Watercolor Tricks & Techniques: 75 New and Classic Painting Secrets
Add life, color, texture and individuality to your work!
If you're ready to go beyond the basics, and see what watercolor can really do, this is the book for you! Inside, a wealth of "creative departures" will take you out of your comfort zone, making the difference between pigment on paper and original, expressive works of art.
Updated and better than ever, this edition of Watercolor Tricks & Techniques features:
- 30+ new watercolor materials and applications along with fresh insights on many tried-and-true techniques
- 15 step-by-step demonstrations showing techniques in action for beautiful finished paintings
- 3 possibility-packed sections–Liquid Aids, Dry Helpers and Indispensable Tools–exploring the possibilities of powdered pigments, granulating mediums, liquid mask, Yupo paper and much more
Whether you're an advanced beginner ready to add a little zing to your repertoire or a seasoned painter looking to push your watercolor boundaries, this book will make the journey as exciting as the final destination.
your no. 3 or no. 5 round will work well here. Mask Protection This detail shows you how clean the tree trunks and limbs remain when you remove the mask. 5 Add Final Details Use the round bristle brush to make jabbing or stabbing upward marks or use the sharpened end of a brush handle to add grassy details. Add a few unifying glazes with a thin wash of Phthalo Blue or Ultramarine Blue grayed with a bit of Burnt Sienna. Add an old fence with Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Umber. A lighter or
against the soft, delicate spring grasses fascinated me. I used aluminum foil to create the mottled texture in the rocks, crumpling it and pressing it into the damp wash, then allowing it to set a bit. Once the initial textured shapes were dry, I added in the painting’s details and spattered color for added texture. Accentuate the Texture of Your Surface With Smooth Aluminum Foil Place smooth foil in a wet wash, and scratch in a few lines here and there through the foil with a blunt knife.
colors also work well for the cracks and shadows on the desk. Scratch a few fine white lines in for stray hairs and whiskers, and voila, you’re done! TEXTURE TOOLS Sandpaper Sandpaper can provide a dark, roughened area or a bold texture. You can even take your paper back down to clean white with help from sandpaper. Try a variety of sandpaper grades for different effects. Use Sandpaper Before You Lay Down Color for a Dark Effect Sand your paper before you paint, then lay on color to make
(top row, above) in colors you prefer. Pan Color I moistened the pan colors on the left and used them immediately. For the colors on the right, I pre-wet the pans half a minute before starting to paint. What a difference in intensity and saturation! Tube Color Here I let my tube colors dry on the palette. Then, for colors on the left, I moistened the color and applied it immediately. I pre-wet the colors on the right before applying them. As you can see, in both pan and tube colors,
all kinds of things. Anyplace you need the paint to feed more or less evenly over a relatively long period is a good place to reach for your rigger brush. Power lines and fences are obvious places. The lines will become thinner as you lift, so you can paint some very believable limbs and twigs with a rigger, too. Hair’s also good, or long grasses. Play with your rigger and see! Riggers in Action A small travel rigger brush worked wonderfully to capture the limbs on the bare tree at left, and