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Watercolour: How to Paint Snow Globes

teacher avatar Sharone Stevens, Watercolour, Illustration & Lettering

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16 Lessons (2h 13m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Tips & Techniques

    • 4. Tips & Techniques Cont.

    • 5. Cabin Part 1: Sketching the Outline

    • 6. Cabin Part 2: Painting the First Layers

    • 7. Cabin Part 3: Painting the Second Layers

    • 8. Cabin Part 4: Snow & Reflections

    • 9. Deer Part 1: Sketching the Outline

    • 10. Deer Part 2: Painting the First Layers

    • 11. Deer Part 3: Deer and Trees

    • 12. Deer Part 4: Snow & Reflections

    • 13. Bunny Part 1: Sketching the Outline

    • 14. Bunny Part 2: Painting the First Layers

    • 15. Bunny Part 3: Snow & Reflections

    • 16. Final Thoughts

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In this class, I will guide you through my process of painting three different snow globes using watercolour paints. 

I will start by giving you an overview of the supplies that I use and then we will practice a variety of basic techniques that will be useful in the class. These include different techniques for painting skies, clouds and snow, a quick look at how to add shadows, and varying colour values to paint trees in the background and foreground and adding snow to these trees. I will then take you through my process, step by step in real time, for sketching and painting three snow globes with different winter scenes.


I hope this class will allow you to feel more confident using watercolours and that you will be able to use the techniques we practice to design your own snow globe or winter scene that you will be really proud of by the end of it!

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1. Intro: Hi there, my name is Sharon, and in this course, I'll be showing you how I paint my snow globes. I'll start by taking you through the supplies that you'll need and then we'll move on to a practice session where we'll cover some tips and techniques that I use for painting the various elements in the snow scenes which include the skies, the clouds, the snow, the shadows and the trees. This will give you some time to practice these individual parts before we start painting the snow globes. I've designed three different snow globes which we'll be painting in this class. You can choose your favorite or you can paint all three. As with all of my classes, everything is in real time so you'll be able to paint right along with me. I start by guiding you through the sketches and then take you through building up each layer of the paintings. I'm always happy to answer any questions that you have about any of the steps in the process. The final project is to simply paint one of these snow globes, but by the end of the class, I hope you will also feel confident and inspired enough to design your own snow globe if you want to, using the different elements that we covered in the class and the techniques you will learn will also be transferable to other snow scenes which you can paint. I hope you're ready to start painting, grab your supplies. Let's get started. 2. Supplies: In this class, I'll be taking you through the supplies that you'll need. First, you need some watercolor paper, ideally cold pressed instead of hot pressed as we're going to be working with washes and layers, so it needs to be quite absorbent. For the same reason, it should be thick enough to handle the water and paint. Go for paper that is at least 140 pounds. You need watercolor paints. As a minimum, you will need a Blue or Brown, Black and a Green or Blue and Yellow to mix up a Green. I'll be using my professional Winsor and Newton tubes. I'll be using a couple of different blues for the skies and shadows, mainly Persian Blue and Indigo and a little bit of surrealism Blue in the last snow globe for the shadows. For the trees, I'll be using a mix of Indian Yellow and Indigo to make the really dark neutral forest greens. I'll be using Burnt Umber, an Ivory Black for both the stance of the globes, the bed trees, and the cabin, and also for mixing with the Blues to make them darker. As well as the Burnt Umber, I'll be using Yellow Ochre for the animals, the deer and the bunny. You'll also need a pallet or plate for mixing your colors on. As well as the water color paints, you will need some Opaque White paint for the snow and any white areas. I'll be using my Dr. Ph Martin's bleed proof White and also a signal gel ink pen. These are both among my favorite tools in my supply box and I'd highly recommend them both. You will need some brushes. Ideally a medium to large brush to cover the large areas like the skies and the stand. I'll be using both a size four and a size six round brush for these areas. For the finer details, you'll need a smaller brush and I'll mostly be using a size zero. Again, that will be around brush. You need a jar of water and a paper towel. You need a sharp pencil and eraser, as will be sketching out the snow globes before we start painting. For the pencil, I love these mechanical pencils because you get a really nice fine line with them. You'll also need something circular to draw around the globe to make it nice and neat. A large roller cellotape would work well. I'm going to be using a circle from my DICOM machine, which has a diameter of ten centimeters, which is just under four inches wide. Now we know what supplies we need. Let's move on to the practice session. 3. Tips & Techniques: Hi everyone. In this video, we'll be practicing some of the techniques and painting styles that will allow you to create the simple snow scenes within the snow globes. We're going to look at painting skies, snow, shadows and trees. First, I want to show you three different simple techniques for painting skies and clouds. One of the things I love about watercolor is how versatile it is and how you can create so many different effects using different techniques. I think it's important to experiment with these different techniques, to find out what potential your paints have and also what works for you personally. All these experimentations allow you to grow as an artist and really help you get to know watercolor better. The best way to improve a watercolor is to really understand what's happening on your paper and how to respond to it. Watercolor can be unpredictable. So if you want to be good watercolorist, you need to pay attention to what's happening on your paper rather than try and take more textbook approach. There's three different techniques I want to show you for the skies: are wet on wet, wet on dry, and lifting the paint with a paper towel, and these will have different effects, so you can see what process you like and what effect you like best. For the paint, you can choose whatever blue you like or wherever you have. I'm going to be using Persian blue here, is really nice, deep blue. I'm also going to mix up some darker blues as well. If you're not sure what blues you like or you have in your palette, I'd recommend just playing around with them before we start the snow globes. You can make the blues darker by adding a touch for its complementary color, which is orange. Or you can add a touch, a brown or black to make it a bit of a dull or moody wind to blue. Here I'm just adding a touch of burnt umber, and you can see the difference that makes. Now, I'm just going to add a touch of my Ivory black here as well. Black is useful for darkening colors, but it always makes some quite dull, so it has to be appropriate for what you're painting. Starting with the skies, the first technique we're going to use these wet on wet. We want to lay down a coat of clear water first, so make sure you water is really clean. I'm using a size six brush here. You want a medium to large brush for this, you can cover a good area of your paper. Don't go overboard with the water. You don't want a puddle on the page. You want a nice, even coat of water. Then grab your blue. I'm just using my pure Persian blue for the first coat and just lightly spread this over the wall to dabbing your paint around, making sure to leave some areas of white for the clouds. Because the surface is wet, the paint will dilute even more, making this blue really nice and washy. The paint should run a little creating these nice, soft edges. Now, you can grab some of your slightly darker blue mix and just add a touch underneath any as in the white-spaces, which should hopefully start to look like clouds now. This will get them some nice shadow. Just dab the paint on lightly. You don't want to disturb anything too much. It should all be still quite wet, so you should blend in nicely with the rest. Next we're going to look at wet and dry. Grab your light blue again and just paint in kind of rough strikes. You don't want too much water on your brush because once it dries out, you get this nice, dry fresh effect, which makes it look a bit patchy. This technique has quite a different effect than a wet and dry. As you can see, the blue is more prominent as it hasn't been diluted again by that water on the page and the edges are much harsher. I like both of these effects. This just depends what look you're going for, for which one you decide to choose. You can add some extra water to your page to blend down any areas if it's looking too harsh. Again, you can add some dark blue under the clouds for that shadow effect. For the final technique I want to show you, start by laying down a flat wash of your blue, so you don't need to leave any gaps this time for the clouds. You need enough water here to spread this around. But again, you don't want to end up with a puddle on your page. Now, grab your paper towel and just fold it over so you have a smaller area to work with, and then just use it to dab away some of that paint. You can see I'm working very lightly. I don't want to take off too much and all the shapes that I'm making to be quite soft and cloud-like. You can just fold it over again and use a clean area of your paper towel to take off even more of that paint. Then again, you can add some shadow underneath those clouds if you want to. That's quite dark. I'm just going to soften these up and blend them out here with a tiny bit more water. Three quick and easy techniques for painting skies and clouds. Do let me know which one's your favorite, I'd love to know. Moving on, I'm just going to lay an area of blue paint down here, which we will come back to when it's dry, so I can show you a couple of ways to do the snow. As that's drying, I want us to practice painting some shadows with really pale or [inaudible] , and we can use these for either the shadows of the trees or the shadows of whatever is in your scene. We can also add some shadows to the mounds of snow so it doesn't look flat. I'm just going to start by drawing a really simple little scene here with just a tree outline and a bit of a hilly area or some mounds of snow. Now, take your blue and really dilute it down. If you're unsure if it's too dark, then it probably is so just add more water. I'm going to start with this tree and paint the shadow coming down towards the right, and then just impact your washy area for shadows in the snow. You want this to be so pale that if you add much more water, then you will hardly be obscene. You want it to be really subtle. 4. Tips & Techniques Cont.: Let's move on to painting some trees. What I want to practice here is painting trees in the foreground and in the background. I'm just going to outline the shape for these trees. A straight line down the middle for the trunk and a long triangular shape for the outline of all the branches. You don't need to draw this all the time, and I wouldn't normally when I'm painting, but I just wanted you to think about the shape of the silhouette that the trees will make. First, choose your green for the trees. I like to use a real deep, dark neutral green for these forest trees. I will mix in some of my Indian yellow with my indigo. If you haven't watched it yet, want some tips on mixing your greens or truly understand why different mixes make different greens, you can check out one of my other classes, which is all about mixing greens. We're going to start with black gum tree first. We want to dilute this green quite a lot. A general rule to remember is trees or objects further away should be less defined and less prominent. Because these snowy scenes are probably going to be very foggy with a lot of snow in the air, anything that's not in the immediate foreground should be paler than the rest. Starting from the top of the tree, use this washy green to paint in the branches of this tree. You can curve these downwards from the white of the snow, which we'll be adding on shortly. I'm just going to work quite quickly here. Then with this darker green, which is much less diluted, paint a second tree, which this time is in the foreground, so the color is much more prominent. I'm just using quick strokes here again and keeping to this triangular shape, making sure it's got that nice jagged silhouette with the individual branches sticking out. You can make the base slightly curve, which will make it look more dimensional. Now I'm just using brown, I'm using my brown amber and you can add this to the trunk of the tree. Again, just choosing more diluted mix for the one in the background and a slightly stronger mix for the one in the foreground. These trees are very quick and very basic. Next, let's paint a tree that is a little more defined, which is good for when you want the tree to be more of a central feature as it is in one of the snow globes that we'll be painting in this class. I'm just going to quickly sketch out the outline of this shape again and I'm going to use my dark green mix again. We'll be painting in a little more definition with more of the pine needles on the branches. So this will take a little bit more time. I'm using my size 4 brush for these trees. You can use smooth brush if you prefer. But this one has a nice pointy tip to it so I can get that definition of these branches. Let's start from the top and paint each branch, so I'm painting in the line of the bunch curving downwards. Then little lines coming off either side for the pine needles. I'm going to work my way around the outside of the tree first to get the shape. Every so often, just pause and look at the oval shape as you want it to have a nice, fairly balanced silhouette with all of these branches. Is easy to get caught up when painting smaller details that you forget to look at how it's going overall. But it's important to stop every so often just to make sure you're on the right track and happy with how it's progressing. Finally, I'm going to start filling in the middle of the tree. I want it to look quite textured, so I'm not just filling in with a black gouache of green. I'm adding some dark green in there as well and keeping with these small strikes and I'm also leaving little glimpse to the paper coming through. Once you've finished with all of your branches, grab your brown again and paint in the trunk. I'm just going to make this brown a little darker to add some shadow and definition at the top and the side of the trunk here too. The final trees I want us to practice are some bird trees, just focusing on the trunk and the branches instead of any pine needles or leaves. Again, we'll paint one in the background, which will be paler, and one in the foreground, which would be a bit darker and more prominent. So start by diluting your brown. Again, I'm using brown amber for this and then paint in your trunk. Then just paint some branches coming out, which are curving upwards. Again, these are really simple. We're not focusing on the details of the bark or anything because we are going to be using these and a fairly small scale within the snow globes. We just really want to make sure that we get the shape and the silhouette of these right. Now grab some more of your pigmented brown. I'm just going to add a bit more to my palette. I'm going to do the same again, painting the trunk and the branches. Just truncate your lines nice and neat. You don't need much water on your brush for this. Just painting those initial branches that come off the trunk and then just add little branches coming off of them. Next we're going to add a little bit of shadow to the trees. So pick up your diluted blue again. Make sure it's nice and washy and pale. Start with a thin line coming out to the right for the shadow of the trunk, and then you can make it wider, as a reflection of the tree shape coming to a point at the end. These don't have to be exact, so you don't need to worry too much about came shaped perfect and to look effective. Now the wash of blue we painted earlier has dried out we can get back to looking at arsenide. One way that we can paint snow in sky, is using wet and white which makes the snowflakes look much softer. So start by covering half of your wash with some water then I'm going to grab my white paint. So this is my Doctor Martin's bleedproof white you want to make sure that whatever white you're using is opaque so light color white won't work for this because it'll be transparent. I'm going to use a smaller brush now, I'm just wetting it slightly, and I'm just going to pick up some of the paint. You don't need much water with this at all you just need to damp brush. Then I'm just going to gently touch the wet paper and it's bleeding into the water little and making fairly large and soft looking snowflakes. You can paint some of these a bit larger to give a bit more of a foggy effect. Now I'm going to do the same but on the dry surface, which will create smaller crispers snowflakes. You can combine both these techniques together and you end up with quite a nice, foggy looking snicing. Finally, I'm just going to use my white gel pen to mark in some snow as well, which is a much more defined and controlled way of doing this. Its going to go back however some of the paint is going to make it a bit more prominent. So there's just a couple of simple ways to paint in your snow. Finally, let's paint some snow on these trees now that they've dried. I'm just going to roll out these pencil lines first. I'm just going to add some of the paint to my palette just because I don't want to add any dirty water into my jar. Start at the top of the tree and just work your way down, and imagine that the snow has fallen on the top of each branch. So you want to make sure particularly on the outer edges, that the white is on top of the green. Otherwise it won't look right. Just keep going practicing painting the snow and all of these trees as I was sitting on top of the branches. Do the same for the bad trees painting the line of y of the snow just sitting on each of these branches as well. You can also add some snow to the base of the tree, and because this paint is really thick, it will add some nice texture. Okay that's it for our practice session. I really hope it's been useful. Please do upload any of your work I'd love to see or your practice pieces and know if there any particular techniques you've preferred and how you found it. Now let's move on to painting our first snow globe. 5. Cabin Part 1: Sketching the Outline: For the first snow globe, we'll be painting this little cabin surrounded by trees. We'll start off by sketching the outline and we want to end up with something like this. We're not going to draw any trees, but if you feel more comfortable doing so, then you can just pause the video at the end and add a few in before you start painting. Grab something circular to draw around, I'm using the circle from my dicot machine, which is 10 centimeters wide or just under four inches, as always, keep your line sharp and light so they won't be noticeable at the end, these mechanical pencils are great for this, next we're going to draw the stand. We want the top of the stand to be about half the width of the globe so roughly a quarter inch from each side. To make sure you get the distance roughly the same either side, you can just grab something to measure it with. I'm just using my eraser to mark the same distance with my finger. Now draw a couple of curved lines either side and connect them with the curve that's pretty much parallel to the globe. We want to draw three of these for the stand, and they should get a little wider each time so the bottom of the base is about two-thirds of the width of the globe. Next, we want to draw in the scenario as gathered inside the bottom of the globe and this is really going to help make the globe look three-dimensional. This should come up about two-thirds of the height of the globe, so that we still have plenty of room for the cabin and the trees on top. Next we're going to draw in the cabin so start with two sides of a triangle and then bring it down and then draw the roof. You can draw little door at the front and then amount of snow which is hiding somewhere on the side of the cabin. I'm just going to tidy up this roof a little and then we're done. Grab your paints and let's start with the first layers in the next video. 6. Cabin Part 2: Painting the First Layers: The first thing we're going to paint is the sky and I am going to use a wet and wet technique for this one. Make sure your water is clean and just cover the top portion of the [inaudible] around the cabin. Now grab the blue of your choice. I'm using my prussian blue, mixed with a little ivory black and it's a really diluted mix so it's really washy. I'm just gently brushing this around making sure to [inaudible] some white areas for clouds. Now I'm just adding some slightly darker blue to the edge of the globe which will help give it that curved 3D look. Again, with a diluted blue mix, I'm just adding in some shadow to the snow at the bottom. Now we're going to leave that to dry while we start painting the base. For this one, I'm going to use brown. I want to give it a wooden effect but you can use any color you wish. We want to aim to have each of these rims darker at the top and the bottom and on the left and the right. This what will make them look curved and dimensional. We can come back to this one since it's dry and build up these layers. Now were going to get back to the globe and start painting the cabin. If you think the surrounding areas is still too wet, then just give it a few more minutes. You don't want the brown from the cabin to bleed into the sky by keeping this brown quite diluted, quite light. I'm going to paint a little chimney in here. Leave that out to dry and will carry on with more layers in the next video. 7. Cabin Part 3: Painting the Second Layers: Now the sky is dry, we are going to start painting in some trees. Start with the trees in the background, and as we did in the practice video, we want to make the gray nice and dilated, so it's ready pile for these background trees. This tree is going to sit behind the cabin, so make sure to leave a nice clean edge where reef is, as eyes is covered in snow so we are going to leave that part white. Paint another tree behind the cabin here, and I'm just going to do another couple of trees on the right side as well. You want to make sure there's a ready pile so that the trees in the foreground will stand out against them. Now I'll stay dry. We can continue working on this stand, so am just going back room force, working on the areas that are dry. I'm just going to build up these edges of each of the reams, and you can see I'm not blending [inaudible] with this smooth layer because I wanted to have that texture which will give it this wood in effect. Yes, globalness some rough areas with different shades of ground sharing [inaudible] , and I want to leave some lighter areas as a bit of reflection as well, which will now give that dimensional shape. Now the tree is a dry. Let's start painting the trees that are in between the foreground and the background. So we want these to be a bit darker than the background ones, but they shouldn't be as dark as the trees that will be in the foreground, you need to give us some room to make that green even darker. We are going to start with one on the left-hand slightly short than the others, and this one is going to be behind the cabin again. We are going to have a wide edge again for this slide, which is on the roof, and we can always touch you sought with our white paint later, so don't worry if that white part is not as neat as you want, and just paint another one on the right side. Even darker green, you can use more blue in your mix and just use much less water, so it's a really nice boat grain. Now I'm going to paint tree that's in the foreground and is sitting in front of the cabin. I'm just going to add one in on the right side as well. Now, I'm going to grab my brown and paint in the tree trunks. Next let's paint in some shadows of the trees. As in the practice am just using my ready pile washing [inaudible]. We're just going to add in some extra shadows on the slide in a few places. Do make sure you leave enough white around this area, so as to look nice, [inaudible] just covered in the shadow. Now I'm going to get back in and add some layers to the cabin making these edges underneath the roof a bit darker, so it looks a bit shadowy. Now the base is dry, I'm going to get back and work on that [inaudible] especially around these edges. I'm just going to bold up these edges of the climb to give it that spherical arc. I'll leave it to dry, and in the next video we will be adding in the final details and the snipe. 8. Cabin Part 4: Snow & Reflections: I'm just going to add some of my white paint to my palate, and then start painting in the snow, starting with the snow flakes in the sky. Now I'm just going to start adding the snow to the trees. As we did in the practice, just make sure it's sitting on top of the branches, you want the white to be above the grain, especially on the outer edges. Just touch up any areas that you need to run the cabin. We want this tree to be completely covered in snow, apart from the little chimney poking out. Now I'm just going to add some extra shadow to the bottom of where the snow is all gathered. I'm going to go and add some extra definition to the cabin, using my smaller brush now to paint in the door. Some lines going across the top, which look like wooden panels. I'm going down as well. If you want to, you can add smoke coming out of the chimney. I'm going to use my gray mix here. You want this to look really pale. You don't want this to look like really thick black smoke. It should really be the shadow of white smoke. Now, finally we're going to paint in the reflection on the glass. If we get this right, this is the final bit of detail which will help make it look three-dimensional and more realistic. I start with a small line of y going straight down, and then add a curve which is pretty much powered out to the end of the guide. The same in the bottom and then fill this with white. Then paint another one next to it, and more of a triangle. Another triangle along this edge. Care at the top as well. Again on this last side. We're almost done now. Just stand back and have a look at your globe and see what if any final adjustments you want to make. Or details that you want to add. I'm going to add some more white to this smoke here. I wanted to add some extra definition to the front of my cabin. That's a little darker, and these edges as well. I'm just adding in some extra depth to the edges of these rims to really make them look like they're carving in. Finally, I'm going to grab my y again and add some little icicles hanging from the roof of the cabin. Now I think I'm finished. I really hope you're pleased with your snowglobe and I hope you can share with me so I can see it. Now, let's move on to the next snowglobe, where we will be painting some of the trees covered in snow and a deer. 9. Deer Part 1: Sketching the Outline: For this snow globe, we'll be painting a simple scene with some bare trees covered in snow and a deer. We just want to sketch out the basic shape first like this. We'll be sketching in the deer as well a little later. You just need to make sure that you leave enough space to add this in. Okay, start by drawing your circle, again, minus ten centimeters diameter or four inches and draw your stand starting at about a quarter of the way in on either side and make this wider as you go down with the three rims curving around pretty much parallel to the globe. Then draw in the gathering of the snow at the bottom of the globe. Make sure this doesn't go higher than halfway up inside the globe as you need enough space to paint in the trees. Okay, so we're ready to start painting now. 10. Deer Part 2: Painting the First Layers: First is painting the sky with a pale blue wash. Just paint the edge around the bottom as well. I'm just going to add a little of my dark blue into the sky whilst it's wet. Just bear in mind, don't make the sky too dark because we do need to paint the trees over the top and we want them to be able to see especially the background ones which will be paler. Okay, I'm just going to pick a little bit of this out with my paper towel. This is very subtle, but it just gives it a more atmospheric effect. Now I'm just adding some really pale blue to the bottom of this knife as my shadow. For the stand, on this one I'm going to be painting it black. But again it is completely up to you what color you paint it. If you liked the wooden effect stand in the last video, you're welcome to do that again. I'm just going to be using my ivory black. As before, we want to concentrate on making the edges of each of these realms darker so that they look like they're curved both ways at the top and the bottom, and also on the left and the right hand side. I'm just going to add a bit more patchy color to this sky. But again, remember, don't make it too dark so that the trees can sit over it. Now I'm going back to the stand, I'm painting this middle realm and just working on building up those layers. You'll see I'm painting this in a different way to the last stand because I just want to show you that there are different ways to get a similar effect. There's not necessarily a right or wrong way to do this, it's is just your preference. 11. Deer Part 3: Deer and Trees: Now, we want to sketch in a deer which is going to be slightly off to the right of the globe. This little guy is going to be facing forwards with his body off slightly to an angle. So start with his head and it's going to be a soft triangle with the point at the bottom, and then draw in the trunk of his body, made this a oval shape underneath the head tilting up towards the right. Now, drawing the back legs and the front legs. Then just draw a line in where the antlers will set and we can paint these in, but these will just give us a guide. Now, let's paint this little fella. I'm just going to grab some of my yellow ocher and I'm using my size zero brush, so just grab one of your smaller brushes as he's quite small. Am keeping this nice and light to start with. Now, I'm just adding some of my burnt umber for the legs and around the body. Now, I'm going to use my burnt umber again for the antlers, keeping these nice and fine. We want it to be a little bit darker than the body, so they really stand out and just built up that color on the deer until you're happy with it. We can come back and add the final details to him a little bit later when he's dry. Now, just check your sky is completely dry as we want to start adding in the trees now. Don't be tempted to do this if the sky is still wet as they will run, they'll bleed into the sky, but we want them to be nice and crisp with clean edges. We'll start with background trees, so grab your diluted brown mix and paint in your trunk and then your branches. This branch just needs to be dark enough to go over the sky, so it depends on how dark you've made your sky as to how pale your trees can be. I'm just going to add a bit more brown to this. I'm going to add another one at the back here, and another one to the right behind the deer. I'm keeping these all at the very back of the snow so there's room for more trees in the foreground. I'm going to add one more in the background here next to this one in the middle. Now, grab your darker brown using less water, I'm adding some of my blue to this to make it really dark and we're going to paint a bigger tree now in the foreground, it's going to be much more prominent than the others. This is going to stand in front of those background trees, so if they're not dry yet just wait a few more minutes. Then I'm going to add another smaller tree on the right of the deer as well with the same dark brown. If they're not as dark as you want them to be just keep building up that color with more layers. I'm going to add one more tree in the middle, it's going to be a bit lighter than the foreground trees, just make sure the base of the trunk where it finishes at the bottom sits higher than the one at the front, so it appears to be behind it. Now, I can add some shadow to these trees using our very pale blue gray mix, and I'm just adding some shadow to the bottom as well. You can also add a little bit of shadow to the deer, so shadows coming from his legs and you can add some little footsteps in the snow behind him. Keep this nice and pale so they're just subtle shadows in the snow. Next, let's add some more details to the deer. I'm using my brown to give him some eyes and a nose and build up that color on the antlers. He's really small so we don't need to worry too much about the exact details. I've just realized I've forgotten his ears, so we can add those in now as well. 12. Deer Part 4: Snow & Reflections: Now we want to start adding in our snow. I'm just going to add a little water to the sky so that I can have my white on top and that will give it a nice soft, foggy look. Don't add too much water, otherwise, it will just stir that paint underneath. We don't want any water marks here. Now, I'm just adding some little white flecks to the deer's body and then we can start adding the snow to the trees on top of each of the branches. But again, if that sky surrounding it isn't dry yet, just wait until it is, so this snow appears nice and crisp. Now we want to add in the snow to the sky, so either use your paint brush and white paint or your pen. I'm going to use my gel pen this time. Now I'm just using my pen to draw the outline at the reflections on the glass of the globe and I'm just going to paint these in with my white, with my paintbrush. I want these to have nice, sharp edges. I'm also going to add some white to side and this time I'm going to blend it out a bit. I want there to be a bit more contrast between this reflection and the rest of the globe. So I'm just going to make this edge a little darker and paint around these white shapes. I'm pretty happy with that now, so I think I'm done. I hope you're happy with yours too. Now let's move on to the final globe, which will focus on a central tree and a cute little bunny. 13. Bunny Part 1: Sketching the Outline: For the third and final snow globe, we're going to be painting a snow scene which features around this tree, with a little bunny looking up at it. We're going to start by sketching the outline which we want to end up looking like this. Grab your circle to draw around first. Then draw in the base with the top starting about a quarter of the way in either side again, getting wider towards the bottom. Make sure these curves are pretty much parallel to the globe. Now let's draw in the snow that has gathered at the bottom of the globe. Starting at a point on the left side, draw a rough curve to the other side, coming to another point and join it with another rough curve going underneath. Now draw in the bottom of the snow which will be parallel to the edge of the globe. Now in the center, draw line for the trunk of the tree and I'm leaving enough space in the branches to draw in the bunny on the right-hand side. Start with a small circle for the head, two ears coming off to the right an oval for his body, and then an arm and a leg. Now we can draw in some of the branches of the tree, just to give us a rough guide for the shape we want to paint. Have some of the branches at the top directed upwards and then as you work lower down we can start to curve these more downwards as they'll be weighed down with the snow. Now we can move on to painting. 14. Bunny Part 2: Painting the First Layers: Now we're ready to paint, grab your blue. I want the sky to be a bit darker than the others, so I'm going to go for my indigo this time. Just fill in the sky, covering the sketch of the tree but making sure that paint around the outline of the bunny, make the edges darker and keep the central areas a bit lighter. You can see I'm not just painting a flat wash here, I'm varying the amount of paint I'm using to make it more atmospheric. Now just fill in this little gap underneath this now as well. Now whilst that dries, we can stop painting the stand. Again, I'm going to paint this black using my Ivory black. As before remember to focus on making the edges of each rim darker at the top and bottom and on the edges to make them look curved. Now I'm just going to grab some of my silvery blue, and we'll dilute it down, and use this to add some shadow to the snow at the bottom. Now we're going to paint the tree. You want a really dark green for this, so it really stands out against the sky and the snow. I'm going to mix my Indian yellow with my indigo to make this really dark neutral green. I'm adding in a little bit of ivory black too. You can see I don't have much water in this mix as I want it nice and thick. Now start at the top of the tree and start painting in each branch, and then each of the pine needles coming off each one. I'm using one of my smallest brushes for this because we want these lines to be really nice and fine. Start with focusing on the outer edge, painting in all of these branches around the outside to give a nice silhouette. Make them wider as you get farther down towards the bottom of the tree. Then when you get to the bottom, we want this silhouette at the bottom to be almost curved, which will give a three-dimensional look. Just make sure that these branches come out a little bit lower in the middle. Then go up again on the left side. I'll do the same working on the other side of the tree. Okay. Now we've got all the branches on the outside, we can start filling in the middle. You can still use these little stripes to make sure that tree has some texture, adding in some darker areas as well. Now use your brown mix to paint in the trunk. Now I'm going to use this greeny ground mix to paint a few little blades of grass that are coming out through the snow, which adopted around the bottom of the tree and around the bunny. Okay. Next we're going to paint the bunny. We want a yellowy brown color for this, so I'm using my yellow ocher and some of my burnt umber. I'm going to vary the mix I'm using, so I have some kind of lighter areas and some dark areas as well. Make sure to add a little darker color where the head meets to body and where head meets the ears and in between both the ears as well. This will help define the shape to clear as it's so small. Now let's add some shadows. We can add shadow to the bunny and to the tree and any other areas you think needs it. 15. Bunny Part 3: Snow & Reflections: Next, we're going to add in the snow. I'm going to use my gel pen for this as I want the snowflakes to be really clear and defined against the darker sky. I'm just working my way around the tree now, making sure they standout. Rather than just dotting my pen on the paper, I'm giving it a little chance for the ink to come out. Now I've run this side, I am going to draw in the reflections. I'm just keep going, draw in a few more, just fill them in. Still using the pen, I'm adding the snow to the tree, only to the branches. It's just a thin line lying on top of each of the branches. That's done. Just stand back and have a look to see what final details you want to add in. I want to add more detail to the bunny, particularly on the head. I'm just going to darken and neaten up some of the edges of this base. Finally, I'm just going to paint over some of these reflections with my bleedproof white to make them even whiter so they really stand out. We're done with that third and final snow globe. I really hope you've enjoyed it. I hope you've been painting along with me and do they upload your work because I can't wait to see it. 16. Final Thoughts: Hi, everyone. Now we finish this class, I really hope you've enjoyed it and it's been helpful for you. I've tried to focus on showing you a few different ways to paint the same or similar things in this class. Because I really want you to understand that there is not just one right way to do things or to colors can be really versatile and adaptive as long as you know how to respond to them, and it's all just about experimenting and practicing and finding your own preferred styles and processes. Hopefully, the practice session at the beginning, as well as the little differences are included in each globe, which will give me the inspiration and confidence to design your own snow globe if you would like to as well. Please do let me know what you've taught this class, it helps me so much because I'm always thinking about ways that I can improve my teaching methods. There's still fairly new for me, so I want to make sure that these classes are as useful and enjoyable for you as possible. Don't forget to upload your work as I do really love to see it here in the project gallery so you just need to go onto the website to do that. If you have any feedback or questions and just drop me a message. I'm also on Instagram so you can follow me that to see more of my work and keep updated on future classes. I also love to share my students' work in my stories, so if you tag me in your work, then I can share it. I use the hashtag learn with Sharon to keep all of my lesson and tutorial related posts in one place, so you can follow that too if you'd like to, and also tag your work with that hashtag. Finally, a big thank you for taking my class and following my work, it really means the world to me to see that you're enjoying my classes and I'll see you again soon.