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Reverse Coloring - 3 New Fun Doodling Techniques

teacher avatar Sarah Leigh, I'm Knot Tangled - Illustrations & Art

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7 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. First Technique - Mini Mandalas

    • 4. Second Technique - Flowers

    • 5. Third Technique - Characters

    • 6. Final Project

    • 7. Conclusion

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What's Reverse Coloring?  Reverse Coloring is the idea of laying color down on paper and then adding black and white lines.  In this class we will be examining Reverse Coloring further with mini mandalas, flowers, and creatures. Let your imagination fly and learn how to break through creative blocks with Reverse Coloring Techniques!

This class is perfect for beginners as well as seasoned artists who need a creative warm-up!

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I'm Knot Tangled - Illustrations & Art


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1. Intro: Hello and welcome to my new class. Reverse coloring. Free new fund doodling techniques in this class will be taking reverse coloring, which is the process of laying color down and then drawing lines on top with black or white . So basically, the rigors of using a coloring book and in this class will be making first many men dollars , which will make a beautiful pattern after that will be making flowers. So we'll lay the color down first and then draw the flowers on top and they make beautiful greeting cards. Lastly, we'll be working on a character, which is just a fun new way to live in art and just let your mind kind of wandered and imagination take over. So this class is really great if you are an experienced artists, but you're kind of stuck and need some new ideas on, even just proceed. It will give you some new ways to every neuron for shark. However, if you're a beginner, artists classes great just to try some new things that are easy and a lot of fun. No pressure with this class, for sure, So I can't wait to see what you come up with. And thanks for checking out the class, have fun and just be an artist 2. Supplies: All right, So for this class, you're gonna want some mixed media paper. I recommend a solar size this 5.5 white half is great. Um, because then you don't get so overwhelmed by the size of what You're creative. I recommend an ink type pen. You can use a ballpoint if you like. You can use a micron. You can use just about anything. But I d recommend. And I stood black pens. Um, some white Pynchon's in one of the leader videos. You will see that they failed me, and that was okay, so I pulled out like ehrlich pen. So in acrylic white kind can be kind of fun to From there, you're also going to need a water brush pen or just a brush in some water, and then you're gonna want a variety of colored markers that are, um, water based because you're going to be using water on these two kind of fake watercolor, or you can have watercolor, but you're gonna want some for, you know, plant colors. So maybe those you're gonna want some from your Mendel the colors. So maybe those maybe some creature colors. So think about what you're gonna need. You don't need necessarily a ton, but grab what you have. And, um also two you're gonna wanna pencil just for a little bit of shading. Nothing special. This is a mechanical. You have better drawing people. Bring him out there. Fun, too. But otherwise, gather your supplies and let's have some fun. 3. First Technique - Mini Mandalas: Okay. So for this first little reverse coloring, doodle will be taking three similar, similarly colored markers There. Just three colors you like together. And we need a water brush. And we are also going to need some kind of marking pen. No. All right, let's start over. All right. So for this one, you're specifically gonna need you three pens that looked good together, Three colors, and I like to start out with my lightest color. So let's just start making some shapes. Were gonna make some circles. We're making many men dollars. I'm gonna make most of these around the same size, like a polka dot pattern. Let's grab another color and get the next color in line. Don't worry about obviously colored them in perfectly because it's OK if they are all over the place because they should be. We're gonna put some water on top of them, too. So and it's always good to take a step back and see where you might have some empty spots like that. One looks pretty empty. Really? This corner down here, uh, see, Let's grab my other medium color again. Threw it down there. We'll take this light one and we'll put one up here. And, you know, this is for fun. You could eventually use something like this for patterns, of course, Um, on fabric or something else. But in general, you just kind of want to do it to relax, too. So feel free to have some fun with it. Don't worry. If it's perfect, just play around a little bit. Of course. Now, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take my water brush pen, and I'm just gonna get some water on the tip. And when I do is I'm gonna hit up the lightest color and start making that a little bit more irregular. You can't really see the brush strips on or the marker strokes, I guess of the brush tip? No. From there you can go directly into your medium color. Don't worry. If other little dots fall or anything else like that happens, he missed a couple. And then from here, we can do our dark ones. Great. Now I'm just gonna let this dry. I mean, if you want to, you can always add other little circles on there like that. Um, you know, maybe a couple here play around with it a little bit. Make it is busy or is plain as you like. Um, but otherwise, I'm gonna let this dry for about 20 minutes Or take Nikki heat gun to it, trying to use a hair dryer. Because you know what? This? The below. Everywhere. And I will see you soon. Okay. For first little reverse coloring technique. Make sure your papers totally dry. Of course, like you would you for the rest of a limitless class, too. And you're gonna take Let's start with our boy pen will start off easy, like starting off. Really? And, um, we're just gonna make little circles circling each other on the blue. So I picked the darkest color for this one. Someone like an indigo. Right. Okay, So almost like tree rings. And of course, you can do whatever you'd like to in these. Um, I just kind of like those little circles like that, um, up to you and also to when you're done with us, they make a really nice patterns. You could use your surface pattern designer. There's tons of other great classes on skill share about how to make this into a fully flush pattern. and Photoshopped in illustrators to check those out. But, um yeah, so let's try to get all the darkly ones to match just cause I want Teoh and we'll do this one nice. And this is one of those white pens that brightens up a little bit after it dries. That's a little tricky to me, but for this next part are gonna dio as we are just going to make spirals in these medium colored ones. It's up to you. You do not have to do this amenity sending a little bit more complicated after these spirals. Um, but if you want to see totally mindless, this is such a nice wayto it's kind of let your mind wander and make something kind of fun . Now let's see what else we're gonna dio. So in these medium blue ones, we're gonna dio the little actual man dollars. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna draw circle in the middle and then my draw a circle around it, my color and the circle around it. Cool. Then I draw another circle around that interest Ross, um lines phone, and then I find you another circle and this one we're gonna do? Well, just use circles. I love circles. And whatever you do something like this, you can always do your favorite type of doodling because we all tend to gravitate towards a certain type. Um, if you're not sure what your type is, feel free to follow along with me if you have a certain one where you're like No, I really like this where it's very organic or know everything like this that or it's very geometric. It's totally okay to do any of those. So then let's do another one up here. So this time, let's color in the middle, and then we're gonna do and we're gonna leave this part empty. We're gonna do the next part. I'm gonna do triangles in it. There are so many different ways you can do these so many different kinds of inspiration. And, um, Mandela's a really beautiful to these air. These were very, very simple ones. We're small, but some people like to meditate when they do them or even pray or just clear your mind. It's a really helpful way to do that. So just two little dots in this one again. You can be really precise with ease or you can play. Um, if you're trying to open up your creativity, I recommend not focusing on being is precise. And there really is no wrong way to do this to. So if you make a mistake, you actually really did want to be like that one. That's cool. Don't worry about it. It is not a big deal. Almost do some lines again here. Don't worry about also to repeating things, because this is a bit of a pattern. So, you know, don't fret about Oh, no, but I just did lines over there. No, you're good. So then let's do went down here, we'll do this one filled in again for the center. Do another line around that. No one around their own. One more line. And the funding is with this and you'll see this. Any other videos? Teoh To go outside. The color like that can provide a kind of a fun effect. So you don't always have to stay within the lines, right? Know what this is about? It's two lines here. Another way. You can do this too, which I'm not gonna show in this. Um, this particular video I do go over flowers and my next unclipped. But, um, you could also take these and make these little flowers, which can be kind of fun. Let's do triangles on the outside out here. It's funny. It's either the looser you keep your style. It looks like it becomes a little bit more kid friendly, so you can see that was the way I'm doing the strangles to. There's a little bit of expression to them. Cool. Then, on this part here, we are going to do just circles. So we've not done very many different patterns. We've done circles lines, triangles, dots filled in. Yeah, not a lot going on breaking things down piece by piece. Okun certainly make it look like there might be more going on. But I also to like toe keep turning my people while I do this because it doesn't force it to be one direction. Um, because I don't really want this to be one direction. So, like the band anyway, it's making my tree rings again. I'm going to revisit these in just a second. You'll see why, but, uh, for this outside shape, what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna make a lower case. Curse of e. Like a ribbon school. Nice route. So then, from here, I'm in a color in this middle part again. And really, you can color. You can do these dots however you like. I just thought it was fun to make them, like little men dollars. But you can go crazy with, um, just open you up to different possibilities, you know? But if you're feeling superstar, copy me. That's cool. Tales. Great. All right. Looks like we got three more like this. So let's do another one with a middle circle filled in passing, rape. And from here, we are going to do trying along those parts. Dolls. Exactly. Type tribals. Nice color. That outside part in. Oops. See, that just means that allowing us to be thicker. You can see I messed up right there. But you know what? There is no true mess ups again. We'll go Bob Ross style only happy accidents. And then we'll just you very simple lines and maybe some dots, right? Make it a little uneven. Why not? Right. And then looks like we got to melt. And I hope this brings you guys some relaxation and it's fun for you to do. Onda have You are able to make some pretty art out of it, too, because you know you can use this type of style to do a lot of different things. You can do it to relax yourself, or you can make some really cool art. And it's just kind of upto how you're feeling and what your personal style is. You know where you where you want to take this for sure. So let's do this one. Just the dots again, all the way around. Cool. And we'll just do circles on Nike. Um, if you if you really want to stretch, feel free to look up other patterns. Um, I show this at the beginning. Very like again. Very few little pattern things I do in is entangled doodles Ideo. Just because I don't want you to be over well, and it's a lot easier just to say, Hey, we're gonna do this one next to that one next, without trying toe to kill you to learn. You know 13 new different styles of doodling. Don't you could be able to jump right in this and I make a peace and be happy with it. Feel successful because it's so easy with art to not feel successful rate. Get a bit of that. Imposter syndrome, where you're convinced you've never been able to draw, are never been able to do any kind of are. And maybe even if you aren't, you sit doing. Are you have that, too? And that's not a good way to be. So this is just a way to break three that sometimes it just feels good to create to make some circles again. On some I just do some line. Cool. All right, so all of our main circles air done. So there's some different things you can do for the little circles. Um, right now, I'm just gonna be kind of plain and just do more of the tree trunk type ones. Tree rings will say you can do whatever you want with doing these, and we're just about there you go now. Of course, if you decide you want to go back through and maybe add some more to it, you always can. But you just have fun making your little mini man dollars and have fun playing with this, and there are no mistakes stuff on. Thanks, right 4. Second Technique - Flowers: Okay, So with our flour peas read here we are going to make three flowers and we'll start with our green. And don't worry of that. This seems kind of like sheep. Listen, first, it's kind of supposed to because you're gonna drawn the details after. So we're andro. One tall one here, leaf. We're gonna draw next tight here with a little taller. How are you and also to you want to make sure that you have enough room for the tops of the flowers on? Well, do you? Just a little one down here. Cool. Take your water brush. Starts smearing that around again. We're not worried about perfection here. It should be really messy. Shapes don't matter. You can play around with the stocks if you want to make him thicker center. It's kind of to you. And then from here, I like to take a couple of just flower colors. Used yellow. Thanks. Yeah, it's use yellow and pink. So for this middle one, I was gonna make a yellow blob here. Cool and then pink on the outside. You and religious scribble something nice. Any three year old should be proud of this. Now on That's what you're aiming for. When you do this, you don't want, um, perfection. You kind of want this. This is just a great activity to to relax yourself and also not always take your heart so seriously we can make that a little bigger. If we like cool yellow, move it around, perfecto. And then take this pink move around. If some of the lines bleed through, that's cool. That's basically what you're going through. A very, very messy flowers. Okay for our flower, um, doodles. Let's begin. So what I like to start to do is I'll usually do locally first, of course. Make sure this is totally dry. Um, you can kind of do this however you like leaves. I'm just doing, um, it's too basic outline. You can probably see here a fell in this part here, make it a little thicker and adds a little dots there to emphasize the outside of the leaf . Have fun, and then I'll do another one here except told you this in a little bit different. So maybe I'll do this one and do the line through it and then do a little dots on the inside and then for another one. What we can do is we can Ellen this leaf here, and you don't have to outline all of them if you don't want to. Um, you can kind of be fun. It's kind of up to you how you want to do this. And from this one, we're just gonna do it dark on the side, Do some dots there, perhaps. And then what you want? You can always do a line on the outside of this going to bring up the flower. It's gonna fun. So the next leaf go on to that too. So and you could always go outside the color a little bit like that just to play with it. You don't have to stay inside, and you can do whatever you want. What? The's leaves? Um, you can do like a lot of little lines on the inside like this. Cool and of course is you guys know this make great. I'm green cords, and they also do really nice for our general pages. Anything you can think of and you can always add what I like to sometimes to it's just a little leaves in there. Drawn a leaf up here drawing up here under our line and again, Just have fun with this. This is something that's not very doodily for sure, and, um, resentment to be very serious. And you can always work with the colors like you can see into your lines right outside of that. Do you some extra lines there, all different kinds you can play with up. And sometimes I like to even leave a little bit of weight so you can just do this torque on the outside. Just leave that one light colored. So have fun play. With that part you can make a bunch of Lee use. If you blow, you can start to make them really big, really small. I mean, you can even add in one here that has no color with it, which I think kind of adds to some of the fun. And I'm just doing really playing the color leaves. So if there's a particular leaf style you like, feel free to add that and maybe some jagged edges or something else along those lines, cool. So Y one down here, too. So just very loose. Very phone, but pretty easy on the leaves. Don't kill yourself. So then the next part I like to do and you can even have, like, little thoughts here, give me going crazy. All right, Now, the next but I like to do is to figure out what kind of flowers I'm gonna dio. And, um, generally, I like to think of these two types. There is either gonna be a type that faces up kind of like this where you practice it from the side or one that's more like a sunflower. Risi it straight on. So let's start with a sunflower one. Because that one tends to be the easiest. And again, I go over doodling flowers a lot more in my other video. But, you know, do whatever you need to for this. So we're just gonna draw so circles in the middle here, kind of like the seeds of a sunflower, right? And then we're just gonna start doing leaves. Excuse me, Pedals. You can always turn your paper when you do stuff like this to make it easier. Cool. Now you can see I have some empty spaces. Orilla flowers. So you can just color those in the well. Just some extra pedals. Give it a little bit more dimension, right? Cool. And so what we're gonna do to add some interest of this, we're gonna make our lines a little bit thicker on the outside. And Lou Pelin, there's nothing too precise. You can get really particular with ease. If you blink, You don't have to. It just depends on what you want to do with this. When it's done, if you just need to express yourself a little bit, don't worry. Now, um, keeping it perfect. And sometimes I mean, I love me some Bob Ross, but he is right. Sometimes those happy little accidents leader. Really interesting pieces. So don't freak out if it's not going exactly how you want it to you. This is a good exercise, too. Remind you that it doesn't have to to be good and then had just a little bit more interest to this. We're gonna add some lines coming out from the center. And then I think what we're gonna do is we're gonna have some kind of from tip to with a little thought. I'm just drawn line straight down. Nothing too crazy. You can see that starts to make it look more interesting. it's notice flat. Right? And that's what your just a fun little technique there. So, Margaret Zack All right, Very cool. Now, for this one here, we're gonna do another type of flower, I think is a lot of fun. They were gonna start out again with just some basic circles. But the bottom down here, I like circles. Nothing too crazy. And then we're going to start to do is just drop pedals straight out from that. And you can follow the watercolor if you'd like. You don't have to for the shape, but it kind of gives you an idea about what you can dio and then go back through and add and pedals where you see, there are some empty shapes. Kind of fun, right? All right, we're gonna do something very similar that we just did with this one where we're gonna color the outside of the edges of these puddles to make him stand out a little bit more cool, and then you can do the lines straight down from these is cool. Yeah. So two of our puddle flowers and this middle one, I think I'm gonna do, like, more carnation greasy at the moment. Even those similar colors air here for sure, but for this one. So what we're gonna do is we're just going to start making little see shapes. You want to make him a little bigger, is they go out otherwise, you know, it could be like a thing, Mom. See, similar in size incarnations. Get bigger. Hey, keep making your see shapes. Yeah, easy. This is so simple. This is a really great activity. If you wanna do this with your kids to I mean, you can have them do the flowers, and then you can doodle on top, even Or they could do that on top, of course, of their own. But this is a fun project. If you guys want to do this together, explain to your kids why you're adding the lines where you are, what's going on with, um, and again, always feel free to move your paper. So we got a happy little flower over here as well. I wanted to be just a little bit around or some pulling it out just a bit. And I kind of like when flowers especially like this go off the water killer because it looks like the flowers getting lighter as it grows out, which is common with flowers, really just the way you're doing it. So it's out a couple more there who know you can always leave it like this. If you Blake, it's kind of fun. If you want to add a little emphasis, you can do things like that. You can even add some text at the top. If you like, you can do this. Like if this was a good thank you card, you could write, Thank you with top. No brush lettering. You can do brush lettering trying to see a good pen for it. You could do the pink. I could just Teoh. So a nice little spring card for somebody just do something like that. All right, well, there's your flower example. I hope you have fun with this wound and make lots of pretty things and cards, and I will see you in the next video 5. Third Technique - Characters: okay for this last one we're gonna do is gonna making her character monster animal. However, you want to look at it and you want only down a blawg. And I recommend that when you do your blog's try, I mean, it doesn't really matter, but try not to aim for just a exact circle or an exact square. You want this to be a little more playful, So have some things sticking out on it, All right. And then you're gonna make sure brushes clean, and you're just going to go through that and make that Messi Messi animal shape. Awesome. I'm gonna let that dry and I will see You seem all right for this next one. This is where it can be a little tricky. And you have to really use your imagination. So Okay, first examine your color blue. Could be a monster. Could be an aquatic animal, like a shirk. I'm leaning towards monster right now, but, um and I have not prepared this beforehand. So you are doing this journey with me. It's very exciting, So I begin to imagine from here what you want this? You know what basic features? Most creatures, including monsters have. They have eyes sometimes one, sometimes a lot. Tell the mouth And maybe, like some appendages arms, legs, maybe years to start to look at this and there's a good chance to looking at this. You're like, I'm totally seeing something different than you, which is super cool. I'm actually starting to see something. Now, that is strange little monster, which is fun. And from here, then this is when I take my pencil and I use a pencil for its not because I'm gonna race like Look, there's an eraser. But what I'm gonna do is it starts to add in a little bit of shading. So I've decided this little part's gonna be my head, right? We'll have, like, this be the neck found there, right? This could be the back. And this is gonna be a leg, and this will be just another sort of funky leg. Might be a flipper. We'll see. Well said, see when I like to do these. So now I have an idea generally, like with the shape of the body is gonna be so then when I like to do is I like to This is just a personal thing. I like to take my white pen, and I like to make the white part of the eye Next. Um, and an acrylic paint pen can work really well for this, too. Sometimes they take a minute to show up because I want to study really bright. You're gonna work for me. See? You can see somebody was asking on one of my other videos. How do you get? You're right. Pens don't work so well. And honestly, the struggle is is kind of real with friends. Um, So that's why I'm kind of showing you guys this. Oh, like as the process. I'm doing it. You can see this. White peasants gonna drive me crazy too. Okay, so you get some acrylic paint and I will be right back. All right, guys, even better. I found an old acrylic paint pen. These things, they're pretty awesome. It's just that this one kind of leaks funny old. So I'm gonna see what I can make it. Dio All right? Really? Would that I had to stand out cool. So we'll let that dry. Does it dries? We're gonna begin poking up the rest of the animal like, made me up here. That's a near or horn. We'll see. And looks kind of like her down there to me. And really, you just kind of want to let this, um, take you on its own journey with the paper and animals Speak to you. We'll see what this is gonna be A just maybe something kind of fun. Maybe it's a friend. It hasn't told me. So then what You start to hear you started to lay down your ink and you can see much that a little bit. Excuse me? Your pencil smudge that around a little bit. I really start to do Is start to draw the outline. And you can a zoo play with us? You're gonna make some that you're like, Wow, that's terrible. Um, and that's fine. Keep going with it. See what? You can come up with it. When you do it, you might end up being surprised. Um, these are a little harder to overwork. I mean, it's it's definitely possible, but usually if you hate it, it means you're not done. And you can see this is kind of a laborers process. Um, I'm gonna show you why I'm not using a micron in a minute to go, I'm using just a regular pointed income. It was just a very strange little creature. For some reason, I have a fascination to I guess when I do these with making ugly unicorns, this is not the 1st 1 I've made. So let's see in a little smile. It's always exciting color and it's foot over here. Um, and if you need so you can always look at other anatomy of animals to to kind of see how they might look, um, you can always dio when they're like this. You can kind of corral him up a little bit, too. I meant to mention that. So, like, um, you can take the leg and bring it around. That's that's ridiculous. And that's kind of me. Here's the best of fun with this again. You're seeing this totally, um, as I may also experiencing it. Um, this strange little creature. All right, let's begin coloring in that I was gonna give him a nice dirt. People there, you what? I like to do You see me draw Justo, I lit a room. Then I like to take do some pencil underneath. He's tired going for a long time. So yeah, it's This is just a interesting little experiment you can dio. It's another really, really good one for kids. You can have a draw blob and hope they can help you See? Tell you what they see. This is really good. If you're stuck in your artwork and, um, you can't decide what to do next, you just need a break. Or, you know, if you're doing character design for sure, you can draw like another little wing over there. He's like the horse fly unicorn horse fly is You know, I think it's very important when you do these things, Teoh get to be friends with your little friend and get to know them. Yeah, this is definitely a unicorn horse fly. Um, give him some eyelashes because we can. This is very important. It's pretty happy to be rolling around, um, a little bit of shaded that way. Yeah, I just have fun with the character. I think it's important. Like I said, to get to know them. Perhaps you want to name this one. You can totally do that. Um you know what you think isn't aim should be for her And what's fun in the more you play with something like this, the more you can start to be like Okay. Wow. I could do a story about this character. I can get to know this character. You can have it sort of just become very alive to you, which is so there's your character. Go for it. Have fun with it, Make it strange and thanks. 6. Final Project: okay for your final project. I'd like you just to pick one of these, Um, whether too many men dollars, your flowers or even your fun little creature. And I would like you guys to just put one of those up is your final project. So you got to try at least one. But I believe in you. You can do it if you like. Show all three. You can show him on social media. That would be super awesome to hashtag in reverse coloring. I'll check him out or send them to me. Anything is kind. And I get really excited when I see what you guys have done. So just have funds. Play around together are no mistakes. Thanks so much. 7. Conclusion: Thank you so much for taking reverse coloring. Can't wait to see what you guys come up with. And I hope that you've been able to have just of your time with art and right through any creative barriers you've had or just learned something new. So please share your work with me. Share your work outside. It's a very freeing saying this trigger work out there. And, um, a lot of communities like school share and instagram and stuff are very positive, and it's just a good way to put good work out into the world. So I can't wait to see what you come up with. I can't wait to see what you think of the class on. Thanks so much. Have a great thing by