Watercolor Painting Techniques With Priming - Priming method I provide light transparent watercolor magic to me. This allows soft shades that help to describe the shape of my subject in a way that it feels as if the subject has the right substance. The things you need to know about this watercolor painting techniques: pigments You must transparent or semi-transparent.
I use yellow underwash transparent in all my paintings when using my Priming Method application. In essence, the first wash my make tonal painting yellow. Just as black and white photos - but yellow. For this watercolor painting technique to work, you must allow the pigment to be absorbed as far into the deep layers of paper as possible. I will explain later in this article.
I use my Priming Method at the beginning of the painting layer. Painting in progress and I felt I had reached a depth of tone that I want - I then returned to the wet in wet for the final layer or two - and sometimes drybrush to the finest detail. Of course you can not wash more dry brush unless your goal is to remove part. Dry brush sits entirely on the paper surface and therefore very vulnerable and easy to move.
My method Priming - in short.
Step One: Wet the area you want to paint. Allow the water to be absorbed so that the sheen has just disappeared from the paper.
Step Two: Lay in the clear water wash the other.
Step Three: While washing your previous (second step) is still wet on the surface, decrease your pigmented wash.
Before you move to another wash or apply a set of priming wash as above - make sure your paper BONE DRY. I can not emphasize this enough.
I Priming method is simple and very effective, and will give a shining jewel-like colors. Your lights will be smooth and soft blended. You will Darks glowing pool transparent color. Let's look at the opposite: Just put some washing on top of each other will leave a lot of pigment sits on the surface of the paper. With each subsequent washing you will find a lot of pigment that will lift and mix with a new washing, color dulling the end and if specified, you can easily create mud.
I developed a method Priming me because I want my work to shine, as do oil painting when Old Masters enjoyed creating underpainting. My challenge is to figure out how to make this happen in watercolor. Trial and error led me to this method and here is why it works:
By wetting the paper first, then allow that underwash clear water first be absorbed so that the sheen has just left the surface of the paper, we allow the paper to draw moisture into the inner layer. The next clear water wash us back wet the surface and allow us a number of advantages:
- Our Paper primed and ready to wash pigmented.
- It buys us more time to work with our pigmented wash (step 3) before being absorbed and enter that 'do not touch' stage.
Now layer in the paper is moist so the clear water wash both sit on the surface of a longer paper that gives us more time to work on the surface without it being itchy and too much work. We can continue to add color, deepening tone, lift the color, making color lines and even small details while moisture is slowly absorbed.
- Our pigments are also absorbed into the deep layers of paper and when dry - it is 'set' into the deep layers of paper. There is very little pigment is left sitting on the surface, so the color and also the subsequent wash you clean and fresh and unsullied because they shine like a jewel. It is almost impossible to make mud with this method.
- Wash the next of any hue can change the hue of the end so that the atmosphere, tone and emotion painting can be adjusted with this method without endangering painting underneath.
List of lasting benefit, as you will find when you try this technique of watercolor painting for yourself. Happy painting!
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