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3 Watercolor Techniques You Have to Try

Updated: Jun 8, 2021

Just a precaution and permission I need to include before starting this blog: I don’t consider

myself a great communicator or a blogger, in firsthand and obviously you are welcome to

Share your feedback, comment or criticize about this ‘FIRST BLOG’. I chose this topic in

particular out of all, because of the requests and questions I receive very frequently through


My Instagram and other profiles asking about the styles I do.


I thought maybe it could be worth it if I share my ways of doing those styles and you could

try the same. This is not at all a rocket science technique of unachievable mystery. This is

just as simple as it literally says. For your easy understanding and my easy way to explain

let me split it into three ways.And each of these have it’s own beauty and delightful results.


I have tried to include my versions with examples to make it more comprehensible to you all.

For all these experiments and techniques all i needed was :

And obviously water and a handy cloth for brush wiping.


Wet on Wet

Watercolouring as an art medium you know involves water as a base, of course.

So in one sentence it is: Application of fresh wet watercolour into a fresh wet paper. For this

watercolour medium as far as i know is all depending on the behaviour of water(the poor and precious good lad).


Assume you want to paint an evening sky. Check the beauty of it’s mesmerizing colour

combinations everyday. Something I cannot even calculate or identify how many colour

combinations are in it, spreaded and merged very smoothly to each other. That is how the

wet on wet effect is.


On a base wet water application into a paper without colour, it tends to spread and merge.

So even a drop of wet colourd brush gives us a beautiful unexpected flowing of itself… if a

different wet colour drop is added it merges so perfectly as we call it a colour gradient. There are no boundaries that could limit it, even don’t expect a clear cut edge for it.


Examples here: Wet on Wet


Seek these with a different level of base water application, the amount of first water

application(dynamics of water) and even the amount of soaked watery colour(dynamics of

watercolour in brush) gives versatile effects.


Wet on Dry


Here, I am the driver! I decide where my colour should flow or where it should stop. Don’t

consider me overpowering my buddies now, it is that sometimes shapes of structures define

a lot of objects especially where we need hard edges.


So here it is, load your brush with an adequate amount of colour and water mix and simply

apply in on a regular watercolour paper(which is clearly dry). A uniform or variegated ​color

application is possible.


Examples here: Wet on Dry


This is a great practice or exercise to control our hands and brush. Setting a bleed and

drawing everything or anything within the limit. Even the gradient colouring is possible and

top on top applications.


Dry on Dry


This one I will call ‘a control freak’. Your brush is going to be mostly dry(this doesn't mean

the brush is completely dry, definitely needs a little amount of water and sufficient paint) and

apply it on to the paper. Less blending, less mixing, very less flow.


Don’t take me wrong. This is one of my all time favourite styles. And ofcourse the most

appreciated one in my profile.


Why don’t you look at these examples to understand better.

Examples here: Dry on Dry


I want to end this blog by saying some very interesting and important facts. The search with

my watercolors and brushes and combination works are still in process. I know this is not the

end or limit of this wonderful medium. Still not explained a lot, and more to explore. Why

don’t you actually suggest some? And I would like to try it!


Above all i would like you to experiment the same and have some fun with these!


Cheerio, see you soon!

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