Art Techniques | 8 July 2015Color Layering Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Art is magical. Do you remember when you learned that combining two different colors made a new color? As an adult we have so many things distracting us, but if you can pause and remember those small, magical moments, I think we would all be a little happier. Try you hand at mixing colors with this layering exercise from The Paintbrush Playbook. Layering washes can give depth to your chromatic palette and interest to your compositions. Apply the color with a flat brush (any other brush will work too!) on top of the dry paper. Let the watercolor dry and then afterward, layer a new shade on top of it. Repeat with as many colors as you like. Tip: Try to be quick when layering any new colors so the marks of each of the brushstrokes stay crisp and clean. Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: Sketch and paint right on the pages of this fun, modern, approachable practice and inspiration book focusing on one of the most popular drawing tools – the paint brush. This playful, colorful exercise book is filled with fun, contemporary, beautiful illustrations by leading illustrator Ana Montiel. The exercises explore mark making, patterns, geometrics, simple drawings, texture, and composition and includes professional tips and tricks that will enhance your skills as you work through the book. Each spread has one page filled with art examples and an exercise, with plenty of room to draw or paint right in the book. The Paintbrush Playbook is printed on high-quality, uncoated paper, allowing you to paint or draw anywhere that inspiration strikes. Explore abstract drawing, pattern drawing, meditative doodling and more with this all-in-one learning and practice book. This is a great volume for artists, designers, doodlers, illustrators, painters, pattern illustrators, and zentanglers of all ages. You will not want to miss it! Ana Montiel is a London-based, Spanish visual artist and designer. Her work enhances a universe of materials and media that range from screen printing to ceramics, through surface design, videoart and collage. Her influences are as diverse as David Lynch and his holistic approach to creativity, Jung’s Red Book, the Arts & Crafts movements, Quantum Physics, Astrology, Yoga or Ayurveda. Through Ana’s latest art project “Visual Mantras” (ongoing) she has explored repetitive drawing as a meditation itself and has developed a series of absorbing and richly coloured geometries that bring up the cyclical rhythm of life. Ana also works as an illustrator, art director and designer and has collaborated with brands such as Nina Ricci, Jo Malone, Carolina Herrera and Anthropologie. Her art work has been exhibited in Europe and North America. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.