Techniques

Techniques

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Abstract Mixed Media tutorial

It was a fun ABSTRACT MIXED MEDIA class today!  Thanks to all who joined and painted along with me. In this tutorial, I used CaranD’Ache Fancolor watercolor set, Ebony pencil, Kuretake Ink pen, Schmincke Acrylic ink, Dr. Ph Hydrus watercolor and acrylic ink, Color Burst powder, SketchBox Pigment powder, QoR watercolor. Here is the collection…

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Apps to help plan a painting

Leverage technology to help you plan a painting If the old masters had access to today’s technology, would they use it?    I think they would.   Let’s turn back time and see what devices were used hundreds of years ago: Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675)  is believed to have used the camera obscura, which is an optical…

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How to do a value study

  When doing a value study of a landscape, here’s what I do: Convert the original photo to Black and White (I also use apps to help determine values:  NotanIzer, SeeValue, and there are many others) Look for 5-7 major shapes Paint the shapes/values Add minimal details Give it a try with one of your…

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Watercolor postcards for beginners!

  Learn to paint simple and HAPPY postcards!  If you can write the letter “U”, draw a simple boomerang, and scribble a “blob”, you can paint these happy postcards! We had an online zoom class today with some members of the Facebook group.  It was great to meet them!  It’s fun to paint with others. …

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Using cellophane for texture

I had fun with this loose painting.   I wet the entire 12 x 9 inch paper, then dropped in color for the flowers and leaves. I let it dry a little before painting in the vase.  Then I wadded up some saran wrap (cellophane) and placed it over the vase and set a container of…

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How to use the Elegant Writer calligraphy pen

This pen is so much fun to use!   And simple. Sketch an outline.   Use damp brush to smear the ink.   Dab with tissue to lift some color and it will leave a pinkish hue. And that’s it.   See, I told you it was simple to use. Here is a simple sketch I did .   Watch…

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Watercolor Pouring – my first attempt

I first heard of watercolor pouring a few months ago.  I looked at a few tutorials on YouTube and it looked interesting.   I had it on my list to do someday. I’ve done many, many acrylic pours (love doing those!)   How different can it be?   Well… very different. I ordered this book on Amazon: Pouring…

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“Painting” clouds with a paper towel

Lift pigment with a dry paper towel to create white clouds. Lay down a wash to represent the sky. Let it dry just a bit, then gently press a dry paper towel to the wash to remove the pigment. You don’t want to remove all of the pigment. You want to leave behind a trace.…

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Creating shapes using masking fluid

Apply masking fluid to unpainted paper to create finely-detailed shapes. Masking fluid (also known as liquid frisket), allows you to cover areas that you do not want to paint. Because the frisket is somewhat thicker and easier to apply than the watercolor paint, it can be shaped into detailed designs that would be difficult to…

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Creating texture using a dry brush

Use the flat side of a dry brush to create rough textures. Rough wood or bark, stones, lichen, altocumulus clouds, or disturbed water surfaces can be created by drawing the flat side of a dry brush across the paper. The painting must be on textured paper; the technique doesn’t work with smooth, hot-pressed paper. And…