THE USE OF WATER IN A WATERCOLOR PAINTING IS A VERY IMPORTANT INGREDIENT

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WET ON WET

Quality of the watercolor paper, brushes and paints you use will be important but the other ingredient is water.
Water allows watercolor pigments to flow and create beautiful wet on wet channels that can lead to brilliant works of art. The consistency will make a unique difference of your watercolor mixes (the water to pigment ratio).

When working with a dry brush technique effect or a range of soft wet on wet deciding how much water takes practice. For example, the water in your watercolor paint washes will begin to evaporate and this will affect what happens on the surface of your paper differently than wet on wet.

If you want more control without your pigment bleeding in areas of your composition then you may need to wait a little time till the paper surface is dryer or you can add more pigment and less water to your paint mixture.

When becoming more experience with watercolors you might like to try this wait even longer until the paper is just damp. This stage is dangerous as any unintended drop of water to your paper or a very wet brush stroke will disturb the paint that is already down. If you wait long enough you risk re-dissolving the underlying watercolor paint.

Wait until the paper is totally dry you can lay another glaze over the top of it to change its color and tone while still retaining watercolor’s beautiful transparent quality.

You will find painting you used to consider impossible more simple by mastering the use of water in your watercolor painting help you become a skillful watercolorist.

Cathedral in Milan

PAPER TOTALLY DRY

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kutukamus
    Mar 06, 2015 @ 03:33:27

    Now I know why I was terrible at watercolor painting way back then 🙂

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