Watercolor Techniques Basics 101
Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums to paint with. It's very fluid but requires a lot of patience because the detail you can get with watercolor is amazing and you're working from light to dark so you have to think in those terms. For those new to watercolor I like to introduce them first to various techniques before diving right into painting. These techniques are good building blocks to working with watercolor.
Some of the techniques I like to cover may seem rudimentary at first but make a huge difference. For example, working with various brush sizes. Basic enough, right? Well, being able to work with various brush sizes makes a BIG difference in watercolors. So, I ask the students to pick up a pack of various sized watercolor brushes and do an exercise with lines and fills and the amount of water picked up with the paint.
Other techniques I like to introduce students to are finding a light source, textures, using sponges, lifting color, using salt, layering, watercolor washes, scumbling and more. If you're interested in learning more about watercolor techniques sign up for my 4-week online class here. Watercolor is a very rewarding medium to work with and basic techniques are key to creating a great piece of art.
Peace and Grace,
Workshops, Classes and Parties, Oh My
I've said this before and I'm saying it again—I love all things art and design. One of my favorite things to do is share that love through workshops, classes, parties and more. I've had such an extraordinary year doing just that. And the people—wow, they're just the icing on the cake.
Workshops are designed to teach new skills and techniques or refine the skills and techniques that some already have. I'm experimenting with online workshops and studio workshops this Fall by offering two watercolor technique workshops.
One will be a four-week long online class via a private Facebook group. This is new for me and I can't wait to see how it goes. If you're interested in this online workshop register here. I'll be uploading instructions, cheat sheets, weekly homework, and finally we'll be completing a watercolor piece. This online workshop begins Nov. 1.
The second watercolor workshop will be held in my studio for several hours. This workshop will encompass basic techniques then working on a still-life painting.
Paint classes are a fun way to paint with a group. Most of my paint classes have a theme or specific event. The subject of the paintings are based on the group who are attending and open to all skill levels. I offer both children and adult classes. Classes usually last between an hour and a half to 3 hours; it generally depends on the age group. Click here for a list of upcoming classes.
Holidays, birthdays, gatherings, church groups, businesses and more enjoy paint parties. It's a great way to celebrate and have fun for your special event. All attendees paint the same thing and usually there is a theme chosen ahead of time. To book a paint party simply contact me.
I'd love to hear from you. Comment below with any suggestions or ideas for classes, workshops or even blog posts.
Peace and Grace,
Kelly L. Crawford
Artist, graphic designer, marketer, farmer's wife, mother of 3