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Fun Lake Scene Teaches Watercolor Techniques For Water & Reflections

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Step 16: Lifting Paint To Increase The Shimmer

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After the whole painting is dry, one final touch you can do is to use the edge of a dampened large flat brush to lift out horizontal lines on the surface of the lake. Make sure that the bristles are parallel with the horizon line to create the effect of light catching on a ripple of water. Again, wipe the lifted paint off with a paper towel, and try not to overdo it or you’ll lose the peaceful atmosphere that a calm body of water creates.

When you’re satisfied with the overall picture, give yourself a pat on the back: you’ve just completed a wonderful painting!