Paint a Watercolor Star Fruit

Inside this watercolor class

Welcome to the Tropical Fruit Series!

Learn how to paint various tropical fruits one by one in a series of courses  while improving your watercolor skills.

This is course #8 in the Tropical Series, and we are painting an exotic star fruit in watercolor! Yana also calls it “carambole”.

We’ve prepared 10 courses that are interconnected: during the first 9 courses, we will discover techniques and secrets of painting various fruits step by step.

We will release each course separately, one after another, so you are not overwhelmed with the amount of content.

You can purchase this one course and have fun painting a star fruit, or get a yearly membership and watch all courses of the Series as they are being released!

Following this course series, you will paint 9 single fruits: watermelon, papaya, dragon fruit, passion fruit, star fruit, figs, guava, mango, and durian.

After painting each fruit separately and mastering watercolor techniques, we will release course #10 where you will apply all previous knowledge learned into a masterpiece!

We will compose our own piece and paint all the fruits we’ve been practicing during this tropical fruit series!

At the end of THIS course, you will get a lovely postcard-size painting of Star Fruit (AKA Carambole).

And by the end of this course series, you will have 9 little postcard artworks of different exotic fruits AND a large masterpiece with all the fruits you’ve been practicing!

Your skills will improve gradually while you are having fun painting fruits! As we discussed it in our blog post, watercolor painting is not difficult!

Course level: Beginner

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Every course has a clear structure: from art tools to a color palette to the first layer. Every stroke is demonstrated from 2 angles and every technique is explained. And if you have questions you can always ask us directly.

Strong Theoretical Basis

No guess-work and intuitive painting. Our lessons are based on theory and academic knowledge which give students the ability to paint with confidence. You will not only know the "how" but also "the why".

Watercolor techniques you will explore

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How to draw shapes of star fruits to correctly portray them on paper.

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How to select art supplies to paint your star fruit postcard.

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Why and how to use masking liquid in your painting.

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Choose the best colors and form your own limited color palette.

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Practice wet on dry watercolor technique as well as wet on wet, and layering.

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How to create three-dimensional fruits while keeping the painting light and simple.

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Lessons in this watercolor course

Exotic Fruit Series: Star Fruit - 4 mins

Your art supplies to paint a star fruit - 5 mins

Drawing star fruit shapes - 4 mins

Sketching a star fruit - 7 mins

Select a limited color palette - 4 mins

Applying masking liquid - 4 mins

Painting the first stars - 11 mins

Painting the main star fruit - 8 mins

Finishing the middle of the star fruit - 5 mins

Adding volume to stars - 7 mins

Creating cast shadows - 5 mins

Splashes! - 10 mins

How do you learn watercolor for beginners?
There are several ways to learn watercolor for beginners. You can take classes at a local art school or community center, watch online tutorials, read books or watch instructional DVDs, or simply practice on your own. It's essential to start with the basics and gradually build up your skills by practicing different techniques and experimenting with different materials.
Is it hard to learn watercolor painting?
Watercolor painting can be challenging, but it is also a very rewarding and enjoyable medium to work with. While it may take some time and practice to develop your skills, it is definitely possible to learn watercolor painting as a beginner.
Can I teach myself watercolor?
Yes, you can definitely teach yourself watercolor. With the wealth of information available online and in books, you can learn the basics of watercolor painting and start practicing on your own. However, taking classes or seeking guidance from more experienced artists can also help develop your skills and get feedback on your work.
Is watercolor good for beginners?
Watercolor is a great medium for beginners, as it is versatile, forgiving, and relatively inexpensive compared to other painting mediums. With watercolor, you can create a range of effects from delicate washes to bold, expressive strokes, and it is easy to transport and use on location.
What type of watercolor is best for beginners?
For beginners, it is recommended to start with student-grade watercolor paints, as they are less expensive and easier to work with. Look for watercolor paints that are labeled as "student grade" or "beginner's set." You'll also need watercolor paper and a few brushes, but you don't need to invest in expensive materials immediately.
What is the golden rule of watercolor?
The "golden rule" of watercolor is to work from light to dark. This means that you should start with light washes of color and gradually build up the intensity and depth of the colors as you go. This allows you to create a sense of depth and dimension in your paintings.
What are the basic watercolor techniques?
Some of the basic watercolor techniques include wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, dry brush, and lifting. Wet-on-wet involves applying wet paint to wet paper, which creates soft, blended effects. Wet-on-dry involves applying wet paint to dry paper, which creates more defined edges. Dry brush involves using a nearly dry brush to create texture and interest while lifting involves removing paint from the paper using a damp brush or cloth.
Is watercolor harder than acrylic?
Watercolor and acrylic are different mediums, and each has its own unique challenges and advantages. Watercolor can be more challenging in terms of controlling the flow and consistency of the paint, while acrylic can be more forgiving and easier to cover mistakes. Ultimately, it depends on your personal preferences and what you're comfortable working with.
What is the hardest painting style?
The answer to this question is subjective and depends on individual skill level and personal preferences. However, some people might consider hyperrealism or photorealism to be the hardest painting style, as it requires a high level of technical skill, attention to detail, and precision. These styles aim to create paintings that are extremely realistic and resemble photographs, which can be a difficult task to achieve. Other challenging styles might include abstract expressionism or conceptual art, which require a strong conceptual understanding and ability to convey complex ideas through visual art. Ultimately, the difficulty of a painting style will depend on the artist's individual strengths, weaknesses, and artistic goals.

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Meet your teacher, Yana

Professional Watercolor Artist

Yana is a professional award-winning watercolor artist with more than 10 years of experience.

She’s tried different techniques and approaches to watercolor.

She hosted weekly workshops in Thailand and organized classes and art events in different countries of Asia and Europe.

Her work was group-exhibited in Vietnam and Spain, and original pieces are now in private collections around the world.

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