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Technique To Lift Wet Paint

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The finished lifts

Click the photo to enlarge and see the results of the wet lifting watercolor techniques described above. Other techniques for lifting wet color I’ve used:

  • Spraying water to wash away areas of color.
  • Using various absorbent fabrics and towels.
  • My hands or parts there of. Your skin can pick up color like a stamp pad. You’ll leave personal textures. DON’T PICK UP TOXIC COLORS IN THIS MANNER! (and don’t use your tongue either, duh…)
  • Several cats in my lifetime have lifted paw prints out of a wet wash.
  • Sgrafitto techniques will scrape away color but bruise the paper in the process.