Testing…. test strips for Watercolor.
What’s in it for you?
The relevance, the value, The Benefits of having a Test Strip at the ready every time you paint.
It may not sound like fun at first but it certainly can be.
Watercolor Mixing and Testing
Learning Points about Test Strips
Things that I’ve learned & gained from consistently having and Using test strips when I paint:
- using more paper as a Test Strip (ie 5×7) is truly, not a waste
- use the Belly of the brush to test… Not the Tip
- the belly gives more accuracy, the tip will be too tiny and, too falsely dark
- its a great way to warm up before you start painting
- testing the tonal value, how light or dark the color is prior to application is a life saver
- checking the color out first on the test paper, means you get it right the first go
- it saves you time, materials and a whole lot of frustrations
- accidents, hmm, “wayward” paints happen…… let this occur first on the test strip and then see if you can harness that waywardness to your advantage!
- in other words, turn accidents into Assets
- very frequently, I find…. snippets emerge to make lovely little mini paintings
- colors on the test strip allows you to try several various glazes on it later, because that color is there already and it is a ‘safe’ place to do so
A student’s oh so lovely, Test Strip!
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