Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Day 6 and one more Video Tutorial

For Day 6 of World Watercolor Month, I made a short video on how to paint a cloudy sky. I used my little DIY Altoids kit and a travel brush to demonstrate some basic techniques. I hope you find it helpful. Follow this link to watch the tutorial on YouTube. 
Update!
I can't believe my photo on Flickr has gone up to 7.5K views! https://flic.kr/p/JFRdXb

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Day 5 of World Watercolor Month - 5th Free Watercolor Video

Just for World Watercolor Month, I have made 5 short YouTube video tutorials on easy how-to watercolor techniques and I will post them here each day. That way you can learn how watercolor works as you do your daily practice. Follow this link to today's free short video tutorial.

Today is Day 5 and I am having so much fun looking at the vast selection of watercolors from around the world being posted on Instagram and Facebook! This time my tutorial is about color temperature and easy to do value scales. Watch the video for tips on how to mix them.

Watch today's YouTube video for tips on making light and dark gradations with the 3 color palette. Wine bottles provide the opportunity to play with warm/cool colors. Wait till you see my page full of warm/cool color swatches to try!
Let's Practice!
Watercolor Value Gradations and color temperature  with a Limited primary palette of just three colors. You will need:
  1. Fabriano Artistico, Arches or Saunders Waterford 140# watercolor paper 
  2. Pentel waterbrush, your choice of a round watercolor brush 
  3. water in small plastic cup
  4. 3 small tubes of artist's quality watercolor (squeeze a bit out onto a saucer or make a DIY tiny travel palette and use the lid for mixing.
  5. Colors: Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Rose, Phthalo Blue (green shade)

Well, that's the last of my five special YouTube videos made just for World Watercolor Month. If you have enjoyed them, please give me a thumbs up or comment. Check out my Periscope videos for more watercolor tips and demonstrations. Stop by and say hello!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Day 4 of World Watercolor Month - 4th Free Watercolor Video

Just for World Watercolor Month, I have made 5 short YouTube video tutorials on easy how-to watercolor techniques and I will post them here each day. That way you can learn how watercolor works as you do your daily practice. Follow this link to today's free short video tutorial.

Today is Day 4 and I imagine that by now you may have created some lovely color swatches and then some rather grungy puddles of "mud". So as long as we are going to make muddy colors, let's make some glorious ones! Grey can be be a luminous color. Watch the video for tips on how to mix them.
Watch today's YouTube video for tips on mixing grey colors in watercolor with the 3 color palette. 
Let's Practice!
Watercolor Mixing Grays with a Limited primary palette of just three colors. You will need:
  1. Fabriano Artistico, Arches or Saunders Waterford 140# watercolor paper 
  2. Pentel waterbrush, 1/2" synthetic flat watercolor brush
  3. water in small plastic cup
  4. 3 small tubes of artist's quality watercolor (squeeze a bit out onto a saucer or make a DIY tiny travel palette and use the lid for mixing.
  5. Colors: Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Rose, Phthalo Blue (green shade)

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Day 3 of World Watercolor Month - 3rd Free Watercolor Video

Just for World Watercolor Month, I have made 5 short YouTube video tutorials on easy how to watercolor techniques and will post them here each day. That way you can learn how watercolor works as you do your daily practice. Follow this link to today's free short video tutorial.

Today is Day 3 so let's try glazing, one of the 3 basic methods used in watercolor. 
Learn how to get darker colors by glazing or layering watercolor wet on dry.
Watercolor Methods Limited primary palette=glazing with just three colors. You will need:
  1. Fabriano Artistico, Arches or Saunders Waterford 140# watercolor paper 
  2. Pentel waterbrush
  3. water in small plastic cup
  4. 3 small tubes of artist's quality watercolor (squeeze a bit out onto a saucer or make a DIY tiny travel palette and use the lid for mixing.
  5. Colors: Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Rose, Phthalo Blue (green shade)
An example of glazing technique, layering washes in the leaves.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Day 2 of World Watercolor Month - 2nd Free Watercolor Video

Just for World Watercolor Month, I have made 5 short YouTube video tutorials on easy how to watercolor techniques and will post them here each day. That way you can learn how watercolor works as you do your daily practice. Follow this link to today's free short video tutorial.

Today is Day 2 so let's stay with something easy. What can you make in 7 minutes?
a. Frosting
b. A 12 color watercolor wheel (say THAT five times fast!)


Watercolor Color Wheel Limited primary palette=Make 12 colors from three colors. You will need:
  1. Fabriano Studio 140# watercolor paper 
  2. Pentel waterbrush
  3. water in small plastic cup
  4. 3 small tubes of artist's quality watercolor (squeeze a bit out onto a saucer or make a DIY tiny travel palette and use the lid for mixing.
  5. Colors: Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Rose, Phthalo Blue (green shade)

Friday, July 1, 2016

#WorldWatercolorMonth - It's Here!

Yay! Who's ready to have some fun with watercolor? Be adventurous! Make 31 watercolors, one a day, in the month of July. Let's play!
Help for beginners on YouTube
Just for the occasion, I have made 5 short video tutorials on easy watercolor techniques and will post them here each day. That way you can learn how watercolor works as you do your daily practice. Follow this link to my free short video tutorial.

Today is Day 1 so let's start with something easy.
Limited primary palette=three colors, wet in wet color spectrum. You will need:
  1. A strip of 140# watercolor paper, 1/2" watercolor brush
  2. water in small plastic cup
  3. 3 small tubes of artist's quality watercolor (squeeze a bit out onto a saucer or make a DIY tiny travel palette and use the lid for mixing.
  4. Colors: Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Rose, Phthalo Blue (green shade)
Learn to do this in my new 3 minute video tutorial.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Watercolor Q & A Periscope today

Let's get ready for World Watercolor Month! Tune in at 2:00pm today and ask your questions about watercolor. periscope.tv/michelecoopart
Did anyone ask your question? Here's a screenshot from today's broadcast. What are those mint tins, how do you paint wet in wet, and what's with the candy necklace? Watch the replay and find out!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Is there a DIY watercolor Palette even smaller than Altoids Mini?

Yes! You can make a four color teensy watercolor travel palette with these wee tins!
They're made the same way as my Altoids mini, but you only have four color slots. The colors you choose are crucial if you want to achieve the widest range of mixing possibilities. Follow the demonstration and discussion on my Periscope today.

Screenshot of my demonstration on Periscope today. 
Would you like me to make you one? Please contact me by email or on Instagram for details.
Selection varies per availability

What you get:
One handmade Tiny Travel Watercolor Palette, pre filled with four artists' quality watercolors comparable with those shown on Periscope. (Link above) Size: Approx 1.75"X1.75"x.5"
One hand painted and labeled watercolor chart depicting the colors in the tin.
One exercise sheet on how to mix your colors. 
Suggested materials list for a small, portable watercolor travel kit. (Brushes, paper, etc)

How to order a Tiny Handmade Watercolor Travel Palette:
Choose a tin. In case your first choice isn't available tell me your second choice.
Note: All tins are not always available. First come, first served.
Contact me and I will send you an invoice with a PayPal link for $25.00 post paid in US. (Additional postage required internationally) You do not need a PayPal Account but may use your credit card instead.

Summer break: Sorry, orders made after July 12 will be delayed while we are on break. They will be sent out as soon as possible after August 10.


Monday, June 27, 2016

July is Officially World Watercolor Month

Learn more about using watercolor to create colorful, vibrant sketches! On July 9 and 10 I'm teaching a weekend workshop for beginners in urban sketching at Skagit Valley College. More Info here.

Charlie O’Shields, the creator of Doodlewash®, is the founder of World Watercolor Month. His own love of the medium led to the creation of a blog and social artist movement dedicated to promoting and connecting the vast community of watercolor artists all over the world. The blog has featured hundreds of artists sketching and painting with watercolor on all seven continents. According to Charlie, “There’s something magical about watercolor, and it’s my passion to bring all types of watercolor artists together to celebrate each other’s work and the medium we all love!”
Find out more at www.worldwatercolor.com.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Blue Skies and Sunshine at Fishermen's Terminal on USK 7thAnniversary

Sunday was a day of abundance for USK Seattle at the Ballard Fishermen's Terminal! We had sunshine, blue skies, subject material at every turn and scads of sketchers from all points north, south, east and west! At one point there were approximately 38 sketchers who shared their sketchbooks, celebrating the 7th anniversary of urban sketchers. Scroll down to see some of the bewildering choices of  sketching subjects. 
There's a cement deer on top of those blue sheds! My sketch of the yellow Beach Gang shed under the bridge..
With such an exciting profusion of subject material available, it's almost like trying to read a 30 page menu-what should I paint? and where do I even start?

It helps to have been there before. This will be the third time that I have visited Fishermen's Terminal in Ballard with the Seattle Urban Sketchers. My first decision today was to eliminate repeating any subjects I've sketched before, such as the Fishermen's Monument and the Qingdao Eagle. See previous sketches here and here

There was plenty of new sketching material for me here, including a bright yellow Corvette, seaplanes flying overhead, ladders everywhere and a cement deer. Although I asked one of the men standing under the Ballard bridge nearby, I couldn't get the story on it. Even though it was apparent that the fellow was also seeing it for the first time, he acted like a cement deer on top of a shed wasn't that much out of the ordinary. I only discovered it myself as I was sketching the "Beach Gang" shed nearby. This time it truly was "seeing my world one drawing at a time."