Grab your brushes, paper, paints and some water and let's get painting!
This week I will show you a few of my favorite warm ups and color experiments. I love to play with watercolor and just let it do it's thing. Magic happens when you let watercolor flow freely!
First, let's get out all 3 primary colors (red, yellow and blue). We will make a color wheel and see how easily our colors mix together. If you would like you can get a free printable blank color wheel off the internet and print it onto some watercolor paper. In the video below I am using Winsor and Newton paints in: perm rose, winsor yellow and winsor blue.
How did it go? I hope you had a ton of fun mixing up your colors and painting them into your color wheel.
Now we will do a little bit of experimenting with our paints. I love just adding some water to the paper and dropping in color to see what it will do. I have a notebook of color experiments I keep handy. In my notebook I note the colors I used so I can easily create the magical mixes again and again. I recommend using 2 - 4 colors you love and creating color palettes to see how they work together. In the next video I demo how to do some experiments and how to layer.
How did it go? Did you make any fun discoveries?
Thank you for stopping by! Have fun playing with paint! Stay tuned for next weeks tutorial on more color mixing and fun watercolor tricks.
Welcome and thank you for joining me for my free watercolor series. This week is all about supplies! I absolutely love art supplies especially watercolor! Below I will tell you what I have learned and let you know some of my favorites.
You can buy synthetic or natural hair brushes. The natural hair brushes are pricey but they hold so much more water and are of higher quality which means the bristles won't fall out and get into your painting.
I absolutely love Silver Black Velvet brushes! They are well worth their price. They are a mix of natural squirrel hair and synthetic filament.
When I was starting out I used watercolor brushes from my local craft store. I would always go for the professional artist level brushes. My favorites were the Protege green handled gold talkon and the Masters Touch black handled watercolor brushes. I still use these brushes!
Watercolor paper comes in different weights 90lb, 140lb and 300 lb (140lb and higher is recommended to cut back on buckling). In addition, watercolor paper has a few different surfaces: hot press (smooth), cold press (medium), soft press (in-between hot and cold), and rough. I recommend trying a few to see what you like the best. I find cold press to be the most forgiving in that you can work with the paint longer and pick up paint to "erase" a little more. Hot press is great for detailed work and is very easy to scan because it doesn't have much texture. I also love Fabriano's soft press paper, it is a mix between hot and cold press and feels really soft. Fabriano Artistico is the only maker of soft press at this time.
I have heard many watercolor artists state the importance of good paper for great results. I have experimented with a few papers and always come back to Arches and Fabriano Artistico watercolor blocks 140lb. I like the watercolor blocks because you don't need to stretch the paper since the block holds the paper down on all sides. Many artists also like the Strathmore 500 series paper which is very affordable (I have yet to try it but I will report back).
I really recommend starting with artist grade paints their colors are unmatched in vibrancy. I love Winsor and Newton, Holbein, Daniel Smith and Schmincke. You really only need 3 - 6 colors to get started (a cool and warm of each of the primary colors). Reds: Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin CrimsonYellows: Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow MediumBlues: Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue
You will be able to mix so many gorgeous colors which is half the fun of watercolor! Some of my favorite colors are Opera Rose, Helio Turquoise and Pyrole Red.
Here is another great resource for starting out in watercolors.
In addition to paints, brushes and paper you will also need some paper towel, a pencil, a gum eraser and a couple jars of water.
I hope you found some of these tips useful. Gather up your supplies and come back next Saturday and we will start painting!
I would love to hear from you! What are you favorite watercolor supplies? Have you ever painted with watercolor?
***The above are only pointers. I really recommend going with what you are drawn to!
I am so excited for "The 100 Day Project." The project is 100 days of making! It is a wonderful challenge to honor yourself and any creative aspirations you may have set aside. I love that this challenge pushes you to form awesome creative habits and as an added bonus it is a great community builder. I absolutely love the idea of making creativity a habit!
Finding something I wanted to commit to for 100 days was easy once I just went with what I am passionate about. WATERCOLOR!!! Watercolor is my first love. Watercolor is beyond magical. I really do eat, sleep, and watercolor. In honor of my love for watercolor I am dedicating 100 of my days to exploring and diving deeper than ever before into this magical medium. I would love it if you followed my 100 days of making #eatsleepwatercolorrepeat
You can follow along and who knows maybe you'll join in too!
I will be posting on Instagram and here on my blog.
If you would like to make watercolor your project too you may also enjoy my weekly watercolor tutorials to go along with the 100 Day Project. I will be posting all kinds of fun and informative tips, projects and demos in watercolor every Saturday for 3 months here on my blog. Stay tuned for lots of watercolor fun! Who knows maybe you will eat, sleep and dream about watercolor too!!!
Learning to draw can seem like a big undertaking without knowing what to focus on. Here are some drawing tips I have found to be very helpful. At the end of my post I have listed some great resources as well.
- Focus and look mostly at the subject you are drawing. (This gets you to draw what you see instead of what you know)
- Only glance at your paper.
- Seek out shapes.
- Train yourself to really look at what you're drawing instead of drawing what you know.
- Step away and look at your drawing in a mirror or take a picture. *****This tip is the one that helps me the most. I can see my errors when I look with different "eyes".
- Join monthly drawing challenges like this one hosted by Johanna Fritz. You could also join the #the100dayproject hosted by Elle Luna and make drawing your project.
Here is a link to some of my favorite supplies and resources.
Happy drawing! Please post any of your tips or ah ha moments below! I would love to hear from you!
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- Birch wood chips
- Americana Chalkboard paint
- M. Graham oil paints
- Titanium white
- Cadmium red deep
- Yellow ochre
- Paynes grey
- Burnt sienna
- Raw umber
- Tiny brushes for oil painting – filberts and rounds
- Wipe your brush off on a rag in between adding layers and blending.
- Dip your brush in the oil and wipe it off between colors.
- Use a very light touch when blending and adding layers of paint
- As you get to top layers dip your brush in some walnut or linseed oil
- If the paint is over-blending and you are losing control take a break and allow your piece to dry for a couple days
- Paint the center of the birch using chalkboard paint, leaving a small border around the edge.
- Allow paint to dry
- Mix up the colors for your portrait. I used this color recipe for my skin tones. cad red deep + yellow ochre + titanium white Create three values light, med and dark …add a little paynes grey and raw umber for shadowsL
- Lay in the shape of the face and neck using the dark and med colors.
- Add some hair to frame the face – I used burnt sienna and raw umber in the darker areas
- Sculpt the face using the darker colors. Add shadows in the neck, around the face, in the eye sockets, under the nose and on the top lip and just under where the bottom lip is.
- Rotate back and forth highlighting and deepening the darks until you are happy with the basic face.
- Go in with some white and add highlights to the tip of the nose, chins and top of the cheeks and around the forehead.
- Add in some paynes grey or raw umber for the iris in the eyes.
- Add small dots of white around the iris and a very small dot in the pupil area.
- Using some burnt sienna and cad red deep define the shape of the mouth.
- Add a touch of cad red to your med or light skin tone and add some pinkness to the cheeks.
- Create a shirt for your portrait. I used some olive green and titanium white on the collar and for the buttons.
That’s it! Your done!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!
Please feel free to leave comments and questions below!
Thank you for all the love and support this year! I look forward to creating with you in 2016!!! Happy Holidays!
Hi everyone! I hope you will find this information useful. I had a very hard time figuring out how to remove the shadow texture from cold pressed watercolor paper. Here is what I now do.
My scanner is a Canon 9000F MarkII
Scan the image twice, once right side up and one upside down. Rotate the upside down one 180 degrees so it is right side up.
Add both images to Photoshop.
Select both layers
Rasterize all layers
Then auto align both layers
Set the top layers opacity to about 50% and merge down
Edit if needed
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