This article is specifically about watercolors and we are definitely going to get into a debate about the pros and cons of using watercolors versus oil and acrylic paints. The fact is each artist who paints has a special affinity towards one medium or the other and those who are versatile about the kind of paints they use; claim that each type of paint has its own uses, merits and drawbacks. However, this article is going to focus on playing around with watercolor paints in order to create special effects. This is to ensure that you are in a position to know all your options when it comes to creating mind blowing watercolor paintings. The thing is for the uninitiated, watercolor paintings are just that.
But you should explore watercolor paintings and know more about them so that if the urge to paint hits you, you are already armed with some facts. While you are it, you can also look at ink painting ideas for inspiration because these can also be fun to do. Have you ever wondered why some watercolor paintings seem more interesting than others? Is it the skill of the artist and the way in which she or he is able to bring out what they had conceived in their mind or is it something else? It can be any of these factors but it would always be good to have some additional tricks up your sleeve to create interesting effects. That is why we give here some tricks you can try in order to create some special effects using water color paints:
Wet on wet: Apply one layer of paint and then while it is still wet, dip your brush in paint and apply on top to create a bleeding effect of one layer of wet paint into another.
Dry surface: Let one layer of paint dry out completely and then paint on it to get clearly defined edges.
Water on wet paint: This may seem like sacrilege but let drops of water fall on wet paint in a controlled manner to create interesting designs.
Tissue on wet paint: Use varying pressures to press a tissue on wet paint create different patterns and structures.
Masking fluid: Cover some part of the surface with masking fluid and paint on the surface; let the painting dry before removing the fluid to let the patterns come through.
Wet paint with salt effect: Sprinkle salt on wet paint to create a special kind of pattern that will stand out.
Wrap with plastic: Place plastic wrap on the wet painting and gently move it a bit to create a different look.
Modelling paste: Paint on a thin layer of paint on and let it dry before applying modeling paste with a spatula.
Some additional factors to be considered:
You can always use one or more colors depending on what kind of effect you are planning to produce. We would advise you to start with one and then move on two and so forth. However, this is up to you and the kind of experimenting you want to do.
Another factor to remember is that the results may not be consistent every time because all these techniques have a disruptive effect and controlling your actions and the proportions you use is not an exact science.
While we are aware that such experimenting takes a bit of an adventurous spirit combined with a confident hand, we feel that you keep at it in order to get interesting results.
We are sure that you will find the different effects we have suggested interesting; do share with us how they worked for you.