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Beginner Watercolor Painting Lake Summer Birch Tree

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Into Summer Birch


    • 2.

      Posting your Project Image


    • 3.

      Light sketch of drawing


    • 4.

      Practice Sky


    • 5.

      Painting the Water


    • 6.

      Using gouache


    • 7.

      Background Trees


    • 8.

      More Tree Details


    • 9.

      First layer of grass


    • 10.

      More grass details


    • 11.

      Practice birch bark textures


    • 12.

      Painting the tree bark


    • 13.

      Water Details


    • 14.

      Shading trees


    • 15.

      Grass shading and layers


    • 16.

      Practice Lupines


    • 17.

      Outro and Final details


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Watercolor Painting Course step by step for all levels  - Create a lovely Summer Birch Tree Scene

Step by Step Easy for Beginners and more intermediate painters that are looking to enjoy some creative time -  I'll cover my easy steps to create this Summer Birch Tree Watercolor Painting with you.

Create and have fun! In this course you will learn simple watercolor and gouache techniques and how I use them step by step in REAL TIME to create this beautiful Summer Birch Tree Scene.


This is an Beginner to Intermediate course for those of you that want to develop your skills with Watercolor. I'll take you through the entire video of my steps and process to create this Scene. 

In this course  will cover: 

  • Materials needed 
  • Practice Sessions
  • Learn to prepare your watercolor paper.
  • Create a wet in wet background technique to create a soft flowing clouds.
  • How to layer the watercolors and placement of shadows using a brush for a  details. 
  • How to create the appearance of texture and the illusion of flowers.

Painting is a lifetime skill that anyone can learn and enjoy. Over 1000's of happy students are already creating some lovely masterpieces taking my Live and Online classes using watercolors, Alcohol Inks, Resin, and Jewelry! So come be creative with me and enjoy all the compliments to come on your own special art creations you will soon be hanging!

With the right instruction and a little bit of practice, you too will soon be able to make your own stunning art pieces!

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As an artist, I personally never mind when someone copies my work to practice their techniques. I just ask that if you post it anywhere that you give credit to either my courses or my links as the artist that created the image. 

Feel free to find my social media platforms in the profile section. You can use #kcfacourse to post your work on social media so we can all see you work!

Happy Painting!


Safety Note:  When using paints and chemicals please adhere to any and all manufacturer safety guidelines with these products.  If you have specific safety questions or concerns please contact the product's manufacturer.


Materials Needed for this Watercolor Course 

In this Demo I use Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow, Sap Green, Veridian Green, Raw Umber, Alizarin Crimson, and White Gouache.

  • Best option for watercolor Paper  Arches Brand but any will do. (5x7") is recommend for beginners but feel free to go larger! 

  • Optional: Mat and Frame (Sized to fit your painting)

  • Backer Board or something to tape down the paper onto (cardboard is fine)

  • Blue painters tape or masking tape

  • Black Sharpie for signing work (or paints)

  • Small detail brush (Size 0 or 1) Nylon will hold less paint to create smaller dots/details.

  • Oval Wash Brush

  • Mixing Tray

  • 2 Small Containers for Water (One to rinse and one for clean)

  • Paper Towels

  • Chinese White (in the watercolor palette can be used in place of gouache {harder to achieve results} but you must use very little water to achieve this since it is not an opaque paint).

  • PLEASE NOTE  you may, chose to create a different sized painting or use other colors in place of the materials that I use. Please keep in mind that when you do this, especially with larger paintings, you may need more inks and blending solution or other items than what I use in the demos.


I find that most high-end Art supplies stores have all the supplies needed. I try to keep the number of items and materials limited while giving a bit of variety to the design and openness for expression.


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1. Into Summer Birch: Hi, everyone. Kelly, hear from Kelly chassis, Fine Art and in today's course, gonna cover how to paint this lovely little birth scene. This course is step by step. It's very easy for beginners and also for intermediate painters, and in this course she will learn very simple watercolor and wash techniques and how I use them step by step and in real time to create this beautiful summer birch tree seen. So be sure to enroll now toe lock end this low rate. You'll never pay more. Even when I add new practice sessions or information to this class, this is a beginner to intermediate course. As I said before, for those of you that want to really develop your skills with watercolor, and this course we will cover the materials needed was also a free preview that you can watch. We'll go over some practice sessions will learn to prepare your watercolor paper. We'll create a wet and wet background technique and will create some soft, glowing clouds, and we'll give you some options on creating some more gradual colors in your sky. We'll also learn how to layer watercolors and ad placements of shadows in the grassy area and will be using a small brush for some details and also show you how to create the appearance of texture on bark. And we'll give that illusion of some flowers. So painting is a lifetime skill that really anyone can enjoy and learn. I have over thousands of happy students already creating some lovely masterpieces, taking my life and online classes using watercolors, alcohol, inks, resin and even some jewelry. And as an artist, I just wanted to mention that I personally never mind when someone copies my work to practice their techniques. I just asked that if you posted anywhere on social media or online, that you give credit to either my courses or my links as an artist that created the image. So come be creative with me. Enjoy all the compliments. You have to come on your own special art creations. You'll soon be hanging with the right instructions and a little bit of practice. You, too, will be ableto learn to make your own stunning art pieces, so register now and get started making this beautiful birch tree watercolor painting today 2. Posting your Project Image: So I would love to see your project and here's how you can add your project. If you look down below under Project and Resources, you can go on his green button where it says Create Project. And you can see that the photograph that I have here is a five by seven. It's up a farther away. And for your cover image, because this is a vertical picture, you want to stand up a little higher and take a picture overhead to be able to get the entire picture image in your cover photo. So you can upload your cover image here. And it will crop, as I said it into about a five by seven. And this would be more of a horizontal picture. So let me just give you an example here I have a pair and the higher quality the image, obviously, the better picture it's going to be in look. And sometimes it'll take a little bit longer to download. So once your images downloaded, you can see because again, this is a vertical picture, it's going to lose part of that. You can zoom in and zoom out if you wanted to, but just get it in there centered as best as you can. But again, if you take that picture up a little higher and you have more of the area that you're taking the photograph and you can actually get the full image in there. And then you want to go ahead and put in your project title. So for example, I would say here is my watercolor pair that I did for my watercolor project. You can put your project description down here below. So I painted a pair using whatever watercolors you used, maybe anything special that you did, anything different from class or things that you want to share for the other students. And then down below here is where you can grab your full image. So if you click on that image again, I'm going to download that same picture. It open. And you will see now I will have that full picture under the description box below. And you can also choose to put a video in here if you'd like. Or you can discuss and talk about your image that you've done, your project, that you've done. And you can actually click link. So if you attach it to a blog or something like that, you can add an image link down below there as well under other. And then you can also appear uncomfortable. You don't want to have this project seen by everybody but just the instructor. You can go ahead and make this project private. So no pressure to put it out there. But again, you know, when you're learning and sharing, it really helped other students. And I think other students get really excited to see what other folks have done for projects. So don't be shy about that. We are always learning. So that's really simple way to add your image in here. And now if I go down below, I should be able to see if I go under Project and Resources. I'll be able to see my picture down in here. Now once you're in there, if you've gone onto the wrong picture or you want to change something. And this is where you'll see my comments here. I can come in and give you some feedback on your photograph. But if you want it to delete that or change that up here at the top, it gives you the option of hitting the Delete button or going in and changing anything that you need to change in here, if you've spelled something wrong or something like that. Now you can hit the Delete button or you can reheat that Publish button and it will save the new changes, right? So I'm really excited to see your projects here are just a few of the projects that we've had up here already. And again, if you see it black blacked out and it just means it's a private one. And not everybody can see those, but guys have done a gorgeous jobs. I'm really looking forward to seeing ours. 3. Light sketch of drawing : This is our birch tree sketch, and I'll have a copy on here for you in J peg form so you can go ahead and print that out if you so choose. But I'm gonna show you her really quickly how you can sketch this in. And this one's this real simple sketch you just going to start with? I have a five by seven piece of paper here, and I have my number two pencil. Just gonna draw a line up of the top here and you can see where you just think about your sky versus how much water you want for this. So I've gone to that halfway mark and and moved up just just a little bit more for that water line. And now you could sketch in that tree again about inch over. So living yourself enough room for all the water to the right, it will be adding some Lupin flowers in here afterward. So remember trees or not perfectly straight birch trees, especially. They're a little wiggly, and you can throw a few branches off to the side here and I remember what you're doing. Branches there always a little bit thicker. Where they come out from the trunk of the tree, and then they get a little thinner as they go up. We'll add some more in here when we go ahead and paint it, but this just gives you a idea of the shape of your tree and just a few mean pieces of branches here and here. I don't go all the way down either on the birch tree. So again, you can darken this up a little bit because we're gonna be using some wash on the tree so you could make sure that you'll see the lines through there while we're painting normally. When I do watercolors, I usually try to do this fairly lightly. But if you're new to watercolor painting and you're a little nervous about where things were gonna go, sometimes it's when you do your 1st 1 It's a little bit easier to schedule a little darker and with a lot of the colors and things that were to be doing and layers in this one, you're probably not going to see most of those lines, all right, so we'll start with a practice session for our sky first 4. Practice Sky: All right, so let's practice some skies here. I have a little tiny piece of scrap paper, and I have my watercolor kit on my water on the side was making sure that our big brushes nice and rents here and in our little palate we have some ultra marine blue here, and then we're just gonna get a nice little puddle going. This is pretty dark. So I haven't just basically out of the water to the brush, and I went right into the paint so you can see how deep that pigment is by doing it with very little water. Now, if I add a little water to that and kind of blend that out while that's still wet and see how much lighter I could get that you could kind of keep going without tapping off to the side. Here, a little tissue just kind of lighting that up just a little bit more so you could do a gradual wash for your sky if you want, or you can take a tissue ball that up, and that's just a little piece of paper. Taliqan is with toilet paper or regular tissue. Anything without, like the lotion in it is best. And I'm just taking that and pushing down. You can see where pushed down really hard. It gets really light. And if I just kind of this light tapping motion, you could get this nice little white fluffy clouds in there. And the key is just to make these very random. What people want to tend to do is they want to push down and make these big circles of clouds. And you do have those in the sky. But to get more realistic, look just to a nice little light tapping. So now if you're ready, let's go ahead and try that on our painting that we've sketched out here like a clean water here and I'm again just tipping my brush in the water. It's always best do that so that you have a nice wet brush when you start or else you'll mix up all this paint and the brush will suck it all up. So I'm gonna go ahead and put a little puddle down here deep in that little bit you can see here, and I'm leaving this rate in the video, for example. You see, I have a little bit of Black Wash here on the side. So you see there you can darken that blew up. So let's go ahead and use the second tray here instead. So getting more of, ah rial color hair True ultra marine blue. I'm getting a nice puddle going because this is still fairly dark. And remember, if you need to practice, you know your your depth of color by adding water. Take you are way. Go ahead and do that. So this is, you know, a normal medium shade here. And if I go back into that little poll of ultra Marine and because you have much darker, it is, even if I had a little bit of water to that toe, lighten it up again. We can get a really light light blue in here, a swell. So again, all preference based. So because this is still wet, I can go ahead and just add some paint directly over this. You want to just do this really quickly. I can blend out the other colors. How dark that was. Adding war to it because it's wet, it just blends right out. So when you're putting the paint down here, when I'm always telling my students is, Don't think about it so much. You can see where I left a little bit of white space in here, and I'm putting a little bit of that darker blue and there see kind of have some variation in your colors. But if you are new to water color or what you tend to want to do is just basically Philo on Phillip Island with blue and you over work it that way. So you have lots of different variations and shades and here by allowing the water to take the paint in the direction it wants to go. So now I'm taking that tissue. Just bawling that up and giving myself some a little fluffy clouds began just very lightly tapping those. I don't have, ah, complete circle made out of my tissue, so I don't have these solid little white clumps everywhere. It's just very airy this way and very lightly tapping that tissue down on the paper. The next part will be creating water layer 5. Painting the Water: All right, so let's move on to the water. Now. I have gone ahead and blow dried this so And make sure this is really dry in the sky. Shouldn't be damp even to touch. And you can always check that by using the back your hand, make sure that it's warm and doesn't have any dampness to it. We don't want that to be wet because the water will them bleed into your sky. So I've gone ahead and mixed up a beautiful color of blue here, and I've added the ultimate and blue along with a little bit of the Verdean green, and you could see where I again. I'm skipping some sections here, leaving a little white so it looks like those little sparkle on the water. And you do want to make sure that that her eyes online is nice and straight because the horizon line is straight. When you look across with water, it's always street across its flat. Look it. So I'm going to mix up a little bit of that lemon yellow now and putting this nearer the bottom. Now this is going to be our area that we have our grassy knoll here. And I'm not worried about getting that into that blue at all, because blue and yellow makes green and we're gonna be making green for the bottom part of this. So for this particular spot, you don't have to worry about having it dry before you do that. Of course, if you find that your yellow is really bleeding into that blue way too much and it's going up too far into your water line that you could go heaven and dry it a little bit, I would have switched to my little brush here. Just one saying that one out, making sure it's nice and clean. And we're gonna mix up a really pretty lying green. And this is going to be for our trees across the way here. So you want somebody nice and bright? Remember, with watercolor, we always start with their lighter shades, and then we tend to get darker as we go along. Now, I'm not making this really defined at this point. I'm just getting a little bit of color in there. I'm going up and down with my brush, kind of holding an angle and, um, creating some variation back here. So that looks like trees and trees in all the same height. So you can give yourself a little bit of gradual movement back here by going up and down with the tips of those trees. And you can also see that these aren't real real big because the further away so the further away, the smaller they're going toe look, So you don't want to get to two large here, but this is gonna make a beautiful, um, very light and airy, like the sun's hitting it back here with this really light shade. So we're not going to cover all of that up. Perella. Some of that kind of peaks room. So going back down here, too, the first shade of yellow that we put down. We're going a little bit of that sap green to that as well. And tap a little that in there. I get I'm using my big brush, and I'm not over dotting this. I just want to get a little bit of that color in here and again. We're gonna be adding some more layers to this so you don't want to cover up all that beautiful yellow that we have it really gives that, uh, look of sunshine, though with watercolor. Everything is transparent, and we're gonna be adding those darker layers as we build upon this. So we're gonna go ahead and let this dry, and we'll be moving on to our next step, which I'll show you how to use some wake wash in place of masking fluid. 6. Using gouache : The first thing I want to do is just make sure that that is completely dry. And I think I've said this before by touching it with your palm. You can't sometimes tell it's still lead because you're your hands could be damped. So make sure. Always use the back of your hand and you can really tell it. It's dry. That way you feel any dampness. You wanna wait a little bit longer, were given a little quick blow dry to make sure that it's completely dry before moving on to this next step. All right, so let's go ahead and be painting in that birch tree using some white wash. Now ticket some of my other classes. You already know what washes it, washes. Knew you wash comes in a little tube, and it's basically an opaque, almost chalky consistency, and it can be reactivated with water, so it works very well with watercolor. Now you can add more water to make this more transparent looking, or you can also use it a little bit thicker, so actually will cover just about any color that you have for war color. So that's why I didn't worry about the green Going across the bottom of this piece is white washable will cover right over that. So the big part is learning how much water to add to the wash. So here, wanna show you matting Just a little bit of the water to this and my water is dirty. Really Should have clean water for this because it can take your wash quite easy because you have this is pretty dark. It's not real real thick. It's got some movement because I've had a little bit of water to it that if I add more water, you could see how it's more transparent. And as dries, it will actually turn more grey or light in a little bit. And you'd be able to see some of those colors underneath there. So you just got to be careful to make sure you get that consistency down. If you find that you get it too thin, you don't have to worry about it. Just let that dry, and you could put a second coat right on top of it. So we're just gonna fill this tree in and I have my pencil marks here so I can see still where that original drawing Waas. You could see I keep adding just a little bit of water. I want to keep my brush nice and wet, so this tends to spread well on the paper that if I find it's too transparent, I'll just add a little bit more pain to it. Now, the very bottom here, not too worried about what it's gonna look like. We're gonna cover a lot of this up with some grass and some flowers down here on the bottom . Now, the other thing is, of course, you have your pencil lines there, so you could pretty much stay within the lines. But if you did this free hand and we're doing the pencil lines, I usually tell people that Be careful as you do this bit and start smaller and get larger as you go along, because you can always make it bigger. But you can't make it smaller, but you can always make him a little thicker easier. So I'm just throwing in some branches in here again, trying to be careful. Asai do these because the branch will be thicker at the base. I am a little bit thinner as it grows out and the other thing is, too. As you can see, they're not perfectly straight. These have lots of character and Barg nubs, and not at all kinds of things on birch trees. So, uh, you know how to make sure that this is not perfectly straight when you're doing this will be moving on to our background trees next. 7. Background Trees: So we're gonna do our first her I should say, our second layer on the background trees that we have. So I'm gonna rinse off my brush. Really good. You want to make sure you get a lag wash out of there, someone to mix up a really beautiful shade of deep green using the ultra marine blue in the sap green. And it just gives it just a little bit up a deeper shade of green rather than mixing it with like a brown or a black. And you can see him again. I'm holding that brush in an upright position and almost using a tapping motion. No, I'm not covering up all of that lime green that we first put down there, but I do want to get a good amount of this down the bottom because the reflections going to really know you're not going to see the reflection from those trees behind. You're going to see the reflection mostly from those ones in the foreground here, so that I'm gonna go just a little bit further down for that reflection. So really simple. We're starting to add some beautiful layers to this, and we're gonna get more and more details as we go along. Now what I would recommend if you haven't done your done a color wheel for yourself, this is a great way to kind of learn how your colors mix. This is just a really simple one. And I just started out with the primary yellow primary red and primary blue. And you can see where you can really kind of mix holes all together, all the different shades you can get with just this very simple Windsor Newton Cotman kit that I'm using here in our class. So I go. I would advise you to go ahead and just try that on your own any point and see what kind of colors you can come up with. I also want to show you the house small, my brushes, that we're gonna be doing some more details with later on. It's just about the size of this with this Sharpie pen here, so our next spot will be adding some more depth. We'll be adding some more shades of green 8. More Tree Details: Let's add a few more details to those background Cherries. So we're getting a little bit darker with her shade, and I would be using that small, skinny little brush that we talked about before. This one is about the size of the tip of black Sharpie pen, and I'm gonna be using just the very tip of that. So using that same color, the ultra marine blue, the sap green and I'm adding a little bit of burn number two this to darken it. You don't have to have a whole lot of that. Brown just a little bit will go a long way. And this is gonna be our third shade of green to this is really gonna start to make this pop. They could see her. I'm gonna put in a few trees here in their starting with a skinny the line and then working those branches down. And, uh, what comes down to the front, you're gonna have a little bit of a shadow in the water as well, so make sure you extend that down. You want a mirror that image on the top a little bit, you can do a couple of little fine lines here for some trees off in the distance and again , just layering some of that color here and there, and that will give you that deeper shadow area. And remember, some of these trees are gonna be a little bit taller than some of the others. So random is key for this, and I do have a video up on. I'll put the link in here for you on how to do trees. There's not a whole lot of detail in these because they're so far away. But I've done a couple of videos up close as well. That will add for you against continue to load up that paint and fill in some of these areas from the No. Forget to bring down that same mirror image into the water, I found. Sometimes that helps to is turning your paper sideways so you can basically copy what's on the other side. Sometimes it's easier when it sideways persons up and down, all right, so that's quite a bit more detail. Now we'll go ahead and rents are brush up again, and the next step will be adding Z more layers now to our grass area in the front 9. First layer of grass: all right, so that we have that layering down for the trees were going to use some of those same colors in this grass area in the front. So starting with the suffering again, just tapping on a little bit of this, a little bit of yellow kind of blending that in a little bit. I just want a little bit darker shade than what we have here already. And this will give that appearance of the light again, just kind of shining through because of you. We're looking grass. You got so many different shades of greens in there and yellows and even some darker blue tones. So again, just using that little brush just tapping in color here and there, very random. And as I layer this, it's getting a little bit more wet and you'll find it blends a little bit better for you. We're gonna be adding even a darker shade on top of this, so just be careful not to cover up all of that beautiful yellow that we have in there. I think that's pretty good right there. Let's go ahead and rinse that off, and now let's go into adding just a little bit of that lemon yellow again with our first layer of color in our leads. Now, I'm not creating an actual leaf here. This is just an illusion of belief. So I'm just kind of pushing down and making this dotted pattern here. And you want to bring those leaves all way out here to cover your whole page? Make sure you leave your white space where your skies You want that to kind of shine through there, not filling in the entire area. We're gonna be adding again layers to this is well with a deeper shade of green, so that will be next. Coming up more layers, layers and layers. 10. More grass details: parents will have some more details to the grass and will also add another layer color for our leaves in the tree. Use my very skinny little brush here again. I'm gonna go into the sap green belts, marine blue and creating a darker shade, and we're gonna mix a bunch of different color for the blades of grass. But I just want to show you how I'm doing. This is basically just a little flip of the wrist, so you're not gonna put a lot of pressure down on this? You're just going to the very tip of that brush and think about blades of grass there once again, thicker at the bottom and thinner at the top. So as you lift up on that, you want toe lift off the pressure basically as you come up and until you get those really skinny little bleeds. And I do want to recommend that you practices may be on a piece of scrap paper before you start this on your painting was practice your clip, your grass and the strokes that you'll use for that. No. Now I've got my green in there. Let's add a little bit of that bright yellow when we want some contrast. You want all those different shades in there, You're gonna kind of later this once again, as you do this very randomly. Don't think about it. Make sure they're all going different directions and you'll get a more natural look for your painting. Well, you don't want is every piece of grass the same size and shape, same direction. This is long grass. It's been growing around this tree all summer. So let's go and switch to use our little brush here, and we're gonna go back into those lease with a darker shade of green. And as I've said before the you know these this is all about you for these classes. I'm just showing you how I do it. You can pick and choose your own shades of color. It does not have to look exactly like my. As a matter of fact, I want you to be free and open to your own ideas, and this is all about playing, and I want you in all tight and worried. When you're doing this, you want to enjoy the process to make sure taking nice big breasts. People tend to hold their breath while they're painting. Make sure your breathing zip and take a deep breath for me and let it out. So let's go ahead and give this a quick dry. Make sure it's nice and dry before we move on to our next step. And will you blow dryer? Try to keep this if you're using a blow dryer and the steps me to show your hair will quickly want to keep it about six inches away from your paper and you want it on a warm temperature. So we're moving on to a practice session next for our birch bark. 11. Practice birch bark textures: let's practice bark. So I have here one that's done without having any wash down and you want to try to do that first, and then I'm gonna show you also how I did this with using guana. So I want to show you both ways in case you decide that you want to use a masking fluid rather than painting it white. And you will find a little bit of a difference if you have the whitewash on here already, because it's gonna blend a little bit better for you. And it also reacts with the great tones that will be putting in here. So getting a lot of variations with color by using the wash but a really light layer on here real quick. We're gonna let this dry a little bit first before we actually create the birch bark. So I'm gonna drive that, and I'm gonna show you really quickly how I mix up my a little bit of grey. So I'm using the ultra Marine blue. I'm gonna be using burn number, and we're gonna mix those two together and I have a little bit of wash already on my paint brush so you can see that it's not a real dark shade of gray because I have the white added to it. So I'm gonna tap off a little bit of that extra paint, and I want a whole lot of paint on here and I'm holding my brush flat, and I'm just kind of dragging that across. So I'm not putting pressure down on the whole things. I wanted to be more organic. I don't want a big straight blob of color. I just want to kind of scratch the surface, so it's almost like a when you're having to paint up. It's almost like using a dry brush technique. So what have you try that again, which is plain paper with using just the gray without the wash, and then go ahead and try that with the wash as well, separately, just to see the difference. And you might prefer one over the other, and once you are comfortable with that will move on to your actual painting 12. Painting the tree bark: All right, So if you're ready to start on your original painting, let's go ahead and start our birch bark. Once again, I really oughta have some clean wire show you this in my original post about making sure that your water is clean and I usually have to dish is going. But I didn't have to. This time I got to grab the other one. Eso I'm just cleaning out one of my little pallets here so that it's nice and fresh. And again, I'm mixing up that dark, great color using the ultra marine blue and the burn number going a little darker this time . Not much. We've got quite a bit of water in here, so it's just tapping off. Check out the color, remove the excess paint on your tissue and we're get ready to do that same process member having it flat and just kind of dragging that across your pain. You can also do a little bit. Try turning it sideways their narrow, but you know, if you in there on those branches and you could add a few more now you where you live, you might have. I think they're called Aspen trees that look very similar. So if you want to make some something that was more of a brown shade yellows, things like that. You could always add a little bit of that yellow to the white wash to change up your colors for your trees in your local area. So let's go ahead, throw Matt on here and see how we're doing. And that looks pretty good. Just as is. So what I'm gonna have you do next, we're gonna add some more details, and we're gonna give this painting just a little bit more life wrist, step it up a little bit, take it to that next level. So we're gonna have something that looks like this when we're done, so we'll be adding next, some beautiful flowers. And again, you can pick your own colors and will be adding some more of the fine details. 13. Water Details: All right, So let's add some more details to the water to start. What a rinse my brush. And I'm gonna go into the white wash here, and we're gonna just add a little bit of a reflection in the water with using the whitewash from the switch to my really tiny fine detail brush again. And we're a very small line back here now. I'm not running this cross. The whole thing just kind of skipping it along and a few little places just to give a little sparkle in the water and to give that definition in there. Now we can go ahead and a little bit of ultra Marine blue. And I know you've been waiting for this to drive is gonna go ahead and put this rate in on top as I'm not playing a lot tapping off all that excess speaks. You don't want a whole lot in here again. Just adding a little bit of depth here by adding some of that blue in a few places. Now he get a big bunch of it all. I have to just add a little water and you can really just let that blend right in a little more down here as well. And the key is to try not to overwork it. You want to just put a few in there and be done with it. You don't want to turn this entire thing one solid color blue who want all of those with that light shade of blue to show through a little bit of that washed to show. And then we want to add a little bit of this deeper shade of blue in here as well. So you get a nice, ah, nights depth to your water. That's really all you need. So let's continue. Well adds more depth and shading out to our trees. 14. Shading trees: great. So let's add a little bit more details to our tree. We want to create a little bit of texture in this bark that we have on the spurge tree. So once again, I'm gonna use my small brush and have been a mixed up A little bit of that darker grey or black almost looks like a Payne's gray color and amusing once again, the ultra marine, blue and burn number, right, Two favorite colors for creating a lot of these natural looking scenes. And I'm just gonna add just a few touches of that color in here. I am trying to go too overboard. I want to make sure I do this on both sides because you will see Embark. It was very random little patterns that it has on here. But they're using these little dotting motion with these little lines or even these half smiles in birch bark. And then I'm gonna is gonna put a little bit of shadow on the underside of this branch here . I will do that on both sides. Then you could even put a little bit of shadow on the side of the tree cause you will see some light and some dark on the sides as well. And try not to go too heavy with that. You don't want a real the deep line, but I just want to give her just a little better shadow. And then, if you want to pop in just a few more, these trees, using that same darker shade and I will give you some trees that looked more forward in the picture and the more in the shadow because those taller trees behind it or casting over of a shadow on there and plus it just gives it a little bit more texture in here. We'll do a few more of this side. Don't forget you've got a little bit of a shadow on the underneath here that reflections in the water is going to show and again you'll notice. I tend to just re went my brush. So I had some different different values going on with my with. My colors are not all the scenes. When I had water to this, it lanes it up just a little bit, so just popping in a few taller ones in here. Yeah, this is where you really just kind of gets a play. And, you know, these final details are really where makes things kind of come to life least for me. You know, that makes up a little bit more of this. It will tap up a little bit of extra, just fill in just a few more little branches in here, and they kind of pop in between. You're gonna see Mulcair Not gonna go right over all of your leaves. I was gonna have a few that are gonna show up here and there behind. Remember, those branches aren't straight thinking me a little wiggly. All right, so we'll be moving on and will be adding some more deaths and more shot shadow areas to the grass and two believes 15. Grass shading and layers: All right, so let's add more shadows and more details to the grass and also to aren't leaves. We're not using a whole lot of filler the blues and greens for this particular painting. So we're gonna mix up once again, a really dark shade of green, and you can always add the dark blue, the greens up green, and you can also add the burn number to that as well. To get that real deep shade and you might have to play with it, it's always use it to be careful with the amount of colors and use, because it can really change it to more green or more blue tint very quickly. But the most important thing is tohave all different levels of of shading. So as long as you have, you know, I I think about three or four different shades of this green and yellows. Now in here, if you look in nature, you're always gonna have lots of death and lots of different variations and shades of color . So, as you can see, I'm just dotting in again, using that small brush, very random patterns, and what I try to do is I try to hit the areas that are ari the deeper shade to go underneath. Um, you don't want to put, like, really dark dot in the middle of that really limey yellow color that we have going on. And now I'm gonna use that small brush again of the fine lines. And let's go ahead and add some more tall grass in here. You can see I have some of these grass plays that air coming way out into the water line here, And that's just to bring your I alway through to your painting. So you just need a few those here and there and that will draw your eye right out into that water area. Once you have that deeper shade of green in your grass area, just a few little's little sprigs of it here and there we can move on touting that same color up into our leaves. If you wanted to put a little bit more definition in your leaf shape in here, you could do that again. A very, uh, simple living person. So I like Teoh make things really simple. You can see that I do. That's really fast, utilizing all you make it look so easy, Kelly. But it just because I don't futz with it a whole hunt. I just kind of put the color in there. And not every single leaf is painted, you know, individually, it's just more of, Ah, random dot of color because it leaves will be folded and blowing. And they're all different kind of ships, and your eyes will fill in all of the rest. And sometimes when you're painting your painting, you're looking at it through your eyes. All you see are ola flaws in there. So I challenge you to look past that because, as I said, it's all about the creative process and just really looking at your painting through the eyes of somebody else, really. And because you were brain will fill in all those little details for you. Anybody else that looks at your painting will see all of those leaves. They'll just it creates it in their mind. So next let's practice on creating some Liukin's and that will really make things pop 16. Practice Lupines: Okay, so let's just do a quick little practice session on how to make Lupin. So I'm mixing up some purple here, which is going to be a lizard in crimson, And the ultra Marine blue is you get a nice shade of purple or if you have some to paint, you can use that as well. But you can see her. I've just basically making these little hash marks, one to left and one to the right as I'm moving down this loop in stock and you could just pop a few extras right on the top. Here is well, and I'm just kind of barely pushing down on the tip of that brush to create that little shape with my brush. Some. It's a very simple little tap of the tip of the brush. They can add a little bit of the whitewash to the top and maybe add just a little bit of green on the top. Here is, is those Liukin's tend to grow from the top. You can a little bit of greenery, usually in the very tips of those, and then you can also, if you want to get a little more detail, you can put a little green stock in there. And then, of course, we have the little blades of grass. It could have come up, so I don't actually do the little leaves. That's all kind of hidden in amongst all of flowers when we paint them in. So once you're comfortable with that, let's go ahead and move on to your actual painting. Now with the painting, I'm gonna use a little bit of the wash to start and that because we have so much color and hear that purple kind of get hidden. So if we make this white and then add the purple on top, it really makes them pop more so that also, if you are a little bit nervous by putting glue pins in here to start to go around your water, you could always take that wash out by adding a little bit of water to it. It lightens it right up, so it's almost like a little tracing area for your flowers before you put the purple in there so you can see her how I'm making that shape of the Lupin again. It's smaller, the top, and it gets a little bit wider as it comes down to it almost like a a shape when you're painting these in. And if you find that you've got too much space in between there when you put your purple and you can actually fill in a couple of dots in the center of your Lupin if you find that they're a little bit too far apart to why when you first put him down, do you have three roses and just the two rows? So let's go ahead and mix up some of that purple shade here. We're just gonna go right in this little corner except me, a whole lot of space. So I've got the, uh, the red and the blue make purple, and the key to this is a little more blue than the red. So add your read slowly to your blue. You get a nice, pretty violent color with this, and then you just gonna tap that in right on top of those little white go wash marks they have made. And you can see I have some of that white kind of shows through. Gives a little highlight naturally, in there, you're just gonna cover up over most of those and I switched to my smaller brush. It just gives me a little bit more control so I can keep it within those little lines in there. And then for good measure, let's just go ahead and add some of the purple in the areas that there is no wash to see. You could see you get a little bit a little bit different shade in here that makes it look a little bit darker. So it's always good just to pop a few of those in there, and it will makes a little bit of the wash in there. You can see where the just the blue and the white and had a little bit of red already in there give you a soft, mostly lilac color again. Another shade of their variation of that same purple is actually one of my favorite colors . I love that lavender color, and then I don't know what a little fire like little bluebell kind of flowers. So you could just dot a few those in here again in just a different type of flower, just to give it a little bit more color, you could even throw some. We'll throw some yellow ones in there. You can also splatter it. I'm just taking my finger is just kind of tapping that brush. Now, this is pretty wet. This, um if you don't have your brush wet enough, but sometimes you can get that to splatter. So make sure you have a way. You go sees a toothbrush for this, and they could get one random one. You could just basically just tap that right off using a tissue. Looked it right up. Wright Mills will add a little white in here. Don, if you go, this is like wildflowers with all kinds of different colors going on here. If you have some other flowers in your local area, the shades of color through those in there as well, right? Next will be working on some finishing details to wrap this one up. 17. Outro and Final details: all right. So was add a few more fine details is when I kind of put her on my painting and just do a few little extra things and I don't because I would consider this done at this point. But if you just want to put just a few final touches in there, it can really make a difference. So I'm now just going to add a little bit more of the white wash and then a little bit more of that, um, gray, light gray shade, just to give it just a little bit more. I felt it was just didn't have quite enough definition for me in the tree. A little extra layer. And then let's there. I throw some little white birch all way in the back Here. We zoom in on that for you. So again, that fine little detail brush and I'm just gonna bring up some little straight lines and follow into the water. So it has that reflection. Just throwing just a fuel birds back here. You could have some that are a little little sideways because they don't always go straight up and down. You kind of bring him a little bit of an angle if you want, but as many in here is, you want you want a lot more, you could put a bunch Who wants to be. Let's just a little bit more sparkle to that waters. It looks a little bit rougher doing it again. A dry brush or not. I don't have a whole lot of pain on there. If you do get a big bunch of it, you could just add some water and just kind of stopping that out a little bit. Don't panic. It's gone now. It's like it never happened. So there we go. I think we're finished. Go ahead and sign the bottom of this and I hope you enjoyed this class. And don't forget you ever need a refresher stop back in and do it again. Also, if you have a chance over get toe leave a review. It's very important to me. And let's other students know that this course is work. Taking so hope you enjoyed it, and I hope to see when another course will soon thank you