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Watercolor in action

From: Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

Video: Watercolor in action

In this chapter, we're going to take a look at watercolor media. Watercolor is very interesting. I tend to think of it as the medium of happy accidents. Of all the 2D mediums, watercolor is probably the most difficult to control. If we examine it a little bit, we'll see that there are a lot of physics going on when watercolor is applied to paper. Watercolor is a pigmented colorant suspended in a liquid medium. We'll begin by applying some clean water to our watercolor paper. It is this wetted surface that provides the medium of watercolor with one of its signature looks.

Watercolor in action

In this chapter, we're going to take a look at watercolor media. Watercolor is very interesting. I tend to think of it as the medium of happy accidents. Of all the 2D mediums, watercolor is probably the most difficult to control. If we examine it a little bit, we'll see that there are a lot of physics going on when watercolor is applied to paper. Watercolor is a pigmented colorant suspended in a liquid medium. We'll begin by applying some clean water to our watercolor paper. It is this wetted surface that provides the medium of watercolor with one of its signature looks.

I'll take a bit of color and apply it to the dampened paper. Notice how the applied stroke diffuses when it interacts with the surface. This diffusion is controlled by the degree of wetness of the paper. Painter's watercolor tools mimic this quality as well. Another key look of watercolor is the influence of gravity on the wet surface and applied pigment. I'll apply a bit more color to the paper. And now we'll tilt this pad downward. The pigment begins to migrate it downward.

This unique facet of watercolor allows the artist to create subtle blends and washes of color. Another key quality of watercolor is translucency. Because the carrying medium is clear, there is only so much coverage that watercolor can provide. To accentuate watercolors' rich color translucence, the artist will work wet over dry to build up layers of color. I'll take a bit of orange and yellow and apply it. Painter can dry its watercolors to duplicate this visual appearance as well.

One other well-known look of watercolor is a combination of absorption and diffusion. This is the way in which pigment tends to migrate to the area of most wetness as the water is slowly absorbed by the paper. The result is that signature darkened look along areas of color often seen in watercolors. You can see a good example of it right in this area here. What happens is that the pigment continuously moves away from the driest areas of laid down watercolor and is eventually deposited at the outer edge, producing that signature darkened edge.

Painter is capable of duplicating this behavior as part of its watercolor bag of tricks. As you can see, there are a number of influencing factors that dictate the behavior of watercolor. All of these factors conspire to make watercolor a challenging medium. The reward of this physical complexity is a wide range of unique visual appearances. An artist controls watercolor only up to a point. After that, watercolor tends to do what it wants to do. An experienced watercolorist knows how to work within this situation and a successful watercolor is one that balances control with randomness.

Let's take a look at Painter's watercolors.

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Corel Painter 11: Mastering Brushes

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John Derry
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  1. 2m 2s
    1. Introduction
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 22m 31s
    1. Defining categories and variants
      2m 14s
    2. Understanding dabs
      3m 35s
    3. Manipulating grain
      5m 34s
    4. Defining brush stroke methods and subcategories
      4m 15s
    5. Modifying stroke behavior with Expression
      2m 37s
    6. Cloning images
      4m 16s
  3. 28m 59s
    1. Understanding the anatomy of a variant
      5m 10s
    2. Modifying a brush with the Brush Creator
      4m 16s
    3. Modifying a brush with the Brush Control palette
      4m 37s
    4. Which is best?
      1m 47s
    5. Setting up a stroke testing palette
      6m 3s
    6. Manipulating pressure adjustments
      4m 37s
    7. Saving a brush variant
      2m 29s
  4. 52m 44s
    1. Bristle Media in action
      3m 55s
    2. Painting with acrylics
      5m 35s
    3. Painting with gouache
      6m 37s
    4. Modifying resaturation and bleed with oils
      8m 6s
    5. Painting with Artists' Oils
      6m 52s
    6. Modifying the bearing expression with palette knives
      5m 59s
    7. Using RealBristle brushes
      3m 23s
    8. Painting with impasto
      8m 5s
    9. Using loaded brushes
      4m 12s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. Utility Media in action
      2m 43s
    2. Painting with airbrushes
      8m 50s
    3. Using an eraser as a mark-making tool
      3m 44s
    4. Using blenders
      5m 34s
    5. Using cloners
      7m 7s
    6. Distorting an image with the Distortion brush
      7m 15s
    7. Simulating artist brush styles with the Artist category
      6m 29s
    8. Making common photo adjustments with the Photo category
      1m 51s
    9. Using sponges and modifying captured dabs
      8m 4s
    10. Using FX brushes
      5m 53s
    11. Painting with pattern pens
      6m 45s
    12. Painting with the image hose
      5m 7s
  6. 27m 29s
    1. Dry Media in action
      2m 53s
    2. Drawing with pencils and colored pencils
      7m 37s
    3. Painting with chalk and using directional paper grain
      8m 16s
    4. Painting with pastels
      6m 19s
    5. Drawing with crayons
      2m 24s
  7. 26m 16s
    1. Ink Media in action
      2m 46s
    2. Configuring the Leaky Pen
      5m 0s
    3. Drawing with calligraphy pens
      6m 12s
    4. Using felt pens and markers
      4m 38s
    5. Exploring surface tension with liquid ink
      7m 40s
  8. 23m 7s
    1. Watercolor in action
      3m 24s
    2. Painting with digital watercolor brushes
      5m 25s
    3. Painting with the traditional watercolor brushes
      8m 28s
    4. Painting with the Tinting brush
      5m 50s
  9. 18m 20s
    1. Selecting and modifying an existing variant
      6m 13s
    2. Adjusting the color behavior of the new variant
      4m 0s
    3. Fine tuning and naming the new variant
      8m 7s
  10. 22m 29s
    1. Creating a new category and copying variants into it
      6m 25s
    2. Packaging brushes for distribution
      7m 54s
    3. Pruning a library
      4m 9s
    4. Understanding the Master Brush Library and the User Brush Library
      4m 1s
  11. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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