Author: PJ Cook

Creating Wood Texture In Watercolor Painting

  Creating wood texture in watercolor was our lesson for the week. My demonstration started by wetting the paper and laying in a wash of several shades of brown and grey. Letting that dry I fanned out a flat brush that had just a small amount of dark brown paint. By separating the hair into irregular gaps you can create a dry brush effect that works well for wood grain. Lay the brush out flatter than usual and drag the brush across the paper in the direction of the grain. After you have finished the wood grain texture paint...

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How To Paint Watercolor Washes

My lesson this week for my Monday afternoon group was about different watercolor washes: flat, gradated, wet into wet and streaked wash. We divided up our paper into several squares for practice. One of the most important aspects of painting a wash is to have enough paint prepared on your palette. The gradated wash shown here is done by adding more and more water to your brush as you work down the paper. It is also a good idea to tilt your board while you are working. A wet into wet watercolor wash can be multiple colors painted onto very...

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Watercolor lesson on painting evergreen trees

I gave my 3rd watercolor lesson yesterday in painting evergreen trees to my Monday afternoon group in Old Saybrook. In the previous class a request was made for learning how to paint trees, specifically painting evergreen trees. I decided to give a demonstration for about 45 min to an hour and then have the class try their own painting. The painting shown below is the watercolor I did in class. Painting Technique The watercolor started out with a wet into wet painting of the background evergreen trees on the left. This created a soft more diffused group of evergreen...

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