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.
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 . . . read more
In this short video from Creative Catalyst Productions, Carl Dalio shares some great tips on painting realistic figures inside landscape paintings. As you'll see, it's not about adding lots of detail in order to create realism, but simply creating shapes that "feel" like human figures. Carl st. . . read more
Watercolors are an amazing medium, in part because of the fluidity of the paint itself. The inherent characteristics of water (surface tension, etc) allow artists to do many things with watercolors that other mediums do not. For example, in the video below Judy Morris demonstrates how to paint. . . read more
When painting fur, it's important to think in terms of layers. Take a look at Susan Bourdet's demonstration below—as you'll see, she adds at least three layers of paint to get the desired texture: NOTE: You can get Susan's full watercolor DVD at Creative Catalyst.. . . read more
In my last watercolor tutorial I demonstrated how to paint a flat wash, where a single color of paint is evenly and carefully applied across a large area. Today we'll be looking at two more very important types of washes—graded washes and variegated washes. The graded wash A graded wash incorp. . . read more
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