PAINT: Watercolor Techniques

Watercolor Techniques (10 points)

Step 1: Watch the following watercolor techniques video:

Step 2: On a sheet of watercolor paper divide the paper into 10 sections and label each section with one of the following:

  • Solid Wash: Try painting a smooth, even block of color. You can create it by overlapping your brush by 1/8" when you add a new row and allowing the pigment to pull down and blend together.
  • Gradient Wash: Load your brush with watered down pigment, paint a stripe of color. Wash the brush off and using clean water overlap the brush by 1/8" to create the new row and drag the pigment down with it. Rinse your brush and repeat. Each row will dilute and pull the pigment down with it. Using clean water to drag the color down creates a smooth gradient.
  • Wet on Wet: Apply a layer of clean water using your paintbrush. Add fairly wet watercolor to the shape.
  • Blotting: Add a layer of color to your paper. Press a crumpled tissue to a section of the color and remove it, this creates white space within your color.
  • Blending: Paint a light layer of color (add more water to your pigment to achieve this). Add darker pigment to the edge (add less water to your pigment to achieve this). Clean off your brush and blot any excess water from it on a tissue; this creates a "thirsty brush". Use the damp brush to blend the edge of the dark color with the light color.
  • Scumbling: Add thin layers of scratchy, broken, or speckled color over another color by dancing the brush around. This technique is very helpful to create textures for plants/trees, animals, and rocks.
  • Salt: Paint a section of color and immediately add a pinch of salt. Allow it to dry, wipe away the salt once it's dry.
  • Plastic Wrap: Paint a section with color. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on top, then mush it together with your fingers. Allow the paint to dry with the wrap on top, remove it once it is dry.
  • Detail/Calligraphy: Add a small amount of water to your pigment. Using a small brush try writing your name in cursive. Elongate the end of the letters for a fancier look.
  • Incorporate Pen: Draw with a waterproof pen and add color on top. You can also paint a section with color, allow it to dry, and then add patters and decorations on top using a pen.

Step 3: Following the techniques found in the video create each of the 10 techniques.

To submit your assignment:

  1. Document your finished work with a digital camera, phone, or camera app.
  2. Upload this image to your Google Drive AND add it to your Google Slides art portfolio.
  3. Return to this assignment page and click Add Submission
  4. Follow the instructions to put the working link to your portfolio into the Online Text box.
  5. Then, drag and drop your final image into the Online Text box.
  6. Click Save Changes.