In planning an artwork, you often need to conduct related exercises, explorations and experiments. But it’s usually a bad idea to let them slowly morph into unplanned attempts at the artwork.
once you start painting quarter-sheet or larger, or getting the paper really saturated, stretching your paper makes your life sooooo much easier! This video shows my preferred method, stretching on the same stretcher bars used for canvas, and an alternate method for those who have difficulty operating a staple gun.
Three methods for transferring a drawing to watercolor paper: using self-made graphite transfer, graphite transfer paper and clear acetate.
This video shows how to make a lightweight waterproof board to support a small watercolor painting while you work. This method will not prevent buckling, but the paper will flatten out again after it dries.
Ever wish you could print out a photo in larger sizes to transfer to your watercolor paper without making a trip to the copy shop? This video shows you how to use Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software which most people already have for reading PDFs) to print out large images on multiple sheets of letter-size paper.
A way to spatter without getting paint (or masking fluid) all over you and your studio.
Three ways to use masking fluid (liquid frisket) to mask a crescent moon in a watercolor painting.
An easy way to scale up or down and get a rectangle with the same proportions. No calculating, just a straightedge.
A simple method for eliminating and controlling mold on your watercolor palette.
A clean and easy way to get all the paint out of a watercolor tube (without cutting it open!).
An easy way to remove stuck caps from tubes of watercolor (no pliers!) and a few tips for preventing stuck caps in the future.
Just a short video with some tips to prevent your paper from tearing when you remove masking tape from your watercolors.