Beginning Watercolor Journaling
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"Friendly and accessible for the beginner. Inspiring and full of tips for old pros like me. Watch it and start drawing today. The best DVD I've seen to get you journaling!"
--Danny Gregory, The Creative License and An Illustrated Life
Christina Lopp and Gay Kraeger introduce viewers to the art and craft of using watercolor drawings in journals. They begin the five-part presentation by discussing supplies, such as types of paper and bindings, watercolor palettes, brushes, and permanent markers, and explaining the basics of the color wheel and how to blend complementary and neutral colors. They introduce the concept of blind contour drawing and demonstrate quick-draw techniques, different types of lettering and shading, and more. Lopp and Kraeger present in a very folksy and approachable style. The disc includes links to their web site as well as a brief promotion for the soundtrack. While those with some artistic talent will gain the most from this presentation, it is very accessible for the novice. A welcome addition to most arts and crafts collections and for journal writers who wish to enhance the look of their work. Tom Budlong, Atlanta, Library Journal --Library Journal
About the Actor
Christina Lopp is a graphic and web designer as well as a self-taught artist who has been teaching Illustrated Watercolor Journaling since 1996. Her drawing style, described as child-like and whimsical, has inspired people all over the world to try drawing and painting in their own journals, creating a precious record of their lives.
Gay Kraegeris a graphic designer and illustrator, having worked as a production artist for many years. Even though she was an art major in school, she didn t draw much until she saw Lopp s France drawings that inspired Kraeger to start keeping a journal.See all Editorial Reviews
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Other reviewers have complained that the women are too chatty. I don't have a problem with that, but I do dislike how they seemed not to have a plan as they start some of the segments. They say things like, "Well, should we do it this way?" or "Should we do it like that?" If I pay for an instructional video, then I would prefer that the teachers put thought into what they are teaching ahead of time. Maybe they were trying to demonstrate the thought process they go through as they start a journal page. Maybe that I means what I really wanted was a straight-up watercoloring instructional video. If I had it to do again, that's what I would buy instead.
I've recently been reading the Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, which I LOVE, but trying to communicate all the many, many lessons in that book to antsy children was overwhelming. This video conflicts with some of the important lessons in the Law's Guide, such as what the three primary colors actually are and how to mix them. In the end, I picked several of the step-by-step lessons in the Law's Guide which were about birds, and I had my kids work through those.