Painting with Watercolors : Blocking Color in Watercolor Painting

Painting with Watercolors : Blocking Color in Watercolor Painting


So now we’re going to start blocking in our
leaf going from light to dark. Of course you can go dark watercolors over light but you
can’t go light over dark once the dark is on there it’s dark. So we’re going to start
with a little trick and this is a water bottle that I love to keep around it has very fine
mist. I’m just going to spray a couple of times over the paper so it’s sort of softens
up and when I lay the paint on there it won’t sort of go down with hard lines but it will
have a really nice soft kind of feeling to it. So let’s spray a couple of times here
and load up my larger brush with some light yellow and I want it to be pretty light so
I’m going to add a fair amount of water to it. Then I’m going to go in and start blocking
in and I’m just going to go around the edges, block the color in. As you can see you can
do that fairly quickly with a nice larger brush and basically going to just cover the
whole space because I’m going to go over this with a darker color. So it’s okay if there’s
going to be yellow underneath it, it’s not going to show up. The only reason that you
wouldn’t want to cover the entire space is if you’re going to lay another lighter color
down that you don’t want this yellow. Because it will show underneath in this case it’s
okay because we’re going to put down a green and it will look very pretty so there you
go. So we basically blocked in all of our yellow and it’s okay that we’re going to go
over this with some other colors. It won’t matter unless you’re going to go over it with
a lighter color that you don’t want the yellow hue underneath then you don’t want to block
in the entire space. But for us we’re going to use green and purple so it’s not going
to effect our colors so there we have it.

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