Washes are the act of applying watercolor pigment to the paper in a specific area.
This can be done in a variety of ways with varying amount of water and pigment.
Your goal should be to understand basic washes and how they are applied.
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Flat Washes are applied to a section of paper to cover it evenly. You will be able to vary the intensity and saturation of the color by varying the amount of water added to the pigment.
Graduated Washes are applied to a section of paper to cover it with a graduated level of saturation. You will be able to do this by varying the amount of water added to the pigment. starting with more saturation to lighter saturation. More pigment to water means more color, and less pigment to water lightens the color.
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It can be a challenge to learn for a variety of reasons, but be PATIENT
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This explores how to blend colors in Watercolors
Blending watercolor paint can be a bit puzzling for beginners. It's not difficult, but it DOES take practice and a different way of thinking than shading or blending with a pencil. He gets into the basics in this video.
Wet into Set washes are one of the most useful techniques you can use and one day, master. It allows a variety of effects from the blending of colors, promotion of soft edges and intensifying saturation by "charging" more pigment into the established puddle.