Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Watercolor Training for Deep Space Sparkle

It’s a lovely thing when Patty Palmer of Deep Space Sparkle asks if you’d create a watercolor training video for her 4,000 members....members that include parents, art teachers, homeschool educators, art studio owners, and anyone that loves making art with kids! (kindergarten to 6th grade)

Enjoy my little solar system promo. It's an honor to have my tutorial videos as part of DSS’ February space bundle.  Every month DSS offers done-for-you class curriculums and professional development hours. For more info about DSS, The Sparkler’s Club, and how/when to enroll, please visit deepspacesparkle.com.  

NEW DSS SPACE PROMO from Gina Kim on Vimeo.

One of the Sparkler members asked a great question and I thought I'd share it here as well.

Stephie M. asked: Why [gouache] over watercolor?...could you use watercolor and get similar effects? 

Here was my reply: Gouache is fantastically opaque and has the covering power that you need to: 1) fix the planets back to their circular shape and 2) serve as new substrate for finishing with watercolor and gouache as a last layer. Watercolor is too transparent to achieve these objectives. You could skip using gouache and do my lesson using 100% watercolor but if you do, you’ll need more time, more layering (called glazing) and perhaps a liquid frisket to mask off the planets first to achieve a satisfying/smooth background space wash. I wanted to invent a quicker painting session with minimal frustrations or technical hurdles. Hope that helps!

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