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Watercolor with Me : Falling Snow Holiday Cards

teacher avatar Jessica Sanders, Artist | Designer

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 3.

      Falling Snow Textures - One Color pt 1


    • 4.

      Falling Snow Texture - Multicolored pt 2


    • 5.

      Falling Snow Texture Results


    • 6.

      How To Draw a Snowflake


    • 7.

      Falling Snow - Card 1


    • 8.

      Falling Snow - Card 2


    • 9.

      Falling Snow - Card 3


    • 10.

      Project & Thank You!


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About This Class

Hi, I’m Jessica Sanders, a self-taught mixed media artist who loves exploring art and sharing it with you!

Let’s watercolor together!  In this beginner class, I will teach you 4 easy ways to create a falling snow effect in watercolor.  I will also teach you how to draw a simple snowflake.  Then, we will make 3 watercolor paintings that can be turned into holiday cards or be framed to be given as wonderful handmade gifts for your friends and family.


Painting falling snow in watercolor - 4 techniques.

Drawing simple snowflakes.


  • Watercolor paint
  • White gouache, white watercolor paint, or white acrylic paint
  • Salt
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • White gel pen
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint brush
  • Cardstock for card base
  • Water
  • Paper towel or tissue


There are so many great holiday/winter watercolor painting classes on Skillshare.  Here are a few that I am enjoying:

Ron Mulvey:  Celebrating With Light: For Every Occasion

Diana Nemesu:  Draw & Paint: Holiday Pets

Amarilys Henderson:  Watercolor Wonderland - Paint + Design for the Holidays

Yasmina Creates:  You Can Draw Christmas Cuties! Step by Step Cute Characters

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Jessica Sanders

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1. Welcome!: Hello, my creative friends Jessica Sanders Here of color Me creative art dot com Welcome to my skill share class. I apologize for my voice. I During the recording of this class, I actually caught a cold. I had to take a break and then now I'm coming back to finish up the videos. I really wanted to share this. What are color technique with you? So in this class, I'm going to teach you how to paint falling snow and how to draw some snowflakes. A really simple, easy way to make some pretty complex snowflakes. And we're going to make three paintings which could be used as greeting cards for the holidays for Christmas, or just for any time, that sort of you on a wintry, snowy kind of background. And so I hope you'll join me. Let's get started 2. Supplies: let's chat about supplies. So for supplies for this class, you will, of course, need your watercolor paints. You will need your paintbrushes, a variety of processes. Nice tohave around for painting, fan for splattering and ah, separate brush, maybe to use for the acrylic paint we may be using in this class, you will need a white joe pin Doesn't have to be Univ. All signal. But these are very opaque and really nice to use. You could use a jelly roll instead, or any white pin that you may have. You will need some alcohol. This is in a fine line bottle. It has a special tip, which lets it come out really slow, but you could use alcohol. It's just rubbing alcohol with a dropper or medicine drop or anything like that. You could use a white liquid watercolor or a white quash. I have a white acrylic paint that I have watered down. We're going to be using salt and you will need watercolor paper. I'm using a strap more brand £140 watercolor paper. The brand and everything is totally up to you. I do suggest, however, that you get the £140.300 GSM because it's just not going to work like other thinner papers will. And if you decide to turn your project into a greeting card, then you will need car bases and it's a phone take. Okay, let's get very first lesson. 3. Falling Snow Textures - One Color pt 1: so going to show you how to make some snowy textures in your water color and we're going to do Several different mediums were going to do salt, water and alcohol added to our water color. And then we're going to try three different whites and are same water color. And it is the bottom section will try some different colors for the top. We're going to use all one color. I'm choosing to use a really dark sort of Prussian blue. You can use the color that you choose, but just remember, because we're trying to make it look snowy, your car is going to need to be fairly dark. So I'm mixing a thick mixture. I'm I'm just picking a pigment and making a thick mixture of this really deep, really deep blue. That reminds me of night time, and I'm just going to lay down some color and I don't want it to be too wet, so I'm going to spread it out it down and spread it out. So what? I'm just simple Just to make a swatch is basically all we're doing. Maybe add a little bit more pigment to that. I want to be a little bit darker, so I'm going straight into my paint. And I'm not looking for perfect kind of thing here. Okay, so this is fairly wet, but they're no puddles, which is what you want. I'm going to go ahead and make another Swatch here. That one will soak in a little bit. But that will be OK. Basically, making these three difference watches again on a drop in really thick pigment at this corner. I just want to get an idea of how this is all gonna work together in one more swatch color . I don't like coloring in the lines so you can see I didn't put extra lines that could have made perfect squares or perfect circles. But I don't need to do that for this purpose. So I didn't You have to do what works for you. You can't do what works for everyone else. Okay, So for the first texture, we're going to add salt. No, I have what's called kosher salt, which is just a little bit bigger and say regular table salt, you could use sea salt, rock salt, just depending on the effect you want. And I'm just going to drop a little bit in there and little clumps, as you can see there. And then next I'm going to add water. So for adding water, I'm just going to use my brush. I've got it all cleaned off. It's just Clearwater now, but I don't want too much. So I'm gonna tap it off here on my cloth and just drop in a little touch of water that's actually turned out to be quite a big drop. Bigger than I expected. And it pushes the pigment away. Now, how wet your paint is affects how much it's pushed away. I'm gonna pick up a little bit more water, touching a little bit more in the same places. Okay, I'm just going to let that sit there for minute and see how it turns out. Next, I have my alcohol in the fine line applicator bottle. You could use a paintbrush or anything like that for this and again. I'm going to just want it to be small. Someone get that drop off the tip and drop it in. And for each of these, you get a different effect. Now this is starting to dry already, so it's going to move maybe a little bit less, but that's okay. It will still give us an idea of what the alcohol is going to look like when we put it with our paint. Now for this one, I have a puddle. So I'm just going to He's a thirsty brush and sort of pick up some of that pigment that's in that puddle there or excess, you might call it. I'm going to tap in more water because I feel like I'm not getting much in effect there. So I'm just going toe, tap it a little bit more and see what happens from there. Okay, now we're going to let this dry, and while that's drying, we're going to move on to the white. So we want to do the same thing we're going to lay in that thick, heavy color three swatches. I want three swatches because I wanted to be easy to tell which one I did, what you could put them all together. But that's not going to be very helpful later, when you come back to look at your reference to see how what kind of effects and textures you can get it. So that's nice. One way have three different kinds of white. We have white water color, Well, liquid white water color, which is the Hydra s. It's how I've labeled here, which is going to be stronger, I think, than just the white water color from the pan. And then we have white acrylic. Now, you could also use white glass, but I don't happen to have any, so I didn't I'm not doing this. Watch that today. But you could use it. And it would give you a similar effect as the white water color, but it will be a little bit more opaque. Okay, so those air Nice. Can I just I'm going to lift this up so you can see there aren't really any puddles here on this paper. It has a nice sheen, but no puddles. So you want to try and not put too much water down? Remember, you always pick up your color if you need to. If you have a drop, tap it on your cloth and then lay it down. Okay? This is already starting to dry. So let's put in with our rush Whitewater color. Just get quite a bit of that on my brush work to be nice and thick. I'm gonna drop that in here and see what kind of effect with I'm gonna drop it in this light. More or less more everywhere. Okay, that's white, thick white water color that sort of semi opaque. Okay, next we have Hydra s, which is liquid water color. We're just going to put a drop here. My palate. I know my pal. It's dirty, but that I'm not going anywhere with it. So just gonna pick it up with my brush and do the same thing as the white water color. Tap it in. It's a little bit thicker, I think. And if you drop it more than once in one spot, you're going to get a whiter center. So there's the white water color. Of course, this is going to dry, and so we want to see what it looks like when it dries. But for now, this is what we're doing. OK, I'm going to put down my watercolor brush and pick up a brush that I used for acrylic paints because I don't want to ruin my watercolor brush. If acrylic dries on there, it will be ruined. You can wash acrylic out. It won't hurt it, but when you're switching back and forth like this, it may be a good idea just to use a different brush for your acrylic just keeps you from ruining your brush. So I have some white acrylic, and I have watered it down here, so it's pretty thin. I wanted to be flowing like our water color paint, but it is acrylic base, so it has that different kind of medium. It's not going to move as much as your car. You know, I can rinse that brush out in my water. That's not going to hurt anything. You definitely do not want to leave Acrylic paint on your brush is it will dry hard and ruin them. Okay, so we have nice effect going so far. They're beginning to dry. We're going to see what different effects we can get. You can see the alcohol makes these really interesting circles, which kind of remind me like a Boca shapes and and the water does a little bit different, so let's let's let that dry and will continue here. While that is drying 4. Falling Snow Texture - Multicolored pt 2: and will continue here while that is drying and just try some different colors. So I'm going to try and figure out what you want me to try. Maybe you would like to see a lighter blue. Maybe it's a sunny your day. Maybe it's not nighttime and it's snowing. Maybe it's a little bit, um, not a sunny day, but maybe it's a snowy day, so let's try some blue. I've got some bright blue here and I'm going to drop in some turquoise because, hey, we lived her boys and I've got a pretty big puddle of or there. So I'm going to just spread that out a little bit more and maybe dropping a little bit more turquoise here and there, just for fun. Here we go. And then let's see, what color would you like to do here? Well, there are a lot of things going on in the winter. There's Christmas or holidays like Christmas so we could do sort of a red sea. It's about rid on my palate. That's kind of a pink red. I pretty much have very pinky reds here in these palettes, but I could add a little bit, uh, mm could have a little bit of yellow, But let's just put this down. It's It's a pink. It's pinky red. But it would be nice. Drop some more color in there and then I'll add a little bit of yellow. Sort of. Ah, Tunney. Warm yellow here at the bottom. Just a warm that read up a little there. Sort of like a nice fire. That's what this makes me think of. Okay, I can see that. This starting to dry. It just has a sheen there, no puddles or anything. So I'm going to go ahead, and I I'm just going to try this with salt. We'll see what the salt does. You sort of that mixed color. Here we go. Now let this dry a little bit and we'll pick another color. What color would you like to see? I'm I'm listening. I'm listening. I want to know. I'm like, How about purple? Do you like purple? Yes. And fabulous purples in this palette. It's kind of a really like and here's dark, darker, different blue or purple writer. Purple in the blue purple. Of course, you can use any colors that you choose. These air just the one that I'm choosing, so you can use whatever you like to try this out. But I do suggest that you try with whatever colors you want to use. So any snowy effects you want to get tested first because your paper and your paints will react differently, depending on what it is you're trying to do. Okay, so let's Dio I think if I use a white, hear that it's going to make it really pink. So I don't want to get a pink by adding an opaque white. So I'm going to try this one with the water, just like we did here and out of little drops of water. Here we go, and it pushes the pigment out. There's a term called blooming and watercolor, and they're actually intentionally causing your pain to bloom. When you do this, this one is still very wet, has a lot of kind of a puddle there, so I don't want to. Don't do anything to it yet. Let's go on to another color. How about a blue green? A green, the green? Any green? But that's luscious, but it's even better color if I add that dark blue in it. I love that. If I add this start blue to this sort of already in green. We can't like this really fabulous. Really fabulous color. I love it. Okay, That's just me. And my color crushes on a little bit more. We can add a little bit. Tilda. That would be fun. Just for fun. Okay, let that sit for a minute. Okay? Another color. Another color. What do we want? I actually have gray watercolor paint. Uh huh. It's still a little wet. I don't want to enter yet. What color have you? Sort of. How about just a pink peak? Like on operating? I have that opera pain sort of an opera canc. And this using these different colors and different sort of brightness is of colors. Will let us also see what shows up and what doesn't. So we'll just see what happens here. Cup another magenta kind of pink and add to that. All right. Looked a little white. There of the paper is nothing wrong with that. So for this one, let's do any when I do here, let's do salt again. No, let's do the white acrylic. Let's do the white acrylic. You see, it's not gonna turn this pink, so it's OK to put white acrylic or you could use a white water color. Tapping back into the same circles gives me more white. I feel like this gives you, like, really nice. No flick texture. I really like it. You like it. So now I'm looking at this alcohol and I want to try it here because I'm thinking it may not look snowy. Maybe it will look like backgrounds. No, but I think it will look like underwater something. So you know you have experiment. Wow. Really pushes that color, doesn't it? Okay, that's all I'm going to put there. And lastly, let's use the white water color because we haven't done that yet on our color swatches down here, I will use just the pan watercolor. We could use the hydrates, but, hey, this is pretty pretty dry already. So make it some little dots instead of spreading. Ouch. So that also gives you an idea of what happens when it's more dry. You get lose little small dots that still have the sort of snowflake effects, the spidery, veiny effects when it's more dry, and then when it's just slightly dry. Get these vain ing effects. Really, really cool. Which really, to me, looks like a snowflake in a distance. So really nice. Now we put water on here and it didn't seem to do much. The pigment was really strong there. So let's go ahead and you could see the effects from the water here. Hear, hear. But let's just try the hydrates there and just see what happens. It's pretty dry already. This part is not see. See how it went everywhere was pick up some more input in there just for fun. This is my colors watch. Okay, I'm going to let this dry a little bit more and then we'll compare it. I will be able to take the salt off, will be able to look at it a little bit more carefully and talk a little bit more about how we're going to do this now. 5. Falling Snow Texture Results: so now that everything is dry, we can brush off our salt. I just want to brush it off for a piece of paper. Just gently brush it on. Okay, so now that we have this all nice and dries very thoroughly dry, that's why I was able to brush off the salt. Um, you could see detective, different texture effects. So you have salt, water and alcohol. The three colors. Three different types of white, which is the white water color, the hydrates, watercolor and the acrylic. What kind of really like and how that acrylic looks as it moves more than I really expected it to. So that's pretty cool. Then. We just tried those same effects in different colors just for fine, because why not? And so now what I want to do is add snow that will be in the foreground. That would be closest to you. Now, this sort of already has this effect because this was almost dry when I put this on here, and the hydrates did not move so you can choose what you want to use. You can use your white acrylic. You can use your white water color or you can use your fluid. I'm going to use the hydra s and I'm just going to splatter a little bit on so but that they're my palate. It only takes a tiny bit, and I'm pointing is a fan brush because that for me is easiest for splattering. You can if you prefer more control, which I'm not sure if you prefer control if you would be in my class. But if you prefer more control, you can actually use your brush. You could use a small or you're a regular round brush, and you conduct it on here exactly where you want and depending on how much pressure you get, bigger or smaller, so you can keep that in mind. When I look at snow and icy snow, I feel like it's very random, like it doesn't fall in a specific pattern or anything like that. So I want to use the splattered. I'm going to use just a few bristles of my fan brush and tapped it, and that's going to give me snow that is more and focus and closer to me. I'm not going to cover my whole samples here because I want to be able to see what it looks like with less or more. But I think you can get the idea there. Okay, I've got my light. And remember, on this problem with having dirty palette So I'm gonna do some more tapping on these colors as well. And basically, that's how I would do snow, as in sort of a more natural looking snow that's falling. I think we can get some really gotten some really cool effects here. So now it's time to put it all together and get started on our project. Let's go. 6. How To Draw a Snowflake: one thing we're going to do in the process of making our snowy cards, projects, paintings is to actually use our gel pin. This is a white openness we talked about in the supply video to some doodling of snowflakes , and I'm also going to show you how to write the word how I would write the words snow as I am not a hand, Lederer or anything are a calligrapher for anything like that, so I will show you how I would do it. But first, let's talk about the basic shapes that we're going to use for our snowflakes. Oh, the basic shapes that we will be using a simple line circle we'll be using. We can take our line and make different shapes, but I'll talk about that in a minute. We're going to use sort of an arrow shaped. We can use triangles, and we're going to use sort of a diamond shape or are snowflakes. Now, Once you know how to do these snowflakes, you can make them as complex or simple as you choose. So very simple snow flight shape would just be to put a dot and then pull out in different directions. sort of like, if you are making a star in the galaxy painting, I would do sort of a similar effect. So this is one way. Or you could make it more definite by drawing definite lines. We just start a plus and then an X over the top of it. And you have a nice snowflake for a little bit more complex. Snowflake, let me move down. Let me move. Here, let me live here. I'm going to put a circle in the middle. Now you can fill the circle in, or you can leave it hollow. I'm going to then draw lines in that plus shape sort of long lines. Then I will draw smaller, shorter lines in the X shape that well that we showed. Okay, And you can leave it just like this. And you also have a nice snowflake or a nice star in case of a galaxy or nebula. So then I would just go from there. I would draw the same shape again. Maybe only this time I'm going to add to it. So I'm going to just add more circles. You just add more circles to it. That looks nice, nice. And frosty. There's another option. One thing about gel pin. You do have to go kind of slow and I was trying to speed up. Let's draw the same shape again, the same base shape that we used a minute ago. Only this time I'm going to use this sort of narrow shape. I'm going to turn it upside down, put it on the ends, my lines. I would go, and then I maybe I'll combine it with the circles. So I have all these circles and the shapes. And then these are all is you can see very simple to draw. Anyone can draw these just strong winds in the circles. Your Children could get involved in making these cars and drawing these snowflakes. So this time I'm going to add a little bit of complexity to this. So what I'm going to do is make my V shapes. I want to make V shapes here as well, or aero shapes serve a wide be and then I'm going to add to here to here, drawing a little line. I'm leaving a little space. It's up to you if you want to do that or not. That's just something that I like to do. And then I'm going to add my diamond shape, which is again just lines, not looking for perfection. We're not machines. We are people. We wanted to know that that would be that way. Now I'll draw little lines here. You could see there a little shorter. This is getting fairly elaborate, isn't it? Now, I could make some or of any of thes shapes. Let me do sort of a double V shape, aero shape. You have a really nice sort of expansive star. Now, if I wanted to go back in and maybe add even more little lines in between just to sort of fill it out a little hollow there. And I think I'll add a V shape here just below my diamond, and you could see how you can just continue and keep going. What if I added circles here? Just keep going and stop when you're ready to stop? Oh, fill in those circles. That's good idea. My been did it and I was like, Oh yes, perfect. You could also fill in your diamond shapes or any shape. So here's some basics of how you can actually doodle and draw your stars onto your water color. And then the other thing I wanted to show you was how I write with my gel pin. If you're a hand Lederer, then by all means just hand letter over your water color with the with the appropriate Inc . And you've got it. But I'm not a hand. Lederer and I haven't invested time and learning that yet. I may in the future, I don't know, but I kind of like just doing a handwriting and embellishing it. So we're going to right the word snow using my own handwriting in print. I'm going to write the words. No, no, I am writing very neatly. I'm doing my best to write neatly. I'm not the neatest when it comes to writing. That's okay. That's kind of what's actually beautiful about this is because you don't have to have perfect handwriting. You could just have fun with it. Okay, so what I'm going to do now, I have written the words snow is I'm going to just start building up the letters, for example, on this s I'm gonna bring this line out and make this a thicker, thicker at the top here and taper it off there. I like that effect may make it even a little bit more. Now, I don't have a very fine pin here, so it's not going to give me very fine lines. That's okay. And then I'm going to do the same thing here on this tale. Do that on the inside. I feel that color in and already it's getting a little bit, you know, fans here. So Okay, so I'm going to do the same thing. Basically, with all these letters is picking up some of the lines, not all of them. And just do it and have fun with it. That's what I say because there's really no point in making art if you're not enjoying it, because you're not gonna keep doing it. If you're not enjoying it, you're going to stop. So okay, now, for the W I'm going, I'm just keeping do the same thing. I'm making it wider at the top, keeping it more narrow at the bottom and filling it in with my gel pin. And yeah, there, I'm gonna thinking out just a little Yeah, actually, I like how this turned out. So I'm gonna think in this the bottom a little as well. And make that we'll go together now. You could keep going and adding embellishments and doing whatever you like this. But for me, this is simple, simple and nice. And I like it. And so I might I might just draw little snowflake at the end for fun. And that's how I would write a word on my card on top of my watercolor if you don't know how to him. Letter. This is a great way to do it. You just draw your letters, you build up shapes and you could do this, create a whole alphabet if you want to. But I worked very intuitively. And so for me, just writing the letter, seeing how it turns out and working from there and going from there seems to work really nicely and you end up with some great results. Okay, on to the next lesson, guys, I am excited 7. Falling Snow - Card 1: So for our first project, we're trying to keep it really simple. We're going to use one color of water color and then one type of snow. So let's just used this really deep, dark blue like it's night outside and I'm actually going to cover my whole section. Now I have taped off a four by four inch square, which is what will work for my card base. But if you have a different project, a difference a different size card base, feel free to type it off however you like, or you don't have to tape it off it all. It's just a personal choice. I just wanted to have the white edges a clean white edges around the square, and another thing to note is, to be sure, impress your take down. This is washi. Tape is a low tack tape. That's what you want, but you still need to press it down pretty tightly, gets the page so that it doesn't the pain doesn't go underneath the tape, so we're just going to start just like I did before in a corner, and I'm just going to Lord lay in a wash of this really deep color. And I wanted to be nice and thick pigment. If you've seen my what are color fruit lesson? We talked a lot about the thickness of the water color and which affects the value. And I want the value to be very dark. So I want my paint to be quite thick and I don't want to leave like a straight line. So I'm trying to hold my brush kind of flat so that I get sort of this rough edge. I want that. I'm gonna drop in a little more color over here. I'm not put putting too much water on my paper, making sure that I don't have a drip. So if you notice when you dip your water when you dip your brush in the water, it has a little trip on it. And if you just tap it off, if it has that drip that will keep you from having too much water on your paper, or you can just swish and brush it off. Just brush off that first big drop if you need to. Okay, I'm gonna keep going. I want this to be a little bit lighter here in this section that's just my personal preference. And then I'm gonna go back to dark in this corner, pick up some more. Okay. Again. Pretty light here and a little more pigment here. This is still wet. I wanted to be bits already starting to soak in and dry. So now what I want to do is I'm going to use my chart and decide what kind of backgrounds know that I want. And I really did. Like I want to add white, I believe. And then I will add a little bit of salt. I think so. Sort of going to be a combo of those two textures. So create a nice, frosty, snowy background. So I'm going to use just the white that comes with my watercolors, the white pan color that I have a nice thick I don't even need to make a puddle because I want to be really thick and just tap it in there. At this point, if you want to, you could splatter it to get a more random effect. But I think the tapping here at this point is pretty nice. Gives you a little more, and there used the word control. Okay, Now I'm just going to stop there. That's to me, I think Plenty. Maybe. Maybe because I can't help myself a slight tap so I can get some really small drops of that white in there. OK, now I'm going to let this strike. Now that this is completely dry, we're going to go in and add some more snow that's going to be closer to us, but still a little bit in the background. And the way we're going to do that is to use our less opaque white, which is going to be this white water color. So what I want then, is to, um, e needed Anita space. I need the space. Let me let me make a little space here for this particular white. There we go. Happens sometimes, right? Go. My palate is dirty their guests and going to create a thick mixture of this white. But this watercolor, it is much less opaque, much more transparent than, say, the liquid watercolor or the acrylic paint or the gua sh. So this paint, basically you could see through it and all I'm going to do is flatter it. So I could have used my fan brush, but I'll just go ahead and I have the paint loaded on my round brushed August do that? So this going to create sort of, ah light see through snow. And if you add even more water and it's even more see through and then I'm just going to stop, and then I feel like I can go ahead. Even though these drops air still wet, I don't think it will hurt to add the acrylics as an even less. This is going to be the snow right up to us like it's right in front of us. It's going to be much more opaque. You cannot see through it. And I can use my fan brush for that. This fan rush that I happen to use I use for acrylics or watercolor, whichever it's an inexpensive, really inexpensive brush. So got nice get of white acrylic fairly then Now, if I want bigger tops, then I need more water, and I want a little bit of your drops a little bit more water. But keep in mind the more water you add, the more transparent this acrylic white will become. And I won't just let the little slots okay, I'm going to stop. That's a lot of snow. And then I think I will splatter just a little bit of water on to sort of blur some of those little little spots of snow that we just made. Okay, I need to let the strike again. One word about drying your artwork. You can use a heat tool or a hair dryer, But keep in mind, the pain is going to dry differently if you let it just air dry. Then if you force it to dry with the heat cools, you decide what you like to do. It's OK with me. Either way, I prefer to let mind dry on its own. I'm sorry. I'm covering this acrylic. You don't want to leave the acrylic open because if it dries out, you can't re wet it, unlike the water color, which you can always re wet. Okay, we're gonna let this strike, and then I will be back. So let's distant doodling on this background now, and this one will be finished. You've already seen me do all of the basic shapes for this snowflake. So I'm just gonna take thes and I'm going to apply it to my watercolor. I'm just gonna speed this up. Since you've already seen me do all the drawing and you watch and then create your own version of a snow card, The first thing is to write the words No. - Now that this one's finished on to our next painting. 8. Falling Snow - Card 2: So for my second project, now I am going to again create a background that is quite dark. But this time I'm going to add in a little bit of other colors of blue, and I'm going to leave a space for a candle. I actually want this card toe, have a candle and so I don't want to draw because I don't want it. I want to be more loose than that. So I'm not going to draw it on there. But I'm gonna imagine and I'm going to just paint around where I think I would want the candlestick. And then it's going to be really a big glowy circle here of it where the light ISS and we can, you know, Justice says we need to kind of thing, But so rather than drawing like with a pencil or something, basically, I just drew in with paint sort free, handed it. Now I want to go ahead and soften this because I don't want a hard line. So I have a damp, lightly damp brush. I'm just going to go along that it's soft and soften that up with a really light touch, picking up a little bit of that pain too. What I want is sort of a glowing effect there. So I pushed that pigment out just a little bit. There we go. OK, now I'm going to continue While this is still all nice and wet with my really deep, dark blue I love love the sculler. If you don't like this color, then please choose a different one for your card. It's OK with me not going to fin me Hurt my feelings in any way. I want you to enjoy the process of painting. And for that I just believe you need colors that you love colors that you love Go ahead and lay in the start over here Really nice and thick again I don't want a solid line there and now I'm going to pick up a lighter blue almost picked up purple But I think I want the lighter blue, not purple It's sort of a cobalt blue little bit electric kind of color Just a little there and then go Go back to my deep, dark blue and kind of this all makes them together Good, Nice. I see that it's kind of encroaching here, so I'm going against soften that with her lightly damp brush and push that color album. I don't want there to be like a harsh line, okay? And tapping off my brush. Then I'm pushing it out. Create that soft effect. It's going to look like it's glowing when we're finished. I had a little bit more dark in here, a little bit of this blue on this side. I wanted continuity and my painting, so I want the to repeat the colors. Basically, repeating the colors helps a lot, and I'm just laying in more dark. So I want to be really dark and the candle to be really bright, and I'm going to soften this Ariel, so that is really nice. Okay, now we need to add snow. Don't way. So this time again, I want oh, you know who's going to insult? So now we need ads of snow to are really deep, dark background, and I'm thinking that I came here. I think this time I want to go with the hydrates a little bit more opaque, and I think this color will need that. So I'm going to go with this liquid hydrogen is and put dot just take so little of this concentrated water color. And now I want to pick some up with my brush, and this is going to be a big drop. So I kind of want to think about where I really want sort of a big snow where it's more wet . It's going to move more. This is this is really already starting to dry over here, so it's not gonna have a lot snowy Look in the background. Remember, you conduct in the second time where you're make that center a little bit more white. Now, I actually think that's probably maybe a little there. What I have learned about water color that that is doesn't seem to be true for me with other mediums is that it really requires restraint. So you kind of I feel like I have to hold back a little, so I'm tapping in a little bit so I can get some little small dots. That's probably more than I actually wanted. And now I'm going to stop and let this dry. Oh, actually, before I let this dry, what I can do is sort of at a shadow into the candle so I don't take a really watery mixture of the same deep, dark blue. But I wanted really water down. So it's barely any pigment and mostly water. Just going to give me a really light soft color and just going to add without even leave some white space here. This is a white candle. I'm gonna a little shadow here, though no touching the other color because I don't want to believe in together, but I want to just add some depth to this. So I'm just adding in what I feel would be something like a ship. This is all imaginary making it up as we go. But I think you get the idea. So now it needs to dry. Okay, so now we're going to paint a really nice light flame and our candles just going to be the idea that there's a flame there. My water had a lot of blue and bright colors in it, so I've changed that. And so I have nice, clear water. And you can guess that I tried mixing my yellow with the blue water and guess what happened . I had green paint murky. Okay, so there we go. When a nice, warm yellow I want to be sort of that mid consistency that we've done in in my fruit class . But if you didn't take that class, basically sort of a middle value of this yellow, I'm just going to touch it in really lightly here, sort of making sort of 1/2 the half shape of blame that I'm going to clean my brush, tap it off and just sort of soften this out. So we get sort of a flicker and then add a little bit here as if it's sort of a warm yellow glow. But not much. We don't want to look green. It's important. OK, and now I'm going to add a little bit of red orange to the base of this. Yellow is just going to drop that in just a little, just to give it that just a little bit of kick, go back and add a little bit more of that yellow in there also. So I kind of get that Warren G flame and I can see that this sort of forming a hard line. So I'm going to soften that with a lightly damp brush, push him out in and that's all you have to do. That's it. You've just painted the flame. Go down a little further over into the candle. You have a flame in your candle. Pretty awesome. Right now, we need to wait for the rest to dry before we can go on to creating more snow are candle is completely dry and I am loving it. And all we need to do is just like our other card. We're just going to add snow. So I'm gonna take my fan brush and pick up some white water color and I'm going to add lists. Snow on this one gets him getting some really lights, tiny dots again. If I wanted bigger dots, I need more water. I want bigger snowflakes anymore. Water A little bit more right there. Okay, that's it. Really just holding back there because I love to spot. So I think that's going to make a nice finish. The snow. And now we will let this drive once it's dry. I'm calling this one done. It's really beautiful. It has a great depth of color. It goes from darkest darks, toe lightest lights. The flame is inviting and warm, and I really think this is really awesome painted. So the last step for painting is removing the tape, and then we're going to trim it and put it on the card base. This is a pretty simple procedure. Basically, you want to pull your tape straight down. You don't want to pull at an angle, Really? Just pull straight down. And if you want Teoh. Since this is washi tape, you can actually save it. I can't. Do you have a spare piece of wax paper? You could save your tapes. Not going to be his tacky, but could you? You could use it in your art journaling or something like that if you like to, so I'll just speed through this part can. I'll be right back. Now I'm going to finish training so that will fit on my car days. I have a four and 3/4 inch size square card base, which is 12 point 12 about 12 centimeters Perseid. And so I want my water color to it on this car vase with a little bit of an edge, so I've trimming it a little smaller. Then the 4 3/4 inches, which I marked on my watercolor paper just so have a nice square water color, and you can use this as your card to touch to your card. Pace with a small edge around it. So I have my card base, and then you can just attach it to your card base. Using you could use a phone tape if you want to have a little spacing. Or you could use a double sided reposition, honorable tape. And then the person who receives your card has a little watercolor painting just from you that they can take and frame either with the car or separately in the front. So that's how I would put that all together. Don't forget to sign your artwork just so one of the puddle, and that makes it really personal. And it's an original piece of art for your friends and family and works great as any kind of winter card holiday card. It could be a birthday card, anything like that. So I hope you'll try this and I cannot wait to see your candle cards 9. Falling Snow - Card 3: so far. Third card background. We're going to just play. We're going to go all out with the color. We're going to go all out with the techniques we're going to mix and match. We're gonna add white and salt to create the snow. We're going to add alcohol. Were you just going to just have fun with it and see what happens? But I want to go with a different color than I did before. A more light and bright color. So if I look at my examples that I did, I could use any of these colors, but I kind of want to do his mix of blues and maybe add in some pink with that, and this is gonna be sort of a more whimsical background of snow. But I think it would be a lot of fun that way. So let's try that, and I probably will still add in the dark at the edge. But I think that I will start with the blues. I'm going to start with the bright blue that I put in the 2nd 1 and put it in here. There we go and sort of randomly laid in again. I don't want hard edges in line, so I'm using my brush into sort of a flat way. I'm kind of going to do that and weigh in that color. Next, I'm going to lay in some teal, and I want this all to stay wet and working on dry paper. But I want. Once I went it, I wanted to stay wet. So trying to add plenty of that plenty of water to it as well, not so much that it's a giant pedal like I probably have a little too much water there. Mr. Boies is rather opaque. And then let me see. I'm going to go for the pink now groups going for the pink now, which I don't know if you can see me and see that copter here, this really bright, vibrant sort of opera pink that we use before and put that in here. It's going to go purple, the edges, which is kind of perfect, and this is sort of like maybe a galaxy or a nebula. But it's just a fun, fun color combo. I think you used the colors that you love, just like I said before, it's really important that you use what you love, because you if you don't enjoy it, you're not gonna keep doing putting that dark around the edges, not going around all the edges just because I I just don't want to be that way. And now I'm just sort of gonna bounce from color to color a little bit and add some in here and there wherever I want to strengthen a certain color matting that really quick. I am moving kind of quickly because again, I don't want this to dry. Add It's more of that turquoise there. A little more here, bring it up in there so it can mix on the paper. Okay. Actually love this, and I'm so this I'm stopped. I'm trying to see them if I need to let it sit for a minute. Oh, you could also tilt your paper. We haven't talked about that. Really? But you can. Okay, I'm going to let it sit for for just a really short time before I add in white. And actually, I think before I add in the white, I'm going to add an assault. So I wanted to look frosty, so I'm going to add in salt here more salt here and notice. I'm not putting salt everywhere. I just want to accent it. I just want some accent, accentuate and sort of, you know, the the I little. But there we go. So that's plenty of salt again. It's that exercising restraint and just taking a moment to take stock of where you are and what is happening. Okay, I really like this hydrates, so I'm going to go back. I still have it out. Pick a little bit up. It's really pretty thick and drop something again. You could use water if you prefer. Even put some over here by the salt. You could use white water color. You can use water. You can use liquid watercolor like I'm using. You could use acrylic paint and may also add in some acrylic paint. Here. While I'm doing this, don't dip your paintbrush in the salt. That's not a good idea, almost to touch us now and more quite a few snowy places. It's really wet here in this corner, so it's just really spreading out a lot. Here it's more dry, so it's not really moving very much. Remember, you could tap back into the same spots to add them extra bit of white. Then it looks more like hazy. I think it's just kind of cool drops in there. So I almost said, with the snow, Okay, so now I'm going to switch to my other paintbrush and add in some of that white acrylic because I really light. They liked this effect that I got here. It's very concentrated in the middle and small and sort of tight to my like that snowflake flipping. Remember, I have thinned acrylic paint. It's then with water, and I have a brush specifically that I would use for acrylics. If you use your watercolor brush, then be sure, environments it immediately. You don't want to ruin your brush. Tap off a little bit of that color, and now I'm going to actually add this to the center of some of these places were put the hydrates, tap it and add some. They're on the corners. I'm just kind of really Now I'm just using this, the sort of emphasize where I already had snow and actually I think I think I'm stopping there because remember, we're going to come back and splatter this later after its drive so I'm going to stop there . I really love how this looks right now, and I believe I will love how it looks when it to write. So So this painting is now completely dry, and we can take our our snow ourselves off. We're just going to brush it off, just like before I could see that it's blue. Actually, I'm trying to think of a way to use assault What you've done with watercolor, I'm wondering if you could just wet if use a paper and then put this colored salt stone on the paper and what effect it would have? I don't know. That's an experience for another day, but it's pretty, pretty fun idea that think of if you know what it would do. Hey, that's something we can talk about in the discussion section. That would be really cool. Some trying to get all the salt office stuck down pretty pretty well. Okay, so I have nice. I see texture here on this card, really liking it. I love the color. And actually, all I want to do is add snow to this card. So because I love the color, I just want the color to be the star and the snow. So let's just do that. So I'll go back to my fan brush once again and splatter snow. Um, I think, actually, I will use the hydrates for this one is because it's stronger and it's okay if it's mixed with the pan. Watercolor. Doesn't matter. They're both watercolor. It's a little bit thicker, so I'm interested to see how that's going to play out here. Gonna pick up a little more water. Now this white is showing up even on the brighter, lighter colors. So in all honesty, this could be either a galaxy or snowfall. And I wanted to be a little bit more, um, fuzzy, Have a little bit fuzzy. A feeling so I'm going toe splatters more water in some of these places and kind of let that thank flow a little bit, not seek the white water colors. What I'm talking about, I didn't use any on this. I haven't used any except in the first project. Okay, I think that's beautiful. And this could be either galaxy nebula or really, I see snowy kind of thing. So it's very versatile. This this technique, I guess you would call it and I'm just loving it. Okay, So I'm going to let this dry, and then I will come back and do the unveiling for you. And if we so less but certainly not least have my really colorful, snowy I see background, and I'm just going to draw some snowflakes on it as well. You could do a lot of things with this. You can leave it at as is, and add some words or text you could write. Merry Christmas. Happy holidays. Use it for birthday card. I'm But I just think it would be really pretty if I just threw some snowflakes on there. Maybe some of the larger, more complicated ones. And so let's just see how it works up. - Okay ? I'm finished with this, like, great looks and I'm stopping right there. 10. Project & Thank You!: Thank you so much for joining me for this watercolor class. We're painting falling snow. I hope you enjoyed your experience painting and you will share with me your paintings and your drawings of snowflakes in the project section. I can't wait to see them. And if you enjoyed this class, please don't forget to leave a review and follow me as so you can see what I have coming up next. Thank you so much. I'll see you again soon. Bye bye.