Tip : Watercolor Paint Consistency - Tea to Butter
Medium: Watercolor

Tutorial Details

When painting in watercolor, paint consistency is one of the most important aspects to learn and it can be hard to master. You need to practice with it to really understand it.
When I was first learning to paint in watercolor, I struggled with this concept as well. Then I had an instructor that taught me the “Tea to Butter” method for determining paint consistency and a light bulb went off. It still took me time to really understand it, but it sure helped.
This Art Tip is about the “Tea to Butter” method and how to use it.

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Rating and Reviews

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Theda Neubauer-Hewuse

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GREAT information and you explain things very clearly!

Brian Tracy

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Kay Alexander

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Very helpful way of explaining pigment/paint...probably one of the hardest part of watercolors! Thanks Brienne!

Delly Paris

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This was a great tip!!! Thank you

Peter Toth

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Paul Tuttlebee

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Just brilliant. I've been struggling with this concept for a long time after first reading a book by Joseph Zbukvic, an australian watercolorist.Thanks

Jenelle Fenton

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Great information on paint consistency. This will help me to get a better start in painting with watercolor.

Catherine Moore

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Excellent demonstration of the tea to butter on dry and various stages of wet paper. Working toward getting this right in the future and seeing it on your palette made it so much clearer.

Anna Mullins

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