Watercolors for Beginners: Painting Clouds with the Lifting Technique | Bianca Haeck | Skillshare

Watercolors for Beginners: Painting Clouds with the Lifting Technique

Bianca Haeck, Drawing on Inspiration!

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5 Videos (18m)
    • Introduction: Painting Clouds for Beginners

    • Lesson 1: Supplies!

    • Lesson 2: Doing a small test

    • Lesson 3: Doing a full page!

    • Lesson 4: Final thoughts


About This Class

In this class we will learn the quick and easy technique of lifting in watercolors. Lifting is just as it sounds, you use toilet paper, or a soft cloth to LIFT color off the page, in this case, to create the illusion of clouds!


We begin with a quick intro about me, and what we have planned.

You will learn:

  • What lifting is
  • A little bit about me

Lesson 1: Doing a small test

We start the lesson off with using the wet-on-wet technique for painting our first layer of paint in the background, then we immediately add our blue of choice for the sky. Without letting the paint dry, we use some toilet paper to dab and lift up the color to create clouds.

You will learn:

  • How wet-on-wet works
  • How to "lift" color from a wet painting
  • How to remove masking tape without tearing

Lesson 3: Doing a full page!

We move on to a larger sheet of paper to further test color and lifting technique.

You will learn:

  • How to make color layers
  • How to lift clouds from the wet colors
  • How to remove masking tape without tearing

Lesson 4: Final thoughts

We reflect on the lesson and I show ways you can use this technique in future

You will learn:

  • What you can do with your new technique





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Bianca Haeck

Drawing on Inspiration!

I have been an artist from the moment I learned how to wield a crayon as a kid. There was no end to the fascination that a world of color, shapes and ideas could bring! I try to carry that kind of passion into my teaching in the present as well. I like to consider myself a multi-functional artist, as I work in several different mediums. I say "functional" rather than "talented", since I think it's a bit presumptuous to think I alone can say if I have a talent or not :) I love to experiment an...

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