• What Is Watercolor Painting, and What Materials Do You Need to Start?
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    What Is Watercolor Painting, and What Materials Do You Need to Start?

    Peek into the fascinating world of watercolor and learn about pigments and techniques from scratch Watercolor painting is an ancient technique used to apply color onto paper or cardboard using pigments soluble in water. The technique is based on the overlapping of transparent layers while using the white of the paper to achieve touches of light and effects. Tones in watercolor are achieved by adding or removing water using brushes, sponges, and cloth. Starting in watercolor is simple; however, the results that can be achieved with this painting technique can be as complex and rich as the history of this art. Find out some of the things you need to know if you are interested in watercolor.

  • Watercolor Tutorial: How to Fix and Avoid Mistakes on Wet Paper
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    Watercolor Tutorial: How to Fix and Avoid Mistakes on Wet Paper

    Learn how paint reacts to water on paper so you can avoid mistakes, blooms, and ineffective layering and fix any errors you do make, with Sarah Stokes Water can be a watercolor artist’s best friend and worst enemy: it allows us to blend and spread pigment to create our paintings but can just as easily spoil a picture if not used properly. Watercolorist and wildlife painter Sarah Stokes has had her work exhibited on luxury cruise liners and sold by major retailers such as Amazon and Next. In this tutorial, she explains a collection of different watercolor effects and how to achieve them.

  • 5 Female Watercolor Artists Who Will Inspire Your Next Creation
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    5 Female Watercolor Artists Who Will Inspire Your Next Creation

    Be inspired by the work of these female watercolor artists who have just launched courses on Domestika Watercolor painting is an ancient art form that can be traced back to the prehistoric days of cave painting. Mastering this skill requires great patience and embracing its unpredictable nature–some of the best results are the most unexpected! The following five female artists have developed their own unique skills and techniques for incorporating this highly versatile medium into their work. Their different approaches and styles are testament to the wide range of possibilities that watercolor offers and why these women are ones to watch in 2021.

  • Top 10 Creative Projects of 2020 on Domestika
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    Top 10 Creative Projects of 2020 on Domestika

    We have compiled a list of the most-liked projects to be shared by the Domestika community in 2020 There are only a few days left of the year, so we want to present the projects that have received the best feedback from the community out of all of those published in 2020 on Domestika. As was the case in 2019, the projects of the year are dominated by the medium of illustration. Final projects for different courses have also made the list, while fantasy and poetry have been celebrated as much as hyperrealism. Illustrator Adolfo Serra also gets a special mention for having authored two of the ten final projects to make the list. These are the top ten creative projects of 2020 to be published on Domestika: My project for the course: Watercolor Illustration with Japanese Influence, by Jessica Alvarez (@vanila_ryder) This final project, which was created for Flor Kaneshiro’s course, is titled Mandado. In this artwork, Jessica–the author–draws on Japanese influences, yet takes it a step further: she combines oriental techniques with a Latin American aesthetic inspired by Mexican markets.

  • 5 Watercolor Time-lapses That Will Inspire You to Paint
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    5 Watercolor Time-lapses That Will Inspire You to Paint

    Paint and water embrace in these inspiring works by five watercolor artists Watercolors are a world of possibilities–you can explore infinite subjects using this medium. These five time-lapses are proof that water, when mixed with paint, is mesmerizing. The following five artists show us how they each create a piece at great speed. Watercolor portrait, with Carlos R. Casado (@carlosrodriguezcasado) Carlos R. Casado mainly uses watercolors for caricatures. Carlos uses watercolor's unpredictability to his advantage when he draws and paints well-known characters. Here, he shows us a different way of working with watercolors to what we are used to seeing.

  • Find the Perfect Gift for Creative Minds at Domestika
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    Find the Perfect Gift for Creative Minds at Domestika

    Find out how to gift a Domestika course in a few easy steps Creative people love to learn: for their professional development, to discover new techniques, and to learn new skills. A restless mind will always enjoy the opportunity to learn something new. Find out different ways to buy a Domestika course as a gift, following a few easy steps: Plan your gifts by making lists If you enjoy planning and want to save a list of the courses you would like to purchase for yourself or others, use the option Course list. Simply access the Lists section of your profile page, and click on Add new list. You can make these lists public or private, and make as many as you wish. You can also add courses directly from the Courses page (without needing to go to your profile page) by clicking on the +List icon that appears when you hover the cursor over the course name. You can see some examples of lists shared with you by Domestika teachers on this link.

  • Beginner and Advanced Watercolor Painting FAQs
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    Beginner and Advanced Watercolor Painting FAQs

    Ana Victoria Calderón answers what you’ve always wanted to ask about watercolors Ana Victoria Calderón (@anavictoriana) is a painter and illustrator who uses watercolors as her primary medium. She creates art for Hallmark, Papyrus, Demdaco, Galison, and editorial work for Glamour, Vanity Fair, InStyle, and Elle. One of her three Domestika courses, Modern Watercolor Techniques, has just reached 100K students! To celebrate this achievement, Ana Victoria has been answering some frequently asked questions about watercolor materials and techniques and giving professional tips in a live chat for the Domestika Live series. Read some of her answers below:

  • 16 Free Tutorials: Watercolor Techniques To Take You From Beginner to Pro
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    16 Free Tutorials: Watercolor Techniques To Take You From Beginner to Pro

    Start creating and discover the creative possibilities this painting and illustration technique offers There are all sorts of creatives, of all different levels, who consider watercolors one of their favorite mediums. Given their way of behaving, watercolors force us to accept the unpredictable and let our imagination flow as freely as they do. We have compiled 16 free top watercolor tutorials, in which experts reveal their secrets and help you to perfect your technique. Enjoy!

  • Materials: Botanical Illustration with Watercolors
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    Materials: Botanical Illustration with Watercolors

    Find out which materials you’ll need to start creating botanical illustrations with watercolors Designer and illustrator Paulina Maciel (@pau_maciel) has made a career of botanical illustration with watercolors. She has worked on projects for brands such as Palacio de Hierro, Desigual, and various creative agencies. To capture a flower’s beauty or the intricacy of its filaments, not only will you need an understanding of color and botany, but also the right materials. In the following video and the guide below, Paulina shares which materials she uses every day and explains how she works with them.

  • 5 Online Watercolor Painting Courses to Spark Your Creativity
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    5 Online Watercolor Painting Courses to Spark Your Creativity

    Develop all your creative potential and learn from the best watercolor experts Watercolor painting is popular for the freedom it provides. Both the technique used to stroke the paper with the brush, and the way the colors are mixed, offer the opportunity to add your own personality to the sheet. For this reason it is often said that, more than a technique, watercolor is an attitude. But mastering it is not always easy: the balance between the amount of water and pigment will always define the final result and only experience will teach you to control the process. These five courses taught by professionals will help you start, develop and improve your talent. They are essential for those who know the unpredictability of watercolor and are an excellent option to make the most of Domestika's Black Friday.

  • Watercolor Tutorial: How To Create A Color Palette
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    Watercolor Tutorial: How To Create A Color Palette

    Learn to create a color palette for your next nature-inspired illustration project with Antonia Reyes Nature is bursting with color. A blue bird is not only blue, its feathers will mix blues and violets and spots of grey. This is why it’s important to think carefully about your color palette when drawing a subject from nature. In this tutorial, illustrator Antonia Reyes (@antoniapajarito) explains how to create your own color palette for a nature-inspired illustration project. Discover more in the video below:

  • 5 Watercolor Artists Whose Work Will Inspire You
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    5 Watercolor Artists Whose Work Will Inspire You

    Be inspired by the work of these contemporary watercolor artists Few are lucky enough to grow up in a house whose walls are plastered in art. So, when it comes to launching your own creative career, you’ll need to seek out your own inspiration. Isabela Quintes (@isabelaquintes) –an illustrator and painter specializing in botanical watercolor painting–did exactly this. Quickly she found that one artist led her to another, and so on, and soon she had built a network of influential references. Today she shares five of her favorite watercolor artists with the Domestika community. Ana Victoria Calderón (@anavictoriana) Mexican artist Ana Victoria Calderón inspired Quintes to first experiment with watercolors. Calderón uses a diverse color palette that expertly mixes darker and lighter tones. She also shows off her technical versatility mixing in acrylics and employing tricks using salt.

  • 20 Watercolor Paintings by Ana Victoria Calderon's Students
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    20 Watercolor Paintings by Ana Victoria Calderon's Students

    Check out these projects of the Domestika community made with the watercolor painting technique Ana Victoria Calderón (@anavictoriana) is a painter and illustrator, who has found watercolor one of her favorite means of expression. She is inspired by elements of nature to create illustrations that you can also find applied to all kinds of products.

  • 5 Free Classes to Learn How to Create Color Palettes for Watercolor Painting
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    5 Free Classes to Learn How to Create Color Palettes for Watercolor Painting

    Discover how to create color palettes that reflect your style with these 5 watercolor experts If you are thinking of getting started in watercolor painting, or if you already practice it and want to perfect your technique, these lessons will be very useful for you. Learn to choose the best colors for your illustration, to change colors, and recreate those that you observe in nature. To watch each class, just click on its red title. Enjoy!

  • Watercolor Tutorial: How to unblock your creativity
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    Watercolor Tutorial: How to unblock your creativity

    Learn the technique to turn watermarks into characters, to lose the fear of watercolors and break the creative logjam with Alinailustra Creative blocks are something all artists have to deal with, no matter their discipline or experience. The blank page can intimidate us, but it’s important to get rid of the fear and not stop practicing. Alinailustra (@alinailustra), an illustrator and graphic designer, shares the keys to an exercise that will unblock your creativity and transform watercolor marks into scenes and characters. Find out more in the video below:

  • 5 Free Classes to Explore New Watercolor Techniques: From Beginner to Advanced
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    5 Free Classes to Explore New Watercolor Techniques: From Beginner to Advanced

    Practice with simple exercises to perfect your watercolor painting and illustration techniques Watercolor painting is one of the best ways to get into both illustration and painting, due to the nobility of the material. Unlike other methods, learning to expect unexpected results will mitigate your fear of making mistakes and encourage you to practice more and more. Learn from these 5 expert watercolor illustrators and painters with exercises that will improve your technique right away. To watch each lesson, just click on its title in red. Enjoy!

  • Domestika Diary: Alex Hillkurtz
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    Domestika Diary: Alex Hillkurtz

    Alex Hillkurtz, a storyboard artist fascinated by urban watercolor, shows us his personal vision of Madrid When it comes to the art of urban watercolor, there’s a magical mix of two elements: the unique vision of the illustrator who executes it, ensuring that no two watercolors are ever the same, and the personality of the buildings, people, and streets of the city that they’re capturing. This combination makes urban watercolor a fleeting reflection of the observer’s senses and an ever-changing environment, its results defined by the viewpoint of the artist and the location that they are seeking to capture. Few have a viewpoint as unique as that of Alex Hillkurtz. A storyboard artist with a passion for urban watercolor, he has an innate talent for reinterpreting the cities he visits through striking splashes of color and fascinating perspectives. Because of this, we jumped at the chance to accompany him during one of his drawing sessions set in the streets of Madrid. Find out more in the following Domestika Diary:

  • Learn to Use Masking Fluid with Watercolor Paints
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    Learn to Use Masking Fluid with Watercolor Paints

    Painter Ale Casanova teaches us how to create interesting effects with watercolor paints and masking fluid Leaving areas blank when painting with watercolors can be very complicated–just a drop too much water and the paint will run all over your page. This is where masking fluid comes in–it’s a liquid that enables you to protect areas of your drawing so that they stay clean and dry. Painter and teacher Ale Casanova (@alecasanova) shows us how to use this tool in our watercolor paintings so that we can achieve original effects, textures, and styles that enhance our final piece. Learn more below: To carry out this exercise, we will need: –masking fluid –an old toothbrush –a nib pen –watercolor paints, brushes, water, paper towels, a portrait to paint

  • Ana Victoria Calderón’s Favorite Watercolor Painting Materials
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    Ana Victoria Calderón’s Favorite Watercolor Painting Materials

    Ana Victoria Calderón shares her favorite materials for illustrating with watercolor To browse Ana Victoria Calderon’s work (@anavictoriana) is to submerge yourself in a world of watercolor illustration. She creates little universes with ink and water on all kinds of canvases–collaborating with brands and publications around the globe. We spoke to her about her favorite materials so we could share the tips and tricks of a seasoned pro and help you get the right material for your own watercolor creations.

  • Adding Watercolor to Your Sketchbook Drawings
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    Adding Watercolor to Your Sketchbook Drawings

    Mattias Adolfsson shows you how a hint of color will take your sketches to the next level and add depth Mattias Adolfsson (@mattiasadolfsson) is an illustrator living in a small town in Sweden, called Sigtuna, just outside of Stockholm. As a young adult, Mattias studied engineering and architecture before switching to graphic design, all the while continuing to draw in his spare time and develop his own unique style. During his degree, he became interested in 3D modeling, using it to build his own universes and tell fantastical stories. For his thesis project, he used 3D design and animation to create a visual piece about three cosmonauts traveling to Mars–a story he had developed over many years in his sketchbook. After graduating from university with a master’s in graphic design, Mattias worked for a decade in the computer games industry. In 2007, he left Electronic Arts to become a freelance illustrator. Since then, he has been commissioned by the likes of WIRED, Google, The New Yorker, Nickelodeon, Hollywood Reporter, Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Disney, Amnesty International, and many more.

  • Free Download: Stages to Complete a Painting with Ink and Watercolor
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    Free Download: Stages to Complete a Painting with Ink and Watercolor

    Illustrator Alex Hillkurtz shares a visual guide of the stages used in watercolor and ink painting Alex Hillkurtz (@alexhillkurtzart) was born in England and grew up in California where he is a renowned storyboard artist for feature films, television, and commercials. His film credits include Argo, Almost Famous, It’s Complicated, and many others. He uses the language of cinema to compose his images, moving beyond what one sees and depicting what he wants others to see. He believes that in our overly crowded lives, sketching and painting invites us to move at a more deliberate pace, giving us a true sense of place, where unexpected stories are revealed.

  • Materials: Watercolor Painting
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    Materials: Watercolor Painting

    For watercolor beginners who want to know what supplies to start with, storyboard and watercolor artist Alex Hillkurtz shares the materials that he uses every day The everyday toolkit of an artist is a very personal thing. Built through experimentation and trial and error, knowing what materials they use each day can help us learn more about their technique and give us ideas about how to experiment with or advance our own. For over 20 years Alex Hillkurtz (@alexhillkurtzart) has worked as a storyboard artist and illustrator for feature films, television, and commercials. His urban sketches and watercolor paintings have been exhibited internationally. In the video and guide below, he shares the materials he reaches for everyday, and explains how he uses each in his work. Whether you’re putting together a watercolor supply kit for the first time, or simply curious about what materials you can add to your practice, here are a few ideas.

  • 5 Free Tutorials to Get Started in Watercolor
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    5 Free Tutorials to Get Started in Watercolor

    Learn the basics of this technique and digitize your creations with watercolor with these tutorials It doesn’t matter if you are starting or are already charting your path in watercolor painting, it is always good to receive advice and learn new tricks from the professionals who work it every day. These 5 tutorials to start, develop and improve your talent in watercolor are essential for you if you are one of those who enjoy the chance and unpredictability of watercolor:

  • Illustration Tutorial: Coloring With Watercolors
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    Illustration Tutorial: Coloring With Watercolors

    Learn how to apply color to your illustrations quickly and easily with Paula Bossio A good way to bring your illustrations to life is by coloring with watercolor. It is a very flexible technique that allows you to give your illustrations a unique style. If it fits your aesthetic, it is worth taking the leap and experimenting with it. If you are ready to try it, the graphic designer, illustrator, and author Paula Bossio (@paulabossio) will explain in this tutorial how to quickly and easily apply it to your drawings. Get your sketches ready, and let's go!

  • What is Negative Watercolor Painting?
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    What is Negative Watercolor Painting?

    Find out what watercolor in negative is and how to use it to create light and depth in your illustrations Unlike other painting techniques, with watercolor, you can’t use white paint to add light and depth to your illustrations like you can with oil or acrylics. Instead, you must learn how to manage the white of the page on which you are painting to your advantage. One of the most effective ways to do this is by painting watercolor in negative: leave principal elements of your illustration unpainted so that they jump out at you. Instinctively, the most important elements of our paintings seem like the parts that we should be painting most. Painting in negative turns that idea on its head requiring you to paint everything but the object you want to highlight. Examine the picture below:

  • Watercolor Tutorial: Wet-on-Wet Technique
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    Watercolor Tutorial: Wet-on-Wet Technique

    Learn to blend wet watercolors with Ana Santos Watercolor is a much more complex medium than one might suppose: one has to understand the drying times, when to use more opaque or watery colours, and how to mix the different shades well, avoiding undesired results–or taking advantage of them. Artist and illustrator Ana Santos (@anasantos) teaches us in this tutorial how to use the wet-on-wet technique, in which the same layer of paint is used, before drying, to perfectly blend the colors. Learn more in this video:

  • Watercolor Tutorial: Basic Exercises to Inspire Your Painting
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    Watercolor Tutorial: Basic Exercises to Inspire Your Painting

    Learn the watercolor basics: transparency and opacity, gradients, water use, pulse and precision with Cristina Cilloniz Despite being one of the most popular visual arts, getting the most out of watercolor requires a lot of technical skill. As we can't use the colour white to create light, we must introduce the colors gently and work with transparency, or we will never achieve the effects we're looking for in our illustrations. In this tutorial, botanical illustrator and artist Cristina Cilloniz (@cristina_cilloniz) shares her different techniques for letting go and taking advantage of watercolor's gentle layers. Get your materials ready and let's go. Watch the tutorial in the video below:

  • Cinema to Watercolor: The Work of Alex Hillkurtz
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    Cinema to Watercolor: The Work of Alex Hillkurtz

    Learn how this visual artist’s love of cinema inspired his painting Alex Hillkurtz (@alexhillkurtzart) is a storyboard artist and watercolor painter specialized in architectural motifs. Originally from England, he grew up in California, where he has worked on storyboards for films like Argo, Almost Famous, and Captain America: Winter Soldier. Alex says painting and drawing help us to live at a more relaxed pace by making us aware of our space and what surrounds us. Don’t miss his live chat on Domestika Live. Watch him create a sketch and see his process in action. Let’s learn more about how he developed his artistic style.