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Quick Tip: Darkest Darks in Watercolor

How do you achieve the darkest darks or the blackest blacks in your watercolor paintings? Watercolor artisan Dick Graves shows you how.


Quick Tip: Textured Backgrounds

How do you achieve that perfect texturized backgrounds in your watercolor paintings. Linda VanLear shows you the secret: plastic bags and sea salt.


Part of a series

Wildlife Painting Techniques

In completing his series on painting wildlife, Al offers techniques to use when painting elements like feathers, reflections, and shadows in animals.



Michelle Dawson joins us in the studio, and introduces us to the splattering technique that can be used to make some stunning works of art.


Make yourself a tonal scale

It's important to maintain the depth of your picture as Lyn shows here - and the best way is with a tonal scale.


Stamping Leaves

Julie shows us a great and unique technique using leaves in watercolor. This has a ton of great applications so try it out and have fun!


Texture with Sandpaper

Julie Schroeder shows us an interesting way of creating texture with sandpaper and goes on to combine it with watercolor pencils for a unique style.


Tip of Brush

This is a great tip on using the tip of your brush to add another element of depth to you watercolor painting. Try it out!


Mirror Images

Tracing paper and a mirror can help an artist with a drawing before making it a permanent piece of work.


Tip of Brush

Your paintbrush can be used to do more than paint. Turn it around and see what the tip of the brush can do to make unique and creative marks.


Taping Breakout Borders

Jule shows how to use masking tape in a simple technique that will help give you some beautiful borders on your watercolor paper.


Spray Bottle Misting

Spray bottles can be a functional or creative tool for painting. From fine misting to droplets, Julie's technique will add a real WOW to your work!


Tearing Paper

No ripping here, there's actually a technique to tearing your watercolour paper and making it look like a cool effect. Julie knows how!


Using a Hair Dryer

An everyday hair dryer is a watercolorist secret weapon in moving a painting along to the next stage quickly. It's not cheating; it's just clever!


Picture Perfect

Paul Ranson explains why having a camera to hand is essential when you are out and about for recording ideas for the next masterpiece.


Take a Step Back

Paul Ranson can't stress enough how important it is to take time to step back and look at your work to help you judge your progress.


Baby Wipes and Paper Towels

Working in oils can be messy and smelly. Paul Ranson advises artists to be prepared and have baby wipes and paper towels handy when using oils.


Keep it Together

Why is it you can never find that coloured pencil you were last using? Nick Collister gives a handy tip on keeping your current pencils together.


Keep it Light

We are all keen to keep working on a current picture, but Nick Collister explains the best light to have when using your coloured pencils.


Keep it Clean

No noshing while you're working; Nick Collister gives us a top tip on cleanliness when working with paper and coloured pencils.


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