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How to Paint Snow | Winter Holiday Watercolor & Gouache Card/Painting

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Watercolor Course Materials


    • 2.



    • 3.

      Practice Backgrounds


    • 4.

      Painting Background


    • 5.

      Tree Practice


    • 6.

      Painting your trees


    • 7.

      Adding Shadows


    • 8.

      Adding snow with gouache


    • 9.

      Splattering snow


    • 10.

      Bonus Lesson Framing Final Video


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Winter Holiday Snow and Moon Painting -  Watercolor

Create and have fun! In this course you will learn simple watercolor and gouache techniques and how I use them step by step in REAL TIME to create this beautiful Snowy Winter Scene with a full Moon.


This is an Beginner to Intermediate course for those of you that want to develop your skills with Watercolor. I'll take you through the entire video of my steps and process to create this Scene. 

In this course  will cover: 

  • Materials needed 
  • Learn to prepare your watercolor paper.
  • Create a wet in wet background technique to create a soft flowing background. 
  • How to layer the watercolors and placement of shadows using a brush for a  details. 
  • How to create the look of Snow on trees.
  •  Plus A BONUS Video on How to professionally Frame your painting.
  • Painting is a lifetime skill that anyone can learn and enjoy. Over 1000 happy students are already creating some lovely masterpieces taking my Live and online classes using watercolors and Alcohol Inks! So come be creative with me and enjoy all the compliments to come on your own special art creations you will soon be hanging!

With the right instruction and a little bit of practice, you too will soon be able to make your own stunning art pieces!


REGISTER NOW and get started making beautiful watercolor painting today!

Happy Painting!


Safety Note:  When using paints and chemicals please adhere to any and all manufacturer safety guidelines with these products.  If you have specific safety questions or concerns please contact the product's manufacturer.

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1. Watercolor Course Materials: So let's get started here for materials that will need for this course. I'm gonna be using arches brand watercolor paper. It's 100 £40 cold press, and it has a rough side in a smooth side, and we'll be painting on that rougher side. I also have a backer board, and you can use any kind of border either canvass, board, even cardboard to take your painting down. But it's just so that you'll be able to turn your painting as you're moving through the process so you don't to take it down to your table. And as I said, we're gonna have that rougher site up. And if I can center this into this eight by 10 foam backer board and put my mat, which is an opening of a five by seven directly on top, I'll be able to see in this area that I'll be painting in. So I'm gonna take my pencil on just Mark four Corners here with these four little dots, and that way I'll know what area to tape down. So when I'm completed with my painting, I'll have everything actually showing in my in my scene. So what will lead as well. Who put this aside? Will be using a number two pencil will be doing some light tracing for this for sketches. I also use a black Sharpie, and you don't have to have a black Sharpie. But I could. You could put birds, and with this you can do your signature with Issa's well, and I also use a polymer racer. This is if you have to do any type of erasing. I don't recommend using your number two pencil eraser because it can mark your paper. I'm also using a 3/4 inch oval wash. Brush something with some nice bristle so you could absorb the water well. And I have here in my little Windsor Newton Cotman kit, and in this kit comes a little sable detail brush, and this is a nice point on it, so you can get some really small details with this. We'll also be using for this course some white wash, and this is non transparent, and I'm using this to put in my white areas, and it's fairly thick. It's almost like toothpaste will be watering this down, and I'm using that really, in place of a masking fluids will be able to use this on top of our painting rather than leaving an area white now. Also be using two cups of water usually have one clean and one for dirty, and that way you're not always running to the sink, and plus your colors will get muddied. We also have a roll of paper towels. Won't be using this just to either wipe upper brushes or if we have some excess paint. And this is the Cotman kid up close. This is all of the paints that we usually use for most of my courses and opened the shows. You what The kit looks like my nice used kit. And so what we'll do next is tape down our our watercolor paper, and I'm just using a regular painter's tape. For this. You can use masking tape, but this works best cause you can lift it up and not have to worry about tearing your paper once you're completed. So what I'm doing now is I'm just taping those four sides down and you can see where my light pencil marks are. So I'm just gonna not make sure not covering those areas as I'm doing this, because that's gonna be the area is gonna show on your mat. I was gonna get off for these corners done and will be ready to paint. 2. Sketching: Let's go ahead. Begin with sketching out our holiday moon seen here, and I'm gonna be putting a pdf attached to this so that you can have that beside you if you'd like. This is a really simple, simple, simple sketch. And if you look at my paper, I am going just below that halfway mark here. This is gonna be our snow line, and I'm kind of coming up just a little higher on the right hand side. And then we're gonna go ahead and put a fence in here across the bottom, and I try not to make mine too perfectly straight. Think of these old fences that air of in the countryside. You know, they're just kind of plopped in here, and I always perfectly straight on the older ones. You could see where I'm taking my fencepost to fencepost and drawing my straight line, and this is kind of giving it more of a zigzag look, and then we'll go across the bottom. So this is a to post fence or railing. And if you want to do a pic advance, you can change up to a picket fence. But this is just a really simple basic fence that I've got in here, one of those old wooden fences, and you can kind of thicken up those posts. We want to make him large enough so that you'd be able to put some snow on these. All right, that looks pretty good. So let's put our moon in here or you don't want toe druthers to dark. You don't want to see those pencil lines through there, but we're gonna have, ah, fairly deep color in the background. So you're not gonna see it a whole lot. Let's go ahead and put those trees in here and I'm just kind of we see here. I'm kind of bringing them down into that snow area in different places. Let's go ahead and we'll do five of them. And I will do a demo here next, coming up on how I do my trees and we'll do Ah, quick little practice session. Before we go any further, let me just give you an example here of how I do my trees. Well, just come down just a little ways, and then we'll go over this a little bit more. But you can see they're very jagged, not real. perfect. And if you do want to go ahead and watch the next section, you can go ahead and draw in your trees completely. But it's not necessary. We can paint those in a swell, so the next steps will be doing a practice session for our background. 3. Practice Backgrounds: All right, let's begin with a practice session for our background. So if you want to grab yourself a piece of scrap paper, cut this up into four pieces. But we're just gonna practice are wet and wet technique for our sky. And the trick to this is going to be practicing and knowing when the paper is what enough, but not too wet and not too dry. So you won't want to do this one a few times. And I'm just starting with the opera Rose color, which is not in our kid. But it's such a pretty color that I decided to use this one. And then I'm gonna be adding some ultra Marine to this, and you can see where I've just wet the paper with clear water first, and I put the operas down sporadically. So I left some white areas here and then tapped in that blue in just random section so you can see it gives us nice, airy appearance, and you can make your own purple by using ultra Marine and Liz um Crenson, which is in our kids here. So that's how pretty this looks. It it's just very whimsical looking so what new painters tend to want to dio is they really wanted to get all of this paint down here. So a lot of times you won't leave white space when you're when you're a new painter and you just can't keep blending and see what this does is it just basically turns the whole thing purple on me. And you could also change the depth of the color here by using less waters up with the top so you could see where it's just gives it a nice women see cloudy look and this bottom section and is just purple, which is pretty in itself but of what we want is that nice area look so you can see how rich and dark this convict come by. Keep. I keep adding some more paint to this, so we want nice light wash for that 1st 1 This is a little dark in the second section here , and you want to leave some little white spaces. Let the other paints kind of do the work for you rather than using your brush, because the brush again will just mix everything on your paper for you. So now I'm doing as I'm going into my ultra marine blue and you can see where this is still wet for my background. And this is the key. This has to be Wen or to get this nice bloom. And that's why I'm saying practice it over and over again. That way, when you're ready to do you're paying, you're comfortable with moving quickly because you can't wait too long. This paper will dry on you and then you won't get this look because I'm just kind of using my my small brush and just tapping in that illusion of trees at the top here. So I've got my brush almost flat as I'm doing this and I'm just pumping in that paint up and down, up and down across this whole thing, and you can see where this is just still moving. But it's not blooming completely, so I've got a nice detail or allusion of trees back there, and that's going to continue to move just slightly. And when I want to show you his on the bottom section here where it's a little bit darker, we're gonna go ahead and try it first, and this should be ready to go as Well, because I've waited a few minutes between the time I did the top section in the bottom section so you could see where it touched it. And it's still slightly wet actually came off on my finger. So let's go ahead into that blue and tap it in here. It's giving a nice blooms. This is how you contested to make sure that you're ready to go, and you're better off doing this more wet than more dry in order to get this look. So again, this is exactly what we wanted to do. It's just kind of blooming, So let me go ahead and dry this with a blow dryer. This is completely dry now, and let me show you the difference. I'm going in with the ultra Marine blue again with my little brush, and I had just a little bit of water to this, and you could see how much darker this says this time, and it's not moving. So where this is a pretty look, it just doesn't give that really mystical look. It's more sharp and more defined, which is not what we're looking for for this part, so you can go ahead and practices a few times is you wanted. We want that nice area. Look to it. Maybe I'm just gotta tapping my brush up and down, but those trees air staying quite defying. Let's add a little water to that and see what it does. Doesn't do much because that background area is completely dry, even though you could get it to spread a little bit. So this is what we're shooting for is this top section here. So go ahead and practice. Do it a few times until you're comfortable, and then we will start the background of your painting. 4. Painting Background : All right, So let's do two slightly different background options here for this one. And if you practice this, you got a better feeling for how this is gonna work. But I'm gonna tent my water just a little bit so that you can see the color is a little bit more in the paper here. So I'm just adding water to this. And like I said before, if you prefer to draw your trees in, you can watch the next section where do a practice session on trees before you do the background, if you like. So again, I'm just putting a nice fresh water down here and just like we did in our pack practice session, we're gonna go ahead and add This time, I'm using a more of a more of a purple color, and I have the two pain again. But you can mix your own purple using the lizard in crimson and ultra marine blue to make a nice soft purple. And you could see where again where I'm skipping some sections here, kind of just putting in color here. And they're not taking my brush and going back and forth back and forth. I'm just tapping in some color and letting the water do the work for me. So if you need to get around your mood a little bit better, you can use a small brush just to kind of move that water around trying to go over your moon. If you do, it's not a problem. We can use some, like wash to corrupt that area as well. And now I'm going into my ultra Marine blue and again doing that same tapping motion, just kind of filling it in here and there. And every time you do this, it's going to look different because that water is gonna be in different spots. You're gonna add the colors and different spots. So, um, it's part of the fun is just playing with us. So you could see now I'm just kind of tipping out my paper because my clouds weren't moving . And that gives the nice whisp Penis, and now I have a little puddle that's going on here on the side. So what I'm doing is I'm wiping off my brush, and I'm just kind of making it a thirsty brush. I'm just drawing it completely off, and that will suck that puddle right up. So it's no longer there. And the reason I do that is because if you let those sit there, they will tend to leave a bloom on your paper. It was just a little bit too much water, and you'll end up with a solid spot on there. So I'm gonna grab my small brush here, and we're gonna go into a little bit darker shade of the purple can. You could use ultra marine blue whatever colors you like when you do this a couple different ways for you. This one gives it a nice, really whimsy, whimsical looking one that we practice and they will do a more solid colored one. Next, I'm using little tapping motion, and this is quite wet so you can see how it's blooming beautifully up in here, bringing those trees all the way up here loving. I'm kind of just blend into that's guy a little bit. The trick to this is using a little bit deeper shade than you have in your sky. So you want a nice either a deep purple or a deep blue for this, that it really shows up in your sky area and just gonna fill this all the way in all the way across again, making sure that you've got some up and down height with those trees because those trees are not going to be all the same. Same height. So you want a little bit of randomness here. If your colors tends to bleed a little bit too much into your sky, you may need to go back in with a little bit deeper shade, which I did here, so and a little bit darker, purple and again to make it darker. You want to use less water, more pigment and just finishing tapping this in all along here, you just kind of adjust your little lying here. If you're snow lying goes, get a little carried away can sharpen those up and feel free to add more depth to your color. If you're water, water is just a little bit too wet. Sometimes it can blend out that color a little bit too much. So if you want to add a little bit darker shade here at the top, you can do that so you have a lot of time you can really work with this. Is it stays pretty less pushes. You're adding more pain and more water to this. You have a little bit of a little bit of time toe work it. So like I said before, I'd rather you start early trying to do it rather than waiting for it to be too dry. And I'm a fast painter. So if you don't find yourself a fast painter, you you may want to definitely try that or it's more wet. So it gives you enough time toe play with it a little bit more. So we're gonna go ahead and just show you a 2nd 1 that I've done here. And this one has a little bit more purple in the sky area moves a little smaller, and we're gonna go over that same step again by adding those trees in, and this might be a little repetitive, but again, I want to make sure that you're comfortable with this step because a lot of times what I've taught classes with this it drives too fast for people and you get that really sharp, distinct tree rather than that real soft looking, more mystical Look to the background. Now that that's a bad thing, and you may like that better, which is fine if you want it if you wanted to have a little bit more dry. But this is just really a nice wet on wet technique that works really well with watercolor . The other great thing, too, is if you wanted to do the purple and you want at a little bit of blue to this as well, while you're working with it, wet in wet could get some more shades and some variation of color in there as well, because color is just so much fun. And really everybody has their own favorite colors. So you could always do this whole thing using reds and oranges if you wanted Teoh. So again, just tapping in the darker shade and making sure I have some variations of the tree heights making sure I don't go over my moon because we want to make sure that that stays in the background because your mood is gonna be behind the trees, not in front of the trees, and just continue to tap this in here or, if I'm doing this too fast, for you can slow down the painting process and the bottom left hand corner gives you an option to play. This time is one which is the normal speeds. We could go up or down from that. And if you have any questions along the way, please feel free to to send me a note here or sent me a note through my email and feel free to ask. You know, if you're frustrated with something or something's not working for you or if you want me to change something in the video, I'm all about whatever makes us easier for you as my student. I'm just tapping into a little bit of, uh if some clouds in here and you could do this again while it's still wet. Just gives you another little option here, Could you? That misty look back there and when we do the moon, we're gonna add a little bit of purple to our moon too, right now at a little bit of teal to this that's already in green, right to my purple. And I just want to show you I'm gonna just do this one tree on the right hand side here. This is gonna be the tree that's closer to us, so you can see here if I attempt to put this one in here, This background still too wet. So it's doing the same thing that those background trees did. This is not what we want for this next step coming up. So and you could see, as I moved down here into this white space, it gets more defined because I'm not putting it on something that's already wet. So we're gonna go ahead and redo this one I want just wanted to show you what happens. And again, we're gonna practice our trees next before we go ahead and paint them in. 5. Tree Practice : rights. Let's practice some trees. Trees. They're always fun to do. And everybody has their own unique style when it comes to trees. No matter how many classes I've taught, everyone's tree is always different. And I just wanted to think back to when you were younger, when you were taught to draw a tree back in the day. Ah, we always did like this, you know, the symbol of a tree like this little cone shape. So people have a tendency to want to pay their trees very basic as well, Because as humans, we always try to simplify everything, including stick figure people. So, for your tree, you know, this is this is another way that we used to draw it all the time when we were younger. All right, so let me zoom in on this. So what I want you to try to do is get a more realistic tree. And if you need to go outside to study the trees, go outside. Take a look at them. These are, um, what we have here in Maine a lot, and they are very random. And the branches tend to go up when they first our own you're at the very tips of the trees , so and they're very random as far as how the branches grow. If you look at a tree, they're not perfect. Every trees unique. They have different bends than them. Um, and you know, more random that you can get a tree looking on paper, the more realistic it's going to look so as you see as they come down here, you left. I might be a little bit longer than the right side, a skip a spot cause they're not branches, usually or not directly across from one another. And then it was kind of filling in a couple little spots here. So as you paint these in, they can thicken up. You can see how I have the branches as they come down the tree here. They're going to get a little bit fuller a little bit wider, those branches or use a little longer, you know, again. Not always, though you sometimes you have some little stragglers that break off, and you had some funny, funny things that happened, which raise. But basically that is what we're looking for, something that's somewhat random but yet more realistic looking than the other two. So we're gonna go ahead and paint. He's in now. I'm gonna grab my pains here, so get some fresh, clean water. My palate is not clean, but that's all right. We're just gonna mix up some green color here, and I'm getting a nice little puddle of green on my brush and used my small brush. So let's just fill in this one. This is a real basic looking tree here, and I pretty much have lots of water, and then we're gonna get first layer down here where it's nice and wet, and then you can always go in and add so more colors to this. Let's just go ahead and do the brown on the underneath. Try not to touch too much that underneath of the tree, because that brown will bleed up into that rest of that area. There it almost happened. Just a little bit of shade and some other variations of color in here. Let's go ahead and do the one next to us here. You can see I'm putting a little bit of pressure as I come out on this one, so it's a little wider in the center and I lift up on that a little bit as it comes out a little bit more pink. You could see where it got a little skip there. And that's where my brushes a little too dried and having a paint on there. And sometimes with the smaller brushes, you have to look upon your pain a little bit more because they don't have a hold as much with liquid in there the pigment. So let's go ahead and Cem blue to the US Now I'm just tapping in a little bit here and there can to give give a little shadow area. I always say this. Where there's light, there's dark. So think about those trees. Were the sons hitting it? And then you've got sections under there that the sun's not reaching, so that's gonna be where your dark areas are, so that's a nice little basic tree. So let's go ahead with this one here on the far left and again, I always start with the trunk of the tree and bring that down. You're not gonna see most of that. So that's why it's not Brown. I just want hadn't put the green in there that we can cover some of that up, going very lightly on the tips of those trees again and extending out. I'm just doing this little tapping motion and again, if you want to slow the video down a little bit, you can do that in the bottom left hand corner. I'll just talk a little funny because it slows my voice down or it will speed me up if you wanna do it faster. But it's a great way to really see how I'm just kind of not thinking about it when I'm when I'm putting this in here. Just basically getting little taps of color down on here, lifting up as I go tap tap tap working my way down, and you could fill in some of those other areas in between. As you do this well for trees, they have those little stems that stick out. I'm just continuing to make those little branches in there, and it's getting a little bigger as we move down the tree. And then, if you want to add a little bit of the ultra Marine blue to this, we can again make some little areas of shadow or little pockets of shadow in our tree, and having that variation of color really makes it look more realistic. It gives you more, more dimension to your painting. So let's say we wanna make this one look a little bit more realistic. You could always go back into it. So I'm adding some green and I'm thickening up those areas here. So this is gonna look more like a Christmas tree now your holiday tree. And we're just kind of kind of skin those up and extend those branches out again with the very tippy top here. We're gonna kind of take those branches on a bright position a little bit. So now we have that little perfect Christmas tree, so it gives you some ideas on how to do your trees. Go ahead and practice that again a few times if you want, so we'll be starting. Our next section will be placing our perfect little trees are painting, So feel free to practice this again and to get comfortable with it before you actually move on to your painting. 6. Painting your trees: right. So let's start painting our trees. So I'm going to add a little bit of color to this purple that I've got in here. I add a little bit of the meridian green, and this is just going to give it a really pretty shade of purple is gonna have, like, a little bit of a green tint to it. It will change up the color for that purple. It's in the background here. So look, you'll give it enough definition in between the two colors. So let's go ahead and redo that same tree that I had put in here prior. That was when everything was still wet. So you could see now I can get a much better definition of our tree. And I'm just kind of bringing out those branches just like we did in the practice session. Get your main branches in there. You could go ahead and kind of fill that in. And don't be too fussy about your tree at this point, because we're gonna be adding some snow on top of this. So you just want to make sure you have enough color in here so that your white's gonna really pop out when you add the snow to the tops of these again, I would just want to make sure you've got some different variations of those height of those trees and bring it down into your snow. Don't worry about your fence, because we're gonna paint that right over the top of it and where some of these may meet. That's OK, too. You don't know where one begins and the other one ends. You can see I'm overlapping that tree right there in the center. Then I want to thicken him up again at the bottom. Here's was a little bit wider and if you like your trees skinnier, paid skin your trees, you like widened really full and make a fuller tree in here. But the key is to get a nice dark shade down so you can see what we've got. The lights guy. You've got those background trees, another color which a little bit darker. And now we have these trees, which are even more darker. So these are really pop when you put snow, and I think I've said that before, so I'm gonna move over here skipping that center section because I want to get my background trees in their first ones a little bit further away because those ones in the front or gonna be larger and you could see how this one barely comes down into the snow. So the longer that that tree trunk comes down, the closer that tree is gonna be to you. So keep that in mind when you when you bring your tree down, that's always gonna be the closer one to you. If it's closer to you in the snow. Well, this one's further back as well. And again, I'm getting the very fine branches on the top and extending it out, getting a little bit wider as we come down. So those two were in the background will make this one a little bit closer to us, going a little bit taller again. I'm doing that same motion just using the very tip of my brush, just doing a little tapping. And remember, if it's easier for you to draw that in before we start the painting, please feel free to go ahead and do that. You're not going to see those pencil marks because this this pain is very dark in color and in order to get it. If you find the years isn't getting dark enough, make sure you don't have a whole lot of water on your brush. So you can just kind of dip your brush in and really get most of the pigment in this. The more water that you have on this, the light of this pigment will appear for you. So if you're finding it's too light, then you want to darken that pigment and leaves a little bit less water. We're just continuing to work down this tree, making the branches wider as we go. And you could see this one's in the snow just a little bit more about that stem down here. So we're gonna go ahead and layer those body branches right on top of that right on the snow. Okay. And then this last tree's gonna be almost dead center here, and we're gonna again start with that stem and bring it all the way down. Alway bounded the end here again. You're not gonna have to worry about that fence area. You just go ahead and paint right over that and these branches are going to be the largest because this tree is the closest to us. So those branches are gonna be quite wide as we come down to the bottom area here. Yeah, I was gonna work our way down. Don't worry if those branches touch the other tree again, if it's in front of us, we might not see that tree behind us, right? Just try not to cover up your moon and your tree might not be the exact same. Position is mine. Don't worry about that. They're all gonna be a just a little bit, slightly off. But the key is this. Just to make sure you've got about no. Five or six. I ended up with six in this one. I usually like to do odd numbers, but that's OK, too. That will make this one real thick right down in front. And it looks good. So the next step will be adding some shadows in our snow area. 7. Adding Shadows: All right, let's add some shadows in your snow area. So you're gonna want to make sure that your trees air completely dry before we do this because you don't want us to bleed in and we're gonna be using mostly water for this. So it's very little pigment, mostly water. And what I'm gonna do here is just put a little bit down. Try not to go over this too much because you'll end up with more shadow than you want. So it's just one little light touch here and there just to give a little bit of, ah, a shadow in the snow area from our trees cause that moon is going to cast a shadow right right in front of the tree. So it's not gonna get any light there. So this is where you're gonna have just a little hint of purple. They're going to make sure this is completely dry. So if you want, take a blow dryer, ikan, dry this or you can go ahead and wait for it to completely dry. And there were gonna be mixing up some raw number or burnt sienna, whichever you prefer the currency and has a little bit of red tint to it. So I'm gonna be using, Remember for mine. I want a nice, rich brown color because this is going to really make the snow pop on top. And we're just gonna go ahead, put the brown right over on top of our pencil lines that we did. And you want to make sure this is thick enough so that your snow was really gonna pop on there, that if you have your trees, depending on where they are, your fence will go in behind it. That's what I hadn't skip that section. If your trees in the front there and then continue on with your fencing and you're gonna want to make sure that this section is completely dry before we move on to adding the wash or we're gonna be adding the snow on top of this Now, if you don't have gloss, you can use what white acrylic paints watered down slightly if you want to. But this is what the quash looks like. It's non transparent, so will really show on top of the the top of the dark purple that we have. So next will be adding the snow tore trees 8. Adding snow with gouache: All right, so let's go ahead and ask snow to the trees and to the fence area. So what I've done is I've escorted a little bit of the washout into my palette here, and you're not gonna have a lot of water to this. You don't want it thick like toothpaste. But you wanted almost the texture of like a house paint would be because if you have a too watery will just dry transparent on you. So we're just gonna touch up just on the tops of some of these branches A little bit of that white. And the key is not to go over and over it again. Because it will happen is it will reactivate that purple underneath. And they'll end up with a light purple color in your wash because that will tend very easy . So go ahead and get some fresh paint if you need to. And you're just gonna layer little dots on the tops of those trees and you could see where it kind of angled it slightly as I'm doing this. So you think about when the snow lands on top of the branches. Sometimes it piles up a little heavier in one spot than others. Sometimes it's Gibbs. Don't forget down here in the very blot of this well, and then on the top of your big tree again, I'm just kind of using this dotting motion. And if you want to see this against slow motion, you can go ahead and slow this down so you can see where I'm adding this. And that's why saying the purple is not really a big deals faras where you put it because a lot of this is hidden. When you add the snow to this, you don't see a lot of those details in that tree anyway. But you want to make sure you have enough purple on there, so that's really pops out with snow on top. If you have a small brush, you can get even a smaller finer missed. But we're gonna end up using, um, the next section with a toothbrush. So we're gonna get some real find snowing here on top of this. So I want this to be fairly thick as you're doing this and you can see I work very quickly . You don't think about things too much. Sometimes the more you think the more perfect. It ends up being in the less realistic it looks. I think if you were that snow on your landing your land anywhere you want and try not to get too too much of the tippy of the tree and one up covering most of the tree up that wakes. It's a very fine branch up there. Just continue work my way down on all these trees covered with a little bit of snow. Like I said, if you don't have wash, you can use the acrylic paint and you would use it fairly thick as well. So you don't want it. You know a real thick paint with this and not too watery because you want to be able to control. You don't want it to go everywhere, and you can go ahead and on the top of your fence again. I'm just using this tapping motion a little bit on the post here as well. Now we can go ahead and shape of that moon since we have our wash already on our brush here . So be careful you're doing this because it will tend to get big on you. So work small because it will You can always get bigger, but you can make it smaller. Try to really go slow. Is your shaping us around here you think you want? Make sure that you don't bring that moon over the top of that tree and it will grow on you . I'm tryingto shape this one out into a circle that's getting bigger and bigger, and they could pop in a little bit of that purple on top of it as well gives that little bit of texture in your moon. So you gonna had reached the brush off and will be moving on to our next final step, which is adding some more snow. 9. Splattering snow: All right, So let's finish up with our final touches. We're gonna be doing some snow on here, and what you're gonna need is a small toothbrush. The little kitty toothbrushes were great with this that have us very soft bristle. And I'm gonna show you what I want you to know. Dio, when you hold it like this and we're gonna drag our thumb across those bristles once we have the paint loaded up on this. So what you're gonna do is first of all, grab your toothbrush, make sure it's clean. Rinse it off with some clean water. Tap off most of the excess water because you don't want to water year olds little drip everywhere. Your load up with our white wash on the tip of that brush. Get a good amount on there and it shouldn't be dripping at this point. You take your thumb across here and we're just going to kind of spritz that all across your painting. So now if you like a lot of snow, he could put more snow on there. If you don't like a lot of snow just a little bit on there, if you hold this close to your painting, you might get some big blotches and you may have to take your tissue and just kind of looked those up. And if you are further away, you'll get a nice fine mist with this. So I'm gonna go ahead and do this in slow motion for you as well. So you can really see how my, uh, movement is and how I'm going heading, dragging my thumb across that brush of the bristles to get that nice soft amount of snow on here. And so what you have I done? You're gonna go ahead and wipe your thumb off for one, and then go ahead and try this really? Well, we can peel the tape off of here now, once it's all dry and just careful you're pulling it kind of pull it away from your painting as to not tear your paper as you're doing it. If you've used masking tapes, that has a tendency to have a little bit more than if you're using the blue paint or tape painter tape is made to be removed quite easy. We're just gonna go ahead and pull those all for those sides off, and then what? I'm gonna do is go ahead and grab the mat just to see what it looks like here. And we'll place our mat on top of here and get it centered really well. And then you can go ahead and sign your painting. We're finished. I really hope you enjoyed this one. This would make for a great Christmas card or holiday card. You can sometimes take it down to local Office Depot or Staples. Or maybe this Mr Print, something like that. If you take a photograph of this and you can have your cards made up and send them out. I did this one last year. This was my Christmas card for last year. So I hope you enjoy the course. And I hope it was a five star for you. Well, looking forward to doing her next class. Thanks for painting with me. 10. Bonus Lesson Framing Final Video: so we'll need a few things for framing. Will need a backer board and, of course, your picture a frame. And then I'll have a list at the end here, with all of our tools that will need, um And also, of course, your frame choices an eight by 10 for this particular one. But you can use any size in the same thing. Um, and then there are a few different tapes that you'll need is well, so let's get started here with our arm. Adding, what we want to do is first just kind of adjust where a picture is going to go. And I've got this perfectly set into an eight by 10 map and then I have some artists tape and what I'm gonna do with this just kind of peel off just a couple little pieces here and I'm gonna fold this underneath, tuck it in under here, and just give it a little tab so I could get that stuck down onto my backer board. Do the other side as well. This is one of the toughest things to do. You going to try to line this up with your, um, your mats and you're backing, so you just need to adjust. Were ever You need to I want to get that. I think that's pretty straight. And then just match up and make sure that your mat well fit over the top of that. All right, so now we're just gonna set that aside, and I'm going to grab the mat again, and we're gonna use some double sided sticky tape, and we're gonna take this Matt down to the backer board, And this way, it's not gonna actually stick to the painting itself, will just have it on the edges of the mat. So if anybody ever want to change these out, they can easily do so without damaging the painting. Make sure it's all taped down there real good. And then we're just gonna peel off that back edge of the double sided tape each side. Careful, not toe lift any of the sticky tape. We want to keep that down there, and sometimes they're hard to gribble edges of these. It's gonna get your nail into their poll. So are you can see where the tape additional shiny hair. We're gonna grab the backer board again, and we're just gonna line that up. Be careful here, because when she put it down, it will stick and you can't adjust it, get it right where you want it, and then you can push it down when you're happy with where it's at. All right, So what I'm gonna do next, we have our matting already to go. We're just gonna clean our glass on a frame. Really good. Make sure you get all corners and edges and you just don't want to have a little streaks of little fingerprint thumbprints. All that good stuff once you get this all together. So I'm always double checking before I do my final seals here. I'm gonna flip it over. Get the other side as well. Make sure you get your edges. You can use really any kind of glass cleaner with this double. Just get the other side as well. One last before I place it inside. And I'm just double checking for little smears. Bring my frame over and we'll pop the glass right back in here and again. It's double check. The rest of those was once this the backing Zeldin and seal that you cannot you cannot take . Take it apart again. Toe fix these smudges without having start over. So I'm just gonna take our painting, and I'm flipping it over and adjusting it in here. You can see I have little tabs on this one. I'm just kind of pushing him down again. Double checking. Making sure there's no little hairs or fuzz is, er who knows what gets in there? It looks good. So now I'm just gonna flip it over, and I'm going to push down the little tabs. Now, this hurt your fingers. What I've done before is got myself a little butter knife. Or you can use, um, a flathead screwdriver just to help push those down. Then again, I'm checking to make sure everything's clean in there, and it looks good. So now we're going to start with our, um, our backing. And this is just a linen acid free backing. You can get these usually at any stores and craft stores or art supply stores. Then they usually coming rules. And again, we're going to use our double sided sticky tape here, and I'm just gonna put the double sided sticky tape down on the back of the frame. And I'm trying to give myself a little quarter inch away from the edges. And this is for when I actually do the trimming or the cutting, and you'll see that coming up here. We're gonna put that tape down on all four sides, get a little overhang there. But we can trim that up in a few minutes in the last one here. And make sure those air pushed down nice and tight on their You don't want that toe come loose on you. And there's a little tab. I'm gonna just kind of trim these off here. We'll pair of scissors and snip those a couple other little ones on the corners. Here. You can get those. All right, on, DNA. Now, we're gonna pull off the tape once again here. One more from that one up, Andi. Just making sure those air down nice and tight and I'm gonna peel that layer of the of the tape off once again. Began there. Sometimes a little hard toe to get going. But once you get your a little male under there, you can kind of pull it out. You're just gonna pull off each one of these again, making sure that you don't pull up the tape as you're pealing off that the top layer. Right? When I grab this last little piece here, pull that off and then I'm gonna take, um, my rule of dust cover paper, and we're very careful here. I don't want to touch the tape yet. I'm just gonna kind of pull this on over over the top here without touching it, being very careful. And then I'm gonna lay that down on top here and very carefully make sure it's nice and smooth. Kind of pull that little tight, and then I'm just gonna push down on this tape on all four corners here, make sure we got that on there. Really good. And then I'm just gonna take increase all four edges here, and this will make it easier when we go toe to do our charming with our cutter. Did you have a nice, sharp, clean edge here and then we're gonna just take off this excess here with some scissors? Just cut the cut. The top of this right off. All right, so we're not gonna throw that away when say that piece for a minute, and I'm just gonna once again, Just kind of tighten up these edges, make sure that they're nice. And Scharping and clean. This will make it a lot easier with her cutting tool. So ready her cutting tool and these can be again purchased anywhere. I got this one. I think, on on Amazon. It's got a little blade on it. And you just had to be very careful in you. Line it up here. You're just going to kind of push down on that bleed. Watch up for your fingers. Dangerous with these things. It is going to give it a little light pressure and look hot rate through that. And you're gonna do this on all four sides. Say, I skipped a couple spots here, but you just kind of go back and kind of clean that up again, right back over it. Just make sure that that's down again nice and tight on the tape and just pull it all the way down. It's our last cuts and I were just gonna peel it off. It should come up very easy for you. The tape shouldn't be underneath where that is. If you put it close enough to the inside edge like is a nice clean look. So once again, I'm just double check in and making sure looks good. Make sure that tape is all their role while nice and tape down. And we're gonna move on to our little hooks. Andi, we're gonna It's wrong way. Flipper. L Nerio were just the's in about about two inches or so. I was gonna kind of lineup eyeball, and I think they look good there. So I'm gonna get my little ruler here and come down two inches and just make myself a mark right here with a pencil, Do the same thing on the other side, down two inches and make myself a little circle. And this is where and a little islets hold are gonna line up for me. So I can my screws in there on both sides of nature that they're nice, and even I have Ah, well, little screws that come with it. And when I grab my drill here makes it much easier. You can use a screwdriver, but, um, I highly recommend it. A power tool. Just get that in there, and we're just gonna drill those down in there. A little pressure. It's not getting in there real well, sometimes some of the woods for the frames a little harder than others. And I'm just gonna just this down just a little bit that moved on me. And then we're gonna go ahead and do the same thing for the other side here, Only justice again and keep moving on me. Yeah, we'll get this one screwed in there too. You can get it, Aereo. Okay, so those air both in there nice and tight, it was kind of pulling and make sure they're good, and that will be ready to with some, um, hanging wire on here. And I'm just using a This is a soft strand, which has, like, a plastic plastic coating around it. So you prick your fingers. What? You're trying to do these? I'm just gonna measure up just enough on each side. So I have a little extras, will be able to wrap these around, and I'm gonna cut this using a, um, a wire cutter. These things are great. It's a Leatherman that have been borrowing from my husband. It works so much better than what I have been using before. So we're just gonna slide these through on both ends, and I'm gonna tighten it up. Try to get it is even as I came on both sides. Pull it nice and taut and we're ready from here. It's start with one side and we're gonna make a loop entire little not in here on pull tight. And then we're just gonna wrap this around and keep going all the way around here trying getting it as tight as I can. Looping it doesn't want to stay in here and keep going around air. Just take this all the way up. If you have fun, you have too much, uh, wire hanging out the end. You can always shorten this a little bit if you need to. I think we've got a pretty good amount here. Other side I want to stay in. So we're just gonna work with blowing out here, just kind of tighten it up around and push it down in, and then we're gonna do the other side here. So again, slide it through and you're gonna tighten it, and you're gonna make a little not here. And this is a very light frame, so you could always double that will not at the other end as well. But this isn't a real heavy frame, so this this will this will be fine. We're just gonna again wrap the stainless wire around all the way going with it, and again feel free. If you need to trim some office, give yourself enough loops around here so that it has strength to it. He's gonna continue to wrap that right around you Could you'll find that with some of the bigger frames. If you want to leave yourself a little extra wire, you can do that because these could be adjusted if they need to. May. If you have, um, have it to higher to lower, going to adjust for your nail. You could do that. So I also have some stickers here and these air stickers I had printed up my local printer and I'm just gonna put those on there and then also with that extra piece of, um, backing that we have is gonna cut a little square up here and we'll rectangle and this just makes a nice presentation. If you're giving this away as a gift to someone, you could have a little nail on a little hangar to it. And that way, when they get home with it, they can just pop it right into the wall and hang it right up. So I just put those in the middle and I just kind of wrap it up a couple of times, make like a little envelope shaped for it on. We're gonna just take this and we're gonna just wrap it around the wire, and then I'll take some masking tape and I'll just attach it right to the backing wire. Here, just pull this over. Grab will grab some tape. That way it won't fall off. It's taped us up around here. Andi, they are ready to go. Hang it on. One last little final touch would be have these little little rubber silicone, self sticking self adhesive. And I'll just pop those on the bottom corners. Each one of these And this just helps. If you have something against leans against the wall, it won't scratch Your wallet gives it a nice little soft surface. And they have little felt ones of these as well and push down hard on those. And there you have it professionally framed. Well Ah! You ready to hang on the wall