Techniques

Techniques

DryBrush

Creating texture using a dry brush

Use the flat side of a dry brush to create rough textures. Rough wood or bark, stones, lichen, altocumulus clouds, or disturbed water surfaces can be created by drawing the flat side of a dry brush across the paper. The painting must be on textured paper; the technique doesn’t work with smooth, hot-pressed paper. And…

salt

Using salt to create texture

Sprinkling salt on a painting can create interesting effects. While the painting is wet, sprinkle salt across the paper — or in specific locations — to create interesting and natural-appearing effects and variations. The salt crystals absorb the water and paint, resulting in areas with less pigment. Allow the painting to dry completely, then brush…

MatchPhoto

How do I match a color that I see in a photo?

Have you ever tried to mix a color from a reference photo and did not have any idea what colors to combine? Try the Golden Paints color mixer tool. It is designed for acrylic, but pigment is pigment. It works well for watercolor. The tool is easy to use: 1) Import a photo 2) Move…