Ink and Wash Part II

ink jane watercolor Oct 02, 2021

Welcome to Part II of the Ink and Wash Technique series. Ink and Wash (aka line and wash) is a fun way to quickly sketch a landscape scene or a street scene, or in this case, food. It can be as detailed or as loose as you want it to be. It can be just a few quick squiggles or lines to give the suggestion of a person, place, or thing. The idea is get something down on paper quickly and have it look effortless, opposed to labored. The wash part of the technique requires more water in the paint mix and then a series of drying and then laying down more wash to create a layered look to go from light to dark. 

Topics Covered

  • What can you do to make sure something looks like what it should look like
  • Sketching and painting tomatoes

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 Materials Needed

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Ink and Wash

jane watercolor Aug 27, 2021

Ink and Wash (aka line and wash) is a fun way to quickly sketch a landscape scene or a street scene, or in this case, food. It can be as detailed or as loose as you want it to be. It can be just a few quick squiggles or lines to give the suggestion of a person, place, or thing. The idea is get something down on paper quickly and have it look effortless, opposed to labored. The wash part of the technique requires more water in the paint mix and then a series of drying and then laying down more wash to create a layered look to go from light to dark. 

Topics Covered

  • How and where to get started when using a large plate of food as your painting inspiration
  • Painting the carrots first and then inking them up
  • Sketching the carrots first and then adding color

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Watercolor Leaves and Florals Pop-up Card

Make a splash of brightly colored leaves and florals to bring a little happy to your work space or send to someone else. We will start with a step-by-step process of creating each of these different designs with watercolors. You’ll learn some special techniques for painting florals, how to give them an extra sparkle with gold paint, and how to get a layered pop-up effect for a 3-D card that will wow the recipient.

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Materials Needed

Pop up dots

EK Success Cutter Bee Precision Scissors

Watercolor Paint Palette

Silver Brush Black Velvet Round Brush Size 6

Princeton Aqua Elite 4850 Synthetic Kolinsky Round Brush Size 6

Strathmore Watercolor Cards and Envelopes, Pack of 10, or

Strathmore Watercolor Cards and Envelopes, Pack of 50

Daniel Smith Watercolors

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Watercolor Charging and Glazing Techniques

classes jane watercolor Apr 05, 2021

Charging and glazing are two watercolor techniques used for mixing, blending (unifying), diffusing, lightening, adding value, and even making subtle color changes (balancing, adjusting, fixing, etc.)

Have you tried these techniques but ended up with something muddy or dull or opaque? I have a few simple exercises to share that will help you understand the ins and outs of these two techniques and how to apply them to your paintings.

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Supplies:

Round paintbrush (anything that is not thirsty - avoid Neptunes)

Flat / One stroke brush (1/2" - 1")

Transparent watercolors (Any paint that does not cover a black sharpie line will work. If the black line shows more or less, then it is semi-transparent. If the black line is not covered at all, then the paint is transparent. I will have a tutorial on...

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Cross Hatch and Watercolor Illustration

classes malka watercolor Apr 05, 2021

Watercolor painting is beautiful in and of itself, but let's explore a way we can enhance it with another lovely technique, cross-hatching. Cross-hatch illustration also stands on its own in its beauty when done right, but I like to use it as a way to make my paintings pop off the page. Incorporate these two styles and mediums into one for a work that is detailed, colorful and immensely satisfying. 

Topics Covered

  • Cross-hatching technique
  • Watercolor pencil usage
  • Learning to see and recreate light & shadow
  • Combining crosshatch and watercolor to form a unique composition

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Materials Needed

  • Watercolor paper or thick mixed media paper
  • 3-4 purple, green, blue, Watercolor pencils or traditional pan/ tubes
  • Pencil & Eraser
  • Thick & Thin Fine liner (Must be waterproof. I...
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Flower Shower! Watercolor Carnations

Today, we will create lovely carnations that will never wilt. You can use any color of your choice. You can use a wedge paintbrush or a paintbrush with an angled edge. A wedge paintbrush is a must-have in your collection of paintbrushes. I have some suggestions under "Watercolor" (Community) for where to get these brushes. They are often on sale so shop around!

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Supplies:

 Paintbrush:

 - Wedge brush or Triangle brush (ex: Beste or Silver Ruby) 

 - Round brush (size 6 or smaller)

 Paint:

 - Any color that you would like your carnations to be will work (pinks and greens)

 - Paint used in the video: Quinacridone Rose, Hansa Yellow, Serpentine Genuine and if you want to get a nice yellowish green, you can mix Sap Green with Hansa Yellow)

- Watercolor...

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Watercolor Painting: The Seven Species

classes malka watercolor Jan 17, 2021

In this jam packed class, you'll learn to use watercolors to paint pomegranate, fig, wheat, barley, dates, grapes and olive plants, all known as part of 'Seven Species' (Deuteronomy 8:8). We will run through watercolor basics, both in terms of recommended materials and techniques, and you will also learn my approach to sketching from a reference as well as finally painting a detailed piece. 

Topics Covered

  • 'Seven species' background, context, and deeper meaning
  • Wet on wet technique 
  • Wet on Dry
  • Sketching skills
  • Detailed yet loose watercolor painting 

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Materials Needed

  • Watercolor paper - I'm using Canson Aquarelle 300g
  • 1 small round brush, 1 detail brush - I use Size 1 Princeton Select Round size and 0000 
  • Paints - pans or tubes. Must have Yellow, blue,...
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Watercolor Painting with Tea and Coffee

classes malka watercolor Dec 06, 2020

In this class, you will learn to create your very own homemade paints from simple products you have at home - coffee & tea! You'll also use basic watercolor techniques and learn to apply them to an actual painting.

Topics Covered

  • Paint creation
  • Watercolor washes
  • Wet on wet technique 
  • Wet on Dry
  • Painting a loose rose
  • Envelope design

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Materials Needed

  • Watercolor papers (size A3 recommended)
  • Two fruit-based tea bags
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • Glass of hot/ boiling water
  • Clean cool water
  • Any round paintbrush
  • Paper towel 
  • Q tips (optional)
  • An Envelope
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Book recommendation: Make Ink 

Homework Challenge
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Painting With Walnut Ink

If you think painting with watercolor, acrylic, or oil-based paints is fun, wait until you try painting with walnut ink. It's a beautiful medium to work with and so versatile.

Topics Covered

  • Making walnut ink from walnut ink crystals
  • Various ink painting techniques
  • Painting a simple landscape 
  • Painting a flower
  • Creative ways to write with walnut ink 

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 Materials Needed

  • pointed nib
  • oblique or straight nib holder
  • variety of round paint brushes, small to medium size
  • small paint palate or small plates or bowls
  • walnut ink
  • watercolor paints, optional
  • pencil
  • two glasses of water
  • paper towel
  • watercolor paper- size of your choice

Homework Challenge

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Envelope Art - Floral Borders

Got mail to send? Have you thought about decorating the front (and back) of that envelope? How many times have you seen a beautifully decorated envelope and thought to yourself, "That's gorgeous!" but stopped because it either looked too difficult or time consuming? Well, envelope art can be as simple as putting some creative lettering on the front or complex with intricate flourishes and designs. This class is about finding that middle ground with floral borders that you can easily create a handful at a time and have envelopes ready to address and mail!

Topics Covered

  • Examples 
  • Finding inspiration from what is inside the envelope
  • How to decant watercolors from your pans to a palette
  • A large loose floral element on one corner (front and back) and outlining it to make it pop
  • Using masking tape to create a border
  • How to use a wedge brush and a round brush for each floral element
  • How to create a floral border with just paint and another with outlines and a last one without...
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