TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

We don’t want to overwhelm you!  New tips and techniques will be added regularly for our full members, so remember to check back here.  We want this to be a great, go-to resource area for you so we’ll continue adding to it month after month too!  For now, here are a few techniques to get you started…

COLOUR THEORY PART 1 -  SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS.
Published January 25th 2020.

Welcome to the "KAREN SUPER PALETTE". The first in our series on colour theory focuses on colours i use regularly and some information on why i set up my palette this way to paint every day.

STRETCHING YOUR PAPER

TRANSFER YOUR DRAWING

Learn by doing. That's our philosophy, that's why Karen has spent a lot of time creating a structured approach to our beginners workflow. If you follow our 'mini course' it introduces you to the key techniques we use in our tutorials.

BEGINNERS WORKFLOW PART 1 -
INDIAN RUNNER DUCKS

This is a great place to start, we learn:

  • Using different parts of the brush for different marks
  • Creating texture
  • Using cools for shadows
  • Creating a feeling of movement
  • Warm vs cool tones.
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BEGINNERS WORKFLOW PART 2 -
ROCKHOPPER PENGUINS

Now we're looking at:

  • Expressive marks to create fur, especially for the head
  • Using warm to bring ares to the foreground and cool tones to recede objects.
  • Creating our own composition
  • Grounding the penguins using cast shadows
  • Mixing our own darks.

BEGINNERS WORKFLOW PART 3 -
SILHOUETTE HAIR

Now we're looking at:

  • How to preserve the whites of the paper to create a sunburst effect
  • Using colours within our hare to produce a backlit glow
  • Creating reflections and ripples in water
  • Using tonal contrast and colour theory to create depth and distance.
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Butterfly

BEGINNERS WORKFLOW PART 4 -
PEACOCK BUTTERFLY

Now we’re cooking!  Here you’ll learn:

  • How to create intricate detail without painting every line
  • Skipped brush strokes to create texture
  • Creating a background wash once the main subject is in place
  • Softening the wing edges using the correct tones to create texture and shape.
  • Fusing glorious, bold colour to create velvety wet-in-wet effects.