Art Tip File: Don’t Be Afraid of Titanium White

Why Use Titanium White?

An art tip from Jeannie McGuire.

“While many watercolorists avoid the use of white pigment, I embrace titanium white, which has the opacity to cover or obscure other pigments. I use titanium white to help  unify the background and subject as well as different parts of the subject. Also, I brush on this white to obscure details or draw attention to a particular area—sometimes  accomplishing both purposes at once. Combining titanium white with other pigments creates an infinite array of colors and tones. When used in any capacity, next to a transparent pigment or the white of the paper, this white pigment will either pop or pull back, achieving depth and richness.” ~ Jeannie McGuire from the May 2012 issue (“Beyond the Likeness”).

watercolor painting emphasizing the use of titanium white |

Audition (watercolor, 21×22) by Jeannie Mcguire

 

 


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