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                        how to watercolor

   Below is a watercolor demonstration of Roy Fuller's fast watercolor painting techniques. He completes his watercolor paintings in 30 minutes or less. Design Slow & Paint Quickly".

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  How To Watercolor

        Six Steps To A Successful Watercolor Painting

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                        How To Watercolor A Seascape                       

Art Supplies Needed:

                                                                                                  Brushes - 3 inch, 2 inch, 1/2 inch

                                                                      Colors - Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue, Gamboge Yellow, Brunt Sienna

                                                                              Step One -  Beach Scene

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How To Watercolor

      Make a simple sketch of your desired watercolor painting on watercolor paper. Don't want a lot of details, just a few basic shapes that reflect the goal of your painting. Make sure you don't put your center of interest in the center or the horizon water line across the cent of the paper. Also make sure you balance the design. This is where you focus on your overall composition. Visit www.RoyFuller.com for FREE instruction on composition, perspective, shapes, symbols, and design techniques. Go To Step Two


Step Two

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How To Watercolor

  Wet the paper from the top of the paper to the horizon level. Paint the background sky with Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna. Leave a small white diagonal area in the sky for clouds. Vary the sky from top to horizon and from left to right with varying mixtures of paint. This gives the sky variety and depth. Variety is the spice of everything nice. Go To Step Three


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Step Three

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How To Watercolor

  Wet the ocean area with fresh clean water. Paint in the ocean with Ultramarine Blue and a little Burnt Sienna. Add some interlocking edges along the beach to make it interesting. Also vary the color slightly from top to bottom and side to side for variety and depth. Remember the colors will be lighter when the paper dries. Go to Step Four

Step Four

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How To Watercolor

Use different size big brushes and make the outline of palm tree branches in the sky on the right side. Now pick up some Gamboge yellow and Prussian blue and mix it on your palette. Add this to your palm branches area. You will need a dryer brush for this application with less water in the brush than normal. don't make all the leaves the same size. Use Big, Medium and Small trees. Go to Step Five

Step Five

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How To Watercolor

Paint the trees and huts with Bunt Sienna, Gamboge yellow and Prussian blue. Just add some paint clumps in varying shades and shapes. Use interlocking edges on the beach and into the sky. Now using a rounded dull pocket knife, scrape in the palm tree trunks using different sizes of trunks and lengths. Don't need to many, just a few. Now quickly before the paint dries, using a piece of a credit card scrape in the beach hut and sign.  Go to Step Six

       Step Six      


                    how to watercolor step seven

                                                                     How To Watercolor

  Paint the sailboat by adding a little color above the waterline with a brush and the mask scraping a little paint on a credit card Now add the reflection pools with Burnt Sienna and Gamboge Yellow. Wet the area first, then throw in some varying paint mixtures. Now take a dry brush and dust the area slightly giving you a smudge on the water surface for reflections and blending the colors together. Use an interesting shape or the reflection pool area. Always look at painted area as shapes and make sure they are interesting and have variety in shape, color and texture. Now add the beached boat by dragging a credit card through some paint on you palette and scraping color on the paper. Simple process but looks great. It's that easy!

                                                    You Have A Finished Painting In Less Than 30 Minutes!



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     Roy Fuller has studied the works of many international artists and utilizes a method of fast watercolor painting the allows him to complete watercolor paintings in less than 15 minutes. His method simplifies painting details and takes advantage of the spontaneous and luminous qualities of watercolors. He paints mostly wet in wet up until the paintings dries and then add minor details using dry on dry watercolor techniques. This simplified method of watercolor painting uses symbols for trees, building, rocks, etc and avoids overworking the painting.



   How To Watercolor. Roy Fuller, Watercolor Artist & Workshop Instructor.  Roy Fuller has been painting watercolors for over 20 years and  is one of the internet's top ranked Artist for International Watercolor Workshops & International Watercolor Artists. Roy offers watercolor workshops nationally in the US and all around the world.  Roy's watercolor paintings can be completed in less then 30 minutes and often less than 15 minutes. He mostly focuses his workshops on How To Watercolor seascapes but also does mountain landscapes. Roy's watercolor paintings are a reflection of his travels all around the world including Vietnam, Philippines, France, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Hawaii, Taiwan, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Australia, Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and many other countries. See the FREE How To Watercolor - Painting Demonstration Below.

"To get the most spontaneous, luminous, loose, and transparent watercolor paintings you need to paint with the biggest watercolor paint brushes possible and use the fewest number of brush strokes. The best way to achieve this is to paint 15 Minute Watercolors." Roy Fuller, 1995

          Roy has spent many years perfecting his fast painting method of How To Watercolor. He advocates painting loose and free.  Watercolors are meant to be free, self expressing, spontaneous, luminous and applied with the minimum number of brush strokes. Finish your paintings while the watercolor paper is still wet from the initial wetting and by the time the watercolor paper dries your painting should be finished. This is "how to watercolor".

   The real secret of How To Watercolor is to paint quickly, using big brushes and the minimum number of brush strokes.

   "Most watercolor painting tecgniques teach students complicated design theory and techniques. As we apply these advanced watercolor painting techniques we start using smaller detail brushes. We slow down our painting process to adapt as many of these how to watercolor techniques to our paintings. But if we are not very careful we end up over working the painting to the point that we lose the characteristics of how to watercolor that we loved in the first place.  In order to take advantage of the inherent watercolor properties, we need to use larger brushes that won't allow overworking the painting. Also, the paint needs to be applied as quickly as possible with the fewest number of repeated brush strokes. You still need to plan your painting before starting with a value sketch and you need to have all your supplies such as brushes, paint and scrapping tools prepared and ready to go before you start painting. You won't have time to make adjustments after you start painting. You will only have 12 to 15 minutes until the watercolor paper dries completely. In this how to watercolor method of watercolor painting you must utilize every minute of the drying process in order to complete your painting before the paper dries. You won't have time during the process to analyze your painting for design, value, color, etc. All this needs to be determined before you wet the paper and start your painting. Don't expect your first few painting to be a success with this method of painting. It will take some time for you to learn how to paint quickly. So expect to do lots of trial and error paintings. However with a little patience and practice you will soon be painting beautiful, luminous and loose paintings like the one above."

     How To Watercolor DVD's are focused on painting projects that will allow you to develop your own symbols for trees, water and other natural and man made structures. You will also learn basic design, perspective, colors mixing, value patterns, and quick painting techniques of how to watercolor. Even if your painting ambitions are to eventually reproduce nature in watercolors with great detail, you will greatly benefit from learning how to quickly apply the basic washes in watercolor. Then you can work on using these basic quick paintings to build up your elaborate paintings. Once the painting is dry you can add more washes, glazes or details to your paintings as you desire.



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