Professional watercolor artist Trevor Waugh confidently displays under the guidance of a soothing backing soundtrack how he would take on the complexities of painting white roses. Most people imagine white to be colorless but in actual fact it is anything but that. White is made up of all the colors of the spectrum and with a keen eye any aspiring artist can find these other colors! With a palette of pinks, reds, blues, violets and greens, Waugh uses a a variety of brushes to showcase his techniques and skills. This is a must watch for the aspiring watercolor artist!
In this Indian ink drawing tutorial you will learn through a time lapse video accompanied by real time voice over narrative how to draw trees, grass and clouds using a variety of tips and techniques.
The first step is to get a large sheet of cold press watercolor paper which you can find online or in any decent arts and crafts store. This paper should be fully wetted with clean water using a large brush before then being gum taped all the way around the edges. This enables the paper to dry flat, smooth and free from warping and creases and provides an excellent surface for you to commence with your Indian ink painting.
This artist explains how in this art tutorial he will be using the ink as a watercolor and offers you great advice on tools to use and techniques to apply to maximise your painting’s full potential. He uses Higgins black Indian ink throughout the demonstration and begins by using a large round sable brush to paint a light wash which is gray in appearance due to its dilution with water. This wash is applied liberally and sporadically and forms the basis of the high and low background clouds and allow the focal point, in this case being the tree, to come forward and stand more prominently within the painting.
As a general rule within watercolor painting the higher the clouds are then the darker they should be and vice versa for the lower and more faint clouds. The tree outline is loosely painted with a smaller round sable brush in a light gray again and is reworked with a fountain pen to allow greater detailing and definition to its edges and outlines. A stipple technique is used next when painting the leaves to create a sense of volume rather than meticulously trying to pick out individual leaves which is a sure fire way to over complicate and potential ruin a painting.
Once the cluster of leaves have been established you can then use the likes of a small round sable brush to softly blend creating further volume and a sense of depth bring the tree further to the foreground. At this point in the tutorial the artist regresses back to the clouds adding further adding more natural detailing with the ink to the clouds and surrounding areas to further emphasise the impression of realism. The grass mound where the tree is situated is painted using a sable fan brush but as with the leaves he uses a stippling technique to highlight and give the impression of certain areas rather than trying to tackle each individual blade of grass. It is because of the shape and style of this fan brush which makes this an invaluable tool for the type of ink painting.
Sable brushes are more valuable to use with inks than their counterpart synthetic versions due to their ability to hold in a lot more ink meaning less trips to ink pot and more concentration on the painting itself. This video is very thorough and ideal for the beginner inks and watercolor painter and harbours some great tips and techniques for you to further your paintings and learn how to use Indian ink.
Here April Numamoto shows use how to produce a painting using the one stroke painting technique. She paints a very beautiful cabbage rose to demonstrate this technique.
The “One Stroke Technique” is a double loading technique that consists of loading a brush with two separate colors. Donna Dewberrry discovered the technique and has set up classes and learning turorials like this one to teach people how to do it. Dewberry claims that with her technique you are able to achieve the shading and highlighting in one stroke
April Numamoto attended the 2nd One Stroke certification class taught by Donna Dewberry in 1997 and has worked her way up through Dewberry U Education Program. She teaches all the Certifications (Donna Dewberry’s Professional Home Specialist (PHS) which she helped develop. In April 2011, she became the second OSCI to reach the Master Elite Director and Counselor level. She has assisted Donna in many of the certification classes throughout the country, has attended their painting seminars in Florida each year, and taught at national conventions. April has been published in many books and magazines and is a guest Artist on the Dewberry Design Team. You can find her at home working on projects for her weekly classes or teaching certifications across the country. Along with teaching One Stroke painting and woodworking classes to children and adults, she paints murals in homes and businesses. April has been a decorative artist for over 30 years and is a member of NSDP.
As a beginner you may want to use a large flat brush, so that you can learn to perfect your skills. Once you have mastered this, you can then move onto smaller brushes. Here April goes through step by step on how to paint a cabbage rose. Once you have prepared all your paints and set them out ready. You can then pick up your brush. She shows us how to dip the brush in the paint. Cover the left side with your first colour and then in your hand turn the brush and dip the right hand side in the paint. You will now have two colours. To even out the paint you could take a piece of paper and then paint up and down the paper. What this will do is start to blend the two colours together before you start on your canvas.
Of course painting are not the only thing you can use this technique on. You could also try it on your nails. Nail art is also another popular form of art that uses one stroke painting. Either way with a bit of practice you will end up with a simple but very eye catching designs.
Here artist Leonardo Pereznieto shows us how to add water to a painting to give it that realistic look
A very nice easy to follow lesson. Here the artist shows us how quick you can transform a picture. You may have already created your picture, but then decide to change the look. By adding the water drops and surrounding water, the picture goes from being a portrait to an image of a women who has been bathing.
Here are a list of the items used:
List of materials:
Black lead holder: H lead
Red lead holder: 2B lead
Yellow lead holder: 6B lead
Soft, synthetic brush
Fabriano white drawing paper, fine grain
For further details about this artist visit www.fineartbooks.com
Are you interested in watercolor paining but are not sure where to start or even unsure as to what you need? ArtisanHQ’s guide to which watercolor brushes should be used for the beginner painter is here to answer some basic questions and offer advice on what you need to begin your watercolor painting dream.
If money is a factor and you cannot afford the so-called ‘best’ watercolor paint brushes then don’t worry, because as a beginner it is important to remember that you are just starting out with watercolors so therefore only need the best of what you CAN afford. Watercolor paint brushes range from under $10 for a set and are known as entry level brushes and the costs for a masters/professional set can easily lead you into the high hundreds! Entry level brushes are fine for the beginner watercolor artist as it is the technique you are trying to perfect with mixing up your washes and the way you control the brush more so than the final outcome of your paintings.
You can get many sets of brushes with there being a wealth of manufacturer’s aiming their products to beginner watercolor artists but if I were you I would invest in a decent size 8 round brush and a1-1.5 inch flat brush. If your budget can afford it then aim for natural hair on your brush like a red sable which has a magnificent longevity as well as unparalleled application of the watercolor paint itself. The bristles also remain intact for much longer and do not fall out of the head of the brush like many cheaper alternatives seem to. If you cannot justify the costs for the red sable brush but are still concerned with purchasing a great quality brush then you should aim for a good quality synthetic or synthetic blend brush. Being synthetic it is obviously made from man-made fibers and reacts slightly different than that of say a sable or squirrel hair brush. So of the two, the synthetic and the synthetic blend, it is better to steer towards the synthetic blend because it still holds many of the characteristics of a full sable brush without breaking your bank balance.
Now you have an overview of the fibers used for watercolor brushes you can add to your set to kick start your art work. I would recommend getting these brushes to fulfill all you’ll need for tackling washes, detailed and general watercolor work,
Size 8 round brush (Your main brush for adding almost any feature within your painting)
Size 4 round brush (detailed work)
Size 2 round brush (very detailed work)
1 inch flat brush (for washes such as skylines or foregrounds)
With these classic brushes you will be one step closer to achieveing the watercolor paintings you have been itching to paint. Good luck.
In this short humble video you are taught how to achieve a sky using basic wash principles. Thoroughly saturating the canvas with water applied by a large brush followed by the introduction of an artist’s medium known as ‘Gesso’ to then prime the surface. It is then a case of washes and grading to finalise the sky alongside the confident use of ample amounts of white acrylic to create bold natural looking clouds. Enjoy.
Well I absolutely love this video. The style of watercolor is very confident as Andersson at times uses small detailing and a steady hand to control his brush. This teamed with the fact that his paper has been fully saturated creates an extremely wet watercolor painting. Now surely this is an indicator for just how versatile watercolor is. A cracking little soundtrack very appropriate to the video lingers in the background.
A very different colorful and energetic intro leads you this mixed medium painting demonstration where artist Michael Shapcott works into his canvas with a variety of brushes, sponges, inks, pencil, acrylics and oils to create a portrait of a young exotic lady.
He delivers with energy and enthusiasm for his subject matter and begins with a medium paint brush by gathering all the outlines of the face and the the facial features themselves before moving on to developing tones and a soft color palette to begin under painting the face. He use a small round brush in an almost dry application to gather intensity and high quality detailing for the eyes on a close-up camera shot to allow you to see how he moves the brush to gather a realistic impression of an eye.
For his larger areas like the surrounding head scarf he uses a large sponge to get a very quick yet even finish which as an added bonus dries much quicker allowing you to work into the paint with greater detail without having to wait like you would expect from a much thicker coat.
The video is time lapsed and offers the viewer much to look at and learn but ultimately shows how a variety of different mediums with very different properties can work together to create something very detailed and eye catching on canvas. So get your kit and get creative.
This artist demonstrates how to create from your mind an abstract painting. This one is titled ‘A Tale Behind The Mirror’ and is a collision of drips, drizzles and earthy tones but still capturing the image of a young lady and a building which is obviously open to your own interpretation. The artist uses brushes and sponging techniques to create his desired abstract painting. It’s hard to say but I would have a guess at acrylics being the medium used in this piece. Definitely worth a watch just to see how inspiration can come deep from thought
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.