Pigment Strength and Paper State in Watercolor

I have been teaching watercolor lessons now for about 11 years. I started with a small class of four students in my Salt Lake City studio, just after I had graduated with my BFA in painting and drawing from the U

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niversity of Utah. After moving to Nevada in 2017, I started teaching with two colleges. I now teach watercolor classes to matriculating students (those receiving credit toward a degree)  for the Western Nevada College as well as for the Truckee Meadows Community College community education program, called EPIC.

THEN in 2019 I opened a studio with a business address in Carson City, where I teach private classes and workshops. Through through the years, l I have learned a lot about introducing folks to watercolor painting (and I still have much to learn).

Hands down, though, the most challenging aspects of watercolor painting are understanding how to vary the pigment strength and learning about when to paint on wet, dry, or damp paper. In this video I talk about brush control methods and timing. Why do we paint light to dark? How do we achieve a fresh wash of paint? How do we achieve soft, lost, or hard edges?

In this quick 3-minute summary of a longer video I touch on the broad points.  I have excerpted parts of a longer 25-minute tutorial.  I have the  complete video available on my Patreon channel, www.patreon.com/exploringwatercolorcolleenreynolds where paying subscribers will have access to both this 3-minute WHAT video, as well as the full-length video. My expected official launch of the Patreon Channel will be June 15th. I still need to populate  the channel with lots and lots of videos before I can call it “official.” I may change my mind about a subscriber platform as well. I have to ponder and research some pros and cons. For now, enjoy some free content on the Patreon channel.

Supplies questions answered before you ask for this tutorial:

Paper: 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, sized to 12″x16″
Paint: Transparent Pyrrol Orange by Daniel Smith
Brush: #18 Round by Kingart 9020 Series 9020.

Let’s watch the short clip, shall we?


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