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VIDEO: How to Create Sharp Lines and Fine Details in Watercolor Using a Magic Eraser

If you’re like me, you probably like a lot of control over your paintings. . . with watercolors, however, that control can be hard to come by.

In the following video, John Salminen, shares a great little trick for using regular masking tape and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to effectively “lift” paint off the surface of your painting to create sharp, crisp details.

As you’ll see, by combining organic brushstrokes with a few well-defined, almost mechanical lines, John is able to create an engaging city scene that appears both fundamentally man-made and vibrantly alive.

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In my experience, eyes are rather tricky things to paint—and as small as they are in comparison to the rest of the face, they carry a huge amount of importance in a portrait. Not only do eyes need to look realistic, engaging, and alive, but they also need to resemble the eyes of the person that you're painting. In the following video, Craig Nelson demonstrates his own step-by-step methods for painting eyes, starting with the whites of the eyes in shadow, then moving on to the lash line, eyebrows, and folds of the upper eyelids before ever putting any color in the iris. More importantly, he's getting the results below by continually studying his subject while painting. Take a look: . . read more

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