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How to Use Waterproof and Water-Soluble Ink

How to Use Waterproof and Water-Soluble Ink

The most sought-after ink is the waterproof kind - you can paint over it and it will stay in place, and if you’re writing a letter the words will be safe from accidental splashes of tea on your desk. Many artists won’t buy ink unless it’s waterproof, which makes sense, but water-soluble ink also has a time and place! Here’s a 30-minute art class with Allan Kirk to give you ideas for how to make art with those fountain pen cartridges or budget fineliners you’ve not been wanting to use. Use your Etchr Hot Press Sketchbook to show off the...

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Paint Monochromatic Floral Patterns in 5 Steps

Paint Monochromatic Floral Patterns in 5 Steps

No matter what medium you paint in, nature subjects will come up again and again in most scenes you paint. The combined spontaneity and delicateness of watercolour makes it perfect for florals, whether you’re interested in realism or a more whimsical style! Leamy Basto’s 30-minute art class will show you how to paint whimsical floral embellishments in a monochromatic palette, and all you need to follow along are your paints, a round brush and some hot press paper! Step 1: Practice Brushstrokes Any subject you paint is going to be composed of several smaller, simpler brushstrokes. If you don’t practice...

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How to Paint Water

How to Paint Water

In a previous blog, I showed how to paint fire using watercolours. I’ve also shown how to paint water as a reflective surface, or even how to paint a rainy day. For this particular tutorial, I want to share some tips on how to paint the free flow of water, from droplets to waves and bigger splashes. Droplets Perhaps the most difficult of the forms of water to paint, since they require more precision and an understanding of how light is refracted in water. But don’t fear – I’ll show you an easy way to paint them! First, paint a blurred version of whatever is...

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9 Steps to Simple Watercolour Foliage

9 Steps to Simple Watercolour Foliage

Every artist has their preferred way of painting trees and plants, and it’s a good idea to learn from many artists and make your approach a combination of many. Unique art styles come from the artist’s background, education, and interests. TJ Marston’s art style is influenced by her work as a landscape architect, so you might learn new techniques from her! Let’s begin! All you need are watercolours, a round or dagger brush, and some hot press paper. Step 1: Draw the Structures Instead of drawing the actual shape of the trees, TJ draws the most minimal structural hint of...

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4 Ways to Paint Clouds with Watercolour

4 Ways to Paint Clouds with Watercolour

The great thing about watercolour is how many ways there are to paint the same subject! You can try many approaches, keep the ones you like, and combine them to make different pictures in new ways! Today we’re focusing on different ways to paint skies, using techniques from Katarzyna Kmiecik’s Live Demo. She uses a variety of brushes, but I’m demonstrating using only a round brush so that you’re more likely to have the same supplies at home. Let’s begin, starting with some sunsets! Blue Sunset Step 1: Gradient For this sunset, wet the page first. Then, paint the bottom...

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How to Paint Shiny Things

How to Paint Shiny Things

Art is a form of communication, but sometimes, it’s difficult to “say” certain things in paint and on a sheet of paper. In this tutorial, I’ll show some cool tricks you can incorporate when you’re painting something shiny, whether it’s metal, water, or glass. Metallic Sheen While you could interpret this as using metallic paints to create that “shiny” effect, I’d rather show you how to create the illusion of a metallic shine instead, since not everyone has metallic paints (or like using them).  You can take a more in-depth look at this previous blog post on painting metallic objects, but I’ll do a quick...

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