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10 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Watercolor Pumpkin Class Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. WP Using the Template

    • 4. Watercolor Pumpkin #1 part 1

    • 5. Watercolor Pumpkin #1 part 2

    • 6. Watercolor Pumpkin #2

    • 7. Watercolor Pumpkin # 3 part 1

    • 8. Watercolor Pumpkin #3 part 2

    • 9. Bonus Lesson - Cute Pumpkin

    • 10. Final Thoughts

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About This Class


About This Class

Learn to paint 4 different pumpkins in watercolor using simple techniques and supplies, focusing on building up layers of watercolor. We will practice wet-on-wet techniques, creating a spatter background, making a cast shadow, and working with different perspectives. We will be using watercolors, white gouache, and a gel pen to achieve realistic, whimsical, and unusual results.

This class includes a downloadable Supply List and a downloadable Pumpkin Template for making stencils.

Included is a BONUS LESSON for a Cute Pumpkin with a face.

Beginners and practiced watercolorists will enjoy the class, as lessons vary from the simple and most basic to some advanced skills.

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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. Watercolor Pumpkin Class Intro: Hello. I'm Daniella Melon. Welcome to Watercolor Pumpkins. Today we'll make three different types of watercolor pumpkins. Each will have a different perspective. Will work on cash, shadow spatter, painting and wet on wet technique. I hope you'll choose your favorite pumpkin created and then uploaded to our project section . Let's get started. 2. Supplies: we'll need some basic supplies for our watercolor pumpkins class A big vat of water to clean your brushes. Ah, smaller vat of water to use when we need clear water for a painting assortment of brushes. I have here a size 64 to 0 and 12 over to for a very fine point. Pencil and eraser. I like to use a mechanical. A number two pencil works just fine. Just use a very light touch. Um, well, also, use a toothbrush to make some spatter. It's not required. You could do this spatter with a regular brush as well, but a toothbrush gives you a different effect. I have here a pipette to add water to my colors. A gel pen. I like a white gel pento out of some highlights when the painting is dry. Then I have my palate and my watercolors from the tube. We'll also be using wash Today. Let's get started 3. WP Using the Template: for this class. I've supplied a guy that you can use to make your pumpkins. You can draw them Freehand. That's wonderful. Or you can use the guide. It's in the class section with our notes. You can just cut out each pumpkin that you want to draw and trace around. It's making a stencil here. I've done once, and the 2nd 1 you just take it and transfer it to your watercolor paper by drawing around. 4. Watercolor Pumpkin #1 part 1: for our first pumpkin will start with a traditional orange and golden pumpkin. I took my stencil and I traced around. Then I just drew some lines in it with a very light hand with the pencil. Now we're gonna add our color. The first thing I like to do is add just some Clearwater to each section of the pumpkin because we're gonna try and create shadow where each section meets. I'm gonna leave a little highlight where I'm not putting any water on that part of the paper doing working in just a few sections at a time here. I'm doing three, and I'm gonna go mix my color. Now that I'm giving the chance, the paper a chance to have the water seep in. I want to makes a very light color. We're gonna go with lots of layers, so I'm mixing a very, very light orange, and I'm just gonna put it right around the edge and let the water color running into the water and the wet paper not worrying about getting the entire peace covered with pigment. And I am trying to be careful to leave a space between sections working a few more sections , starting with the Clearwater again and then just a little color. Now, while this is still damp, we're gonna drop in a little bit more pigments into it. So I'll take my small number to brush and go back and make just a little more vibrant orange in some spots, and you'll see how it the wetness whisks the color away. This is about creating a lot of layers to get a nice, vibrant color, and it's best to start out with light layers and add more more color as you like as you progress and keeping the darker color darker orange, um, close to the the rings here for each section just to create a little shadow. A little variation. Okay, and now that I've done that, I'm gonna go back and add a second layer rain on the first layer of the darker color that we did. Trying to create a nice, vibrant color. I really like the way it varies between the lighter, peachy color and darker color. I'm gonna go back and add more of a golden orange, but a nice, highly pigmented one. We'll go over everything we did the first time we go somebody's color. I mean, I'll go drop in a little more of that nice, deep orange. I mean, that's the color is looking for again. When you start out with layers and you have different amounts of layers, it's easier to correct or to determine how dark you want the color here. I'm just adding some clear water just to move the pigment around to give a little bit of a highlight in this section. And now I'll go and add some more of that deep orange to the other segments. And while it's still wet, I don't add some or the deep, deep orange, and then the water. The wet on wet technique will move the pigment around and it'll bleed and do nice things. That watercolor likes to dio I'll speed this up so you can see it all done. - Okay , Now we'll stop and let this dry and return to build our our next layer for a second layer on our traditional pumpkin, we're gonna erase any pencil marks that might remain. Now we'll work on the stem for the stem. I'm gonna use a smaller brush and number two brush, and we're gonna add a green stem. So I'm gonna add a light layer of water, clear water to the stem and then work on adding my green color. I don't want to brighter green, so I'll take the green and I'll add just a touch of orange and now just work on the outline . So here we have a base of just green. We'll let that dry, and we'll work on some of the shading for the pumpkin. I want to use a little bit of a brown for the shading, so I'm gonna mix, um, burnt sienna from darker brown. Let's, um, orange. Now I'm just gonna go very delicately paint just the perimeter of the pumpkin. No pain in between each segment can. I'm leaving a little bit of white. I'm not trying to cover it all. Just outline around stem. I'll take a little bit more brown and added to that orange that we created that brownish orange and now I'm just gonna create a little bit of hint a shadow mimicking the shape of each section. This will help cast the illusion of the rounded segments on the pumpkin looking good. Then we'll do the same thing with the bottom. Here we'll start right in the section. The segment just had a few hints of shape. Okay, they will go back to our stem and make the green a little darker. Just person variation. Create the top of the stem here and just some segments to stem. They run from the stem right to each individual segment of pumpkin, and then we'll go back in there with a little bit of the golden color. Get that color to move around. Lastly, we'll add a little bit of a shadow. I'll mix up some color. Um, little clear water, some green. We'll get a brown and some orange and a little bit blue. Right. So now I'm gonna again start with clear water. I'm just gonna go around the bottom of my pumpkin to create a cash shadow will be going this way. So I'm just tracing the perimeter, and then I'll slowly expand on that, maintaining the shape, take a smaller brush and just drop in some of the pigment with cash shadows their darker, the closer they are to the object. So we want the color to kind of fade out nice and dark up against the pumpkin and then fade out to where the shadow ends, adding some more clear water. And I had a little more of a shadow a little higher here, maybe start even a little bit over here Olympic, and then we'll add our final touches. 5. Watercolor Pumpkin #1 part 2: for the final touches on our traditional pumpkin. This layer has dried. We're gonna add a few more layers, um, of shadow, and then we'll add some spatter. So our cash I was dry. That looks pretty good. And now I just want to add a little bit more, um, using a very fine brush. And I just want to outline just the far edge of each segment. Think that'll make it pop a little. I'm going with short strokes. I'm not trying to do each segment in one stroke, you know, outline underneath this one. - So now add a little more detail to the stem, and then we'll add our spatter. Could take a lighter color, a little bit of a yellow. Just add a few little spots and then add some of that brown right on the bottom edge. I also want to outline just the top, create very fine lines, going down great. And now for the spatter. What I like to do when I add some spatter just to prevent it from being stark white is I'll take some of the colors that we used in our painting and spatter with the brush there. There are two ways to do it. You can use just a paintbrush. Um, make sure it's somewhat Wetmore damp than what? And then take the colors that you want to recreate in your spatter. Make sure they are nice and wet, so you will get a spatter with enough pigment to do it, and you just run your thumb across the brush. Okay, so that's quite a bit of spatter. You can control it by how much of the brush you pull back on. I want to add a little bit of the golden color. The other way to do it is to make the color that you want to spatter. Paint it on the brush, gives you a little more control and spatter that the closer you are to the paper, the smaller spatter will be further away. The bigger drops. And lastly, if you don't want to use a toothbrush, you just Philip your brush with a lot of pigment and then tap it. You want to make sure that your main part of your painting is dry. Otherwise, the introduction of more spatter will cause that to bleed. You might like that look in certain paintings, but for this one I wanted to have the dried background, and then I just added this better 6. Watercolor Pumpkin #2: for a second pumpkin would do an overhead view. A bird's eye view. I'm looking down on the pumpkin. So the first thing I would do is paint the whole pumpkin with clear water, leaving the center stand area untouched, so that will have no water on it. I wanna have just enough water to saturate the paper, but not make it too wet. That would take too long to dry. I'm planning on racing these pencil marks later. Don't try and take the paint just up to them. Okay, Now that I have that, I'm gonna mix my color. I want a light orange, but a deep golden orange as well. And I'm gonna paint at all, um, dropping in pigment. But I'm gonna make sure to leave spots of no paint and just see how the watercolor paper and the wet paint move around and leave little what looks like highlights. Okay. Now take a smaller brush and dropping some more traditional orange. What we think of when we think of pumpkins go around the edge and because it's a wet on wet technique, it's whisking the pigment to the already wet part of paper. And that gives kind of some bleeding effects, and it's kind of interesting. It looks like vines. At some point. It gives movement with the paint and the pigment. It's kind of an interesting look, and this is great for pumpkins because they're not solid one color. So the variation is very pretty forms ingredient. We want to go back and drop in some more of that deep orange, deep yellow golden, just with a little hint of orange. Do that as well, trying to keep the paint wet the entire time great. And now I want to add a little more of the dark orange right by where the stem is going to go. So just come here, maybe add a little teeny bits of orange here and there, not all the way around. Do one last look over here is drying a little light, so I think I'll add just a bit more orange pigment and I'll let this dry and we'll come back and have the next layer. Now that the Slayer is dry, we're gonna add our second layer. I'm adding Clearwater toe where I want the stem to be, leaving the centre untouched so the paper will remain dry, and I'm gonna add some darker brown pigment right up against the edge. And as you'll see, it will only travel where there is water. Make a little darker brown over here by mixing orange and green, just dropping a few drops in here as well. Now we'll work on our edge, giving a little more detail. Um, first thing I'm gonna do is put a glaze over the top of this pumpkin. That's going to be a little orangey again. It's nice and light. There's a lot of liquid, a lot of water in this pigment. We're doing this. Just to re wet are watercolor not to smush or move around the pigment. That's already there. Now I'm gonna go in with some brown, but I will make expound some orange, a little bit of green. It's too dark. Let's try that again. Um, brown orange. Just a little bit of green. Okay, so I'm gonna just outline here and pull in some of the paint. So outlined two sections and just pull the paint in. Start with bigger brush, maybe move that paint around. Okay. Pull a painting over here as well, and then with my bigger brush. What? It Pull it around. We don't want a harsh edge. Just a nice light edge. Okay, speed this about long so you can see it all done. - Okay , now that we have the edge is done, we'll work on the center. Same procedure will take our darker brown and pulled out from the edge from the stem trying to meet the marks that we made, um, with each segment of the pumpkin. Okay, so that right there looks like a star. So we're gonna go diffuse that a little. Just pull some of the color out and go back in there but some of that orange color to let the colors work together. Well, let that dry, and we'll come back and at the next layer. Now that this layer has dried, we'll add some more highlights and low lights. First thing I want to do is take my very small brush and just outline a little bit of the stem so I'll just go. And I'm not going to do straight lines. I'm trying to do very jagged on, um, perfect lines, and we'll leave it there. And then I want to outline the top of the stem as well. Now that gives us a good guy where we want to make a little darker. Um, coming right off of stem. Top of the stem. Okay, well, let that dry. Now, we'll add some of our shading. We use our dark brown or outline the perimeter of this pumpkin so each segment will get its own outline. And then what in the center, Um, actually will start from the outside from each segment and just pulled in. We're not trying to go all the way to the center, but we're directing it right towards the center. This is nice. When you have the variation, the darker brown underneath it as well, And now will come from the center going out kind of meeting the lines, at least the same trajectory. Now, on some of them, we might want to even dragging a little closer. Just a hint. Each section. Okay. And then we'll just pull a few trump in between. It's segment. Another brush is not very wet. And our paper is a dry underneath, so there's not gonna be a lot of flow with the paint. Gonna take a brush and just pull out a little color hair just tryingto soften it. So it's not such clear lines again. I don't want too much pigment or too much witness. Well, let that dry. And at our next layer. Now, this is Dr Will. Add another layer. Just gonna add a little bit of brown to the top of, um, the stem here. Just so it's not stark. Wait, we'll take our very tiny brush at a little bit more shadow around the base of the step, and then we'll add a little bit more, um, to the sections. So each side of the section I'm gonna add just a little more shadow. This is where you can get carried away. You can spend a lot of time perfecting it, making it more realistic with each layer. Pumpkins aren't perfect. So at a few dots here and there, now we can add are cast shadow same procedure. I'll take some Clearwater and I'll just go around the perimeter. Gonna go around the entire perimeter. But on the bottom right hand side. I'm getting elongated. Make it very wide, much more narrow up top. I would make sure I keep my brush moist, take my small number to brush. Just create that shadow. If you want to move the pigment around, you do it before it dries on the paper kind. A little bit more water. Just add a little bit more color. It'll dry, lighter. So will be a nice soft edge, except for where we put more pigment. They got a little more down here, and there's our pumpkin with a bird's eye view. 7. Watercolor Pumpkin # 3 part 1: for 1/3 pumpkin in the series, it's actually gonna be three pumpkins. Um, what you do is you cut up the templates and then you can arrange them in any order you might like, and then you draw around, trace around, done So over here, put my tall one in the back wide one on the left and my second don't next wide one on my right. I traced around Added my segments, so I have a guide to work with. Then I decided I'm gonna make each pumpkin a different pastel color. It will be a little unusual, little whimsical, and it won't follow the traditional orange pumpkins. I'm gonna start with the one in the center in the back. I'm gonna make him like a turquoise blue pale, so I'm gonna add that it makes the color first, combining my blues going to add a little bit of green. It's a nice color. And because I want him to look a little dusty, um, chalky, even good at a little wash, which is white opaque paint that behaves a lot like water color. When you mix it, you get a very lovely, opaque color. I'm going to paint my entire pumpkin in the back, Clear water. And then I will drop in the pigment and let that dry. We're working with lots of layers. That'll come up with a very realistic, very interesting effect. Okay, take some of my pigment. Drop it in. I'd like to do work around the perimeter first, and then add it where I feel it needs more pigment. Careful not to run into the 1st 2 pumpkins that the ones that are up front, you know, pull some pigment. It's going to dry lighter. It will be nice. Okay. And now, because I want to show that it's in the back behind those pumpkins, I'm gonna add just a little bit of color. A little more pigment, I should say, right to where it meets with the pumpkins there in front of it. So that area will be a little bit darker when it dries. Then the body of the pumpkin and a little bit more up top. Where I see, I want to maintain that shape of the section. And over here I see a missed a spot. Keep that nice rounded edge right in the corner. Great. We'll let that dry, we'll come back and and our next layer while our blue is drying, I'm gonna work on the stems for the other two pumpkins When a very light brown color not to golden Want to keep with the pale theme that we've got going with the pastel colors so more of a great brown. I'm using wet paint and water on a dry paper. Just want a little dark color here in a few spots, while paper and the pigment are still wet. I work on this stem as well. - Can you add a little bit of darker pigment just to the edge to get a little variation? Well, let that dry and we'll come back and work on the pumpkin somewhere. Now that our blue layer and stems have dried will add, well, coloring our pumpkins. Um, over here I'm gonna make a nice, pale, dusty, chalky, grey green pumpkin and here we'll do a pale pink. So I'm gonna use the wash again to get that effect. I'll take some of that wash now work on adding some color. A teeny bit of blue, a little more green. All right, so that's the color I went for the green, which is going to be this pumpkin here. I'm gonna add Clearwater to the entire pumpkin, and then I'll drop in my color for the first layer. Okay, Now I'll just dropping some of the pigment starting around the edge, working on the segments. I'm not trying to, um, make everything solid green, but I am trying to get the shape and the first layer down. So here, I'm just gonna go around where the segments are top and the back of the pumpkin. Here, all this add a little water, and that is the first layer of our green pumpkins. Now, for our pink pumpkin, we can do maybe a pale burgundy going to add the first layer of Clearwater, and then we'll makes our color. While this is saturating the paper, I want to take a little bit of that read some quash a little bit of pink. And I think I want a little blue in here not to make it purple, but just to add a little depth. Here we go. It's a little purple. A little more Doctor pink. There we go. Okay. Again, paint just the exterior. The perimeter to make the shape. Well, let this layer dry and do the stem of the centre pumpkin. Okay. Is that a little Clearwater to get color running? We'll work on the stand and then let all these layers try, okay? 8. Watercolor Pumpkin #3 part 2: now that all three pumpkins and all three standard dry will start by adding our next layer starting with the blue, We're going to add some texture Drop to our pumpkin. We're taking the calorie next. And I'm just going lately over each segment. Can you? I don't like it. They will outline. Just, um, around where? The pumpkins Meat. Okay, Now we're gonna add some texture. Take her brush. We'll just add some shapes again, using that same color, Mrs. Like the thick skin of the pumpkin. Now I'm gonna take that same color and add just a little more blue. A little more. The wash changes the hue slightly at a little more green, too. Okay, Just gonna dab it in some of the areas that we already did. If it's wet, the areas air still wet, it'll bleed a little. If not, we'll just give more of a more depth. Another layer. Okay, We'll work on our stem. Take some of that nice dark brown just pulled up and outline. Well, let that dry. We'll add another color. I'm going to repeat the same procedure with both pumpkins and I'll speed it up Now we'll add our cast shadow and a little bit of spatter. So I'm going around the base and then I'm creating a just a line horizon line. Really? Just add some of the darker color to create the shadow. Can some clear water so it fades gradually drops in color closer to the pumpkins. - Now , I'm gonna add spatter, and I'll show you this would be a good demonstration for if you have your wet water and you add the spatter, what it does. Okay, so we have our pastel pumpkins. I'll take her toothbrush. Yeah, First we'll start with the blue. Since that was her first color. Okay, Just painting on to the top, gonna hold it pretty high up this time. Came out pretty green. See if we can't add a little more blue. Okay? It's true that there we go. So nice. Big splotches of blue and down a few over in front as well. And a little green And then some of our pink. A little more water here in a nice to make a nice consistency. Six slipped. From there we have it are three pumpkins 9. Bonus Lesson - Cute Pumpkin: for a bonus class. We're just gonna do a fun pumpkin. This is supposed to just suggest pumpkin. It is not realistic, but it certainly is a cute, very fun pumpkin. First thing I'm gonna do, it's at Clearwater to my entire pumpkin. Except for the stem. Well, im leave a good amount of water. Saturate that paper because I do not want to add pigment to the center of the pumpkin this time around, just the exterior to take some nice rich orange, Um, and maybe a smaller brush. I think a smaller brush elite Better plan. Dropping a lot of color right around the edge, going over where I've already added the color. So it's nice and rich on the edges. And as you can see, it's moving. The pigment is moving right all around to the center, giving a nice look. Could see the paint dried, the water dried on the paper. Here, try and re wetted here. Wanna keep that paint pigment movement moving around? Okay, so now we have the outer edge done to go back with some of that golden orange and just drop it in again because we have so much water and the papers wet, it'll move around nicely. Colors will sort of blend, and, if they don't seem to blend on their own, will help them along and some more color to the edge, and we'll add some water to the center. Keep it moving. Maybe add a little more that golden color. Just a few drops here, and we'll let this dry and our next layer. Now that this layer is dry, we can add our stem and are components of our face. First thing I'll do is just erase the marks around the pumpkin. Um, could add just a simple stem. I'm so wet and a little bit of clear water. Think of me of introduced a little water to the paint to the pumpkin parts. I'll just dab that up and we'll add some nice green. You can fill it in or just outline. Depends on whatever look you're going for. We're just doing a simple, cute pumpkin, something to hint that it's a pumpkin. Well, let that dry. Now we want to add our features. You can pencil in first. We just want to add eyes and mouth and some cheeks, so I'll make the small little mouth, just a semi circle and two eyes fairly low on the pumpkin. And that was just fill it in. I'm gonna use my very small brush. Gives me a little more control. And I can always move on to a bigger brush to half the mouth on the other half, outline the I and then fill it in, and that's gonna dry a lot lighter. So at a second layer while in here And since it's wet, I could just dad the color in and let it run to where it's gonna go. Go over the mouth. Former time. Add a teeny little bit of eyelash just to teach side slight curves. No ads. Cheeks. Well, let it dry and add some highlighter. So for the cheeks, I'm just gonna add some simple pink. It's a teeny bit of orange, just Italian with pumpkin, too little circles on the tops of the mouth. Well, let that dry. We'll add our highlighter done with our bonus pumpkin. Very cute one to finalize our pumpkin. We'll just add a little bit of a highlight with their gel pen just on the eyes. And there you have very cute pumpkin 10. Final Thoughts: so there. Do you have all the pumpkins from a watercolor pumpkins class? We use various techniques, including spatter layering to create a montage using traditional colors, a different perspective of aver bird's eye view and then just a fund. Silly pumpkin. That was just a hint of pumpkin. We took the shape and the color to create something almost abstract. Um, I look forward to seeing your work in the project section, and I hope you'll try a few with these pumpkins. Thanks.