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Colors of Koi with Watercolors
Artist Pat Weaver has always been fascinated by the graceful rhythm of the Koi fish. Their patterns are so varied and the darks are brilliant against the bright oranges, yellows and reds.
Watercolor on Yupo paper: A new, exciting painting surface
The most outstanding advantage to this paper is that the artist can wipe back to regain the white of the paper, which makes it an excellent surface for beginning watercolorists.
Floating Watercolors into Clear Water
Barbara Nechis demonstrates how she keeps her work fresh and unpredictable by floating watercolors into clear water
Garden Journal Watercolor with Masking Fluid and Italic Calligraphy
When Molly Hashimoto creates studies in her journal of favorite flowers and plants, she looks to artists of the past for inspiration.
Granulating Watercolors from Daniel Smith
Learn about the characteristic properties and origins of DANIEL SMITH Granulating Watercolors
The Magic of Daniel Smith Interference Watercolors
Interference watercolors are intriguing additions to our palettes. They add luster to a glossy surface, a shimmer to the ocean, or a colorful sparkle to the delicate petals of a flower.
Jeanne Dobie Color Mixes
Jean Dobie illustrates her method of color mixing and techniques of portraying light
Making Sense of Staining, Sedimentary and Transparent Pigments
I have come to the conclusion that all the pigments are wonderful-staining, sedimentary and transparent (I like to call transparents luminous, since all watercolor, by its nature, is transparent). Each type has both positive and negative characteristics. It's when you use them that makes the difference.
Watercolor with Drybrush
One of the most difficult things to do when painting portraits in transparent watercolor is to make skin and hair look like skin and hair. While I often use loose washes, drips and splatters in watercolor, I also like to use the drybrush technique to achieve perfect textures.
Painting with Createx Pure Pigments
The lure of something different, new or exciting often leads us past the mundane, safe and ordinary. If you are ready for something out of the ordinary, why not experiment with Createx Pure Pigments?
Celtic Knotwork With Gouache
Early illuminated manuscripts from the British Isles contain beautiful examples of ornamental knotwork and zoomorphic creatures.
Classic Realism in Transparent Watercolor
My approach is to emphasize details that are important, and to ignore details that are irrelevant.
Naumburg Cathedral--A Watercolor Demonstration Using Grisaille
Grisaille is derived from the French word gris, meaning gray. It describes a method of monochrome painting that begins with a gray underpainting that establishes form and value as a basis for the work.
Shimmering Shells - Daniel Smith Luminescent Paints
Hilary Page Shows How She Creates Shimmering Shells Using Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors
"CAL 46" - Painting the Past
In this demonstration I am painting a close-up of a 1946 Chevrolet pick-up.
From the Dust of the Earth: Watercolors
The great old masters such as Leonardo da Vinci well understood the value of each earth color for painting flesh tones. Time and technology, though, have replaced many of their favorite earth pigments with more brilliant and convenient synthetic colors.
Watercolor Batik
You may not yet have put the words "batik" and "watercolor" together, but I have-with great satisfaction.
Waterbrush: Two Demonstrations
With a water soluble pen a line can be moved and softened easily with the waterbrush.
Shadow Shape Drawings
You are asked to do a value study for your paintings. Sound familiar? You think you know what that is, so you sit down and draw the things that will be in your paintings and shade them-darks, mid-tones and lights. Is a collection of things a value plan? You aren't really sure.
Pushing Watercolor to the Limit
I have heard watercolor painters say that deep, rich darks with transparent watercolor are impossible. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.
Sunflowers and Trumpets with Interference Watercolors
The painting "Sunflowers and Trumpets" illustrates how "interference" paints add a new dimension to realism-flower petals do indeed sparkle.
Explore the Versatility of Daniel Smith Metallic Watercolors
While many artists use our powdered metallic watercolors opaquely to add small accents to their work, these paints have limitless possibilities.
Watercolors as a Background for Safety-Kut Prints
Start with an original drawing. If it's drawn in soft pencil, you can turn it face down on a Safety-Kut Soft Printmaking Block and transfer it by rubbing.
Framing with Nielsen Frames
Framing with Nielsen Frames in Four Easy Steps
Create Your Own Custom Look with Daniel Smith Raw Maple Frames
Learn How to Create Your Own Custom Look with Daniel Smith Raw Maple Frames
Cut Professional-Looking Mats with Ease
Vivian C. Kistler's How to Cut Mats Video Shows You How to Cut Professional-Looking Mats with Ease
Metal Leafing the Easy Way
This Metal Leafing method reduces the number of steps required and gives a very good effect. It's ideal for leafing large areas or complicated surfaces quickly.
Packing to Paint
So you've gotten the trip of your dreams arranged to Tibet, Italy, or maybe just across the state; then comes the dilemma-what kind of painting equipment to bring?
Studio Safety
In recent years, artists have become much better informed about the potential hazards of the materials with which they work. Many artists, especially those who have had allergic reactions or health conditions caused by certain materials, are switching to less toxic media.
Explore The Wonders of Watercolor on Claybord Textured
As a watercolorist, I want to entice the viewer into my paintings with extremely vibrant colors and intricate patterns.I achieve this dimension in watercolor by working on Claybord Textured made by Ampersand Art Supply.
Some Thoughts on Color
Working with a Split Primary Color Palette
Gold Gesso with Watercolor
Allison Agostinelli demonstrates using DANIEL SMITH Gold Gesso to recreate the glow reminiscent of Renaissance-era work.
Get Rid of the Glass - Increase the Value of Watermedia
Three Leading Artists Share Their Success Stories with Ampersand Claybord Products
Amazing Watercolor Mixes
An expert at color bending and creating atmospheric effects, Jan Hart is an inpiring teacher and great guide to the marvels of the Southwest.
The Benefits of Archival Matting and Framing
Whether you're a professional artist or a collector looking towards the future, archival-quality framing is the best way to preserve and display your artwork.
A Direct Approach to Transparent Watercolor
My love for the medium of transparent watercolor is best expressed by painting spontaneously and very direct.
Creating Semi-Abstractions with Watercolors
What can artists paint when they love both realism and abstraction? Karlyn Holman suggests blending these two styles to create semi-abstract paintings.
Earth Pigments: The Artist
Fourth generation miners pick at an open vertical mine, exposing a layer of crude sienna. It is an awesome sight. They stand on ladders, carefully secured into the earth, and as they work, bright chunks of sienna roll down the slope and rest at my feet.
Fresh Paint, Fresh Approach
Creative painting is an intellectual endeavor. For a painter, the introduction of a new pigment encourages change, which in turn stimulates artistic growth.
Paper and pH
When discussing artists' papers, the primary concern is with permanence, because paper is more than just a work surface-- it's an integral part of the whole creation.
The Most Versatile Surface for Watermedia
In the last few years, I have been working with a fairly new support called Claybord Texture™ and am now using it for many of my studio works, including some large paintings.
Experiment with Color Mixtures
I use a twenty-four color palette, but since it is much too difficult to learn how your colors combine when you are starting out with so many different hues, I recommend adding colors gradually, through a series of basic palettes and colors exercises that will enable you to work up to the twenty-four color palette at your own speed.
Watercolor Intaglio
I have developed an intaglio process that uses watercolor pencils instead of traditional etching inks to color the recessed lines. The plate is "inked" by coloring the recessed areas with watercolor pencils.
A Basic Guide to Artist Pigments
What are pigments? Pigments are dry, powdery materials which happen to possess color. They come from many sources and they vary greatly in their characteristics.
Brush Care
Brush parts, brush construction and do's and don'ts of brush care.
Brush Glossary
Brush hair and bristle types and brush shapes explained.
Daniel Smith Metallic Watercolors
Daniel Smith Metallic Watercolors are made from genuine metal powders-microscopically flaked particles of brass, copper, aluminum-specially coated to delay the tarnishing effects of air and moisture.
Daniel Smith Pigment Chart
An Examination of the Properties and Characteristics of Pigment Used to Manufacture Daniel Smith Artist Paints
Deterioration of Paper: Causes and Prevention
The assumption is often made that if a paper is 100% rag, it is also acid-free and permanent But this is not necessarily so.
Gouache has a greater proportion of binder to pigment than is found in transparent watercolors; for this reason, gouache produces a continuous paint film of considerable thickness and is not as suitable for washes.
The Healthy, Safe Studio
This leaflet addresses some of the health and safety concerns associated with the use of artists' materials and ways of protecting yourself and your studio from potential hazards.
How to Organize an Artist Cooperative
Germantown, Tennessee has few art galleries and artists in the area did not have adequate representation locally. Some of the galleries are excellent, but were not able to properly represent all the qualified local artists. In order to exhibit on an ongoing basis, we needed an alternative.
Making Egg Tempera
Making egg tempera consists of two steps, preparing the pigment and mixing it with an egg yolk emulsion.
Matting Your Art Work
A mat is like a sandwich. The bottom, called the backing boards, holds the picture. The top is called the mat window. The window and backing board are hinged together with acid-free gummed tape (water-activated) along one of the long sides, opening like a book.
Oriental Brush Care
Brush parts, common brush hairs, brush construction, removing the starch, brush usage, brush cleaning and brush drying & storage.
Solvents Used by Artists
A solvent is a substance that dissolves or makes a solution of another substance. In oil painting and printmaking, organic solvents are used to dissolve oils, resins, inks, waxes, varnishes, paints and lacquers, as well as to clean brushes and tools.
Stretching Watercolor Paper
If you are using a lightweight watercolor paper, under 300 lbs., it is advisable to dampen and stretch the paper prior to painting.
Useful Paper Terms
Terms, the value of cotton fiber and common misnomers about paper.
Using Art Materials Safely
In recent years, artists have become much better informed about the potential hazards of the materials with which they work. Many artists, particularly those who have had allergic reactions or health conditions caused by certain materials, are switching to less toxic media.
Watercolor and Gouache on Claybord
Since the late 1960s, I have been painting in watermedia. By nature, I am fairly experimental, painting with watercolor, gouache, acrylic and casein applied to a variety of supports including paper, canvas and Masonite.
Learning What to Leave Out of a Painting
Watercolorist Tom Hoffman teaches us what elements to focus on in a painting and which ones to leave out.
Holiday Watercolor Cards
Susie Short Demonstrates How to Scratch and Scrape Trees in Snow on Watercolor Paper Holiday Cards
Watercolor Rhodies with Kay Barnes
Kay Barnes demonstrates her method for painting realistic Rhododendrons with Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
How to Start a Great Painting
Will Jackson explains how Judi Betts, AWS, starts planning a painting long before she picks up her brush.
Experimenting with YUPO - a Different Kind of Paper
Cheryl Hoople illustrates different approaches to experimenting with smooth, slick, non-absorbant and synthetic YUPO paper
Backpacking With Paints
To really see a landscape, you’ve got to paint it. That’s why I’ve enjoyed introducing nature lovers to the art of painting. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors because it adds a really important dimension to the experience.
Glazing In Watercolor
Watercolor Glazing is simply the stacking of individual colors or layers of the same color, allowing the paint to dry between layers (or glazes).
Mixing Greens For Foliage
The startling lavender and the yellow-greens are perfect compliments. The greens that surround the trunk are neutral mixes of blues and yellows. Use these pigments to mix the greens and supporting colors.
Creating Fall Foliage
Fall colors jolt us out of our familiarity with the greens and blues of summer. Every year, almost overnight, there is an explosion of warm, analogous colors—the reds, oranges, and yellows of the fall foliage. A deciduous tree makes a great subject to experiment with fall foliage colors. It’s important to understand the tree before you paint it. If you can, make studies of the individual leaves, the structure of the foliage, and the light and dark values.
Poetic Spaces - Watercolors on Aquabord
Ali Cavanaugh describes the benfits of working with Aquabord and some of her own techniques for perfecting skin tones and fabric.
The Art of Watercolor Journals
Artistic ideas take shape in sketchbooks and journals—they are ideal for recording experiences and practicing one’s craft.
Last Light: A Demonstration with Jan
Jan Hart's demonstrates the use of her Amazing Mixes, while painting 'Last Light'.
Stained Paper Collage - Watercolor Demonstration
Brenda Swenson demonstrates how to as add brilliance and depth to your watercolor paintings with this stunning technique.
New DANIEL SMITH Enviro-Friendly Watercolors - Keeping it Green!
EnviroOxide™ Pigments are used in making three of DANIEL SMITH EXTRA FINE WATERCOLORS. They are: Enviro-Friendly Yellow Iron Oxide, Enviro-Friendly Red Iron Oxide & Enviro-Friendly Brown Iron Oxide and here is how they are recovered.