Category Archives: Watercolor Painting Techniques

Watercolor painting techniques explained and demonstrated.

Watercolor painting techniques: paint wetness

West MacDonnell Ranges at sunset watercolor painting

A question I often get asked by new watercolor artists who are struggling with their watercolor painting techniques is, “How wet should their watercolor paint mixture be?”  Another is, “How wet should their watercolor paper be?” Paint wetness seems a simple enough topic but it can give newcomers to this art a lot of grief. Continue Reading …»

Sunset watercolor painting – Lake Bonney

Lake Bonney SA reference photo for watercolor painting. Warm red sunset with red reflections.

Lake Bonney sunset watercolor painting How to create a sunset watercolor painting was the topic for my Monday watercolor class this week.  For this work I chose a sunset scene with lots of warm colors and interesting reflections. The reference photo was provided by my friend Robyn Lovelock and is of Lake Bonney in South Continue Reading …»

Dry Brush Technique for Watercolor Paintings

Hawaiian sunset watercolor painting. Palm trees in front with sailing boat in distance.

Dry brush technique One of the brush strokes most often missing in beginners’ watercolor paintings is the Dry Brush Technique. This is a shame as it can add a great deal of energy and interest to a painting. While my comments are primarily directed at watercolor (watercolour) artists many of the points can also apply Continue Reading …»

Watercolor painting demonstration of boats and early morning rising mist

Watercolor painting Rising Mist boat painting by Joe Cartwright

San Diego Harbor, Rising Mist I have just loaded my latest watercolor demonstration painting. The painting is titled “Rising Mist” and is of an early morning scene on San Diego harbor with the mist rising. It is based on a photo my wife took a number of years ago as she was sailing out of Continue Reading …»

Art Masking Fluid

After the watercolor wash is totally dry you can remove the dry art masking fluid with a crepe eraser

Using art masking fluid with watercolor What is art masking fluid and how is it used? Masking fluid is liquid latex, which is a natural rubber, though there are synthetic versions of it as well. As a watercolor artist it allows you to protect parts of your painting. It allows you to quickly paint over Continue Reading …»

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