Semi-Controlled Timing

Jill Poyerd
A free video tutorial from Jill Poyerd
Professional Artist and Fine Arts Educator
4.7 instructor rating • 7 courses • 18,460 students

Lecture description

Timing and absorption rates are especially important when dealing with semi-controlled painting methods. In this lecture, we discuss how these two factors can impact results.

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The Mechanics of Watercolor Painting

A comprehensive approach to the fundamentals of watercolor painting.

03:59:08 of on-demand video • Updated March 2020

  • How to grip and manipulate your paint brush
  • How to mix varying dilutions of paint
  • Methods for diluting your paint
  • How brush pressure and brush angle influence brush strokes
  • Best practices for setting up a painting workspace
  • How brushes differ by painting medium and bristle fiber
  • Charting methods to help you get to know your paints
  • What tinting strength is and how it influences color mixing
  • How to mix both single and multiple color mixes
  • How to identify and match colors using a color wheel
  • Strategies for mixing successful neutral tones
  • Methods for communicating white in a painting
  • Techniques for apply watercolor paint to a painting surface
  • How to gauge absorption and timing when you paint
English [Auto] So we've seen how to drop in the paint and how it responds to the wet layer of water versus a wet layer of paint. Now let's see the difference between a water layer that's had time to absorb versus one that hasn't as you can see I've painted on the first circle and now let it sit for a minute or two. I want a decent amount of the water to absorb into the paper. Now I'll paint the second circle and as soon as I'm done painting this water on we're gonna go ahead and drop paint right in the middle and then do the same on the first one that first circle has soaked in now for about two minutes here's another perspective. Notice the difference in how the pigment is spreading in the one on the right. The more recent circle you can tell that the pigment is basically kind of floating on top and spreading that way whereas in the one on the left the pigment seems to be soaking in and spreading deeper into the paper. And this makes sense because on the left the water had more time to soak in. And so those water molecules that the new paint is attracted to are deeper within the paper as well as on top. Now you can see I'm tilting the surface so that you can get an idea of how the two different versions flow. There is much more liquid on the surface in the one on the right. Isn't there. Now let's see what it looks like as it dries interestingly the circle that had absorbed longer has a more even spread. That's because the water molecules had time to absorb and spread evenly and then it just pulled the new paint and water into it the water and the circle on the right sat primarily on top of the paper initially. So the pigment would have more movement but it wouldn't necessarily distribute as evenly in the next lecture will walk through a timing activity I'd like you to conduct. It's a great way to get a feel for absorption rates and their influence.