Experimentation & Technique in Watercolor Painting


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The first paints that a young artist experiments with is usually poster colours or watercolours. The beauty of watercolour paintings often lies in the dreamlike and almost impressionistic effect you can achieve with it. At the same time, if you understand the medium, you will be surprised to learn that you can even paint in a very controlled and detailed fashion with watercolours.  If you enjoy painting with watercolours and want to learn more techniques to enhance your art, read on:

  1. Washing or Wetting Technique: This is the most basic watercolour technique. To practice this, you would need to wet the canvas or paper before applying paint to it. Then, you need to mix enough pigment to cover the paper from top-down in slightly overlapping horizontal strokes. Once done, do not reapply paint, let it dry out naturally till it is an even flat wash on the paper. You can even create a slight variation of this, called a graded wash by just diluting the pigment with water a little for every horizontal stroke. This is effective when you are creating a flat wash for the sky.
  2. Dropping in color Technique: This technique involves introducing a colour to a wet part of the painting and letting it bleed naturally. The effect created can be quite beautiful, however, the result may be unpredictable. So, it is best to test the process till you can obtain the desired results.
  3.  Wet in Wet Technique: This technique is perfect for background areas and can be applies over a first level wash, as long as it is completely dry. To practice this technique, simply wet an area of the paper and apply pigment to it. It may create blurred marks on the paper, perfect for creating undefined areas of your background.
  4. Dry Brush Technique. In direct contrast to the Wet in Wet Technique, a brush filled with pigment and not too much water is slowly dragged across dry paper. This creates a more crisp and hard edged effect.
  5. Lifting Off. Lifting Off is a technique that is often used to correct a mistake in watercolor painting, however it can also be used to lighten areas. You can use a brush with clear water and with gentle strokes lighten an area, or you could try a blotting technique with a piece of tissue.

Now that you know the various techniques you can use while painting, we hope you will pick up your brush and create a masterpiece!


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  1. The information provided here are truly useful. I am a professional artist, but still I found a lot of information in this post that is new to me. Many thanks to the writer.

  2. Hey, I love these techniques. Today tried the dry brush technique and really got some wonderful results on drawing paper. Thanks to the writer for this tutorial-style post. Will expect some more in the future.

  3. People who don’t feel that water color is not an advanced painting medium must read this post. I would say this post shows that there’s nothing an artist cannot do with water colors if he or she knows the right techniques of using them.

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