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Gualala Arts Workshop
Watercolor Tips & Techniques
Instructor: Bruce Jones
April 10, 2007
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
||March 28, 2007
||$45 members; $55 non-members
||minimum 3; maximum 12
Watercolor students have convinced Bruce Jones to share his practical knowledge of watercolor painting. This is a workshop of basic information plus extra tips and techniques to get that special look you want.
- How to plan watercolors: wet-on-wet to dry brushing, background to foreground, etc.
- Discussion of things you can do with watercolor that you can't do so easily with pastel or oil.
- Discussion of getting the degree of abstraction you want.
- Selecting paper (manufacturer, weight, hot or cold press) and alternatives for attaching it, and whether to use an easel or not.
- Use of chemical tricks like salt and alcohol, plus exacto knives and sandpaper.
- Wet on wet and dry brushing techniques.
- Use of ink, watercolor pencil, and pastel over watercolor.
- Use of scrub brushes for lifting color, developing textures and softening hard lines.
- Ways of dealing with drying time.
- Mixing for special purposes: greens, grays, darks, skin colors.
- Good/bad times to use staining and sedimentary colors.
- Some ways to go about painting convincing rocks and water.
- Tricks for showing distance.