Color-mixing is often discussed as if the only consideration is getting “the right color”, but watercolor pigments each have their own physical and chemical properties. This video presents an activity to help you develop a more sophisticated understanding of color-mixing. These exercises are designed to help you become better at choosing and mixing pigments to really exploit all aspects of the colors on your palette.
In the last post, I offered some tips for mixing natural-looking landscape greens, the first of which was “avoid tube greens involving phthalo green”. So, what do you do with the phthalo green (and mixtures using it) you already have? The secret is to tame it a bit so it works for you instead of…
Make your own symmetrical circular designs for mandalas or other circular paintings. All you need are a plate and a piece of office paper! This video shows you how to do it.
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.
Three methods for transferring a drawing to watercolor paper: using self-made graphite transfer, graphite transfer paper and clear acetate.
So many of us are over-busy, stressed and fully occupied with just getting a few more things crossed off our to-do lists. Deep down, we know we need a way to keep our thinking creative and flexible. We need a way to recharge and get back in touch with our dreams. But we get stuck on the “not enough time/space/skill” stumbling blocks. Creative Energy Journaling is a collection of the activities and practices I use and share with my students to keep my creative energy flowing even when life is biting me in the butt!