Corel Painter 12 Demo, Real Watercolor Category Brushes

Hello Everyone,

It is amazing how easy it is to emulate traditional watercolor in Painter 12.  I decided to do another painting demo for a couple of reasons.  The first is I love painting with this new brush engine, and I am having a blast making new brushes.  The second is to let everyone know that I am teaching a class at the Digital Art Academy called The Basics of Watercolor in Painter 12, which begins Oct 22; registration is now open.  My custom watercolor brushes that I keep promising will be ready by then, hopefully sooner.  You do not have to join the class to get them; I will post them here for everyone.

With the basic class in mind, I did this very simple watercolor.

Bud Vawe

Simple watercolor done in Corel Painter 12

During the first part of the session as we would do if we were taking a traditional watercolor class, we will focus on brush use and how to develop washes and other typical watercolor marks.

The last painting demo I did was 7 videos long, which is way too long.  This time, I am providing only one video that is about 27 minutes long.  You can view all or skip over the dull parts. 🙂

But before I forget, I want to mention that I am also going to teach a class at DAA  called The Basics of Brush Making in Painter 12.  In this class I am going to demystify brush making and make it fun.

Hope you enjoy the video; please let me know what you think.


23 responses to “Corel Painter 12 Demo, Real Watercolor Category Brushes

  1. Good stuff Skip, thank you for all you do for all of us.
    I am one of many anxiously awaiting this watercolor class and can’t wait until it starts.

    I hope you can manage to control Kevin, it is so annoying when he starts running around the classroom. 🙂


    • Thanks Claudia! I’m looking forward to the class, too.

      About Kevin…I just don’t know. He almost jumped into the video, but I blocked him at the last minute.

      See you in class,

  2. I really enjoyed this!! Learned quite a bit. Looking forward to your class. I haven’t signed up yet as I have to wait to see when my cataract surgery will be scheduled.Hopefully I will find a way to work around it.

    • Hi Francine,
      Thanks you so much, but I think it is the other way around. I love your work and your sense of color is fantastic. I am always studying what you do.

      You mentioned in your sample video on painting silks that it was similar to watercolor and from what I saw, you are correct. It is another example of how I can learn from what you do.

      Thanks again,

  3. Hi Skip ! Kevin was so good this time wasn’t he? It must be this cooler weather we’re having 🙂 I LOVED the video and as usual, I tried to absorb every word. I am getting a little more used to the brushes and love the soft water more every day. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us…and your talent for painting……it’s time to sign that painting…..:-) Your signature would have put the finishing touch on it !! I asked this question in the class section, but I’ll ask here also. Are your next two classes starting on the same day???

    • HI Judi,

      You didn’t see me trying to block Kevin from getting into the video. He may try to make one by himself, so be prepared.

      Yes, both classes start Oct 22.

      Thanks for your kind words about the video…and I’ll get the pen out and sign that painting soon.


  4. Hi Skip
    Another fantastic video. I was particularly interested in your use of textures as you were painting and the way you added that lovely one at the end! Great reconstruction of a painting to show the techniques and brushes you used. It’s so hard to do a video or a written tutorial of a whole painting. That was a great way to do it!
    Square Damp brush, Wet Blender, Universal Wet Edgy are some of my favourites!
    Thanks again for all you to do teach us and share!

    • Hey Joan,

      Thanks for the comments about the video. I suspect doing some speed painting in combination with real time would be best for showing a whole painting. But the deconstruction seemed to work OK. I am always interested in your opinion, so I was glad you thought it was a good method.

      Listen, my friend, you are the one who really shares a bunch. Your blog is always so full of extremely good information. Page for page, you definitely have me beat.

      When are you going to get some free time, so we can play on G2M?

      Big Hugs,

  5. Skip, as I said before I love your watercolors and I tried to install your watercolor brushes into my Painter12. I’ve never done this before and even following the ‘help’ instructions, it doesn’t work can anyone help me?

  6. Skip this was fantastic. You know I think I am finally understanding channels. Your work always is so wonderful. I look forward to working with your brushes.

    • Thanks Lynn,

      So glad you came by and hope you stop by often. I’ll have those brushes finished soon. I have to have them finished before the watercolor class. 🙂

      I am also a big fan of your work. I have enjoyed being in classes and Open Studios with you.

      Thanks for leaving a comment,


  7. Mr Allen
    what an interesting and enjoyable video that was. Nice job you did on this and it sparked some ideas in my own head as well. Again you needn’t worry about boring us, we are mostly laughing along with you. I am still looking for that “wedgy and ed” brush and all I come up with is the edgy and wet. Humm!!!
    I have got a work related sketch to do and I thing I am going to try some of these things you have shown here. I don’t have the sketch brush you showed but I assume I can get to it with the Plum Anther (?) Will keep you posted.
    Anyways amigo, nice going.

    • LOL Carlos. You figured it out…it was the Edgy and Wet variant in the Real Watercolor 2 category. Plum anther should work well.

      But you can take your favorite sketch brush and change its method to Wet and its subcategory to Real Dry Buildup or Real Dry Cover. It will work on a watercolor layer and act the same way it did on a regular layer. The Edgy and Wet and the WC Pencil Blender will still wet the lines if you want. I think you will be surprised at how good your favorite brush will work with watercolor when you do these simple changes.

      Have fun my friend,


  8. Hi Skip
    This is one of the best water color films that I have seen. I was traditionally trained in watercolor and illustration. There are a lot of things I need to learn about computer or digital watercolor. They are not the same.

    Just to say I love your movie, I look forward to taking classes from you through the Digital academy next month.

    Thanks a lot and keep up the good work
    GC Schow

    • Hi…

      Many thanks for stopping by and I really appreciate your comment about the video. You are correct, digital and traditional are not the same. Traditional watercolorist use certain techniques to get that wonderful transparent and wet look that we love about watercolor. In the digital it is the same; we use certain techniques to get a similar watercolor look. The techniques are totally different.

      I am constantly studying the traditional watercolorists, and trying to emulate what I see them do. When there are traditionally trained watercolorist in my class it is a big bonus. They are a great help with tweaking techniques.

      Looking forward to seeing your work.

      See you next month,

  9. First time on your site…that was incredible. I just will have to get Coral painter…Photoshop user here. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing…how it bleeds out like that…. and the paper textures…just wild. I ‘ll be back…no Arnold intended


    • Hey Tom,
      Yes, it is amazing isn’t it. I love the way watercolor can flow with paper textures and now with flow maps in Painter 12.2. Heck…sometimes I just get a kick out of making brush strokes and watching what can happen.
      Thanks for stopping by and making a comment. I look forward to your return. Hope you enjoy the site.

  10. Thank you SO much, I loved this great video. It made me so excited for the possibilities of Painter 12. The color blending and texrures you were able to achieve were so rich and gorgeous. You have a new loyal follower here. Thank you for helping me acheive my vision of the painter I want to become.

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