Wet in wet watercolors. Perfect beginners’ techniques to loosen up!
Let the paints, do their thing. and You…. Allow, accidents to happen.
Wet in Wet Technique
WHY I love showing and sharing the Wet in Wet Technique:
- creates soft beautiful edges
- its great for Depth, and backgrounds
- helps to teach us about tonal values
- we learn about color mixing, mud avoidance
- helps us to loosen up, to lose the tight rigidity
- fabulous process for creating a series of skies
2 Cobalt Violet
Both belong to the Granulating Category; creating sensational moody, atmospheric textures with their dense particles sinking into the deep hollows of the paper fabric.
By holding back, limiting my palette to two colors, I can be more confident that I won’t get mud.
That I will successfully get better tonal value ranges.
That the overall unity will be Great!
Arches Rough 100% cotton rag watercolor paper
Please note, this paper was ‘pre-used.’
I’d previously painted on it. However, I didn’t care for it and so rinsed it off until nearly all color was gone.
You will still see remnants.
Ghost marks upon the page… I don’t mind these so called imperfections.
Rekab #2 320s squirrel mop brush
I chose Cobalt Violet to complement Ultramarine. It would soften the sky, the cloud shadows.
It would create a sense of mood and atmosphere into the water to deepen the feeling of the painting.
It would help me, to communicate … More.
I paid particular attention, to making certain that I did not cover up all my white paper.
Especially in the areas that would help to guide the viewer’s eyes Inwards.
I jotted notes down to myself, ‘leave whites.’
Little post’its on my table, in front of my eyes, as I painted.
Writing notes, giving myself clear, sequential, Basic Instructions…. comes in very handy.
Because, sometimes as I get to painting – I get so enthused I forget things in my exuberance.
Perhaps, you do this too?
My Process of Working….
When I was doing this image, I set about it, like most of my other works.
I lined up about 7 -9 sheets of watercolor paper. They are there, ready.
I need, to do this.
Or else I will over work, spend all my exuberant energies on the one image.
That is too much.
Too much color for just one paper.
Too many brush strokes, too much action, too much ‘energy’ for just one image.
It needs spreading out on several.
At what point, do I Move On?
When the paint on image #1 is at the ‘cranky’ pants stage (not dry enough, not wet enough) to successfully accept more paint.
I move onto paper #2 and begin the next Technique.
Normally, I will do about 7, but there are times its less or much more. With varying levels of ‘beauty.’
I save my ‘judging’ for the next day. Its a better idea I’ve learned.
And what did the other 7 techniques I did, look like?
Wretched, I say!!
But, of course, they are “resolvable.”
So, its alright, I’m good.