Kingfisher with Plastic Wrap Background

Loose Fun Background Plus Realistic Subject

Realism With Fun Background Technique for Beginners

Plastic wrap, pressed into a wet watercolor wash, makes interesting and fun textures, great to showcase a realistic subject. This works especially well if your limit your color choice to three to five colors and have a subject with a bright, well saturated hue.

In kingfisher, you can trace the outline page onto your watercolor paper and work step by step with the written instructions and video demonstration, so even beginners can produce a great painting and learn or practice some basic watercolor techniques. Guided practice is excellent practice.

Whether you want to practice loose washes of background color or just have fun painting, this lesson takes most students 1 to 2 hours (the plastic wrap wash takes a while to dry), and requires no special materials (besides the plastic wrap from your kitchen).

Realism looks every better with an abstract background, and can be used with many subjects. This technique is easy and results in a unique painting every time.


Your Instructor


Deb Watson
Deb Watson

Hi, I'm Deb Watson - a self taught artist and long time watercolor teacher

My story is simple.

I loved drawing from childhood, but was discouraged from art as a waste of time. So, I became a nurse, worked at a lot of hospitals and raised a family. But I kept painting.

Over time, I became better at the realism I loved, and just kept working toward improving through painting and self-study. I've always enjoyed painting scenes from my life and small town community (which I call my Small Town America series).

My paintings are not usually famous or majestic subjects, often they're just everyday stuff I see around. But I see so much beauty there, and show it to the rest of the world by painting it.

Now, my watercolors have been in exhibits and won awards across the nation. Yet, it's when my art connects me to other people that it's really done what I wanted, and teaching certainly does that!

Happy Painting.



Course Curriculum


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