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Watercolors Secrets: Seven Tips to Level-Up your Art

teacher avatar Anna Sokolova, Berlin-based Artist

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13 Lessons (1h 41m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Why Watercolors?..Inspiration!

    • 3. Materials

    • 4. Demo 1: Dancing Brush

    • 5. Demo 2: Fluffy Trees

    • 6. Demo 3: Loose Flowers and Leaves

    • 7. Demo 4: Night Glow

    • 8. Demo 5: Clouds

    • 9. Demo 6: Tape Shape

    • 10. Demo 7: Very Berry Stamp

    • 11. Big Project

    • 12. Your Task

    • 13. Final Thoughts

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In this class, I’ll show you 7 different techniques to level-up your watercolor skills. Each one takes no more than 10 minutes and can be applied to painting skies, loose flowers, trees and much more. Regardless of your style this deceivingly easy looking techniques make a huge difference.

 As a result, we’ll create a final watercolor artwork combining several techniques we’ve learned along the way.

This class is for you if you’re a beginner and want to learn effective techniques to make quick progress.If you’re a professional or you’ve been painting for a while, I’m sure you’ll find some helpful insights too.

Lessons include:

  • Materials overview
  • History of watercolors and Inspiration
  • Abstract brush warm-up
  • Painting fluffy trees
  • Painting clouds
  • Painting loose flowers and leaves
  • Crafty stamp technique
  • Creating a big final project


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1. Intro: Hi, my name is [inaudible] and I'm a professional illustrator living in Berlin, Germany. But today we're in a city that needs no introduction. I think you already guessed, we are in Rome, the Eternal City. It's the only place where you can find the most important artworks of Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Raphael, great masters of Italian Renaissance, and this where we find inspiration for today's class topic, watercolor secrets. Have you ever looked at a watercolor painting and thought, oh, that looks so easy, I can do that? But when you start painting, the result looks completely different from the image in your head. That happened to me so many times, and that's why I've created this class. In this class, I'll show you seven different techniques to level up your watercolor skills. Each one takes no more than 10 minutes and can be applied to painting skies, [inaudible] flowers, trees, and much more. Regardless of your style, this deceivingly easy looking techniques make a huge difference. We'll start with just a simple combination of two, three colors and then move forward to the more complex artwork. We'll also dive into a brief history of watercolors and get inspired by Michelangelo's artworks in Sistine Chapel and imaginative landscapes of William Turner. As a result, we'll create a watercolor artwork combining several techniques we've learned along the way. This class is for you f you're a beginner and want to know an effective techniques to make a great progress. If you're a professional or you've been painting for a while, I'm sure you'll find helpful insights in this class too. I'm happy to see you join me, and we've got really awesome give away this time. Just follow me here on Skillshare by pressing the button above and post your project in the project gallery before end of January for a chance to win a [inaudible] watercolor set from French manufacturer. I think we're ready. But before we start creating, let's take a few moments and just feel the unique magical charm of the Eternal City. 2. Why Watercolors?..Inspiration!: So why watercolors? Why is it so special? Let's dive into a brief history of the medium and take a look at some inspiring images I've prepared for you in the studio. Welcome to the studio and here we go. The watercolor tradition dates back to the primitive man. It was discovered as a cave paintings of the place called Lascaux in modern France. It includes examples from many cultures in the east and in the west. With continued debate, the age of the paintings is estimated at 17,000 years. In the cave paintings, the most famous themes are images of wild animals. It's banded was fingers, sticks and balls. Look what's exciting for us. The pigments used are red and yellow ocher hematite, and charcoal. The ones which were still used today. The pigments such as ochers and siennas, came from Earth and were used by ancient Egyptians to paint on the scrolls. The medium, in the modern sense, developed in the Far and the Middle East. It was associated with calligraphy, which is pretty popular today. During the Middle Ages, monks of Europe used water-based paints to create illuminated manuscripts. These books were considered the major form of art. I highly recommend checking them. The most famous one is called the Book of Hours. Throughout the renaissance, painters worked in Fresco technique to create large wall paintings, like the most famous Fresco of Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel of the Vatican City. I'm sure you've seen this iconic image before. What do we have next? The paper industry in Europe and this availability, led to painting as an independent activity. Da Vinci and Michelangelo, and then the younger artists, Albrecht Durer, reached new levels of achievement. The German painter is often considered the father of modern watercolor painting. From the 17th century, the School of watercolor is a worldly followed tradition. This is the work of my favorite British painter William Turner. He pioneered watercolors used in large format landscape painting. He established watercolor as an independent nature painting medium, as we know it today. I hope this exciting history inspired you. I'm still amazed that we live in a time where we can use so many paints and pigments which were not available in the past. So let's use them. Join me in the next video to check out the materials. 3. Materials: Welcome back. We'll use different watercolor materials for this class. There is no need to have everything, just train with what you have at home. You don't have to buy expensive art supplies, especially for practicing. But if you want to take it more serious, I suggest you invest in a good watercolor brush. The paint itself is less important. What do we have here? Watercolors. I use paints and it somehow works better for me and saves time. I just spray it with water and we're ready to go. Just like this, very easy. Brushes. I use so-called French style brush. Why French? It's longer than the usual one and it has a special fixing which allows it to absorb more water. Another one is flat wash brush for making small squashes. The third one is affordable synthetic brush, number 2 with a fine tip. Paper tape. It's pretty light so it won't damage the paper. The paper. I think 100 percent cotton works best. But it's not necessary at all. Just make sure the paper is thick enough to hold the paint and water. Now we'll also be working on watercolor sketchbook, and don't forget the paper towels. Now that we have all the materials ready, join me in the next video to learn more about the first technique. I can't wait to start. 4. Demo 1: Dancing Brush: Let's start exploring. I'll be working straight on the paper path. The paper sheets are bonded together so I don't need any tape to hold it. Let's take a french brush and fill it with a lot of water. Now, I'm making chaotic movements in different directions like this. I hardly touch the paper. This technique is stolen from calligraphy and can create really beautiful texture. We'll make Greek bold movements all over the place without any borders. Now let's take some yellow paint, and using the same movements, add it to our wet surface like so. You get to work all this technique of dance and brush. The paint is spread and beautiful on the surface. Some more color. There are no borders so just paint how you feel it, here and there. Then we'll add some contrast color. Let's add red color, and we'll add it using the same fashion. Choose the color combination that you love, and I promise you'll be happy with the result. You can't make a mistake. It's a very rewarding exercise. It helps to feel the brush and it leads to confident professional lines. I slightly touch the paper like this, and different brushes can create different patterns as you can guess. It can change the angle, the speed, anything. I just move freely, and add strokes here and there where I feel like it. We almost finished the first one. Beautiful abstraction. Well, the first one is ready, and let's repeat the painting using small brush and three colors. I'm starting in the same manner. The movements are Greek and chaotic. It's easier to work with a smaller brush. Then I'll be adding color. Now, I think I'm ready to add yellow, a bit lighter yellow, cadmium lemon, and now the red paint. Spread it beautifully. What else will look beautiful? Something darker, like violet. We're creating beautiful abstraction with very personalized brush strokes. It's like a handwriting, very unique. I'm changing the angle, the speed, everything. You can add different color combinations and experiment. I think we're ready. I'm happy with the result, and we can move forward to the next technique. 5. Demo 2: Fluffy Trees: Welcome back. This time, I've already prepared the surface on the plastic path. The paints are ready for our winter forest. With a pencil I'm making a slide sketch of the composition. Just to mark where the objects are. A hill, and here comes a Christmas tree. Another one, it's a very rough sketch. The third one, some bushes and horizontal line. Now the wash brush comes into play. We fill it with water and cover the surface, but we stopped before the hills. Carefully avoiding the border. Carefully just like this. We cover all of the sky and trees and spread in the water. We can check is everything okay. Now let's take some indigo paint and create the wash. I'll be using only one color in this practice. We can control the paint movements. Now we should wait a little bit till the paper becomes wet and only then will start drawing our fluffy trees. I'll be using the same indigo paint, so the result is more obvious. Now, let's see if it's wet enough. Well, we need some time, but we're really busy. Let's use a hairdryer. Be careful this sound. Here it comes while the paper is slightly wet. We add the bushes with a fine tip like this. They'll look fluffy and organic. You can imagine painting any shape. With tiny brush strokes we create these bushes. To smoothen the lower line, let's smoothen it with clear water. We'll wash it like this. Very effective technique. Here comes the Christmas tree. You see I'm building it up like a pyramid. With a bold brushstrokes. Easy, very simple shape. You can paint it as detailed as you like. Now the second one with the same movements, just like a pyramid. It is growing. The top of the tree. Another layer. The third one, it will look more transparent and be distant. I think [inaudible] the border afterwards also. Small details. Tiny elements. The tip, that's my favorite part. It's fluffiness look so beautiful. I think it's time to smoothen the lower border like we did last time. With a clear water. Like so. That's right. Now let's put some water on the snow to make the illusion of depth. With the same indigo paint, I'll add just a couple of bold brush strokes like this and this. I know it looks scary but don't be afraid. It looks very bright now, but it will change. You can make it even brighter. You can smoothen it up with a wash brush. I'm making it even brighter. We can add some fine details when the paint is almost dry. Fine tip. A little branches. After I had lots of small details, but it's totally up to you. There are still some place we can use. I think let's put some water here and add tiny strokes. It will add additional interest to our artwork like this. Like we did two times before. I think we use this dryer machine one more time. It'd be easier to remove the tape afterwards. Yes, it helps to remove paint really easy. Here's my favorite part. I'm sure you know this part is so satisfying. [inaudible] off the tape. We are almost done. This is it. Where we have beautiful result. I think we're ready to move forward. 6. Demo 3: Loose Flowers and Leaves: This file is special for me. We'll work with my new sketchbook friend. Here I've found pre list sketches. Again, some brush. Now let's start with painting some flowers, Chrysanthemums. Let's pick some light, cheerful color and begin. To paint, we should imagine at the center point of the painting and all brush strokes should move toward it like this. Now let's pick a darker color to paint inside petals. We are always moving to the middle and the line should be thinner at the end. Just like this. That's right. Really easy. Like this. Let's try one more time. This time we'll start with red and we're moving to the middle, like we did before, and now let's add some gray to create the illusion of depth. Grey works perfectly for it. Some dark petals at the central point, and also here, why not. Like this. Our next flower is called Fuchsia, as the color. Let's start with this too, soft, brushstrokes. Full body brushstrokes, one more time, like this. Now let's take red paint and add two petals moving outside the center. Just like so. Also, it can create interesting effect by changing the brush angle and pressure like this. Look. I'm changing the pressure and the angle at the same time. Now with a fine tooth brush, let's paint the long elements add some dots, it looks really beautiful. Here and there. Now how about using green paint and add in the stem? Very, very slightly, like this. Since we're in a green mood, it's time to practice some of these. I'll make some dark green with a bit of indigo. It's really beautiful combination, you should try it for sure. Like we did with Fuchsia, use of the full brush body, we make two strokes. I change the pressure of the brush to create this beautiful effect. Like this. It's a very, very rewarding technique. Now I'll be experimenting by changing the angle and the direction. I think more of indigo can really deepen the painting like this and now we can train to paint stems. Don't forget the red essence at the end, let's repeat what we've learned in one composition. Starting with Fuchsias, why not. How I love to make this brush strokes even without any composition, it's just such a pleasure. In the petals, you'll feel more confident every time. Try changing the angle, the pressure, this bead, anything according to your style. The tiny details, the movement, the rhythm of illustration, everything is up to you. Add in some dots, mix green, wear all of the masters of leaves, you can use any color combinations, wear unexpected ones. After the leaves are dry, we'll add some more details with just indigo paint and just fill in the space of the notebook. Tiny color essence and I think the leaves are almost dry, and we can paint some small details very loosely, I slightly touch of the paper, this is a bit Chinese manner like good book prints. That's right. Tiny details, more of dots are here and I think we're almost ready, yes, we are ready to move to the next technique. 7. Demo 4: Night Glow: Welcome back. Now I'm going to show you very, very quick and very, very magical technique. I'll use a mix of cobalt blue and indigo. These paints are pretty thick, and that's great for our purpose. I am preparing the mix, it can be just a pure indigo or pure cobalt and I throw the paint right on the background. I'm already enjoying the process. It could have been just a finished painting for me actually. I'm putting several layers, I have a deep, deep blue color. Now, let's take a clean brush and some cognome lemon paint with enough water of course. Some water, and drop it on our background, like so. Here starts the magic, do you see? Because the paint is thick enough, it moves another paint and creates this magical surreal effect, like a Starry Night by Van Gogh. Such a big playground for experiments. You can add more paint with a bigger brush, or with this one, you can paint different shapes, I've got a glowing effect without using any whites, which is awesome. The paper is getting dry and we can try to experiment with different brush strokes. I'll take the French brush to add more paint, and it will behave differently if the surface is wet enough or dry enough, and we can even make some lines like these, and don't forget that you can control how the paint behaves, how it moves, like this, try to experiment, I really can't wait to see your projects come. You're such a creative people and I'm always surprised and delighted to see them. More paint. Now, let's try and get some white. We dry the brush, and now we try to lift up the paint. We use clean water, well, we're relatively keen and we lift up the paint to see the white of the paper. We clean the middle of our glowing spots. You may want to use the bigger brush, I think. We're lifting the paint and see the white of the paper. Our paper is thick enough to handle all these experiments, that's right. You may also use some help of a paper towel, like this, let me show you. A little piece of paper towel like this and you lift up the paint easily. Such a big playground, right? Can't wait to see your experiments. Meanwhile, let's move forward. 8. Demo 5: Clouds: Happy to see you again. Now we'll try very effective way to paint clouds. I've already prepared the paper using a tape. Now I'm going to sketch a horizontal line. Now, using the wash brush, I'm apply in some water on the sky. Makes sure it's enough water. I'm covering only the part where the sky is. You can check if the whole surface is covered. While it's still wet, I've checked everything. We are applying the color. Just choose your favorite blue. We're paint the skies and avoiding the clouds. I'll add some indigo on top for a dramatic effect. You don't have to do it. I just like how it looks like. Don't think too much, just have fun. It will look beautiful anyway. Some color here. Don't forget to leave the clouds untouched. We can control how the paint moves, this direction or this directions. Now the interesting part, with a paper towel, quickly, we're lifting up the clouds. Quickly, quickly, while it's still wet. Like this. Don't be afraid you won't spoil anything. Just lift up the paint all over the sky surface. You can use tiny pieces or these big pieces of paper. It doesn't matter. It will just change the shape of the cloud. It's almost it. I mean, the paint will do the rest. We worked through the whole surface. Exciting effect, isn't it? Now you know the sky secret. With the slight touches, I'm lifting up the paint here and there. You can even create texture. You can even move this paper towels like a windy skies or whatever. I'm like sculpting the shapes of the clouds. You can change the towel. One is already covered with paint. A new one. Some slight touches here and there. Texture, very interesting texture. Everything is very wet. Now, we may want to use the scarry machine to make everything dry. I would leave everything like that, but why not finish the painting? Let's add some water and when it's a bit dry, paint the field. [inaudible] I'll be using olive green and some earth dominance. You can use any earth hues, any colors you love. It's just the way the field looks to me. I am mixing different earth tones together in a pretty much random mix. Love the contrast of these two colors. Now let's put some water here, like we did with fluffy trees demo, right here. With some green color we can add some interest. We can add green to the field afterwards also. This fluffy bushes, trees in the distance look very beautiful. Now, we can add green in the field. Just a couple of strokes. Now I'm going to show you that trick. Really effective one, but also fun. Are you ready? Then using your nails, just scratch the paint off the paper. Of course you don't have to use nails. Just some old bull pen or a pencil or some stick, but nails work perfectly too. This is very interesting effect. Afterwards I think we can add some earth tones like sienna, so some dried ponds and let it dry. Yes. All right. I just can't stop and I decided to add some white strokes using white gouache and it will look beautiful, just see for yourself. With a fine brush, I'm adding strokes here and there. Tiny pieces. Nice contrast. Random strokes, and I feel that something is still missing, so why don't we add yellow. Put some water here so the paint will spread beautifully, and add some yellow. It's bright enough, but you can mix it with white gouache if you want. For better. I won't do it right now. Some distant yellow highlights. The most rewarding part. I was waiting for it. Peeling off the tape. Careful, careful. Lets not spoil the painting at the last moment. Stick it in. What a fine landscape we've painted. Tell me in the next video. 9. Demo 6: Tape Shape: Welcome to the most crafted technique. You can see small pieces of paper tape. I'm going to make a sketch on it and cut it out afterwards. My plan is to make a painting with a bird on a very bright background. Instead of using maskin fluid, I'm creating the shape of a bird to put on paper. Just watch my process. I'm sketching the bird and then I'll cut it out. I'm creating just a basic shape of a bird. You can cut it out with a cutting knife or with scissors. I carefully work on the shape. Here is my bird. Lets carefully save here from this surface. Very carefully like this. Now rest here for a while, and here is our working surface. Now I'm sketching the composition very very lightly, just some branch with flowers. Then I will put our bird where it fits, then find all the painting's fair dealing in this class in the class project section.Let's put our bird into place, like this. Very carefully fixing it here. Yeah, I think it's enough. Now I'm all into thinking about wash brush. Let's take it and cover the whole, whole surface with water. There is no reason to be afraid cause out here its very well protected. We can cover the whole surface very appropriately. Again, all of you think of the color I'm going to be using. I'm working on the wet surface. Let's check if it's wet enough. No dry spots and let's add some bright color like yellow. The paper is still wet so the paint is spreading evenly on the surface and very beautifully. Lets take a lot of paint. Now it's time to think of contrast color. Let's add some red. You can use the colors you love. Two colors will be just enough for a beautiful effect. Some more paint. Now lets smoothen everything with a Porsche brush. Its one of my favorite techniques. Let it dry. It's time to paint our little branch. I'm thinking deep green paint maybe mix a couple of greens and smoothly sketch the branch. I'm using the strokes we've learned in the demo three of the class. It was about painting those flowers and leaves. I hope you saw it. Those brush strokes, some green mix. We can add some bright points of interest afterwards for the red. Just a couple of strokes. I think it's enough. Now It's a scary time to work with our main character. I'm peeling off the tape very carefully. We will have just the white silhouette. That's right. I'll sketch just a couple of details, like feathers, a wing, Maybe eyes, very lightly. Now I'll take just a couple of seconds to think what I'm going to do next. I think I'll use two three colors like ochres and greens, and some dark outline. Yeah. I'll start with just Luke with some loose strokes and define some main elements. Very, very light strokes. I don't want to have super detailed. Not this time. Some more orange, beautiful mix. To save time, I think I'll use hairdryer again. Continue with painting details. I'll be using my favorite indigo color. Starting from the top left part, I'll be working on main details. Starting with the base, if I may say so. Some feathers, of course the wing. Loose brushstrokes. Very easy lines. Tiny, tiny feathers here. Very very tiny. Of course, don't forget the tail. It looks very very graphic. With the big, big strokes. That was my plan. This is it. Also lets move forward to the next exciting technique. 10. Demo 7: Very Berry Stamp: Welcome back. Now this is where we'll get really crafty. Look at these objects to make a stamp. You'll need something with around tip like this, a sponge with a holder, or a pencil, or anything. Now I'm taking the French brush and adding plenty of water to our paper. Just some abstract shape for our Ashberry will work in a very loose manner, and now it's time to wet the color. The magic is already happening, adding color here and there, so beautiful pattern. Now let's add some red, we are going to mix it. Some shades of red and work with a brush how you feel. I love to see how the paint is spreading and mixing is so satisfying and why don't we get experimental and see red paint would flow. It can lead to a unique and all unpredictable effects like these or like this. No fear, just play a little bit. That's right. Now let's dry our surface and move forward. Now it's time to prepare some paint for our stamp, you're going to need different shades of red or the color you like. Make sure it's wet enough and that's enough I think and then we take our stamp or a pencil or what you have at hand, paint berries. You can press the full surface or make the circular motions so we can achieve different effects. I really encourage you to experiment, using different pressure. I randomly paint berries. Now, I'll actually paint some berries with the brush and just pick a color I like, and paint like this. Some are bigger, some are smaller, and different shapes. Just a random choice where I put the berries. You can even paint some distant berries. Just how you love it. I think it's time to stamp more berries. By the way, I'm also using this technique in my classroom on modern folklore. You should really check it out if you like this style. Working through the whole surface. I think I'll add some leaves, Green would look beautiful and the painting with loose brush strokes. It's not a pure green there's a bit of mix. Some mixed red, or other shades. Loose brush strokes, we're just fit on the surface of our paper. Beautiful contrast of complimentary colors and then dry it. [NOISE] Now, let's take a small brush and lets have details. With a dark green, I'll define berries. Just a little bit are paint some small crosses or maybe shapes from one side. I won't get too detailed. Just from one side it can be enough to recognize the Ashberry like this. It's easier to paint bigger berries, of course, and now I wanted to take white wash and add some more details. It can can be of course, white ink, liner, marker, or anything. I don't think the brush and well-defined some shapes. This time with white the same berries. Just some random strokes can look beautiful all, some white spots very randomized, and actually I want to add more leaves. I just feel I need to edit. Somewhere here, let me show you. Right now i have there something was missing. We've learned so much. I think we are ready for our big final project, so join me in the next video. I can't wait to start work on it. 11. Big Project: Welcome to the big project part. We have everything prepared and let's start with a pencil sketch. I am planning a horizontal line somewhere here, like this. Here comes the mountain. I'm making very rough sketch, and define highlights. Here we'll have a three branch with flowers. As you can guess, I have already prepared the tape shape of the flowers like we did in demo six of the class. You can see them on the left. So this is the place. Now I am putting this tape shapes carefully on the paper, I'm working on the corners. Another one. You don't have to be very precise. Now let's take a wash brash, and color everything with water. Of course, avoiding the mountain. The water is not super clear, but it's okay with us. Now, I'll flower separate the exit, and we're covering the whole surface carefully avoiding the mountain. Now, I need to put some water on the bottom, like this. Let's check if we have enough water. I think it's enough, and it's time to add some colors. I'll use the same color combination as we did in domestics. So I'll take bright yellow and red. Let's smoothen it with the wash brush, and think I need to correct the mountain shape a bit with water, like this. Let's try and put on this color on our mountain. It will be indigo mountain. Time to paint water, and I'm starting with indigo. Already thinking how I will add red shade afterwards. It's almost made up, like this. While everything is still wet, we'll create clouds. Do you remember like we did in demo five. We quickly take paper towels, and lift enough to paint like this. We're recomposing the shapes according to our conversation. Behind the flowers, you may need a smaller piece. You can play with the shape of the paper towel, also to try different texturing. We can even add some reflections on the water like this. Make sure they are flat enough. It's like the reflections of the clouds. Now we need to dry everything. Now I'm putting some water on our future mountain, avoiding the highlights so the paint won't get there. I can't fully avoid it, and cover the whole surface with water. Now using indigo or you can use dark blue, I'm painting the mountain starting with the top. First, I'll be very careful, but then I'll work with more bold strokes. I'm painting some texturing. Just adding another layer. Working through with the brush. Let's smooth en the lower part with a washed brush and clear water. Like we did many times before. Like this, and you can also do this interesting effect look. Wait a minute, that's right, this add some depth, that's right. Now, the scary part, it's time to uncover the flowers, I'm sure they're very safe. Let's peel off the tape very carefully. Now, I think it's time to pick a nice round shape and feed it with different earth tones, can be sienna, ocher or just deep brown, dark brown. [inaudible] Love the painting, the brushes, the big brown shape on top of our composition. With very loose movements, I'm sculpting this shape right over the clouds. We're painting really freely, branches. I also have to add some additional hues, like red. We can even paint the whole branch with it. I'm painting with a fine tip, you can use a smaller brush if you feel more confident with it, and now, the beautiful part, we paint flowers, pick a color you love. I think you'll guess which is mine, and start painting with very loose strokes. You can make them brighter afterwards. Very light shapes, you can add some more color. The paint is spreading beautifully, we have this beautiful petals and bee quite shapes will left. Now, why don't we add some yellow with a small brush. You can put it everywhere, on the branches, on the mountain, even on the highlights of the mounting. Doesn't have to be in the middle, just some highlights, breast strokes towards the impression. We have some space here and I'm putting water on it. With indigo, we'll grow some distant trees and bushes like we did before. Like this. We're controlling the paint like we did in demo 2 of this class. They are growing pretty fast. Let's direct the movement. Now let's move from the border with clear water and wash brush. The next thing will be to add details with a small brush. I'll bend the water, and I'm taking this small brush and add some small details, very random. Just some random strokes, using the same color, very easy. Now it's time to work on the water surface. Let's put some additional water on it. It's not very clear, but it's used as perfectly, the shade of indigo. While the surface is still wet, I am putting flat random strokes with deep indigo like this. I'm layering the flat paint. Well, I can't help it, but I want to use gouache, that's right, and that some small details on the dry surface, so I am texturing. Our tree and maybe our flowers, I was thinking about adding petals. Let's see how it goes. I'll start with texturing of the wood. It won't be very detailed. Just a small impression or highlight. Now the gouache is mixed a little bit with indigo, which creates interesting effect and we get this beautiful opaque shade. We'll work in very unexpected manner. Our falling petals look very magical, so I want to have them all over the place like this and maybe even here. Don't be afraid, you can't spoil anything here. It's the painting the impression and just be confident with the alliance and it will look beautiful. After I'm finished with petals, I'm going to put another layer on the mounting. The same indigo color, I bet over here and here, it'll look so lovely, and here, and here, and here. Let's work on additional layer of our mountain, just another detailed one like this. I won't do anything specific, just layer in the paint. Now, I feel that something is still missing. I think let's add the super bright essence with cadmium lemon, what do you think? It's a very opaque paint and you can mix it even with white gouache, so it will be super opaque. What a beautiful contrast. Now I just can't stop. Just the way I paint, you can still whatever you want. Some small details and water. Let's mix it up. We're almost done. Now we need to dry our picture and then peel off the tape. But before, I'll add some tiny, tiny elements here with the mix of cadmium, lemon, and white gouache. Some yellow highlights. This is it. Let it dry. Now, the final touches is not very dry, a bit of the tape, getting rid of this sticky. I think we did a great job. You can paint how you feel. I just wanted to share my process. One more lovely part, let's sign the work. Right here, it's almost done. I'm very happy with the result. It's almost done and join me in the next video to hear about your project and hear some final thoughts. 12. Your Task: I'm happy to see you made it this far. I know it's a hard work and it's much more difficult than it looks. But I'm proud of you, and now you've learned new watercolor techniques. Your task is to create an artwork, to plan at least two methods we've learned in this class. You can repeat our final project or get inspired by something else. Feel free to post your sketches in the project gallery, I'd love to discover your works. You can also post them on Instagram. Just don't forget to tag me so I could feature your work. Now join me in the next video to hear some final thoughts. 13. Final Thoughts: Well, this is it. Well done. It's fascinating to know that here in Rome, in Vatican City, Michelangelo painted his iconic fresco, the last judgment, using the same paints and thickness we're still using today. I hope the class inspired you and you'll post your project in the project gallery, and of course, continue learning. Make sure you follow me on Skillshare so you'll be notified about future classes. I'm also on Instagram where I'd love to feature your artworks, just don't forget to tag me. I also share some behind the scenes of my work as a commercial Illustrator and some personal projects. If you like the class, please leave a review, it's very important in this Internet world. You can also check my other classes on Monotype, the technique is fantastic. Linocut for children's book illustration, pattern design, modern folklore, commercial fashion illustration, inks, and more to come. Thanks so much for joining me. Don't forget about give way, and let's keep this magic with us. See you next time.