Here’s where the rubber meets the road, where color mixing + water control + brush handling = actual painting! I’m learning so much, where to even begin?
I don’t want to think about drawing, composition, etc. yet so I’m following along with Louise de Masi’s Master Watercolor Techniques class on Skillshare so I can focus on painting technique.
Notes to self: I’m using Fluid hot press 140 lb. paper. Louise recommends a lot more brushes but I found that I could get into the teeniest corners as well as cover a whole petal with my #8. I used the flat bristle brush as she instructs, to clean up edges and mop up paint for highlights.
What I learned with the first wash:
- I need to learn exactly how wet to get the paper before applying a wash. This does depend on the paper.
- If the water is puddling on top then it’s more likely that the edges will be feathery because the water will move outside of where I applied it so I’ll have to clean up the edges.
- I can use a damp stiff flat brush to clean up edges.
- I can control the softness of an edge in different ways — I experimented with all sorts of techniques in this first stage
- I can extend the drying time by “massaging” the water (Maria Raczynska) into the paper.