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These techniques of unusual effects make up a watercolour artist toolbox!

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The best way to understand the medium of watercolours is to experiment with a variety of techniques. These techniques for creating unusual effects, make up a watercolour artist toolbox. It all depends ...

White paper is a beautiful thing. It has a glow to it that white paint does not seem to have. Plus, it looks more natural in a painting. So, in watercolour, it is important that you save your whites, ...

I will be introducing crayon resist sticks. As wax is an oily substance that repels water, it can be useful for masking reserved areas. This wax – resist technique, however, is mainly employed to cr ...

Masking fluid or Frisket is another method to prevent the surface of the paper from accepting paint. Unlike the wax technique, it can easily be removed, leaving white paint areas. It is made of ammoni ...

Did you know that you can use oil pastels as a resist and paint watercolours over them or can use them as a border of your painting? White and black pastels separate the layers of the earth and creati ...

We begin by painting a dark value of Winsor blue around tree and circle. Indent the branches coming out of the circle, with sharp tool such as a toothpick or end of brush while the paint is still wet. ...

After the wash of paint is applied to the paper, drop on top grains of rice, and allow time to dry before removing. This can be used to create small stones along a rocky beach. It also shows a variety ...

Bubble wrap can add some interesting elements to your watercolour painting. Paint the surface, and while the paint is still wet, press bubble wrap into the paint, and allow to dry. It does help to wei ...

Fabric used in gauze, provides a simple method of creating different textures. First apply thick paint, to the surface, press gently, but firmly, the gauze on top and paint on top of gauze covering in ...

While the paint is wet, scrunch up some plastic wrap and press it onto the paper. Let the paint dry before removing the wrap (usually more than 4 hours, depending on the room temperature and humidity) ...

Rubbing alcohol creates some unique effects that can be used in backgrounds and for patterns. The 70% rubbing alcohol acts similarly to water when it is dropped into paint. It pushes the pigment away, ...

Another way to make rocks in watercolour is to use a palette knife. Mix a variety of rock-like colours to a thick consistency and dip the palette knife. Using the side of palette knife, scrape away so ...

Press tinfoil into wet paint using the same technique used for plastic wrap. The effect is stronger than that produced by plastic wrap, but you cannot see the effect being made while the paint is dryi ...

Table salt is used in watercolour painting to achieve complex textures. Salt can imitate the texture of a porous rock, snow falling or certain types of vegetation. Moisture plays an important part and ...

Kosher salt is a coarse salt which creates some interesting textures. It is great for rocky beaches and roads as well as buildings. Kosher salt is useful for achieving that plaster and mortar look on ...

Epsom Salt creates interesting crystals when dry. In a glass, add 2 tsp of Epsom Salts (found at a grocery or drug store) plus 2 tsp of water and a pinch of table salt. Add a strong value of watercolo ...

Results of spattering depend on several factors: the consistency of the paint, the distance of brush from paper at the time of splashing the paint, the tilt of the paper, the steadiness of the artistâ ...

This process is remarkably like using plastic wrap and tin foil technique but using parchment paper on top of a wet wash. After apply weight on top and let sit overnight.

This process is again similar to using the previous techniques but applying a paper towel that have an imprint or design, will duplicate  onto the watercolour paper.  Place on top of a wet wash on t ...

A sponge is a multi-use tool. It can be used for applying washes, painting designs, suggesting textures, creating effects, dampening the paper, absorbing water, correcting, and removing paint. Each ty ...

Explore how different items in your pantry may be introduced into your watercolour painting, as a new technique. Couscous, which is 100% Durum Wheat Semolina, acts very similar to rice, but small oval ...

Lifting the wet pigment by tissue rolling; Watercolour is a very fluid medium and takes a little while to dry. While the paint is still moist it is possible to lift the paint and thus lighten an area. ...

Plastic Knife: While the paint is still wet, use a plastic knife with teeth indentations and pull across the wet paint to create distinct lines. A comb is another everyday object that enables an artis ...

A hard plastic strip or old credit card can also be used to scrape wet paint as single lines. Paint the rough shapes of a loose stone wall, letting two colours blend. While the paint is wet, scrape ou ...

By scraping the watercolour paper gently with sandpaper, you can remove the colour when dry or lighten the tone to paint over it. This technique lets you create effects such as the reflections of ligh ...

This technique using Magic Eraser, removes any unwanted dry watercolours on your painting. Be aware it does disturb the top surface of the paper. Create straight white lines, by running the small squa ...

After Epsom salt is dry on the moon, remove masking fluid from tree and background stars. Paint the base, tree, and branches with a dark value of Payne’s gray.Filling the white crayon circles with a ...

The range of techniques available to the watercolour painter is limited only by the imagination of the individual artist. You will no doubt devise methods of your own for controlling and manipulating ...
 

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