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Variegated Wash Watercolor Technique For Dramatic Skies & Landscapes

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Step 7: Fields Of Neutral Colors

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Use your reference picture to determine the colors that you will need in the next layer of the painting. With different brushes, separately mix and prep a dab of each with some water: Naples Yellow, Lemon Yellow and Cadmium Yellow, Permanent Sap Green, Perylene Green, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Brown Madder, and Cerulean Blue. With the 1″ cat’s tongue hair brush, begin lightly painting (“wet-on-dry”) some Naples Yellow just below the horizon line and continue downward, using horizontal brushstrokes. This is the preliminary color for the field. Next, blend in some of the Lemon Yellow/Cadmium Yellow mix with the Naples Yellow paint that is already on the paper (“wet-on-wet”), intensifying and darkening some areas of the ground.