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VIDEO: How to Create Dynamic, Colorful Backgrounds with Watercolors

When painting from a photograph (or from life) it’s not always necessary to include the exact background that appears behind your subject. In many cases a more abstract, two or three-color background can be more pleasing, and help focus the viewer’s attention on your subject.

In the following video, Arleta Pech, a watercolorist, shows how she adds those kinds of dynamic, colorful backgrounds to her floral studies. Take a look:

For more watercolor painting instructions, check out Arleta’s full-length video from Creative Catalyst Productions.

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Every watercolor painter should know how to properly apply color washes to their paper. In the following video, Susan Bourdet shows the entire process, starting with a preliminary drawing that has already been protected with masking fluid. Susan explains how to mix several colors of paint in preparation for the wash, gives instructions on how to pre-wet the paper so that the color flows easily, and passes along several other invaluable tips throughout the course of the video. Take a look: . . read more

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