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7 Must-Know, Widely Used Watercolor Techniques For Beginners

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Step 6: Gradated Wash Watercolor Technique

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The next wash technique is called a gradated wash, also known as the ombré effect. To achieve this in the easiest way, use the flat brush to wet the paper with clean water, then load the brush with Turquoise paint – not too much or else you might get clots of paint in your brush, but enough to saturate the brush with paint (it’s okay if it’s slightly diluted). Then, prop the back of the board up so it’s slanting towards you, and starting in the top left corner, paint in single, even strokes from left to right, working your way down as you go. Allow the paint to fade out towards the bottom. Gravity should also help pull paint downwards to achieve a soft, consistent wash.