Various Ways to Create Wet in Wet Watercolor Washes

by: The Mind of Watercolor

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all right let's talk about wet and wet washes weight shirts not quite right maybe something a little more artistic now too soon man that's a spacey that'll work hello minders welcome back to the mind of watercolor glad you could join me you know it's really I because sometimes you think you've done an episode and you realize after thinking about and thinking about it you really have it doing wet and wet washes while I talk about it all the time I've never actually done an episode dedicated just to demonstrating the technique in all the ways in which you can use the technique your eyes your eyes what do you mean your eyes having to watch me change shirts well dude I didn't ask you to watch you don't have eyes anyway so let's get into wet and wet washes and I'll show you all the ways all the things all the stuff alright so let's take a look at wet and wet washes now I know I have shown wet and wet and demonstrated wet and wet washes a lot of different ways and a lot of different videos but I thought it would be useful to put them all in one sort of technique video the main thing I want to urge though is that you you experiment this is one of those things that you need to experiment with a lot mainly so you know what stages of wet and wet do and what happens to pigment at the various stages and to just try and I'm putting down clear water there's a little pigment in my brush so it's not perfectly clear and I'm using artists paper because nothing does well very few papers do as well with wet and wet washes as artists 140-pound coal press and I'm just getting a section of this good and soaked I want a good sheen but I want to try to reduce the amount of puddle on there if you wanted a really saturated wash one that moved a lot you can let it be puddle wet but I'm just gonna go for a glossy look been a while since I use mission goal so I'm gonna use some mission gold with wet and wet basically you dab paint wet paint into a wet area at this point it's going to have its most movement and dilution

keep in mind that whenever we talk about wet and wet washes its anything wet going into anything else that's wet so it doesn't have to be paint going into clear water it can be paint going into paint okay so that was paint into clear water you can also put down a wash

same thing as I did up here only this is with paint you've got a glossy Sheen there so it's going to be at its point of most movement tap in the sort of magenta color a little side note a lot of people talk about movement how some brands move more than others and that's true to a degree this is a honey paint mission gold has honey in it it moves a little slower than some others but also keep in mind that pigma certain pigments move slower than other pigments too and just like up here you can get it to move around tilt it so that's color into color typically that's referred to in water color is charging in you can go back in and then another thing and that's what I'm doing now you can add water the opposite of what we did up here actually let me mop up some of this clean up my brush I'm gonna have an overworked looking watch here but this is just for illustration purposes then go in with clear water into a wet wash now when you do that you're getting into background territory this wash is already soaked in and it's already starting to dry so it's a good idea if you having trouble with backgrounds to be able to duplicate one because if you can duplicate one you'll know the circumstances that caused them so here I'm creating one but a lot of times backgrounds are done for effect when you add a lot of water either with a very light wash or clear water into a wash that's starting to dry starting to soak into the paper that's when you're most likely to get a background so that's an aspect of a wet and wet wash you need to be aware of you need to know when it happens even more advanced Lee that's a word even more in a more advanced sense you need to know how to create them and use them it's going to add some more color here one technique I've done a lot in landscape is actually painting with water and when it gets to this stage where it's starting to get matte damp I'll go in and paint with water and create an intentional background now what's happening is you see it lightening up going in there and is pushing the paint back you can use that if you start practicing this not only will you know how to create a background you'll be able to use it I can lift there but I can also use the water to push back the pigment it's sort of a dual action thing so that's all part of the hydrodynamics if you will of washes in you can see this edges forming that's when it gets extreme and if if you go too far you're gonna see that edge if that's okay for the effect you can do it you can leave it but I really would try to recreate these back washes it's bringing excess water into a wash that's still damp but is already drying now a word about paper back washes or backgrounds happen much more frequently much more easily on pulp paper you're a little bit less likely to happen on cotton paper but they will happen okay anyway some people actually like the texture that those create but if you're wanting a smooth wash you're not expecting it that can be kind of devastating so again to sum up it's something you want to know how it's created you want so you can know how to avoid it or use it to your advantage in your painting technique tell us this is still very damp so let's go up here and listen create create some intentional backgrounds this is all still wet in wet wash so I have got a bottle here this particular type spray bottle I would call this a misting bottle a mr. spray bottle produces more of a mist this produces a heavier spray but if you pull the trigger just slightly you will get big droplets this is one of my favorite background texture techniques this when you have damp paint that's drying its matte damp it has an effect similar to salt and if you know what salt does you'll know what I'm talking about salt creates these little almost snow flake looking things well this kind of does a similar thing now it's not working much up here the paint had probably dried enough that its resisting a background but down here we're still damp enough and this is how you have to get this stuff out kind of create your own wet in wet wash lab if you will and judge these timings and I'm doing backgrounds especially in landscape I prize that right there I look for that it just like it paints all this foliage by itself well I have these droplets I was going to talk about this later well I have those droplets another technique you can do just spatter getting it all over this paper and spatter will go in where those droplets were and spread thought I just wanted to I was kind of talking about that later I just wanted to do that while it was wet wet and wet just provides so many opportunities for watercolor to you know use its mind to get involved sort of partner with you in the process been my mantra for this channel ever since the beginning let's talk about some partial wet and wet because that's every bit as much a part of wet and wet and these these are more control techniques and the ones you need to practice and learn let's talk about pulling a wash and you can pull or bleed a wash in the same way that you can do this either color into water or water in the color or color into color the same thing works with limited wash of this again this is supposed to be clear but I'm not thoroughly cleaning my brush let's say you've painted an area in this case it's with clear water then you come along and you're painting over here and you'll intentionally let your brush touch that wet wash and pull that water or pull that paint in it's a form of charging

and it's nice for creating lost-and-found edges a floral painters like to use this technique a lot so that the edges of their flowers will have this fuzzy out of out-of-focus appearance and then go into a sharp edge and then go into a you know the sharp a fuzzy edge again and the edge would get lost so that's something if you practice you can bring in to your painting as a loose technique and the opposite is true so I have this amorphous shape over here I know doesn't mean a whole lot but I'm painting along something it could be a flower now I can intentionally lose an edge by coming out with clear water out here and touching an edge

now that edges is bleeding into it

I'm getting some nice effects there so that is a what I call a wet pull and you know you can do it both ways you can pull water into the wash or you can pull a colored wash into clear water you can do it with color pull one color into another so this is just a form of a partial wet and wet wash all right let's talk about painting over color now you've heard me talk a lot in other videos about glazing and I love to glaze and that's a favorite technique glazing is simply these are all dry now by the way cuz they're all very dry lasing is nothing but putting a thin transparent layer of color you get a different color here well we're an existing color so this sort of purple blue back here was dry and the underlined the glaze the underlying layer is dry and you come on top with your glazes it can be light that can be dark but once you have a glaze down you have a area of wet paint so now that even though it's on top of dry color that area can become a wet and wet wash so anytime you take a wash and charge into it like I'm charging in paint or color Here I am doing a wet and wet wash and you can do that right on top of dry paint now granted you need probably cotton paper pulp paper some of it at this stage will lift the underlying layers and it's a mess so you don't want to do you maybe could get late wait a little bit but you don't want to do a lot of that unless you have cotton paper but you're you're basically performing the same effects the same kind of painting that's what you did out here on on clean white paper just doing it over a color putting down again a wet glaze and then you're charging into it so whatever we did here you can do on top of that color now doing big broad washes so let's say we wanted to do a big area of wet and wet doing big broad washes on top of color like this especially if it's very dark might lift the color up underneath it so if you want to do a whole area and I could do it this color is probably light enough it is gonna lift it a little bit and move it around a little but if you want to do a wet and wet wash on top of existing color I would recommend instead that you come on top of it with a spray bottle now this is a mr. spray bottle it will put down a whole big area of water but yeah there is nothing that says you can't do a wet and wet wash on top of an existing dry wash I'm getting the same effects I got before a white paper in fact you maybe have maybe you wanted to darken that whole area down so you know or just add more of these running effects for a background you can do that have to be careful with your color that it doesn't get muddy so you want to probably stay analogous with the color and not won't over brush it too much especially when there's color underneath but you can layer these wet and wet washes as a glaze in spatter you know just like we did before you can can do the the clean water effects spattering in only then the spatter will will show the background color through instead of white this is just really fun to play with and you should be very familiar with as you're progressing in your water color techniques and abilities you should be very familiar with what's going to happen when you put down paint and water when you put that over other paint so on and so forth and the only way to do that is to try it yourself I can show you but until you try it yourself the understanding will not quite be the same all right now finally as I showed you with the spray bottle you can apply water in different ways you do not have to use a brush in fact if there is an existing color just use this one there's an existing color you might and you wanted to do a wet and wet wash over that whole area and you didn't want to disturb that paint you would want to put down the water in ways other than just a brush maybe I already showed you the one with the spray bottle several ways I mean you could there are bottles this fine line tip applicator some people call them Euler's you know this is giving me a bunch of little droplets that might be fun to experiment with just shake that around and who knows what will happen you don't like it go in there with spray bottle you don't have to get a brush involved you get a lot of water involved these are the kind of things I love to do when I do spontaneous paintings and actually that's what made me kind of think of all of this is I thought you know if you're going to try some spontaneous paintings as I did in my last video you know try all this stuff is it'll leave you with maybe some shapes that you can paint turn into landscapes I'm just picking up water right now yeah so boiler bottles eyedroppers any number of squirt bottles out there you can even mix up paint into a cup like this suck it into a syringe I've got this I think at Hobby Lobby and squirt color so it doesn't have to be water you can squirt or add washes in color without brushing it I've got a little bit of fairly concentrated ultramarine blue mixed in here with a little water in this little bitty dropper bottle so I've got this wet wash going here whoa a lot of that came out and expect I was only trying to get a drop yeah that was very concentrated spring the spring this big spray bottle back look at those spidery effects can leave it leave it places

they're all effects that you can do with wet wet wash is not even using a brush so I think you get the point misters even come in these little mini misters that crafters use that can be filled with water or a paint and the advantage to these is it just allows you to mist in very small areas without affecting the whole thing making a mess but that's part of the fun all right I hope that gives you some ideas wet and wet wash is a lot more flexible I think then a lot of beginning artists think it's not just putting color into a clear wet area on white paper it can be color at it - water can be water at it - color can be color added over color over a dry as a glaze over a dry color just have to be careful and think in terms of overworking you know muddying colors and that sort of thing but it is probably one of the most characteristic things about watercolor and it can just really add some unique interest and elements to your painting alright thank you everybody hope that helps hope you guys will like and subscribe and thank you so much patrons for supporting this channel you guys are making this happen every single week and I'm very appreciative we will see everybody in the next video bye bye

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