Sunday, 5 September 2010

Tutorial brick texture in watercolour

A few months ago I joined deviantArt; the largest online social network for artists. Giving and receiving feedback about artwork from fellow (amateur) artists really inspires me to create more artwork, learn more about drawing and painting techniques and to share any skills I have just developed. The brick texture technique is my first tutorial I submitted and the feedback was great, so I thought I'd post it here too. Perhaps more tutorials like this will be added in the future, so if you like to see anything in particular, drop me an email! My deviantArt page can be found at

How to create a brick texture:

What you need

* Watercolor paper
* Watercolor paint in pans in box, the more the better
* small paint roller, about 2" wide
* masking fluid

Creative process

1. Make sketch of wall and bricks.
2. Mask area between bricks with masking fluid (preferrably blue-colored to see difference with white paper).
3. Make paint roller wet and squeeze excess water out with fingers so that roller is just damp enough to hold paint.
4. Place roller on your watercolour box on one side and roll it in a continuous movement to the other side. Don't worry about getting your pallete dirty!!
5. Once masking fluid is dry, roll paint over the bricks in a smooth way.
6. You can follow the steps 3 to 5 again if you're not satisfied with the texture. Experiment with the dampness of the roller. The best result is to have a mixture of completely dry spots with areas of paint (small and larger).
7. Once dry, rub off the masking fluid and fill in the background and add shadows of the bricks.

Have fun!

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