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Watercolor for Gratitude Journaling | A Beginners Painting Class

teacher avatar Hayley Rae, Artist. Maker. Teacher.

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8 Lessons (1h 19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Supplies

    • 3. Lesson 1: Warm Up

    • 4. Lesson 2: Word Association

    • 5. Lesson 3: Web of Gratitude

    • 6. Lesson 4: Three Things from Today

    • 7. Lesson 5: Final Project

    • 8. Thank You

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Learn to develop gratitude and turn it into a relaxing art practice with this class. We will learn to change our perspective with a variety of gratitude prompts, while learning simple watercolor techniques to create beautiful journal entries. We will begin with simple motifs and general prompts, and move deeper into painting and gratitude through 5 lessons. By time we reach our final project, you will be able to create a beautiful card to share with someone you love!

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Hayley Rae

Artist. Maker. Teacher.


I’m Hayley, and I reside in The Pacific Northwest. I am a self taught artist who is passionate about mental health. Since childhood, I have immersed myself in creative arts. Whether that has been dance, painting, crafting, knitting, or graphic design, I love to create because it makes me come alive. My mission is to inspire people to prioritize their mental health by teaching them simple ways to incorporate creative projects into their self care routine so they can experience the joy of learning something new!

Personally, I love to travel, hike, and kayak with my family. I collect photographs on these expeditions for future reference while sketching or painting. As an artist, the lush landscape of Oregon provides my creative spirit with a wealth of inspi... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, Welcome toe, watercolor for gratitude journaling. My name is Haley, and I am a self taught maker and artist. Over the past 10 years, I have been developing my creative style over a variety of mediums while also building positive mental health practices into my daily life. In this beginning watercolor class, we will start with simple exercises to teach you about blending watercolor and basic gratitude problems. With each lesson, we will dive deeper into more complicated watercolor techniques and a deeper understanding of ourselves as we explore what we're grateful for. The simplest exercise will be to paint these basic watercolor circles while we explore the wet on wet technique and fill them with items that we're grateful for. And then we'll dive into more complicated exercises such as this prismatic rainbow page, and we're going to fill this web with a network of people that were grateful for in our lives. I hope that you will join me for each of these lessons and that you will gain more confidence with your artistic style and change your perspective into a more positive mindset that focuses on gratitude. Let's get painting 2. Class Supplies: before we begin class, we need to talk about the supplies that will be using This is a watercolor class, so the most important component is probably water. I suggest you get a clean jar of water and put it on your desk. You will also want an extra dish for washing your brush off in between colors. This water can get dirty, but try to keep the other water as clean as possible. For watercolor paper, I will be using arches. This is 100% pure cotton paper, so it will take a heavy amount of water very well. It is a bit more expensive, though, so if you want a more affordable option, Strathmore best watercolor people also works great. Just look for a cold press paper that is at least 100 and £40. And wait. Well, obviously want a pencil. I use mechanical because you don't have to sharpen them in between some paintbrushes. You'll want a larger paintbrush for some of the washes and bigger projects we're going to do in a smaller paintbrushes. Helpful? A swell I'm using to round brushes in sizes 14 and eight, but use whatever you have on hand. You also want a pen. I am using a Tom Bo dual brush pin in black. I like these pens because they have a fine tip in and a brush tip and which is helpful for using different types of lettering in your projects. An eraser is great, needed works very well because it won't rub away any of your paper. You want washing tape in two different sizes, a larger one and a skinnier one. Of course, you want paint. I am using a secure a coy watercolor palette, but use whichever pains that you prefer. A white pen is also helpful If you'd like to add any accidents or highlights to your lettering. A ruler makes a great guide if you have one. A straight edge also works well. We're going to be using Q tips along with some rubbing alcohol for one of our projects. You just need a small amount of rubbing alcohol. We're not going to be using this whole bottle. The paper towel is also great for washing off your brush in between colors. I prefer a more sustainable option that I don't have to throw away, which is just a small washcloth As you can tell, I have used this many, many times, and finally, this is my reusable laminated card. You could also use a plastic baggie or piece of saran wrap for the technique that will be doing with us. This is optional, but also may be helpful. I use a heat gun for drying off my pieces. That way I can move quickly in between layers or move fast between the watercolor painting and my lettering so you can use a craft heat gun like this or a hair dryer would work just as well. And that's it for our supplies. So now let's get ready to move on to the first lesson. 3. Lesson 1: Warm Up: Welcome to Lesson One for this lesson. We're going to draw six small circles on her paper. Place them anywhere you would like. Don't make them too big. Don't worry about getting them perfect, because we're gonna erase thes pencil marks in a second and then quickly cover them with our water colors. I'm doing six because I want to paint them the colors of the rainbow Painting rainbows always reminds me of being outside in nature, which also fills me with a sense of calm and joy. So we're gonna paint six rainbow colored circles using the wet on wet technique, which means we're going to place clean water in each of these circles first. And then we're going to follow it with just a small amount of water using a wet on what, instead of what paint on dry paper or wet on dry technique means we'll get a nice soft coverage of color, which will also have a little bit of natural blending and dimension to it. Once you've drawn your circles, these are just loose guides. We're going to gently erase them so that you can barely see the lines. I've tried to do this exercise before without drawing circles. And once I place the water off my paper, it's really hard to find that spot again. So drawing the circles makes it really helpful. All right, now we're going to take our smaller paintbrush. We're going to dip it in some clean water. I fell in one of our circles. Clean, clear water. One of the magical things about watercolor is that it will stay wherever the paper is wet. So by creating this circle with our water, we're creating a nice little bubble to trap our paint into, and it won't flow outside of that. But so I've got my paints here, and I'm going to start the nice, bright red color in the paint, a little bit of it on my palette first. So that way I don't have too much on my brush, and it's spreading really well across the bristles. Bring it to my first. What? Circle on. Just dab it in there. You can see how that paint just blooms across the circle. I love that effect and continue filling in the circle. You can wipe your brush if you think you have too much paint. I just want this to be nice soft circles, and I might push a little bit of the water outside the circle to create a more abstract shape. We really want to focus on how the paint is moving and flowing through the water for this, how it makes us feel as we paint that will give us a nice sense of calm. Instead of focusing on the end product and creating more stress, you just want to let this flow and do what looks best to you. So I've clean off my brush new when a dry it real quick and then dab it into the clean water paint. My second circle I had a little bit more water to that, I think, and then go into my orange Pete, I fell on my palette. No wonder the same thing we did before dab it alot around the circle My brush in my dirty water dried off of my washcloth. Get a little bit of that clean water again. We're gonna push this around just a little bit more. All right. Not my brush again. Wipe it off. Next comes yellow. Grab some yellow paint up here. Pressure on my palette open of that wrong? Well, this is a good way to show you what the wet on dry technique with look like. So I'm gonna fill this circle in just my paint, and you can see I'm not getting any of that balloon we got before. We don't see the paint dispersing in the water. We just get this flat yellow color right here. In order to fix that, I'm gonna wash my paint off tippet and my clean water and push it around a little bit more . What now? We get some of that Peyton moving a little bit more naturally creates a much softer look than we had before. That was nice, bold, saturated color. But it's not quite a soft and dreamy as we're going for with this project. I can still see some of my pencil lines, so I'm gonna go back in with a little bit more yellow paint. I think when they're dry, might try erasing them a bit as well. All right, let's do it right this time that my painting, the clean water, fill in this circle. Get that nice. And what going for the green. I love green. Pretty much all shades of green make me happy. And there we go. We can see how that's blending more in the water kind of bursting of it. That's the beauty of watercolor right there. Well, that and push some outside the circle Make these pretty big. I drew them small because I wanted room for all of them on my paper. But the bigger you make them, the more room you'll have to write in what you're grateful for. Dry off her brush. Dip it in our clean water. We've got our blue circle color of the year for 2020. I think Pantone knew that we would all need a nice calm color to help us out, mixing two different blues here to get the shade that I want. Well, listen, it's turning out a bit darker than I would like, So I'm gonna wash up my brush and push some of this paint around before adding any more. Here we go. Last color, dip it and clean water. Get some purple. No, but I forgot to do that in my brush again. In my clean water again, I'm just getting too excited to paint, so we're gonna paint this one wet on dry Hands off my brush. Dip it in the clean water. Now go back and push that around a little bit more soft in that circle. The only circle I'm not happy with right now I think it's my orange grabs and clean water A little bit more my orange color and go back in there Still wet. You can see we've got that color bursting across the circle really nicely. Make that a little bit bigger. And now that I'm happy with us, I'm gonna grab my heat gun, dry this off and then we'll fill it in with things that we're thankful for. Okay, My paints are now all 100% and dry. I did try and go back and erase them with my kneaded eraser, but that was a no go. Pencil lines are not coming out of there, but I don't think you'll see them too much once we right in what we're thankful for. So I'm gonna grab my black pen, and I'm going to use the fine tip and, you know, very quick title appear. This is our first exercise. So we're just trying to warm up and get ourselves to think of anything that we're thankful for. Don't feel pressure to fill in all six circles. I'll show you what we can do with the extra ones. If you can't think of anything to fill them in just the top here, switch it up here. A little bit of script. Don't feel pressured to do fancy lettering. Here it's exercise is more about the process. It's getting us a think about than it is about making the end product look a certain way. So I think all for our guests, all right away. I am thankful for home. Home is always the 1st 1 I think of and family, home and family and kind of go hand in hand. So go right family up here family, and you don't have to fill in all of your circles with writing. We can also draw some simple illustrations as well. So for home, I'm going to draw just a basic little house icon. Everyone seemed before just a simple square triangle on top. Cute little roof, maybe a chimney. We don't actually have a real fireplace chimney zehr cute. So I'm gonna keep it on my house. Nice little door, some windows. Let's make him circles. It's like a surprised house now, So home. If you don't think that gets the point across enough, you could also right home underneath. And then if you can't think of anything to fill in your circles, you could also just draw a nice abstract pattern. So I'm gonna use the brush tip and of my marker. I'm just gonna fill this circling was a funky picture just like that. It's a cute little pattern to add interest. Accent to our page. I'm also grateful for the great outdoors. I'm gonna represent that with a tree and from Oregon's. We have lots of pine trees, but draw whatever kind of tree might be outside of your window today. It's the holidays. You could also make this a Christmas tree. Draw favorite tradition. Favorite food. Hamburgers pie. I'm gonna write water in this. What next? I am thankful for clean water, something I think many of us take for granted. But it is so important I'm gonna combine my writing with an illustration again. So just some flowing water. This could also represent the river. We get out on the river lots another way that I love to be outside, and I'm grateful that we can do that. I want my final one here. I think I'll fill this one with friends. And there we go. You have now completed the first page of your Gratitude Journal. So let's move on. We're gonna paint a few more things and get into dive deep into some more specific prompts . 4. Lesson 2: Word Association: for a second lesson. We are going to focus on a word association for a gratitude prompt. But before we get to that part, we want to make our backdrop beautiful. Of course, I don't think I mentioned this in our first lesson, but I cut down my watercolor paper to a four by six size, and we're gonna use our washi tape Tape it down really well, because we're gonna get this paper quite wet before we add the paint. You could cut your paper down to size also, or you could use a watercolor sketch book. That would be great as well. I find that working on smaller pieces of paper often makes my project less intimidating. And it's also a great way to save money. Especially if you don't like your project in the end. But that never happens, right? We love all of our projects. Okay, So we're going to take our largest paintbrush, dip it into our clean water. You can go all the way down the page. I do use sketchbooks for practicing art, especially for these classes. I love painting in them, taking them when I traveled, drawing, doodling all of those things but sometimes they're too messy to share with the world. So keep those private and I cut my paper specifically for this class. Now what we're gonna do with this paper now that we have it completely wet is going to ingredient. So I'm going to use warm colors. I'm going to focus on ingredient going from yellow orange to read, sort of like a sunrise. You could do whichever colors you could prefer. And you could even do a monochromatic radiant. If blue is your favorite color, maybe you want to go from a really dark blue to a really light blue. The sky is the limit. You did Blue would look like this guy. So we're going to start with some yellow mix that up a bit on my palette. I'm gonna start blotting it into the top third of my paper, and I'm mixing up a couple different colors here to get a yellow that I prefer. If you feel like your paper is already getting dry, you can wash off your brush in your dirty water jar, dry it off, then go back in your clean water and paint it right over your color. Just spread it a little bit more. Now that the top third of my paper is covered in yellow going to wash off my brush again, make sure the wet area beneath it. Really well, I'm gonna hit some orange on my palette. And instead of starting right up against the yellow line, I'm gonna go a little bit below this white space left in the middle. It means I'll have a room to blend the colors together, and I'll avoid a harsh line. As you can probably tell, this is a pretty quick page to decorate. Our gratitude Prompt will take us a little bit longer, but this is a very relaxing wait at a beautiful backdrop. If you're doing lettering, more gratitude, journaling, maybe a postcard can use it for whatever you want. So now I did to my brush into clean water and I'm flicking the orange paint up towards the yellow, just gently pushing it up and then I'm gonna go into the yellow gently. Bring it down. Now these colors are going to meet in the middle. That white space that we left I'm gonna get really beautiful blend there can add more paint of either color if you need it, that's a more to the top of the orange and then push it up into the yellow so more clean off my brush and grab a little bit more yellow with focus that on the bottom portion of the yellow and then push it downwards to meet the orange. And if you get too much, you can push it back up into the yellow section. We're just plan. We're just playing with our colors right now. This is all about the process. Once you're happy with how your colors or blending will move down to the last third, clean off your brush, go into your clean water. My paper has definitely dried down here right now, so I'm gonna give another quick wash with that clean water and go in with some red, focusing the red on the bottom of my paper and then working my way up towards the orange. I love watching the paint crawl up into the water. The flow over water color is what makes us such relaxing medium clean off my brush, but in my clean water and then begin pushing these colors together, bringing the orange down to the red bringing some of the red up into the orange. Out of all three of my colors, I feel like the orange is lacking the most. So I'm gonna go in and grab some more orange paint and at a little bit across the top of their and you can see why we taped our papers so well, it's getting pretty wet and keeping it taped down helps with the buckling doesn't prevent it. My paper is warping a bit, but once we dry it, it'll be all good. Bring some of that orange down some of the red up push the orange a little bit more up into the yellow, I think, and then I'll be satisfied. Now that I'm satisfied with my Grady int, I'm gonna grab my heat gun, Give it a blast to make the paper completely dry and you'll watch watches it transforms was gonna be a transformation that takes place when you grab that heat gun and dry this and it's gonna be so beautiful. And once it's all dry, we're going to switch over to our black pen and we're gonna begin our word association prompt. Now your paper should be 100% dry, and we're going to set aside our paints and get out our black pen. I'm using a Tom Bo brush pen. I'm going to use the fine tip end for this exercise. And what we're going to do is a word association. So when you do word association and you want to choose and overall theme for your page and put it right in the center So the theme I'm going to choose is home, and I live in the state of origin. So I'm going to draw the outline of the state in the middle of my paper just to make it fun . But if you want to do something more simple, you could also just draw a cloud circle, a big bubble. Maybe you live in a state that the shape is easy to draw as well. You choose whatever makes you happiest. But Oregon is definitely home to me. So this fits right home in the middle, and then we're going to choose a few large themes the tie into home, and this will prompt our mind to continue thinking. So we're going to start really large and broad, and we're gonna go smaller and smaller and think of really detailed things that were thankful for. So I'm starting off with home and I'm gonna think what things do I love most about my home . I said before family usually goes hand in hand with home. So I want to represent family with the heart and all right, it underneath as well. Have to find that once I begin doing these exercises at first maybe I'm tired. Frustrated? My mind is blank. But starting with that central theme really gets the gear's going. And before you know it, your whole page will be filled. Another theme I'm really thankful for is getting outside, especially the mountains. Weaken, See mountains just about everywhere we are. And Oregon. So I'm gonna draw a couple mountains over here. I'm not gonna write out the whole works. I want to leave room for some more ideas. I'm also thankful for wildlife. We have a lot of wildlife right in our own backyard, and it's so exciting for my daughter to see the wild. I've come and go in their natural habitat around our home. On my last large theme, I'm gonna put a near would be great food. There were a lot of great food that's grown or produced right here in Oregon. It's something we're most proud of. Plus, I enjoy sampling, all of it. So now that I've got my four Maynor themes, I'm gonna think of smaller parts of them that I especially enjoy so something I love about my family. It's making memories, memories on vacation milestones supporting one another. Memories are usually tied to holidays in our house, someone that branch off that get even more specific and ray holidays growing up, we always had really big get togethers, and especially for Christmas, one of our strongest traditions here in Oregon is cutting down a fresh Christmas tree. So I'm gonna draw a little Christmas tree here to represent those positive memories and holidays. Now, I mentioned the wildlife in our backyard. Some of the things we have in our backyard, our dear, I'm gonna represent that with a little triangle face handsome antlers. We have a family of five deer that I can see every day when I come into my studio, and I love watching them out my window. My daughter gets especially excited about the beaver we have living near our house everyone's while he comes out, goes across our driveway on what days? On a draw, a little beaver just for him. I'm gonna write Beaver in case my doodled and get the point across a backyard beaver. And then the last bit of wildlife that I'm thankful for, which also ties in family memories. So you see how this really gets your wheels going and that is crabbing. We go crabbing as a family off the coast. It's always a great time for everyone draws a little crabby clause here. Thinking about all of these little things that we're grateful for helps us to feel really connected and keeps us in the moment. You know, when you think about the wildlife or the mountains or the trees you're grateful for When you go outside, take a look at all of them and you'll feel a lot more centered and grounded in the moment and at peace when you're thinking about how grateful you are for all of them moving on to great food. Some of my favorite food we make here in Oregon cheese, the Tillamook cheese factory here in Oregon when we often visited after we go crabbing because it's nearby, a little wedge of cheese. We also, uh, coffee. Portland produces great coffee bars. And if you don't love coffee, they've got t two. Having a warm cup of coffee or tea in the morning really helps me get focused and ready for the day. Now I'm gonna finish out my page by thinking about the rest of the outdoors activities that I'm thankful for. I mentioned in our last lesson. I'm grateful for water not only to drink, but I'm also grateful to get out on the rivers here in Oregon when the right rivers drew another little water doodle. And then Rivers leads me into thinking about kayaking. We do as a family. I'm gonna do a very simple little kayak. This is a great exercise to do with your kids, and it's really helpful to find out what are their favorite things. What are their favorite activities? What do they love? What are they most thankful for? It might surprise you and spark some ideas for future activities. Mountains makes me think of hiking. My daughter loves hiking, and each summer we create a bucket list all the places she wants toe Hank to while school's out. Last year, we had about 12 on our list. I think we only made it to about half of us. So we have more to finish this summer. And as a whole family, we love to go biking. Well, I'm gonna do my best to draw a little bite care. Start with a triangle, go down to huge wheel. Remember, this isn't about the finished product. It's not about making a masterpiece. It's not about being the best at drawing. It's about focusing on what you are grateful for and reminding yourself of all the good things in life. All right, so now I have completed my Gratitude Word association page, and I could probably keep going and going and fill this whole page up. So I encourage you to fill your page or flip it over and add another page if you'd like. But if you're ready to move on to the next lesson, I'll see you there 5. Lesson 3: Web of Gratitude: Welcome back to our third lesson. This is my favorite project. Out of all the techniques were doing today for this technique, you're going to use both sizes of your washi tape. We're going to use the larger sized tape down the four sides of your paper, and then we're going to use thes smaller size to create a Web. I like to cut it across my paper all the way. Don't leave any edges in the middle unless it is on top of other tape that will create a nice clean shape on your paper, and you can create any shapes that you would like. Some people might like to grid their paper all the way down. I like to create smaller and larger triangles, which creates sort of a prismatic effect and looks really well with the rainbow that we're going to paint over it. So I'm going to speed up the video while I take down my paper and my web, and then we'll get started with painting. - All right, now that we have our Web created, we're going to use are larger paintbrush and went down about the top third of the page. We don't want to go all the way down because our water will probably dry at the bottom before we're finished with the top. So we're just gonna focus on the top third for now, dip your paintbrush and your clean water and just brush it across the top triangles on your page. I like to call this exercise the web of gratitude because all of this tape creates a beautiful white web. And when we're done painting, we're going to go in and fill in these white lines with the names of people we are grateful for. So it's a great exercise. Now we'll take our smaller brush, dip it into your clean water, take a little bit of that red paint. I don't need to much just a little bit. Dab it in each one of these triangles. If you remember back to Lesson one, we painted rainbow colored dots because it reminds me of being outside and the peace and calm that comes with being out in nature. And that's the reason we're painting rainbows for this exercise as well. So first the triangles we do after this, we're going to add some red paint to them, but we're only going to add it to the top half because we're going to use our techniques from lesson to to create a transition in some of these shapes in transitioning through the colors in our shapes and not just in between. The harsh lines of the tape will create a really beautiful prismatic effect with our rainbow. So now we're going to go in with some orange paint and I'm going to just dab at the bottom of these triangles I have read on the top. Just dab it and you can see some of my paint is already bleeding up into the red. Wash off your brush, dry it, and then we're just gonna pushed up. Paint around should up into the other color to create a beautiful soft transition between the colors that down. And now we're ready to dip our brush in some clean water and what the shapes beneath our orange. You can use your small brush or your large one For this. I didn't want to go back and forth, so I'm just using my small brush and quickly dabbing water into these triangles. Now we'll grab some more of our orange paint and fill these in all the way. Some of my triangles are kind of large, so I'm just gonna bring some of the paint halfway down so that we can create our transition into yellow. Sometimes it's hard to remember to leave space for all the colors. We want to make it all the way to purple at the bottom of our page. We'll fill this one in all the way just because it's small. And don't be afraid to go back and fill in any white spaces that you see as long as you have the right color on your brush. Wash this off, dip it in my clean water and then go in for some yellow. I'll just dab it bottom of these triangles. Then again, push it up into the orange can also bring some of the orange down towards the yellow. This project would also be really beautiful if you used a monochromatic color scheme and just transitioned through different shades of blue or green. When did my brush and clean water what the's triangles? And then I'm going to paint these yellow Mr Spot there. Yeah, yeah, yeah, We got a transition from green, blue and purple, so drinks off your brush, Dry it, dip it in my clean water paint the next set of triangles. I think I'm gonna go all the way down my paper. No, they were really, really wet. If I run out of room, purple is usually there's the tiny sliver of color along the bottom of my pain teas. But I think we can do better than that. Today. We'll see. All right, Go in for some green. Doesn't spring a color in there. Paint the middle of this one because I think I want to add a little bit of yellow to the top. Maybe even blue beneath it. So you can transition between three colors. You can fit them into a shape. The top half of this shape green top half of this one kind of matching up with the line there. And finally the top half of this shape. No, I mean really strip of green. I think I'll take my yellow. Now fill in the top. This one of my need to grab more paint. It's more water and helpful in these together. Push them up into each other. There we go. Perfect. Did my brushes to clean water, and I'm gonna go in for some blue. Still some green other wash that off much better. Nice blue color and stab it the bottom of these triangles. Well, that won it all the way in a second. Dry off my brush. Push the blue paint into the green. The same thing here. This triangle doesn't seem to be very wet. So I'm gonna a little bit of clean water. Just a bit stopping that up in the room to fill this one in all the way because it's such a tiny, tiny space seen with that one right there. Perfect. Now we've got room to transition from blue to purple. Get our clean water brush. Give these a quick brush with some water just to make sure they're still wet. Then go into your blue paint paint just the tippy tops of these shapes. If your hair like mine, you might still have a few more shapes left to go. But I'm just gonna pay and I strip of blue across the top. Here, add a little bit more. Or maybe I missed a space up about now. It is time for purple, our final color on the bottom. A little bit of purple was a long way. Very rich color. Dry off my brush. Finish blending those two colors together. All right, Now that you've made it all the way down, this is a good time to look back at the colors that are at the top of your paper and to make sure there as rich as you would like them to be trying to make sure that they're all equally saturated. So we notice here, my yellow is a lot lighter than the yellow here, so I think I might add a little bit more paint to brighten it up. Try to keep it even. I'm also gonna add a little bit more orange just to make it clear that there are three colors there that we're moving through. If you get that line there, you could just take some clean water, dab it, soften it up. People had a little bit more red at the top, and then we'll be ready to dry it. All right. I'm gonna use my dryer off camera again, and then we'll come back and peel all this tape off to reveal our beautiful white the web. Now let me paint is completely dry. I'm gonna grab the corner of my teeth gently lift it up to reveal our white web. I think ours looks great, But if you notice that you have any edges that maybe aren't as sharp as you like, you can go in with your white gel pin and you can sharpen some of those up. I'm gonna grab mine and just do this one edge down here very carefully. And I was It's still just a tiny bit wet where the paint seeped under the tapes on the damn it to get any extra paint. I also do some white appear the top I know you can't even tell there was paint there before . That's just a nice little trick you can use. You ever make a mistake with your water color? All right, now that we've got our Web, we're going to turn it into our web of gratitude. Or you could also call it a gratitude map. Whatever you would like, you can turn it any direction. I think for the sake of writing, a lot of my lines go this way. I don't know. We'll probably turn it back and forth as I'm going, I'll start with it this way and then switch it around. You do whichever direction that you would like. So I'm gonna take my black pen again, and we're going to fill in this web with names of people we are grateful for. I'm just going pick a spot. I think all again by naming my parents, my daughter calls them Mimi and Pappas. We're gonna put that nail my daughter. And here's I might flip it around about hurry here, my husband over here. And if you have any letters that are sort of in the middle, you could use them like a crossword puzzle for someone else to you so I could come down off his name right in his mom's name. Then I'm gonna flip it this way. Put in some friends, and if you need to try to think way back, think about people who shaped your childhood, who affected your career choices, Maybe a college professor or childhood teacher. I had an excellent teacher in high school who definitely shaped my perspective on the world . So I'm gonna put his name in here. And I had a professor in college, so I'm gonna put her name in here. And if you end up with some white space, you can't fill in. Or if you just want to fill in spaces to break up the names, you could just draw some more of our abstract design. Simon, draw some little wave patterns in here. I draw some hearts. You could create symbols for the different types of relationships in your life. See, do another abstract pattern with a barrage in on him. Penn. So gonna do this down that line Fill in this one that helps to break it up really nicely as you're filling in people. So I'm gonna speed this up again as I fill in the rest of my web and then come back and show you the final result. - Aren't I finished my web of gratitude, and I ended up writing in all different directions. And I some did some people in script and some people in print filled in spaces with little abstract lines and dots. So there is no one way to do this. The most important thing is that you are identifying all of the important people in your life. This is your support network. This is the people who have made changes in your life, and it just helps you to see how important they all are to you and help deepen and strengthen your relationships. So later, in these lessons, we're going to choose one person from this Web and use them in our final project. 6. Lesson 4: Three Things from Today: all right for this lesson. You are going to need your large washi tape once we finish our first coat of paint. So for now, just set that aside. We're going to do in all overwash on this piece of paper with one color. So grab your large paint brush, dip it in your clean water. We're gonna begin by getting our paint. What are paper? Excuse me? What? All over, Pete, that all the way to go for the gratitude lesson for this prompt, we're going to be focusing on three things were grateful for in the past 24 hours. So I'll be thinking about that wire painting. You might even be grateful for the time to paint more the time to take this class with me. I know that I am grateful for any day that I get to pick up my paintbrushes now that our paper is what all over. I am going to dive into one of our colors. I think I'll go with purple shade, make this purple mix up kind of a blue purple shade. I want to begin by dabbing that all over my paper I wanted to be very light, so I'm probably not gonna pick up much more pink than this. I'm just gonna cover the whole paper with this color. No need to be precise with this. Just let it flow. We're actually going to cover up most of this paint, Get a little bit more. Make sure you have good coverage in the middle of your paper. That's the part that we're going to see the most once that's covered. Clean off your brush and dry your page thoroughly. I'm going to use my heat gun really quickly for this. Know that our papers completely dry. We're gonna grab that washi tape we set aside and pull three short strips from it. I don't want to go all the way across the page about 3/4 of the way. Place my first piece of tape in the middle. This tape is going to serve as the boxes to write what you are grateful for. Police one above it, and then one more just below. If you want to add any more items that you're grateful for in the past day, you can add more pieces of tape. But I feel like this is a good number for the size of page we're working with, but if you have a larger page, you could put more things down. Now we're going to take our large paint brush again. What it with your clean water, dad that on the page And you can see we're reactivating that purple paint again, but we don't need to worry about that. That would again. What's important is that the paper underneath our tape is dry. I'm still just wetting the paper with my clean water. I haven't picked up any new painting it. Okay, I'll get my paintbrush wet, and I'm going to go in with another cool color. We want to pick a color on the color wheel that is next to your first color, so purple and blue are next to each other. Those air tertiary colors and those will blend well if I picked up the complementary color to yellow, which is across from purple. If I picked up the complementary color to purple, which is yellow and across from it on the color wheel, I would end up with a very muddy color, which is why I'm picking up blue because that's going to blend well with the purple And instead of ending up with an unattractive brown page, we're gonna end up with something that has varying shades of blue and purple. Looking like the top of our people has already dried about. Someone wash off my brush, grab some clean water. Get that. What again? I'm not going for a uniform coverage on this piece of paper you comptel and leaving some big splotches of blue. There are some spots where the color purple will shine through a little bit more. This is a very abstract. It's all about the process. You want to enjoy the process of painting. I need a little bit more water. Adding water will help, too. Soften the paint a little bit, though, so I don't get really harsh splotches all over. There's a nice, ethereal feel to it reminds me of clouds. Bring it back to that nature theme again. Think I'm gonna add a little bit more and baloo to this? Just darken up the edges, my paper a bit more still, using my large breasts, just dabbing it all over the paper. Think I'm pretty happy with them still in dark in some of the corners up wash My brush, and I think that's good. We're gonna give that a shot with the heat gun, and then we'll peel off our washing tape and reveal the purple layer below. All right, let's begin removing our tape. Be really careful in lifting up these pieces sometimes that the paper was still a little bit wet. Might tear, but looks like we did a good job on that one. Like this one. You can see some of the paint leaked under my tape where I wasn't very careful. I'm gonna take my smaller brush. I'm just gonna soften the edge of that a bit with some water. Maybe a little bit of blue paint as well. You don't have to do this. It definitely gives it a very nice handmade Look, if you leave it And if this is just in your journal and for your own personal pleasure, then you can leave it. However you like it. But I just wanted to stop in that. I put it on the edge. All right. Take up our last piece of tape. I think I leaked a little more under this one. Nobody like that big splotch we ended up with. So gonna leave that one That around a bit. There we go. Look at that. Now we have this beautiful purple that shines through the blue from underneath our tape. Then we're going to use our black pen now and we're gonna write a nice header at the top of our page. So we're gonna right three things I am grateful for. You're switching a prism script here, and I'm going to pick three things from the last 24 hours. So this would be a great daily practice if you wanted to pick three things at the end of each day. And it gives you a great excuse to paint a new page every day. Well, I'm definitely gonna say painting, painting, sunshine, And I think my final item moving books put all three of these things to that together, go outside to read or paint in the sun, and you've got a very good day in my mind. So there we go. Three things that I am grateful for today. Now we're going to move on to our final lesson 7. Lesson 5: Final Project: welcome to our final lesson. I would also encourage you to make this lesson your final project for this lesson. We're going to create a card to give to someone we are grateful for. Showing your appreciation and gratitude for people strengthens relationship and creates a better sense of interconnectedness. Some extra items you will need for this lesson are your wide washi tape. You're a laminated card piece of plastic wrap or a Ziploc bag even works. Well, you may want to use your pencil. The ruler is helpful for guides. I don't want your black pin and possibly your white pen as well. So for this project, we're going to use our wide washi tape across the center of our paper all the way across. You could go across the bottom or the middle. I'm gonna go across the middle for mine and you'll see why in a minute. Take that off. We're not gonna worry about the edges of our paper for this one, and you'll see why in just a second now we want to take our paintbrush the larger size. Dip it in your clean water again, block the water all over your page. You can tell my brush wasn't completely dry. Still have some of that blue paint for my last lesson on it. But that's okay. We can work with that blotted all over the page. Just avoid the edges. Give yourself a generous amount of room. Now that that's all wet, really. Take that piece of plastic or laminated paper. You're gonna dip your brush in some water and grab the color. I'm just gonna grab some more of the blue. Since I already have that on my paper, you could choose whatever color you like. Be really generous with the pigment for this. And then instead of painting your paper, you're gonna paint your plastic surface. I was gonna get paint all over it. That's pretty good. I want to rinse off my and brush dried off on my rig. No, I'm going to take our card, and we're gonna flip it over the center of our paper and just kind of wiggle it. Wiggle it back and forth, back and forth, up and down. Really Cover that paper when you lift it up. Doesn't look like much yet. We're gonna wipe off are plastic. We're gonna add some more water order to disperse this a little bit. Just a softened some of it. Like I bet this pretty sharp edge appear in some white peeking through. Give us a beautiful abstract back drub now Well, that is still wet. We're gonna grab one more extra item. I forgot to mention familiar, And that is a Q tip and you're rubbing alcohol for my rubbing alcohol. I'm just going to use the lid of my clean water drawers and pour a small amount into it gonna dip my Q tip into the rubbing alcohol. We're gonna create a beautiful effect on your paper. This alcohol, it's gonna drop it onto our paper. And this adds some beautiful blooms and clouds. The darker your paint is, the more obvious thes will be. But you can just keep adding them all over. You know, they create these bursts and our paint, and you can do this on any of your pages. If you really like this technique, you can use it for some of the past pages. You did as well. It would look great with our Rainbow Web. Who were the last one we did with three gratitude props. Just a couple more here and there could also flick it a little bit. Just that's a little ones in there. Let's I thought aside, grabbed my heat gun and then I'll come back when this is dry. Once our abstract backdrop is completely dry, we're going to leave the washing tape on for another minute or two. We're gonna grab our pencil and you're gonna write something. Cross the washing tape, but make the letters tall enough that they intersect the tape. So I'm going to write thanks on my card. But you could write Thank you. You could write love. You could write gratitude. Whatever you can fit comfortably onto your paper or expresses what you're looking to share . You can also use your ruler here to help create some guides. So I will just very lightly draw a line up here. Just kind of give me a nice base and the height line for my letters and see Thanks. It is th six letters, So start with the A. I like to start in the middle of during the lettering like this because it helps me to balance out the word and make sure I have enough room on each side, so I'll start with the A and next to it. Okay, put both branches of the K on the bottom. Here you are, Pests. Then we have to go back and write each perfect. So now I know I fit my whole word on here. Try going in. Pencil first is helpful sometimes going to take the brush tip end of my black pen and I'm just gonna go over when I just wrote. - All right, now that we've finished that, if you want to honor highlights to your lettering, you can take your white pen. We'll have some highlights teach of our letters. Just stick to the same side with each highlight. I usually choose the top left and put it on each stem key dial. It is just being consistent. So if you like the right side, just do the right side on each one. Now we can finally peel off our washi tape. You can see how are washing tape left us with this fun space in the middle. And what that we're going to write in cursive. So you could write the name of the person that you're thinking or even a small message or you could draw some doodles in there. Since laurels leaves that sort of thing, I'm just going to write Thanks again in an elongated script. We'll go in with my pencil first to make sure got enough room for everything, and then I'm going to go over that with the find tip and of my black men. - All right, Now you have your finished card, which is ready to write your note of gratitude on the back. If you have any pencil lines that are still visible after writing with your marker, you can just take your kneaded eraser and pick those up, and you can even roll them over some of the faint lines you might have left behind from your ruler on the watercolor portion that works Perfect. If you want to mail this to someone, you could cut your watercolor paper down to size and glue it to the front of a card. Or you could just write your note on the back and slip it in an envelope to send to them. Strathmore also makes watercolor postcards, which are the perfect thing to use for these projects, because you can paint your picture on the front and the Net already has spaces for the address stamp, etcetera on the back. But I hope that you enjoyed making this card and that you have someone special in mind to send it to. 8. Thank You: thank you so much for participating in this class with me. I truly enjoyed teaching, and I hope that you have learned some relaxing techniques that you can take forward into future projects. If you enjoyed this class and you believe that others will to please leave a review, this is the best way to help more people find this class. If you would like to share a photo of your final project or leave any questions, you can use a Web browser toe. Leave questions in the discussion tab and submit your photos under final project. You can also follow me at Haley Ray Designs on Instagram and share photos of your project there. I would love to see your work, and I hope that you have found some new things that you're grateful for and that you will focus more on gratitude each and every day. I am thankful for each one of you, and I hope to be back soon with some more classes. 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