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2 Ways, 1 Mission: A Historical Watercolor Painting Of Mission San Juan

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Step 4: Wet-On-Dry Walls

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It’s finally time to begin your historical watercolor painting! To start, you can clean off the Neutral Tint from your palette, and plan the color scheme of your painting. Bill decides on a more natural look with good contrasts, and to paint the building first.

With a no. 20 round brush, pick up Yellow Ochre, and start painting the walls with the “wet-on-dry” technique (i.e. wet paint on a dry surface). Be bold, and remember that watercolors dry lighter than when they’re wet. Again, you can leave some white showing through for highlights and a bit of texture. While the paint is still wet, drop in Cobalt Violet Light, then Cerulean Blue. This wet-on-wet method will help create the soft blends you need for this historical watercolor painting.