Tips for Loose & Colourful Watercolour // Draw With Me

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  • Published on Jan 4, 2019
  • Here's some tips to help you with watercolour! These are just some things I've learned that might help you. Feel free to draw with me and let me know what you're currently working on!
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Comments • 238

  • Sashimi
    Sashimi 4 hours ago

    I just started using watercolor (got some from christmas thanks so much!!!) I drew kirby

  • Leda A
    Leda A Day ago

    Love it!! Can I ask what you use to film the drawing from above?

  • Catqueen 2107
    Catqueen 2107 2 days ago

    drew a sketch of a rose.

  • Azra Aydın
    Azra Aydın 5 days ago

    I enjoyed watching it. And liked the cat a lot. My dad likes the orange best lol.

  • Zimrian Zimrian
    Zimrian Zimrian 7 days ago

    👌👽👌

  • Akane Sakiya
    Akane Sakiya 8 days ago

    Hi there! I really like your art style and your videos in general. It's very inspiring and you have quite a relaxing voice. You're talking calmly and it is a real pleasure because it's easy to understand what you are saying even though English is not my mother tongue :)
    I love watercolor so it was an amazing video! ;)

  • Yannelis Pagan
    Yannelis Pagan 9 days ago

    Did you know that Calicos are all female? It’s super rare for a calico to be male.

  • Dez
    Dez 9 days ago

    I really like to use orange, purple, and green. I paint a lot of sunset scenes so I use all three quite frequently. Orange is my favourite colour. :)

  • Dez
    Dez 10 days ago

    Jel: "I think the scarf needs to be darker."
    *Throws navy blue on the scarf*
    Me: O_O
    Idk why but that was really hard to watch... It felt like a death scene in a movie but the person didn't actually die.

  • M o o n
    M o o n 11 days ago

    Ojala pudiera entender completamente el ingles... igualmente admiro su talento, es impresionante :3

  • JaysArtEscape
    JaysArtEscape 12 days ago

    Earlier today I ordered some watercolor supplies off amazon after wanting to try them for a really long time, and I’m super excited to try them out

  • Artelier Auxora
    Artelier Auxora 12 days ago

    Very adorable kitty! Thanks for the watercolor tutorial. I have a lot of watercolor but I’m always so afraid to use them.

  • Leigha Jackson-Evans
    Leigha Jackson-Evans 13 days ago

    Wow, I'm blown away! I love your style, both in the painting style, and in the video style. This was very informative and comfortable to listen to. You have a commendable grasp on color theory and combinations too!

  • CoCoRocker 490
    CoCoRocker 490 13 days ago

    I actually clicked on this to have something to listen to and watch while I sketched. I was doing doodles of my oc Luna's different facial expressions lol

  • Meraki Painter
    Meraki Painter 13 days ago

    I love pink and blue. Reminds me of cotton candy 😋 and I worked on a lil sketch of a girl surrounded by peaches with colored pencil. I'm gonna post it on Instagram 🍑

  • BriTeya Desu
    BriTeya Desu 13 days ago

    I love how even if I may not be using the same medium you are, your tips always apply? How is that possible lol I was drawing digitally this time during your draw with me. I felt nostalgic and re-drew a scene from Tokyo Mew Mew. An anime that really helped push me into the world of drawing cartoon people. Your videos help me stay focused and actually finish a drawing~

  • Fujoshi Deredere
    Fujoshi Deredere 14 days ago

    I know this is random but on an app paint tool sai its being drawing in pixels and I was wondering if you knew how to get smooth lines and not pixeled ones

  • Kari Skinner
    Kari Skinner 14 days ago

    You might want to check out fabriano "soft press" watercolor paper. It is kind of in between hot press and cold press.

  • Bottle of Arts
    Bottle of Arts 14 days ago

    Just mind blowing

  • Kingery Art
    Kingery Art 14 days ago

    Sweet channel my friend! I just subbed and hit the bell button👊 I hope you sub and support back😁👍👍

  • Paola Hernandez
    Paola Hernandez 14 days ago

    This is really nice! I upgraded my watercolors recently and tried to paint with them, but it didn’t turn out so well :’( this served as inspiration to not give up! I also got some prismacolors so I’ll definitely use them in my next attempt at watercolor !! I love you and your art ! :))

  • Grace Hayden
    Grace Hayden 15 days ago

    I love watching your videos! Your voice is so relaxing! I love sitting down with a cup of tea, watching a video and taking notes. Your art style is so unique, I love it.

  • XiterCifer
    XiterCifer 15 days ago

    I was doing my math homework while watching this :'3

  • Ahri Foxfire
    Ahri Foxfire 15 days ago

    I really like your process, it was very pleasing and calming to watch :3 Thank you.
    p.s. my favourite colour comb right now is probably some neon, really bright blue+magenta+purple+cyan :]

  • simple potato
    simple potato 15 days ago

    For peeling off the tape whenever I do it too damp o can peel it very easily

  • Porcelain Dolls
    Porcelain Dolls 15 days ago +1

    I was drawing some kids wearing backpacks for no reason

  • R'john Bernales
    R'john Bernales 16 days ago

    I'm actually working on a bird design for a cartoon while you're working on the cat. I also like the orange purple combo...thanks for the video :)

  • Eclectic Alien
    Eclectic Alien 16 days ago

    Worked on male figure and colored it in using only gray scale since I turn to colors too quickly and wonder why it looks so flat >~

    • JelArts
      JelArts  15 days ago

      Ohhh yeah value studies help so much with that! That's a great thing to practice.

  • Posion Knight
    Posion Knight 16 days ago

    I drew a lizard on a bike because my friend is depressed so I will give it to her

  • Jabby The Hot
    Jabby The Hot 16 days ago +1

    A striking teal blue and a stark copper red is my favorite color combination at the moment. Went to Niagra Falls in june, fell in love immediately with the colors of the water

  • Rhian Gorman
    Rhian Gorman 17 days ago

    Your videos always put me in the mood to paint, I love it!

  • Katie Whysong
    Katie Whysong 17 days ago

    so relaxing i almost fell asleep haha ^^

  • meggn
    meggn 17 days ago +1

    orange is my all time favorite color
    my favorite color combo is brownish-copper, teal, and light orange

  • Sedna
    Sedna 17 days ago

    I love red, teal, and yellow color combinations but the purple and orange is wonderful🐱

  • Oreo the Dragon
    Oreo the Dragon 17 days ago

    I was drawing a stan lee tribute while watching this. Thank you for the wonderful watercolor tips! I struggle with watercolor more than other types of painting or artwork.

  • Kayla Noodle
    Kayla Noodle 17 days ago

    haha I just recently got that palette :)

  • ooXChrissieXoo
    ooXChrissieXoo 17 days ago

    I love this painting! I always like the more loose painting, but I unconsciously add details to it, then it looked weird cause it's like lots of detail but also very loose, so i started to add detail but I'm not good at it, so the entire piece gets ruined. Need more practice, but thank you for reminding me the beauty of loose painting.

  • Mana Patel
    Mana Patel 17 days ago

    Your art style is so cute!😍

  • littleinkstain
    littleinkstain 17 days ago

    i was drawing a frog wizard

  • Caham
    Caham 17 days ago +1

    My favorite color combination right now is maroon and gold. There’s so much you can do with them together, and I’m also realizing that I own a lot of maroon clothing. I really like to put browns and greys in that mix, too. Also, wonderful video, as always! I love the bushes.

  • NefariousHippie
    NefariousHippie 17 days ago

    Really educational to see your process in detail as you compose!

  • Derek Cutsinger
    Derek Cutsinger 17 days ago

    Great style! I'm learning watercolor and really like this approach. Subbed!

  • gatomosfeles
    gatomosfeles 17 days ago

    this is sooo pretty

  • Sarahs Sktchbk
    Sarahs Sktchbk 17 days ago

    Drew a little fox in the woodsss

  • Nadya Annjeanette
    Nadya Annjeanette 17 days ago

    this turned out so beautiful! and yes I love the orange and purple combination, blue and yellow too! the last part which you mentioned about color pencils is so true, I like to add finishing touches with them, it really brings out the watercolor piece and makes it pop!

  • Lydia Rogers-Hinks
    Lydia Rogers-Hinks 17 days ago +1

    Wow this is really informative! Beautiful art.

  • Sebastian Watson
    Sebastian Watson 17 days ago

    We would like to extend the best wishes from our family to yours! May the New Year bring only good things to all of you!💖💖💖💝
    Why don’t you find the Japanese culture new aspect with me?🇯🇵🗼
    Please comment me on my Vlog channel too!😄🤗😍

  • Nico
    Nico 17 days ago

    This video was so calming and uhhh idk the right word but...educational? Informative? Your voice was nice to listen to and you were also saying important things haha. I loved the cat, I will probably pre-order as soon as I can. :D Love your work!!

  • Hal Illustrations
    Hal Illustrations 17 days ago

    This video was so helpful! I was actually thinking about getting watercolor soon. It seems like a really interesting medium and I love the look of it!

  • Chelsdagr8
    Chelsdagr8 17 days ago

    This was an absolute life saver also how long did it take in total

  • Fear Zero
    Fear Zero 18 days ago

    Tummies 😂

  • LabAccident
    LabAccident 18 days ago

    Ahhhh- incentive to get out my stuff and work on something.
    Even though I just got home from work and I’m tired
    Also, my favorite colors to use are usually indigo (I have three different versions from three different brands in my palette), deep greens, and little splashed of pink.

  • Despicable Penguin
    Despicable Penguin 18 days ago

    I was painting an alien space girl on my jacket

  • MusicalRaichu
    MusicalRaichu 18 days ago +1

    have you tried watercolour pencil? after you draw you can go over it with an almost dry brush and let it dissolve. that way it will blend in nicely with the watercolour underneath.
    also, i find a regular colour pencil underdrawing doesn't work with watercolour for me because the wax/oil of the pencil repels the water.

  • Katrīna Vanaga
    Katrīna Vanaga 18 days ago

    What a cute drawing! I enjoyed hearing your thought process! I decided to swatch a watercolor set I got and thought about what I could draw since I've used watercolors only once, I think, and want to give them a try.

  • Adrianna Escalante
    Adrianna Escalante 18 days ago

    loved loved loved this piece >

  • Sarah Vilhelmsen
    Sarah Vilhelmsen 18 days ago

    I'm so stiff with watercolor and it just takes me forever to get anything finished, but I'm very inspired by the way that you do watercolor very loosely and all, so while I've been watching you paint I've been painting along, just trying really hard to be more free in doing so. thank you for showing how you paint the way you do, I still haven't figured out how to paint like that x)

  • ArtsyBritt
    ArtsyBritt 18 days ago

    I like these videos because I'm new to watercolors thanks for showing the process

  • EmilyArts
    EmilyArts 18 days ago

    This was so insightful and helpful, thank You! 😄

  • Valeria Badra
    Valeria Badra 18 days ago +1

    I literally just bought watercolors today.... this is just perfect thank you!

  • Anikka Eldard
    Anikka Eldard 18 days ago

    This was such a good painting. I love the colors you used and your style is just amazing. I will certainly keep your tips in mind the next time I watercolor.
    While I watched you draw, I was outlining a drawing I did of a guy hoping over either a bar or a ledge.

  • Najee_eee
    Najee_eee 18 days ago

    pulling the tape parallel to the surface and towards the rest of the tape makes it easier to take off and less likely to rip

  • Kleur
    Kleur 18 days ago

    I loved it! Also love that color combination! My fav color combination is blue and red😊
    Aaannddd I was drawing and still drawing a comission (two pretty dogs)💛

  • Moon Wing
    Moon Wing 18 days ago

    I was drawing one of my OCs ^-^

  • Marvs htlla
    Marvs htlla 18 days ago

    Duuude!! Seeing the process you did on this just how you do things not in a speed paint thing really gives us ideas and tips to what to do with the pieces we do. Really loved the calming vibe of this video. 😍 Can't wait to do my personal projecr using some of your tips. 😊

    • JelArts
      JelArts  18 days ago +1

      I'm so glad you enjoyed it! These are a lot more fun to film!

  • Eva Bardoka
    Eva Bardoka 18 days ago

    you're just like a young Bob Ross ∩__∩ l lov u ❤

  • Tiffany Grey
    Tiffany Grey 18 days ago +1

    Orange and purple are the best combos! I love that you like 'em too! Happy new year!!

  • anne
    anne 18 days ago

    My Favorite Color is *Orange* and I'm a cat person, really loved how your art turned out ^_^

  • Gracie Phillips
    Gracie Phillips 18 days ago

    You always make it look so easy! 😅

  • Rav :3
    Rav :3 18 days ago

    I LOVED the video and kind of the way or the atmosphere of it💛🐰. + it's really an interesting topic to me because one of my " goals" *like I've ☻ *is to use watercolors and improve on it. And I Really agree with you that I can't just use watercolors I always mixed with pencil crayon /colored pencilled in the piece I'm working on, +I think it's more fun to use different medium together:) . Anyway sorry for such a long comment and I hope you're having a nice day :3🐰

  • Miny Cool
    Miny Cool 18 days ago

    I colored LeBlanc (lol) while watching your vid. It very chills me while drawing!

  • jose ortiz
    jose ortiz 18 days ago

    I was actually painting a magenta cat with a yellow/orange background lolol

  • fitz ditz
    fitz ditz 18 days ago +1

    Ok I totally hear you on the “lineless=better” bc I’ve been feeling that super hard lately!!! but it’s so hard with watercolor...and adding pencil has helped me too! Thanks for talking abt your struggles ʕ♡ᴥ♡ʔ lately I’ve enjoyed Orange + Green !!!!

    • fitz ditz
      fitz ditz 18 days ago

      JelArts It’s likely bc there’s a lot of people saying stuff about recognizing silhouettes & digital artists with smooth lineless art, something about having to define the silhouette with lines feels like defeat or like I’m just not trying hard enough -BUT not everything irl is recognized on sight! So we’re imitating rl!

    • JelArts
      JelArts  18 days ago +1

      Ah, I'm glad I'm not the only one! I don't know why I feel that way cause I enjoy adding lines to stuff and I should just embrace it!

  • Harley Lynn
    Harley Lynn 18 days ago +1

    I love your storybook illustration aesthetic. 😍

  • Emerson Telltale
    Emerson Telltale 18 days ago +1

    I tried watercolor for the first time while watching you do this, I made a purple and blue heart and I’m sketching out a tree, I don’t know what I’m doing but it’s fun either way

  • Hannah Cartier
    Hannah Cartier 19 days ago +2

    My favourite colour combo is actually blue and brown. They can both be so rich and vibrant or more faded and I just really like using them together

    • JelArts
      JelArts  18 days ago

      I love that combination too! They work so well together.

  • Eleven-Year-Old Authoress

    I liked before watching the video, knowing that it would be as inspiring and calming as always

  • abby poulson
    abby poulson 19 days ago +4

    I just got a watercolor set for Christmas so you posted this video at a perfect time!

    • Eleven-Year-Old Authoress
      Eleven-Year-Old Authoress 18 days ago

      I know you probably don't care, but I got a drawing tablet ((:
      I guess we both got art media!

  • Kathrin Jenner
    Kathrin Jenner 19 days ago

    I love drawing while watching your videos, today it was a peaceful floating mermaid because your videos are always so calming😊

  • Master Cheese
    Master Cheese 19 days ago +3

    Your commentary is already relaxing enough but watching you draw amazing landscapes with adorable animals is a whole other level which ultimately makes you the best you tuber I watch.
    Gotta love the cats tho

    • JelArts
      JelArts  18 days ago

      Thank you so much!!

  • Lai Sancho
    Lai Sancho 19 days ago

    How do you get your watercolours to not get into little drops in the plastic palette once they are activated?

  • Vanessa R
    Vanessa R 19 days ago

    I was just doodling some shoes in my sketchbook while watching this!

  • Kenny Segovia
    Kenny Segovia 19 days ago

    Nice!! I've been trying to do watercolor lately, I hope with your tips I can get going with watercolors!
    that looks amazing 👌👍!

  • CoWiSaWeSoMe 007
    CoWiSaWeSoMe 007 19 days ago

    I love your style it’s always so pretty! Ay would you recommend faber castelles (the pens)?

    • JelArts
      JelArts  19 days ago

      I've actually never used them before, so I'm not sure!

  • Danny Mihaylovich
    Danny Mihaylovich 19 days ago

    This was so calming and nice to watch! Also i sketched some tigers while watching

  • Kackblonde Kunst
    Kackblonde Kunst 19 days ago

    I drew Dobby from Harry Potter in a Christmas stocking while watching xD

  • Gabrielle Matthews
    Gabrielle Matthews 19 days ago

    woww i really love this palette T_T my favorite color is orange lol

  • Timmy Turtle 1.6
    Timmy Turtle 1.6 19 days ago

    My favorite color combo is blue and orange, since they're complementary. They clash a LOT but they're both so pretty!

    • JelArts
      JelArts  19 days ago

      Yeah I love that combo too!

  • Nikttu
    Nikttu 19 days ago

    While watching this i painted crystals with two colors. It really improved my blending and color choosing skills.

  • Timmy Turtle 1.6
    Timmy Turtle 1.6 19 days ago

    I always combine the words 'stomach' and 'tummy' and just say 'stummy'

    • JelArts
      JelArts  19 days ago

      Oh I think I used to do that too!

  • Carolyn Triba
    Carolyn Triba 19 days ago

    I drew fanart for Heather's the musical (as i watched this video) It was jd and veronica inspired buy our love is God.

  • Jacob Waitkuweit
    Jacob Waitkuweit 19 days ago

    This color palette is so pretty, and I love these cats you’ve been drawing lately, also don’t feel bad about feeling the need to use more than one medium, if your style and the desired look you want require the more refined details you can get with colored pencils then it just makes it more authentically you!

  • DJAcraft Joesev
    DJAcraft Joesev 19 days ago

    I LOOOOOVE it! ive been wanting to get into watercolor and this was of GREAT inspiration to me. Thank you so much for the video and I
    hope to... listen to you soon!

  • My guy
    My guy 19 days ago

    I painted 2 birds on a branch on the cover of my sketchbook and the eye of a wolf for my dad. Also blue and orange are my favorite color combo. Orange is so underrated even though its a great color same with yellow.

  • Ew
    Ew 19 days ago

    I love yellow with a hint of orange and blue with a hint of green

    • JelArts
      JelArts  19 days ago +1

      Yellow is so fun to work with!

  • sara
    sara 19 days ago

    I actually love orange and purple buts it’s also the colors of a popular college football team where I live so it’s kinda everywhere. While watching I drew one of my ocs!

  • dora aguilera
    dora aguilera 19 days ago

    I love how she teaches, not like monotone and just saying steps she speaks as if she’s having a casual conversation and it’s so much easier to understand this way. Love it.

    • JelArts
      JelArts  19 days ago +1

      I'm glad to hear that! I wanted it to be informational but also entertaining if you aren't looking for a tutorial.

  • Pampd
    Pampd 19 days ago

    You've grown to be one of my favourite artists on youtube together with Dina Norlund and Chris Hong this (last?) year! There's just something in your constant experimenting and improving that makes me adore your works and your work ethic.
    I was wondering tho, do you have any art books that you would recommend regarding using color/basic art principals and such? Or is it all just in the repetition of doing studies and what you love enough to improve?
    As for what I drew while listening and watching your art piece come to life, I decided to give looser sketching a go again and doodled some loose ballet dancers from memory. Kinda preparing myself mentally to continue the work on a love story between a ballet dancer and a photography girl she meets one day. It was very relaxing and very fun so thank you for keeping me company!
    Thank you in advance if you get to read my comment and I hope you have a wonderful day ahead!

  • Anchor Cat
    Anchor Cat 19 days ago

    Purple and light blue is my fave

  • tired artist
    tired artist 19 days ago +1

    Wow, I really needed this! Thanks a lot!