Watercolor Textures for Art + Design. Create fabric, textiles, and stationery. | Aerie North | Skillshare

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Watercolor Textures for Art + Design. Create fabric, textiles, and stationery.

teacher avatar Aerie North, Designer + Maker ♦ Art Gallery Education

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Paint with watercolors

    • 4. Watercolor image

    • 5. Create a swatch from your painting

    • 6. Use your personalized watercolor swatch

    • 7. BONUS See your designs on fabric, textiles, clothing

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In this class you will learn how to;

  • use basic watercolor paint to create a tri-color texture
  • place your hand painted watercolor image in Adobe Illustrator to create a one of a kind swatch
  • apply your new unique swatch to text, shapes, and backgrounds

Watercolor textures can be used:

  • in art + design projects
  • personalize your website, logo, and text
  • create designer fabric, textiles, and stationery


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Aerie North

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome In this class, you will learn how to use basic water color paint to create a tri color texture. You'll learn to place your hand painted watercolor image in Adobe Illustrator and create a new one of a kind swatch, and then you'll learn to apply that new, unique swatch to text shapes and backgrounds. Watercolor textures can be used in art and design projects to personalize your website logo and text and to create designer fabrics, textiles and stationary. Your class project is to create a water color texture and share your creation in the Project gallery. Please enroll and four creative news. Please sign up on airy north dot com. 2. Materials: for this project, we only need four materials. We need paint brushes in this taste will be using a nice flat brush to spread water and then my painting brush to move paints around. I have a medium priced student color set that I bought in an art store. I have water and I have watercolor paper. Watercolor paper has natural fibers in it, like cotton toe help absorb the water. And in this case, I'm using a student mid grade quality paper because this is just a practice. 3. Paint with watercolors: to start. I'm going to use one of my larger brushes to create a nice circle of water. Doesn't have to be perfect, so there's enough water on here. Toe hold and move the paint around. But it's not soaked to the point that it's gonna be an absolute mess. Using one of my favorite brushes, I'm going to add some purple and at a lot of water to this purple and simply just add a little bit of purple with some taps. It'll move around, but it won't go over the water's edge a little bit more. I want to try and use as much of one color wallet. Got it on the brush as I can before changing colors. Ad purple, one more place so that there's three distinct areas a little bit more. Yeah, while the colors on my brush I'll just go back to where I painted before and just still in a little bit more so that I don't waste this color. I could see how it's traveling down this area here. Now I'm gonna change colors. I'm gonna use a balloon adult, some water, and again, I want to use three more areas. I don't want to go onto the purple. The blue will naturally move into the other colors without my help. And then I'll have another area. And then, while I have that color still on my brush, I'm gonna add it to the blue areas that I've already painted. I know I'm gonna end with brown, have some water and pick up a little bit of brown. Go into some of those white spots. Tiny, bit more brown can overwhelm and make the painting muddy. But it done right. It's a beautiful effect. Remember, Brown's a very comfortable color, and now I'm going to wash the brush so that there's just water on it. Not a not a lot kind of move around my edges. Not all the edges. It's a few. It's a little bit. Not so cave water drops. It's a nice effect there. That's good. Just go around before you let this dry, to see if there's any spaces that you want to add some color to. I'm happy with this. I know that this is going to drive very beautifully. We'll take a look at this again once it's dried 4. Watercolor image: Now that the water color paint is dry, I'm going to take a picture and I'm gonna send it to my drop books. And then from my Dropbox, I'm gonna place it into Adobe Illustrator to use as a background or a swatch. So I'll meet you there and show you what you can do with your own water color textures. 5. Create a swatch from your painting: hello and welcome back to class. I took a picture of the dried watercolor circle, and I put it in my Dropbox. Then they came over to Adobe Illustrator and created an art board that's 11 inches wide by 8.5 inches tall, which is a landscape size of copy paper. Now it's time to place that photograph of the watercolor on to our art board and workspace . I'm gonna come to file place and select. It's rather large. That's fine. So it this gives me the option to take out just certain spaces that I want and create swatches on. What I can also do is while this photograph ISS selected all right, click and scale it, and I'll make it 25% of its original size. There's a more manageable size I'm going to zoom in, and because I know that from the top to the bottom is 8.5 inches, I'm gonna take a section off six inches by six inches, so going to come over to my rectangle tool and just click anywhere on my workspace or are bored, and I'm going to make a square that six inches wide by six inches tall, and I can now place this square anywhere I want on my image and like it's select a part of the painting that I want to create a swatch. I'm going to remove the Phil so I can better see where I want to place this square. I think I'll come here now take the stroke. Oh, and select the square that I just created And the image and I want to make a clipping mask . So I'm going to come toe object, come to clipping mask and make while everything still select it oncoming to transparency, to darken. Come back upto object, flatten the transparency and say OK, and now I'm going to come back to object and expand. And now I have a six by six inch square that I'm going to select and make a swatch copy that hold in drag and just bring it into the swatches. And there it is. There's our swatch. I can get rid of this image now and in the next lesson, and I'm gonna show you what you could do with that swatch 6. Use your personalized watercolor swatch: we can use this swatch like we would use any color in our palate. We can come over and create objects. It stars. We have stars that we can just add the Let's watch, too. And now we have our watercolor that we did ourselves as a swatch color. We can use the pen tool while the Swatch watercolors select it. We can just use our pen tool and create shapes. We can also use it in text. Select the text tool. Gonna make this really large and type watercolor. Right now it's black. The Phil by select it all, come toe object and expand and then select our new water colored texture. Swatch. Now we've changed the color of our letters to match our watercolor. There's no limit to what you can do with this new swatch, and you could make several different watercolor textures by using different colors and creating your own personalized text colors, graphic design colors and backgrounds, which will really personalize your brand. Thank you for taking this class. It was so much fun to teach. If you enjoyed the class, please give it a thumb's up. I'd also like to see your water color swatches in the Project Gallery for Creative News. Please sign up on airy north dot com 7. BONUS See your designs on fabric, textiles, clothing: Hello and welcome back to class in this bonus section, I want to go over to websites where you can download your artwork and place them on items. For instance, in the class that you just took, you created a watercolor painting, took a picture of it, put it into Adobe Illustrator, and from there you can create shapes or text or backgrounds, and then you can come over to society six and download your image and apply it to all these different items. So here we can see that a water color texture was used here by going into Adobe Illustrator and creating these flower patterns and then applying different watercolor textures. Here is wells very interesting with the trees. This artist would have designed these trees and then applied the water color swatches. Here's one big swatch from a water color texture here as well, and you can see by just going through all the ways you can use watercolor textures. How society six works is you sign up and open a store, and then you can apply your artwork, toe art prints, clocks, tapestries, home decor, check clothing, men's wear. And what I did is I just put abstract painting watercolor to check out some examples, so you can do that as well. Just go over to the society. Six. Take a look at some of the items that they sell. See if that's something you want to do with the skills you just learned and open up a society. Six Shots, Another website that I really like, where you can create fabric, wallpaper and wrapping paper. A spoon flour. It works very similarly to society. Six. Where you join, set up a shop and then download your imagery and make some really beautiful products. Here is an example of stars just like the exercise done in our class, and here is a nice watercolor painting with a Chevron shape. Here are feathers that the artist designed in Illustrator and then use the water color swatch that she created for the fill color that's done here is well, and here the possibilities are endless, and it really creates very beautiful work. And it's unique because it's just done a your hand. There are a lot of wonderful, talented artists out there, but nobody can create the exact same way you can. So take a look at spoon flour in society. Six. Look for inspirations and again, I'd love to see your finished work and the Project Gallery and four Creative News. Please sign up on airy north dot com.