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Watercolour Painting Techniques - Top Five Tips and Tricks

By J F Higgins

Watercolour painting techniques sound like a dull and boring subject but they really do not need to be so. A little imagination and you can have great deal of fun and pleasure as you learn to paint with watercolours. This article will show you some great methods which are certainly not boring! However, they can produce great results for you and create finished works that you will want to show off to your family and friends. Want to have some great fun painting? Then read this article.

1. Add some salt to create a speckled, star-burst pattern when it dries. Try to sketch a drawing with a light pencil line and then paint only onto the areas you want to salt. Make sure that you use lots of wet, bright paint. Sprinkle some salt on top while the paint is still wet. Just use regular salt from the kitchen. That will do the trick, nicely. Once you are done, set the paper to one side to dry and when you come back brush the dried salt away. You will instantly see the amazing effect that it left in the paint underneath. Now, carry on and paint the rest of the drawing if you want. Want to learn some more watercolour painting techniques? Then keep reading.

2. Another great idea is to create "one half paintings." Choose a big picture in a magazine and cut it out. You might select a photo of an animal or a colourful object of something that interests you. Hopefully, it will interest other people, as well. Take that photograph and cut it right down the middle. Then, stick the half-photo onto a sheet of paper. Finally, paint the other half of the picture. The result can be absolutely splendid.

A clever alternative to this one is to do exactly the same process at the same time as a family member of friend. What you do is each paint half of the same photo. Your friend does the right side whilst you do the other, for instance. Allow the paintings to dry and then remove the magazine photos. Next, stick your two half-paintings together. You have made one, complete, teamwork painting. It is a fabulous project to do whether the photos were of faces, animals or objects. Try it! I told you these watercolour painting techniques were fun!

3. Here is one of the old favourite watercolour painting techniques. It is a really good one. Create a picture using a white crayon on to white paper. Yes, this is not altogether interesting and may send your eyes funny but it will be worth it in the end. Once you are done, paint over the top of your crayon drawing with bright watercolours and the drawing will appear in all its glory just like magic. It works well whether you use a bold crayon drawing of one with lots of detail.

4. Tired of paying for expensive paintbrushes? Well, make your own painting implements, instead! You can paint with a rubber band, a twig, a sponge, a toothbrush or many other things from around the home. Go on, use your imagination when it comes to watercolour painting techniques. Keep asking yourself what would make a useful paintbrush as you go about your daily activities.

5. Next, try to create a "zebra" painting that uses only black paint on white paper. It is one of the watercolour painting techniques that you will want to use. What you need to do is mix the paint with some water to make all sorts of shades of gray. A little water and lots of paint makes black whilst lots of water creates light gray.

Watercolors - Learn to Paint Ocean Scenes With Watercolors

By Murtaza Habib

Painting an ocean is a challenging job. Even if you are staying away from the sea shore, painting an ocean will provide you with an opportunity to develop your own painting skills. When you complete your artwork in this subject you will have a beautiful painting which can be displayed in your house, or it is ideal for gifting purpose.

The numbers of things you will require are Stiff board, Masking Tape, Pencil, Eraser, Paper, Colors, Large and small Painting brush, Paper Towels.

Step 1 - Take the paper for your painting, stick the paper on the stiff board using a masking tape around those edges of all four sides. This will help you in your painting to do comfortably as it will give a smooth surface prevent the paper from buckling it when it is damp.

Step 2 - Sketch an outline of an ocean scene on the paper. As a starter it is always better to paint from the photograph than paint directly from the nature. The one more benefit from painting from a photograph is that you do not have to take care of the weather conditions and the light effects.

Step 3 - Apply a lighter wash which shall differentiate from the background and the foreground areas in your ocean scene. Keep some white areas of the sky to paint the clouds.

Step 4 - Apply some layers of pigment to your painting to build up a depth. Usually an ocean scene needs at least three layers of colors, with the darkest of the point at that horizon line.

Step 5 - Paint the waves with the help of a small brush and see that it looks realistic. Paint the waves bigger at the bottom side and little smaller at the top.

Step 6 - Soften the hard edges by of the water and sky using a damp brush. This technique will work well for the areas that will be touching by sea spray.

Step 7 - Erase the pencil lines which are visible after the painting is completely dry. Finally remove that masking tape from all the sides before you decide to frame the painting.

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Sketch Drawing - A Multiple Usage Drawing

By Murtaza Habib

Sketch drawing is something made quickly and instantly by an artist to keep for future use. It gives some reference about the object to be worked on in the future. It can be possible that sketches are not exactly accurate in dimension or looks with respect to the original object. At times it can be debated that it is an inappropriate way to show the ideas by an artist.

Sketch drawing is a very common drawing done by many artists of all age. An artist can draw instant sketches if he finds anything that attracts his eye. This instant sketch will help an artist in the creation of final drawing of the same object. Sketch drawings are generally created by pen, pencil, charcoal, clay, watercolour, etc.

Usually an artist never uses the eraser while creating sketches. But as an exception he can use an eraser for removing extra lines from the sketch drawing. An artist should have special paper for a sketch drawing. The quality of sketch paper depends on the surface. Some artist draws sketches on the canvas too. Colours are used very rarely while creating sketches by the artists.

You can find many sketches done by famous artists in painting exhibitions held at various places. If you want to learn how to create sketches, then you can find many books to learn this art very easily. In the era of computer technology, you can create an accurate sketch on the screen using advanced software.

Many magazines and newspaper have a special segment of cartoon sketches as a source of entertainment for people, which may be based on various subjects like sports, politics, etc. Sketches are very useful in the investigation of criminal cases. Nowadays, there is a surprisingly new trend wherein sketches are created using original pictures. This provides evidence for the popularity that art of sketching has gained nowadays.

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Learn How to Watercolor - Getting Started

By Linda R Norris

Although watercolor can be a difficult art medium to master it has such wonderful qualities that it is worth while taking the effort to learn how to watercolor by studying the basic techniques necessary to help you develop your own art work.

The nature of watercolor lends itself to a variety of expression from soft simplistic works to expressive pieces, it is quick to dry and so perfect for small studies and quick experimental sketches to add to your folio, additionally it is such a relaxing painting medium for holiday sketches. Let us have a look at the family of watercolors, and so begin your journey with this wonderful painting medium.

The painting mediums classed as watercolor include poster paint, acrylic, and gouache, watercolor and inks. These are divided into transparent and opaque color, with the later two being transparent and the most tricky to handle. Opaque mediums, on the other hand, are far more forgiving and you can correct mistakes with a lot more ease and not destroy the look of the paining.

The difficulty with transparent color is really the immediacy of application. For best results the paint should be applied in a quick fluid manner and because of this you really have little room to correct mistakes, as transparent color does not respond well to too much over-painting, the more you over-paint the less brilliant your work will become. To avoid this, wait between washes for the first coat of paint to dry before you apply another so that the layers of color do not blend into each other therefore they will remain clear and clean. Of course there are times when you want color to blend, but that is a separate issue.

Learning how to watercolor will be easier if you take it gradually and try to master the fundamental techniques, these are: washes, lifting off, glazes, wet in wet and dry brush. Start with the most common but challenging of these techniques of laying down washes with transparent color.

Commence with a wash on dampened stretched paper. Simply put a broad brush stroke of a little paint mixed with water across the paper and observe what happens, drop in another color and tilt the board and watch the colors spread and find their level, you will find that you cannot control the behavior of watercolor very much, so see what happens and allow for the unpredictable action of the medium.

Next try painting a simple image, maybe set up a still life of simple objects and lightly sketch the subject onto your paper. Then lay in the colors in quick washes, letting each color dry before you add another. If it does not work don't overwork it, simply put it to one side and try another, the more you do the more you will learn about watercolor.

In the beginning while you are learning how to use watercolor, you will find that trying to control the medium can be a little frustrating, but observe and try to understand the nature of the medium and take advantage of its unpredictability. As with most things, gaining some knowledge of the tricks, and then practicing and experimenting with your technique on a regular basis, will soon see you through to becoming quite masterful with these techniques and so develop your own style.


No architect troubled to design houses that suited people who were to live in them, because that would have meant building a whole range of different houses. It was far cheaper and, above all, timesaving to make them identical.
Michael Ende

Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.
Rem Koolhaas

Nothing requires the architect's care more than the due proportions of buildings.
Marcus V. Pollio

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty. They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been literally hewn out between the columns.
Arne Jacobsen

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.
Richard Meier

Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.
Arthur Erickson

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history.
Russell Lynes

The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you're talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams.
Robert A. M. Stern

The frightening thought that what you draw may become a building makes for reasoned lines.
Saul Steinberg

The higher the building the lower the morals.
Noel Coward

The interior of the house personifies the private world; the exterior of it is part of the outside world.
Stephen Gardiner

The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
Thomas Kempis

The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.
Harry Seidler

The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future. The house thinks of the present.
Adolf Loos

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.
Antonio Gaudi


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