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Watercolor Heart Messages 3 Ways

teacher avatar Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Intro


    • 2.

      Class Supplies


    • 3.

      Lesson 1


    • 4.

      Lesson 2


    • 5.

      Lesson 3


    • 6.

      Lesson 4


    • 7.

      Lesson 5


    • 8.

      Lesson 6


    • 9.

      Lesson 7


    • 10.

      Lesson 8


    • 11.

      Lesson 9


    • 12.

      Lesson 10


    • 13.

      Bonus Lesson


    • 14.

      Making the Envelopes


    • 15.

      Hanging the Message


    • 16.

      Class Wrap Up


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About This Class

Watercolor Hearts 3 Ways is a class on making small, functional paintings based on the classic image of a heart. We will make ten different heart illustrations that can be displayed three ways: 2.5 x 3 inch, a folded 3x5 inch, or a folded 2.5x6 inch piece of watercolor paper. This class is designed for beginning watercolor artists.

Each image is an achieveable piece of art that can be placed around the house, tucked in a friends pocket for a surprise, or hidden in a child's lunch. 

Each of the ten images are a stand alone lesson, featuring various watercolor techniques: single layer, wet-on-wet technique, wet-on-dry technique, abstract and line art, gradient, multi-layered, using masking fluid, and relistic images.

Lessons include:

  1. Abstract Background with Line Art Heart
  2. Gradient Background with Double Line Heart
  3. Three Hearts on a String Painting
  4. Using Masking Fluid to Make a Swirl on a Heart
  5. Gradient Heart with a Tail (Single Layer)
  6. Circles on a Heart
  7. Masking Fluid Dots Heart within a Heart
  8. Gradient of Dots Heart (Single Layer)
  9. Hearts in Negative Space
  10. Colorblock Heart
  11. Bonus Class - 11th Heart Lesson
  12. Making an Envelope for Our Heart Messages
  13. Hanging our Heart Messages with Tiny Clothespins

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Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is an opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as an educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

As of March 2023 I have a catalog of classes on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

Check out my Patreon Channel or my YouTube Channel for additional class info... See full profile

Level: Beginner

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1. Class Intro: Hello, I'm Daniela Melon and author and artist here in Still share. Welcome to my class. Watercolor Heart messages Three ways. In today's class, we will make functional art using watercolor supplies and the simple image of a heart. And with the addition of a few common art supplies, we will create illustrated messages that you can use to decorate your home or office. These messages make great little works of art for your kids, your loved ones or even yourself. Their small size to leave around the house, tucking her friend's pocket or in your kid's school lunch. There are three main types of messages. It 2.5 by three inch illustration or two different folded illustrations. I've included 10 lessons for separate heart images. Each lesson stand alone, and most are under three minutes, which make for a brief but fun class. This class is geared towards beginners, but I'll show you a few simple techniques. Better great practiced for all water colorists. We will use masking fluid in two of our illustrations. We will build up layers on some others, and yet others we will create a single layer using either wet on wet or wet on dry techniques. There are a couple of lessons using abstract shapes and a few based on realistic images. I've included a couple of downloadable class templates that you can use as a guide for your heart messages. There is also a template for an envelope designed to fit our custom messages and a lesson on how to create one. I'll even show you an idea of how to present your heart images in the form of a banner. I've included a bonus lesson for an 11th heart illustration. For your class project, try your hand at one or all 10 hearts and post your work in the class project section. Or, if you're on instagram, use the hashtag watercolor heart messages and I'll follow along. Thanks for watching. 2. Class Supplies: These are the supplies that I use for the watercolor heart messages. Three Ways Class. I have my templates. I have two pages of templates that you can download in the class project section. The first page contains all 10 of our hearts, just a little bit of design work that you can refer back to, or you can cut them out and use them as templates. The shapes are pretty basic, just some hearts and some simple shapes, but it's more for referring to the different projects we're gonna work on. The second page is a little more formal. It's there's one with an envelope template. And then there's two other templates for folded note cards. It gives the dimensions as well, so you don't have to cut out a rectangle and then trace around it. You could just use your paper cutter to cut out the right size if you'd like. I have some £140 watercolor paper that I've cut into sizes for our standard greetings. Heart messages. These are just 2.5 inches by three inches. These are the perfect size to tacked to the fridge to hang up with a little close spin or to leave around the house. I have one that as a table tent that can either be folded tall or fold it. It could be folded wide or turned on its side, and the dimensions of that are on the template as well. So I just take the paper, cut it out, and then with my bone folder acri increase, I fold it and I sharpen the crease here. I just have some papers. So to make the envelope, I have I ive used was playing copy paper, which is very easy and very light. And then they have to some colored card stock to go with the envelopes. You can use pattern paper, scrapbook paper or just plain, um, tissue paper, even if you'd like. So you use your template, cut it out, and then trace it right onto the card, stock or paper that you're going to use. I have some masking fluid here, liquid frisk it and a dedicated for skit brush, and we will use this on two of the hearts. I have a white colored pencil to trace onto the colored paper. If you go to use dark colored paper or um, a solid colored paper You don't want to use regular pencil. White colored pencil works very well. I had my pencil an eraser. I have a white gel pen to add the finishing touches to our work When it's all dried. I have my watercolor paints, and then I have three brushes, all rounded tips. I have a four, a one in a 10/0 for fine detail work. I have a large jug of water to wash my brushes and a clean jug of water to use clean water on her messages and then optionally. I have these cute little wooden clothes pins that you can find in the office supply section of your store and some twine to hang our greetings on the paper. Um, or you can use just refrigerator magnets and hang them on any metal surface. This is cute. If you want to make a garland that hang it a little banner and hanging from your window or the bathroom mirror or something, maybe your bureau let's get started 3. Lesson 1: our first heart, we refer to our template. Here is just a two step process. It's a simple heart shape in the background with a outline on top, some line work. I've made a few samples. I've done one on a piece of paper that I folded in half The measurements for this are in the class project section. This one is three inches by five inches, and my intention was to use it as a little table tent thing or just to leave it around the house from a husband to find. And this is just the finish. Work on a 2.5 by three inch card to get started with this, we're just gonna do our first layer. You can use any color you'd like, and we're gonna just make an abstract heart in the background. So I'll wet my brush and choose my color. Um, we'll start out with a nice deep orange mix in some yellow orange as well, and then I'll just sketch just a loose heart shape. If if you like, you can make a sketch with light pencil ahead of time or you could just eyeball it. I think just the rough edges are kind of unattractive feature, and from here, I'll just let it dry. Now that this layer is nice and dry, gotta go in with my black. I'm very fine. Uh, brush. Get a lot of pigment on the brush. Not a lot of water, mostly pigment, and I'll come in and I'll draw the heart shape. I don't have to follow the guides set out for me because it's an abstract shape. Then I'll go back in with my thicker brush and fill in those lines. And there you have it. The tip for using when we use this one when we create this message is to keep the background, the abstract shape in the background. We don't want a really dark color. We want the nice contrast showing between the Leinart and the background. 4. Lesson 2: for our second watercolor heart message. We're gonna make in abstract background with a two color blend like a Grady int, and then we'll do line work on the top layer. So it's a two step process similar to our 1st 1 here. I've done them in multiple colors from red, orange, orange to yellow and so on, all the way the colors of the rainbow. And I think it's really effective when it's put all together. It's a fun and easy one to get started with. If I take my paper and with my brush, I'm gonna put down a clear coat of just a guy almost a odd abstract rectangular shape of a splotch. And then I'll choose to colors that I think go well together. In this case, I'll use blue and purple, so take some blue, put it in the top here, get a nice color going lots of pigment, and then I'll drop in some purple on the bottom. And I think this technique works well when the colors aren't too dark. When they dry and we know with watercolor they'll dry a little lighter than their shown right here. So I'll take this and you could drop in salt if you like, or you could maybe spray some water, get the colors to run a little. We'll let this dry will come back into our line work. Now that this layer is dry, we can add our Leinart gonna go in there with a lot of pigment on my brush and I'll create the outer heart first. It will make my center mark my point. Mark Little. Combine the two and then I'll come in and I like to drop point just a little bit and create that center heart as well. Again, I'm not looking for perfection. It's a little abstract, the backgrounds very abstract, and so that gives us a little freedom with the Leinart to create our heart. We can also thicken up these lines, - and there we have it. A simple heart again, like with our 1st 1 We really want the background to shine through so we don't want it to be too dark, and the contrast is very appealing. It's a very nice touch 5. Lesson 3: for third heart message. Um, I lightly penciled in the drawing right here of three graduated sized hearts with a little gym at the bottom. So the first thing I'll do is just add Clearwater going over most of the hearts, the filling, and we'll do this in two steps. Then I'll add some colors. Like to add dropping some red. I'll start with my biggest heart and my biggest brush. I'll do that in all three, just dropping a little bit of color. We're going with a smaller brush and I'm gonna drop in some orange, let the colors bleed together, and then I'll go a little orange yellow, not worrying about filling in the hearts completely. I like the effect of some of the light showing through the white paper and then for the little Jewell at the bottom, I'm gonna put in a little bit of that red again. I'll let that dry, and then we'll come back and work on just string toe at the final layer to this heart. I'm gonna start with my eraser. Just gonna erase some of this shape, the pencil marks that remain around the heart. I'm gonna keep the guidelines for the line going through the string and then with my finest brush, Um, finest detail brush. Gonna mix. Just lighten up that color a little bit. I don't want it to be too dark and I'll create the string Going right down connecting the hearts and the little Jim And then I'll go in with my deeper red, Not too wet a brush. And I'm just gonna work on the outline of these hearts. Sharpened that up a little bit. There you go, our hearts on a string message. 6. Lesson 4: for our fourth heart. We have a heart, and then we have, like, a little swirl. Um, this very primitive shape on the inside to keep the paper white to preserve it, we're gonna use masking fluid. So the first thing I do is sketch out that swirl. And as you can see, it's not a very precise line. If I wanted to go back in with the paint and fill it in and I could make that really sharp and we'll go over that after this after our entire heart is all dry. So right here I have my paper in my little spirals. But I'm taking my masking fluid and my devoted brush, and I'm going to drop some pick up some of the masking fluid, which is thick, like rubber cement. And I'm just gonna very gently transfer the masking fluid to the paper right along this shape, where I'm trying to preserve the outline. The white of the paper. You want to make sure there is enough masking fluid to actually cover the paper so that any of the water and the pigment don't get in when we add a layer of paint on top. So after I painted that, I'm gonna make sure that I kept my masking fluid completely so it doesn't dry out and what's left on the brush. I'm just gonna leave on the brush to dry. After it's dry, we can remove it like rubber cement. And then we have to wait for this to dry as well. So we'll let this dry. It'll change color the existing masking fluid and will know that it's dry. It'll turn from this opaque till more of a transparent. So now we're masking. Fluid is dry. You can see how the color has changed in a lot of spots, it's clear it may be to clear in some spots, and we might see some color bleeding in, but we'll take our chances with that. And now I'm just going in my mind, sketch out a heart to put over the shape here, gonna actually flip it upside down because I like this little open tale to be at the bottom of my heart mix in some very wet color. We'll do some purple, and now I'm just gonna create that shape of the heart painting right over the masking fluid . Just like that. Take a little water on my brush did back in pigment, and now I have to let Leslie or dry completely after it's dry and the pigment has absorbed into. The paper will rub off the masking fluid, but we have to make sure it's completely, completely dry. Now that our heart pigment is dry, we can go in and remove the liquid. Frisk it, the masking fluid. I'm just gonna gently pull down on it, creating some friction, and it'll pull the dried. Frisk it off. You want to be very careful that the paint the pigment is dry so that it doesn't smear all over your image. So here we have it, just like it is going to go in with a little brush and some of my purple pigment and tidy that up. So I'll come around here and just tidy up some of the ragged edges. The step is optional, but I think it creates a little bit more of a finished edge. 7. Lesson 5: for our Fifth Heart message. I've sketched an outline of the heart shape with just a little bent tail, and you can really elaborate on this and make the tail longer curve year if you'd like. This one's a one step peace, um, one layer. So what I do is I take Clearwater fill in the shape of the heart. I don't go right to the edges. I'll tidy that up when I add the paint, and then I'm gonna choose two or three colors toe add to the heart, and I really want a lot of movement with the water, so I'll make sure my piece is wet and that the colors that I add are highly pigmented. So start with blue and I'll go around the edge here on the left, go a little bit up top as well on the other side of the heart, and then very carefully because my brushes rather big I'll go around the tail. I'm just really sticking to the outer edges right now. Drop in my pigment, turn my piece a little bit and I will go in there with some green as well. I'll connect to where I left off with the blue, maintaining the heart shape, and I'll take my smaller brush work on the tail with it, some of that green. I will now go back to my larger brush. Make sure it's clean. I'm gonna add just some yellow in this part. I really like. Make sure my brushes very wet with a lot of pigment, and I'll just go and dropping yellow quite a bit where the paper is wet, but there is no pigment, and then I'll slowly drop it into where there is pigment because the very wet piece there's a lot of movement in the on the heart. And then I'll just tip this a little bit and we'll get even more movement. Your peace doesn't really move. You can go back in and add more layers. Or, if it's very wet, you might wanna take a dry, clean brush and absorb some of the pigments so that you don't have a lot of water, just enough so it slowly moves. Kind of like molasses is moving, not take the speed, and then we'll let this dry. We'll take a look at it when it's all dried 8. Lesson 6: for Since shape, we have a heart tilted on its side. So it's a little different, a little more shapely than some of the other ones we've done. This is a fun one. It involves a few layers and a few different techniques. We'll start with a layer of clear water on the back of the heart, and then just around the perimeter will drop in a nice deep color. I'm gonna use a very dark blue. I'm just gonna go around the perimeter, got one more time around, we will drop in a little bit of purple. Well, let this layer dry, and then we'll come back and add our background and then on top player. Now that her layers dry in the background here, we're gonna work on adding circles to the top of the layer, staying inside the heart. We're gonna use a little bit darker color than we used here, so mixed more blue into that. And I'm just gonna paint some circles. I want to start right at the point here, create my first circle and then go on like making polka dots on top of this layer. So this is a wet on dry technique on an already painted layer. - So right now we want to echo that shape the dots that we did. But we're gonna use a much lighter color. So I'm gonna take that same color that we used for the dots on top of the heart and I'm gonna add quite a bit of water to it. I want to settle color for the background and I'm gonna make large hearts large circles in the background So started in corner here, create one circle And then I'm just gonna eyeball where I'm putting the additional circles I want to create, like, a pattern So skip of a little bit of space I'm gonna go to the next row When I come up a bit against the heart I'm gonna leave a little bit of space between the circle in the heart And I keep moving my paper my canvas around as I create the background shapes middle at this layer dry. And then we'll work on our highlights for the finishing touches on this piece to take my white gel pin and just create little highlights on each of these rays circles. We can just a little C shape on the left hand side top of it. And there we have it. This works because this little circles that I'm highlighting or very dark the next layer is a medium consistency in the background is very faint. So it builds up layers. It repeats the pattern, and yet it still maintains our heart message. 9. Lesson 7: for our seventh heart message. We're gonna use the masking fluid again. Liquid. Frisk it. So I'm taking it this time. I'm just making dots. So this is really a heart within the heart. So I'm gonna start here on a clean piece of white paper. I've kind of done a very light pencil outline of the smaller heart, which is gonna just be made up of dots. So this is just a little time consuming. You want to just be careful dropping dots. I go around the perimeter first, and then I'll fill that in with additional dots. - I will close my liquid, frisk it, set this aside and let it dry. Now that my first get is dry, you can see that it's a lot more clearer gonna come in here and I'm gonna make a heart shape. So now we have a couple more layers to dio with clear water, gonna create a heart shape, and then I'll drop in my yellow pigment. I want this heart shape to be larger than the heart that we painted, um, with the liquid. Frisk it. But I want the color to be very vibrant, particularly because we're using yellow which will dry lighter anyway. But it's a very light, transparent color. Now from here just to make it interesting, I'm gonna take a little bit of this light green and just add a few drops here and there. Get a little variation going. Tilt this around that will let this layer dry before we come back and add our shadow and remove our frisk it. So now our liquid first get is dry, we want to create a shadow. So when I take my GRE my bigger brush I'm just gonna go around the edge here on the left hand side, the bottom, mimicking the shape. And then over here, I'm gonna make a V and just join them together. Take a smaller brush, going with a slightly darker pigment just up close to the heart. Let that bleed out a little. Now turn piece upside down and pull the frisk it towards me so it doesn't get into our wet gray shadow. And here we have our peace. There's any areas of white that didn't look too sharp. I can go in there with my white gel pen and tidy those up, but I think it looks pretty good 10. Lesson 8: for our eighth heart here. We're gonna do a very interesting one. We're gonna use a wet on dry technique, so our paper's gonna be completely dry this time and we're gonna makes our colors. If you look here, I have three or four Grady INTs of color. I start with the darkest red, and I move up to the latest pink. So make sure you have a lot of pigment in a nice rich color and then a small brush on outlined lightly a shape of a heart and I'm gonna go in there and just try and drop circles . One tip to get it to blend nicely. I'm gonna climb up the sides just a little bit higher with the darker color. So it's not gonna be straight lines of color. So here I've gone How far is it going to go with my dark, dark red? You're all mix in a little bright red with the dark red and I'll go up my next layer No mix up another Had some pink clear my brush First you and some pink to that red that we just mixed and then lastly allowed my lightest pink. And I'll also try and make the dots just a little bit smaller. Well, let that Lee or dry 11. Lesson 9: for our ninth Heart message. We're gonna make a nice wash of Grady and on the background. So I will take my, um, Clearwater and just paint the entire background not terribly wet. And I'm gonna try and leave a little clear bought border on the sides of dry paper and then I'll go in and drop some light colors. Gonna take a very light blue and purple combined just dropping some pigment outline the shape that I created And then in a few spots, I'll drop in a little bit of more intense purple again. Still light, but just more intense purple and then a few spots of intense blue. Well, let this layer dry and then we'll paint are negative images on top, Never. The first layer is dry. I penciled in five hearts right on top of the dried layer. And then I'm gonna come in here on the sides and just add a couple more half hearts. So it says if the pattern is repeating, this is where if I find a heart to be wonky, I'll come in and fix it again. This is just a guide, but it helps to make it a little more professional in the end. So now with my larger brush I'm gonna mix a color Gonna make some purple with some blue And I'm gonna go in and paint over the background layer leaving the hearts blank So that's what we call negative painting When we're painting around an image we're painting the background only So I paint my first layer and just a teeny bit of water to get that pigment moving And as it has, it occurs. You start to see the background in the foreground Come together to add just a little bit of water to any areas that have dried I'm gonna keep the pigment moist And then I'm gonna drop in with a smaller brush. Just a little bit of a water down purple. Just some areas, Any areas or dry I'll go back in. And what thumb re wet them so they could be worked again. Then I'll just dropping a little bit more of that purple here. In there. We'll let this dry 12. Lesson 10: for our 10 part message. I'm gonna take my large brush and I'm gonna start by painting the outside So with clear water, I'm just gonna basically paint a frame around that heart But leave a little space between the penciled heart and the exterior and a little bit of, ah, dry paper edge to my paper. Well, makes a little bit of purple and a little bit of blue And then I'll water this down to create a light color and they will go in all dropping this color. It's a very pretty color. I work on the perimeter first. - Now play it safe. I would let this layer dry but I think I'm gonna try and paint the inside heart with a light color and I'm gonna leave a border between the inside color and the outside color. So with clear water just wet my heart on the inside, being very cautious to leave a nice border and then from the interior color, I'm gonna make some of this deep red with some pink drop in the color to get my heart shape . I'm going to switch to a smaller brush and I'll bring that shape out a little closer to that background. Now, I like the way these colors look together, but I'm gonna add a little bit of the darker red just slightly darker. We'll drop in some spots of that and we'll let this layer dry and then we'll be all done. 13. Bonus Lesson: for our bonus class. We have this little heart message with a close been attached And so we're gonna paint that onto our heart message here. First thing I'm gonna dio was with clear water. I'm gonna go in and paint my heart in the top of the close been and then take some very dark red, create that heart shape And then with my small brush, I'll just drop in a little bit of pink and again with my small brush I'm gonna go in and paint that top clothes pin Got to use a light brown and had some pigment going with some Clearwater blended out. Then I want to get some more pigment on my brush and drop in and at the bottom of the clothes pin and let it blend up. And then since I'm using my small brush, I'm just gonna outline that the back of the clothes been the back close been here and with a clear brush and just gonna blend that out slightly from the edge just so that it's not such a sharp edge on the inside of the clothes pin. Then I'm gonna let that layer dry now that this layer is dry. I just want to add a couple more little touches. First thing I would do with a medium brush is going with some light gray and just create a little shadow kind of in an L and an inverted L shape on the corners. They will go in with a clear brush. Just bleed that out a little, just to give some variation. Now pull it as wide as I need to to make the color blend right into the paper. They will switch to my small brush and I'll go in with my dark gray again, and I'll create just a little shadow behind that top clothes spin right on the paper. The heart note here the message. And again, I'll blend that out slightly as well, so there's no harsh edge. I'll take that light brown not too wet of a brush, and I just want to create a highlight behind the first clothes pin on the back close. Been well, let that layer dry and we'll come back and at her final touches. So our last layer on this bonus class is just to make the metal hardware on the clothes been so I'll take my darker grey, you know, Come in here and create that little metal piece that comes out and then I'll do the same thing over here. We'll let this dry and then we can score unfolded. 14. Making the Envelopes: to make the envelope that will fit any three of our cards. I traced the template onto a piece of paper that I wanted to use. And here I use the white colored pencil and now with my scissors gonna cut right on that line and then I'll take my bone folder and a straight edge. And if you don't have a bone folder, you can use a butter knife on a ballpoint pen, the opposite side of it, or even the end of a brush. Um, and you just take it and to use a bone folder, your list. Take it and meet the corners. So here's one of the flats creates a nice sharp edge, but it doesn't cut through the paper. If I wanted to use my paintbrush, I do the same thing. Creates a little bit of dollar edge. And if I wanted to use my fingernail same procedure. I like using the tool. I think it just gives a very professional looking finished look and then I'll bend the flats in. I'll take my bone folder or whatever implement I'm gonna use and create a nice crease. Gently lift the paper, fold itself in and then I'll create the crease. Now you can use double sided tape if you'd like. I'm gonna use a glue stick here and I'll start with the two sides that overlap here. In here on my glue stick. Press down. Then on the bottom flap Here I'll have my glue stick burnish down. Gonna leave my top open metal, burnishes us down and let it dry. And from there I can slip any of the notes right into the envelope. 15. Hanging the Message: if I want to use the twine and clothes pins route because these air many close pins in these weigh very little. I will attach my twine, cut toe whatever length I want to the bureau or the dresser, the sides of it, maybe with tape. And then I will just lightly place in my mind where I want the pieces to go. If I want three or seven or as many as I like, then I'll first gently add the clothes pins to the twine and then all. They will attach the artwork to the time, and when we string it up and hang it, I can either drape it or make it taut. And it's a nice effect, especially when you have quite a number of the same design with either a different color or maybe the same color with different designs. It's very effective, and it's a cute little touch 16. Class Wrap Up: for our watercolor heart messages class. I wanted to take a moment and show you the final results for our first image illustration. We did the solid heart with Leinart over it, and this is a pretty effective one because it's a simple image, very abstract, and when you use multiple colors, it really shines the contrast. And yet the similarities are and make a nice group the same thing with our second image, which was very similar except we used ingredient Um, and we had two colors with a double heart over it. It was very effective as well. Any of the 10 designs can be made into multiples with variations in colors, which gives a nice effect. It's the basic image that you repeat with just the different color background for our third image, which was the heart on the string. Um, we have the three hearts, and we use three colors to create each heart. And with the string, we have a nice linear line. It's kind of a cute little fun image. Then we have our heart with our swirl shape that we made using masking fluid which preserve the white of the paper and any shape can be made on top or be made with masking fluid and then the heart shaped put on top of it. So if you wanted to do a cross or a bunch of pluses or a word, even it would look very nice. Here we have a very fun heart with a tail very shapely, and again, we have three colors in here. I just stick to colors that were together on the color wheel. So here we have blue, green and yellow, and it gave a nice variation with this one because the each one time you do it, it will look a little differently. Using the same three colors. I have lots of different effects, so no two are exactly alike. And yet at the same time, you know that they're all within the same grouping. Here we have, ah, heart with lots of layers. We did the heart, which was multiple colors on a wet on wet technique for the basic heart. When that dried, we applied a layer of blue darker blue dots all around, and we made larger dots repeating that pattern in the background. Finally, we took a gel pen and highlighted each of those dots gave it a kind of a three D effect and carrying on with the DOT theme. We made a heart full of dots using masking fluid so that preserve the white of the paper. And then we colored over that with a brilliant yellow heart. We dropped in some green again next to it on the color wheel for just a slight variation, even though you'd still call this a yellow heart. And then we added a shadow. And then lastly, we used wet on dry technique again, using dots, we used a Grady in of red to pink asses. We moved up the heart. The color got lighter. We just kept the shape of the heart and then filled it in with the various dots, the wet paint on the dry paper for 1/9 image. We needed a wash of blue and purple background fairly light. And then we went over it and painted the negative space around existing hearts. Because we have the partial hearts here we have a repeated pattern, and that looks very nice. Lastly, we have our color black heart from our last lesson. Um, we took two colors that were similar. The purple has a little bit of a red in the background, but you can use contrast in colors. Justus nicely kept a little white space between the actual shape, the heart and the background, and that's very effective. I showed you how to make an envelope that will fit any three of the shapes. Either the flat card, the table tent that folds up top could be just a card that opens up top for leave on this class card that opens from the side as well. All three will fit in the envelope, so we have our three styles. So here we have all 11 of our illustrations. I hope youll try your hand at one of these or even a few, and post your work in the Project class section. Or if you'd like to post your work on instagram, use the hashtag watercolor heart messages and I'll follow along. Thanks for watching