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13 Easy Watercolor Techniques, Tips, & Tricks

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Step 12: Splattering With A Paintbrush, And Seeing How Water Affects Paint


Going back to the large wet area made in step 10, re-wet the bottom half so it’s wetter than the top half. While leaving the bottom area dry, take the Raphaël round brush to create some splatter.

This is another easy watercolor technique: simply load your brush with Cadmium Red, then tap it against another brush’s handle so the paint drops onto the paper. You can create splatter over all 3 areas to see how the wetness of the paper affects the droplets of paint. The results should be quite clear – the wettest area will cause the paint to spread the most, while the drops in the dry area will be quite small and beaded.

You can also try splattering with the size 2 brush, and find that a smaller brush will create smaller droplets. In addition, if you ever need to, you can protect the rest of your painting by covering the areas that don’t need splatter with a piece of scrap paper.