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How To Use The Captain Watercolor Drawing Template.

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Its Easy To Transfer My drawing To your Paper. Templates come in two sizes.

Which Template Do I Want.

If you want to know the very good reasons ( you do ),
for those two sizes, take my "materials" lesson on WATERCOLOR PAPER.

Why Do I Want To Use A template

If you are uncomfortable painting any of my lessons because of limited drawing skills, please use my drawing skill. All of the paintings demonstrated on this site come with drawing templates to help you transfer my drawing to your paper.

This short, 4 minute video will show you how to make a beautiful painting with no drawing skills whatsoever.

If you are somewhat comfortable with drawing, its easy to personalize my drawing, to make it yours.

If my lines are not straight enough, or my angles are not square enough for you ( It;s OK if they are not ), just use a straightedge to clean them up.

 

How Do I Print The Template


Just below the double line there are 5 links/buttons. Fourth from the left says "Get The Drawing Template" or "The Coloring Book". Hold your mouse over it. More links should appear just to the right. The template you want should be among tem. Click it.

A new window should open with your template in it.  There should be a horizontal menu bar just above the picture of the template. The first icon on the left should be a printer. Click it and follow the print instructions; which probably include "Print".

The template is in a file made for Adobe Acrobat. Just about every computer comes with Acrobat. If you need it, you can download it at: 


http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/


Copy the above line and paste it into the address bar of your browser. Adobe has the download button at the lower left on the page.

 


MATERIALS LIST

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A Color For Information
Sedimentary Warm        

Burnt Sienna

A sedimentary color; sediments quickly offering a mottled or shimmery look to the final (wash)

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Viridian

A sedimentary color; sediments quickly offering a mottled or shimmery look to the final (wash)

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Pthalocyanine Blue

A "warm" (greenish) blue.

A non sedimentary color settles out smoothly yielding a uniform finish (wash)

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Pyrrol Red

A "warm" (orangish) red.

A non sedimentary color settles out smoothly yielding a uniform finish (wash)

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Arylide Yellow FGL

A "warm" (orangish) yellow.

A non sedimentary color settles out smoothly yielding a uniform finish (wash)

There is not an industry standard name for this color. I am offering DaVincis Brand name.

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Yellow Ocher

A sedimentary color.

sediments quickly offering a mottled or shimmery look to the final (wash)

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Cerulean Blue

A sedimentary color.

Sediments quickly offering a mottled or shimmery look to the final (wash)

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Ultramarine Blue

A cool (purplish) blue.

A non sedimentary color settles out smoothly, theoretically yielding a uniform final (wash).

Actually Ultramarine Blue "flocculates" (gathers in clumps) so we only get a fairly smooth (wash)

Sadly, it's the only purplish blue thats light-fast and available to artists.

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Alizarin Crimson
( Quinacridone )

A cool (purplish) red.

A non sedimentary color settles out smoothly yielding a uniform finish (wash)

n fact, Alizarine Crimson (a very early man made pigment) lost favor when it was found non light-fast.

Today we replace it it with a better version of the same color called Quinacdridone Red.

Nevertheless, manufacturers still call it Alizerine Crimson.

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Arylide Yellow Deep

A cool (greenish) yellow

A non sedimentary color settles out smoothly yielding a uniform finish (wash)

There is not an industry standard name for this color. I am offering the DaVincis Brand name.

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Cool        
Brushes

Brushes

I use mostly "Kolinsky" (Highest quality) red sable brushes. I also have some nylon brushes that are pretty amazing. They are on the high priced side of nylon brush prices.

Brushes do the actual painting. If the brush cannot do it ; neither can you. If you are a beginner, you should watch my videos All About Brushes.
and
Watercolor Brushes – What to look for when buying them.

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Papers

watercolor Paper

I use 140 pound cold pressed paper.

I buy "full sheets". Everyone will know that means 22" x 30". They are actually a little oversized which is true for all "mold made" papers.

Heavier thicknesses than 140 pound are nice but more expensive. "Rough" as opposed to cold pressed is also nice.

"Arches" brand; actual spelled D'Arches by the manufacturer.

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Palettes

Palettes

PALETTE Has Two Meanings

1) The selection of paints available to the artist.

2) The surface upon which the paints are stored and mixed.

In this case, the paint holder is a cut down ice cube tray. It stores, along with a wet sponge, in a zip lock bag. That keeps the paint fresh.

For a mixing surface I use a flat sheet of white plastic.

Another good one is clear plastic with white paper under it. A matte surface is preferable to a shiny one.

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