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Sublimepuma

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on: December 21, 2020, 06:08:00 PM
Hiya - this question has probably been asked before but I looked through the forum for ages and couldn’t find anything...

I’m working on the giraffe class and tried to do a nice smooth background wash, but it comes out all splotchy! Any advice?? Too much water? Not enough?  :confused: :confused:

Katrina


njnjgirl

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Reply #1 on: December 22, 2020, 01:47:29 PM
Good question.  I, for one, still struggle with making a flat wash.  It is a matter of practice and getting to know how the paint moves.  This is what I know about how it is done, doing it right is another thing  :2funny: . Anyhow, dont have you paper flat but a bit slanted so gravity helps you.  Make enough of your color to cover the area you are painting  This is important.  Use a big brush to cover as much as you can when making a stroke.  Starting at the top paint left to right,then right to left, etc .You have  to paint rather quickly as drying paint will cause lines.    It gets a bit tricky when there is an object and you have to paint around it.  Or you can use masking fluid and continue the stroke across.  Look on You tube for flat washes and you will find some videos I am sure.
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Bill76434

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Reply #2 on: December 22, 2020, 09:44:41 PM
I'm sure Dennis has some lessons with his usual precise approach to do washes.


Sublimepuma

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Reply #3 on: December 24, 2020, 05:19:30 PM
Thanks for all the tips Mary Lou!!  :thankyou: I will keep practising 😊

Bill I’m enjoying going through Dennis’ lessons but hadn’t seen one on this just yet! Maybe I’ll find one eventually 😊
Katrina


dennis

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Reply #4 on: December 26, 2020, 02:25:15 AM
Katrina. Let all the festivities settle down and I will see what I can do in the New Year  O0  In fact I took out my watercolour equipment just this morning after a year or two of not painting in watercolours and finished a small painting.
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Sublimepuma

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Reply #5 on: December 29, 2020, 11:52:22 AM
Oh that’s exciting news Dennis! Can’t wait!  :clap:
Katrina


 

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