Make Your Watercolor Painting Look MAGICAL With These Easy Watercolor Techniques & Ideas!

Make Your Watercolor Painting Look MAGICAL With These Easy Watercolor Techniques & Ideas!


– [Mako] Do you need new
watercolor painting ideas? Because in today’s video, I will show you how to create different
sceneries with a few simple and fun techniques that you can use in your watercolor painting to make your art look more interesting. We’re gonna start out
with the first technique to create depth in a forest scenery. Start off by applying
a little bit of water to your watercolor paper and
then distribute it evenly but make sure you don’t
use too much water. Since I wanted to create a
summer scenery in a forest, I decided to use green
watercolor and mix it with a little bit of cool
yellow to make the green slightly more vibrant, but you can use any color
you like, of course. I also mixed it with a lot of water to make the color lighter,
and then I applied all around the edges of the square while keeping the center very, very light. If you have too much paint on your brush, just rinse it off and blend
out the rest of the color with a damp brush. From here, you can start building up the intensity the same way. It’s just important to start
with a very light layer and then add more and more color on top. Otherwise, it will be more
difficult to add depth later if it’s too dark in the early stages. Now if you notice that
you get pools of color because you used way too much paint, or water like in my case, that the paper starts buckling,
simply use a tissue paper or a dry brush to soak it up. While the paint is still
wet, add a little bit of yellow watercolor to
the center for the sun in the background and then blend it into the light green color. Here it’s important to work rather quickly and to make sure that you
don’t use too much water or otherwise the wet paint
will run into the dry areas and create these backgrounds
that look like cauliflowers. But if that still happens, don’t worry. Just blend it completely
into the green colors so you kind of wake up the paint again. All right, this is how it looks so far. While this is drying, I’m going
to show you how you can use the same technique but
for an underwater scenery. Load up your brush with a
blue color of your choice and then distribute the
paint all around the paper. So once you create the blue
frame, blend out the color into the center with a clean wet brush to make the color lighter and
lighter toward the center. If you use too much paint
and the center is too dark, just use a tissue paper
again and soak up some of the paint and then you
can blend out the rest with a clean damp brush. Now the difference here
to the first painting is that the scenery is underwater, so instead of using another
color in the center, you want to load up your
brush with blue paint again and then you want to start
building up the color, starting from the edges. So apply the paint to the
corners and then lightly blend it towards the center in a circular motion. And with the rest of
the paint on your brush, create a few lines that
kind of create a spiral towards the center. If you want to keep the outer edges dark and the more and more
you move to the center, the lighter the color should become. This way you create this depth and also the light reflections
that you get underwater. Again, it’s important that
you work rather quickly so the moisture on the paper is even and you don’t get any patches later. Now for the third painting,
we are going to create a very simple mountain scenery
using the layering technique that we’re going to use in
the other paintings, as well. So here you only need
one color of your choice and then mix it with a ton of water so the color is very, very light. And then pick up the paint with your brush and then start outlining
the shape of the mountains right underneath the edge of your paper. Once you create the outline,
you want to blend out this line without using
any additional paint towards the bottom of the
paper, and then let it dry. So you get a very light color on top that becomes almost
invisible towards the bottom. These are going to be mountains
that are far, far away. In the fourth painting, we’re going to combine both techniques. We are going to create the
sunset in the background and later mountains, trees,
and anything that we want. Now here I used yellow and red to create this orangey sunset, but you
can use any color you like. You just want to make the center light and the outside darker. Also, instead of creating a full circle like in the first painting,
you want to do it the same as with the mountains and
blend out the rest of the paint starting from the center
towards the bottom. So we only see the sun on the
upper part of the painting. Now the most important part
in all those techniques is patience, so make sure
the paper is completely dry when you add another layer. You can use a hairdryer for that. I do that all the time. And then we can start building
up our little paintings. Now, to create depth
in the first painting, load up your brush with the same color you used for the background. In this case, I used my
lime green type of color but make it slightly
darker, just a little bit. And then paint a tree silhouette on top. So here I outlined some shapes. Some are taller, some are wider, but make sure you keep
the center relatively free so the sun doesn’t get lost. Just add a few trees below
it and let it dry again. In the ocean scenery, we
are going to do the same but we’re going to create the
light reflections instead. So here I used the same color
again, just slightly darker, and then I started painting triangles with the wider part at the edges that become smaller and
lighter towards the center. You can create them in any size. I painted some wider,
some were just thin lines. Just making sure I created this
type of star or sunray shape with the paint becoming almost
invisible towards the center. Since I also wanted to make the ocean look a little bit deeper, I
added the same blue color, just a little bit darker, to the edges and blended it in to the rest. All right, let’s move
on to the third painting while this is drying. Now here you also want
to use a darker version of the previous color and
then repeat the steps. Outline the shapes of the mountains but slightly below the first row, and then blend out the
line towards the bottom. The lighter the color is
right below the mountain, the more of a misty effect you create. So you don’t want to just
paint over the whole paper like we just did with the
trees in the first painting. We really want to make sure
the top part of the mountain is just a dark line,
which we then blend out to make the paint almost invisible below. Do the same in the fourth painting and let everything completely dry. Now from here we can finally start finishing up the paintings. If you’ve seen my video about how to paint with just one color, you
might know how this works. So basically, the more rows
you add to your painting, the darker and darker the color becomes when you move closer and
closer to the viewer. Load up your brush with
the same color again, just use more paint than
water to make it look darker and then apply another layer on top. Now here you can experiment
again with different shapes, heights, and how you place
everything into your painting. You can keep the center
rather free or if you want, you can also, of course, place
trees right at the center to make everything look more mysterious, like you really want to know
what’s there behind the trees. Where does the path lead you? Just make sure to let
the layers dry completely because otherwise, you
get patches or the lines will look fuzzy, so just be
patient or use the hair dryer. I use a hair dryer all
the time during my process because honestly, I
don’t want to wait ages for everything to dry, so
it saves you a lot of time. Since this technique
is all about layering, it’s not only important to
make sure the paint underneath is completely dry but
also that your watercolors are transparent because if it’s opaque or it has a ton of fillers
and it looks rather chalky, you might not get the same
results because, as you see, the layers are built on each
other and depend on each other. For the ocean scenery, you
can add people swimming around the light spot or add dolphins, fish, or anything else you like. To emphasize how deep the water is, I made some fish very
tiny around the center and then added some
bigger fish and dolphins around the edges that
swim towards the light. I did something similar
in the super old video about watercolors for beginners, but there I used a different technique and I think you can use
both, even in one painting. In the third painting, I
just kept adding more rows of mountains, making
them darker and darker. And for the fourth painting,
I just combined everything and played around with different colors. I added blues, reds, and
greens to just experiment. I was just so fascinated
by building up the layers and how colors looked
underneath another color, so it was really fun. The earliest examples are a great exercise to get familiar with the layering
and the glazing technique because you don’t have to
create a super detailed or advanced type of painting. You can just physically
create random shapes and layer them on top of each other and bam, you get something really cool. I just wanted to show you
guys these very simple ideas that you can incorporate into your art. I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful. I can’t wait to see what
you will use in your art and how it will turn out. Thank you so much for
watching, have a wonderful day, and I will see you in my next video. Bye!

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