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Painting With Yovette, Golden Rays of Sunshine, Gesso/Acrylic, Pt 1 Well Hi, this is Yovette at My Magic Brushes.
I am so happy that you came back to visit me this month. I have a really
fun fun project, at least I think it was a lot of fun and I hope you find it
fun too. And it’s a two-part, so I know you’re gonna groan and say oh no not a
two-part again, but I promise you it is going to be a lot of fun. So anyway let’s
get started. As you can see here I have a sixteen by twenty canvas. And what I have
done is I have covered it completely with a black gesso and I have allowed
it to completely dry. Now if you don’t have gesso then go ahead and use
acrylic, either one will work. Gesso works better but whatever you have works.
Okay, for part one it’s gonna be real simple. I have three sizes of foam
brushes here you can get these at the hardware store or the craft store. I’m
going to be using a mid size one because I’m using a mid-sized canvas but you can,
if you’re using a big canvas use a bigger brush. Also I have here a black
gesso, gray gesso, and white gesso. And if you don’t have gesso then use
acrylic. That will work, that will work also. And a paper towel which you
just crumple up any old way that you can find to do it that just would make a
nice little little design, so you know for pouncing, and if you don’t want to
use a paper towel you can use one of these foam brushes, these are, excuse me,
the foam, the, what do I want to say, sponge. The sponges are great! But what you do is
you, you dip it in water first. You get it sopping wet and then you squeeze it out
really dry. And then that is just wonderful for pouncing, especially for a
bigger canvas, I really like using sponge. Anyway let’s get started. To begin we’re just going to take our
paper towel and just start dipping it in a little bit of white. And I hope
you’re able to see this, I don’t know if you can or not. So you’ve got a little
bit of white on the bottom and you’re just going to start tapping. Now I want
to have my light, my biggest part of my light right here. This is my
easel and here is Center. You can always tell by the little knobby on the top. So
I want this to be left of center, oops, don’t, don’t do that, there. I’m gonna get
this all over. That’s all right. So anyway start dabbing and and just
start in one spot and as you come out just go around, turn your paper towel a
little bit every once in a while. Just turn it, and just keep dabbing dabbing, and soon you’ll run out of paint. So dab
again, always start in center and come out. See I got that really bright spot in
there? Don’t worry about that, we’ll cover that. Boy, this is, I need a new I
need a new paper towel, and I need to hold this a little bit different. There
we go, that’s better. And just keep dabbing lightly, come down
a little bit, just keep dabbing, dabbing, dabbing. Unfortunately my little thing here is
going to be in the way but that’s okay. Come down a little bit,
and a little more white just in the center here. I really want this to be the
brightest area. Ya, that’s good. Okay. Start going into your gray because I
want a darken just a little bit on the edges here because that really got light.
Okay I just got a different paper towel because that other one was not
cooperating very well. Okay, so this time dip into a little gray, and I just want
to, I don’t want, I want some darkness along the edges here. Come in just a little bit here and there,
just so it looks like it’s going to have a little bit of foliage. There, and that
should be good! I like that. It’s got a little bit of mood to it. Boy I tell you
this is a lot easier to do and in without the camera going. So now we’re
going back to this plate, and what I want to do, this time I’m just going to go
into black. Actually we better turn it this way, here we go.
And I’m just loading both sides of this foam brush. And I want to start making
like little tree trunks. And I want them to be in the center also because, that’s
where our light is. And these trees are not always straight, and they’re not
always stuck together, and they’re not always far apart. So make them very
individual. You can put these anywhere you want them. And sometimes they’re even crossing over
one another. And as we come out to the edges, what I
want to do is then go into some gray, because we want just a little bit
lighter. Is it starting to look like a forest?
No probably not! Okay, and then I tell you what, just lightly wipe on a paper towel
if you’re getting a lot of paint like I am. There, I just wiped a
little bit of the towel the paint off. Now I want to go into a white. This is on
the very outer edges, because these trees are going to be a little bit
closer… Well I adjusted my camera just a little bit because I was a little too
close. And so now you can see it’s a little bit further back. So anyway, and I
and I didn’t turn it on quite soon enough, but what I did is I just made
three of the white trees over here. So that’s basically all for the trees. I’m
sorry at the beginning of this video I forgot to mention that you’re going to
need a liner brush too. So, now I have my liner brush, I have what I want you to do
is start taking water and dipping into your black. We want a lot of water
because we want to make this very very thin just like ink. Remember, We’ve done
that before like in tree branches and stuff? That’s
what we’re going to be doing again. So just runny, runny, runny. Water, watery like
ink. And I just want you to make a few little smaller twigs and branches, just
little things that will just make it look like a forest. You can put as many of these as you want
or as few. See, if you have it really runny, it spreads very very nicely. And when
you’re doing these, you want to do some of these tree trunks too. When
you’re doing these, start in the trunk itself, and push heavier and make it come
out. I hope my head’s not getting in the way
again. I have a terrible habit of doing that. Anyways they cross over each other. See how it starts to look really
thick in here, which is what we want. For you guys who like impressionistic or
if you want to just loosen up your painting, this is the way to do it.
I’ll tell you I’ve taught this in classes before and everybody has so much
fun because it doesn’t matter what you do. It’s all okay, it turns out beautiful!
You can think this is probably the ugliest thing that you ever saw.
and it’ll just, you’ll be surprised, it’ll turn out great! So anyway, put some
black ones in here and then, excuse me, switch over to a little gray, make that
very very watery. The gray, same thing, we’re just going to put a few little
branches on the gray trees. Oh they hardly show up. I got that too watery,
let’s put a little black in there. Always adjustable. It’s still more black Maybe a few down here, so you can tell
now that my paint is too thick because you can see how thick it’s coming off on
the canvas. I’m not going to worry about that though because that’s probably
going to be covered anyway. So anyway let’s go maybe a few over here. People seem to really like this one
because it’s just so loose and free and you can just do anything in it. And I
think last, I’m rinsing my brush in between these colors. Next I want to go
into some of the white. Okay, go to the white, we’ll just add a few branches in
here. I love these white ones. You’ll see when we finish this painting how
interesting these are. You can need you can always tell when
you need more water, starts coming off very thick. We even have a few little
ones here, and we need a few over here too. Now that trunk needs to be a little
bit whiter also. Huh,
well these little trunks are being difficult here. There okay. so I
like that but I am going to whiten these a little bit more here.
I just think they’ll show up better if they’re lighter. And you know it really
helps too if you let these, when you’re when you’re doing these, let these colors
dry in between a little bit and sometimes that really helps. Otherwise
the colors kind of blend together a little bit too much, but that’s okay
we’ll make it work. So that’s it for that part we’ve got
enough limbs on there. Okay rinse that brush out, that liner brush. Okay what I
did is I grabbed another foam brush because I’m going to go into black and
my other foam brush has white in it that’s where we left off with the trees.
So, I’m just going to load both sides of the brush here with black, lots of black
because we are going to make a big old tree. Okay. I want you to start up
anywhere that you like. I’m going to start over in this corner and this time
I’m pressing, and this, I want a really crooked old tree. Cool. Oh yeah, I like
this big big massive, big old tree. And this needs to be a little bit bigger
there. Okay. And a little more black, let’s have a branch coming right about here. maybe one coming over here. How about one
even going over this way. Oh I love these big old trees, these are great. Right just
in the middle. Isn’t that neat? Now if you want you can even make
branches on this tree with your small liner brush. I’m not going to do that but
if you want you can. I’d like to have this one extending out a little bit too.
Just to have something over on this side because this tree, oh yeah, and I see
another one, I see another one here right here. Okay that’s all I’m gonna do on that
one. Okay now I want to switch back to the brush that has the white on it. We’re
going to go into the white and now we’re gonna make some foliage, and so I’m just
loading both sides of the brush, and I’m going to start over here. You can start
anywhere, but just lightly, all you’re doing is just very lightly, just pushing
making foliage. Go into a little grey here and there, maybe a little black, and let’s put some white over on this
side. Now I’m covering the bottom so these trees, you notice that? And see how
this is the really mixing? This is why I say maybe you should wait and let these
colors dry completely before you actually go, start doing this, this part
here. But the good thing is, this is either gesso or acrylic whichever your
using, and so it doesn’t make any difference what you put down here,
because you can go over it. And if you want you can make little plant-like things here and there. Go into
a little bit of dark here and there, because you do want some shadows, and use
the corner of the brush too. Don’t just use just the flat. Ue the corner a
little bit here and there. Now I want a pathway in here also, and so I’m going to
take the black, and just like so. I’ll have it come way over here. I’ll add just a dip,
just a dab of gray in there also. Just have this come way out to the edge.
I should be a right-hander for this, this is awfully difficult trying to stay out
of the camera, and try and do this at this awkward angle. It’s very awkward! Anyway that’s fine, that’s good. Go back
into maybe a little more white right along here, just dab up these edges a
little bit. And, I had to get just a teensy bit more paint. I want to
make this pathway just a bit more, well let me try this right handed because I
just can’t it do this left-handed. There. okay that’s better. I can’t paint right-handed either, so I’m
stuck between a rock and a hard spot here. Oh well, that’s okay. So that’s done
I want some dark back here, and, I’m going to wipe on a paper towel
just because I have so much here. Okay. And I want to go back into some white, and I want to have… Okay, I have to apologize, I had to stop the
camera from rolling. I had to dry this because my colors were
just blending way too much, I didn’t want that much blending. So anyway, now that
that’s dried, I can touch it. It’s not going to smear, which it was doing
terribly before. So I want to go back in, I want to make some highlights here and
there, and especially like in this area, and the reason is because this is where
your light would be coming in. The light is coming in this way. So it would be on
this side. Let me grab some more paint here. There that’s better. And let’s see, I want to lighten this
just a teeny bit down here, make it look more like a pathway, and that’s working
much better. So I tell you, don’t do as I do, go ahead and let these colors, let these
dry in between, because it’ll make such a difference in the finished product. Just kind of blending that out. Okay
that’s better. Now I would like to take some dark, and just hit right along this
edge here. There. Just so my canvas is covered. And if the light is coming in and
there’s some foliage down here, you would see also some brightness, let me get this
turned around, you would see some brightness right in here, where the Sun
would strike. See now already that’s mixing and turning gray. I should be
sitting to do this, it would be so much more pleasant! Okay, now what you want to do is let this
whole thing totally completely dry. Now just go ahead and do any touch-ups that
you want. If you want to change anything before we actually put the final color
on, now would be the time. So now before I quit, I’m just doing little touch-ups,
little things that I want to change just to make it look a little better. I want
you to do the same thing between now and the next lesson. I’m going to post these
pictures at the end of this part of the video so that you, can you can pause it
and copy it or whatever you want to do Okay, well that was the end of part one,
and I hope that I see you all next month again I promise it will be fun. So anyway,
have a great month and I will see you next time. Bye bye.

49 thoughts on “Golden Rays of Sunshine, Bob Ross Style! Pt 1, Gesso Painting Techniques With Yovette

  1. Thank you for this wonderful fun lesson. I am new to the world of painting ,but AM enjoying it . Cant wait to start this. Will be watching for part two!!

  2. Yay! Like it, Yo 🙂 I totally get the idea. Exactly this episode of Bob's I have seen some days ago. Now waiting for part 2 …

  3. I am sorry I commented on you final painting without seeing how the acrylic was done. Thank you for making it easier, lovely work.

  4. thank you very much for your prompt answer. i will try with normal brushes and I will let u kmow. thanks for sharing

  5. Oh that is so simple! Very interesting! Thank you for your teaching and your tutorials! Patricia Ann Christain

  6. You we're born to be a teacher! Thank you for this awesome lesson. I can't wait to try this painting.
    You have a new sub. Blessings to you!

  7. When I was young in Chicago I actually won a contest on the local PBS channel and my dad sent in a painting of mine and I won a free lesson I thought it was with Bob Ross so when Dana showed up I cried but he actually got Mr Ross on the phone it seemed like we talked forever but it was very quick I was only 10 at the time but I remember like it was yesterday and Dana became a top instructor and also was on the show a few times

  8. Omg those trees 🙄though it was easy but no way now I will try it for the fifth time haha it's not you yovette you explain it very good .its mi 🤔

  9. All you have to do to get black gesso is add some black paint. I think you used a bit more Gesso than you needed to be frank. The end was beautiful though.

  10. I really love the part 1 painting. I love the black, white and gray colors alone!! Beautiful! I dont think it needs more color 🙂

  11. Hello. I dabble with Bob Ross and searched for painting with Gesso and found you 🙂
    I haven't tried this one yet.
    I was thinking of painting the white trees and branches first, then gray and then black, to give a depth thing?
    John

  12. I'm doing this tutoiral as my second ever painting, I'll let you know how it goes. I've just finished the tree's 🙂

  13. I have been wanting to try and get some of the new things and I will start as soon as possibly as I have to buy 3 different colors when I pass Hobby Lobby store I am looking forward to doing this you did excellent teacher 🤟🏻👵🏻🎨

  14. Yovette! Love your techniques and Paintings! I’ve just listened to your important message. This is sad. I have An observation for you. Since you’ve learned this technique through another artist, BR or BA it is implied that your teaching (and theirs) is in the “public domain”. You should not fear “infringement”as the complaining artist did not patent or keep as “trade secret” the techniques they espouse to have created. All great artists have borrowed techniques from each other. That’s how learning progresses. All of your work is your own to share, as you do on YT. My Valentines Flower will never be yours that you’ve painted, it’ll be mine with the strokes and approach you’ve taught. Not anyone else’s. Please post more videos as I’m a left hander and beginner to boot. It’s funny that Wilson Bickford or Kevin Hill never complain about artists, or fledgling artists copy their techniques or methods. The complaining artist is just sour grapes. I’ve looked at their art, it’s beautiful too, but no need to be craving that type of attention or credit w vitriol. You keep going! Thanks for sharing your teachings.

  15. ❤️❤️❤️ , You are a truly exceptional Artist .
    First One I’ve ever truly gone “ Crazy For “ Gorgeous.

  16. To be Honest,I’ve never used email . When my son comes , I’ll get the address from him . I’m new to email. Thanks 🙏.

  17. So this step one is completed and dried, them we go back and add the color with a different base of colors for part two! I just loved the bulk and white step one. So afraid I will mess up when I add the colors.

  18. I just did this painting a few weeks ago. It was my first brush painting!! So amazing!! I am so glad that I found your channel. New sub!!

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