Create Special Effects With These Watercolor Techniques!


– [Narrator] Hey! In my last video, I showed you how to create
depth with watercolors. So in today’s video, I want to show you another four techniques that I’ve recently been practicing that you can try out as well to create four different effects. The first effect you can try
out is creating fog or mist. Here you want to start off by
applying a thin layer of water all over the paper, making sure it’s only glossy, so there shouldn’t be any pools of water. Once you have that, load up your brush with
any color of your choice. And then while the paper is still wet, apply the paint to the top
and the bottom of the paper and then blend it out towards the center while keeping the middle
part really light. This is going to be the first
part of the misty effect. Now while the paper is still wet, we can start adding mountains or trees starting at the center. As you can see, I simply
dabbed on slightly darker blue paint to the paper creating
these triangle shapes that just blend into the background. This is similar to the previous technique where I showed you how to
create depth in your paintings. Here you want to make sure
that you still keep some white space and just lightly
apply now the tree shapes. So basically, we want to
see a light silhouette of the trees poking out while
disappearing into the fog at the same time. And then repeat these
steps with a few more trees to create several rows. Now let everything completely
dry and then we can move on to the second row of trees
that is slightly less covered in the fog. This time use a slightly darker version of the same color you chose, and then add more trees the same way. But since the paper is dry, the outlines of the trees
will be a lot sharper, so they’re kinda more in focus and they won’t blend into the background. But to keep the misty effect, paint the top part of the trees
that’s poking out of the fog and then blend out the bottom
half with a clean, damp brush. As you can see, I didn’t make
the trees super detailed. I just simply dabbed on the paint while recreating the shape of a tree. But of course, you can
look at a reference picture and decide what type of
tree you want to paint. Add as many trees as you want, just make sure you don’t
add too many at once or you might cover all
the foggy white space. Also depending on how close
or far away the trees are, you can play around with how dark or light you want to paint the trees. I wanted to keep the scenery really foggy so only a few tree tops
were darker than the rest. Let everything dry again
and then we can focus on the foreground of the painting. Here I worked rather in layers
and covered up a bigger part of the lower area to create
a big silhouette of the trees similar to the scenery in
one of my previous videos where I showed you how to create depth by painting multiple layers. These trees are in the foreground so they are darker and also
less covered in the fog. But depending on how you want to make your scenery look like, again, you can still play
around with how light or dark you want the trees to be, really depending on how much
fog or mist you want to create. I also didn’t wait for the
paint to dry before I added a new layer, but rather painted wet on wet to create a very loose
transition between the trees. Here, I also darken the
silhouette every time I added a new layer. I added a little bit of dark
brown so it’s even darker. And also rather dabbed on the paint, I didn’t try to paint
everything super neatly. And I really liked the pattern it created. And this is a very quick and abstract way to create fog in your painting. Now if you’re wondering how
to create fluffy animals with watercolors super easily, I’ll show you another quick trick. To show you this technique, I’m going to outline a cat silhouette using a black watercolor pencil. But of course, you can draw
any fluffy animal you like. Here you want to make sure
the sketch is slightly smaller as you want the final painting to be because we will add a lot of paint later that we will expand towards the sides. Next, apply a little bit of
water all over the drawing and slightly around the outline. This will make sure that
when the paint expands, the outline will be covered as well. And then you can start
adding paint to the sketch. Here, I just used black watercolor paint and added it right to
the center of the sketch. And then I carefully distributed the paint inside the outlines. Because we also used the
wet on wet technique here, the wet paint will start
melting on the paper and then distribute
itself towards the sides creating this fluffy effect. You’ll see that in the beginning, the cat looks rather small, but later it turns into a big fluffy cat. That’s why you want to
start with a small sketch so you have enough space
around on the paper. And to make sure that
the paint and the water don’t start spreading like crazy, you want to control the amount
of water you keep adding with the paint. So rather dab off excess water
on a piece of tissue paper so you have more paint
than water on your brush when you add the paint. Now watercolors look a
lot lighter when dry, so what you can do instead, you can also use black ink for example, or use watercolors out of the tube so you get as much pigment as you can. This is the basic technique
behind the fluffiness. Of course you can play around
with how you incorporate that into your painting. Another request I got a lot is on how to create reflections in water. In this video, I wanted
to show you a very basic and easy way you can try out. To show you this technique, I first painted a few
trees along the horizon. I started with a very bright green color and build it up with
additional darker layers. Again, I simply dabbed on the paint while recreating the overall
shape of a round tree. I kept the right side lighter
and the left side darker so it creates more dimension. Now to add more texture to the trees, I also use a bristle
brush that is usually used for acrylics or oil. Here I dabbed the brush
into a dark green color and then dabbed it on top
of the trees to add texture. Now here it’s important
that the brush is rather dry so the dots the brush
creates aren’t too thick. I think this way the tree
looks a little bit more interesting and it also kinda
adds a very cute anime feel to it, don’t you think? Then I added the tree stem
and the grass below the trees with the same brush while
making sure that the lower parts of the trees are darker
because here they get the least amount of light. Now to create the reflection,
start by applying a thin layer of water below the trees and
then distribute a little bit of blue colored paint
starting at the bottom. You want to blend it out
upward so the blue fades out. Now while the paper is still wet, load up your bristle
brush with green paint and then create a thin line
slightly below the trees so there is a small gap in between. Once you have that, you can carefully drag
the paint downwards. Now here you want to pay
attention to the trees. Wherever the tree is darker,
you want to use darker paint. And where it’s lighter and brighter, use the same bright shade. Also the reflection shouldn’t be too long or otherwise it will
look a little bit off. So here I try to keep the
reflection about the same size as the height of the trees. Also keep in mind that the
bristle brush is rather harsh on the paper, so try to
move the brush really gently over the paper so you don’t
damage it by scrubbing over it too much. Now this water is super quiet so there’s no real movement on it. This is why the water
rather looks like a mirror, but you can also use a clean damp brush and lift up a few lines here and there to create small waves in the water. Finally, we can paint the sky. Here I use the same blue
color and blend it out towards the trees. Technically, you can of
course paint the sky first before you paint the trees, I was just a little bit impatient. This is just one of the ways
how you can easily create reflections in the water. Now the next effect is rather adventurous. Here we are going to
create sun rays that shine through the clouds on a very gloomy day, but at the same time, it can also be rain. Because for this technique, I’ll be moving the paper around, I tape it down to the backside
of a watercolor block. I started off by applying
a little bit of water to the upper part of the paper and then added some blue colored paint. Since I wanted the
paint to move downwards, I’m holding the paper slightly up, and then I repeated this step. I left out some space and
applied a little bit of water and paint, and made it run downwards. The white space I left
out will be the area where the sun will shine through later. So I continue to build up
the intensity of the paint so you can see it looked
really interesting because I was really curious
at how it will look in the end. Now to create texture and to add clouds, I soaked up some of the
paint with a tissue paper. And from here, I build up the
intensity and the darkness of the color even more. But to make the sun
rays or the rain itself, at some point I only added clean water while holding the paper
slightly vertically so the water moves downwards
while pushing away the paint. So this way we create this
even transition between light and the blue sky in the background. It’s really complicated to explain, I think because it actually
was just experimenting and playing around because
I really wanted to see how it will turn out and I
really liked how the paint and the water created unique patterns. And this is how the
first layer came to life. And once the first layer was
dry, it looked like this. Now you can actually use this
result for an under the ocean painting as well because
the scene kind of looks like water as well, don’t you think? But instead, I added mountains
and the trees the same way as in my previous paintings
and just played around with it. I think all these techniques
give you so many options what you can do with them. So I hope it gave you some
inspiration for your future art. If you haven’t checked
out my previous videos I’ve been mentioning, you can
check them out right here. I really hope this video
was helpful to you. Thank you so much for watching. Have a wonderful day and I
will see you in my next video. Bye!

100 thoughts on “Create Special Effects With These Watercolor Techniques!

  1. Happy Saturday! I kept getting a lot of requests about how to paint certain effects with watercolors and that's why I decided to show you four techniques you can try out! I wanted to give you an overview of all these techniques so let me know if you would like to get me into more depth on a specific technique!

  2. I saw the cat one in your Instagram story!
    I tried to do the same but it made the colour blend in other part of the paper😥 ….
    But now IAM happy coz you made this video ,which is really helpful…..
    So….,thank you (as always)

  3. Your art is so beautiful, and your techniques look so simple when you do it but I'm sure I'll struggle if I try 😂

  4. Everytime I watch a video of yours it makes me want to paint something, not because I want it to look as pretty as yours or whatever, but just to enjoy the process of painting rather than putting pressure on myself to create a perfect end result. Your videos help me fall in love with the process and creation of art and I love you so much for it ❤ thanks for the video !!

  5. Bonjour, vos vidéos sont superbes, malheureusement vous parlez beaucoup et vous n’avez pas activés les sous-titres en français, donc je ne comprend rien à ce que vous raconté. C’est dommage….😉👍🏻😘m

  6. Merci j adore cette vidéo. Je cherchais justement des exercices à faire pour progresser en aquarelle. Super merci.

  7. Hi! I tried the cat, but it wasn’t expanding into a fluffy texture. It just neatly traced the edges. Have any advice?

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  9. This is really helpful and i will try it out! I just love your videos the clouds in the last one look realistic i think

  10. Untopic but I ask a question to you. What are you do when your hands are shaking because you draw too much. How can I cancel this?

  11. This definitely helped me because all i could do was pretty ombres and now i can start playing with the effects while watching this, TYSM!

  12. Oh, you painted my cats! Pip is (mostly) black and fuzzy, shes little high-strung and doubles her tiny figure, when excited enough. Zig is white and longhaired, so obviously hes not as well defined on the white paper but Im sure hes there 🙂 He camouflages perfectly while sleeping in the bathtub and turns transparent in the snow, unless you can see his eyes, magic cat. Thanks for the tips, they are all saved to my gray cell database and will be definitely used.

  13. Wow! You are a great art teacher. When I see you apply your brush to the paper, I think I can do it too. That’s the irrational part of my brain saying that, but when my brush starts touching the paper the rational part says come on, don’t kid yourself, you’re not in her league.

  14. Wow. These results are amazing. My paper seems to dry a lot faster than other people’s. I guess I’ll have to give cold press a try. I’ve been using hot press. I will definitely try these techniques as I’m very interested in learning reflections. Thank you!!

  15. I just started watercolor a few weeks ago and this will definitely be really helpful with my landscape paintings. <3

  16. Hieee thank you for teaching soo well
    I have a request please teach us how to paint birds, fruits & flowers with water colour 😍

  17. cool!! Love the cat, and the foggy…. and all of the paints!! I will try them and let you know… uf I could do it! I tried another video from you…. but… it needs some more practice 😬

  18. OMG !!! These techniques are really wonderful and will help me in painting cause I am not so good at it 😘☺️🤗❤️❤️

  19. amazing techniques, Thanks for sharing………. Am new to watercolouring and these techniques are gng to be really useful

  20. Milions thanks to you .. you explain and gave tutorial for most innovative method which i always witness from some great artist. But unfortunately i couldn't do that in actual way like them, because i really didn't know the technique. But know you made it very very easy for me. Lots of thanks dear!

  21. Last effect was 😘👌 also liked the Cat .. mako can you do more DIY videos , What about doing a video combind both watercolor and DIY ??

  22. I love the cat one because I really love cat. Can you paint us different kinds of cat paints? ♥️

  23. Ok, Ok. We get it….

    Stop being so good at this!

    But for real, that last painting was WILD. I would hang that up on my wall so good.

  24. For the last technique I was super satisfied when you added that green forest look. So pretty! Thanks for sharing all these 🤗❤

  25. Tourism sketches return. Let's take a look at your watercolor video. The theme is very beautiful, the process of your painting is also very beautiful, it is worth to take a look at it often, thank you! .

  26. Can you do a more in-depth explanation about shadows and light? I'm ready bad at adding lighting to my art especially with water color cause I get so focused on layering the colors n making sure they don't bleed that I forget about keeping it light to show there's some kind of light source. So my pictures look unrealistic. I mean they already look unrealistic but having no light source makes it a lot harder to get that slight realism

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