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How to Apply Color Using Watercolor

Lesson 12 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

How to Apply Color Using Watercolor

Lesson 12 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

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12. How to Apply Color Using Watercolor

Lesson Info

How to Apply Color Using Watercolor

you should have one piece of nice watercolor paper you can tell because it's a little heavier. It's got a Dekel on the bottom. And then this is a print out that we you have online. And I actually shoved watercolor paper through my printer to do it because I wanted you to experience painting on the watercolor paper. Um, then this one I got just card stock, like the heaviest card stock I could find at the office supply store. And I printed out on that. And then we have coated this one with acrylic meeting for you, so you could just kind of see what the difference is. So, um, when you want to make a chart to try out some materials, your car doesn't have to be squares. I've decided our chart is gonna look like this nice daisy picture that I drew. It keeps a little more interesting, and you really get more of an idea of how you're applying the material to an actual actual drawing. Um, we have some brushes, and when you get when you first buy a brush at the store a lot of time, it has size i...

n it. It's going to be a little stiff, so just dip it in your water. So I'm gonna do the first demo with just watercolor. Um, and I'm going to do some on a coated paper and someone on uncoated paper, And you could do this at home. We're gonna do the top half of the daisies just in this blue watercolor that I have, And then most of the class today, we're gonna be using quash so that the rest of you you can fill in the bottom half of wash. Okay? I always have a piece of paper tile under my water to set tends to spill. Actually, I think I might have my water over here. My palate here. So this is just first off for demo ing watercolor on watercolor paper and on coated paper. Doesn't matter what kind of paper you coat, because you're really only painting on that thin layer plastic. Okay, so the 1st 1 we're going to start with is so you can watch me do this one, and then when we do the next one, you can see how we all do it together. I'm gonna start with one leaf, and I'm gonna be just practice. How thin can I possibly get this watercolor? And I want to see how light can I paint it? This is pretty concentrated Some. Okay, that's how it goes. That's a slight as I can get it. The next one. Let's try it. That's how thick can we get it. So just screw em in your palate quite a bit and go. Okay, That's pretty thick. Wow, that is really thick. Okay, Now, let's try that on the coated paper and see what happens. Started this house in. Can I get it? Oh, look, it it doesn't even really stick too much at all. Beads up. If you have that much, usually it'll stick a little more. This happens frequently. If it does, I'll just take some water on a paper towel and just kind of scrub at it just a little just to kind of break up the surface just a little bit. Okay? Okay, So then okay, there, that sticking better. And it does still beat up a little. That's kind of the technique that happens. And thick guy, then the next one we're gonna dio is trying to a fade. So we're gonna try and do both of that techniques on one leaf. Start with a glob. Get a thick glob. Dry off your brush. Just water in it now and I'm gonna pull some of that paint out. See, I got the next shade in this fade. Dry off your brush again. Come up with just water and pull. Now I'm pulling the medium shade up, not the dark shade up. And wherever I put the next bit of water, it kind of attracts everything to flow that way. Okay, let's see how we do that on the coated paper. Start with a dark Hey, kind of sits in all in one puddle, doesn't it? You can. You can dry off your brush and put a dry brush in there If you have too much liquid on there and you want to pick some up pain and then that's how it pulls out. So you can see a little bit of a difference already what the watercolor looks like and what the coated paper looks like. Okay, so now another technique is what's gonna happen if coat the paper with just water first do on both lips. That one did it for me. I'll help it along, um, And then paint your water. And how does it flow? I mean, paint your painter. Okay, See, that one didn't flow nearly as much. Didn't. Let's try it again. It is flowing out there, and it is spreading a little on its own, but not as much. This one just like when crazy. I could, you know, pick it up and move it around. The next one we're going to dio just painted all one color. This happens a lot. You just do a solid meet him all over, okay? And then gonna dry this just a little so you can see what's happening here. Getting pretty wet here. He had the coated paper. It beads up so much that the the beads air like flowing away from the blow dryer. So this one, we've done a medium coat everywhere. And what happens if we come in and try and rework it a little? Maybe we want to add some of these. Okay, that sits right on top. That's nice. This one since on top. Ok, but if I really kept at this and kept scrubbing at it, it would start toe lift the stuff underneath it. So let's try and lift it on purpose. What happens if we have a solid color? Okay. Solid color. Get it kind of dry. This one does need to be dry. Okay, So what happens if we want to erase anything from here? So I'm going to do just maybe a few little dots of water on here, and then I'm gonna try and wipe him off. What happens? Okay, Not much, right. A few little dots of water on here. See what happens. Okay, well, it is wiping off normally. You see, here's my sample that I did see how the dots just totally come right off. And you can You can wipe that pain off immediately. I think that's because we just have one code on this, but you can see if you are able to wipe this off. Whereas this one not so much that one didn't wipe off. Okay, moving on to the next one. The last technique is going to be a dry brush. So this is when you get a lot of pain on your brush. And this time you're not having this bead of water color flowing this time. You're just like stumbling it across the top of the surface. That's kind of neat. There's a there's a texture to this paper. How it's taking. Let's try it on this one. So that one, it's grabbing more and that you're not getting this scum bling across the top as much. Okay, so that's just your first chart of how to paint with a watercolor. You do a quick recap for us, just sort of starting and working through those the pedals on the two flowers that you did just sort of telling us again how the different techniques with the watercolors air helpful, Giner and learning have the color applies. OK, so this one is thin, okay? And this one is thick and you start out doing those just to give yourself a value range. Like how How like, can I go? How dark can I go? And then this one is a fade. Um, so you would use this on a pedal of a flower where the inside part was real date deep down. And then it came out into the sunlight and you want to fade from dark to light. This one was wet paper, and it ran a little bit, But this is definitely a technique in watercolor that you would use, like, stay up in some clouds and or something, or in some water where you want everything to be kind of washing and run around. Just wet the whole paper first, and then you don't get thes stain lines as you paint more. Um, and this is reworking it, and this is removing it. So you're definitely gonna want to come in and add some veins and the pedals. Um, And if you do make a little mistake or if you forget to leave out of highlight, you'll probably want to remove some. So in this case, you can't remove watercolor from watercolor paper, which is true, but reworking it, Yeah, you can easily add more on top. This one doesn't shop choirs well here, but you can definitely remove anything that you get on there just by taking the wet paper towel rubbing it, and often times when you try and rework, go back into a section. You'll also remove the paint to. So that's the good and the bad. Right there

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This fun course is perfect for the beginner that wants to learn how to draw with pencil. Cleo had lots of great tips and techniques that are easy to employ and you can get started with whatever supplies you have around the house (back of the envelope and a #2 pencil..). It is great to have more fuel for my creative habit!


I thought this course was great! Cleo broke down the fundamentals of drawing in a way that was easy to understand. I was particularly impressed by the different tracing paper techniques and using the pencil as a measuring tool. After taking this class I can now look at drawings and identify the techniques that were used to accomplish them and that's an awesome feeling :)


This class is fantastic for getting you off and running for a daily practice of drawing and DIY exhibition. The range of techniques that Cleo goes over are easy to follow and enable you to create something that has potential! I am inspired to apply what I have learn in this class right away. I primarily work in the digital space, so spending time developing analog skills with an experienced instructor has been so valuable for me and my work. And as a side note, I loved focusing on everyday things (keys, scissors, etc.) and bringing out the character and beauty of those objects in our drawings.

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