New Day Dawning, Acrylic on Wood, Donne Bitner
Watercolor Painting Tips
"Reapplying water to an area before it is completely dry can dilute color and carry the pigment to the outside edges, where it will accumulate, leaving unwanted hard lines. The obvious solution is to allow areas to dry completely before reapplying water or color. If you do form a waterline, try to soften it with a scrub brush or reapply water and glaze over it."
"To help control the drying time, remove excess water with a clean natural-hair brush. These are more absorbent than synthetic brushes. You can also use the tip of a paper towel, but don’t press too hard or you may lift color, leaving an uneven dry area."
Acrylic Painting Tips
If you also work with acrylics, you may enjoy this post on Talking Texture with Acrylic Artist Donne Bitner who creates watercolor-like washes with acrylic paint. Here are two tips from Donne that I plan to try out.
Thinning Acrylic Paint
"I like to thin the paint with water rather than acrylic medium. After years of painting with watercolor it’s what I gravitate to apparently. That’s what gives my acrylic work a softer, more watercolor-like appearance."
"My treatment of acrylic would look rather flat on a wood surface, so I spend time building a unique surface with depth, before I begin my painting. This acrylic painting on wood has a sub-surface of spackling. I am also keen on using gesso, molding paste or joint compound. These materials lend a texture that gives the final work a 3-dimensional quality. I like the rough quality of the final texture."
Be sure to check out both posts for more ideas.