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!
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.
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.
This video shows Trevor Waugh doing what he does best in watercolor painting- …florals. With an entertaining and energetic approach Waugh deliberately and structurally takes to the paper with a variety of brushes to come to an eventual unveiling of a classic floral painting. This video tutorial is accompanied by an original soundtrack also composed by the artist Trevor Waugh, and creates a very relaxing painting experience. Follow his techniques and you won’t go far wrong. Pay attention to his color choices and in which order the watercolors are applied. Beautiful stuff.
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.
The artist in this video demonstrates how you can achieve a very atmospheric sky using a wet on wet watercolor technique which unveils storm-like cumulus clouds set over the sea.
The watercolor paper has been pre wet to leave a surface moisture which will work organically with the watercolors which the artist applies with only two different types of brush – A flat 1 inch brush and a medium round watercolor brush. The 1 inch brush is the dominant brush and is used to cover larger areas of the composition and also has the benefit of being able to hold more watercolor paint making it much easier to apply and flow onto the watercolor paper.
Using a few unusual techniques the watercolor artist quickly gets to work on the painting. He flicks the paint onto the paper carefully choosing his position to flick the paint making sure he leaves the natural white of the paper to form the fluffy storm clouds. The watercolors he uses seem to be a darker blue like an ultramarine and also a mixture of browns like umber which retains a more orange hue to contrast the moody blues. The watercolors are quite literally loaded on to the brushes and flicked onto the paper leaving specks of paint that are then worked into the paper using both the round and the flat brush.
The video is shot in actual time and it is fantastic to see what sort of a result can be achieved in such a short amount of time using just a few basic techniques and a bit of artistic flare. There are many different ways and techniques for painting clouds in watercolors where you can blot the paint or even introduce the likes of mediums such as masking fluid to create and retain negative space to highlight the clouds, but I feel this video is just as important as any in understanding how versatile watercolor paints are and just how effective they are as a medium for creating atmosphere.
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.
Interestingly, I didnt believe that palette knives were used in watercolor. However, this video featuring artist Dennis Clark proves me wrong by doing just that. Endeavour to watch this video and you will pick up some useful techniques to take to your next watercolor painting. Its amazing how versatile art is.
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.