How to Paint Light to Dark Using Watercolors

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Course Description:

Venture into the dynamic world of watercolor painting with confidence as you learn the revered technique of painting from light to dark.

Miranda Balogh guides you through a transformative process that leverages watercolor transparency to create pieces that glow with luminosity. Discover the strategic benefits of layering, preserving white space, and crafting vibrant artwork.

Master swatch chart creation, value scaling, glazing techniques, and troubleshoot dark painting issues with the lifting method. This course is your opportunity to dive into hands-on demonstrations, including a live flower painting comparison, all while drawing inspiration from Miranda’s enchanting nature and cosmic-themed examples.

Join the journey to master layering and confidently ignite the artist within you.

What You Will Learn:

  • Why painting from light to dark is beneficial in watercolor art
  • How to construct swatch charts and value scales for pigment evaluation
  • Techniques for glazing and perfecting paint-to-water ratios
  • Methods for remedying over-darkened paintings with the lifting technique
  • Insights from Miranda’s artwork examples to enhance your own projects

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Watercolor paints: pans or tubes
  • Watercolor paper
  • One medium round brush
  • One large flat brush
  • Two jars of water
  • Mixing palette/tray
  • Cloth or paper towels

Meet Your Instructor:

Miranda Balogh

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This Is A Live Class Replay:

This is an edited replay of a Foxsy Live Class. If you’re interested in interacting directly with instructors, check out the upcoming Live Class schedule.

What’s In This Class?

  • 1 Video
  • Hands-On Tutorial
  • Self-Paced

Course Level: Beginner
Run Time: 55 minutes

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Avatar Lawanna Lawrence Bean
Posted 2 days ago
Loved it!

It's important to learn new techniques and this class certainly helped with that.

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