Watercolor Painting Techniques from Danielle Donaldson

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Danielle playing around on set during filming!

Mixed-media artist and CreativeGirl author, Danielle Donaldson, is the host of three new mixed-media instructional videos dedicated to drawing and watercolor painting techniques. In Creative Girl Workshop: Watercolor Illustrations, Creative Girl Workshop: Watercolor Story Blocks and Creative Girl Workshop: Watercolor Words you’ll learn to create frame-able art with unique stories and whimsical painted drawings. Here you can watch a preview of each of the three videos and find links to the full materials lists.

 

 

 

 

Creative Girl Workshop: Watercolor Illustrations

illustrations_DVD_200In Creative Girl Workshop: Watercolor Illustrations, Danielle Donaldson walks you through the steps for creating quirky and detailed watercolor compositions. You’ll first start with selecting and arranging the items for your reference image. Then you’ll get instruction for drawing the items on a smaller scale. Add the first layer of watercolor and then add visual tension. Danielle will help you finish off the painting with a final watercolor layer, imaginative elements including collage, and final details.

 

Find out more about this video including a complete materials list at NorthLightShop.com.

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Creative Girl Workshop: Watercolor Story Blocks

storyblock_DVD_200In Creative Girl Workshop: Watercolor Story Blocks, Danielle Donaldson teaches you how to create charming watercolor illustrations of quirky houses on stilts with a base of collaged papers. Danielle will first demonstrate how to collage scraps of paper (scrapbook paper, watercolor painted scraps, lace, ribbon and more) into a block of color that sets the tone for your story. You’ll then learn how to draw and paint the houses with watercolor. Finally, get Danielle’s tips for creating your own story for the painting and add finishing details.

 

Find out more about this video including a complete materials list at NorthLightShop.com.

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Creative Girl Workshop: Watercolor Words

watercolor_DVD_200Creative Girl Workshop: Watercolor Words is the ultimate class for learning how to create your own unique quotes and how to turn them into gorgeous watercolor paintings. With the instruction of Danielle Donaldson, you’ll first work through four exercises that will help you get a feel for writing words in watercolor paint considering things like fitting words together, wet-into-wet color mixing, white space and adding visual interest. Once you’ve mastered those exercises, you’ll learn how to use clippings of book text to create your own quotes or stories, and how to turn them into a full-size painting. Plus you’ll get all of Danielle’s best tips for making the most of your trial runs!

Find out more about this video including a complete materials list at NorthLightShop.com.

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About Danielle Donaldson

Danielle Donaldson has walked a creative path for as long as she can remember. Her love of art began, as most young souls do, with a big box of crayons and a stack of coloring books. Over time, she focused her artistic efforts in watercolor and graphite drawing techniques, and eventually received her degree in graphic design. Her love of fine art, combined with her skills as a graphic designer, have provided her with an uncommon pairing of intuition and practicality, creating a careful balance between the stories she tells with her pencils and paints, and what others around her are drawn to.

While at home raising her children, Lauren and Clay, Danielle found the perfect hobby to satisfy her need to be creative: scrapbooking. She had the opportunity to be a regular participant in the scrapbook industry by publishing her art in magazines and how-to books, creating products for several companies and teaching at a national level.

Over the past decade she shifted away from the memory-keeping world and rediscovered her love of watercolors and graphite work, and the act of combining them with other mediums and techniques. Her use of big color palettes and delicately drawn details allows her to spin the ordinary into imaginative, balanced compositions. She continues to grow as an artist by fully embracing the creative process in all she does and with each story she tells. Danielle shares her process through social media, online classes and in-person workshops. You can learn more about Danielle, as well as her new work and upcoming classes, at danielledonaldson.com. Danielle is the author of CreativeGirl.

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