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How to Paint Countryside Postcards

How to Paint Countryside Postcards

Postcards from friends are wonderful little treasures, and they’re even better when they’re homemade! This 30-minute class with Brian Ramsey will teach you how to paint your postcards, either from photos or from life, so that you can document all your adventures and send personalised postcards to your friends. All you need are some paint colours and whatever brush and paper you feel comfortable with; I’m using the Etchr Watercolour 24 Half Pan Set and the Etchr Hot Press Sketchbook. Let’s begin! Step 1: Outlines We’re going to start with a waterproof pen and quickly sketch the outlines of the...

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Easy Faux Calligraphy in 8 Steps

Easy Faux Calligraphy in 8 Steps

Calligraphy is becoming more popular thanks to social media apps, where users can share a daily quote or phrase that they write by hand. Brush and dip pen calligraphy is well worth learning, but if you’re not ready to invest in supplies for it, faux calligraphy is a great place to start. Maricar Ramos gave a helpful step-by-step demo on how to write the word “hope” in faux calligraphy, so let’s give it a try! Step 1: Know the Basic Penstrokes In calligraphy, the downstrokes are wide and the upstrokes are thin. We simulate this in faux calligraphy by colouring in...

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How to Create Different Watercolour Brushstrokes in 8 Steps

How to Create Different Watercolour Brushstrokes in 8 Steps

There’s nothing wrong with handling a paintbrush like a pencil or a pen, but have you ever wanted to fully explore how to get the most out of one? If you have, Etchr’s resident artist Jill Gustavis unveils some of the secrets of the paintbrush, which we’ll take a look at in this blog post! Step 1: Tapered Strokes First thing is to gather your tools. Since this is more like a warm-up exercise, you won’t need too many things: a cold press watercolour sketchbook, a size 12 and size 6 round synthetic brush, a squirrel-hair mop brush, a container...

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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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