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Watercolor: Painting an Origami Peace Crane

Leyla Torres, Easy art projects to enrich your life

Watercolor: Painting an Origami Peace Crane

Leyla Torres, Easy art projects to enrich your life

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8 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. What you will learn

    • 2. Materials and How to Transfer the Drawing

    • 3. Flat Wash and Highlights

    • 4. Graded Washes

    • 5. Details and Darker Tones

    • 6. Painting the Leaves

    • 7. Painting the Stem

    • 8. Your Project and Final Thoughts

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About This Class

In this class you will follow a detailed step-by-step process to paint an origami peace crane. In following along you will learn or practice several watercolor techniques such as:

• How to trace a drawing onto watercolor paper.
• How to create flat and graded washes.
• How to work with transparent layers.
• How to paint from light to dark colors.
• How to reserve the white of the paper to create highlights.

This is an step by step class designed for both people who are new to watercolor and people who have had experience with this technique.

By the end of the class you will have added visual elements to your artistic vocabulary which can be applied to creative projects such making greeting cards. 

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Leyla Torres

Easy art projects to enrich your life


"Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” ~Terri Guillemets


In my studio practice, I explore creativity through writing, watercolor painting, and origami, the art of paper folding. These artistic activities are vehicles for cultivating the creative spirit while fostering a sense of inner calm and play in our daily lives.

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For your reference, you can use these images as well. You can download a pdf document from the description off this class, and here is a description on how to transfer a drawing on watercolor paper. Use a regular pencil to draw or Tracy object onto a piece of letter paper or anything. Big. Turn the paper over. Use a soft six B pencil to trace over again. This time, make a picker. Nine. Turn the paper over it again. I'm placing over the watercolor paper, all the paper in place on draw over the lines softly use and needed rover razor to light him any line that may be too dark. 3. Flat Wash and Highlights: I have transferred the drawing onto the world color paper very lately with pencil, so it is barely noticeable. Here I am remixing different tones off pink. Prepare in advance to have enough for the surface that is going to record. Be generous with water. Um, be generous with color I use or prepping Eliza, you read. Winds are bred, another a little bit off yellow, some off the pink. These different tools will make the illustration much richer. I'm using a medium sized brush, a mixed to a medium consistency, not too saturated, but not to dilute it. Once the colors are prepared, I rinsed the brush well. I will use the claim brush toe. Feel the shape of the grain with clean water. But I will preserve some lines and leave them dry. They will be highlights. This picture shows in great where we be filled with water, any white, the lines that will be kept dry. I applied the water carefully, toe each section, taking care off, leaving the few dry lines. They will be the highlights off the folded paper. If you apply, water over the line needs to be white. Dry the spot with a clean paper tower. The shape of the crane is filled with worry. Here is a closer you can tell on remove excess water from the bottom off the shape with a clean brush. Carefully, we applied the first mayor off cola again, making sure not to paint over the dry lines. Start applying color from the upper areas on work your way down to the lower. These first layer will be a flat wash, which means that the color is smooth and even notice how a thin line is left. When no color, we see the white off the paper. Once the shape of the grayness field, we let it dry. 4. Graded Washes: we will be a playing color by sections. I will work on the back wing first. I covered it with a layer of clean water. I apply more saturated color to the lower area and let it blend, always being careful not to color the white highlights. This is a grated wash. The upper area is lighter in color than the lower area, where we apply more saturated called as long as the area is still with. We can add some spots off saturated color. I will apply a layer off clean water to the section of the head nick on center, always taking care not to with the highlights. Then we can proceed to add color to the wet surface. This is a flat wash. The color. It's smooth and even notice how the highlight is lived. Um, paint it. The highlight is the white of the paper coming through. While that sections rise, I apply a layer of clean water to the tail. I apply color to the lower area and let it blend. This is a grated wash. I will apply a layer of clean water to the front wing on the body. I R. A little blue toe, one of the things in my palette for America tone. I apply. Eat to the wit surface, a little more saturated color here on a darker coach. Under the week, I will apply a layer off clean water toe have off the back wing. When the paper has been folded, different planes are created, and they catch the light differently. I apply lighter color to the harbor area on more saturated color to the lower area and then let the color blend. Pick up excess water on dry the brush. 5. Details and Darker Tones: after we captured the essential volume off the bird, we had more specific details here. I applied darker color to the neck to shade and suggests a layer of folded paper taking care of preserving the highlight. Here I apply some clean water. Notice that my brush is quite thin and now some color for a graded wash to create shade. Here I am applying a flat wash to the body I did not get the area with before applying color. I'm careful not to paint over my highlights. I begin to work on the ornamental beads, also playing clean water. First, a tiny area for the highlight is left with no water. Color is supplied around it. Dry point. We're painting these as a tiny sphere. Onda. We follow the same steps to color the tear shape Beef on here, a tassel applying the color on dry paper. Now I am pre mixing some color to paint the that's This is more saturated than what I have used so far. The pain is supplied on dry paper on here, some lines where the folded edges meat. I'll apply cooler on the central area with paint on dry paper, then I continue painting the That's I dark in the lines where the bullet ages meat on my ad spots off darker color. To enhance the shade, - I apply clean water to the bead on that saturated color to enhance the shape, we will come back to the beads later. 6. Painting the Leaves: to painting leaves, I follow a similar process of building layers. First I apply clean water to the shape. Then I add color notice. The two different tones of green are are the darker one is more saturated than the lighter . - The next layer of color is applied on sections off the leaves to create different planes of light. On that detail. - Here I add two extra leaves using a lighter wash. Some veins are added to leaves with more saturated color. - I repeat the process of a plane clean water to the bead on our in saturated color. To enhance the shape, - I paint some threats of the tassel with more saturated blue. 7. Painting the Stem: to paint the stem I premix winds are green with a mystery inbred to prepare a very dark brown. To make this team, I draw it with a thin brush charged with plenty of clean water. Then I add saturated color to the wet stem. When you feel like the brush is running out off pain, go ahead and reach ash it with more pain. Don't try toe overextend the color that you have on the paper. If the stem starts to get right, I apply clean water again and then add the call to paint a thread. I used a very thing brush. - I paint the hook in the shape of our little s on at some dark spots to the stem. 8. Your Project and Final Thoughts: thank you for being part of this class. I hope you enjoyed it. If you did, please leave a review. This box will appear. A Both of video window I'll have to do is click the Yes Button and submit your review This issue project for this class, make a painting of an origami crane or any other subject you like using some of the concepts you learn in this class, such as working with transparent in the years working from light to their colors on preserving the white of the paper. As a highlight, you can upload and share your product by clicking this button. I will look at all the pretty, exposed it, and we'll enjoy seeing your process and your results. If you would like to be the first hear about new classes I am teaching. Subscribe to my Web site at Leyla Tourists that come