Do you want to learn to plan watercolor paintings of your own design? A postcard is a great place to start! In this video, I walk you through one approach to designing and planning a painting of your own, using a holiday postcard as an example. Come plan along with me!
If you’ve painted in watercolor for more than a day or so, I know you’ve been here: after hours of hard work, you’re struggling with a blotchy, overworked section that you know isn’t going to be right, no matter how much more effort you put into it. It’s tempting to conclude that you just don’t have what it takes . . . maybe it’s time to take up something easier to master, say, golf.
How do you deal with “problem paintings” like this? (click the picture to read more)
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.
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.
Making easy, small changes to your reference photo can make your painting more interesting and unique (and often, easier to paint, too!)
Look over my shoulder as I paint the subpaintings to help me decide how I want to paint reflections on calm water.