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Hello everyone!

From May 27th - May 31stprojecteducate will be running a People & Portraits Week, and we will need YOUR HELP to pull it off.


"People and Portraits" includes many different things and for this week we welcome not only Drawing and Painting with all relevant mediums (traditional or digital techniques, including photomanipulations and 3D art), but also Photography and Artisan Craft.

All art styles are welcome. Whether you'd like to share knowledge about your favourite approach in general, or go into detail about how to execute something - we'd love to hear from you!


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  • Articles about specific techniques, traditional or digital
  • Color mixing process
  • People & Portraits photomanipulations / 3D art
  • People & Portraits photography
  • Artisan craft - People & Portraits
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I created something new! It's a watercolor wolf and I want to show you, how to go about this kind of painting...very wet-on-wet and tricky, but a lot of FUN!

Hope you enjoy the process with me :)


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Shading Tips for Watercolor

Thu Mar 28, 2019, 12:54 PM by jane-beata:iconjane-beata:
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Lighting In Art Week

Untitled Artwork by jane-beata

In this article, I will be sharing some tips on how to shade in a particularly mean technique, which is watercolor. Main difference between watercolor and other traditional painting techniques is about how to achieve light and shadow - which is why I decided to include this topic into a wonderful LIGHTING IN ART WEEK at projecteducateLove And they let me!


  • How is watercolor different from other traditional art painting techniques then?
Acrylic, oil painting, even gouache are opaque techniques, allowing you to add white into your painting as you please, whenever you need to. Watercolor doesn't use white paint at all, it's a transparent technique and all your light is already there - your blank paper! That is seriously all the white you will ever get, and need for that matter. 

If all your light is already there, you only need to paint shadows. And that is all you do in a watercolor painting, you paint shadow parts, never the light. Sounds easy, but it gets hard NOT to cover up your light parts with paint. Because once you do, you might never get the light back. And you have to start over.

  • So how do I keep my light areas protected from the paint?
There are a couple of techniques used in watercolor to protect the light parts and I will talk about each of the ones I use often - lifting the paint, maskingbypassing or layering. They differ mostly in how the final light area transitions to darker area, which is a very important difference. They either create a very hard (and harsh) edge, or a soft one. 


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  • The importance of paper


I prepared a study of pomegranates to show you practically how to go about using these techniques. I used all four of them in this painting, but it is important to mention how greatly it depends on the paper you are using for watercolor painting. Most of the watercolor paper sucks up the paint in and after it dries, it does not allow you to lift the paint anymore. These papers are ideal for layering though. Other papers allow you to lighten the paint, which is wonderful for creating additional highlights with little to no effort, but you won't be able to do many layers (highly realistic paintings will usually require more layering). 

I can't stress enough how important the paper is in watercolor painting. Please don't get me wrong, there is no one "right" kind of watercolor paper, but each manufacturer and each grade of paper behaves very differently and your watercolor painting success relies on whether you are aware of the abilities of the kind you are about to use. My recommendation is to familiarize yourself with a few kinds of watercolor paper you can access and compare their features. In watercolor - as a rule - strategic approach is necessary.

Untitled Artwork 2 by jane-beata

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  • Lifting
Lifting the paint is an easy technique that allows you to create a light area, that softly transitions into your darker area. Simply paint the whole object with your basic color (in my case its red) and lift the wet paint with a clean, wet brush - you will be only removing the paint from the area that needs to have a highlight, of course. 

You should be using a larger (depends on the size of the area you wish to lighten) brush with natural bristles, preferably. Synthetic brushes have stiffer bristles and tend to scratch the paper while lifting.

After you lifted the paint to create the light area, you can use the opportunity, that the rest of the wet paint provides, to add darker paint into the shadow area. This will establish the lightest, middle and darker parts right away, in only one layer of paint (what you see on the picture above, is about 3 minutes of work and you can already clearly see where the light comes from).


IMG 6950-tile by jane-beata

If you wish for a more accidental-looking, rough or expressive look, add more clean water into the already highlighted area and let it dry there. This will create a light "cloud" (or splash) that looks really "watercolory" and interesting.


In conclusion, lifting is a very effective and easy way to create light parts of your watercolor painting. This is the technique I use very often, in almost every painting. Most of the papers will let you lift the wet paint shortly after you put it down. Some of the papers will even let you lift the paint after it dries - these will be very suitable for your quick studies, however not suitable for more detailed work, which requires layering.


IMG 6988-tile by jane-beata

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  • Masking
Masking is a watercolor technique used to protect a specific area of the painting from paint, temporarily. You need a masking fluid and an old brush (the fluid ruins any brush after only one use). Always work on dry surface (trying to remove the masking fluid that has been applied and dried on a wet surface results into ripping the paper). Simply apply the fluid on any area you wish to mask and let it dry completely. 

In my pomegranate study, I painted the first layer already before applying masking fluid, since none of my desired highlights were to be completely white, I needed rather yellowish-greenish, very light underpainting. Masking fluid will now preserve this layer and I can paint over it with darker paints.

Removing masking fluid is very easy, you can use your finger or an eraser. Masked areas will always have very hard edges (I had to soften them a little bit with a wet brush after removing the masking fluid). Even though I don't use masking fluid in my work very often anymore, I highly recommend you try it out and see if you prefer masking or bypassing instead. Which leads me to another technique.


Untitled Artwork 3 by jane-beata

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  • Bypassing
Bypassing is in result similar to masking fluid, except you don't apply fluid to mask the area you want to protect from paint, you just simply bypass it with your brush. Result is really the same. Bypassing requires a bit of brush practice, but once you can rely on your ability to "stay within the lines" of your sketch, masking fluid becomes a burden (because of the extra steps and drying time). 

You will need to use appropriate brush sizes for each part of the painting, usually thinner in a difficult corner :) When creating background for this pomegranate study, I had to bypass only large objects - three circle shapes and one smaller, mostly round shape. This allowed me to use quite a large brush and still get a nice clean edge. 

It is not necessary to use small brushes when you don't need to, such as covering large areas with paint. When using small brush, you won't often get those nice splashy watercolor effects I got in the background. If you find it difficult to get a clean edge with large brush, use a small one just to connect the large area with the shape. 

In conclusion, masking and bypassing give you the same result - protection of the selected light areas of the painting. More experienced watercolorists with a good control over their brush will probably chose the latter. Areas that have been masked or bypassed will have hard edges, but it is possible to smoothen them out on some types of paper, with a clean wet brush. 
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  • Layering
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Layering is the most used watercolor technique when it comes to creating detail. In order to layer paint, your paper needs to be able to suck the paint in and after it dries, won't let go. Otherwise applying the next wet layer on top of your first layer lifts up the pigment your previously put down. 

Some papers hold the pigments IN more than others. For example, this study was done on a paper ideal for layering, which is Fabriano cotton hot-pressed (smooth) paper. It sucks the pigments in immediately, which makes it hard to correct any mistakes, but its ideal for layering. Anything you put down stays there. 

Principle of layering is to create your shadows slowly, layer by layer. Each layer should be completely dry before applying another. This allows you to have a great control over your painting process, but it also takes a long time. A more experienced watercolorist will need just a couple of layers to shade an object properly and create very believable depth. If you struggle with this, take your time and add more and more paint gradually. Just make sure you are not covering your light areas in the process.

Other than applying paint to areas that are darker, you should also decide whether the transition you desire should be a hard edge or soft edge. Since my object is round and I am going for a more-less realistic outcome, transition between light and dark is very soft. So after I apply darker paint into the shadow area, I take a wet, clean brush with natural bristles (preferably large) and gently smoothen the edge

In conclusion, layering is a go-to technique for patient painters with desire for greater control and detail. You will have to create your shadows slowly, adding just a little more paint with each layer. Each layer must be completely dry before applying another one. You can decide whether to keep the hard edges of each layer or smoothen out the edges with a clean, wet brush. 
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And here is the final painting:

Pomegranades, web (large) by jane-beata


Hope you enjoyed the article and questions on the subject are highly encouraged :)

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Hello everyone!

From May 27th - May 31stprojecteducate will be running a People & Portraits Week, and we will need YOUR HELP to pull it off.


"People and Portraits" includes many different things and for this week we welcome not only Drawing and Painting with all relevant mediums (traditional or digital techniques, including photomanipulations and 3D art), but also Photography and Artisan Craft.

All art styles are welcome. Whether you'd like to share knowledge about your favourite approach in general, or go into detail about how to execute something - we'd love to hear from you!


Here are just a few ideas:

  • Articles about specific techniques, traditional or digital
  • Color mixing process
  • People & Portraits photomanipulations / 3D art
  • People & Portraits photography
  • Artisan craft - People & Portraits
  • Anatomy (face, figure)
  • Tutorials and Walkthroughs
  • Challenges or Contests
  • Art Features
  • Constructive Critique sessions
  • Chat Events

If you are interested in contributing, please send a Note to projecteducate with your idea, including 'People and Portraits Week' in your Note's subject line.

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haunted72194 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely work!!!
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GabyCoutino Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice gallery

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Hi, have a very nice day :D
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ShaileeVajracharya Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Jane,
I am absolutely inspired by your paintings. They are super amazing!!! Your gallery has some really good masterpiece. Also, I have been having artist block for some time and your words have really inspired me to continue painting. Thank you so much for everything!!! Have a great day.
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ZinaZoo Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I watched!
You make some of the best art I've evr seen and you inspire me to make things!!
I hope one day I can get into watercolors too.. >u<
Oh, I also have to mention those amaaazing articles 
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Amazing drawings!!
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Hey there! :la:

Nice art :wow:  If you're ever looking to share your work with other people, live, you should check out #ThumbHub on dAmn (Did you know we had a chat system!? A lot of people don't :( ) We get a lot of great artists popping in to share their work and it varies from Traditional art, to photography, to poetry :) Also a great place to gain more exposure for your art AND to make some new friends xx


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Thanks for the deviantwatch ^^
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Welcome to :icontraditional-art-draw: - a group of traditional artists. We accept all different kind of styles, as long as folder guidelines are followed and, of course, the artwork is traditional. Looking forward to seeing your work in our galleries, and your ideas in our notes! 

If you have any suggestions, or questions, please feel free to contact us!

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When will this week's watercolour journal come out? :)
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I love your art style! *Free Icon/Emote* Totoro ( Heart) Llama Emoji-81 (Heart You) [V4] Custom heart [Crystal Blue] 
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I've said this before, I just love your flow. Eye skittles
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Nice gallery:)
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Love Your portraits so much! amazing syle <3
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Wonderful display of natural talent!
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Your art is just awesome...
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WOW keep the great work up
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Hi!!... i really like your style!!.. beautiful artwork :)
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cheche2000 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! :o I was wondering if I can use some drawings of yours for a fake website that I'm doing? 

It's for a class project to help build my portfolio, it's going to be a coffee web design where it'll also show off other artists works. 

And if you allow it, I could send you a link xD
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YnnaK Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your art work so much!!! Love Love Love 
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Wow! Your work is all so amazing (:
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Your gallery is incredible. You are so talented!! 
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