How to Create a Watercolor Glazing Chart + Tiny Painting

Hi guys and welcome back to another video.

Today is going to be the first in a weekly series where I'm going to do how-to.

Basically tutorials techniques product reviews.

If you have any suggestions of things you'd like to see please let me know down in the description I have a few in the works that I'm going to be bringing to you guys but if there's anything in particular you'd like me to go into more depth with please let me know I'd love to hear that but today we're going to be talking about watercolors and more specifically glazing in watercolors.

How to Create a Watercolor Glazing Chart + Tiny Painting

Glazing is actually a really amazing technique when you're using watercolors.

Basically what it is is that you create the pigment and the color that you want by using layers of watercolor rather than simply going right into it mixing the pigment and then going straight in with that color.

Say you wanted to get a purple you could take your red and your blue pigments and mix them right there and then spread them right straight onto your piece or if you're going to do a more glazing technique you could take that red color and make a pink wash let it dry and then going back in with a blue wash and the reason why. This is.

Great is because you actually have a lot more saturation when you keep the pigments separated when you mix two different ones together sometimes it can create a little bit muddier of a color or it just detaches it a little bit whereas when you keep them separate you're able to see the true saturation coming through of each and there's different properties in different pigments which are absolutely beautiful like granulation and when you keep them separate you're able to observe those separate properties and see how they interact with each other but while still holding true to what they have so. This is a really beautiful way of creating a lot more depth in watercolor pieces and it's actually really easy all you have to do is put down a layer and let it dry and then put on the next layer.

Today what we're going to do is do a really quick crap crash course and how to get started with glazing and how to get used to it with the pigments that you own.

The first thing we're going to do is I'm going to show you how to do a really quick chart and I have one already finished here well show you where basically you take all the pigments that you and then you're able to work with that and see how it looks when you glaze with all the other pigments and it's really helpful chart I use this one all the time when I'm working with watercolors and I want to see how I want to get the effect that I want how to achieve that color that I have in mind.

We're going to be making one of these today and I'm also going to do a really quick little demo on doing a little piece that involves glazing and a little comparison of glazing versus not glazing.

Let's get right into it. Okay.

We can work on making the chart now like I said it has actually super simple for me I wanted to do less on this chart than what I have on the other finished piece or the other finished chart.

I chose six pigments that I wanted to be in this one six different paints and you just want to make sure that you have six columns and six rows.

You want exactly the same amount on both the side and the bottom and if you have more paints that you want to get you can always make more columns and rows then you have pigments for and then you could always come back in and add those but for me I wanted to do and that would kind of have colors that I could put into a travel kit because I'd like to do one soon and these are just very basic colors these are ones that I would not have a problem making a very small kit with and when I was working on this I'm actually using a 1/4 inch drafting tape and as I was laying it down I decided that I wanted the area with the paint to be a lot bigger than that.

I just laid the tape down and took the ruler and an exacto knife and just really lightly scored them in half and that way I was able to have half as much of the gutter in between and the paint was a lot bigger and I actually ended up running out of tape.

That made it stretch even farther.

If you're going to do this on your own and you don't have quarter-inch tape you can always take whatever masking tape you have and just cut it down.

That it's narrow strips or if you want to do this freehand you can totally do that this one's just a little bit easier being able to just fill in those squares though and. This is the part where I want to be able to move kind of fast for this one because you actually want to do all of the columns and then all of the rows rather than doing all of the areas where your Pink's going to be and the reason for that is because you can see where you have the two pigments come together you're going to be able to see both pigments into acting twice on that chart now if you did all of the Reds first.

Say you did both the column and the row you would get the exact same reaction with all the other colors that that's there whereas when you're layering it red first and then the next color second or the other color first and then red second you're going to get a different look there are a couple pigments in here that once you look at which way they're ordered you get a different look.

You absolutely want to make sure that you're doing it.

That one side.

I made sure that all the top pigments those are the ones I put down first and then all the side columns I put down second and yeah you can kind of see a little bit it's really hard to tell but like here's a good example this one is these two are if I can point at them wow that's really hard and these two are actually the exact same paint colors but this one has the red first then the yellow and it has a lot more red - it's a red based Orange more.

And this one has a yellow first and then the right on top of it.

You can see really subtle differences throughout depending on the order that you put it in.

That's also why this chart is really helpful is it helps you know what order you want to put it down at. Okay.

Jumping into the really little piece where I wanted to show you an example of this. This is one that I only chose pigments that I used within the color chart that I use that way I can look at it and choose what colors I want us to do for it.

For the background I went in with my yellow which I will actually link to all of the paints that I use all you link to the brushes and the palette that I'm using and everything down below.

I don't remember exactly all of the colors are called but I did go in first with my yellow and then on top of that I used quinacridone rose which is probably my all-time favorite paint color of watercolors I love this tube but yeah I went in with yellow first and I use the heat gun which is awesome it completely dries it out before I start using the next layer and that's that green tool that you see me using.

I put the yellow down first and then I came in with quinacridone rose and I wanted to create more of a gradient for this one.

That it would have more saturation on the bottom of the red and then it would fade up into the yellow and that is a great way to use glazing because you could add more dimension to the colors without necessarily making it darker or light or anything like that you can add gradients within the same colors and that's one of my favorite ways to use glazing is to give these hints of color variation within the same shape and at some point while I was working on this I was sure that I wanted to fill in the like dripping part of her clothes as black I wanted to balance out the top because the top she had leaves that were coming out from behind her head and touching the top of the frame which does make it feel much heavier and the bottom didn't really have any base to it or as much bulk as far as the design and the composition.

I decided that it would balance it out if I went in there with black.

Well I was working on this I did paint over it with a lot of different colors and I wasn't really terribly worried about really being really neat around it.

That's why it kind of gets a little messy around that areas because I knew I was going to cover it up also earlier when I was working on the yellow from the background I decided that I wanted to do the leaves as actually green and. This is a great time when you can take like little shortcuts if you're using a color on top of it that's going to be able to be layered on that same color there's no real reason at least for in this exact situation there's no reason for me to very carefully outline around those leaves and leave them white because that would end up affecting the smoothness of the wash and I did not want that and since I was going to add green on top of it having yellow below it would just make it a really nice leafy green.

That worked really well with this whole glazing concept is that I didn't really have to worry about leaving it white because adding those two colors together and especially looking at the color that happened when I combined those two on the chart it was the perfect color that I wanted.

It definitely made it easier on me.

When you find ways like that where you can layer up colors and avoid having to avoid certain areas like this it's actually really helpful to just think strategically about where and what colors you're going to put down and here's where I'm adding the black and balancing it out and I'm glad I was able to go in with something.

We'll Paik is this because I did end up wanting to add a few extra little dots and areas that I wanted to tweak the shape of these drips that I had going on there.

There's a lot of great ways that you can change you already have down and. This is one of the tools that I use a lot is black and ink but I will have a link to the ink that I'm using down below I really love using this ink with the watercolor.

Far because it is a very matte color.

It just it blends really well with the watercolors as far as the finish and the texture of it but that is it of today's quick little how-to type video I'm definitely going to be getting a little bit better at doing things like this where I explain things better and all that stuff it's kind of a new experience for me but I'm really excited because I love learning new techniques I love expressing the things that I do know.

It was really fun to work on this one but yeah. This is the watercolor the final one at some point I got little drops on it while I was working on it which is super sad but I love this because. This is going to be something that I can carry around with me when I eventually make my little travel watercolor kit this will be great for that and as usual this little original will be available at my shop.

If you wanted to check out my shop that has this one and lots of other stuff there is a link right down to the corner of my video and in the description and like I mentioned I have the links to everything that I used in this video all the paints and the palettes and the ink and everything down in the description.

If you're curious it's there anyways thank you very much for watching and I will see you guys next time.

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