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Ranger inks, what’s the difference between Inks and Watercolor pigment
Today Ann told us today about Ranger inks, and how much she is enjoying them, especially the distressed inks. Then our conversation took a turn into what's the difference of inks, alcohol inks and water color pigments and can alcohol inks be used in watercolor competitions. Personally, I found this fascinating information, I hope you will too.
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I Love this brush, effortless glazing without lifting the previous layer
When I first started painting years ago, the art store where I did my first demonstration gifted me with the largest brush that I had ever seen, a #30.
I had no idea what to do with it, or how to use it, it wasn't terribly comfortable in my hand, I thought the brush they gave me was nice, so I just put it to the side, because most of my brushes that I worked with at that time, were the smaller #3, #8, #10 and maybe the largest brush being a #12.
Then one day, I was a little tired of being fiddly with my strokes and I wanted to simplify my painting style and expand the size of my paintings. I found it challenging to get the results that I wanted with most of my brushes and I learned quite a bit just by testing different brands and types of brushes.
Most were either be too soft and wimpy or stiff, so, I gave the brush from the demonstration a try, and it worked beautifully, I was not only able to expand the size of my paintings but grew as an artist.
View on YouTube https://youtu.be/6BP7z-o_ocs
If you have seen any of my earlier videos or demonstrations then you would have noticed my white handled brush, and over the years the ferrule loosened, and I wanted to share this great brush with my students, so I searched and it was nowhere to be found. I found an alternative that worked almost as well but I still loved my original white handle brush, and since I was not able to direct my students to this brush I put it to the side and focused on other ones.
The funny thing is after 20 years or so, one day I found myself struggling with a piece of paper for a demonstration where the sizing just wasn't working for me, I grabbed that old brush, and it felt like an old friend, the comfort and ease of how well it worked, I thought just take another look around, and I found it, I was stunned.
In the video you will be able to see the brush as I tested it again for the first time and it may be something that you might like to explore for yourself.
You will now be able to find them in my store. am now carrying the brushes in my store on my website www.birgitconnor.com
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Putting the Water Back Into Watercolor
Today I will give you a glimpse inside my process as I discuss an article by Cherie Dawn Hass from Realism live and how my work has changed over the last decade. Click here to see the full online article
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Should you use black in a painting and do you outline your subjects?
Today we discuss how to get focused after being distracted with summer, and should you use black in a painting?
If you use a black, should you use it from the tube or mix your own? will it look harmonious, like a black hole and what happens to the surrounding colors.
When it comes to figures should you outline them or work with values, and what do you do when you see someone on the street that you want to paint?
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Background ideas, problem solving, and what do when masking sticks to paper
Today we discuss backgrounds and ideas of how to approach them. More problem solving, what do is the masking sticks to paper and what about the magic eraser.
How to increase color intensity and lift highlights in watercolor
Many people think that watercolor is weak and wimpy, let’s look at how to bring up the color, lift highlights and make smooth washes. For workshops and online courses go to https://birgitoconnor.com
Loved the information and the authentic discussion!
So much fun
It is interesting to hear the pactical side of art while keeping it fun