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A closer look at watercolour painting techniques

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  • Type: Video Tutorial
  • Length: 22:16
  • Media: Video/mp4
  • Use: Watch Online & Download
  • Access Period: Unrestricted
  • Download: MP4 (iPod compatible)
  • Size: 177 MB
  • Posted: 11/11/2009

In this video of a painting in progress, the artist Elizabeth Tyler reveals numerous secrets of watercolour painting techniques of today.
Many people think that the difficulty with watercolour painting is that it’s impossible to make changes and corrections. What’s done is done.
But that’s not true.
Here the artist shows how she continuously makes changes and corrections while working on one of her large paintings.
The video includes:
The use of different brushes, pens, pencils, ruler pens, colour shapers and sponges etc.
Using masking fluid.
Keeping control while using wet into wet techniques.
Different ways of correcting.
Softening transitions.
Painting drops of water.

After watching this video you might revise your ideas about watercolour painting. It is actually a very versatile medium.

About this Author

Elizabeth Tyler
Elizabeth Tyler
5 lessons
Joined:
09/23/2009

Elizabeth Tyler was born in Leamington Spa, England in 1946. She has been a professional artist for four decades and exhibits her artworks regularly at galleries and art museums in Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
She is the author and illustrator of “Akvarelbogen” (The watercolour book) published by Gydendals publishing house in Copenhagen, 2005. Her ebook "Watercolour in detail" was published in the spring of 2012 and is now sold in 22 countries.
She has received many awards and prizes for her work and is represented in numerous public and private collections in Europe and the USA.
Elizabeth Tyler lives and works in southern Sweden six months a year, the other six months are spent in...

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Recent Reviews

Nopic_gry
Really beautiful
03/29/2013
~ Netkna

I love this video. The colors are beautiful and the finished painting is breath taking. I loved watching it being painted in different steps. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer. There is so much more I would have liked to see.

Nopic_dkb
Wonderful!
01/02/2013
~ Denise20

thank you so much; I watch your video over and over and always come back with new ideas to use in my work.

Nopic_orng
A completely different look on watercolour
11/22/2012
~ vsmith1

To be honest, I was amazed by the vibrant colours used and the different techniques, which is simply very eyeopening for me. I love the picture and you have thrown out the rule book and set your own rules.

Nopic_orng
wonderful
08/07/2012
~ Samoa

I love your paintings!!!

Jaimejustb440_7444_homepage
beautifully done
03/29/2012
~ StudentOfLife

You can learn a lot by just watching. Techniques are briefly described on screen while pleasant music is playing and the clinking and tapping of the brush on water glasses can be heard. I would have liked to hear from the artist and what her thought process was as she painted, but like I said you can learn by simply observing.

Nice video, good length, good lighting, good camera work so that you can see the brush touching the paper at all times. The hand is never in the way, which makes this a better learning experience in my opinion.

All in all, great value for your money.

Nopic_gry
Really beautiful
03/29/2013
~ Netkna

I love this video. The colors are beautiful and the finished painting is breath taking. I loved watching it being painted in different steps. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer. There is so much more I would have liked to see.

Nopic_dkb
Wonderful!
01/02/2013
~ Denise20

thank you so much; I watch your video over and over and always come back with new ideas to use in my work.

Nopic_orng
A completely different look on watercolour
11/22/2012
~ vsmith1

To be honest, I was amazed by the vibrant colours used and the different techniques, which is simply very eyeopening for me. I love the picture and you have thrown out the rule book and set your own rules.

Nopic_orng
wonderful
08/07/2012
~ Samoa

I love your paintings!!!

Jaimejustb440_7444_homepage
beautifully done
03/29/2012
~ StudentOfLife

You can learn a lot by just watching. Techniques are briefly described on screen while pleasant music is playing and the clinking and tapping of the brush on water glasses can be heard. I would have liked to hear from the artist and what her thought process was as she painted, but like I said you can learn by simply observing.

Nice video, good length, good lighting, good camera work so that you can see the brush touching the paper at all times. The hand is never in the way, which makes this a better learning experience in my opinion.

All in all, great value for your money.

Nopic_tan
Red Cabbage
03/18/2012
~ lena3

This is a beautiful painting but I was a little disappointed in the camera work. I would be willing to pay more to have it explained in more detail. Is this entire painting done wet on wet? There were parts where you knew something was happening but you couldn't see the brush.

Nopic_grn
Elizabeth Tyler's cabagges
02/03/2012
~ Linda55

Absolutely beautiful painting. Good instruction!

Nopic_grn
could be better camera work
01/18/2012
~ Carol29

The painting is very good but the camera work was not brilliant lots of glare in places and not always clear, would have liked more instructions and details not real helpful.

Nopic_orng
cabbage
11/25/2011
~ margaret7

fantastic ,Ive painted this picture myself.

Nopic_grn
Wonderful!
06/04/2011
~ Leta

It taught me many methods of not only painting,but of fixing any mishaps. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nopic_orng
Presentation, techniques, color mixing
04/18/2011
~ THEA

All are very good! I saw many things which inspired me to try and they all worked well. I love the subject matter, it takes courage and self assurance to take on something so complex. It gave me hope that I might be able to do the same with enough practice of the techniques shown here.

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