Category Archives: 1.2 Laying washes

Laying washes

Plain washes   Applied a simple wash of Paynes grey and when dry painted on a simple bird shape. Very simple but I think this can be very effective.

watercolour NOT 300g Paynes grey squirrel 20 sable 02

watercolour NOT 300g
Paynes grey
squirrel 20
sable 02

Tonally graded washes The title says it all. I found it a challenge to create an effective wash. The instructions made it sound so simple, just add more water so the wash is diluted, but with the large brush that was not working out. Maybe my brush was too large, especially because my paints are in half pan sizes. This may be easier to do with paint out of a tube where you can regulate much more easily how much paint you are adding. With the half pan I really cannot tell how much is being picked up by the brush at each time. Perhaps it is also not helped by my lack of experience. In the toned version I did not proceed gradually down, but tried to make it look gradual all the same.

watercolour NOT 300g Yellow ochre squirrel 20

watercolour NOT 300g
Yellow ochre
squirrel 20

Mixed colour washes  Am finding it a challenge to mix the colours appropriately. My brush soaks up an inordinate amount of paint and water, but does not then deposit it on the paper, so I cannot tell what colour it is?! That said I did enjoy mixing the colours and the slightly watery effects achieved where the different hues merge and blend.

watercolour NOT 300g Cerulean and Ultramarine squirrel 20

watercolour NOT 300g
Cerulean and Ultramarine
squirrel 20

This is to show the paper where all three exercises were applied.

A3 watercolour NOT 300g Paynes grey, Yellow ochre, Cerulean, Ultramarine squirrel 20, sable 02

A3 watercolour NOT 300g
Paynes grey, Yellow ochre, Cerulean, Ultramarine
squirrel 20, sable 02