The Watercolor Workshop – Application Techniques

The Watercolor Workshop: Application Techniques

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Lesson Description

An overview of watercolor application techniques including flat wash, gradations, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry brush, lifting color, dry on wet, scumbling, glazing, using a sea sponge, applying salt, and scratching/indenting.

Lesson Materials

140 lb. Cold press watercolor paper, masking tape, masonite board, variety of brushes, watercolor paints (tube or cake), sea sponge, salt, paper towel, and a dull Exacto knife.

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The Watercolor Workshop – Application Techniques — 16 Comments

    • Yes, they are very similar. Scumbling is more about changing the value or color through layered applications. A “dry” brush may be used for “scumbling”.

    • Hi Helen,

      Thanks for letting me know. I have replaced the file with a smaller one that loads much faster. Lower quality papers may become oversaturated with water causing the little specks.

  1. Hi Matt, this is great! I am learning a lot as I am starting with watercolor. Looking forward to the rest of the course.

    For the dry brush technique, is the paper wet? or is it dry brush on dry paper?
    Thank you,

  2. It’s really nice to have those ebooks! Thanks so much. Much of this is review for me, but on the days I can’t paint, I can read the ebooks~!~
    Thanks again,
    Betty Smith

    • Tube watercolors can be reused after they dry on a palette. Tubes are not necessarily better then cake watercolors. Some folks prefer the cakes. I use both depending on the size of the art and the colors that I need. I feel that you have a little more control over the intensity of the color when you use the tubes. I hope this helps.

  3. This is the best class on Watercolours I have ever found. My first class ever, for beginners consisted of a vase being placed on the table and we were told to paint it. I am impressed and am now off to check my supplies and then go and purchase what I will need to add. Thank you Matt for understanding the needs of someone such as myself and presenting it in such a clear and understandable way. I am so looking forward to all that you can teach me.

  4. May I add a technique? I saw a video of a watercolor artist using an old creditcard she had cut in half. This “tool” enabled her to paint birch trees. She used the card to paint the dark stribes on the birch trees – and it really looked convincing. I haven’t tried it myself yet, but I’ll soon give it a go. I’m sorry I can’t provide a link to the video – it’s so long ago I saw it, that I can’t remember the artist’s name.

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