How social media is influencing and owning art

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If you’re creating and sharing art on social media then you’ll have no doubt experienced the phenomenon of influence. Social media platforms views and reactions often greatly influence how we perceive our own creations as artists. In the past artists would create artwork, and they might show a few close friends, familyRead More

JMW Turner Watercolour Artist

Venice JMW Turner

Venice: Casa Grimani and The Rialto - JMW Turner - Circa 1839 National Gallery, London

J.M.W. Turner was a landscape and historical artist, watercolourist, persistent explorer, and writer. He was also a teacher who represented the energy, inventiveness, and inquiring attitude of his period. Discover the world’s biggest selection of Turner’s sketches, paintings, and watercolours, as well as the artist’s distinctive views on his thinking and artistic approach.   Download this eBook to enjoy his work as he traveled across the United Kingdom and Europe. You can also discover new topics, techniques, and methods while admiring his paintings, and designs.

Who was JMW TURNER and where did he live?

Turner was an English painter in the late 1700s and early 1800s. He was one of the best watercolour painters, and his whirling, light-filled romantic paintings of landscapes Read More

Featured artist: Paul Klee

Garden in St. Germain, The European Quarter Near Tunis

Paul Klee – Garden in St. Germain, The European Quarter Near Tunis (1914) Watercolor on paper mounted on cardboard – 11 × 13 in. (27.9 × 33 cm)

Paul Klee was part of the German expressionist group known as Der Blaue Reiter, and also taught at the Bauhaus. His work can’t be categorised by any single movement, and his paintings have been described as fantastic, childlike or witty, and were an inspiration to the New York School, and many other 20th Century artists.

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Stretching Watercolour Paper

Stretching paper

Watercolour paper is available in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. Generally a paper with a weight of 300gsm or more won’t need to be stretched, and can be mounted on a board ready for painting straight away. For thicknesses less than 300gsm it’s recommended to stretch the paper, as it will buckle and warp when water is added to the paper. Stretching ensures the paper is completely flat, and won’t warp. Alternatively you can buy watercolour paper in a block which eliminates the needs for stretching.

If you do decide to stretch the paper, there are a number of ways to do it. In this tutorial I’m only going to cover one method, which I find to be the most effective.

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