Wintry Watercolor Woods Two Ways

Alison Kolesar, Artist and Illustrator

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6 Videos (23m)
    • Introduction

    • Materials

    • First Technique: Adding Paint

    • Know Your Paints

    • Second Technique: Removing Paint

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class


In this class I demonstrate two different foundational techniques in watercolor - building layers and removing paint - and show how each one can be used to paint a lovely, atmospheric picture of winter woodlands.

I start with a brief introduction to materials and then demonstrate the first method, starting with an overall wash and then building up color on the trees. That method could be described as additive (though the technical term is glazing). The second method is subtractive. I start with a deeper colored background and then gradually remove paint on the trees until ghostly trunks emerge.

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For someone who has very little experience with watercolor, this is a great class for practicing two different techniques. Alison does a nice job of explaining her process. I will definitely recommend this class to others who are interested in learning watercolor technique and would like to practice with a simple, yet stunning design
I am very excited to try these techniques. The class was demonstrated very well. I was amazed to see such stunning results from these simple steps. I recommend this class.





Alison Kolesar

Artist and Illustrator

I've worked as an artist and illustrator for many years although my academic training was in history and art history. I've illustrated over a 100 books, mostly how-tos on crafts and gardening. I also love to paint in watercolor and create collages as well as making papier mache birds, painting rocks, and creating paper jewelry. You can see some of my work at my Etsy store, Alisonsart as well as my website

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