Hello Friends + Happy December!
Can yuh believe we are already at the end of the year?!
It has gotten very cold and back to warm again here in GA [the weather is always wacky here- that is our constant]. But with the last of the leafs falling off the trees, I was inspired to create this simple little watercolor art and thought I would share with you guys- as I have been lacking with the D.I.Y. post lately.
ALSO- I filmed + edited my 1st ever YouTube video [see below] to go along with this tutorial! This is quiet the accomplishment for me, and I was able to do so all by myself! Granted, I did just use my I-phone [and a tri-pod that I have for my phone] and NO film student would ever be impressed. I am sure though, that over time they will improve, and I may just recruit the help of a professional ;P
See the video below +leave a comment here, or on this video [on YouTube] telling me you favorite watercolor technique/if you think you'll try this/what you think of it in general and what OTHER types of videos you would like to see! ALSO, make sure you are subscribed to my YouTube channel + like the video A N D on Friday [Dec. 5th] I will randomly select one reader and/or viewer to send the rainbow leaf art papinting that I did for this post to!
Keep reading/watch video to see how I created these beautiful watercolor leafs.
You want to make sure that you are using watercolor paper for this project. Your paper is going to get REALLY wet, and wet paper rips! So using water color paper will help prevent this as it is thicker, in general- the more the paper cost you, the nicer/thicker the paper is. This is actually called the 'weight' of the paper.
The first thing you do is ever so lightly, trace your leafs. You can lay the leafs out first to create a layout/pattern. If you need to, use an eraser to make the pencil lines barley noticible. [If you look super close above, you can see where I traced].
After tracing the leafs I used clean, clear water to to paint a layer of water on to the leafs that I drew. The reason I did this is because I am showing you a watercolor method called 'wet on wet'. First you wet your paper, then you paint with wet paint in that area. It will cause the pigment to spread out and saturate into the paper differently than when painting wet on dry [try it out for yourself].
Also, before you just go for it- I sugest testing out some color schemes/plans on a scrap sheet of paper. I used warm colors for my painting in the video. Then I used rainbow colors for the other painting, but even still- I did not mix warm + cool colors. Try colors out on a sepereate sheet of paper first, to see how colors mix together.
Remember, Like I said above :
Watch the video + leave a comment here, or on this video [on You Tube] telling me your favorite watercolor technique/if you think you'll try this/what you think of it in general and what OTHER types of videos you would like to see! ALSO, make sure you are subscribed to my You Tube channel + like the video A N D on Friday [Dec. 5th] I will randomly select one reader and/or viewer to send the rainbow leaf art papinting that I did for this post to!
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