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Miscellaneous Tips

Introduction

This area will be used to collect miscellaneous tips that don't seem to fit anywhere else on the website.

You will find that tips will often disappear from this page as they find a more permanent place elsewhere on the site.

Preventing paint from seeping under masking tape

After sticking a piece of masking tape on your paper, brush acrylic gloss medium over the edges of the tape, and let it dry.

Paint over the tape, and let it dry.

Peel off the tape gently, using one finger to hold down the tape as you pull.

Caution: the watercolor paint over the acrylic gloss medium will lift very easily.

Create texture with water

Add water to wash that has just lost its sheen. Wherever the water meets the was a lighter area will develop as the water pushes the pigment away.

With any brush (round, rigger, or toothbrush), drip, spatter, or flick clean water into the wash.

Use your fingers to dribble water into the wash.

Paint clear water onto a spatter screen (a window or door screen cut into small pieces). Place the spatter screen over the wash and blow vigorously.

Load a brush with clear water and draw through the wash.

Pour paint through paper

Place rice paper, facial tissue, or packing tissue paper over your painting. Now pour a paint mixture over the top and allow it to seep through the paper. When the paint is dry or nearly dry, remove the paper.

Each type of paper and each brand will react differently, so be prepared for surprises.

Pour paint through lace.

Soak a piece of lace in water and then squeeze out the excess. This will prevent the fabric from absorbing too much paint. Place the lace or a doily over your painting. Now pour a paint mixture over the top and allow it to seep through the porous fabric. When the paint is dry or nearly dry, remove the lace.


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