3D Textured Rocks with David R Smith

Join watercolour artist David R Smith for this 1 hour Patron Special webinar, to paint 3-dimensional textured rocks. Broadcast live from Minnesota on 15 July 2021.

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**See Reference and recommended materials below**


In this prelude to his full, 2-3 hour workshop webinar, David will teach you how to paint wet on wet to create textured rocks, including spattered paint and water, while creating lost and soft edges which give the rocks depth. He'll also demonstrate how, by using form and casting shadows, you can make the rocks become 3-dimensional.


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Recommended materials

• PAPER: 140lb Cold Press Paper (Arches, Fabriano Artistico, Hahnemuhle, etc.). I’ll paint on either a 11x15” size or 7 ½ x 11” size… your choice.

Craftsmart/MonaLisa Graphite Paper or Loew Cornell Gray Transfer Paper (can buy at Michaels art & craft store, JoAnn Fabric, or online) and a coloured ball-point pen (red works well)

• PAINTS: Have your favourites available along with some form of the primaries: yellow, red, blue, and a dark (such as indigo or payne’s gray). My favourite colours for rocks are: Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt Blue, Indigo


On my palette: Winsor Lemon or Bismuth Vanadate Yellow (QoR), Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Thalo Blue, Cobalt Teal (or Turquoise), Alizarin Crimson, Winsor Red or Joe’s Red, Opera (Holbein), Viridian, Sap Green, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Dioxazine Purple, Indigo, Payne’s Gray, and White Gouache.

• BRUSHES: A variety of rounds and flats will probably work fine. If you’re curious, I typically use a variety of Synthetic Brushes: Escoda Round (Perla) size 12. Faux Squirrel 1827 Liner Aux. Reservoir size 12 (Dynasty). A 1.5” Flat Brush (Miller’s Pseudo Sable Mottler), and a variety of large rounds and mops. There are many options. A couple of my favourites are the Princeton Aqua Elite Quill #6 or the Escoda Prado #16.

• OTHER: Palette, water container, masking tape, clips, towels, Kleenex, large spray bottle, hair dryer, pencil/eraser, etc. Paint Board: The board dimensions should be larger than the sheet of paper. For part of the process, we will work at a slant. So, a table easel may come in handy or you may simply prop one end of your painting board up on a tissue box or something. Optional but super handy: White Pastel Pencil, Table Salt