How to Paint Cotton Candy Clouds with Watercolors for Beginners | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 17

How to Paint Cotton Candy Clouds with Watercolors for Beginners | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 17

(upbeat music) Hey guys! Welcome back to another
episode of Art Journal Thursday where we get creative
every single Thursday here on this channel. In today’s episode I want
to show you guys how to paint cotton candy clouds with
watercolors and a little bit of acrylic paint for beginners
while showing you three different versions. Let’s start with the first
painting by using the wet on wet technique. So the first thing you
want to do is applying some water to the top part of the
paper and then load up your wet brush with some blue
watercolor and apply it to the top part of the paper, as well. Cover the top part and
then move the paint towards the center so you can slightly
see the brush strokes. But since we also want
to add other colors, leave out the left and
right side of the paper so they stay white for now. Next you want to add some
water to the rest of the paper and then load up your wet
brush with a pink watercolor and apply it to the paper the same way. As you can see, I haven’t
added the water to every spot of the paper and you can
immediately see that the paint just sits there. And it doesn’t look fluffy at all. If you forget to add
water first, it’s okay, you can just add water on
top and reactivate the paint and then just let it melt onto the paper. As you can see, I’m apply
the paint really loosely and I’m not trying to
distribute the paint evenly. You really want to have the
fluffy effect so it looks more soft and realistic. If you want to add a specific
movement into the clouds you can also do that with
your brush and just move your brush over the paint and move it slightly. Here I’m just creating a
few lines from left to right and also in a curvy motion
so it looks more three dimensional and more realistic. And since water colors dry
lighter you really want to build up the intensity. I notice that the clouds
look a lot better if I use darker colors so here I went
for a darker pink by adding a little bit of blue and
applied it to the lower right corner. And when you apply the paint,
even if it’s not acrylic paint that just sits on the
paper and waits for you to do something, you can still
apply the water colors in a specific motion, like I said earlier. This way you also have some
lighter and darker areas and it just looks a lot
more fluffy and realistic. I focused on making the
lower part of the clouds slightly darker and the top part lighter. You can also use a tissue
paper or a dry brush and remove some of the paint to
make certain parts lighter. Just don’t think too much,
just experiment and see if it looks fluffy enough for you. You can still change
everything during the process. While the first painting is
drying let me show you another way how you can create clouds. Here I’m going to use the
wet on dry technique and a round brush. You can start at one of the
corners of your paper and add some blue water colors
in a very loose motion. Instead of relying on the
paint to just float around, here you can precisely paint
the top part of the cloud. You can add some paint
to the paper and then use more water to slightly
lighten up the paint. Here I’m creating several clouds the same way, but I left
a little bit of space in between so the paint
doesn’t run into each other. For the color scheme, I kept
it simple and used different shades of blue and a little bit of red. But you can play around
or see if you can find some inspiration online. For this design I wanted
to add some sky, as well. This way I focused on adding
the clouds to the left and lower part of the painting. You could also mix the colors, of course, to make it more three
dimensional and to make it look more interesting. But here again you want to
pay attention to lighter and darker areas. And once the first layer
of paint was almost dry, I went over the white line
and painted it over with the same color or just
mixed in another color. As I mentioned the glazing
technique in so many different videos, you guys
might be already familiar with it, but as you can see
here I used just one blue color first and then went over with
a red color or vice versa and it made the colors slightly different. It made it warmer and
just made it look more three dimensional. So you can really play around
with this technique and create a really interesting tone. Okay let’s move onto the third painting. Here I’m going to use the
wet on wet technique again and a flat brush. For this painting I wanted to
use a few different colors, but still keep it rather simple. So for the lower part I
used some yellow and orange water color and then added
pink, purple to the middle part and then to the rest of
the paper I used blue. And here you also want the
different colors slightly run into each other so
everything looks soft and fluffy again. Okay now let’s go back
to the first painting. Sine the pain has dried we
can go over with more paint to intensify the colors
and to make some areas look a little warmer. So load up your wet brush
with some yellow watercolor and then go over the pink part
of the painting to glaze it. As you can see, the pink
looks so warm and kind of delicious, right? I really enjoy using
the glazing technique, especially this color combination, it just looks so nice and I don’t know, just so delicious. Here I followed the movement
of my previous brush strokes and added the
yellow to just some parts of the paper so not everything
is covered with yellow paint. I also added the color to
the left and right part of the painting just to add
more variety and look more interesting. I hope the video itself
can show you the process because it’s kind of difficult
to explain everything. You just really don’t
want to think too much. Just play around with the
paint and the brush strokes and if you accidentally added
too much water or paint, just remove it with a tissue
paper and try it again. I also wanted to intensify
the colors a bit more, that’s why I used a darker
shade of pink, purple, yellow, and blue, but still
tried to keep some areas lighter with a tissue paper
or a dry brush just to keep everything fluffy, as I
said in every sentence. While this is drying you can
move onto the second painting. Here we can now add the
sky with a deep blue color. And to make the clouds stand
out you can again recreate the shape of the clouds
with a small brush. Don’t think too much, just
randomly move the brush to create an uneven line to make it more realistic. And to make the sky look
more three dimensional, I applied the pain around
the edges and the clouds, but added a little bit
of water to the center so the paint could melt into each other, keeping the center of
the sky slightly lighter. But since the clouds don’t
really look that three dimensional we can now go over
with a darker shade of paint and separate each cloud a little bit more. For this step I used a purple
color and then applied by creating the shape of the
cloud first and then used some clean water to blend out the paint. You can keep it this way,
but I decided I will melt the paint a little bit more
to make the design of the clouds more three dimensional
and later I will show you how I created the actual cloud shape. If necessary you can also
go over the third design and intensify the colors
a little bit more. I said earlier the clouds
will look a lot better if the colors are more vibrant and saturated. But, of course, it depends
on what you’re going for. I mean, you can even keep
the clouds just like that and it looks great in my opinion. But I wanted to show you
another version that you guys requested. And now we can finally
add the fluffy white part of the clouds. For this step I’m going
to use white acrylic paint and a flat brush. To create the white clouds
you want to start applying the top part of the clouds
with some wet acrylic paint and a dry brush. You want to paint the clouds
similar to the second design, really loosely so it looks more realistic. And then you can blend out
the color downwards so the top part stays white, but
the lower part blends into the color below. This way it looks, again, a
little fluffier but it also makes the cloud more three dimensional. You can either add additional
clouds like I did here or you can just add the
white paint following the movements you already
created with the watercolor. By applying the white acrylic
paint with a dry brush you create an interesting
effect on the paper. But if you want to blend out the paint, you can use a little bit of water. And this is what we are
going to do with the other design. You want to apply the white
acrylic paint to the top part of every cloud and
then just blend it out with a clean wet brush. This is similar to the
glazing technique we use for watercolors. Because with the white paint
you make the color below slightly pastel and matte looking. It’s really fun and you
can make the clouds look a lot more three dimensional. To bled out the paint I
move the brush in a circular motion just to follow
the shape of the clouds. After blending out the white paint, you might want to go back and
intensify the top part again. If you want you can also
add some stars to the sky or just keep it the way it is. For the third and last
design the steps are similar to the previous paintings. You want to add the top
shape of the cloud with white acrylic paint and then
blend it out with a wet, clean brush. Here I separated each
cloud by just keeping the lower part of the cloud the
way it is and then applied the white paint slightly
below so there’s a little dark color in between. And again you can brush the
paint with a dry brush over the paper to create this fluffy effect. But be sure you don’t just
add white acrylic paint everywhere. You still want to keep some
areas darker so it looks three dimensional. And this is the final result. What do you guys think? There are so many ways
how you can paint clouds, but I hope you enjoyed
and liked this method and that it will give
you some ideas for your next painting. Don’t forget to give this
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100 thoughts on “How to Paint Cotton Candy Clouds with Watercolors for Beginners | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 17

  1. Hi Makoccino!!! I just discovered your channel and I'm totally in love with your works! I draw since I was little, but I've always been afraid of watercolors or acrilics. I've always used color pencils, pastels or crayon. But now I'm learning A LOT thanks to your tips! You have a new fan in Argentina ^^ Also, I love Sailor Moon <3
    Thank you so much for your videos!

  2. The top right one is my favorite 💙 would love to try it soon and I know I might screw up lol. But damnnn 😍

  3. do you practice the painting a lot before recording? whenever i watch your videos they seem so effortless! 😀 when i try to paint there are lots of stops and starts and like grumbling and then like aha moments but nothing ever so like airy and magical as these :O i really love them

  4. I think the white would look better and more blended and part of the painting if it wasn't so harsh. Like missing 2/3 of the white with 1/3 clear to dilute it.

  5. Ohhhh so that was my mistake, I put the white first and then worked with the shadows, that's why i struggled to make it look fluffy. Thanks for this, now I know.

  6. Good tutorial, I just wish you included in the title that it's with water color AND acrylic, because I got to the point where we need acrylic, but I don't have any and now my paintings just incomplete

  7. It has been a while since my last painting and you inspired me to paint again I painted this and It turned out amazing thank you …your big fan from egypt

  8. 🙏💖 I have been thinking for awhile now that part of my problem as someone new to watercolor is that, it's hard enough to know which technique would work during the current stage to get the effect I need right now, but then I also have to keep track right from the beginning of the piece, where I want the the whites to go at the end (and to make sure those stay empty). And that is just too hard for a newb who is learning on their own and just grabbing various lessons in a very random way. This video convinced me that I should just use white gouache so I can stop obsessing about getting every little detail planned correctly _in advance_. Maybe later I'll go back to the "purist" version of water color but for right now, using gouache makes the entire process easier to learn. 💖

  9. Thank you for this tutorial!I'm not very good in landscape and clouds painting,but You give me some ideas and I have to try!Thank you!

  10. how do you protect your watercolors like with acrylic your varnish do you varnish your watercolor? if so what with

  11. what color paint brands can I use? or type color paint? sorry for bad english. im from indonesia, im newbie.. cmiiw

  12. sao chị ấy ko dùng băng keo để dán viền nhỉ ? nếu làm vậy viền sẽ đều hơn mà ko cần tô kĩ

  13. I love watching you paint. It's to nice to see how you do every step. I want to try water colors. I'm not artistic in anyway but this looks fun

  14. Your videos helped me improve so much! Not only by showing how to make a composition with watercolor, but how to pick the right supplies for me. You are a blessing to me

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