Tips and Techniques

These companion pages have been set up to allow easier navigation to the Tips and Techniques videos/posts available to Patreon Members who have access to the entire back catalogue alongside the current monthly content.  They have been split into the 6 smaller categories as above.
This page is for  TECHNIQUES – click on any image below to view more.

 Watercolour Whites – Testing Time!

Let me show you my findings during my tests of five different manufactured whites and see the results. It’s a 22 minute video so unless you want to hear my chatting all the time, the results are at the end! LOL
Watercolour Techniques – How To View A Photo?
I know an odd title but stay with me and I will do my best to explain a little alongside the video. When we look back and forth at a reference photo it can be very easy to keep loosing the place on the photo, especially with complex detailed areas.
How to soften hard edges
We all get those time when a hard waterline of colour has formed and dried. This is how I soften those edges especially with the paper staining colours.
Watercolour white
I’m often asked about my use of watercolour white, here is a short video where I explain my technique whilst continuing my work on this stunning horse portrait.
How I use watercolour white
A short video on how I use watercolour white within my painting.
Correcting mistakes…..
We all make little mistakes as we paint, this is how we learn after all.  Let me show you how I remove part of a branch using this method.
An old crimped brush for detail
In this video I show you how I use my home made split brush for the finer details.
 Masking fluid
In this short 7 minute video I will show you some aspects of how I use masking fluid for painting grass.  I also include some guidance on applying the finer details to a dog’s nose.
Affiliate link: Masking Fluid 
Watercolour glazing
Let me show you the basics on glazing using watercolours. This can be a very handy technique for your washes.
Blooms and cauliflowers!
Many of us have experienced this little effect unintentionally but it can be made good use of…..let me explain.
Applying masking fluid
This video shows you how I apply masking fluid using different tools to create varying effects.
Affiliate link: 
Masking Fluid 
Adding colour over watercolour white
This painting technique can be tricky to achieve, often colours become muddied, this video explains how you can successfully add colour over your watercolour white.   It is far from a traditional way of using watercolour, but for realistic wildlife it really works.
Using watercolour white on black fur!
Find out how I use  white watercolour without making this dog look too old? 
Lifting off using cheap brushes
When you  come across a set of very inexpensive brushes it is worth picking them up.  They are ideal for applying masking fluid and for those techniques that can normally wear out your good brushes.
Softening pan paints
This really does help; drop one or two little blobs of water into your pans of colour before you start to paint.  Try to think which ones you may need to use and soften them for a few minutes before you pick up your brush.
Soften your paints
Great tip!  Add a couple of drops of water to your paints, this helps to soften them before starting a painting.
Lifting off technique
Would you prefer to use less watercolour white when creating highlights?  Why not try the  ‘lifting off’ technique, this is useful for removing small amounts of paint to create the highlights – it gives a real feel of texture and depth.
Stretching your own paper
There are a few different types of stretcher boards on the market and they can vary dramatically in price.  My way cost virtually nothing, you need some old MDF, some varnish and a bit of rope.  Affiliate link to my favourite  paper:  Bockingford paper
Lifting off technique
A really close up look at how I use the lifting off technique.
Painting upside down
On occasions I turn my painting around, let me show you why.

Do you do this?

Blend out hard edges
This video shows you how to deal with those occasional unsightly watercolour edges.  I will show you my method of blending these edges to give them a much softer feel.

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