Watercolor Tricks and Techniques

Hi art lovers! There are many watercolor tricks and techniques that will make your painting a beautiful piece of art and it will be loved and adored by everyone. So what are those tricks? Today, I have come out with five of such techniques that will beautifully decorate your watercolor painting.

These techniques are as follows:
1) Washes.
2) Wet in wet.
3) Glazing.
4) Dropping in Color.
5) Lifting off.

Let me explain these techniques one by one:

1)      Washes:

Flat wash is the most basic watercolor technique among all. It can be done by wetting the area of paper which is to be covered for painting by wash. Then the entire area is to be filled by mixing adequate amount of pigment. This pigment is applied to the top down to a sloping surface in slightly overlapping horizontal bands.  Once the wash is completed, let the paper dry by itself.
One of the variations of the basic wash is graded wash. For this technique, for the horizontal stroke, the pigment is diluted a bit more with water. It will result in a wash that fades out evenly.


2)      Wet in Wet:
As the name suggests when a pigment is applied to a wet paper, it’s called wet in wet. This technique can be applied over existing washes provided they are completely dry. This technique results in Blurred images and undefined shapes. You need to simply wet the paper with a brush, and paint into the damp area. This technique is best for subtle background regions of a painting.

Wet in Wet

3)      Glazing:

When a thin transparent pigment is applied over existing dry washes, this is termed as glazing. It’s very much similar to a watercolor technique of washes. Transparent non staining pigments such as Cobalt Blue and Rose Madder are best for glazing as they can be applied layer after layer for predefined and desired effect.  It’s important to mention here that the purpose of glazing is to adjust the tone of color of underlying wash.


4)      Dropping in Color:
The result from dropping in color is a bit unpredictable but very appealing and interesting. These kinds of effects that can be gained by dropping in colors on a wet surface. However, such effects cannot be attained by using the colors with brush strokes on the paper.  This is a process in which the color is dropped or introduced to the wet surface of the painting and allowing it to blend on itself without interfering.

Dropping in

5)      Lifting Off:

In this technique the wet area is to be removed with clean water and brush, and then the pigment is blotted away with the help of a tissue. For producing interesting hard edged lines and shapes, paper strips can be used.  It is important to note here that staining colors such as Yellow, Blue, Alizarin, Windsor Red etc are hard to remove so use of these colors should be avoided.

Lifting Off

Hope you all loved this and had a wonderful time reading this article. Go and try these tricks and make a beautiful painting by using these watercolor techniques!


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