Broken Edge Wash Training - This painting below is a small test recipe I use to train painters... where we attach a Graded Wash to a Broken Edge... rather than an Even wash.
Using Even Washes in correct ways.
Watercolor Wash Skills
These images above show examples of this same Even Wash that I used under the tiger's tail. The Gray Study above is an actual Training Recipe I use in Workshops to practice the brushwork skills used in making an Even Wash. The painting is from my last expedition into the Ganges Himalayas of North India. That is an Even Wash up there in the sky. But while we're at it... notice those large cast shadows falling over the mountains on the right. Those are a totally different kind of wash effect... done in a totally different way... and having Soft Edges rather than sharp ones.
A Broken-Edged Wash - A Watercolor Wash with a broken outer edge at either the beginning or end... or both.
An Even Wash - A wash with the same even value... no blotches... no streaks.
A Beaded Wash - Washes that use Gravity so that the liquid paint gathers into a slightly pool along the lower edges of the brushstrokes.
A Gravity Wash - Watercolor Washes created using Gravity in the process.
As Watercolor Painters... it is up to each one of us to gradually expand, refine, and perfect our imaging skills... our ability to create the vast number of elegant visual effects that Transparent Watercolor makes possible.
"Tiger Ridge" - India's famous Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve - 12" x 10" - Transparent Watercolor - 140 lb. Arches Watercolor block
My point here is that in Transparent Watercolor… this single small area under the tiger's tail required 4-5 distinct brush-handling skills. If you do not know how & when to use these various skills... your paintings will not turn out the way you had hoped.
If however you do upgrade these skills… every painting idea you come up with will emerge onto paper right in front of your eyes.... far better... and faster.
Transparent Watercolor is pure Magic...!
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