this leaf here, but that's okay. And more of the sort of scratchy, not very watery area. I'm just gonna fill it in. It may be the look you're looking for two. So another way to explore. And that would be fun to do not put that one or two mist of water mists of I don't know if you want to experience was trying to loosen up this little dot here because it was clearly , Let's put some color in there. It's from a little pod. No, here we go. I want to do one more. And before I do that, I am gonna with the mask down here, because I just think that's gonna be better. And I'll just do one. I don't just do one mask. The thing about using the paper mask with the water color, they do get wet and having several of them helps. But, you know, hey, it's just paper, and it's much more affordable than the risk it. So you could make several of these and have them ready to go. And then, as they get wet and hard to handle, switch out to the dryer ones, and then once they dry, you can reuse them again. 7. WFCMS background technique1: Okay. This next technique is gonna be how to sort of integrate the color of the flowers into the background. And again, we're gonna use our masks and our Mr Mess, Mr. So I'm gonna put the just very casually doesn't have to be perfect. I just kind of want them resting on top because I want the edges of the pedals exposed a little bit so they can capture some of the water. What we're gonna do is we're gonna missed it and we don't want the whole flower to give sprayed. So we're gonna just cover up some of the areas, the larger parts of the areas of the flower. Let's say so that just a little bit gets wet and spreads. So we're gonna take our Mr. And I'm just gonna missed on top, Finest kind of heavy. Some of the colors ruled will release some of them, won't as much as others do. I'm gonna pull up these mask and you can see how they sort of moved. The color moves into the next flower and gives it an even more water calorie look. And I'm gonna go on and do that with the rest of this painting doing little bits at a time . And if these mass get really wet because I am using the paper ones that just kind of give it a nice little a lot off so you can control the water. Not that you're really gonna be able to control the water much because you're using a Mr and just going all over everywhere. So you just do what you can and they don't even have to line up. Like I said, you could just throw him down there and cover up some of the areas that you don't want to come in contact with a whole lot of water. It's gonna come and talk contact with some of the water. - Sometimes you can just use your hand if you need to know. Like I said, not all the colors gonna release the way others do. It just has to do with the pigments here. I'm just gonna use my hand. Let's see, let's make this work. It's gonna use my hand here. - I'm putting a lot of water down because I really want it to move into the other flowers. It's all a personal choice. You guys can do whatever you want explore, do it a 1,000,000 different ways because that's what the fun of this is all about. It's just exploring. I had a little bit more water here, and I think I'll be done and you'll see it when it's dry. You know, just this guy here. All right. Gonna let this dry and we're gonna move on to the next background technique. 8. WCFMS background technique2: the next way for adding some interest to the background is I'm taking this. The pastel painting Pastel, pastel. It's pastel cues, pastel colors, and I'm gonna add some leads to it. And I just grabbed these. I wasn't really planning on doing this, but I'm going to just see what happened. So I have my green paint here, and I added a lot of water, too. The different colors I have because I want it to be again the same tone thes are because these were the second and 2nd 3rd and fourth impressions. So there was less pain and more water, and that's what My goal here for these leads. So we'll see how this works. I'm gonna be using my flat brush. I'm gonna do kind of casual. I'm not really too worried about how this is gonna look. It's just gonna add the look of leaves. They don't have to be that defined. And since this is so watery already, I'm gonna skip misting it and we'll just go from here. It might not look great. We'll see. Yeah, that's kind of what I was looking for. Something really not to defined. I might need to mask some of these flowers. The problem with this stamp is it goes in the same direction. I've been meaning to carve one going in the other direction. But I haven't done that. See, that will look nice. And just the nice little essence of the branches. So I'm gonna do that all along. This painting gonna add this stamp here, I might add another tone of the green. Another maybe something a little bit darker. And, I don't know. You can see how much paint is on the stamp, but I will tell you if there's just a little bit of paint and it's very watery, it will spread out as the impression is made. You know, that's the right spot for this. So I'm gonna start adding that would've been a good spot for the mask. Wipe that out. They're going to start using the mask toe. Make it look like that. The leaves are behind the flowers. Use the same stamp again. More Pahlavi kind of green might even add a little bit of yellow to it to kind of give it some vibrance. And I'm gonna just actually I'm gonna put another mask right here next to it so that I can really tuck the leaf right behind the flower. So it wasn't expecting it to bleed through into the flour, But I'm okay with it because it's I just got its freeform flow, and we're just gonna go with it. I'm gonna add a little bit of water to this and get a secondary stamp. Even though it's gonna be really light. It's gonna hopefully add a night. Shadowy effect. What's going on with this? Here. Let's see. Here we go. Yeah. So there you go. I don't think I'm gonna add this little guy. I'm just gonna use these two for now, and I'm gonna fill up the page. 9. WCFMS background technique3: Okay, so here we are on this second pastel toned painting that we did, and this one has a different movement to it. And I have a different idea that I want to share with you and hopefully inspire you to try other techniques as well as this one. So since I've got some negatives face here on the top and I've got some negative space here on the bottom. I see a movement going here, and I kind of like how they're dancing across the page. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna similar to the first technique that we did, where we wer misting the background I'm gonna do that are along the bottom, and then I'm gonna add a wash of color to just kind of pull it down, just kind of give it some grounding, so we'll see how that goes. Okay, so I'm not even gonna cover up the flowers along the bottom. I'm just gonna miss them all along here, get it nice and wet. And I've mixed up a little bit of this sort of Mahdi Pankey dusty kind of color. But I don't want to just be in big blotches. I wanted to sort of blend in a little bit. So that's the help that Mr is giving May so that we can help integrate some of this color very easily into some of the flower patterns. And if you see a spot where just sort of stops and it looks abrupt, give it, give it a spray. So it's just kind of gives it a little bit of a grounding. And if you want, you could come back in here and maybe drop in a few other tones Other Hughes that are sort of in the mix or not. I'm gonna let that dry, and then we're gonna do the top part. We're gonna work on the top now, and I'm gonna use this stamp and we'll see how it looks. I'm not sure I want to put the same size motif in the background. That this motif is the same size is this flower. But I'm gonna do it anyway, because I am intrigued. So I've already masked off all of the's flowers here, and I'm gonna move this way so as I need more mask, I'll move these over here and you'll see what I do. But I have mixed up a very light. No, it's not even very light. It's a it's a pink and it's, um, show Here I added some whitewash to it so that it was more opaque and less water calorie. Um, I don't I'm not gonna add extra water to it, but the way I'm going to apply it, not by brushing the paint on, but by using a little sponge. This is a cosmetics puns. You could also use a little crafts sponge that comes with the harder back or anything you know, get creative. But it does need to be a pretty fine mesh sponge. And what I'm gonna do, let's start here on the left and I'm just gonna add the pain onto the stamp with a sponge in a tamping sort of method. Um, this sponge has little crease in it, so it's leaving a line. You could add more water, but I'm gonna try to go with a more opaque look and less water and see what happens. I don't know if it's we'll see. I don't know. This is exploring loading the stamp. Excuse me, loading the sponge with more pain and we'll see. We could make of this. I just wanted some sort of design element. Teoh, give it interest. Along the top, you can see I used speedy cut. And even though it doesn't really hold up, well, that's not true. It holds up, but you got to take very good care of it. They do get nicked and they do get chipped and they can break. So let's see. It was just put a little bit here and again. I'm gonna do very lightly. I'm not gonna bend this stamp like I did the speedy carve, the pink speedy car because that won't break trinkets around, so it's easier to work on. Yeah, I think I'll just add more paint and just do it Full stamp right here. I'm hoping that this pattern sort of well, I don't know, makes it look a little bit like a mystical horizon. Maybe, I don't know. So now I'm gonna move some of these mask over here. That could be tricky, sometimes trying to figure out the direction of the flower. But it doesn't have to be perfect. Sometimes you want it exact, but it doesn't always have to be. This is exploring. Put that right in the middle there. Now I can see that my paint is already starting to dry up a little bit. I might show you. It's already starting to dry up a little bit, so I think I'll add a touch. More water, touch, more of the pink. I think I have enough to get me through the rest of the page. We will see. Put another mask. Great. Here. And see if I can feel the rest of this end here. I'm gonna show you what this looks like. It's gonna be different. It might be a little too heavy. Just stamp it off to the side here and see. Yeah, See, Total difference. That was an accident, you guys. I did not mean to do that, to pick up the brush and use the brush. So we're going back to the sponge. Total difference. But, you know, this is a great way for you guys to see. Actually, now that I've done this, I'm thinking I might incorporate some of the boulder ones. Now that I've made this mistake is a mistake, we'll find out. What I'll do is since it's on the edge here. And I might add a few along the edge over here to kind of balance it out and then use the sponge ones back here. So we'll see. Put sponged one here. And maybe we can say that painted ones are more like along the edge. It may look good. It may look crappy. It doesn't matter. It's just a piece of paper right on the edge. Here, keep stamping. Maybe give it somewhat of a frame, and they're doing construction right outside my door. So I'm sure you guys come here machines. Sorry about that. Maybe just like a little whisper of it. Hanging down little section might make it work. And actually not. I think about this. I don't know. You could think that it might warrant introducing the same pattern along the bottom. On top of that, um, blended bottom part. One more right here. I think that is good for now. Just a little bit of a touch of the mistake. Went to the nice effect. Pull this mask off here. Come on on and looks kind of call. So you got a better picture 10. WCFMS closing: Well, here we are at the end of class, and I certainly had a lot of fun. I hope you did. I hope you're inspired. And I hope you learned something new. So if you like this class, please give it a thumb's up here on this channel. And my social media links are in my bio. So please follow me there and share with your friends and family. And don't forget to upload your project to the project section. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with. Thanks again. Bye.