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.

 

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watercolors, a Favorite….. Test Strip

 

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

 

 

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Lunar Black, Naples Yellow +Prussian Blue

 

 

 

 

  • 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

 

 

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The Mountain

 

 

 

A student’s oh so lovely, Test Strip!

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Color watercolor test strip

 

 

 

 

 

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