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Using “Back Washes” As A Technique For Painting Abstract Background Texture

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Water drops and backwashes

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Notice the degrees of difference in the upper Cobalt Blue wash. When the clear water was dropped on a very wet wash (left side) the effect is soft and subtle. When water is dropped just before a wash is dry the effect is harsh and creates hard edges. The drier wash is less likely to flow back into the water to soften the edge.

The bottom backwash areas were achieved by touching the very edge of the rose wash with a brush loaded with clear water. You can see the interesting shapes formed as the Permanent Rose pigment was pushed away and concentrated.