Watercolor for Beginners | Carla Chua | Skillshare

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7 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. 01 Introduction

    • 2. 02 Materials to get started

    • 3. 03 Flat and Graded Washes

    • 4. 04 Wet on Wet and Wet on Dry Painting

    • 5. 05 Color Gradients and Basic Shapes

    • 6. 06 Negative Painting

    • 7. 07 Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Hello I'm Carla, welcome to very basic of how to paint with watercolor medium. Watercolor is such a beautiful medium that fits busy and on-the-go individuals. There's little you need to get things going. This class will quickly help beginners and watercolor enthusiast get your brushes dancing on paper in no time.

I have been teaching watercolor to kids and adults alike for 4 years. The lessons in this class will include materials introduction, basic brush techniques and a simple warm-up project at the end. I believe you'll find this class useful, easy to understand and most importantly, enjoyable.

Let us begin your watercolor journey. 

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Carla Chua

Watercolor and Acrylic Painter


Hello, I'm Carla - a watercolor artist from Manila, Philippines.

I started watercolor back in 2015 as a means to cope from a stressful and fast-paced corporate life. Art has helped me become a much more balanced person and I firmly believe that art heals so I encourage everyone to take up a brush and paint!

I've conducted workshops in the Philippines - some in collaboration with online art shops and brands like Faber-Castell. 

Many of my works revolve around florals and that's what I plan to teach here in Skillshare. I hope, with your encouragement, I'll be able to give more tips and techniques on drawing and painting realistic flowers.

Feel free to reach out and leave reviews on my classes. I would love to also learn more about teaching from the... See full profile

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1. 01 Introduction: welcome to watercolor for beginners. Before we begin, let me say hello. I'm Carla, a watercolor artists and art teacher from Manila, Philippines. I've been teaching watercolor to kids and adults alike since 2000 and 15. My subjects mostly revolver on flora and fauna, which is what I will be focusing on in my skill share glasses. To be on this watercolor or any medium in fact, can be intimidating to study and learn by yourself. Ah, left of people Ask me, How do I start Watercolor. What do I need to do? I'm here to help. This class is made for beginners, those without any prior knowledge to painting. And for those who just wants a refresher, kids and adults alike, without any background in painting will be able to follow the lessons. We all start US beginners, and that's why I decided to do this class first before jumping into more intermediate lessons. Fundamentals are important. Constant practice even more so. By the end of the lesson, you will be able to apply the brush techniques to create seasonal leaves and plants to your liking. Remember that the key here, it's not the limit yourself with the shapes and colors he can produce. These lessons are easy to follow. You'll be using these techniques in your watercolor artworks. In note thing. Let us begin your watercolor journey. 2. 02 Materials to get started: Let's quickly go through the materials you need to start watercolor painting. Hear that? Start with your beans. I like using watercolor pants it, since they already contain all the colors that I need for my painting. You may also use pain troops and just squeeze them out on mixing pallets. If you have those already on hand for brushes, I like using round brushes for most of my work. A flat brushes also handy. To paint large areas, choose a brush size around 6 to 10 that can be used for big and small paintings. Now we move to papers. We will be using watercolor peeper, but this made for absorbing water on these types of works. GSM is the indicator how thick the Bieber is. I would recommend going for 300 GSM when you do your watercolor painting. There is also different types of watercolor beeper, such a school dress and hot breasts. Cold pressed papers have more fixture on it. While hot breast Bieber is a lot smoother. Other miscellaneous materials you're going to need ajar to put water and some paper towels to dub your brush and remove excess water, and that's it. Those are the materials you're going to need for watercolor painting in my next class, I'm going to teach you how to do a flat and graded watercolor wash. 3. 03 Flat and Graded Washes: in this video, I'll be teaching you about water color washes. There are two types flat wash and graded washed. I'm using a flat brush here in order to get more color of one's on my brush, but you can also use a round brush Firdous. As you can see, I'm making a nice bowl of color on my mixing area before painting, And once you have enough water and color on your mixing palette, you're now ready to begin. First, we will do, Ah, flat wash on my paper. I will press the brush onto the paper, then move my brush from left to right. I'm right handed, so that's more comfortable for me. Feel freed or just if you're left handed, you can go from right to left. After doing the first wipe off even color. Repeat their brushstroke again. I am going from left to right, but make sure you thought the first layer that you've done this way, the color will be uniformed all throughout, and that's how you make your flat wash. The next one is called the graded Wash, which means we will make a wash go from dark to light or light to dark. Begin by making a pool of pain on your mixing ballot. Once done, we're ready to paint a graded wash first repressor rush and move or stroke from left to right, just like how we did in the flat wash before we begin our second lier. There are brush once and clean water. Have a bit on paper towels to remove excess water. Then that's the time we make our second rest row from left to right. Feel free to modify this. If you're left handed and you can go from right to left, continue this method of cleaning the brush before making the next show as you move alone. The wash. Every time we clean our brush, the stroke it makes becomes lighter. Remember to make sure your next role not just the layer on top of it, so that the wash remains fluid and seamless. And that's how you paint a graded. Wash some tips for your flat in greeted wash. Make sure you have enough pain to cover your wash before starting in the next when you paint on a dried up wash. This may cost streaks that will not make your wash look uniform so paint on top, awful whip layer. In the next lesson, I'll be teaching wet on wet and weapon dry painting three weeks. Keep on practicing your flap and greeted wash, and I'll see you in the next class. 4. 04 Wet on Wet and Wet on Dry Painting: in this lesson, I'll be teaching you about wet on Web and weapon dry painting. Let's start with with Unwin. As the name implies. First, we wet the paper that you will paint on. I normally make a wet rectangular shape on the paper, then picking a color on my palette. Drop this blobs of faint on the Web surface. Continue to add different colors on the Web portion off the paper. Notice that the color will not get past the Web area. While the paint this Web, You can move it around by lifting the paper and tilting it to mix the colors. And that's sweat on with painting. Weapon Web Watercolor painting is very useful when you want to make several colors fluidly . Just make sure that they called the people with water properly so that the colors will flu . For the next painting technique, let's clean your brush and select a new caller to paint with. Since this is now a weapon dry, we no longer have to wet the paper first. Just directly pain on the paper and while the pain is whipped, makes another color to the one you just painted on notice. That compared to how we did. Weapon Web painting The pains don't disperse and makes us much. Since both pains are still wet on top off the dried paper, they will only combine a little, and they will also not move on their own. On paper, there are many applications off weapon, wet and weapon dry. Watercolor painting. You may even be doing it already. We dont knowing it. Don't limit yourself to two colors. You can try to combine as many colors. It's as you want and see the results and compare when you do a weapon, Web and a weapon. Dr. Painting In my next class, I'll be teaching color ingredient and basic shapes. Keep on practicing your weapon with and your weapon dry bean thing. See you then. 5. 05 Color Gradients and Basic Shapes: In this next lesson, I'll be teaching your color radiance in making basic shapes. Let's make color ingredients using watercolor. The key here is to connect each color while the previous scholar is still whip. That will ensure that the color will flow and appear seamless, quite like weapon dry beating. You use the greedy in technique when you want to connect different colors in your painting . No, that when the paint dries, you won't be able to connect the next color. Well, the dried color will appear beneath the next layer. The key here is to do the gradation while the paints are with. Next. Let's do basic shapes using watercolor. This is a way for us, the Brock. This how we use our brushstrokes by painting circles, diamonds all belongs and other shapes. We get more accustom to holding and using our brush and also controlling the amount of water we use. You can also combine different colors to create the shapes. This is a great wing, the warm up your hands and also try color combinations. You can make the shapes in any sizes that you want in my next class. I'll be teaching you how to do negative painting. Keep on practicing your collar egg regents and your basic shapes, and I'll see you then 6. 06 Negative Painting: in this lesson, I'll be teaching you about negative painting. This is every technique to learn because you can use this in your artwork and it's going to give a different perspective to the viewers. Now when you do your usual painting, the goal is to bring focus to the subject like this leaf. Normally you will color the leaf or the subject. And there you have it. You have completed your painting, but the negative painting. Instead of painting the subject, we will paint around it, thereby bringing it to focus by leaving it unpainted. In this demonstration, I am painting the outside off this shape. By doing this, people can tell that there is a rectangle growing here. So it it is. It is the opposite of how we usually approach painting instead of painting the subject, we being outside in order to bring focus to the subject. Negative painting can also be applied in other manners. For example, here we would like to paint them eg by painting outside the circle. People can now identify the egg and the oak, and by painting the you we can leave the whites of the egg untouched. You can also try negative painting. We don't your initial sketch. A good practice is by creating your own forests with trees and branches. Instead of painting the trees and branches, we paint the surrounding area to give life to the forests. It takes a while to change the way we approach painting. But I assure you that learning negative painting opens up a lot of possibilities in watercolor play around with negative painting in combination with the other techniques that you've learned so far and I'll see you in my next class. 7. 07 Final Thoughts: thank you for completing watercolor for beginners. To recap in this lesson, you have learned materials needed to start watercolor flat in greeted wash weapon with weapon, dry painting, color ingredient and basic shapes and negative painting. I hope that you'll keep on practicing these techniques and use them when you create your watercolor paintings. I always tell my students painting is a skill. It can be learned. You just have to keep using it and learning which we works for you and which needs more fine tuning. Of course, I hope that you have fun while you're learning what their color painting. Remember to post your class project and leave a review of this class. I would love to see your Ricks and learn which areas to improve on once again. Thank you for taking watercolor for beginners, and I hope to see you in my next class.