How to Paint Monet’s Water Lilies with Acrylic Paint Step by Step | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 26

How to Paint Monet’s Water Lilies with Acrylic Paint Step by Step | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 26

(light music) – Hey guys! Welcome back to another episode of Art Journal Thursdaywhere we get creative every single Thursdayhere on this channel.

And today I'm going to show you how to paint an acrylic painting inspired by Claude Monet,and especially the lilies.

Let's start with the base first.

Here we're going to need a few drops of green and blue colored acrylic paint.

For this I added a few drops of blue and green colored acrylic paint onto the top and bottom part of the paper and then blended the dots together leaving the center empty.

Here we're going to mostly make the paint directly on the painting to follow the artist's technique.

To sort of a lot of different shapes but it will also allow us to play around with the paint even more.

Next you want to add a little bit of white acrylic paint tothe center of the painting and then blend it with the rest using the same brush.

We just want to keep the middle part slightly brighter than the rest.

Monet was known for using thick paint straight from the tube and that's what we want to recreate.

Once you created this rather messy base, add a tiny amount of whitecolored acrylic paint to the center again and then start dabbing on the white paint allover the first layer of the painting while keepingsome parts still darker.

Here I'm using a flat brush to the paint more evenlywhile still building up a nice picture which isgoing to be important for the overall painting later.

I also mixed a little bit of yellow and green colored paint to make it into a nice bright green shade and repeated the step.

Here we just want to createa nice loose background of different shades of blue and green and also a little bit of white.

But you can also seea little bit of purple in his lily paintings so we can mix another bit of red and blue acrylic paint and slightly these colors by using a little bit of white acrylic paint so the color doesn't look too vibrant.

As you can see we nowhave a little bit of green and blue color areas on top and the bottom for the lilies and a slightlygray colored middle part for the water and with purpleand white acrylic paint.

And now it's time to create the areas where we will add the lilies.

In Monet's painting of the lilies you can see a light areafloating over the water, and this is what we want to recreate by using a little bitof white acrylic paint.

I added the paint bydabbing it onto the upper and right area of the paper, and then I start adding blue and green colored areas on top of these areas but still keeping thewhite areas around it.

Here we are really just wantto create an impression of lilies as Monet did.

He used thick and shortbrushstrokes to capture the essence of the subjectto create an impression.

Rather than focusing ondeveloping the details.

From time to time I also addin a little bit of yellow to brighten up the greens, and also to create a variety of lilies, but remember, not to giveup when you feel like painting looks like nothing.

At this stage, it reallylooks rather weird and messy, and it makes no sense.

Well, we just need to work through it.

A painting gets it's final form, by building up layersof paint, one by one.

Not by creating a perfect piece in one go.

Just keep adding the paintand play around with it.

And now we can move onto thebottom part of the painting, and create a few lily pads.

Here again, I dabbed on someblue and green colored paint to create an impression of the pads.

But for the rest, Ipainted some of the pads, one by one, next to each other.

Try to mix differentshades of green and blue, and use a little of whiteto create even more shades.

Impressionist art iscreated by quickly applying brushstrokes and thick paint, so don't think too much whenyou add more, and more dots of paint in differentshades of blue and green.

As I said earlier, theimpressionism wants to capture the illusion of movementand spontaneous moments by not focusing on any details.

Only the fleeting glanceis the main focus.

Or also just a quick impression.

For the lilies in front, I applied the paintrather randomly as well, but still tried to create theoverall shape of the plant.

You can add a few flowers with the pads, but also make some of thesefloat around in the water to make the paintinglook more interesting.

To create even more dimension, you can mix some blueand green colored paint, to create a darker shade of color, and then apply it rightbelow the lily pads to create a shadow below them.

Okay, now let's move ontobuilding up the texture of the painting even more.

Mix a little bit of greenand yellow colored paint, and carefully apply tosome areas of the painting.

We are really want toslightly brush it over, not paint the paper.

From here, all we needto do is keep brushing a little bit of paint over few areas.

I use more blue acrylicpaint on the lower part added a little bit morehighlights on the lily pads.

And just look around tosee if there's anything I would like to change.

Okay, now let's remove the tape for now.

By the way, because I got questions, with acrylic paintings I use the tape just to create a niceframe around the painting.

And I usually use just washi tape.

So, this is how it looks so far.

Now we want to add aneven more dreamy effect to the painting.

Use a tiny amount of white acrylic paint, and again, on dry brush, and then start brushing thepaint all over the water part.

If you notice, the paintdoesn't move around anymore.

Dip the brush into some water.

And remove the excesswater with a tissue paper.

Now you can keep distributinga soft layer of paint all over the painting again.

This will recreate a really nice smoky, or even cloudy effect on the water.

Making it look really dreamy.

For the whole painting, it's important to notuse a super wet brush.

Also, try to use the paintstraight from the tube, and mix it on the canvas or paper, to really create this quickfleeting glance of the moment that was prominent in Monet's and in the impressionists' art.

And this is the final result.

Does it remind you of ClaudeMonet's lily paintings? What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below what other artists or paintings I should try to recreate next.

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