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Unlock the Secrets of Water-Soluble Wax Pastels: Unleash Your Creative Potential!

teacher avatar Laurence Plouffe, I like to paint

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction

      1:33

    • 2.

      Supplies

      1:26

    • 3.

      Class project

      0:29

    • 4.

      Lesson 1: Colour mixing

      5:38

    • 5.

      Lesson 2: Gradients

      7:56

    • 6.

      Lesson 3: Playing with water

      7:17

    • 7.

      Lesson 4: Paper types

      8:52

    • 8.

      Application: Color selection and sketching

      2:56

    • 9.

      Application: Background layer

      7:07

    • 10.

      Application: Sketching the greenery

      8:23

    • 11.

      Application: Adding the water

      2:49

    • 12.

      Application: Final details

      4:05

    • 13.

      Conclusion

      0:52

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About This Class

In this exciting course, you'll embark on an artistic journey where you'll master the art of using water-soluble wax pastels like never before. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, this course is designed to take you from curiosity to proficiency.

What sets this course apart is its two-fold approach:

  1. Comprehensive Technique Showcase: We'll start by diving into an array of diverse techniques. Discover how water-soluble wax pastels are not only perfect for detail work, allowing you to capture intricate elements with ease, but also ideal for covering large surfaces quickly, saving you time and effort. You'll find them more approachable than regular art mediums, making your creative expression a joyful experience.
  2. Practical Application: Theory alone won't suffice, so we'll put the knowledge into action! Watch as I guide you through the process of creating a mesmerizing artwork using water-soluble wax pastels. Witness every step, from concept to completion, as you learn how to tackle real-life art projects with ease. Embrace the carefree nature of these pastels, which encourage free-flowing creativity and make it easier to infuse your art with movement and emotion.

And that's not all! Water-soluble wax pastels also prove to be an invaluable travel art medium, allowing you to carry your creative passion wherever you go. No need to worry about messy spills or complicated setups – simply grab your pastels and let your imagination run wild, whether you're in a serene countryside or a bustling city.

By the end of this course, you'll not only have a firm grasp of water-soluble wax pastel techniques but also possess the skills to produce your own captivating masterpieces. Elevate your artistry, boost your creative prowess, and let the world marvel at your newfound talent. Enroll now and let the enchantment of water-soluble wax pastels transform your art forever!

Supplies:

The supplies you need for this class are pretty simple. Use what you have!

  • Watercolor or mixed media paper - I’m using Arches hot pressed paper, but any paper will do, as long as you can use it with water!
  • Water-soluble wax pastels - I use Neocolor II, but any will do
  • Watercolor brush: any will do, here I am using my Raphael Kaerell Synthetic Watermedia Brush, Round, Size 08
  • Tissues or absorbent paper to clean up your brush

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Laurence Plouffe

I like to paint

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I think it's safe to say that I'm obsessed with art. I am passionate about exploring new styles, techniques and mediums and documenting my journey. Art is a form of therapy for me, a way of expressing my creative side. I have a full time job unrelated to art and painting allows me to unwind, to relax, to meditate almost. I hope it does the same to you.

I use mainly watercolors and gouache, although I love trying out new mediums. I am trying (and I say trying because I have NOT been super successful so far) to paint with oils. I also sometimes draw, use oil pastels and paint digitally. 

I decided to start teaching because I learned so much from others. I want to give back and maybe we'll share a passion and develop our styles together! 

I hope you... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Struggle to introduce your water soluble wax pastels into your artworkflow. I had this problem for so long, which is why today I wanted to do a class all about how to use your water soluble wax pastels. My name is Lance and I'm a Canadian multimedia artist. I specialize in landscapes and in abstract art. Over the years, I have dedicated myself to exploring with various medium techniques and art styles. When I discovered water soluble wax pastels, I was amazed by their versatility, but I struggle to incorporate them into my everyday workflow. It took a solid few months before I was able to be confident with them. And I can say that today they are an essential part of my workflow. I use them in almost everything that I do, which is why I want to share that love with you today. This class will elevate your water soluble pastel skills, whether you are a beginner or you're someone trying to reconnect with your water soluble wax pastel skills. This class is for you. I will equip you with some tools and tricks. In the end, we will create our very own masterpieces. This class will be split into two sections. The first one, we will explore different techniques and ways in which we can use these water soluble wax pastels. In the second part, we will put everything that we've seen into application to create a beautiful landscape. I hope that you are ready for an inspiring journey. 2. Supplies: For this class, you're going to need only a few supplies. First of all, you're going to need some water soluble wax pastels. In this case, I'm going to use my Card new color too. I have this big set, but you really don't need that many colors. You can just have a few and it's going to work just fine. I have the luxury of having the big set, so I'm going to use it, but you'll see, I won't use all the colors. I might use about ten of them. Then you need some watercolor paper or some mixed media paper. The only thing is that it needs to be absorbent for the final painting. I'm going to use my arches hot press watercolor paper, but any of them will do. In this class, we will test a couple of different types of paper so you can decide what you prefer and then go from there. You're going to need a watercolor brush. Here I'm using my Raphael Carel synthetic brush. This is a round shape and size eight. You're going to need a mixing palette if you don't have one. You can also use a ceramic plate is going to work just fine. Either beige or white would be best, so you can see the colors you're mixing better. You're also going to need a little absorbent paper or tissue paper just to wipe your brush off. Finally, one or two jars of water. That's it, that's all you need. 3. Class project: This class project, you will create your own landscape using your water soluble wax pastels. You can either choose between the two reference photos provided in this class resources or you can choose your own. You can either follow along with me in this class second section or you can create this painting in your own time and choose the techniques you want to incorporate. But don't hesitate to share your progress with the class in this class project. Now let's get our materials out. 4. Lesson 1: Colour mixing: These next few sections, we're going to test different ways in which we can use our wax pastels. I will do all my tests in this sketch book. This is a Strathmore Visual Journal. This is a watercolor sketch book. I like to use it to create some swatches. You can see that I've been testing a lot of color combinations, a lot of techniques. This is what I'm going to use for this next part. In this section, we will explore different missing techniques. The first one being just like you would do with water colors in a palette. What we'll do is we're going to mix two colors. I have chosen purple and lemon yellow. And hopefully we will create something that resembles a red. What I'm going to do is I'm just going to wet my brush and my water. Just put some water on the pastel and put the paint in the palette. I'm going to repeat this until I have enough paint for my liking. Then I'm going to repeat the same thing, but with the yellow. Let's mix and see what we get. That's pretty good. I think I want a bit more yellow. All right. Now let's see what it looks like when we put it on paper. Okay, so I'm going to take the paint that I have mixed right here and just put it on my page Right here, we were able to create a pretty orange. I could add more pink to it, I could add more yellow. I could adjust the color as much as I wanted to. I think to remember what colors we mix, I'm just going to put a little of yellow here. And of this purple that we use right here, we know that this mix creates this color. Then another fun way of using your water soluble wax pastels is creating a color mix, but directly on your paper. This way of mixing allows for a bit more spontaneity, a bit more surprise, because you're never exactly sure what color you're going to get. But it's a good way to practice with color theory as well. I really recommend doing that, especially if you want to mix a dark color for a shadow or a brown, it's always fun. I like the element of surprise. The colors that I'm going to mix are greenish blue with Berm Siena. And as you can see, my passel is broken. It's something that can happen when you draw too hard with them. It's something that happens to me a lot and it's not a problem. Don't worry if it happens to you. Now, you just have two sections, one that you can put in your travel bag, for example, and one that you can keep in your studio. There's always a way to make good use out of this. Let's start with putting some raw sienna on the paper, some burnt sienna. This is burnt sienna. All right? And then we're going to put our greenish blue on top. Then with a clean brush, you wet it and you're going to apply the water on top and you get a beautiful mix. You can dilute the mix a little bit too, so you can get a more diluted color, which could be interesting as well. We could add a bit more blue and just incorporate it into the mix like this if you want it. You could create a more uniform mix if you put the bolt colors exactly one on top of the other or you could do like I just did, I added another color in one part of the Swatch and then I merged it. We can see that this part is a bit bluer, a bit greener. This part has a bit more brown to it. To me, it creates a very interesting swatch. I would just like to add one last thing. It's that the harder you press, the darker the color will be. The lighter you press, the more watercolory effect you can get. We can try a little swash right here with some very light colors. It's another way to transform your mixes. Now here I'm using the purple, let's use the greenish blue on top just to see what we get. I'm pressing very lightly now. We're going to add the water and see what mix we get. See, this is a lot paler as we can expect. It's a different type of effect that we can create if we wanted to. 5. Lesson 2: Gradients: Another interesting way of using our water soluble wax pastels is by creating gradients. There's a couple of different ways in which we can create gradients. Some are a bit simpler than others, which we're going to see in just a few minutes. First of all, we're going to use three colors in order to create a dry gradient. We're going to use apricot flame, red light, mum, red hue. Let's just do a little swatch here to remind ourselves of the colors we're using. Here we go. What we can do with a dry radian is we start with applying the first color, just like that. Then you're going to apply the second color overlapping with the first. Then we're going to finish up with the third color, overlapping with the second. Here we have the start of a gradient. But obviously this is not enough, not blended enough. You can go back with your first color and you go a bit lighter this time, and you go back over the top over the second color, bit lighter. And you can do the same with the second over the third, you blend the colors together. Since this is a co press paper, you can see that there still are some little holes. This is normal. It's something that happens with this type of paper. If you go back over it a couple of times, it should lessen this effect. But sometimes it's what you want and it could be why you would choose this type of paper. I'm just going over top of the different sections a couple of times just to smooth out the gradient. I feel like we get a result that is pretty smooth in the end. That's it. We have a dry gradient. Then we're going to try the same thing, but we're going to incorporate some water this time. Let's do the gradient again. First color, the second color, then the third color. Maybe I would like just to smooth out the gradient a little bit. Just because it's fun and because we can. It's not necessary. I just feel like it. Let's do it now. We're going to add the water. I always suggest starting with the lighter color first just because you don't want to contaminate this color with darker colors. Then you go down and you start incorporating some darker color. You can wash your brush a little bit in between each color so that each section remains pure, Then as do the third color. And then I'm going to go over the areas where they merge together, where they blend. I can spend more or less time doing this and it's just going to refine the end result. But you can go pretty quick and use this as a base color for your drawing or just blend a small section of your drawing and use a different technique for the rest. You can do whatever you want with this. I feel like this is a pretty good blend. Right now we're going to leave this dry and we're going to come back and see what happened, but I feel like this is pretty good. So here we just saw two different ways of creating a blend. If you don't want to see the little white areas that is left when you use a cold press paper, then it could be a good idea to add the water. And it lends everything together and it creates this smooth radian with no white areas left. You could do that, or if you want more texture then you could leave it as is. It's as you wish. Really, one of the things you might have noticed with water soluble wax pastels is that the color change quite a lot when you add the water. Personally, this is one of my favorite parts. You can really see the difference between these two swatches. We use exactly the same colors, but this side looks more vibrant, more alive, than this side. This is something to keep in mind, something to consider, but both of them are really pretty. It's just different effects that you can obtain depending on if you use water or not. It's always good to know. Then there's another way that we can create a gradient. It's a bit more complicated. I would use this way if you wanted to create a big background or you wanted to have a really finished, polished look for your illustration. Maybe it's something you're going to sell or something you want to scan for, creating print or whatever. What we could do is when this gradient is dry, we can add a second layer. We repeat the same thing that we did on top of this. We're going to add another area of first color, another area of second color, another area of third color. And then we're going to mix again, and mix again. We can repeat this a lot of times until we get a really smooth radient. It takes more time, obviously, because you need to wait for each layer to dry completely before starting the second layer. But it can create something that is pretty good. I'm going to show you an example that I created a couple of weeks ago just to see what it would look like. We have this radient here that is pretty good. I could still work on it a little bit more. For this one, I use four colors, so I use all blues going from light to dark. I did four or five layers of this technique. As you can see, the gradient is pretty smooth. Maybe I would add a bit more pale color on top here and fix this area. But other than that, this is the gradient that you can get. This is a good way to create radians Then on top of it, when you could create a sky like this. And then when it's dry, you can add your landscape on top. You can add some buildings or some trees or something like that, whatever you want. A good way is to either draw directly with your pastel. Sometimes you may find that the ends are not as sharp as you want them to be, So you can either sharpen them with a little knife, you can keep the shavings in a container on the side, and you can use the shavings as paint as you can just use a brush on the shavings and then it creates paint. Or what you could do if you want a really sharp line is use a small brush. Right now, I only have this one, but you can use your smallest brush that you have, just like we did before. You put some water directly on the tip of your pasta. And then you go on paper, you create some very fine and precise lines. 6. Lesson 3: Playing with water: Now let's try a couple of different ways in which we can use our pastels to create different effects. The first way of using them is the first way we might think about it needs to use a dry pastel. On dry paper, you can create some lines, you can draw some shapes, fill these shapes, and depending on the type of paper, it's going to create a different texture. As you can see, since I'm using a cold press paper, I have a lot of texture. I have a lot of areas where my pastel doesn't reach. But if you use a smoother type of paper, then you wouldn't have this effect, which maybe is something that you're looking for or not. But it's good to know about it. Here is the classic way of using them, but you don't have to limit yourself to this way. You can do other stuff. What we can do is use them wet on dry paper. I'm going to take my water jar, wet my pastel, and then use this wet pastel to create some lines on the paper and see how the line quality changes. You can just paint directly with them. When they get a bit drier, then the texture changes which I find very interesting, it's always very satisfying effect. Now another thing that we could do is use the pastels on wet paper. What I'm going to do is I'm going to wet an area of my paper, then my pastel is already wet. I'm going to draw directly on the wet paper. And we can see these beautiful effects. The dispersion that discolor has so fun, you can create some really beautiful textures. You might notice when you use your wax pastels, if you leave them dry at some point, the waxy texture will make it difficult to add another color on top. Just because it's wax on wax, it doesn't work. What you can do is you do a first layer, it all of it is wet, you wait for it to dry, then you can add on top as much as you want. This is a technique that you could use if you want to create a background and then add some stuff on top. Or if you feel like you want to change the color, you're not satisfied, then you wet that area. You wait for it to dry, and then you just draw on top. Let's try, let's just do a little background with some beautiful, pale colors. I'm just going to apply the color wherever I feel. It doesn't really matter for this exercise. Then I'm going to wet it. If you leave some areas that are a bit thicker, then it might be a bit more difficult to add anything on top, but it's still doable. But maybe you won't get the same quality of application, but you can see it as extra texture if you want. We're going to wait for this to dry, and when it does, we're going to come back and add some car on top. One other thing that you could do, which is a bit more unpredictable, because you never really know what the final idle will be, is use a water spray to spray your background and see what happens. What we're going to do first is we're going to create a background. I'm just going to put some colors here and there. I'm not worrying too much about the shape I'm creating for now because this is not the purpose of this exercise. So I'm just putting a few colors that I feel would be pretty together. Here we go. Now I'm just going to protect my other page with a sheet of paper. I suggest you do the same if you don't want it to splash over something else you created. So what you do is you need a water spray and you're just going to have some fun and see what happens. And then what you can do if you want is move your paper around so the paint moves like this. The only downside is that you've introduced quite a lot of water. So you're going to need to wait for a little while. It's a good time to take a break, go do something else and come back or start another painting on the side and come back to this when this is dry. Now that this first layer is dry, we can use some colors to put on top and create a flower. You can see that the background color doesn't show through, it doesn't influence the color you put on top. It's always a good way to add some interest, and you can even add some more of the first color you added. You can do whatever you want on top. So it's always a fun technique. You can mix and match all the techniques that we've seen so far. Everything is going to work. In this section, we have introduced a couple more ways in which we can use our water soluble wax pastels. The first was dry pastel on dry paper, then we did wet pastel on dry paper. Then we did wet paste on wet paper. Then we did this technique where we put a first layer, put some water on top, wait for it to dry, and then draw on top. We could, even if we want wet, some area of the new layer that we put, it will merge a little bit with the area that was below if that area is still thick enough. So it depends, but you can see I'm obtaining a pretty green here, so you could do that. And then once this is dry, I could add another layer on top. Then we introduce some spring techniques in there also to create something that is very interesting but very unpredictable. You can see create some very nice splashes, some very interesting texture. Now this makes me think of a galaxy, so I could add some stars in there. I don't know, I find it very interesting. 7. Lesson 4: Paper types: Next we are going to test four different types of paper. Because it's interesting to see how the wax pastels behave on different textures, on different level of absorbency. The four papers that we have is a really good quality cold press, water color paper. Then we have a really good quality hot press, water color paper. You see that the cold press has a lot more texture than the hot press. The hot press has no texture. I expect the wax pastels to glide on there very easily. Then we have some mixed media paper, which is not as good quality as the two previous papers. It has a texture that is similar to the hot pressed watercolor paper, so not a lot of texture. Then, just for fun, I added a piece of pool paper. It's a synthetic type of paper, so it's not absorbent at all. It creates some really interesting effects. And I have never used it with my water soluble wax pastels. So it's going to be really interesting to see how it behaves. First, we're just going to do a Swatch. I'm using the color turquoise, green. So we're just going to draw a swatch. Our second section here where we're going to mix two colors together. I'm going to mix it with Chinese green, which you can see is broken too. But as I mentioned previously, it is no problem. And now what I want to do is put some water on half of this first watch, and then on this one to mix the colors together and then we're going to have a good look. But right away we can see that because of the paper texture, there's a lot of areas that remain white. It can be an effect that you're looking for or not, depending. Now we're going to add some water. This paper is very absorbent. It's very nice, very pretty. We are going to mix these two colors here just to see what happens. The mix very well. The result is very pretty. Now let's do the same with the same colors on the hot pressed watercolor paper. See if there's any difference. Right away, I feel that the wax pastel glides on there so easily, so smoothly, you can even hear the difference. I could continue and create a very uniform application, which I'm not looking for that right now. I'm going to stop here. But you could continue and get something very smooth with no white area showing through. Then let's put some water. Yeah, it's very easy, it's very absorbent too. And now let's mix the colors. A very easy blend. Here we go. We can really see the difference between the two. The site is much smoother than this one. I appreciate the texture of this one too. Both of them are a win in my opinion. Then let's start a mixed media paper. We're going to do the same, a large area of Turk poise green. The application is easy as well, similar to the hot press. And let's add some water again. It's very easy. It similar effect. A difference that I can see compared to the hot press is that this paper is warping a little bit more. But I expect that it's going to go back to being flat after a few minutes when it is dry. But I didn't get this with the hot press, watercolor paper, which I can expect because the hot press is better quality. It's made to absorb watercolors, so it's made to absorb and sustain a lot of water. As for this mixed media, it's not as absorbent as watercolor paper. No surprises here. Then let's finish off with maybe the biggest surprise we're going to have. I have no idea what to expect. The paper, you can see that it created a lot of pastel dust or a little shavings. But the application is very smooth, it's a lot easier to create a uniform layer. I could have done it easily with the hot press and the mixed media, but I feel like it would have required a little bit more time. As for this one, very quickly I get a uniform area. Okay, now let's just get rid of these shavings. For the interesting part, let's see what happens when we add some water. We can see a big difference right away. It's way less absorbent than the other types of paper, so you can move the paint around a lot more. You almost see the paper. I could remove this paint completely if I wanted to. Let's make these two. It's a very interesting effect. In my experience, a po prefer, takes more time to dry because since it's not absorbent, you really have to wait for the water to evaporate and the pigment to deposit on the paper. It takes more time, but you get more unexpected results because the pain moves around a lot more. All right, so everything is right now. Here are the final results. I can see that the hot pressed watercolor paper warped just a little bit. It's quite thin compared to the Col press. I think the Col press is 640 GSM. And this one must be 140. Yeah, 140. It's quite thinner, it's going to warp more. It's normal. If I were to use this paper in a painting, I would make sure to take the edges. This is not a problem. If you get a painting that is warped like this, you can just put something heavy on top for a few days or maybe one day is enough and then it's going to become flatter. The mixed media paper did pretty well. It buckled a little bit, but not that much. The Po paper gave us a very interesting result. You can see how some areas are a bit more pigmented than others. We can see some kind of buckles, or it's very nice. It's not something you can predict if you like, that uncertainty. This could be a good paper for you and it was very fun drawing on it, The feeling was very interesting. The thing with you pull paper too, is that you can always remove what you put on top so I could put some more water and reactivate it and remove an area completely. You have to be careful with that if you want to add more water on top. But it's interesting. So now knowing all of this, we're going to move on to the drawing section of this class. If you only have one type of paper, then perfect use that type. If you have different types, now you have a better idea of what it looks like on different types of paper. So feel free to choose whatever you want and we'll meet back in the next video. 8. Application: Color selection and sketching: Using my arches hot press watercolor paper that I used before In the test, I taped it to this board. You can tape it to anything really. I have two reference images that you can choose from. The first one is an image that I took during one of my walks. You can see a fence and a tree on the other side. It's pretty simple, but I feel like it's a good picture to practice with. The other reference image is from a picture that I took in a botanical garden in Brooklyn. I feel like drawing this one today, but I'm also going to draw the other one, and I'm going to post the final result in the project section below. Now what I want to do is select a few colors that would be pretty in my palette. I don't want to have a color palette that is too intense. I want to stay simple. I want to select my bright yellows. So I think I'm going to go again with my Chinese green, which is a color that I love very much. So I'm going to use this one for my pebbles, I'm going to use my beige color. I think it might change. We'll see, I've also been eyeing this color for a long time. I want to find an occasion to use it, and I feel like this could work perfectly. This is dark olive. I'm free to add other colors later on as well. It's just that I want to select a few because I have so many colors, hopefully is going to limit my color palette, but you never know. We'll see. I'm going to start with these colors right here. What I'm going to do is I'm going to use my lightest color to create a sketch. I'm going to wet my brush. And I'm going to use it as a way to draw. I'm going to draw the horizon line first. Then we'll have this area with the rocks. There's a bush right here. And the rocky section continues like this with a little bush. And then we're going to have some big rocks that you can walk on to go from one side of the shore to the other. Just placing everything really quickly, It doesn't have to be perfect at this point. I just want to make sure that everything is where it should be and then we can add some colors. There's a couple of pushes here that are going to continue that way. I'm keeping this very pale too. Maybe you don't see much right now. Horizon line with a little building right here that I'm going to keep very simple. I don't want to put too much detail into it, I just want to place the main components. And there's just going to be more trees here. I don't really need to draw them, because at least the main areas of my paintings are there. 9. Application: Background layer: So now I think what I want to do is go wet on wet. I want to create the first background layers, but I would like to add some water on my paper. Then I'm going to work on creating the water of the pond. For that, I'm going to use some wet and wet techniques. I'm just going to draw quickly some areas. There's reflection in the water here of the trees that we're going to add later on. I'm going to put them right now. Put the reflection right now. I mean, we can just place the trees accordingly later. Then we could add some brighter color. I'm going to use a brighter green. I want to use a light, maybe I can use that beige a little bit, but keep it very light. Now, I'm going to add some water and mix everything starting with the palest color which would be my gen. I'm mix with the other colors that I put on paper. You see I'm working quite fast. I'm not paying attention to the details right now. I'm also not making sure that I'll make the lines disappear so we can still see the marks underneath. I like that, It's something that I appreciate, but if you wanted to, you could spend more time blending. But this is not what I want to do today now. I'm just using the water that I have on my brush just to dilute that green color lightly. I could add more. Now I feel like adding a bit more green here. I'm going to do that. I'm not silly waiting for everything to dry. Oh, I can use this on the side to the pastels. We cover a larger area depending on the quality of your paper. You might have to wait for the layers to dry before you add more because you don't want to ruin your paper by causing too much friction. Sometimes the paper doesn't like that, but if you wait for the layers to dry, then you will be fine. I think this is what we're going to do now. We're going to focus on another section of this image. Okay, Now I feel like working on the pebbles. I'm going to use a mix of beige and saffron. I think it could be interesting. I want to make sure to keep the pebble shapes. I'm going to go into circular motions. I don't want to spend too much time on this. There's a big rock right here. I'm going to make sure that I place it in the one here, and a smaller one here, K, and some more pebbles here. Since they're further away. I'm not going to create the same types of shapes. I'm going to go a lot faster. I want to add a bit of saffron here and there. Now I'm going to go back with the water. I'm going to go lightly because I want to preserve the shapes that I created. So I don't want to blend everything together too well. I'm using the residue I have on my brush to create some background color. In some areas, I can go on top of these rocks here and add a little bit. I want to preserve some highlights. Now, I think I would like to do the sky. What I'm going to do is I'm going to mix my base in here with some blue. I think it could be pretty. I'm going to select the fat blue that I have, which is this one. This is light cobalt blue. Let's put some color in here. I want it to be very pale. So I like using this technique to create a pale color. I'm going to do the same with the page just too. It's not as blue, it's more like a gray blue. And we're going to go in and work quickly. I'd like to have more blue, I think. Let's do that now. I add more water to spread the paint. It's going to be my sky. I might want to add a little bit of this blue in here. I could also add some of this blue in my pebbles down here. So the color that we created finds itself in a couple of places. It creates more shape to more dimension, more interest. I think we're going to wait for this to dry and then we're going to start adding some greenery. 10. Application: Sketching the greenery: Now what I want to do is add some greenery. I think I'm going to start with this one, which is light olive. I want to create some leaves here. Nothing too complicated, the more leaves here. This bush is a bit bigger on this side. And see how I can go over some areas that we had previously painted is quite easy. I'm just marking the areas where the lightest shades are. Then I'm going to come in with some darker shades. Okay, let's come in with some dark olive. Again, I'm going to do a mix of the two. I want to add some English red in some areas. I think it's going to be a nice mix. When I add the water, I'm planning on keeping some branches untouched, but some other areas with the red, I'm going to add some water. We'll just see what happens. Let's add this color to the grass green. I think it's going to be a nice mix with the red when I add the water. Let's add the water now and then we'll see if we like it. And if we do, it's easy to replicate all over. I'm focusing on the darkest areas first. It's going to ensure that my mix with the brightest green stays bright. Otherwise, it's going to contaminate the colors, which I don't want. I don't mind if it's contaminated in some areas, but not everywhere. I'd like to preserve that bright green if I can. It's pretty nice. I think it's a nice first layer. I don't know how many layers I'm going to do, but it's satisfying for the first layer I'm using what's left on my brush to create some leaf shapes. Okay, now I want to add some bright green to some area. So I'm going to mix my yellow with maybe a little bit of this grass green. And there's a darker bush here, so we're going to paint it. And another bush here, then we have a bigger one here that is a bit brighter. Let's do a nice mix of this grass green and some yellow. Maybe you can see how I'm holding my wax pastels. I'm not very precious with them at all. I'm going quite quick. My goal is to fill these areas as quick as I can. Now we have a nice tree here. I'm going to throughout this main shape, it's elongated so I like it. I'm going to add some green. And with the red, hopefully it's going to create a dark color. And just behind we have a reddish bush which is pretty. So let's put it in. When we're done with this layer, we're going to add some water. Don't worry, I'm just trying to place all my shapes first behind. We have some more bushes a bit in the shadows, so I'm just going to leave it quite dark. I'd like to have a dark blue in there too. Let's use this Prussian blue. I could darken some areas. I think it's going to be good for the shadows of these rocks right here. I jump from one area to the next without any clear order. It doesn't matter to me. I just go with wherever I'm inspired to go, and then the rest follows. I mix and match all the techniques that we saw. Without really thinking about the plan that much. I just do whatever I feel like doing in the moment. See how nice that is. We're going to continue with this darker layer later, but I think we're onto something. Okay. Now, I want to be precise. So I'm going to use the smallest brush that I have. I have another one that is pretty small. You can use any small brush that you have. Okay. You don't really need any specific brush, but I want to be precise because I'm going to work on the little house, so I'm going to use the brush directly on my darkest shade. Work on the shape of the house. I don't mind if it's not perfect. We're just doing this for fun. Let's use a little bit of olive just to finish the roof. We can change the colors later, some more red. And they're just, the color is not as blue. I feel like just a touch of blue is very nice. But when there's a whole block that is just blue, it doesn't fit too well with our image. Maybe I can add a touch of red to the roof. I feel like this color bed is a bit more interesting. It fits a bit with the rest of the image. Now we're going to continue adding some trees in this area. We have some bright trees right here. As you can see, I'm mixing directly on paper. And we will see what happens when we add the water. After finally we have this bigger tree behind all the other trees is very big. I can also add some reflections in the water. Now we're going to add some water and see what happens. 11. Application: Adding the water: Okay, let's add some water to our trees. See what we get. Feel like starting with those right here. I'm making sure to keep the texture. I don't want to blend perfectly. This is why I'm using my paper towel just to remove a little bit of color when I feel like my brush is getting saturated. I also don't want my brush to be too wet. Sometimes I feel like it's a bit harder to control. Now, I need to be a bit more precise in this area because it's the area that touches the roof. So I want to make sure that the roof stay where it should be. You can see I'm doing tree by tree just because I want the blend of colors to stay limited to a specific tree. But if I wanted to maybe do something a bit more abstract, then maybe I could mix all of these trees together. It could be pretty nice actually, But this is not the viber going for today that is giving me an idea for a future painting. It's good. See here I find that this bush is a bit too bright, so I'm going to pick up some color from another area and just move it to the bush. I'm moving the paint a little bit. It goes in other trees, everything is very controlled. Now, I want to do this tree in the background, but I want to preserve some sky areas because this tree is not as full as the other trees that we had. I don't want to add too much water because I like the texture. So I think I'm just going to leave it at that now. I'll just focus on the trees that are a bit more a bit closer to us. Very cute. 12. Application: Final details: Now I feel like I need to work a little bit more on the pebbles. Maybe I could darken this area as well. I think what I'm going to do is I'm going to do a little mix of colors. I'm going to use my russet and some blue and just see what happens. This is getting a bit more interesting. Let's add a bit of glue here. Now I just want to add some water to the darkest areas. Continue with a little bit of reflections. Now I'm just adding some details, making these shapes a bit more complex. Adding some contrast. I can feel like we're near the end. This is always something I find myself doing when I'm almost finished with a piece, is that I'm starting to add more contrast. Now I'm adding some darker colors to the areas where I feel like the darkest shades of the image are. I feel like adding a bit more dimension to these rocks. So I'm using this light blue as the highlights, so I don't even have to use white. I can just use this because it looks like white when you look at it really quickly. Okay, I love it. We're going to stop here. So let's remove the tape and see what the final result is, Okay? Have you ever seen something this cute? I don't think so. I did not think we would get something like this. The reaction that I have right now is a reaction that I have pretty much every time. I never know what to expect. And the result is always 100 times better than I thought I could get. And you can see how using these pastels make every so much more alive. I feel you can see much more movement. You can go a lot faster when you use them. And it shows in the way that you're able to freer movements. As you saw, I did not use all of the techniques that I showed you before. This was not the goal. The goal was just to get more comfortable with our art supplies. These techniques, you can put them in your art tool kit. Yeah, here we go. Final result. So cute. 13. Conclusion: Thank you all so much for being a part of this class. I really hope that you enjoyed it and that you now feel more at ease with your water soluble wax pastels. Hopefully, you can better envision how these pastels can fit into your everyday art practice. If I had to highlight one key takeaway in this whole class, it's that there are truly no rules. You can do everything you want with these pastels. They can play a supporting role in your art practice, or they can be the star of the show. The possibilities are truly infinite and the key to improvement is, you know it, practice, practice, practice. If you created a drawing during this class, please do not forget to share it in the class project because I would love to see what you created. Thanks again for watching and happy art creation.