Your Watercolor Journey: Create Geometric Landscapes Using Masking Tape | Ewa Kleszcz | Skillshare

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Your Watercolor Journey: Create Geometric Landscapes Using Masking Tape

teacher avatar Ewa Kleszcz, illustellar | Art & Illustration

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (47m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Brainstorming

    • 4. Background Preparation

    • 5. Masking

    • 6. Choosing Color Palette

    • 7. Time to Paint, Part 1

    • 8. Time to Paint, Part 2

    • 9. Removing the Tape

    • 10. Embellishing

    • 11. Bonus: Framing

    • 12. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Learn how to paint an eye-catching geometric landscape using watercolors and masking tape! 

I’ll guide you through every step of the process, so you can create a beautiful, clean looking piece of artwork in no time! 

You’ll learn how to brainstorm your ideas using mini-sketches, how to leverage different widths of masking tape when building your shapes, how to apply paint, remove the masking tape and embellish your finished painting. 

It’s a fun and easy technique that will allow you to quickly achieve great results, whether you’re an advanced student or you’re just starting out your watercolor journey! 

By the end of this class, you’ll have a ready to frame painting, that you can put on your own wall or give as a gift to someone you love.


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Ewa Kleszcz

illustellar | Art & Illustration



Hi there! I'm Ewa, a self-taught artist and founder of illustration and design brand illustellar. 

Born and raised in a big city (Warsaw, Poland), I yearn to live by the ocean and this longing for nature is the leitmotif of my art. I work both traditionally and digitally, but watercolors are my favorite medium. 



I love combining organic elements with geometry and I draw inspiration from the underwater world, plant life, Japanese patterns, and Morrocan and Portuguese ceramic tiles. 



 Visit my Instagram for daily inspiration: @illustellar. You can also connect with me by signing up to my newsletter here.


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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to your other color journey. In today's class, we're going to create a modern geometric landscape using watercolors and masking tape. If you're looking for a short and sweet inspiring project that allowed him to create something cool in no time, you're in the right place. Hi, everyone. My name is ever and I'm Sefton Artists and father off illustration and design brand. It'll stellar in my work. I love to combine geometric shapes with organic elements, and today I will show you how to do it in a fun and easy way. You will learn how to brainstorm your ideas. He was in many sketches, and I will walk you through butin shapes with masking type, applying your points in two different technics and finally removing the masking tape and embellishing your painting. By the end of this class, you will have a knowledge of what it takes to create fresh eye catching geometric Waller's that you can put on your own will or give someone as a gift. The project for this class will be to create your own German truth landscape. You will choose a seen a real of the most whether would be forest, ocean or mountains and complete steps I share in each video that will lead you through the process off making your own little masterpiece. This test is for you, whether you're a seasoned athletes. All right, we're just starting out there. What color journey? I just can't wait to see what you create, so let's get started. 2. Supplies: let's go over the supplies he will need for this class. So obviously you need your watercolors. I has many different brands, and I like to mix and much, but I primarily use the Russian Brent in S. Korea Paletta. These are great quality and affordable introductory pains very popular here in Poland. However, feel free to use what you have at hand. The next thing is your paper. You can play around with different brands. Just be sure it's specifically a watercolor paper. It's got to be £140 or 300 grams so it can handle a lot off water. A smooth, hot pressed piper will be the best for this project, as in the end, you will embellishes the painted surface with different pens and too grainy paper can make it harder. Then you will need your round. Brush is they don't have to be fancy as long as they don't look like this. You're good to go. He will also need a palette. I really love the ceramic wants. I found that they are much better for mixing pain than the plastic ones, and you can clean them completely. Afterwards. You can use a small plate for this purpose. If you like, I'll just stick with your plastic pallet for now. Prepare your water jar and keep the paper towels handy for the sketching can brainstorming face. You will need a plan C on the razor and just the plain paper or sketchbook and for the M bunching face, even use a wife gel pen wide. Acrylic plan. This is a brand I like a lot. Oh, just a simple black pen, my friend. Ones are really good. You can also use a gold pen if you have one. Last but not least, you will need your masking tape and scissors. I use 10 millimeters six millimeters and three millimeters masking tape. This one is really 10 and I primarily used in this brands. You can find it on Amazon are you can look for something similar in your local harvester. You can also use a washy type just tested beforehand and check if it can handle a lot of water and that's it. Let's jump into a brainstorming face 3. Brainstorming: the first step here is to choose your topic in this class will be talking about ocean forest and mountain landscape. However, if you're just dying to paint a medal full of flowers, please do. If you need an inspiration, you can search for relevant photos on Pinterest. Here's the Bard I created especially for this purpose. When you're scrolling through the pictures, look for interesting shapes that could be easily translated and simplified into a geometric form. But you don't have to overthink it. Basically, if you want to create a forest, you can build it from different sects. Triangle shapes put very closely together, are from irregular, angular shapes like this. When creating mountains you can use a lot of jagged lines are bigger triangles, and with ocean, you can use flat shapes. The big thing waves. They can be very basic in the beginning, or you can use more jagged lines if you want to go for a raging storm effect or something like that. So the easiest way to do it he still start from a bottle and build. You're shapes one upon another. Now that you have chosen your topic, let's talk about the shape of a background. I'm obsessed with hexagons, and I've created a whole big project by some them on instagram. But you can easily stick toe a rectangle square or choose a triangle or even Octagon. If you decide to use a circle, you can do it. But just be aware that you won't be able to mask borders as neatly as you can do with the strike lines, so it will have to look like this. Now. Sketch a few different shapes on a piece of paper and tried to feet your chosen landscape into them. Check what works and with dozens, see what composition hoops Say what composition you like the most and stick with it for now . - When you finish, take a photo off the little sketches and uploaded into a project gallery. By creating your plus project. Documenting your creative process like that can be very satisfying. And in the end you will be amazed when you compare these sketches to your finished artwork . 4. Background Preparation: now that you have selected your bag round shape premier watercolor paper to it, I will be working with Hexagon Square and Triangle to show you different techniques. If you'd like to use the hexagonal or octagonal, I've prepared more cups you can download. You will find them in resources in your project up, just print and cut them out to create templates. Put it on the watercolor paper and outlying the shape. If you feel confident enough, you don't have to sketch your landscape on the watercolor paper before you start building shapes with masking tape. You can just pick up your initial project sketch from time to time, and I bullets and improvise. On the other hand, if you would prefer to know exactly where to put your type, sketched the shapes very likely with your pencil or create just little guideline marks and be sure the type will cover them completely so you can easily arise them after peeling it. If you will put a layer off paint on top of a pencil marks, you won't be ableto arise them lighter. So keep that in mind. However, if this kind of accident happens in this project, do not despair. You will be able to hide the story mark or line like that by covering it with sweaters and patterns in the embellishing face. 5. Masking: So let's talk about the process off, outlining your landscape with masking tape and use the thickest tape. You have to create your borders and understand time to take down your paper to a click. Bart are fiberboard or whatever waterproof surface you have at hand. You can even use your desk stuff. Normally, you take the watercolor piper down to a flat surface like that so it won't warp and buckle after you put a lot of water on it. My dirty little secret is that very often I didn't do that at all. I like toe, rotate the paper when I'm working in many different directions, and such click birth are just to bulk for me. Yes, the paper will buckle a little, but unless you will drawn it with water, you can smoke the piping out later by putting. Some have books on it, so it's just up to you. When you are putting the masking tape on Piper, you have to press it down really hard so the paint and water won't seep underneath it. I usually use three sizes off masking tape. The tickets. One is good for creating borders and sometimes most prominent shapes in your composition. The other two. I used to build smaller shakes inside the bigger ones and to add another levels off intricacy to it. The good example is this painting with the pig farther teen their shapes here and this little guys here also remember that if you want some bigger parts off your painting to remain white, you have to plan it beforehand and leave this surface untouched by paint like I did here with the snow caps. So let's jump into it and I will assure you have to do it. So I've prepared the other two examples beforehand. Andi, here's how they look like here we have a notion wives. Then mostly with a really tintype, you can suppress it a little harder. Here we will have our mountains and this is a forest. When you will finish this step, snap a picture of your background and uploaded through a class project. It will be called to compare it with the finish artwork 6. Choosing Color Palette: When choosing the color palette for this project, you have to take a few things under consideration. First is the overall mood of your landscape. Consider the time of the year and time off the day you can paint snowy mountains. That sounds it, in which case you will choose blue, perhaps gray and a little bit of pink and orange. Your summer forest will consist of different shades of green, but autumn forest can have a whole rainbow of colors. On the other hand, the colors don't have to be realistic at all, and you can just let your imagination run wild. You can paint this landscape in two different ways. You can either go for a mosaic like effect and feel each shape individually with different color looks something like this. Or you can use more fluid approach, ignored the shapes and let the colors blend one into another. In this case, you have to be a little bit more careful when choosing your colors. If you use only shades of green or shades of blown, that's OK. But if you want to add orange accents toe a blow mountain, it can easily turn into this muddy green so sometimes it's better to wait a second until the blue part is more dry and then put orange next to it so they won't blend too easily. This kind of transition not always looks. That's nice, but you can mask it with some patterns afterwards. The last thing you need to have in mind is choosing colors and level off the transparency in context. Off. Later, embellishing face, let me explain. If you want to at patterns to the surface using white pen, then the layer of paint should be opaque and dark enough so it will provide a nice, nice contrast like here. On the other hand, if you will be using black pens, the layer of pain should be relatively light, so black buttons can be visible, and that's it seeming the next lesson. 7. Time to Paint, Part 1: as I have mentioned before, you can apply paint here into different techniques. You can stick to one or two similar colors per shape to create a mazelike like effect, or let the pain flow freely between shapes and allow colors to makes with each other. I will start with the mosaic to create this autumn forest. I will be using white Pento Embellish it lighter, So I want to make sure the colors are vivid OPEC and pretty dark. 8. Time to Paint, Part 2: Now I will show you how to paint this ocean and mountain landscape, using the more fluid technique. Here, we can easily miss something out. Pine can create blobs and blooms, but we don't have to worry about it. Everything can be covered with patterns later. - Now that you're painting is ready, just let it sit under. It's completely dry. If you are as impatient as I am, you can speed this process by using a hairdryer. Be careful, though. If you see that a lot off paint has pulled in one of the coroner's like here. Just take a clean brush and put it gently toe the foot paddle first so it can drink a nexus off water and paint. If you won't do it, the stream of hot air can splash the paint over your painting, and that would be a disaster. So that's it. I'll see you in the next lesson. 9. Removing the Tape: Now it's time for a fun part in projects like this. Peeling the masking tape can be more satisfying than finding Before you start. Please make sure the paint is completely dry, especially in the corners. You can likely touch it with your fingers, to be sure. Otherwise you could just ruin your painting. When you removed the masking tape, do it gently. Don't yank toe heart as this can damage the surface of a paper. Just be patient and enjoy the process. 10. Embellishing: before you start embellishing your painting, take into consideration if there are any mistakes you would like to mask with patterns. If you see a part that you don't like, think how you can cover it and the whole idea for a pattern consist. M. From this one place, often times I'm most happy about paintings I thought were ruined because necessity of covering mistakes gave me a new and surprising ideas. So just have fun with this. For example, here I will change this blown into a cloud, and here I will use this lying to start building geometric pattern inside the shape. If, after paying off the type, you will discover that accident happens and paint seeped underneath it, you can mask such stains with white acrylic paint. It won't be perfect, but it's at least something I've prepared some examples off patterns I've used in my previous works. I hope they will inspire you and give you some ideas toe. Add more interest to the painting, choose at least two or three different patterns and use them alternately on feeling your shapes. So let's get started with embellishing. - So here are my finished paintings in this ocean one. I didn't have a lot of space, so I decided to stick mostly to dust, and that's OK because they look like a C phone. On the other hand, I like to go with the flow. So in this painting I completely forgot that I was going through his black pen for embellishing and see what happens. I had to add white for contrast on this deck area, and so I added it to few other shapes for balance. So you have to keep in mind such details and plan a little if you want to have more control over the process. When you are done, take a father of your finished painting and share it in your class project so we can all admire your work. 11. Bonus: Framing: you finished your beautiful artwork. So now what? Friend? Unusual shapes like high seconds or circles can be tricky, but their waste does. The easiest way is to put your finished painting on a car. It Piper Bagram, contrasting with white borders and framing this way. Very eye catching way to framing unusual shapes is to put them into glass floating friends . Basically, you place your artwork between two pieces off glass. This can look gorgeous, especially if the wall is painted with blue are right or other color that is not white. 12. Final Thoughts: congratulations on finishing this class. Thank you so much for taking it. And I truly hope you learned some new tricks and techniques and you feel inspired to start painting. Given his masking tape with watercolors in many different creations, like bookmarks are written cars, and you can make your life a lot easier every time to get the crisp straight line. But for now, I'm so excited to see what you create in discuss. I would love to look at your sketches and see what kind of topic and Bagram shape you have chosen, not to mention your finished artwork. If you have any doubts or questions, feel free to comment on the discussion below. And if you are planning to share your painting on Instagram and he would like to be featured on my instagram stories following, tell me in your post and use this brilliant hashtag I've created especially for the purpose . So have followed the project, and I see you next time