Lady Liberty Watercolor with Ink Underpainting & Granulation Effects

Lady Liberty Watercolor with Ink Underpainting & Granulation Effects

hi there Lindsay here today I want to
share a really fun technique with you that I think might help if you struggle
with painting watercolors and losing your drawing or getting your values
right and we are going to use the help of acrylic ink for this and I’ll give
you some things you can substitute in case you don’t have that
I’ll also list all the supplies I used in the video description and you can
find these supplies at our sponsor Jerry’ I’ll even put a
coupon code in the video description in case you want that so what we’re going
to do here is we’re going to use some colors by Lukas and we’re gonna choose
colors that are earthy and tend to granulate and green Ely means that it
gives you this gorgeous texture on the paper but I wanted to make sure I had
all of my shadows and highlights taken care of before I did that because once I
put the watercolor down I really want to let the paint do its thing we’re also
gonna use some granulation medium that will help the paint do its thing or help
colors granulate that don’t tend to granulate very well so what I’ve done
here is I’ve just put some purple acrylic ink in a palette you can use a
plastic Tupperware lid whatever you have really and the reason I wanted to put it
in a palette is so that I can dilute it as needed if you don’t have a curling
ink what you can do is just take your acrylic paint like in a purple or you
could even use a black if you want but I like to have a color and purple is very
transparent like watercolor but very intense and you’ll just want to water it
down you don’t have to worry about let about your paint under binding when
you’re using it on paper so don’t worry about that with acrylics don’t buy
acrylic ink just for this project if you’re not sure you really love it just
use your acrylic paint if you already have some on hand so I’m starting in by
going in with a round watercolor brush this is one of the Princeton’s snap
watercolor brushes in a size 6 but it’s pointy so you can get a good a
good you know small detail with it and I’m putting in all my darkest values so
the area in the Statue of Liberty’s crown there where it’s really dark
behind the ear I really want to make sure that I have the lights and darks or
my values taken care of at this stage of the game now there’s something I’m
always telling my students and that’s value is King and what
means is that you can have your colors crazy in your painting but if your
lights and darks are right if your values are right the paintings gonna
look good by the way if you would like to try my classes out and save some
money I’ll be running a Labor Day special if you use the coupon code
LD19 you can save 40% off any class now through September 3rd I’ll put that
coupon code and all the information in the video description so you don’t need
to write it down right now so as you’re gonna see on the paper I’m
getting some lighter purple values so what I’ve done is I’ve simply added some
water to my acrylic ink like I mentioned before you don’t have to worry about
thinning it too much if you’re working on paper because paper’s porous it’s
going to bond and it’s still not gonna lift up when we put our watercolors on
top that’s why I’m using acrylics rather than watercolor now if you have acrylic
ink or if you have India ink or any type of waterproof ink that will work just
fine for this so look at your stash and see what you have the basic principle of
this is that you want to be putting these values down on your paper using a
product that is not going to repel your watercolor but is also not going to
dissolve when you paint over it so I would want you to do all your
shading and say colored pencil because the colored pencil would repel your
watercolor if you did this in a shade of watercolor you could if it’s a staining
watercolor so for instance I have a tutorial on my youtube channel that is
doing a bottle of olive oil in a gazai technique and we use neutral tint
because that doesn’t tend to tend to lift once you paint over it but this is
absolutely guaranteed not to lift and it’s just so it’s a little bit easier
you could also use a Derwin intense if you want because that doesn’t lift once
you’ve liquefied it so you know look through your stash you probably have
something that will work even if you don’t have this exact dr. pH Martin’s
acrylic ink that I’m using right now you once your value under painting is dry we
can begin with our watercolor work I’m going to use some colors I don’t
typically use but granule II quite well on their own I’m using gold ochre from
Lucas I’m also going to use cobalt green that’s a very granulating kind of a
spring between a spring and an earthy green I’m gonna use cobalt turquoise as
well because that’s such a nice fresh color and I’m going for the almost
patina’d copper look of the Statue of Liberty and here what I’m adding to
these colors is a granulation medium and this is a product by Windsor Newton I
think other companies make it too but what it does is it really increases the
separation of the pigment particles in the water the last color we’re going to
use I don’t think I’ve ever used before it’s called kaput more to em and it is a
deep deep almost rusty burgundy type of brown and I just thought it was really
nice for what I want those darker shadows now you’re going to take a nice
juicy absorbent brush and wet the entire painting the entire shaded area not the
background the reason we use the acrylic paint is because this way we don’t have
to worry about any of those shadows dissolving and also because I’ll be able
to put down lots of water color lots of water and I don’t have to worry about
losing my shadows the earth tones that we’re using do granulate and give us
that gorgeous texture on their own but colors that do that also have another
characteristic and that’s of being a little bit more opaque than other
watercolors any of your iron base colors any of your mineral base colors they’re
going to tend to sit on top of the paper and that’s why they tend to be a little
bit more opaque whereas your dye base colors tend to absorb into the fibers of
the paper and they’re super transparent they also are difficult to lift so I
figured also the upside of this would be if I got too much color some
then I could always go in and scrub it out like if I lost a highlight but since
these colors are pretty mellow you really don’t have to worry about that so
what I want you to do is look at the reference photo that’s linked down below
and you can use that as a guide for where to put your color or you can hop
over to my blog and you can see a still photo of my finished painting so that
you can you can look at that as well so with all the resources will be linked
down below the key is to have that paper wet and then drip your colors into it
and try not to mess with the colors too much your brush really isn’t doing much
of the coloring the water that’s on the paper
is doing the work as long as you only wet the paper where you want your paint
to go that’s the only place it’s going to go it will follow the path of least
resistance try and use more yellows where you want highlighted or raised
areas and use more of the Browns as you’re getting into the shadows I like
to put the Browns and last because they are so strong your greens and turquoise
can go throughout because that’s going to be the local or base color of that
that statue so have some fun don’t over mix don’t overwork and let the water do
the painting for you once the watercolor layer is dry you
probably noticed some fading with the pigments that’s pretty typical when
you’re working with a really wet background or really wet area your
colors will shift a little bit a little bit lighter and then with the quality of
these colors which are earth tones and sedimentary they will cover up some of
the purple that you have in your under painting so what I’m doing now is I’m
using a dip pen and dipping right into the bottle of acrylic ink and adding
some sharper details I really wanted to bring some emphasis around the eyes
mouth nose face facial features and also get some detail in the hair so any place
where you feel like you want to pump up the detail darken the values you can go
ahead and do that with a dip pen if you’re not comfortable using a dip pen
you could go ahead and use a felt tip marker or any sort of fine liner that
you have you’re not going to be going over this again with watercolor so it
would be alright if you chose a marker or something that was water-based
if you do think you might want to go over again with watercolor then I try to
find a waterproof medium I’m just using the same color that I started with
because I know it’s going to be harmonious with what I already have down
in my painting to keep my hand steady and prevent smudges I have a piece of
scrap paper laid down under my hand this way I can rest my hand on the table
right on the painting without worrying about transferring any lotions or
anything from my hand to the paper and also to keep my hand steady as I do this
fine pen work if your limes feel too harsh you can
soften them with a damp brush you can also use your palate again in some
thinned down acrylic ink to add subtle shades that you want to put here and
there for these darkest values I am using my
brush loaded up full strength with the purple acrylic ink you’ll find that you
probably want to reinforce these darkest values as you go and if you weren’t
brave enough the first time around you can go in and add some darker shadows
any place you need them I hope you enjoy painting with me today
and that this value lesson was instructional and helps you with your
next painting getting those dark darks in there and your light highlights right
off the bat can really help you strengthen your compositions if you are
curious about any of the products I use today you can find them linked down
below to our sponsor Jerry’ along with the 20% off coupon code
so check that out and if you’d like to take another class with me I’ve got a
sale going on 40% off with coupon code LD19 now through September 3rd at my
teachable school thanks for watching until next time happy crafting


69 thoughts on “Lady Liberty Watercolor with Ink Underpainting & Granulation Effects”

  • I am such a CHEAT. I use Inktense for a wc grisaille lol, curtesy of Harsha Meeks ( I am so screwing up her name but Im sure you know who I mean; make sure to mention her for this,she is such a wonderful teacher ) Oh and here is my painting from the grisaille in waterolor that you pointed at; incl a link to your yt

  • Marlise Parker says:

    Always a valuable and informative video. Thanks! Yes, I'm using what I've got (amassed through decades!), and bless you, my Social INSecurity budget is doing a lot better.

  • Sylvia V's Creation's says:

    Love how this painting evolved and the music was so soothing too πŸ™‚ I feel super relaxed now and ready to be creative. Thank you for sharing ❀️❀️❀️

  • Tasneem Mustafa says:

    OMG That's so BEAUTIFUL I loved it 😍😍β™₯️
    Thank you so MUCH πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’«
    Also I'm very THANKFUL to you for make the video at the normal speed and for your explanation THANK YOU SO MUCH πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜’πŸ’ž
    I'll definitely try to paint it soon 🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩🀩πŸ₯°πŸ˜š

  • Kimberly Crick Art says:

    The colors you used and the granulation texture is so perfect for that patina rusted metal effect! This turned out amazing and I'm feeling super inspired, thank you πŸ™‚

  • Melissa Aldosari says:

    Love those peaceful interludes with the gentle music, just watching your smooth brush and pen strokes in real time, is so relaxing and meditative. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  • Terrance Breedlove says:

    Wow….a very different video today. I loved the technique and the subject. Your voice was very modulated today….along with the soothing music, I'm sooo relaxed. I'm saving this in my favorites until I have some acrylic ink….I don't have acrylic paint. Thanks, Lindsay.

  • Terrance Breedlove says:

    Oops….forgot to tell you, I'm using my hubby's computer. This is Judy Breedlove… of your favorite viewers.

  • I know Lady Liberty was gifted to America by France. (Thank you dear French friends.) She is my favorite symbol of America. She welcomes all to her shores and symbolizes my love for this crazy country we share. Thank you, Lindsay, for this stellar rendition of this magnificent treasure. Your willingness to share your talent with us is greatly appreciated by me. Wow, I’m having all kinds of warm and fuzzy feelings after watching this video. Hugs to you, Lindsay. β€οΈπŸ’•πŸ—½

  • Acrilic ink I think it's beautiful, will it damage the brush that you used. And how do you clean up? Your my go-to video painting queen.. Bless you and your family.

  • Cassie's Creations says:

    I love, love and love this painting and the patina look/effect! I've been trying to purchase granulating medium from Jerry's for a long time – it's always out of stock when I look. I've seen paintings where the artists use sepia ink and granulating medium for tree trunks or ground covering and the medium provides awesome texture. Thanks for this video!!! Can I talk you into making more videos like this, using the granulating medium??? 😊

  • Wanda Culpepper says:

    Great technique to learn! I also think this is one of the most relaxing videos to watch. I love how you combined your voice over with the soft music . Thanks, Lindsay.

  • Really nice piece! I like the music but, I'm afraid I didn't sleep well last night and dozed off! I had to rewind a few minutes! LOL!

  • Gorgeous, gorgeous,gorgeous! This painting is β€œOver The Top”! You are a great artist! I love that you don’t do the speed videos! Thanks for sharing your gifts with us! Did I say this is beautiful?πŸ˜‰πŸ€—

  • Stacy Matejovic says:

    I just loved this video and all the information was SO HELPFUL! The music was so relaxing 😌 as well! I have been watching your videos for about 3 years now… and I must say that now that you have slowed down your β€œ live” streams YOU seem so more relaxed AND seem to be enjoying your art process more! I just love ❀️ the way you teach and sub in other products if you don’t have exactly what your using. I also want to THANK YOU for all your β€œ does it bring me joy” videos ! I can’t tell you how many clothes and craft items I have donated to put to better use then sitting getting dusty ect. My home is way more functional due to this process! I just wanted to take time and thank you ! 😊

  • Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love it reminds of the one you did of a stone angel and colored pencils. Both of my fav list.

  • Just one word for this painting … AWESOME! While I loved your music choice, I hope you don't go to all-music tutorials! Putting this (as I do most all your tutorials) in my Favorites and hope I will remember it when I get my dominant hand out of this constricting brace in a month or two!

  • The Spin Doctor says:

    That worked beautifully Mrs W – not something I would have thought to try. Those acrylic inks are much more fluid than the ones I use. Try laying down watercolour and whilst wet, dripping acrylic ink into it and then immediately adding granulation medium in drops – you get the most amazing effect.

  • Awesome lindsay,lady πŸ—½ has always been beautiful,you bring her to living color.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸŒΉ

  • Loved the music. This painting is really nice. I never knew you could use watercolors over acrylics, but the depths it produces looks great. Good study in shadows which is something I need practice in.
    The Lorain-Carnegie Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio would also be a wonderful subject to do in this style. Thanks for sharing.

  • annette fournier says:

    Thanks Lindsay. Wow did I screw this up. When I put in my darks first I go way overboard . Twice this week totally FUBAR a nice drawing. Weeeelll crap.πŸ˜– I'll get it eventually. Gotta break a few eggs to make an omelet. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ‘

  • Nickie Huennekens says:

    this was a nice little change of pace, but I do prefer your more energetic style. Interesting subject matter too! I'm really struggling to find more in-depth value tutorials and classes, ones that are more involved thatn "value is king, if the colors are wrong but the values are right, it'll still look good". Throughout your videos are little pieces of info like "it'll be cooler in tone because it's further away" but I haven't found anything that brings them all together. I also love the underpainting concept, I often use water based markers under colored pencil in my coloring books, and would love more info about underpainting in general. This video was really cool though, thanks!

  • Lindsay, your painting is stunning! Thanks for the helpful tips you always give. BTW, a while back you mentioned a watercolor brush set you liked but the hairs shed; if you're still looking for a good set, I recommend the Dynamic Distraction round brush set on Amazon for $21! They have a perfect 5 star rating and I totally agree! Lovely brushes that hold lots of water and paint and have perfect points. Thank you again for all your videos, they've helped me tremendously and my attempts have much improved because of them. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend. Cheers!

  • This painting it's gorgeous! I love the colors you choose and they granulate beautifully. Thanks for sharing this video πŸ’•

  • TheFabulousIdiot says:

    This was fascinating to watch this evolve from a simple drawing to a fully developed painting; the process was relaxing to watch. I enjoyed watching you paint in a more structured style with the acrylic ink and I marveled at seeing how the patina was developed with the green, brown ochre, and the caput mortuum, over the purple grisaille. It was beautiful Lindsey!


  • Carol-Lynn Carnes says:

    I love the painting, will have to try it! Thank you for sharing your tips with us as well. Also, want to mention that the music was very relaxing and not overpowering! Carol-Lynn

  • I’ve been watching you for about three years and I’m still learning new techniques, which keeps me watching and buying your classes. Lady Liberty just got more beautiful as you worked! Thanks for showing this!

  • So YOU are the one who bought up all the stock of granulation medium, LOL. I've been trying to buy some online for 3 months but it keeps saying "out of stock."

  • Love it, and so appropriate. We, or I at least feel like I really need to celebrate Lady Liberty and all that she stands for given the times we are living in.

  • Interesting technique with the acrylic ink. I'm too shaky to try the pen, and stay from too fine of work. But, I do enjoy watching you do it. Thanks for sharing.

  • This was a fantastic lesson. Gorgeous technique, I have never seen before. I am ALWAYS blown away by your level of knowledge and experience. You are 1 of 3 people I watch daily and can't get enough of. Thank you so much, Lindsey. (On a side note: I am a disabled former art educator and painter. I had ADEM 10 years ago and cancer, going I to my 3rd year of survival. I paint frequently from my hospital bed. Being able to paint again is life altering for me since I am chronically ill with tremors. You and the other artists (The Mind of Watercolor & Diane Smize) sharing their knowledge have given me a profound boost in positivity!)

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