Watercolouring Textures Tips

Here’s some interesting texures you can make using watercolour paints. from top to bottom:

Alcohol – Drip some alcohol on the painted area and the paint will separate from the area. the dryer the paint is, I’ve found, the darker and crisper the edges of the seperated area of white will be.

Salt – Sprinkling Salt on the paint created a sandy texture. the longer you leave the salt there as it dries, the more the paint will spread but this works best the more semi dry the area is.

Blotting/Lifting – As an area dries, you can used water in your brush to blot areas back to white by making the paint spread away or you can use a dry brush to absorb or lift the paint from the area.

Stencils/erasing – While an area is semi dry, you can use paper or plastic shaped to remove the paint in a shape. I like using tape when i do this, shiny side down and sticky side up, this way you can touch it with the other end of your paintbrush to pick it up instead of trying to peal it away with your nails.

Sandpaper – This is hard to pull off in my opinion but is you use good, thick watercolour paper so you dont get holes and wait for the paint to be nearly dry like on the right rather than the left, you get a scratchy effect.

Wax – Use candles or wax crayons to make marks and shapes but drawing with the candle or crayon then adding the paint. Like on the left. You can go back after the paint dries and wax out more areas to keep that colour and then paint again like on the left to create layers.


    BLYTHARTabout 5 years ago

    Interesting …. though most of us wouldn’t get beyond the vodka stage without being distracted :)

  • karenbrodie
    karenbrodieabout 5 years ago

    Lol, to Blythart, interesting stuff, I’ve faved to click back, the colours are wonderful :)

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowabout 5 years ago

    Great presentation… thanks for this!

  • Tpp2
    Tpp2about 5 years ago

    you are amazing hatefueled, thanks so much for tips!!!

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 5 years ago

    great ideas LIZ

  • evon ski
    evon skiabout 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! Great how to and copy.

  • Genevieve Robey
    Genevieve Robeyabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic tips, thank you!

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 5 years ago

    Creative mind….

    BLYTHARTabout 5 years ago

    Sorry if my previous comment semed flippant; I have a daft sense of humour. You’ve given some good advice there.

  • haha np. you’re right though. I couldn’t resist either.

    – hatefueled

  • hatefueled
    hatefueledabout 5 years ago

    thanks for the comments guys!