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Variegated Wash Watercolor Technique For Dramatic Skies & Landscapes

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Step 10: Details In The Foreground

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Continuing with the dagger brush and Perylene Green, add more detail and texture to the field, using light and loose brushstrokes to paint a few blades of grass in the foreground. Squinting your eyes every once in a while will help you determine where the darker and lighter areas are, and help you see what’s missing from your painting. Use the dagger brush and the lighter Sap Green to add in the shape of more distant grass, then switch with the ½” cat’s tongue brush and mix the Violent, Burnt Umber, and Ivory Black to paint even darker areas of dirt. You can use Cadmium Yellow to fill in any gaps of color while adding blades of dry grass, Burnt Sienna and Brown Madder for middle tone accents for the dirt, and a toned-down Cerulean Blue to create the reflective surfaces of the creek.

NOTE: Whenever you use a new color, try to paint all the areas that has that color rather than painting a small area and constantly switching colors. This will help conserve your paint and brushes, and prevent you from having to change your water too often.