Go find yourself. Watercolor illustration.

Easter is a great time to catch up with family and friends, to remind yourself that there is good in this world, to relax and recharge and, for some, a very good opportunity to dive into their hobbies.

My hobby is learning, so I’ve spend my Easter on Skillshare 🙂 Some days ago I was showing you guys the results after my first online watercolor class I took.

Well, I took the second one as well 🙂 Don’t ask, it’s like a virus!

Ana Victoria Calderon is a great teacher. Her explanations are easy to follow and clear – if you are new to watercolor, totally recommend her online classes on Skillshare, or one of her workshops if your are in America.

We started this second class by playing a little bit around with negative space = painting everywhere around the object you would like to keep white. Pulse and precision are asked, so you’ll see the lines are not as crisp as they should be, but I am working on it.

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Another way of leaving a blank space, or mask an area that you don’t want your paint to touch is applying masking fluid – careful: use an old/ not expensive brush when working with masking fluid as it will get ruined. Again, this fluid is thick, and get’s thicker while painting with it. Applying a same-width stroke will not be easy.

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We also learned about layering using different medium: watercolor and ink/ acrylic – so we painted clouds. In order to get the cloud-effect, you will have to use a flat, rounded brush. No any other form will do it.

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The final project consisted of a composition/ illustration where we had to use as many learned techniques as  possible.

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The most important things I’ve learned:

  • don’t be afraid to experiment and combine – some results will amaze you
  • in watercolor there is no pure white, except for the paper
  • when making a composition, you will have to think in layers: what to paint first? what will the colors be? do I have to mask something?
  • wait for the paint/ ink to be fully dry to move on – it can get really messy as watercolors bleed in fast
  • the secret is in the details: tinny lines there, a star here, some points in there – take your time and add details, it will work wonders and will give your piece a “finished” touch.

Until next time, dare to play with your ideas!

Yours truly,

Ana

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