How To Paint : Veiled Mushroom with Watercolor - Galaxy Background | Stephanie Kilgast | Skillshare

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How To Paint : Veiled Mushroom with Watercolor - Galaxy Background

teacher avatar Stephanie Kilgast, Contemporary artist.

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Pattern in 3D

    • 4. Drawing the Mushroom

    • 5. Mushroom Painting

    • 6. Creating the Background

    • 7. Layering

    • 8. Adding Light

    • 9. Conclusion

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A fun class for the patient artist! Learn how to paint a lovely veiled mushroom from start to finish, with a gorgeous, galaxy inspired background.
This class is meant for intermediate and advanced painters, as it does require a steady hand and patience.
However, if you are a motivated beginner, you certainly can try this class out!

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While this class doesn't need any prior knowledge, I would recommend watching these two basics class first:
- Abstract watercolor painting and blending technique
- Art and Colors, How to Pick and Compose:

C L A S S - S U M M A R Y

Patterns in 3D
Drawing Mushrooms
Painting the Mushroom
Creating the Background
Adding Light

F O L L O W - M E



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Stephanie Kilgast

Contemporary artist.


Inspired by natural forms, Stéphanie Kilgast’s artwork is an ode to nature and its current biodiversity. Plants, mushrooms, insects and other animals encounter in a vibrant swirl of colors under her brush or sculpting tools.

Since 2017, in her series “Discarded Objects”, she grows colorful organic sculptures on human-made objects, celebrating the beauty of nature in a dialogue with humanity, questioning the lost balance between human activities and nature.
Her work has a cheerful post apocalyptic feel to it, a reassuring reminder that nature has the capacity to grow back, if we only let it.

She built her reputation and her sculpting skills around hyperrealistic miniature food sculptures. Her wo... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello, I am Stephanie, Kill gassed and I have been a professional answers over 10 years. In today's video, I would like to show you how to paint availed of mushroom with watercolors. I'm going to use only water coolers and a bit of squash and, of course, some good brushes. This class is going to explain you exactly how to give the illusion off three dimensions with patterns, but it's also going to explain you. Somebody using water call the techniques like the wet on wet technique. Since making a veiled mushroom does require a steady hand and quite a lot of patients, this class is more fit for medium or advanced painters. Off course. If you're a beginner and really motivated and especially if you're someone who likes to take your time and are more patients artist, then off course you can fright out the class Project for this class is pretty straightforward. I am simply going to ask you to paint your own veiled mushroom. Once completed, you can share it with the class toe, other students to see, and if you would like to share it on social media, don't forget to tag me. I go by the Monica output simpler. And I'm very active on Instagram. That being said, I really hope you're going to take this class, but more importantly, that you're going to enjoy it. 2. Materials: this class. We're going to need some watercolor paper here. If he brands, I personally use some water color. We are going to use yellow, black and ultra marine blue. Some white wash, good quality brushes with fine tips. Want to call a pencils? 3. Pattern in 3D: let's start with some drawing exercises in order to better understand how to draw patterns with a three dimensional effect. Let's draw some patterns on a cylinder first. Simple lines to get the illusion off a cylinder. The gap between the lines has to become shorter on the signs. Let's try with another example. Circles. The circles need to flatten when they reach each side. The height stays the same, but they get more oval. Now we can apply the same principle on more complex shapes, close to what we will be using on the wailed mushroom A. So you can see the general height off the shapes stays the same, however, they're white is reduced on the sides to get the illusion off a cylindrical form. 4. Drawing the Mushroom: Now that you understand how to give the illusion off three dimensions with patterns, let's draw the veiled mushroom. The first we're going to make is a simple one. Start with the cap and then the veil, basically drawing two triangles. You can now fill in the spaces with hexagonal, all pentagonal shapes. These are six sided off, five sided like in the previous exercises. Make sure the height of the shape stay more or less the same, however, flattened the forms when they reach the edges way . Now let's difficulty a bit and add some movement in the veil. Start off with an array Zobel pencil. Create two folds as shown. Simply draw the faults where you want them. Kendra Triangle around each fold. No starts to fill in your pattern. Okay, it's easier to start with the flats front shapes and then gradually reduce them when they go to the edges. All the folds in the folds. You want to flatten the shapes gradually, as shown in the video, and they need to follow the fold. Keep filling in the veil. No 5. Mushroom Painting: Now it's time to dive into the actual painting. Start with making a pencil sketch before I highly recommend using a light colored watercolor pencil as it will dissolve in. The painting later replicate the same sketch than in the previous exercise. I did it very lightly, but it doesn't really show properly in the video. Contrary to the previews drawing exercises, we're going to paint the whale grit directly like before. Start in the front where the shapes are not yet distorted and work your way to the edges, progressively flattening the forms to adjust to folds or edges. In this example, I used a yellow for the wailed mushroom. However, feel free to use whatever color you like best. Once you finish to paint the front part off the whale, draw the stem just behind it again. I would recommend it to use a watercolor pencil so the line will dissolve into your painting. You then want to use a brush with a fine tip and fill in the stem with a mixture off yellow and black paint with the watered down color first, as you can always layer up a darker shade later. If you saturate your paint too much right away. You might create something that is too dark and that cannot be salvaged way, depending on how you stem. Looks like you can already add another layoff paint to make the stem darker. Now it's time to make the background veil. This is a veil you see through the 1st 1 Imagine doing the same grid you did in yellow, but with the same. Make sure off water to yellow and black used for List them. Be very careful not to draw the background lines over the yellow ones, which are in the front. Let's give the mushroom caps some texture. Fill in irregular shapes like the veil. Don't forget to flatten them when they reach the caps side To give the veil a bit off depth, we're going to shade it for the yellow veil. I decided to go with a mixture off yellow and orange for the shade. I did not use black as to avoid mixing the front and background grid. You want to add a line off that warm yellow, almost orange underneath each line off the grid theme, - Theun added. Elia very diluted black to the cap and stem to give the mushroom Maud apps 6. Creating the Background: for this yellow mushroom, I decided to create around background. For that, I simply used a plate that I put on top of the mushroom and drew the outline with the same watercolor pencil I've been using since the beginning. I personally really like dark on black backgrounds in my watercolors. It makes the colors really pop, and it finishes nicely. A painting. However, it also add some difficulty, and you certainly need some extra time and patience for that. So feel free to skip the background. If you're not feeling it, we are starting to fill in the space behind the veil. I simply used black for that and a fine tip brush. This is probably the longest part off the whole painting. So a good moment to get into the very specific, almost meditative creative flu. This is asking minimal thinking effort. You just need to be careful. And patients. I do like to listen to music podcast audio books when I work, which helps me to focus much better. But you might like utter silence, do what seems best to you and what works the way you feel. The round background. I decided to go with a dog galaxy inspired background using black and ultra marine blue. I do like yellow and blue as a color combo. So this is the reason I picked that specific theme. You will have to work a little fast year and with quite a bit off water. We are also going to work with the wet on wet technique, which consists off dropping some fresh paint into some still wet pains. Start by lose early, mixing dark and ultra marine blue on your Pillette and quite some watcher. Then fill in the previously drawn circle with your brush. Not you. Avoid ugly drawing marks. I suggest work in cloud shapes. If they dry and leave a mark, it will look nice. - E also left some blank spots off paper Theo Pew Brush into some watery ultra Marine and then drops of that paint to the still wet black. Keep going until the full circle is filled. Don't worry too much about it. We will layer down more color in it later way. - Once you're done, let's dry 7. Layering: one of the most common mistakes I see in beginners watercolor paintings is the wish to stop too soon on to finish everything in just one layer. Don't get me wrong. You can make gorgeous paintings in just one layer off watercolor, but that supposes a lot of practice, and you know perfectly how your materials reacts. A much easier approach is to work in layers off colors. Here we are going to rework with background by adding another layer off diluted black. Right now, the backgrounds might be pretty, but it's too presence and competing with the mushroom a background needs to accompany humane subject, not steal its place. Same goes with the background veil. Right now it's still to visually present, so we are going to add a layoff darkness to its. I used the mixture of diluted yellow and black to it, but you can also work with very diluted black. It's best to start soft and Adlai years later than to use a too strong of a color and ruin your painting to make the rail pop even more. At some shadows in the form of diluted black under each line way are also going to shade the textures in the cap with some black. You can also go over the background to make it more black that the stem a bit more if needed again with diluted black. - If you feel like I did that, the veil isn't quite colorful enough. You can also add some more color, so I brushed some yellow over various places of the veil. 8. Adding Light: The final step of this painting is to add some light for this. I used white gua sh goulash is very similar to watch her collar. It comes in tubes is watcher bays and you can revive it with Watcher. You really can use it exactly like watercolors. However, contrary to watercolors, wash is opaque with a fine tipped brush at some white on the top part off each line. Avoid the folds of the veil, which are darker way and then add some spots to the background to replicate stars. Don't forget to sign your piece and let right. 9. Conclusion: Thank you so much for taking this class. I really hope you had fun. You have completed the class product. Please share it with the class. It always helps students a lot. And I love to see what you come up with. If you want to share it on social media, don't forget you tag me. I'll go by the Monica. Pretty plot pretty much anywhere. I d hoped this was an enjoyable moment for you and hope to see you in my next classes by