Watercoloring tutorial: Dropping in colors, Wet on Wet painting technique


Hello and welcome crafty friends! I’m Smitha Katti I blog at SmilingColors.com
but many of you know me as @theshinynest on instagram! I love exploring and trying out new watercolor
techniques and today I am trying out how to Watercolor by dropping in color. In this video I will show you two lettering
projects using different products that give completely different results. I’ll also share a simpler flower project
at the end of the video- this one is much easier and creates the softest looking watercolor
flowers and leaves. So lets dive in and get started. I’m going to first show you how I lettered
this multi colored “happy” word. For this technique I used watercolor cakes
and a water brush or an aqua brush. You can try this with any watercolor palette
you have at home- even your kids art supplies. The brush though needs to be a good one. I am using the water brush that was included
along with these watercolors I am using- these are the Kol watercolors by Sakura. On my blog I will recommend a few other paint
brushes that I like using to letter with. For this technique, you start by literally
lettering your word using just water. I am going to letter my word alphabet by alphabet. Then I am adding water to my colors and dropping
the watery colors onto my alphabet. I used three of for colors here- two reds,
and orange and a yellow. The yellow helped add a great pop of contrast. Since you have lettered the alphabet shape
in water first, the colors that you drop will spread only along those letters. If you add too little water, the colors wont
move freely, if you add too much water, the water and eventually the color will end up
pooling at one certain point. You can use your brush to move the colors
a bit and blend them or push them to where you want. But I found out that trying to control the
color flow isn’t necessary really, the colors blend and dry in their own time and always
end up looking good. Even through I am using a water brush, i often
dip my brush into a bowl of water instead of squeezing it, just so that I have a greater
control of the water that is applied to the paper. So for this example I used a mixed media sketch
book, this one was a medium weight Strathmore one, but I felt that this technique needed
a bit more of a heavier paper to really enjoy the wateriness. So with that, lets put this sketchbook aside
to dry, I will show you how it looks at the end of the video and meanwhile let’s dive
into the Technique no 2. This one turned out to be a favorite of mine. This time I have a sturdier paper and I am
using Tombow Dual brush pens. Actually, just one brush pen- color number
857. This is a great maroony pinkish red. I am scribbling some of the marker color onto
a blending palette, if you don’t have the palette, any kind of plastic slick surface
will do. and I am going to try dropping in just one color this time. In the previous example I felt there was just
too many colors trying to co exist happily, so this time I simplified. And I kept my water a bit murky, this way
I think it will be much easier for you to see the water lettering on camera. So I started the same way, I lettering in
the alphabet using just water, and then I picked up some color and dropped it in. Since these Dual brush pens have a water based
pigment in them, they react beautifully in such techniques. How cute is this looking already. By dripping in just one color this time I
am getting more tones and hues of that color as it blends and settles into the water. As I move forward with my word, I do go back
and add more color to areas is I feel like there is a blank spot. As long as you can see the water pooled on
your paper you can keep adding color to it. When you join your letters as you go forward,
you will see the water and color blend and move beautifully. This is such a fun technique to just watch
come alive. I highly urge you to try it once atleast!! This technique though is really popular with
the liquid concentrated water colors like the Ph Martins ones. You can alternately try this with just a basic
ink bottle or even more fun with liquid food coloring. How fun would that be. Okay, now while our second attempt dries as
well, I am going to quickly try to paint some flowers using the color dropping method. This time again I have a heavy watercolor
paper- I will link to all the supplies I use on my blog post and I will let you know where
you can easily find htem. 96 colors of pure joy. I pulled out all of my tomboys to choose from
today. This time I also have a paper towel on hand-
I’ll tell you why in a moment. As like before, I start to paint with water. This time instead of alphabets I am painting
petals of a flower here. You can’t really see it but the water is
there. I am creating a color palette of sorts by
scribbling my color onto my blending palette and then I am picking up the color onto my
brush with some water- starting with my lightest color. I drop in the lightest color towards the outer
edges of the petals, then I add the next color to the middle of the petals and the darkest
colors to the center of the flower. This is basically known as the wet on wet
technique. You wet the paper and then add wet paint to
it. This allows the wet paint to spread and blend
in a slightly controlled manner. Now I didn’t like the areas where the water
started to pool too much. So I just used the tip of the paper towel
to absorb some of the excess water off. You will be removing the color as well so
you will have to go back and add a bit more. Let me show you another flower. Now I need to add more color to my palette
here for the next flower- Never bring your tomboys directly into a watery surface. I always wipe my palette clean and remove
any trace of water before scribbling more color onto it. This way you wont ruin your tombow markers. 725 847 747 679 For this flower, I moved my camera a bit so
that you can have a closer look at the technique. I am following the exact same steps- paint
the petals with water and then drop in the colors. Add the lightest colors towards the outer
edges of the petals and add the darker colors towards the center. The colors will blend and create a soft flowery
look and feel. 173 528 277 Now I am going to paint a few
leaves quickly, making sure that the leaves don’t touch the wet flowers. The leaves are just scattered on the outside. I am speeding it up here, just so that you
can see how it comes together, but really I am repeating the same few steps as before. I will also leave the exact colors numbers
of the Tombow Markers I used in this example, in case you want to recreate this yourself. Make sure you stop by my blog for that. Here is a closer look at how this looks while
it is still wet. I went back and added a little more of the
darker color to the center of the flower. Bur really I loved how this looked and I just
put this to the side to dry with the others. Now lets take a close look at how they all
dried. Here is the first one – The word happy with
the Sakura Koi watercolors. The colors all blended as they dried, but
you can clearly see tiny minuscule dots of the color pigment just dried onto the paper. Kinda looks like salt. It doesn’t look bad, it has a bi too tie dye
look to it but this definitely wasn’t the result I had in mind. What do you guys think? Was this a hit or a miss? Here is how the second one dried. This one was using the Tombow Dual brush pen
and this one looks so pretty! There are areas of light color, darker areas
where the color pooled and honestly I am in love with how this looks. This was easy to create and adds such a simple
wow factor when done. Definitely will be doing more of these in
the future. Here is now the flowers dried, The smaller
flower dried beautifully, but the larger flower is just ok according to me. This just shows how its important to have
a uniform layer of water on the paper, if there is too much water in just one area the
color gets washed out rather than blend. If there is too little water the colors just
sit and wont move or blend. You just need to find the right balance in
between. But I really felt that these flowers just
needed another layer of color and I fiddled with it a bit more and this is what I ended
up with. The centers got a darker shade that just contrasts
nicely and just brings a new depth to the flower. I used whatever watercolors I had on hand
and I will list and link all of the art supplies I used in todays video in the youtube description
box below this video and also over at my blog www.smilingcolors.com. Thank you for watching this video, please
hit the subscribe button to my youtube channel for more fun art and lettering videos and Let me know in the comments below if you are
inspired to give this technique a try! And definitely please share a photo with me
on social media if you create something from this tutorial. Tag me @theshinynest because I love seeing
your art! I hope you have a great day and happy crafting!

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