Thank you so much for joining my online school!
My name is Maria and I have a YouTube Channel where I share short painting tutorials but this Online Class and all other ones on Teachable are very different.
My online classes are in FULL Version/Real Time with Voiceovers, exercises, 1:1 painting with me as I talk you through the entire time.
In this class, I talk about basic things such as which papers I like best for painting butterflies in watercolor; watercolor paints/creating a palette; brushes; adding layers, creating texture; lifting up; creating more vibrancy; spattering paint for loose effect; etc
I talk about my reference photos and I explain how I choose colors, paper and how I am going to go about it.
In this class will be using 4 different reference photos and we will be painting 4 different butterflies, that's like 4 classes in 1.
First Butterfly is more detailed, more transparent; light layers.
Second butterfly is more realistic, more layered. We are creating spots on wings, the wings are more vibrant; lifting up some parts of the wings.
Third butterfly is even more vibrant, there's more contrast but less detail; focusing mostly on blending colors and vibrancy.
Our #4 Butterfly is my favorite, totally loose and lots of spatter with an option of adding iridescent medium at the very end :)
There's a FREE Class available - "Free watercolor tips" - don't forget to enroll :)
Thank you so much and have fun painting!
My name is Maria and I’m a self taught artist based in Los Angeles, CA.
I did a little bit of drawing back in 2003 but I did not really start painting until 2011. What got me in 2011 was the idea of creating my own children’s books. I went to an art store and decided to buy supplies. I loved the idea of using paint and brushes.
I got my first set of Reeves and Cotman watercolor tubes. Now, why did I choose brushes and tubes over pencils or pastels...? Well I did grow up with a mom who’s an oil artist. I watched her paint through my entire childhood but I was never drawn to do it myself. Now when I look at my work and style I think some of the brush strokes and techniques have been captured in my mind from watching my mother but also the fact that she was using paint brushes and oils in tubes.
I never liked the smell of it and the mess I remember all over the floor and perhaps this is why I chose Watercolors because they seem “cleaner”. I also liked the idea of using “water” and watercolor paper which makes it even more simple.
I didn’t have any experience. No professional training. I just started to sketch then using paint out of tubes. At first I’d use a lot of paint almost no water, I’d paint like I remember my mother painting with oils. Then I started adding water and realized that water makes more sense.
I started practicing a lot and getting better as I was getting more feel of the paint and water. I do have to say that I started off with one of the best watercolor papers out there. While I was shopping I was looking for the smoothest watercolor paper I could find. I had no idea about the texture. I didn’t even want to think about the texture but today I absolutely love Rough, Cold Pressed and all the pounds that come with it!
The only smooth paper I found was Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor paper Pad 9X12. I actually started with a more difficult paper to work with (without knowing it) because when you don’t have the texture you do have to work more on details. You can’t easily get away with small mistakes like painting on Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper that has a texture. I got better with my second children’s book. I published it on Amazon. Today when I look at it.. it’s such a huge difference between my art now and then. I’m very happy with what I have accomplished. I only did two books then some greeting cards. I got bored with it and didn’t have much motivation to continue painting.
In 2014 I lost my twin brother due to suicide. This was the most tragic event that happened in my life.
A month later I started going through my brother’s saved photo albums and was analyzing everything he did in his last days. I tried to understand every photo he had. Beautiful photos of forests, animals.. basically things you see me painting today, but his were more mysterious and sad. I started recreating these photos in my paintings with Watercolors.
I pushed myself very hard and to use this medium on different “watercolor surfaces”. I started with wooden panels with proper watercolor groundings, different textures like cold Pressed, Rough.
This has become my healing therapy. Painting everyday and pouring my feelings onto the paper.
Then one day a friend of mine saw my artwork and mentioned about having my own YouTube channel. I saw few painting videos and thought maybe I could try that one day. A year later Jan 2016 I did my first video on YouTube I didn’t get much traffic until August 2016. This is when my channel took off. I also started painting in a different way.
Today my art is completely different to when I first started.
Today I love Watercolors for their transparency and vibrancy of colors. I never thought Watercolors can be so colorful and looking so rich on a paper.
I taught myself how to paint and how to create these vibrant layers.
But Teachable has giving me a chance to create more detailed classes.
Here I talk while I am painting where I want you to feel as if you are sitting right next to me.
I invite you to be part of my watercolor class and find your own style of painting with Watercolors. Painting is a pleasure and should never be a struggle.
I want you to enjoy it as much as I do. YOU CAN PAINT ANYTHING!
StartButterfly 1 Overview (8:54)
StartButterfly 1 - Art Supplies
StartButterfly 1 Reference Photo
StartButterfly 1 Washi Tape (2:07)
StartButterfly 1 Creating a Pencil sketch Parts 1-2 (13:35)
StartButterfly 1 Pencil sketches for download
StartButterfly 1 Creating our Palette (2:17)
StartButterfly 1 Close up Photos of Maria Raczynska's Butterfly #1 Painting
StartButterfly 1 Painting Process (69:58)