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All Watercolor Techniques For Painting A Classic Portrait

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Step 9: Finishing The Background

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Use a smaller size 6 round brush when you get to painting around the face, and add more Ultramarine Blue and Payne’s Grey to darken the area next to the face. Paint the negative space around his moustache to add texture, and keep sitting back to check the overall painting. To paint the part of the background that shows through his glasses, water down the background color before painting inside the glasses (leave the frame white though). When you’re done, let the paint dry before moving on to the next step.