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Realistic Architecture in 5 Steps

Realistic Architecture in 5 Steps

It’s easy to assume that it would take hours to draw intricate historical architecture because of how elaborate it is. However, if you reduce your subject down to the basics of light, shadow, and minimal lines, you can paint it outside in time before the light changes. Adrianna Johnston has a good method for quick architecture sketching, so let’s follow her 30-minute art class! All you need are watercolours, waterproof ink, and good heavy paper. Step 1: Observing the Form To save time with this picture, we’re going straight to using ink instead of starting with a pencil. Don’t worry,...

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Paint Still Life in 3 Ways using Watercolour

Paint Still Life in 3 Ways using Watercolour

Painting still life is a way of telling a story through images and objects. There’s endless potential for how you can convey the same subjects in different ways to suggest different settings and stories. In Tomás Reis’s 30-minute art class, he draws a bottle of wine and some pomegranates three times, changing the colours and method slightly each time to show the differences between different paintings of the same subject. Let’s recreate the different sketches to experience the possibilities ourselves! You will need some watercolours (I’m using the Etchr Watercolour 24 Half Pan Set) and a waterproof ink pen. First...

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How to Make Floral Patterns

How to Make Floral Patterns

Flowers make for some great inspiration! Since we’ve covered quite a lot on how to paint flowers in previous blogs, this one will instead focus on creating floral patterns and putting these skills to use. So in light of this topic, I’ll be introducing 3 easy ways to create floral patterns. Feel free to follow along! Type 1: Tessellation The first and probably most traditional type of patterning is tessellation, where certain shapes are repeated to leave no gaps between them. For example, squares tessellate, because they can be placed touching each other without gaps appearing (like the bathroom or kitchen tiles)....

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How to Create Cheerful Travel Sketches

How to Create Cheerful Travel Sketches

Part of the fun of travel sketching is comparing different artists’ renditions of the same place. Everyone has their unique approach, and the more you practice, the more distinct your style will become! A great way to develop your style is to practice other peoples’ methods, so today, we’re going to recreate one of Melissa Lakey’s travel sketches from Prague. All you will need are markers and coloured pencils, as well as some tape for the borders if you like defined edges. Let us begin! Step 1: Defining the Houses We’re going to go straight in with markers for this...

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How to Paint an Abstract Watercolour Journal Page

How to Paint an Abstract Watercolour Journal Page

Most of the lessons on our site are about representational painting and how to make your art look like a realistic scene or object. That isn’t the only thing watercolours are for! You can also make whimsical illustrations or even abstract paintings. This 30-minute art class with Susanne Rose shows us how to make a journal page with abstract designs in watercolour. It’s a great project if you want to have a calm painting day.For this painting, I will be following Susanne’s demo in principle while making my painting. She emphasises the importance of doing whatever you want with the...

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Paint Botanicals on Toned Paper in 5 Steps

Paint Botanicals on Toned Paper in 5 Steps

Toned paper gives you a new angle to think about your painting, because instead of adding dark colour to preserve the white highlights, you add both dark and light, leaving the mid-tones plain. When we think about toned paper, we often think about dry media like charcoal, but you can use it for watercolour too! The results are soft and gentle, perfect for botanical art. I’m going to walk you through painting some berries on toned watercolour paper. Here’s the reference photo I took. To work from reference effectively, it’s important to be able to decide what to keep, what...

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