Painting with honey watercolors, Part II

One thing about being an artist - your opinions will change. You'll have your favorites. And something else will come along and you'll end up liking it even better. We are constantly evolving. Constantly. All of us. Not too long ago, I wrote an article on how important is watercolor…

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You really have to cake on black gouache

I made a mistake. I tried for the second painting of Selene, the Ancient Greek Moon Goddess, to use Moonglow watercolor. She didn't pop out. Rather, the painting looked, well, boring. I knew I did a pretty good job painting Allie as Selene and I regretted wasting a painting. So,…

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How to clean your watercolor brushes

I rarely use soap with my watercolor brushes. Usually with watercolors, using two jars does the trick. I have two Kimchi jars that I use for my watercolor brushes. The first one is for the initial rinse and the second one is for the second rinse. With plain old watercolors,…

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Making gouache bar paintings

I do two types of paintings. I do the paintings that I could sell at a bar for cheap. And I do the paintings that I either sell on this website or give to friends. The former, I can whip out in a day. The latter, I spend a lot…

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Gouache Silhouettes

So, you don't really have an idea of what to paint. You're sitting there, with brush and hand, and nothing is coming? I got an idea. How about a simple silhouette with gouache? They're super easy to do. Pick a picture. Then only draw the outline. Now, there's one catch.…

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Finally got decent watercolor brushes

I don't have money coming out of my ears. That's why I have to budget my watercolor supplies accordingly. I've had awesome paper, awesome paints, but very cheap brushes. I've been able to get away with cheap brushes for only so long. The current painting I'm working on, I've had…

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Why a porcelain watercolor palette is better

When it comes to palettes for watercolors, I prefer a porcelain watercolor palette. But a caveat. I don't paint when I travel. When I travel, I take a sketchpad with me. I sketch only. A porcelain watercolor palette won't be ideal for travel purposes. If you got my luck, you'd…

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M Graham Gouache smells good

M Graham gouache smells good. I mean, really good. No, I don't expect you to sniff the paint while painting. But I'm a special case. I'm nearly blind without my glasses. I cannot legally drive without corrective lenses. Yeah, sure are a lot of people. But, I'm even worse. My…

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How to mount watercolor paper on wood

Do you need to know how to mount watercolor paper onto wood The good news - it's easy. The bad news - it's time consuming and a lot can go wrong. But don't worry, we'll walk through the process step-by-step. Afterwards, we'll tell you how to preserve your watercolor painting.…

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