Easy Way How to Paint Watercolor Fireworks For Beginners! Art Journal Thursday Ep. 29

Easy Way How to Paint Watercolor Fireworks For Beginners! Art Journal Thursday Ep. 29


(upbeat music) – Hey guys. Welcome back to another
episode of Art Journal Thursday where we get creative
every single Thursday here on this channel. And today, I will show
you how to paint this fireworks skyline with watercolors in a super easy way. You won’t believe how easy it is. But I’m also having a
giveaway for you guys with the help of the lovely people from the Amino Apps that is
sponsoring today’s episode. You probably already have
heard about them before and I mention their apps in
some of my other videos already. But the Amino app is basically a free app for Android and iOS where
you can find a community of like-minded people that
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other people through chats, exchange ideas, post your own things, and also find inspiration and
just have a close community of people that enjoy the
same things as you do. I’m part of a few Amino
communities as you can see here. Especially of the art Amino group where I’ll also hold the
giveaway for you guys. So keep on watching if you want to learn how to enter this giveaway. I would love for you guys to
join me in the Art Amino app and follow me there, so we
can interact there as well. You can find me there under
the username Makoccino, but I will also have a
link in the description box down below. So be sure to check it out. I really love how interactive this app is, so I hope to see you there. And for now, let’s move
on to the tutorial. You will probably think
through half the video what is she doing? But as you will see later,
everything will make sense. The first thing you want to
do is create different color circles in different
sizes using watercolors. These are going to be the
main colors of our fireworks. So you can get really creative with it. For my painting, I used
a reference picture that you can see here. But I will also add it
into the description box for you guys if you would
like to use it as well. Don’t think too much about
what design you want to create. Just have fun adding weird
looking blobs of color one by one. Just imagine where you
want the fireworks to be. Anchor it a circle for that. I also mixed some colors together or add small regions like
this ring in the blue circle. Or I mixed two different
colors right into each other with the wet on wet technique. While this is drying, we can move on to the bottom part. Here we can paint the
water where we can add a beautiful water
reflection of the fireworks. Here I simply added some
blue and purple paint to create a square like that. And then with the tissue paper,
I lifted some of the paint to make it lighter again. Now we can add some of the colors we used for the sky
and make them look like they’re reflect on the
water in a straight line. Here again, don’t worry about
making it look super neat. As you can see, most of the times, the paints run into each other but that’s okay. Just don’t use too much
water or everything will run into each
other and create a mess. You can always remove some
water with a tissue paper from time to time if
you notice that you used definitely too much of it. Once the paint has
dried, we can finally use the magic tool that will turn these blobs into realistic looking fireworks. And that’s a white crayon. That’s it. If you don’t have a crayon, you
can also use a white candle. Works just fine. And with that you want
to start drawing lines starting from the center, moving outwards. Recreating the firework
explosion and it’s movement. These lines won’t be that
visible, so it’s important to carefully look at where
you are adding the lines. The purpose of this crayon
is that it will create a watercolor resist. Meaning the crayon will
repel the watercolor away from it and the
area will keep its color. You can always use a
reference to get an idea of the directions the lines are moving. I learned this trick from
an artist here on YouTube called Shiwasaki. I will have a link to his channel in the description box below. He has awesome watercolor
painting tutorials so you should definitely check him out, and tell him I said hello. The important part is that
you use the sharp edge of the crayon or candle to create lines as thinly as possible. And don’t over do it
with drawing the lines. You still want to have lines in between that are free from any crayon. I also used some of
the crayon on the water to cover some areas, but this is optional. Now all we have to do
is adding a nice deckle of watercolor paint all over the painting except the lower part where the water is. Here I mixed different shades together, such as dark blue, red, and black. I also added a few more lines to the water using a darker shade of
blue and the other colors I used earlier such as red, yellow. Just to intensify the colors. On the reference picture,
there was also this dark path that I wanted to paint. This is optional, but I think
it gives the whole painting a bit more depth. And from here, you just want
to intensify the dark shade and really work the paint
into every bit of paper that is not covered with the crayon. I also removed the paint
around the lower part of the fireworks just to
keep it slightly lighter as this part will get more light. And when everything is dry,
you can add even more details. You can use, for example, a white ink pen or a white acrylic paint
and add more white lines or dots to the fireworks. I also used some watercolor
pencils to create a few more colorful lines,
but this is optional. The important part is
not to think too much and just have fun while getting familiar with this technique. For example, you can use colored pencils to create the lights at
the edge of the river. Or you can use the white
pen to create a few lines to resemble a sky line
with different buildings and the lights inside the windows. But I also used the pen to create some more water reflections by just simply going over the paint in a straight line very lightly. And this is how it looks so far. In the original reference,
the water reflections were simply straight, but I wanted to add some darker
horizontal water reflections to make the water look more realistic as I was not completely happy
with the way it looked here. For this step, I simply used
some black watercolor paint and create some horizontal
lines like that. Just a few lines next to each other and a few above. You just want to create a few darker areas while the lighter areas look through them. And from here you can just
go over your painting again and see if you want to
add a few more things or change something. And the painting is finished. How do you like it? I love the new year’s eve time, and it’s fireworks because you can reflect on the whole year, what you learned, what you want to achieve the next year while officially saying
good bye to the old year and hello to the new year. All right. Now you probably want to know
how to enter this giveaway and what you can win. This giveaway is international. And you can enter it by following me in the Amino app and by
posting your favorite painting of 2017 using the hashtag proud of this. The winner will get a kit
of my favorite watercolor or acrylic paint supplies. You can decide when you get chosen. For more details about this giveaway, check the description box down below. Thank you guys so much
for all the support. I wish you a great
start into the new year. Have a wonderful day. And I will see you in 2018. Bye.

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