How to Paint a Winter Landscape in a Hot Air Balloon
Want to create a beautiful winter wonderland landscape? We have Clara Fruggeri of IG: @clara_fruggeri on our blog today to show you a creative and fun way to paint a winter scenery using watercolors! Read all about her process below!
Take it away, Clara!
Hi there! I'm Clara Fruggeri, an architect with a passion for paintings, graphic design, and illustration. After a lot of years of working in the architectural sector, I wanted to dedicate myself to my passions. I am currently giving particular attention to watercolor painting.
Today, I'm going to show you the steps to create a winter landscape in a hot air balloon. For other exhilarating videos you can come to know me better on my Instagram profile @clara_fruggeri.
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Pink lacquer - Venezia Watercolor
Prussian Blue - WHSmith Watercolour
Cyan and green - Winsor & Newton watercolors Professional series
Escoda brush size 8
Fabriano 240gsm-113Ibs Natural grain - Acid Free - atercolour paper
Small plate to not pierce the paper with the compass
Hairdryer to dry the liquid mask
HOW TO PAINT A WINTER LANDSCAPE IN A HOT AIR BALLOON:
For this painting, I used 240gsm 113Ibs natural grain watercolour paper by Fabriano. In my experience the different qualities of paper have to be chosen depending on the type of painting we have to do. If we use, for example, the wet-on-wet technique on the whole area of the paper, we will have to use good quality paper not less than 300gsm cold-pressed. For mixed techniques like wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry, we can use sheets of good quality paper at 240 gsm.
I executed the sketch of the subject I wanted to paint with a pencil. Then with the soft eraser I slightly lightened the pencil mark.
I put the liquid mask around the moon, then on the outline of the trees and mountains so as not to dirty the paper. I accelerated the drying with the hair dryer.
In order not to waste precious time while painting, I recommend you to choose in advance the colors you will use. Try out the colors you are intending to use in a piece of paper before proceeding.
I start painting the sky with the wet-on-wet technique, so I wet the paper inside the contours. I then start with the cyan color, followed by the rose color around the moon, and finally with Prussian blue starting from the trees going towards the cyan color.
Once the sky is done, I paint the basket of the balloon using the with wet-on-dry technique.
I remove the liquid mask once the paint has already dried. I prefer to leave the paper to dry, as the hair dryer often creates unpleasant bubbles and causees the paper to warp. Although on this occasion I made an exception.
Still with the wet-on-wet technique, I painted the lower mountain from blue to green. I then painted the moon after the mountain. Once again, I waited for the paper to dry.
I painted the second mountain on the background. I waited until the paint was dry and then removed the liquid mask off the last tree. I painted all the trees after removing the liquid mask.
Note: During the drawing I decided to add a tree. But this is part of the creative act. Obviously before painting in that area I waited for the liquid mask to dry out.
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I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I hope you feel inspired to paint the same subject.
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