Pouring Paint

  • on tightly stretched and pre-wet paper. you must be bold and not settle for weak mixtures of paint since it will dry lighter when wet.
    • prepare your drawing, mask off areas you want to reserve, make your paint into a pouring consistency by mixing enough water to make it the consistency of thick cream. It is important that the paint is mixes well without lumps because bits of pure pigment will mar your wash and be hard to hide. wet your paper well. pour the watercolor into your painting at the center of interest and either tild the board to move the paint or gently brush it into the areas you want. once all of the colors are on the paper, tilt your board until you have the effect you want. place the painting on a flat surface and let it dry thoroughly. you may choose to repeat this process until you have the desired intensity.

    • you may find it necessary to spritz or spray the initial pours to keep them moving as you tilt the board, over-spraying will dilute the color and defeat the purpose of the strong underpainting. if you inadvertently get the first washes too light, dry the painting thoroughly and repeat the pouring.


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