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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Apply Watercolor With Unusual Tools

Applying paint with an unusual or new clunky tool—sponge, rag, squeegee, credit card, scraper or roller—helps break me out of the necessity of accurate drawing prior to painting. It’s a way of breaking with the traditional tightness that is often the product of careful pencil renderings and the resulting requirement of painting inside the lines.

I like to find or make nontraditional tools to deliver the paint to the paper. Using a “clunky” tool enforces simplicity. When you paint a portrait, it’s tough to paint eyelashes, veins and little nits with a large tool. I look for every sponge, squeegee, credit card, palette knife, feather or scraper I can find. Sometimes I even make a couple of tools. Not all of them ...

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