Watercolor Latte | Daniela Mellen | Skillshare
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11 Lessons (35m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. Class Supplies

    • 3. Using the Template

    • 4. Background Layer 1

    • 5. Background Layer 2

    • 6. Coffee Layer

    • 7. Cup & Saucer 1

    • 8. Cup & Saucer 2

    • 9. Background 3

    • 10. Background 4

    • 11. Class Wrap Up

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About This Class

Paint a watercolor latte with decorative foam in this beginning watercolor class. Using basic watercolor supplies and a simple line art template, you can create a beautiful illustration for use in your artwork.

This class shows all the steps of the process, with each layer created into it's own class. We will paint a foamy decorative latte in a white porcelain cup and saucer, sitting on a rough grained wooden table.

We'll paint richly pigmented coffee using three shades of brown with a contrasting artistic latte foam image, just like you see in fancy coffee shops.

We'll use wet-on-wet techniques to build the layers and wet on dry to create detailed grain in the wooden table.

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Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is a opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as a educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

I upload art classes every Friday, here on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

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1. Class Intro: Hello, I'm Daniela Melon and author and artist here in skill share. Welcome to my class on watercolor lot. Today's class is for beginner watercolor artists, and we'll work on techniques like creating washes of color, wet on dry techniques and thinking about using unexpected colors for shading. Baristas make beautiful art with coffee and foam, and that lends itself to a watercolor painting. I've included a class of pie list and template that you can download to help you make your sketches for your class project. Select one of the latte art sketches from class and paint your very own cup of Joe. Please take a photo of your work and posted in the project section or on social media. Be sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes and please consider leaving a review. Thanks for watching. Now let's get started painting 2. Class Supplies: the supplies for our watercolor lot are just basic watercolor supplies. In addition, you'll need the template that you confined in the project section or you can freehand it. But it's a nice reference sheet. I have my watercolor paper, £140 cut down into five by seven pencil and eraser, and that's for transferring the template. But you could Freehand sketch it as well. I have a pair of scissors to cut around the template. My watercolor brushes, a jug of water and then my pigments, and I'll include a list of the pigments I use in the class supply sheet. In the next chapter, we'll go over using the template. 3. Using the Template: to use the template. We want to transfer it to our watercolor paper, so the first thing you need to do is select which filling you'd like to use on your latte. Which of the artwork? So there's a panda, a series of hearts, graduated sizes and then an interesting swirl included in the main painting. But we'll paint today is kind of a flowery affirmed with some hearts, so the first thing we need to do is transfer it, so there's a couple of methods you can use. You can either take a pair of scissors and cut around the image. I would cut around the main image, and then I would cut around the, um, center of the cup. And then I cut the image that I'm using out. That's one method. Then, from there you take the images and you trace around them to make your drawing second images . If you have a light pad or any light source, so a light under a glass table or a glass frame, or even just going to a window when there's light shining behind it, you put the template down and then your paper on top and you'll get the similar fact when I light up my light pad and then I can decide where I want my paper and therefore where I want my image to go so I can put it dead in the center or off to one of the sides. If you put it off to one of the sides, you could have taught. You have a place for a sentiment if you'd like to include that, so I'll just put my template down and then I can trace the image before me. And to do this, I'll just trace the cup first. And then I can choose my filling, and you don't have to worry about making this image perfect. A perfect circle because that adds to the interest of a watercolor painting is if it's a little bit imperfection, it looks like it's made by a human. Instead of either machine or a computer, you can tidy it up so that it isn't so rustic. But that choice is up to you the degree at which you want to make the imperfections. So here I have my basic coffee cup, and I'll go back there and and clean this up a little bit, But then I'll just choose the template I want. So here I'm going to choose the hearts, Put that down and I can trace surrounded. Or I could do the same thing with the bear or the image we're gonna paint today. So I'll take that in, and I just make my sketch tracing around it. You can also freehand your sketch if you'd like. And now we'll go in with my eraser and just clean up around it. The next chapter will start our painting. 4. Background Layer 1: for my painting. I'm going to start with the background. It takes a few layers, so the first layer is just a wash of a light color. I'm gonna use a yellow Oakar mixed with a little of sepia. So here, take my yellow car and I'll make a nice, intense color and then I can lighten it from there and then a little sepia a little bit more. You know, I just a little bit of water to that. From there, I'll test takes some clean water, and I'll let the paper around the coffee cup. I'm gonna be careful not to let the coffee cup. In fact, I'll leave a little barrier between the paper and the coffee cup. So now, to achieve a rustic wood background like a from a wood table at a coffee shop, just gonna take some of this color and just drop it in in spots, you know, let it roll around and bleed a little bit. And again, this is just the first layer. So I'm just trying to stay in the paper with a light color. Go in there with a little water, lighten it up and make sure it runs around purposely keeping just a little bit of an edge of dry paper about an eighth of an inch around the entire painting. And that's optional. Go back in at a little more pigment closest to my cup, and that helps create a shadow. But I would be very careful with that as to not stay in the white Porcelain Cup. And now that that first layer is done, I'm gonna let this completely dry. 5. Background Layer 2: Now that our first layer is dry to continue working on our second layer of the same in the background to make nice variations in the wood will take a nice thick brush and this brush doesn't have a number. It came from a child's Crayola art set, but I like it because it absorbs a lot of water. I'm gonna take some yellow ochre again to make a little more intense color. Still, add a little more water, clean my brush and with just more water, I'm gonna go over that first layer again. I want to wet my paper, re saturate it, and then to drop in some of the color that we just mixed in spots. I want to create variations in the background of the wood that are more intense than the first layer. And I also don't want to do the entire layer. I just want to add spots here and there, natural variations in the wood. And to that effect, I'm gonna make some other colors. So I'm gonna take some of those burnt sienna, and I'll make sure just with a little bit of yellow ochre to tone it down, and I'm gonna drop some of that in his well in sections. But try and keep the lines somewhat horizontal and then just fade off. I could go back in with the original color to blend that out, or it could just use water as well. I just don't want a harsh edge. Go back in with that burnt Sienna, creating some more variations, and then I'll take a little sepia mix that with the burnt Sienna. Just so I get another shade of brown to use here, and I'll drop that in in some spots, and that gives us a nice variation for our background. When I like the way the colors look, I'll just take a quick look. Make sure there are no harsh edges and just kind of blend them out, and then I'll let this layer completely dry. 6. Coffee Layer: Now that our background layer is dry, we're gonna work on the coffee. And I love this part. I think this is the fun part. So what I'm gonna do is have a rich brown for the background and the main flower here or a fern. And the hearts are gonna be left white for now. We'll go in and shadow them later. So what did He was taken Number four brush and I'll mix my colors first. Could take a lot of this burnt sienna. I love that color. I think it's nice and rich, I'll make a little puddle of it. Then I'm gonna take a little bit of sepia here. We'll make a puddle of that as well. Finally, I'll take a little yellow Oakar. Now from here is where I'll blend my colors. I'll take some of that yellow car to the side here with the burnt CNN mixed that in and then with the yellow Oakar that remains all mixed setting with some sepia. So now we have four variations from the one from the three colors. We're also gonna blend in these colors mawr on the paper. So, with a clean brush, I'm gonna go in and just wet the area that I want to add and make coffee ish color again. I'm gonna create a little distance between the art, the fern and the flowers of dry paper so that I can control that. Then I'm going to switch to a smaller brush in number one. Brush is a little bit of detail work, and I want to make sure it looks right. I wet my brush and dry it off a little. I just wanted damp. And I'm gonna go in with my lightest color here, this yellow ochre mixture. And I'm gonna start on the right hand side and get a deposit. Puddles of color where I want them. I'll go right down here. And then I will outline this right hand side of this fern taking it right up to the pencil marks. I'll pull it away in spots and not worrying about making it completely covered with the yellow Oakar. But I just don't want it to dry in any harsh lines. So I'll go back in with a wet brush and now I'll move that at those edges. Any spots that remained, I'll go through and I'm working on just 1/3 of this area right now for now so that my paper doesn't dry and so that I have nice control over the paper that I am painting on again. I'll bring the water down and then I'll go back in and drop into more color. So I'll take that color we worked on originally and drop it in puddles now in sections, maybe one more section here on this side of the heart, and I'll pull it very close to the edge of the coffee cup. But I'm gonna go in here with my burnt Sienna, went my brush and then, with a drop, a nice section over here, letting those colors naturally blend together. I'll drop a little up top here. I love how that runs around. Think that gives it a nice effect. Rinse off my brush and take some of that sepia, and I'll go back in and drop some of that pigment in with sepia. I'll come around the bottom here and bring it right to the coffee cup. That's our darkest color, and I like the way that creates, like a nice shadow up against the coffee cup. Pull it right up against these shapes that we made no foot my piece over. And now continue this process on this side. I'm gonna makes a little more yellow ochre here, and then I'm gonna re wet my paper, start over here in the widest part and pull that color pull that water right into those little sections, can see we're connected. But I'm fairly confident that I have most of it wet. Not all. There we go. I'll go in there, dampen my brush and pick up more of that first color. We use that yellow Oakar, I'll pull this down making puddles again. I'm not trying to combine it with my brush as of yet. Then I can see over here a drive very light. So I'm gonna deposit some more of that yellow car on that side. I'll come back, work on the yellow ochre on this side. Then I'm gonna jump here to my burnt sienna again. Adding puddles of that and that beautiful color variation is what we're looking for. And then lastly, we're inside my brush. I'm gonna go in with the sepia nice, rich chocolate color and I'm gonna add this closest to the coffee Cup to create that shadow , I'll skip over a little section, take it around, take a look. I can see where it's drying little lighter, which is good. I'll go in there with some more intense yellow Oakar in a little of the sepia, and I'll just drop in more puddles because it's coffee. This is the area we want to be nice and rich compared to our background. I also take a little of this black and mix it with the sepia. I don't want it to look pure black, just very dark brown, and I'll just drop in a few spots of this here, and they're closest to the coffee cup. Again, it creates that shadow that we're looking for. I'll go in there with just with some plain sepia and add that in to make that nice blend between the our darkest color and the others. And then I can now choose what I want to do with some of this actual pigment here. I'm gonna go in there with this burnt sienna and really emphasize that in these sections, the last sale go in there with this yellow Oakar and drop puddles of at and I think that gives a beautiful effect. There's any area that's particularly too much of one color. I'll just drop in some other colors. That creates a nice natural variation in our coffee drink. I think that looks beautiful and very pleased with that. I'm gonna let that completely dry, and then we'll come in and shade our coffee cup, complete our background and shader coffee art. 7. Cup & Saucer 1: So now we're gonna film shadows on this cup, and I like this part because so far we've only used three colors and are painting for both the background in the coffee. And now we get to use some different colors. The challenge with painting the coffee cup that we want to keep white is trying to keep it white without making it look drab in the shadows. So the first thing I'm gonna do before I start that is a race around that coffee cup. So no one makes my color who take my my wet, big brush Here, put some water down. I'm gonna make some purple in one section and I'll make some blue and the other you can choose any colors for your shadow. We're gonna make them super light, and it will create a nice, interesting image. But to maintain the whites of the cup and still maintain shadow, that's our challenge right now. So we have taken actually my number four brush and with clean water. I'm gonna start with the saucer part of the cup and I'll just gonna paint this particularly center with clean water, leaving the handle alone right now. Then I'm gonna go in with my number one brush, gonna wet it and pick up a little of this purple. It's a very light color, so I don't expect it toe really stand out. But I like the way it looks. And I'm going to take my purple right up to the edge The pencil mark here that we have of the coffee cup. And I'm gonna create that that edge here, go to go. Just a little bit of the ways. Maybe 1/4 of the way around the cup. It's a nice light color, and I go around. The handle is Well, then we're going rinse my brush and blend that color out immediately, trying to avoid any harsh lines. It is a very subtle look, and I'm gonna continue this around, gonna skip a little spot, and I'm gonna go in with my purple over here. So I've skipped about an inch. I'll do this in three sections. So I added my purple, you know, im blended out, and then my last section of purple, I'll do this over here and I'll blend that out as well. So our goal here is to create a shadow underneath the cup on the saucer, but not bleeding into the center of the saucer. Take my blue now, and if it's a little too dark, I'll just mix a little water. And those areas that we left blank that his little inch areas going with the blue again, going with a clean brush and believe that out. Take that. Blew over here on this side as well. I'm leaving the top of the coffee cup white. That's gonna be our highlight. And that's the white of the paper. And then, lastly, I'll take a little bit of blue and go over the top of the handle here and make sure it bleeds right into that purple area. Now I know the purple and the blue will dry lighter than it is here. Explained that out. So I'm gonna go back in with a little more purple. Just drop that on that first layer that we made and again blending out the edge, and I'll leave that just like that 8. Cup & Saucer 2: to finish our coffee cup will erase any pencil marks that remain on the handle or around the lip of the coffee cup. Usually pencil marks once they're covered in water, color will not lift off the paper. But maybe all of them, um maybe won't be covered. So here we have our coffee cup. Take my smallest brush again my number one brush and I'm gonna make some shadow here. So I'm gonna mixing shadow around the coffee cup and just a little bit around the handle Gonna mix a little black here, and I'm gonna mix it with some of this purple that we used that just makes a gray with a little bit of a purple edge Could create a very, very sharp point and not have a lot of pigment or water on my brush. And I'm gonna do this in layers because I want to make a very light image. So, using short little bursts of distance, I'm just gonna create pulling my entire hand the edge here, barely touching the brush to the paper just enough to create some pigment and it'll dry a little bit lighter. And this helps the I see the knights sharp edge of the saucer to the table. I'm gonna go around with uneven, lighter hand and just outlined that handle again. Same procedure. The very sharp point. I'm gonna outline the lid here. The lip of the cup and last thing that take a little water and make this color that we used for the outlining of the mug The A cup and saucer Gonna make it even a little bit lighter Take a little bit on my brush and I'm gonna choose one side to make that shadow again I'm gonna try and go for a very light color so I'll have a little bit of water and I'm just gonna pull in some gray Going down the exterior side of both sides of the fern and of the hearts. This creates a little dimension in our foam here. Then I'm going to take just a little bit of black on my brush. Very sharp point. Just gonna add a little bit of specs here and there creates a little interest and some bubbles. Well, let this layer completely dry, and then we'll come back and finish the background. 9. Background 3: So now that finish off our painting, we're gonna work on our background. I'm gonna flip the paper upside down or to the side here so that I can do my lines were trying to make a wooden table. A rustic wooden table looks so I'm gonna mix my colors and we're gonna do some wet on dry painting. Meaning we don't have to wet the background on the paper. Just create our pigments. So I make a few spots of water. Then we're gonna go with our original colors. Here are sepia burnt sienna and yellow Oakar. Now with the yellow Oakar, I'm gonna mix in just a little bit of black. I want to change that color completely. But still, how have a little warmth to it? So now, taking my smallest brush, I'm gonna start and we're do sections. The wood grains are going to run up and down so perpendicular our coffee cup, and I'm going to start with one section and will expand from there. So I'm gonna start with that color, remixed the yellow Oakar with the, um, the black so it kind of creates a warm gray and I'm gonna create, gonna start and I'm gonna create a little wooden, um, grain that doesn't go the length, but it kind of follows the vertical line. But when we turned it over, it'll be the horizontal line. And so I'm kind of creating these lines. Some will go the entire length of paper and others will not. But I'm not creating a perfectly straight line. So in this case, I created a V shape and then some lines over here. I'll create this, Then I'll go back in swap colors. So now use my burnt sienna. I'm gonna imitate this kind of creating a parallel line, and this one is gonna go the length. I could have some broken lines here as well, but it's creating. It's connecting the two lines. We did doing this all freehand And then I'm gonna go in here with our sepia and I'm gonna add some layers as well. With the sepia, I'll fill in some sections. And if I feel the colors two week, I'll go in and mix a little more pigment into that. There's some spots that will be thicker than others, just like the natural wood grain. So there we have it, starting to come together. I'm gonna continue this going up the length of the coffee cup start with sepia this time makes him really squiggly. Is interesting lines. You could make a knot in the wood if you like, and then just continue. I think some areas have dried to light. I'll go in and add more pigment, and it's okay to have variation. It actually adds interest to the peace. So now I'll go in there with that darker color. We make mixed the gray, as I call it, and I'll just continue to add pieces to fill in our puzzle. Essentially, I'm leaving just a fraction of ah, uh, an inch a fraction of a millimeter. Actually, between the coffee cup and the vein ing here, I'll flip this over. I'm going to switch to my burnt Sienna, - go back to my dark color and we'll let this layer dry will come back and add one more layer to our background. 10. Background 4: to add the final touches to our painting. We're just gonna take some yellow Oakar and a little bit of that darker color that we had left over. So I just want to create a little warmth here, and we'll add just a few little strokes about seven of them throughout this painting background, we'll pull us over here and then lastly, we're gonna create a little shadow here. So I'm gonna take a little bit of black, a little bit of sepia and a little yellow curto lightened that up and warm it up at a little bit of water as well. And now I'm gonna take it, and I'm just gonna very lightly pull it on the base. Here go little ways. Rinse my brush and just soften it up a little. I'll continue. That's on the right hand side. Clean my brush, blend out the shadow and make a very light shadow on the left hand side. And there we have our watercolor latte 11. Class Wrap Up: So here we have our watercolor lot. We have the graining on our wooden background from a rustic table at a coffee shop, our white porcelain cup and saucer, and then our lot a art here. Um, we added our little speckles, and we created some texture as well. A shadow kind of a fun effect. And we did most of this with the three colors of brown and then just added, um, some nice nice shadows for the coffee cup. You can modify it by taking a white gel pen and just adding a few little dots here and there to create bubbles in your coffee. Kind of gives a a fun little look, and the minute you could take the variations from the template and change the coffee, the art in the coffee as well. Here I did one with the panda, and I use the coffee is the background and the panda, meaning the foam from the lot. You could do the inverse of that and just color in the panda in the coffee color and leave the foam as the background, and that's kind of a fun look as well. Once again, you can use your gel pen. I created a darker background to create a little variation on this table top, and then I speckled it with some of our dark color paint. I just use the brush and hit it with my hand while I covered this with a piece of paper so he didn't get the cup. I hope. Youll try your hand at some of this watercolor latte and post your work in the project section or on social media. Please follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes and please consider leaving a review. Thanks for watching.