Wet in wet-
is simply the process of applying pigment to wet paper. The
results vary from soft undefined shapes to slightly blurred
marks, depending on how wet the paper is. The wet in wet
technique can be applied over existing washes provided the are
Simply wet the paper with a large brush and
paint into the dampness. The soft marks made by painting wet in
wet are great for subtle background regions of your painting.
Wet-in-wet watercolour painting can be tried by anyone who is willing to give up some control over their paint
and let the colours flow up down and across the
The wet-into-wet approach is also a non-threatening introduction to watercolours for
people of all ages who never tried to paint before.
For more seasoned watercolour
painters, the wet-into-wet approach can provide a
well-needed break from a conventional watercolour painting.
The wet-into-wet technique can be used to experiment with colours,
paint flow, and water. It can also just be plain fun.
Some watercolourists incorporate a wet-into-wet technique into small portions of a watercolour painting that uses different watercolour techniques.
A source of clean water - For this reason, the
wet-into-wet watercolour painting technique is best
practiced inside a studio, A good-quality watercolour paper - Wet-into-wet
technique does not work too well on the average
piece of paper. Use a piece of Bockingford or
similar watercolour paper to achieve the correct
Watercolour paint -
The brand, type and colour are all up to you. and
colour are all up to you.
Paint a simple wet-in-wet rock
a rock using any and while wet,
drop a another colour in to what will be
the shadow areas. Paint the bottom of the rock
using negative painting leaving grass shapes . Leave to dry.
the rocks are dry paint the cracks in the rock using a
darker mix. Imagine the
natural places where cracks would be and keep them
generally going in the same direction.
Using a mix of
any blue and a Yellow ,
paint the area of grass in front of the rock. Start
by lightly sweeping across the bottom of the rock in
one stroke of the brush covering the grass painted
in negative. It doesn't matter if some of the blades
of grass are not completely covered, it adds to the
effect and there you should have a wet in wet
painting of a rock.
Paint a simple wet in wet tree
Load a round brush with a green mix.
Keep the brush fully loaded and apply the paint in a
dragging motion using the belly of the brush across the paper.
Try and create a random non symmetrical shape. Leave some white
areas which will be gaps in the foliage and where
the branches will be painted later.
While the paint is still wet, drop in
a darker green in what will be the shadow areas.
'Drop in' means: let the second colour flow
out of the brush on its own into the first colour
with little or no painting action.
Now for the trunk of the tree. Using Burnt Sienna
and Ultramarine mix, paint in the trunk and
branches using a rigger brush while the tree is still wet that
way the top of the trunk will merge with the green
of the foliage.
While the trunk is still damp,
lift out some paint with a damp brush this will be a
light area where the sun is shining. Lastly where
you left the gaps in the foliage paint in some
branches and there you have it a simple wet in wet