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Fun Lake Scene Teaches Watercolor Techniques For Water & Reflections

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Step 4: Painting A Forest Using The “Variegated Wash” Technique

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Give the boat some space to dry, and start working on the trees. Remember that watercolor is a transparent medium, which is why it’s better to paint from light to dark as lighter colors are easily covered by darker ones. To create a fall-themed foliage with a golden tint, use the size 12 brush and mix Cadmium Yellow Light, Lemon Yellow, and Aureolin, then starting from the left, paint about a third of the forest while being careful to avoid painting over the “windows” in the trees. Work in sections as you’ll be using the variegated wash technique (a variation of the wet-in-wet technique) later on, which will only work while your paint is still wet. To do so, drop in a mixture of Cadmium Red Purple and Yellow Orange in the wet yellow paint, with a touch of Burnt Sienna to darken areas that have more shadow or areas that feel too bright. You can also mix a warm green color using Sap and Hooker’s Green with Burnt Sienna to tone down the green, and add it to your variegated wash to increase the variation of colors in the forest while adding a “late September” feeling. Additionally, try to create a structural shape within the trees each time you switch colors. Wiggling your brush to make leafy shapes or adding hints of leaves here and there will help.