Watercolor and Ink for Beginners - Fun and Easy Ways to Paint Leaves

Kristen Knechtel, Illustrator / Surface Pattern Designer

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14 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Intro and Welcome to Class

      1:47
    • 2. Materials

      4:54
    • 3. Basic Leaves

      2:18
    • 4. Basic Leaves - Multi-Coloured

      2:38
    • 5. Basic Leaves - Adding Ink

      4:44
    • 6. Basic Leaves - Ink First

      1:37
    • 7. Basic Leaves - Kids Paint

      2:13
    • 8. Large Leaf - Jagged Edge

      4:10
    • 9. Large Leaf - Smooth Edge

      1:46
    • 10. Large Leaf - Adding Ink - Jagged Edge

      1:00
    • 11. Large Leaf - Adding Ink - Smooth Edge

      2:58
    • 12. Wreath - Closed

      3:42
    • 13. Wreath - Open

      1:35
    • 14. Your Project

      0:48

About This Class

A fun and simple class for beginners! No experience or fancy materials required!

Whether you have just started illustrating or want to begin, this class will help get you started with the basics and simple projects to make your own.

We will explore a few different techniques to create leaves with watercolour paint and ink.  Using just a few simple materials, we will explore different ways to use and combine them for different effects.

The projects are fun and a great way to start exploring illustration.  Hopefully this class will inspire you to keep creating!

Materials you will need:

  • watercolour paint
  • paper (preferably watercolour or mixed media)
  • jar with water for your brush
  • brush 
  • pen 
  • palette for mixing (optional)

My Materials 

Below are the materials I use in the class. They are all economically priced and great for beginners!

Paper

  • Moleskine Art Plus Watercolour
  • Canson XL Mixed Media

Paint

  • Windsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours (tube set)
  • Artist's Loft Watercolour (pan set)
  • Crayola Washable Watercolours (kids paint)

Brushes 

  • Round brushes (mine are Medden)

Pens 

  • Pigma Micron (various sizes)
  • Sakura Gelly Roll (medium)
  • Pilot V5 (extra fine)

You can find all of these on Amazon or in craft stores!