Topic: Online Class
I had bought several online classes from art-classes.com and kept setting them aside to work on 'at a later date'. This one I registered for in 2018!
I finally looked at everything I had pending and arranged them in what I thought would be a logical order where lessons could build upon one another and this one came out as being a top priority for me.
First we had instructions on creating our own sketchbook out of a full sheet of watercolor paper and were provided with a supply list. Yes, I did make the sketchbook and bought the recommended brushes, paints and other items back in 2018.
The sketchbook is created in such a way that it accordian-folds from both directions so one side flips through the color-theory lessons and the other side flips through the technique exercises.
Here are my pages:
Exploring different pigment consistencies
Cool and warm colorwheels. Only the yellow, red and blue are actual pigments, All the other colors are mixed from them.
Colorways - used variety of yellows, reds and blues with all other colors mixed from them
Mixing every color of the cool and the warm primaries with each other
Mixing every red in my palette with every blue for resulting purples. Then doing the same with every yellow and every blue for resulting greens.
Mixing every yellow with every red for the resulting oranges.
Exploring the transition from one pure color to another by varying pigment ratios
Exploring color blending with varying pigment consistencies next to one another
On the technique side of the sketchbook we first created plain flat washes (below) and washes with a glaze (above) The upper ones will be used as background in a later lesson.
A flat wash with wet-into-wet color added. This will be used as a background in a later lesson
Using the 'warm' glazed wash to practice skinny single-stroke leaves
Using the 'cool' glazed background to practice fat leaves with negative painting
Dry-brushing birch trees
Deciduous trees and evergreen trees.
Changing edges with spraying
Negative painting and layering
Mixing pigments on the paper for natural colors
Combining techniques for a winter snow scene
Combining techniques for a sunset lake scene
The scethbook becomes a useful resource when working on future projects - especially for color mixing.