Gorgeous bright, smooth silky blends of color and tones.
Watercolor Washes…. Its in the brush I’m using!! #worldwatercolormonth
3 Watercolor Washes
The 3 Major watercolor washes I’ve shown today are the Graded Wash, Flat Wash and the Variegated Wash. Each plays a wonderful role in watercolor landscapes and still life paintings.
Gradation of Tone. ie going from darker to lighter or vice versa.
(in watercolor using more water makes the tone go lighter, less…and it goes darker.)
These Graded Washes are wonderful in the landscape for skies, water, roads, rivers, trees, mountains. This is a great Tool to learn!
Graded Wash…. a shoreline
These 2 following images are the exact same image.
But they are merely turned upside down to create what could be seen as “water” in the first, and “sky” in the second.
And, in fact in the painting – I have done so.
I’ll show the painting in an upcoming post.
The wash exercise is on dry paper, with a Subtle, minimal tonal changeover.
Taking care to manipulate the Rekab brush around “swirls” that might be Clouds, or maybe my water patterns.
I need a brush that holds fluid. That will sweep across the paper like a snow skier downhill…smooth. Silky. Rekab 320s.
A Flat Wash is normally great for areas of neutrality.
Areas that are Non-Busy. ie not the focal point; but perhaps, into the far distance.
This color combo is great for (sunsets, flowers, reflections) other color combos would create other subjects.
I painted a paler yellow at the horizon, mid tone in middle, oranges; into darker scarlets towards the top – creates the feeling of – Depth
The irregularities within…. are handy.
They create movement.
They lessen the too ‘stiff, static’ feeling of a ‘perfectly’ executed wash.
ie Accidents, can be Assets
Papers used: Arches and Saunders Cold Press.
Colors used: cobalt teal blue, prussian blue, winsor lemon, permanent rose, white gouache.
The Brush used to create the washes: Rekab 320s.
I used this brush, mainly, because I want a silky smooth blend. Especially on my Flat Wash. I don’t want streaks, or blotches. It might just ‘annoy’ me a wee bit !
Yesterday’s 10 Great Watercolor Brush Tips was quite long, but describes and illustrates a variety of common watercolor brushes. It is one I would recommend beginners read.
This is a unique post. But it is a Learning Exercise based theme, so….
In this post, I decided to make several of my “Wash” images available to my readers, free for you to study, paint from and learn from as teaching tools.
I felt that these specific washes would be really handy for the beginner watercolor people to practice.
These Washes will give you great skills – especially in watercolor landscapes. Plus, its great to be able to create any of these, whenever you need or want them!
watercolor 3 Types of Edges Used