Mastering Glazing Techniques in Watercolor , Level II
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Mastering Glazing Techniques in Watercolor , Level II

A step by step demonstration of the watercolor glazing technique executed in real time.
4.0 (5 ratings)
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30 students enrolled
Created by Don Rankin
Last updated 2/2017
Price: $45
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Apply the content of the demonstration to their own painting challenges with watercolor glazing techniques.While every painting poses its own challenges, students will see a practical application of color usage in a sequence that is more likely to create vibrant glowing washes.s .
  • Successful students will have a broader knowledge of watercolor glazing techniques.
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  • The successful student should have some proficiency in watercolor painting. While not required, the ideal would be a student who has successfully completed Level I of Mastering Glazing Techniques in Watercolor. At this level of interest most students will have their own materials. However, a complete list of suggested materials will be provided in narrative.
  • The ideal student will have some experience with watercolor

Who will benefit from this course? Anyone who wants to learn more about the watercolor glazing technique. All you really need is a little bit of experience with watercolor. A lot of students will have taken my first course, Mastering Glazing Techniques in Watercolor.  However, the desire to learn and a bit of exposure to watercolor will go a long way in making this course ideal for you.

A lot of people have mistaken notions about using glazing techniques in watercolor.  Some think it is very slow, labor intensive and filled with tedium. Others have all sorts of misconceptions regarding paints to use, etc.  Well the truth is that glazing techniques can give your paintings an extraordinary glow and vibrance of  color while allowing you to get as detailed as you like without a lot of effort. You can use glazing a little or a lot. It is up to you and the challenge you face. 

In Level II you get to see all of the basic techniques, that were outlined in Mastering Glazing Techniques in Watercolor, come together to complete a finished painting. This full demonstration will allow you to see just how flexible you can be while using the glazing technique. Even if you didn't take the first course.  

Be prepared to watch and learn. Take notes. You can review the lessons as often as you like. Above all paint! That is the most important part.  Any questions or concerns?  Contact me, I'll get back to you as quickly as possible. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This is a full demonstration of typical problem solving using the technique of layering or glazing with watercolor washes. This is a "real time" video in that only the drying time has been edited from the presentation. Student level of expereince should be sufficient in order to understand and be able to execute the techniques.
  • Some one who wishes to expand their understanding of watercolor glazing techniques.
  • Students who want to know more about watercolor glazing techniques.
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
Lesson 1
1 Lecture 05:58
Section 2: Getting Started
10 Lectures 01:40:03

Lesson 2 Beginning Washes

Using Masking to Enhance Texture and Color

Making use of a sponge, creating leaf patterns

Making adjustments to color value

Developing key shapes

Building shadows to help define the subject

Making adjustments

Looking for rhythm in shapes. Don't rush the process

Lecture 10 Going out of focus to see visual texture. (like squinting your eyes)
Beginning to enhance or polish the finer details
10 Lectures 01:37:32
Be flexible always have a plan B and removal of masking

Reviewing procedure and introducing a new color

Working from a strong foundation

Creating detail in an earlier color field

Refining and polishing with simple brush strokes

Finishing touches, adding color details

Calming the chaos, say hello to Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Making final overall adjustments

Final strokes, final adjustments, learn to observe
About the Instructor
Don Rankin
3.8 Average rating
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544 Students
2 Courses

Don Rankin's watercolors can be found in numerous corporate and private art collections world -wide. His work has been exhibited in many national/international invitational juried exhibitions He is the author of the first authoritative book on glazing techniques in watercolor. His book, Mastering Glazing Techniques in Watercolor, was first published by Watson-Guptill Publications in 1985. Due to popular demand it was revised, updated and independently published in 2011. Some of his books on watercolor technique have been translated and published in foreign language editions. His watercolor studio site  reaches viewers in over 70 countries and is available in over 100 languages. 

Don's work has been featured in numerous publications such as American Artist, Southern Living, Northlight and Watercolor, as well as many regional periodicals and newspapers. Now retired, for 23 years he was an Assistant Professor of Art in the School of the Arts, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. He has an earned PhD in Visual Communication.

At the age of 28, Don was one of the youngest artists to be elected to Who's Who in American Art. He is also listed in Who's Who in American Education and Marquis Who's Who. He is also the author of Painting From Photographs, Sketches and the Imagination, Answers to 50 Most Often Asked Questions About Watercolor Glazing Technique, and he was a contributor to Marian Appelhof's book entitled Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Watercolor, and Elizabeth Leonard's book Painting the Landscape.

He is a co-founder, life member and past president of the Southern Watercolor Society and a Patron of the Portrait Society of America. Don is a recent recipient/inductee into Marquis Who's Who Life Time Achievement Award. This is one of the highest awards bestowed by Marquis Who's Who.