does white paint exist in watercolor?
no, we use the white of the paper
Preserving the white paper is a basic technique of how to paint watercolor.
Paint this lovely butterfly using the white of the paper.
Long-wing Butterfly on a Butterfly Bush
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how to paint watercolor
We are going to be painting on my favorite watercolor support ad - Ampersand's Aquabord, an 8"x10".
When I was learning how to paint watercolor I used paper, but now I much prefer Aquabord.
For the composition I placed the butterfly to the right of center, facing into the painting.
The color scheme is a triad of colors equally spaced around the color wheel.
- orange, Cadmium Orange and Coral Orange
- green, Viridian Green and Sap Green
- purple, Quinacridone Violet and Dioxazine Violet
More about watercolor - Basic Watercolor Techniques and Watercolor FAQs.
how to preserve the whites in watercolor
#1 in how to paint watercolor is - save the whites.
- Leave the white paper unpainted is the simplest way to get the white in watercolor paintings.
- ad - Masking fluid (also called frisket) is a liquid rubbery type
substance that is applied to areas before painting.
- ad - Frisket sheets can be cut to shape. Use them to cover large areas. Cut them a tiny bit smaller than the area you are protecting. Then use the liquid frisket to seal down the edges.
- ad - Artist masking tape may be used. It is good for straight lines like the horizon or a building.
- ad - Lifting preparation may be applied before painting. Then paint may be removed down to the white of the paper.
- Sand paper may be used to remove the paint from the tops of the bumps of watercolor paper for added texture.
- Scratching and scrapping tools are available to use on Aquabord.
- A brisk water stream from a spray bottle will wash some paint away. Then blot up the loose paint and water.
- A damp brush
can also be used to lift paint. Rub the brush to loosen paint and blot
it up with a paper towel. Or use the brush in a straight line to make tree
trunks or leaf veins in a painted area.
Let's get started painting.