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Gel mediums are ideal for extending colors without losing their body. Rhéni shows you how to achieve varying thickness by applying and mixing regular gels with these thicker gels. And for dramatic texture, find out how thicker paints can help. Along the way, you'll pick up new applications for mediums you've already visited.
You've got your acrylic paint, your work surface is ready to go, and you're really inspired to paint. Now comes the fun part: actually putting paint on paper!
Discover how to set the stage for your trees with Peter's versatile technique for painting skies and other background elements. Peter shows you his preferred setup and method for working with quick-drying acrylics. Learn how to blend wet colors into each other to create beautiful, smooth gradations. You'll also see Peter's technique for glazing and creating a partial wet-in-wet blend, perfect for painting beautiful sunsets or depicting mist on the water.
Consider the qualities of aerial perspective as Lynne points out methods to create a sense of depth and distance using acrylics. Then learn how to mix and apply translucent glazes, a classic technique that will add an eye-catching glow and timeless appeal to your work.
Start your second project: an atmospheric landscape of a cornfield in autumn. For this one, you'll use an expanded palette. First practice your washes for the sky and background. Then add texture and fill in the foreground to create the illusion of depth.
Create tonal washes using watercolor pencils using Nina's demonstration of a landscape drawing. Mix darks and lights for shadows and warm and cool color variations to add dimension. Learn how to save your white space on paper and add lines to create detail on top of the color-washed painting.
Explore a more expressive, gestural watercolor style. Start by dropping color into a water glaze on paper and see if any shapes or subjects emerge. Then lift, push and pull the pigment to refine the shape, using colored pencils and pens to define your subject.
Jump into your first project as Sharlena helps you select a reference photo that will set you up for success. You'll learn how to rough in your sketch before creating a wash to lay in a base color for your work. Additionally, Sharlena shares valuable tips for making all of your works turn out exactly the way you want them to look.
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Mix the glowing, harmonious watercolors you want, every time. Learn how using fundamental techniques and a limited palette of just six pigments.
Discover the fundamentals you need to start painting with three water-based mediums that are easy to learn and a joy to paint with!