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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Splash and Dash

Here’s something to do to get away from the same-old, same-old. I call it “splash and dash.”

I start by stretching four to six pieces of watercolor paper on separate pieces of luan board and staple them with a desk stapler after they’ve soaked in water for ten minutes. After they drip for a few minutes, I lay them flat to dry. Then comes the fun part, dropping and splashing on color. I find I get better paintings if I limit myself to two colors. Sometimes I use warm complements, sometimes cool, and I try to remember to leave a few places where the pure white of the paper can add sparkle later on.

STEP 1 Drip, Spray and Splatter ...

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