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Watercolor Picnic Basket: Easy and Fun Watercolor Project

teacher avatar Irina Trzaskos, Watercolor Artist & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Supplies & Colors


    • 3.

      Drawing a Picnic Basket


    • 4.

      Painting the First Layer


    • 5.

      Adding Texture and Details


    • 6.

      Thank you!


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Welcome to the class! In this short summer class we will be painting a picnic basket. Watercolor Picnic Basket is the 7th class in the series of fun and short summer classes. These classes are meant to keep you inspired while allowing you to spend more time outdoors enjoying the beautiful sunny days. Below are listed the classes we already published in this series, I will be adding a new short class every week during the summer. Also, I have a myriad of other watercolor classes, in case you want to dive deeper into the watercolor painting. Thank you for all the beautiful projects, comments and reviews, you keep me motivated and inspired.

Can't wait to see your summer artwork.

Happy painting, x Irina.

My other fun and short summer classes:

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1. Introduction: Hi everyone, my name is Irina Trzaskos. I am a watercolor artist and illustrator. Also, I did many watercolor classes here at Skillshare. This is another short and fun summer class. Today, we'll be painting a picnic basket. I hope you'll enjoy this class. I regularly posting classes here at the Skillshare, so press the Follow button if you didn't do so, and let's get started. 2. Supplies & Colors: To paint the picking basket will use following supplies; watercolor paper, a 140 pounds called press a music council brand. You can use any brand you like. Watercolor paint, Acetate water, paint palette, paper towel, pencil, eraser, around watercolor brush. This is number six and a small watercolor brush. This is number two for details. Also, we may need one pen and the fine liner. Just make sure it's waterproof. Cardboard paper for illustration I want. Color wise, we'll be using a lot of colors. Because it's a picking baskets, we may want to draw a lot of things far. Not so many we will see. We'll be using cadmium yellow, cadmium orange, raw sienna, for the basket and for brands. Cadmium red. Also we'll be using some purple. Yellow is green [inaudible] green. Ultramarine blue. A lot of colors and remixing them between each other, chump. 3. Drawing a Picnic Basket: Let's draw our picnic basket, and I want to keep this project as simple as possible, so it won't have too many details involved. It will still have some interesting moments. You can find the reference picture in the project section on the class as usually, or you can just draw with me. Here's our basket in general shape. Here we'll have a kitchen towel covering something delicious. Here I would like to have like a wine or a lemonade bottle, because it didn't fit in the basket and it shows out with a cork. Also we have some leaves or from some vegetables or maybe a lettuce. They are almost identical, so I should change mine here. This is better. Also I would love to have some grapes coming out too. Try not to make them perfectly symmetric. There's some grapes, I'll add some here and here and it can be a grape leaf here too. This will be colored by paper towel or by a kitchen towel and also we'll have a loaf of bread, of course. Didn't leave me about a loaf of bread. On side I we'll paint some flowers. Here we can have an apple or an apricot, a couple of them. Here I would love to have a tissue with some cherries, but all that will be painting out of watercolor, so we don't need to draw it. This is all the drawing we need for our basket, and in the next video we'll start painting. 4. Painting the First Layer: Again, your lines have to be way lighter than mine. We'll start painting from the biggest object. I'll take some raw sienna and a little bit of purple. This is way too much, but we'll leave this for the darker parts of the basket. Let me take some from here, and this is good. What we will do we'll just paint the entire basket with this color. I want it really watery because I want to give it light feel of watercolor and we are working pretty fast. Another reason why we're painting the basket first is that hopefully it will dry and we can paint, other elements next to it. We've covered the entire basket with raw sienna with a little bit of purple. Right here next to the kitchen towel we can add this darker shade. We'll add more later, when we'll make I think another layer. Meanwhile, let's takes some more raw sienna with a little bit of cadmium yellow and paint our loaf of bread. Next we'll take some irregular green and I'll mix it with some ultramarine blue. We'll add some lines to our bottle. Just make sure you don't touch the loaf of bread while doing this and leave some white highlights in your bottled show. Next, we'll take some purple with some cadmium red and we'll paint our grapes. Again, here there we can leave some highlights like round ones. Let's try not to touch the loaf of bread or it will become purple. Let's try not to touch the basket either. This is good for the first layer. Next, let's take some cadmium orange and mix it with cadmium yellow and paint our apricot. Ultramarine blue for the plate right here. Later we'll add some cherries in a plate. Also you can add some blue while our grapes are still wet. Let's add some blue there. The corn could be, again raw sienna color. Just make sure the green is dry or relatively dry. Next, we're going to mix some cadmium yellow with yellowish green and add a first layer to our green leaves. This is pretty much all we can do while everything else is drying. Now I have to let it dry. 5. Adding Texture and Details: When our first layer is totally dry, you can see I washed my palette meanwhile, we can now start adding textures, patterns and details. On the kitchen towel we have some stripes and squares, and we'll have them with red. Anyway, I love to add a drop of green to my red, so it looks more natural and then deeper shade of red. If we would be painting a realistic illustration, then first we would add all the shadows to our kitchen towel, and then we would add the pattern. However, this is not a realistic illustration, it's just a more painterly, sketchy style. We are following with the shape as well as we can, but it's okay if it's not perfect, it's even better. Then we will make the squares also following the shape. It doesn't look perfect, but that's what I was hoping for, not look too perfect. Here I feel like we need another corner or something. Now we'll take some raw sienna and we'll add some shadows to our basket and here. We can start adding the texture too. Let's make some raw sienna with our purple, and start making this crescents. I think we need more raw sienna than purple right here. You can make them as big or as small as you want. Also I'd like to add at the bottom a little bit of these curves so it shows with texture too. I think we need a thicker. This is good and next we'll mix in our red a little bit of orange, and I'll add some volume to our apricots. Next we can add some shadows on our bread. I'll switch to a smaller brush and I'll take regular green, mix it with a little bit of yellow, and we'll make our leaves more interesting. An extra leave here. Next let's take some purple. It was too to watery, I'll mix it with a little bit of ultramarine blue and paint the spaces in between the grapes. Here we'll add a little bit of shadow on this side. I think this grape looks so perfect, so let's add another few grapes here. The green bottle let's add a few more shadows. On this side I would like to have some flowers, so I'll start just painting a greenery, just some random stems. I don't want them to be perfect, I also like them to look like lavender or some flower you can pick in a field or in a forest. Something like this will be perfect. Can add some little yellow flowers. Our apricots may have some leaves. I usually don't, but why not? Here we need some more texture and shadow. Now let's paint some cherries with cadmium red and fix this part a little bit. I have feeling that bread needs a little bit more shadow here. We'll make some green with ultramarine blue, and add some more shadows in green and another leaf here maybe. Add some darker greens here. Few cherries would have still their stems and maybe few leaves. Also you can add a little bit of grass, just to pretend it's on the grass. Add few more lines here and there, and there you go, picnic basket is ready. 6. Thank you!: Thank you for watching my classes. I hope you had a chance to paint with me. If you like this class, please leave a review and upload the project on project section of this class. I love seeing your project stating good reviews and comments. See you in my next class. Bye.