Snow Birch Trees - A Scraping Watercolor Lesson

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This lesson introduces the technique of scraping into watercolor paints. Its a nifty little trick that comes in handy quite often.


We will be mixing techniques; "wet in wet" with "drybrush" ( dry brush ) to generate this simple yet interesting painting.


The scene is a snow scene. A remembered view of a ski trail in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.


What i love here is the intense sunny-ness of the scene. It's sunny for two reasons. First reason is the crispness of the shadows. Second, far more subtle, is the color of the shadows, blue. I cover this effect in depth in my lesson on "Shadows In The Landscape".

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Watercolor palette showing a warm and cool paint for each of the primary colors This is a map of the captains color
palette. See materials list below...

The map shows the location of each of the paints. The group on the left are the sedimentary colors. Those in the right are the non sedimentary colors. The palette is just a cut down ice cube tray.


...( sedimentary )

0 - Red

1 - Yellow

2 - Green

3 - Blue

...( non sed. )

4 - Cool Blue

5 - Warm Blue

6 - Warm Red

7 - Cool Red

8 - Warm Yellow

9 - Cool Yellow