Watercolour Texture Techniques

Watercolour Texture Techniques Need to be Practised from Day 1

Watercolour Texture Techniques may not be the easiest skill to master as a beginner but as you practice and get used to the techniques, you will find that this transparent medium offers great scope for exhibiting your talents.

Initially you may find it daunting especially when the medium seems to have a mind of its own and moves in the direction opposite to where you wanted it to go! Relax, you are going to have a lot of fun and feel more confident as you learn to control the effects and master the various water colour techniques for beginners.

A watercolour landscape demo. showing various techniques to achieve different effects, i.e. 'wet in wet', 'dry brush', 'scratching out'
This is a demonstration painting of a tree done for the painting group on 29 April in Valentines Park. We were talking about texture and form.

Various Techniques to Introduce Texture

The watercolour texture techniques that you can use include wet on wet, using a dry brush, blot techniques, lifting or dropping colour, graded wash, glazing and several others. You will need paper towels and clean water.  Learn how to tilt the paper to let the paint flow when necessary.

  • Start with simple colour washes. Use horizontal strokes and wash the paper with clear water. Brush colour randomly and let the paper bleed and dry naturally. When it dries, the colour gets lighter so you can drop darker colour and let it mix on the paper and blend beautifully.
  • Experiment with colours. Use a dry brush when the paper is dry to introduce a different texture and try to produce finer strokes to come up with vague outlines. Practice and enjoy what you do as this will encourage you to come up with brilliant results.
  • To begin, wet a paper with clear water before using a sponge or flat brush to apply a single colour horizontally across the page. The paper should be wet and excess water shaken off before a colour is used. Move the paper back and forth as you go down to the bottom changing the colour when necessary or adding more colour. Let it dry completely till it solidifies.
  • Use wet paint on dry paint and wet-on-wet paint to produce different effects. You will notice that you can add sharp edges to shades when you paint dry on wet. However, the colours spread into each other when you paint wet-on-wet and blend producing softer edges.  Observe the different effects when you mix colours.

Types Of Textures That Can Be Practiced

Use wax to draw an object and paint a colour wash over it. The wax on the surface prevents colour from being absorbed. The more pressure you apply, the different the result.

Another interesting texture that you can achieve is by using salt. Once you paint the right layer of wash on the paper, sprinkle salt. Wait for it to dry completely and with the help of a dry brush, carefully lift the salt on the surface.

The other watercolour texture that you can practice are blotting, sanding, erasing with stencils or using masking fluid to produce various results. Feel elated as you enjoy your work and produce amazing results! Once you master the basic techniques you can explore a wide range of possibilities to obtain amazing textures.

Do you want to know more about how to master special watercolour texture techniques?  I would love to help any way I can so please contact me