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How to Paint a Watercolor Wash

teacher avatar Laerta Premto, Illustrator & Designer

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Paint Materials


    • 3.

      How to Paint a Flat Wash


    • 4.

      How to Paint a Graded Wash


    • 5.

      How to Paint a Blended Wash


    • 6.

      Last Words & Thank you!


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In this class we’re going to learn a little about watercolor which will be a great introduction. This medium has been around for thousands of years and was used to illustrate ancient manuscript. Today I will go over the type of brush and paper I use when painting with watercolors. Also, we’re going to learn the three different types of wash techniques so that you can apply it to your painting. This class is perfect for beginners who are curious to learn about watercolor.

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Laerta Premto

Illustrator & Designer


Hello! My name is Laerta Premto. I am an illustrator and designer. My artwork incorporates bright colors in a blend of watercolor paintings. My inspiration comes from the little things and mostly traveling. Ever since I was a little girl, I was always drawing and designing. I share my travel experiences and artwork from my adventures. My mission is to inspire others and I hope we can learn together and grow a better appreciation for the arts.

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1. Intro: Hi, guys. Thank you so much for joining my class today in my living room slash studio. My name is Liotta, and I'm an illustrator, graphic designer and a bit of a travel at it. I have been painting for about 15 years now in a variety of different mediums such as oils , acrylic and watercolor. Which is what we're going to dive in a little further today. In this class, I'm going to go over three different washes that could be applied to your painting. So let's get started. 2. Paint Materials: Here are some course materials you'll be needing to complete this class. Cold pressed watercolor paper and artist tape. Winter and you been watercolor paint, but you can use whatever you have around it. Brush number six. I use a porcelain palette, but you can use a dish or whatever you have in handy and to water cups. One is to wash out your brush, and the other is to add water to your paints and paper towel. 3. How to Paint a Flat Wash: So now we're gonna learn about how to paint a flat wash. First things verses. You want to cut down the paper on eight by six and tape it down so that your painting five by seven and you want to tape it down on the flat surface so that it's really sturdy. So I kind of just used as a backing. And right now we're going to use a flat brush or a round brush or whatever you haven't handy and we're going to do. Ah, what a water wash to kind of wake up the fibers off the paper a little bit, so that when you're starting to paint with watercolor, the paper kind of absorbs the paint equally throughout the whole page. So you just want to make sure that you are adding water throughout the whole page and just kind of let that dry. And while that's drying, you want to mix up and dilute the water color paint that you choose, and you want to make sure that you're really grabbing a lot of paint. Um, with your brush, because you're going to be curing that pain throughout the whole surface as you going from left to right, and you want to make sure that you're also kind of carrying that puddle as you see it towards the end there. And that's you need that puddle because that's what's going to kind of create the transition from going to the next layer towards the bottom. So you're basically kind of feeding that little bead by adding more paint and so on throughout the whole paper. A good tip for you guys to kind of people in mind is to tilt the paper. Um, is you can see I'm kind of supporting it with my hand, and it's basically tilted to about 25 degrees, I would say. And what what this does is it kind of distributes the watercolor equally. And, um, it kind of keeps the water. I mean the the water color evenly throughout the whole painting service. And so right now you just wanna kind of carry that pattern all the way down to the paper, and this is just going to take some time. But you can just built thes skills over time just by practicing. It is also kind of therapeutic, which is nice, too. So you just want to make sure that your carrying the same pace throughout the whole page. And I'm just gonna speed this up a little bit, because this just take a few minutes. And when you're done and you feel like you need to take, you need to add another layer and you can. And that's what I did to kind of get, like, a richer color. So basically, this is kind of what it's gonna look like. And again, just be patient with yourself. This is going to take some time, and that's okay. 4. How to Paint a Graded Wash: Now we're going to learn how to paint a greedy int wash before we get started. It's good to know that a gradation is a visual technique of gradually transitioning from one color shade to another. And I've already taped down the eat by six watercolor paper, and you can bid to begin to think about what type of shape you want to paint. And I just happened to choose a circle, and you can choose whatever you like as faras a paint. I'm still going to stick to blue, but you can choose whatever you like, And I've already, uh, added a wash of water eso. Now it'll dry and we're going to begin to paint. So, like the previous video, we are still going to be using the same technique, Um, a little bit Aziz. We are kind of moving the paint from left to right and making sure that we have enough paint in this paper to kind of Kerry it through. So you have, like, a nice transition, and we are going to continue, uh, this technique through about half of the circle. Um and then I'm going to show you how we could kind of create that gradation when we get there, and I'm just kind of speeding things up here a little bit because this could take a while. But when you get to this point, you basically want to clean the brush off. So you get rid of all the paint and in depew, brush in the clean water and start pulling the bead throughout the rest of the circle. So you're basically pulling it down. And it's going to create this, um, gradation where you'll see the lighter part of the of the blue because it's getting diluted with water more and then just keep adding clean water all the way down. It's OK if it's not like a perfect a perfect gradation, you just kind of wanted get the point across that you know, it's going from dark blue to light here, that's about it. That's kind of cool like it. So at this point, do you just wanna let it dry and just kind of have a tilted just like that? If you want to do another, uh, wash on top of it after it's completely dry, you can as well 5. How to Paint a Blended Wash: Now we're going to start to learn about how to paint a blend wash, and it's basically blending two different colors together. I just happen to choose blue and green for this exercise. I've already taped the eight by six a watercolor paper down, and I just chose to do a triangle this time. So I taped the edges of the triangle just to kind of keep things crisp so that there isn't , like water all over the place and it's more controlled. And then so now original start beating. We're going to go with the blue first and then blood in the green. So now we're just gonna start painting the blue. So here we go again, just kind of making sure that you're grabbing enough paint like we did in the previous two exercises, and we're probably gonna get about halfway through the triangle with the blue. So when you get to the kind of halfway point, you'll want to make sure that the puddle or the bead is kind of equally distributed. And now make sure washing the brush. And now we pick up the green and now we want to do is just kind of likely touch the bead and carry it through across so that the blue and the green kind of touch and blend in together as the green color kind of takes over. So just kind of continue carrying the green color all the way down to the pointed edge. You That's it, very much it. Let's clean out your brush and you want till the paper back and forth just a little bit. Kind of activate the color so that they blend in a little better. And once it's completely dry, just peel the keep off incompetent angle. We're not tearing up the paper underneath it, and this is probably my favorite part, so satisfying. And so now we're done. 6. Last Words & Thank you!: thank you for being here and taking this class today. I can't wait to see what your projects look like. And pleased to share themselves. We can learn from each other.