Tutorial-How to Paint with QoR Iridescent Watercolor

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July is World Watercolor Month. As part of the celebration, I have a tutorial up at Doodlewash, showing how to get the most out of Iridescent watercolor.

I share three different projects, with three different methods of using QoR’s Iridescent Gold (Fine), Iridescent Silver (Fine) and Iridescent Gold (Fine) along with six more of their beautiful pigments.

And learn what that (Fine) means, too!

Tutorial – How to Draw and Paint a Rooster

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July is World Watercolor Month. As part of the celebration, I have a tutorial posted at Doodlewash with video and step-by-step instructions.

The prompt for the day is ‘Flying High’. A rooster may not really fly high, but he certainly thinks he does!

Head over to learn how to draw the rooster by identifying the shapes, feather groups and details and then how to paint him, step-by-step.

Echo Technique – Fun & Easy Landscape Tutorial

Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Da Vinci Watercolor on Hahnemühle Britannia Cold Press Watercolor Paper. Brushes: Princeton Neptune 1 in Mottler, Princeton Neptune Quill Size 4 and Princeton Velvetouch Long Round Size 6.

If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #19 , you can find it here. My Tea Party – Pencil to Paint tutorial can be found here.

Echo Technique

The Echo Technique is pretty simple.

You draw a plant, whether a bush, shrub, tree or flower, using simple shapes.

You add similar shapes inside the plant. If your plant is drawn with round shapes, then you draw round shapes inside. If your plant has long spiky shapes, you draw long spiky shapes inside.

It’s easier to show than explain.

The variety is endless because you can vary the shapes inside, as long as they echo, that is, they are similar to the overall shape of the plant.

Here’s a video, so you can see how I draw the plants, and how I vary some of them.

If the video doesn’t work properly on your device, click the link below it to be taken to the YouTube version.


Now you’ve got the idea, go forth and echo plants in your own unique way!

Wanna buy some of the cool toys used in this tutorial?

Hahnemühle Hand Lettering Pad

Hahnemühle Britannia watercolor paper

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Princeton Neptune, Series 4750, Mottler Synthetic Squirrel, Size 100

Princeton, Series 4750, Quill Synthetic Squirrel, Size 4

Princeton Velvetouch Series 3950 Synthetic (review)

Three Roads Fun & Easy Tutorial

This is a revised version of one of my previous Fun & Easy Landscape posts.
Instead of step-outs, today I’m showing you some composition tips.  The composition is the layout of your work, how it all fits together, no matter what the subject of your landscape.
Hints for an Fun & Easy landscape.  Keep it simple.  Have contrast – at least 3 values: light, midtone and darks.  Have something that ties it together and leads you through the drawing/painting.  In this case, a road.
I almost didn’t share this video.  I’ve never used gouache before, and struggled with this painting.   But I thought, I’m always telling people to judge their work for what is good about it, not what is bad.  I should take my own advice so people know that I mean it.

Three Road Compositions

I’ve come up with three kinds of road compositions that will tie a painting together, make it seem whole, and help lead the eye through the drawing/painting.  Note that you could also use fences, rivers, walls … anything that creates a ribbon/border through-out a painting.
Winding Roads
Winding Roads gently curve over slopes, emphasizing the height, width and distance of each section.
To increase the feel of the distance, the road is wider at the beginning (the bottom) of each slope and narrows toward the top.  The road in each subsequent slope is narrower than the slope before it.
Wrap Around Roads
The Wrap Around Road also winds around but not gently. It twists and curls like a snake, wrapping around various objects.  It disappears at times, when it wraps behind something.
If you want to imply distance, the road should be wider at the start (the bottom) and be slightly narrower each time it reappears from behind an object.  However, this kind of road is also often used in landscapes where there is no sense of distance or depth.  If the road is a lane or foot-worn track, it may widen and narrow at random, as it does here.
Striped Roads

Striped roads can be straight or slightly curved.  They carve your drawing into sections, that you fill with trees, flowers, rocks and animals. This is a good roadway to use if you like to create rows of objects.

If you want to imply distance you make each road narrower as you go up the page.  Items within each section become smaller to show they are further away.  But if you wish, you can ignore distance altogether.

Slight curved and diagonal to one another.

Straight and parallel to one another.

These are the three roads in my fantasy landscapes? What other kinds of roads might you have in yours?  Please share your thoughts!

Fun & Easy Landscape Facebook Group  

All Fun & Easy Landscape Step-outs

My supplies:

Hahnemühle Black book – Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore

Miya Hima 18-Color Gouache Set

Black Gold® Series 206D DAGGER – Size 1/2