Watercolor Pouring Demonstration

About Barbara Sailor

An Ohio artist, Barbara studied art and art education at Bowling Green State University and has been a public school art teacher for more that 40 years. She was raised in Cleveland and now resides in the western section of the state.

She works in many media, but is primarily a watercolorist because she loves the spontaneous quality of watercolor and the many special effects which can be obtained. Her work is basically realistic with abstract patterns and varied textural effects utilized. Barbara paints a variety of subject matter including studies of people, florals, still lifes and landscapes. She loves to use a lot of color in her paintings and strong value patterns.

She has earned several awards and ribbons and has displayed her work in many shows including the University of Cincinnati and in Columbus. She has had several one man shows in the western Ohio area and teaches beginning and intermediate watercolor to adult students as well as continuing to teach students in school.

Barbara is married and has 3 adult children and 6 precious grandchildren.

To learn more about Barbara and to view more of her work, visit her Websites Below:

Watercolor Pouring Demonstration in Troy

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I was fortunate to be asked to demonstrate my pouring technique to the intermediate watercolor class taught by my old friend, Donna Pierce Clark, in Troy, Ohio, at the Hayner Cultural Center on Tuesday, January 12th. It was so great connecting with her again after 35 years. We were young art teachers together here in the county in the early 1970’s. These pictures were taken by Donna during the demo. Thank you for sharing the pics, Donna!

Start at the bottom of this post and work your way here to the top to be in correct sequence:

My next step will be to complete the detailing and the negative painting around the flowers and then I will remove the mask and soften any edges that need it. I will post the finished painting here on the blog when it is complete.

This is a close-up of some of the detailing from the inside of the flower.

In this picture, I have done some negative painting around some of the petals, and am adding some of the detailing inside the flower.

In this photograph I am pouring my greens on the very wet paper. I used a large medicine eye-dropper to suck up some of the excess paint at this time

In this stage I am adding the second color, which is a warm red-violet. I allow it to run and mingle with the violet already on the surface.

The first color I am dropping into the wet painting is violet. I attempt to keep it inside the petal shapes, but will not be upset if some of it flows into the background.

The drawing is complete and mask has been added to protect the whites around the outide of each petal in the flowers. I am using a wide watercolor wash brush to wet the paper. I want the entire surface to be wet, but not in puddles because I will be adding much wet paint to the surface. I will be using liquid acrylic inks mixed with water for the pouring stage because once the ink is dry, it will not be lifted by my brushes when I am doing the detailing and negative painting with watercolors.


  1. sandra says

    I have not heard of liquid acylics before. Would/could I use colorpencil over this? Maybe pastels! I love to inhance my work with other mediums. How do I find out more about this medium that you are using? Help

  2. Cherylanne says

    Absolutely Delicious…yes Delicious use of space,colors and blending techniques! So beautiful!

  3. says

    Beautifully done. Is there a chance of getting your drawing of this flower, so I can try? I am learing to watercolor on my own, and the drawing would help. This is watercoloring by dropper of large flowers.
    Thank you.
    Annette Caldwell

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