Elizabeth Tyler: Painting In Watercolor The Realist Way

This video tutorial shows Elizabeth Tyler breaking many rules of the traditional ways in which watercolor artists paint. In this large seascape painting other than brushes Tyler works with pens, pencils, ruler pens, color shapers, sponges and masking fluid etc. It’s fantastic when artists challenge certain styles which are stooped in tradition, it provokes a freshness and contemporary edge which I believe to be vital to maintaining the upkeep of the art world.?She even uses sandpaper, saucepan scrubbers, razorblades and erasers for corrections. You can see how she still keeps control even when pouring strong color directly over the paper .

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    1. You really inspire me! It’s amazing the realistic style you have! It is exactly how I want to paint. I’m just learning, but it is great to have someone so talented who generously shows those of us newbies how to achieve some great results. THANK YOU!

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    2. That was simply great. You, Ma’am have painted one of the best watercolours I’ve ever seen on YT. But I have a few questions. First-was that thick watercolor cardboard or canvas? Second- why did you used a spoon on the boat after removing a masking fluid? For smoothing, ok. But what is the purpose of that? And the last one- which brushes did you used? Natural or nylon?Best regards from Poland,Greg

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    3. Thank you. The paper is 300 gr. Arches. I burnished the paper with a spoon to prevent it being too absorbent for the next layer of colour. I prefer natural brushes, they absorb more water/colour than nylon so you don’t get distracted by having to dip the brush in the colour all the time.

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    4. I live in Thailand, fair sized city of Chiang Mai, but none of the art stores carry masking fluid – I did find one that stocks rubber cement, but it does NOT go on smooth and easy as does your special masking fluid. You surely wouldn’t be able to help me get the good stuff, but if anyone comment on the relative merits of masking fluids, that could help me. I’ll try to find something in Bangkok the next time I go.

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    5. Interesting artists tend to tell me that watercolor is to be used freely and that a sort of oil look doesn’t look original but I actually think this is also a great method and would like to try it out sometime. Thank you for the video 🙂

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    6. Interesting artists tend to tell me that watercolor is to be used freely and that a sort of oil look doesn’t look original but I actually think this is also a great method and would like to try it out sometime. Thank you for the video 🙂

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    7. Thank you so much, it is a great discovery for me – these interesting methods of work to achieve the requiring results 🙂 I learned water colouring at the artschool in my childhood and always feel just a heaviness while working according to the narrow-narrow rules. So long live the freedom in choosing the methods and getting the best results! Thanks again 🙂

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    8. I love to paint, but my hands don’t transfer to paper and paint what I see! I was so entranced watching you, I didn’t want the video to end. I have to give it a go again. I especially like the art masking fluid and the way you used it for the grass. Thank you for sharing.

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    9. How did you get the waves to look like they did at 2:41?I’ve tried painting waves and I’m wondering how you got them to look like that, did you use water color pencils in some parts, and masking fluid in others? How’d you get it to look like that?

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    10. @Crionigirl Masking fluid is problematic when rendering waves as the edges tend to be too sharp. At 1:25 you can see some of the brushwork I use, I also create soft lighter tones by scrubbing with a small hoghair brush.

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    11. you are a true artist. I have been looking for instruction on drawing a pasture with colored pencil and have seen so many poor examples. thank you for sharing your expertise. your surroundings are beautiful…Marcia from Modesto ca.

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    12. Wow! I felt as if I was invited into your wonderful beautiful world! You are truly blessed with a talent of being able to transfer life’s beautiful patterns of life onto canvas. You also have a soothing speaking voice and I enjoyed watching and listening to the sounds of the waves and birds in the background. Thank you!!!

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