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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Watercolor Teapot Class Intro


    • 2.

      Lesson #2 Class Supplies


    • 3.

      Lesson #3 Using the Template


    • 4.

      Lesson #4 The Basic Teapot Body


    • 5.

      Lesson #5 The Basic Teapot Lid


    • 6.

      Lesson #6 The Basic Teapot Spout & Handle


    • 7.

      Lesson #7 The Basic Teapot Final Touches


    • 8.

      Lesson #8 The Eggplant Teapot Body


    • 9.

      Lesson #9 The Eggplant Teapot Lid


    • 10.

      Lesson #10 The Eggplant Teapot 10 Final Touches


    • 11.

      Lesson #11 The Bumblebee Teapot Yellow Layer


    • 12.

      Lesson #12 The Bumblebee Teapot Black Layer


    • 13.

      Lesson #13 The Bumblebee Teapot Final Touches


    • 14.

      Lesson #14 The Whimsical Teapot Layer 1


    • 15.

      Lesson #15 The Whimsical Teapot Layer 2


    • 16.

      Lesson #16 The Whimsical Teapot Layer 3


    • 17.

      Lesson #17 The Whimsical Teapot Final Touches


    • 18.

      Watercolor Teapot Class Wrap Up


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About This Class Watercolor Teapot

Join me as I create 4 watercolor teapots based on a simple and traditional shape. We will use a tall teapot as our starting point and create unusual and fun illustrations based on this classic design.

This class was designed with beginning watercolorists in mind.

The class is designed so you can watch the class in entirety, or just the lessons for the type of teapot you wish to create.

  • We start out with the Basic Teapot, focusing on the shape and colors. 
  • The next teapot, the Eggplant Teapot, is a bold use of color.
  • The Bumble Bee Teapot emphasizes a center highlight to accentuate the rounded shape.
  • We will build up layers and patterns in the Whimsical Teapot Lesson.

We will create soft edges using the using wet-on-wet technique and sharp images using the wet-on-dry technique. We will also lift color off the wet image to create highlights.

This class requires only the basic watercolor supplies and included is a downloadable template to help you sketch out the teapots.

Meet Your Teacher

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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. Watercolor Teapot Class Intro: Hello. I'm Daniella Melon and author and artist here in skill share. Welcome to my art class On painting a watercolor teapot In today's class, which is designed for beginning watercolorist, we will pay 40 pots from the same basic shape of a traditional tall teapot. This class was created so you can watch the entire class or just the lessons on the teapot that you wish to create. We will work on wet on wet technique to achieve an intriguing color blend, and we will practice what on dry toe add layers to our image. We will also create highlights by removing wet pigment with a dry brush. I've included a downloadable template that will help you to sketch out all four teapots. I will also show you how to modify the template to create your very own shape with your own characteristics. In today's class, I include lessons for a basic but pretty teapot, an eggplant shaped teapot, a T pat that resembles a bumble bee and a whimsical teapot full of patterns and colors. For your class project, you can paint your own teapot, using the techniques from class as a guide. The images that you create will make a beautiful image for a journal sketchbook or gift tag . Please create your own watercolor teapot and post your work in the class project section. And if you like to post your work on instagram, use the hashtag watercolor teapot and I'll follow along. Thank you for joining me. 2. Lesson #2 Class Supplies: for our watercolor teapot class will need some basic class supplies. Some water color pains, jug of water, some watercolor paper. Here I have it cut into five by seven sheets. I have a spray bottle with clear water and a pipette, which are optional, the downloadable class template that has the shapes. And we'll talk about that in the next class. A pair of scissors, a paper towel, some assorted watercolor brushes and a pencil and eraser. 3. Lesson #3 Using the Template: When using the class template, you can find it in the class project section with the materials that you can download. Download the template, save it to your computer if you'd like, and then print it out. It fits on a standard sheet of computer paper. From there you'll see that there are four templates and each one is labeled for each of the different teapots that will be doing today, just with a pair of scissors cut around it around each teapot that you'd like or all of them. And so then you'll have this leftover. And so these are just the templates kind of stencils that we have for our teapots. From there you'll take your watercolor paper and the teapot stencil that you would like, and you can trace around it. Here. I've done that for the eggplant teapot. From there, you can also modify the template. So you here you have the basic shape of the eggplant. If you want to create tendrils or longer greenery, you can do that. If you want to change the shape and make it more bulbous, or if you wanna make the tea pot more squat or even longer, this is your chance to modify the template. And you could do that with any of the templates here with the bi template. If you'd like to add some other features, perhaps some flowers or maybe a mini B on the teapot, this is your chance. 4. Lesson #4 The Basic Teapot Body: for our basic teapot. We have the tall teapot here. I'm gonna take a moment and just consider the colors I want to do. I'm gonna do a gold ish yellow handle and base over here, and then I think I'll make the remaining teapot turquoise. This little ring here I could do in gold or I can leave white and I I think I'm gonna leave it white. But I can reserve the chance to decide that and change my mind later. The main body of the teapot in the spout I'm gonna do in a nice turquoise color. So the first thing I'll do is I'll take my large brush and the wit with E entire body of the teapot in the spout with water, clear water. And since I want the lid to be the same color is the body. I'm gonna just put some water in there as well. Then we'll go about mixing by turquoise color. I'll take some nice blue, get a lot of pigment there, and then I'll go on with some green until I get the right ratio of what I want for the template for the color. Then I'm gonna go in with my still my big brush just around the edges and drop in that color, creating the shape of the teapot. Once I have had the outline of a shape that I like gonna go in and just add a little Clearwater to my brush and fill in the inside so that the entire shape is filled. But there are a lot of variations of color and shadows gonna put away my large brush for now, been going with a smaller brush and I'm gonna just try and small dry brush go in and trace the highlights that I want to leave. And by doing it with a dry brush, I'll actually absorb some of that paint and remove it. So I'm going to create like, a little almost a C shape on this side, and I'll continue. Go to go to my paper to dry my brush while I remove some of this pigment. And then over here I think I want to add another C shape to show the roundness of the pot, and we'll go in a couple of times to remove that pigment and then on the spout. I want a little bit of a highlight as well, and I want to create a slight s shape. Okay, so when I'm happy with that, I'll take an even smaller brush and going with some blue and just create some shadows. Maybe at the base of the spout in the base. Over here is well creates. A little variation, some underneath the the top of the teapot, the lid and then just a little bit on the side. Here. I don't want to make a solid line. I just want some variation in color. Rinse off my brush and I'll go back in with my original color to the same areas. But I added the dark color and let those colors combine and bleed. This way. There's no harsh edges, and it looks a little more natural. Gotta go around the perimeter with my original color, trying to get some more color variation and shadowing. And then I'll take that medium that not the largest brush we used. Make sure it's clean. Make sure it's dry and go in and remove some color again. To really get those highlights. It doesn't take away all the color, but it does lighten it up 5. Lesson #5 The Basic Teapot Lid: then I'll start working on the lid. I'll go in with my beautiful blue color again, right by the outlines. Mental dip, My brush in Clearwater Fill in. I work on the top piece here again. I don't want the two colors to bleed, so I'm gonna try and leave a definite barrier between them. Then I'll go in with my smaller brush. Fine tune the image. Pull that color a little down further. I'll go in with that blue. Create a little variation in points been ongoing with that turquoise again just so the colors can lead end. I'll use the same technique. I'll go back in with my medium brush, make sure it's dry and then pull some highlights. So I want to emphasize the shape of the base of this lid here, so I gently pull the color cross. You can see how it pulls some of the pigment off, and then I'll go in and just remove some of the paint. We'll let this dry 6. Lesson #6 The Basic Teapot Spout & Handle: Now that our first layer is dry will work on the handle and the base My medium brush. I'm gonna go in there and create a clear coat just on the handle on base and then I'll mix my color. I want a nice deep yellow orange, mostly yellow with just a teeny the smallest hint of orange. Been using my big brush. Just got a add some pigment, let it run. Same thing in the handle of this, add some pigment. Then I'll go in with a smaller brush and direct the color exactly where I wanted to go. Starting at the base. Pull that pigment all around. I will turn my paper, work on the handle. Gotta work on the side here. Darkest side, you know, with some fresh paint Gonna go in there and just handsome color. Clear my brush and with clear paint Just pull that color to the edge. It was clear water. Sorry, Clearwater, Just pull that color to the edge. I'm gonna let that layer dry and we'll come back and add our final touches 7. Lesson #7 The Basic Teapot Final Touches: now that our layers air dry, I'm gonna go in there and just do some final shading. So a little bit of outlining, I'll start with the gold good going there with a darker color, just slightly darker than the actual goal that we used. And I'm just gonna outline it. Small little strokes. It creates a nice, sharp edge. I will do the same for the handle, then with a slightly bigger brush, gonna go in with the darker color, not too wet of a brush, and just pull some color from the edge to create a little shadow. If it's too dry. Oh, at just the smallest amount of water to help the color of the pigment move. And I'll pull that around if I want the color to blend. Allowed a little bit of more water just on the spots. I want to blend, and I'll do the same thing right here on the base. Just a few little spots. I'll pull the pigment, the darker pigment, then a little bit of water to help blend it in. Then we'll move on to the teapot. I'll take a the darker blue just work on the outline against shark short little strokes just unifies the peace. The color is just a little bit darker than the one that was used, so it doesn't distract or look like a Children's coloring book. It just gives a little bit of shadow and then, just to make the lid look like it's not floating, I'm going with a little blue mix of blue just a little bit. With a little bit of black. This'll give me like a light gray with a small brush and just go to create the shape. I'll drive the brush off a little bit and then just create a little shadow on the edge by pulling it in. And then I'll go in with a clean, wet brush. Just blend those edges and there you have our basic teapot. 8. Lesson #8 The Eggplant Teapot Body: Our eggplant teapot is made in a similar fashion to our basic teapot. We have the shape sketched out on the eggplant and I'm gonna go in there with a big brush putting on Clearwater right over the body and the spout base and the handle of the teapot. These are all gonna be purple and variations of blue and purple. So I go when I add my color and then I'll mix my purple. Here I have the darkest purple. Mix it with a little bit of a lighter purple, and then I'll add a little bit of blue. Then I'll do the same thing again. But with much more of heavy blue next to it and some of that purple, I want a lighter purple. And this is the one that I'm gonna go and create my outline, my big brush and letting the water move that pigment all around while it's still wet. I'll take a little bit of the darker color that we next first and put it on one side, and then I'll put it right here at the base as well. We'll let those colors mix. I'm gonna switch to a smaller brush just slightly smaller, and I'm gonna do the same thing with the lighter color, and I'm gonna do it. Paint the handle. First, you leave a teeny little space between the pot and the handle. Just a barrier really will go back in after that dries and blend those two. I just don't want the colors to bleed right now. Don't go in with the darker purple, the base. Fill that in and right where it meets the top of the pot. Do the similar thing with the spout. First, I'm gonna put a little clear water just to make sure that it's that it's still wet. I'm going with my lighter color. Create that outline again, trying to leave a little barrier between the body of the teapot and the spout, even though it's already bled and they will go in with a cleaner dryer brush and dropping that darker color, especially at the base. Inside. Here I let those layers dry 9. Lesson #9 The Eggplant Teapot Lid: here we have our first layer. Mostly dry. You can see some little wet puddles, but the most the parts that I want to work with are still aren't dry. So I'm going to continue working here for the medium brush. I'm gonna go in and create that base. Put a clear coat of water. Then I'll move to a smaller brush. Drop in that light color. First, turn my paper around again. I'm leaving a little bit of a barrier between the base and the actual pot. Men will go in with my dark color and drop that in and let that move around on its own. Okay, from there, I want to work on this little area on the spout. And I'm just gonna use my dark color for that. I'm gonna go in very close to the edge, create that shape, and then rinse off my brush and pull it out, connected with sides and just drop in a teeny bit of cover. Well, let that dry, and we'll work on the top part. Top part of the A plant's supposed to look like the greenery from it. So with a clear bit of water, I'm going to paint and wet the paper and the top of it as well. They'll mix my green here I have green. I had some dark green at a little bit of yellow on a little more dark green and now leaving a barrier between the greenery part and the actual body of the teapot. I'm gonna paint my border with that color Regis mixed. I'll go back in with some clear water and bleed all that color through and then with a smaller brush so I can control it a little more. What color? That top section. I'm going with some darker green as well. Create a little variation. I'm putting the darker green just on the edge, just kind of on the outline areas again. I don't want to create a whole, um, outline, but I just want to focus in the darker color on that area. I'll go in with my original color so it could bleed out a little bit, and now I let that dry. We'll come back and add the final touches 10. Lesson #10 The Eggplant Teapot 10 Final Touches: for the eggplant at this point. Now that it's dry, just gonna go in gently erase some of the pencil marks that remain that I used as my guide Now for the temple of the Teapot. I could stop here, but I would like to add some more shadowing and clean it up a little bit. So we'll start with our purple first. I'm going with a small brush not my smallest, but just a small brush. And I'm gonna go in here and create a little more shadow in the inner part of the spout using my darker purple. Drop that in and I'll do the same thing again with the darker purple, right Where the spout in the body of the teapot meat. I'm gonna add that color. Just pull it away, take a little water on my brush and blend it out. Go back in with the darker color deposit that and I'll keep doing this until I get the look that I want the blend to that I want and can use a slightly bigger brush to help this along . My wedding, the paper and the paint again it moves it around, allows it to move freely, and I like that blend a lot better. Then I'll go in with my same brush, and I'm just gonna try and pull that pigment to the bottom. And just like we did when we did our first teapot, we pulled some highlights. Gotta clean my brush. I'll go in there, dry the brush and create some highlights by pulling that color right off following the shape of the spout. Here we go. Now, with a very tiny brush, I'm gonna clean up some other areas going with my dark purple. Just create an outline. The area that I did the outline is too harsh. I'll go in there and blend that color. What the brush Splendid out hero. Create the base a little thicker again. Blending that out is the key. I don't do the same thing with the base of the pot over here. A swell. Then we'll come over here to the top, to the greenery. Turn that on its side with some dark green Go to create the top of the, um, teapot here. The little top of the greenery. Then I'll go down, draw the outlines, create the sharp engines here of the green and then the little that original color reuse create just a little shadow over here. Go back in with my larger brush. Just pleaded out a little bit and there we have our eggplant teapot. 11. Lesson #11 The Bumblebee Teapot Yellow Layer : for RB teapot to take a large brush with clear water and I'm gonna go over the face first. Avoid the eyes in just the big part of the face here with a smaller brush. I'm gonna go in with just some yellow and create just on the perimeter. Create that shape of that. Um it's which is the lid of the teapot. But it's also the face of the B that we're doing. I want to be careful with the circles here. I want to create a nice, nice shape Go in again with my color just on the outer edge perimeter and they would a little water on my brush. I'll go in the center and that creates a little bit of variation clear off my brush. And with a much smaller brush, I'm gonna go in there with that dark yellow again just on the perimeter. Help me sharpen the edges, create that round shape for the eyes and create a very nice variation in color in the face . Then I'm gonna work on the stripes I made Little X is where I want to paint my black stripes. So I'm going to go in there with my yellow color and my small brush, and I'm gonna paint just the edges on both sides, and it was clear water. I'll paint the center Enjoying the to. This will give you a nice variation in color and shadowing, and I'll put more pigment on the edges and just let it bleed in the center. Some areas may remain white, and that's OK. I like that highlight, and I'll do that with the remaining areas of stripe. - Oh , that this layer dry and the more come back and work on some more. 12. Lesson #12 The Bumblebee Teapot Black Layer : now the work on the stripes. We want these to be black, but again, we want to maintain those highlights in the center. So we're gonna use the same technique. The trick with the black is it will override the yellows. We want to be very careful where we put the black. It's a little bit slower procedure than than the putting yellow down. So I'll take my black. We'll start at the top here. I'm just gonna very small strokes, Very deliberate. Gonna create my shape. I'm gonna pull the pigment in to the center And then would a rinse my brush still gonna have some pigment on it. And I'm just gonna let that color bleed out. The latest area will be in the center of the stripe. We'll go back and add a little more pigment to the edges and they will start the next stripe. Same procedure. - So there we have the stripes with much later on the interior section here. We're gonna work on the spout and handle now, and we're gonna try and keep the darkness closest to the body of the teapot, and we'll have it fade as it goes out. I also want to work on some highlights as well. So start with a coat of clear water on the spout. Again, I'm gonna leave a little barrier between the body of the teapot and the spout, and then I'll go in with my darker color. Create the perimeter and then I'll go in with a cream brush that's dry in just screen. Create that highlight so I'll pull some pigment from the other areas, leaving a little highlight right there. Now work on the handle. Same thing. I'll paint the Clearwater, creating a barrier between the teapot and the handle. Dab a little bit up. I think I got a little too much water there, going with my small brush in my dark pigment. Create the outline. - Go in with a little wet brush. Don't take my pigment and apply it the base here and let that flow up. Then I'll go and write to the base of where it meets the handle meets the teapot. Flip that around 13. Lesson #13 The Bumblebee Teapot Final Touches: there. We have some highlights and some variation. Now I'm gonna turn it over and work on the eyes with my very small brush. I'll go when they're with some dark, and I'm gonna create that inner circle of black. Gonna leave a little highlight. But I'm trying to get the circle completely very black. I'll do the little antenna as well with my very small brush. And then I'll flip this around and I'm going to work on the shape of the I. I want to make sure my brushes wet but not messy, very controllable. And with small strokes in a very light touch, I'm gonna create that circle for the I. Then I'm gonna take my yellow, Mix it with a little light brown, create the outline for the head. This will tell you the up any shape and the irrigate regularities in the shape do the same thing here for the pot and then we'll work on the mouth. I'll take some black on my brush, create that low smile, my smaller brush. I'll go in with a little bit of pink, a little bit of red to give it a softer color, and then I'll just create circles for little cheeks. I'm going with some water on my brush, and there we have our be a teapot. 14. Lesson #14 The Whimsical Teapot Layer 1: for our whimsical teapot We're gonna paint lots of layers We'll start with a handle on the spout and we're gonna paint a light layer of blue Start with my Clearwater on my medium brush Just gonna mix up a light blue dropping some color and we'll let those layers dry Then for the spout the same thing creating that blue. Then we'll work on the bottom layer, which we're gonna do in yellow And the top here will do that one in yellow as well. So following the same procedure where we went with a clear coat. Then we'll go in there with a layer of yellow and you can shadow. This is well by just painting the perimeter and then adding some Clearwater toe. Carry the pigment throughout. So I'll do that on the lid here, so it's not solid yellow. There are some areas that have darker, and I'll do that in the base. Here is well, first I paid the perimeter and then we'll go in with some clear water just to let the color run for the actual teapot. I wanted to look like it's white, and we're gonna paint some flowers all over it. but I do want a little variation. So I'll go in there and paint a clear coat of water. Um, all the way, I'd say everything except a strip in the middle. We'll go in there, mix just the tiniest, tiniest bit of gray, very light color. And I'm gonna paint the edge on both sides With that light gray, I'll go in there with a clear brush blended out. Well, let these layers dry and we'll come back and start building our layers. 15. Lesson #15 The Whimsical Teapot Layer 2: our first layer has dried. We have some nice variation in our yellow and blue and even or gray, the edges air just slightly darker than the centre barely perceptible. We'll continue with this. I'll pay three layers of green, and then we'll start building up the layers on the already dry sections. So to build the green, just gonna create clear coat on the sections that I want to paint and up in the light green there. And while these sections of green or drying will build up our layers on our yellow or blue in our centerpiece, so we'll start in the center here. It's nice and dry. Could make some purple flowers. I'm gonna make some very light purple first. How makes it a little bit more water, and it's gonna create kind of irregular shapes of color just like that, and then I'll fill it in. It's a fairly late color, and this is because we're gonna build up a swell even more color on this. We'll add a little bit of greenery leaves coming from these flowers. We'll give each flower to leaves and we'll let that layer dry 16. Lesson #16 The Whimsical Teapot Layer 3: start on her spout and our handle and we're gonna make stripes. So we're gonna take some blue, much darker blue than we used for the base color. We're gonna create our stripes, do one at a time. Then we do the same procedure we did in a previous teapot where I added pigment to the exterior sides the perimeter and then pull that coloring with water in the center. And that gave a nice variation of shading. And I'll repeat this. I also want to create a highlight on the top of the spout. So I'm gonna keep that in mind and only bring my pigment up so far. Then I'll switch to this side, see how I want the Straits to go Here and again. I want the shadow to go on the highlight to follow the S curve here. So try and keep that in mind and I'm gonna outline it. - I'll take some of the grey, make it just a little bit darker, and I'll outline that part as well. Let these layers dry 17. Lesson #17 The Whimsical Teapot Final Touches: At this point, I want to take an eraser and remove any of the pencil marks that exists. And this will help me figure out if I have to make adaptations for shape or make any changes from here. I'll take my dark yellow and just create that outline that I want around the base of the teapot. This will help me determine if the shape is the correct one that I want. Same thing in the lid. My just slightly larger brush. I'll go in there. This blend, that outline. It's a little too harsh for what I'd like. Okay, now we'll work on adding some more layers to our flowers. We did the light layer of purple. Good to start with this very small brush, going with a darker purple and create the outline. So I'm gonna outline the shape. Can I want just enough on my brush to control creating that outline. They were gonna create spirals in the center, so I'll start in the center. I worked my way out till I find an edge that I want to connect to. We'll do that on all the flowers, go over some areas that are a little too light like this one. Then with a lighter green, I'll go and I'll outline the flowers with the green. I'll take a one shade darker green than I used Make the outline the top of my teapot in this little section here. Then would you take that green? Same green and a small brush And I'm gonna create dots. - Go back to our flowers. We're gonna mix a little pink with a little bit of purple. Um, actually a little bit of blue to create a purple The much more pink though than purple. And we're gonna create just some lines on our flower here. Well, imitate the shapes that exist. And then with the same small brush, we're gonna go in there and just dot all around the white part of the teapot we'll take a little bit darker green and just create pains. And on the leaves here it will be settled. It'll dry much later. And there you have the whimsical teapot 18. Watercolor Teapot Class Wrap Up: here we have the four teapots we worked on in class. We have our basic teapot, where we use some techniques to create shadowing and to remove pigments. We have our eggplant teapot, where we let the colors bleed and formed a teapot that resembles the eggplant. We have a really cute be teapot where we created highlights. We created highlights in the center of the pot as well as the spout and handle, and created just a cute little face and image here. And then we have the whimsical teapot where we use lots and lots of layers to build up various patterns and colors. I hope youll try your hand at a watercolor teapot and poster work in the class project section or posted on Instagram with the hashtag watercolor teapot, and I'll take a look at your work. Thanks for joining me.