Step-by-Step Painting Projects

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Galaxy Whale

For this project, we’ll use fun techniques that allow us to experiment with colors to see how watercolor moves and blends to mimic the seemingly random colors that the universe has to offer.

I chose five of my favorite colors that are rich in pigment: phthalo blue, chrome yellow, vermilion hue (red), ultramarine red violet, and quinacridone magenta—also known as blue, yellow, red, purple, and pink! With just these five colors, you can create a tiny universe.

You might choose to use liquid frisket (see here) to block out the white areas, or you can add white sections later using white gouache or a white ...

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