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Cloud Painting Techniques In Watercolor

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In this video you will learn all about some painting techniques which could dramatically improve your sky and cloud painting abilities. The artist and tutor in this video is a professional watercolor artist and with her easy to follow advice it is inevitable that your watercolor skills will begin to improve.

First of all she wets the watercolor paper with her 1.5 inch flat brush to prepare it for a very watered down Winsor blue wash which will act as the initial background wash need for the sky. After loading up her brush with a more generous amount of Winsor blue she applies gentle horizontal strokes across the top of the paper allowing it to fade and merge organically with the already moist surface created by the previous wash.

Then by combining the Winsor blue and the more purple pigment Ultramarine blue together in her watercolor palette she continues painting down the page in the same horizontal technique for about 2 inches. Using the same mix of paint she turns the flat watercolor brush 90 degrees so the fine edge is coming across the page – this adds depth to the skyline.

As the watercolor paper is quite well saturated at this point and the paints are still viscous she turns the paper a variety of different angles to help the paints merge together even more. This eliminates the lines produced by the brush and gives a more life like feel to the painting almost instantly.

Permanent rose is then used to add some purple colors to the sky. Then by using a cue tip to remove some excess paint to form the clouds. The same outcome can be achieved with a different texture and type of cloud using an old tissue to blot away and rub off the watercolor paint. She emphasizes that you should try and use odd numbers when placing your clouds as even amounts is to uniform. This is a great watercolor tutorial for beginners and experienced artists alike and is a very quick and effective way to achieve clouds within your watercolor paintings.

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