Why I prefer hot press paper

I personally prefer hot press watercolor paper. Why? Because the bread and butter of my art are not the colors. It's the drawing under the colors. Hot press watercolor paper is the most smooth, and the easiest to draw on. If you're wondering the difference between the two papers, cold…


Watercolor on wood vs paper

Watercolor on wood. It just sounds cool. However, if you don't know what you're doing, it will end up a disaster. I'm assuming you've already painted watercolor on watercolor paper (which is made from acid-free cotton, not regular paper). If you haven't, watercolor paper is what most watercolor artists paint…

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How I paint skin tones in watercolor

Not everyone who does watercolor paints people. However, for those who do, the absolute number one question is - how do you blend skin tones in watercolor? Now here's the answer you probably don't want to hear. There's more than one way to do it. Actually, there are dozens of…


Watercolor and gouache are friends

Watercolor and gouache are friends. They play nicely together. Actually, gouache is a type of watercolor. You'll hear some people refer to gouache as "opaque watercolor." That's because, that's exactly what it is. You'll also hear purists who believe you should never use gouache. Or, use one or the other…