Postcard Paint-Alongs

Cloudy Winter Sunrise Project

Cloudy Winter Sunrise Project

Painting a cloudy winter sunrise scene in watercolor . Shows how to suggest different cloud layers in the sky by layering (glazing) in your painting.

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Bowl and Lemons Project

Bowl and Lemons Project

A simple still life of a glass bowl and lemons in watercolor. In this project you’ll practice laying a multi-colored wash connecting several “objects” into one large shape, and then defining the individual objects with smaller washes along their shared edges.

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The Kayaker Project

The Kayaker Project

How to paint a kayaker paddling near a cliff in watercolor. Another simple monochrome “silhouette” painting using the skills learned in the Project 4 section of Watercolor Jumpstart.

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Postcard Paint-Along: Crashing Surf

Postcard Paint-Along: Crashing Surf

Learn how to create the effect of big waves crashing against rocks, and also an easy way to add small figures to your postcards for scale and interest (no drawing ability required!).

22 min.

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Sunrise Joy!

Sunrise Joy!

Learn to simplify the complexity of a sunrise (or sunset) to make it work for a postcard. We’ll create a variety of sunrise skies and add landscapes to turn them into finished postcards. You’ll learn about creating delicate graduated sky washes that glow with light, and capture a bit of the character of a sunrise sky without getting overwhelmed.

40 min.

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Full Moon Over the Ocean

Full Moon Over the Ocean

What to do while you wait for me to hurry up and make a new Postcard Paint-Along? Try “stealing ideas” from a previous paint-along. Take the steps and techniques, change the colors and subject matter, and make something new! In this paint-along, we’ll use the techniques and steps from the Sunset Variations paint-along: https://youtu.be/XZFpFm-MA4k to create a completely different scene.

19 min.

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Crazy Colorful Pears

Crazy Colorful Pears

Fun exercises in glazing and negative painting. Perfect for times when you feel like painting, but you’re too stressed or tired to focus on challenging work. A chance to play with color and different ways of applying paint while you practice essential watercolor skills.

41 min.

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Sunset Variations

Sunset Variations

Use the same basic pattern to make multiple cards. Plus, a strategy for making sparkles on water and a way to suggest natural-looking grasses. 

41 min.

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Backlit Clouds Variations

Backlit Clouds Variations

Simple techniques for suggesting skies with backlit clouds. Then some ideas for adding foreground elements to your sky studies to make finished postcards. Includes suggestions for protecting postcards in the mail.

41 min.

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Sketching with Watersoluble Line

Sketching with Watersoluble Line

Super-simple and minimal supplies: a watersoluble pen, a wet brush and a postcard or sketchbook. This is basically a form of line-and-wash, but doesn’t seem to be taught or discussed much. My favorite super-lightweight sketching strategy.

24 min.

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Simple Iris

Simple Iris

A simple iris painted wet-into-wet within shapes. Plus, a strategy for painting “out-of-focus” backgrounds on florals.

24 min.

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