Ever wondered how the technique of water colour wash is being implemented?

Though there are a handful of YouTube videos depicting the details of watercolour washes, a lot of people still face challenges in the process.

After all, few things are easier said than done.

In general, a watercolour wash is a process that shows how to cover a large portion of a canvas by getting paint on it.

Through this blog, we are going to present some of the best wash techniques popular for watercolour paintings. Let’s take a look:

1.Wet into wet wash

This technique of wash enables the paint to obscure and flow all over the wet area.

Artists use wet into wet wash tactic to bring eye-captivating backwash effects if the water or paint is not uniform.

This process is usually undertaken as the primary step in the wash tactic mainly for washing the sensitive area of the watercolour paintings.

In case you witness a muddy type look, ensure to let the painting dry for a good time. If still the dryness is not accomplished, it is recommended to put a pale smooth wash over the wash area completely.

This washing technique can be used on smooth Bristol board and on rough press paper too. The interesting part is that on varied paper, the appearance differs.

It is recommended to utilize less pigment and more water on the paper for better results.

2.Wet into dry wash

This is perhaps the flashiest and my favourite washing technique for watercolour paintings.

What you have to do is to utilize a wet brush so as to let the paint spread randomly yet in a controlled manner.

One benefit of this technique is that you do not have to worry about leaving holes in your washes. Yes! That’s right.

You will be seeing white sparkles in the middle of dark spots (washed paint). Still, you require handling the brush quite carefully in this process if you want to see those exquisite whites in the end.

Since paint has the characteristic to get dried much lighter than when it is applied, hence, adding a bit more pigment than required can do the trick.

To ensure that pigment looks a bit translucent you can always add water. I strictly advise you to not use gobs of pigment on wet into dry wash technique.

3.Dry brush on Dry paper

If you wish to get an impeccable texture for your watercolour paintings, then this is the wash technique you require to use.

  • Artists most of the time use this tactic when the paper used is rougher.
  • The whole idea is to get a captivating hit & miss texture for the painting.
  • It is recommended that if you are eying for the maximum texture, you should do this on a dry paper.
  • Because, when you utilize the wet paper, the texture will get dissolved into it offering you nothing but the disappointment.

Read More: Techniques and Tips to Paint Beautiful Watercolor Paintings

Final Takeaway

These are the 3 watercolour paintings wash techniques that you can use to make your artwork look much exclusive and graceful.

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