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Water Color Techniques

contributed by Kaitlyn Guenther

Water Color TechniquesI love to water color paint. It has been one of my favourite art projects for years because I love the way the paint moves around the paper. Water color paint has a mind of its own!

There are lots of different techniques that can make a water color painting more exciting. These techniques are also really fun! Below are instructions on a few of my favourite techniques.

Salt:

The salt technique is one of my favourites. I use it for paintings if I am trying to make sandy or rocky areas.

TIP: The salt will affect the paint differently depending on how wet the paint is. The less wet the paper, the smaller the salt dots will be.

 

Tissue Paper (Option 1):

Using tissue paper is a really fun way to add a little texture to a painting. I mainly use it to make clouds in my water color sky.

 

Tissue Paper (Option 2):

You can use tissue paper in two different ways. I love using this technique for more abstract paintings.

TIP: The texture will come out differently depending on how saturated the paint is; if there is more paint than water, the texture will show up darker.

 

Layering:

One of the best parts of water color painting is that you can change the transparency of the paint. The more water that you have on your brush or that you mix into the pigment, the more transparent the paint will be. This allows you to layer the paint and I find it is useful for detailed paintings.

TIP: To practice this technique start with simple shapes like circles and try to use the same color so you get used to how water changes the paint.

TIP: You can layer different colors when you use this technique in a painting, but make sure that you always start with lighter and more transparent colors.

 

Water Droplets:

Water color painting is great becuase the paint has a mind of its own. This technique is a great example of this. I love to use this technique for abstract painting and backgrounds.

TIP: Keep the paper flat on the table while the paint dries. There will be a lot of water for this techique, so the drying process may take longer.

TIP: Try doing several drops in the section of paint and watch as the drops meet each other, it creates a really cool effect.

TIP: Instead of water, use rubbing alcohol becaue it creates a cool effect.

 

Paint Droplets:

This technique is quite fun because the paint runs in neat patterns. This technique combines the layering technique and the first water droplet technique. I find that it adds lots of excitement to a painting, especially with bright colors!

TIP: This technique works better if the paint droplets are a darker or brighter color than the paint on the paper.

TIP: Keep the paper flat on the table while the paint dries. There will be a lot of water for this techique, so the drying process may take longer.

TIP: Try doing several drops in the section of paint and watch as the drops meet each other; it creates a really cool effect, especially if you use several different paint droplet colors.

 

Indenting:

This technique is quite fun because the paint runs in neat patterns. This technique combines the layering technique and the first water droplet technique. I find that it adds lots of excitement to a painting, especially with bright colors!

 

Dry Base:

This technique is basic but essential. I use this technique to form the base of my painting, expecially if I am doing a more detailed painting.

TIP: If you continue to add dark paint at the top and only pull down paint part of the way, using water to blend the paint, you can have an ombre effect, where the water slightly grows more transparent.

 

Wet Base:

This technique is also very important. I use this technique to form the base of my painting, expecially if I am doing an abstract painting. This is one of my favourite techniques because I get to use gravity to have fun with the water color paint.

 

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