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13 Easy Watercolor Techniques, Tips, & Tricks

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Step 5: Getting Easy Watercolor Textures Using The Dry Brush Method


Moving on, Isabella combines the next two techniques as they both fall under painting easy watercolor textures with a brush. The first is a simple one; it is varying the pressure and type of brush to paint different brushstrokes. Having good brush control also means being able to paint consistently thin yet steady lines. She also shows how you can taper each line by gradually lifting the brush off the paper. This is perfect for painting grassy or hair textures, while other brushstrokes will have different uses too.

The other easy watercolor technique to create texture using a paintbrush is called dry brushing, or the “dry-on-dry” technique. This is as simple as wiping off most of the paint in your brush on a rag before brushing it over your paper. You can use the large flat brush to cover larger areas, although a small size 2 round brush works just as well. The dry brush technique is great for getting a furry or rough-looking texture, and can also be layered for a denser effect. Just remember to eliminate as much moisture from the brush as you can before applying to paper.