This is a nice website with simple but effective tips and tricks.
See this picture? It's a shop in Zurich
(Zumstein.ch) where I had a nice talk with an exquisite sales lady working there.
We happened to speak about how to paint with "Acquarells".
We both agreed that painting in watercolors is a very challenging and difficult technique.
How in fact can you achieve that glow from within...
... those qualities of light so often seen in beautiful watercolors?
Storm King on the Hudson. 30 x 50 inches, watercolor on paper, by Samuel Colman (1780–1845) - full picture here
That glow within is in the end the result of three fundamentals aspects :
And to master them it's not easy at all, although it's not impossible to learn it with the right guide and without waiting years of experience.
So why not starting with a real pro? The Dance of Watercolor: Beginners and Beyond ,and above all The Dance of Watercolor: Luminosity, Luster, Iridescence / Advanced Beginners and Beyond by July Cohn, are full of insights and are an outstanding set of lessons.
How to paint with watercolors reviews:
"The experienced watercolorist as well as the absolute beginner can profit from viewing Julie's excellent presentation of three of the fundamentals of watercolor painting: Luminosity, Luster and Iridescence"
"I just assumed that you had to have years of painting experience to achieve these results. Not so!!"
"...easy to follow"
".. will make your paintings glow and shimmer!"
Preparing your paper for watercolor is an essential step, did you know it?
Here is a down to earth method from the 1980s (reference here):
Now the paper is ready even to accept large washes of watercolors.
an equivalent video:
..and in case you can't wait: dry the paper with towel paper!
An interesting variation and tool:
3 august 2010
This is Bob....
Any question? His marvelous website is here.
For me this is the best watercolor lessons website, despite the poor layout and lack of images, you learn a lot! Jim provides you with dayly tips when you subscribe to his free newsletter.
Many tuorials on values, stencils, glazing
Many step by step instructions with easy to follow navigation.
Techniques and materials, birds, foliage. shadows, trees...
Christmas cards and more
The best of the kind, nice and genuine experience
Flowers, still-life, demo