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Watercolour Texture Techniques by hatefueled Watercolour Texture Techniques by hatefueled
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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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Thank you for this tutorial!!
I remember in Art class in school using white crayons to draw on paper, then using water colors, but never thought about the rest. The vodka one reminds me of clouds.
EiceBleu May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How come when i tried using salts, it didn't look as good as in the picture QAQ the effect also doesn't show too much
EiceBleu May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Different salts will get slightly different effects too. Try kosher. It's my fav.
you need to get used to the best timing for when you add the salt, if the paint is still too wet the salt won't be able to absorb it all, if you do it too late, theres not enough to absorb and the paint has already stained the paper.
Thank you! Im going to try this
ssJanell Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool techniques
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