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    • 2.

      Step 1 Painting Background


    • 3.

      Step 2 Painting pine trees


    • 4.

      Step 3 Painting Foreground & start Snowman


    • 5.

      Step 4 Finish Snowman


    • 6.

      Step 5 Final touches


    • 7.

      Varnish & Conclusion


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Beginners will learn how to paint "Winter Wonderland" in Acrylic paints on Canvas easy as 1 2 3 

Yes you CAN paint even if you can't draw!

I can't even tell you how many times I've heard "I can't even draw a stick figure or a straight line never mind paint"! But let me tell you "YES YOU CAN PAINT and I will show you how" and you do not need to know how to draw to paint  I will show you how to with my easy to follow step by step process as I paint along with you. WE will finish a beautiful painting TOGETHER that you will be proud to show off to your family and friends and even want to hang up on your walls.

I will show you what supplies you will need and how to use them every step of the way. We will practice how to load your brush with paint and apply it to the canvas, what brushes to use and how to mix your paints to get the colors you want. We will paint the painting "Wonderland" together from start to finish with step by step instruction.

Whether you are 5 or 65 & up you can do this, I know that, I've seen it happen time and time again in the many classes and age groups I've taught over the years. Let's get started!

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Elisa Gabrielli

"Create easy to do Art & Floral Designs"


Since I was seven years old I knew I wanted to be an artist and floral designer. Inspired by nature and the beauty that surrounds me my subject matter always involves flowers, birds and nature scenes. My mother opened up a florist in Rochester, NY when I was 7 and by the time I graduated high school I was off to Floral Design School in South Florida. I have worked in the creative arts as a self taught artist and Professional floral designer for over 25 years, Weddings & Murals are my specialty. Having worked in varied environments, I've learned how to really listen to my students & clients' ideas, desires and visions as I work with them towards achieving what they truly envision.

My true love is teaching others what I have learned. I hope what I have to share with you inspires yo... See full profile

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1. Introduction: guys, I'm really glad you tuned into my video today. We're gonna learn how to paint, even meaning in acrylic paints, using three different brushes 11 by 14 canvas, and I'm going to show you every step of the way. I'm a self taught artist. I tried new things all the time. Different mediums and I always come back. Teoh acrylics and I don't always like drawing something out before I have to paint it. So I challenged myself with a blank canvas on, Had some photographs of things that I take that I have taken. And I said, I'm just gonna paint that without drawing at first on. There's gotta be away on. I continue to do that and I teach that I've been teaching for the last few years in classes of students from 5 to 65 older on how to do this. And I tell you, it's a really easy process. We're starting with the background. Then we go the foreground. Then they go into detail and before you know what, your varnishing and hanging on your walls. So it's a really easy stop, and I encourage you to keep watching my videos, and I'll take you through each step of the way. I'll show you some special tips on to help you achieve some of the things you might be struggling with. On on our project gallery. You can share your progress. So once you finish your background, please, everybody load your progress of your painting and then you can get some feedback and see if there's any kind of tricks that something else is using its You're struggling with something, and at the end we're gonna load up our final paintings and post them to the class on, Uh, just stay tuned to all these classes that I'll be teaching. I look forward to having you. 2. Step 1 Painting Background: to get started. We're gonna get her water jar and we're gonna take our big brush and we're gonna put it in the water, kind of hit it back him for worth and then wipe off the excess water. That way a dampens the brush, but it doesn't. Ah, have excess water dripping out of the brush and we're gonna take our palate. And up in here you can see I started with black tones of like midnight black and blue for a night sky. Don't worry if your shades aren't the exact same, it's nice to change it up and it makes it more individual for each painting to start with. We're gonna double though the big brush. What I mean by that is I'm gonna put one, have corner both sides and the blue on, then the other one into the black and get a lot of pain If you have to go back, he just won a lot of pain on both sides, not dripping off, but nice and moist into the bristles. Okay, I think that's pretty good. I'm gonna put the black at the top and I'm gonna turn my brush this way. I don't have my brush. Brussels going like this? I have him almost flat against the canvas and we're just gonna go streaks back and forth and we're only gonna come down to about this far. So let's get started. Just put a light pressure on your campus with your brush and pull as you'll see some of the paint, doesn't it? Here. It's not thick enough, But that's okay. I'm gonna go back over and I'm gonna go back. We're gonna be reloading. We can go in crisscross because we're getting a night's blended sky back and forth and this gets you a feeling of what it's like toe. I have pain on your brush and apply it to the campus. Say, it's not so scary. That's pretty easy. Now that the paints kind of getting off my brush and onto the canvas, I'm gonna put it back and reload. One corner blue, turn it over. One corner block might do it again. Andi, that's good. We're gonna go back and do some more. As you can see, it's getting thicker. And don't be afraid. Toe across it like this. Do full strokes from one side to the other. So you don't get these little line marks. So start up here. Go like this like this. It's back and forth. We're creating that night sky. Now. I'm going back with full strokes and it's looking pretty well blended. I'm gonna reload one more time, get a little more blue and a little more black. Now, don't be afraid to lift her cans. Canvas off the easel. If you want to frame this when you're done and you don't want to put it into the frame or have the expense of a frame, then go ahead and tilt it down and just patted on the top and get the sides covered. So if you like a gallery rap painting when you're all done and then just kind of smooth it out, smooth it out again. You can do these sides on Lee. Go down as faras you've painted on the front side, pulled around, and now again the other side. I'm going to get a little more paint on my brush. Reload as much as you can as often as you can or need. Teoh looks pretty good. No, I see. There's a little bit of streaks here. Don't worry about that. acrylic paint drives pretty quickly and you can go back over it or you can do it. Now, before you move on to the bottom of the painting In this painting, we're gonna be working from top to bottom. I'll grab just a touch of black I want a little more blue No, because I'm gonna be transitioning the sky from the dark midnight to the blue to a little bit of the blue and white mixed there So put the blue on Make sure that you put don't keep the black side on the bottom or will be getting black down here Turn it this way said that the blue stays where the whites gonna go You can get a little bit of blew up in there Gives it a nice contrast and depth And I'm going to stop there and wash out my brush to wash your brush Pretend you're cleaning the bottom of the jar and you're going around in circles You don't want to smash the bristles down in the bottom of the juror Real heart, You know, like this we want just go back and forth and press at the bottom. You compress because you want to get the the paint out of the Brussels, and that looks pretty clean. So now I'm gonna just wipe off excess water. Look at my brush. Doesn't look clean. We have a little paper towel that you saw a nurse that up? Wrap it around your brush. Kind of. Just pat it and pull off the excess water. We have a clean brush to start. The next step we're gonna do is add a little bit of white toe our brush and pull down some of the blue before it drives. I'm gonna loaded up nice. Both sides press in there. Okay, Now that it's fully loaded on both sides, start left to right, and I'm gonna blend down here. First, get the canvas nice and stamp, and then pull it up into the blue just a little bit. See that now at transitions. And when you go back and forth brings a little bit of blue down into the sky, and that looks nice. I'm gonna get a little bit more white and carry it down about to the halfway point of our campus from top to bottom. As you can see, I'm not doing the exact streaks of not bringing more blue down Because I don't have to If I wanted Teoh in case you want to I'll show you how Just pull in from the blue Bring it down Go up through the blue Bring it down, Crisscross It looks like clouds If you want to get a little more blue Just tip a very small little corner of your brush into the blue and pull it back through Do it again If you want some more I'm going a little bit Diagonal this way and then this way and then I'm going to Straight across that creates for a nice sky Was clouds faded clouds in the background I see a little black here so I can pull night white Do you want to be a clean white sky in that area? Once again, I'm gonna take my brush and rinse it out. Next up, we're gonna be going into these mountain peaks. Take your paper, tell folded over. Pat had it on once again. We had a clean brush. Now we're going to start with a little bit of pink here, so I'm going to double load with white just to bring this down before we had that little bit of pink sky. We're gonna go back and forth just below the halfway mark are kind of painting behind those mountains that are gonna be going here since it's nice and damp right in here, we want to add a little bit of this pink sunsets. So we're going to just tip very little red, keep the red on the top side, start about halfway and pull it through. That's giving a nice little pink cast to this guy. I'm happy without now. There's really no need to wash off my brush right now. I'm gonna be doing a little bit of mountains here, so I'm just gonna get just a little tinge of blue on one side. Since I already have white and a little tinge of lab, I'm gonna hold the brush perpendicular to the canvas. I'm going to start about. As you can see, it's not quite halfway. It's just below halfway. You can put your other finger up for a guide and we're gonna set the brush here kind of for particular to the canvas and just paint from the tip of the brush because you want to pull and you want to give your mountains whatever shape you want them to have, whatever peak you like them to have could go up a little bit, come down, go up again, then it doesn't have to be perfect in Turn it back over, and I'm gonna come down just a little bit farther, see? And there's no drawing here, and we're just making squiggly lines. And these squiggly lines happen to be our mountains. Then pull down, get some ridges. You want to go a little darker? Now that we got our shape, you can pick up some of ah, black on her brush and mix it with some white right on the palate. That looks nice. Once again, we go up kind of repeat our pattern here, uh, squiggle if you like, and then pull back down. Do your little ridges from here. This one will be in front of that one. Just cause I wanted to be no rule. This could be in front of that one. You want to smooth that out. You can see there's no right or wrong. We have doing this. Adding a little blue to your brush. Put it in with the gray create a little bigger, darker grey and your mountains. Then I just like to tip it off with a book. Kind of brings down that night sky during your brush, keeping the blue at the top. Be running out. Just reload your brush again blue and do it again. It's kind of pain on your riches, and then you go from the top and pull down whatever it is you're trying to get. Whatever a fact do you like? We're gonna let this drive and then we'll come back and we'll be painting in our pine trees at the end of the painting won't go back and put some highlights. So don't worry about your bridges being all that properly or shaded properly. That's in the end stage. That's the last video what will be putting in our details and did it and finishing touches 3. Step 2 Painting pine trees: Okay, Now that you've got the knack for painting, you know how to put paint on your brush and you know how to do your background. Now we're gonna be moving down into doing the pine trees, so I'm still gonna use a large brush. I cleaned it off and I did change my water jar, but you can do it. Makes it feel good when you start in the next phase of a painting to have some clean water and helps your painting become a little more crisp. So to start with, I'm going to pick up some black. This is black here, so I'm gonna just go ahead and load up both sides nice and thick. Once you see it's thick on both sides, go ahead and use the edge of your palate or your plate and pull it off so we don't have it . We have a nice, clean edge. What I want to put in now is dividing where the snow is going to start and where the trees and again, it comes up about 1/4 away from the bottom. So use your finger as a guy. We're gonna leave some room for the mountain ridges to show in the background on And I'm just gonna create where I want my snow to come Where that line is gonna be How the four grounds gonna That's where the snow is gonna be I have a little bit of gray down here for the mountains but don't worry about that. Will be going over with some white and some blue highlights When we paint the floor ground Now we're gonna reload We're still using the big brush We will be changing to the the medium sized brush the next size down Wipe it off after you reload it, Turn it over We want a really nice clean edge here Suppress And now you can see we have a clean edge Then that edge we're gonna paint our little pine trees Start from the top And where does that make some lines? Would have a tree there one shorter, one taller when shorter Maybe a little one and just keep going. They don't all have to be perfectly straight or the same height. It is creating a little forest. The press too hard. You're gonna get a thicker line. It's a press light. Take it all the lane to the other side. We don't have to be straight, as you can see. Now I'm gonna wash off this brush and we're gonna set it aside, Swirled around, get all the paint off until it's nice and clean like that off. Take your paper, tell on dry it out and just set it down. Now we're gonna pick up our medium sized brush because we're going to be painting in all the detail on the pine trees. It's the same as the big brush we're gonna let up and then just let the excess water drip off, get my palate, and I'm going to do the same thing. Stars pressing it down into the paint, turning it over, getting the other side. It's smooth it out a little bit on the edge of the palate, and now we're gonna just turn it at an angle on to start pressing. We talked about him. We're putting in the little now you can try it and just go back and forth like this. You bring some of them down, going back up and then reload your brush and start the other side. You find what works best. I mean, there's all different types of trees in the forest, and they can go in any direction because different pine trees grow in different fashions. They still have some paint on my brush and start the next tree. Just a lot of doubting and back and forth. Get this to looking where you want. You can go back over it. Just practice getting a feel right on these 1st 3 or four trees. So Katie have some background coming through. That's the distant mountains, getting the net for it Now I will start my next tree, and I'm just going to use, like the corner tips here. A little smaller. Turn it just flight angle. I'm not happy with that. I can pull it up further to get a little more detail. That looks tonight. This is probably it takes the longest in this painting, but you're getting lots of practice making pine trees because it's a small brush. It doesn't hold a lot of paint, so that's why you have to keep going back and getting more pain on their in. Turn it sideways. You confined shortcuts on what makes it easier for you. Go back over anywhere you want to create a little dark in the foreground or just keep doing your trees and penny. There's really no right or wrong. There's just tips and shortcuts and techniques, and you'll find your own. I made that tree a little different in shape. We just keep going and going before you know it. We'll be done with this part of the painting when I teach classes. Sometimes I have, you know, 10 15 20 students at a time, and I love to walk around and see all the different interpretations of what I'm teaching. And some people like different colors. You know, if you might be planning on hanging this in the winter time in a certain room and you have maybe some yellows and oranges in that room, then feel free to, you know, in your back sky. Put in some yellows and oranges for the sunset, along with the pain Gore instead of the thing. It's all up to you and where you're gonna hang out on what colors you want. Accentuate. That's what I'm doing, a little cooler palette and tone than the original that you see just cause I can. This one's not gonna look just like that one because I want you to see that it doesn't have to to be a nice painting. Just keep going down if you need another tree in their paint. One end, even if you didn't have a sick for it. Where? Chunk, I should say that's looking really nice. Go up a little higher, then keep going down. There you go. Some people wonder Should I be holding my brush up here? Well, you can if you want a little more control. You know, we're painting pretty close and we're doing detailed work right now. So it's okay if you want to paint in that fashion holding a brushing whenever you can hold it more the edge and just painting a little looser through Not someone control. That's kind of challenging, but freeing at the same time. You get a little black on the side, Just bring it over, make it taller. Want it all make sense. You can you keep dad Now you might be painting sitting down with a tabletop easel like he saw it and my supply list, which I have to and sometimes I like to sit, But, um, paining other times I like to stand. So it's whatever you're most comfortable with and let your workspace allows for you. And what's great about these videos is you don't have to do a painting all in one session today. You might just want back being the background. Tomorrow you might want to paint in these pine trees, and it's supposed to be just a form of letting go. I'm doing something creative. Instead of just watching TV and doing nothing, I find paint to be very relaxing, and I love trying new new techniques all the time. So I watch other artists all the time and watch what they do learn from them. And hopefully they learned something from me. What's down, Mother? Pine trees here. Glavin. You can turn on music, light a candle. Just just relax. Needs to be so afraid of paint when I was younger, because it just seems so permanent that with acrylic paints, they dry so quickly. If you don't like something, we just paint over it, really not that hard. You keep going, you'll see it gets easier as you do that you're you forget about morning anymore. If you could see a second, I'll show you when I come down to the bottom of painting a tree by dabbing a little bit down in here. It's kind of creating a shadow cast from the sky on the ground, a little darker here in a little lighter in the background that gives little depth with really no effort. I'm getting excited cause we're almost done with these trees. Sometimes I get anxious because I want to move on to the next step. And as I said before, could pain along the sides. So you don't have to frame it to do that. Just turn it. Rest it Finished that on in another tree that looks like a gallery room finish. So it ends at the same point on the front, and this is drying out the tops. I could hold up same thing paint aside. Just finish it up so that it continues around. You can see I went a little bit too far on my block. That's okay. When we do our details at the last video, we'll cover that up. Listen, White pulled through. Now we're gonna let this dry and then we'll be back to paint the foreground. 4. Step 3 Painting Foreground & start Snowman: Okay, so now we're gonna get ready to paint the foreground, which is just the snow down here with some shading. You might be finding that your paints might look a little dry in the top side. That's I have Ah. Ah, water. Miss bottle. Just too lightly mist, um, to keep them moist. That always seems to be helpful because acrylic paints dry so quickly and not knowing how long it's gonna take you to complete what we just did. It's nice to keep your paints and waste. The Styrofoam plate is nice, too. It helps holding the moisture in the pain so it doesn't seep into like a paper plate. So the next thing we're gonna dio pick up your big brush. I would change your water, make it clean, and make sure your brushes air clean before you get into this next phase of painting the snow. So I'm gonna load it up and just keep turning it back and forth until you got a lot of pain . They don't want it to drip, but really loaded on. We're just going to start, which is plain old white, and go back and forth, go up here clean up that edge anywhere that your black might have come down in the area of where your foreground is. Just click create a nice, clean edge. Turn your brush perpendicular. I take it that straight edge Just keep going back and forth, okay? Going to reload with some more white, get a nice and thick and do it again. The campus has some grains to it. So you know you need Teoh. Really work it in so that it's nice and moist because I'm gonna add some blue shading to it . That looks good. Now that the pain is still on here, I'm gonna go ahead and tip just on one side, Some blue emerges gonna go back and forth because even snow has reflection of blue sky. It also has some little peaks like the mountains, and it creates some depth. Now the snowman is gonna be started right here. So I want to have a little bit more blue here so that when I paint the white of the snow man the first layer, the largest ball. As you say when you make a snowball, it will stand up against the the white of the snow. So you just reload again. Listen blue put as much or as little as he won't. We just need to have enough there, Teoh. Have a snow me and stand out If you happen, have too much blue on your brush You can pull off even when there's pain on it Kind of clean it up Go back over and with a little bit of a drier brush To get rid of some of the blue and just kind of work without back and forth Carried over to the sides And then get the blue off And I'm gonna just really love with some white putting some highlights start on the left side I kind of pull it through turn it over pull it back through and give some highlights And then just blend very lightly You want more white? He just pick up more white do it again across the ways like it did the sky It doesn't have toe have any rhyme or reason And just whatever snowdrops you like to see you pay him in and you can play that up paint on the sides Pull it through Just remembering to leave the blue in here so that the snowman shows and I'm happy without. So now I'm gonna wash off my brush. Oh, take my paper towel doesn't have to be completely clean because we're just gonna reload it with some light, Still using the big brush. And I'm gonna figure out where I want my snow. Me and I want a little bit of the bottom down here, some just going to kind of make a you and that's where the base of my snowman is gonna be. And then I'm just gonna ply it up to the top, and he's gonna be about that large, and you just kind of move it into a circle and color it in. I'm gonna wash off my brush and pick up my medium size brush. So I have a little more control and really loaded on their both sides. And I'm just going to stay focused on this bottom part right now. Kind of get in the shape that I want. No snow. Men aren't perfectly round when you make a snowball, so is try your best. That looks nice. And now time to reload and get the second layer. No, the bottom usually sits a little bit over the top. So you put where that's gonna be by making a you again and then where the top is gonna end . That looks about right. And then you just pull it around and connect it down and fill it in Once again, you re load your brush, and we're gonna do the top, which will be his head, and it's a little smaller. So you want to start a point here and start a point here so that you know, not to go outside that and then come up a Sfar as he like for the size head and again, just kind of make markers, reload your brush with some paint, a lot of pain and then just pain and where the head's gonna be. Don't worry if the whites given some streaks, because we'll go back over that we're just trying to do the outline right now. Yeah, that looks like a snowman. And I'm gonna wash my brush up because then we're gonna go into some black. Um, we're gonna paint his top hat and his scarf and his nose, which is gonna let that dry for a minute, and we'll be right back 5. Step 4 Finish Snowman: Okay. Now that we let that dry a little bit, it's pretty much dry to the touch. We're gonna pick up our medium sides, brush on. We're gonna go ahead and get some black paint again. Loaded up pretty well, Both sides. We're gonna paint his top so you can rest now that this is dry, you can rest your finger here for guidance. We're just gonna draw a little line. But worry one has kept to be angled and both sides fill in the top. That's it. A little bit of an angle because he's looking up at the sky. What? We're gonna have a nice, shiny star up there that he's looking at on. Then come up about where do you think you want the top of the head to be? It doesn't have to be any size that it could be whatever you want to pay. And then he just bring it down a little bit like down. You could straighten out your lines if you need to, just by pressing no, both sides. I like that top hat. That looks nice. Nothing. Just wash up our brush, the water off dry. And now we're going to paint his eye on his three buttons down his middle section I'm gonna take this medium sized brush and I'm gonna put the backside to make a circle Easy then just loaded onto the back of the brush If you need more black pain, go ahead and outs and work to your palate I think I've got enough to do this But where his eyes gonna be So I got a little bit too much on you His eyes gonna be about here kind of draw a big circle And then his buttons, But one here, dab it in here We're here. It's a little bit more Ford. Then the last one A little more paint and the bottom button about here You go back and they move around it if you want. Teoh, our snow me and starting to take shape. Wait that off. Take the top of the brush, which you've already cleaned off and we're gonna make his nose. Just grab some orange paint, President. Here, wipe it off, see a nice clean edge and then figure I hope for you won his nose to come out. Remember, he's looking up at the star, so it's gonna be pointing off. Not out here. It's gonna come up here. Andi, I think I'll do that about that long, you know? And with this face, that's my God. What is going on? Much us? Yes. Go on the side. Catching press. Remember, this is just a carrot nose. What's give it a little too nice, big long nose. I like that. And then we're gonna wash off the brush, take the scene, brush and reload it with some red. We're gonna pay the scarf, some Penis scar a place that's my brush. A little bit sideways. Not this way, but sidelights of the bristles are flat against up. But where one is, it's got to be Just pull it that way. We're gonna have it come up is gonna be tied in a knot here. So it's gonna just kind of press over that building again about the with you wanted to be. Just finish it off. We're gonna do the backside. Kind of give a little bit of around. It's not in, and then we're gonna cool it down. Kind of flared up. Now that looks nice. Reload this a little bit with some more. Pull down. I'll pay. You gonna watch this? Try it on. Now. We're gonna do little tassels on the bottom. Same thing will take the back side of the brush, will load it into the red. We're gonna press. As I said, he could put your finger here for a little bit of a guide and then put little tassels My just making little balls here. Makes it a little fun. Decorates scarf. Then again do it on backside. He's got a little spark. Now take a look at your snowman Is just let me want to do If you want to make her carrot nose a little fatter, you can, um we could just leave it as is We're gonna come back a little bit, maybe put some shading in right now. I'm just gonna go ahead and put a little bit more white to make it a little more opaque in the side. Here, get some highlights. We'll come back when we do all the detail video and at some sparkle to his body to make this like this knows listening in the foreground. So I just reloaded my medium sized brush, and I was gonna fill in none of that But this time, if you want to make it all around it, you can just just a little. Makes it a little more opaque because it's a shaving, only a little darker on the back side, since nice shaving that we didn't have to create. It just happened that looks nice and anywhere else that you want to do a little more opaque up in the front studio, a little shading about. Remember your scarves? Still a little damn. Don't touch that, but but even, like, let's try to go back and do some of this. That looks nice to stamp in my brush because I've got some a little bit of white on its hat . Whatever you move it just some more. Take it right off. Next. When we come back, we're gonna go ahead and put the stars in the sky and some glistening in the snow and any other detail you want to do. Maybe making your mountains a little more shaded 6. Step 5 Final touches : Okay, so now you can see it's shaping up and it's looking a little bit more like the original. I did use a little cooler of a palette here. This blue is a little different shading than this one. But I just want to let you know that you can use any shade blue that you like on. I changed it up a little bit just to show you the difference and what the end effect would be. I'm liking how this is looking and I'm thinking, Okay, now that we're on the detail video, what would I like to do to make my painting look a little more finished? Well, yes, We have to put the stars in the sky on maybe some more white peaks in the snow in the foreground, A little bit of sparkle and glistening in the ah snow, which I just picked up this glitter glue on. That's probably, you know, any brand is fine And it's just gonna add a little bit of listening to the snow When the snowman and in the foreground of where the snow is. So to start off I'm gonna take my medium brush again and I'm going to take a little bit of blue from the first pallet I had. And I gotta clean palette. Ah, clean star from pain. And I'm just gonna add some blue here very light and creates a little bit of a wash to put my brush in some water. And I'm just kind of do a little bit of a wash here because I want to highlight these mountains a little bit, or I should say shade. Um, so when a command and just put in this little bit of a wash, it's OK, but goes over the black off the trees because they're dry now and the blue, it won't be able to see it on there anyway as much as you like, for whatever factor trying to get what helps makes some of those ridges a little more pronounced have a little more depth and detail. I like that first mountain. I'm gonna go to the second peak kind of the same thing. And this is the time that you can change the shape. If he wanted to, they weren't happy with that. Then just pull down in and just pull it through. I can fourth and we'll go on to the next mountain at a little bit of speaking Here, full it down dresses you like, just go back and forth. That looks nice in the last one. A little bit more up in here. Leave some white down below for like, the low lying clouds. Just gonna do some blending in here. Just water on your brushing within pain around just to get the effect that you like It looks nice. No, I am going to pick a larger brush What, in some water and go to this A little bit of blue I have here Work it in with the water Bring it back up in the sky Because you can No. Now that we're on details, you can say OK, I want a little darker in the sky so you just have to just add a little bit of ah, wash to it. I'm just bring it through and it makes it just a little darker. And you go as dark as you like. If you want to bring this darker blue down, it just means you just add a little bit more blue on your brush. What fades in a little more subtly Take your paper towel on kind of dab it. I want to do a little bit more highlights of snow right here, like this one has in here just cause I like that effect. So my brushes nice and damp gonna add some white Teoh a little more opaque, and we're going to come in and just put some a little bit of highlights wherever you see fit. Maybe just go ahead and smooth up any lines that you want to smooths up. Remember, don't have too much of the white coming too near the snowman or you won't be able to see the Snow Man's body. That looks nice. And since I have a little bit of paint left on my brush, I'm gonna just put a little bit of low lying clouds in here. What is that kind of like a mist? I'm going to set that down, wash it off, and then I'm gonna pick up my medium sized brush. It's still a little damp, so I can does kind of spread that pain around, create a little bit of cloud effect in there. A little bit of fog. It might be settling down in the mountains ranges we need a little more water like I do. You describe that pulled up move that pain around kind of blended in, creating those soft, fuzzy clouds, kind of scrubbing it into the canvas so that that kind of loses any rough lines that might be forming from the paint, drying too quickly, a little bit more. Just grab a little bit more. Is that a nice effect? Remember to stand back from your painting. You know it's times and stop. Stand up, walk away from it. Come back to it. Look at it from a distance kind of squint your eyes and say I'm What else could I do here? Well, you could blend a little bit more and put some more clouds, but overall, I think that looks nice. And, um, if you wanted to add a little bit more pink eared, make more of, Ah, sunset like that, you can use that same brush. Mix it in with your white to get that rich color and just kind of paint that in in here kind of a dry brush, you can hear it. So what I'll do is I'll just add a little water to my brush white that off and then just move that pain around. Why? It's still damp and blended in to the sky. It kind of creates a little bit of, ah, sunsets. And again, you're gonna want to bring it around to the sides of your canvas because we're creating a gallery wrap here. So just bring some of that pink around to the signs and blended in No one here we're gonna have that glistening snow We're gonna have the white stars So to do the white stars I'm gonna grab a little bit more white paint and put the stars in Okay, I got some more white pain It's time to put in the little stars and the glistening snow Gonna take my detail Brush already went it. So what is going to add some white paint? Get the excess paying off on We're just gonna touch very lightly to create some stars in the sky and the lighter that touched the small of the star. This one is gonna be a little bit harder of a touch, and we're gonna just kind of spread up until the sides for our North star and then just addled a few more dots random size, adding some more. And as I said, putting your hand here since your paintings dry, it's not gonna hurt it. Just put your stars wherever you want him to be and say, Is that good? Well, maybe I'll put one in the blue just to show that his little stars and way out there, too. I'm gonna take a clean palette and pull out my my glitter a little bit on your palette, and we're going to use our medium size brush, and we're gonna brush in. I know this looks kind of creamy, but when it dries, it will dry clear. But I'm just gonna paint a little bit of glitter in different sections of the snow, not the whole snow. That way just sparkles in some areas and not in others. And as a little bit more interest to your painting, I went a little bit of white to your top of your mountains like snow. It just kinda touch it, kind of moving around just on the tips, and it creates some snow. It's kind of blend it down, put a little bit of white in here for those clouds. As I said, these are just last minute touches. Not necessary, but creates a little bit more interest. Can you believe this is your first painting? Or maybe it's not that you painted it. He painted this without trying. That was the whole purpose of this video to show you that you can paint without having a pencil drop verse and stay within the lines. Does he look more creative? Freedom. Just a pain along the way and add things as you like or not. So we're gonna sign out. I I saw my signature over here and white on the white snow because I didn't really wanted to stand out. Ah lot. I just wanted to be kind of settle. So I'm gonna wash off this brush up and using dry it off. Always try and take care of your brushes. This is acrylic paint dries very quick so soon as you're done using that, go ahead and, you know, wash it off and set it down and pick up my detail brush again so I can sign my name and just pick up some white paint. Bring it over here just a little bit. You don't need a lot. It helps to have it thinned out a little bit with water. So I just add a little bit of water, and I'm gonna create enough of it that it's a little bit of ah, center paint than what we're painting with. Try and get the right consistency to sign my name, Hold it out, or lay it down flat. But we're just gonna see if that shows up that shows up. Nice. Go have a little more paint on. There you go. Gonna let this dry for about an hour or so and then come back and we're gonna varnish it, and then it's ready to hang on your walls. 7. Varnish & Conclusion: Okay, The last step we have now that you're paintings dry, just make sure it's dry for at least 23 hours. We're gonna take our varnish, and we're gonna put a little bit on a plate and take our big brush. Nice, big, clean brush, Get it in there. Nice and what on both sides and then varnish it from top to bottom just by going back and forth. This is a satin varnish. Oh, give it a nice protection from UV rays or overtime from fading. You can do this on a flat surface to I like to go back and forth. Make sure it's covered nicely on maybe a diagonal. Get the tops. I am the sides. Make sure it's not too thick, so it doesn't drip on your canvas. That's why it might be a better idea to just go ahead and lie down flat on a table. But I do it both ways as long as it's not too heavy. What happened for and you can lift it off kind of put it up to the light so you can see where there might be some dry spots where you missed it. Just go back over. Get your sides. I just work all the way down. This will give it a nice satin sheen. If you want a high gloss, just go ahead and buy the high gloss. Ornish. They both do the same thing, but one just gives a little more shame to the other than the other one does. And sometimes you don't want to be too shiny when it drives. Because if you put it in a room, you hanging on a wall where there's a window, then, um it's gonna create quite a glare. But I like the satin varnish because it gives it a nice sheen. Not be too shiny. So there you go. What do you think we did it, huh? You can paint even if you can't draw. This wasn't pretty sketched. It was all done on a blank here. This when you take your time and you work from the back to the front, go back to your details, let it dry the varnish. It you really campaign anything. I'll be coming up with other videos and different subjects. And, you know, please, uh, you like to learn how to paint something. Go ahead and posted in the class project. Leave me a note on I will see what we can do. Watch out for some of my more recent videos. That'll be adding soon on whatever the season is and will be going into spring real soon. I've had a lot of fun. Thanks so much. Now let it dry, Give it to somebody or hanging on a wall.