Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday's Tips and Techniques for Watercolor Painting

Wet Your Brushes First 

Always completely saturate your brushes with clean water prior to painting in watercolors.  This will help soften the bristles and get that capillary action going. You can damage the bristles by trying to pick up watercolor paint with a dry watercolor brush.

If the bristles are wet, they will be able to hold more paint and more water.

Doing a large background wash with a half wet brush will most likely end in disaster.  Dry streaks, splotchiness, skips, etc.  You will have more trouble keeping that nice big background wash evenly wet across the entire page.  So make sure your brush has been completely saturated with water before your begin.

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