Did you know that with watercolors to create additional values of a color you don't have to add white or black like with other mediums?
All you need is water! You create different values based on the amount of water you use with a paint.
In this class I will be teaching you how to create 3 different paintings in monochrome.
That's like 3 classes in 1!
In each lecture you will be using only one color.
Why you should take this course:
- You will get familiar with terms such as values and tones.
- It's a great way to study light and shadows.
- Makes you more comfortable with layering watercolors.
- You will learn how much water to use to achieve a needed tonal value.
- Great exercise to learn how to create different values out of one color.
- A perfect exercise for glazing/layering since it's much easier to see that process while working from light to dark
At the end of this class there's going to be a painting challenge. A great way to practice more what you have learnt, to test your own knowledge.
I am still providing a sketch and a reference photo (different options) and few ideas on how you can go about it.
*Should you take this class if you are a very beginner with watercolors?
Yes and No. Most of my classes are suitable for any level but because of the two subjects I chose to paint in this class that are a bit more complexed, before you enroll in this class, please take a course: NEW to Watercolors. It's best if you start from the very beginning.
You can purchase a bundle, two classes in one for a discounted price: "NEW to Watercolors" and "Paint in Monochrome with Watercolors".
*Monochromatic colors are the same colors coming from one HUE, a color. They are created by different tones and shades but it's the same color.
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!
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