Make a Splash: Get Wild with Watercolor

Jen Dixon, Abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

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7 Lessons (1h 29m)
    • 1. Introduction and Materials

      4:22
    • 2. First Things First: Base Washes

      7:05
    • 3. Basic Techniques and Vocabulary

      14:11
    • 4. Special Effects and Uncommon Tools

      32:55
    • 5. Putting It All Together

      27:33
    • 6. Final Thoughts and Thank You

      0:47
    • 7. Bloopers!

      2:18
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Project Description

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Follow along as we create a series of basic washes, then paint a series of more specific techniques as we learn about a variety of backruns, dry brush, and glazing.

Now that you're warmed up with the basics, it's time to get increasingly wilder with your watercolours. We'll produce a selection of interesting special effects using commonly obtained household items. These will give you a confidence and familiarity with how far you can push the medium of watercolour.

And finally, we'll create something larger and more complicated, using a combination of your favourite techniques, then learn to finish and crop your composition.

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Here's what I use in the class, but rest assured that you don't need everything on this list to participate.

Materials Used:

- Quality watercolour paints in a variety
of colours
- Palettes, plates, or bowls
- A range of large and medium brushes
- A roll of paper towels
- Masking tape
- Watercolour paper. Student grade is fine. Think budget, but heavy paper. I use a lot of Fabriano practice sheets and also Daler Rowney Jumbo pads.
- A fine mist capable spray bottle
- A drinking straw
- An old toothbrush
- Salt
- A chunk of wax or colourless crayon
- A small scraper, old gift card, or squeegee. You can use scrap cardboard if you have none of those.

Extras that are nice to have:

- Pipette
- Canned compressed air (office supply stores sell these to dust keyboards and computers)
- Hair dryer
- Watercolour pencils, markers, crayons, and sticks
- Masking fluid

- Cling film

- Bubble wrap

- Bleach
- Isopropyl alcohol

You might want to line your table with newspaper or other cheap, disposable paper to help soak up splashes and splatter.

Let's get started!

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