Thursday, March 2, 2017

24 Must-Try Watercolor Techniques

 24 Must-Try Watercolor TechniquesTechniques and Tips for Watercolors

When it comes to watercolor painting, these are the tricks that draw the ooh's and aah's every time.  Watercolor as a medium seems like such a challenge because it seems unpredictable at first glance.  It's so important to learn what to expect from the pigment when it meets water.

When learning watercolor basics, these will help form a better foundation in painting with more enjoyment.  The frustration is lessened because you have a better idea of how the pigment is going to respond to what you do.

There are many helpful videos on YouTube that are great resources shared by other artists.  Do a quick search on YouTube and you'll have a great time watching artists demonstrate these techniques.

When teaching these techniques in a workshop, I bring out these posters and copies of the instructions as handouts for students.  I'm sharing those handouts with all of you, here and now!  This post has been a long time in the planning stages and I'm so thrilled to have it finally ready to share with other watercolor enthusiasts.



So, I have a bit of confessing to do first.  Have you seen my pins on Pinterest for these techniques?  Years ago, when I was new to Pinterest, I created pins for the images of these posters.  At the time, I didn't realize how popular these posters would become with time.  Now, these pins are my most commonly saved pins!  Unfortunately, they lack any explanation.  The pins lead nowhere but to the images.  Lesson learned, believe me!  I can't tell you how much I regret that mistake!  It's taken me a while but now I'm glad to share the posters and the tips that help explain each one. 

If there's a technique you'd like me to elaborate on more, please let me know in the comments.  I'd be more than happy to help you with that!


When it comes to watercolor painting, these are the tricks that draw the ooh's and aah's every time.


Watercolor Techniques Pages 1 and 2



Created by Christy Sheeler.  For personal use only.  Request permission to reproduce.



Created by Christy Sheeler.  For personal use only.  Request permission to reproduce.



Tips & Explanations for Watercolor Techniques








I know the text on the tips sheets may be hard to read so here's a link to a PDF file:


http://bit.ly/2lsG1gn24WCTechniques


I hope you are able to try these techniques on your own!  These make up a watercolor artist's tool box for creating unusual effects.  There are several I use often.  There are 4 or 5 I rarely use but at times, these techniques are useful.  It all depends on the style and subject matter.  It's a good idea to become familiar with them, try them out with a bit of practice before applying them to an artwork you are working on.

Leave me a note in the comments!  Let me know if you've got questions and I'd be very happy to explain any of these further.  Thank you for stopping by and sharing a few minutes here today!




Christy
-She must make art.



8 comments:

  1. Thanks, Christy! Great information for a newbie like me. OrangeGAL

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    1. OrangeGAL, you are very welcome! I have had so much enjoyment in sharing these ideas with other watercolorists. It's a real treat to connect in this way. Thanks for hanging out here and stop back soon! I'll be back on regularly by fall 2017!

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  2. Thank you so much! I love watercolor but have not been able to experiment with it much...too busy with kids and life! I am an empty nester now and plan to start watercoloring as much as possible! Your tips and examples, I'm sure, will save me from much frustration!!! Thank you for taking the time to share with us!

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    1. Shelly, I can really relate with how kids and life can make it a challenge to pull out the art supplies! I've been away for many months now but really miss my watercolors. I know this is just a season and I'll be back as life allows. It's encouraging to hear others like yourself are making the move to creative time now. These have been a big hit in watercolor workshops; I think it's a grown up's way of playing again. You're so welcome! Enjoy the time spent with those watercolors!

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  3. Hey Christy, thank you so much for openly sharing these techniques and examples! I’m about to try these techniques out with one of my art classes. Even though, I graduated from University with my second degree being Visual Art, I haven’t ever had a class dealing specifically with water colours. Do you ever or have you ever considered being a guest artist via Zoom or Skype etc? I’d love to try something like this! If interested, shoot me an email! michelle.fidelack@horizonsd.ca

    Thanks a million!

    Michelle

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    1. Michelle, how are the art classes going? Are you teaching and if so, what ages of students? Please stay in contact! I'd love to hear how it's going and maybe we can talk about a Zoom or Skype adventure. I'm soon to be back to work but trying to get my creative energy flowing anyway. I'm interested to hear how other creatives are making their way.

      Christy

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  4. I don't think we can define the process of "learning" watercolour as a collection of techniques. My experience has come to focus more on observation. It's wonderful that I was able to observe this site and the potential of what it can become. With that in mind, shape, colour, value, and association can elicit many memories and the presence of the here and now where the immediacy of the medium has the potential to create larger social themes and statements. If it succeeds with this the collective cannot say, "So what?"

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    1. Good points and I do agree with you! Observation is so fundamental in the creative process. It takes time, patience, self-control, and faith that it will be worth it. You share wisely in the need for understanding art fundamentals. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. I use this place to express my own creative journey...and it's so much better when I can interact with others as well.

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