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Basics about watercolors. Watercolor techniques: wash, dry brush, wet on wet.

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  1. 1. Watercolors
  2. 2. What are watercolors? • A watercolor is the medium or the resulting artwork in which the paint is made of pigments suspended in a water soluble vehicle. • Water, pigment, and paper interact spontaneously, creating interesting colors, shapes, and textures.
  3. 3. Watercolor techniques • Watercolor painting has the reputation of being quite demanding. Unlike oil or acrylic painting, where the paints stay where they are put and dry more or less in the form they are applied, water is an active partner in the watercolor painting process, changing both the absorbency of the paper when it is wet and the outlines and appearance of the paint as it dries. The difficulty in watercolor painting is almost entirely in learning how to anticipate the behavior of water, rather than attempting to control or dominate it. • Some of the basic watercolor techniques are: 1-Washes 2-Wet on wet 3-Dry brush
  4. 4. Washes Washes come in two basic flavors - solid and graded The flat wash is the basic technique. To achieve a fading effect, the pigment is diluted with more water with every stroke.
  5. 5. Wet on wet The technique is to use a wide brush and wet the paper before applying watercolor into it. This will result into undefined marks depending on the absorbency of the paper used and the dampness of the paper.
  6. 6. Wet on wet
  7. 7. Wet on wet
  8. 8. Dry brush This watercolor technique is the opposite application to the wet in wet. Here the paint is dragged across the paper without diluting it with water. The effects are crisp and sharp. Dry brush is applied usually to achieve the most and sharpest contrast.
  9. 9. Dry brush
  10. 10. Dry brush
  11. 11. Georgia O’Keefe
  12. 12. Carol Baumrucker
  13. 13. Other examples
  14. 14. Landscape
  15. 15. Still life
  16. 16. Portrait
  17. 17. Abstract
  18. 18. Make a sample sheet