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WET-ON-WET watercolor technique

Tue Feb 13, 2018, 2:25 AM by jane-beata:iconjane-beata:

Traditional Art Basics Week

This week's chapter of my new journal series "Becoming Watercolorist" was written as a special edition - it is part of the Traditional Art Basics Week at projecteducate I think I've fainted. In the previous three chapters, you had a chance to read something about WASHESBASIC WATERCOLOR TEXTURES and PALETTES. The fourth chapter is all about a rather feared and often avoided watercolor technique, WET-ON-WET. Love 

Watercolor painting is mostly done in two ways - applying wet paint onto a dry surface or a pre-wetted surface. Each way has a different impact and result. The main difference is in the shape and character of a painted mark - painting on a dry surface results in marks with sharp edges, whilst painting "wet-on-wet" gives always feathered edges, suggesting blur. 

The wet-on-wet technique is most useful during the inicial phase of your painting process. Pre-wet your watercolor paper with clean water, using a large brush or a spray bottle. Grab a small amount of light color and start painting. When your brush touches the wet paper, the paint will spread immediately in all directions.  Apply it with care and let it dry. Depending on what your artistic intention is, zou can lay your paper flat on the table while working, or you can let the wet paint drip by tilting your paper in any direction.

Results produced by the wet-on-wet technique are somewhat unpredictable. You can get used to it with practice, and also learn how to have better control over time. If you are able to give up on the idea of having everything in your painting 100% under control, the outcome might even pleasantly surprise you. There is something magical about the way the paint and water flow into one another. This is the reason to give it a chance and be patient with it. Sweating a little... 

Wet On Wet Preview by jane-beata


  • Chose the right kind of paper. This affects how the water flows: Using rough or cold-pressed paper gives you better control over the flow. On hot-pressed, the smoothest kind of paper, water runs into all directions uncontrollably. 

  • Chose the right timing. You can regulate just how far the paint runs after you lay it on the watery surface. On a completely wet surface with lots of water, it runs far and everywhere. Let the paper dry just for a bit (the surface still needs to be wet though) and your paint will create soft edge but won't run that far. This needs a bit of practice, but you will get there. :) (Smile)

  • Have a tissue or a paper towel at hand. It will help you correct any mistakes or unsuitable marks. Correct them while the picture is still wet, because once dried, it is very difficult to get pigment off your paper. 

Watercolor Texture #1 by cgarofani


As an example on how to use the wet-on-wet technique, I did a quick painting of a kitten. I started by pre-wetting the basic shape of a kitten, adding just a bit of brown pigment into the first water layer to be able to see where I placed it. Then I painted stripes into the watery layer, adding more and more pigment and trying to control the shape of every stripe at least a bit. Using a large brush helps a lot; I use hake brushes for this type of painting. Choose the size depending on the size of a painting you are working on - they usually come in small, medium and large. 

The details of the kitten's face, such as eyes, nose, mouth, and whiskers, needed to be painted "wet on dry" because of their strictly defined shapes. The only exception is the iris of an eye: Whilst its shape is strictly defined, the inside needs to be done wet-on-wet by placing different tones and colors into the wet area. I used mountain blue with a bit of Payne's gray and added raw sienna into the top area to create more depth.

Macicka Wet On Wet 1 U by jane-beata

DEVIANTART FEATURES (featuring WET-ON-WET technique) I am a dummy! 

Automne by BlueCaroline
Watercolor by tylime
Ema by kalinatoneva
Klematisy 2 by modliszqa Two Worlds, One Ocean by kelogsloops

Becoming watercolorist, CHAPTER 3 - Palette

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 30, 2018, 5:24 AM

Winter sleeping time...

Two weeks ago, I started a new series of journal articles called "Becoming watercolorist". You can also still find a POLL where I am trying to figure out the most common troubles people have when trying out watercolor technique. I'd be delighted if you contributed with your own experience :)

I try to begin these tutorials with a personal intro, but there is not much to write about this week. I sleep all the time and draw much less than I do during summer. I tried to feel guilty about not getting done as many things but than I thought of myself as a bear. Like a bear, I need my winter sleep to be productive throughout the rest of the year. So if you are wondering what I am doing right now, I am probably sleeping.

I am still slowly working on a series of animal portraits. I painted a couple of birds so far, using Schmincke watercolor and metalic golden watercolor by Finetech. I also made fried cakes with a sweet raspberry foam on them. For a moment I was wondering what could I paint with the pink foam :)

This week I prepared an article about watercolor palette and how to prepare it. I have written quite long article about paints and watercolor supplies in the past, you can find more in-depth information there. This article links to the previous one, that can be found HERE

Lala by jane-beata


An experienced watercolorist knows their palette very well. He or she takes a good care of it, picks out color carefully and often mix them and experiments with them. It is no fun for them to use one brand or basic colors all the time. Those more experienced ones even make their own palettes for some projects

It doesn't matter if you chose to purchase tubes or pans, when you want to get serious about watercolor, good preparation is necessary if you want to avoid surprises. 


Pan watercolor sets are a very good choice for a beginner. To prepare a palette when you are using a set with watercolor pans, is very easy. All you need to do before painting is to sprinkle a bit of water on top of each pan. Let it sit there for a moment and dissolve some of the pigment.

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Watercolor paints packaged in tubes are good choice for more advanced painters but beginners might benefit from the advanced options right from the start as well. A quality paint straight from the tube is more saturated and intense than a pan paint could be. You can also use it for painting larger paintings and washes, which could be very annoying with pans. 

There are two ways of preparing your palette. If you are working large, prepare fresh paint straight into a bigger cup by dissolving it in clean water. Second way allows you to basically make pans out of your tube watercolor. This is helpful if you are painting outside or for travelling, or even if you don't like long preparations and want to start painting right away.

What you need is an empty palette, preferably plastic. If you are a bit like me and hate the dust on top of your palette,  you might want to get one that can be closed once you are finished painting. Fill the palette with tube paints of your choice and let it dry for at least 24-48 hours. You are now a proud owner of a custom palette of your own making.

TIP - customize your palette according to what you use it for. It's good to chose your own colors for a skin tone palette, for example. I use one with skin tones, one for blue and similar cold colors I need and the third one are my favorite warm colors. I own a special third one with Daniel Smith paints that contain granulation medium.

Paleta 18 u by jane-beata


Whether you are using pans or tubes, make a sample sheet of your colors. When paints are dry, their looks are usually a very bad indicator of what the color actually looks like on paper, diluted with water. Sample sheet will give you proper reference.

Begin with diluting your paint with just a few drops of water. Take the most saturated paint possible on your paintbrush and begin with painting a sample mark.

Paleta 19 u by jane-beata
Continue with pulling the paint down on the paper, diluting it with more and more water. At the end of the mark you should be painting with almost pure water. 

What's in front of you now is a whole range of your color tone. At the top, there is the most saturated tone, at the bottom the most diluted tone. In the middle there is a whole range of possibilities for your to paint with. 

It is useful to realize this range to be aware of all the options that each paint / color provides. When you want your watercolor to be transparent, full of light and bright, you want to use the most diluted paint for the most part of your painting, details are usually painted in more saturated tone. 

Paleta 22 u by jane-beata

  • Working habits -  I make my palettes for some time now and I absolutely love it, I combine more than a few brands and pick the ones I love the most. For example, this is a smaller skin tone palette I made and a matching sample sheet. It mostly contains Schmincke, Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith paints.
Paleta 24 u by jane-beata

Paleta 29 u by jane-beata

Besides this one, I made sample sheets for every palette I own. I also use different kinds of paper, cotton paper usually gets a bit lighter tones than more common student paper (celullose), so I recommend to make a testing sheet for each paper that you use. 

Paleta 36 u by jane-beata

Paleta 32 u by jane-beata

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Paleta 38 u by jane-beata

Thank you for reading, next article will be about WET ON WET technique and will be available next week, Tuesday 5th of February :heart:

Chapter 4, WET ON WET  - published on Tuesday, 13.2.2018, as part of Traditional art week of :iconprojecteducate:

Wet On Wet Preview by jane-beata

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Becoming watercolorist, CHAPTER 2 - Basic textures

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 23, 2018, 10:41 AM

Dreams versus nightmares...

Last week I started a new series of journal articles called "Becoming watercolorist". The response was very positive and I was hoping to get more people engaged in such projects regularly. I also started a research POLL to find out the most common problems people have with watercolor, I appreciate your feedback and than design these journals to help with some issues. 

Tutorial-like content is always very interesting for me, draws my curiosity and often helps solve some of the problems I am having in my own works. Artists I follow the most intensively are the ones that make videos and share work in progress very often. Some of them write regular blogs about their ordinary life or film vlogs. Those are the ones I usually eventually even purchase works from and feel much deeper connection to, as a fan. Do you have such favorites yourself?

I have realized that a pretty picture isn't enough. I should be more personal in my presentation and connect with people that come to see my pictures and tutorials on a different level, too. No worries, nothing about what I had for lunch, but there is a twist happening in my professional life right now, so maybe it would be inspiring for someone to hear about it La la la la 

I have decided to do a little risky thing and to open my own  studio. My idea is to have a space (filled with creative magic of course :D) where I will be working, creating new illustrations and products. Another activity I started with, months ago, are painting workshops. At the moment I teach at a very pretty and comfortable winery with fireplace, but maybe I manage to squeeze 10 tables into the new space and will be able to do workshops more often, even for children.

When your dream comes true, why so scared? Is it the responsibility that frightens me, or the fact that now I really have to do my best I am a dummy!  I will let your know when I figure it out, along with the fresh and hot pictures of my new studio Love 

(These colorful birdies you see below are the result of my happy moments. Also, my daughter was celebrating her 9th birthday and I had to make hand-painted invitations with birds and crowns and everything little girls want. I love these new german handmade watercolor metalic paints, they are Finetech and they are absolutely amazing, I will never purchase a golden ink ever again to mess up my brushes!)
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In Chapter 1, we talked about WASHES, how to make an even wash, gradient wash and "Fade out" wash. In this chapter, I will show you how to "mess" them up and create first type of effect. I call it "texture", even though in watercolor painting there is rarely a typical texture that you maybe know from oil or acrylic painting. Watercolor paint contains pigment with a water-soluble binder, after it dries out on paper, pigments sits on its top. So when I refer to watercolor texture, what I mean is an effect that creates texture-like atmosphere on the paper :) (Smile) 


This is one of my favorite effects with watercolor. It is some kind of vehement dried splash that can be controlled with practice. I began with painting darker even wash and let it sit for a moment, but not for too long, don't let it dry completely. Dip your brush into your water cup (clean water) and make a few spontaneous strokes on top of your wash. 

Chapter One 13 U by jane-beata

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WORKING HABITS - use larger brush made of natural hair or mix (natural plus higher quality syntetic hair). There type of brushes hold a significant amount of water and are tender enough not to disturb your paper too much. Hard syntetic brushes often mess up watercolor paper and are unable to lift enough pigment of the paper.

Every drop reacts right after touching the wet surface of your wash. If the wash dries out, the drops might not work at all. Your result also depends on what kind of paper you use and whether your paints are of higher quality and contain enough pigment. 

Chapter One 16 U by jane-beata

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Chapter One 29 U by jane-beata
During next exercise, make a wash with two colors. I picked a bit of blue and red. I poured drops of clean water into the wash just like in a previous (blue wash) exercise, but this time I started right after the wash was finished. My effect has much softer edges than the previous one. Use this knowledge to your advantage. 

Chapter One 17 U by jane-beata
Last two compartments on my watercolor sheet - I used lighter colors, yellow and purple. Combination of these two is my favorite. You need to work with really clean water if you want your result to be shiny and vibrant, especially yellow is easy to become muddy. I make an uneven wash of these two colors, than add drops of clean water and spin the mounted paper a bit. Colors get mixed up a bit and the effect looks more interesting. After it dries, I add one more layer or transparent paint. Edges of this layer are sharp, because I painted on a dry surface. 

Chapter One 31 U by jane-beata

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After all the compartments are completely dry, only then I remove the tape. Now I have a sample sheet of basic watercolor effects in front of me :)

WORKING HABITS - try not to remove the tape before the paper dries out completely. You will most likely disrubt the paper. Sometimes even with part of your painting.
You can purchase regular tape with every store that sells office supplies and paper, but in specialized art supply stores there are much better quality tapes for watercolorists. These are softer and gentle to your paper, they also hold your paper mounted to the surface better than the regular ones. 

Chapter One 27 U by jane-beata
TIP - make your own watercolor wash with effects, use your favorite colors and combine them. Cut it and make a nice bookmark out of your first attempts. These basic techniques are enough to do a lovely hand-painted invitations or business cards Love 

Chapter 3, Palette - next Tuesday, 30.1.2018

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Let me know how it went :) I want to see what you have created, feel free to post a link with your comment :happybounce: 

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Becoming watercolorist, CHAPTER 1 - WASHES

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 16, 2018, 12:14 PM


Water will always find a way. A way of it's own, not a way that is prefferable to me, sadly. It makes you lose control but when you respect it and make a pact with yourself to appreciate it for what it is, results can be surprising. 

It's been eight years since I stopped my depressing oil texture experiments and tried watercolor. I haven't let it go since. We had our differences - being self-taught, some very obvious truths about watercolor painting came to me slowly, it took ages and I was very impatient. From time to time I tried oils, acrylics or plain drawing but nothing was quite as rewarding as watercolor. It is the technique-love of my life :D (Big Grin) 

During Christmas, I had this project on my mind, to write regular blogs about watercolor again. I haven't been a good contributor to DA for about 3 years now. During those years, I got divorced from one unhappy relationship and found a very happy one instead. With new love (two years now) we bought a new home, than I completely lost my nerves during it's renovation :D (Big Grin). Job is a different subject that is ruling my whole universe these days, but I will throw that at you in some different journal I think I've fainted. 

As a result of this wishful thinking, I am introducing a series of tutorial journals called "Becoming watercolorist". I will, week by week, introduce techniques and exercises I have learned over the years and use in my paintings. Maybe this journey will be your way of becoming a watercolorist yourself. Maybe it will also be my own journey of becoming a successful freelancer, finally. Heart Heart Heart   

DSC 0016 u by jane-beata


Learning to paint washes in one of the basic techniques used in watercolor painting. As a child, I loved to draw a princess, underneath her there was a field of grass (as a rule) and above her there was a sun (often sort of pinned on her crown). Lastly I made a blue background with pencil. When creating watercolor painting, we usually start with the background. If I tried to paint it last, I would have probably ruined my princess's crown details :)

Background of the painting can play a big role in the outcome and overall impression. It sets the mood, creates atmosphere and defines lightning situation. It can be playfuly lose or even and undisturbed. Sometimes the background turns into foreground and is the very subject of the painting, especially when we like to experiment with abstract. When you master painting washes, you have one powerful technique at your disposal.

If you are still undecided whether to try this watercolor adventure or not, I will try to sell it with my assuring, that these techniques can be mastered by anyone. Painting with watercolor is very calming, relaxing and with a little patience even rewarding experiences. All you need to do is to check out my journal every Tuesday and try out a new exercise :happybounce: 

material a pomocky by jane-beata
Chapter One 2 U by jane-beata
Prepare a larger watercolor paper, make it at least 300 gsm. You will also need a mount and a painters tape. Mount the paper with the tape, than divide it into smaller compartments. You will also need one wider watercolor brush, two cups of water and watercolor paints. I prefer pans but you are free to use whatever type you find. Two colors will do. Oh, don't forget paper tissues, those need to be ready to save the painting if there is an unwanted watery accident.

NOTE - A very detailed article about WATERCOLOR EQUIPMENT will tell you more about the materials to use.

WORKING HABITS - Put your mounted paper into angled position. Water will run down a bit, which helps to achieve even washes. Always use two cups of water when you can. One cup needs to stay absolutely clean, otherwise you will get muddy colors. Don't try to achieve bright yellow when using dirty water.  

Chapter One 12 U by jane-beata
Prepare your paint, let's try to make an even wash first. We want to make it transparent and bright. Let's start with brush strokes one after another, starting from the top of each compartment, going towards bottom. Each stroke should touch the previous one, so that the water can run down through them and make the wash even. Try this with different colors and remember, your goal is to achieve uniform result.

Chapter One 3 U by jane-beata
WORKING HABITS - Most beginners or painters used to acrylics or oil don't know what I mean, when I say "prepare paint". They are used to paste type of paint and they don't add enough water, this affects the whole painting that often seems heavy and forced. Prepare paint by using little quality pigment and really significant amount of water. Make a pool on your palette. When there is a pool, you have it right Clap 

Chapter One 4 U by jane-beata

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WORKING HABITS - Always keep your tissue in the other hand, prepared. You get only a few seconds to get rid of unwanted splash. This habit saved my paintings many times.

Chapter One 9 U by jane-beata


Let's try a different type of wash. Not even, but fading out to clean water. Start with a paint, than add more water with each stroke, until you reach the other edge with just clean water. It's an interesting type of background, when using this wash. It suggests perspective, horizont, or lighter air. This will be rewarding when painting scenery.

Chapter One 10 U by jane-beata

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This is a bit challenging exercise but I believe in you ;) Choose two colors, best those that are compementary, can be mixed together into third color. Such as red and blue. Start with one color and gradually fade into another. The safest way to do this is to make your mounted paper horizontal again, start with each color simultaneously on both ends and than meet them in the middle. Most important condition for them mixing in the middle is having enough water and pigment in that area, otherwise each stroke dries as you painted it, leaving marks and breaking uniformity of the wash.

Chapter 2, Basic textures - next Tuesday, 23.1.2018

Uputavka Chapter Two by jane-beata

Let me know how it went :)
Check out my POLL about most common watercolor problems and let me know which one applies to you :)

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Journal Entry: Sun Oct 1, 2017, 12:59 PM
I am doing it. This year I am finally going for it. Inktober drawing / art challenge that is going on every year since 2009 and that artists all around the world participate in. Creating 31 drawings or paintings on daily basis during the month of October and uploading / publishing each one every day to my Facebook, Instagram, DeviantArt and lastly, Patreon - my new Patron profile will launch today.

Every year I watch other artists create beautiful pictures during this challenge and follow every day drawing with interest. This time I want to participate too. It won’t be easy for me to finish drawing each days, because I have a day job and a child (and a boyfriend and a cat!) to take care of, but I still think I can do it. And since preparation is a good friend of success, I have set some ground rules for me to help me finish what I started:
  1. I will draw and paint small sizes. I prepared 31 small sheets of watercolor paper that are 15 x 22 cm.
  2. I will use ink (of course) but mix it up with watercolor, colored pencils, pastel, markers, anything I want, because I love color and I want to enjoy every piece I create.
  3. I won’t follow the official Inktober prompt list of themes for each day, just because I want to be able to draw according to my current mood and thoughts.
  4. I can’t be pressured by posting a time lapse video of each, so I will film the process for my YouTube channel only once a week. However, I take photos of each process and those will be able to my Patrons on Patreon.
That’s it, no more rules. I started some art challenges before and never finished any because the rules I set up for myself were too harsh and unrealistic, time–wise. I want to enjoy this month instead of feeling out of ideas once it’s done.
Lastly, those of you that follow me regularly, I hope you will enjoy the everyday drawing/painting posts and if you are participating too, best of luck and let me know how’s it going :)


PS: First painting is up already!


I managed to finish the series in time. I only skipped one day, 21st of October, due to a large event in my studio, but the next day I painted two and caught up. All 31 paintings together:

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Traditional Art Week Summary (June 2014)

Oh my oh my, how time does fly! Our Traditional Art Week is now officially over, in case you missed any of our articles, here's the full list ♥

Many thanks to our hard-working contributors > SylwiaTelari, Goodnight-Melbourne, jamberry-song for their dedication!

Monday June 9th

Traditional Art Week Introduction blog by jane-beata

Tuesday June 10th

Wednesday June 11th

Thursday June 12th

Friday June 13th

Saturday June 14th

Sunday June 15th

Chat event by jane-beata
Traditional Art Week Summary blog by jane-beata

Don't despair! Next Traditional Art Week is scheduled for September 2014!
If you wish to suggest a topic for an article, please do so using this forum.


Traditional art-promoting groups II

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 12:22 PM

Traditional art-promoting groups II

Do you share your artwork on DeviantArt? Congratulations, this might help you progress as an artist by getting known amongst the community and grow by getting feedback and tips on your work. You are also getting inspired by seeing new artworks, searching for artists that interest you and reading tutorials, articles. Great way to gain more exposure for your artworks is to join groups and share deviations in group's galleries. Best groups on DeviantArt are full of the most inspiring works, share tutorials and publish valuable articles, feature art, organize contests and most of all - admins of those groups are active and take care of their submissions in a short amount of time. They have no problem to communicate and accept suggestions. This article's purpose is to share groups that specialize in sharing traditional artworks - consider becoming a member :) (Smile)

:icontraditionaldeviants: TraditionalDeviants > Group dedicated to traditional artworks with over 8600 members, it contains a "WIP" and a "Tutorial" folder. One submission per day for each member.

:iconwateryartists: WateryArtists > A group dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the wonderful and diverse world of watercolor.

:icontraditional-works: Traditional-Works > Active group with over 3200 members, dedicated to traditional arts. Group has quality control and folders for tutorials and body art.

:icontraditionalartnow: TraditionalArtNOW > Over 1300 members, the group also supports digital artworks and handcrafts. One submission per day to each folder allowed.

:iconpainters: painters > A traditional art group that focuses entirely on painting media. They accept all ranges of talent - from novice to professional. Join and submission rules can be found here.

:iconfineartgalleries: FineArtGalleries > Fine Art Galleries is a very conservative group featuring what is traditionally known as "Fine Art". They will accept members who show an active discipline in accordance with their examples of artwork. Because of this, not everyone that applies will be accepted. Gallery submission rules can be found here.

:iconanything-traditional: anything-traditional > Group with almost 10k members, therefore submission limit is currently set for 1 deviation per week. The group doesn't accept WIP's or sketches and has a quality control. Works must be 100% traditionally made.

:iconwatercolorlovers: WatercolorLovers > Almost 10k members, 1 deviation per week for each member. Works must be made in watercolor medium, slight digital enhance/edit is allowed. The group also accepts watercolor tutorials.

:icontraditional-painting: Traditional-Painting > This group is for artists who paint with traditional media. They require submissions to have a significant amount of paint in them. Examples of traditional paint media include oil, acrylic, watercolor, egg tempera, ink, spray paint, et cetera. Each member is allowed to submit one piece per week. Over 8k members.

This article and many others was brought to you by :iconprojecteducate:  Still not a watcher? Join us!  

Interviewing weroni

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 9:10 AM

Interviewing weroni

Summer's Yearnings by weroni

You are a fantastic young artist and a medicine student. How do you manage to create and study such uneasy field at the same time?

Thank you very much, it means a lot that you think so :D (Big Grin). It's true that when you study medicine, you're more or less glued to your chair for 6 years, but usually, by the end of the day, after all the studying and work in the hospital I like to relax for a while, and I've found that painting really calms me down and helps me unwind after a long day.

Starry Night by weroni  Demeter (Edit inside) by weroni

It seems that watercolor is your favorite technique to use in your artworks. Do you have a particular relationship with it, why did you choose it?

I think that the attribute that appeals to me the most is it's unpredictability. They do whatever they want, what seems like a mistake at first may later become my favorite part of the painting. Also, I am a person who likes to have things under control and watercolors force me to let go of all that control I usually hang onto all day... and I just simply find them beautiful :D (Big Grin)

This Bleeding Soul by weroni

I love the cheerful coloring in every single painting of yours. Are you an optimistic person? What influences your choice of color?

I wouldn't call myself an optimist, but I simply find beauty in colors. And I feel that world is already full of gray and pouring all those colors into the painting lifts my spirit, so by sharing my art I hope to do the same for everyone else :) (Smile)

Alternate World, Alternate Life, Alternate Me by weroni

How long does it take for you to finish an average piece? What about other subjects than portraiture, does your artwork always include faces?

Sometimes, when I have all the time in the world and am in the right mood (the one when you feel like you're on fire and you simply HAVE TO paint :D (Big Grin)), all I need is few hours, or one day. During the semester, though, I usually paint maybe for and hour or two in the evening, so it may take up to one week to finish a painting. I have tried painting different subjects (and maybe one day I'll even finish them and post online :D (Big Grin)), but I think what draws me to portraits is also one of the reasons why I paint - an effort to "write down" my thoughts, emotions or simply stories in my head with a brush. I love it how some artist know how to tell a story with just one painting, and I wish that someday, I can do the same :) (Smile)

Flawless Dream by weroni

Do you exhibit or plan to exhibit?

No, I've never had this kind of opportunity. I understand that it's one step closer along the path of establishing a career and reputation as an artist, but I feel that it's still too early for my skills.

Blushing Trees by weroni

Do you have goals in your artistic career? Tell us about them :) (Smile)

I do dream, but I am still a newbie when it comes to the world of art and I feel that there's still too much I need to learn, so for now I am happy to share my art with others, maybe do some commissions. Maybe in few years I won't call it a "hobby" anymore, and maybe I will. Time will tell:) (Smile)

After the Laughter by weroni Heart of a Rainforest by weroni

How does DeviantArt impact your artistic life? Please share your inspirations with us :) (Smile)

I've always been doodling something everywhere I could(literally everywhere). I stopped during my last years of high school, because I felt that there's not much I can achieve as a self-taught artist. DeviantArt community made me realize how wrong was that assumption and I gradually started experimenting with pencils and charcoal again. What always encouraged me were all those awesome people, who didn't pretend that they were born professional artists. They still left their oldest works in the gallery. There's many wonderful people who make some really helpful tutorials, post pictures or videos of their works in progress, answer (sometimes silly) questions in the forums or notes. And maybe after a while, you can even call them friends. So from a girl who always tore up all her pictures and gave up on art it took me to a place where I am not afraid to publicly share my art with others and strive for constant improvement.

Thank you, weroni Heart


Watercolor Techniques II

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 1:28 PM

Watercolor Techniques II

Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). Current series of articles is focusing on painting methods, previously published Watercolor Techniques I article can be found HERE. I sincerely hope these will motivate some of you to try something new and wish you all happy painting! #1

Wet-in-Wet Technique

Wet-into-wet is another versatile and popular technique where watercolor, or water, is dropped onto a wet surface. This is a great technique to use for creating the illusion of a soft out of focus background in your painting. The soft, flowing, complex or random effects possible with wet in wet techniques are the unique signature of the watercolor medium. Even acrylics, though they can be diluted into glazes or slopped around in watery patterns, can't match the expressive textures of diffusion, pigment granulation and color gradation possible with a watery gum arabic vehicle on paper.

winter times by bracketting94

▲ Tools:

A piece of watercolor paper, preferably stretched
A brush (any size)
Two different color paints
Jar of water, a tissue to wipe your brush with

▲ How to:

First apply clean water to the area you will be painting (you can use a sponge, or a spray bottle). When the sheen is almost gone, begin painting in your colors. You can also place water on top of the colors to create more effects. For best results, keep the values of your colors close to the same. Also, wait for the sheen to be almost gone before dropping another color on top of a previous one. Otherwise, your surface will be too wet and the colors may not create the right effect.

Being able to predict the results you're going to get working wet-on-wet takes practice, but as this technique can produce spectacular, lively paintings it's well worth experimenting with it. It's particularly useful for suggesting movement in a painting and for diffusing shapes when you don't want too much detail. Make up a file of your various attempts with notes on the colors you used (some pigments collect on the paper's surface, creating more of a texture than others), how dilute the second color you added was, how wet the first layer was, and what paper you used.

▲ Wet-in-Dry comparison

Painting wet-on-wet the colors will spread into one another, producing soft edges and blending, whereas painting wet-on-dry produces sharp edges to shapes. Knowledge of these two techniques can also help prevent you from being frustrated by the paint not doing what you expect. If you want sharp edges to what you're painting, then any paint already put down on the paper must be dry before you paint another shape. If it is completely dry, then the shape will stay exactly as you'd painted it. If it isn't completely dry, the new layer will diffuse into the first.

Connected by taho

Wonderful watercolor tutorials to see

Watercoloring tips by dodostad  Watercolor bleeds notes by StevenLipton   Watercolor tutorial 2 by emperpep 

Wet-in-wet watercolor technique

Wet-on-dry and We-on-wet

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Traditional Art Tutorials on DeviantArt

A lot of people want to learn to draw and paint better but they just don't know where to start. You don't need an expensive art course to learn and progress, sometimes the answers are not far away. On DeviantArt, artists not only share their artworks but many of them are willing to share their working secrets, they create tutorials and FAQ journals or simply answer to your notes if you ask them. When you know what you want to improve, searching for a good tip gets even easier.


ANATOMY tutorials

Nose Topography by aaronverzatt   Drawing Eyes Tutorial by banjodi

Portraiture-The Mouth by aaronverzatt Eye Anatomy Map by aaronverzatt

COLOR tutorials

 Natural Color Palette by TimBeard
Tutorial : Pencil color (basic) by rikurikuri  Color Theory Crash Course by pronouncedyou  Practical Colors Tutorial by KelliRoos Color theory 101 by death-g-reaper

TECHNIQUES tutorials

Watercolor Effects by CyprinusFox Butterfly Tutorial by LucieOn Watercolor Tutorial English by Yenni-Vu Color Pencil Tutorial by Verlisaerys


Watercolor eyes in flesh tone tutorial by jane-beata Walkthrough - Ozelot in watercolor by LittleMissRaven

Do you have a favorite traditional art tutorial on DeviantArt? Share it with us!

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Hello everyone Hi!

Welcome to our Traditional Art Week (June 9th - 15th)

Three months since the previous one, we are back with the entire week dedicated to Traditional art! Our small team has put their heads together to bring you a handful of articles that we believe you will find useful and interesting. Don't forget to join our chat event on Sunday (June 15th) that will take place over at #CommunityRelations, noon PST (12.00 pm) - we'll see you there!

Monday June 9th

Traditional Art Week Introduction blog by jane-beata

Tuesday June 10th

Painting with a knife by Goodnight-Melbourne
Traditional art tutorials on DeviantArt by jane-beata

Wednesday June 11th

A brief discussion on limited palette by Goodnight-Melbourne
Watercolor techniques II by jane-beata

Thursday June 12th

Beware of green by Goodnight-Melbourne
Creating the illusion of space by TheBrassGlass

Friday June 13th

Interviewing weroni by jane-beata
Watercolour and salt by STelari

Saturday June 14th

What ruins a painting by Goodnight-Melbourne
Traditional art-promoting groups by jane-beata

Sunday June 15th

Chat event by jane-beata
Traditional Art Week Summary blog by jane-beata

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Traditional Art Week Summary

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 12:58 PM

Traditional Art Week Summary (March 2014)

Oh my oh my, how time does fly! Our Traditional Art Week is now officially over, in case you missed any of our articles, here's the full list ♥

Many thanks to our hard-working contributors > Astralseed, ArtByCher, SylwiaTelari, Xadrea for their dedication!

Monday March 3rd

Traditional Art Week Introduction blog by jane-beata

Tuesday March 4th

#Traditionalists by Astralseed
#Traditionalists Events

Wednesday March 5th

Traditional art techniques II by jane-beata
Collage Art by ArtByCher

Thursday March 6th

Combining Techniques by Xadrea
Traditional Mixed Media

Friday March 7th

Interviewing takmaj by jane-beata
Watercolor Techniques by

Saturday March 8th

Traditional art-promoting groups by jane-beata
Sketches and sketchbooks

Sunday March 9th

Chat event by Astralseed
Traditional Art Week Summary blog by jane-beata

Don't despair! Next Traditional Art Week is scheduled for June 2014! Since we covered some general topics this week, during the next one we'll be focusing on specific techniques and tutorials.
If you wish to suggest a topic for an article, please do so using this forum.


Traditional art-promoting groups

Sat Mar 8, 2014, 7:00 AM

Traditional art-promoting groups

Do you share your artwork on DeviantArt? Congratulations, this might help you progress as an artist by getting known amongst the community and grow by getting feedback and tips on your work. You are also getting inspired by seeing new artworks, searching for artists that interest you and reading tutorials, articles. Great way to gain more exposure for your artworks is to join groups and share deviations in group's galleries. Best groups on DeviantArt are full of the most inspiring works, share tutorials and publish valuable articles, feature art, organize contests and most of all - admins of those groups are active and take care of their submissions in a short amount of time. They have no problem to communicate and accept suggestions. This article's purpose is to share groups that specialize in sharing traditional artworks - consider becoming a member :)

:icontraditionalists: Traditionalists > The group was created in order to give the traditional community a broader audience and to help shine more light onto the joys of traditional art. More about the project > What is Traditionalists / Traditionalists Events

:iconsense-create-lnspire: Sense-Create-lnspire > Member submissions are auto-accepted, 2 submissions every week per member allowed. The group also shares resources, tutorials, articles and promotes your artworks further to Twitter and FB.

:icontraditional-help: Traditional-help > The group accepts submissions on daily basis and shares resources. Submissions are auto-approved.

:iconlearning-to-draw: Learning-To-Draw > This is a group for aspiring artists to collaborate and commit to submitting art on a regular basis in order to improve their art skills.Submissions accepted daily.

:iconpaintingopen: PaintingOpen > Unlimited submissions, auto-approved. Over 3600 members following this group.

:iconthetraditionalart: TheTraditionalArt > 5 deviations per day accepted, over 1800 members.

:iconparadiseofartists: ParadiseOfArtists > 2 submissions per day, they are very picky, but the galleries look fantastic and your work gets promoted in polls and journals. Make sure to submit your best work!

:iconalltraditionalart: AllTraditionalArt > Over 1200 members, 3 submission per day allowed.

:iconilovetraditionalart: ILoveTraditionalART > 5 submissions per day allowed.

:icontraditionalartworld: TraditionalArtWorld > Unlimited submissions.

:iconall-traditional-art: All-Traditional-Art > Unlimited submissions.

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Watercolor Techniques

Fri Mar 7, 2014, 11:25 AM

Watercolor Techniques I

Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). You should go grab your tools now, because the next series of articles will be focusing on painting methods. I sincerely hope these will help you and wish you all happy painting! :#1:

DSC 0298 crop 2 by jane-beata

Laying a wash

A wash is a large area in a watercolor painting where the paint flow and diffusion have been manipulated to efface individual brushstrokes. Within wash areas, color transitions are usually gradual and span analogous hues. Laying a wash is one of the most satisfying tasks in watercolor painting. Essentials of this skill are not difficult to learn, but to master the craft you will have to practice a bit. Washes are mostly used to create a flawless portrait background or a landscape sky that shades bright to mist.

▲ Tools:

You'll need a piece of watercolor paper stretched on a drawing board, a large flat brush, a jar of clean water, a cloth or a tissue for drying your brush and something to prop your drawing board up at a 30-degree angle to the horizontal.

▲ How to:

1 - You will need to tilt your painting surface first. The tilt creates a fall line or directed gravitational flow across the paper. This pulls the wash solution from high to low and collects the excess liquid in a reservoir, called the wash bead, along the bottom edge of the last brushstroke. Each brushstroke cuts into the existing wash bead and creates a wetted area underneath it, allowing it to flow down the stroke to the new edge.

2 - Charge your brush with paint. Starting at the top edge of the paper, put down a broad horizontal stroke, from one side to the other as if you were drawing a line with a pencil. Don't lift your brush until you're all the way across.

3 - Add more paint to your brush, then make another horizontal stroke making sure that the tip of your brush picks up the wash bead from the previous stripe. Don't paint above the bead, you'll ruin the evenness of your wash. You should work quickly to prevent lines in your wash.

4 - Continue this way until you get to the bottom of the paper. Squeeze the excess paint from your brush between a fold of cloth, then use the brush tip to lift the excess paint from the last stroke. Important > Leave the painting surface tilted until the wash dries completely.

▲ Graded wash

A graded wash is wash in which the color lightens towards the bottom of the page. To create graded wash, work in a similar way than explained above, but instead of loading your brush with more paint for each subsequent stroke, you load your brush with clean water thereby diluting the wash. Lift the excess water from the last stroke and leave to dry at an angle.

Texture Article by jane-beata

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Wonderful watercolor tutorials to see

<da:thumb id="53385346"/>   <da:thumb id="199086050"/>  Watercolor Tutorial English by Yenni-Vu 

Painting a flat watercolor wash
Painting a graded watercolor wash

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Interviewing Maja Wronska (takmaj)

Fri Mar 7, 2014, 5:54 AM

Interviewing Maja Wronska (takmaj)

Portovenere vol 2 by takmaj Portovenere by takmaj

You're a freshly graduated architect, am I correct? When did you realize for the first time that this is something you want to do with your life?

Yes, you are – I’m very happy about it. Well, to be honest, it all started when I was just a baby. My mom is an architect, she never forced me to be one, but, well, I just get some of her passion in my blood. When I was a kid, she let me color drawing designs of facades, and sometimes she showed those drawings to actual clients! I was so proud when she wasn’t ashamed of my drawings and I have to say that I was only 5 years old. In addition, we always have millions of colored pencils and all range of paints at home, and I could use them all the time, besides they were meant for professional usage, not for 4 or 5 years’ old children.

Glyptotek by takmaj

What makes watercolor your favorite artistic medium? Did you ever try acrylic or oil, painting on canvas?

Yes, I painted with acrylic, but I hated how messy they are. I never used all paints, some of them I wasted and I never liked it. Watercolors are easy, clean and wonderful.

Rialto by takmaj

Your gallery is one of the most cheerful places to see when browsing through DeviantArt. How do you pick colors for your next painting?

Wow, thank you. Well, before every painting, I browse the Internet and look for some photos to see the climate etc. When I think about a building or a city, I see the whole picture in my mind with colors and tones I should use.

Golden gate bridge by takmaj

Have you ever painted portraits or other subjects that does not connect to architecture?

I can say that architectural art is my area of expertise. I believe people should learn some basics and principles before painting any subject. I know a lot of construction rules, have a knowledge about historical and contemporary buildings, so even when I paint or draw some made up buildings, they still could exist and work. It really makes me upset when I look at someone's architectural drawing and see that there is no possible way people could walk into the building from the picture, or it could collapse, or the worst thing - perspective is messed up. I might be old-fashioned but I think it’s better to learn basics first and then start to show off :) (Smile) That’s why I never upload any portraits. What’s more, I create artwork that I personally would hang on my wall, cause I’m not a fan of people's faces "staring" at me from the pictures. But of course it’s my personal opinion, I don’t want to be offensive.

Summer day by takmaj

How large is an average piece painted by you and how long does it take to finish it?

I usually paint on a paper that is 42cm high and 56wide, and it takes me about 4-5 hours.

Siena by takmaj

Tell us about your favorites tools of the trade, what kinds do you use?

I use White Night’s watercolor and pretty random paper, sometimes Fabriano, sometimes not. I have 3 brushes (two of them are borrowed from my friend 8 years ago :) (Smile) ). In my humble opinion what really matters is the ability and the strong will, not the tool you use.

lanterns in Poznan by takmaj

Do you have favorite artists on DeviantArt? Who are they, show us galleries or artworks that we shouldn't overlook.

The deviation which I like the most is El despertar del robot by Thelastsumer, the idea of dancing building is so fresh and funny, I love the colors and everything about that piece of art.
Second is Chills by PascalCampion, I am probably the greatest fan of Pascal's work in the world, I just love everything he draws, especially those family scenes
The last but not least is Imagine This by Trichardsen, I love auroras photos and it's my dream to see that in person one day. I also really like pictures taken by Pajunen :) (Smile)

Thank you, takmaj Heart


Traditional Art Week

Our team of Community Volunteers and senior contributors have put together another Traditional Art Week at projecteducate that is going on right now (3rd - 9th March 2014) - keep in touch and check out INTRODUCTION blog to see what we have prepared for you. Next Traditional Art Week is scheduled for June, feel free to suggest a topic you'd like us to write more about, using this forum.

Summary with our previous Traditional art week's articles can be found HERE.


There is a lot going on over at Traditionalists. Our current activities include bi-weekly chat events, that are taking place at #CommunityRelations, usually on Sunday (schedule can be found HERE). We are also running Stock challenges, for more details check out this journal. We also have a new contributor (Entwinedbliss), that is putting together interesting interviews on a regular basis.

Are you interested in getting involved with Traditionalists and contribute? See more detailed info in this journal.

Traditionalists 01 / Traditionalists 02 / Traditionalists events

Traditional Art DD Round-ups

May 2013 Traditional Art DD Round-Up
June 2013 Tradtitional Art DD Round-Up
July 2013 Traditional Art DD Round-Up
September 2013 Traditional Art DD Round-up
October 2013 Traditional Art DD round-up
November 2013 Traditional Art DD round-up

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Traditional Art Techniques II

Wed Mar 5, 2014, 7:07 AM

Traditional Art Techniques II

Traditional Art Week continues! This article will give you a brief overview of even more physical media techniques and their characteristics, featuring beautiful examples found all over DeviantArt and tutorials. I sincerely hope this will get you inspired to try something new and experiment, why not pick a tutorial and see what you learn! Don't forget, whilst techniques has their own regulations and principles, they still can be combined, you have to be no wizard (just a little creative) to find a new way to express yourself through them.  Let's take a look  Singing 

(Traditional Art Techniques I)

1. Drawing media II

Drawing is one of the major forms of expression within the visual arts, and is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper. Traditional drawings were monochrome, or at least had little color,  while modern colored-pencil drawings may approach or cross a boundary between drawing and painting. Drawing is often exploratory, with considerable emphasis on observation, problem-solving and composition. It is also regularly used in preparation for painting. A quick, unrefined drawing may be called a sketch. In fields outside art, technical drawings or plans of buildings, machinery, circuitry and other things are often called "drawings" even when they have been transferred to another medium by printing. (Wiki)

▲ Pen (ballpoint, fountain)

A pen is primarily a writing implement used to apply ink to a surface (usually paper), for writing or - in this case - drawing. Ruling pens allow precise adjustment of line width, and still find a few specialized uses, but technical pens are more commonly used. Modern types, often used to create artworks, include ballpoint, fountain or ceramic tip pens. A ballpoint pen dispenses viscous oil-based ink by rolling a small hard sphere. The ink dries almost instantly on contact with paper. They are usually reliable, inexpensive and can be an excellent medium for serious fine art or illustration. A fountain pen uses water-based liquid ink delivered through a nib. The ink flows from a reservoir through a "feed" to the nib, then through the nib, due to capillary action and gravity. Fountain pens are nowadays also used for artistic purposes or by professional designers.

Tutorials to see > The ballpoint pen art book by ArtisAllan, Tutorial for Ballpoint-Pens by forkfighter

Redhead Girl - Ballpoint Pen by VianaArts Ballpoint Pen Icarus by kleinmeli

▲ Marker

A marker pen (marking pen, felt-tip pen, flow, marker) is a pen which has its own ink-source, and usually a tip made of a porous, pressed fibers such as felt. A typical permanent marker consists of a container (glass, aluminum or plastic) and a core of an absorbent material. All kinds of markers are available on the market (permanent markers, highlighters, non-permanent markers, security markers, election markers). Drawing with markers offers almost instant gratification - markers are simple to use, require little preparation time and dry quickly. They are ideal for creating loose lines, caligraphic designs and precise technical illustrations.

Tutorials to see > Copic Marker Tutorial by finni, Copic Marker Tutorial I by cartoongirl7

Portrait by marker by carlosCL General Iroh marker by BryanValenza

▲ Conté

Also known as Conté sticks or Conté crayons, they are a drawing m edium composed of compressed pwdered graphite or charcoal mixed with a wax or clay base, square in cross-section. They were invented in 1795 by Nicolas-Jacques Conté, and had the advantage of being cost-effective to produce, easy to manufacture in controlled grades of hardness. Nowadays they're manufactured using natural pigments, clay and a binder. Conté crayons are most commonly found in black, white and sanguine tones, as well as bistre, shades of grey and other colors. Colors sets are especially used for field studies and color studies. Some artists create entire paintings with them, using them the way pastels are used.

Tutorials to see > How to draw with conte crayons

whither? by derekjones [113] Untitled Charcoal and Conte On Canvas 53.2 by ShinKwangHo

▲ Crayon

A crayon (or wax pastel) is a stick of colored wax, charcoal, chalk or other material. They're available at a range of price points, are easy to work with, often less messy than paints and markers, blunt, usually non-toxic, and are available in a wise variety of colors. You can work with either water-resistant or water-soluble crayons. They are particularly good instruments for teaching small children to draw in addition to being used widely by student and professional artists.

Tutorials to see > tips: pencil crayon basics by kitton

You're Never too old for crayons by artisticalshell crayon drawing of leonid afrem by rayjaurigue

1. Painting media

Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface. The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes can be used. Painting is a mode of creative expression, and the forms are numerous. Drawing, composition or abstraction and other aesthetics may serve to manifest the expressive and conceptual intention of the practitioner. Different types of paint are usually identified by the medium that the pigment is suspended or embedded in, which determines the general working characteristics of the paint, such as viscosity, miscibility, solubility, drying time, etc. (Wiki)

▲ Encaustic painting

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted.

Tutorials to see >  Art - Encaustic Tutorials

White Rabbit by readyo encaustic portrait 2 by aminotturtely

▲ Tempera / poster paint

Tempera, also known as egg tempera, is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigment mixed with water-soluble binder medium (usually a glutinous material such as egg yolk). Tempera also refers to the paintings done in this medium. A paint consisting of pigment and glue size commonly used in the United States as poster paint is also often referred to as "tempera paint", although the binders and sizes in this paint are different from traditional tempera paint. It either comes in large bottles or jars or in a powdered form. It is normally a "cheap" paint used in theatrical backdrops or in grade school art classes.

Tutorials to see > Tempera Colour Tutorial by Chenria

There's No Pain Now by RobM48 Pixels 03 by monguz

▲ Stencil

A stencil is a thin sheet of material, such as paper, plastic, or metal, with letters or a design cut from it, used to produce the letters or design on an underlying surface by applying pigment through the cut-out holes in the material. The key advantage of a stencil is that it can be reused to repeatedly and rapidly produce the same letters or design. The design produced with a stencil is also called a stencil.

Tutorials to see > How to cut stencils Tutorial

Stencil by kristrappeniers Stencil Monkey by sark-stencil

▲ Fresco

Fresco is a technique of mural painting executed upon freshly laid lime plaster. Water is used as the vehicle for the pigment and the painting becomes an integral part of the wall. The fresco technique has been employed since antiquity and is closely associated with Italian Renaissance painting.

What is your favorite technique? Do you like to mix different media?

Your thoughts and comments are welcome!



Traditional Art Week Introduction

Mon Mar 3, 2014, 9:19 AM

Hello everyone Hi!

Welcome to our Traditional Art Week (March 3rd - 9th)

Three months since the previous one, we are back with the entire week dedicated to Traditional art! Our small team has put their heads together to bring you a handful of articles that we believe you will find useful and interesting. Don't forget to join our chat event on Sunday (March 9th) that will take place over at #CommunityRelations, noon PST (12.00 pm) - we'll see you there!

If you wish to contribute a traditional art-related article during our next Traditional Art Week (June 2014) or have suggestions for topics you'd like to read about, please comment here. Heart

Monday March 3rd

Traditional Art Week Introduction blog by jane-beata

Tuesday March 4th

#Traditionalists by Astralseed
#Traditionalists Events

Wednesday March 5th

Traditional art techniques II by jane-beata
Collage Art by ArtByCher

Thursday March 6th

Combining Techniques by Xadrea
Traditional Mixed Media

Friday March 7th

Interviewing takmaj by jane-beata
Watercolor Techniques by

Saturday March 8th

Traditional art-promoting groups by jane-beata
Sketches and sketchbooks

Sunday March 9th

Chat event by Astralseed
Traditional Art Week Summary blog by jane-beata

We hope you all enjoy upcoming articles La la la la


Artist's Toolbox: Dry pastel

Sun Feb 23, 2014, 6:01 AM

Artist's Toolbox: Dry Pastel

A Pastel is an art medium consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder of a neutral hue and low saturation. Pastels have been used by artists since Renaissance, but gained popularity mostly in the 18th century, when a number of notable artists made pastel their primary medium. An artwork created in pastel is called a pastel drawing or a pastel painting. We mentioned pastel as one of traditional art techniques in a series of articles written for Traditional Art Weeks of projecteducate 

Pastels cannot be mixed on a palette like paints, but are mixed on the paper by overlaying and blending. The exact composition and characteristics of an individual pastel stick depends on the type of pastel and the type and amount of binder used. It also varies by individual manufacturer. There are two types of pastel - dry pastel (sticks of ground pigment mixed with chalk and gum) and oil pastel (oil or wax is used as a binder). In this article, we will be talking about dry pastel. 

1000 Pix Checker by jane-beata

▲ About dry pastel

Dry pastels are available in varying degrees of hardness, the softer varieties being wrapped in a paper. Soft pastels is the most widely used form of pastel, the sticks have a higher portion of pigment and less binder, which results in brighter colors. Finished drawings require protecting with a fixative spray to prevent smudging and framing under the glass. Pan pastels are formulated with a minimum of binder in flat compacts (like women's makeup) and applied with a special sponge tools, no liquid is involved. Hard pastels have a higher portion of binder with less pigment, producing a sharp drawing material suitable to create fine details. Hard pastels are traditionally used to do preliminary sketches with (composition planning), or in combination with softer pastels. It's sufficient to mention that these colors are less brilliant and are available in a restricted range in contrast to soft pastels. Lastly, pastel pencils are pencils with a pastel lead that are very useful to add details. 

DSC 0150 900 pix crop by jane-beata DSC 0111 900 pix crop by jane-beata

▲ How to use pastels

Choosing your tools - First of all, choose your palette appropriately, for starters you don't need many, a set of 12 will be more than enough. You can pick a specific color theme, such as shades of grey or earth tones. Another thing you'll need is a proper surface, paper with "tooth" or texture, with the ability to grab the pigment and hold it. Good art supply stores have paper specifically designed for pastel drawing available. You can also use charcoal paper or even canvas to draw on.

Blending - You can use your finger (some artists prefer this, some don't recommend due to messy working practices) or paper stumps (cylinders made of layers of paper) for blending, even paper tissues. The softest pastels can be also applied with brushes designed for working with pastel.

Erasing - Be careful when working with your eraser around a pastel painting, never try to rub off the pigment. Knead the eraser to make it pliable, then press it to your work to lift the pigment off.

Working habits - Before you start, plan your composition, make a light sketch using pencil or harder pastel. Work from dark to light > start with the darkest tones, adding lighter ones, layering and blending as you go. Make sure to clean the pastel dust from your workplace frequently, try not to inhale it. It's okay to use an easel, in which case the dust naturally falls into the ground and won't irritate you. Keep your hands clean, it will help you not to create an accidental smudges that will be hard to remove. Make a habit of cleaning your pastel sticks as you work with them, using a dry towel or a tissue to remove any other pigment from them.

Fixation - Use a fixative spray after you're finished, be careful though and follow the instructions, it's usually toxic. You can use fixative even between layers of pastel drawing, this allows you to work on the next layer without smudging the previous one. 

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▲ Protection of pastel artworks

To create a permanent work with pastel, artists should keep few things in mind. Use only pastel with lightfast pigments (this goes for every technique, not just pastel), work only with acid-free archival quality supports. Works should be properly mounted, framed behind glass and stored away from the direct sunlight. As mentioned, it's okay to use a high quality fixative to prevent smudging, but be careful, as some fixatives may change the color of your pigments. Use of a hair spray instead of fixative is not recommended.

▲ Techniques, Tutorials, Resources for learning

Here are some fantastic resources for learning dry pastel techniques.


Pastel tutorial by Sarahharas07

Charcoal and Pastel tutorial by gabbyd70

Best brands of Art Pastels

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Have you tried using dry pastel? 

Feel free to share your experience in the comments below :heart:


Previous Toolbox articles:

Watercolor equipment - Basic Tools | Watercolor equipment II - Additional Tools | Pencil, Graphite, Charcoal

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PE: 5 reasons to love your job

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 7:10 AM

5 reasons to love your job

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."


Washed Up by DalaiHarma

1. Your work consumes a significant amount of your life time. If you don't love what you do, you spend way too much of your time being upset and uncomfortable.

2. You will probably never be truly great at what you do. Without passion and will to invest, improvement is unlikely to come.

3. You'll lack fulfillment. You'll be thinking about things you could be doing instead and watching the clock all the time. Your days won't be productive.

4. Without being productive, you won't get promoted. Without excitement and portfolio that shows progress, you won't get new customers.

5. While doing a job you don't like, you won't be able to do what you'd love to do more, be much better at and more productive. You will waste yourself.

Frustration by Fangfingers

"The biggest mistake  that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!"

Earl Nightingale

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