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A watercolor is the medium or the resulting artwork in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-soluble vehicle.

 

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Tissue blotting is an easy way to lighten the value of an area you have just painted; it can add texture to your painting. How much watercolor is lifted depends on how wet or damp your wash is or the amount of pressure applied to your tissue.

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Splatter is a great technique to use when wanting to create the illusion of depth and texture. You can use either a watercolor brush, or a toothbrush.

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The transparency of the medium also makes it difficult and sometimes unforgiving to work with. Once a color is applied, it cannot simply be painted over.

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It can be somewhat lifted off with water, but the artist must rely on their skill to control and improvise with this challenging medium.

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By layering different color washes, the artist creates a rich, vibrant, and luminous effect by allowing the colors to be mixed by the viewer’s eye (rather than on a paint palette). No other paints are capable of “building up” colors this way.

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Watercolor paint is transparent, and the white of the ground (paper) underneath provides light that shines through the painting.

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Raphael used watercolour for the enormous cartoons or working drawings that he delivered to the manufacturers of his very expensive tapestries.

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Today these cartoons are considered major works of art, but the fact that they were a step in the production of a tapestry made many at the time dismiss watercolours as preparatory works: a rough sketch.

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On the other hand, gouache, or body color, is another form of watercolor. The pigments are mixed with zinc white and are opaque when applied to a surface.

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Watercolor, also known in French as aquarelle, is generally described as painting with water-soluble pigments on paper. Most commonly the pigments are suspended in a vehicle or binder of gum arabic.

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"Born and raised in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Georgia O'Keeffe became one of the first American modernists, the first woman to gain recognition for that style, and a signature painter of Southwest landscape and structures.

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O'Keeffe was a famous watercolor painter, one of her most famous painitngs is called "Blue Nude."

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Glazing is a similar watercolor technique to a wash, but uses a thin, transparent pigment applied over dry existing washes.

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Its purpose is to adjust the color and tone of the underlying wash.

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The most basic watercolor technique is the flat wash. It is produced by first wetting the area of paper to be covered by the wash, then mixing sufficient pigment to easily fill the entire area.

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After you have let this technique dry, you can't go back and try to repaint on the painting.

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