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Graded Wash, A Foundational Watercolor Technique

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Ask the paint settles and flows, minor imperfections in tone will usually smooth themselves out before they dry.

This example shows some graining in the final wash. Cobalt Blue is a coarser and heavier pigment that settles into the texture of the paper.

TIP 2: Try practicing your graded washes with different colors and intensities. Each color has it’s own physical properties that affect how they feel and flow in washes.

TIP 3: Practice transitioning one color into another for interesting multi-color effects.

Perfecting a graded wash may take a little more practice than a flat wash, but any time painting is time well spent.