I just launched my own watercolor paints that I mull from pure pigments by hand. They are a labor of love, and oh how I love them. I put together this video to show you how to test different characteristics of watercolor paint. As I state in the video, none of these characteristics discussed are necessarily bad, or good, or undesirable. They are simply the traits that paints have, or do not have. When you know how each of your paints work, and what to expect, it enables you to be better prepared when creating your art. Your paints are tools of your trade, knowing which tool to use is an important part of the process.
In this stage of the Beginner's Guide to Watercolor we will be going over some basic techniques by making easy watercolor backgrounds useful for card making, lettering, and more.
Whether you are a watercolor beginner or an old pro, these backgrounds are a great way to practice technique. These backgrounds utilize several basic watercolor techniques.So gather your supplies and let’s get painting! If you have questions on basic supplies and setting up, check out the first four parts of the Beginner's Guide to Watercolor series on on supplies.
Why Photoshop?Today we are going to talk about using Photoshop to digitize our analog artwork. There are other options out there, but Photoshop has long since been the industry standard for image manipulation. Adobe Creative Cloud offers Photoshop as part of a subscription service. There are some pluses and minuses to the subscription model. With a single purchase you had to drop a huge chunk of change to get the software, but you owned it forever. Upgrading to get new, and innovative, features was also costly. With the subscription model you pay a lower up front cost, and can always have the newest features. You certainly can do all of the steps included in this guide with an older version of Photoshop. As long as you have layer masks and adjustment layers, you are all set.
- Part 1 - The Paint
- Part 2 - The Brushes
- Part 3 - The Paper
- Part 4 - Everything Else (You are here!)
- Part 5 - 5 Quick and Easy Backgrounds
You will need a receptacle to hold water to wet your brushes and your paint. I like to use one jar for clean water, and one jar for dirty water. There are many methods out there. None are wrong, so try things out and see what works for you. Some use just one container. Some use two, but differentiate them as warm and cool colors. I sometimes pull a third jar out when I'm working with ink and watercolor. Inky water can get very dirty and murky really fast.