Art Mediums, Art Subjects, Art Techniques and Skills, Artists Magazine, Color Mixing, Watercolor When you start, the paper should be completely saturated with water. Mix more color than you expect to use. The wet surface will dilute the application of paint. Tilt the drawing board to help the flow of paint. As the paper begins to dry apply the next wash. The brushstrokes will be soft and more contained to an area. Colors can be mixed either on your palette or on the paper. It is important to clean the edges of the wash or painting to keep unwanted moisture from running back into the wash. –By Joe Garcia, author of Mastering the Watercolor Wash Author Artists Network Staff Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.