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Saturday, February 23, 2013

How to Paint WC wash 10 minute faces

How To . . . 
"Innocence"  Day 24 of 29 Faces in Feb 2013

I was going to write down a little blurb about how I do my loose, sketch, watercolor faces, but then I found a great little article on how to do 10 minute atc card faces with watercolor and pen.  Not as colorful as mine, but the technique is very similar. I leave more white space, I think, and lots of loose washes.  This is a great site for inspiration and information and they have 20 free magazines you can download to your computer for FREE.  Did I say FREE? 
 http://www.arttradermag.com/magazine/sal-scheibe/10-minute-atcs-intuitive-watercolor-wash-faces/ The photos are on the link above:  Here is the text:

10 Minute ATCs: Intuitive Watercolor Wash Faces, By Sal Scheibe
This article originally appeared in ArtTrader Magazine, Winter 2010 Issue 9

Material List:
ATC Blanks (watercolor paper preferred)
Inking and/or Gel Pens
10 Minutes

These fun little ATC watercolors shouldn’t take more than 10 to 15 minutes each. They’re quick and easy to create, even for fairly new painters. The trick is to not worry about getting things perfect. You need to paint intuitively, which means you should be more interested in plopping down some shapes and shadows to suggest facial features rather than painting in actual features.

Start with a wet watercolor board or paper that you have and plop on your paints to form a very basic facial shadow. This should take about 20 seconds. Let dry and continue with another shadow/shape layer, slowing forming into a face. Each layer should take no more than a minute. You’re painting intuitively here, not realistically. Once you have a shape you’re happy with, take your ink pen and outline some features. Add funky lines and bubbles but don’t spend a lot of time making things perfect. These little ATCs are 10-minute bits of fun!


  1. These are my favourite colours! Another superb face.

  2. This is absolutely brilliant Penny! Thank you so much for posting the instructions. I want to try this in the afternoon today. I love it - your picture is so alive and vibrant and intensely magical! {heart} samara


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