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3 Ways To Try Watercolour Calligraphy

3 Ways To Try Watercolour Calligraphy

When people say they “can’t draw”, it’s an excellent opportunity to remind them that writing is a form of art, too! It’s probably one of the oldest art forms: think hieroglyphs, Chinese characters, and the first symbols created to represent an object or pass on a message. Fast forward to the present day, and calligraphy has evolved into something relatively modern yet still has a “handmade” feeling. Today, I’ll show you three different ways to use watercolour in calligraphy, from brush lettering and using other brush styles. Quick Practice Before we begin, it’s always good to practice a little. No...

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Draw Botanicals with Fineliners in 9 Easy Steps!

Draw Botanicals with Fineliners in 9 Easy Steps!

Ink artist David Morales showed us his process in a FREE Live Demo, and the results he got from his techniques in just over an hour were stunning. Follow this breakdown of the process to get some extra guidance on crosshatching, value, and more! Step 1: Sketch The first thing David does is sketch the scene in pencil. Some ink artists go straight into using pen, but David prefers the precision of deciding the composition before committing to ink. He chooses a specific section of the reference photo rather than drawing the entire thing. By selecting one attractive area from...

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How to Paint with Coffee and Tea

How to Paint with Coffee and Tea

I love the thought of trying new ideas or finding ways to switch things up. It seems to help if I’m in a creative slump too. This activity isn’t a new concept, but it certainly was fun and easy to handle. I decided to “watercolour” with coffee and tea. It’s an easy and cheap experiment that anyone could do, even you!  Don’t Lose the Hot Cup Don’t sip the beverage paints once you start but feel free to drink them until the brushes come out in play. For starters, I kept my separate drinking cup out of sight while working...

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How to Paint Dynamic Animal Portraits in Ink and Watercolour

How to Paint Dynamic Animal Portraits in Ink and Watercolour

Tina Hotchkiss has an approach to watercolour animal portraits that I have never seen before, despite my lifelong experience drawing animals and my years-long fascination with watercolour. There was a learning curve for me during Hotchkiss’s FREE Live Demo because I had never worked in this manner before. Come now and watch my trial-and-error process! We’ll discover new things together. The first step was well within my comfort zone. I have drawn thousands of outlines of animals in light pencil. The only hint that things were about to get wild is the lack of definition in the tail feathers and...

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Architecture and Foliage: Hard Lines and Loose Brushstrokes

Architecture and Foliage: Hard Lines and Loose Brushstrokes

Early into watercolour painting, I noticed my painting techniques were very loose, and my layers were overworked, which meant I lost important definitions. Someone recommended I add pen and redraw what I was missing. My style for it was also too gestural. I wanted to define shapes but got carried away with unplanned shading and mark-making. My inking ended up covering my watercolour layers, too! This was all discouraging, but on a whim, I tried ink again… selectively. My aim was for more structure and less sketchy haphazard lines. This approach worked until my next problem! I used too small...

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Painting New Zealand with Renee Walden

Painting New Zealand with Renee Walden

Renee Walden is an accomplished Plein air painter and sketcher, and we were privileged to have her as a guest for a FREE Live Demo! I really enjoyed following along with this one because Walden incorporates brighter colours than I would have thought to use, but the result is still convincingly realistic! The first thing that Walden does is add blue to the sky and the water. For my project, I used the Etchr watercolours, and they were perfect. I used Cobalt Blue for the main sections of sky and water, then I incorporated some Umber Brown to grey it...

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