Watercolor Effects & Tricks

This video shows a wide range of materials, techniques and tools for creating diverse effects in watercolor. You’ll learn how to create many visual effects in watercolor. Like how to achieve various textures, lines, and strokes. How to use other, unconventional tools. All of these techniques can be used to create a visual language for any style of painting. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Video Walkthrough

  • Winsor & Newton mediums
  • Additives: Kosher Salt, Alcohol
  • Watercolor Cakes vs. Tubes
  • Watercolor plein air supplies
  • Wet into wet, Bleeds
  • Layering: hair dryer
  • Painting gradients
  • Types of Brushes
  • Spray bottle + Straws
  • Lifting & Pressing into the watercolor
  • Scratching into the paper
  • Resist techniques
  • Markers + Water
  • Water based crayons & Colored pencil
  • Types of Yupo paper
  • Cold press vs. Hot press paper
  • Dry brushing techniques

Brushes & Tools

Other Supplies

Materials Provided By

Winsor & Newton
Legion Paper