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Re: Watercolor question

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Tue, 15 Sep 1998 19:12:47 EDT

Painting in watercolor can be dine in many ways and the best way is determined
by what you are painting and how do you want it to look. Opaque watercolor
like acrylics and gouche can be layered to produce subtle effects but would be
applied with thicker paint andcovering areas that you don't want with new

Transparent watercolor is a series of thin washes or gradations that allow the
previous layers to effect the color and value of the work. This means that
you would start light and work to dark. However, since all layers will build
up to produce an effect, the first layers will then be some of the darkest/
brightest/ intense areas when subsequent layers are placed over it.

I teach three techniques for watercolor, LIFTING (gradations using a dryer
brush to lift the paint and produce a gradual change of value) WASH (
continous tone over existing strokes to place a value of color over an entire
area) and WET on WET ( causing bleeding and travel of color on moist paper
with moist paint).

The kids use these to produce watercolor painting in the style of Georgia
O'Keefe with studies of real flowers and getting in close. The y enlarge
small contour studies and then use these tecniques to produce many layers of
different color groups that emulate Georgia's style and color mixing.

Ken Schwab
Leigh H.S.
San Jose CA