Category Archives: Watercolor Painting Techniques

Watercolor painting techniques explained and demonstrated.

Painting the sea, people and birds with watercolor

Finished watercolor painting of simple beach scene

Painting the sea Now the sand is done we will now look at painting the sea. Using the same mix of watercolor paints but make sure the consistency is stronger than that used for the sky; we use a dry brush technique to paint the water. I use the point of my brush to establish Continue Reading …

Modified Dry Brush or Broken Edge Technique

Modified Dry Brush Technique to create tree foliage

Modified dry brush Instead of horizontal or vertical dry brush strokes you can use a more curved stroke using the body of the brush head, which just lightly touches the watercolor paper. The trick to this technique is to have your brush almost parallel to your watercolor paper, and not to let the point of Continue Reading …

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 …

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