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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Celebrating With Light: All Year Round


    • 2.

      How To Make Light With Watercolors


    • 3.

      Make Candlelight Soft And Glowing


    • 4.

      Celebration Cards With Candles


    • 5.

      Felts Can POP your Cards


    • 6.

      Adding Watercolor To Finish Your Card


    • 7.

      Popping Penguins All Year Round


    • 8.

      Working With Pastels And Watercolors


    • 9.

      Celebrate With Mood Magic


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Celebrating With Light: For Every Occasion: Watercolors, Pastels, Colored Pens

A seasonal class for all the year... you can access the FREE HOLIDAY TEACHER PACS from my website and pop in the proper colors and themes for the season you are in. 

We all need to celebrate and it happens all through the year. So why not have a class you can pull out and find some great ideas to celebrate with.  Ron Mulvey has designed a class that will give you the skills and creative ideas to draw and paint your life celebrations throughout the year.

Light is the best way to start a celebration. This class will show you how to 'Let your light shine'.


We will be using colored felts, pastels, pencil, pen, and watercolor in this 'mixed media' class.

I have used 140 lb. arches cold press watercolor paper,  2 ply matt board, and regular cardstock paper. Use any good quality art paper that is heavy enough for watercolors and smooth enough for pastels.

Bring the magic of candlelight into your artwork. Birthdays, Anniversaries, and special Holidays need the warmth of feeling that only candles can give.

This class is an all year class. You change a few colors and switch a theme or two and you can make it fit any occasion you want. Just download the special Holiday Pac and you will get all the ideas you need.

Cute is OK when it comes to doing something special for kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids and even adults. Spread around some cuteness when you are celebrating in your artwork.. Get all the characters you will need from your Creative Holiday Artwork Pacs right here. These Holiday Pacs were designed for Elementary School and Middle School teachers around the world.

Take what you need from them and use your candlepower to light them up for the Holidays. There are dozens of original holiday characters, themes, and projects to choose from. 


Class goal - Learn to make your candles glow and then add some characters that will describe the event or holiday you are painting.

Learn The Light Secret

  George de LaTour knew the secret for candlelight painting.

Can't wait to celebrate with you.

See You In Class / Ron / Special thanks to my son James Mulvey for providing the guitar mix during the intro movie and in other sections of our classes. 

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Ron Mulvey✏️

Artist / Art Teacher


I've been working as a full-time artist since 1980. I have had the pleasure of teaching art since 1983 and have taught thousands of classes on drawing and painting. I would consider it a privilege to assist you in achieving your artistic goals.

I have taught the basic and advanced mechanics and principles which give us the skill and confidence to express creatively, for the past 30 years. Sharing them is my passion! 

What Do I Like Teaching?

Watercolors and Acrylic are my specialty. I work with oils also but not as often as the water based mediums.

I love trees, mountains, rocks, water, flowers, and all that nature has to offer. Getting out into nature always gives me a creative boost. You get the real energy and feeling of space and belonging.See full profile

Level: Beginner

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1. Celebrating With Light: All Year Round: Hi, I'm Nolan Murphy , and if you're like me, you love to draw, you love to paint, and you love to celebrate. One of the best ways I know to celebrate is to start the celebration with light, and one of the most special lights that I know is candlelight. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, special get-togethers, all the special moments that we have with each other. We'll be exploring some things that you can use to express your celebratory mood and you're celebrations in your community. Candles make it special. Let's learn how to draw and paint some candlelight. 2. How To Make Light With Watercolors: I've selected two brushes. One for a big candle, a smaller candle, notice I'm using flat brushes, and one for a taper candle. This is Hansa yellow and I've grown with thalo blue and alizarin crimson. You may use any colors you want as long as you have a yellow of some sort, a blue, and a red. I'm using the thalo simply because it's the purest color and the purest blue. Let me just show you on the side here. It's a great blue and it does not get pasty. It stays nice and clean. The only thing it's really dirty is you water up quickly, and if you get any yellow in it, it does turn green. So here I am getting my colors ready and I'll do the same for red alizarin. Remember watercolors, we don't have to put them on thickly. We can get them on quite thin and then darken them as we go while they're wet. We're going to put a light wash on here of each color and then we're going to adjust the bottom to make it dark and light at the top. I'm going to start with my big brush and I'm going to take the blue, touch it, I don't want it to spread too much. Put my brush this way and I'm not going to go on the middle, I'm going to go on the side but I'm going to leave room here. I'm going to push it down. Just come up and see what happens. My goodness, nothing came out. Why? I know. I got rid of it all here, too much. Try again. That's good. Now I can go this way. By pushing the brush down, I can get a candle shape. I can hold it closer too. Rub it a little bit, tap the sides depending on how you want to get it, how good. Just keep dropping in. Now I dropped the color in, can see at the bottom? If I want this to go up, we have to pull air and everything all off and watch it run. Now, here's we are having a nice small brush, helps you move that around. See the puddle? Now the paint is still a little bit wet up there but not too wet and my puddle has pretty much reached the end of its journey. So I'm going to tilt this way, take a little water and keep it tilted, and soften the edge. Now I'm going to tilt this way and let it run down and maybe add one more for the bottom. You see? I've gone from dark to light, still have a bit of a puddle. That's okay. Let's soften the top now. Get rid of the water on your brush and the paint, get pure water, touch the rag and really soften that top to exactly where you want it. There we go. Sometimes candles are also a little bit on an angle at the top, but that doesn't matter. There's my first candle, but I could make this really quick, but let's do a good job. Let's soften the top because when we looked at the picture of the candle, we noticed it was very soft around the top, and there we go. I might soften a little bit along the bottom too. Just add a little drop just to pull it off. Maybe it's in the snow. Maybe it's out in the snow in the yard and it's the Winter solstice and you've invited some friends over to watch the new moon rising up as we come closer to the new year. Leave a little drop there. Just to have a little fun with the shape. Look at this. It's some really moving here. Remember one of our principles, watch. I am going to come down a little bit more with this so it even bleeds out a little more. I wish I could just fire these down and show you how to do this in four or five minutes, but you know what, you really do get what you put your time into. Sometimes, especially for a lighting effect, you have to take your time. There we go. But we let that sit for a minute because it is wet. While it's wet, I'm going to put the next candle in then go for red, and put my brush up here. I don't want to be too close. That's wet. It's a little wet. That's okay. I can bring it down in a second. I got to pull it up a little higher to about there. Lift the brush right off. Maybe I'll add a little roundness to this one for a taper. You see that? There we go. A little bit. I just about had too much there. Put that in there. You've got to move everything again because you're going to tilt it. There we go. We're going to tilt it and make it run and it's being a little stubborn. Why? Because the paper has dried already. There's two ways to do this and this is probably the better way. Put water on the top one. Now reverse the flow by tilting this way, but careful you don't lose it here into the blue. Just add a little water all the way down until you come near the red part, but don't touch it, not yet. Now tilt, tilt this way and it should see wet, wet, wet, wet, the drip. Now we just have to encourage it a little bit and it's going to take off. There it goes. There it goes. There it goes. There we go. Of course, it's only going to go where it's wet. I'm going to add a little more random effect on this one. I'm just going to let it sit. It looks like even wax is dripping there. I forgot about the wax dripping. This could be wax dripping. Very good. So we come over a little bit, make the edge a little bit tappy. I'm going to put one more at the bottom. Now I let that sit there for a minute. Little dark at the top so I'm going to let it drain a bit. I think this is a pickup the drip one. Dry my brush off, tap it on the paper towel over here, tap it and pick up the drip. Now I think that's good. That's two candles. I'm going to lighten the bottom here a little bit, let it drift into the scene here. One more candle, I've got to have three. I'm going to bring this one right off the side of the paper. You don't have to do that, you're allowed to do anything you want. This is going to be a little short one and he's going to come right up beside this one. I could have even put it behind him, but I'll just do it like that. Notice I haven't put my candles in anything, that's up to you what you want to put your candles in. Then a little bit of the blue dropped in, a little more of the red drop it in, let it puddle, more blue, let that sit for a minute. It's mixing on its own. I'm going to let that sit. While I'm waiting for it to sit, I'm going to take my small brush and put in the wick. Here's a trick to do the wick. Take some pure halo. Some pure glycerin. I'll take a little drop of water from say over here, a drop and just get it so that it's enough to mix. We don't want to touch the candle here. Because that's wet, I have to soften the edge on that. I have another brush handy and I'm going to just put a little bit of water up here. Soften that edge. It might come up a little higher and that's okay. Look at this is really cool here. You can see it's mixing very nicely. I soften that edge, let it sit for a minute and remember don't touch the wet paint, put the wick in that there. The easiest way to do this, is to actually put some wet, like a circle, up above one of the candles without touching the wick. That looks like it's just barely not touching there. Then now we're going to take a little bit of the pure yellow, just like we did with the pastels. I can see it touch the wick a little bit there. I'm wondering if that's a good thing or not. I'm going to just touch it with a rag, there we go. What I do is just take a little wiggle like this and then just flick it up. Because it's wet all around here, this will in a few minutes spread. You can use two brushes if you wish, one to wet and one to put the yellow one with, just make sure your brushes are really clean. Here's the next one, I'm going to stay away from the wick this time. Rather than a circle, I'm going to do more like a teardrop shape. I can see I had a little bit of something in that, a little bit of color, there's my yellow there. For my little guy, I think a little light for him so I'm going with a little circle on this one too. Round and round there. Put strength yellow. There we go. I'm going to take a very small amount of the red, so you can see with the intense light on here it creates a lot of shadows, that's okay. Take a little bit of the red, touch it. Just put one little drop inside that yellow before it dries. There we go. It looks a little bit like it needs a little softening on that one. See how I blended that in, there we go. Remember this part is wet and it is watercolor paper, so we're going to be okay. Perfect and let that dry. While it's drying I might add a little bit of more blue in here to go a little darker. I really liked this frosted candle, it almost looks like it's been frosted and over by the weather outside, or the wax has been dripping down it. Remember the candle has to be soft edge, so as I'm moving up, I just keep adding a little more water because I wanted very, very, very smooth a transition and one more dark at the bottom. I'm going to let that sit very dark in there. Do the same with the red candle for little bit on, not right to the edge, bring it up a little. This is with flat paper; then just dry brush it up if you can. If it's stubborn, then use a little water. I don't know, that's coming down nicely. This one almost looks like it's in front of this one. Quite liking that. I'm going to take a little bit of red here. It's the small adjustments that makes a difference, not the big adjustments. There we go. 3. Make Candlelight Soft And Glowing: There's my water, and I am leaving a white space between all my sections. But I'm putting water everywhere And I'm staying away from the flame. It's going to be a little tricky to get up to middle of this one but, a little water in there. There's my flame and it's all white there. Same with this one And if you'd like to use your other hand, that helps sometimes to reach things, depending on what edge you're going for. It's not that difficult and it's good practice. There put some water in there, got a tight little space right down in there, take the end of your brush, pull it down. Okay, add little more water on that. After a minute, you can start to see the paper does go a little darker when you wet it. We're going to stay warm first, I do have my little pan colors here and take a little full strength yellow with just enough water on the brush and let's see what happens when I put the full strength yellow in. We're going to put that in the top because we are going for the halo effect here. There's my full strength yellow, bring my rag over, clean it over here in my bigger container because this is my pure water, I want to keep that. I'm going to take a little bit of Alizarin, I'm going to mix it right on my, actually, this is the back of an old watercolor pads, so it's going to be pretty absorbent. I'm going to put that down here as you can see it has to be a little darker. There we go. Remember, these paints are going on wet paper. Go, I think I'll put it a little bit up there creating a halo effect, there we go. Nice thing about watercolors, there's always pleasant surprises. Okay, what do I do now? Well, I'll clear my water off, make sure that doesn't drip. Take my board and start tilting. The paint will run downhill every time. Notice that it's not going up here because it's all dry and we're getting pours it's going to go down. Now we can encourage it a bit. Here we go use the end of my brush. Just bring a little river down here. There it goes. I don't mind the drippy halo effect. Oh, this is nice. I'd like to get this around, all I have to do is create a little path with my brush and we should be able to get some of that over there. It's really moving. Maybe I'll bring that right over the table, see, so I can bring it over there. This is marvelous. You can't make this happen or, I mean, you can't anticipate what's going to happen. It's coming pretty close to this flame but I don't care. I do want to get it just down. Remember how we did it with the other one, just bring it down with that. That's just a little bit down there makes a difference. Right there. You can see it. Now I'm tilting up this way, I don't want to fiddle with this one too much. I'm liking it the way it is. While that's collecting there. I think I'll take a little blue. This is bone-dry, this candle. There was a tinge of yellow left on my brush, I don't know is that word teal blue? I'm not familiar with the trade names, but it's a greeny blue, turquoise. I've brought a little bit more up into the candle here now, really good. I remember could go a little farther here. I am just going to add one more little thing. I remember from our candle, actual candle photograph, that's the top of the candle was quite warm, I'm going to add a little warmth to the top in that one. Now how do I warm up blue? Well, if you put red on blue, it's going to be purple. I'm going to take a little smidge of yellow, very little bit look how thin it is. Just add a little bit of the yellow at the top of the candle to get a little warmth up there, because blue is a very cool color and little bit yellow over here. This orange yellow over right here to warm that up. Maybe a little more here, we're just playing with this. Having a good time. I need a dark somewhere, I am going to go with a little more dark in here now that it's wet. Now remember how we did it before it did dry lighter. Remember watercolors, put them on dark and they will dry lighter. There perfect. This orange, I can bring it down one more time. I like to get it down it over, like that and we don't lie it flat. Lay it down flat just that little dark accents there leads me back into the picture. Wow, I don't change a thing on this. Is it a holiday? What holiday could this be? Of course, it could be our winter solstice, it could be our Christmas, it could be happy holidays, it could be advent, it could be Festival of Lights, it could be anniversary, which had commemorate something that we remember. I think I'm going to leave this and wait for something to come up. But something just came to me right now. By watching my picture. I'm going to bring in a little texture on the bottom here. I could even put in a little green to make it be an outdoor scene. That's great, I'm going to leave that, take the tape off it when it's dry. 4. Celebration Cards With Candles: Time to get back to work. I got a clean piece of paper, clean things up and I started this little cupcake thing because we had a class and it was so much fun. Basically, I'm going to try to draw a cupcake. I know it sounds like, wow, simple but listen, designing things is always a lot of fun if you've got some basic shapes to work with. I'm going to be using the arches for one part of this, I will do a cupcake with little candle in it. That's the shape we're looking for, and from there we're going to learn how to put something on that looks patterned rather than random. Then we can go on and make our little cupcake, add a little candle, like a really really, amazing candy. It's got a handle. This is chocolate and this could be fruit leather with little things hanging on it and candy cane here follow with a marshmallow with sprinkles and a candle on top. I don't know, do people design stuff like this? Guess so. Let's get to work, here we go. Get a piece paper and practice with a pencil making two lines. You'll feel the muscle here, the muscle here is the controller. We call this finger drawing, and a good exercise for it is to draw two straight lines. No erasing allowed. Now, you're next to point towards each other. You can even make them touch each other. But what we're looking for is slightly angled for the cupcake. That's a pretty skinny cupcake, but it's still a good shape. You can have a short little cupcake like that, you can have a wide mega, almost life sized cupcake like this. Now, if you're having trouble drawing it straight, make yourself a little box. Practice a little box. See if you can get it looking square, and if you can't do this, keep practicing it, and there's our cupcake shaped that way. Many ways to do it, you could even take a circle. There is many ways to make something square and the circle, or our cupcake, this is the cup. Now, go back and realize that this is probably not what you want. What you want is a curved line. Curved line, do little practicing curved line. So then you can cupcake with some style and feeling. They don't have to be exactly the same. They can be a little what we call crooked. You might want to take a black felt and practice going over what you've drawn in pencil. This design, and you have this design, and we have this design. There are millions of ways to do this. Let's practice a few of these cupcake frosting designs and the last thing on the cupcake, my little granddaughter calls and pup papes, last thing on the cupcake is going to be the candle. So here is the practice line for the icing, or we call the frosting, and what you do is practice some eights this way. Then again up here, and you just keep moving it up, see. Control it there. Think of an eight, but instead of going all the way back, you come in to the top and touch that one. Lean forward, maybe bend your pencil, they'll see you can see real going and take your time. It's better to have a long continuous line like this. I like going around corners fast. Although I don't do that with the card, but when drawing, I like going fast. Look at this one and see what I did. I just drew these unconsciously. There is the one we're doing now. There it is, and there it is there. These are my super marshmallow candy sticks. You can use them at Halloween for Halloween invitations, get birthday or Halloween party, harvest party make little pumpkins there. This works anytime of the year. This one here, what I did was I drew the cup cake. You can follow with me on this one if you want to do a rough copy, and round at the bottom. Then I decided to put an ellipse in here. This is where our doing drawing class really helped you because we're not using anything but straight lines and little ellipses here. Something there, even a circle, and then we go wiggles and make them a little drippy. You can change the shape, but you just wiggle it. This is called clustering. It's when you add things in behind and in front. See. There's a lot of cherries on this. If I drew this again, let me use my eraser to help me draw to not to get rid of mistakes. I think I probably could get one cherry. See, they're all behind. I want one in front now. What I do is I erase a little spot here. By the way, this is a Tri-Conderoga. Tri-Conderoga by Dixon, it's an HB. I think it's one of the best pencils out there because it's just the right size. There's a little curl there. I'll put another little curl here. Now I've got a cherry in front. Anyways, and that's my little and then you put the fluting in. Now, hold the fluting if you wanted to be three-dimensional. Can't take anything for granted here, put the first one straight, and if you have four sections up here, 1, 2, 3, 4, there's five sections here, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, because this is bigger or wider than the bottom, you'd need to put in five here, 2, 3, 4, 5. So you only have to do is connect them, and it'll look in 3D, see. It look three-dimensional, little shadow on the plate. That's enough. That's a great idea. But let's put the candle and we want to put the candle and so I'm going to do it lightly with the pencil first, and I'm going to put in my ellipse here, and I'm going to ask myself, would I see the back of the candle on this picture or the top? I'm thinking I'm only going to see the top, so I make it this shape. Put the candle in here, the wick, and that's where the flame is going to go right there. Or I want to make it look like it's right up front. I could erase the two cherries with the candle right down like that, into a crane there, or if you want, you can do the marshmallow stick one, which is quite easy. You just make a little cupcake. Put some zigzags in it. Put in your stuff coming up here, they're frosting. We start at the top, and put your candle up here. Maybe there's little bright lights here. I know candles don't go this way, but it's art. We can do it and do ending with one. More zigzags. Little stick down the middle, down the middle. Up like a little boat. Erasers don't get rid of mistakes. They do two things. They help you draw, and give you a second chance. I like that boat or I could do with 3D. I see I've never, always got to go a little farther. I like that. It's got interesting, but how is that both going to stand up? We'll put it on a little pedestal like that, and what would this be? It could be a happy birthday boat, summer vacation. All kinds of little things. Put some of the cherries in behind the cream to the other side. Yeah, it's working. 5. Felts Can POP your Cards: There's the drawing I took and traced, and then made sure that I really put lots of pencil on the back of it. Now what I'm going to do is trace it on here. Just by putting in a piece of tape. And I added a little round bowl. I can put it on an angle or straight. It doesn't matter. Just make sure you've got everything in the right place. I'm thinking right about and here. I'll bear down on this with the pencil see. That will give me a transfer to the other side. It's working. Here we go. I'll be back in a second. I just went over all the shapes with this. There it is. I've added a few gum drops falling down here. You know one of the special birthdays we have is one. I'm drawing a number 1. I'm doing that very fancy one that when you buy a one year old a candle. I put a one here, little lettering. You could also add a name, whatever you want. Now you get to work and choose some of your favorite colors. I'll take the rose color first. It's always good to check. See if it's clean. Yes. Like some colors come out darker. I'm going to do my little cherry here. Of course the cherry, I'm going to leave a little white spots showing. It looks shiny. You have to make things look real. You just have to do you best coloring. A skill that you probably learned in school. There's a little coloring and we'll do a little more coloring and meet you back here in a second. I'm going with the purple and the orange. The colors and all alcohol markers and the watercolor paper is very absorbent. If you don't have too fine a tip, you won't stay in the lines as they say. I think I'm going to go with an orange candle too. Start selecting some of your colors. Leave a little white on the candle showing. Orange is a nice warm color. I think I'll do my drops. A little bit of orange and leave just a little bit of white showing for shine. I'm going to go on to the bottom part next. I'm going with pink icing. There's couple of ways of doing this. One is to outline and this is not really pink. I didn't check this color. I'm safe because I've outlined it. The pen nib likes to go one direction so you may have to tilt your head, so you can see where you're going. These are not the finest pens, meaning the tip is not quite fine enough. They're a little thick, but the outline looks good. Here's the color I was looking for. It's called sorbet. I think it's going to look good. It's a purple-violet. I'm going to leave a little white line, just so it gets a little shine. Even icing is a little shiny. We're trying for a little bit of a lighting effect here. Not too much, maybe just a little light like that. Another way to do it is just to leave a little white shape in different places. My candle is right in the icing. Leaving little white spaces creates a little shine. Now if you go over it a second time, it'll go darker see. If you do the sides a little darker, you'll get a little 3D effect. That's the great thing about watercolor paper. This is almost looking great. Each time you go over it, it gets a little darker. It's very subtle, but the watercolor paper really sucks up color. Here we go. You just sit there and dot it now, to make one side darker than the other. Hey that's good, I like that, top dot go on. That's called sorbet. This is called pistachio. I'm going to do the bottom. Notice I've kept away from the pure red and I'm staying with the orange, green, pink. I'm going to do this across but I'm going to leave the little white section there see. That will give you the shine. This is my first coat. Now, some people might just color it in, but I want those shine here and there. I'm going to color it in leaving a few white marks. I'm also going to color it in on an angle here radiating from the front. Now you can spend just as much time with these pens as you can with watercolor. I'm going to continue darkening from the sides until I get the effect I want. I'm back to this is called gold, but it's really more of an orange. To get the shine on the muffin, one side and the other side, but we're going to leave the three in the middle untouched. A little dotting method will give you a nice transition. I'm going to even just darken this a little bit here. This base. The thing with pens is once you've done it, you're not going to get it back. That's about as far as I'm going to go there. I like that dark and light. You can even darken half your little gum drop. What I'm going to do is use all the colors from here and get them up into the gum drops. That way. I'll get unity so I'm going to get to work on the gum drops now. I'm really enjoying embellishing with these different colors. It tends to balance the picture as we're doing this. I haven't decided about the one yet. It's a little, put a touch of green in here. Then I'll go over that dark green with some more blue. Get more depth underneath the little red mark there. But I think I'll go and darken that. Just keep looking at it. Well I think we have enough orange here. Deceptive looks yellow but it's actually orange. This is the yellow one. Using a big nib doesn't necessarily mean you lose control. It has three sides, so you can get some really small ones too. I'm thinking, yes, then remember, got to leave room for the candle. Yeah, this is strong. I like this. These are very pastel, these colors. They'll make all your circles the same because as you just put little dots now, they will look farther away. Now remember, if you want your picture to be predominantly warm or cool. Wishy-washy is when they're halfway. I'm thinking a little more warmth here. I'll go with my gold. I haven't used any brown. It would go well with pink. Brown and pink good combination. These are great for learning how to do different combinations of colors. Nothing really dark here, which is great. I think I'm ready to do the last part, which is put in a wick. 6. Adding Watercolor To Finish Your Card: This will be pretty straightforward. I have my rag, a little water, and the first thing I need to do is just take some pure yellow with my number seven brush, and put on nice yellow flame up here. I can put little blob yellow, just like that. I have a lot left over, but it might keep that on the brush and use it later, or I might not. Now, the next part is to take another brush, wet it, make sure it's clean. Got some purple in that. See that? That's perfect. Look at the candle. We did pick up, a little bit of this red is bleeding and I don't mind that. I'll just take a little bit of this fay of blue. Good to just have a warm and cool. I think over here, I'm going to go cool, so I'm just going to drop it in. See? I'm going to let the water do the mixing, and I'm looking for a subtle effect. I don't want something really bold, so I'll just thin my paint down quite a bit. Probably get a light and a dark, and a medium. I'm going to a going to stay light first. I don't want to cover the orange, I think I'm just going to come up to some of these. See these little white spots I left, they really make the little teardrops stand out. Now if I get blue on the yellow paints, it's okay, It'll turn green. Nothing wrong with that. I'm lucky you want to see, and let's take a little dark down here. See? Remember, watercolors dry lighter. Be afraid to put them on a little darker than you think, especially down in this corner. It's going to be my darker corner down here, and the paper's going to make it nice and smooth because the paper's wet. I am staying away from the orange there. Well, we got a little baby coming. Well, not me, but our oldest son has a baby coming. This would be great for his first or her first. We're not sure what it is yet. It's big secret. But here I am. It's not till February, and I already have a hand made birthday card. Can it get any better? Can you celebrate any better than that handmade birthday? Can I put a little paint up here? You bet. [inaudible] It's even shinier than it was. I kept it clean. Good to have a clean yellow brush. See that? Lots of paint on it. Watch what I do. I thin it down, and put it around the white. See the white paper, you can't get anything brighter in a watercolor than the light paper. Just a little orange. To see the little bit of orange you have there, you're going to touch it. We add a little bit of orange into there, like that. Like the one here, might just darken around that. Because I want the one to stand out. There we go, and one little bit of yellow down the middle of this to bring it up just a little. See that? Just keys it up a little bit. Put the yellow there, put yellow on top there for the shine. We've got ourselves a great little birthday card. I'm going to just adjust one more thing. A little bit of warmth at the top there. There, we're celebrating. Now this could change. You could make this into a little Easter card. You could turn it into some other type of birthday greeting, it could be an anniversary greeting, all kinds of things could come from this little project. Happy birthday. Remember to pull the tape take away from the picture. There we are. Great little picture. One years old. 7. Popping Penguins All Year Round: [MUSIC] I did come up with the simplest possible penguin that anybody could draw, and it's a great little exercise in making two-dimensional forms that appear to be in a three-dimensional space. We have a penguin here with a little arms. You can put on little wings if you want. It can't get any simpler than this. Now penguins have very narrowly looking feet, so there's our cup-cake shape, which you can also do with circles if you want to keep them very even and round, and it's actually a better idea. So we put little feet on like that. Now he's a cute little fellow, you can add another beak, a bottom part here. If you want, you can add all kinds of things. Maybe make the wings a little bit less big. I think that would be more compact. We'll see about that. Yeah. Erasers help me draw. They don't get rid of mistakes. Probably I'll put the head little more in the body. I'll bring that up, see I'm adjusting, maybe go for a little more of an oblong body because it's all going to be black. Nice. Now, once you've done your basic shape, I'll try another one there round. This one's smaller, and they're popping. So they're going all over the place. So you make some big ones, make some upside down. It just gets smaller and smaller, and maybe there's a big one right in the front. See how I go right off my paper. One of the reasons, you want your drawings, you want another paper there. We'll put his beak. Another way to do the beak properly if you want is like that. Then I can go in the middle or behind the middle, and then you've got his arms, or her arms coming down here. Let's do one more penguin, but let's make this one really right behind this one. So the big part of the body is here. We are drawing right over him. There's our little trick with that to get the beak on this side. I like that idea of the beak being on a different side. There's the feet. Now all I've done is repeated the same thing over and over. I'm even leaving the wings off these, are so far away. Penguins popping, here we go. One there, round and round. There's his little feet, little foot, there's his head, there's the inside, there's his little beak and there's his little eye, and let's put his hands up like that. One penguin. Another one. Another little penguin popping. It's two little round and round shapes. A big one here, a little one here. Just keep drawing these little penguins. Their little feet, all different directions popping all over the place. It won't really seem effective until you've finished them all. Try and get about 10 or 11. You can also change the shape of the beak if you want to put the beak in front. I like doing the side view. So I'm going to keep my penguins going. Outline them in black pen, and I'll meet you back here in a minute. It's good to have one complete line as you do this, rather than stopping your line. Add that little variation if you want. We're getting our penguins popping. The good thing about designs is that you can do things you wouldn't normally do. Such as, there's one just coming out of the picture. You can draw a big one, you can think, wow, I can put things. I don't always have to put everything in my picture plane, things can come into the picture. Now, you can also add variations on some of them, as a hood. I've added a few variations here. Before you color them, good idea to erase the pencil lines with a good eraser so you don't wreck your paper. As I was working on this, I had a great idea. Why not make hearts in the middle here? It could be for Valentines. 8. Working With Pastels And Watercolors: This is a candle picture we did in class. It's on mat board. I have to tell you that certain papers don't respond well to pastels. They just don't rub in very well. I found that mat board works very well. Also card stock isn't too bad, and very smooth watercolor papers. If you're going to do the pastel one, make sure you pick out and do little experimenting first with your paper. But I'm just going to take three pastels here. A blue, a red, and a pink. I'm just going to take a look at this picture, and I'm going to be just pushing up one and a short one. Maybe this one is going to be taller. I have three sized candles. I noticed that they are equal distance. So I think what I'll do is make the blue one, I think I'll make the red one one of those flatter ones. Hope they're still the same distance. I'll put this a little closer to the pink. There we go. Different distance, see. Very important. Now, once you've put the three down, they're going to respond differently depending on the type of pigment they are. One thing you can do that will really help you is turn on your hairdryer and on high. I did it for exactly one minute. Definitely I can feel the paper is warm, well it's almost making my finger a little hot. But remember, wax melts and you're looking for a soft edge near the top. If your pastel bunches up in one place, now I'm going to use the next finger. The red's getting a little bit. Well, no, it's still warm. If you don't warm up your pastels you are going to have a bit of a difficult time, unless you have very good quality art oil pastels. There the pink's responding nicely. Notice I didn't put very much pastel on. If you put too much on at one time, it all balls-up. Make sure you leave room at the top, very important. That's where the flame is going to be. I work with two hands. That's where the softest part of the candle should be. If you want to create light, you need soft edges at the source of the light. Maybe I'll work. Well, there we go. I'm really working all the fingers. I'm going to take a little bit of that in there. Now, if you don't like to use your fingers, you can take a paper towel and do it. That'll push things around too or one of those little blending stumps you can buy at the art store. Notice the paper towel picks up any excess, and there I think I'm going to need a little adjustment on this one. I'm just going to need a little more. So I put a little more at the bottom. A little more at the bottom here. Pink, I think I'll put a little red at the bottom of the pink. Now take my finger and it's not quite as good, see. I'm going to heat it up again. Give it another minute there. Look at see the difference is quite amazing. I'm going to put a little blue on this side. Well, that's pretty hot. I'm moving towards the bottom of the candles, you see. Definitely you have to heat these with a hair dryer. Or you can also work pastels under a heating pad. If you put the heating pad on low and warm up everything underneath, they work really well. Pastels are a real finger thing, if you'd like to work with your fingers. At the top, a little flick off and in whatever direction it goes is perfect. But usually the wick is in the middle. There we go. A little flick. There we go. See that. I don't touch it. Next I put a little bit of red next to the blue. Just a little bit. Not touching it, but just right on it. Now you can use different yellows. This looks pretty much like a cadmium yellow. I'm going to give it to swipe on something just to make sure it's really clean. Good. Now, here's the important part. Maybe you don't see this on this picture, but this is quite thick. What I do is I lay the yellow into the red. Get my arm up. I can feel the weight of my arm on the pastel. I take a breath and I do one flick and whatever happens, I accept it. Here we go. Oh, that's a good one. You don't touch it. It's very important. Now, this might need another little clean to get rid of the red. Pick another section. Get it right on the red, not the blue. Get your arm up. My arm is right up. Here we go. I'm going to push it. Two success stories here. Once we were doing this in the class and someone just didn't work, it looked like the candle had just been blown out. So accept whatever happens. Now, this one, a lot of people would be intimidated by the top of the paper. Don't be intimidated. Here we go. Just put it down here, and flick it right off the paper. Success. You've now completed the first part. What I do now, depending on what you want, you can add a little texture at the bottom. Not too much of all the different colors to get a reflective quality. Maybe a little yellow down here for the light. How did I do that? Oh yeah, I remember. I need another piece of paper like this. Put it on top, and take a little bit of the red on your finger at the bottom here, see. Put this here. Skip a little spot and pull down like this. Skip a little spot on the pink. Take a little bit of it. That's tells a great because you can always move them around. Pull down. Notice I'm leaving this little white area here and the blue, maybe I'll just put a little extra blue there and take it on my finger and pull down. Now we're getting a dripping affect. Light dripping reflection. Step 2 is coming up. But first of all, just take your dirty finger, three or four of them, and get something going across like that, see. Right through everything. Perfect. Preferably on an angle. I have some blue on the edge of my brush. What I'm going to do is add a little depth at the bottom, just a couple of strokes through like that. 9. Celebrate With Mood Magic: Now you can spritz through this. But because it is not sized, math paper tends to absorb a stroke as soon as you do it, let me just give you a demonstration. I will just take a little bit of water here and I'll do two things. I'm going to put, let's say, just a stroke down here with water. I'm going to wet this part of the paper. Now I've already put a little blue here and I'm staying away from the actual flame. I'm coming right up to the candle. As a matter of fact, I'm going right into the candle, but not the flame. I've wet that and let me just take a little bit of, I'll just put it on here and you can see it. A little bit of alizarin crimson. I'm going to just give it a quick little swipe. It's spreading a little bit. The vertical strokes echo the candle. Trying different directions when you're stroking your brush will always give you some strong designs. Look at that. It's pretty good. If you have seen our class on the three secrets, one of the secrets is wet and this is definitely wet. Let us see. It's responding a little bit like watercolor paper, but look, it will not go where it's dry. Now I can just let it blend in and soak in. Now, I'm not going for smooth here. What I'm doing is I'm just playing with the way it absorbs. We'll take a little blue this time and add it in. Because we have a blue candle, so that would be great. Let's see what the blue does. This phthalo. Like watercolor paper, the water is running, but it does not run wild. Look at this happy accident, dry paper. Look what happens to the dry paper over here? You did not see that? It dripped out. See the dry paper. I'm being called to action here. Dry paper means hard edge. Soften the edge. I'm just adding water now. Of course this is getting pretty cool on this side. Maybe I'll add a little yellow to green it up. There we go. Honestly it does not matter what colors you use as long as you put them on properly. This is dry paper here and I don't want to ruin the white around the candle. Now the pitcher has forced me into action. There we go. There it is. I've wet around the candle. Down there too. What I need remember is a halo around the candle. There it is. The white paper is left untouched near the candle and I think I'm going to be able to, I have to get this over here. I can bring it through this way maybe. Let me see. Let's see if I can bring it through on the top. No. I'll bring it underneath here, right over the candle there. There we go. Watch the flame on. Don't touch the flame, you get burned. You see what I'm doing here. I'm getting halos around the candle. Now remember the paper will mix my paint, which is I take a little bit of the green here. I'm not going for smooth in the background. I'm going for soft. I like that. I think that's going to work. Maybe a little yellow. Look, we got a little something happening there. You just can't control watercolors all the time. Sometimes you just have to let them happen. Now I've done the hard part which is leaving the candles here. I can go back to that and get underneath a little bit here, a little wetter. Keep wetting around with pure water. Do not get it dirty. Keep softening around the candle flame with pure water. It got a little tense there for a moment. Pick up the drips there. I like to pick up my drips. There we go. This one I guess it has to come up a little closer and out. There we go. Now, I might want to take my paper towel and soften it with a clean, very clean. See, very clean. Might want to soften the edge with that. Because light goes out. The light source is here. Look at it for a while. Remember, watch. Now as I'm watching this, I think I'll go a little darker at the bottom. A little more blue. This is phthalo blue. Because my paper is dry here, I'll get a little hair there. Not my hair, not the right color. There we go. I like that. See the paper is wet but not soaking and coming up. There's the hair from that last brush. I like this little dark spot that I'm getting at the bottom of my candles here. I did not plan this, but it looks like the candles are a little bit on the edge of a ice table or something. They're definitely on the edge of something. Now we're losing the blue candle here a little bit. Let's see what we can do there. See each time I put a little bit of color beside the candle flame, it gets brighter. Okay. Just let that sit for now. Not sure what I'm going to do with this blue candle. Maybe nothing. You can put a little red on it. Darken it up a bit. Make it more of a, I think what we call advent, uses purple. Different celebrations use different colors. Knowing the colors for the celebration will tell people what you're celebrating. See it's pretty dark there but notice how I keep cleaning my brush and getting rid of the paint so that the water is used. I forgot. I was thinking this is a watercolor. This is not a watercolor. These are oil pastels. It's not funny. I didn't even notice that. Seem to go on well there. It seem to almost act like a watercolor. What happened here is the oil pastel, there wasn't much at the bottom, so the paint went through into the paper. Better get back to what I'm supposed to be doing here. I like that. The oil pastel you see, you can put the paint on it, tap it off. I wonder if it'll come off here. No, it seemed to have soaked in there. I like this look here. Perfect. Reflections, really simple. Turn your paper up this way, get your big brush, if you have one, or a medium brush. I have a little medium brush here. Here it is. Let's say I just use this brush here. I'll put that over there. I'll take a little bit of the crimson and I'm just going to scoot right down like this quickly for the crimson and a little bit of the blue for the blue candle. What else is up there? There's some yellow, so make sure you brush is clean. That is not clean. That's better, I'm going to put a little bit in here and here. The trick is to keep the sides relatively soft and a couple swipes this way, leaving some of the white paper showing. That's important. When you leave a little bit of the white paper showing, it'll look more reflective. Definitely looks icy. Take a little more [inaudible] the candle's darker and we have a nice little reflection for a candle. Perfect. Let that sit for a while, see what happens. Got to let it dry. I decided to dry it up with the hair drier. As I was drying it, of course I was watching it and looking at it and I had the idea that this definitely looks wintery, could be the holiday season in the winter. Whatever you celebrate in the winter, could be a birthday, could be Christmas, could be Hanukkah, could be winter solstice, or if you're living in another part of the country, could be harvest time. Another part of the world could be harvest time. But what I want to do is get darker. I've decided this is a snowy section here. So I'll put a couple of hard edges in here, come right up to my candle, right there. If the candle is too dark, I can really bring it in like this and make the background even a little darker. The flat brushes give an interesting shape but sometimes we don't really want to shape. There's a great yellow thing happening here. If you look at light on a candle, you actually have a candle lit and watch it for a while, all kinds of little nuances happen, reflections. Notice how my candle, the actual light is getting stronger. You can use any color. You can use orange or blue. I'm just choosing really simple blues and purples here. I see how it's quite strong here, put a little bit of that over in here. Now I've cleaned my brush. Keep cleaning your brush, tapping it on the rag. That will give you the opportunity to spread that paint and keep the edges soft near the candle. This is just the white paper of the picture. We haven't added white paint. I didn't do anything when you weren't looking but I am softening the edge. I keep the edges soft and I don't let them sit too long, and loom across. See the pink is really standing out now. Of course, the paint does not go on to the wax oil pastel. We got to resist it's [inaudible]. Wax and water don't mix. This is looking pretty bright. You really tell if this picture works out. You can really tell by putting it in a darker room and see from a few feet if it actually looks like it's glowing and it really will. It's an optical illusion but it will look like it's glowing. You can see, you might elect to leave some hard edges as we get farther away from the candle, get that halo effect. I'm going to turn it this way now so we can see it. I can see it. There we go. We're getting that halo effect in the background. I think I might leave that yellow there but soften it with clear water, subdued it a bit. I'm going for very dark now, using a little bit of the phthalo and the alizarin crimson. Here comes the dark spot. You have to have some dark spots and they have to be soft because candlelight makes everything soft. Just keep moving along, adding some dark spots. There we go. Let those blend up. This is map paper so it really soaks up the colors big-time. Get the reflection in here, add in a little dark here and there, couple of dark swipes, soften the edge. This might go on blotchy but believe me, in a few minutes, it will it will dry. It will soak in. I like that effect. Little blobs here and there. Blobs, was that the right word? Sure. You've got to have dark somewhere and sometimes we're afraid to put something dark in. Don't be afraid to put some dark in. Don't be afraid to echo what's up here with down here. Put a little dark right in there, put a little dark right there. Darken this up a little. For my pink candle, I'm liking it. Just a little bit in this candle here. Good. I was going to make it snow all over. You just take acrylic paint. If you've seen my class on spattering, but you could take some paint, white paint and just spatter all over. But you know what? I'm getting is the same effect with this. You wouldn't want to put too many dark here because the light would obliterate the darkness. I'm going to put a little bit of red right over this candle here. It seems to be one to get through the wax and penetrate it. But well, maybe a little bit on this one at the bottom. There. I think I'm done. I like it. I do. That's a go. Let's take the tape off. This will be my little heirloom. Meaning, it'll be around, it'll go in the Christmas box, and bring it out every year. This could be an anniversary, change a few colors. You could do this. That could be a Halloween picture. If you're into Halloween, just use an orange, black, yellow, green theme. This candle picture will work for anything. From anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah, whatever you're doing. This is the one for that special occasion.