How to Paint an Owl with Watercolor – Make an Original Xmas Card


Hello my friends and welcome
to another Tuesday of tutorial! I am Leonardo Pereznieto, and this time, with
a Christmas spirit, I am going to give away as a gift, the watercolor that I am going
to paint today. All you have to do to participate in the raffle
is to write me a comment on my Facebook wall. The link is below. Today I will show you how to create a VERY
unique Christmas card with an owl watercolor. You may start by doing the horizon line and
a basic outline of the bird. By the way, I am only using the bottom half
of the piece of paper, because at the end I am going to fold it to create the card. Do the eyes, then some of the spots
on the feathers, and so on. Remember that the watercolor
is transparent, therefore, you can do a good drawing
and it will always show. If you want to conserve a white margin on
the sides of the painting, you can cover the paper with a masking tape. In this case I will mix different blues. To paint what will be the snow
or earth, we do it on dry paper mostly so as to keep a sharp horizon line.
Then we wait until the whole thing dries so the paint fixes. And then, we get the paper wet again! This part had ended up a little bit darker
than what I originally wanted, so I scrub some of the paint off to lighten it. Keep the paper wet except where the owl is,
since we do not want the paint to go on it. I LOVE the watercolor effect. We wait once more for the paint to get dry. And
once it is dry, this time we get EVERYTHING wet. I am going to scrub this a little bit
more to get it lighter. While the paper is still damp, we can
apply some gray for the shadows. This will be a nice, soft effect. I think the shadows could be darker. With a tissue paper I take off some of the
paint from the wing, since I wanted it in light, and therefore, white. I like it how it is coming out. Mix some yellow and orange for the eyes. The list of materials is in the
information under the video. The dark spots of the feathers for now are
just in pencil. Lets go over them with watercolor for some intensity. In order to give it more volume, we could
reinforce the shadows even more. Erase the pencil lines that you
do not need anymore. Like this one, which was limiting the head. I lighten these feathers a little bit with
water… and then, lift the tape off. The watercolor pads often come with the pages
glued, so they do not ondulate. If that is the case, take it off with a knife. If it had been a lose sheet, I would have
taped it to a board. Then fold it in half and measure where the face is, so as to cut a window. Please be VERY careful when doing this. On one of these lines I am not cutting right
through, only half way because I do not want the whole square to come off.
I just want a window. And to make it easier to open
lets stick a tape on it. Here you can write a message. It is ready.
Please let me know if you liked it. If you enjoyed it, please give it a LIKE
and subscribe to my channel, do not forget to write me the Facebook comment,
and I wish you a GREAT Christmas! See you on Tuesday.

99 thoughts on “How to Paint an Owl with Watercolor – Make an Original Xmas Card”

  1. What pencil do u use while drawing such pictures? Because usually whichever pencil I use it generally spreads very easily and spoils my drawing??

  2. You always do such lovely pictures and paintings, my aunt loves owls and can't get out much so I may paint this so she has a small piece if outside inside, thank you for showing me how. 🙂

  3. This tutorial shows How to Make an Original Xmas Card and how to Paint an Owl with Watercolor
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    как сова в акварельной живописи, оригинальные рождественские открытки
    як сова в акварельного живопису, оригінальні різдвяні листівки
    como uma coruja em pintura em aquarela, cartão de Natal original
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    http://youtu.be/vxnOyxdW7tc

  4. Thank you. It was so much fun for me and my girls to watch you work like that! Way wonderful. My five year old said, " Oh Beautiful!

  5. I am in awe!!! You are amazing. I love the owl, and how you made a window for it. I'm just starting out, so you are making me want to paint! I love what you did!!!

  6. Dear Mr. Pereznieto,
    Your painting of the owl Christmas card was as beautiful as it was inspiring.  Thank you for the lesson and best wishes.

  7. I just found you this week. I have never seen such talent before. Everything you do is a gift to my eyes. And your ethics are admirable. I'm hooked!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing.

  8. This is so beautiful, I wish I could make one for my niece who had a Snowy Owl in her yard last month! Thanks for the video.

  9. THANK YOU so much for the beautiful tutorial on the snow owl. What a fabulous artist you are! I am going to make this for my daughter as a picture for her wall.
    Darlene Dutton

  10. wow it was great😍keep on ur great tutorials😍
    i am taking some drawing and watercolor classes😍they are so calming 😊but watercolor is much more harder than what it looks😄

  11. You’re aware this is a girl snowy owl? She has the black flecks. He doesn’t on his head and not many over his wings and body. But you probably know this being an artist. My apologies in which case

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