Beginners to Watercolour

Beginner TECHNIQUE & ISSUES Tutorials

This topic contains 191 replies, has 9 voices, and was last updated by  Sandra Strait 1 month, 4 weeks ago.

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  • #183384
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    I love Shibasaki’s tutorials.  Thank you for sharing, Yvonne!

    #183429
     Lisa Ann Ulibarri 
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    @springscreation

    Well I guess I need some of this paper lol

    #183434
     Yvonne Reeder 
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    @von

    @sandra-strait You are welcome Sandra!  I have such a crush on that guy and love his manner of teaching for a beginner so I’m always happy to share his videos. lol

    #183435
     Yvonne Reeder 
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    @von

    @springscreation Lisa, paper can make all the difference sometimes … especially for a beginner.

    Our Sandra Strait here, however, can make any paper sing … she’s amazing like that.  lol  I want to be able to do that too someday.  😀

    #183440
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    Thank you, Yvonne! What I do is try to find out what the paper does best rather than try to make it do just anything.  I enjoy trying to destroy it, lol.  That tells me what limits it has and what might work or won’t.

    #183630
     Yvonne Reeder 
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    @von

    Nicola B. shares a quick tip on holding your brush that may help.

    #183635
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    The ways to hold your brush is something that I think gets neglected a lot.  Excellent video. Thank you for sharing Yvonne!

    #183677
     Yvonne Reeder 
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    @von

    @sandra-strait Yes, I agree Sandra.  It can also be an individual thing for some I’m sure, but it never hurts to observe how others hold theirs and try it for one’s self.  Typically, I avoid touching the metal ferrule or (binding material on quills).

    #183701
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    There are also techniques that work better if you hold the brush farther up the handle, or at right angles to the paper or almost parallel to the page.  Knowing when to use a different grip can make it so much easier to get the effect you want.

    #183728
     Yvonne Reeder 
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    @von

    James Gurney offers some great tips with Gouache:

    #183729
     Yvonne Reeder 
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    @von

    @sandra-strait  Oh for sure, Sandra!  I used the side hold, with a very dry brush, to apply most of the blushes of pink on the rose petals.  It’s a very effective method for areas where you want to “skip” the paint across the surface.

    #183741
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    I really need to watch this one.  It’s been so long since I did anything with gouache and they were old ones.  Thank you for sharing Yvonne!

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