A simple and nondestructive way to stop paint from beading up on a plastic watercolor palette.
Tips & Hacks
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.
Sketchbook Pro is a great tool for quickly planning changes to a painting in progress, and it’s free. This video introduces the small set of features I use in my planning process, so you can get started quickly without having to go through a lot of features you don’t need.
When the Big Pile of Nope in your studio gets too big and discouraging, it’s time to go mining!
Are you wondering how I can see your work and give you feedback in Zoom? I’ve been doing watercolor coaching via Zoom for almost two years now—I’ve got a system! Here’s a short video to show you how it works.
I’ve been presenting my watercolors without glass for quite some time. I love the clean look! Here's everything you need to know to present your watercolors using this method. In the video, I demonstrate one way to do this, using the method (and products) I use...
One of the joys of watercolor is the ease of cleanup. In fact, you don't really have to clean up at all, if you don't feel like it. Nothing terrible happens if you just wipe off your brush, put it down and walk away. Well, mostly—do you know the right way to put down...
People have been asking, “what does it mean when you say something is mounted on cradled hardboard?” Click the image to see a brief description of how I mount and protect my work without a frame or glass.