Connect and Disconnect. Watercolor Video Demonstration

Connecting shapes in your first wash gives your painting unity. Whatever the technique or subject, by initially painting through the shapes you achieve unified underpainting on which can be later built upon. After painting a single connected shape, you can let the wash dry or you can “disconnect” your shapes while the wash is still wet. After this dries you can define the shapes further…

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Using Water to Create Texture. Watercolor Video Demonstration

As with all silhouettes the outside edge is what matters. That, however, doesn’t mean that the interior of the shape should be lifeless. One way to enliven shapes is with texture. In watercolor, the most natural way to create texture is with water. By applying water into still wet or damp area uneven wetness of the surface occurs and creates so-called backruns that are characteristic…

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Painting with “Palette Mud”. Watercolor Video Demonstration

“Palette mud” is the remaining paint accumulated in your palette tray after finishing a painting. Instead of discarding this paint we can reuse it as I show in this demonstration. My initial wash is a neutral gray leftover from my previous painting session. I find these grays very exciting, the palette mud is different every time. Don’t clean your palette next time you finish a…

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Calligraphic Marks. Watercolor Video Demonstration

Calligraphy in painting refers to directly made mark. Calligraphic strokes enliven dull passages of painting and suggest edge, direction or texture. For most effective results laying down a wet-into-wet underpainting wash is preferable. Applying direct wet on dry marks on such soft and diffused pattern of warm vs. cool adds a great deal of contrast, tension and interest. -Daniel