2023 Author: Leah Sherlock | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 12:28
Surprisingly light, airy watercolors evoke an irresistible desire to take brushes and paints and create a masterpiece. But watercolor painting requires preparation - these paints are not as easy to work with as it might seem at first glance. Knowledge of the law of mixing colors, vision of tone, fluency with a brush and the technique of applying paint to paper are only basic knowledge, but airiness and transparency of work can only be achieved by experience.
Watercolor painting requires careful choice of paper: weight, relief, type, grain and sizing all matter. Ink sets, absorbs and dries differently depending on the type of paper.
Watercolor painting techniques are magical and peculiar: on wet and dry paper, washing, pouring, multilayer and mixed media, painting with a dry brush, ink or palette knife, using s alt.
Painting on raw paper creates lightness, transparency, flow of one color into another and is used to create landscapes. The ink is applied to a pre-moistened sheet of paper and, independing on the degree of humidity, more or less spreads over the sheet. The technique requires experience, mastery of the brush and constant self-control, because if the paint spreads in the wrong direction, it is almost impossible to correct the mistake.
Dry painting allows you to clearly control the spreading on paper, the shape of the strokes and the tone density. You can write with watercolors:
- dry brush on a dry sheet in one layer, achieving airiness;
- with a wet brush on a dry leaf with one stroke overlaid on the edge of a wet neighboring one, creating overflows.
Glazing or multi-layer painting creates rich colors, chiaroscuro, emphasizes the texture of objects. Watercolor painting in this technique is performed layer by layer, the top one is applied to the already dried bottom one, often the work takes place in several stages. Works made using the glazing technique, in terms of the density of strokes, resemble gouache or oil paints, so only experienced artists can give the picture transparency.
An interesting method of working with s alt - getting on a wet layer, it absorbs part of the paint, forming stains. But the sheet should not be too wet, otherwise the s alt will dissolve. Large crystals form large stains that look like stars or flowers, while small ones create images of falling snow, foam, small inflorescences.
Filling is a watercolor technique in which a sheet of paper is covered with a layer of diluted paint. You can cover the surface with a wide brush or sponge. fillmaybe:
- uniform, in one tone;
- gradation - the transition of one color from dark to light tone;
- multicolor - a smooth transition of several colors into each other.
The complexity of this technique is that the layers can be uneven, with clear boundaries, interspersed…
Improving this technique will greatly simplify the work with large format paintings, with open landscapes, with spatial subjects.
Mixing all the techniques will make watercolor painting fun and exciting.
The result will be a watercolor masterpiece.
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