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

A Better DIY Altoids palette

Hey there do it yourselfer’s. I saw a brilliant way to improve the Altoids palette: rigid paint pans, nothing to fall out, and easy to transfer to a new tin if your old Altoids box starts to rust. The secret is mini ice-cube trays. It’s a good-looking little kit. You get lots of pans to hold your color. My

The Watercolorist’s Bag of Tricks (video)

Have you mastered flat and graded washes and are looking for techniques to broaden your watercolor game? In this workshop we explore techniques to extend the possibilities of watercolor. Before you watch, grab your sketchbook, watercolor kit, Pentel Aquash Large waterbrush, a white crayon, and a white Prismacolor pencil. In this class we will learn

The Watercolorist’s Bag of Tricks (Cupertino)

Have you mastered flat and graded washes and are looking for techniques to broaden your watercolor game? In this workshop we will explore techniques to extend the possibilities of watercolor. Bring your sketchbook, watercolor kit, Pentel Aquash Large waterbrush, a white crayon, and a white Prismacolor pencil. We will explore: Using a resist. Drybrush effects.

Sierra Sunset Landscapeito

There you are in the High Sierra. The sun has set over a nearby ridge and the light is beginning to fail. As you put on your hat and extra layers to prepare for the night, you look to the east and see the “Belt of Venus”. The blue line, low across the sky made

Blue Grosbeak & Watercolor Washes

Paint a Grosbeak with Watercolor! The Blue Grosbeak is a stunning bird with rich colors, a delight to paint. Use this bird as a study to practice using flat washes to build up colors. Download and print the line drawing and paint over it. This way you will not worry about messing up a drawing

How to paint a Sandhill Crane landscape, step-by-step

The big lesson behind this demonstration is flowing from one sketch to another as live birds move before you. Do not get hung up trying to finish one sketch. If your bird moves, start a second, and then a third, right there on the same page. You do not have to finish any of the sketches.

Splash and scribble: wet watercolor and aquarelle pencils (video workshop)

Working with wet watercolor and aquarelle will help your journal sketching become more lively and spontaneous. Instead of carefully drawing lines and then coloring them in, we’ll invert the process, splashing down loose watercolor and then drawing into it to define shapes. We’ll also explore some special effects you can get with wet-on-wet watercolor. This approach