Hi friends! I was feeling the need to paint a loose floral and this is what I came up with for today’s live lesson!
I painted my sample on cheaper paper (6″x9″ 140# aquabee paper, it is actually 100% cotton so you painting will last but you get like 50 sheets for $16!) so feel free to use whatever you have, there is no lifting or scrubbing so any watercolor paper will do I think. BTW I use “cheap” paper but not “bad yucky” paper LOL! I will be doing the live demo on Arches 140# CP so it will be fun to see if there is any quality difference in the final painting. I hope you can join me! Don’t worry if you can’t join live because the replay will be available in the player below. If you are tuning in live and want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions you will want to watch on the YouTube watch page.
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- Watercolors (I’m using Yarka St. Petersburg/White Nights original set of 24) Colors & pigments #s so you can substitute if desired:)
Carmine Hue PR170:1, Cadmium Orange PO36, Cadmium Yellow Med PY35, Emerald Green PG7, Russian Blue (aka phthalo) PB15
- Watercolor paper (BTW the sample I did before the live show was on cheap watercolor paper, there is no lifting or scrubbing so you can really use anything but I’ll use Arches CP 140# torn to 6″x9″ in the live demo)
- Mimik (faux) squirrel #4 & #8 round (they are in the value set or individually)
- Optional: Dr PH Martins Bleed Proof White and or a white gel pen
- Other: Credit card scraper, 2 water buckets, paper towel, spray bottle of water
***You might want to tape or clip down your paper but I left mine loose. Tape it if you are painting this larger than 6″x9″ or using thinner than #140 paper.
I just wanted to remind you…
…that my brand new watercolor course Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl has a special launch price through the end of the month so if you have been thinking about improving your skills with an intermediate level course check it out while it is half off!
If you ever wanted to improve your bird painting skills and learn some gentle techniques for fixing mistakes in your watercolor painting give this class a try! You will learn how to create textures from fluffy down to sleek water birds and wispy feathers. During the swan demo you will learn the secrets to painting any all white object in watercolors. There is so much to learn that you can carry over to non-bird paintings too! Join the nearly 200 students who have enrolled in this class already and take your painting to the next level! Here is what some of the students already have to say about Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl:
Just beautiful Lindsay! I hope I can do it justice! I see where learning this will come in handy for painting lilies, or even snowmen on snowfilled winter scenes. Thank you for another informative,fun class! Also looking forward to more tips on correcting paintings gone wild! Very helpful! But how do I get the trash man to bring me back the paintings I pronounced too far gone?!? Lol Live and Learn! – Linda Fitch
Hi Lindsay ! I finally made it through the first class and so excited to start this one. You are a wonderful teacher and detailed which is great for a beginner like me. -Dianne Prewitt
This was fun and it felt good when my 5 year old grandson knew it was a peacock feather! -Jessal Strecker
Oh Lindsay, this is gorgeous! Just previewing the class content and am really getting inspired. -Elaine Legere
If you want to improve your paintings and skill creating texture, working with reference photos and fun ways to fix mistakes (using a couple mixed media techniques) I encourage you to check out Texture Toolbox: Feathers & Fowl today! All the links in this post should have the 50% off discount attached but if not use coupon code FOWL50 if the discount doesn’t show up automatically:) Thanks again for all of the encouragement to provide these watercolor courses! 🙂 I hope you can paint with me today at 12:30pm et! til then happy crafting!