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Tips for Watercolor Painting - avoid mistakes or fix mistakes and be a happier painter

teacher avatar Sharon Foster Art, Watercolor Painter, Acrylics Artist, Etsy Seller

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4 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Magic erasers are magic!

    • 3. Watercolor Pencils - Limes

    • 4. Frisket Fun

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A series of watercolor tips with "to do","avoid at all costs" and "proceed with caution." Gleaned from studying with great teachers, watercolor books, articles and lots of my own mistakes through practice. These tips will help you become happier with your own results.

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Sharon Foster Art

Watercolor Painter, Acrylics Artist, Etsy Seller


I love painting - especially watercolor!

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1. Intro: Hi. Welcome to watercolor tips, I'm sure. And foster and been a water close artist for a number of years and also painted acrylic. So today we're gonna learn about some fun things that you can do to correct booze and mistakes in your watercolor or just to give a different look. Um, we're gonna use thes magical racers. This is the brand name, and this is my generic store brand. So either one of those who work just won't make sure it doesn't have any detergent in their scrubbing. Bubbles are for breeze or anything, cause that can interact with the pain and the paper. So you want the plain Jane Magic Eraser next working to try and work with these watercolor pencils and I'm gonna show you easy way to sketch with them. And it really doesn't matter what brandy use. I'm quite a few different brands and some lumps of use the engineer. Not that Kardashian brand. It's toe graphite. And those are water soluble too. So these are intense. More watercolor pencils. We might even throw in some of these little well used water colored crayons. You can see I really like them. I keep diesel it's here. So it doesn't matter if you use liquid watercolor, little pans of water, collar or tubes. And this is my lovely, messy pallet that goes a lovely, messy studio. So these air to what colors. But you could also use something like this, which is a handy dandy old thing, and it has a lot of different colors. I really like this, and it's great to take on vacation or if you're traveling, so these watercolor pencils are really good for travelling takers. You can sketch, and even if you don't do the water cooler, you could do it when you get home. So stay tuned and let's see what we can learn. 2. Magic erasers are magic!: Hi. This is sharing. And we're bag. He saw the my little bit about the magic race or something to show you how that words here are Got a painting that I used the color pencils own right here. And then I changed the design a little bit. So there some area that needs to be cleaned up. And so what? I'm gonna do this. I take my magical racer and I tear a little wedge out of it. So now I'm gonna wet that Just dip it and clean water, and I'm gonna squeeze out most of the water. The other thing you need is food beeva paper tales, Bela. Well, I don't get a kickback on these, but if Eva sees this and they want to send me a couple 100 cases, I'll be glad to give my address. Babies are great because they have a lot like texture. And you hear me open the pack and they're great for cleaning out any kind of water color spiels. So you wanna have this paper towel handy, and then you want you can have your Reggie of a magical racer in? What you're gonna do is lightly dab dab dab. He's already coming on and you can turn it around so you get dirt. It gets watercolor crayon on there. See? It's coming cleaner. Okay, so that's how it works. And then you're gonna let that draw, and if it needs it again, you can go back in. And so you don't want to scrub you just want a dab dab dab. Use the paper tile. If you need Teoh, soak up any water and then let me let me show you what happens if you are too aggressive. So I would not recommend that for the hot press water paper with just smooth or for portrait's or anything that you need to really find texture. Proceed with caution. This is one that you could see there some killing here, and that's probably because I rub to vigorously so you can take a lot of color off for this . But you can also rub and take some pain off without, too. In another thing I found with my paper towel is that I can take a corner, that paper towel, dip it in that water, and it's also great for getting out a little smudge or something. So you're just I'm just gently robbing it. I don't want to scrub it cause then that's going to make a rough area. It's gonna have a different texture than the rest of your painting. So that's my magic eraser tip. And yes, you'll have be like me and have these little chunks of magic Race are all over the place, but you really can't use them but one. So just throw it away. Get your another cleaning piece of magic eraser. You can see that you'll have a chance to clean up many boos for that. 3. Watercolor Pencils - Limes: Hi, This is Shane. And you got your little traditional fruit. Still life set up here with two organically limes and one Granny Smith apples. Highlight to use this little this paper. And this is a four by six. I'm not a good cutter of paper size, so I like to buy a pre cut, and this is one of the ones I use. So you can see this is a call cold press. That means it has a little texture to it, and it is bound on the side so that you get less warping that way. What this demo is is for the use of the colored pencils, their watercolor pencils. So I have a couple varieties that are used like this. I just have a Yes, I have a big stash arts applause, and I just like to add to it every chance I get. This is a prism of color. Watercolor pencil. That's what I'm sure with me. Now, Um, these last a long time and so you can use them whenever you want. A couple of the little tricks are is. Now that we got our set up here, we're gonna I'm gonna roughly sketch gonna do. You mean roughly one of the fruit. So I'm not gonna You don't want to do a real whore. Do it very softly. Obviously, this is going to be the alarm, and I'm just doing it very lightly. I wanted to do a limb and free all but it was the gill. It was hard to say. If you can only buy one color pencil, I'd get the yellow. We all have budgets. Okay, so now that I've sketched that in, the next step would be for me to pay. Okay. It's kind of early here in Mississippi, and it's not very bright yet, so but here it is. I'm doing close up so you could see it. Now I'm going to pay. So we're going to do this is Ah, I'm gonna leave some white right there in the center. Then I'm gonna start laying in the color one of the secrets of watercolor. One of the things that makes it really fabulous, in my opinion, is the way you can layer. And so I just use a little yellow, some green, and I'm going around and the water unified to shoes water. You could see the watercolor pencil. It is, um, giving me the pigment right along and puts more yellow in there because there's after looking at my lime. There's a lighter side. It's more water. That's a secret ingredient for the watercolor painting unit. Never figured that out for yourself. I have a women in the project that you can use for your example, or you can use a lime and orange whatever you want. The orange I had was looking pretty sad in the refrigerator, not like some of the pretty oranges from Florida and California. So if you live in the state, you can use whatever fruity won't. You can use that pretty bringing grading Smith apple I had. Okay. And so this comes to my next part. I don't want to say not painting a house. Yeah, we were so scared. We're gonna miss a spot. And actually missing a spot is a good and watercolor. Keep own brilliant on that pig. Minute time. Then we'll let this dry because if you overwork it, that's when it tends to start being looked flat. And then if you overworking too much, it'll pill and you'll pull up all the fibers, so I'm just stop here. That video I'm a let it dry and then I'm gonna come back. Okay, I'm back. And the looks like the long has tried One of the things I see it happens a lot, and it's just it's common sense for, um, almost every kind of painting, but watercolor. But it doesn't work for watercolor, and one that is that we have a tendency to keep working the area while it's wet, and we want to keep adding more and more layers of color. That's great in water color, but you want to give it a chance to dry. Sometimes we just think that will make it darker in It really doesn't. There's several things you can do to make something darker. One is you can make those additional layers just give him a chance to dry. The other issue continues. Just from this example. I'm gonna just use a darker shade of green, a darker color green, I should say, And that way I'll get the darkness. They are and say, I can still add another lay your but I'm not scrubbing the paper. I'm just laying in on top of their. It is starting to look like alarm. And another very useful tear is to use the complementary color and so for, to make something darker. So for green read as a complementary color and you're like, Oh, no, you're gonna ruin it. But I'm not. So here I am. Just using some red on that outside. Yes, I'm messy. I can fix it and you can see how that's making the limelight Rounder, when I can go back to my other green, It's another green I like right here. I'm not painting a house, remember? You just don't want to hit every spotless Let some of that great white water color paper shine through and let some of these white spots show through. Now I have in the art in the project I have some lemon for you, a payer, think and pumpkin. In addition to the little house, we're going to the house next. But so now and again, let this dry. So just keep that mind. And one of the ways that I manage that in my studio is that I switch and I work on a different painting. So I'll set this aside. I'm gonna start a new painting and then once that gets where it needs to drive and I'll switch switch back to the other one. So give that a try and stay tuned and we're gonna talk about first get. 4. Frisket Fun: Hi. It's sharing, and we're gonna talk about first get. This is first get. This is a brand I like because it's orange and it has a color. There's a lot to different brands out there. Um, one of the first things you're gonna want to know about it is it doesn't last forever. So you don't need to get a huge, gigantic bottle. I like a first kid that has a caller like this one is like a pinky orange. And see, I have my flying pink elephant clock tale. Miss, Get stir. Chopsticks are also good for this to you have some extra ones from aiding out. So I want to stir it gently, and then I'm gonna show you how to the no, I will never do this. I am, Uh this is what it was intended for. You want a ratty brush? I probably have enough variety brushes at all. You could have one, but I'm Here's a one that I don't care if I were use again. What frisky does is it saves a white on the paper. Do you want the paper to be bone dry? I mean, no moisture, and it's similar. It has a rubber cement consistency. And I learned this, uh, t it from Jean Lorrison here. Own skill, sugar. And I tell you to take her classes because she has some interesting things, and her tip is to apply the stick, and it makes it easier to get off. So before I become a stingy and I would want to, um, you know, I'm gonna say that, but it ends up drawing up if you don't use it a lot. So this is you can see I haven't labeled We had in dry showed I never figured that out again. I'm putting in on a stick layer on here, okay? And then I'm gonna let that draw now, since I have this open and I've got my booky brush show you piers of little be child's that I may one of the ways that you could trim out these windows is to go in very carefully and do the inside, you know, And then will you that Why that there's always a chance you're gonna make that mistake. So one leg avoid that is to use the frisk it. And this is brown draw. And what I'm gonna do is put it on their own like the tram, because I want that to be. Why, then let's make the door have, like, a squiggly thing. So using genes tip. She teaches watercolor, too. I like her too. Side this Amorello Sanders said she's wonderful. I think she's farm in towards She may not know it, but I do. OK, so that's what we're gonna do now. I'm gonna let this drawn that I'm gonna show you what's next. Okay, Our briskets dried, and now we're gonna, um I'm gonna just put some pig minute over it so you could see how it holds. Why did the paper? So it's just roll off here. Okay, So our next step for that is toe let it draw, and in the meantime, we're gonna work on this. So what I'm gonna do is pain the inside of these windows. Yeah. Just because I pay in, I think that door nice by peak. Okay, so now we're gonna let both of them stri and then I'll be back, Okay? We're back in. Our first get has dried one of it. Another tip I wanted to tell you is some. I learned this and it sounds kind of crazy, but is how to tell if you're watercolor is dry or not in its if it's cool or not, and I want you to try it because it actually works. So if you put your hand on there and you feel coolness, it's usually not draw. If you feel you know if it feels dry like paper, then you're good to go. Okay, My friend Melanie loves to do this. She loves to rub this off. There's remembers for this, but the easiest way is just to rub your finger back and forth, and it makes like a little snake, and you can see there's where we look that your your wife. Now that one was super easy comes out with on the Drop it. So listen how that works on the paper. It's coming up some. It's hard. It's actually coming up better than it usually does. Uh, sometimes if you leave it on there, too, are you can yank toe big old chunk out of there. Yes, it's sticking a little bit there, so it's a bit not quite as easy as the sometimes. Like you said, a pull a big piece of paper out of there, but course, in some filming, it wouldn't do it. So that's a two in one of the other things is that you can, and I'm gonna bring the house back there, will house you can the pain on top of get around it. So I did some more around the low windows so they'd show up and this one's drawing. I'm gonna just rub. And you didn't want clean hands for this No Cheetos snack. And in this and says that was a lot easier. And you know, one Massey, I tell you that all Okay. And then here's for the door there. Cool for you. Go back in there on that. Why? And you could make some little dots. You could let it dry. And then you could put another layer of brisket on their Maybe just make another design. So there's lots of uses for it. It's especially good look said for preserving the whites of something, and you can layer over it so you might want to peel off some of it and that layer on that you just get a lot of shades and variations. So Well, thanks for joining me here on my first watercolor tips video. So? So keep painting. And I want you to post your projects and see I want to see what you do, so enjoy.