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Do’s and Don’ts: Essential Watercolor Techniques & Tips for All Beginners

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Tip 2: Watercolor Techniques for Lifting Paint

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There are many different watercolor techniques for lifting paint from your paper. Here are two things to keep in mind before you try it yourself:

First, don’t use toilet paper or thin tissue paper! Thin tissue paper can easily break off and stick to your watercolor painting, potentially ruining it. Instead, use paper towels, which are made of sturdier material.

Second, don’t apply too much pressure! Too much pressure may damage the fibers of your paper, and creates harsh-looking marks. Instead, use a light dabbing motion to pick up paint. This creates a more subtle effect that you can even use to create interesting textures for an abstract painting!