Watercolour for beginners #8 A sunset at the lake | Doris Charest | Skillshare

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Watercolour for beginners #8 A sunset at the lake

teacher avatar Doris Charest, Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor

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5 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. The drawing and the sky

    • 2. The lake

    • 3. The shore

    • 4. The trees

    • 5. 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. 

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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. The drawing and the sky: a day at the lake. This is our second project in this course. It's just beautiful when it's done. I've done this many times, and it's beautiful every time. What you need for materials is watercolor paper brushes. Paint a pencil, Ah, container for water and paper towel or a rag for spills. This is the drawing. I'll include a PdF, but I don't think you need it. If you just follow the drawing instructions, I'm sure you can do it. We're going to do the drawing and the first step together. You're getting more advanced now, and it's going to be really easy for you. Working fast is important. Remember that part. Prepare your colors first, and things will be easier. Remember to wet the sky shape first and enjoy watching the colors blend together. That's the best part. Water. The color does it so well. Now watch the video. See how it's done. We are going to add all these calories both in the sky and the link. You start with a pencil about 1/3 of the way up. You make a horizon line, then you make a crooked line for the trees in the background. Then you make another crooked line for the shore there it ISS not very difficult. You should be good at this by now. The next step is to add color to the sky. So, like any wet on wet technique, you need to add water first. But I did mention that you should get your colors ready first, and I had for gotten one color the purple. So I'm just mixing the purple, getting ready, and then I wet my sky. Remember that to make sure it's wet, you look at it from the side. If it's shiny, it's wet. If it's not shiny, it's not wet, and you need to add water to that spot. Just make sure it's really wept for the colors to blend together. It's an important step. Then you take the yellow and you just scribble. Just put marks wherever you link on. Did you leave it and go to another color so purple? So I'm adding little bits of purple. You can choose wherever you like to add the purple. That part is an important it's the blending. That's the important part, and it never blends the same each time. It's a wonderful surprise. It's almost like Christmas, and then you add a little bit of blue at the edges. You need to make sure that all the white paper is covered a little more blue, right at the edge, right there and more on the corner, and we're almost done. The colors are already starting to bland. That's really interesting already. Now I lean my paper to make the colors blend even more. If you get puddles of color at the end of your paper like it's gathering now, just take a tissue and dab it. If you leave it there, you'll end up with a blossom. You don't want that, so I'll blend it the other way just a little bit. And when you're happy with the way the colors have blended, you just lay it flat. So here it ISS. It's beautiful already, and we now we have to let it dry and move on to the next step. While this drive See you soon 2. The lake: the leak. Now we're going to repeat thes same stamps, but on the lake, remember, the lake is a mirror off the sky, so watch the video, see what happens. Here's the sky. It's all dry now. So now we're going to do the lake. I've wet the paper already, and I'm adding colors very gently. So wherever you had purple, you should have purple in that same area. Now I'm going to add yellow in a similar way that it's in the sky. You just want to try to get it the same, because it's very hard to get it exactly the same. So so long as it's very close. That's all that matters. So just dab here, dabbed their little color and ill blend really nicely. Make sure your paper is wet first. I didn't show you that step. I just expected you to do it. You are getting advanced now, and I expect you to remember some of these steps the blue on the edges again and you repeat the same process. You make sure that the paint flows together, you tilt your paper and I'm tweaking here and I shouldn't be. This is a bad example for you, but I wanted a little more color in that area. Try and do it right the first time again. If there's extra paint at the bottom when you lean your paper, make sure you wipe it away. Just dab it on your tissue and there it is. The leak. All you need to do now is let it dry and we'll see you in the next section. 3. The shore: the hills and the shore. When your paper is dry, we're going to add these parts in. We're going to use green with little bits of yellow and red in them. Watch the video, see how it's done. It's really fast. You'll enjoy this. I'm getting set up now, and I want to cover the shore and the tree area. Both are white right now, so I mix a little green, so blue plus yellow equals green. So I feel the shore area just like that. Try not to go over the edge. We noticed that you're not adding water. First, you're painting dry brush your putting paint right on the dry paper and the same for the skyline. With the trees. You fill it in without putting water. First, these areas air so small they don't need an extra, um, part of water. The water is meant mostly to help the paint flow evenly and bland together. We don't need that this time. We just need to fill it in with the base color, and I'm almost done looking good. So I just tweaked the areas that I missed. Then I take a little bit of yellow, and I add it where the sun would be shining so a little bit there and little bit here. Just drop it in and let it blend by itself. Then I wash my brush and add little bits of red orange. So I put it where the red orange would be. And since the paint is already wet, it'll bland together all by itself. I don't have to do a thing. Even the little blue on the edge is if you want, but you don't have to. It just adds a little more depth to the painting and a little bit there, and the colors start to flow together. You don't have to tell the paper this time. It will do it by itself, so let it dry and we'll see you in the next section. 4. The trees: for a tree. Now we're going to add a black tree because it's a sunset, and usually when you look at trees around the sunset, they're very dark. Make sure your painting is dry before you start. Makes the puddle of paint before you start as well. And if you don't remember how to make skinny lines. Review the video on skinny lines. Practice on a scrap of paper before, so now watch the video. See what happens here. You can see two projects that it were already done in this style, So you take your brush and you gently create a tree. Remember that trees air just like wise, except they're crooked. And then they have baby wise. Attached Branches are easy. Just take your time. Remember that the trunk is usually larger than the branches. Make as many or as few branches as you like. This is your tree. You can make it the way you want it, so just gently add branches. I'm strengthening up the trunk so it can hold up those branches and just at another one right there. Take the time you need to do it well. Remember to practice if you have to it really helps to do the practicing, and my tree is coming out different from the other two. It does every time. I've made this painting for presence for different people, and they all love it here. I'm done my tree. Not yet. I'm adding another tree. I've put in two trees. This one should be different from the other ones, so the first tree could be bigger and the 2nd 1 smaller. At least this one is quite a bit skinnier than the 1st 1 Take the time to do it well. That part is very important. It's hard to undo any dark color, so do that part really well, Add little bits of grass at the bottom of the tree and pick a couple more spots to put blades of graph. Makes it look natural. Skinny, skinny lines. That's the important part. And now you have a shadow that you need so you water down your dark color and gently just add lines like that and you're down your shadow and I put a little shadow for all the grasses and then wash. Some put wet, just a wet brush, just with no color in it. On the side to make it fuzzy because shadows air usually fuzzy. So now I have shadows. I have a tree. I have blades of graph with will, many shadows and I'm done. That's all I have to do. Lovely. The colors in it just add a lot to the process. So you've finished your second painting and we'll see you in the next part. 5. Conclusion: variations here are variations on the same project you just didn't. Each one is different. Each one is equally lovely. You've learned that being a watercolor artist involves a lot of different techniques you've created to more paintings, and you're well on your way to being a watercolor artist. Sign your work and celebrate. The next projects are a northern lights painting and some birch trees. I'm sure you'll love these projects. There Really fun. We'll see you in the next course. Watercolor for beginners, five for you soon.