One of the great things about painting is there are so many different styles and ways of actually doing it. It’s really up to you and your imagination what you get up to. From drawing to body-painting, using brushes or rakes as tools, to all the different colours there is just no limit. One of the most used watercolour techniques is the also the one feared most: wet in wet.

 

It is commonly used as it gives the painting a striking painterly effect. It’s great for doing the background of paintings and great fun to let the colours play with each other, making them mix together. It is ideal for painting nature where things seldom have one tone or colour. Clouds and skies look very impressive, as do distant objects such as bushes done wet in wet.

 

The problem being the lack of control over the paint as it runs on the surface. This can make it even more interesting for a beginner as you may have to work with a different image or element than first planned.

 

You should experiment and practice applying various amounts of water and paint and see what works best. At first just take your paper and wet a spot, don’t drown it, just that the surface is wet. You can remove extra water with a cloth. Let it dry for a minute and then add some drops of your paint. Let it run around and then add different colours and amounts of water. Take your brush and again just experiment and watch all the results. You can also spray the paint on. Have fun.

 

Other useful things when getting started:

-take your time

-use two water pots for your brushes.

-use single or joined strokes and then let it dry, don’t “over brush”

-use sponges.

-salt or sand sprinkled on your painting can give a good effect.

-try blowing paint through a straw.

 

Any other tips?

Let me know.