Techniques for Painting with Watercolors
Lifting is another method to to be used when creating
Hi, I'm Jacob Taxis for About.com. In this video you will learn how to paint with watercolors – specifically featuring four techniques.First, tape down your watercolor paper onto a firm board or surface. Ideally, the surface should be positioned at a slight incline. Create a smooth even border with your tape.Next, set out your subject – be sure you have adequate lighting for the duration you'll be working on your piece. Using pencil, sketch out your subject matter. Watercolor paint is known for its translucence, so keep this in mind & sketch ever so lightly. Prepare your palette by squeezing out a small dab of each of the colors you'd like to use.The first technique is called a 'resist'. You can use rubber cement or a masking fluid, found at your art store, to employ this technique. Look at your composition and decide where you'd like to incorporate and preserve the pristine white of your paper. White spaces are good for the highlights and accents of your piece. Paint these areas with the rubber cement or masking fluid. Let it dry and continue on with your painting.The second watercolor technique is the wet-on-wet method. This technique is useful for creating backgrounds and for covering large spaces. Use a wide bristle brush to paint a layer of pigment onto your paper. Then add another color, using a wet brush, on the wet surface. Let this dry before working any details into your painting.Now begin laying down the tones of your subject. Start light - and build up intensity as you layer the colors.The third technique is called lifting. Lifting is another method to to be used when creating highlights. After the paint dries, wet a paper towel or sponge brush to lift out some of the color. Dab out the intensity and wipe away the excess paint. By doing this, you'll create subtle, light tones within the area you're lifting from.The last method is called the dry brush technique. Wet your brush and then wipe it with paper towel so that it is slightly damp. Dip only the tip of the brush bristles into the pigment and work the paint into your piece. You can use this dry brush technique on a wet surface or a dried one. It is an excellent way to enhance the details of your subject.When your painting is completely dry, rub away the rubber cement or masking fluid with your finger and then slowly remove the masking tape to behold your finished watercolor piece. The white border leaves enough room for matting, if indeed the work is framed.Watercolor painting is wide-open to you for artistic experimentation. Enjoy the loose nature of this particular medium as you develop new works. Thank you for watching, for more info visit About.com.