I just finished my PowerPoint Presentation (Iwork, Keynote) for my speech for the Pen Women on April 20th.
Every week I'll send out an email bulletin
with working links (blue) in which I'll
inform/teach my students about a
This is one of them teaching them the BATIK METHOD for watercolor.
How I did it?
Here we go:
Basic TIPS for
Basic TIPS for textures in watercolor:
1) 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.
2) 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.
3) ALCOHOL gives a total different effect.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.
4) 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.
5) 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.
6) SPLATTERINGis a trick which adds texture to a watercolor painting.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.
7) 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.
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