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VIDEO: How to Apply Watercolor Washes to Your Painting

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:

You can also get Susan’s full-length (75 minute) watercolor video right here at Creative Catalyst Productions.

In a still life painting, every object's color is affected by the colors of the objects around them. . . but white objects are affected more than most, which can make them very difficult to paint. In the following video, Craig Nelson explains his process for painting two white eggs. He starts by analyzing the reflected colors that appear in the shadows of the eggs, then works his way towards the lightest color (a nearly pure white). Along the way, he includes tips for naturally blending the paint. Take a look: . . read more

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