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

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Step 5: Reusing The Wet-In-Wet Watercolor Technique For A Different Fish


For the bottom fish, since it’s in the front, lift out the paint where the fins of the upper fish overlap with the bottom one using a clean brush and water. You can even use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to gently scrub over this area to take the paint out completely, although some of the graphite from your pencil lines may be left behind. Even so, this is fine as they’ll be covered once there are enough layers of paint on top. Dry the area with a paper towel or rag, and once again, use the wet-in-wet watercolor technique and the no. 12 Escoda brush to wet the second fish with clean water. You’ll begin to notice that this technique helps create a very natural and fluid blend of colors that are sometimes unexpected, yet can still create pleasing results, which is perfect for painting undefined areas of color.

Once again, you’ll be working from light to dark colors to make the most out of the wet-in-wet watercolor technique, so start with the orange-yellow mixture and paint the tail, the spine, and some of the fish’s belly. You can leave some white spots for extra “sparkle” or detail if you want. Add a touch of Cobalt Violet Light for the underside, then switch to Indigo. You can use this color to paint next to the orange-yellow areas, allowing some of the paint to glaze over the underlying layer (i.e. overlapping the colors). Try not to mix these complementary colors too much though or else the colors will become muddy!

For even more contrast, use Prussian Blue for this fish’s main body, and mix a deep purple using Mineral Violet, Cobalt Violet Light, and Quinacridone Magenta for painting the darkest shadows and the lower fins.