for textures in watercolor:
Watercolor is a wonderful versatile medium, and you can change its look quite easily with additives and other materials to give it a more textural appearance.
Here's some INFORMATION TO ACHIEVE
in your watercolor (abstract):
Texture can be an exciting addition to a
I love to work with the *BATIK METHOD
to outline the abstract shapes.
The white lines enhance the colors and provide that extra bold dimension.
*Batik method: Drawing with rubber cement to block the colors creating white lines. Use a pick-up eraser to erase the cement.
I used TABLE SALT for unique
watercolor texture effects:
Just sprinkle a light dusting of salt crystals in puddles of paint. As the painting dries, the salt's effect on the watercolor washes becomes visible.
(The coarser the crystals the greater effect!)
The salt crystals suck up pigment gradually, creating a myriad of light star-like shapes.(Great for snow flakes and for a starry sky on a dark wash !!)
Use a clean dry hand and gently brush away the salt.
Note: The use of salt may influence the pH of the paper, and thus its longevity or archival properties, so try to keep the time the salt is on the paper to a minimum.
Other texture methods:
ALCOHOL gives a total different
You’ll need some Q-tips and 91% Isopropol Alcohol.
Dip a Q tip in alcohol and drip or spatter the alcohol onto the damp watercolor painting. You can let the painting dry a bit and then apply more alcohol drops for even more texture.
As the alcohol hit the wash it repels the paint, pushing it away while leaving a lighter tint of the wash exposed.
BLOTTING & LIFTING:
TISSUE paper to "lift" away pigment.
After applying paint to your paper take a sheet of tissue paper and spread it out or crumple it over the wash, letting the creases and folds press against the paint as you gently press down on it. Leave the tissue paper and the painting to dry for a while (but be careful not to leave it too long or it will be glued in place.) Carefully remove the tissue paper.
PLASTIC WRAP texture works similarly to tissue paper texture, only you use plastic wrap from the kitchen to press over the painting's wet surface.
is a trick which adds texture to a watercolor
Fine water drops are flicked into a moist wash. Tap your brush against the forefinger of your other hand, splattering a spray onto the paper. Keep it close to the paper surface.
SCRATCHING & SCRAPING
with a piece of an old credit card, the end of
your paintbrush, a nail, a paper clip, razor blade,
painting knife or any other hard object to scratch
(make a groove or dent in) your paper while the
wash is still quite wet. The pigment will settle in
the scratches, drying darker, giving you
interesting textured passages.
Using a painting knife to create textures in watercolor requires practice because timing is critical.
You'll have to experiment to learn when the paint is just dry enough to work with and how much pressure to apply on your tools.
NOTE: Keep in mind that these techniques can damage the paper, so be gentle.
The only way to find out what results you'll
get with all these techniques above is to
experiment, experiment, experiment. Have
OLGA VAN DIJK
Abstract watercolor on cold press
heavy weight paper
140 LB (330 g/m2)
Measurement 18"X24" (45.7X 61 CM)
Framed and matted.
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