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We just finished up our last watercolor class of this school year. I always save this class to finish out the school year. Each week, we use a different technique in our paintings. Sometimes we change the support we work on. Sometimes we add another medium to watercolor.

The first week we worked on a toned masa paper support.

Nancy Longmate5

Nancy Longmate5

Masa paper is a type of rice paper that you can crinkle, wet, tone and allow to dry before gluing it to the surface of your watercolor paper. Once that dries, you can paint on that as your support. The student who created the above took the process a step farther and collaged other papers onto the surface of her watercolor painting. If you would like to try this technique, I have explained the process here.

The second week we worked on a gesso juice prepared surface.

Henn Laidroo2

Henn Laidroo2

We made a mixture of acrylic matte medium, gesso and water and brushed it onto the surface of our watercolor paper. Before that dried, we scratched into the surface with a credit card. Some of us added rice papers and/or craft sand to the wet surface. Once that dried, we used that as our support to paint on. If you would like to try this technique, I have explained the process here.

The third week we worked with ink and watercolor.

Judy Notestine3

Judy Notestine3

This offered the most possibilities. We could choose to paint with ink and use varying values, splatter, draw with it with an eye dropper, a razor blade, or nib or spritz our applications of ink with a mister (spray bottle with water). The above ink and watercolor was also created on a grunged background. Here are some ink tutorials:

drawing with ink and razor blade

drawing with an eyedropper and spritzing

drawing with a nib and spritzing

using an elegant writer and watercolor

The fourth week we worked on a gouache resist.

Linda Flatley

Linda Flatley

In this technique, we used gouache to coat any area of our painting that would require color later. Once that dried, we coated a layer of waterproof ink over the top and allowed it to dry. Next, we rinsed the entire painting with water (hose is best) to remove the ink from the gouached areas. This leaves a block print-like image. We then paint the white areas once the surface has dried. If you would like to try this, I have explained the process here.

The last thing that everyone tried was a self portrait combining watercolor and collage. They could work on any surface they wanted to and could collage with any papers they wanted to.

Laura Lindsay

Laura Lindsay

Kathy Smierciak4

Kathy Smierciak4

We use a glue made with acrylic matte medium and water. There are many posts within my blog that discuss citrasolv collage and rice paper collage. Just insert either in the search block below and you will find explanations of these in the event you are interested in trying these techniques.

All the student’s works for this class can be found by clicking here.

Thank you to all the artists who have shared their work here. Have a great summer break!

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16 Comments

  1. Once again your students have outdone themselves. The work looks professional and creative. Amazing. And you are a wonderful teacher. Brava!

  2. I always love looking at your student’s work. Wonderful!

    • Thank you, Nicola. It is fun to look at groupings of other artists’ work. It always reminds me that there is no one way to enjoy creating.

  3. Another wonderful selection of work! and lots of techniques to think about. (K)

  4. Stunning collection of gorgeous work. Really enjoyed it, and loved hearing about the different textures and implements you’re including with watercolor. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Very special to see the work of your students – loved looking over the collection Leslie.

    • Thank you for that, Mary. They are such a diverse group of artists and I, too, enjoy seeing them all in a group.

  6. All are mindblowing works Leslie, amazing talent, full credit goes to you to bring out everyone’s creativity in their own unique way!

  7. Well done to all your talented students, they have created some truly wonderful paintings. Thanks so much for sharing their work with us Leslie – you teach them such cool techniques.

    • Thank you, June! Just saw your portrait of your daughter-in-law. Absolutely great!

  8. Leslie, I loved taking your beginning watercolor class. It was both fun and challenging. Can’t wait for your next class!


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