Using The Rigger

Cheap Joe's Test Studio: Using The Rigger

Joe Miller shows us how to use the rigger to put in the fine details at the end of a watercolor painting. Here is a transcription for those that can't turn their speakers up:

Hi, I'm Joe and I want to thank you for making us a part of your day again. You've been with us a long time and some of you are new maybe. So welcome, we're with Cheap Joe's and we're doing a little mini-series and today I'm going to show you how I use the little rigger. Now before we get into this I want to tell you that when you're using a rigger or a little brush or toward the end of a watercolor, the paper has to be dry. This is where I hear a lot of people say "I used the rigger or I did this and it all ran". It's because the paper was wet, so be sure its dry. I have dried my paper so now I want to show you how to use the rigger to get some neat little trees and shapes in here.

Now I've activated some color and I've actually made it a little darker than I normally would because I want you to be able to see it. I take the rigger and I load it like this. See how it's just soaking up all that color in it. Also I hold it back here at the tip rather than like this. That keeps it loose. Then when I bring that rigger over here I'm going to start right here because this is a tree that didn't look like a tree and I don't know if I can make it look like one or not. But I'm going to try. I'm going to load the brush again, coming right around here these little interesting limbs. I want most of them to be coming into the paint. Let's do another one right down here. So now I have this little shape that's a tree right in here. The one right above it, we'll have one right over here that's coming in this way like that. And perhaps right here we have another one. Great place to make these little divisions of these little trees that are over here. All of this is with the rigger. Finally, one down here. Again keeping in mind that these are much darker than I would normally be doing, but it would maybe be hard for you to see it if I didn't do it this dark. Just keep it interesting, keep them all flowing in there like that. And that's the way we do the shapes with the little rigger.

Now, I'm diluting it just a little bit, the color, and I'm going to put in some of these trees that are right over here. Wow, look at that. Isn't that fun? Again, I'm just holding it at the tip and giving it those little jerky motions and I'm kind of hurrying so that you just simply get the idea and then you can go it. You can do it much better than I'm doing. It is fun, it's a great way to get in those little trees and then I can even come in here and very carefully put in those fence posts. They become looser and really much happier than if I was putting them in in all this little deep, getting them just perfect back in there. Just barely drop them in. that's the way I use the rigger to do the little things like that.

I'm just adding some little finishing trees back here to the very background to this. And I am holding the rigger, you can see how I am because they're smaller and a little more detailed back in the back there. Thanks so much for being with us, please join us again next time when I don't know what it is we'll be doing, but I hope it will be fun for you because it's always fun for me to be here with you. I thank you for your business.

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