How to Paint Monet’s Water Lilies with Acrylic Paint Step by Step | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 26

How to Paint Monet’s Water Lilies with Acrylic Paint Step by Step | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 26


(light 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’m going to show you how to paint an acrylic painting inspired by Claude Monet,
and especially the lilies. Let’s start with the base first. Here we’re going to need a few drops of green and blue colored acrylic paint. For this I added a few drops of blue and green colored acrylic paint onto the top and bottom part of the paper and then blended the dots together leaving the center empty. Here we’re going to mostly make the paint directly on the painting to follow the artist’s technique. To sort of a lot of different shapes but it will also allow us to play around with the paint even more. Next you want to add a little bit of white acrylic paint to
the center of the painting and then blend it with the rest using the same brush. We just want to keep the middle part slightly brighter than the rest. Monet was known for using thick paint straight from the tube and that’s what we want to recreate. Once you created this rather messy base, add a tiny amount of white
colored acrylic paint to the center again and then start dabbing on the white paint all
over the first layer of the painting while keeping
some parts still darker. Here I’m using a flat brush to the paint more evenly
while still building up a nice picture which is
going to be important for the overall painting later. I also mixed a little bit of yellow and green colored paint to make it into a nice bright green shade and repeated the step. Here we just want to create
a nice loose background of different shades of blue and green and also a little bit of white. But you can also see
a little bit of purple in his lily paintings so we can mix another bit of red and blue acrylic paint and slightly these colors by using a little bit of white acrylic paint so the color doesn’t look too vibrant. As you can see we now
have a little bit of green and blue color areas on top and the bottom for the lilies and a slightly
gray colored middle part for the water and with purple
and white acrylic paint. And now it’s time to create the areas where we will add the lilies. In Monet’s painting of the lilies you can see a light area
floating over the water, and this is what we want to recreate by using a little bit
of white acrylic paint. I added the paint by
dabbing it onto the upper and right area of the paper, and then I start adding blue and green colored areas on top of these areas but still keeping the
white areas around it. Here we are really just want
to create an impression of lilies as Monet did. He used thick and short
brushstrokes to capture the essence of the subject
to create an impression. Rather than focusing on
developing the details. From time to time I also add
in a little bit of yellow to brighten up the greens, and also to create a variety of lilies, but remember, not to give
up when you feel like painting looks like nothing. At this stage, it really
looks rather weird and messy, and it makes no sense. Well, we just need to work through it. A painting gets it’s final form, by building up layers
of paint, one by one. Not by creating a perfect piece in one go. Just keep adding the paint
and play around with it. And now we can move onto the
bottom part of the painting, and create a few lily pads. Here again, I dabbed on some
blue and green colored paint to create an impression of the pads. But for the rest, I
painted some of the pads, one by one, next to each other. Try to mix different
shades of green and blue, and use a little of white
to create even more shades. Impressionist art is
created by quickly applying brushstrokes and thick paint, so don’t think too much when
you add more, and more dots of paint in different
shades of blue and green. As I said earlier, the
impressionism wants to capture the illusion of movement
and spontaneous moments by not focusing on any details. Only the fleeting glance
is the main focus. Or also just a quick impression. For the lilies in front, I applied the paint
rather randomly as well, but still tried to create the
overall shape of the plant. You can add a few flowers with the pads, but also make some of these
float around in the water to make the painting
look more interesting. To create even more dimension, you can mix some blue
and green colored paint, to create a darker shade of color, and then apply it right
below the lily pads to create a shadow below them. Okay, now let’s move onto
building up the texture of the painting even more. Mix a little bit of green
and yellow colored paint, and carefully apply to
some areas of the painting. We are really want to
slightly brush it over, not paint the paper. From here, all we need
to do is keep brushing a little bit of paint over few areas. I use more blue acrylic
paint on the lower part added a little bit more
highlights on the lily pads. And just look around to
see if there’s anything I would like to change. Okay, now let’s remove the tape for now. By the way, because I got questions, with acrylic paintings I use the tape just to create a nice
frame around the painting. And I usually use just washi tape. So, this is how it looks so far. Now we want to add an
even more dreamy effect to the painting. Use a tiny amount of white acrylic paint, and again, on dry brush, and then start brushing the
paint all over the water part. If you notice, the paint
doesn’t move around anymore. Dip the brush into some water. And remove the excess
water with a tissue paper. Now you can keep distributing
a soft layer of paint all over the painting again. This will recreate a really nice smoky, or even cloudy effect on the water. Making it look really dreamy. For the whole painting, it’s important to not
use a super wet brush. Also, try to use the paint
straight from the tube, and mix it on the canvas or paper, to really create this quick
fleeting glance of the moment that was prominent in Monet’s and in the impressionists’ art. And this is the final result. Does it remind you of Claude
Monet’s lily paintings? What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below what other artists or paintings I should try to recreate next. I really hope you like this
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