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Watercolor with Me: Loose and Sketchy Abstract Blooms

teacher avatar Jessica Sanders, Artist | Designer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.



    • 3.

      Drawing Sketchy Bloom Shapes


    • 4.

      Swatching Colors


    • 5.

      Sketching Blooms


    • 6.

      Painting Abstract Blooms Part 1


    • 7.

      Painting Abstract Blooms Part 2


    • 8.

      Painting Abstract Blooms Part 3


    • 9.

      Painting Abstract Blooms Part 4


    • 10.

      Project & Thank You


    • 11.

      Fun and Fancy Flowers


    • 12.

      Bonus 2


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Let's paint beautiful abstract blooms!

In this class for any level, we will explore painting abstract blooms in a loose and sketchy style.  Think of this as a paint-a-long class! 

After chatting about supplies,  I’ll share some sketchy techniques and the colors we will be using in this class. Then, I will walk you through the real-time sketching and painting of some beautiful, vibrant, loose watercolor blooms! 

 We will enhance our watercolor skills while focusing on enjoying our exploration of watercolor!

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Jessica Sanders

Artist | Designer


Jessica Sanders

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1. Welcome: Let's paint some loose and abstract watercolor blooms. How low My gran Friends Jessica Sanders here, welcome to my channel in this class for any level, will paint some sketchy, loose abstract blooms with watercolor. Now we're going to keep it light and fun and easy, and that will cover all the steps for you As we go first, I'll share some techniques for creating some sketchy bloom shapes. Then we'll go over colors for the pencils and the water colors, and then we'll go straight into sketching and painting our loose abstract blooms So I will demonstrate for you in real time how I created this painting and I'll share with you. Tips and tricks along the way will keep it loose. Fund sketchy and exploratory. The point of this class is toe. Have fun with our water colors, so I invite you to join me and let's paint some beautiful abstract watercolor blooms 2. Supplies: supplies for today's class. Our basic watercolor supplies, plus a couple of additions. So I have a sketchbook, a watercourse catch book. It has two types of watercolor paper in it has a smooth surface, and it also has a cold press textured service. This happens to be £110.230 GS in. You can use your own sketchbook, or you can use individual sheets of watercolor paper. The main thing is to make sure that it is fairly thick. I wouldn't go below this. 110 really is your paper for your war. 110 £140 watercolor paper. Cold press is kind of what I'm going for here. I also have my mission. Goldwater colors 36 color sex to hear all the water colors, Plus I have want, we won't be using all of these colors and feel free to use the brand that you enjoy. You also need a cloth for tapping off and drawing your brush. You'll need water one or two jars. I have a selection of brunch brushes from large to small that are made for watercolor, so they hold water and color nicely and I have watercolor pencils and just a regular pencil . You may also want to try out some metallic watercolors or have low tack tape to tape off the edges of your paper. But these are very optionals, plus. All right, let's get started. Ah! 3. Drawing Sketchy Bloom Shapes: in this class, we're going to be making some really sketchy blooms shapes, and I want to show you with a pencil and the watercolor pencil. I use a variety of colors, but for this example, I'll use the dark blue colors. The first shape we will make with different colors is just a sketchy oval, and so it can be different sizes, and I'm overlapping and holding it all the way. The end of the pencil. I want to be really loose and sketchy. Now, if you do this with your pencil, it's going to show pencil lines. The other shape was a simple s'more circular outline, so those were the two simple outline shapes with the watercolor pencil. It's going to dissolve a little bit if you go over it with water color, but you may still see the lines. So we did those two sort of shapes and you notice also it picks up the texture of the paper . Okay, next shape a swirly roses and again we're being really loose and sketchy, and I start with sort of a spiral and go out and then really wobbly and twisting and turning my pencil, and I may go back across the middle and loop around and make it really sketchy, and it kind of looks like a rose, so I'll do another one of those for you. I let it be wavy. You may have fewer lines than that. It could be wavy and loose. So let me show you with this pencil with watercolor pencil, it's gonna have a little different color effect. And if you wet the pencil as we may do, I'm twisting and turning here. Now that's a little wonky. It doesn't matter, right? I can just make my flower bigger. I didn't go back over the middle of that one like I did with the's. Remember, this will dissolve if you put water over it. It may still show a little bit, so let me do another one. I'll do just crazy, curvy back and forth kind of swirly lines. And it's interesting how it looks like a rose, even though it's super easy to drop. Okay, so that's how you do your your drawing. If you want to incorporate that into your paintings for this class, 4. Swatching Colors: I'll give you a color sample of the colors will be using in this class. So let's start with our watercolor pencils. You can use them dry or dip them in water, and you can always use them with the brush, so that is rose pink. Next is light violet. You are going to see the texture of the paper with ease, just part of it. There we go like violet spectrum blue. These are dipped. It first groups the These are very. These are Darwin brand now it's dry, so a little bit more water there. There we go, and then mineral green, the's air fairly dark. These two are dark, these to light, and I used them both wet and dry in our in our painting. So I used my mission gold pains, and I used Red Violet, which is innkeeper Bull. I used to write opera Super Prank, and I used crimson like Now you may hear me refer to it in the video as Rose Matter. Rose Matter is a little bit more reddish color. This one's a little bit more toward Purple Side, and I also used peacock blue plus in to go. I'll need to write that Dale, but plus in to go there gave me a nice dark for the centers for our second painting. What I'm calling fun and fancy flowers in base I used the peacock blue plus Floridian which gives me a nice teal color peacock blue plus for Indian. A little more variety in a little more p hot blue until you get the turquoise you're looking for. Here we go. That's nice right there. So I used that. It's peacock blue Plus for idiot mixed together I'll do a little got blue and for Eddie in here There we go. And I used Crimson Lake again. I think I referred to it as Rose Matter, But just keep in mind I actually is crimson like And then peacock blue plus Floridian plus in to go So that created this really bluey blue color here is pick up blue plus for Indian Plus and to go 20 to be able to see the different colors. It was quite a bit more blue than the other colors to create sort of a neutral blue color. So here we go. That's sort of the way that turned out. All right, you can use any mix of greens for either painting and just have fun with that. I really want to encourage you. Just have. If you don't have watercolor pencils, that's OK. Use a graphite pencil. It's not quite the same effect, but it's still fun. You can use color pencils for this. They're just not water soluble. So work with what you have or go crab use. Um, watercolor pins is they're pretty fun to try this technique with. 5. Sketching Blooms: today, I'm going to start out in my sketchbook. As I said on the textured side of the paper, this sketchbook has a su cide and a textured side. So both of these pages for the smooth and both of these are texture. I'm going to start here with this texture, and what I want to do is create just some abstract bloom shapes. Now this is just for fun and enjoyment and for playing and learning about our colors. And I thought it would be fun if we started with some watercolor pencils as a sketch, as a little bit of sketching just a warm up. And, of course, if you prefer you can use a graphite pencil for this. I'm going to be using really like colors. Well, I do have the starker blue, but probably focusing on these two light colors. I have rose pink and light violent, and I want to just do a little sketching with these Now, remember, because Thiers are watercolor pencils, they will dissolve in water if you're using normal color pencils, but you could do you'll just have the lines left over. This may still show some lines I would to see what happened. I'm just thinking of sort of Cem semi circle ish shapes, So I kind of just want just a collection of ours. And this is just for fun. I'm just going to fill the page, kind of. I may not even do the shapes everywhere. And if I go over the lines extra to me, that's even better. So here, as you can see, just sort of oval ish shapes who are actually really like having those multiple lines feel like you, because I've said many times before you see the history of your painting that way. So that's the violet. Now let's do some with the circle and huh, some with the rose. And I'm gonna make those a little bit more circular and just I'm thinking, I guess, Ah, flower spread. That really doesn't have to be that way. And these circles air definitely far from perfect, And I did three. Maybe I'll do some smaller ones here and there, and this by no means restricts me from painting anywhere else on the page. It's just a way to get started for free. Just thought it would be fun to Dio uh, I feel like Maybe there's one of these shapes behind there. So now it's become a layered sort of that oval shape behind news pink wants. And we can take our green and add in some leaf shapes if you want. Very sketchy. I'm holding my pencil very loosely going for abstract loose painting. And if this mixes with the pink well, it's going to create some neutral neutralizing. Is there anything wrong with that? No. All. And I'm just creating just a marks here. Not really even leave shapes, but I feel like that looks kind of pretty. So far. Right. Okay, so that's all I'm doing now with the pencils. And I'm just now going to paint. 6. Painting Abstract Blooms Part 1: each of my flower shapes. I'm just going to put multiple colors. I just thought it would be fun to play an experiment. So in the purples, I'm going to have a range of purple colors, purplish pink colors. So I'll just start here. And that's nice, bright and dark. So let me go to a opera pink. This is a violent, so opera pink, and now let's see make it even a little bit more toward the red by using Rose Matter here, and I'm just going to fill in the rest of shape with water. I want this to be nice and flowing in moving, so I think that's pretty fun. Now. I kind of have an idea, maybe of were light may be coming from This is a light area, so I kind of want to keep that in mind when I'm making the other flowers the other flower shapes. I'm going to start again with that red violet. Nice and dark and deep go to my opera pink, saying color I use before putting it next in line and then to that Rose matter here and then filling this in with water. Now I have a lot of water here because I wanted to flow. You may need to use less water in your sketchbook. That's something that you kind of have to learn as you go. How does your particular product you're particular paint, paper and paint work with one another? That's really pretty. I'm super excited now. Wow, it's looking cool already. Okay, here's Thea other purple one. So back in the same color scheme, that red violet there putting that opera in the middle Now this is pretty saturated paint. It doesn't have a lot of water in it. I'm taking it straight from the pan to the paper without going to my palette first notice. I'm also making sort of a V shaped with this bright color in the middle. It just reminds me of a flower to do it that way and then filling in with the water here, letting that paint flow and move within my shape. Maybe my pencil lines will show up, and maybe they won't. It doesn't matter to me. Now we have this background flower, but if you notice it's touching these others and I kind of want to let them dry a little bit before I work on this same color flower that's in the background. So rather than going here straight to the middle, let's work on the lighter pink ones. Now for this, I want to go a little different. I turned my paints around here, so maybe you can see a little better Look at my water. That is fabulous. Okay, so I think what I would like to do is play around a little bit with the opacity. And so to do that, I'm going to put out some of my white wash and I'm going to take this upper pink. And I'm just mixing it in with that, like, wash a little adding a little more water than I did before. So that's an interesting pink. It's a little not my favorite. So let me add a little bit of Rose matter in there and see if we can get a pink. That's has that sort of Matt looking finished with the quash. Here we go. I like that color so we can use thes two pinks actually together. So this is the opera and the rose matter mixed with the white quash, and we could always add a little bit more. It's going to add opacity. Make it where you can't see through the flower quite as much. Now this one is more circular. I'm still going to start with that darker color. Go to my lighter color here in the middle and then circle around with water and I'm looks like I leave. I would leave a little white here and there in that one. It's going to have a little different effect that's going to belt. Go with the other flowers because I'm using the same colors of paint so all tied together in the end. So you pick up more of that darker color. That's the Rose matter mixed with the white wash. Can you go and go for the other ones? Now? This is dry here, I can see. It's not a shiny words touching the circles of not worried about it. Place putting that in picking up that lighter color. There you've been makes a little more. It's a pretty like milky consistency. It's not a super watery mix, so do this and fill in around the circle. Now if they touch and run into each other and overlap and that's what you want That's OK. I just didn't want this running around crazy together. I'm leaving those white spaces. I think they look nice and adding a little bit more of this stark so it can move around a little bit more. I think that looks nice. So that's pretty pretty cool looking flower. Can we have one here again? I have this really dry edge. So if I want them to run together, I'm thinking about doing that here. I may want them to run together here just to blend out and create more of a connection within the piece. So let me go back to my Rose Matter plus whitewash, making it a little bit darker this time, which is a little bit more of the Rose matter. And let's go here on the dark side. Well, sh Look at that pretty pretty color. I love that. Okay, then I'm picking up the lighter opera with cough. Here we go. And putting that next, I will let those run together, but I'll do it with the water. So I'm wedding my brush. I'm not getting all the color off of it, and I'm just going to make that circular shape and overlap there a little bit. And I'm going to leave a few little areas there that to be more there, so can lead and run together. And I think I'll actually drop in a little bit more of this red violet here and more of that offer with white, covered up that white spot. But I still have that in the middle. I'm kind of happy with now. You may be able to see some of the brush strokes and all that is perfectly for now, I have a few little white, small white circles. E. I kind of want to bring in this other color of the violet. Maybe I'll mix the violet with the quash and see what we get. That's pretty cool. A little bit darker. Do we want a darker? Do you want it lighter? That's the question. Maybe a little dark, a little dark, maybe even one here and very watery for this. This is the opera mixed with the white, making a little circle. Now, remember these air abstract? I'm gonna add a little bit to some of these. Just a line, A little extra mark. Just make him a little bit more substantial. Okay, Very good. Now I'm going to go back to this center, which is our purple violet color, And I'm this time going to stay a little bit darker. So I'm going to really go dark here now, these air still a little bit wet, but they're not going to run too much. And I'm going to actually go around that here. I'm filling in this area, and it really highlights that light edge. And I'll just do that a little bit because it's like a little flower. We don't want to be perfect. All right, I'm making that even a little bit. There we go. Now, go to our up rock. Great. And put that right in the center. Now this one's kind of behind. So I'm going to use less, less color, less my saying I'm not going to use less color. Going to use more darkness is what I'm trying to say. I want to be darker than the others. The others air in front of it. I can even bring in a little bit of our opaque color. I want this to be more of a smooth shape. It was pretty nice. I think they're going to bloom together, and that's all good. That's a little too much picking that up a little. I want to be darker, but not quite that much. Okay, so we have some nice floral shapes, little flowers, I think I want to add some water around some of these, Just like a little bit of flowing around them. If that makes any sense, it'll and then I want to add some splatters of the opera. And I'm at some splatters. Also of the violet. Yes, some are going on my flowers and they're not dry. So there one is going to move a little bit. And I'm okay with that. If you don't want your colors Siplin together, Now is the time to let it drop. 7. Painting Abstract Blooms Part 2: But if you're like me and you don't mind if those colors one together, then it's time to start painting your green. Your lower your green leaves. Okay, now I'm leaving. Still using this Pinkwater, which is going to neutralize my green a little bit because they're opposites on the color will and that is okay by me. You can use for your leaves a green. You can use blue, you can use yellow. You can use blue green whatever. Just use what works for you. Kind of going to be put in their area and use multiple colors in one leaf and even see these air very loose shapes. I'm just dragging my brush along, and it doesn't have to fill them everywhere, but I just kind of want that still in there. I do, kind of like having multiple spots there. So just dragging my brush in the leaf shape. Whatever color green I just happened to pick up, that's the color of music. You could be more meticulous and put your greens in certain spaces and areas. Now will my pencil lines show up? Maybe, Maybe not. It doesn't matter to me. Remember, they are water culprits Also, they might move. Just put relief shapes in there and just press down and pull your brush. It's pretty, pretty simple. Do a little tapping. No, I'm going to do a little green slaughtering. Yes, it may get on my my flowers, and it also might make the color change a little. I can't. I'm OK with that. I'm going to put some little dots. Just want some little green dots. You're in there some different colored ones. They may or may not be connected. So keep in mind, this is not meant to be an extensive watercolor lessons designed to be a creative play. Time to get to know your colors more, see how they work together, play around with floral shapes and composition, and you could create a finished piece from that. But this is not really about that. This is about enjoying the process of painting. It's kind of what I call a watercolor one shot, where we're not really focused on finish work or focused on learning and creating. I think now I want to add some centres types of things to thes flowers, and there's still a little bit wet, so I'm going to let those dry and then I'll come back 8. Painting Abstract Blooms Part 3: So now my pages dry and you can see that I have some buckling there, but it doesn't hurt anything. I could just use a cliff toe, hold it down, and then, after the pages dry for a while, it's a little flatten out. You could always use heat like put a cloth over it and iron and that sort of thing. But for past sketchbook, I don't need to do that. I have gotten clean water, and I've decided what to do with these flowers is to make some petal shapes and so abstract petal shapes, adding a little bit more details to the leaves in a little bit to the flowers. Now this is going to be less than we did. So the thing with water colors, you kind of like you can start with something larger, a larger shape, and then you can add little details on top in those little details. Make a difference. So let's just add some petal shapes and we're going to use the same colors we used before. We'll use the dark colors in the dark areas and the lighter colors in the wire areas, but we're going to leave it mostly open. So I'm using that red violet. I'm. This time I'm adding a little bit more water. Just I don't need a heavy coat. This time. I needed to be more watery. It's going to be a second layer. It's going to darken it anyway. Soundness loose, watery mix and a swipe of a flower shaped petal shape. Some you putting down the tip of my brush and it becomes the tip, the pedal of the flower in just a few of those shapes. And that's it. A little bit of water here. So it kind of is cupping there, that area, and I'll just repeat the same process for all of these just creates some petal shapes. Now, some of these edges you could soften, or you can make them larger, smaller, totally up to you again. These are abstract these air, not literal hours. We're painting the idea that we have some flowers here. I feel like that gives nice shape. Now I'll do a little bit darker for that center flower, which means less water, and I don't like this really rough edge. Here's I feel like she go smoothly around there. Then it's just gonna make this petal shapes here, so that means this flower is in front of this one. But this this one is in front of that. So these two were in front is essentially what I'm trying to say, and I think I'll just also go around that edge a little bit and just create more of, Ah, shape there so you'll be able to see some of these brush strokes, and some of them won't be so noticeable. But it adds a little bit more texture. One more to dio. Same red violet. Just enforcing, reinforcing that shape. Nice. I like it. Okay for thes three R P Clowers. I am going back to my go wash mixed with opera and picking that up. That's the color will be using again and adding a little bit more water gives it just a little bit more mad. Effect toe have that quashing. Their less light is reflecting through the paper, and I'm going to create almost like a rose shaped pedals. But just a few. So what you do is just curve your brush around. Just make a few little petal shapes, so it's almost like a C shape, fatter in the middle for lack of a better term. I kind of like that. I believe that and go for the next one. Same thing. So pressing young in the middle of that stroke to make it wider and then putting that tip down. They're just return eyes, petal shape, and then do that on the inside of that area. And here they don't have to be perfect, getting a little smaller and kind of see shapes in the middle. So kind of gives us the idea. Kind of a rose shaped. This one is sore behind, so just do couple strokes go these air. Fine. Like these air already. I feel like they're great. I do want to dark in some of the leaves a little bit, so I'll go in with a sap green a little bit more depth can. If he's run together a little. I'm okay with that. I'm just going in that area there. No, I don't want that white There, for some reason, is bugging me. Feel free to leave like there if you want to. You here. Just adding just a few darker leave shapes. Just creating depth there. Quick strokes, Smaller strokes doing less than we did before. It may just dark and once already their over the top or you may added newly. I don't like how that looks so softening at all, right? I think that's pretty cool. Pretty happy with that. I want a little bit bigger splatters, though, so I'm just going to pick up that same color that we used. Actually, let's do the opera that's mixed with the white, and I've got a whole lot on this and I'm gonna tap it hard to create some big splatters. And yes, it's flattering into that green, and it's going to push the pain around. Okay, So don't worry. If you don't want that, don't splatter. So okay, you don't have to splatter is just something I enjoy doing. Now I feel like these dark ones need a little bit of contrast, and they're like like, there's something going on in the center. So what I'm going to dio is take my red violet, which I already have over here and mix ends and peacock blue. Or you could use another kind of blues just going to make a really dark color, maybe a little bit more. My pilot, there see how really dark that is. A dark purple core, dark blue kind of want to lean toward the blue? No, maybe not that much. So just mixing on the floor here, There we go. Purple eople A movie you may have a color that you want to use are ready. I think I also want to neutralize that a little bit. So I'm going to pick up a little bit this into go. Yeah, you could put a little bit of yellow which want to be darker and deeper there. Okay, I'm just going to I'm a little scared. I have to admit, that's such a dark color. I'm going to use a very watery myths of it. So because I'm unsure rather than going ahead and going for the really deep, dark color, I'll make a watery mix of that color and put it in there so I can see how it looks before I go further. So I just wanted to be just a little bit went right in there. I actually might be enough to create the sense that this is a center of a flower. Maybe, And I can add a little bit darker. I have quite a puddle there. So it's going toe. Be like a blue me kind of thing. Just a little bit darker. Thanks. Me? Feel better? Maybe have that call for a little bit. Do you kind of see that shape down in their This would have lost its shape of color and sorry. Dry. So let me go back with that bit darker color still mixed with the white to create that texture, Add some. We don't need too much detail, but I just want a little little center here. Drop in that darker because it makes me happy. Right? Okay, Now I'm going to let this dry before I continue. The last step will be that Just add a few details. 9. Painting Abstract Blooms Part 4: so that layer is all dry Before we continue, I want to point out a couple of things. One is that you can see pencil marks here here for the leaves. But you don't really see them much for the flowers because I went over the flowers quite a bit more than I did the leaves. So that lets that pencil show through. And I'm going to take advantage of that by using my pencil a little bit more. So I have my green pencil. I'm going to dip it in the water, and I'm going to make some lines very sketchy. And it's kind of like a stim for these little flowers and feel free to use your water color for this if you want. I kind of also want to add some leaf shapes there, and here's a little stem. So I'm just sketching in a little bit and making it a little bit more textural and just creating just a different look to it, that's all. It's just experimenting and flowing and trying out things and dipping it. It's kind of fun here making different colored leave ships so you don't have to put it everywhere. I'm kind of putting it in each section That's not required. So I'll do that. And next I'll take my pink and dip it in the same water. And I'm just going toe, go around my flowers here in that scribbling circle like we did before. But this time my pencils wet. So that's going to make a little difference. It's going to make it a little darker, a little bit more flowy, maybe, and it's also adding water to the paper because I have water on this and see how flat that tip is because it's dissolving. And so I can't think that's kind of cool I'm not worried about. I don't want to do it on these just these larger ones. I like the way that looks, maybe even a little scribbles. Kind of almost a spiral scribble on the inside looks kind of nice, okay, and then I'll do the same with my purple, except I'm just going to scribble up around a little bit instead of going around the whole circle. Since adding a little bit of texture, it's going to be a little lighter than a lot of the paint that I used, but thanks kind of fun. That's that's the whole thing. I I'm having fun with it, and I That's kind of what the goal here is to have some fun. Now this one's kind of the little difference. I'm just going to to some scribbling on the inside there, and then this one, he said. I have quite a bit of water and is a little lighter than that. So that's kind of cool. I think for sort of the last step will take our white Posca pin. You can use your whitewash for this, but I find the penance nice, fun and easy to use and have a few little dots in here just to create a little bit of interest. Maybe a little bit of Kerr venous. I'm tapped out because I want them to be more spread out. Not so not like a little line, but more blended in. If that makes sense, right, more dots tap those because that one's further away also topped those. I could add a little bit of my life from some believes to a little bit of that same sketchy drawing for the leaf shapes that we did before. Now we may pick up a little bit of that color. That's okay. Just creating some interest there. Who said very sketchy and loose. This needs one more thing. So the last thing I want to put on this page is the word flowers or blooms or something like that. I think I'm going to go for the word blooms, and I want to sort of make it where it's if I make mistake, I can remove it. So what I'm going to do is start with my light pink. Now you could use a pencil, Remember? You don't have to use watercolor pencils. I'm just enjoying playing with ease. And I thought you might like to do to. And I'm just going to neatly in my own neatest handwriting. I'm not a calligrapher. I'm going to write the word bloom just kind of big and in cursive, because this is just a guide. I want to put this word in the actual Darfur color of the pain. So there, two ways I could write this word. I could write this word with this very fine liner brush or with my dip in now. I didn't include the dip it in the supply lives because I'm not going to use this today. I just want you to know it's an option. I want to give you as many tips and tricks as I possibly can, and I'm going to go to my and I dont do the rose matter color and pick up thick mixture. But it has to still flow. So I'm dipping water, and it would always test that flow on the scrap piece of paper. You don't want a drop on there, so top off the edge if you need to. And this is again. I'm just going to use my own best hand writing, and it's not going to be perfect by any means. But it's just going to be fun. This is just cursive, right? You don't have to be a calligrapher to do lettering in your journal. You really don't. And because I like to do it, Bush and I will finish this off a tiny bit, splattering here at the bottom. No, I said a tiny bit turned out to be more than I planned, but that's OK, and a big drop of water kids that colored water is going to dry like a water splatter. All right, So there we go now we have are finished sketchbook page. We did it in layers. We used some interesting and fun techniques with our pencil by sketching they always get. Then we layered our water color in different washes. We used three colors for each bloom, plus the center. Then we added another layer to create a petal shapes on each of the flowers. We worked on leaf shapes, abstract belief shapes to sort of create a frame around our flowers. And then we added a little bit of texture with a white paint pin with our watercolor pencil dipped in water. And then we added our word, and I think it's a really nice, colorful page. It makes me happy. It was fun to paint, and I hope you've enjoyed painting along with me today. 10. Project & Thank You: thank you so much for joining me. I hope you'll try out this composition. Try out playing by adding the three colors to your shapes and just see what you come up with and see how much fun you have and try out your watercolor pencils. That would be fantastic. Hope. Youll share that with me in the project section. Don't forget to leave reviews. That helps me and other students know whether they're interested in this class or not, and I'll see you in the next class by 11. Fun and Fancy Flowers: so as a bit of a bonus, I thought we would paint some flowers in a vase using this sketchy, loose approach. Now remember, this class is about abstract blooms were not trying to be realistic, so I really wanted to get loose and free with this one. So I started out by making circular shapes of blue and then going around those with water to create some flow. I'm also leaving some gaps of white, and there now you can find all the colors in the swatches section. If you're interested, I'm letting everything move and flow together. That's the purpose of water. At the same time, I'm thinking about the composition now. I haven't drawn anything on this page, but I have in mind that I'm doing a vase of flowers. And so that's what I'm thinking of as I'm creating this over arching shape and putting the face here underneath. Now I use the light color to paint one edge of the vase, and now you see, I did a negative shape painting on the outside of the face so made in this face, and it's kind of white. I don't know yet. I'm just letting it develop as I paint sort of that intuitive painting style that I love so much. Now I have a lot of paint and water on the page, and while everything still wet, I'm dropping in some greens and enhancing some of those colors. Now that I have some of the shapes worked out, I'm also creating some shadow effects on that base in green, in here and there to create some leaves. As you can see, I'm using like a really limey yellow green. I think it's going to look really pretty again. I'm starting with those lighter colors, and then I'm building up the color with glazing and with charging in color into the wet wash. I don't mind the things move and bleed together. Everything right now is going to be nice and soft like before. I want to add in some sort of darker centers into the slough hours, but some of these are still wet and some are not so keep that in mind when you're adding, you may want to stop and let things dry. If you don't want things to move him, strengthening the edge of that base by putting that dark color next to it, but the bottom. I want to soften it a little bit and having kind of disappear into the shadows. So continues strengthening your shapes, strengthening your leaf shapes and your vase shape. You can reshape it a little bit because it's that abstract feel and at a little bit of shadow here and there where you need it over tops of some of the flowers that air dry. I'm adding some of the same shapes we used in our abstract blooms painting earlier, where I'm creating those see shapes on top of the circles that we had to create the idea of pedals. And I'm also adding in more leaves to create more of a balance for this painting feels a little Allah balance for me at this point, so I'm adding those leaves to the sides into the top. Next, I'll come in with my watercolor pencils just like we did before, and I'm adding a little bit of graphic element to my leaf shapes and to my flowers, and I really want to go with that swirly pattern over them this time and I had a lot of fun . Do we met? In fact, I was having so much fun that I added just some swirly flowers with the pencils of dipping the pencil of water to do this so it creates a smoother line and still add such beautiful texture to my page. As I looked at my painting, I felt the shape of my base was a little bit off. So I decided to correct that with what are color pencils and a little bit of water. And it worked beautifully. A. So I decided to bring in some highlights with my white pasta pins, so I'm drawing, tapping, smudging and just creating some interest on those original circle shapes that are the flowers, Uh, and I'll finish it off with a few colorful splatters. 12. Bonus 2: I have one more demonstration for you today. Just for fun. Let's create one more loose and sketchy bloom. Little painting will not be using watercolor pencils, but I will be using my Posca paint pins and white and black to add that graphic quality that we've been trying to achieve with our other paintings. For this one, I'm starting out painting a really loose sky. I have a darker in the top and work toward clear white at the bottom. And then I'm laying down my red straight into the edge of that water so it's going to move and bloom into it and create a really soft edge so you can see I made a flower into bloom with just a few little strokes. Now I'm going to add a Stan again, keeping it very sketchy, just using the tip of my brush and some blue green paint that I mixed. I want to darken that up a little bit also, so I'm adding some red to that same pain, and I'm going to add that to our stem to just add depth to it. And I also use that same color to paint some leaves. I want to keep everything loose, abstract and flowing. So I'm slaughtering a little bit of that, read into my sky area and got a little bit heavy. So I just cleaned it up a little and spread it out a little with my brush, and I kind of like that effect. And so I just continue with it by adding also some of that dark blue green that we've mixed . And I'm also going to use that for the ground so you can see that, really, the colors here are not realistic at all. But it's just fun. It makes me happy. It's fun to explore and try it out. I even have some red grass there. Next, I'm strengthening the petal shapes just a little bit, adding a little bit depth of shadow. Remember, layering a wash of water color creates a nice depth, and that color just shows through one another and it strengthens each other. So I decided I wanted to add a little bit of metallic there, so I'm getting that out and just adding a little here and there along the edges along the stem along the flour and a little bit even into that sky. area. So I will continue to add layers and strengthen those colors, adding more depth. Oops, I got a little red there. I need to pick that up. Didn't hurt anything. No, no, it's fine. So don't sweat those small things. It's OK, so I'll turn on some music for you. You can finish watching. And when I get to adding my sketchy lines with my pins, I'll come back and chat with you a little more. Now I let all of the watercolor dry and I'm coming back in now with my white Posca paint pins. Again, you could use squash and abroad. Or you could use white ink for this, the paint pins air just convenient to use. And so I'm just adding some sketchy lines and highlights, adding some to my flower. And the thing that's different about this one is I'm using my black Posca pin now. It's going to create a very graphic quality to my painting, and I thought it was a lot of fun and really created a really cool look for a final touch. I decided to add a border to this page, and I really like how it all turned out it's lose sketchy, illustrative. It has that flowing water color that I love, so I hope you'll really try this out. Have some fun with it. Play and explore your watercolors, pencils and pins.