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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Give It a Bath

When dealing with a block, I like to challenge myself by utilizing a familiar technique in a new way. I discovered many years ago that it did not harm a watercolor painting to soak it in the tub, and if I scratched the surface with anything from a soft brush to my fingernails, the damage to the surface, when repainted, could look like rain, cobwebs or wrinkles on a face. I had never used this technique on such a detailed and difficult subject, but I decided to give it a try.

The watercolor method I use is called glazing. You start with the lights and build the darks by slowly layering in the colors, drying between layers with a hair dryer. You will never get “mud” using this technique.

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