LIVE Watercolor: Bluebird!

LIVE Watercolor: Bluebird!

the cell phone hello everyone 7:15 that means it's time to paint so as let's introduce everybody come up here gentlemen yep you too you have to come in the man crew Oh Amy said you did a great job packing her order okay so welcome to let's make art today we are painting this wonderful blue bird but before we get started we're gonna introduce everybody and so right here we have misty she's paying today Jake's doing camera work Jenny's painting with us again and this is my husband Michael he's doing a camera work today and this is Casey he usually does camera work but we are bringing in him to do some painting today and he packed yours so if you have supplies Casey packed it he does an awesome job and Alisoun some camera work and Ray is painting today so welcome everybody and Sarah Craig oh yes I'm sorry thank you very much okay all right so we're gonna do some warm-ups today but let me introduce the colors that we're going to use so we're using five colors today but the water colors are the dr. pH Martin's of course because they're my favorite and they're beautiful and the colors are so gorgeous so we have daffodil yellow and we're using two different kinds of blue and the reason why I'm doing two different kinds of blue is I want you to get familiar with using different shades so you're not only adding black because when you use like a different shade of blue like the slate blue we're gonna use for some dark blue areas instead of adding black and it just brings a little bit more to your painting and it doesn't flatten it right away cuz sometimes black does that so I've Norway blue slate blue black and daffodil yellow and then when we do some detail work we're going to use our bleed proof white all right you guys ready all right well let's start with some warmups so grab a brush any brush you want I'm gonna do I'm using a six right now but whatever size you feel comfortable and we're gonna start with doing our value change so we're gonna start with going dark and then using just water to lighten it up so get your brush get it wet now for me I always dab the edge of my cup to take off a little bit of water so it's not like soaking or dripping and then I'm gonna grab some color this is slate blue that I'm grabbing here and you're just going to put a couple mark start down a nice thick area and then you're gonna rinse your brush completely and just use clean water to spread out that color so the goal here is to go from super dark to super light when you spread you hit it against the side too yeah so we're gonna start I'm gonna bring KC's over that's a good question in KC so I like to leave this part alone because we want this part to be the darkest so when I add my water I do it from here that edge right so then that way this stays untouched and so hopefully that will be our darkest or darkest value on that paper so do that a couple times just to get familiar if you're want to play around then you can maybe do because maybe you've done this a couple times with the warm ups so see if you can go from dark so really dark to light back up to dark so just take that water and spread it and then kind of do it on the opposite side so do it the other way here if you don't want to do that you just want to do it one way that's good too but just for those who want a little bit more practice see if you can go dark to mid to light to mid to dark like flames is that what that looks like well I kind of cheated I went from dark to light no no that's not cheating that's what I did too so I did my dark to light and then I did my dark to light over here yeah and you just met them in the middle yeah that's perfect so this is probably like one of the biggest things I do when we paint and you'll see when we start is I always put down my strong color first wherever it is on my painting and then I just use water to spread it out so usually in regular painting you use you mix your paint with white paint to make it lighter and to get that value change but with watercolor what we're doing is we're adding water to it instead and that way it just makes it a little bit more transparent so you see the white of the paper through it more good good job okay so the next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna do three washes so we want a dark wash and I don't wash is just when you're laying the paint and the water down simultaneously so this is a wash right here now we want to even so to go to make it even you just go back and forth so pretty much the opposite of what we were just doing right because with this first one you lay it down and then you spread it out you leave it alone to make it even you just kind of go back and forth over it and then that's gonna evenly spread out the color and then I want you to do another one with a lighter wash so see if you can get three different values see if you can get a really dark a medium and a light I'm gonna get a little bit more sleep blue yes at the slate blue a really beautiful color it's like almost a navy but it kind of has like a purple when it dries it almost has a purple enos to it that's okay don't stress case oh my gosh we forgot our raising the right hand okay you're right you're right okay after the warm-ups we'll do it okay because that is such an important part yeah and then that's yep no like look how light – that's good so I have a dark I have a medium I belay and then while one of them is still wet so my dark one is still wet I'm just gonna drop in water just to see what that does if your painting is too dry like my medium value wash over here this is probably too dry to wear if I put water on it it's just gonna hang out right on that top of the paper so if you're looking to do this type of texture within your painting make sure that your wash is wet when you when you first lay it down okay and the last thing you can read what it yeah so if I wanted to just go back over kind of rehydrate it then you can drop in water how did you yeah this one I didn't really I let my brush get nice and wet and then I dropped it in you got it yeah okay it's like my favorite this is called wet on wet this is working with a wet surface and then adding wet paint or water to it that's the wet on wet technique and then the last thing we're going to do is we're going to do just water so just take your water and I'm just I like to do squares but you can do whatever shapes and then after you do a wet area you're gonna take your pain and just drop it in and you're just going to watch how that spreads so this is also a really cool thing where you can just get some cool and if you want you can I'm gonna add a little different color in there drop in some yellow and just see how that spreads and plays with the other color is mine too wet so it's not like it's spreading enough for ya if it will sometimes you have to help it spread a little bit so even dropping in just clean water in that so Michael can you get so this was just dropping in color and then I dropped in some yellow and then I dropped water on top of that and so I'm just getting some really cool textures going on here just for you right just just for you oh cool yeah it's so therapeutic to to just watch it move so cool okay there is actually a relaxing yeah it's a thing it's a thing people do it okay so I feel pretty good about my warmups there keep your scratch paper near you because if we need to practice doing some thin lines or something you'll have that handy and for this bird we have our outline yes sir okay everybody raise your right hand which camera am i looking at this one okay everyone is your right hand and repeat after me I promise to be brave I promise to be kind to myself and I promise to have fun there you go now we are ready now now it's time to get started on our bird now I'm gonna trace my bird right now so is Casey you can just get this printable off our website whenever we have printables we make it available whenever we announce the project so you can have those printed out and ready and you're just gonna follow the outline that I have for you so you can start anywhere on the paper how hard you push so you want to not push too hard because we want our lines that to be fine and we want them to be light so if you like press really hard on your bird your lines are gonna be super dark and if that happens just take your eraser and just kind of kind of erase over those really dark lines sorry I keep breaking this lid mmm I'm doing it too hard if I'm bringing the lid so just follow the lines if you miss a little I know that while we get to the wing there's a lot of lines going on so if you miss when it's not a big deal Oh dad I hope you're doing this I hope he's doing this at home I would love to see his bird yeah he's really talented I love seeing his paintings I love seeing everybody's paintings really it makes me so happy when people send them in so just follow and so when I do these outlines I'm outlining the shapes of the bird and then I'm outlining I kind of section off where we have shaded or highlighted areas so at the top of the head you're gonna see this section at the top that's because this area is our highlight and so for awhile we're not going to paint within that area at all we're going to kind of paint around it and then this part of the belly this area this is where I know it's supposed to be the darkest on my belly so that's why I kind of do these outlines to kind of know the shape and then also where to highlight or where to UM have a shadow is that my mom – oh yeah yeah that's I have two moms that's my other mom hi mom yeah yeah I have three I have four cuz Michael's mom so much many mothers so you're gonna paint like did you like so usually I'll so if I think like I'm like okay I want to do a bluebird I'll look at Google Images and then I'll draw one up so I'm looking at one that has shadow and shading while I'm drawing it and so I'll draw that up and then I just do the outline and scan it for you guys because I mean some people have are afraid that this is cheating which I don't I don't think using tracing paper is cheating at all you'll notice that when you talk to professional calligraphers or artists they there's different tricks and tools you can use to get make drawing easier and I don't think that's a good enough reason to get people to not paint so I just want to make it so you can paint you'll feel more comfortable just drawing it okay so if you do your bird and then we have these erasers on our website if you want their gummy erasers and they're really great because usually erasers degrade the paper and that's how you get to erase things but with these gummy erasers all it's going to do is take off that the graphite or the pencil so um and they're really they're really soft on the paper so I'm just gonna try and lighten mine a little bit but if you need an eraser this is good because sometimes the ones on pencils like actually smear and we do not want that because we don't want to smear our lines so I'm just gonna kind of lighten up my paper do you need that just right there yeah yeah sometimes when you use graphite paper if you have are resting your hand you might get a little bit of spot so you can just erase that okay let's get started so I'm gonna start with my two brush this time and I'm going to use slate blue that's the darker blue and I'm gonna start by putting in my shadow here so I'm gonna go kind of on the right side of this eyeball and underneath it a little bit and then I'm going to start are doing the shadow on my lines on my wings so basically I'm just gonna start putting in the shadows first so I'm gonna just kind of paint this area that I outlined and on this side and then I'm just gonna go in and start following the outline on my bird now when you paint it's it's usually easier if you start for me I like to start with putting the shadows in first or the darker areas and then going from there and then I'm gonna do it yeah and then I'm just following the really thin lines that are kind of near the tail because those are all the feathers layered on top of each other so each and this is where Birds get a little bit complicated right because there's so many feathers there's so many layers so we have to show that there's a feather layered on top of that and how we do that is we do shadow and highlight and that's how we give depth to something and then I'm going to do a little bit of shadow right underneath the beak right at this corner here you can always we're gonna go back and do it darker this is just to kind of establish them so don't worry about that if it's too so I just did my lines and then I'm going to do a little bit right here up this wing I'm not going to fill in this whole area because this is actually going to be yellow but underneath before it turns yellow there's some shadow on the blue so I'm just going to do a little bit right on the edge of the line here okay good job well clear to the tail that's alright because that whole thing is shadowed so that's just fine and now I'm going to switch to my I have a six here but if you have a four you can use a four or if you want to stay with your two or even if you want to go wild and use your ten that's cool too we're kind of just going to start filling in the body now on this bird so now I'm going to start using my Norway blue here and I'm going to start where these lines are here kind of in the you and then I'm just going to take clean water and spread that up oh I yeah you might miss a couple lines on your bird that's okay don't stress about that it's not a big deal basically we want to make sure that the very top part of this wing is lighter than the bottom which is why I'm adding water to it to lighten it up and then we're just going to start spreading our color around and then you go straight water right yeah yep just use straight water to spread that color up to the top of the wing now if you think that your color down here is not not dark enough yet don't worry about that with water color we do lots of layering so we kind of are just doing the initial layer right now where we're establishing our darks and our lights and our mediums and then as we go out and as it dries we add depth to our to our painting here and then so I did my wing and now I'm gonna go to the back still using my Norway blue to the back of the bird and do the same thing where I do my dark line my initial paint where it's strong in color and then just rinse my brush and spread it out yeah so I do my dark line first here so along the edge kind of near the back of the body that back body line and then I just use clean water spread it out that is the Norway blue yeah it's this really beautiful strong blue here now I'm gonna start going up towards the eye of my bird with this color but remember to leave this highlighted section this circle section that's at the top of the head do not color that in yet that's one of the last things we fill in because we want that to be almost white yeah and I'm starting to kind of go a go around thanks Chad watercolor is so cool to watch okay so for right now we should have the most of the body the top part kind of kind of colored now if you're where you are with me right now you can you can catch up or follow along all I'm doing is I'm just gonna start just with a really light wash so I'm not really grabbing new paint I'm kind of just using water and I'm just gonna start filling in the tail and the reason why I'm not using heavy paint right now is because I want to still be able to see these lines that I created and if I use strong paint than I might cover those up and I do not want to do that so I'm just kind of taking a wash right now a really light wash and going over it kind of filling in my bird where this right here okay yeah can I bring that actually Michael can you come over and I'll show people how to so with her she did her her dark line and she added water which is nice but now we have a really strong line and so to get rid of that we're just gonna blend which basically means we use a damp brush and we just kind of smudge those two lines together back and forth so it has a more natural okay bleed and that way you won't have such a strong line but like for me on mine here I kind of have a strong line but it's not going to bother me it doesn't bother me too much right now especially because I know I'm gonna add more layers on top so I'm just gonna leave it so it just depends on what you feel as you're painting if it's kind of distracting you from the overall thing then go ahead and blend it out if not then you can just leave it and we'll go back to it yes but don't get in the stomach area yet because that part we're gonna we're gonna basically just leave that white because that the belly of the bird is actually white but we're gonna use gray to make sure that we see that there's shadow which is gonna give us the shape of it the shape of the belly behind so I just straight water and sometimes yeah like I'll look at especially wool in Missouri right there's like such big sky and clouds so I like to look especially with like clouds in sky I'll look at that be like okay how would I go about paint we are not next week sorry it's not going to be next week but we are yeah eventually we're going to do that I'm really excited to do it cuz clouds and skies are gorgeous but it's like a whole nother way to to paint so I'm kind of giving us a little bit of time first before we do that okay so now we're gonna do the belly while we let the bird dry before we add layers on to that so I want to use some black so I'm just gonna take some water and your water might be a little bit blue now that's okay if there's a little bit of color in it and then I'm just gonna grab a little bit of black can they see me grab my black over here yeah so just a tiny bit of black here down good okay and then this shaded area this is going to be my darkest part on the bird so that's what I'm gonna color in first so I'm gonna fill that in right using the it's kind of a grey that we're picking up since we're not using pure black so I fill that in first and then I rinse my brush for just clean water and I spread that out spread that out all the way to like the chest area now I don't think that I even painted right underneath the beak at all I think I just left out the white paper because I wanted that to be highlighted but you just want to make sure that this section is your darkest section on your painting so I so usually I'll go back and layer a couple of times so I'm going to just add a little bit more and the reason that we do this right we talked about this a little bit with the whale I think but when you have a round object right so let's say my hand is round right now and if the light is hitting it here this highlight this is gonna be the widest part and then on the sides here it's gonna be darker because it's turning away from the light which is the same thing with this belly so the top part of the chest is the highlighted part and then the belly is going underneath right because birds if you think of the shape of the belly it goes underneath so the underneath part of that bird is shaded and that's how we get form okay looks good looks good yeah good job okay now we're going to start doing some little thinner detail work so I'm going to take my two again and I'm gonna grab my Norway blue and I'm gonna mix it a little bit with my slate just because I like mixing colors there's no like formula for this one because it's just kind of playing around and I'm gonna start doing the line work underneath where the chin area of the bird meets the white part of the stomach so if you look at the bird here see how I have little lines going out do you see that that's okay so you're just gonna like um do an imaginary line like as if it goes here so here I can do that with grey if you want it's gonna go like this do you see that okay so I'm just gonna take my two and I'm just gonna kind of do my really thin lines going down almost like like feathers here and that's because we want this like kind of feathered texture going on to the stomach so it's basically just like swish marks that I'm doing over and over again if you need to practice swish marks you can grab your paper and so I'll just do them so I'm basically doing this movement over and over right kind of on top of each other at following the line kind of swish swish swish swish swish yeah make that noise it helps swish swish swish swish okay so your tummy might be a little bit wet still might you could see here on my bird that it bled a little bit into my belly that did it I think accidents like that are kind of really wonderful with watercolor so it's not bothering me but if yours is too wet that it's spreading too much then wait a second for your belly tool to dry before okay and now I'm going to do another layer underneath my my beak here so I'm gonna try and get this color to match up with the color I just laid down so it's not like a white outline so I'm just gonna kind of add some Norway blue with a little bit of slate blue underneath my beak and then I'm gonna blend this out so your paper lines might show a little bit through your wash usually when the painting is done and we do little textures on the belly it's not gonna be as noticeable but if if you notice that your your pencil lines are super dark through the wash then try and take an eraser and get them like barely there before we start painting because once you lay down watercolor or water over those those lines you cannot erase the lines so we're gonna keep adding layers to the belly so hopefully it will kind of cover it and won't bother you but just for next time if you're if you're gonna trace then try and do a softer line should we go check in with everybody really quick okay thanks drea okay this is draya's this is looking really good I would think the only thing we want to do is we want to blend this so this is a really strong line here compared to that really highlighted blush right there right so just take some water and kind of just blend that out so it's more of a natural transition and not a strong line and then maybe after this dries go in and do a little bit more line work on the edge here because this was really wet when it bled so we have this cool thing but we still want a little bit of feather texture here so just after it dries go back and do a little bit more line work there welcome okay Casey yeah what's the same color that you did these feather lines with those look really good by the way you're just going to match that color so this kind of area the blue part underneath the chin we want to match that color we just laid uh-huh yep and we want to get this dark so we want it to just match so here we kind of just want it to match the colors we laid down and then as we go towards the center it's going to lighten up to match this highlight yeah okay Jenny let's look at yours here okay beautiful yeah so you see that she did the shadow underneath here with the darker blue but it's a really nice transition there's not any strong lines so that blended really nice and I think that's cool too how it just bled good job I think you're I think you're on track okay and misty here yeah this is perfect so it's a nice blend we have a good transition here to the highlight there's not any strong lines and we have some good feather texture here at the bottom so that's looking really good and your tummy yeah your tummy looks good too all right so let's get back to it so now I'm going to start on my feet now here's the thing that that's gonna really help elevate your paintings so we see we have an outline for our foot right but when you do your feet you do not want to outline the entire thing with black if you do that it's going to flatten it it's gonna look like a cartoon so what I like to do is I'm gonna start with black here kind of right at the very top of my legs here so I lay down and it's the same thing I lay down my color and then just where I have a little bit of a nail sticking out and where my foot is curved I'm gonna put black there so I have a nail here I have a nail here I have a nail here and here and then it curves here so it's like where the toes meet and here and that is the only strong black I'm gonna put down on this bird and then I'm just gonna use water I'm gonna rinse my brush and then I'm just gonna spread that color that I already laid down here and I'm just going to follow the shape that I outlined with it and do you do do you ever just do both feet while you have there yeah you can do you can do both feet you make sure the black is still wet so it can smear a little um for so if you want to do the black part on this other foot as well you are oh you are more than welcome to so you can see here I do not have a strong black outline across my foot I just want it on a little bit of the areas basically where there would be shadow and just that in itself is going to make your foot seem more realistic than if you just did a complete black outline around the whole thing okay so if you start if you cleaned your brush and you're starting to take this black down and it's so strong that it's smearing then just clean your brush and try and lift off some of that color so more at the bottom because it's okay if it's super dark up here we want to keep that but this is getting a little bit too dark for us so we're just gonna lift and then that's still dark so you just rinse your brush and you lift take your brush and you just kind of lift color as you spread it there oh sweet okay and then just follow the outline very nice and then I think on this one I I mixed a tiny tiny tiny bit of my yellow with my black and I'm just gonna drop that in a little bit add a little bit of warmth to our feet because right now it's looking kind of bluish right cuz our water is blue so I'm just gonna drop in a little bit of the daffodil yellow a tiny tiny bit just for some warmth and I'm saying warrant because colors are associated with temperatures so red orange yellow those are warm colors when you see them you think of warm things and green blue and purple those are cool colors so our foot is looking a little bit too cold so I'm gonna add in a little yellow give it some warmth and you can do the other foot now too if you want to do that so you just start dark here so right at the very tip where that foot meets the body and then I'm just doing it where there's kind of nails and then like where the toes meet together and if you want your things to be even thinner than when I outlined you're welcome to make your toes thinner that way and then I'm going to add a little bit of yellow here just a little bit now if you don't mind that your feet looking a little blue then you don't have to add yellow you don't have to do that if you don't want Missy's birds toes would be so beautiful okay and then I'm gonna I'm gonna add a little bit more black right at the top there cuz I lost a little bit when I blend smeared it out so don't be afraid to go back and add a little bit more color then I'm gonna let that dry and I'm just gonna see how that looks and if I need to fix anything I will okay so those look good I'm gonna take my I'm gonna go back to my for and I'm gonna work more on my wing so where we first did these lines in the middle of our wing I'm gonna do another layer another darker wash on top and then I blend it out towards the middle because we want this part of the bird here to be really light so I'm just gonna do the same thing that I did the first time I do put my strong color in first and for this I like to do little swatches or like swoops here just to get that feathery texture on the ends and then I take some water and ice Mirta so I think I used slate for this part so if the first round was Norway this part is slate or you can mix the colors a little bit and then I just kind of want to blend that up here and you can see already with that second layer of color that we're just adding a little bit more darkness and depth to it and the reason why we're doing this and the this is actually another layer of feathers on top of here so we have like a chunk of feathers here then we have skinny feathers here and then feathers here and this is why birds are so fun to paint but they're a little bit more complicated because all of those layers of feathers okay and then I'm going to go around the head and I'm going to take some Norway blue and I'm still leaving this section white but I'm gonna make the top of it right above it dark here because that is also rounding away from our light and then I just kind of blend it out still leaving this section white and then I'm going to do underneath the eye also okay so right no no the legs oh yeah don't worry about it so let me move this so people can I don't know what cameras on um this part here we're gonna do another layer same thing we did the first time but starting there its main kill Oh top camera okay yeah we're starting here and then just adding color I mean adding water to spread that and spread that out okay and then yep that looks good good job is that right yep that's right so just all the way up but we want to leave this section so let me put this over the top here yeah so underneath that white mark you can kind of start blending this up and around so it's okay if it's dark around it so you're blending this up but we still want to keep this the lightest part okay okay so as you blend make sure you add water when you get to here so it's a really soft wash okay okay so now I'm gonna go in and I'm going to start on my tail so all these lines that I've already made I'm gonna just follow those and for this I'm gonna mix a little bit of my Norway blue with my black so it's even darker and then I'm just gonna follow these lines that I made now when you do these these tail lines you're gonna want your lines you're not going to want this okay you're gonna want it to get thinner as it goes up which is the wonderful thing with round brushes is you could do thick to thin so you're gonna thick and then as you go in you're going to lighten that stroke like that oh I'm just a little bit okay so if you do a thick even line across here we're not super clear on the shape of the feather so we're just going to do a thick two more thin here that kind of that's just going to give us a clearer idea that the feathers are pointed and layer on top of each other so I take mine here and I'm going to follow my dark spot line so I'm gonna lay it down and then I'm just gonna do a thin line across and I'm going to do that on all of my lines that's a straight black this is Nora sorry slate blue mixed with the black it's true I promise those for the colors I use sorry thick and then go things yeah and I'm just lame because we're gonna add more layers to this and I just want to make sure that I'm keeping those dark lines as I'm adding stuff I'm not losing them as we do layers so I'm doing a darker layer on top of it because we're gonna do another wash on top of all that but before we do that we're gonna add shadow to our feather so this bottom prong of this long bird we're going to color I mixed my Norway blue with black now we're going to do that now we're not going to do the top prong because we're trying to show that this one is kind of like underneath it right so I'm gonna do the very bottom of the top prong and then the whole part of the bottom prong here so then so then it looks like this is on top and then this is kind of underneath if that makes sense I don't know it looks like really you're like that sounds right so just darken that up here and just continue that dark line okay so when you're done with that we're going to clean our water because the next thing is we're going to add you the yellow part on our belly and we want to make sure that that stays yellow so yeah so we're gonna go switch water take a little bit I'm going to break that good okay you can take a look at that when we do if it's if it's still yeah no that's pretty good yeah that's good yes search it might be darker yeah I would add a little bit of more black to that oh you have clean water right there joining you can use that one she was I'm definitely not surprised oh I'm sorry summer watered this and give you so little it's my still to life or is that dark enough believe that and then we can go back and make it darker if we need to because sometimes when it's wet it's just really hard to make it dark when it's wet you just got it I think you're good yeah I think we're good yeah this is the yellow on the feet little add that's okay yeah you're feeling good okay and we're back hello hopefully that was a long enough break for you cuz we're gonna get to painting all right grab your yellow so I'm using I'm just gonna use my little bit bigger brush on this but you can use your two if you want or for two or four or six or ten even and I am mixing a tiny bit of my daffodil yellow with that's good with black okay and then I'm gonna go right underneath the wing so right underneath here and then I'm going to just take pure daffodil yellow and fill in the rest of the space so I already have a a space kind of outlined here with my pencil and I'm just gonna fill that in there now if you're yellow if you're blue is so wet and it touches it's going to turn a really cool green color I like that but if that bothers you then just make sure your blue is dry before you on it and then I'm going to continue this yellow all the way to the bottom of the belly not out here now I'm gonna follow this because the yellow is really only right here and then I'm gonna kind of because I'm just not one who loves like strong lines all the time so I'm just going to blend it a little bit on the edge here and then that way it looks a little bit less like we're coloring in a coloring book you know what I mean and then underneath my wing I still feel like my yellow should be a little bit darker so I'm going in sorry I'm not doing very good at making sure my bird is in the preview I'll be better I'm gonna do another layer of this like yel darker yellow right underneath because we want it to be clear that this part of the bird is underneath the wing so we're gonna cast a shadow because that wing is casting a shadow just like that that is our yellow and I want it to be brighter so I'm gonna drop in even a little bit more brightness kind of in the middle and I'm gonna blend it out a little so you can kind of play with this kind of finagle with it and see it's got a word that's a word yes it's my next scrabble word okay so then I'm just gonna leave this yellow and let that dry if you get it towards the top of your neck don't stress nobody's gonna be like that's not a real bird they're not gonna notice that because the yellows in this white part so don't worry about if it kind of spreads a little bit more than it does and then I'm gonna go and I'm gonna even do another dark another darker color here and for that I'm mixing my slate with a little bit of black and I'm gonna bring in some Norway blue too because it's a really bright blue so I'm just bringing all of the three colors in and I'm gonna do this again with the dark that's slate Norway in black here and then I blend blend out but still keep the top of that wing nice and light so if you can try to not even touch it or if you have to like right now I'm going to just use clean water and pick up some of that color just pick that up and then I'm going to do another of that same color mixture along the back of the bird and the black then I use water and just blend it out so it's not such a strong line all the way to that and then you'll notice that at the very back of this bird there's this section here that I'm not painting and that's because on the bird I was looking at it was like a white part or at like a highlighted part so now I'm just gonna take clean water and just do one little once-over over top of that now if you if you colored yours in if you're a dark line went all the way to the edge that's totally fine you're still gonna we're still going to have the shape of our bird so don't worry about that at all so this section here on the bird I haven't painted yet this little lined area so I just took my clean water and went once over it okay and now let's add a little bit more color to our tail feathers so I'm doing a mixture of the slate blue and the Norway blue to get a darker wash and I'm just going to start here kind of at the prong and move that color up now for my back prong I want the very tip of it like this very edge on the very left far left side to be like a highlight right because even the feathers themselves have form so I'm gonna leave that alone and paint around it almost now if you colored it over that's okay we'll take our bleep proof white and do a highlight on that after so don't worry about that mm-hmm just go over it with your a little bit darker wash come away no that's okay yeah we're going to keep we're gonna keep that dark so have your wash go over that too so here I haven't really been coloring that in I'm just gonna spread that and are we coloring this all the way down then yeah try and leave the top parts of this not colored but if that's okay we're gonna take our bleep proof white and do a highlight on that so don't don't worry if you colored it in here so now we have a pretty good shaped bird right where we have lots of light and dark on our bird which is good because it's gonna give us our bird form so now we can start doing kind of more the detailing stuff on our bird so I'm going to switch to my two and I'm gonna take black just pure black and I'm gonna do the bottom of the beak so just this little triangle that's right here I'm just gonna do that and pure black and try and get your beak sorry I'm gonna like cover it just for a second so I can get on top of it really paint that so just the bottom part of the beak it's gonna be black and then this is a good time if your feet are dry and the where the feet meet the bird if your black blood out a little bit you can add a little bit of darkness right at the top of that bring of the feet okay and we're gonna do the top of the beak but we want the bottom of the beak to dry before we do that or else it's going to get it's gonna bleed together we're gonna lose our shape so we're going to start doing some feathers on our tummy if you want to fill in your eye you can yeah I mean get a little bit more black I know you're so good about that I like to just go all over all the time so you follow you okay oh another checkup okay we'll do that before we add that all right drea let's see how you're doing here okay you got it okay so this is looking good what I would just say that what we need to do is your tummy have has lost its like value right because this part of the tummy is supposed to be the darkest but now it's kind of all one color so before we add the feathers I would do one more layer where you do a little bit of gray here and blend it out because we want the bottom of that belly to be dark and I think your feathers look good when we go back and do the detailing on this we'll practice the because we want I'll show you when we do this part we're but we're gonna do another layer where we're gonna do our feathers across here but it's looking good okay Casey okay this is beautiful the colors are good what I would just say is make this dark line continue this a little bit and have it have we don't want like a strong outline so do it dark right above this white center and kind of blend it out to the back there okay this is Norway I just mix some slate blue with Norway for the dark for that okay and then everything else is looking good yeah okay Jennie here he's still blind that's okay we're gonna add the black in I think this is looking really nice we kept the highlight we're gonna add highlight there I don't love this part why what's bothering you about it I think just the just it doesn't yeah okay I think what's happening here I think what's happening here is you're your bird lines of the tail feathers are connected to this part of the bird and we do not want those lines to connect we want to leave this area so I would even take your brush and kind of blend out some of those lines a little bit do you think they will I think it's going to help even if we highlight it a little bit because we want it to be light middle dark light middle dark again so we want that that pattern going on here the same problem yeah maybe just a little bit just so we have a little bit more of a highlight underneath here because we want it to be clear that this is one layer of feathers and then this is another layer of feathers and they're not one so just take out a little bit of color there but besides that this is I think this blending along hair is beautiful and I like though dark underneath your your eyes there so that's looking good if to get rid of a strong line you just take a clean brush and blend put smearing to Blocher no okay so now we're gonna do the black part of our eye on the bird cuz cuz Jenny really wants to get that done so we'll do that just make sure that it's dry around your eye if it's wet around your eye do not do it yet okay so you're gonna see here that there's like a circle and then a circle inside that and then a tiny little circle inside that does that make sense do you guys all see that we are only coloring the middle circle not the tiny not the tiny and not the big around it because we want to highlight around our bird's eye which is why we are not coloring it so I'm only doing the middle part of this circle here with black just pure black now for the middle part of the eye it's the glare on the eyeball right it's the light hitting the eye ball so we do not want the glare to be the very center so let me see yours Jenny here so I'm gonna bring this up so hopefully you guys can see it so you're seeing her bird here but her glare I think is a little bit too perfect of a circle and a little bit too in the middle so it almost looks like another eye within it right so I'm just gonna okay is it sound we still got sound okay we're switching over sample we're pausing you [Laughter] okay tell me when we're ready we back up yeah hello hello hello are we good can you hear me hello it's me we're good okay so we're back up we're overhead camera yeah okay so her glare on her eyeball is a little too round and a little too in the middle to look like a glare so I'm just gonna take my black and I'm we're gonna kind of just kind of cover it so it goes more towards the top and that way he looks happy he looks like he's looking at something ahead of him instead of being like what is that right by my face that kind of expression okay so if you see let me see your guys's glare that's good I would make it even a little bit smaller okay like that a little bit smaller too okay so there now you have your eye you feel better I do okay good okay now we're gonna do some feather textures on our belly now if you want to practice it's basically those same swoosh lines that we do is that swish swish swish swish so I'm taking my gray and I'm gonna mix the tiniest bit of yellow in there just because color is good okay and then the lines that I want to make let me get my reference I have so many papers going on here various okay so my feathers are gonna hit like start right here and then I'm gonna like build off of this one point like that does that make sense so it's not like this okay in some areas we can do that but basically I'm going to have a starting point do a cluster so it's gonna start in the same spot you're kind of gonna go around it that makes sense it's really hard to explain this using the right words just watch just watch what I'm doing and do what I do I don't think that's any more helpful so we're just going to do and we want if you can get them as thin as possible that's what we want we want little little feather sections we're just gonna do them all over the bail belly layer them so don't don't do like that okay we don't want to do it in a line we basically want to do one and then I'm going to do one down here you're just too fast you have to wait no okay so I'm gonna do it on my bird now so you guys see what I'm saying now hopefully your bird's belly is dry and I'm gonna start doing my feather texture suit dude do these are more of a doot doot doot okay not as these are doo doo doo feathers I'm gonna get a little bit more green so I do my doo doo doo doo doo doo why aren't you guys making the dude dude dude dude dude okay so this is looking good right like I'm like oh yeah cool but for me that's like a little too like oh I only have feathers here I only have feathers here so I actually like after I put it down I like to smear it that's okay just smear room if your feathers which we're gonna smear okay and then we're gonna do it again but not on the same spots and that's how it we make it seem like the feathers are layering on top of each other as we do some we've kind of blended out and we're gonna do it again now so it goes all the way yeah to the chest now because we just laid it down in its wet it might spread a little bit yeah kind of blend it around because we're just and you just do this a few times where you the doodoo and then you blend it and then you do more doot doot doot x' and that's how we get these really nice kind of textures and detail work that's not so like oh you just did three lines there that's how we get these really interesting lines and textures and then that's okay just leave it C mind blood out to but I'm not gonna stress about it it's like oh that's cool I'm just gonna leave that in there I'm also going to do the bottom part of the tummy where it's kind of by the foot I'm gonna just do some feather lines here so I just I'm doing some like swish marks these are the swishes again swish swish swish swish just like too wet too dark too if your belly is too wet just give it another minute let it dry for a second and then when I did my duties I kind of lost my shadow on my belly so I'm gonna put in another little show yeah a little bit on the yellow not wear the yellow meets the blue if that makes any sense no no no it doesn't she did her dues and then she's she blended them out and then when that dries she's gonna do a couple more dude duties she's doing great Jake okay okay so this is a little bit too wet for me to do any more feather textures I'm going to leave that alone just for a second and we're gonna do some feather textures on this part of the wing here this top part so this is going to be black and blue so I'm mixing my black in my slate blue and I'm going to start doing the like thin to thick feather texture just on the edge here so it looks like the of a feather so I just go thick to thin from the bottom to the top or the top to the thick on the top or thick on the bottom thick on the bottom to us and then drag that line so it's thin going up here I'm gonna come Michael will you get the close-up and I'm going to do a close-up over here next to misty so she can see yeah that one's just no that one's with black mixed into it too because we want this to be like the darkest part no that's good I think they're so cool when they're wet too okay so for for your bird here I'm mixing some black so you kind of have a straight line across here and we want it to be a little bit more uneven okay so I'm gonna start down here and I you start thick and you just do thin little flicks okay like around and then we're going to let this area be up here and then when I get back down here I'm gonna bring it down okay so it's like layers yeah like that so you're gonna do thick and then thin so you kinda are like flicking your brush flicking your brush up okay so yours Jenny you're doing you're doing a good job of not having a straight line but your the colors you have is it they're not dark enough so you need to get stronger stronger black and blue there to do those detail lines now Dre the same thing you're running into the same problem where it your feathers here this is a straight line and we want them to so you see how this so you see how this goes like that yeah we want to keep that same shape okay so so go down well okay this is where you need to just kind of adjust right so we can't really go down any more if we go down to more we're gonna run into this and we're going to mess that up so what I would do is I would do the opposite so I'm gonna have this side so it's gonna be this shape instead of instead of this shape does that make sense so exaggerated this line a little bit more and have this area go down and be longer okay if it runs into that a little bit that's okay but we just want a little bit more do you tell line so we're gonna do thick no I need to get that way if you if you go to paint and it doesn't move and get this really rough texture that means you need more water on your brush so just do this shape kind of all the way and then that's going to go up that's gonna go here we want to just follow these lines yeah yep good job Casey yes if you could show the feather marks on paper uh yeah okay I'm going to are we doing the doot-doot-doot part or the fun or the swish okay doo-doo-doo or feathers mom that was my mom who has that mob do you want the belly feathers or the tail feathers so am i blending these in at all or do they just stay like that okay so on the very edge so so on the very edge they're going to be dark right but I would maybe blend this a little bit more because we lost so this is the site of our let me move this over here this is the side of your wing here you can kind of see your pencil line through it a little bit more but we lost that a little bit so you would just do this like that and then blend this out a little bit so just take some blue and water and blend that but we want to keep that kind of shape that curve so blend these guys to the lower tail feathers okay wait which okay okay okay there's so many so many feather is going on okay so for those it's a thick to thin line and we're going to thick to thin thick to thin thick to thin so we're gonna do so this kind of looks like the edge of a wing right because we're just doing individual lines like this that kind of are even they're not like this okay because this doesn't really read feather at the edge of a flower but I do have leather I think I started a flower and feather smell long too okay and then I'm gonna go back the lower on the other side so they're kind of they're kind of these swish marks here like that okay okay I swear on your feathers feathers yeah yeah right here yeah okay now so I got my bird my belly is kind of dry so I'm gonna do a couple more doot doot doot x' it's her kisses belly Dre you do a couple more just a couple more in handling I don't think you need any more on your so you have something really nice no but look look at em all you're just we just do it oh thank you so so she house she has some really nice so you can tell that there were layers underneath that were wet and then she did a couple dry ones on top a couple dry doodoos on top and that's great you might want to do a couple right in here because I don't see any details right there but besides that that looks great so I'm gonna do a couple do okay we're gonna get there Jenny okay no I need you to calm down I need you to just wait for us wait so I'm just gonna do a couple more section of little details felt on my belly here and then using that same color I'm gonna do a little bit I'm gonna follow okay so I don't want the chin of my bird like this part of my bird to look like this right I'm not gonna just follow that straight line I want it to be clear that there is feathers there too so when I do that line I'm gonna do my little swishes going down like that so it's not a straight line it's little swishes on the end and that gives our bird like a free belly and chin which is what we want and I'm gonna do it a little bit on the belly – not the whole line right because we're we don't want to outline here but just so we know that it's furry on that belly yep very nice okay and now I'm gonna do the top of my beak so I'm grabbing black and for this bird on the top of his beak he has a couple feathers sticking out so it's gonna be like dude dude dude dude like that so just a couple sticking out at the top of the beak and then after that's done I'm just going to take I'm gonna rinse my brush and just color in the top of the beet with the light wash and let it bleed in a little bit so it's gonna be dark here I did do straight black yeah if you want to mix it with a little bit of blue you're welcome to yeah we won't make fun of you sorry I did not register okay and then we're gonna do some textural feathers on the bird body so before we do that let's fill in that white space so you're just gonna take water just a clean brush water and just spread that just once so it still is this really nice on the top of the head that white area yep yep just water and spread it yep that's all you need to do we're going to leave that there and then we're going to take our two and we're going to do a little feather marks around the eye of the bird now for these it's going to be something more like uh just dashes around okay Michael do you want to come in close for that you do Michael yes who the answer is yes the answer is yes to that question sorry he's getting that okay so if you see on this bird I have little feather textures but they're really just small dashes that as I go out they get a little bit bigger do you see that there so by the eye they're gonna be really so by the eye they're gonna be really tiny just short little things and then as I go out they're gonna get a little bit bigger and thicker longer can you see from that angle very well needs to be closer here let me turn this around is that better those little dash marks here that's what we're looking at so that that what's what's your color with that I'm doing like mostly black and a little bit of blue there we go yep okay can I see him close yes so we're just going to around the I do those little dashes yours is not really dark okay if you're if your eye sockets around the eyeballs are still kind of colored in like this blocky I guess I would say blend it out when in doubt blended out who would white hair on this show I would just blend it out and I'm I'm gonna leave a little outline around that but just blend that up okay and then wait for it to dry and then do your little a little stripy top you like what about this it's like give me a second okay so I'm doing little textures and then I'm gonna do a couple on the back part these are going to be like long put mascara on my bird now just little random long textures just a little on the head and kind of on the back and those are just long little stripeys here that we got going and then if the top of your head is dry we're going to do those same kind of dashes going up the head of our bird so I'm doing a mixture of single ones and then as I go higher I'm going to do little groups I knew that the the what did we decide that uh those are gonna go up around and then if you have this white space by your beak like I do which I don't really know how that happened I'm just gonna blend it in so right now there really should be no white spaces on your bird except for right around the eyeball and in the eyeball well this we want to leave this is on purpose like yeah we're using the white of paper at like white paint so we're leaving that way okay and then I'm gonna go in and do one more layer on my tail feathers of the dark because it got a little it bled a little bit with my last wash over it so I'm gonna one more time with the dark color I'm gonna do those lines go over them one more time so they're nice and sharp like that laughter many black lines on my face no but I think the ones by your eye are a little bit too big right here so if you want to blend those out okay so yep that looks good I'm gonna actually add some cuz the feathers I did by the nose I just did or by the beak I just did black and I don't really I want there to be a little bit more color so I'm doing blue feathers just right on top the Norway blue if you don't mind that your feathers are just black that's cool yeah if you want like a little bit more color in there you can mix Oh misty look at that that looks really nice you have it on now look at look at these nice feather lines here on top of this really beautiful wash it goes from light medium to dark and we have these detail lines and then she has her feather textures in here very nice and then this goes from light medium to dark which so this clearly looks like one layer on top of another layer which is what we're going for so great job that's okay the belly is supposed to be a little bit messy that's fine you know what don't worry about it okay now so we darkened our lines a little bit don't worry we're kind of at the very end here you guys we're just gonna do I'm gonna blend I'm just gonna take clean water and blend around my eyeball because I just want a very soft wash very similar to what we did at the top of the head so just kind of blend that white circle around it but leave the glare inside the black circle don't touch that we want that to be a pure white we're just blending all around the black part okay and then now we do our fine little detail lines with our white so let me let me put some weight on here for you guys here's white there's white misty sorry no you're fine then here's our white there okay so now I'm gonna take my two two brush if you have a liner you're welcome to use a liner and I just I'm going to want to highlight right next to these dark lines on the tail so you can see here in this painting how I have and it's not on everyone it's just on some of them I do a little bit of a white highlight on there and that's gonna give me a stronger look of layers so I take my white and then I'm just going to like that so just by adding that highlight so right so these ones right here so we're doing this part so see those white lines I have going we're gonna do that same thing and just by adding a little bit of highlight it just gives us a little bit more form to our feathers on our Birds and then I'm gonna do a little bit of highlight on the prong of the tail I wouldn't even go wider so there was probably a lot of water mixed with yours so I'm gonna move it over here if that's okay so here's her feather she did a highlight but I think there's probably just a little bit too much water so it kind of turned a little bit gray and I'm just gonna do it over again with a more of a white then we write on the top here and then I like to do and if you really love your tail feathers and you're like they don't need a highlight you don't have to worry about it I just like adding little details at the very end little finishing and then I'm going to do a couple white feathers on the belly so misty if your tummy is looking too gray this is where you can take your white and lighten that up so I'm just going to do my dude dude dude though using the white kind of across the belly kind of more towards the top here because this underneath part is supposed to still be pretty shadowed so it's just kind of random throughout but I'm gonna leave this area mainly the same color because we want it to be clear that that is shadowed here help do the doo doo deuce yep very nice and then the last highlight I'm going to do is right on the top of the beak right along the line I'm gonna do a little highlight right on the top so I'm gonna do so I do my highlight along kind of where the bottom and the top meet so this oh that that part so a long like there don't be scared about the feathers and the the thing with feathers that we you need to remember is it's going to look a little bit more realistic if you change the length of them as you go down so the feathers towards the top of my bird like right underneath his chin those ones my dudu dues are a little shorter and then as I go down towards the like the big part of the belly my do to do is get a little bit longer and it's it's that same idea around the eyeball we start small and then as we go out they get bigger and then I'm gonna add just a tiny tiny bit of a highlight right here on the top of the shoulder of my bird and then blend that out because I want that part to be really light so if yours is really light then you don't need to do this but mine I just wanted a little extra yeah if yours is light then don't worry about it Missy's yours is pretty light you probably don't need to do it and that is now for the tree branch do we though I never add tree branches to my Birds like ever as you can see they're never won no so as you can see mines just hanging out in the air because I like that though I like sorry I just tell my mic hopefully that I make a big sound but I like things just floating in space I don't know why it's weird but if you do want to add a branch what I would do Jenny look at what you're having me do don't do it we're good okay hanging there so I'm just gonna mix a little bit of the yellow with the black okay and maybe a little bit blue to get a green color so it's like a mossy branch or something okay so I'm mixing a little bit of the daffodil yellow with some black and a tiny bit of blue so it's like a dark green like puke yeah sure okay and then get my bird up good okay and then I'm gonna start here I'm gonna go underneath okay your bird Association is firming up and then I'm gonna have like a little branch going this way and then like that okay and then you're just going to take a wash I'm making your own little branch for you and you just add clean water and let that blend kind of like how we did in the warm-up exercises because you don't need to draw a line at the bottom of your branch you don't need to outline that bottom line because if you do it's gonna flatten it so we really just want the wash to kind of bleed out at the end get underneath the feet so we know that it's standing on it that's all you really need and if you want to add a little bit of shadow right where the feet are so just let your branch she's available bring it to mail it in I'll paint the branch I'm gonna do a little bit of shadow underneath your feet so it's like on there you know it's like this bird is here to stay yeah let's let's raise our paintings up where did my bird oh I gave it to you okay we're gonna go through show everybody now everybody's is gonna look different that's the amazing thing about art and be kind to yourself okay no they can't see yours look so good why are you talking about I love your feathers yeah your tail feathers look great and this is our this is our happy Bluebird birds so if you painted this please sent it in I would love to see it if you post it on Instagram just tag us in it let's go make art or the hashtag is watercolor Bluebird so hashtag it tag guys I want to see it I'll tell you how much I love it hashtag wet belly is that the trending hashtag on this and yeah so please post it if you do add a branch on yours I want to see it maybe you add a little bit of flowers on your branch take a little bit what we did from the last couple weeks and then our next project we're going to do is a floral wreath and these are so fun because we're going to do a mix of leaves and flowers but you can use this over and over again using just leaves or just flowers and you can even write a little word in here like love or hope and then like frame it or something so reads are really great because you could do a lot of things with the center of them so thank you so much for painting with us and if you want feedback or tips you're welcome to email your artwork in at hello at let's make and I can give you feedback if that's something you're looking for so thanks everybody [Applause] okay we're leaving this finish one up for a little bit I'm gonna do both of them because you're gonna see is that good can you see both of them okay like same person painted this but it looks a little bit different and that's cool okay good job Oh anyway I didn't even ask that well I painted yeah yay Oh Natalie hello welcome and goodbye got it cool here let me I'm going to turn off my mic


  • Lisa McDonald says:

    OMG – Missouri must produce addictive artsy leaders! First time I found Missouri Star Quilt Company, I binged EVERY SINGLE tutorial! Now I've just joined LMA and found Sarah – and guess what I'm doing? I've watched (and painted) flowering trucks, bird nests with eggs, and now bluebirds! It's just a matter of time before I watch (and paint) them all! My 2 favorite ladies together!! What a nice surprise. Will we see Sarah on MSQ sometime???

  • Babs9285 says:

    Love this one, and the way everyone’s turned out! ❤️ I will have to order this one too! P.S. now let’s do a few MaCaws! 😃 hint, hint! 😉

  • mary birder says:

    Nice video to watch and learn. Seems to be not very complicated to follow and replicate, I believe. Not overjoyed with the use of these dye based watercolors, b/c it's impossible to lift colors to lighten up areas. I'm trying to think of which of my W & N paints that I could substitute for the Dr PH Martin Watercolors that were used here. I did enjoy watching this tutorial, so I thank you for posting this video.

  • MissMelindas says:

    Really cool to see everyone’s painting at the end. They’re all really good!

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