Wet in wet washes are fun
and can lift you out of the doldrums, or inspire your creativity to a higher level.
You can be as free and bold or as abstract as you want, or as controlled
(using this technique only in certain areas of your painting) as you like.
When you are ready, the teacher will appear:
Having no formal training in the medium of watercolor, I classify myself as self-taught
…..although I have read many books, watched several videos and attended workshops.
I remember a book I bought about 15 years ago by Don Rankin (possibly out of print by now) about using transparent washes and glazes. At the time I read and re-read chapters of that book, was totally inspired, but only did one or two of the exercises because I didn’t want to mess up my paints!
Sounds crazy to admit to that now, but at that time I obviously wasn’t ready to experiment and learn his teachings.
Further reading, workshops and learning tools:
Here are some of the artists I admire who work with different types of wash techniques, whose teachings have influenced me:
(several books on transparent wash techniques)
(contributes regularly to major art publications and is renowned for her floral paintings. She has a series of DVD’s on using wet in wet wash techniques)
(wonderful glazing techniques on HP paper)
(my friend, South Florida gallery owner and long time watercolor painter)
The resources here at WC are truly amazing
. Artists at all skill levels share such a lot of tried and tested knowledge. It is a fantastic forum in which to share, learn, and participate. I am also an advocate of going to workshops. Books and DVD’s are also great resources for learning.
I hope you have enjoyed
seeing my process of wet in wet washes, and that this thread has inspired you to see wet in wet in watercolor in a new way.