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Watercolour for beginners #7 A cabin in winter

teacher avatar Doris Charest, Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor

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6 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Drawing

    • 2. Snow

    • 3. Yellow for the moon

    • 4. The fence posts

    • 5. Trees and details

    • 6. Conclusion

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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. Drawing: a winter cabin. In this video, we're going to learn how to use salt to create a snowstorm, and it's wonderful. You get to see it just bloom in front of you. It's really fun. For this project. You will need watercolors, one paintbrush, paper, water container, paper towel and salt. Just table salt. Nothing fancy. This is to drawing. I include a pdf if in case you're not sure about being able to follow the video. But the video is really good, so I'm sure you can do it at the same time. Now watch the video and see how it's done. Now we're going to draw the horizon line first, then the fence line. So you start about 1/3 of the way up and draw a crooked line. Then you add just very lightly two parallel lines. This is the start of the cabin. Now add half will not a little more than half of a triangle, two sides and then two more parallel lines. Now the angle there will be the Samos that angle, so you make sure that's matched up and in a line for the back wall very carefully. You also add a door or one and one or two windows. If you want, you can add a chimney. I'm not going to, but you can if you like. Remember, there's no snow on the chimney yet because it's going to be hot Next you add a moon could be 1/2 moon quarter moon as you like, or even a full moon, then another crooked line for the fence posts. Then you add fence posts all the way along this line. This the fence posts are going to be in the snow so they don't even have to be very big, just evenly spaced very carefully. And that's all there is. The trees will do later. I'm just tidying up the line so that I can see them when I paint. So this is it. Do this and we'll meet in the next section. 2. Snow: the winter cabin the sky. You will need to work quickly. For this part, wet your whole sky before starting. Add the paint and salt lightly. You need to work fast because if the paint dries, the stool effect cannot happen. So watch the video and try and work really fast. When you do this step wet the surface of your whole paper. Remember the basics. Try to go in the same direction all the time. Trying not to go over the edge is because if the water goes over, the edge is the paint will go over the edges. Look at your paper from the side. If it is shiny, it is wet. If it is not shiny, that's the spot you need to add water. A very wet sky is very important for this step. The weather, the paint, the bigger the snowflakes. So it's very good to make sure to take the time to make it wet. Then you add the paint so you mix your paint, make sure it's liquidy, and then you start. So add a little water mix and apply work really quickly for this step, and you want to cover your whole sky a dark sky looks really nice. You can put more than one color if you like little purple in a little blue a little, maybe even black. Some like to put a little red at the same time are like a pink like a winter sky often has pink. So you designed you've done enough water color Now that you can decide these things, so take your time, make sure the paint is wet and well covered all over the space. It takes a while, so make sure you do that well, so we're get We're getting things done. You go right to the edge. Very goal. One side done around the cabin. Don't go on the cabin or you'll end up with a blue cap in. So fill the space. I need to mix a little more and just scoop it up. And there you go. An irregular color like this works really well because then the snow looks more natural. Now I'm going to add a little purple just to tempt this guy a little bit. There we go a little bit purple, because most guys are not evenly colored from one side to the next, often clouds or hazes changed the sky. Now, for the fun part, you add salt regular table salt and you Sprinkle it on evenly, and then you let it sit. Don't touch anything after you've put the salt. There's one more step we need to do before we stop with the blue. So you add a shadow for your cabin. Just a rectangle and all belong rectangle and you leave it. Keep it simple. Then you add a shadow for every fence post. Just a dab of paint like you're seeing now. Nothing complicated, very simple. And that's it. For now, you need to let it dry. The salt needs to do its work. If you go over the ads, you take a little bit of tissue and you wipe it up and that's it. We'll see you in the next section. 3. Yellow for the moon: adding yellow. This is called dry. Brush you at the collar without putting water on. First, just paint the areas with yellow, the moon and the cabin windows. Now the paper is dry. You can take off the residue salt. Just take your fingers and wipe it off. It should come off fairly easily if you leave the salt there. The theory is that the salt will eat through your paper might take 20 years, but it will do that now. Just add yellow on the windows and the moon, not a very complicated step. You cannot paint the walls off the cabin yet, because then the color of the walls and the windows will run together. So just add a little bit on the door as well. And that's it. That's all you have to do. See you in the next step. 4. The fence posts: adding brown to the cabin. Make sure your yellow parts air dry. That's very important. Member of the paint is shiny. It's not dry. If the windows air not dry, then the brown will run into the windows. Remember, don't paint the roof. There's snow on that roof. So watch the video and watch this step. Remember, it's a very tiny step. So now I've slowed down and speeded up some parts, and just so that it's not so boring for you to watch. So you just cover the cabin walls with brown and then cover the each fans post with brown as well. So just dab dab dab. Nothing complicated and it's not that's all there if now you have to let it dry, see you in the next section. 5. Trees and details: make sure your painting is very dry before you do this next step where you're adding small details like trees. Now it's time for these details. They take time, so slow down. Make sure you practice. If you're not sure that you can do it on the paper the first time. Just enjoy the painting. Now watch the video. See what you need to do. We're almost there. It's time to add a few more details. So what we're going to do is mix a little bit of brown and a little bit of black and will do trees. So you're going to add one tree on one side of the cabin, so you very carefully make a tree, just like he did in the other projects. Remember the trunk of the trees a little bigger than the branches now for the second tree, and just very carefully add branches. Grow your tree. As I say, the branches don't have to be regular in nature. Snow breaks branches, windbreaks, branches. So there's the trees. They look pretty natural. I think so. That's that's pretty good. That's all you need to do for the trees. No, I'm going to add a little wire for each fence post. So it's just that skinny, skinny line that goes from one side to the next. It doesn't have to be straight, because wire on fence posts often isn't street go right to the end, so that looks pretty natural. The next step, which is an easy one, is to add a few shadows, so you're going to add a shadow to your tree. Remember, the shadow should look like the tree, so make it look a little bit like the tree. It shouldn't have any more branches than the tree have, and it should be going in the same general direction. Same with the other one and a shadow. Very goal. Very carefully. Just skinny, skinny branches. You can barely see them. There we go. That looks great. And you have trees with shadows. Moon fence with posts looks good. Now all I need is the glow off the moon on the snow. So I wet my surface. Don't touch the fence posts. Brown often leaks, so you don't want do that, and you just had one little tiny line of yellow and then add water and make the yellow kind of thin out It looks great when it's thin and that looks wonderful. That's the last step. Look at that. Does not look wonderful. Here we are. You are done. Another project. See you in the next section. Oh, I forgot. I added a little shadow on the snow for the roof, just a tiny little shadow and then a shadow at the roof line. That creates depth. And it looks less like a cookie cutter kind of project. Makes it look natural and a little bit of, ah, shadow for the, uh, door as well. I could fiddle a long time with if, but there just a little bit more. You can see how much I fiddle sometimes with projects. I like the shadows too bland with the color off the wall. So it looks natural. There we go, Well for you in the next section. 6. Conclusion: variations. Now you see two variations on the same project, just like all the other projects. Doesn't matter how many times you do it. It would never be the same, especially with salt. It never reacts the same. Congratulations. You finished another project. This one was more difficult, and you made it. You learned how to use salt. Dry brush makes skinny lines and create light washes. Find your project. You've done good work. Here's a small infomercial about water car. Most watercolor painters before the 18 hundreds had to use whatever paper they had at hand . The first machine made papers were from a steam powered mill in 18 05 There are lots of brands of watercolor paper archers, balking forward Magnani Fabbiano, who knew merely Lana Quarrel, Langdon and so on. Even Windsor Newton and Syntagma, a Canadian brand. What color is essentially blotting paper that has sizing on top in order for the water and the paint to spread more evenly. That's why if you rub watercolor paper too much, it turns back to blotting paper, and traditionally, watercolor paper is thorn and never cut. So that's my little bit of information, and we'll see you in the next project. A day at the leak