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Watercolor Hot air balloon : Beautiful and Easy watercolor Project

teacher avatar Irina Trzaskos, Watercolor Artist & Illustrator

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6 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Colors and Supplies

    • 3. Drawing a Hot air balloon

    • 4. Painting a Lavender field

    • 5. Painting a Hot air balloon

    • 6. Thank you!

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Welcome to the class! Today we will be painting a hot air balloon, above a beautiful lavender field. This class is suited for beginners, during the class we will practice wet on wet technique, focus on brush control while adding the details to our painting and will repeat the rules of mixing beautiful color palette. "Watercolor Hot air balloon" is the last class in my short Summer Classes 2018 - a creative way of saying Good Bye to my favorite season:)

Thank you for painting with me this summer! I am looking forward to seeing your beautiful artwork! x Irina.

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1. Introduction: Hi, everyone. My name is Irina Trzaskos. I'm a watercolor artist and illustrator. I teach a lot of watercolor classes online and offline. This is another short summer class, and today we'll be painting a hot air balloon. I hope you'll enjoy this class. In the next video, I'll show you the supplies we'll be using in it. So let's get started. 2. Colors and Supplies: In this class, besides our usual supplies we're using the most of my classes, we'll also need a board. It can be like this or it can be different. Drafting tape or painter's tape, which is easy to remove. We'll need that to paint this area which is wet on wet. This is the painting you'll have at my end of the class. The class is short, it's less than 30 minutes. [inaudible] you'll have hot air balloon along the lavender field and you can change hot air balloon. This is a project of the class, which also need watercolor paper, watercolor paint, water, paint pad, paper towel, eraser, and a pencil. To draw a soft watercolor brush for wet in wet technique. This is watercolor map, round one at it's [inaudible] or it can be a synthetic soft brush, a medium watercolor brush, this is number 6, and a smaller watercolors brush for the detail. This is number 4, but you can use number 2 or zero, whichever you are comfortable with. That's what we'll be using a little bit white gel pen. You can use white ink or white gouache. Through this class we'll be using the following colors. Because it's a lavender field in the painting, we'll be using a lot of purple and we'll be adding it to every color we'll use. All the colors are harmonious and balanced. It will be a purple. Also for a lavender fields we'll add some magenta too, to add a warmer shade to our color. Also we'll use ultramarine blue. Admiral green, and [inaudible] yellow for the basket. This are all the colors we'll be using. Next week I'll start drawing. 3. Drawing a Hot air balloon: Next, let's do the drawing. Here is our horizon line. I want us to make a really light sketch, and it's really easy to draw a hot air balloon. It looks like a drop, just upside down. So here is the top, and here it comes to the border, and here it has a mascot. Here it has an opening like this, some ropes I think, and here are some lines because it's how it's made. It looks a little crooked, but let's pretend it's wind or not. Here I would like to have some pattern. The sketch should be a blue and white, but you can use any colors you like. This is our whole drawing. We can also draw here a mountain, or we can just paint it without drawing. What we do next, we'll have to take our drawing to the board because we'll be working with on wet, and we don't want our paper to bend and make it really hard for us to work. I am using a smaller board, so it can fit in our camera view. You can use a bigger board if you want. A quarter of an inch usually is my preferred distance for the frame. This is called drafting tape. You can buy it in a craft store, but either like a paint blue tape, you buy at a hardware store for the work fine too. It depends on the paper too so just be careful. It'll be wet on wet on the bottom part. A part I must be concerned of whether it's a small format so it shouldn't be too bad, and it 's one band. So next we're going to start painting. 4. Painting a Lavender field: Wet and wet technique is a technique where you have to work really, really fast while the paper is wet. Makes sense, right? So for a wet and wet successful painting, you have to mix colors with water and between them before hat. So they'll be ready to be used to write on paper. So I'm taking a lot of purple and a little bit of magenta because I want a warmer shade of purple. So this is good. You can have a test paper next to you too and also we'll need ultramarine blue ready and with a drop of purple too. We'll be adding purple almost in every color we'll be using so our caterpillar to look harmonious and very balanced. We have our main colors. Also we need a color for our mountain but that one we can mix so it's not wet and wet, it's wet and dry. So let's mix that one. It's purple with some emerald green. So first what we'll do, we'll paint a mountain with the some synthetic brush, gives us a lot of control, and after we've painted the mountain we'll take our soft squirrel brush and we'll wet all this area. So you can see the mountain bleeding into this area and that's exactly what I wanted because that will show the mountain's shadow. So I went into this area very very well. Don't need to have piles but it has to be shiny so it's all wet and now again with this medium synthetic brush. So our perspective from point would be right here. So I'm starting to paint purple lines and they'll get closer and closer. You can see I'm bleeding into Mountain and it's totally fine, we'll fix it in a second. For now we just need to do our lines and here they become just warm, and the same way here and I now have to do it very straight because the earth is like not perfectly straight either, could be like bending. Mine are pretty straight. You can see how paper is already like drying very fast, so we have to work faster. Now I'll take blue and we'll add some blue lines, so while do that these are the shadows from the lavender bushes. So I don't want this lavender field to be like too active, too overwhelming. This is nice. So if we would be painting like more detailed painting of the lavender field we could see like yellowish bars in between. So let's take some yellow ocher, mix it a little bit of this purple and add a little bit of yellowish lines right here. Add some more blue on horizon because that's how the colors look, and maybe even on the mountain. Now it's wet and we have to wet and dry and meanwhile with this big soft brush, we'll paint some clouds. So I'm taking a lot of water and just with random movement, negating some clouds. Let's add some purple too and a little purple here. This is enough, and because our hot air balloon is white, we'll do it's shadows on its shape with some purple because the purple reflects from this lavender field onto the white. Now we color the hot air balloon, so a little bit of shadows. Plenty of shadow. Now have to let everything dry and then we'll be painting again. 5. Painting a Hot air balloon: So when our wet on wet layer is totally dry, we can start painting off our hot air balloon and add some details to finish our beautiful illustration. So I'd like my hot air balloon to be blue and white. White we already have. Am shading it with some purple. It's time to add some blue details to it. It's not going to make two pattern, but you can do it as patterned as you like. Some of them are really, really colorful out there. You can find them on Pinterest or other visual sources. This is just the ultramarine blue with a little bit of purple. It really doesn't have to be anything too complicated, something simple, elegant, and beautiful too. You can add few more colors if you want or not. One is a little bit vintage looking. That's how I like it. [inaudible] around here. Maybe one here. This is enough for the balloon itself. Next to paint the basket with [inaudible] and a bit of purple. Just a little too much purple. We remember that lavender filled is reflecting on everything so I'll have purple pretty much in everything, and ropes. You can take a smaller brush for ropes if you want. Next what we'll do, we'll define this horizon one more time because it all blend in and it will take some emerald green, some purple, a lot of pigment and let's add a little farm here. So it's a tiny house silhouette and few trees next to it just to show where the horizon is, and few more trees. Some bushes of silhouettes and trees will help too. We even can have here another hill if I want or a little forest or something just to show where the field ends, and this mountain start. This will bring more dimension illustration too. Also I'd like a little bit of forest here. Just to brush strokes. Let's add couple birds. Here on farm ground, we can add hue. Let's take purple. Just fill little plants of lavender. [inaudible] will be very light but will still look pretty. Some grass. Just a tiny tiny bit. So I'll get even more dimension to the painting. Of course, I always can add some white dots just like something is flying in the air to add a little bit of magic. This is it. This is as our hot air balloon illustration. Just remove the tape and you have a beautiful ready to frame illustration. 6. Thank you!: Thank you for watching my class. I hope you had the chance to paint with me. If you share your art on Instagram, please tag me so I can leave you my feedback. I'm looking forward to see you in my other classes. Bye.