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

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Tip 4: Adding Water

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Water is a must when working with different watercolor techniques. When working with the wet-in-wet technique (i.e. adding wet paint to an already wet surface), the first step is to add a layer of water to your watercolor paper. A handy tip to remember here is: don’t add too much water!

You’ll know you’ve added too much if the water starts pooling around the edges, as if it’s ready to spill out. When you add paint to these over-saturated puddles, the pigment tends to pool in unsightly ways instead of spreading evenly.

To avoid this, use just enough water to give the paper a subtle sheen of moisture. Next, when adding paint, work from bottom to top. See how much easier it is to control?