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Bring Fruits to Life: Illustrate a Banana in 8 Steps

Bring Fruits to Life: Illustrate a Banana in 8 Steps

Fruits are a wonderful way to capture life's journey and bring a creative element to your journaling. In this fruity workshop, Becky Cao will show you how to use watercolour journaling to document the process of eating a banana. Read on and learn to capture the beauty of everyday life! Step 1: Straight to Ink To start, you'll need: an A4 cold press watercolour sketchbook, a banana, watercolour paints, a palette, a size 6 water brush (or paintbrush), 2 containers of water (if you're not using a water brush), paper towels, an HB pencil, a 0.1 black waterproof fineliner, and a small felt tip...

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Paint Watercolour Cityscapes in 5 Steps

Paint Watercolour Cityscapes in 5 Steps

Whether you're just beginning to experiment with urban painting or want to hone your skills, there's always something very freeing about doing quick urban paintings. It's actually not as difficult as it seems, and luckily for us all, professional artist Adrianna Johnston has a few tricks up her sleeve that we can all use. Read on to learn Adrianna's easy-going sketching and painting techniques as she paints an old building on Ellis Island, New York.  Step 1: Sketching and Inking Adrianna starts with a quick demonstration of how she plans to add texture to her painting via the wet-in-wet technique. It's...

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Tips for Creating Skin Tones

Tips for Creating Skin Tones

In a previous blog post, I showed some methods you can use when mixing different colours for skin tones. So if you're looking for the basics, check that out first! For this blog post, I'll be sharing a few more tips on painting different skin tones, and even a wild card for anyone feeling a bit more experimental. Tip #1: Start Light I touched on this in the other blog post as well but always look to dilute your mixture rather than adding white. Adding white paint tends to dull your colours, so try to rely on the colour of the...

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Paint a Watercolour Gradient Foliage in 5 Steps

Paint a Watercolour Gradient Foliage in 5 Steps

  Sometimes, it’s good to just paint and use it as a time to relax. Artist Nuraya Karsan shows us how she does so to unwind after her day job of being a nurse, so do chill along with us in this tutorial! The best thing is you’ll get a painting that looks like it took a lot of effort, but actually was created during your break time!  Step 1: Quick Sketch Before we begin, you’ll need to gather: a sheet of hot press A5 watercolour paper (or sketchbook), artist’s tape, watercolour paints, a palette, a size 3 or 6...

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Paint a Humpback Whale in 8 Steps

Paint a Humpback Whale in 8 Steps

One of the largest animals on the planet, these gentle giants are one of Lore's favourite creatures to paint! In this workshop, she shows how she likes to paint humpback whales in watercolour, with a bit of ink and splatter to finish it off.  Step 1: Quick Sketch To paint these wonderful whales, you'll need a cold press A4 watercolour sketchbook, watercolour paints, a palette, a size 3, 6, and 8 round brush, 2 containers of water, paper towels, an HB pencil, an eraser, a 0.1 and 0.3 black waterproof fine liner, and a white gel pen. It will also...

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2 Ways to Paint Whimsical Botanicals

2 Ways to Paint Whimsical Botanicals

One excellent way to improve your painting speed is to paint from life and do it often. Liz McGrath makes beautiful diary sketchbooks to record her daily life. Follow along with Liz in this step-by-step tutorial and find out how to create an accurate botanical illustration in no time at all. Warmup   Practice drawing different vase shapes by thinking of how the cross-section looks in perspective. All a vase is (if you’re thinking about how to draw it) is a stack of ellipses, and those ellipses will of course, appear different depending on their position relative to the horizon line....

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