A Word About Paper and Pencil Marks

Dan Marshall wowed the crowd with his demo on the watermedia stage during the recent Plein Air Convention & Expo in Colorado. As he painted, he shared tips and tricks watercolor artists can use to get the most from their materials. 

Dan said he also uses a dry brush to work the watercolor because he never wants a completely straight line in a given scene.

Paper: “For some subjects, I’ll work on the back side of a sheet of Saunders Waterford rough paper,” he said. “The back side is less rough than the front, but still rougher then cold-pressed. It’s great for nauticals, for example, because I don’t want bumps in my water.”

Pencil marks: “In general, I don’t mind pencil marks in my finished paintings, but I want to be very careful with them. Even the lightest pencil marks create emphasis. If I’m not careful, I could draw attention someplace I didn’t intend.”

Dan Marshall’s watercolor demo piece

In “Effortless Watercolors,” Dan shows you how to develop a well-planned, confident painting process, and shares his secret for subtly drawing viewers’ attention where you want it.


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