Watercolor Techniques

An important aspect of watercolor painting is controlling moisture. The strength of a color, the fluidity of the paint, and the texture of a brushstroke are all determined by the amount of water used. Although washes are the most basic method of applying watercolor, there are also a number of specialized techniques that can create dynamic effects, as shown in the examples here. Every technique produces a unique result, so be sure to familiarize yourself with each!


A flat wash is a simple way to cover a large area with solid color. It can play the role of a flat backdrop to more dramatic visual elements or serve as an initial layer of color, or underpainting. Washes can be laid in on wet or dry paper, and a combination ...

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