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hand painting white and gray acrylic clouds on a landscape
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There's more to painting clouds than loading your brush with white paint and making big blobs in the sky. Remember, there are different types of clouds — throwback to grade school science class! — and each has its own opacity, shape and way to paint it. So whether you want to paint a landscape en plein air or work from a photo, these are the four cloud types to know — and the tricks to keep in mind when making 'em.
Margie Moore
two abstract watercolor washes side by side next to paint brush
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Sometimes you've gotta mix it up — especially when it comes to making art. If you're itching to experiment with abstract painting, you've hit the inspiration jackpot.
Bluprint
stack of watercolor mountain landscape sketches with a small brush on top on wood background
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Watercolor sketching refers to any watercolor work that's completed quickly, with a loose, informal style. It's often used as a "warm up" for a bigger, more detailed painting, but it's also a great practice for any on-the-go artist.
Bluprint
close up of hand holding watercolor paint brush working on an autumn landscape painting with palette next to it
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Blue summer skies and starry watercolor night scenes are fun to paint, but dreary days deserve some love, too. Think of a snowy day, the pearly light of a cloud-covered sun illuminating the horizon. How about a November morning with drizzle so fine it tints the air with silver mist?
Kateri Ewing
Kateri Ewing
top view of flowers and pitcher still life painting surrounded by paint, brushes, palette, color wheel
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Whether you're a watercolorist, acrylic maven or colored pencil crazy, we've got a flower-fabulous project for you to tackle! Don't sweat it if you've got a black thumb — these blooms will never wilt and will always brighten your day.
Bluprint
rocks painted like cacti in a wooden bowl filled with white sand
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Let's face it: not all of us have been blessed with green thumbs. But when you can create your own garden with some rocks and a few coats of paint, who needs the real deal? These arrangements are crazy cute, and (bonus!) won't prick you.
Beginner
watercolor flower bouquet painting on white paper
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April showers bring... May watercolor flowers! This project is a win for any artist, no matter where you are on your watercolor journey. And it's a great way to build your skills in manipulating tints and shades. (Believe it or not, this gorgeous composition only requires four basic colors!)
Beginner
two watercolor paintings of a night sky and silhouette landscape on white paper
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Starry night or cloudy dusk, we can't decide which watercolor sky we love more. The key to painting both of these gorgeous scenes is to work quickly without letting the paint dry. Once you're done, you'll be a master of the wet-on-wet watercolor technique!
Beginner
Initial Color Layer
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It's time to put color onto paper! Learn how to place your paint and create different textures, including a wash-like transparent covering using light oil. This will be the foundation for your piece. After that, Kristen gives advice on breaking through creative blocks.
White & Wax
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Now it's time to add a layer of white and wax. See how to cover your piece with different pressures and strokes. Afterwards, watch the magic unfold as Kristen carves into the white to build texture and reveal the color underneath.
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