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Watercolour Brushes & Brush Strokes

teacher avatar Esther Peck

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (54m)
    • 1. Intro to the Brushes I Used

    • 2. How to Maintain & Store your Brushes

    • 3. Round Brush & Brush Strokes

    • 4. Triangle Brush & Brush Strokes

    • 5. Flat Brush and Brush Strokes

    • 6. Angle Brush & Brush Strokes

    • 7. Stippler/Deerfoot Brush & Brush Marks

    • 8. Filbert Grainer & Brush Marks

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About This Class

In this class, I am introducing a few types of brushes that I used frequently and also showing you the brush strokes and brush marks that they made. They are
Round brush
Triangle brush
Flat brush
Angle brush
Stippler/Deerfoot brush
Filbert Grainer

I hope you will be able to learn some basic strokes from here and try them out to explore different subjects that you like to paint.

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Esther Peck


Hello, I'm Esther. 

I have always enjoyed art from a very young age. My first form of proper arts education started at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore), where I took a course in Western Art. I have since held various roles in the art industry such as an Assistant Art Director, to a freelance graphic designer later on in my career.

In 2015, I took an interest to watercolour and brush calligraphy, picking up the skill on my own. My background as a graphic designer has helped me create artwork, designs and publishing. I have published 2 books - ‘Lush & Blooms’ and ‘A Guide to Floral Watercolour’ and my second book was sold out within 4 months! I had reprinted my book, ‘A Guide to Fl... See full profile

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1. Intro to the Brushes I Used: Hi, I'm s the peck. Alter to a great the floral watercolor and lash and blues. And I'm better known that Instagram s the pack too. In my book, a guy to float or what? The color. I introduced a few types of brushes, the sites around brushes which are used often in my own night classes. Some other brushes which I use often for paintings, are triangle brushes, Fred brushes and good brushes. And today I'm going to show you some other brushes that are used for corny like super greener stapler. Mrs. Showing knew what kind of stocks that these brushes can create. I will teach you how to keep I'm protected brushes. I would like to just show you some off the strokes that I create the round brushes. I will be going through with you the three basic strokes with round brushes. So I just picked through these pages quite quickly. Jobs believes they can create. But of course, in this class I'm not able to show you so much. Probably justice strokes. They quickly cherry blossom and animal needs which have covered in my own night classes two and grows this too Peonies In another on my class and trying a brush which I can create a few strokes to leave stroke. We agree. Leave strokes and you see that with the Leafs trips, I create some other basic flowers. Jerry Bresson, too. Hydrangeas. We Greeley strokes. I create flowers like this status and even peonies and Fred brushes like this Silver fret I create two means should the stroke do Tony if stop and friendship stroke and I create pretty is that these which I will be showing you two made in half from a very pretty lease Carnations. As I said, I won't be able to show you so many Florence. But basically this class is about teaching you how to create the strokes of me Ping with anger brush. This is an anger brush and for anger brush, I create three main basic leave strokes, basically strokes to 20 strokes. Fan check. So and I'm able to create a pretty rules. It's like this. This is the basic strokes Haijun GIs and I hope to be able to teach this in my next online class too. Something quite creative in this way. So I hope you will come back to learn with me this basic strokes. See you soon 2. How to Maintain & Store your Brushes: we'll come back for today's lesson. I'm going to teach you how to kick and protect the brushes. Most of us, after using our brushes for a while we find our brushes are not in good shape like this. I use a brush screener to preserve my brushes. Most of the time, I watched them with clean water. And I'm gonna show you for restoring at this that it's a little bit but how you can make them shut the kid. So I lost my breath and with this brush screen A and preserver, I just wrap it on this soup base and you tried to tame your brush is very soapy. Do a tip like that. This brush has been with me for quite a while and I have painted. So I leave it this way I can put it in sight. Mind the job to let it dry. So something for these is a little bit. Yeah, not as shut us before. So I greens again and is very easy. I suppose you can get this online. And if you're not able to get this, I can suggest that you buy a white suit and you just name it to a shock tip like this. And you live it here. This one is very open. Can you see? I am very wash it. And you, Tim? It now is shut and you leave it there to drive. Kick this brush. It's a little bit greenish. Let me show you. There something how you get rid off this If you try to clean it water, I suppose it will come up, but there's still a little bit here. So I used this brush cleaner and on my palm Can you see the green paint that come up? So I managed to clean off the green Pinez at the flora and off the brush. So again, if you want to take your brush, you use thes p because shut again. So next one and so you can go on and on to clean your brush to check family. And these brush it is dirty. I just need to use my brush screen out, clean it. So I hope you love about this technique. So if you find that your brushes are a little bit not in the good condition, you can try this technique. This is how I stole my brushes. After washing, I put them in a job to let it dry. After my brushes that dry, I will keep them in the pouches like this. And when I travel, I just put them in the simple case like this in the craft pouch to be protected. Make sure that the pouch is polar than your brushes and your Russia's will not get bend it . So I usually travel simple, carrying pouches like this only. 3. Round Brush & Brush Strokes: Hi. It's good to see you back again. So for today's class, I'm going to teach you how to use round brushes and a Lina. I'm sure that you know round brushes quite a bit, but I'm going to show you some of the sizes that I used more often. Most of my classes. You see that? I use them it. And six more often. And maybe the number two line A. Okay, So I'm showing you this Miska leader sizes first and then later the strips. What you're seeing today is the exercises, as in comparison, can use any colors for today. That's why you see the idea. Until about structures and anything we can use any colors that we have. So I'm loading my number number 10 round brush fully loaded to show you, Miss Goody, I would not be talking about stock for us, but to just show you how big these trucks are is a big one. So there you go. Number 10 and I'll show you number it lonely fully. Again. How big number it is as comparison to number 10 and they go. I have another one. Number six. Number four. I seldom use There's only four is very small floors, so this s more as it goes. And for Lina, I use it for my details. Of course, number two Atticus aligned because I don't really use line a debt much. So these are the five sizes that are used quite frequently for the basic strokes. I'm using them a round brush and I'm showing you how to hold this brush the angle. I call this anger 75 because from the surface this is 90 degrees So back to 75 degrees I hold my brush this way. I have a full load off pain full of pain means this way. And holding my brush begin from the tip, Putu was you press and decrease pressure and back to the tip again. So this is a very slow motion. I do a 1st 1 right? I'm trying to see why my brush This probably went a of the brushes, Costis. So I call this, uh, leave stroke. The strong move this way at pressure in here and then in here. So now I show you another one. Call s stroke extra. Again. I hold my brush about 75 degrees from surface start with the teen shock this way and I press and I turned to my right and I go back to the left. So I have a strong You just see the angle start from here. Go this way and 10. So I called Liza a stroke. He's They're very fuel Flora's that I teach with a stroke. So basically trumpet floors and bluebells so I can form something like this. Very simple is in my book to So I won't be teaching a lots of extra Pierre and the next one that uses common stock, which I teach quite a lot in most of my classes. So if you have joined my online classes, you probably know quite a bit for this one. I hold my brush a little bit lower, so it's about 30 to 40 degrees. I press my brush down and I turn. You make around hate and then you turn. So this is this thesis under left siring. So if I turn it towards my right is a little bit more difficult as a right hander, which I mentioned a lot of times in my class, so I kind of turned my people it a bit again. I'm a into around hit thing. I don't have enough people Pick up more pain round pick and you turn So it's a little bit awkward, though. The straw This one Because I stopped somewhere. Yeah, let me go back and I turn. So if the common stock, um able to create quite a lot of flowers as I shown earlier on in my intro class, what other flowers that I could paint. So I hope that we have these basic leaves strokes that you learn You're practice and you will come back with different kind of flowers that you can learn Or you can go back to my own night classes to learn with me Withdraw brushes. I taught cherry blossoms my feel of floors and leaves classes My roses class and I use round brush to teach these flowers. So I hope you're practice and I see you in my next class 4. Triangle Brush & Brush Strokes: we'll come back. So for today's class, I'm going to teach you how the whole and create basic strokes with trying the brush. So I would like to emphasize that in this class I'm not really teaching you how to paint the flowers, but to create the strokes. So the basic strokes that I'm teaching, uh, this beef strokes relief strips with big relief stops. We can create studies and pew knees and I'll show you my floors with the wig really stops. I teach my students out of pence peonies with the leaf strokes. I create high gingers Christmas Flores with the big relief strokes, I create my own flowers. Staties, peonies, puny. Is that this? And this one And I even tried to paint this pureness. So, basically, for this class, I just want you to learn how to use this brush and try to produce different floors of your own. So let me get started with this. I'll show you how to hold a brush. First survey story I have to brush is on me, the M and the S triangle brush and I used silver ruby certain triangle brush before. I guess that I will. I would like to show you how trying go brush look like a triangle Brushes tree size que and how we ho is this way If you can see clearly with this site phasing me now I looked a brush to show you That's how I look My brush become my brush fully This is quite a fully loaded brush And show you how I hold my brush With the sharp tip pointing towards me and this anger turning to these anger he most of the time I was showing my student and on my boat to joy up to show This is how you hope I would join up this week. This is my brush. I know that with blue this is the shot point. So if the shop point pointing towards you okay. And about 45 degrees you press pullin press brought Stop to us you press towards you and then you go back. This a better one. So with the shop tipped to us, you you press and down and go up again. Okay, This stroke look easy, but you need some practice at pressure and then release and you go up. So you have a really strong. Can you need to practice how to get this so normally in a workshop when I'm teaching pain with triangle brush, I have to let my students practice this for about half an hour thing. So now I'm sure you knew how to load it with two colors. This is one color. So with my brush fully lot with several m brood, I would like the truth. A very different color, which is a doctor popper. So I have to color actually here. I just want to activate this a little bit so they can get so before that I think you should try out for us. But first you have to remember how to hold a brush. So I get two colors. Yeah, Same thing again. Press and you go. This is less off the purpose. So I will wash my brush again. So each time when you want to create this talk, I'm afraid you have to wash your brush. Let's try one more time fully Not your brush with boots. Not it. Fully this blue and you go to the papa. I want to look a bit more so that I can have a more popular So now I have more popular. But this time round, you see that the Grady INTs are very divided. How to blend the two colors together? I have to wash again so that I can do a nice one. So after washing again, I have to dry my brush like gently on the tower. And I lost my blue again, and I have about about half of it on half off. The people pull on mine triangle brush, and I blend it this week gently. Just don't blend too long, or else you might lost all the pin day and you get better ingredients, right? So can you can always try again and again. So there's lots of stroke that you can create with this brush. Stroll one to just playing with this straw later and later. Yeah, so you can do that. Okay. But most of the time, when I'm painting a five pepper flora, I actually just can't do this. So I'm not really going to teach you how the pain floor, because it's going to take a long time. So basically, I'm just introduced you how to use this brush. So but just a very quick one I can achieve. Pin it this way. You have the pain of five petals. You can just turn Create the $5 a day and turn Turn 10. Just get the purple here because it is do wet. So I hope you can practice these first talk first. And then later I will show you how to paint So you can get a flower. Hopefully, yes. And the lease with the same technique that I show you earlier on. So hold them this way. This way, with more practices, you're able to know how to pin with this anger this angle descend the Yeah, but yes, that many Nick practices. Next time I'm going to teach you Easter Relieves took is very similar to the leaf stroke. And I'm going to look the pain again just with one color and holding the brush about 40 to 45 degrees with the checkpoint off the brush, pointing to lets me again and I Persia and I just kind of press a broad stroke. You can see he's a brushstroke and I regard the brush bid. Yeah, I will be using a pin one this time A doctor more on Carla perhaps look buggy so you can create lots of different colors trying this hour, me son rise a little bit dry. So with this kind of a paper that you're using cotton people, you have to look quite a lot of pain. Now I have another one. So you just regard and form a irregular ship instead, off this leave struck that pain just go down and and not this week, but this time not pull a little bit to give it a bit of irregular ship. With this, I have few other stocks that I can show you. So with this weekly brushstroke, I would like to show you just a very fast on how you can pain flowers. We greased rubber like this, right? This one I had a little bit a simple status flower. I taught you my book. I agree. And just a little bit off couple. Not too much just pulling that some. And then I continued to create a little bit more and I use a little bit off green. So if this basic strokes that teach you early on the least stop and the weekly leave stop, I hope you can create different flowers So I've been showing you the M size trying a brush . I should also show you how the s size looks like. So we were compared in this way I look my brush again. This is how the M sizes and this home s look like. 5. Flat Brush and Brush Strokes: we'll come back for today's class. I'm going to show you hell to pain. Three different strokes with slept brush leave stroke totally stroke and friendships toe. So firstly, I looked mine Fret brush before full lot off like green I'll start with just a one color leaf with a light green I looked it fully and holding the brush at 75 degrees I began at a toe off the brush I at pressure and slept the brush to us me and any other tcisa each press and t you need to practice this a few times to get used to the fret brush. And now with another stop, I call these two Tony stop. Same you loaded with, like green. And at one corner of the brush, you lot it with set green. And I'm showing, you know, same time. Nick said that I have two colors loaded. I'm gonna play a little bit now. With this brush, you can create Petain's, uh, down, uh, tell again. I had loaded with two colors. One to go up again, uh, forming a pretty pattern. Okay, so with this, you know that you have to really, really? Because the brush stop here. Get very getting a little bit dry here. And if you want, I always say that we can always at again while the pin is due. But I don't like to go over. So this is it. So this is the second stroke. Just right. Click now again so that you can refer it. This is just called a leaf stroke. This is live stroke with two colors or because it a two tone leave stroke and you can create the Petain's. Now I have it turn and that has to call a fan stroke. So I looked my paying with green again like green and half loaded beef The doctor green. And this time I work it this way Press and I regarded the big and any here. Keep main Tucker been didn't come out as much. So I need to add on a little bit more. And I just ended this week. So later on, I probably show a very quick one on how I pain this pretty. Then she leaves can choose this any here. It's kind of guy. I need to turn my paper strain not to turn it. Se ri girl it a bit. So there you go. You see my tree strokes. This is the friendship stroke. And I suggest that you try to practice this tree stocks and form different flowers and we fret brushes. I don't make use of its Don't create my such is so you can see how easy you can use Fred Brush to do this. Me show you. This one is probably about the sisal. You have the yellow You just go over this way and give you a very nice the direct, angular box. And even for this, my landscape piece for my bricks, I also use so depends on the size is that you need is probably smaller than this. So I have different sizes. This and this is about the same. So probably is a size 10 that I use for these bricks. And for something like this, the wood And if my brushes drive like this one, I will not add water to it. So my brushes dry. And if I want to create something like that before Fred brush again, I pull this. We have a bit off, kid. That's good. Carla and I just checked. There is not too wet or too dry, and this is probably quite good. Ready? Pull to create the dry brush stroke. Look off course this car months you have to start from here. So you create that with your fat brush again. So fat brush is very useful in this week. So you see? Do so. I created this stop here and with my very tiny flat brush. I actually create Mom Briggs over here for my painting. Yep. All this. This one is by my number two round brush again. The bricks this week. Yeah, so with the Fred Russia. So I tried to do a wash a small area. I just need to use a number 12 fret brush again. The bricks. I use a small number two fat brush and the stance I pulled this way and the chase. So I used the threat brush quite a lot for my lens, for example, This something I pull for the doors windows, windows. So I have a place that I didn't have way, which I can show you now. So let me get my fret brush. So I have some smaller sizes. Like two and four. They're pretty old, but quite useful. for these and using my number two I checked the size. You see, he said should be about number two. This one should be number four so you can pin your windows. As I said, this class is about teaching you how to use the brush is not a blank skipped class. So I want me teaching. Knew the whole this I'm just showing you how to pages. So just the windows. You have to hold it. You try to end the paper at the right angle. Let me just turn it easier for me to pain. So something like this you can paint even for trying, girl. At this, you can use your Fred rushed to create that too, because the Fred brush can give you this. Jesus h look. And then you just close it up about trying. So this is how I use mine fat brush like this. So I hope you also used a Fred brush to create different design. Different types of flowers? Yeah. Discover more with your brushes. I see you again 6. Angle Brush & Brush Strokes: we'll come back for today's class. I'm going to teach you what other stocks it you can create with anger brush. This is silver crystal angle, and it's half each in brushes, they usually go by inches, and this is a tree inch and go brush, and another one is just a 1/4 brush. I would like to show you the sizes off these brushes and how big the strokes will be. So using my half inch brush. So this one is how 1/2 inch will look like and this is my 3/4 is a lot smaller to one more time, and this is only 1/4. 1/4 is again very small and cute may do just so. The size is a goose me half inch tree quarter inch and 1/4 inch is very similar to how you work with that brush. Except that this brash it has, uh, anger is about Let me see this anger is about maybe a teddy degrees cut off your so you looked a brush and you hold 75 degrees again and before pressure. Actually for anger brush. I think it's a lot easier toe look on with leaves as compared to triangle brush and fit brush. Fred brush is quite good. Fred brushes good for painting high gingers and go brush too. So this is a one toy. So now I create one with true tone Ping and Poppel sailors How I do it for the others Fully loaded. So I looked a bit more I have a bit more purple because I think I'm loading a just little carnality save you one more half half We always do. You get a clean color. I have to wash back again and I get the full load off this and let me get, like, about half that I am getting a little bit more this time. Yeah, I get half Huff. We have a very full load like this. I can walk about a few strokes. So this is there. Do tell me if Stoke and as usual, I have a friendship. Eventually one is more for me to create my roses So I looked it with same pink and purple So I hold my brush with the h facing me This shut h facing me And I work on this way press moving it and and it this week. Okay, So I get a friendship like this for this ship, you have to practice. So this is where I pain for mine roses. So most of you will be very interested to know about this store again. So I have the water a few times. I'm holding my paper. Just no idea than Ho is So my paper is form a bit. This is high. Create this again. As I mentioned, the brush is create this way. So you try to see what other different flowers you can create. It is really up to our own creativity. So this can be one stroke. And sometimes if I have my pin this way, I just had the tip off the brush with some colors. The papo I just create this week just one straw. And then, uh, I can create another stroke. I get a little bit more purple, even for the Fred brush. You can use it this week to create different kind of flowers off course, so you can try out different ways of playing with this thing. I also would like toa teach you this particular leaf, which is quite a challenge to some people. so I thought maybe true. My this video, I can show you a lot of fully with the light green and with the dark green, I go here for Bree a little bit more and contested out on my other people. He looks OK, but sometimes it test too many times the cars can disappear. So we might with my brush holding this way I, Rieger, Rieger, Rieger and I And this week So this time round with my brush holding this way and at the tick down here I go back this way and I ended here. So I have a leaf. I thought this in my class to If you wanted to have a bit more each like that you have to re girl. So I'm showing again. This one is a little bit wet this way they kind of blend together rather So if you wanted to show a little bit more like this, you have to wait for a while Key. So this one also a little bit because my brushes that you quite wet the pain. So if I have less pain like this one, I would be able to show something like this because this is not easy. So I'm showing several times just for you. Toe, bring that something as I. Although I did explain that my this class is not teaching about any flowers or any leaves or whatever. But I thought since I'm anger brush, I would like to just show you a quick one. Once a teacher, always a teacher, you just want to keep teaching some technique to people. This in these try a Vera's. We try a various ways, are painting this more P in less pain, and you will create a lot of leaves. 7. Stippler/Deerfoot Brush & Brush Marks: we'll come back. So for today's class, I'm going to show you the strokes. That stapler, our dear for brush, can create. Let me show you some of the pain things that have done before. I have used a stapler from fulls of teddy bank like this and using a bigger one. I create this one and a Sofala. Just let this Oh, this. And for this bigger one, probably 1/2 inch. And trees like this this'll a form in trees this way. And so now I'm going to show you. See how I create for the basic trees. This is the half inch, this one, my brushes quite wet. Discreet. The very 1st 1 And I used duck. Agree? Now I'm waiting for it to dry a little. And if I wanted to be a little more Ducker, I get even darker green. So this is how I create a tree. Let me go back to explain to you we put brush like this we pick up in from here and we kind of lightly just that So you see the Penis on top here. So this is for the big brush and I'm just showing you with a 38 What kind of strokes? I get space egregious, smaller and, uh, both off. These are the same, except for different brand. This is Cali Canal, and this is Princeton. Personally, I prefer Louis Canal, but this brand is discontinued for a stapler. So now we can only get Princeton all maybe neath n e s. You will get something a bit stiffer with Princeton, but still do about as I always see. You still can create the sheep. This brush is a little bit already, so it's a bit smaller. So we with Princeton is a little bit more open. So the kind of shit that created similar to this size. So probably you can get a smaller one Princeton smaller 11 it to create even smaller desire like this, you have to season your brush. Sometimes they're so this kind off stops. As I said, you can create lots of different other like trees, different colors and Teddy Bess. So, Miss Kelly, I'm Desa in this class. I'm just teaching you how to use your brushes. So I'll be back to teach you with another last brush. See you soon 8. Filbert Grainer & Brush Marks: we'll come back. So for this class, I'm going to show you how a few but greener works. These are the tree sizes that I have. And these are the paintings that are used with a feeble, greener show. You how I work on this full something like this. Work on the phone in a smaller and a smaller one For smaller animals, of course, you use a smaller brush and for the full off the square Oh, I use a bigger brush to create peace. Result is a tiny one. So it is a smaller one that you have to actually work slowly just pulling up. You can actually use up 1/4 but because it's quite open, you can't you just cook them slowly and thats one folks are just kind of work on layer by layer here. Yeah, something like this. Yes. So I'm gonna show you how I mean, just the techniques possible. I was stuck before we go brush to show you the size. So since I'm looking a lot on animals with this brush, our use of brown color and showing you how I in two So it has to be a little bit watery. Same team because we're working on what? Akala. So the brush is a really quite open, not which I like. And to use this brush, you actually cannot be afraid of getting dirty. Yeah, so the for work this way if you look them nicely, this is how it goes. And because the paper is kind of rough, you will get this car looks so usually for painting animals. I like to use a little bit smoother paper like hot pressed paper. You will work better. Sometimes I turn it this week. So we have that. So that is the size, right? So now do different shit I get I get a a bit of a polish back. If the lives looks a little bit dry means you need more water. And again, I would like to emphasize your paper. Or so this one is selling a bit rough. So can you imagine this? Of course. When we paint this site yeah, you have to turn your paper. So he comes with practice too for that and then the smaller one. Of course, you have to work a little bit harder for the smaller one because it's so small if the pain , like a a few rounds, this one is quite so I try to open up a little bit so that anyone is Theis way. So as I mentioned for this particular class, I'm just introducing how to use the brush so that with knowing how to use the brush, you're able to try how to create the falls on your own and teaching animals. I will probably have to be in a separate curse because it's gonna be a long class. So with all the brushes that I have taught you, I hope that you can create something different and to show me what can create, I'll see you soon.