Nature Painting Landscape with Watercolors using a Sponge // Art Journal Thursday

Nature Painting Landscape with Watercolors using a Sponge // Art Journal Thursday


– [Mako] Hey, Guys. Welcome back to another episode of Art Journal Thursday,
where we get creative every single Thursday
here on this channel. In the last episode of
Art Journal Thursday, I showed you guys a fun technique how you can achieve a beautiful painting using only one color. And a lot of you guys
have already tried it out and your artwork looks so beautiful. And in today’s episode,
I’m going to show you another cool technique, which you can use to create a beautiful watercolor scenery by using a sponge. (upbeat, happy music) – As mentioned in the beginning, for this painting you will
need a small piece of a sponge. Before you start painting
the actual painting, I would suggest to practice a little bit on an extra piece of paper first to just get more familiar
with this technique. So, cut off a little piece from the sponge and fill it up with water. Squeeze out the excess water and then you can go ahead and dab it into a little bit of watercolor paint. Here, you want to test out how much or how little water and
paint you want to use depending on the style and the shade you are going for. You can, for example, mix some paint into the mixing palette
or dab the sponge directly into the pan and then
test out how it looks on the paper. You can use more water to
create thicker patterns or just a little bit to create just a few tiny dots using the
texture of the sponge. Don’t forget that you can also move around the sponge to
test out different angles to see which one creates the best texture or the best result that you like. Once you get a feeling for that, you can try to create a tree. Dab the paint under the paper, creating a more triangle shape with one lighter color to create the base and then repeat the
same with a darker shade to create some shadows here and there to make the tree look
more three-dimensional. I personally like to start on top and then just feather it out to make it more thicker on the bottom at the stem of the tree below, and you created a tree. Don’t worry if you need more practice. That’s why we have a sketch book to test things out and to improve. Alright, so the first thing we want to do in our painting is to
sketch out a few lines where we want to add
the road and the trees. Here I want to create
a path with a few trees in the background and the front that leads to the right side into the distance. Once we have that, we can start creating the first layer of paint to create the distant trees in the background. Just apply a little bit of water to the upper part of the paper, and then following the
monochromatic technique that I showed you guys last time, apply a very light value
of a blue colored paint, starting from the left corner. I cover the left part with an even wash and then I added a few diagonal lines towards the right side of the paper to create rays of light. Around that area we will create a light source and we’ll cover the path with light later. While this part is drying, you can apply a light layer of brown color paint to the lower part of the painting to just point out the scenery a little bit more and to
remove the white space. Now, once the blue paint has dried, you want to use a darker
value of the same blue color by using more paint than water to create a few tree stems on top
of the lighter value. Add thick and thinner lines,
while leaving a little bit of space in between to create a variety of different trees. And since we still want
to keep the rays of light, take a clean damp brush and
soak up some of the paint, following the diagonal
lines we created earlier. Or I could also use a small
piece of tissue paper. Don’t worry, it doesn’t
have to be super accurate, nor super perfect. We just want to create a
hint of sun rays for now. And now it’s time to
start adding a few leaves. Take the little piece of sponge that you worked with earlier, dab it into the same blue color that you have used so far, and start dabbing the
texture onto the paper. Start off with a lighter
value for the background so you make the trees look further away. And for the trees that
are closer to the viewer, use a darker value to create
the contrast in the distance. By the way, as always, I will have all the materials that I’m
using in this video linked in the description box down below. Since we used blue colored paints so far, we can now use yellow colored paint and start adding this shade to a few areas on top of the blue leaves. This will be not only
create yellow colored but also green colored leaves with shadows in between. From here we can go ahead
and intensify everything. I added a yellow colored
base to the bushes below the trees using the sponge and then added shadows using
brown and blue colored shade that I used in the beginning. As you can see, we already created a simple forest scene with depth just by using the sponge and by having a contrast between the
lighter and darker colors. Since the path was a little bit pale, I applied another layer
of brown color paint and intensified the blue
trees in the background while leaving out the
space for the sun rays. And to make the scenery even more dreamy, you can now create a dabbled effect of sunlight filtered through the leaves. For this step, apply another layer of brown color paint on top of the path. And while the paint is still wet, take a small piece of tissue paper and start lifting up some of the paint to create lighter areas in
different sizes and shapes. And from here, you can
either keep it the way it is, or intensify everything even more. I added a few more sun rays
by not removing some paint but by adding light values
of the same blue color to use in the beginning. I also added more yellow
and blue colored paint to the bushes and trees,
just to make everything even more three dimensional. I also added a few thin lines for stems in between the trees,
but this is optional. This scene is still pretty bright, but if you want to make the sun rays even more intense and visible, you can darken everything around the light and then run the dabbled effect even more. But I’m really happy how it turn out and I would definitely
test out this technique more often to become
better at it in the future. Remember, it’s okay if it doesn’t turn out the way you imagine it. Just keep practicing and figuring out what works best for you and
your way of painting things. What did you guys think? I really hope you liked it. If you did, don’t forget
to like this video and to share with your friends. And for more watercolor
videos and techniques, you can check out the videos right here. Thank you so much for watching us. Have a wonderful day
and I will see you soon. Bye!

32 thoughts on “Nature Painting Landscape with Watercolors using a Sponge // Art Journal Thursday

  1. Happy Thursday everyone! It's time for a new episode of Art Journal Thursday! This time I'm going to show you how to paint a fall scenery / landscape with watercolors using a sponge! I really hope you like it! <3

  2. Please do a giveaway i would like to receive one but its not up to me I love your vids that's why I love Art nowπŸ˜˜πŸ’–πŸ’—#makoficationsquad

  3. Best video ever on YouTube.. It's true… M genuine about it mako 😱
    😍😜😊# creativity at its peak πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

  4. Have u done any special cource in watercolour painting or its the magic of ur hands? Ur every drawing is amazing πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜

  5. I am really inspired by your videos although as a very beginner I struggle with not being able to create what I see in my head. Your videos encourage me to try. I do have a question about paint. From the videos I've watched, it appears that you prefer pan paints over tubes. I am wanting to invest in artist quality paints and am overwhelmed with the choices. I've seen some of your "testing of inexpensive watercolor" videos but haven't found your opinion of more expensive paints. Would love your comments.

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