High-Key Value To Color Watercolor Painting Lesson

Learning To Control Value In Watercolor Painting Is Essential

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Value Sketching Is Good!

Creating a value sketch in preparation for painting is always a recommended practice. One that is easy to overlook or ignore because it takes up precious time you would rather spend painting. Ultimately, it is actually a time-saver. Even more so, it can be a frustration and disappointment-saver.

But Converting The Sketch To Color Can Be Bad…

But, if this is a new endeavor, you may be finding it difficult to translate the values as designed into colors with the right value. Indeed, going from sketch to painting and retaining the values in the right places is a difficult task, even for seasoned professionals.  Learning to convert and control the values you intended as they are represented by the colors you use is an essential skill that will help insure consistenty and professionalism in your paintings.  But, it is not an easy task.

Light Values Are Easier

It’s generally easy to get lighter colors and values in watercolor. Water is the medium and, at it’s best, the paint is applied with a lot of water to insure fluidity and transparency. At the same time, water is also our ‘white’, so it lightens every thing if it is being applied properly. Most of our paint is light in value as well, making it doubly easy to get light values in our painting.

This video is a real skill-builder. It requires a skilled eye and hand – assisted by a simple tool – to complete successfully.  It may take a few tries, but you will catch on.

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