Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Watercolor Techniques

Mrs. Erb's example

Fourth grade students at BMS and WES will begin to paint their Raewyn Harris paintings using watercolors.  Before we begin painting, we needed to practice some watercolor techniques to apply to our work when we begin.  See original post about our work, here.  We used watercolor paper for this exercise.  We divided our paper into six areas in which to paint. 

First Technique is called a gradient wash.  Start by painting a stripe of paint across your paper.  With the same brush, not rinsed off, dip in the water, wipe excess water off, and paint another stripe touching the last one.  this should result in a lighter wash.  This creates values in a painting (see photo above). 

Second we used the wet on wet technique.  Wet your paper so that it is saturated with water.  Paint on top of the wet paper....see your color spread!

Third we mixed colors on the page.  We wet the paper, just like the wet on wet technique but not as wet.  and we painted with yellow all over the paper.  Wash the brush and paint some blue on top.  Wash the brush again, and paint some red on top and watch your colors mix! 

Picking up paint off of the page was the next technique we learned about.  We painted our paper a color.  We then used a tissue to dab some paint off the page.  This technique is great for painting skies. 

Fifth, we did a wax resist.  We took a white crayon and drew a picture or some lines.  Remember to press down hard with the white crayon.  Then paint over the work.  The white crayon magically appears.  In first grade we called it the "magic crayon".  They remembered this technique from then! 

The last technique was using salt to add texture and the snowflake or salt water look.  We painted our page using a very wet wash.  We then sprinkled a pinch of table salt. As the paint dries, the salt absorbs the paint and leaves behind a white residue that looks like sea spray or snowflakes.  See the photo above. 

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