glazing with watercolor

learning watercolor techniques

glazing with watercolor

step 1

Using a 3/4" flat brush I wet the area I would be working on.

I painted the lower mango with the cool yellow, Lemon Yellow.

This mango is behind and farther back than the top mango.

The cool yellow sets it farther back in the painting.

I paint the top mango with the warm yellow, New Gamboge.

Let these colors dry thoroughly. I used a hair dryer.

Initial watercolor washesInitial Washes

step 2

The initial wash must be completely dry, so when you apply more colors, they will not mix together.

Clean your brush of any paint from the previous layer before adding a new layer of paint.

Make a wash of the Winsor Red and water. Winsor Red is a transparent color.

The Cadmium colors are opaque and do not work well for glazing.

If you don't have Winsor Red, use Permanent Rose which is a transparent color.

After the painting is dry add a second wash of watercolorSecond Wash = Glazing

step 3

When the underlying colors are thoroughly dry, add the next glaze.

This time we use Ultramarine Blue.

Ultramarine Blue has the characteristic of granulating when it is applied.

I specifically chose Ultramarine instead of Cobalt Blue because of this characteristic.

I wanted the granulation to portray the color variation of the mango.

Continue glazing the watercolorThe glaze of blue makes green.

apply a shadow

Use the same blue where the top mango overlaps the bottom mango.

Apply a line of blue with a round brush.

Immediately come back with some clear water to feather in the bottom edge of the shadow.

Also, softly apply some blue around the outside edge of the mango.

This makes the mango edge turn away from the viewer and gives it a rounded appearance.

Paint the shadow between the mangoesShadow the overlapping mango.

continue glazing

Continue glazing with watercolor on both mangoes.

It took more than one glaze of the red to achieve the mango color.

Glazing with watercolor takes multiple layers.

The viewer's eye sees down thru the multiple transparent layers.

I also added more glazes of yellow to intensify the color.

i still used the warm yellow on the top mango.

The cool yellow on the bottom mango will set it behind the top mango.

Continue glazing until you are satisfied with their color.

Finish glazing the mangoesFinish glazing the mangoes.

The leaves

i do the lower leaves first because they are set behind the fruit.

I used Raw Sienna close to the fruit.

As I moved away from the fruit I blended to Lemon Yellow.

I left some paper white for interest.

Your paint may go outside of the leaf area like mine did on the right-hand side.

While the paint is still wet, blot it up with a tissue or a paper towel.

If the paint is already dry, use a wet brush to dampen it. Then lift it off with your tissue.

Put a wet wash on the leavesDo the lower leaves first.

i made a mistake

Normally all of my paintings are done Alla Prima, both with oils and watercolor.

I enjoy learning new things. This was my lesson on glazing with watercolor.

I found out I should have put the blue down first. Then glaze the yellow on top of the blue.

Put a wet wash of yellow firstI glazed on yellow first.
The blue made muddy colorsI started removing the leaf colors
because they were muddy.
I used Cobalt Blue watercolorThen I glazed on Cobalt Blue
before glazing on yellow.

I like bright luminous colors. i think that is the goal of glazing with watercolor.

So I removed the color to start over. (The color is removed on the top two leaves in image 2.)

Now, notice the lively leaf color in the images below. They are much better in my opinion.

direct painting

My normal watercolor painting method is direct painting. I enjoy the freedom of painting directly.

I did not wait for the paint to dry before adding another color. That way the paint colors mingle together.

To me this is the joy of painting with watercolors - the beauty of the way the colors blend together.

Paint the stem with New GambogeI paint the stems with New Gamboge.
Add Raw Sienna on the shadow sideThen I applied some Raw Sienna.

The Sienna goes on while the Gamboge is still wet.

The two colors blend together.

While the yellows are still moist, I added a bit of blue in areas on the shadow side of the stems.

Go up the page for the finish.

Now we both know a bit more about glazing with watercolor. And I get to eat my mangoes. Yippee!

You are ready to paint your own luscious mangoes?  Enjoy!

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