Watercolor Painting for Beginners - Snowy Mountains
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- Watercolor painting
- Landscape painting
- Snow Painting techniques
- Basic understanding of watercolors
Do you want to improve your watercolor painting?
Do you wish to learn how to paint beautiful scenes?
Are you frustrated with the watercolor painting process?
Search no more.
If you answered to any of these, then THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU!
Inside you'll learn how to paint a beautiful snowy mountain scene.
We'll use clever watercolor techniques, such as negative painting, and using the paper white to bring out the natural beauty of this snowy landscape.
We'll go over:
Painting advice and the correct approach
Creating a sense of scale and distance
Portraying volume and a sense of three-dimensionality
Using the paper white
And so much more...!
If these sound like things you'd like to learn, you need to get this course.
If you've been frustrated with watercolor in the past, or felt like you "don't get it" - don't worry - I've been there too!
I'll do everything in my power to make sure everything clicks, and you are able to use what you learned to paint this scene, and many, many more.
I will see you inside!
- Beginner watercolor painters
- Beginner painters
- Pencil artists looking to add color to their work
- Pen and ink artists looking to add color to their work
- Aspiring artists
Welcome to "Watercolor Painting for Beginners - Snowy Mountains"!
In this course you will learn how to paint a beautiful snowy mountain landscape in watercolor. We will go over the (simple) materials you'll need, then talk about drawing and finally about painting.
I plan on showing you every step of the drawing and painting process, and explain what I'm doing.
Watercolor is meant to have fun with. Use the medium as it was meant to be used, with lots of water, loose and free brush strokes, and spontaneous creativity.
Wishing you all the best!
The tools required for drawing and painting are few.
You don't need to get the very best out there. Decent tools will get you far, when used in skillful hands.
Here are some of the things you'll need:
Pencils - Experiment with different grades and fine your favorites. B is soft. H is hard.
Eraser - A kneaded eraser is best for working with the gentle watercolor paper.
Pens - If you prefer more direct lines that will show afterwards. More sure your pens are waterproof though! My favorites are the Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment.
Sharpener - A generic one will do.
Palette - My favorite studio palette is the Mijello 18 wells palette. For outside I use a more generic one.
Paints - My fav brands are SAA and Daniel Smith, but I also love Schmincke, ShinHan PWC and M. Graham.
Brushes - I'm using mostly Raphael, Silver Black Velvet, Princeton and Leonard. A size 12 is about right for most sizes under a quarter sheet.
Paper - My very favorite is undoubtably Saunders Waterford, 300gsm, cold-press or rough (it's very similar to the more famous Arches). I love the texture.
Cloth / paper towels for cleaning the while painting
Water container - I'm using the Mijello bucket for larger pieces, and a Faber-Castell click-N-Go cup for smaller works, or working on-location (plein-air).
Board and tape - I highly recommend taping down the paper to prevent it from staying buckled after drying. You may also want a wooden board to tape it to.
And that's all you'll need!
And one last note. As I mentioned there's no need to splurge on anything, but I wouldn't skimp on the paper. It's probably one of the most important ingredients for a successful painting.
Drawing is the basis for any painting, and is thus an important stage.
However, that doesn't mean you have to be a complete master of it in order to successfully paint.
More important than drawing "beautifully", is drawing correctly. As long as you UNDERSTAND what you are drawing, and why it looks the way it does - you'll do well.
Don't rely on just observation. Feel free to take measurements and double-check all proportions of your drawings, to make sure they are accurate.
One last note - drawing with the purpose of painting is a little different. We won't indicate every single detail. We will focus on the minimum required to paint over.
Your drawing skills will improve with time and experience.
Let's start drawing!
As I mentioned before - take your time with this stage. Measure and compare your proportions to make sure they are accurate.
You can also use the grid method for getting a more accurate result. This includes drawing a grid on your reference photo, and then drawing the same grid (lightly) on your paper. Then you can use the different parts of the grid as markers to figure out where to draw everything.
But aside from that, there aren't really any tricks. (Good) Practice makes perfect!
Watercolor is great fun!
As I mentioned before, I'd like you to feel completely free with the medium.
If you are a beginner to watercolor painting, you may find the technique challenging. The paint doesn't always necessarily do what you want. There seems to be a lot of randomness to it.
But with time and experience, you'll start getting it. The paint will become an extension of your vision, and will serve your purpose.
Here are a couple of quick watercolor tips:
1. Use the medium as it was meant to be used.
Watercolor is all about wet in wet, fluidity and letting go of some control. Make sure you use enough water, especially in those first few stages of the painting.
2. Minimum palette.
I highly recommend using a maximum of 3-5 paints for a single painting. Any more than that and it can make the painting process unnecessarily complicated, as well as hurt the color harmony.
Using three primary colors is, in my opinion, the best approach when getting started.
3. It's all in the paint:water ratio.
Every watercolor technique, as well as the entire process - rely on getting the right ratio of water to paint, in the right moment. Understanding and expecting what the paint is going to do is an essential part of painting.
Practice working with a variety of consistencies of paint to water.
This means practicing both very pale, almost transparent washes, as well as dry brush strokes.
Like anything, watercolor is all about practicing, A LOT.
Try the painting process in this course several times, at intervals of several months. You'll feel the improvement every time, and will come back from the painting with completely new insights.
Now let's get to it!
The first layer of watercolor is all about letting the paint do what it does.
In this stage, we are covering everything but the lightest snowy highlights we want to leave white. This means that in the rest of the areas, you can feel completely free. Mix a variety of blues, greens and yellows.
As an experiment, try using the paints pure, rather than mixing them on the palette. Allow for one area be more dominated by blue, and for another one to have more yellow.
These patches are what makes the painting beautiful.
And two final tips:
1. Make sure to use enough water.
Especially at this stage, you want to keep everything fluid and even. So be sure to use enough what, to allow the paint to move around freely and easily.
2. Mix a large amount of paint.
In order to work fast and ensure the fluidity of the layer, be sure to mix a large enough quantity every time. This will save you time from the moment your brush first hits the paper.
You can simply mix several large pools of yellow and blue, separately - and then allow them to mix on paper.
The second layer is where the real fun starts!
Here we will add a couple of color choice I feel like were lacking. This is an opportunity to also play around with the color harmony, without danger of making any major mistake.
Plus, at this stage we already have a roadmap. We already know where the highlights are, and it's easier to avoid them.
This stage is where depth and a sense of volume starts to come into play.
The shape of objects becomes clearer as soon as we start indicating the shadows. Shading those hills, ridges and rocks with gorgeous blues, reds and yellows will help us "read" the mountains more properly.
At this stage, make sure not to go too dark. A major part of every painting is the mid-values. These are quite important for creating the illusion of realism.
In the next lesson we'll put the darkest shadows, which will provide the final "punch" to the painting.
Adding the darkest shadows will finalize the painting.
This stage will indicate where the darkest shadows are. This will give a whole new context for the mid-values. Up until this point they appeared to be quite dark. But now we'll be able to see they are in fact not the darkest elements of this painting.
Depending on the reference and particular subject, it may be important to use these sparingly, to increase the impact they have. By reserving the darkest values to only the very dark spots, as well as the focal point, we are able to make them so much more powerful.
After applying the darkest values, you may realize that some of your mid-values aren't dark enough. It's perfectly okay to glaze over them and darken them as much as necessary at this stage.
And with that - we finish the painting!
Let's review the beautiful result we got.
No matter how your painting turned out, there is always some beauty in it.
I find that I sometimes "only" like one specific area of the painting. That's actually a HUGE win! Whenever I like ANYTHING about my paintings I celebrate it.
This is also a good opportunity to look at the painting critically. Is there something we can do to improve it? Did we make a mistake that can be corrected somewhere?
No harm in trying to correct mistakes, but try not to be too perfectionistic.
Allowing it some time to rest.
This is very important. If you are unsure of your result, it's ALWAYS a good idea to let it go for a while.
Let the painting rest, and let yourself rest. Come back to it after several hours with fresher eyes. I guarantee you'll see things much more clearly.
And then - feel free to correct whatever you see fit.
And be proud of your end result!
I want to congratulate your for making it to the end of this course and painting process. I also want to thank you. You allow me to teach, and do what I do for a living. I am full of gratitude for that.
Hopefully this course was able to help you advance in watercolor.
If you have any questions, feel free to let me know by asking a question or sending me a message.
For more tutorials feel free to check out the YouTube channel / Instagram as well.
Wishing you lots of fun with watercolor!