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Watercolor Painting an Olive Wreath - Step-by-Step

teacher avatar Samantha Cabrera, Artist & Writer

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5 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Olive Wreath Introduction

    • 2. Mixing Colors for the Olive Wreath

    • 3. Drawing the Wreath

    • 4. Painting the Wreath (Part One)

    • 5. Completing the Wreath

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About This Class

Hi class!

In this watercolor painting class, I will be teaching how to paint a simple, yet detailed watercolor olive wreath with leaves + stems in the shape of a wreath.

I go step-by-step, from mixing the colors we will be using to actually sketching it so you can see my process before painting.

You Will Learn:

1) Leaving white space within the leaves to create light effects

2) Simple techniques in using several shades of green watercolor paint to create detail

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Samantha Cabrera

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1. Olive Wreath Introduction: Hi, everyone. Welcome to my watercolor olive wreath class. In this class, we're gonna be learning how to paint a simple and easy but still detailed watercolors. Olive wreaths with a few olives in it. Overall, we hope you enjoy this class, and I very much look forward to seeing your own watercolor, Oliverio. 2. Mixing Colors for the Olive Wreath: Good morning, everyone. Welcome back to the studio in this class. We're going to be learning the colors ever gonna be mixing for our watercolor olive wreath . So it's very simple, cause we're gonna be using permanent deep green here. You can see going to get some of that on our brash. We're also going to be using our olive green. Of course. Get some of that nice olive green on your brush. Sweep it in. We're also going to be getting our poker's deep green over here. It's a very beautiful color. Gonna be using this color as well as shades of white and green. So go ahead and get some white on your brush. Knicks, um, white. And here and we're gonna get some of that deep green for movie here. We're gonna mix that in with our white, makes that in. Continue to get some white on your brushwork this white and mix a little bit into this hooker's green here. Then go ahead and get Cem that Persian blue just very little, just like so very little. And mix it into that cream. Just make step. Next, Just get some of that plane. Chinese white mixed it in by itself and then just get a dab of our permanent green deep green here and mix it in. Creates a lighter, almost pale green color. Get some more of that green by itself and makes a little bit more over here. Then get some of that Persian blue. Once again, it's a little bit on your brush. That kind of consistency. Have it's clean, a little bit of that blue, a little bit more water and mix it in to your deep, permanent green color. Next, get a little bit of black on your brush and mix that in. It'll tone down that color just a bit a little bit more in your brush. That'll be for our shading. Continue to get some of that white. Mix it in with your olive green make, so it's a more olive green on your brash. Want to fill these up just a little bit more, then gets just a little bit of that Persian blue again and mix it in here and then go ahead and get some more white on your brash makes that in here. It's made a nice pale olive green color. Let's get a little more that the permanent green bringing every fear a little bit more Persian blue. A little bit more black here. Then go ahead and get some white by itself. Brenda, you have our color Pele for our water color olive wreath will be doing in my next class. I hope you enjoy this class and excited to see your reads. 3. Drawing the Wreath: Hi, everyone. Welcome to our next class on how to paint a watercolor. Allah, every this is very exciting class. It's gonna look very lovely in the end. So I have painted a separate watercolor olive branches. He can see our Reed's gonna have a few olives in it. So, diva, welcome to have using this as a reference, if you would like. Now I am going to getting something circular, as you can see, anything. Medium sized works, even a cup works. I've never seen you. Now I'm going Teoh trace a circle around on my paper. So is start very lightly, sketching out some pretty straight small twigs like so Now what I am doing here is I want to make it as congrats as possible. So I'm am doing these little lines all the way around the reason. So we're gonna start up on the top here, is gonna make a nice straightly, like, so kind of Bring that in another leave. I kinda like to go smaller in the inside. Leaves the outside leaves. We can, of course, sleep nice and long. Okay? No. Once we have our first layer of leaves that we're gonna go in and do some lay eggs, kind of overlaying. So we're going to do another set of twigs and the open spaces that you see and we're going to start over laying some leaves. This one's gonna look like that. This is gonna be a longer laid over the sleep here. I sleep smaller leaving year. This 1 may not overlap. Believe now, after we have our reasons drawn out, I am going to be erasing now the lines that are overlapping Carlie's friends. Since this one right here, we want this leads to be on top of this lead, so I'm going to actually erase the lines that's in the sleeve. Same thing for this one. You could, of course, be Jagan. Which leaves you want to show and which leaves you want to be behind. Now we're going to add some olives into our We're just gonna place if you like. So circles like so I would say that's a good amount. One right here. Now it's time for the fun part of toe watercolor painting, and I will see you in the next segment. 4. Painting the Wreath (Part One): Hi, everyone. Welcome back to our next segment on how to paint our water color all the way. So I am going to use my number two brush Concertante. Lee used a number four, but for this wreath size and use my number two. So of course, we have the colors that we mixed. We're going to start out with White that I made a little bit of green in there. I'm going to start out by going on one side of the leave. Just think so. We're gonna go leave by leave. It's a lot simpler method. Now, I am going to get this mid tone color that we made. And I'm going to sue week that in Kerry that color around remember not to overlap. He leaves. Carry that color around that I'm gonna get my darker color like so this color here Yes, I'm going to go in the corners. Bring that color up green that color. You hear that color around a bit, dabbed onto my tallit to get off the excess water and just Keary that color and could have blended in. And I went to the same thing for this leaf. So get my darker, too. And Kerry that color and as well. Now for the side here, I'm actually going to use that beautiful, darker, mid tone color right here. You can see. Get some on the brush dab. It was not too much. And do nice little outline. Uh, that leaves carry it a little bit in the midtown year. Same thing for this Leave. Get that nice, darker tone sweeps that color. And like so, Dad May paintbrush could have blended that color in like so I am leaving some white spaces for a little bit of reflection. It looks nice in the end. We're using a nice, vibrant color, too. That darker made toe go corners Kerry that come around so dad and blend picking up that excess water. We're going to do the same thing for the leaf underneath that. Now for this, leave pleadings and white space in there. I'm going, Teoh be creating a darker shadow right here. But I'm first going to carry in that green color and I'm gonna get that darker tone and sweep that under, and you can tell it's kind of creating a darker shadow of fact. Blend that in now while it's still wet. I am going to actually get that same darker tone here. Dab? Yes. Go right underneath that one more time. Continue to kill you. That beautiful dark color around IHS Very faintly because they were going to blend it. Dab and land. Hear that color? Just continue this process for all of your leaves. You a little bit of white space getting that darker color. Carry that coming around that color around, leaving some of our white space again. It's it's Incan group, right? Space is not have to all be the same. We're gonna get that darker color one more time here, mate. We will be touching that olive green and that dark again. I mean, I'm soon. Okay, then I start color around your lines a little bit. Not overly doing it, though. Well, back up here and touch up once it's dried a bit and right underneath that shame of that. Leave kill Dad. Blend dia beds that bit as well as this one appear. Okay, Continue on this piece in there. A little town can cup some of that excess water with the dry brush. Get in that darker tone. Get in the corners. Can you not a bit. Dad, pick up that water a lot. Same time blending that in a bit. We're going to repeat that for the rest of our leaves. Here we have a leave underneath the leaves. So we're gonna be careful to create a nice effect there with our shadows. Get our mid tone sweet. That in here. Sweet. That coloring morass. Did you get that darker tone here? So this side of the league will be darker than that side. We will add definition later, but continue to do that. Same steps that we've been doing for Oliver leaves. Okay, that makes color around. Kind of defining our leaves a bit. Here. Go again. I'm using very light stroke. They're not harshly pressing my brush down. Here you go, Dad, And bring that color down. Continue on with leaves leaving in that nice white space. Mid tones bring that color in so e mid tone color in Get our darker too. Get in there on the bottoms corners 5. Completing the Wreath: continue that same process with the rest of you leaves. Oh, get in our darker tones. Sweet that color in there. Here we go. Continue on filling it with a lighter color meeting some white space get in mid tones. Sweet those color, then So so get a darker tone and sweep that nice color and like so start coloring. There you go. You're almost on with our first layer here it tone darker tone that night. Dark tone in here. Dad got that access paint there w Now we're going to go in and start using our darker tones . OK, so we're going to get this dark tone green that we made here by getting that dark green that we made and sweeping that in dab blend that color in. So it's not such a hard line. And as you concede, added some definition to our leaves, we're going to continue doing that all the way around a little bit on the tips and go around the league and mainly going around one side, I believe, a manly around where the parts they really want to define a great year. See other, added a nice definition again, do a little dab. Do you want to much on it? Breathe at color around, so Oh, a little bit rate here A little bit here. Kind of carry that nice line in here very lightly. Here. Here I am, doing that nice line right there. Dabbing. And I'm going to blend that in Has not too harsh. Carry that around. Continue to finding with very light strokes. Barely getting some of that paint on the tip of your brush. You can see has adding some nights definition, Dad. But I'm gonna blend those in carry that kind of dark color in the lead. Plushy Right there, Dad. Color in damn gently going in the corners here. Really defining. That's nice. And coronaries. Here you go. Here you go, Dad. Blend that lying in a bit. You're almost done fighting. If it's, um, lying, spring that line over there. Especially right year. So you have you had a nice definition. They're gonna curie that color up like so again right there. Now we're going to use that nice olive color that we made, dad, and we're going to go into the corners very sparingly. It's just adding a little bit more of a green tone to our leaves. I don't want to over do that. That color. Okay, now that we have done our layers of our watercolor olive wreath, we're going to go ahead and fill in our all is and we're going to use just basic colors. We're going to use that pressure in blue and black. It makes those together. That's it. Very simple color. You don't want it to look overly glue, then which is going to fill in those All is very lightly, kind of leaving some white space to make it look. A lot of it, like the sun is reflecting on it. So see? Okay, then I am going to get some more black into that. Courage is made. So it's a darker tone and I'm going to go in the coronaries. Yeah, overlaying it with the darker color, the corners here. Very sparingly, though. There we go. Now we're going to use a nice I would say, great brown for our actual stems and how we're going to create that. It's simply by using our raw amber and white in black. So I am going to get symbol remember some white or that remember in here. A tiny bit of black in there, and some more of that brown. And we're going to use this beautiful color core are stem, and we're just gonna sweep in dab of it. Sweep that color in lightly going around are re careful not to miss any stems. And you could tell that a little bit on my brush. Went a long way. Okay, Now I'm going to just add a tiny bit more of that raw number to make a darker shade. It's a little bit so it looks like this a little bit of a darker shade. And I'm gonna go over a little bit of the corners of those branches a bit, just like so. Oh, Dad, I'm going over a few just to kind of make the bridge stand out a bit more kind of a little bit of dimension to our branch, but we're not going exactly over every single little line that we did. We're going to get some of our white and mix in a little bit of that. Persian believe again. We have a nice soft blue that we're gonna get that darker tone here that we made. And we're gonna mix in a little bit into that blue. So it made a nice semi blue green color in this color a little bit more in there. Very. It's perfect color and this close gonna tone down our leave a bit. I love doing this. Stop. We're gonna add a bit more water in there. You say the consistency that we want. That's the consistency that we want. Want it to be pretty water. It's going to go over those leads with that nice blue green. You kind of going over the place where I put that nice olive green. Add a very nice depth effect Medicare e that color around. And now that has kind of added a nice overlay to our leaves. We're going to a couple more touches on to our lives a little bit more black and that Persian blue to create a darker black blue. I would go over it just one more time since they have finally set dried up, going over one side, kind of adding a little bit of a dimension there and there you have our watercolor Ali, very simple and easy and very fun. I hope even drink this class and I look for to seeing your own watercolor, Oliverio