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13 Easy Watercolor Techniques, Tips, & Tricks

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Step 13: Splattering With A Toothbrush


Another way to create splatter is to use an old toothbrush to create a finer spray with the paint. Isabella has modified her toothbrush by gently applying heat halfway down the neck area, then bending it backwards to make it easier to hold. This is an optional step, but helps provide a better grip and increased control over the splatter.

To test the paint splatter created by the toothbrush, prep French Ultramarine on your palette using any clean brush. Then, scrub the bristles of the toothbrush into the paint, picking up as much as possible before running your thumb over the hairs. In addition, the bristles should be pointing down over the surface you want the spray to appear. If all goes well, a mist-type splatter will be created. Again, the sprayed paint will spread in size depending on how wet the paper is, which you can see as the blue contrasts to the previous red you used.

Depending on how you rub the bristles and the direction it’s pointing in, you can even control exactly where the spray goes. Play around to get familiar with splattering, and the different paintings that would utilize this method.

In conclusion, watercolor relies heavily on water, and how you manipulate it will affect any watercolor painting. This tutorial only briefly introduces the most common of easy watercolor techniques, but by practicing these basics, you can learn how to use water to your advantage while exploring the medium of watercolor. So keep practicing and experimenting! And maybe one day, the secrets of watercolor painting will reveal themselves to you.