Category Archives: Edges

The importance of creating different edge effects when panting with watercolors or any other art medium.

Dry Brush Watercolor Technique : Also known as Broken Edge

Watercolor Painting Dry Brush Technique

Dry Brush Watercolor Techinique This edge, samples of which can be seen in figure 7, is created by sliding the brush quickly across the surface of your watercolor paper. There are a number of variables however which affect the final result you achieve. If you are using a round brush as in these examples, you 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 …