Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Watercolor Wednesday: Blending Practice

Today's Watercolor Wednesday features a super simple activity that yields a lot of information.  You'll learn how to move color across the page in a smooth, flat manner (otherwise known as a flat wash.)  You'll also see how two colors can make a third and thus, extend your color palette with only a few basic colors.  

Step 1:  Draw a longish rectangle on paper in pencil.

Step 2:   Add a dab of one color to one end of the rectangle and a dab of another color to the other end.

Step 3:  Using a clean wet brush each time you move back and forth between colors, pull the colors in towards the center to create a blend of the two colors in the middle of the rectangle.  Your goal is to get as smooth a transition as possible.

Note the neutrals that are created when you blend two colors that lay opposite one another on the color wheel, such as red and green or blue and orange.

I did this activity with my art students when I taught watercolor.  When the blends were completely dry, we cut the rectangles of color out and used them to create bookmarks...just an idea!  

6 comments:

Jennifer Shelby said...

really love the bookmark idea!

Janet said...

I like this demo - a great idea!

leida said...

thank you! please keep the watercolor wednesday series! keep them simple like this, and when you run out of ideas repeat them! thank you... thank you!

Natasha said...

Love this idea! A good way for us to learn more about what our colours can do, and also increase our control. Thank you for sharing.

Joyfulploys said...

Thanks....watercolors intimidate me a bit....this is a good practice to try.
Mary

iHanna said...

Fun idea!

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