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Painting a Flat watercolor wash

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Step 1 to paint a flat wash

In the beginning…

Draw a square or rectangle on your paper, or visualize the boundaries of such as you go. (wing it)

Select a darker hue for your wash (it’s easier to see) and mix a liberal amount of medium intensity (30-50% value) paint on your palette. I’m using a 1 ½” (381mm) Winsor & Newton Series 965 flat wash brush and Holbein Sap Green watercolor paint for this lesson. The paper is Arches #140 CP.

Charge your brush with paint, and starting in the upper left corner touch your brush to the paper and gently pull a straight line of paint to the upper right corner.

NOTE: If left handed work right to left!