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Taniya Varshney

Artist & Designer

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Taniya's Project - All exercises from the class included!

EXERCISE 1: BASIC TECHNIQUES

For your first class project, practice the basic techniques of line work and try something simple. This will get you encouraged and familiarized with the medium and set you up for the next projects to follow.

- Try basic shapes like simple triangles, circles, line work of different kinds like wavy lines, straight lines, thick and thin lines. Make sure to let the masking fluid completely dry, before you go over with a wash of watercolor. Once again, it is most important that you let your watercolor completely dry before you peel off the masking fluid.

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- Second, give the basic lines and form exercise as described in the "Basic Techniques" video. Again, it doesn't have to be complicated. Just simple line work and lots of fun color is all you need! Keep it going and make sure to remember to let your layers completely dry before moving on.

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- Try creating different textures with simple things you can find around the home, like a wasted tooth brush, old and dry painting brushes, tooth picks, sponges etc.

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EXERCISE 2: PAINTING THE ENTIRE SUBJECT WITH MASKING FLUID

- Paint your entire subject like I painted a flower with masking fluid. Let the layer completely dry and then go over with a wash of watercolor. You will be surprised with the results. They are pretty awesome!

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EXERCISE 3: PAINTING HIGHLIGHTS WITH MASKING FLUID

- For this exercise you want to think of a composition first. If you want, use a pencil and sketch out your subject lightly with a H pencil so the marks are really light because it is usually difficult to get pencil marks out once the watercolor dries. Make sure you paint the parts you want highlighted with the masking fluid. You don't want to paint the whole subject with it. Think of the light falling and or use a reference photo to see the highlighted parts. 

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EXERCISE 4: PAINTING WITH A NIB PEN

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- For this exercise think of a drawing you make all the time like the little waterlilies I made. I have made those since my days in second grade. And elevate it with the help of masking fluid and watercolor. 

- For this fun project, pick your favorite holiday and make a simple greeting! Your choice, your style! 

- Last project, create a detailed piece, spend some time practicing with your nib pen before you start on this one. If you can't think of any other idea, feel free to make a zentangle inspired peacock like mine! 

I can't wait to see all of your projects! Hit me with any questions which you may have. :)

Thank you so much for taking the class with me!

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