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Techniques

There are various techniques to produce stunning watercolors. here i am discussing a few of them. hope we will like them.

  • Wet Into Wet

This watercolor technique is sometimes also referred to as wet-on-wet, or wet-into-wet. It refers to the process of applying pigment to paper by first wetting the watercolor paper thoroughly, and applying a wet brush loaded with pigment to the wet paper. As the pigment spreads it creates very soft edges and gradations in value. If the pigment is sedimentary, the particles will flow in the water until they settle into the pockets of the paper, or until the water evaporates, leaving the pigment adhered to the paper. This is a wonderful technique for painting water, skies, and objects in the distance affected by aerial perspective. See also “variegated washes.”

here is an example. watchit carefully, how the colors bled with each other. the timing is very important, i.e. how much time you will wait before the first stroke of color.

using this technique i have created a small painting for you. have a look at this how i have weted the page partially to make a landscape.

  • Dry Brush

Technically, the Dry Brush technique utilizes no water or medium, only paint to wet the brush. However in practice some water or medium is needed to make the paint flow at all. The texture of the paper, the brush hairs and the angle of the stroke create broken areas of paint. The effect is highly textured and is used for creating a variety of textured surfaces such as foliage, bark, stone, clouds, etc..

i am giving you an example.

  • Layer by Layer

Layer by layer is a technique where colors are applied layer after layer when the previous layer is completely DRY. this is used when details are to be achieved. also portrait is a good practice in this process as there is a little chance of a miss-paint. but one problem is the hard edge. you have to be very careful. again too much light after a too much dark layer may create unwanted separation. giving you an example.

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18 Comments
  1. Wet Into Wet———-I would like always this methode..after along time I started my water color paintings again. But I was facing a problum like ‘poor paper quality’..I prefere alway rough textured hand made paper. But I cant get the freshnes during first wash. after dry da paper the color wil be “FADE ” so tat I alwys do 4 to 6 washes in same palce after dry the paper. do u know any tips or technique to survive my prob. or u know any specified quality paper brands.

    • asbiswas permalink

      poor paper is a big problem. there are a few ways to avoid as much as possible. but they are not a sure fix up. it depends upon your skill.
      1. lay a thin coating of Fevicol on the paper. it helps to prevent the color soak. but be careful, too much of it can cause color deposition.
      2. use slightly more pigment that you expect to gain after drying. but it is solely depends on your skill.
      3. do not use white cartridge paper. this one is the worst paper i ever used. use buff cartridge paper.
      4. avoid number of layers. try to finish the job mostly in first layer and 2 or hardly 3 layers to complete the job.
      5. if your pocket permits use 250 or 300 gsm Kensor or Fabriano paper (i rarely use them because they are too costly)

      hope these will help

  2. some time I using ‘fugi’ colors for geting more freshness’ U can c my works in my Orkut album

  3. Hey, nice tips. Perhaps I’ll buy a glass of beer to the person from that chat who told me to go to your site 🙂

    • Anindya permalink

      hi. you visited my watercolor blog long ago and liked it. my blog has regained its power to come up with quality contents. please visit. https://watercolor4all.wordpress.com

  4. FANTASTIC!

  5. After reading the article, I feel that I need more information on the topic. Can you share some resources please?

  6. Did you stop to write on your blog ?
    I don’t see anything after April 15th 2009

    Thanks for sharing your techniques. I don’t have more suggestions as you are so good.

    • Anindya permalink

      hi. i have started my watercolor blog again. please visit and leave a comment.

    • Anindya permalink

      hi. you visited my watercolor blog long ago and asked me to start writing. my blog has regained its power to come up with quality contents. please visit. https://watercolor4all.wordpress.com

  7. Doreen Lickacz permalink

    I enjoyed your tutorial on painting trees. You are very kind to share. Thank you and I await more tutorials on your blog. Happy painting.

    • asbiswas permalink

      hi. happy to know that you liked my tutorial. 🙂 i really want to make some new stuffs and this time in single color only. but i am at a design school (Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay) and doing my second year of Masters. so it is hard to get time for all these. thankfully at the end of the June of this year i’ll be free and hope to contribute more. of course i have to find some way to earn money to buy stuffs first. 😀

  8. I liked your blog.I also do watercolors though I don’t have any training in it.I am always on the lookout for tips and tricks that can help me better my watercolors. I liked your tutorials, please keep on putting more articles. Keep up the good work,good luck and happy blogging.

    • Anindya permalink

      thanks for stopping by. seen your paintings. nice. “sonali Sengupta” means Bengali. তুমি কি কোলকাতায় থাকো? ছবি ওয়েবসাইটে দেখা আর চাক্ষুশ দেখার মধ্যে অনেক তফাত। সময়-সুযোগ হলে তোমার আঁকা ছবিগুলো দেখবার ইচ্ছা রইল।

      • Anindya.. I am bengali but can’t read or write in bengali..

      • Anindya permalink

        oh, i see. never mind. i have friends who were born and brought up outside west bengal. so.. are you a full time artist or just a hobbiest?

  9. well.. i can’t say I fall into either of the 2 categories..mayb in trasition from a hobbiest to a full timer..hav exhibited and sold paintings in art fairs..still am not good enough to hav shows ..so i am trying to get better..

    • Anindya permalink

      ok… what i feel now you try to achieve “the mood and atmosphere” of a particular scene. you don’t have to be very realistic play with the free flow of watercolor. watch samir mondal’s watercolor (he who painted in taare jameen par). i have seen his works at the galleries in kolkata. then paresh maity (for huge watercolors those you can’t even think), Bikash Bhattacharya , Ganesh Paine, etc. see the illustrations of the book “dekhi nai fire” by bikash and feel how illustrations become painting. visit my post https://watercolor4all.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/bong-illustrators/

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