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The Dance of Watercolor: Beginners and Beyond

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Product Description

If you are excited to start painting in watercolor and you have a little or no experience with the medium, then this DVD will be the right fit for you. Julie helps you step by step to understand what materials you will need, and to feel comfortable with the way water and paint mix on your palette and on paper. Her thorough watercolor method gives you a strong foundation in the properties of watercolor.

Once you are familiar with how paint moves, follow Julie's drawing, color and landscape painting lessons step by step. Julie encourages you to relax and enjoy the process.

Add to your collection the following products that Julie provides on Amazon: Her sequel DVD,The Dance of Watercolor: Luminosity, Luster, Iridescence, and; Easy Steps to Great Color, which includes four unique color wheels and a concise, easy-to-use color guide that further embellish on the contents of both DVDs.

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"Julie carefully and methodically explains things that beginners have trouble with. Her water-to-paint ratio is very clearly explained." -- -Sue Johnston, President of California Watercolor Association

"Julie has a genuine passion for teaching watercolor and giving her students as much personal attention and encouragement as possible." -- - Charlotte Hjellum, watercolor student

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Product Details

  • Actors: Julie Cohn
  • Directors: Julie Cohn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Julie Cohn Art Studio
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q6ZLNE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,265 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By RSTJA on May 29, 2007
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Let me start by saying I'm a beginner at watercolor painting. I've taken some lessons, and read many books, but I got to a point where there was something missing. What makes this DVD special, is the method of combining the degree of wetness of the paint with the degree of wetness of the paper. It sounds simple, but when you get it right, the paint really does dance. Once I realized what Ms. Cohn was saying, it totally changed the results I was getting. There is some stuff on color mixing and other odds and ends that are covered again and again elsewhere, but she had to put it in for completeness. This DVD was well worth the cost. I don't like the style of painting in the DVD, but the technique was great.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Colleen Gianatiempo on August 2, 2006
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Where else can you listen to Jazz and learn the basics of watercolor? Julie Cohn's CD is an uplifting, easy to learn and follow instructional DVD. In no time, you can learn techniques and apply them and create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind landscape painting. I also found the "extra" drawing tips, exercises and quick reference so valueable and helpful. My daughter (age 6) was learning along with me. We really enjoyed the slide show during dinner too! I have been painting watercolor for 10 years and learned more from this DVD and Julie Cohn than I have in any other class I have taken. This DVD is a must own!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Wdvlannie on October 1, 2007
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I've been trying watercolor by myself with books for a while, but I'd stalled because I seemed to be missing some key point. This DVD really helped me over a hurdle in that I can now get the paint and water proportions right on the paper and on the brush. I've seen other excellent DVDs on watercolor, but this one taught me a very necessary basic tenet in an easy-to-learn way that the others glossed over, and it actually worked for me.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Dennis W. Diestler on June 19, 2006
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I had no art experience. I am having a blast with Julie's easy to follow instuctions. On the other hand my wife has taken several art classes. She is much more advanced,and has found Julie's instructions to be extremely beneficial. One of the major benefits is that you can keep going back to a concept that would be hard to do in a typical class setting.

Thank you Julie!!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dorrie Newton on November 18, 2006
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If you really want to learn to watercolor, this is the DVD for you.

Organization is one of it's best features. Julie Cohn has lots of easy to understand techniques. She explains why you do something, as well as how to do it. You can refer back to a painting technique without searching through the whole DVD.

There are sections on: shortcuts; how to find a good brush; drawing tips; and the all important question of how much water vs how much paint. Julie has easy to remember names for all the varying degrees of water and paint and when to use them. There are lots of quick reference guides about color and painting techniques that I found really helpful.

Julie's original music adds just the right touch!

I enjoyed the slide show with the music and used it as a screen saver.

A great value for aspiring water colorists.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By KLB on June 1, 2009
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This video is a relaxed version of instruction that could complement a more advanced beginner's watercolor experience. Obviously a very talented watercolorist and instructor, Julie Cohn provides wonderfully calming examples and demonstrates accurate techniques. However, care of brushes and accurate terminology are necessary in preparatory instruction. Both are not obvious enough in this video, and would require a teacher's interruption of the video to give clarification and terminology emphasis. For example, one should never squeeze and pull on the bristles of the brush to remove water; instead, squeeze and dab the brush gently, which she does, but does not mention. The gentle rubbing to remove the water or to flatten the bristles needs clarification to ward off students' pulling out the bristles. Also, the terms glazed, layered/overlapped, opaque, transparent, and semitransparent, blended and graded, wash, hatch, stipple, and dry-brush would be on my students' "sampler" charts, along with her terms of moisture content: puddle, dot, dash, and pile. Julie Cohn's emphasis on achieving effective application using moisture control makes this relaxing video useful to an educator on a personal talent improvement level, and provides diversion from the stilted, but required discipline of the classroom: possibly a good application review prior to first painting. I will definitely use her beneficial idea of dancing with watercolor.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Susan C on March 18, 2007
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I've been trying to learn the basics of watercolor from books and DVDs with little success until now. Her explanations and demonstrations are very detailed and have given me a base to work from and build on. I've learned so much about watercolor from this DVD and I'm having so much fun playing with the techniques and concepts presented in the DVD.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ronile A. Valenza on August 4, 2006
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Julie is a delight. Her explanations and demonstrations are concise and easy to follow. Julie's method of getting the correct paint consistency is essential. I highly recommend this DVD for beginners and those of us who are a little beyond beginning.
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