Watercolor Splashes: Simple Techniques to Get to Know your Paints! | Elise Aabakken | Skillshare

Watercolor Splashes: Simple Techniques to Get to Know your Paints!

Elise Aabakken, Happy watercolor enthusiast

Watercolor Splashes: Simple Techniques to Get to Know your Paints!

Elise Aabakken, Happy watercolor enthusiast

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
12 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Welcome to Class!

    • 2. Our Class Project

    • 3. Supplies

    • 4. Watercolor Basics - A Short Introduction

    • 5. The Splash - Technique Practice

    • 6. Drawing Our Doodles

    • 7. Splashing with Water First

    • 8. Splashing with Paint First

    • 9. Splashing Bigger!

    • 10. Bookmark & Flattening Your Paper

    • 11. Thank you!

    • 12. Just for fun - Behind the Scenes!

18 students are watching this class
  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels
  • Beg/Int level
  • Int/Adv level

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





About This Class

Practicing watercolor techniques might sound a bit boring, but not when done like this! 


In this class we'll make quick easy doodles with fineliner pens and then let our paints flow and blend and do what they do best! Turning creativity into a habit and having a regular practice of painting something small, keeps our artistic batteries charged when life gets hectic. Perfect for those busy days when you just want to put your brush on some paper and bring some color to your life!

Through these simple and cute watercolor splashes you'll improve your

  • Brush control
  • Water control
  • Blending
  • Wet-in-wet technique
  • Wet-on-dry technique

And at the same time learn more about all the beautiful properties of your watercolors. That way you'll know what paints to use the next time you want to create something more complex! 

Watercolors can seem like a daunting medium to try, so I have gathered all my favorite tips and tricks in this class to help you get started (or continue) on your journey with this magical uncontrollable medium. That makes this class ideal for beginners, but watercolor splashes are also a perfect way to maintain and improve your skills as a more advanced student. 

We'll be creating multiple splashes in this class, starting small and building up from there. You can follow along with exactly what I'm doing, or create your own doodles and splash whichever way you feel inspired to!

Let's get started!

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Elise Aabakken

Happy watercolor enthusiast



Hello friends!

I'm Elise, a self-taught watercolor artist from Norway.


After seeing a close-up video of a moon being created by blending watercolor onto wet paper, I bought a small travel set of watercolors while on a sugar high caused by way too many pancakes at brunch...  And that's all it took! I was lured into the world of paints in November 2018 and I haven't left since.



I love painting tiny pieces, just to be able to say that I painted something today! Watercolor ... See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • Exceeded!
  • Yes
  • Somewhat
  • Not really
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Your creative journey starts here.

  • Unlimited access to every class
  • Supportive online creative community
  • Learn offline with Skillshare’s app

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.



1. Welcome to Class!: Hello there, and welcome to my watercolor splashing class. I'm Elise, and I'm so excited that you're here for this class, which is all about playing with your watercolors and getting to know them better. I started painting about two years ago, and along the way I've picked up so many tips and tricks that I'm happy to share with you in this class. I hope by the end of this class you'll share your little project in the project gallery below. I did my 100-day project starting this spring, and I decided to do tiny little watercolor splashes because that was something that I knew that I could do every day. Even if I didn't have a lot of time to paint, I would be able to sit down for a one-minute, maybe two, maybe five, to doodle out something simple and splash some watercolor around. That meant that the times when I did have time, I could sit down and paint something bigger and know my colors better, know what colors to choose. Maybe I've been inspired by one of the doodles that week, and then create something bigger. These watercolor splashes are perfect way for you to get to know your colors better, and get to know whether they granulate or separate or if they're super pigmented and easy to blend, so that the next time you sit down to paint something else, you know your colors better and know which ones to choose. Because I wanted this to be a very beginner-friendly class, I'll be going through all the basics, trying to answer all the questions I had when I was just starting out, as well as explaining the anatomy of our splashes, and how we use both the wet-in-wet technique and the wet-on-dry and then blending that out with our brush. This class also includes some fun doodles that you can follow along with me or get from the resources down below, and after they're ready, you're ready to start splashing. I'll go through the supplies that we're using for this class as well, and you don't need the exact same as me. Just grab your paints, your water, and a nice pointed round brush, and I'll see you in the next video for the class project, although you might already have guessed what that is. I'll see you then. 2. Our Class Project: I'm sure it doesn't shock any of you that today's project you'll be making your own watercolor splash. Either you can follow along with the ones I'll be doing in class, or you can create your own with your own doodles, your own favorite colors in any size that you'd like. When you do, please share them in the project gallery because I would love to see what you create. In the next video, I'll be going through all the supplies you'll need for this class so find your paper, your paint, and your brushes, and let's get started. 3. Supplies: For this class, we will need some basic watercolor supplies. I have my paints here and I really like working from pans, and I usually go directly from my pans and onto my paper. But if you're working from tubes, it might be nice to have a little bowl or a porcelain palette, somewhere to put your paints. I prefer white porcelain palettes because porcelain is easy to clean and doesn't stain. Because watercolor pans are so tightly packed with pigment, if it's not a light color like this, it can be quite difficult to see what color is hiding in those pans. If you want to, you can use a little palette like this, and because it's white, it's easy to see the color of your paint. Or you can make yourself a little watercolor swatch map, like I have here. Next, we'll need our water. I like having two jars, so that way I can use one to clean my brush and then one to pick up clean water from, and put on my paper, and use for blending out my splashes. I really like having jars. These are just some empty jam jars and when I leave my desk, I can just put the lids back on and they'll be ready to go for the next time I'll be painting. Then we have our watercolor paper, and I like cutting up these tiny little pieces for my splashes, but you can go as big as you'd like. But the most important thing is that it's thick enough. This Canson watercolor paper is 300 gsm, and that makes it thick enough to handle all of the water we'll be splashing on it today. By the end of the class, we'll also go up a size. I also have a Khadi paper, which is a handmade, more of a rough textured paper. Then we will need our brush. This is one of my favorite brushes. It's a round pointed brush and it doesn't really matter what brand it's from. This is from a craft store. It's called [inaudible] and this is a size seven, and I just want to show you for comparison, that this one is a size four from a different brand. As you can see, they're almost identically sized, so if you're buying brushes online, for example, make sure that you look at the measurements and not just at the name or the number because it might be different from the brushes that you usually use. Because this one holds enough water and also has a fine pointed tip, I'm actually using this for my entire class. Then we need our waterproof pen. I have two different versions here. This is the Unipin fine liner and the Micron, and I have a 0.2 and a 0.8 for different sized doodles. You'll see by the end of the class, I will be using the Size 0, 8 and for our small doodles, I'll be using the 0.2 to get those details in. You can, of course, use a pen that makes a thicker line or a thinner line. What's most important with your pen is that it's waterproof. For some doodles, if I want to go in with more detail or I want to make sure that I place it correctly on my page, I will use the pencil and an eraser and then go over the lines I want with my pen and then I wait for that pen to dry, so I don't smudge that wet ink with my eraser. Then I'll erase the pencil lines before going in with my splash. Last but not least, I have a piece of an old cotton t-shirt. You can use tissue paper or napkins, or whatever you have handy to wipe off excess paint and water from your brush. I really like using this white one because then I can see if my paintbrush is clean, and when it's too dirty to use anymore, I'll just throw it in the washing machine. Like that, I won't have to throw away that many napkins and kitchen roll. Of course, you can do watercolor splashes with less supplies than this. Sometimes if I didn't have the opportunity to paint at home, I would grab a water brush that has water in it already, and some paints in a tiny little travel palette, grab some paper, maybe a cloth and one of my pens, and that's it. Take a minute to find everything you need and then I'll see you in the next lesson. 4. Watercolor Basics - A Short Introduction: Welcome to a short introduction to watercolor basics. I want you to go through some words that confused me when I was just starting out and that I'll be using in this class. These are just some quick explanations just to get us all on the same page before we get started. Watercolor paints are made of crushed up particles of pigments for the color. Then a binder which makes the pigments stay together in your pen or tube and makes it sticks to your paper when the water dries. Watercolors are activated and diluted with water. Usually you can find lots of information about the paint on the packaging or online, but I find that the best way to get to know them is to play with them on paper. Even though my packaging says that it's a non-granulating, semi-staining transparent paint, I still get a lot more information from my watercolor splashes. Different brands usually distinguish between their student grade paints and their artists or professional grade paints, because usually artists grade paints are more expensive and more pigmented because they contain less filler and are more concentrated. Watercolors have some really unique properties, and one of those is that it's a transparent medium. That means that we can see through it in the paper or whatever's underneath your layer of paint will shine through your paint. That also means that we have to work from light to dark, because if we put light paint on top of dark paint, it won't cover it up. At the same time, some paints are more opaque than others and will cover up somewhat what's underneath. The more water we add, the more transparent it would become and the lighter the color it will be. When we talk about light and dark of the same color, we talk about values. Unlike other mediums where we add white to lighten the color of the paint, we just let the light of the paper shine through instead. The fact that we can get a whole range of colors from light to dark with just one paint, depending on the amount of water we put in, is one of the unique things about watercolor. The finer, the pigments are in your paint, the smoother the paint will appear on your paper. The larger the particles, the more textured the paint appears, and we call that granulation. I really love this effect now, but I really didn't when I was just starting out, and I didn't understand what was happening with some of my granulating paints. When a granulating and a non-granulating pigment is mixed to make one paint, they will separate from each other and create fun textures in the water. The granulating effect is more obvious when using more water and a rougher paper. Speaking of paper, it's one of the most important supplies for watercolor. Not that it needs to be very expensive, but it needs to be thick enough because our paint is wet and if the paper is too thin, it will buckle and warp and won't stay flat. It also won't handle the colors as well and it won't look as nice. It's usually made from cellulose or cotton or a mix of both. Depending on what you're painting, one might be better suited for you than the other. In this class, I'll mainly be painting on cold-pressed paper, which has a nice fine texture. Other versions you can find are hot pressed, which is very smooth, and rough, which has even more texture and grain. Then I just wanted to mention that in this class we'll be working with ink as well. We'll be going in with our fine liners. I just want to remind you that ink is also a wet medium. Because it's wet, if we go over with our water or our paints directly, it might bleed into our water and our paints and it will muddy up that color. Next up we have brushes. I find I use round brushes the most, because they give me both a nice pointed tip for details and they also hold enough water to not have to be reloaded constantly. There are synthetic and natural hair brushes and mixes too, and they all have different things they are great at. Finding the right supplies can be like finding a perfect pair of jeans. What fits me, might not fit you and your needs. So I encourage you to experiment and try out different supplies to find your perfect fit. For me, the best supplies are always the ones that make you want to paint. 5. The Splash - Technique Practice: Before we go into our doodles and our splashes, I wanted to go through the two techniques I'll be using for my splashes. It's the wet in wet technique, which is when we put clean water down first and then we put our paint into that and let it flow and spread in the water, as opposed to the wet on dry where we put our wet paint on dry paper, that's what that means. Then we'll use our brush afterwards to blend out that paint with water so that it creates this nice gradient, smooth, splashy splash. It lets our paint play in that water and reveal all of its beautiful properties to us. We have our wet in wet technique which will give us those soft, blurred out edges, and smooth, seamless lines. This is our classic wet on dry technique, where we put our wet paint directly onto dry paper, which create those sharp lines and clean edges. We won't be directly using a wet on dry technique, we'll just be putting our paints down wet on dry, and then will be blending them up with our brush. As you can see, I prepared two little lines here, checking those both with my finger that they're dry. I'm just starting with my clean water, going in carefully along that line, dragging it down towards that bottom corner. I always like checking it in the light. As you can see in the light there, there's just a sheen on the paper. It's not supposed to be super wet and no water pooling up anywhere. Like that, I know that I can go in with my paint and/or blend seamlessly into that water. Might want to go back and forth with water a couple of times to get that sheen on the paper. I'm just checking that in the light. I don't want it too wet, but I also don't want it too dry. If it's too wet, my paints will go everywhere, and if it's too dry, they won't flow. So going into my green paint here, this is the same paint as above, and I'm just dropping that paint into about the middle of that water that we put down. So it's still up against that line, but I'm not going to the edges of the water. You can see how that flows beautifully. Now, I don't want it to flow all the way to the edge and that's because paint will go where there's water. Let's say that that is the range of my water, and then I want to put my paint in the middle of that. That way, from there, it still has space to move outward and flow, but hopefully, if we want those soft edges, it won't reach the edge of the water. We'll put down our water where we want our splash to be within, and then we'll put our paint in. But if I put it all the way out to the end, it's going to crash quite quickly. It'll go all the way to the end of that water and then we'll get those hard edges instead, those crisp edges towards the white paper. To compare that to our wet on dry technique, when we put down a wet paint on dry paper, the paint and the water will stay together. You can see that the paint is smooth and there's just as much paint in the middle as it is on the sides. Whereas if we put the water down first or we blend out our paints with water, it will vary where we are on the paper, whether or not the paint has a lot of water or a little bit of water. This is why this is useful to check our values, because close to this line here, there's a really dark value of the screen, and the more water it gets to flow into and the longer it goes, the less pigment and the more water is in that paint, and the lighter the value will be. The wet on dry is putting down paint directly and then it stays where you put it. Whereas here, you'll put your water in first. That means where you drip your paint, that's not where it's going to stay. The water allows it to move freely within that water. Now, for the second version of the splash, let's go in with our paint first. Then I'll show you my technique for blending that out with this brush. Picking up some more of that green. Now, I'm going to do the opposite of what I did here. Here, I put down a big amount of water and then I put in a small amount of paint. Now I want to do it the opposite way. I want to put in a small amount of paint so that I have space later to put in more water for that paint to blend into. Sometimes, this takes a little bit more time and it's a little bit more work than this, where there's water, one drip, maybe two of paint, and then letting that flow. Whereas this one, we'll have to go back and forth, making sure to clean our brush in between so that we're constantly blending and hopefully get a smooth, soft effect like this where we blur out from the darkest to the lightest value. I now have paint on my brush and like I said, I'm going in with more or less the same small amount as when I put in paint on this one. When I put it in on this one, it was on wet paper. I'm putting it in on this dry. So there's nothing on this paper. I'm putting that paint in the middle there. Just up against that line. I think I can probably make that even darker. Then because I wanted to splash down a diagonal, I can also drag it down a little bit. If you want, that can be your splash. You can be done like that. Then you'll know how that paint behaves when you put it down wet on dry. But I really like blending my watercolors and playing with them, letting them flow in more water, so I'm going to go in with my brush. I don't want it too wet. I don't want paint dripping off the edge. I'm going to go over to my tissue there and like that, this brush now has clean water in it. I'm going in with the very tip of my brush, touching that paint, and then the belly of the brush, which is the bigger part that holds the clean water, is going to leave that clean water on the page and allow that paint to flow into it. So if this is my paint and this is my water, my paint will stay where its put until the water comes and opens the gates for that paint to flow further. Tip of the brush, in to disturb that paint. Dragging it downward, and out. Then washing that off that again so I don't go in with more paint. Doing the same on the other side. Letting that water disperse on the page, rubbing a little bit if that paint has started to settle on the paper, going back and forth, smoothing out those edges, trying to get that soft blend and bleed into that water. We're working quite fast, because if we don't, this paint will start settling and stain our paper, and we can't keep moving it around. If I see that I put down too much water, I'll go in with what I call a thirsty brush. A thirsty brush is when my brush is clean. I wiped it off a little bit and it works as a sponge. You can pick up extra water and extra paint that I put down on my paper that I don't want there. For some of the doodles in this class, I will have put down too much water and you'll see me go in with my thirsty brush and how spongy and how thirsty your brush is also depends on what it's made out of. I usually work with synthetic brushes, but you can work with whatever you like, and that will also tell you a lot about how your brush works. For as long as it's wet, you can keep going back in and fixing. I usually wouldn't recommend going in with multiple layers on a piece like this, especially because this is cellulose paper and it won't handle many layers as well as cotton paper would. For cellulose paper, usually, the paint will sit on top of the paper more, and if I go in with more water and paint on top, it will disturb that layer that's already there, which doesn't happen as easily with cotton paper. But because these fun color splashes are just that one layer of paint, I can just use my cellulose paper and it works perfectly. 6. Drawing Our Doodles: For our doodles, I'll be showing you two different versions, and the first one is just to go in directly with your pen. I will be using the Uni Pin Fine liner pen. The first doodle is a very simple one, we're just going to make a heart. I'm pretty sure you all know how to make this, but I will leave, a very easy step-by-step in the resources anyway. Just because I'm very fancy, I will also make a little shine up here in the corner. It looks like a hashtag. There it is, easy and simple. For our second one, it'll be a slightly more advanced one, which means I'll go in with my pencil first, just to check that it's in the right place. It's just a triangle, two leaves on the side here, little bit of a line, hatching and a stem and a leaf. It's still a pretty simple doodle, I just wanted to make sure that it was what I wanted it to be. Now that I know, I'll go in with my pen and just go over those lines again. I'm just using one pen for these, but you can of course go in with different pens and make the little details with the smaller pen, or depending on your doodle, go bigger with your pen as well. There it is. Some tiny lines there for details, and we have our flower. As you can see, there's still some pencil lines here that I'd like to remove, so I'm going to take my eraser, checking that my ink is dry first. If not, my eraser is going to smudge those lines and my doodle will be messy. So a nice clean doodle, ready for paint? 7. Splashing with Water First: Now that our doodles are ready, we can start splashing our water colors. I have my brush, my water, and my watercolor paints, and so I'm just getting clean water on that brush to start with our wet-in-wet technique. I'm placing that water up along the edge of that doodle, and since that ink is dry and waterproof, it won't be disturbed by the water. I usually do my splashes on a diagonal like this, but you can choose your own way of doing them, of course. Now, noting where the edge of that water is, I'm going in with my first paint, and of course, our heart is going to have a red splash. I'm just using that straight from the pen, and I'm just dripping that into the water closest to the doodle to about the middle of the water. That way, it has space to flow and spread and it won't reach the edge of that water, which would give us that beautiful wet-in-wet soft edge. Now I'm going to do the same on the other side. I'm just washing off my red paint first in one jar and then I'm picking up clean water from the other one. Then just a tip, I like turning my paper so that I don't put my hand in it or I don't have to angle my arm really weirdly. Now we're going to do the same on the other side here, just clean water first, down and diagonal from the other side, and I'm actually going to connect it here. You can see how that pigment rushes into the water and spreads like crazy. That also tells me that this is a bit too wet, that there won't be a soft edge because it will go all the way to the edge. I'm going in with that thirsty brush again. You can see that I'm wiping that off, picking up that excess water and paint so that it won't be too wet, and I'm more in control. I'm then going in with more paint, keeping it up, nice and neat and clean up towards that edge. You can see up here, this has now created a sharp edge, a hard edge, whereas over here it's spurred almost to the edge of the water, but not quite. Which means that when the water dries, it will stay there and blend into nothing. Then here, it's gone to the edge and the water will settle there. I'm just going in with my clean brush, giving it a little bit more space to flow using the tip of the brush, trying to make sure that at the very edge of where it's wet, there's only water so that when that disappears, that soft edge appears. Just tweaking, picking up some of that excess water. Get all of the values in there, darkest towards the doodle and then lighter and lighter until there's nothing towards the edge. There we go. I'm calling that one done, and putting that to the side to dry. I will be splashing these two, doing the exact same thing. I've split them up so that you can see the process a bit quicker. This mushroom is going to have an orange splash and my flower is going to be splashed with yellow. Let's go. 8. Splashing with Paint First: Moving on to the other version of the color splash where we put down our paints first and then blend it out with water. This is such a useful skill to take with you in other paintings as well. I'm just putting these two to the side for later and we'll start with our little leaves here. I'm picking up water because I need to activate my paint, but I'm not putting any water down on that paper. Just going into my green over here and placing it just along the edges neatly around that border of the doodle. I'm keeping it quite wet, so it doesn't dry and settle on the paper before I can go in with my water to blend it. Again, time is of the essence. Then washing off the brush in one jar and picking up clean water from the other one to blend out that green, just the opposite of what we did earlier. Putting the tip of that brush into the paint, letting the paint flow into the clean water. That was a bit too much water, which means the paint will flow all the way to the edge and create a hard line there. Since I want to try for those soft edges, I'll just keep going back and forth with my new clean water and helping it spread and look a bit softer like this. In a doodle like this that has multiple lines, you can choose which lines you decide to follow for your splash. I'm going to go in with everything in the middle here, keeping just the leaves white. Then you can also darken at the areas closest to your doodle. That way, your splash will have a bigger range of values. Then flipping it around like the splashes from last lesson, going in from the other side with that paint in the middle, just filling in that whole center area. Just keeping it quite wet again so that I can go in and blend it out afterwards. Filling in that middle area with my green, and then because my paints need somewhere to go, I'm keeping this paint on a small area so that when I add my water, it'll get bigger from there. Again, going into the tip of that brush, letting the belly of the brush, which is full of clean water, drag along the paper so that the paint can flow into that water, and just keep moving it around. Getting this hard edge too, blending out all of these edges, trying to get that soft edge. Just keep manipulating it while it's still wet. Now, as you can see, it can take a lot of going back and forth. Just keep blending, pushing that paint around with your brush. Now, this is a pretty flowy paint, and as you can see here, it's catching up with the edge of that water, creating a hard edge. Of course, that's absolutely fine, some paints are easier to get soft edges with another's. This is also giving you that information about this paint, that it's flowy and we'll probably need less water than something that doesn't move around as much. There it is. I'm just leaving that to the side to dry as I'm splashing my two other last tiny doodles. Because I'll be using the same technique, I've spread them up a little too. That way, you can still see all of the steps. I'll do a bit faster. 9. Splashing Bigger!: I really wanted to demonstrate to you how you can use these watercolor splashes in different ways. I'll be making a small Christmas tag and a little note to put maybe in someone's lunchbox. Let's start with this tiny one here. For this one, it's quite easy, so I'm just going to go in with my pen first. I'm going to make three berries. These are literally just tiny circles there and a little triangle. Then we're going to make two holly leaves. They have all these weird points, so I'm just making half circles connecting them back into those berries. Then the same thing over here. Then if you'd like, you can make a little line in the middle like so. Then I think there's nothing more Christmasy than a nice dark rich green, so we're going to go in with one of my favorite greens for this. I'm still using that same size 7 brush or in comparison to size 4. I'm going to go in with the first technique, the wet in wet, the water first splashing technique. This paper is not as thick as I usually use. Because of that, I'm just being a little bit more careful with my water, making sure that it's not too wet, because then it will probably buckle. Then just checking it in the light. Then I'm going to go in with that same color we used for our technique class. We know that spreads beautifully. Just starting by those berries, letting that drip and flow outward like so. Because it reached the end down here, just picking up some of that water, wiping it on my t-shirt, not the t-shirt I'm wearing. Then I'm just going to let that dry while I go in from the other side. You can decide how precise you want to be into that middle part there. I'm not going to go in with anything right now, we're going to see how it looks when it dries a little bit more. Dragging that up towards that opposite corner. Going in with some more of that paint. Pigment it in the middle and then it will spread out into our water. I really love the way that looks. I feel like it has a vintage Christmas vibe, since this a bit of a muted green. Just filling in all of those tiny parts in-between the berries there. That's all I'm going to do with that. Then sometimes with these smaller pieces and thinner paper, it will buckle a little bit. You can already see that it's wavy, the paper, but there is a way of fixing that. I've actually added the tiny bonus section, where I flatten out my work and showing you how you can do that so that you or paper will be nice and flat. Coming up next is our croissant, and I will be diddling this out with my pencil first, starting with that soft triangle shape in the middle. Then I'll be making those wings on the side as well as those small end pieces. Here we go. I think that looks more or less like a croissant. Then I'm going in with my pen. Because this is a slightly larger piece of paper, I'm going in with my 08. Then I'll just go over those lines. I don't really mind if this is not a super clean line because not all croissants look perfect, but they're just as delicious. There it is. Now, I'll just pick checking if this is dry. I can tell here, because it's left ink on my finger when I press straight down, that this is not dry at all. That means I can't go in with my paint and not with my water, and I'll have to wait for a couple of minutes so it doesn't bleed into my paints and disturb them. 10. Bookmark & Flattening Your Paper: For our final project, we're going to make this watercolor bookmark. We're going to do something a little bit different, I'm just going to make two lines. Then we're going to splash our water above and below those lines, and then we'll write something in the middle. For this, I'm just making it really easy for myself using this ruler, making a line above and below directly with my pen. Then, because our last two projects were with a wet and wet technique, I wanted this one to be with the wet on dry, just so you can see that as well. I'm going in with a very pigmented load of paint going into my ocean blue here. I'll just be putting down my paints along that line and then blending it upwards. Then we need to work quite quickly. So I'm going in with my water directly immediately starting to blend that paint out, giving it some water to flow into. I'm going to speed this up because you've seen me do this before. So enjoy this high-speed splashing, then I'll see you on the other side to show how we'll flatten this paper afterwards. [MUSIC] Now, our bookmark is dried, I can press down gently on it and I see that it doesn't leave any paint on my finger. Also if I hold it up to the light, I see that there's no shine left, and we have all of these beautiful interesting blooms and blends, and you can see the dark values and the light values of this paint, as well as some beautiful separating greens coming out. Then I'm going to go in with my sentiment and just because sometimes I don't know where to place it or if I place it correctly or space out my words right, I'll go in with my pencil first. I don't know about you, but I very often fall asleep while reading, so I'm just going to write, "You fell asleep here". When I go in with my pen now, I see that this "asleep" is a little bit too high. You can erase it and then go in with your pencil one more time so that you know you'll get it in the right place. But sometimes I'm a little bit lazy and I'll just do it once, but now I know that this one is too high, so I'll just put it slightly further down when I go in with my pen. Then I'll wait for this to dry before going in with my eraser. I'm just going to lightly go over those lines. I think that looks pretty cute. Now you can see that this, it's not too much, but it has worked a little bit. I'm just going to show you how to get that nice and flat. For that, you'll need something heavy like a book or something to put on top. Then you can either put it straight down on your table, but that means that you won't be able to use your table for a little bit. I prefer using something like this. This is just a board from an old wardrobe, actually. If you have something like this or a clipboard maybe, or maybe even an old frame and you can put that wet side down towards the glass. So since the backside of this bookmark will be wet, make sure that you put it down on something that can handle being wet. By that I mean, if it's a magazine, for example, and it might reactivate the ink and then color on that magazine, you might want to put something like a piece of paper, just normal paper like this, maybe an old envelope just to make sure that it doesn't stay in your bookmark. I know I said I would only be using one brush for this entire class and that's still true. But if you have one, I would go in with something like this, a bigger fluffier brush that will hold more water and it's just because it will be faster to get water all over the back of this paper. So I'm just gonna go in with that same size seven or a size four, whichever brush you've been using all day. I'll just put my piece a little bit closer to the water because I'm literally just going to be lifting up water, putting it on this bookmark. Because I'm just going in on the back, this won't disturb and reactivate that paint. If it drips, that's okay because we're putting it down on this wet surface anyway, making sure I go all the way to the corners and you can already see how that's starting to warp as well. The reason it warps is because we're opening the fibers of the paper. It's expanding and absorbing that water. When that water evaporates, sometimes it doesn't go back to being flat without a little bit of help. So we're reopening those fibers, we're reactivating them and opening them back up so that when we put something heavy on top of it, when it dries, it will stay in that new shape. I don't really need that water droplet there. So I'm just going to dry that with my t-shirt here. Still not the t-shirt I'm wearing. Then, look how warped that is. We opened all the fibers on the back of that. Then, because I've gone in with a turquoise paint and that's often a bit of a staining paint and it might discolor the back of this beautiful mermaid book, I'm just going to put this sheet of paper just on top of it like that, making sure it's nice and flat. Then I'll take my little mermaid book. Then it depends, this is quite a small piece and it will dry pretty quickly. If you have a big piece or a very, very wavy warped piece, you might want to leave this overnight. The bigger the paper, the more water, the longer it will take to dry. [MUSIC] 11. Thank you!: Just like that, you've made it to the end of the class. I'm so happy that you followed along with me today. I can't wait to see all of your beautiful projects down in the project gallery below. So I hope you'll upload them and share them with everyone here on Skillshare and share them with me so I can see what you've created. If by the end of this class, you're sitting there with any questions or any concerns at all, please don't hesitate to reach out to me and I will answer with all of my watercolor splashing expertise. Thank you so much for being here and until I see you in my next class, happy splashing. 12. Just for fun - Behind the Scenes!: Hi there. I couldn't say hi. Well, hello. Hello there. Hello. [inaudible] What do I want to say? I will be going through all the supplies that we'll need, all of them, merry single supply. Everyone, all of them, all the supplies. Why do I keep touching my hair? [inaudible] No I didn't, it's a lie, probably lying. That's not true. No, that's not right, but that's not the point. This is like breathing between when I talk. [inaudible] It's lazy eye. Water color. Play with the water colors, and we can insplore. Insplore? I was supposed to explore. Time for some inspiration. I need to go eat something. Is it lunch time? Anyway, last one. We're going to do this one.