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Watercolor Painting with Watercolor Pencils and Masking Fluid

Larissa Ottinger, Visual Art Teacher, Nashville, TN

Watercolor Painting with Watercolor Pencils and Masking Fluid

Larissa Ottinger, Visual Art Teacher, Nashville, TN

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7 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Introduction: Meet Mrs. Ottinger

    • 2. Project Materials You Will Need

    • 3. Step 1: Drawing in the Forms

    • 4. Step 2: Masking Fluid

    • 5. Step 3: Washing in the Background

    • 6. Step 4: Removing Masking and Adding Details

    • 7. The Finished Project!

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The student will learn how to use cake watercolor, watercolor pencils, masking fluid, and masking pen to create a layered watercolor painting with resist effects.


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Larissa Ottinger

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1. Introduction: Meet Mrs. Ottinger: Hello. I'm LaRosa Ottinger. I am an artist and art teacher. I work in Nashville, Tennessee. I have been teaching art at the high school level for 10 years, and I have been personally creating art since I was little Little. I am a huge advocate of the idea that anybody can be creative. Anybody can draw, anybody can paint. All it takes is a little bit of practice, the willingness to not be too judgmental of yourself and an experiment. Total creative spirit. So I am here working out of my garage. It is quarantine season. So I've got some art supplies that I, um, packed up and brought home when schools closed. And I've got Bob Ross in the background, giving us a little creative spirit. And today we are going to be working on a project that uses watercolor, watercolor, pencil and masking fluid. So I will show you how to use those products to create a naturalistic seen using some items that I took photographs and some items that I picked up on one of my morning walks. So let's get started 2. Project Materials You Will Need: okay. Ah, lot of people did watercolor when they were little, right. So you may remember those little pans with, like, a oval, you know, little circles of paint. So they were maybe mixed results with those. They kind of run out quickly. They don't have tons and tons of paint in there. And maybe that's the last time you ever picked up paint. Or maybe, you know, you do like to paint. Just wanna learn some different techniques. So what we're going to be working with today is water color. So I'm going to show you the basic supplies that you're going to need. Now. These are not. These are things that I had laying around in my garage in my little studio space. Some things that I got from my classroom when I knew that schools were closing down this for the for the year and then also some things that were donated from a local art supply store. Jerry's are Haram A here in Nashville that was hit by the March 2nd tornado. And so they very generously donated a lot of supplies to local art teachers. And that's also where he got Bob. So, uh, can't wait to support them when they opened back up. Hopefully this fall. Okay, the first thing that we're going to need is watercolor, right. This is a little to go water color kits. It's made by the company. Lucas, L U K s and these air. Really great. Because if you want to just real quick, go outside and do a little bit of painting, they just You just pop it right in your bag on toted on outside so you can see it has a variety of colors in it. Also, house on this flip open lid since faces for you to mix up some water color washes. All right, so that's the first thing that you're going to need. There are several different companies that make these little kids and a grown Bacher makes one, uh, and I think I actually have that somewhere. But anyway, they're different sizes different. There's all different ones, but these are really need to have Okay, the next thing you're going to need, obviously water says some nice clear water. Oh, with your masking fluid, you probably will need a second little jar of water and I will show you why in a bit. All right. You're going to need some brushes. I am not a huge like, I have a lot of brushes here. I tend to, like, stick to one or two brushes on a project. So I, you know, you maybe just need, like, a detail brush. Kind of like this. This is a number one stroke brush, actually, Yeah, number one round. Um, I have a larger flat here. Uh, don't know that I'll use that I might use maybe like a number four or number six flat. Um, so which is gonna be probably one of these guys? Oh, here's an eight. Okay, so here's a number eight flat. It's about 3/4 of an inch wide. Okay, so this is gonna be to cover larger areas and then just maybe a smaller round, like a number two. Number four round for your smaller detail areas. The next thing you're gonna need is your water color paper. Right. I have these small cards of watercolor paper here in my garage. Um, this is Strathmore Watercolor. You can see that this has some water damage on it from the tornado. So these were just some that were donated to us from Jerry's, but the paper inside was fine. So watercolor paper is thicker. You can, you know, you can see it's it's almost like a card wait paper. If you look at watercolor paper up close, you will find that it has texture in it, like almost like a ah, higher quality paper towel has that quilting in it. You know, they advertise that what that is called his tooth tooth, and the tooth is texture in the paper, from the different layers of paper pulp and a thicker paper. A thicker to thier paper is going to be better for wet media like paint, particularly watercolor, and the reason that is is just like a thicker paper towel will soak up. A still better A to thier paper is going to soak up your watercolor media better, and it will just absorb those nice washes of watercolor you may have painted on like a cheap copy paper, or maybe even just a sketch pad and noticed that the water color wash will bubble on the surface and make a mess. Or it will. When you try and, like, work your paint with your brush, it will tear up the fibers on the surface, and so we don't want that. Right. So using a thicker watercolor paper will give you better results. You'll be more pleased with your results. Okay, The next thing you're gonna need four doing watercolor. Honestly, I suggest this for any type of art paper tells. Right. So it's quarantine. Paper towels are a hot commodity right now. I, um, got actually my husband went to GFS and got a bulk thing of these, like trifle little industrial, you know, bathroom paper towels. So I'm gonna use one of these. I will show you how to use it as we've Chrissy, you're also going to need a sketch pencil. Okay, um, I am gonna very lightly sketched out my, um, subject matter onto my watercolor paper, and then I'm gonna fill it in with my watercolor washes on my watercolor pencil. Speaking of watercolor pencil, what is a watercolor pencil? If you have never used one before, watercolor pencils are super cool. You can tell it's water soluble because it says a quarrel. So right here or Carella Accor a lot blah blah. I don't know any way. This is vice to buy low And then I also have some other ones that are Rayola and they say Kregel a watercolor, and you can see it has paintbrush on there. So it's a little indicator that it is a watercolor pencil. He's a really cool, And I will tell you why a lot of people love to draw. They are a little bit more shy about getting into painting, because if you have ever messed up a perfectly good drawing by trying to add paint to it, you know exactly how frustrating that can be. Ah, watercolor. Pencil is sort of a bridge between a pencil and a paper. So basically, what we're gonna do is draw color in our drawing with the watercolor pencil, and then we're going to just wake it up with a brush with a little bit of water, which is really cool. Okay, The final thing that I did tell you. Well, okay. The next product that you're going to meet is you're masking fluid. Okay, if you have used masking tape before, you know that it is used to mask off areas that you don't want to get, uh, paint on right. So, such as painting your room you're gonna mask off your trip. Basically, water. Um, masking fluid is the same thing, but it's a fluid. So this is a jar of Lucas Ah. Masking fluid, liquid masking fluid. It says for water color and airbrush. Okay, this is a game changer. It's super fun to use, and I'm gonna show you how to use it. This is a bottle that I've had in my um, actually, I think I got this for my daughter. Sorry. Several years ago. It goes a long way, but it can rubberized and clog up, so you just need to be aware of that. You don't want to let get a giant huge bottle of it if you're not gonna be working with it . A whole whole lot. Just a small bottle is fine. You can get this at any good hobby. Um, art supply, you know, store This one came from Jerry's. But, you know, here in National Plaza art supplies, you could order it online. Um, you know, hopefully Jerry's gonna open back up soon. I look forward to supporting them with more business, but for right now, you know you're stuck at home. It's quarantine. You can't order this online. All right, The next thing that I got is super fun. I ordered this last week. It came in like, two days. This is a masking fluid pen. My God, it's so cool. It's got a little tiny little name here, and we're gonna use this to mask off the areas that we don't want to watercolor. And then when we pull it off, you can see how you can use that to layer colors of water color washes. So the final thing that you're going to need I like, especially when you're first learning how to draw or paint or starting on a new project I like to work using, um, photographs, natural objects. I like to challenge myself to draw observation. Aly to, um, hold my technique. Uh, I am a believer in if you want to learn how to draw better, you need to try and draw things that you're actually looking at in front of you. Okay, after that, if you want to go off into more of an abstract style and anime style, a, um, cartoon style, that sort of thing, go for it right, and there's there are no rules. I mean, If that's what you like to do, knock yourself out. Go for it. But I really take a lot of inspiration from my daily walks, things that I see all the time. So I have some photographs that I have taken and some little objects. I had this really cool pine cone here that I picked up the other day on a walk. Um, that we're going to be working with. So, you know, if you are trying to draw something that's a natural, whether it's your dog or some flowers, take a picture of them, have them in front of you. Don't try and think that you know it from your from your memory. That's Ah, left brain thing. We're not doing that. We are in our right brain, are creative, are observational side of things. And so we need to spend time looking and observing what it is that we want to um Teoh uses are subject matter, So photographs are great for that. Okay, now that we have all of our supplies laid out, we can get started with drawing in our basic drawing for our project. 3. Step 1: Drawing in the Forms: as I mentioned, I do like to work from photographs. This is a photograph of some delphinium that I took, uh, just planeta last week in my backyard. And I really like the intense blue color. So I decided Teoh use that as a inspiration before one of my first watercolor and masking fluid demos here. So someone really great thing that we have now everybody has this on their fingertips is some sort of way to crop and rotate. You're photographs, right? Instead of trying to figure out design wise, you know where the edges of your picture are going to be. You could just crop your photo all the way down and, um, save it, save it as don't Finney. Um to And so now I have a nice already cropped image where my flowers air running off the edges of the pages. I got a little stupid. Let's get that. Let's bring that whole thing down. Here we go. So I've got you know, this stem here running off towards the right, I've got some larger flowers in the front that are going to be sort of a focal point. And then I've got this other line of flowers that are going off towards the centre back here. So when you are working from a photograph on your phone, I just emailed this to myself, Or you can just take it off of your Just plug your phone in and get it on to your computer . That way you can blow it up really nicely on your screen. Right. So we're gonna be starting with laying out this photograph on our watercolor paper using our drawing pencil. Oh, I need to take down my watercolor paper onto my drawing surface and painting surface. The reason I'm taping down the paper you have probably experienced this in the past. I'm just going to use a little bit of regular old Scotch tape masking tape here. And the reason that we're taping down the paper is that when we get our paper wet right, it's going to loosen up the fibers of the paper and it will warp so you can see this napkin here has been wet. I could use it to wipe up just a little water, and so it's all warped and bubbled, and nobody wants a drawing that's worked in Bubble. Do you want a nice flat finish drawing or painting. So we're gonna take this down to keep that working from happening. Then Once are, painting is completely finished and dry. We will hold that type off and have a nice flat growing are painting. OK? Anything you could do if you don't have tape eyes, go ahead and do your drawing or painting the what you want and then lay your finished pieces. But underneath books or something like that, Teoh, flatten them out. This works just fine. And then after we peel off the tape will have a nice little border around here. Okay? All right. So let's go ahead and get started. I am going to be drawing in my image here of my delphinium. I'm going to start with the basic flower that's right here as non focal point. So I'm gonna put that sort of down in the lower center of my picture plane, and then I'm gonna start filling in my flowers around that 4. Step 2: Masking Fluid: okay. As I draw to do a drawing, that's not going to be this. I don't want the pencil showing through my drawing some holding my pencil way back into this crook of my hand here. And I'm drawing very lightly somebody far away from you. I put my camera around you notice so that I can see so that you can see a little bit more zoomed in. But if this was on normal view, you on the video land would probably not be able to see my sketch. And that's a good thing. You don't want your sketching to be so dark that the pencil shows up through your hate. Maybe you do. But for the purposes of this, we're not doing a pencil drawing were, you know, just showing you how to do watercolor. So I'm gonna draw this in very lightly. All I'm doing here is following the contours. The outside contour borders of my different dolphin iam flowers. Here they have some sort of a yellow or light colored center. I can't see super clearly what that IHS If you can't see it, don't draw it just because you think you might know what a flower looks like doesn't mean that it's going to look naturalistic if you can't really see it. Okay, So just focus on putting in the areas that you can see very lightly. And, um, don't worry about trying to fill in things that you can't see. All right, That is a kind of a big lesson. And art. A lot of people will try and draw things that are three dimensional, you know, draw using perspective. And they run into trouble because they know, you know, for example, that the house has different sides to it, and so they draw all of the different sides of the same time, and they can't figure out why it doesn't look right, because throwing areas that they can't necessarily see. So you only want to draw what you can see if you're not really sure you know what that is? Just draw what it looks like. It just looks like a little outline or something. And, uh, again, don't try and fill in a whole bunch of details if it if you're not really sure what it is, So Okay, I'm just putting in a few of my flowers now. I am not doing, like every single one. I just want a few of them and maybe a few of these little flower buds center here and some of the leaves. This delphinium have pretty long, skinny little leaves that are kind of nice. Okay, so I've got my two flowers here in the front. I think I'm going to put in this 3rd 1 down here. That's running off the page. Design wise, having objects running off the page. Uh, looks really nice. It looks like you just walked into the scene and then I'm gonna do on this left side. I don't really have anything going on yet, so I'm gonna put in a few of these flowers that are facing towards the left. They're out of focus. I think I might have taken this using the portrait mode on the iPhone. So they're not really super in focus, which is kind of cool. So I'm just gonna again just fell in sort of what they looked like as at a glance or at the Impressionist impression of them. That's really all I'm trying to do is, uh, put in just kind of balance out the space here. All right, so here is my completed, you know, Only took a few minutes drawing. My next step is going to be to fill this in with masking fluid. Okay, I have to products here that I'm going to fill in with masking fluid. So I have this liquid Lucas Ah, Carell masking fluid liquid masking fluid. I would use this with a brush, like a small detail breath. And then I have this really cool. I'm asking liquid pump marker that I ordered that I am loving, loving, loving. All right, so let's go ahead and get started felling this in with masking fluid. Now, why do I want to mask this off? Let's say, for example, I want ah, brown background. So maybe like dirt or, you know, in the particular photo, there's offense back there. So let's say that I want these blue flowers, brain stems, brown background. Okay. Um, what I am going to do is use my masking fluid to mask off or to cover the flowers and the stems. Then I'm gonna wash in my background using my brown wash. Then once my masking fluid is dry, I can peel it off and come back in and fill in the details without disturbing the background because it's already dried. OK, so let's get started with that. I got Teoh. I have to pump up my marker here. Haven't used it in a couple of days. I got it over the weekend. Used a ton. I haven't used it in a couple of days, so I'm gonna just get it going again, Okay? This thing is really cool. I like it a lot. Okay, Here's the first reason that you want to use your have a paper towel handy. Um, it turns into like, a rubbery consistency when it's dry. So there are little pieces of it that air dried on the ned. So I'm just gonna kind of pull those off. You can see that as it comes out. It's blue. And that's really cool, because you can see where you've gone over things. Somebody. It's like a paint marker. So I'm gonna cover my pencil lines in this, uh, marker and get them all masked off. Right, which is super cool. Okay, So, as I am asking this off these areas or going to remain the color of the paper, right, because when I pull off this masking fluid, the paper color will remain. So it's like putting down a barrier or border to protect, uh, the work from getting paint on it. So anything that you don't want to get paint on, you're gonna mask it. Okay, so you have probably maybe started to think about the fact that, um, once I remove these blue lines, once I take off the masking fluid, it's gonna be white. But what if you don't want it to be one? You can leave it and sort of have, like, a stained glass effect of a white border or the other thing that you could you is. Do you a watercolor wash like a light wash of, um, the entire area. Then mask good one sets, dry masked over it on, Then paint the second layer paint, and then once that is dry, remove the masking fluid, and that first layer of wash will show through. I'm gonna go ahead and do my centers. You can see him. So this is makes for pretty quick going here. It's pretty nice. Okay. If you would like to mask off larger areas, you can using the masking fluid liquid and your detail brush. Okay. And I will show you how to do that next 5. Step 3: Washing in the Background: Okay, so this is a little disclaimer. I created a second drawing of the same subject matter, the Del Finney, in the other day and have let it dry. That way, I would have, um, you know, one that was already dry, that I could go on to the next step. So on this step, I am going to show you how to use the liquid. Masking fluid should mask off larger, larger areas. Okay, so the masking fluid will dry if you're outside. You know, I've got a lot of airflow going through today. It's like 60 something degrees. Right now, this is gonna dry, probably within about 1/2 an hour. If you're working inside. If it's we know winter, it's colder than it's going to take a little bit longer to dry. You want to make sure that you're masking fluid is dry before you go on to the next step. So that might require a little bit of patients on your part. If you just wanted to get a whole painting done in one day, um, put it in front of a heater, maybe. Or use a heat gun or territory hairdryer to dry it. Okay, so this liquid masking fluid works the same, but you need to have a small detail brush. Now, uh, this is how it's gonna turn out. It's like rubber cement, which I have also seen by the way people use rubber cement to do the same thing. This, like, resist technique. And that's fine, Teoh. I think some people even like rubber cement more. That's super cool. Um, So Okay, so now I'm gonna teach you how to use the, um, the liquid masking fluid to mask off larger areas. Now, I did a few. This one, this one I've done these, so I'm not sure if you can see on the screen, but they are more yellow, and that's because they've already got the mask. Include On there, you can pour a little bit out where you can just kind of dip your brush directly in. Now, if you let this dry on your brush, it will trash your brush. So you really want Teoh? Have a second cup of water standing by to rinse your brush out. Okay, so now I'm just painting in this particular flower here. What's a masking fluid and I'll go ahead and just do this one down here as well. Okay. And then that's gonna need to dry. And, uh, if I decide to remember when you're painting, if you decide to, like pause, go take a phone call A grabs lunch. It's just time to be done painting for the day. Please don't ever, ever leave your brushes sitting in water like this. That will ruin your brushes. Okay. Uh, also because I am working with the masking fluid. I need a second, a little bit of water to rinse that off my brushes off. Otherwise, it will. It will ruin your brushes dry into, like, a gummy mess. And that brushes gonna go in the garbage after that. So, um so you always like, you know, it's going to take a phone call on Jed painting. That's the second reason why you might want to use your paper towel is to just have a spot severance at your brushes and Leben let him set that way. We never We never walk off with brushes sitting in jars of water like this. This will kill your brushes. So take care of brushes everywhere. Ransom out, give him a swish and set him to the side. If you know that you're done painting for the whole day, then it's time to go Take your brushes inside to seek with warm water and a little bit of dawn or some soap and really clean them out better. Okay, but just for a pause and your work for the day, you just want to switch your brush out and lay it to the side. Okay, so that is the, um the next technique in masking can use the pen. You can use the masking liquid. Now, the next thing I'm going to show you to use my detail brush again is that you can actually , um, put in a wash like light washes, mask over them, or at least over certain areas, and then come back in and put darker washes. So I'm actually going to do that in this these two flowers, right? So the delphinium is a really pretty cobalt blue, which I'm going to try and achieve here. That's pretty blue. So this is probably like a Cobalts. Okay. And then this mix, a little bit of this ultra marine kind of blew in here too. This little bit darker one and Hopefully, that should give me Yeah, I think that looks really nice. And nice Blue for my dolphinarium. All right, so I'm gonna pull this in. I honestly, I kind of think I wanted even just a little bit more violent looking. I love that color. Hi. So let me get a nice watercolor wash. Remember, with a watercolor wash. If you've never done a wash before, it is mostly water and just a little bit of pigment. That is a, um one thing that can be I opening two new painters. How much water you need is usually more And how much pain you actually need this usually less, especially for your first couple of layers. Um, all right, so I've got a I'm gonna tap in some darker space is here. Okay. And then on this one, let me get some more of my wash going here, load up my brush full paint, and fill in this other large flower here. Okay? Well, I think it looks like I've got when I were here, too. I'm just gonna All I did was just dip my brush in water and use whatever, uh, you know, pigment happened to be left on the brush to get this guy to. Okay, so I'm gonna let these flowers thes four flowers that I just did go ahead and dry. And while they're do while they're drawing, I'm gonna move on to filling in my background and you'll see the magic of this masking fluid. When I fill in the background, I'm gonna use a light brown wash. So I'm gonna use I think that's either a black or like a burn number. We just kind of play around in these darker colors here, and I want sort of a cool a cool brown. This kind of got a little bit. I think this is like a sienna. Women. Sorry, I'm trying to put this around so you could see and it's a little bit more warm and play like that. I wanted someone add a little bit of this more this number brown to get that kind of cool dirt color. All right, so with my background, I don't want it to be super pigmented. I really just wanna wash because my focal point is gonna be my flowers. So I'm using a 10 of water, not a lot of pain and I'm just going to start coming through here with my Do you tell brush ? I told you guys, I don't switch brushes very often. I really just worked, uh, with one brush, probably. Maybe more than I said sometimes, but it's fine. Okay. The other thing you'll notice is that I always have my brush pointing to the right. I'm left handed, so I never paint like this. I always paint with my brush, pointing away from my hand. And the reason for that is so that you can see your work. So why would I wanna guess where my paintbrush is going and where my paints going? Right. I always want to have my bristles and on trend in a hair on here. Try and pull it. I think it is. Yeah, I got it today. All right. Um, you always want to point your brush away from your hand so that your hand is never covering up your work. So because I'm left handed my Brussels air pointing to the right. If you're right handed, you need to have your bristles pointing to that so that you can always see what it is that you're doing. All right, Now I am going sort of careful you're on the flowers, But if I, um, because of the mask include I really don't need to go all that carefully. It's It's really just kind of providing me, like, a little border for my, uh, pains. There's a hair right there to Sorry. Okay, So I'm just kind of felling all these guys in here with some water color wash. It's a little space right there. Get that. Okay, Now break here. You can see that some of that blue bled over into that area. Another reason to have a paper towel close by. You can lift some of it off using that paper towel and then come back in and drop into more of your your colored achievement to be there. Okay, So paper tell super super unity. All right, let's just keep going and dropping in our wash 6. Step 4: Removing Masking and Adding Details: All right. So I have allowed my, uh, first layer of watercolor wash, which was the background wash. And a few of the larger flowers have allowed those too dry. So now is the super satisfying part of this project, which is peeling off the, um, masking fluid, which is a super fun. So let's do that. Um, the the, uh, fluid, the liquid fluid is going to kind of pull up. Sort of like a rubber cement. Um, and then the pen kind of rubs off. Keep sliding. Go. So all right. So now I'm just gonna, like, rub with my finger. It's like, honestly, I'll be totally honest with you. Just having something to do this. What is probably Blake. It's That's a reason in of itself to purchase masking fluid. It's so fun. So you can see the resist of the masking fluid. Resisted the football, resisted the watercolor, and it pulls right up and the blue of the water colors. I'm sorry. The masking pen. Um, that was there to show you what you've gone over. And what you have not just rubs right off. Okay, I did. I used to this pen on just a sketch paper yesterday. Um, that was not as durable as this watercolor paper, and it was much harder to get the masking fluid off the pen. It was harder to get the pen off. So if you are having that experience, um, then you probably are gonna want to invests in just a higher quality. Maybe a sicker paper that will really allow you to rub this off and not leave any of the blue pen behind so I can see a little piece of this blue behind here that I'm gonna bear comes. It's coming off. Okay, so there is my first layer with my masking fluid rubbed off. Isn't that cool? All right, let me zoom in. So you can really see the, um, these areas here where I had the masking floated line and I colored on the inside of the flower. It left a white border, which is sort of like a, you know, a stained glass effect or batik. If you've ever done boutique, which is super fun, I should do a tutorial of biotic. At some point, you can leave this white tohave. Um, that border that's really pretty. It also happened here or a coded the insides, but not the outside. I left the masking fluid. Um, you can. I mean, once you get into this, you can see how many layers you can continue to build, which is a lot of fun. All right, so the next thing that I'm gonna do is I'm going to Well, two things. The next couple of things that I'm gonna do, I am going to go ahead and mask off using some more masking fluid. I'm gonna mask the centers that, um, these flowers and I'm just kind of sketching this. Basically, I'm not really using a plan here. Okay, so I dropped a little bit more masking fluid on top of that initial wash of color. I'm gonna let that dry once that's dry. I'm gonna layer a second layer of darker wash, and it's going to go around so that when I peel this off, it'll be light inside here with darker around the insides of the pedals, so that's gonna look really cool. But for right now, it's time to move on to the second part of our demo, which is using our watercolor pencils. So I mentioned to you watercolor pencil is very fun because it colors just like a colored pencil. So I'm just going to end okay with watercolor pencil because you're gonna use your water to wake up and pick up the color. You don't need a lot of pencil markings on here. Okay? You can totally it is up. This is part of it where it's, like, up to your technique, right? If you want to just put in a ton, like, maybe, like, really get serious with how much? Um, penciling product you're putting down here How much media you're putting in? You can absolutely do that if you want the whole thing filled in. That's fine. If you want to leave some areas like I've done right here and you're just gonna allow the wash to color those in that's great, too. Okay, this is where, um, you know, you're gonna put in your own style. Maybe you're gonna experiment and find the way that you want to do it. So you can see how if you're used to drawing with pencil or coloring in with colored pencil , you want to try some painting techniques, but you would be worried about getting in these tiny details. Maybe. You know, you haven't really done painting a lot before. This watercolor pencil is going to be a really fun way to experiment with that. Now, I'm gonna add just a little bit of shading to some of these areas. Okay? Let me go ahead and just call. Oh, these guys all in here. All right. Um, watercolor pencils, by the way, come in many, many different colors. Um, these little quarantine time or lessons that I'm doing, I happened tohave just a few different, um, colors here at home. I have many more colors in my classroom, but I just kind of really quick we were allowed to get in and pull a few things out. So I pulled out as many supplies as I could Teoh to kind of play around a little bit and maybe do some lessons. Um, but if you purchase, you know, a set of watercolor pencils. It's just like a set of colored pencils. Guys, it's gonna have. You know, you can get a big set with tons and tons of different colors if you want to. All right, so I just have a few more little areas here to color in. And then I'm going to switch to my blue and finish getting my delphinium, um, colored as well. So the only blue that I happened to have with me at home. Um, actually, he doesn't even have a color on it. Let me see what I have here in my little Crayola pack. Okay, This one, it just says blue. So Oh, and this one says Violet. So I might use maybe like, a combination of some of these and see if I can achieve this real pretty Coble Delphinium. Now, remember some of the little buds. I don't if you remember or not from the photo. Um, some of the buds were very light colored, so I might not want to lay down too much pencil on here. Maybe just a little bit, because the little buds are so much lighter in color. So that c we're just gonna lay down a little bit of media here using our watercolor pencil . Um, if you want Teoh, remember, the centres of these flowers were lighter, so you can mask off the centers so they stay white if you want. Teoh, I could even like if I wanna I got a little piece of driving masking fluid there. All right, if you wanted to, like, do some kind of, like little bud forms that have so you can mask as you layer, which is really fun. All right, so, um, these air sort of violating a lot of purple, and I'm gonna add a little bit more blue just a little. Um, when you are mixing color, the darker the color, the less you want. So, for example, if I'm going to do a violet purple, I want more bread than I do blue and maybe even a little bit of white in there. Um, the blue will overpower the red. So you always wanted to start with your lighter color and mix your darker color into your lighter colors of dark into light. Got it. Um, that way you can make sure that you don't go to dark quick. Now, I do want just a hint of more of a violet, so I'm gonna put in just a few little strokes of red. Really? The only reason I'm doing that is to, um, for color, mixing purposes just a little. Okay. Okay. So I think I've laid down enough um, pencil have drawn enough with my pencil. Now it's time to have fun with these watercolor pencils by adding in a little bit of water and spreading around this media, which is super fun. Look at that. Okay, again, this is a stylistic. See, that right here was where I laid in the ton, 10 ton ton of media of watercolor media pencil. So I put in a lot of color right here. Remember that. So that's gonna be really intense. What? I was just about to say waas um this is pencil guys. Let it. If you want to, you might choose to really go all the way and blend in every my brush. Okay. My brushes kind of chicken footed here. And I think that that is because it might have some a mask. Include drive in it. So I'm gonna try and find another little detail brush. I think I can use this number six number six round and just barely use the tip of it. But let me get it all wet. Okay. Sorry. What I was saying waas, um you don't need to blend every single stroke if you don't want Teoh. So you can see. I hope that here, um you can sort of still see that there are are pencil markings in here. Okay, if you want to get a totally blended in watercolor style wash, that's fine. But part of the experimentation of using a watercolor pencil is Do you need to do that? You don't. If you don't want to, you can just really go all out. Blend, blend, blend, blend, blend. Or you can barely touch them just to activate them a little bit. Um, and blend in a little bit. Here, it's of your material. Here. Your pencil. Okay. This what's I think? Right here. It's not quite wondered enough I'm not Blundell. Good, but I'm gonna activate a little bit more of that pencil. If you want to leave that white like I mentioned earlier, that white outline you can That's ah, again, that is a It's an artistic choice. And that's what's so fun. That's one of the things that I love about art. You know, I could have a class of 30 40 high school students doing the exact same, you know, still life. Um, and I will get that many different takes on what it looks like. And And that's where you start to learn how to take liberties with your, uh, with your work. Hey, some people might want it really just kind of go outside of the lines. Something want to stay inside the lines? Some people might want Teoh, um really blend. Some people don't want to blend that much of a little. There is no right or wrong, but you can see here own. All I'm doing is just adding a little water to get these. Get these things activated. So Alright, so I've got my leaves and petals activated. Now it's time to do my I'm sorry I got leaves activated. Now it's time to do my pedals. Oh, this is pretty. Look at the nice blending of the different blues with that hint of violet. Now, as you look at a flower, you notice the foot pedals aren't the same all the way through, right. They go from light to dark to light usually. So I'm gonna, um I'm really trying to keep most of my pencil, um, concentrated towards the inside of a little flowers and not pull too much of that out. Let's go for this big boy up here. Um, you can see, like water color is so cool because you can go back and forth. I can let this dry and add more pencil over the top. I can let it dry and add more masking fluid over the top. Try and blend these, Violet. There we go. These reds in a little bit. Go. That's pretty. And, um you know what? Like just play around with it. And if you if you mess up, quote unquote, I don't really think there is any messing at right. Bob Ross. He was with us in the beginning, Pan. He said there are no mistakes. Just happy accident. Um, who cares, right? If you don't like how it turned out, fish, do another one. There's no, like, no rule like Law says, Oh, my gosh, You messed up. This art pieces less when you're ever gonna make in your entire life. You're screwed now. No, I mean, just make another one. People are very unforgiving of themselves during art, and I don't really know why that is, but you've got to get over that. Give yourself permission to just kind of experiment. Play around. Okay? I'm gonna set my brush over, decide on my paper, tell get picked, child here. So that right there. And I think I forgot to put in a couple of these little like steeples right in here. Or maybe they were pedals are I mean, leaves. So let me just get those guys. Here we go. All right, Now let me check and see if this, um, masking fluid that I put in the center is dry enough to peel it off. Oh, actually, before I do that Sorry, Sorry, sorry. Let me come through with some violet and get in a little bit more material in the center of these flowers. Get that activated. Because that was the whole point of masking off the center, wasn't it was so that we could go around it and go darker. Get some of this blue e try. You know what? To be honest, I'm kind of liking this step by low brand watercolor pencil. You mean you don't even know where these came from? They were donation. All right, so Alright, so I've laid in some or media right in here, and I'm just gonna activate that with a little water before a peel off my, um, masking fluid. Okay. And with the masking fluid on there, I just kind of go right over it. That's fun. Okay. And I could do the same thing in here. Have some more material in here. Activate that. Yeah, we go. All right, once that's dry. So let me get these guys in here to let me just see how I do. I have I have already enough paint on my brush left over, but I can just lay some more color down right there. You may be right in here, so this color is really pretty. And don't cornflowers. We're just so fun. I mean, there there are color that you just almost that true. True bright cobalt is just such a pretty color to try angry create. Um, and I'm just kind of playing around here, pulling up some of this color and adding it in, you know, little details to some of the other little guys here, so I think that's good. Um, the other thing I could do is mix washed water. You know, the actual watercolor with the pencil. So, for example, my delphinium stems were actually a little bit more of a light green. So what I'm gonna do is mix up a nice yellow wash and see if I can't just come in here. Oh, yeah. And lighten up. Some of this, um, lighten up a little bit of this with some just adding in some yellow to kind of spring, green it up a little bit. That's pretty. Yeah, like that. Just bring it up. I dropped some. Right on there. We use my paper. Tell that up. There we go. Use it easy. Let me get a nice washer there. Really? Get my brush loaded with some of that yellow. There we go. That's pretty. All right, so there we go. Switch out my brush, said it over here to the side. And now it's time, I think. Teoh, pull up my masking fluid here. Those second layers of masking fluid did I put down just kind of making sure that it's dry before Robbins it too much. These ones are a little what I might do. Believe those for a minute. Try this Pretty. Okay, so here you can see that I masked off the center of that flower before I painted it white. So that I got a blue flower with a white center Touch this one so bad. Okay, I'm gonna do it. I'm going for it and see how it came out. It should be a light light, light blue in the middle, ISS Look at how that left the lighter wash on the inside when you get this guy weird as very pretty. So there is a final little composition. Pull off the masking tape so you can see the pretty white edge that you got pay for is nice and flat. If your paper was still super, super wet, I would not pull off the masking tape until its tractors. That defeats the purpose of one last thing about Sorry, I am in the garage. Okay, but I'm pulling off your tape. You don't just want to just rip it off because you can. You can see where here. The watercolor paper started to separate, so you're gonna very carefully pull it towards the outside of your work. Okay, so they're just ripping it right off. I'm working out like this. Okay. Almost parallel. Really? With the surface of the of the papers. Oh, yeah. I am really pleased with that I'm very pleased with that. I could almost see I was going to go on further with this. Maybe adding a pop of like red or pink or just something to kind of contrast this a little bit. Very cool colors, but it is very pretty. It's relaxing. I'm looking with those blue water colors, blues and greens in there and just that real simple Brown washed in background. Okay, Looking looking good, I think we're done. 7. The Finished Project!: you could the details. Oh, watercolor. Wash so pretty. You can see where I've left some of the strokes and versus the areas where really blended Blended. This is the masked off fluid in the middle. That's the This is the one where we left the center white. We masked it. Then This one is where we added a wash and then masked it. Same thing with this. Well, pretty one of the bottom. So a little piece of fluid still stuck down there. So there you go. Finished water color, watercolor, pencil and masking fluid art piece. I hope you enjoy.