Painting With Yovette, How to Paint Night Sky on Black, Oil Well hello and welcome back to My MagicBrushes.
I hope you've all had just a fantastic summer, I know I had one.
So Ihave a brand new project today that I'm anxious to show you.
It's painting anight sky on black.
So let's go ahead and get started.
And here is your list ofsupplies, you can gather these all up, and I have them all ready to go.
Well theseare the brushes we'll be using, and also one knife, and it can be a larger or a small,and also one finger, please bring that with you.
Now I've been asked if I couldstart something from scratch, don't you know, start from the very beginning, forI've been asked by a couple of people, and so I thought today that's what I'd do.
So the first step in painting a night canvass is to make the canvas black, or,well, in this case yes black.
What I'm going to use is just a plain old foambrush.
The first thing you do is apply black gesso to it, and I keep mygesso in a jar upside down like that, and the reason I do that is because itprevents the crusting and the drying of the paint because no air gets inside.
So first thing you want to do is give it a shake because the , thepigment does tend to settle to the bottom.
So when you do this, make sure youtap so that this doesn't shoot out the top when you open it, which it may doanyway.
But let's hope not.
Okay, so from there I'm just going to apply alittle gesso right on the top here, I may, I may need a little more, maybe notas much, I don't know.
Close that very tight, put it upside down again, and withthe foam brush all I do is just take and spread it around.
And usually, almostalways, I do two coats.
I'm only going to do one coat tonight, but this is just togive you an idea.
I'm doing this on a very small canvastonight because just for the sake of time.
And I love this littlegadget here.
Okay, so all you do is just go ahead and make a nice thin layer, goto your, if you're doing edges, go ahead and paint those edges, and the foam brushworks really great.
Now if you're doing a great big canvas, say like an 18 by 24 oreven a 16 by 20 or larger, you want to be sure to use a larger brush, either a foambrush or, you can use a, you know, just a regular paint brush.
Just make sure youget a nice even coat all the way around.
And that's it, that's all there is todoing a black gesso canvas.
And just make sure it's not oil paint, make sure it'sgesso.
Gesso dries very fast.
Just once over the top, just smooth it out, andthat's as easy as it gets! Okay that's step one.
Oh, and I was goingto tell you also, when you, just set this in my jar because that's that's thatmakes it handy.
Take this, and the brush, when you've got this, the gesso in it,fold up a paper towel, and blot out as much as you can of that paint.
And you'll getquite a bit out of there, and it will be messy, but that's okay.
You want to get as much of the paint out as you can.
Then just simply dip it inwater, the brush will saturate and pick up paint, stick it in a baggie, label itblack gesso, seal it, and then this is my water can, I don't know if you can seethe inside of this, but it's got dried dried paint, that, when the waterevaporates and then all that sediment lays in the bottom and it just drieshard, and then you can just throw that sediment out.
You never want to throwthis down the sink, because that sediment will clog up your drain, it gets in thatlittle u joint, you know that joint that goes like a u, it will clog up yourdrains, so never throw that down the drain.
Anyway just set that aside, and then that's ready to go for the next time, youjust blot it dry, you're all ready to do another canvas, and it's really good todo a whole bunch of canvases at one time if you can.
Saves a lot of time and a lotof paint, and a lot of everything.
Oh, just one quick thing before I get started.
Iwanted to mention that on a large canvas you might also want to use these smallrollers, they work fantastic! Make the job really fast and it's very easy to use,just a little little teeny rollers.
Now I wanted to show you this chart becausethis just shows you different colors that you can use for a night sky.
Andthis is a lot of fun, you don't always have to use just one color.
So look, like here, I have Prussian blue, alizarin crimson, made a purple, it should be moreof a purple but it didn't turn out that way,sap green, Van Dyck Brown, and Indian yellow.
And it's fun to play around.
Youcan do a monotone painting, a monotone meaning all one color, and that's a lotof fun.
So you might try experimenting with that and you just might make apainting in different colors.
Okay, let's start having a little fun!First thing I want to do is take my oil medium, and just a little bit on a papertowel or a cloth if you would prefer, it does not take very much.
And now this isan old canvas, I use this canvas for practice a lot and then I just scrape itoff and start over again.
So that's why you see itnot perfectly clear.
It also becomes very smooth because I've used it so much.
Ilike working on a smooth canvas.
A lot of people love a rough canvas but not me Ilove it smooth.
So these marks in here just there are not important.
So anyway, okay we have applied the oil base.
Now the first thing I want to doafter that's applied is, I want to take and put on my choice of colors, today isgoing to be prussian blue and sap green.
I'm going to start right here, and I justwant to start putting this on, and you will not be able to see this, it's it'slike invisible, but when you put the white on that's when it really shows andstarts to look very interesting.
And I'm just applying this pretty much all over.
This is just prussian blue, just get iton any way you can, the smoother your canvas the longer your brushes are goingto last.
And to that I'm just going to take a little bit of sap green and justkind of smoosh it here, a little bit in the lower part over the over the blue, Idon't want to tremendous amount of green but a little bit.
Okay and that's allthere is to that part.
So the next thing I want to do is just have a very lightsky color, kind of a haze in the background, and to do that I'm going touse my fan brush and titanium white, and I'm just going to load both sides of thebrush like so, and just crisscross it on.
It does not have to be perfect, we're notlooking for perfet.
And think, think about maybe where you might like a moon.
I would like it maybe right there so I'm going to make that part a little bitbrighter.
That's all you do with that, put thatbrush aside, and the next thing I want to do is just take my 1 inch brush, and I'mjust going to start criss crossing on the outer edge first.
And you see thisbegins to look hazy, because you know often times, or most of the time, youwill see a bit of a haze around this the moon.
Now remember, you're not relegated tojust blue.
There are so many beautiful colors out there.
Okay, so that looks fair.
Set that brush aside, now the almighty finger.
Okay just take and put some onyour finger, find your moon, put it wherever you wantit, and I've got this on, I'd say probably fairly thick, and when you're done withthat just take your knife, and if you see a lot of paint on there,I mean lightly, very lightly, just scrape it.
That will get any excess paint off soit does not smear so bad.
Now that ah, the one inch brush that I have taken andput the blue, you know, put the white all around, I'm just wiping this off, and nowagain, I'm just going to lightly, very lightly go in and touch up my moon, justgo across it a little bit.
That just kind of kind of fuzz's it out a little bit.
Okay, the next step, again I'm going to wipe off my brush because I've got a lotof blue on here.
Now I want to go back to a white color,so I'm just wiping off the tips, just to get the blue gone, and to go back to thewhite.
Oh, you know what? I want to change.
I want to use the filbert this time.
Sometimes I use a filbert for the sky and sometimes I use a fan brush, buttoday I want to use the filbert.
I kind of like the way it turns out.
Okay, sojust pick a spot, I'm going to start here, I want this fairly white when I'm upclose to the moon here.
Load again, and when you see me go away for asecond I'm just wiping the tips of my brush.
How about way out here.
As it getsfurther away from the moon you'll notice that it gets darker, and that's what youwant.
Wiping the brush, the tips of the brush, I'm going to load a little morewhite, maybe something over here I want more white up close to the moonhere, fuzzing out at the bottom somewhat.
Good,and a couple of streaks across the top, that's always kind of interesting.
Okay now, it's, excuse me, going backto the one-inch brush, I'm just wiping it off, any of the blue color that Ican get off, I don't clean my brushes after every single use.
Starting at thebottom here, notice that I'm just using, I start with the, just the tips of thebrush here, I'm holding my handle towards the back,I'm fuzzing out the bottom.
Wipe the brush, and over to theother side, and wipe the brush a little bit, startingat the top here just go across, it just sort of sets that in the sky.
And thenhere, come up, and I'm, this is extremely light, if you, if you could just barelytouch, that's all I'm doing, kind of a big circles, I go both ways, again like I say,extremely light.
Then wipe the brush, and just gently gently gently come across.
AsI get towards the bottom edge here, I'm pressing just a little bit harderbecause I want to really set that in the sky.
I think I keep bumping into mymicrophone, or my camera, I don't mean to, but I do every once in a while.
Okay,the next step I want to do is take my knife, and I see I've already got alittle blue in this white, that's just wonderful, I like that! So pull that down.
Just, just say you wanted a little water in here, grab a roll of paint, down andacross, that gives you a nice roll, and imaginary line, and just underneath themoon here, just go ahead and just put a few little squigglies in here.
This isnot going to be a finished painting by any means, this is, wipe the knife off,this is just, just for fun, just for something to do.
You if, you didn't wantto do seascapes, you could put mountains in here,oh gosh, you could make a great winter scene, and here I'm just dabbing, justtapping a little bit here and there, you know the water in the ocean is that way,it's kind of like little waves.
I want to say Hi to Joe Tanner.
We've been corresponding.
He's just great fun to correspond with, and Mr.
Kenneth too! There are so many of you people thathave been corresponding with me, and I have just loved it! It's been so much fun!So with, back to that 1 inch brush, I'm just going to come across, all theway across.
And by golly if that doesn't look likewater.
If had more tooth on this canvas that would even be better.
And you noticethat little green, it just picks up a little bit of that green color.
Ah, you can ah, let's see, like the one-inch brush, if you see a darkspot, oh like right here, just touch and let's, let's just create one here.
There's, there's a dark spot, so I'm tapping just lightly above it.
I need a newer 3-inch brush I think, or a number three fan brush.
And sothat's going to be like the top of a wave, and then you just, just, lightly justbring that to the side, and doesn't that look like waves? You want to keep these very shallow.
Okay,well that's it, it's just a really simple sky to do.
I just love working with black.
Well that's your lesson.
Now wasn't thata fun project? I loved painting up on a black canvasbecause it's just there's so many things you can do with it.
So anyway, have funwith this, try it out, leave me a comment if you'd like, and if you liked the video,be sure and subscribe.
Ok we'll see you next month.