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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction to the class


    • 2.

      Supplies list: What you will need


    • 3.

      Find your inspiration


    • 4.

      Color theory: learn about your color


    • 5.

      Tree practice


    • 6.

      Painting your forest


    • 7.

      Additional thoughts for your painting


    • 8.



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This class is made for anyone who wants to learn how to paint a forest watercolor illustration. Painting a tree is fun but painting many trees is even better. This class will walk you through my process in how to create a beautiful piece for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. You will also learn the concept of color (monochromatic) and layering within the world of watercoloring.

Get your brush ready, grab your inspiration and let's begin our journey into the woods... 

Please note: In general, my teaching style on Skillshare isn't at all technical, it's very loose and free-style in nature. If you have specific questions upon completion of this course, please message me for details with anything you may find helpful or troublesome in your learning, instead of leaving reviews that I cannot respond to or correct. I will gladly try to help you get as much information possible to guide you in your creative journey. I do appreciate the opportunity to teach and learn with you!

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Riana Samaroo

Artist, Mixed Media & Illustrator


I'm Riana, the creative behind RiCreation!

  I believe that anyone can create!

My hope is to stir up your creative juices and encourage you to grow in it!  

I have always loved creating, illustrating and crafting since I can remember. I enjoy using various mediums to express myself in art, and my current favorite is mixed media. I have presented mixed media in various forms, canvas art work, cards, and even sculpture for different causes that I am passionate about. I have also had the opportunity to illustrate for children books. My teaching style on Skillshare isn't at all technical, it's very loose ... See full profile

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1. Introduction to the class: Hi, guys. And welcome to my class. I'm so glad you've joined me today to learn about painting watercolor forests. My name is Rianna, and I'm looking for just sharing with you. What I've learned about P eating these beautiful. It is illustrative forests. Using watercolor. You will be learning a couple of techniques on how to layer, uh, watercolor and how to blend and create ah, scale of color. In creating your forest, you will create a couple of forests kind of like this. You can see that most of the images there were created using one color. The difference is that that one color was spread across very thinly from darkest to light to create many, many leers in this illustration. So I hope you join me and learning how to paint this image. I think it will be a lot of fun. Fall is coming up and winter so you can use this image very freely during the next two seasons. So join me on this magical journey of painting a beautiful watercolor. Fours. I'll see you guys soon 2. Supplies list: What you will need: Hi, guys. Thanks for joining me in this class. So excited about it. Let's start off with a few simple supplies that you will need Number one. You're going to need watercolor paper. You will need watercolor paper that works for you. That's a little bit heavier in terms of the weight this cans on Excel absorbs a lot of water sufficiently, I'd say, which is what you mean because we will be creating layers. So I would say any heavyweight picker doesn't matter. The brand. It's really up to you. Um, for example, the strike more here that I have. Stretton was great, but I don't like this. Waits to, um to light for me in the £90. I prefer heavier weights like See, definitely find heavyweight paper. If you have light, lighter weight paper, it's not a big deal, but I don't think the the pain will sit well as well in your painting. Next thing you'll need is watercolors, so I will be using the ones were Newton Payne's gray because I love this color. I think it's really pretty. I also have my tansy. Bambi can be tansy, correct, Cuban Cura Taqi said. I always say that wrong. Sorry, but, um, if you have this or any other watercolor with tons of colors, just choose one color you want to work with, because thes forests that we will be painting are monochromatic. And what monochromatic means is that it's just one color and but in different shades were yeah, basically different shades from lightest darkest. So that's what that's about. Okay, so what, Of course, in terms of brushes, you will need, uh, fine. A round brush. This is my Windsor Newton 111 and 2 to 2 around Cottman. These will be for creating the trees, this fluffy around brush. This is a little little Cornell self comfort. I used this one. It's a 14. I used this one for also painting and creating the trees as well. And sometimes I use a flat brush. So this is a cross smart, plain flat brush. So grab a couple brushes like these don't get hung up on the sizes too much or the specifics. But as long as you have a relatively large brush on a relatively small brush, you're good today. Also, don't forget water containers. I always have to one ference ing and another one first, like a secondary winds and then your watercolors. I have a ceramic palette here that I love to use. Works well for me. Whatever you have on hand. Plastic, ceramic, aluminum, it really doesn't matter. I don't stress about that. Just grab what you have and we're good to go. So coming up in the next video, we'll begins talking about the process and finding references, and we'll go forward from there. I will see you guys in the next video. 3. Find your inspiration: All right. So we have here Pinterest. I go into Pinterest to find references sometimes when I need some inspiration. So I would recommend that you take this time to go on to Pinterest and look up a couple of things to kind of inspire you on what you want to paint. So we are painting for us. So I went ahead and I typed misty forests and a couple of things came up. Um, I really like this images image right here. It's you can kind of see the layering of the forest behind. Also, this one here, you can definitely see layer layering in a monochromatic scale of it being darker and then a little lighter and lighter and lighter and so forth and so on. So I would just even this one here. This is really pretty. So I would just look up a couple of these things to understand layering of how trees look behind each one another. Uh, this is really pretty here, too. It just gives you a little idea. It also allows you to draw inspiration from pictures that you see like this is pretty very pretty. So that's what I would recommend you doing at this point? Um, because this will help you organized in your mind a little bit of how you see it for me. I don't use reference photos a lot. I just have an image in my mind, so I will technically just paint it out. So, um, even this this it's pretty here. Um, so that's what I do. But use, uh, reference if you want Teoh. If that helps, you definitely use it. Um, I would recommend you doing that if it helps you. And if not, you just want to play around with coming up with something yourself, then go for it. Don't be afraid. I want to click on this image. So this is some allergic. The painting, a couple of paintings that I've done with the watercolor. Um, you can see with the reflection the little line going across here and all the trees on the layering, and it's kind of nice. So here's a nice and when she couldn't kind of take a look at this. So now, after finding your inspiration, just getting some thoughts and ideas down, you know, even if you save these pens to your own profile, great and just draw inspiration from a And again, if you wanted to use one of these of the reference go for it. Um, the next video. We're going to talk a little bit about color theory and how toe get your colors going in the next video. 4. Color theory: learn about your color: Okay, guys, we are going to be talking a little bit about color theory and how to get a scale ingredient, which serves as your layering and kind of makes you understand a little bit more about the color. So with watercolor when you're painting, especially when you're painting things such as the layering of a forest and the misty nous of forest, like what we will be doing in this class, you'll notice that your very lightest colors are in your background, and as it comes closer and closer closer, the colors become darker. And then the very part of your foreground is the darkest color typically. So that's how watercolors essentially work. And that's how you get nice layering effects as well. What I have here is watercolor layout from the Paynes Grey that I had done earlier, and we're gonna repeat this. What I want you to understand is how to get ingredient of this and how to help you, um, do your forest as we go on. So let's begin. What I have here is just paper, watercolor paper. At this point, it's any watercolor paper. So long worry about about, and I have a palette I have a little I have a round brush. It's a little smaller than the larger round brush. This is modern out Royal in Lincoln Leg nickel. I don't know. Say these names, guys. Sorry, I see them a little incorrectly, but it's a size six and it's a round brush that's going to use to create, uh, this radiant. So you have your color, Um, like me If you have one in the watercolor in the tube, it scored a little on here. If you have this, you condone. Take it out or whatever color you decide to use and just have it on hand. We'll do two swatches so you can see how we can do this. So let me just pick a color from this one onto a blue. It's do that. This these don't officially have colors that I can understand. So this is like a bluey turquoise e ish type of clothing so well to both of these. All right, we always If you have a cake or a pan watercolor, you need to get it started by putting water into it. I'm softening that color. I'm getting it supple and ready to use. Okay? can see that. Nice color. Yes. All right. So I'm transferring on the palette, and I'm trying not to really get I wanted his concentrators as possible. So the more I kind of do this with my brush, the more concentrated color I'm getting, just gonna rinse. And I'll do the same for this after the fact. But let's start with this. So that's your concentrated color of this bluey turquoise. Okay, so have that Here. I'm going to just create a square, and you can see the brush is a little dry, actually quite dry, So I'm not. So you can kind of see the lines of the watercolor looks a little dryer because couldn't see that. That's the concentrated color of this. It's the most. The darkest tone of this blue. Is this color Okay, so good. Start off with that. I'm going to dip my brush into my water once I'm gonna dot the water down there. I'm just gonna grab a bit of the concentrated blue, and then I'm going to make the next square right by the side. I'm gonna take the color. I just mixed here. Put it here. Add a drop of water the's squares don't have to be perfect. Okay, I'm gonna take this color at it here. And a drop of color. Our drop of water. Excuse me. So dilated. Even more. There we go. We went out a drop of water just beneath that. Here, take this color. Put it on here. And I might be able to get one more shade lighter that if I take the last color, put it here and add one mortar up color. I think we can do this uneven lighter. I'm just okay. A lighter shade of blue. I want you sumo. So I think you can appreciate what just happened there. What I did is I started with the darkest color, the most concentrated, uh, layer, which is this. And as I went, I took the concentrate. Police that here added one drop of water, placed it there. I took a bit of the diluted color, added it here at a drop of water and put it down. And I went on and on, and you can see the color, the greedy int of the colors here from darkest to light. And this is one way of doing this. You There are other ways to do this. I find this is just the easiest way, and it's not too complicated cause you're just taking a bit and diluting it by one drop every time. So you get this nice, um, color ingredient for your color, so that's exactly what you're going to want to do. So I would suggest that you do this a couple of times. And as practice for yourself, it's good to do of colors. It's a good exercise for watercolor, so I would really recommend you doing this. Also, um, different colors. You know, Don't just use the color you're gonna use. Use a couple colors and do a ah, whole swatch of them running along your watercolor paper. It's, uh, it's a little therapeutic and fund, so I would have a highly recommend you doing it, Um, and let's talk a little bit about what we're learning here. When we start the watercolor forest, the background is going to be the lightest tone, so it's going to be in between these shades right here, these two or even three, and you're very, very, very background will be, like almost a light wash up this and then maybe mountains could be added with this. And but, you know, just in front of that and just in front of that, another set of fountains and then in front of that, um, a couple of trees further away, another set of trees. I'm just in front of these trees and then the darkest of your trees of most forefront trees . Or they're gonna be, you know, this main color, your darkest color. So this is essentially a monochromatic scale of one color, just shades of one color. So that's the idea. Okay, I'm gonna run through the pains ring so you can see the difference. Liquid watercolor are not liquid. I'm sorry to watercolor. That's it's not liquid, but it's Pacey works in a similar fashion. You don't have to work it too much. Kind of already done. It's job for being the most concentrated at this point. So I'm get picking up the Paynes grey as the darkest color Grange. I almost run. Just dab it right into the paste, not the water. Here we go. This is your deepest color there. Okay, so you see, for the Paynes Grey, Um I got a pretty good a spectrum of color here. I think that this is a good as it's gonna get in terms of six layers off color from darkest to lightest. There's possible it's possible that I could maybe stretch out some colors in here to get maybe some varying shades between maybe the first and second colors. But we'll leave that as as is for now. But I didn't use much paint, and I just kept washing it down. And that's what I created there. Do this exercise. It betters you. It makes you understand the color that you're using, and it will help you producing your artwork. So let's move on now to create our watercolor forests a step by step, using this method of understanding your layering and go form. There, I will see you guys in the next 5. Tree practice: OK in this video, I just wanted to quickly touch on the shape of trees and show you how to go about so back to this page here and to a little tree work when it is human. A little bit. Okay, So, evergreens, because this is what we're painting a number green forest. They're pretty simple. You're gonna take your color on your brush. And this is a smaller brush that I have here and your dress going, Teoh, make your trunk. Okay. It doesn't matter how thick earth in your trunk is, so let's make several trunks just dragging the brush down, okay? In a little more color on my paintbrush here, Okay? And then you're creating the bridges of these trees. So evergreens here there's a few. There's two main ways I would say you could do this. Um, let's start by making the branches point a little bit in this direction. So that's how your branches we're gonna be pointing upward. And this is very important here. When you're making these trees, you don't want too much of a heavy touch. You want a little bit of a lighter touch on your camp? Um, watercolor paper so you can see these are a little curved. I find the lines You could do them a little more straight pointed all the way. Kind of looks like a feather. I'm gonna add a little bit more of that peak on the top. I find that on the very top. It's very small. So I don't want to go all the way up there with that. So I would practice trees just like how I'm doing here so you can see how it is and get the hang of it. So we as you this. You know, as you go closer to the top, these branches get smaller and towards the bottom you can straighten out the branches. The other way to do this is if you have a trunk and then you go straight across with your color like that. Can I do another one? They start very small, light touch on the top. And you could even bring that down a little bit and have a gap between it to make it look more realistic and then kind of bring it right across like that. So the more you do this, the more in your hand will get better at doing getting used to making those small light strokes. And the more you press, you know, your strokes get thicker. You can see right, But the lighter you press tone, you get very fine strokes. Okay, so that's how you do a tree and just practice your strokes as well. Remember, light touch. You can get a very fine point Light touch. When you do darker touch, you're gonna pull it down and look how thick that line becomes. So keep that in mind when you're creating these trees. If you like thicker trees and you want the trunks that thick, I said, Go for it. There's no right or wrong way of making a dream just for purposes of this class. I want you to practice it and understand it. Um, I would say, though, stick to a little thinner of, ah, strong or or branches just because it looks a little bit more realistic. Because, remember, evergreens are made up of many branches, which are made up of many little needles, which are very, very small and fine. So the finest touch sometimes on this paper is better and just practice, practice your strokes practice going up and down practice going from side to side. This will hope you in creating your tree and, um, it will help you in creating it more lifelike and realistic. 6. Painting your forest: Alright, guys. So let's begin our painting. So we're gonna want to create our bath ground color. We're going to place down our lightest color or like a wash along this paper. So what I would recommend you doing for your washes using either your flat. Let me just show you one second here. Um, Flint, uh, paintbrush or you're really large. Round brush. OK, so Oh, this isn't aside. If you want to just dry your layers in between, use a little heat tool if you haven't. If not, use a blow dryer. And if you don't have a little drier than you were going to have to allow these in between layers to dry on their own, which might be a little frustrating if you're not patient. So just, um I guess organized how you want to go about that? Okay, so with my flat paintbrush, I'm picking up the lightest wash of color that I had created on my palette. I'm just gonna show you here, and I'm just adding a lot more water to it. I'm also gonna have this here so you can kind of see and I'm going to basically start painting, uh, layer of this color across here in the bottom. So this is my latest, I think. Just, uh, color of the Paynes Grey. Thank you. Can somewhat see that. And appreciate, um, that color difference. I'm leaving a little line and the in between to connect these two Crete horizon because this is the This is where your force is going to go on. This is the reflection. So it's almost like a lake, if you will. But I want a little, very thin white line for the horizon, just like that. Not too much. OK, so we're gonna let that dry or we're going to use a heat toe. So I'm going to use my heat with the heat old when it dries it, you can. You can appreciate the likeness off that wash. I think we're going to go on with the second color, which is this. I'm going to create mountains and whatever I create on top, I'm gonna also create on the bottom with a similar the shape that are used on the top, so you'll see what I mean. I'm gonna take my sitting in the second lightest color here. I think it's this should be the second line is color. All I did to my palate was just pulled down a drop of color from here and out of water. Okay, I am. I'm just with my flat bird. Just kind of go along and and I'm going to do the same for the bottom, keeping the similar type of shape. It doesn't have to be perfect, truthfully, like the exact mirror image. But it hopes, and again, I'm just keeping very thin her eyes in line just there. All right, so that's your second layer. That's like a misty mountain in the background. Perfect to drive that again. Now, I'm gonna take the third color. That's gonna be a little tricky. Get here. Pull down the color until I feel like I have a tone and I think this might be it. And for me, it's just about looking at it. But that's, you know, I got to know my color. So, like I was saying, the more you know your color, the easier it's gonna be for you to create these layers. All right, so we're gonna create a smaller bit of mountains just, you know, going kind of up and down. But We'll see what I come up with here. All right? It works. We'll kind of have to do it upside down here. Now it's a little tricky to do it upside down to get the mirror image, but take your time of it. It's not going anywhere. So you have time to play with it, okay? Just adding a little bit more color there. So I think you could start to appreciate the layers that were forming here. Oh, yes. Have your paper towel on hand if you need to dive for, get paying off of your brush, OK? Now, so far, I've used this flat, um, brush, which has worked really well, if you didn't have this, you couldn't do the same thing with your round a large brush. OK, so, um, we will implement this brush in a moment, however, so keep only your brushes on hand. I want this line in between there. I just wanted a little bit thinner. I'm just taking it, going across it, pulling it down a bit, and by pulling it down, you see, I'm creating another layer and pulling it up. That's how I'm getting the thinnest white line. And then I'm just going across here. That's okay that you know the mark from the dryer toe lighter. It's fine. That's all gonna blend as we create our trees. So we're gonna let this dry. Now we're going to start making our misty trees, So we're gonna take our a round brush, and I'm going to This is this should be dry. I'm going. Teoh put the water overtop my layers Maybe half of the way from each portion. So if this was ah, whole piece, I let's say its third. So this is one. This is two on this history. Okay, so this mid portion between here gonna kind of does it with some water. Then I'm gonna take the slightly the boat that maybe this fourth color in. So I'm gonna start getting that color going, and I'm grabbing the color and I'm take pulling it in in a mad you know, the waters. The brush rather is filled with water going to, and you want to make sure this layer is pretty wet, so I feel like it dried pretty quickly. I'm gonna take my flat brush, come in and do that again, and you're going to take your brush now, Maybe I could get a little closer and we're going Teoh, tap her brush along that horizon line. And again, I want my horizon Lane pretty close to the line. So I'm just went in there and I did it, so I'm just tapping my brush. It's full of the color. And when you do that, you start to get misty background trees. Uh, I'm kind of dabbing the two colors, but not too much, and I'm trying to keep it equal. So whatever I the amount of color that's spreading this way, I'm gonna want to keep that concentration of color on the bottom as well in hopes that it spreads in a similar fashion. And the more water you have on your brush, it's fine, the better I'm gonna attempt to. I don't the white stark line. You don't need it too much. Gonna blend it in a little bit. That line should be released then I think I don't like that it was so thick, but that's OK. So you concede it's already formulating Uh uh, creating. I mean the very back layer like trees, which is really, um, it's really looked at the effect. It's like Misty, so that's why you want happening with this layer. So I've allowed her to dry a bit, but there's still a little wet, which is fine. I'm going to go in with the same type of color again, this one and this one, and start greeting trees. Now start with this by in creating a couple more background trees, and then we'll move into the darker colors. So again I'm taking my palate. I'm using a small brush. At this point, I'm pulling down the color. This is the common to to to there's also a common 111 This also is smaller, and I think I want to create more a couple more misty trees before I go into the thick, actually detailed trees, someone a dab, some water across my horizon like my lake area. And then I'm going to dam the same color, the same thing. I'm gonna do the same thing. And honestly, if it leaves that kind of mark like like that as you're leaving your as your blending that it looks like trees, A swells. It's kind of cool, and you can flip your paper and do the same thing this way, but I have a little bit more cold water on the bottom, so it's a little more muted. But that's OK. Okay, Now I'm gonna take my brush and because this is what I'm just stabbing, it will create a slightly darker layer in front of these first or second trees. And remember, whatever you do on the top, follow through with it on the bottom. They can see these trees a little bit darker. It's very nice. - I'm just dragging my brush along here. Agree? All right, we're gonna let this drawing, but this but we're gonna and the details of the tree trees are I'm going to take my brush and again lined by my horizon with water, you can see the color spread. It's OK. Gonna get a pretty concentrated color of the This pain is great and I want to start very lightly drawing in some peaked areas of treats like trucks. Couldn't see if you can. I kind of see that and you'll be very light handed here, barely touching the paper, cause at this point, these trees are in the background and they're pretty small and you're going to do that along the entire painting. I just want my brush a little bit more. So, um, it started getting a little fuzzy, but yeah, And the paper here is not that dry. So it spreads the line, which was fine, because it just looks like a tree that has some very fluffy or little branches that are coming out now. You can create these trees even in the background, a little taller. Don't be afraid to go in and do that. I'm just gonna bring a couple down here, follow the ones that I have here so you can start to see the forest is forming. We're gonna allow this to fully drawing or dry a little bit, actually. Okay, I'm gonna go in with my common 111 a round brush. And I'm going to start creating the branches for these trees and on one doing is adding a little, very lightly little branches coming out from the center. And if the brush strokes begin to become thick and clumpy, that's okay. Wash your brush out and do it again. But you don't to race anything. Just leave it as is, you know, and similar to the bottom. The bottom doesn't have to be to 22 details. I mean, because it's technically like a lake and you're seeing the reflection. But it does look pretty, you know when you do it. So at this point, that's basically what you're doing is, um, creating the top in the bottom tree, reflect and the top and in the reflection, the reflection were, If it's too dark, we're going to wash it out a little bit more after the fact. But, um, don't get hung up on that. Just create your trees and watch it form organically. Watch your little forest come to life. It's so cool to see little trees just popping up. As you put, make a little lines come together. You create this image and I'm going back into my water every so often, and I am giving my brush more water and more color and moving forward, and a lot of times I'm stopping the branches halfway because I can still come in with a darker color and create more trees in front of that. That's most likely what I'm gonna do a little dark. And if you find that you have too much water on your paintbrush. Dip it away on your paper towel just to get get it off and continue so you can see how this is turning out. And this is the type of painting that you'll sit down and just take your time and enjoy the process. And if you feel like you mess up, start again. Because all this takes practice and it takes time until learn new techniques. So don't get frustrated with yourself. Frustration is not gonna allow yourself to be free. Allow yourself to lose control a little bit. We're not really in control of much in this life, so art and painting is such a nice way to understand that concept so you can begin to see everything forming, and it looks pretty cool. So, uh, if you are doing this in a step by step, process for yourself. You took a break and you wanted to share the image. Please do so so I can critique in. And if you want some ideas or thoughts, I'm more than happy to do that for you if you want. Honestly, I trust that most people's our journeys is that itself? It's a journey. So, you know, I I don't bill. There's much critiquing to do with work. There's more A Z more than it's just sharing your work. So share your work. I'd love to see in love to comment and encourage you so you can see the bottom of a more haphazard a little bit at the bottom or the reflection. The branches point the opposite way, and the key here is just late touch a light touch. Not too much that that tree got a little dark. We'll have to go back in and we'll wash that out. But that's not a big deal. The color is getting a touch darker Here. Took, um, just be as consistent with your symmetry here, cause you kind of want to just have it somewhat matching so it doesn't look all over the place. I'm getting crisscrossing here and have kind of doing a little crisscross action with my brush. That's okay again. It's the reflection. Okay, this Chris car, that's what I was talking about here. Okay, Okay, great. So I'm gonna grab my round brush. It has water on it, and I'm just gonna lend out a little bit my lower water line because I don't want it to defined. Great. Now I'm getting my darkest color over the very, very front of some of the trees that I'll be adding here we'll add the trunk, added this way and this way, and because the bottom was what it'll spread wet on wet technique and very lightly come in and I'll create my trees. Not all trees have all of the leaves. Just remember. So even if he just wanted to take it across, it can as well. We're open trees, and I'm gonna try that down here. I'm gonna do this. So I'm picking a couple areas where I want a secret tree. A darker tree, I should say, Don't thicker. Darker, um, in a line. So again, this is all about layering, clearing glaringly and it takes time. But when you're done with it, the effect is so cool, you know? So don't give up. Stay on the course. Keep it going. You got this? You really dio let me dry this out a little bit. Okay? I'm gonna pass my brush along the reflection. It's a little wet Just a little bit. My people tell and damn it a little. Right on there. You have a misty forest painting in one color 7. Additional thoughts for your painting: Now that you have your painting finished, what can you do with it? There's a lot of things, actually. Even cut this down and frame them. You can actually let her over top of this. You've been scanned it in and do digital hand lettering. If you wanted to do that, um, you can actually fold your paper in half and do it on that and create a card of it out of it. Um, you can embellish it a little bit more and I'll show you what I mean. Here's a piece that I did before. It's the same type of color, the Paynes grey. But you see, the difference is I didn't use initial wash on the back. It's a little bit darker. This looks a little touch lighter. I can always go back to this and continue to add darker, darker trees. Kind of like this, um, but when they're it's lighter like this, you could embellish it by doing a few things. So, um, or you can leave it like this and have this free type of painting. I did a piece which I'll show you guys or flashing on the screen so you can see where it has You can see this round ring and a couple of of little leaves, and that's the way you gonna embellish it a little bit more, which looks pretty cool. I really liked how that turned out. So getting back to this now what we can dio just you know, is how I did that if you wanted to do that is I took my It's a plastic. So look up and you can make a mark around this, which, with a pencil confined pencil when a center it and you can see the outline around it. Then I took, I think cool, eager, Seeing this is a speedball Inc I also have the Higgins thank and India. And there's tons of ink. Really, Just if you having you can do with in court, you can use Blackwater color actually as well, and I use a very fine brush. And I just went around the circle kind of like swings added some leaves with some green, uh, water cooler. So I'm going to show you guys now, and at this point, you be free with how you do this. So and then I'm going to use a sappy type of green. Maybe you like this and dot little areas around it to create leads and not really thinking too hard about where placing them. I'm just evenly distributing them as best as I can around the image. And then that just adds another would see type of element to your drawing for your paintings, and you can see that looks kind of cool. So that's something you can do by embellishing, Um, and there's so much more that you can do. But I just wanted to give you the example, and if you don't want to do that, you can leave it as is this plane, as it was before, like this. It's perfectly fine. Do whatever you want to do but have fun doing it. And I hope this class was informative and helpful. And I hope you learn something new on how to paint a really cool forest, and you've been changing the colors. Fall is basically around the corner of North, so it's a nice painting to do at this time. So, please, when you go ahead and do it, share it with me. I love to see share with me your progress and tag me on instagram. I'll leave the my handle up on the screen. Um and I'd like to feature your work on my instagram stories. I do that. So please take advantage. And do you have? And this is your final product. Either this or this. Whatever you want to do, it's really that's up to you. But I hope you have fun painting. 8. Conclusion: Alright guys. So I hope you've learned a couple of techniques on how to create trees on how to create layers and watercolor and a radiant scale of learning your colors. I hope it was helpful. And I hope you keep Continue to practice these things and learn as you go on in your artwork. Um, for the class project, I would like if you guys can share with me some of your work, that would be great. I always love to see your work, even if it's in portions. Like if you want to share a couple of trees or maybe a background the mountain Or maybe not the full image or something that you've done creatively with it. Share it with me. I love to see Definitely follow me on instagram Recreation by Rianna. I do like to take a lot of work from my students and tagged them in an instagram story and feature you for 24 hours. I think it's a lot of fun and I love to share and support other people. So please do that. Um, I look forward into seeing your work. I'm so thankful that you joined along with me on this journey. Let's continue to learn together and grow together. Hi, guys.