An exclusive excerpt about color and value from the new book "Watercolor Techniques" by Michael Reardon.
Feeling mischievous? Ask a group of painters what colors are best for a plein air palette—then sit back and enjoy the show! But, as Michael Chesley Johnson explains, there are some basic considerations when selecting a palette for painting en plein air.
Create your own color-mixing charts to save time finding the right color mix when you're painting and to keep a record of the color mixes you want in your painting arsenal.
The first use of yellow pigments goes back to ancient times and, through the ages, artists have found additional pigments for yellows.
I experiment extensively with different brands of pigments in order to find the properties of each color that best suit my techniques. Because I paint in many layers, I have to be concerned with the drying properties of each pigment. I work with faster-drying colors in the beginning and then slower-drying ones for the...
While some artists prefer to keep their Zentangle art in its purest form of black-and-white drawings, others like to spice it up with color. That’s where Tiffany Lovering comes in with advice for using oil pastels or markers--yes, markers!--to blend color for new effects.
In this excerpt from "Painted Blossoms," Iris Scott explains a fun and experimental way to master the art of mixing color for successful paintings.
Kevin Kelly paints a 48x80 canvas with acrylic, and shows, step by step, how he does it in this demonstration full of acrylic painting tips.
Let’s face it: some days are better than others. But on days that seem a bit stressful or dreary, why not loosen up by painting flowers in watercolor? Cheer yourself up with the painting techniques and great composition tips of Charles Reid. Reid’s video, Painting Flowers in Watercolor, part 1, covers the basics for...
White Isn’t Always White One of the mistakes even experienced artists make is to assume that white is actually white. What else would it be? But the white of a shadow on a flower is vastly different from the white of the sun hitting fresh snow, and the mind has a way of interpreting what...
Johannes Vloothuis explains how to make the most of mixed media when combining pastel and watercolor.