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Techniques & Textures in Watercolor

  • September 17, 2023
  • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • 1601 W. Alabama at Mandell, Houston, Texas 77006
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Techniques & Textures in Watercolor

Les McDonald, Jr.
Sunday, September 17
9:30am - 3:30pm
$75 members/$85 non-members

There are many ways to apply paint to your paper using techniques and applications. We will be working on several techniques, for instance, dry brush. Almost every painting will normally have an area that requires a dry brush application. We will use several tools like a natural sponge, a variety of brushes, a ruling pen for applying straight lines, razor blades for scratching out areas like rocks, etc.  You can paint, dab, scratch, salt, lift pigment, stipple, and splatter, plus many others that we will practice.

This class will require a limited amount of masking on some of the light leaves and probably the picnic table.  MASKING - I frequently use Pebeo Drawing Gum Liquid Fresquet for masking areas. NOTE: DO NOT let the masking fluid dry on your brushes. You need to frequently clean your masking brushes with Bestine. It’s a Rubber Cement thinner and solvent. 

PAPER & PAINT: I recommend you not skimp on student grade paper and paints. The extra money you spend on your art supplies can make a big difference on how your painting comes out.

Teacher will paint on a 12" x 16" Arches watercolor block 300# Cold Press.

Teacher will use mostly round brushes (4, 6, 8 10) for small leaves.

Also, bring a couple of small older brushes for the masking.

Bring some Pebeo drawing gum Liquid Frisquet (small bottle)

Teacher will supply the Bestine Cleaning fluid.

RESULTS: Don’t worry if your technique does not exactly match mine. Practice is the key; it’s how you learn.  I’m going to show you how to practice.

Level: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


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