Watercolor Hot Air Balloons | Ashley Triggiano | Skillshare

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6 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Intro: Overview + Supplies Needed

    • 2. Sketching the Basic Shapes

    • 3. Painting the Base Layer

    • 4. Adding in Details

    • 5. Painting the Basket

    • 6. Class Project: Timelapse

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About This Class

In this class you'll learn how to paint a fun and easy watercolor hot air balloon! Perfect for a birthday invitation or card, learn how to paint fun details with watercolor techniques such as wet-on-dry. The first video is a quick overview, followed by our standard "supplies needed" video. Then we'll take a look at laying out your basic shapes, putting down first layers of paint, and following up with the detail layer. Afterward, you can try to paint as many different hot air balloons as you can imagine! This is a great exercise in creativity, expanding your imagination and thinking outside of the box.

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Ashley Triggiano

Artist + Designer - ashleytriggiano.com


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1. Intro: Overview + Supplies Needed: first in this class will sketch out basic shapes that you'll need to make your hot air balloon. Afterward, we will lay down the base layer of paint, wait for that to dry, and then we'll paint the details on top. For the final class project, you will paint as many unique hot air balloons that has your mind can imagine. In today's lesson, you will need your, uh, watercolor paper, a set of watercolor. You can use pans or you have tubes. You can use those as well. You will need a larger watercolor brush like this size 10 and you will also need a smaller brush like this size six. You want to grab a pencil so that you have something to sketch out our air balloon shaped with, and you will also want a paper towel or tissue for drying off your brush, as well as a cup of water 2. Sketching the Basic Shapes: So let's get started sketching Are your balloon um, our hot air balloon? Essentially, it's just going to be Ah, large oval, um, with a basket underneath. Right? So the way that we're going to do that is we're going to do a simple oval shape really lightly. I'm an open oval, I should specify. Do you think about hot air balloons that you've seen? They kind of do it like a teardrop shape, so that mobilised the main shape. But it comes down at the bottom, and we'll erase the extra lines once we have what we want. Here we go, something like this. And then once I decide exactly what I want my shape like, I want to bring this in a little bit well, to start making some darker marks so that I can erase the later and have a clear idea of what my hot air balloons look like. And I'm trying to make sure it doesn't have to be perfect. But I'm trying to make sure that each side is, um, similar to the side opposite it, or parallel so that it's symmetrical, as symmetrical as I can get it again, it doesn't need to be perfect. We're just going through a general. How your believe in shape. I kind of think I need to bring this in a little bit because they're not that big at the bottom. Go. Okay. And I would think, actually snagged a little bit larger. Hurry, sir, to erase all of my extra extra lines. So I'm going to erase what I don't need to take a minute to do. Because the video, if you need Teoh, take a minute to do your sketch of your air balloons. It. I'm just trying to get, um, smothers darker marks that are unnecessary removed. You don't have to keep on the entire outline. It's just it's just for your guidance when we start putting hating on. And once you have the shape of your hot air balloon, you also want to remember that Usually there's that cute little bit a basket under me. So I'm just gonna draw line for where I want my top of my basket to be and two sides. You can make yours a little bit more around if you want. I was gonna keep minus simple, um, a little basket sheep here for it. I'm and I'm also going to close off the bottom of my believe really lightly. So I remember where to stop. So we will get started with painting this. 3. Painting the Base Layer: So, uh, today I'm gonna paint this air balloon with, like, a light blue scheme. Um, what I want to do is get plenty of water on my brush. I'm gonna come over to this great cobalt blue. Um, a little bit of a turquoise, cobalt blue. I'm just gonna load up my brush nice and wet with this. And what I'm gonna dio is I'm going to take in, um, make kind of an outline just right where I started with my original pencil sketch. Really? Allowing it to be wet. Make sure there's plenty of water, plenty of paint. Um, you want it dripping off, obviously uncontrollably. But I'm just making sure that it's very saturated, because afterward, we're going to go back with a wet, clean brush and pull it all in. So we're starting with wet on dry, dry paper under us. I am. Just see, I ran out of water. There something Get some more. You can tell when you start getting speckles that your brush has gotten dry, so I just keep re wedding. Perfect. So what I'm gonna do now while this is still wet and working quickly is load up again and try to connect up with wear. I left off the weather. Your initial lines were the better. Um, you'll get a better blend on this type of paper if you're using a hire more, um, artist level paper. I'm just trying toe get plenty of water on the paper right now. That's all we're doing is being plenty of water on the paper, and then we'll blend everything together. But if you're using a higher artist grade, you'll know that, um, your paper will stay wet for a little bit longer. But if you are doing this with one of my beginner kits, we're using a simpler paper, someone that doesn't keep the paper, the water as law. That's OK. It's just a different different type of paper, and I am just kind of blending softly with my brush. My colors together for my pain together, should say, just using one color and I'm doing it. You'll see if kind of from bottom to top mimicking the outer shape so that wherever those watermarks end up being synthesis beginner paper, um, you can see a little bit of a continuity in the way that the brush strokes are, and so What we're gonna do now is wait for this part too dry or going to do is wait for the base layer to July, and then we're going to come back with some darker shades and do some design on our hot air balloon. So I'm gonna want my brush, and I'm gonna work on the basket while I let this dry Think I'm gonna use this lovely brown shade. I'm actually going to, um, drop it off over here in one of my wells so that I can lighten it because I don't want it to you that dark and toe lighten, watercolor. We just add water to the existing shade. We're not. We don't necessarily need to go find a lighter shade. I'm to mix with it because the way that we control the color value with watercolor is by either adding water tow, lighten the color or adding more pigment to darken my color. So I actually wanted to wet on wet for my basket. So I'm just gonna take a clean what brush and just lay down water. You'll see him laying down a lot of water because again, with a beginner paper, our student level paper. Um, it drives pretty quick so it doesn't hold water for a long time. I'm laying down a good bit of water. I'm gonna go back. I didn't get my brown and I'm gonna come and drop it in for wet on what? Let it blend around. It's actually a little bit of a darker tone that I necessarily initially wanted. I think I wanted more of a beige. Probably should have mixed in some orangey colors, but that's OK. Um, I'm gonna lift some of the excess paint out. You'll see me. I dragged my brush over and did it onto the tip a tissue paper that I have in order to get some of the excess pigment out and to really keep it light. And also that will help it. Um, dry said we can go back and put a basket. We've kind of texture onto it once it is striking. Wonderful. So we're gonna give this just a minute to dry. I can tell by looking at my paper and you couldn't tell whether your says or not if when you move your paper kind of back and forth, if there's still that satin sheen to the paper, then it is wet and you need to wait. You'll see the light reflect off of it. So let's just wait for this to dry, and then we'll come back in and do the detail layer with wet. I'm sorry. With what pain on a dry surface. 4. Adding in Details: So now that we have a dry bass player, we are going to take our smaller brush on. This is a size six and lay down some darker, more bold. Do you dance on what I want to do? You know, I'm sure you've seen those awesome pictures of hot air balloon festivals. There's all these different colors. I mean, you could do a multi colored blue. You could do anything for your base layer, but I was keeping it simple with blue. But there's always different designs on these. Some are really fun and bright. Others have patterns. Um, and really, your imagination is the limit on this. I'm going to do a, um, vertical Streit. That kind of mimics the way that my base layer iss um, where some of the lighter and darker natural variations are my bass player, Um, and then it can add some polka dots as well. So that's what I'm going to do. You could add flowers. You could write on it. If there's something that you want to write, this, I think would translate really well, um, to like a child's birthday invitation. Um, if you were to scan it and use it for, you know, being digitally printed. There's tons of classes on still share. Um, that show how to digitize watercolors, which is another beast entirely. But anyway, so if you were painting this and you wanted to use it for an invitation or for some other purpose, you can make this whatever you want, but I am going to do vertical stripes and polka ups. So I am going to you load my brush up with that darker blue. Um, this is a really misses a bold cobalt blue. Um, and I am going Teoh carefully mimic the shape that I did initially on the outside. If it gets a little monkey there, that's OK. Go back and clean it up. Keep Our edge is clean. You just want to make sure that you're keeping plenty of paint on your brush. That's what avoids hitting those engines. Somebody turned the city. You can see it a little better. I am just going and trying to make a little smooth mark some big vertical stripes that mimic the outer bit of, um, the outer shake. So I'm gonna do another one. I think I might do some a little bit skinnier means dealmaker. I need to be a little darker, though, because it's lightening up a good bit. Since that base layer, um, was darker. You'll notice that making it a little thicker right here. That's cause I'm kind of thinking about the three D shape of this balloon. If you think about in real life, this comes out, expands the fabric would be pulling out a little bit here. So that's why I've done that. Um, I'm gonna keep doing that on the other side. Go back over. I am going to going to do four lines total. So it's gonna be, um, symmetrical, so to speak, and you won't notice. I'm just like we've got in some of my other classes when I want that thin striped amusing lightly the tip of my brush. And when I want the thick stripe, I'm pushing down with the belly of my brush so that it spreads out and is able to get that thicker line Perfect. Do one work. Actually, my end up doing five city. Yeah, I think I want to just do one in the middle and so so that I can keep that illusion of occur of the balloon. I'm going to keep it kind of skinny towards the bottom and thicker in the middle. Um, to show that emphasis, uh, the air pushing out on my cat is mean yelling in the background. I am so sorry. Stubble. Not this morning. Um, like I said, do center on the bottom, and then I'm going Teoh, drag me partial. Push it to get that belly sit, and then bring it back up slowly so that we get to the tip it. I'm gonna clean up the edge a little bit. You can see it's a little wavy. Go and drag that out a little bit. No, I don't know why she's me yelling so much. Can you be quiet? She just laughed at me. She must want attention. She does. Okay, So think I said I kept that bottom and top a little further in the middle a little wider to keep the illusion of depth on this balloon. And so now I want to do, um, a darker like stripe at the bottom to cap off the bottom of the balloon. I try to do that. Okay. Great. And then, um, I am going to do you make polka dots. And for those, I'm not gonna be too methodical. I just wanna, um, drop little drops. That might get a little bigger as we get to the middle, because again, I'm thinking about the way that page are Fabric stretches as there's more pressure. So they're gonna kind of look a little bigger, right? I'm literally just dropping paint down and where I want them to be. Bigger circles. I'm just kind of making a tiny circle shape with my brush again. I'm doing it lightly with the tip of my brush that will help you keep a small shape rather than pushing down with the belly and get nearly fixed shape. I'm gonna do it towards the middle here. So we got down here. It was smaller dots at the bottom, getting progressively bigger as I moved up to where the air is pushing out on the sides of the ball lands, closing the Packard to stretch. And you can turn your paper so that it's easier for you as well. Um, I don't want to drag in my hand what I've painted. I tend to do that more often than I care to admit And it also helps if you think about where you're going to be working. So if you're gonna do, you don't want to start with this one and then come back over and do that one because you're gonna drag it through unless you want to. Just keep in mind your ankles as you're working so that you don't end up dragging paint all around your page. And I'm gonna let um, I'm gonna finish this, um, on a time lapse so that you don't have to listen to me talk forever here. Um, So I will meet you back in a minute to work on our basket. 5. Painting the Basket: So now that we've got the body of her balloon done, I want to work on the little basket down here. I'm gonna take for a smaller brush, Um, and use the tip to dio some line work. I am going to take this Oh, kind of burnt number color here. Nice and concentrated and thick on my brush, but not too thick. But it's dripping because I want to keep a simple line. In order to do this, we are going to work from left, right? Andi, I am just going to similar to what I did above Randy a basket weave, which is just like, you know, lines. Really? Um, so in the making what I did on the outside keeping my lines parallel to the outside lines doing the verticals first. So I'm just doing that lightly. The tip of my brush slowly. It can be difficult to control. I don't always get the most perfect lines. I very much admire artists that dio um but everybody's style is different, and that is just fine. So I've got my vertical lines and I want to go back and do my horizontal turned my page, and I'm gonna do the exact same thing, Um, being careful not to drag my hand through it. But I'm going to do it, moving from left to right, again and again, mimicking the shape of the basket. So I'm going Teoh teat. Sistol curved action happening. I'm trying to be conscious of how spread out my lines are. Right. So they have similar spacing so that I don't have one here and then draw my next one down towards the bottom and have a giant gap. You could just dio some at the top to indicate, like, at the top. Ask it. I'm just gonna just going on the way with mine. Um, you could do them diagonally if you want it. Um, have a diagonal pattern. I think I'm gonna do, um, a few more smaller examples and do a time lapse video of those for you to see a few more ideas of how to get a few different looks. I'm not What? You get some inspiration that way too. And it can be really fun just to fill up to do this on a small scale and fill up a page with different designs. I think that could be really fun. And I'm just going for my last finishing touch. I'm just going to Of course, we have to connect our basket up to our balloon. Right? So I'm just gonna draw a little Diack on the line, and there we go. Keep a little hot air balloon. Um, So if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. I would love to see what you create. Like I said, I'm going to take a minute, and I am just gonna let my morning exercise, um, and creativity be to do, baby nine different little balloons on a page, and I'm gonna time lapse set so that you can see those developed. 6. Class Project: Timelapse: