Basic Watercolor Techniques: How to Do Watercolor Wet-in-Wet Technique

Wet-in-wet is one of the most unique techniques in watercolor painting that creates a very outstanding effect.

There are many techniques in watercolor painting that must be learned in order to paint well. There are two general painting techniques, the wet-on-dry and wet-in-wet. We are going to focus on watercolor wet-in-wet painting technique. This method may not be easy at first but through constant practice they can be perfect. In wet-in-wet technique, you are going to add paint or water to an area that is still wet. This is one of the most unique techniques in watercolor painting that creates a very outstanding effect.

The main idea in wet-in-wet watercolor painting technique is to completely wet the whole sheet of paper with clean water or a light flat wash before adding colors to it. The amount of color you add will determine whether you’ll create a soft edges or a bleeding effect of sort. This is one of the advantages of watercolor painting that you can do with other medium of painting. There are many ways to play with wet-in-wet techniques to add effects to your painting. Instead of putting water first, you can reverse it by adding water into the wet watercolor and see the effect it produces. Or you can spray the water especially if you’re working or larger paints. Another way to play with wet-in-wet technique to add more effects to the watercolor painting is to use fingers in putting water and this creates a very wonderful effect. You can also use toothbrush to splatter the paint or water into the wet painting to create a finer splatters.

The wet-in-wet watercolor painting technique can produce various effects using different procedure of making it. There are five most common ways of doing it.

Let us discuss first the back runs. It is also known as backwashes or watermarks or sometimes blossoms. In this method you are going to add more paint or water in a certain area as it dries, by this the wetter area will move into the drier area. This will create a certain area with darker color and an area with lighter color. This usually use as a decorative effect to the painting. The paint diffusion is the second method. If you are going to apply a concentrated paint into a pre-wetted area of the paper there’s a tendency that the paint will move into an area with pure water so the paint expand. This will create a feathery effect, and to add more effect you can tilt the paper to produce shapes before it dries. The pouring of color is another method to enhance wet-in-wet technique. Many artist uses this method by simply putting paint in a certain area in the surface of the painting then by the use of spray or brush or by simply titling the painting will cause a mix up of the water and paint. This will result to a tantalizing color variation that you can add shapes by adding paint or using wet brush. Another way of using wet-in-wet technique is dropping in colors.  It is defining first the color area with diluted paint or clean water before dropping a concentrated paint. After dropping the concentrated paint into it you can then touch it with brush to form shapes. Sometimes tilting and back runs is also incorporated in this technique to add more affects. In salt texture you will sprinkle grains of salt into the paint to produce small imperfections that are snowflake like. But since salt can rancid the paper, sand is rather use.

These are the ways of how to do watercolor wet-in-wet technique and how to enhance it to produce wonderful effects.

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