8 Inspring Watercolour Painting Tutorial Videos on YouTube

If you love watercolour painting then you are going to love these videos. Here are 8 inspiring Watercolour painting tips and tutorial videos.

Easy 3 Color Watercolor Sunset

If you have ever wanted to create a beautiful sunset with just 3 colours then you have come to the right place. Lindsay Weirich will show you how to blend wet into wet and also mix all the colours in order to create a spectacular sunset. Just grab your paint brush and your Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, and Cadmium Yellow and enjoy!

How to paint a Cherry Tree in Watercolor

This is a fascinating, inventive technique.  Tap your paintbrush onto a solid object and create a splatter effect and if you are as good as Leonardo Pereznieto, you will create a gorgeous Cherry tree with this method. You are going to need watercolor round brushes: 00, 2, 10, 22, watercolour paper and a wooden rod for the tapping.

How to Paint a Realistic Eye

The first excellent tutorial in a series, where you will initially use Watercolours to create a beautiful, realistic eye from a reference photo.  If you choose to continue with the series you will ultimately create a full Watercolour portrait.  Paint with Kelly Eddington tutoring you as you work.

 

Watercolor Quick Tips and Tricks

This video is a must for those who are up for experimentation and creativity. Pear Fleur shows you different effects, wet on wet, wet on dry, dual colouring.  She shows you amazing results when you put kosher salt on watercolour paint and when you create a stunning starry sky using a toothbrush.  This video has a whole host of tips and tricks to get those creative juices flowing.

How to Choose Good Watercolor Painting Brushes

“Holy watercolour Batman!” No need to spend your days in the dark. Steve Mitchell at ‘The Mind of Watercolor’, will show you how to choose the best brushes. You will only need three or four brushes including rounds and flats that are made of natural or faux hair.  Save a few animals and go for faux hair in my opinion.  The video is incredibly detailed and a must for those researching the best tools for the job.

How to Paint Feathers in Two Different Styles

Painting feathers, a delicate process that requires patience and skill. In this video by ‘Fantasvale’, the tutor will show you two different styles.  Create a very realistic looking feather and also a splendid, colourful, poetic-looking feather. For this tutorial you are going to need watercolor paper, a good set of watercolors, a good rounded point brush, n.12; a board, paper tape, water and kitchen roll or towels.

5 Minute Beginner Watercolor Tips

Just five minutes of your life as a beginner, for some excellent tips that will help you on your way to being a skilled watercolour artist.  This video by Coco Bee Art, with a background music remix by James Blake, called The Wilhelm Scream, is more of an experience than just a few tips. Watch this at a party with the lights off, in a smoke filled room and you are guaranteed to learn faster!

Traditional Chinese Watercolor Painting

Be warned this video's host does not speak in English, he talks in Mandarin, but I thought I would include it in this set, as the artist’s technique and results when using a bamboo brush to create gorgeous watercolour flowers, is something any budding watercolour artist ,enthusiast can learn from and enjoy.  The results are remarkable. This video is by ‘Traditional Chinese Paintings’

 

I hope that you enjoyed these fun and educational videos.  Any requests, please drop me a message below. See you all soon.

How to Turn your Photography Portfolio into a YouTube Slideshow

My flower photography Portfolio

So I took the plunge and created my first YouTube video this week. I gave it quite a lot of thought; what could I do as a photographer on YouTube that is different from the norm?

I do not think I am the kind of person who wants to be a presenter of tutorial videos, nor do I want to sit around doing voice overs for Photoshop presentations that have been done thousands of times before on YouTube.

Nevertheless, I really wanted to create a video; I have always admired the videos of Jared Polin, Alex Koloskov, Karl Taylor, Ted Forbes and the not so photographic work of Matthew Santoro, to name but a few.

I wanted to do something simple, that would not consume all of my time, so I came round to the idea of putting my photography portfolio on YouTube. I have seen other photographers do this. If not to get a great view count and a large subscriber base, then a new avenue of exposure for my work, and an interesting new form of creativity, will be satisfactory.

I'm pretty sure that I am not going to get the views of Casey Neistat, or even some brand new YouTuber and their cat, but I wanted to create a fresh concept for my portfolio, and so that is what I accomplished.

This tutorial could not be simpler; make sure that you have some good quality JPEGs from your portfolio that are ready to upload, click the upload button on the top of the YouTube page from your account.

On the bottom right of the screen there is a Photo Slideshow, 'Create’ button.

Click that.

Then upload photos from your computer.

Once your photos are uploaded scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click ‘next’.

The next page shows a preview of your automatically created slideshow video with a selection of audio tracks on the right of the page.

If you do not have your own music to upload, you can choose one of YouTube's generous, ad-free tunes, from various musical styles.

On this page you can also choose your slide duration, the slide effect, and the transition from photo to photo.

After you have selected your audio track, you can then click on 'Advanced Editor' to get an array of options including Creative Commons Videos, add more photos, audio (which we have already done), video transition effects and title slides.

I added a ‘centred title slide’ and called it ‘www.redtownphotography.com- weird and wonderful’, and also in the form on top of the video I added the actual title of the video.

Once you click 'Create Video', wait for the processing to complete, click the little edit sign, then in the 'Basic Info' tab, you can then add a description to the video, using SEO keywords in the top of the description that relate to your video, (more info here) and there is also a form where you can add relevant tags, that help describe your video for search purposes.

There is also an option for any translations you may require and Advanced Settings where you can disallow comments, enable age restrictions, choose your genre category and more.

Remember to switch from 'Public' to 'Private' until you completely ready to go live (Public)!

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Once your video is published you can make further enhancements such as slow motion, color temparature and more, you can also change the audio, add an End screen and Annontations, Cards, (which are like highlights that are overlayed on your video, where you can direct viewers to your other videos and more), and also subtitles.

 

It couldn't be simpler for photographers to create a slideshow for their photography on YouTube, which features an audio track that adds a certain ambience to your photos.

Is it a necessity? I think not. Yet I feel this is more interesting then just viewing photos on a website, or on Flickr. If not for every photographer, for some it is another route, a new creative approach, to get your work noticed.

 

Weird Still Life Portfolio