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Watercolour Theory and Basic Watercolour Techniques

These Watercolour Tutorials are mainly for the beginners among you as well as those of us that need to refresh our knowledge. The tutorials in this category will provide you with the basic building blocks of Watercolour Painting as well as teaching you some of the basic Watercolour Techniques. There are also in depth tutorials and articles on colour theory, perspective,tonal values, composition, perspective, equipment selection and more.

  1. Art Concepts: A Guide to Color Theory - A fantastic resource for those of you who want a good grounding in colour theory with lots of links to further reading on this fascinating subject.
  2. Tutorial on Composition- This tutorial by Peter Saw teaches the fundamental aspects of composition in a fun, interactive way.
  3. 16 Lessons in Color Theory- Learn all about primary and secondary colors, triads, and the fundamentals of color mixing. Learn how to use color to show perspective and how to create the color effects caused by both artificial and natural light.
  4. Familiarizing yourself with colors- the VALUE SCALE - Tutorial by Artist Mary Ann Boysen
  5. Landscapes, Horizons, Focal Points - Tutorial by Artist Mary Ann Boysen
  6. Negative Shapes and Perspective - Tutorial by Artist Mary Ann Boysen
  7. Watercolor Terms- Carol Santora provides a good overview of terms used in watercolor painting.
  8. Basic Color Mixing - Tutorial by Artist Ellen Fountain
  9. Paint Qualities & Characteristics - Tutorial by Artist Ellen Fountain
  10. Creating Depth with Value Changes - Tutorial by Artist Ellen Fountain
  11. Creating Dominance with Hue, Value & Intensity - Tutorial by Artist Ellen Fountain
  12. Painting with a Limited Palette - Tutorial by Artist Ellen Fountain
  13. Using Value Contrasts Effectively - Tutorial by Artist Ellen Fountain
  14. Spacial Emphasis in Reference Photos - Tutorial by Artist Ellen Fountain
  15. Choosing A Palette of Colors - Tutorial by Artist Ellen Fountain
  16. Hard, Soft and "Lost" Edges in Watercolor - Tutorial by Artist Ellen Fountain
  17. Practicing Your Brushwork - Tutorial by Artist Ellen Fountain
  18. Limber Up your Imagination - Tutorial by Artist Ellen Fountain
  19. Abstracting from Nature - Tutorial by Artist Ellen Fountain 
  20. Color Theory- Questions and answers about color and color mixing.
  21. John Hagan's Art Lessons- Includes excellent tips for painting aerial perspective, light and shade, and portraits. Though he works mostly in oils, his tips are applicable to all painting mediums.
  22. The Power of Placement- Donald Clegg discusses good composition and dynamic placement, demonstrating how to provide unity and guide the viewer's eye throughout the painting or toward the point of the interest.
  23. Romantic & Real- Donald Clegg teaches how important the backdrop or background is in your paintings, and how it can act as a complement or contrast to your still life subjects.
  24. Essential Painting How To's- provides step-by-step information and essential techniques for beginner painters.
    Online Watercolor Painting Demos
  25. Barbara Simmons: Watercolor Tips - an archive of watercolor tips and instruction on artistic principles, covering such topics as color dominance, composition editing, composition with a model, focal area, gradation, guidelines for creating a successful painting, making darks in watercolor, mixing color, negative space, positive shapes, principles & elements of design, semi-neutral or neutral colors, the design principle dominance, the light source, the tetrad, the third tetrad, warm/cool relationships, working with a large pallette selection, working with photo references and more.
  26. FARP: Watercolor Technique - a brief illustrated, instructional overview of the techniques of watercolour painting, covering the supplies needed, the the wash, opaque, erasing and tinting techniques, miscellaneous hints and more.
  27. How to achieve a Flat Watercolour Wash - A very important fundamental in watercolour is the ability to lay a flat seamless wash of colour on your paper. 
  28. How to achieve a Graded Watercolour Wash - The next step. Graded washes are where you use one colour (or several colours) that gradually lightens or darkens in tone as you lay the wash.
  29. Glazing technique - The key to succesful, fresh luminous watecolours is the ability to paint or glaze layers of watercolour leaving the paper or previous colour shining through each succesive wash.
  30. Glazing for Richer Colour - Tutorial by Artist Mary Ann-Boysen
  31. Glazing with Watercolor - Tutorial by Ellen Fountain
  32. Wet-in-wet technique - Describes the process of laying several colours or tones of the same colour onto the paper while the paper is wet. This allows the colours to blend together naturally leaving soft edges this technique is widely used to add atmosphere to painting such as in the portrayal of mist, cloud etc it is also one of the most popular techniques used for painting skies.
  33. Wet-in-wet technique! - Artist Rod Webb provides advice on painting clouds in watercolors.
  34. Dry Brush technique - A fantastic technique for achieving texture on stonework or rocks and is also used to portray undergrowth and long grasses etc  
  35. Lifting wet paint - There are several ways of doing this you can use a brush (don't forget to wring it excess water first), papertowels or even a sponge. This technique is a useful one to have in your armory as not only does it provide quite an effective way of portraying clouds but it can also be used to control runaway washes.
  36. Lifting dry paint - Fantastic technique for negative painting (more on this later) and for correcting mistakes. This technique can also come in handy for softening edges in your skys.
  37. Stretching Watercolor Paper- This article by Daniel Smith explains how to stretch watercolor paper with tape or tacks.
  38. Elements and Principles of Art -- The basics of art that every artist needs to understand in order to create a successful work of art.
  39. Paper and Brushes - Tutorial by Artist Mary Ann Boysen
  40. Oriental Brush Care- A great article by Daniel Smith on how to care for these unique brushes.
  41. Getting Started: Basic Watercolor Supplies - Tutorial by Artist Ellen Fountain 
  42. Fun With Watercolours - Workshop & Demos : Award winning artist, Alan Mark Cross, presents a series of work in progress demos which include photos and step by step instructions. Follow along as Alan shares some of his watercolour tricks and techniques in this workshop experience! 
  43. Peter Saw: Watercolour Tips - a collection of illustrated instructional tips and resources for watercolour painters, including a general introduction to watercolour for beginners, watercolour terminology, step by step demonstrations of a simple landscape and other nature scenes, tutorials on composition, colour & the colour wheel, colours in watercolour & colour mixing and more. 
  44. Bruce MacEvoy's Watercolor Guide- Illustrated guides to a range of topics on watercolor painting, covering watercolor papers, how to test watercolor papers, how papers are made, preparing papers for painting, stretching papers, storing, mounting & framing, watercolor brushes, brush types & construction, selecting brushes, brush care & storage, other application tools, how watercolor paints are made, how to test watercolor paints, color psychology, color mixing theories, color wheels, mixing with a color wheel, tonal value, exploring a paint wheel, watercolor palette types, laying a wash, painting outdoors and more. A wonderful resource that provides lots of information for Watercolour Artists. 
  45. The Control of Water in Watercolour: Join Arnold Lowrey as he addresses the single most important technique associated with watercolour - how to control the water! Join Arnold as he illustrates the effects of using little water to wet-in-wet techniques. 
  46. Watercolor Techniques - Imagination - Learn how to use your most powerful tool in your Watercolours with Artist Roland Lee. 
  47. Watercolor Lesson - A Painting Reflects Your Feelings - Putting your heart & soul into your paintings by Artist Roland Lee. 
  48. History of Color
  49. The History of British Watercolor
  50. The Way of Watercolor Historical Information
  51. Beginner's Questions and Answers
  52. Color Mixing Tutorial - Tutorial by the Artist William Powell
  53. How To Hold a Watercolor Brush
  54. How To Test Papers


Learn how to paint in Watercolours Watercolour trade Secrets DVD - Matthew Palmer You Save - 30% £9.29    £13.27
Click Here for Product Details! Learn from professional artist Matthew Palmer as he reveals some of the trade secrets of the watercolour world! This superb DVD features four different sections, each exploring a different aspect of watercolour painting. From Matthew's top practical tips to how to correctly capture shadows on buildings, Matthew reveals some of his greatest techniques. He also delves into how to paint people and figures, as well as giving some great advice on correct colour mixing. The DVD is packed to the brim with fantastic watercolour tips and information, and is the ideal choice for artists regardless of their ability level. DVD: 150mins Please note this DVD title is only available in PAL format and therefore is unlikely to play in North America, Japan, South Korea and some of the Pacific Islands. However, all DVDs will play on personal computers and laptops.
Colour Mixing Workshop Part 1 2 DVD Set with Sue Deighton You Save - 30% £25.19    £35.98
Click Here for Product Details! Learn a great deal by following the tuition in Sue Deighton’s first DVD workshop. Aimed at the watercolour painter, this workshop is ideal for anyone who wishes to increase their knowledge and skill of colour mixing. But by the end of this workshop you won’t only know the theory, but you will also know how to put colour mixing into practice in your paintings. Introduction Knowing about colour means that your paintings will be clear and glowing. Dirty dull colour is a problem everyone faces. Selecting and mixing the appropriate colours will overcome the problem and save much wasted time and effort. Colour is the language of painting and this workshop starts with the ABC (the Primary Colours), adding more colours and mixing exercises as they are needed to paint different flowers and landscapes. The challenge for flower painters is to produce paintings that glow like the colours in nature; the use of single pigment secondary colours and compatible mixes will achieve beautiful and subtle colour options. The landscape painter has different challenges there are changes due to the weather, the time of day or year, the country or continent and not least the chosen subject. Watercolour pigments are not all transparent but watercolour paintings should have the glow and transparency of stained glass. In the video you will see how to use opaque and transparent colours to achieve the clean transparent look. In this workshop Sue has used twenty colours. As you work through the exercises you will confidently add them to your range of colours giving you a knowledgeable base from which to paint. Knowing which colours to put together is the secret, but it takes practice. It is worth the effort to expand your vocabulary of colour, as it will enable you to paint any challenge. Part 1 Learn the hardcore of colour mixing. Sue explains in detail about colour, demonstrating when and how to use primary and secondary to their best effect, and explaining how to mix colours so they are useful. Through painting various flowers, including a Pansy, Nasturtium, Iris, Sunflower and a Primula, Sue not only looks at the theory of mixing colour for flower painting, but shows how to put such theory into practice. Part 2 Moving on from the colours mixing in the first part, Sue looks at how to use those colours in three subjects, as well as how to create and use even more colours. Using three different landscapes and three methods of approaching the subject, including a garden scape, poppies in a landscape, and hay making scene, Sue teaches how to make the most from colour. By the end of this part of the workshop you will have an extended palette of 20 colours, but will understand that each painting you do will only need a handful of those colours. Double DVD: 178 mins Please note this DVD title is only available in PAL format and therefore is unlikely to play in North America, Japan, South Korea and some of the Pacific Islands. However, all DVDs will play on personal computers and laptops.
Thursday, August 17, 2017