Painting SPECIAL EFFECTS & pro tips for more watercolor fun.
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- Get more fun and enjoyment out of your watercolour painting
- Make your watercolour paintings stand out from the crowd.
- Give drama to your watercolour paintings.
- Look like you have been painting for years
- Use common household substances for special effects
- Use easily available objects to paint with other than brushes
- Create more realistic images.
- Enthusiasm and an open mind about watercolour paints
- The ability to adapt
- Watercolour paints
- Watercolour paper
- Water containers
- You will also need, cling film, absorbent kitchen paper, palette or dining knife, sponge, feather, stencil, salt , masking tape and fluid.
Do you want to take your watercolor painting to a higher level ?
Do you want to give your paintings that WOW factor ?
Do you feel that you are a bit stuck ?
hen this is the course for you.
This course is for anyone interested in starting to paint with watercolors and also for those who are already painting with them but would like to lift their work to the next level.
I'll demonstrate every step of the way, from just using your different brushes 'effectively', through to using other tools and substances. This course is a great place to start on your watercolor painting journey and if you are a complete beginner it is a great companion course to my 'Start WATERCOLOR PAINTING EFFORTLESSLY, play & be creative'
This course is made up of 'easy to follow' videos, demonstrating different effects which you can use. Some techniques use tools other than brushes and some use substances easily available
Look over my shoulder as I talk about each one and SHOW you how to do them.
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- A GREAT course for the beginner, as it's ALL PLAY
- This will help you if you are feeling 'stuck'
- Maybe you aren't sure what some of your brushes can do
- Not for the very experienced watercolour painter.
- Build your confidence by learning something extra.
As part of the 'brushes only' section, here I show how to literally let your brush do the work. The chisel, or flat brush can give you some great marks if you just use your imagination. Here I show you how to construct a tree to create a peeling bark effect.
The photograph added a a resource shows a section from a painting I did using (in part) this technique.
As in lecture 4, 'let your brush do the work.'
Here are a few ideas of different tree and leaf shapes you can paint with this type of brush. Just look around you and see what else this handy little brush could paint for you.
And don't forget to post your finding for the rest of us to enjoy.
THIS VIDEO ENDED rather abruptly, but on checking my notes and pictures can tell you that it was at the end.
RESOURCES - I have added a photograph of a Weeping Willow
This demonstration shows you how to load two colours onto a chisel brush. This gives you more options to create different effects.
Resource: Pictures of roof tiles and folk art painting
The picture relating to folk art is taken from the book 'Folk Art Style' by Sybil Edwards
A more precise way of masking off areas from your paint.
You will need some masking fluid either in a bottle with a nozzle or in a pot. If you have a pot, use an old brush to apply it. Although if you put soap on your brush first it makes it easier to remover afterwards. Otherwise you could use a cocktail stick or the end of a paint brush. You certainly don't want to spoil a brush.
A film to give you a few ideas of using masking fluid when you want water effects. Play with it in different ways and create a range of ripples, waves and even waterfalls.
Just play around with it and see what you can come up with. And remember water is often the colour of what it is reflecting.
Resource: A painting I did of the Canal du Midi
The use of a palette knife is usually associated with thick paint such as oil or acrylic paints as you use the khife to spread the paint on the surface and mix colours. However it can be used with watercolour paints to give you some different effects. If you don't have a palette knife, try and ordinary kitchen knife.
You will need a palette knife, kitchen knife or even a stiff peice of card.
When making marks with a paint brush, often people get into a rhythm and tend to create a pattern. This may not be what you want if you are painting a subject from nature. So an object from nature, such as a feather, can give you some super random marks. So next time you are out on a walk and see one, pick it up and keep it with your brushes.
You will need a feather, pretty much any sort, some with spread out differently to others, so just play with it.
Most of the time you are learning about how to put the paint onto your paper. Let's not forget that you can get some unusual effects by lifting it off with a variety of different Here are a few. Experiment and tell me what you have used and I'll add it to the course.
You will need some cling film, a natural sponge, some bubble wrap and some absorbent kitchen towel
Watercolour pencils are a great addition to any painting bag and I recommend them. Buy them either individually or in sets.
You will need a watercolour pencil and a piece of sandpaper or an emery board.