Use Pigment to make abstract watercolour effects

Joe McMenamin, Artist - Illustrator - Teacher

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
8 Videos (33m)
    • Introduction

    • Part 1 - Materials and Tools

    • Part 2 - Experiments with dye

    • Part 3 - Starting the project

    • Part 4 - Using dye to make the sky

    • Part 5 - Painting the silhouette

    • Part 6 - How I use dye in my own art

    • Conclusion


About This Class

Powdered dye is a really fun art material to use! If you haven't used it before, or you want to create some beautiful abstract effects with dye, then check out this course.

We will do some fun experimenting with dye to see what it can do, then create a piece of art using your new found techniques. In this course you will see me create a city street silhouette with a dynamic, interesting sky. What will you use for the silhouette in your project? Will it be a forest scene? or a famous landmark skyline? The options are endless.

I will also show you how I use dye in some of my own art prints. My customers love the pop of colour that I create with this technique and I would love to hear what you think of my work.

9 of 9 students recommendSee All

A lovely relaxed presentation of some really special I have to go and buy some pigment powder..oh well :D
Hilary Gibbons

Too spirited not to...

Well-organized class that gives inspirational tips on using a new media for watercolor fans. I highly recommend it.
Susan Harrington

Lavender Grower and Artist

Loved watching this class. The paint technique using dye is awesome. Painting turned out quite lovely. Also, loved the background music,
Franki B. Kidd





Joe McMenamin

Artist - Illustrator - Teacher

Joe McMenamin is a painter and printmaker and the flowing organic patterns that ripple through his works have won him a following throughout New Zealand. Joe has a bachelor of media arts from the Waikato Institute of Technology. He teaches art part time at Naenae College in Lower Hutt, Wellington. Joe loves teaching and gets lots of the ideas for his work through interactions with his students. His students also experience first-hand the different processes involved in his prints, drawings and paintings.

In Joe’s latest series of nautical themed screen prints his detailed drawings are screen printed as a ship and anchor or a deep sea diver. Joe then carefully drops coloured powdered dye pigment in the midst of the image, and the colours splash across the print, making each one bright, exquisite and unique. He finishes the print with some hand drawn pattern to represent the water.

Joe’s recent paintings depict a range of subjects painted directly onto the medium of plywood - it is a natural medium that attracts him and he makes the frames for each piece by hand. He is interested in New Zealand native birds. Joe skilfully paints these birds directly onto the plywood, which gives them a raw quality and showcases his photorealistic painting technique. He often applies a layer of Danish oil overtop, which brings out the grain of the wood and the jewel-like paint colours.