Watercolor:Practice

DRAW LIGHTLY

In order to ensure that graphite marks are hidden, sketch lightly with an "HB or 2H" pencil. Avoid shading and concentrate on developing the contour lines.

LAYER WASHES

With watercolor painting, darker values and progressively more intense colors can be developed through multiple applications of color. Allowing each layer of color to dry before applying additional washes produces a glazing effect.

USE MASKING FLUID

Masking fluid is a liquid material that is usually latex-based. It can be applied with a brush to protect areas in a painting from receiving washed applications. Since the white of the paper is so important in a watercolor painting, masking fluid becomes an important tool.

THREE TECHNIQUES

WET-IN-WET

Apply clean water to your paper. Before the water dries, load up your brush with paint and dab it to the paper. The color will spread quickly.

DRY BRUSH

Start with a dry brush and almost dry paint. Run your brush over your paper to create grass or scratchy lines.

WASH

Load your brush with plenty of wet paint. Smooth your brush over the paper with swooping strokes.

WATERCOLOR NIGHT SKY PRACTICE

Together in class, we will be creating this piece in 2 days. 1 day for the sky, 1 day for the silhouette.

Supplies to Get: Gather your paint palette and two large brushes. Grab two water cups with water in them and paper towels to wipe off the brushes.

Let's begin by taking the tape and placing a 1/4 inch border around the whole paper to hold it to the table. You should have tape on all four sides, covering the entire side. Do Not place the tape any further than 1/4 inch in, trying to make them all even.

Video: Day one plays until 3:41. Day two starts at the same place.

STEP BY STEP Galaxy Tutorial: Painting With Watercolor

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