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Watercolour for Beginners #5 A landscape with birds

teacher avatar Doris Charest, Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor

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5 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Watercolour 3 Project 1 The drawing

    • 2. Watercolour 3 Project 1 The sky

    • 3. Watercolour 3 Project 1 The land

    • 4. Watercolour 3 Project 1 The birds

    • 5. Watercolour 3 Project 1 Conclusion and infomercial

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Watercolour is a fun and easy. This course is for the new-to-watercolour and will teach you all about how to start a watercolour painting. Once you learn the basic steps, painting will be a joy. You can complete this course in an hour if you follow the step-by-step process. There are hints and pointers in every lesson. By the end of the series, you should be able to paint in watercolours all by yourself. These are the successful lessons that have been used for beginner students before.  I have chosen my students' favorite lessons show you.  Come and enjoy these lessons too. Upload your version for everyone to see.

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Doris Charest

Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor


Doris Charest - Biography


BED University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

BFA University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

MED University of Alberta, AB

Mixed media is Doris' favorite favorite form of painting . She loves exploring with textures, shapes, and a more contemporary look. Nature and the world around her inspires Doris. Her love of texture won her the Allessandra Bisselli Award and a First Place in a Still Life show with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver. Look for Doris Charest's work in the American Magazine: Sommerset Studio (Summer, 2007) and British Magazine: Leisure Painter. Both feature a three pages of Doris' artwork. She won the Sylvie Brabant award in 2011 for her work in the art community. In 2013 she won First Place for he... See full profile

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1. Watercolour 3 Project 1 The drawing: Watercolor three. Project. One Landscape with birds. This is our little landscape. I love it. It's so simple, but so beautiful at the same time. You have done washes before, so remember you can do this. The first step is the drawing. The drawing is very easy. One horizontal line and one crooked line for the trees. I'm not going to add a pdf this time, so watch the video carefully so you can do it. You are more advanced now. I trust you. You can do this. You can see that all you have is one straight line and one crooked line. So start 1/3 of the way down, make a line and then add a crooked line on top of it. And that's all the drawing you need to do. So do that now and we'll see you in the next section. 2. Watercolour 3 Project 1 The sky: painting the sky, if if a three collar wash. The trick is to mix your paint puddles before you start. Remember, you have to work fast, but you can do this. You've done washes before, and it's going to be easy. Watch the video, see how it's done. Step one. Wet the surface off the paper. Make sure your whole sky is wet. Remember, if the paper is not shiny, it is not wet. You need to add water to those unsure I nie areas. Cover the whole area. Try to stay painting in one direction. If your paper curves, that's a good thing. Remember that. Go right to the edges. You need to get ready. This is going to be a very fast project, so you start with yellow and you just scribble it. Just like that. Not very complicated. Wash your brush. Goto Brandt at a little yellow to make an orange color more like peach and then scribble again. All you need to do is scribble. You don't need to get complicated. See how easy goes on. Wash your brush. Try not to go over the edges. I'm just blending a little more with water. Next step you get blue, you spread the blue in the areas where there's no red or yellow just like that, Remember, cover all the white spaces. You want all the white spaces to be covered with color. Get just getting the last little bits right there. And then you hold your paper up and let the colors blend together. I'm just getting the last bits. There you go, and the colors blend together. When you hold a paper up, I'm just holding up it up in a little angle. Now I went the ground area, so I start with yellow right below where there's yellow, wash my brush. Then I go to the purple and I add purple. I have a little bit of green there, so I mix the purple in the green to make more of a brownie. Earthy color so yellow plus blue equals green, so it's a greenish, kindof earthy color. So this way I am covering the sky and the bottom part. I'm hiding in a little bit because I want the colors to run together. I hold a paper up and then I shut it down. That's it. See you in the next section 3. Watercolour 3 Project 1 The land: adding the land. Remember you need for your paper to dry before you can do this step. If you do this while the sky is wet, the land color will run into the sky and you don't want that. If the paper is cool to the touch, it is not dry. If it feels warm, then you concern so watch the video, see how it's done. So now I have my project. I have the sky in the land that is dry. I'm going to mix a greenish color and I'm going to dry. Brush it on the land. So just makes the color you like. It could be a light green or a dark green. I like it a little darker than what I have. So I add the color on just like that, just dry, brushing it on just a wee bit, adding more color very slowly, trying not to go over the lines. Then I had a little yellow near where the yellow is in the sky, and I add a little orange peach in the areas in near the areas in this kind weathers orange , peach, and so the sky shines through the green bushes in the back, and that's all for this step. So we'll see you in the next section. 4. Watercolour 3 Project 1 The birds: finishing the details. Now in the other projects, you practice skinny lines. You're going to do skinny lines again if you're not sure how to do it or you've forgotten how review the video on making skinny lines. The video is just after this demonstration. Remember that you cannot erase the line, so do it while the first time This is a really easy step. You'll love this. Watch the video. Now you want a dark color. So I mixing a bit of blue with some black, and I make sure that I have a very skinny line. I practice on my paper and then I start. So here I go. So it's like a V, but a little more fluid. V and I add odd numbers of birds. So 357 trying not to add too many. Then you don't see the beautiful sunset or sunrise, whichever one e. I can't decide how many to add. So one more and I'm done, and that's all there is to this step. You've completed the whole project. Now, if there are spots that have too much paint, remember you dry your brush and you take the paint off with your brush, and that's all there is to it. We'll see you in the next section 5. Watercolour 3 Project 1 Conclusion and infomercial: here are the variations on the project. Remember that in water color, it's really difficult to copy anything twice. So depending on the humidity in the air, how you apply the paint, the project will always turn out differently. And here you have three examples off that Congratulations. You have completed another watercolor. Sign your work. You are the artist, and you should be proud of it. Here's a watercolor infomercial. Watercolor painting became popular in the United States in the 19th century. James Audubon is one of the first artists to use watercolor. Also, the Hudson River School and painters like William Bartlett, Thomas Cole and George Harvie loved watercolor. Here are some examples at the bottom. See beautiful colors. It's just awesome. See you in the next section for another project. Bye for now.