Watercolor Wash Demonstration
1. Cover the area to be painted with a thin and even layer of clean water.
2. Load your brush with paint and start laying the pigment onto the wet area of the paper.
3. Cover the entire area with paint. Make even brushstrokes across the paper.
4. Without adding water or paint to your brush move the paint in the opposite direction. For example if in step 3 you are painting left to right and right to left, change the direction and move the paint top to bottom. You can do this 2 or more times.
5. Gravity is your friend. Carefully tilt your paper to move the pigment from the top to the bottom. Again, change directions and tilt your paper the other way. This can be done to even out the paint and the water without using your brush.
6. Drips like the one seen in this image can be absorbed into the paper without causing any harm to the wash. Keep tilting the paper as instructed in step 5.
7. The dry example of a flat wash.
Amy Park earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has won several awards, including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Artist Residency in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the United States, and overseas in Germany, Brussels and England. She teaches drawing and watercolor at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Learn more about her at her website, www.amypark.us.
Lisa Wurster is a freelance writer, editor and proofreader living in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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