Painting an abstract watercolor is the most complex in watercolor paintings. It requires safe and fast gestures. To understand and practice this technique, tips will help you. By following them, you will be guided in the realization of your painting. Do not hesitate to put them into practice.
But what is above all an abstract watercolor?
Painting an abstract watercolor involves applying the paint on a wet paper or a layer of color not yet dry, so that it spreads to the surface. The wet-on-wet paint makes it possible to make color fusions of all kinds, intense and contrasting, soft and light, with different degrees of blur, until the removal of color to catch the white of the paper and give a particular atmosphere. In this technique, you can also represent water in different forms. Clouds, fog, rain, sea and lake are the main topics for working this technique. The effects obtained in the wet technique vary depending on the dosage of your water in the paint mixture and the humidity of the paper.
Painting an abstract watercolor: how to do it?
You can paint an abstract watercolor yourself in a few steps, without the intervention of a professional. To do this, first prepare your sheet. For a figurative work, opt for a sheet a little larger than the desired format. Put it under water on both sides, staple the edge on a wooden board and let it dry. On the other hand, for an abstract work, please leave your sheet free, without fixing it. Then prepare your drawing and your outlines. Mark out the drawing with white areas with a spare eraser, then apply it in the desired places, allowing the drawing to dry. Then choose the colors. To do this, create your palette to prevent water from drying out before making watercolor. Once the palette is created, you will be able to work in wet-on-wet technique. The next step is to wet the area to work and apply the color you have chosen with the same brush. If you want to make a different color gradient, drop the lightest color while continuing to the darkest, with a clean brush, wet with water. Then, let your drawing dry in the open air. If stains overflow after drying, remove them with a finer wet brush and wipe it over the edges of stains delicately. You will see, these will disappear in color, little by little.
Tips on watercolor techniques
Are you planning to paint a portrait, a landscape or a still life? It is through the choice of colors and composition that you will make the difference. Some key steps can help you master watercolor techniques. If you are a beginner, first choose easy and simple topics to avoid getting lost in the details. Then take the time to observe the subject by stimulating your creativity, through the play of colors, the different variations and nuances. To be able to achieve an abstract watercolor, always look for the best layout possible keeping in mind that when a small subject is drawn in a large format, it gives a feeling of emptiness and, conversely, it will cause a choking sensation. As for the composition of the painting, consider using shadows to animate it. In the making of a painting, an artist must prepare his drawing by sketching the outline in pencil. It will be during the coloring that will be added details, if necessary. For the coloring, you are advised to have a firm gesture, to work quickly and practice from time to time, to explore all the possibilities offered by your palette. So, with your brushes!