Hi everyone happy new year. I don’t get a
lot of time to paint lately because I’ve been so busy making tutorials but
last week I took some time off and I painted a little Willy wagtail in
watercolor. Hi everyone i’m Louise De Masi and
welcome to my channel. Before I start with this tutorial I just want to give a
heartfelt thank you to everyone who has contacted me from around the world about
these terrible bushfires that we’re experiencing here in Australia. I feel
overwhelmed with gratitude that you are thinking of us over here. We are safe
where we are but we did have a scare back in November when the fire
department advised us to leave our home. It was shortly after I filmed this video
for YouTube you can see the orange colour outside and the ash falling
behind me the air quality here was terrible for weeks after but we were
lucky because the fire went in a different direction to our home. My heart
is aching for all of our amazing wildlife so I’m going to be teaming up
with a few other artists and we’re going to be raising some money for wires which
is a wildlife rescue organization here in Australia. So keep an eye out for that
if you follow me on instagram. This little bird is one of Australia’s most
well known fan tails. We call it a Willy wagtail. They’re active little birds that
flit around the garden fanning out their tails as they hunt for insects. They’re
only about 20 centimetres long but they’ve got loads of personality. I’ve
painted them before but I just wanted to do a quick study to demonstrate how I
mixed black using three colours. Pre-mixed black water color can be a bit
flat and dead looking so it’s good to know how to mix your own. If you’ve done
some of my tutorials you know that I do use pre-mixed black sometimes. I have
used it in the past when I’ve painted some zebras and I’ve also used it on my
crows and also my Magpies. I blend the black with other colors.
Sometimes I’ll work wet on wet with it and I’ll mix it with other colors on the
paper and other times I’ll glaze a transparent
wash of it over another color. For this little painting I mixed my own.
So let’s take a look at that. This is a Winsor & Newton watercolor journal. it’s
been a while since I’ve painted in it so today I’m going to paint this little
Willy wagtail. I’m going to use just three colors for this painting.
This is permanent alizarin crimson some French ultramarine here and some
quinacridone gold and these are three Winsor and Newton colors.I place
these paints around the outside rim of the plate just so that the watery
paint will fall down into the middle. Now I can use these three colors to mix a
black. So I just mix the three of them together and I keep mixing until I get a
color that I like and I try to avoid washing my brush out when I mix the
color just because if I do I’ll keep diluting the mixture and I want it as
dark as I can get it. Now I can adjust the color temperature of this black I
can make it warmer by adding more of the alizarin crimson or I can make it cooler
by adding more of the French ultramarine. So we just test it out on a piece of
scrap paper until I get a color that I’m happy with. I think I’m going to lean
towards the cooler color so I’ll add more of the blue. I’m just going to start
wetting the bird’s head here. I’m using a DaVinci maestro brush this is a series
35 and it’s a number 5 and I want to work on the damp paper here so I’m just
putting some water on the black parts. Now in my reference photo there’s a
shine that runs down the side of his head so I’m going to just paint some of
the French ultramarine where I see that lighter color and then when I put the
black on it will just blend with it because the paper’s wet.
This is French ultramarine that I’m using and all I’m doing as I paint is
I’m just looking at the reference photo and I’m just putting the paint where I
see that lighter sheen on the side. Ok so my paper is still nice and wet
so what I can do now is just put the black paint on there and it will blend
with that blue that I’ve just put there. Now I’ve picked up the black
that I mixed up. I’m just painting that onto the damp paper here.
I paint carefully around the little white markings that are on the side of
the head and also around the eye and I just use my brush right up on its tip so
that I can get into those little small areas. I paint around the eye carefully around the beak and there’s a white
patch on the side of his cheek here that I have to avoid as well. So then I just keep going around I’m not
going to put the paint over the top of that blue area that I painted. I want to
try and reserve that so I’m just painting around it and the black will
just blend with it. Because the paper is wet it keeps all
those painted edges soft so now I can take this color down the back and here I’m
painting on the dry paper. I take it around the front of the wing here because the
paper’s wet the colors just blend together. There’s no hard paint edges
showing anywhere so now my brush is just damp and I’m just running it along the
edge of the paint there just to allow some of that paint to bleed onto the
white feathers. That just softens that edge where the black meets the white and now I’ve got some more of that dark
color and I just want to put it on the back here. I can paint a few flicks off
the side just by pulling the damp paint out onto the dry paper and I’m just
going to speed up the next section. Just putting some water on the paper here at
the front and I’m going to use a really pale wash of that color that I mixed up
just for those white feathers there. So everything has dried and I can see
that I’ve been a bit heavy-handed with the blue so what I want to do is just
tone it down and make the color look a bit more black. So I’ve wet the paper
and I’ve adjusted my mix so that I’ve got more of the alizarin crimson and
quinacridone gold and less of the blue and now I’m just painting this over the
top of that first wash. Now the first wash had dried but I recoated it with
water just so that I can work on the damp paper and keep all those soft paint
edges. I still want the blue to show through but not as much as I had it.
I’m just wetting the top of the wing here with some water because again I
want to work on there damp paper. so I put the black on and then I use my brush
just to paint those feather separations that are there so they were on dry paper
I’ve just pushed the brush into the dry paper now you might be noticing as I put
the black on the paper that it’s a different colour in different areas
sometimes it’s darker sometimes it’s lighter sometimes it looks a bit more
blue other times it looks a bit more yellow or brown I’ll show you why soon
as I finish this little feather here so while the color sometimes varies is
because the colours in the plate will separate from one another so it just
depends where I put my brush into the puddle as to what the color is going to
be so if I pick it up here there’s my car but if I pick it up in a different
spot so over here the colors slightly different it’s got a bit more yellow in
it sometimes I might want the color to be a bit cooler or more blue so I’ll run
my paint over the blue paint pick up the puddle of black and then I get that
cooler color other times I might want a very pale grey so I’ll just use a wet
brush and I’ll just pick up a tiny bit of paint at the side here and that’s
when I get that really light to color so that’s why you’ll see the colour differ
as I paint okay so back to the tail I’m painting
this on the dry paper I want it to be a bit cooler at the top here so I’ve just
wiped my brush over the blue paint there and now I’m dropping some water in just
to disturbed a pigment and create some texture I paint the next one and up here
I’m just going to use a damp brush just to take a bit of paint off so I’m just
using my brush like it’s a sponge and I’ll do the same thing here I’ll just
take a bit of paint off so now I’ll just paint this tail feather in the middle of
those two just run it down the center it’s a slightly different color to the
other two as well now with these wing feathers here you can see that the black
has got quite a bit of that quinacridone gold mixed into it it’s almost a brown
so I’m just painting that on the dry paper and then I’m going to come back
over the top of it with some really thick dark paint to add the detail but
before I do that I just want to change the color of one of them so I’m just
going to pick up some of the blue and wipe it into the mix I’m going to paint
over the top here just to change the color so that makes that feather at the
back a darker color and now I’m just going to use my brush to take off a bit
of paint here as well so for the legs now I just want a soft grey so I’m just
going to use my damp brush just to pick up a tiny bit of paint here at the side
there’s not a lot of paint on my brush it’s a fairly light in color and that’ll
give me that light gray that I can paint the legs on with okay so back onto these other feathers
I’m just filling them in just on the dry paper so this is the light gray again so
I just picked it up from the side of the pallet and I’m also going to drop some
of the quinacridone gold on there while that paints damp it’s just a bit of
reflective light gives it a bit of a glow in those lighter areas I’ll do the
same thing on the front here I’ll just wait it with water
now I’ll drop some of that quinacridone gold on there so now I want some really
thick paint to paint the detail on those flight feathers so I’m just mixing up a
new patch with not a lot of water in it so it’s fairly thick pigment and I just
pick it up with a damp brush and that gives me that really dark paint there
that I can paint that detail on with so I’m just painting over the top of the
dry paper here I’m just gonna take a brush too and
smudge a bit of it so it’s not 11 okay so just on this feather right here I
don’t like that light patch so I’m just putting a bit more paint over the top of
that I think it was too light okay so now for the eye I’m just going to paint
that with that really dark thick pigment just with my liner brush I put some of
their darker paint on that top of the beak there I’m going to use a damp brush
just to soften that paint äj– so now got a damp brush you can run it along
the paint edge and that just softens it it’s not such a hard line there and then
when that’s dry I campaigned in the bottom beak so now I’ve got some Winsor & Newton
white ink on my liner brush I’m just going to run that run that outside edge
of the eye because I’ve lost that I just want to bring it back in and I’ll also
put a bit of that white ink around the white spots the white patches a little
bit here just to extend these feathers as well and now I’m just using my micron
pigma pen just to tidy up the shape of the eye and I’ve got a scrubber brush
here that I’m just taking off a few highlights with so the brush is damp but
the paper is dry it’s just a stiff brush and it just takes a bit of paint off and
creates a few more highlights and to finish off I’m just darkening
this back section of the heavy edges with a bit more of the darker color it’s
got less blue in it now just painting that on the dry paper I can soften away
any edges that I don’t like with a damp brush so there’s my finished painting I hope you enjoyed the video and thank you
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