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Contemporary Watercolors

A guide to current materials, mediums, and techniques

Contemporary Watercolors A guide to current materials, mediums, and techniques
Format: Paperback, 64 Pages
ISBN: 9781600582363
Illustrations: 150
Size: 6.5 x 9.5
Published: Dec. 1, 2012
Price: $9.95
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This addition to the Artist's Studio series gives artists of all skill levels a current look at tools and techniques in the world of watercolor. From selecting brushes and paper to experimenting with a variety of mediums, readers can discover all they need to know to build their library of materials and start painting right away. To inspire creativity, the book highlights products that affect the consistency, sheen, and texture of the paint, including iridescent medium and impasto gel. Also, the book features world-renowned art materials brand Winsor & Newton, introducing artists to a broad range of high-quality products that are easy to find in any art & craft store.

Winsor & Newton has built its reputation on the quality and reliability of its products, combined with continual product development, improvement, and innovation. Winsor & Newton was founded in 1832 by Henry Newton and William Winsor, who were involved with the leading artists of their time. To this day, Winsor & Newton strives to keep up with the latest developments in the art world and takes an active interest in what artists have to say.
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A History of Watercolor
Section One: Getting Started
Setting up a Studio
Working on Site
Watercolor Paper
Mixing Palettes
Unique Materials
Section Two: Paints
Understanding Pigments
Paint Characteristics
Opaque vs. Transparent Paint
Understanding Color
Color Mixing
Color Choices
Section Three: Mediums
Introduction to Mediums
Gum Arabic
Masking Mediums
Blending Medium
Granulation Medium
Lifting Preparation Medium
Ox Gall Liquid
Texture Medium
Iridescent Medium
Section Four: Gallery of Techniques
Basic Techniques Review
Controlled Layering
Graduated Wash
Emphasizing with Color
Dripping & Flicking
About the Artists
Nothing strikes fear into the heart of an amateur watercolorist more than the mention of opaque watercolors. In fact, some avoid using them altogether. We tend to think of watercolor paintings as being transparent, but opaque accents can be very effective. It would be a shame to avoid using such wonderful colors as cadmium red or cerulean blue simply because they are opaque.

There are two myths about opaque colors that I would like to dispel. First, artists often think that opaque color mixes will produce muddy results. Mud can occur when mixing any colors, whether opaque or transparent. The more colors that are added to a mix, the more likely mud will result. Second, many artists believe that opaque colors will obscure other colors, rendering them useless as glazes; however, if you add enough water to the mix, an opaque color can act as a transparent color.

To sum it up, keep your opaque mixes fresh by adding plenty of water and limiting the number of colors you use. Know which colors are opaque and transparent in your palette, and do not let fear of opaque colors deter you from using them.