Watercolor Trends | How to Paint 4 Different Summer Patterns | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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Watercolor Trends | How to Paint 4 Different Summer Patterns

teacher avatar Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

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5 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. WC Pattern 1

    • 3. Mermaid WC Pattern 2

    • 4. Circles WC Pattern 3

    • 5. Diamonds WC Pattern 4

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In this class, you will learn how to create 4 beautiful trendy watercolor patterns that are for the summer season. First, we will start off with an easy abstract pattern with many shades of blues and geometric shapes. Second, will be the very popular mermaid pattern full of beautiful blues and greens. The third pattern has a fun circular pattern with bright orange and permanent rose colors. Lastly, I will show you how to create a diamond pattern with shades of indigo. 

You will learn how to improve your watercolor techniques through practice with these patterns.  This class is great for artists of any level and will teach you many tips, tricks, and new techniques! Throughout this project, I will explain the wet on wet watercolor technique and how to create fun textures and patterns. I have included reference photos down below and make sure to check the class project area as well. 


  • Watercolor Paints¬†
  • Brushes¬†
  • Watercolor Paper (sample size shown 5x7)
  • A cup of water
  • Paper towel/ rag


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Suzanne Kurilla

Watercolor & Acrylic Artist





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    Some areas I specialize in are Watercolor & Acrylic Painting. I have worked with adults of various ages and artistic levels. I enjoy creating content and helping others on their creative journey.

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1. Trailer: thank you for joining in. And for today's lesson, I am going to be going over a couple off thes watercolor patterns that are really trendy and fun for summer. And there's a bunch of different colors and designs. Here we have a little bit of like an Aztec with the diamonds in some mermaid scales and then to abstract ones up top, a little bit more of like a tight I design, so let's jump right in. 2. WC Pattern 1: and first up for my very first pattern here I am gonna start with something that is very, very easy to do, and we're going to use the wet on wet technique. I'm gonna put all the water down first, and then I'm going to drop a few different shades of blue on this particular design, and then I'll show you how to do the pattern. And I'm just making horizontal lines at first. And they're all different sizes, and some of them have, like, bled through a little bit more than others. But that's OK, because you want to see all the different lines and textures. That's the point of the pattern. So do these are very, very free flowing projects that we're gonna be working with today. We're gonna let that dry up a little bit, and then we're gonna come over, and I'm just gonna put down a little bit of water here. And this first shade waas a civilian and the next one here I'm going to use is a cold ball blue. Just so there's a little bit more variation and these shapes I'm gonna make a little bit more like an oval and get Some are lighter, some are darker. You want a good variation, even skip up a little bit and put leave a little bit of space And this time focus a little bit more of a circular shape here instead of the oval. So again, just switching it up and just keep in mind that nothing has to be perfect here. You want them all different shapes and sizes. You could even leave little bits of the white showing. Also, you can keep in mind that this is just the first layer and you could keep using the same blue, or you could switch it up. I'm going to move into some of the indigo. I'm going back and forth between some ovals on line work, just like you would see on a tight I pattern. Almost drop a little bit more color where you would like it a little bit deeper, even experiment with, like, a couple little dots Here, there another one down here. Just make sure to balance everything. If you put a couple of little dots up here, make sure to put like one of the middle of maybe one down bottom, just so everything is properly balanced and even here, I think I'm gonna go back over to the Serb alien. So you want to tell you everything all together here on down the end, I'm going to repeat the same pattern over here. So again, some circles and lines, a little bit water. You can use the wet on wet technique or you could do a dry that's totally up to you. This small section here was dry and then you can go back and feather off the edges. So I'm showing you multiple ways. Here. You can pick which one you like the best. I personally enjoy switching it up deeper there again, something it to be rather healthy pensions and have fun month A little bit deeper appear - and I'm just using a very light wash. But this end ago, just a blend things together 3. Mermaid WC Pattern 2: and for this next pattern, this is going to be a mermaid pattern. So there's a few different things that you could do here. I have, like a very loose sketch, and I just started to lighten up my lines a little bit. I left some of them dark so you can see the pattern, and it's just like, you know, small half circles or smile line, and I'm going to use this little bit in between here is going to be left white. So when you're making your pattern, you couldn't feel free to use if you have some of the masking full ID, and then you could peel it off in the end. Or you can try to touch up with a little bit of white paint or white wash in the very end. But if you don't have, um, any masking fluid or anything like that, then you can just draw out a little bit. Or even when you're painting, you can leave a tiny little space in between where, um, each scale would be here so they don't bleed together and again, that's gonna be part of the pattern toe. Leave some of the white so you have a few different options there, and I'm gonna continue to gently erased some of these lines before I get into the painting . But this time up, the colors that I am going to be using our blue and a little bit of green so you can think of like a nice sea foam green like a Caribbean blue for nice colors for summer course somewhere Tropical. You would do so pretty mermaid skills here, which is another very popular pattern for summer. I think first up, I'm actually going Teoh here, going to put down the water. But again, we're gonna be very careful because we want to leave that white line two separate in between each scale and I'm gonna use a light yellow green first, the darker so we can see here. And you can feel free to leave little bits of white for highlights. Where if you fill in the whole scale, then I always add a little bit of white later on to like I said, with, um, a wash or water color white. Sometimes the water color white paint isn't that visible. That's why I say say that you could sometimes go in with the heavier consistency, like with the wash or something else. But right now we're just gonna focus on each scale. So that was a very light wash of like a yellow green. And then I dropped in a little bit of this civilian and then get it, do the same thing on each scale here. I'm also gonna add in some meridian, which is a nice bluish screen, and you can explore an experiment with your different shades of blue and green because you don't want each scale to be the same. So if you have two dark ones that move on to a light, maybe you want to put a little bit more blue in one. Maybe one's a little bit more mentee. So this is something that you could definitely get creative with and make up your own pattern, which is what we're doing here that thank you out of back that once you have reached this point right here, were you filled in all of your scales. You can let it dry up a little bit, and then if you need to, you can go ahead and clean up some of your white areas a little bit 4. Circles WC Pattern 3: and for the next pattern here. This one is a little bit circles. And then it's like a little fried eggs and different shapes and sizes. And you could even put, like has your filling up your page, maybe even 1/2 or they said somewhere longer than others and switch it up a bit and we're also going to switch up the colors. This time I'm gonna use some, like orange, maybe some bright pink. So we're gonna move right on into warm colors. And for this one, I'm going to start with the background first. So I'm just gonna do like a thin little outline around each one. Just remember that you want to be aware of your contrast, so make sure you're adding a little bit extra, or VD. It's too light just to break up the shapes, and I have a tiny bit like a deeper red orange here, - and for the center of these, I am going to use yeah, permanent roads, and I probably will mix well, we'll see. Sometimes I might makes another color inside, but this is a pretty like pinkish red beginning on the tiny bits of white for the highlight , but I'm gonna keep the outer ring white 5. Diamonds WC Pattern 4: and for the last pattern here. This one is going to be in shape of diamonds. And I do have a very light grid drawn out here, and it's just it's very simple. These air fight by seven sheets that I've been using and they're just split it right in half. And then I drew 123 um, for lines vertical and just to break it up until, like, almost like many rectangles. So that's what I did there. And it's just to make sure that everything is balanced and even here So you could do that first before you get started and then see, you could use whatever color you would like. I think I am going to use in to go because blue is a very big color for summer, probably because of water, beautiful oceans and waves. But also into go is very, very popular. You always see that deep, deep blue and with the white and creams. So that is what I'm going to be using. Yeah, I am going to be using a very then brush here because my boxes are small here rectangles. I guess we're gonna start out and again. Nothing has to be perfect, but these were just diamond shapes were working. And again, just like we've been experimenting, even with the other patterns. I mean, some lines are thicker than others. Some are darker than others. So make sure you're you're switching it up, and then I have a little extra room. Who puts in straight lines? Uh, and for the rest of this pattern right here, Um, I just continued the design across the bottom and remove the tape. And there is a very light wash of indigo and throughout. But I still wanted to leave white in between as a border. Thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed today's lesson and patterns here with the watercolors and feel free to check out my other videos because I have a lot more of watercolors and acrylics and lots of fun Illustration.