How to Paint Simple Landscapes with Gouache | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 43

How to Paint Simple Landscapes with Gouache | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 43


Hey guys, in today’s video I’m going to show you how to paint two different landscapes using gouache. (light music) Don’t forget to make sure your
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bit of blue color paint onto the very top area of the paper. And then load up your brush
with a little bit of water and start distributing
the paint all the way down to the bottom to create a green effect. Move the brush from one side to the other and evenly distribute the paint. We just want to create
a slightly darker area at the top that goes lighter
and lighter a little bit. Here I’m going to use a
flat brush because I find it’s a lot easier to
create a nice flat wash. Next to create the white
clouds, take a clean, wet brush and start lifting
off the paint by soaking up the color into the clean brush. Simply move the brush in a
circular motion to create the shape of a cloud
and while you do that, dip the brush onto the
tissue paper and clean it from time to time. You don’t have to remove all
the paint from the paper, you still want to see a little
bit of the blue color here and there so the clouds
look three dimensional. Once you created the base for the clouds, you can now take a little
bit of white gouache and go over the top areas
of each cloud to make these areas even brighter. Also add the white paint
to areas underneath here and there to create a
fluffy shape in the clouds. Next, mix a little bit of
blue and yellow color paint with lots of white gouache
and a little bit of water and apply it right below the
white areas in the clouds. These are going to be the shadows. The contrast between these two main colors will make the clouds look
more three dimensional. To soften the edges between the colors, simply dry off your brush
and carefully go over the edges to blend them out. This is only one of the ways how to paint clouds and only one of the
ways how clouds can look. And now we can move onto
the second painting. By the way, these paintings are inspired by Soju Gabley and
they’re amazing artists. Let me know in the
comments below what other sceneries or paintings you
would like me to recreate. For the second painting,
we are going to create a sunset scenery and make the clouds look a little bit more dramatic
by adding lots of different colors and a lot more contrast. Here I am going to use purple color paint that I mixed together
with blue and a little bit or red color paint. And with a little bit of water I simply distribute it the same way as
we did in the first painting. I also added a little bit
of magenta and yellow color paint underneath and blend
them together to create a nice grain effect
between these three colors. Now we want to create the
same base for the clouds as for the first painting so we have more room to play around with. Lift up some of the
paint by using a clean, wet brush and a tissue paper. Here the clouds will
be a lot more dramatic and look a little bit
different but you can create a similar pattern and shape
as in the painting above. Once you create the base,
you can go ahead and add white gouache to the top
areas again and from here we can build up the intensity
and add more colors to it. Since in the paining we are
going to create a sunset I’m going to use yellow, orange and purple and make them look a little
bit more pastel looking by mixing in lots of white paint. To build up the dramatic
look, I will start with the lighter colors first
and then add darker colors to the sides where the
clouds get less light. So here for example, the
sun goes down on the left side of the clouds and
the clouds on the right are further and further
away from the point so here I’m going to add
different shades of purple and make them darker and darker. Since you can reactivate
gouache, don’t worry if you’re not completely happy
with the way it looks yet. You can always go back
later and work on it until you’re happy with the result. Alright, let’s move onto the
second part of the paintings and that’s the trees, mountains
and all the good stuff. For the mountains, mix
the same color as we used for the shadows in the clouds. Just use a little bit less
water and apply the paint just by covering half the
lower part of the painting and by creating different
heights of the mountains. This is going to be the base. Next, mix in a little
bit more blue color paint to the light green color to make it darker and go over the layer again. Now you want to apply the paint form the shape of the mountain. So for example, the left
side of the mountain is slightly diagonal from
the left to the right side. And the right side of the
mountain is leaning towards the left side but you can
make the shape of the mountain the way you like it, of course. And to add more dimension
and make the pattern of the mountain look more interesting, you can also add a little
bit of purple to a few areas and blend everything slightly in. Let’s move onto the hill
for grass and flowers. Here I mix a lime green
color with green and yellow color paint and just
simply cover the lower right corner of the paper. And to make this hill look
less boring we can now add a little bit of
darker and lighter areas by adding dark green
and white color paint. First dab on slightly
darker shade of green here and there to create
a nice textured look. And instead of painting
each blade of grass, you can flatten your
brush by simply pushing the bristles together to make them flat and then you can use it to
dab on darker green shades on the paper to add a
few details in the grass. I also added a little bit of white and yellow areas here and there. In front of the mountains
we can now add a few trees. For this step, load up your
brush with dark green color and apply them in the shape
of a few hills like that. And then go over these
areas with a few lighter shades of green and white
to create dimension. The fun part here is
that we don’t want to be super accurate and focus on making everything super detailed. We just want to create a
hint of that by focusing on the main shapes and be messy
with the paint application. I also went ahead and added
a few flowers to the grass hill to make it look more interesting. And you can make them however you like. Now for the second painting
we are going to make everything a little bit
darker because it’s a sunset and you want to create
another type of mood compared to the first painting. To create trees here,
I started by creating the base first using
a dark shade of green. And from here I added
the light reflections. Since the sun is on the
left side, I added different shades of green and browns to
the left side of each tree. This is so we can make this
flat wash of green paint into a three dimensional looking forest. And then you can add even
more highlights and shadows until you’re happy with
the way the trees look. Just dab on the paint
and don’t think too much. By the way, for all the
paintings I only use a little bit of water
but it always depends on the way you want or like to paint. I’m still new to this medium so I’m still experimenting with the ratio. Okay so below the trees I
also added a field by using different shades of green
and brown colors again. I was rather messy and didn’t
try to make it super neat. I just focused on having
a few jagged areas right below the trees and here and there on the field to create shadows. And then I did the same
with lighter shades to create a few light
reflections of the setting sun. And from here I just went back over all the paintings and adjusted a few areas. I made a few areas a little
bit lighter, blended a few colors a little bit more
and just changed things until I was happy with the result. I’m really happy I
discovered gouache for myself because it’s so fun to
use and I love that you can use it like acrylics
or oil and still be able to reactivate the paint
and use similar techniques like with watercolors. And this is the final result. What do you guys think? Let me know in the
comments below if you would like to see more gouache
tutorials and what other things you would like
me to paint in the future. And now it’s time to announce the winners of the make your way. And the winners are,
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