Part 1: Watercoloring a Peach Rose (Layering tips)

Part 1: Watercoloring a Peach Rose (Layering tips)

Before getting started with the painting today – I filmed a little clip of how I fold/cut/tear a full sheet of watercolor paper! I did that for Instagram recently, and even Arches asked if they could repost it, so, yeah – let’s do that here. I didn’t realize it was something folks didn’t know how to do.

Step 1: fold the sheet in half. Over and over. And over. You don’t need a bone folder or anything, the paper WILL tear easily once you get a good score going.


Then tear it – sideways, not upwards! That’ll give you the best deckled edge without the possibility of tearing into the paintable area. Do that again for each half and you end up with four quarter sheets! I’ll be painting in this lesson on an eighth of a sheet, so I folded one more time.

Tutorial: Watercoloring a peach rose (layering tips)

And now for the painting! This is part 1 of a 2 part series on layering vs glazing….and you can watch the layers develop. See photos below.

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

First pass

The first wash is a light one – very very wet! The lighter you want areas of  your painting to remain, the lighter the wash. It’s ok to dab up excess color as needed. It’s even ok if there’s no white left. Here you can see the lightness of the first pass while adding the next one:

Second pass

Adding the next-to-the lightest colors happens in pass 2; below you see that work after it dries, with a few strokes of pass 3 for comparison: 

Third (+fourth!) pass

When I’m adding the darker colors, I like to work in some extra-darks while the third pass is still wet. It gives the ability to blend nicely.

Darker details

Since I find contrast irresistable….I had to add some deeper darks with just a tidge the darkest shadows. Can you see the difference it makes in creating depth?

And voilá! All done. Layers are your friend – and can really make a painting stronger and more vibrant, as well as have a lot more depth and dimension!

What questions do you have about layering?

I know that was one of the things I watched closely when going to in-person classes….how different artists apply color into wet paint or over dry. What would you like to know?


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Q&A for Inspired by Nature class

Q&A for Inspired by Nature class

The Inspired by Nature class has generated a few questions about supplies and more – please know I didn’t write the page about the class, so…someone else translated what they thought I meant. (Bad on me fir unclarity!) Here’s the Q&A! (Also see a quickie video here with sketch flip on YT!)

What does it cost?

Only $7. Seriously. For that amount, you’re not going to get a great firehose of info in one fell swoop from me anywhere else. (I’ll try to keep the firehose from getting you soaked!) Even if you don’t paint treescapes—there’ll be lots of discussion of decision making as you plan your painting, negative painting and how to think through it, and what I call “calligraphy” — adding your own signature to the finished layer of your art.

Can I do this class in another medium?

Sure! Mostly the same process will apply: you’ll create the same layer of lights, add midtones and create the negatively drawn space, and add detail on top. Don’t believe me? Try it. Really. I won’t have time to address what colors you should use, etc, but look at the resource photo in the handout linked below, and pick some out. (I’ll be lightening some of those really dark areas, so just have a variety handy.)

Do I have to watch live?

Nope! You can see it later. You can even register later!

Is this a paintalong?

Sure! Feel free to paint with me. While I’ll be painting a larger piece, you might try a sketchbook first. Try to get a quick representation of the technique, and keep a pen handy to write down what you were going for. I find that a lot easier than trying to paint something that a person who’s painted it before is just zipping along with.

Is there a handout?

Yep! Download it, and I recommend printing the photo in black and white, since we’ll be talking about value. Then use your ipad or computer for the color reference, since most of our printers don’t do a photo justice.

What do I need for supplies?

Bring paper, paints, brushes, and a pencil. Oh and water. Keep it simple! The class page lists supplies I do not use or endorse; if you’re looking for what I do like, feel free to check out the watercolor section of my FAQ page.

You do NOT have to have the colors I use – I’ll talk about a few alternates to mix, but you can totally use what you have. Some colors to think about if you did my swatching exercise below: A yellow-green (I’ll use green gold + phthalo blue turquoise but you can use a hansa yellow with other phthalo blues, or even yellows with other greens), some deeper cool greens (I’ll have cascade green, mixing it with a bit of sap and paynes blue gray maybe), and whatever your favorite grey mix is (mine is cobalt with transparent red oxide or burnt sienna, and sometimes paynes blue gray to darken it.)

This is the same recording of a live video, I just cleaned up the thumbnail from earlier. You can see the full blog post with handout etc here.

And the question that warmed my heart….I am so touched that some of you worry about how I’m doing:

Do YOU get the $7?

Nope. LOL! I receive a flat fee, which could be added to depending on the number of students who register for my class, and how many view it. So your participation could eventually help. But don’t worry about me; I’ll be dandy!

Hope you have an AWESOME weekend!

Ukraine Auction – plus podcast update

Ukraine Auction – plus podcast update

The auction is live!

You can join in the fun – go bid on a piece, and if you win you’ll not only get some art in your hands but you’ll be helping Ukrainian refugees. And if you get outbid, please consider donating the amount you do bid to any of the many charities helping in Ukraine and surrounding countries.


Recently I shared part 1 of the Etchr podcast….they uploaded part 2 this week too! You can just listen to them on your favorite podcast app (just look for “Make More Art”) or they’ve got a video version on YT. Here are both, fast forwarded to where my sections begin.

How to create a doodle with a feeling of motion (and charity art auction for Ukraine)

How to create a doodle with a feeling of motion (and charity art auction for Ukraine)

Today’s post is a bit different…..I’m heartbroken over what’s going on in our world right now, and this is my little way to help spread joy in the middle of it – and to help make at least a little impact.


Watch the video below or click here to see it on YouTube.

Fundraiser Auction

Proceeds will go to the Red Cross. Bid all weekend! CLICK TO BID.

Charity art auction

Bid high – proceeds will be donated to help Ukrainian refugees! CLICK FOR AUCTION


In case you missed the week of doodling….here are the links, pics below!


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Artist to Artist Conversation: Lynn Lawitzke

Artist to Artist Conversation: Lynn Lawitzke

This year I plan to have a series of conversations with students of mine who are making amazing progress in their art; some of them will be just making strides in their homework assignments, but some might be like Lynn – taking what they learned, letting their own creativity flow and moving on to create what’s in their heart!

At the end of this post are links to the other artists Lynn enjoys learning from right now, as well as some pastel supply recommendations she offers for those who might want to try out the medium.

Since she recommends drawing classes, they’re on sale this month!


Lynn Lawitzke lives in Michigan, born and raised there with a hiatus in Florida where cardmaking became her creative start. She took classes at Violette’s – and donated cards to OWH! You’ll hear more of her story in the video so pull up a chair and visit with us!

Lynn’s Social Media: Facebook | Instagram

Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it on YouTube.

Lynn’s art:

Drawing 101

The place Lynn recommends starting is Drawing 101.

Roses class

Here are Lynn’s homework assignments for One Rose Four Ways class.

Drawing Mini Course: Safari Animals

One of the classes that got Lynn started! Sign up.

Artists Lynn follows:

Her favorite pastel supplies: