In this article, Iâm going to share some techniques for brush control.
Some would say that this is probably the most important part of
watercolor painting. Without proper brush control, depending on what
it is youâre trying to accomplish, youâre not going to reach your
intended destinationâ¦whatever that may be. So hopefully, this article
will help you get there.
While itâs not possible to go over every brush control technique, I
will cover a few of the main ones. The first technique is called bands
of color. Itâs actually very simple. What you do is choose a color and
draw some kind of a line with it, preferably curved. Then, you take
another color and, right underneath the first line, try to draw an
identical line in shape with the second color. You then repeat this
with a third, fourth and so on. The resulting image is going to be
quite interesting if done right. The key is leaving just enough space
between each line so that the colors donât wash together.
Another really cool technique is thick and thin. This is where you start
out painting a line so that it begins thick but then begins to thin
before going back to thick again and so on until youâve completed the
entire length of the line. This is accomplished by simply applying lots
of pressure at the start to create the thick part of the line and then
easing up to create the thin part. Itâs a very effective technique.
Then of course there is the wrist flick technique. This is really good
for painting things like grass. The technique does take a little
practice but once you master it, itâs so cool. Say you want to paint a
grass blade. What you do is start at the bottom of the canvas, where the
grass would start (as if it were growing out of the ground) and then
flick the brush upward. With a little practice, this will actually begin
to look like a real blade of grass. That is of course assuming youâre
using the correct watercolor.
These brush control techniques only scratch the surface but should get
you started on your way to creating some nice designs. If you want a
complete watercolor tutorial, check out the link in my signature. Youâll
learn everything you need to know about watercolor painting.