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Art Journaling for Beginners - Foolproof Watercolours

teacher avatar Angelique Noll, Artist and Writer

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    • 1.

      FpWcolours 04 Intro


    • 2.

      FpWcolours 04 Materials


    • 3.

      FpWcolours 04 Lesson


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About This Class

Are you looking for a fun and easy way to play with watercolours in your art journal? 

If you've never made a watercolour page in your art journal, or if you're hesitant to try watercolours, then this is the class for you - an easy and very relaxing watercolour page. You don't need any watercolour experience - just a willingness to play with the medium and have fun. There's really no way to get it wrong;-)

So what are you waiting for? Set aside 20-30 minutes to play and make yourself a cup of tea/glass of wine;-) Grab your art journal, some watercolours and water colour pencils, and come and join me.

See you in class!

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Angelique Noll

Artist and Writer






My name is Angie, and I'm a writer and artist.


My writing journey started many years ago when I took journalism and advanced journalism courses and started writing freelance articles and short stories for magazines, which were published in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. I also designed and hosted a writers workshop, which took place over the course of a month, with weekly in-person meetings and lots of writing from the participants in between meetings. 


My fine art journey started right here on Skillshare, in 2017. I took some fun art classes in many different media because I had never done fine art before and had no experience, but I knew I wanted to learn. Gradually... See full profile

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1. FpWcolours 04 Intro: Hi, everyone. Welcome to this auctioning. Plus, I'm going to show you a lovely freeway off playing with water colors. And what kind of pencils in your journal? As you know, from arginine classes, I really believe that all jelling, it's a place for you to express yourself and to play with your tools and materials and not to take yourself too seriously. So this activity cool Today's it's lovely in the way that it allows you to explore and to play, and they actually really no way of doing it wrong. I think you'd have to work really hard to try and get this one wrong. Sir, we're going to be playing with water colors and watercolor pencils. So grab your general and in role, and I will see you in the next listen. 2. FpWcolours 04 Materials: so the materials will use for this class is watercolor paper. With whatever you've got in your journal, just make sure that your paper in your general is thick enough to handle watercolor. So I'll be using the dust watercolor pad. Um, and then we're also going to be using watercolor pencils, and we're going to be using water colors so you can use the pan Connors. Or you can use tubes like I do and just put them in your palate except you and you're going to use some pain, precious. I've got a size six. Yeah, and I've criticised too, so you only need one. But I mean, depending on the size of your page, if you have bigger areas, you'd like a bigger brush in the smaller one with small areas, and then we're also going to use ah pin, so it's got to be waterproof because of the water color. So what? You can award to prepare a pin so and eraser and you will need a jaw off clear water and then on my page, also used gel pins to write with. These are optional. You don't have to use gel pins. It's up to you what you want to write with, But I use the Joe Opens. Okay, I'll see in the first, Jason. 3. FpWcolours 04 Lesson: Okay, so here's one vision that I did where I didn't do any writing on my page. It'll I just did the image. And on this one, you can see I did it in my journal, and I used to space around it to write in my gel pin so you can write in any color you want or you don't have to do writing it in time. We up to you. It's your chin. Also. You can do it however you like. Okay, so we starting with a pencil user HB laid or something really soft and start by drawing a border. You want to abort it to be a little bit inside your page, because my picture, if you wanted to be like mine my picture. I wanted my leaves to sort of go outside of the borders, so I made my border but smaller and you'll see just now when I draw some of them go outside of my border. If you want to entire picture to fit in your border, that's entirely up to you, to your choice and then just using the life pencil strokes. You can draw your whole picture inside your border. You don't have to use flowers. I love flowers, and I do flowers and leaves quite often. It's one of my go to things so you can use you can draw anything you like. It doesn't have to be flowers. Otherwise, you can do along with me and make a flower seen as well. Keep your pencil strokes nice and light because we don't really want him to show through at the end. Okay, So, Philip, your page as much as you like, I made mine quite cool. We will be painting the background as well. So But we want to leave a little bit of spicing between the elements that you put on your page. Okay. And okay, so once you finish your pencil drawing, you get your job with clean water and your paintbrush. Use a nice big brush and just with the entire page with clear water first. So once your pages thoroughly wit and you'll see, your page will buckle as the paper starts to absorb the water. That's fine. You could take down if you want to. So once your pages nicene with you, take any neutral color. So I used black watercolor pencil. You could use any color you want. Doesn't have to be black. I just use black, but choose a darker colors. Look, a dog blue or purple. Some will also be fine. And you just outlined your entire picture in your watercolor pencil so you'll see as you as you outline, especially the pages. Nice and wait. You your watercolor pencil will start to run a little bit and that that's nice. I quite like that. Makes you look so as you're planning. Don't worry about being too precise if you don't stick to your pencil lines. Exactly. That's also fine. You won't see them much off it. If you did some light enough, you won't really see them. Just sort of let the water smudge the pain celibate and feel free as you're doing it. It's not a very precise activity. That was the whole point of being at this to be to allow ourselves to play, to just enjoy the materials were working with. Okay, so now that you've outlined your whole picture with your watercolor pencil, we're going to take our paintbrushes and paint. So if you are using a fella toe, if you're using the little Panin States that's also fine. And just use a paintbrush that's the right size for your drawing, so minds quite fine. So I'm using a small. It's another 2% I'm using. You use this. Use one that suits your doing and you folio your images with color. So we're going to start that images. Okay, so I'm using different shades of green here because I wanted my picture to be quite colorful, but you could play around with us. You could use 11 color only and use different values of the Pulitzers lighting dogs of that kind of. Or you could limit your palate to maybe one or two colors only. It's entirely up to you. I want to mind to be quite fooled with color, so I'm going to change our McCullough's often. And it is a flower picture. So mine is going to be nice and light. A colorful Okay, so this is where the fun part begins. Once you have, I want to call it some aspect of your picture. You don't have to do the whole thing. You want the water to still be with the paper to still be with. This is where you bring in your watercolor pencils and you can see that I've used first. I used the same color pencil as the pain that I used. I did orange being sold on orange paint, and now I'm using a slightly darker color. So the idea is that you want to create some fixtures, some contrast and play around with your colors. Just because I have an orange flower doesn't mean a conflict. Any color on top Purple blue. You can try anything, so make sure that your water color is nice and wit and water it and then play around with your cancels. You want to see the pencil on top. You want to make marks and strokes and different colors so one orange flower can have in my cast. Orange flowers. One can have some yellow on earth, one can of orange in it. One can. I think on it. You could even try and completely contrasting colors. So something you know, you could put a blue or a purple on top anything, so they are trying a little bit of purple in my orange flower. They will look nice, so it's up to you. And if you don't like the way one flower looks or one element of your doing looks world. They don't do it on the next element. Just change. But with the idea of our journaling being a place to play and to practice and to make our mistakes, don't take it too seriously. If you don't like one element and don't start over, just carry on and just don't combine those colors again. Try different combination on the next flower or the next element in your picture. So here I made the one flower a nice bright read. It is nice on the page. If you have one element that stands out quite a lot, so I will only have one bright red flower. Thea. Others will sort of be orange and yellow, so you're in your page. It's nice to look and see. Maybe there's one thing that you can have to stand out, depending on what you're doing. So don't be scared to mix colors on your on your elements. Like for my flowers. I've got different colors from pencils on each of the petals, and it doesn't matter. You can just use different ones, and if you don't like one color, go over another cover. Try different things and see what works for you. - Okay , so on this page, my journal, you can see I've colored in the background. I've covered in between the flowers and I wrote around the ages. You can't leave your page white if you like. You can just put the border or you don't have to put a border. It all you can just kind of like on this page. So it's really up to you what you want to do in your journal. If you're ordering a border, just make sure that your pain is waterproof. And if you want to make it like mine, I did my borders sort of so that my flowers could go over the outside of it. No extend beyond the border because I quite like that. But you don't have to have it. It's up to you entirely. And if you want more writing space than just make your picture small, or you can use a double page spread in your journal as well, and do the Big John one side and do the writing sort of a little bit on the one page and then on the next page, as Well, it's up to you how you arrange your journal, so play around with it. Okay, so now that my food is done, you could leave it, Marcus it Or you could just right in the white spices in between. But I am going to come inside my flowers first, and we're going to use the same technique as we used with the flowers. I'm going to color in with the water paint first. And while the paint is still wet, I'm going to go in with my watercolor pencils and make marks because you want to see the texture and you want to see the line. So just make sure that you do section at a time. Okay? So I'm going to go in between my flowers. I'm going to start with yellow. And it is also nice if you do different background colors. Don't just stick to one background color. I mean, you could if you wanted to. I quite like that because I was going for a whole multi cutting look and texture and feel I didn't want to keep the one thing. So I changed my background colors started one color. And if you are going to change background colors. Just make it wait enough so that they complete into each other and sort of make a gradual change. And while the pain to store it, you want to go in with your watercolor pencils and to your marks and your so that you can see the lines of the pencils on so you can see I used orange on top of the yellow, and I like the construct of the contrast I really do. So if you don't like it, then it would be better if you use maybe the sun color pencil as the as the paint that used , and then you would see this off it. And as you apply your paint in the next for the background, the colors will bleed and even some of the pencil will start to bleed into the water. That's fun at all. It's the effect of the overall picture, so this could be a little bit time consuming depends, of course, on the picture that you made if you have lots of time, little spaces inside or if you have big spaces but can be a little bit time consuming. But that's fine. If you have lots of tiny little spaces like I heard between my peoples and things Onda. When you're painting the background, you might like it along the tiny spaces and have a few whites. But white bits live. That's fine. It's also nice to have a little bit of white, you know, between sort of between the background and the element that your coloring. So don't worry about getting every time a little bit of white piece covered. It's fine. So when you finish the background on your picture, just leave it to dry a little bit to ensure that you don't smudge anything on. Then it's up to you If you want to write around the border, if you want to leave it as it is in right on a separate page, you could even right over the top. It's entirely up to you to your journal. Um, do that as you please. Uh,