How to use Watercolor Pencils with a Waterbrush (video)

Watercolor Pencils are a great way to add color to your field sketches. Applying the pencils is intuitive and the waterbrush makes field application easy. However, watercolor pencils can perform in unexpected ways that can be frustrating. In this workshop, you will learn how to work with watercolor pencils to get a variety of effects

Douglass Iris with Watercolor Pencil Step-by-Step

Watercolor pencil drawings work best in three stages. First lay in your shadows, values, and hues with a coat of pencil. Blend the colors with water. Once the paper is dry, add details and crisp up the edges with a second coat of colored pencil. Add details at the end of the drawing so they

Northern Parula with Watercolor Pencils Step-by-Step

A key to success with watercolor pencils is to apply a base coat of local color (the hue of the object) with dry pencils. Then add water to smooth and blend the colors. Let the page dry, then add shadows and details with dry pencils. The water is applied in the middle of the drawing,

How to build a journal page (video)

Kristin Meuser presents her step by step process of building a nature journal, page element by element, as you travel through your nature experience. Where to begin? She starts by creating a flexible grid which encourages areas for a page title, conditions notation, color matching dots, notes, and poetry/prose, close up sketches as well as

How to Paint with a Waterbrush (video)

The waterbrush is an amazing little tool that revolutionized the way I paint, sketch, and journal. They make the logistics of watercolor, watercolor pencils, water-soluble pencils, or water-soluble pen washes easier in the field. In this class, you will explore watercolor techniques that will help you quickly add color and value to your sketches. learn

How to paint a sunrise landscape with a waterbrush.

I love painting with waterbrushes. They are now the only brushes I use, even in the studio. They easily create graded washes (an application of paint that transitions from more intense pigment to a pale tint) which I find everywhere in nature. As you paint, the pigment in the brush gets used up but the

How to paint clouds with a flat waterbrush

Flat brushes are incredible tools for creating the random edges of clouds. By twisting the brush between your fingers and rocking it to paint with edges or corners you build beautiful chaotic patterns.  If you try to create these kinds of edges with a regular brush, you may easily fall into a pattern of regular

Clare Walker Leslie at Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference 2019

Clare Walker Leslie has kept a nature journal for more than 40 years and she is the author of more than 12 books, including Keeping a Nature Journal and The Nature Connection. In this video from the 2019 Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference, John Muir Laws introduces Clare as one of his most important mentors,

How to draw the uglies (video)

Learn how to draw wildebeest, hyena, and vultures. Studying these oddly shaped animals gives you insight into the structure and form that will help any animal drawing. Plus a bonus tips on how to draw large herds and the stripes of the zebra.