This video features watercolor artist John Baxter painting a scene including an estuary, boats, trees and houses. It is a time lapse video which shows how Baxter takes on difficult yet popular themes within watercolor painting. He goes through a whole spectrum of colors and uses many techniques to achieve this very realistic watercolor painting. Fine brushes, large brushes and a variety of washes all constitute this cracking landscape/seascape. Learn from what he has to offer and have a go yourself.
One of the most popular forms of interior decorative painting is ‘faux painting’. Year after year more and more people are becoming inspired to create their own artworks for their interiors, creating a beautiful personalised living environment tailor made to their tastes. This video tutorial offers great insight and painting techniques delivered by a professional interior artist and is a great way to start filling out your inspirational needs for your own home.
Faux finishing comes in many forms but the most commonly referred to are sponging and ragging and this online art tutorial highlights these areas. You will learn to achieve fast and elegant finishes using the sponging methods and system and it is also the best way to create interior art without breaking your bank balance.
There are many types of textured finishes and glazes available to you on the open market but the costs for these materials can soon escalate so by using the multi-color sponging system you will save your money and be able to apply literally any design you desire.
Using a triple S faux system palette you can achieve up to 50 square feet of coloring on your interior walls without reloading the sponge. This save you lots of time and energy walking up and down a ladder if you are working in high areas. You load the palette with your preferred glazes and you will also have a base coat which provides a great undertone on your walls. With this palette you get the exact texture of your sponge and don’t over saturate the wall. This is a great system and makes your family home beautifully accustomed to your needs.
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 video you will learn all about some painting techniques which could dramatically improve your sky and cloud painting abilities. The artist and tutor in this video is a professional watercolor artist and with her easy to follow advice it is inevitable that your watercolor skills will begin to improve.
First of all she wets the watercolor paper with her 1.5 inch flat brush to prepare it for a very watered down Winsor blue wash which will act as the initial background wash need for the sky. After loading up her brush with a more generous amount of Winsor blue she applies gentle horizontal strokes across the top of the paper allowing it to fade and merge organically with the already moist surface created by the previous wash.
Then by combining the Winsor blue and the more purple pigment Ultramarine blue together in her watercolor palette she continues painting down the page in the same horizontal technique for about 2 inches. Using the same mix of paint she turns the flat watercolor brush 90 degrees so the fine edge is coming across the page – this adds depth to the skyline.
As the watercolor paper is quite well saturated at this point and the paints are still viscous she turns the paper a variety of different angles to help the paints merge together even more. This eliminates the lines produced by the brush and gives a more life like feel to the painting almost instantly.
Permanent rose is then used to add some purple colors to the sky. Then by using a cue tip to remove some excess paint to form the clouds. The same outcome can be achieved with a different texture and type of cloud using an old tissue to blot away and rub off the watercolor paint. She emphasizes that you should try and use odd numbers when placing your clouds as even amounts is to uniform. This is a great watercolor tutorial for beginners and experienced artists alike and is a very quick and effective way to achieve clouds within your watercolor paintings.
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.
Learn how to paint with watercolors in this video art tutorial. Are you a beginner or completely new to watercolors? If so, then this watercolor demonstration is probably right for you.
The artist has his watercolor paints, palette, water jars and cold pressed paper all ready and lined up ready to guide you through in real time the process which is necessary to achieve a wonderful watercolor painting of a sunset on a beach.
By use of a variety of round and flat watercolor brushes the artist uses a series of washes and brush techniques to demonstrate to you the best ways to achieve a realistic painting in watercolors. The palette of colors is very vibrant and with an explosion of reds, oranges and yellows you will soon find yourself your own little watercolor masterpiece. This is a great guide for the inquisitive and beginner watercolor painter which covers all the bases to get you started. It is an easy to follow step by step process with a lovely harmonious backing track.
Artistsnetwork.tv favorite, Terry Harrison, clearly demonstrates through the use of Acrylic paint, how to effectively achieve ‘trees’ adopting watercolor and oil painting techniques. Through this tutorial you can expect to achieve transparent washes, blend thick opaque color, add mediums to thicken and thin color and incorporate brushstrokes into the composition. The result, two extremely quick and lifelike trees. Impressed!!?
Artist Bob Davies pulls this gem of a tutorial out for all the art fans wanting to know how to perform a wash where all the colors merge into one another. This is actually called a variegated wash and is a classic technique used within watercolor painting. The video is clear and concise and a brilliant teaching aid for the beginner artist. He talks of the pigments he uses, like raw sienna and burnt umber etc and teaches you the ratios of each and how to apply with the correct brush.
Working from his art studio Camilo Huescar showcases his watercolor skills by painting from life a still life set up.
Throughout the art video it is evident that he is a master of his trade as he demonstrates his competence with the paint brushes as he address his subject matter. On pre stretched paper he douses the paper with water using a spray bottle which allows the watercolors to bleed across the page fusing his color palette together. This also allows quick coverage and a confident style which only comes with experience.
The picture is pre sketched to save time with the paint brush as he constructs his composition. A large round brush is used initially to achieve the base colors surrounding his objects which comprise his composition. He then does something quite unique by pairing up two brushes (one large and one small) and guides them around the page in unison to take advantage of their sizes. His application with these brushes is fairly sketchy and erratic but it provides great texture in the background which will not deter the eye from the more important objects in the foreground. Further water is added to bleed the background watecolors but still maintain the silhouette created by the use of the dual brush technique.
The highlights which stand out around areas like the rim of the glass and the reflection of the saucepan are brought forward by the use of darker tonal colors surrounding them. This is a prime example of how ‘less is more’ when you have the eye for it alongside the patience and ability to paint with confidence. Once Huescar is happy with his composition and satisfies there is nothing more to do, he uses a hair dryer to evaporate the remaining excess water before finally putting his watercolor brushes down. There is much to be learned from watching this art tutorial and with persistence and a little confidence you could be painting still life in watercolor to a much more accomplished standard. I hope you enjoy it.