Claire Watson: How To Dry Brush Basics

Beginner, Intermediate, Oils, Painting | 26 Oct, 2012

In this video tutorial you will learn how to dry brush with Claire Watson. The first half of the video describes the variety of brushes used and not forgetting the kitchen roll and the eraser. The paints are Windsor and Newton artisan oils and they are her choice of paints for the dry brushing. She talks of how its like a combination of drawing and painting. Judge for yourself and above all, have fun.

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    1. This is an excellent ‘how to’ vid. I love how you added larger photographs of the brushes, and zoomed in on fine details, not many do that. Clever girl! Beautifully talented, can’t wait to see more of your work. -May unicorns poop rainbows all over your day! xxx

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    2. Go to 1:44 to see a paintbrush doing some weird shit. Then go to 5:15 to see paintbrushes doing some really cartoony fucked up shit. Also when she moves her hands around Im seeing trails big time. Great video plus it makes me feel like I’m tripping balls.

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    3. I’ve never used ink, and I don’t have any to test the method out, but I can’t see it working very well with it…Since you want to keep the brushes dry and ink is essentially coloured water. Best way to find out for sure is to just try it out on a small peice of paper to see how dry you can keep it and if you can get a smooth layer of ink on the paper 🙂

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    4. literally walked 2 minutes to the nearest post office and picked up all the supplies for this video for 8 dollarsi have a feeling this tube of paint is going to last me longer than most video games haha.thanks for the tutorial, should be enough to get me in the jive of things!

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    5. my media are normally ink and technical pens even ball pen. i haven’t used pencil for a long time as well as chalk. i appreciate you for sharing this. unfortunately these supplies doesn’t come cheap where i come from. thanks!

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    6. this was so helpfull!! thank you so much, i am an non educated artist as well, and i like to discover different techniques.. thank you so much for this tutorial!! i just can’t understand that it is possible to use an regular eraser to wipe out oil paint, do you use smooth paper, or is it possible to do this on any kind of paper?

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    7. Please help im so confused and i can’t find the info i need, To i get bristle brushes? cause im finding they suck and they are blotchy and elave strikes with the slightest pressure like bwrely any or do i get soft synthetic brushes for this im so confused what exactly do i need?

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    8. The big soft brushes I use are a natural fibre, (Kolinksy Sable), they are very soft.Tursn out it’s actually a water-colour brush.There are probably synthetic brushes out there that will work fine too just as long as they are soft. I use a synthetic brush for my darker lines (Marabu-Universal) If you keep getting streaks make sure the paint is evenly coated and any excess is taken off of the brush.

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    9. Thank you so much for this! I usually don’t like watching long videos because I get so bored xD but I loved watching this one!! I like making portraits and have been wanting to learn how to do this technique for a while 🙂 yay!

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    10. Yes, you can use coloured paint the same way. Be careful when using black and a colour though. If you try to put a colour ontop of black shading it will turn out a bit murky. So best to start with your light colours first.

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    11. Would you ever use 300g/m2 medium watercolour paper in your portraits? I have attempted a few portraits after learning from your tutorials and looking at ur vids. I have taken ur advice and practiced to see what I am comfortable in my approach to dry brushing – so far I like to go pretty dark. I have even got a few commissions and I am currently working on another one at present. Trying this new grain above but not sure about it? Ur tutorial is def best on YouTube it’s helped alot… Thanks.

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    12. Few Questions Please, After i finish the painting do i need to spray anything on it- my art teacher always sprays something ontop of his paintings. i have medium 220 gsm paper i think thats okay. this is the most important question, can i use water colors instead of oil color and get the same effect.

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    13. Yes you should spray it with a sealer of some sort once you’ve finished. You can buy a spray in art stores, but hairspray works just as well and is cheaper. Are these water colours that come in the tubes? I’d say give it a try but I have no experience with water colour paint myself.

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    14. Hey guys, how do i get lighter colors using this tehnique? I always get tight, black color, no matter how i mix it, no matter what pressure I apply to brush, How do you do it, guys? I use Whitespirits as solvent aand synthetic brushes

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    15. If you don’t know what comments are irritating, go and read what types of vulgar comments people make over YouTube. And moreover if you think that my comment was irritating, go to my channel and see my comments, how I have appreciated good tutorials posted by really talented persons. I admit that it was a harsh comment but I could not stop myself from doing this. If you are posting a tutorial, learn to accept the criticism in positive way and analyze it positively. I hope you understand.

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    16. Your comment may not have been needed, and my facial expressions may not have been needed, but they are there all the same. I have a dynamic face, thats just part of me, and I can’t please everyone. So, sorry my expressive face isn’t bland and controlled enough for you – but I feel no need to control it in my videos. Your criticism is heard but rejected. and I understand not everyone is going to like it :-p

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    17. You would have a point if the tutorial was about facial expression. It wasn’t, and you felt the need to comment about her facial expressions in a tutorial about dry brush – the very first tutorial she’s ever done, mind you! Next time – do “stop yourself” 😀

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    18. I was actually just browsing YouTube art vids, and came across a few people doing these amazing photo-realistic portraits. They were speed videos but I watched a few and looked at one guys website and found out it was oil paint on paper. Think I managed to find one tutorial about the technique but it wasn’t for portraits nor much to it.

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    19. any arts and crafts store should carry a variety of natural and synthetic brushes. Check your local stores – they should have something suitable. Winsor&Newton is a popular brand, and I got my Simply Simmons brushes in the States, but I can’t remember the name of the store.

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