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The basics of watercolor painting.

How to paint sand and hills with watercolor

Finished watercolor painting of simple beach scene

Painting the hills with watercolor In this step, figure 5, paint the distant hills, leaving a few untouched areas at the bottom of the closest hill were rocks will be place in the next step. Paint one wash over both hills and let it dry thoroughly. Now paint the foreground hill with a similar strength Continue Reading …

Watercolor techniques: wet on dry

Wet on Dry watercolor painting technique, produces hard or sharp edges

Wet on dry watercolor painting technique Wet on Dry is the watercolor painting technique you use when you want to place a hard or sharpe edge on your painting, though you can also use it to cover an area with a nice clean watercolor wash, see figure 6. With the wet on dry technique the Continue Reading …

Controlled Wet on Wet Technique

Waterline of Boat painted with controlled wet on wet technique

Controlled Wet on Wet Technique As the paper dries, during the wet on wet technique, it will arrive at a point where it has lost its shine, now if at this stage you run the point of your brush across this damp section of paper you will see an interesting effect as shown in figure Continue Reading …

Wet on Wet Watercolor Technique

Wet on wet watercolor painting technique

We will now look at the wet on wet watercolor painting technique. A good exercise to understand the potential of using wet on wet techniques is to mix a milk strength mixture of French Ultramarine and Alizarin Crimson. Then tape a quarter sheet of rough textured watercolor paper to your board. Then with a round Continue Reading …

Watercolor techniques: edges created with a round brush

Venice Sunset lights completed watercolor painting

What is so important about edges? As watercolor artists, and artists in general, we paint our paintings through the creation of different edge shapes. In this article I will talk about the watercolor techniques that will produce these edges and how to use them to create our watercolor paintings. The examples I give are all Continue Reading …

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