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Painting The Fancy Fairmont Hotel: A Watercolor Building Tutorial

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Step 3: Raising Flags With The “Wet-On-Dry” Method

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Change to a no. 10 rigger brush, then pick up some saturated Pyrrole Red. Paint the first flag on the left using the “wet-on-dry” technique, which is adding wet paint to a dry surface. This will give you the hard edges you need for more defined shapes of color. Mix in Cobalt Violet Light with the red for the rightmost flag, then switch to Cobalt Blue for the second flag to the left. Be careful not to touch the wet paint, as you don’t want the colors to bleed. Use Lemon Yellow for the last one, and vary the shape of each flag to capture the way they move.

You can drop in the same yellow to the red flag for a brighter color, using the wet-in-wet method to mix the colors on paper. When you’re done, leave the whole watercolor building to dry.