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The Wet-In-Wet Watercolor Technique: Mastering The Basics To Paint Exotic Fish

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Learn how to master the wet-in-wet watercolor technique from an award-winning painter, William “Bill” Dunn, as he features this technique while painting a pair of exotic fish. This course is the perfect practice for water control and blending colors on paper, and is especially appropriate for those interested in applying the basics to a complete and colorful painting. Want to watch the video version? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Wet-In-Wet Watercolor Class:

  • Reference pictures of colorful exotic fish (click here and here for Bill’s pictures)
  • A sheet of Arches rough watercolor paper (140lb, size 10″ x 14″)
  • A sheet of scrap paper
  • Pentel Graphgear 1000 automatic drafting pencil, 0.9mm lead size with HB or 2B lead
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (original)
  • Artists’ tape
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints (with 24 wells)
  • Auxiliary plate or palette for gouache paint
  • A container of water
  • A towel or rag
  • Tissue or paper towels
  • Spray bottle with clean water
  • Tilted wooden board

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Cadmium Yellow Lemon
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep
  • Brilliant Orange
  • Cadmium Red Purple
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Cobalt Violet Light (or Lavender)
  • Mineral Violet
  • Olive Green
  • Cobalt Green (or Turquoise)
  • Permanent Green #1
  • Peacock Blue
  • Prussian Blue (or Ultramarine Blue)
  • Indigo
  • Payne’s Gray
  • Neutral Tint
  • Ivory Black

Winsor & Newton’s Designers’ Gouache

  • Permanent White
  • Cadmium Red

Brushes

  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 6)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 12)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 20)
  • Winsor & Newton Series 7: Kolinsky Sable round brush (size 1)
  • Winsor & Newton University Series 223: Round brush (no. 2)
  • Old toothbrush