Watercolor Painting Techniques

To Create Magic

by Roya Alizadeh

  Roya Alizadeh is a PhD Candidate at Polytechnique School of Montreal in Electrical Engineering

Roya Alizadeh is a PhD Candidate at Polytechnique School of Montreal in Electrical Engineering

Watercolor is a kind of technique in which color pigments are solvable in water. It came from western artists in the late 1400. The German artist, named Albrecht Dürer, is considered as the first watercolor painter who painted several wildlife and landscape. In the 18th century, the basic tools of watercolor such as pigments, resins and papers were produced to equip the artists.

Watercolor includes different techniques in order to preparing to paint. The techniques in this method help to create different kinds of textures. Wet-on-dry, wet-into-wet, dry-on-dry are the most important ways to utilize in painting. Indeed, if you know how to apply those three ways, you would not be frustrated by an unexpectable results.

Learning three methods of watercolor requires tools. A piece of watercolor paper, a brush (flat one at any size), a glass of clean water, a paper towel to clean or dry the brush, a palette are the tools you should have. Better paper and watercolor in terms of quality leads to better results; the painting inspires you as an artist. 

 Fig. 1: Watercolor techniques [1]

Fig. 1: Watercolor techniques [1]

To start wet-on-dry technique, we should consider if our paper and brush is wet or dry.  Followed watercolor experts, in this method, the paper should be dry while the brush is wet. In fact, you drop some water in your palette; you mix the color with water to make the water soaks into the brush. Tilting your paper allows you to touch the wet brush on to the dried paper; you create homogeneous texture as well. In this method you can do a flat wash of color on the paper; you can go from one color to another color. Using one color and then making it lighter is another advantages of this method.

Considered professional watercolor techniques, wet-into-wet method is like wet-on-dry method. Except that the paper is wet. In fact, you put the wet brush soaked into the color on the wet paper. In this way, the color blends into the paper and it does not create a sharp edge on the paper. 

Performing dry-on-dry technique, you should make your brush dry which is called dried-brush. Then, you can mix it with color; scratch your brush on a dried paper. This method is proper to create wood or grass textures based on the brush movement on the paper. 

To sum up, using wet-on-dry, wet-into-wet, and dry-on-dry techniques makes you create magic with watercolor painting. You can create fantastic textures and masterpieces.


[1] http://alicestribling.blogspot.ca/2013_03_01_archive.html