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About Joe

Owner and adminstration of the Painting With Watercolors website and forum. I am a professional watercolor artist, though I also use other mediums including pen and ink. I also enjoy playing with computers and the internet so this website is a bit of a hobby of mine.

How to stretch watercolor paper

Watercolor painting of North Coast Sunset back of paper was thoroughly wetted

What does it mean to stretch watercolor paper? Why and how would you do it? The main reason people stretch their watercolor paper, is because when it gets wet, as you paint, it expands creating cockles or wrinkles. These can make painting difficult for some people. By stretching your paper, the cockles are greatly reduced Continue Reading …

San Giorgio Dei Greci free video watercolor demonstration

A few years ago I produced a video watercolor painting demonstration of a Venetian canal scene. In the spirit of Christmas I have now decided to make it free, which you can see in its entirety on YouTube. I hope you find it of benefit in your watercolor journey. My latest book, Watercolors Step-By-Step, available Continue Reading …

Watercolors Step By Step

Front cover of Watercolors Step By Step by Joe Cartwright

Thanks to overwhelmingly positive responses to the demonstrations in my first book “Mastering Watercolors – a practical guide,” I’ve created this new book as a collection of additional how-to demos. Here you’ll find twelve step-by-step paintings with reference photos and plenty of images to guide you through each piece. I’ve also included a section on Continue Reading …

Under-painting in watercolor, its importance

Finished watercolor painting with under-painting left as highlights

When painting with watercolors, in my style, the under-painting (initial wash), is very important as it holds a painting together. The under-painting must be tonally correct or the painting will never look quite right. When I am painting a landscape, at the under-painting stage, the scene should already look like a landscape. The sky and Continue Reading …

How to mix greens using watercolors

Watercolor painting by Joe Cartwright, titled North Richmond Farmland.

One of the questions I am most frequently asked by my students has to do with how to mix greens. No other color generates as much confusion regarding how it is mixed. Green is produced when you mix blue with yellow. However, as most blue and yellow pigments are not pure colors i.e. they contain Continue Reading …

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