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Sgrafitto & Stamped Watercolor Techniques For Textures

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It’s on the brush!

Many brushes come equipped with angled scrapers built into their handles. I have several sizes of synthetic brushes I’ve purchased just for their handles.

I use the scraper end of my old Grumbacher 1″ flat red sable and proceed to push some light color tree trunks up and into the “sky” area. Notice the dark edges that automatically form where you scrape away the paint.

Had I waited another minute the scraped areas would not have as much back fill (fuzzy edges).

Timing is very important. Scrape too soon, you’ll get backfill. Scrape too late and it won’t work at all. You’ll burnish a smear through your paint.