These are the techniques that I’ve been using in my art on a daily basis.
1. Water splatter –
I use this method for giving a nice texture to my work. When I feel that a particular part of my painting looks too plain or lifeless, I apply a layer of paint and using a wet brush dipped in plain water, I splatter on the paper. It gives a beautiful texture. Sometimes it gives a snow like appearance too.
2. Spray effect –
Using a spray bottle filled with water on a half dried part of painting at a particular distance gives a softer look to the painting. At a very close distance, it dissolves the paint to give a misty look. When used at a relatively far distance, it gives a splatter kind of look as described in the previous method.
3. Layering –
Layering of diluted warm tones on cooler tones or vice versa gives significant glow or tones down the painting. I highly recommend you to try this out.
4. Colour splatter on wet paint –
Like water splatter, colour splatter also gives a complex texture. Have a look at the below demo and example.
5. Water reflections –
Water reflections has been considered as a difficult subject to recreate in watercolor. But it isn’t. The main pointer to remember is to let the color do its magic.
1. Wet on wet technique –
This is a basic technique. It is used to give a soft look without hard edges. Lay down a wash of light colour and dab in darker colours. Or similar moisten up the paper and add in some colour. It will give a very soft look to the piece of work.
2. Salt texturing –
Using salt on wet paint absorbs the paint in the sprinkled area. The degree of paint absorption and texture various with the amount of water used. I’ve used a thin layer of diluted paint and hence the effect.
3. Colour bleeding –
Colour bleeding gives a very unique feel to the piece of art. I use it when I try to create a subtle difference between light and shadow.
These are a few of advanced and basic techniques that I use often. I’m planning to make a video soon on this.
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