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All About the Dry Brush

All About the Dry Brush

In the world of watercolour, most will have heard of the infamous “wet-on-wet” technique, where you wet your paper before dropping paint in. This allows for soft edges and blends, as the paint is allowed to flow freely on top of the watery surface. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the humble “dry-on-dry” technique, also known as the dry brush technique. In this blog post, we’ll explore a little more about this technique, and how to maximise its potential. The Method So how do you perform the dry brush technique? It’s pretty simple: first, mix a paint...

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Remake Your Old Art in 4 Steps

Remake Your Old Art in 4 Steps

We all have old paintings in our closets that seemed like huge skill breakthroughs at the time when we made them, but aren’t so good compared to what we can do now. Why not remake them with all the skills you have now? Remaking old paintings is a great way to get past art block, and it builds confidence to see how much better you can draw the same thing even a short time later! Let’s begin with an objective critique of the old painting. It’s much easier to be objective about something that you didn’t just now pour all...

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Paint a Textured Landscape in 7 Steps

Paint a Textured Landscape in 7 Steps

Watercolour gives you the limitless potential for different textures in your painting, because of all the paper options and the different granulating paints you can buy. But have you ever tried adding other materials to your watercolour to enhance the texture of a painting? Sahar Imran is great at doing this and her Live Demo will show you how to make an amazing poppy field! Let’s follow her process and see how it’s done. Step 1: The Sky Let’s start by wetting the top of the page to make a soft sky. Don’t put the horizon line perfectly in the...

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5 Fun Art Challenges to Try

5 Fun Art Challenges to Try

Most of us have been there before – stuck with artist’s block, or just out of ideas to work on.  Well, sometimes you need to take action before the motivation or inspiration comes, so if you’re in a bit of a rut, you can give these five art challenges a try! They’re in no particular order either, so feel free to skip to the ones that interest you the most. #1: Blind Contour Drawing  I’ve covered what blind contour drawing is before, but here’s a quick refresher! It’s one of the “easier” challenges to do: simply pick a subject to draw, and...

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Paint Spontaneous Watercolour Florals in 3 Steps

Paint Spontaneous Watercolour Florals in 3 Steps

To paint spontaneous watercolour florals with no sketching underneath, you need to be confident and skilled with your brushstrokes. This is where Thea Ong’s 30-minute class comes in handy because she explains all the brushstrokes and pen techniques you will need to be successful in loose floral painting! Let’s follow her advice and explore some practical techniques that will give you results with a bit of practice! Step 1: Brushstroke Practise Before we put together plant paintings, let’s run through the basics. For the thin lines at the top of this diagram, use the very point of your brush and...

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Paint a Mountain Scene Using a Limited Palette in 10 Steps

Paint a Mountain Scene Using a Limited Palette in 10 Steps

If you were here last week, you’ll recall our lesson on painting a monochromatic colour study before the finished piece. Now, we’re going to make the finished painting, and since we made that study first, it will be much easier. Since we made this value study, we know some things about how the finished product should go. The lightest lights are the city lights in the distance, the darkest darks are the rocks and grass bits on the hill, and the section of hill that’s closest to us is going to be abruptly darker than the rest of the hill....

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