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PAINT WITH ME!: Plants with Watercolors

PAINT WITH ME!: Plants with Watercolors


welcome to my first paint with me video,
today we will be painting a calathea rattlesnake plant for this you will need:
brushes, a bowl with water, a palette watercolors, pencil, watercolor paper and
that’s it, let’s get started! first, we will mix 2 random colors, I’m going to
choose a purple and a light blue; when mixing colors I like to cook with a
little bit of what I have in the palette not just use the colors straight from
the palette. After we have our color ready we will go ahead and wet all our
paper, we add pigment to one edge of the paper and bring it down more pigment to
the edge and bring it all the way down with these we can see that watercolor
pigment goes a long way and we don’t really need to use a lot when working
with it. For our second paper we will be doing the same but this time with
another pigment as well. We wet the paper and add pigment to one
of the edges and once we bring it down we will add the second color pigment to
the other edge of the paper. This technique is called wet on wet and is to show you how we can work mixing one color with the other and make a gradient
seamlessly voila! now we will do the technique
called “wet on dry” I’m drawing a circleon top of my paper which is already dried and now add the pigment on top. As you can see when we use “wet on dry” the colors don’t mix at all and this is to make different layers without mixing the
colors on it. Now that we have that of the way we will start with our rattlesnake plant. Before painting I want you to look at your plant and see where
the light hits the most. How are the edges of your leaves? What colors do you
see? Where does the shadow hit, where does the light hit, and make a very rough
sketch of it because the details will be done with the watercolors and the fine
liner we work at the end. When I mix my colors, in this case green, I don’t only
use the green colors in my palette but I actually like to cook the colors with
pretty much every color on the palette. When we see colors in real life we don’t
only see a blue made out of blue but it actually reflects every color in the
rainbow, the more time we take making and cooking our colors, the more special our
palette will be. Before we get into the leaf, I worked on three different shades
of green. Now that we have the rough sketch we
will start working with the lightest layers of the leaf. When we work with
watercolors we want to work layer upon layer but we want to go from light to
dark so first we can cover all of our leaf with what will be our
lightest color. Once this is dry we can start adding more layers, each one of
them a shade more dark. While we let that dry we’re going to work on our darkest
green and just as we did before, in order to make green we will use most of the
colors in the palette. Once our brightest layer is done I’m
going to go ahead and paint some of our darker areas. I’ve come to realize this
lefy-looking patterns inside the calathea leaf are very dark and at the
same time I’ve come to see that the middle part to the bottom of the leaf
always gets more shadow than the top part and that is because that area of
the leaf isn’t flat, but has some movement to it and light hits it
differently. As we work on one of our darkest areas on the leaf now we have a
better idea of all the range of green shades we can work around with. As we’ve
let our first layer dry this lefy-pattern areas are not bleeding into the
background color, while we let the patterns dry we start
to work on some middle tones and while those are drying up we can start adding
more and more layers on top of it. Something I love about watercolors is
that it’s a technique that asks us to be present if we go and get a tea or
something once we come back we won’t be able to make changes to it. Another thing
I’ve realized about Calathea leaves is that the edges of the leaf are darker
than the middle parts so this is something I can also start working with. Now that we have a bigger range of greens we can start darkening up the areas with
more shadow. The more we observe our subject, the more we’ll be able to work
on all the details it has. and now that we’re working on our second leaf we will follow the same rules as we did on the first one. We start with the
brightest colors then go to some of the areas with more shadow and that way we
can open up our range of shades. Also, for the second one, I decided to add some
back part of the leaf as calathea has a beautiful purple back color to it. When we’re finished working in the
watercolor, we’ll let it dry completely and if you want to add some fine liner
work like I do, here is a little tutorial each person has a different way of
making shadows; I personally use dots and eyes and there’s a whole reason behind why I do that. First I do the contour of the whole leaf and
then start using these as a resource to make my shadows bring even more contrast
to the final product. I follow the patterns that we’ve worked
on with watercolors, I make way more dots and way more lines when my watercolor is
darker and way less were the bright parts of the leaf hit I encourage you to take your time and
discover in which way you like to use fine liner,
some people do lines, some people do doodles,
some people do lines to two different sides, I do the dots and the eyes so please don’t copy the way I do mine. I highly
recommend that you find your own way of doing shadows. This is probably my
favorite part of the whole process, I love working in all the details and I
feel that adding that fine liner work is what gives my painting life at the end
of the day. Thank you so much for watching! I would
love to see the leaves that you made so if you did work on this leave please
make sure to tag me here or on my Instagram because I would love to see your work. If
you like this video please feel free to subscribe to my channel and I want to
keep on creating free content for all of you so instead of opening a patreon
with private links I’ve opened a page called buy me a coffee where you can now
support me with as little as $5 and this is very much appreciated. You can find
the website on my description box and I’ll see you next time, bye!

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25 thoughts on “PAINT WITH ME!: Plants with Watercolors

  1. Thank you! So helpful:)
    Night here in India but I know what I'm going to do tomm.
    Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  2. te quedo hermoso, me encanta que todo lo que haces es tan autentico, tu forma de hablar y de editar los videos, tu estilo artistico reconocible en cualquier lado, me encanta

  3. I love your work and your videos! They're really inspiring and bring peace and harmony. Thank you for sharing all this!

  4. thank you for this vidéo, I love to see you painting ! I am starting with watercolor and this helps me a lot.
    here in France we are confined, lot of time staying in the house, art helps me a lot……
    please, stay safe and keep on sending us video.Your art is so beautiful.

  5. Muchas gracias por todo esto Caro. ❤️ Tus lives y tu contenido me inspiran y hacen un poquito mejor estos días. ¡Cuidate mucho!

  6. Thank you so much Caro 💜
    Please can you tell me what were the gradiants in the beginning for? Can they be used as background for the plant painting?

  7. Thank you for sharing your gift with us through your videos and Instagram/TB live-streams. Your content has been nourishing and healing during these times. Thank you!

  8. your videos always transport me to a place of serene calmness no matter how crazy life feels. i hope one day i can grow as an artist and a youtuber to make people feel as happy as you make us all feel :))

  9. Thank you sooooo much for this!! I just bought some watercolours after seeing your stunning work. You have a style that opens the mind and heart!

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