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Variegated Wash Watercolor Technique For Dramatic Skies & Landscapes

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Follow Isabella Kung and learn how to dissect and paint a dramatic sky and landscape using several watercolor painting techniques, with emphasis on the variegated wash, a specific wet-on-wet watercolor technique. Want to watch the video version? This watercolor technique is also taught at our Watercolor University.

Materials used:

  • Reference picture of a barn in a field with a creek and stormy skies
  • A book of Arches rough grain watercolor paper (140lb, size 9″ x 12″)
  • Masking tape (width 1″) or a wooden board (at least 9″ x 12″)
  • HB pencil
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • Two cups of water
  • A towel or rag to dry off the brushes
  • Tissue

Paints

  • Winsor & Newton’s Professional Watercolors: French Ultramarine Blue
  • Indigo
  • Ivory Black
  • Winsor Violet (Dioxazine Purple)
  • Burnt Umber
  • Naples Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Permanent Sap Green
  • Perylene Green
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Viridian
  • Brown Madder
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Raw Sienna

Brushes

  • Mop brush (½” round)
  • Rosemary and Co.: Pure squirrel hair mop brush (1″ cat’s tongue/oval wash)
  • Rosemary and Co.: Pure squirrel hair mop brush (½” cat’s tongue/oval wash)
  • Escoda: Angular brush (size 10)
  • Escoda: Reserva Kolinsky Tajmyr 1212 brush (size 6, round)
  • Raphael: Synthetic flat brush (½”, size 12)
  • Stanislaus Imports Inc.: Dagger brush (½”)