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Watercolour Texture Techniques

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Here's some interesting texures you can make using watercolour paints. from top to bottom:

Alcohol - Drip some alcohol on the painted area and the paint will separate from the area. the dryer the paint is, I've found, the darker and crisper the edges of the seperated area of white will be.

Salt - Sprinkling Salt on the paint created a sandy texture. the longer you leave the salt there as it dries, the more the paint will spread but this works best the more semi dry the area is.

Blotting/Lifting - As an area dries, you can used water in your brush to blot areas back to white by making the paint spread away or you can use a dry brush to absorb or lift the paint from the area.

Stencils/erasing - While an area is semi dry, you can use paper or plastic shaped to remove the paint in a shape. I like using tape when i do this, shiny side down and sticky side up, this way you can touch it with the other end of your paintbrush to pick it up instead of trying to peal it away with your nails.

Sandpaper - This is hard to pull off in my opinion but is you use good, thich watercolour paper so you dont get holes and wait for the paint to be nearly dry like on the right rather than the left, you get a scratchy effect.

Wax - Use candles or wax crayons to make marks and shapes but drawing with the candle or crayon then adding the paint. Like on the left. You can go back after the paint dries and wax out more areas to keep that colour and then paint again like on the left to create layers.

EDIT: Thank you so much to all the people stopping by and appreciating this um... deviation haha. I hope its helped you all with your art. If you've tried out any of these effects in your work successfully feel free to leave a link to your work in a comment and I'll drop by and have a look :D

EDIT: just got the 1000th fave on this! that's so cool! thanks everyone!
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Thanks so much!  This is really helpful!
 fantastic suggestions
Excellent ideas, I am looking forward to trying them out, Thank you :0)
Thank you so much !
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jamina-0's avatar
Thanks! Some new lots of old ones.
Try using different sizes of salt! You get different effects! :)
PrincessLao's avatar
Very interesting, I will surely use it! ♥
NoctiLuna's avatar
I love salt but I never tried alcohol so far! Thanks for this advice, I will buy one of these tiny wodka bottles and try it out!
PaganJenn's avatar
Thank you for sharing this wonderful tutorial!

One thing I need to ask; it regards the salt: I tried using salt in a recent painting I'm doing, but when the paint dried, it didn't have the same effect, the particles just dried in with the paint.

I used regular table salt to use this, did you use any particular kind, or have the paper heated or anything? I'd love to know! Thanks! :)
geoxine696's avatar
Thank you, helps me learn to do new things to try out myself. Thanks again for posting, nice of you to share what you found out. :)Bear Emoji-21 (Polite Formal Bow Respect) [V1]   Bunny Emoji-66 (Thank you arigatou) [V3]  Base Penguin Pixel Icon  bye penguin
Obsiron's avatar
It's really usefull, thanks !
WaterLily-Gems-Art's avatar
This great, thanks for sharing!
Naivara's avatar
thank you somuch for sharing this!! :heart:
minooveggi's avatar
really great! I always have many questions about texture and you give me some awesome answers. :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
Boughe's avatar
Well, now I need a vodka

For the watercolours

No, seriously, I need to try that
Thanks for reminding me found you through Pinterest
YamaBerryCZ's avatar
Thanks for the tips!
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