Most Recent Lessons
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In this lesson you will learn how to create the illusion of a fur texture. You will layer colour using soft, light values working wet into wet to create a fluffy base layer. You will then use a Liner Writer or Rigger Brush to add directional strokes of colour, building up values from light to dark to create a fur texture and to give the mouse form. You will also learn how to use a range of values to create expression in the eyes, using masking fluid to reserve the highlights first. For the poppy seed heads you can experiment with the Derwent Graphitint Colours and to finish use colour pencils to add the fine details.
In this lesson you will learn how to create your own composition. You will reserve the white of the Daisies using masking fluid with a ruling pen and the Cow Parsley using masking fluid with a textured sponge. You will layer colour wet into wet and reserve colour using masking fluid and textural grasses using wax. You will then layer more colour using stronger values. To finish you will build detail using directional brush strokes and spatter onto dry. To complete the flowers you will add colour to the Cow Parsley using sponging techniques and create form in the daisies using a range of values.
In this lesson you will learn how to draw an animal portrait from scratch. You will discover how to plan your composition, and create a simple outline looking at scale and proportion. Find out how to use your pencil as a measuring tool and how to use the negative space to make your drawing more accurate. You will add detail and build tone using a range of graphite pencils before applying your watercolour. You will then apply loose layers of paint using 3 values to build form.
In this lesson you will reserve highlights using masking fluid, then apply colour using a variety of techniques. You will mix colours on the surface of the paper, work wet on dry and wet into wet as you layer a range of values to create form. You will also glaze colour across the surface to alter the hue & vibrancy of the paint. To complete your painting you will use the lifting out technique to create the strawberry pip details.
Contemporary Still LIfe
In this lesson you will consider the use of perspective and employ a more abstract approach to your drawing. You will discover how to apply paint onto dry to build up basic shapes and use layering, to bring a hint of depth, to amplify a naive, contemporary style.
Colourful Spring Nest
In this lesson you will use a combination of collage, direct brush and masking resist to build up layers of colour. You will be encouraged to develop your own composition, considering the format and scale of your painting. This painting can be personalised at every stage and you will be encouraged to think about your colour palette ~ how the colours mix on the surface of the paper. You will also add texture by creating backruns, spatter and salt.
Artist Master Class ~ Flower Fairy
In this lesson you will discover the illustration style of Cicely Mary Barker. You will work using a palette of delicate pastel colours to recreate the Snowdrop fairy. You will learn how to mix light, ethereal colours. How to merge colour wet into wet. How to layer colour to create depth and form. You will also consider your use of line by adding ink to your finished piece.
In this lesson you will learn how to use non-granulating paint, to create a flat watercolour wash. You will apply the paint wet onto dry and discover how to move the paint evenly across the surface of the paper. Once your base colours are complete you will overlay transparent colour onto dry to achieve different hues. You will then enhance this technique using masking fluid and a ruling pen to create fine details and beautifully straight edges. I will also show you how to use the same ruling pen to apply watercolour paint and achieve neat lines of colour.
Artist Master Class ~ Beatrix Potter
In this Artist master class you will discover the work of Beatrix Potter and learn how she used soft pastel colours to create her beautiful illustrations. You will layer colour wet into wet and wet on dry building up depth and detail. Lastly you will add a touch of fine line pen to complete the look.
In this lesson you will experiment with different techniques and discover how to create the illusion of glass, chrome, peeling paint and rust. You will use masking fluid as a resist. Salt to add texture. The wet onto wet technique to create softness and the wet onto dry technique to create hard edges. You will also learn how to create form by layering colour from light to dark.
In this lesson you will learn how to enlarge an image using a drawing grid. Create form (the effect of three dimensions) using softly blended colour. Experiment with exciting vibrant colour and learn how to blend them together to create new ones. Learn how to add dynamism to an image using spatter.
In this lesson you will learn how to use a variety of wet and dry media and combine these to create a mixed media painting. You will learn how to approach a painting without a drawing, by blending and mixing colours on the surface of the paper. You will create depth by layering colour onto dry using a square brush and you will learn how to create a simplified line drawing using ink pen. To complete the painting you will add touches of colour pencil to add accents and interest to the landscape.
In this lesson you will create depth and contrast in your landscape. You will use under-painting to establish your values and give your finished painting a sense of warmth and sunlight. You will also create the illusion of distance using aerial perspective and use sponging techniques to build up foliage.
In this lesson you will learn how to tackle a white subject, looking at the range of values (light to dark). You will discover how altering values can provide greater contrast and give your painting more depth and definition. To do this you will use a range of different brush techniques including dry brush, stippling and direct brushwork to create a range of textures. You will also work wet into wet to create the illusion of distance.
In this lesson you will learn how to create form by building up layers of colour using a range of values from light to dark. You will practise working work wet into wet to achieve softly blended colour and wet on dry to achieve the illusion of the macaron holes. You will also see how to add a touch of spatter at the end to give the finished painting a dynamic, lively appearence.
In this lesson you will create your own composition by selecting and arranging your choice of different elements. You will practise mixing & blending colour on the surface of the paper. You will also find out how to create a graphic background using the negative painting technique.
In this lesson you will create a mixed media painting using collage and water-based ink alongside watercolour paint. You will find out how to apply different papers and how to use them effectively to create an interesting and unique piece.
In this lesson you will learn how to layer thin washes of colour to create the illusion of a glass object. You will use masking fluid to reserve the bright whites and learn how to identify the different values to create a three dimensional form.
Winter Ice Skates
In this lesson you have the opprtunity to create an illustration perfect for a Christmas card or gift. You will have the opportunity to adapt the colours and different elements to create your own style. You will add colour onto dry and soften the edges to develop values.
In this lesson you will create a simplified painting of a heron using a range of techniques. You will use masking fluid as a resist, along with wet into wet to create soft plummage and wet on dry to add fine details and texture.
Poppy Seed Heads
In this lesson you will learn how to create a loose interpretation of poppy seed heads. You will learn how to mix colour on the paper, and how to create texture using both backruns and dry brush. You will also develop your mark-making skills, using pen onto wet and dry, plus how to create movement using spattering.
In this lesson you will learn how to glaze one colour over another to produce new colours. How to paint positive shapes using blended or flat colour and how to use negative space to define shapes.
In this lesson you will create a range of values (light to dark) using paint and develop an understanding of how to create matching tones using pencil shading. This will help you to really see and recreate painted values in your work ~ thus giving your paintings more depth and realism.
In this lesson you will work wet into wet to create the soft, muted foliage of distant trees and sponged, layered foliage to create the foreground trees and leaf litter, in this beautiful autumnal landscape.
In this lesson you will learn how to use lots of the basic watercolour techniques to create different landscape and holiday scenes. You will work on a small scale in the Polaroid format using wet into wet to blend colours on the surface and you will work wet onto dry using direct brush to build up detail and textures. I will also show you how to develop and display your paintings using different techniques.
This lesson is a great introduction to some of the most basic watercolour techniques ~ as such, it might appeal to a younger audience. Note: If you decide to try this project with your 'wee one' please remember to supervise them at all times. In this lesson you will learn how to use masking fluid to create a simple resist pattern. You will then select colours and learn how to mix them on the surface of the paper using the Wet into Wet technique. You will also discover how you can embellish your work using iridescent medium, plus add more detail using the wet onto dry technique.
In this lesson you will learn the 'mosaic' technique. This illustration style can be adapted in many ways and will encourage you to think about your colour palette and how you can simplify an image into basic shapes to enhance the mosaic feel. You will have the opportunity to apply colour in a variety of ways, depending on what effect you would like to achieve. You will work wet onto dry to achieve areas of flat colour and you will also learn how to mix and merge colour on the surface. To achieve the mottled background you will work in layers, first working wet into wet to create soft, blends of colour and then onto dry to create delicate hard edges.
In this lesson you will discover the techniques Eric Ravilious used to create his striking, stylized landscapes. You will consider your use of colour to create muted values. You will also develop your brush work skills, learning how to create form using directional brush and layering techniques similar to those used in print making. You will also learn how to add texture using dry brush.
Echinacea & Bees
In this lesson you will learn how to create your own composition thinking about size and scale. You will create your image using direct brushwork building up layers of colour from light to dark to give the illusion of form. You will work onto dry to create hard edged silhouettes, then create soft edges and backruns by introducing a wet brush into the paint.
Vintage Book Stack
In this lesson you will create form using graphite pencils to build up the initial layers of tone. You will then overlay muted watercolours, wet onto dry, across the graphite to create the illusion of aged books. You will also use a variety of techniques to create the different decorative styles on the book spines. These include: masking resist, direct painting, wet onto wet and the use of gold metallics to apply the lettering with pen.
Sunlit Winter Woodland
In this lesson you will learn how to compose a landscape without a drawing. You will discover how to use 'lifting out' techniques to describe light. You will also work wet into wet to achieve diffused colour and wet onto dry to define shapes. You will develop texture using dry brush, detail using a natural sponge and create highlights using a scalpel.
In this lesson you will learn how to create form by layering colour. You will work wet into wet to create soft base colours and wet onto dry to add the fine details and the texture of the fur.
Lake District Landscape
In this lesson you will learn how paint reacts when you place it onto very wet paper, semi-wet paper and onto dry. You will also experiment with water and learn how to create cauliflowers, blossoms & blooms in your paint to achieve natural, organic shapes. This technique will help you to understand how to control your paint therefore showing you how to achieve a looser, less controlled style.
In this lesson, let nature inspire you and learn how to develop your brushwork skills using direct painting techniques. Use your brush to draw basic shapes and develop these using different colour and layering techniques. Then discover how to use a selection of autumnal elements to create your own composition.
In this lesson you will learn how to blend colours so they beautifully transition from one to another. You will work wet into wet to create a softly blended background, then develop your painting using layers of colour. You will create each petal individually working wet ino wet and create new colours by dropping in different hues. You will also build up form and detail as you layer each stage of the painting. Once you have developed the technique you can add more sections to your painting to form your own abstract.
In this lesson you will develop your drawing and mark-making skills using ink pen. You will take control of the finished look of the painting by discovering how to select and mix a range of different colours of your choice and by making decisions on how much colour you use. This will help you to give this illustration style painting a personalised feel.
Artist Master Class ~ Modigliani
In this lesson you will learn how Modigliani simplified and exaggerated shapes to create his unique painting style. You will learn how to layer colour to build up form by shaping the contours of the face. You will also learn how to layer paint to create texture.
In this lesson you will create 5 different watercolour keys using a range of techniques. You will use watercolour paint to create 3 of the keys using resist and salt to create texture. In another you will mix colour on the paper and in the third you will layer colour to build up hues and values. I will also show you two alternative watercolour methods using watercolour pencils and Graphitint pans.
In this lesson you will layer colour and develop a range of values (light and dark) to give the illusion of form (three dimensions). You will aslo create the illusion of distance using wet into wet and aerial perspective.
Rocks & Sea
In this lesson you will use a range of resist techniques to create texture including cling film, salt and wax. You will also create backruns to create clouds in the sky and dry brush to add texture to the water.
Artist Master Class ~ Matisse
In this lesson you will discover how Matisse used complementary colours and contrasting values to create a vibrant composition. Learn how to create the illusion of texture and add a painterly quality to your watercolours.
In this lesson you will paint the beautiful National Trust manor house, Ightham Mote. You will learn how to use the wet onto dry technique to build up values and details without blending colour on the paper.
Artist Master Class ~ Cezanne
In this lesson you will learn how Cezanne used colour to create perspective. You will also discover how he used layered brush marks to create a range of values and shapes within the landscape. This will certainly make you think about how you apply every brush stroke!
In this lesson you will learn how to create form (the illusion of three dimensions). You will also practice mixing realistic colour and learn how to add a range of values (light & dark) along with detail to create a realistic shell.
In this lesson you will learn how to paint three different types of sky to us within a landscape painting. You will use lifting out to create clouds in a summer sky. You will create a stormy sky mixing colour on the paper, layering, lifting and backruns. You will also create a sunset sky by blending colour washes.
In this lesson you will learn how to create form (an illusion of a 3 dimensional object) by layering a range of values. You will also learn how to use a range of techniques to recreate fur and hair.
In this lesson you will have a chance to play with watercolour and discover what it can do. There are a number of short exercises for you to practice including: Washes, mark-making, mixing colour and Special effects. Great for beginners!