Water Colour Experiment

Watercolour is an extremely interesting painting media for both adults and children. It changes dramatically by using different mixing techniques, and there are many other materials we can use to create unique textures.

For the first class, we have been testing Five Basic Techniques to introduce watercolour to our students.

Wet on Wet:  we make strokes on wet paper with wet brush, by which we can create dreamy colour blending effects. The level of blending depends of level of wetness.

Wet on Dry: to create clear stroke by using wet brush on dry paper. This is one of the essential techniques to emphasise shapes.

Dry on Dry: using dry brush on dry paper will not give us strokes with clear edges. With more spaces and rough edges, another special effect can be created.

watercolour brush
dry strokes and wet strokes

Overlap: We use wet brush on wet paper and wait until it is half dry, then we add another layer of colour by using wet brush. Repeating layering will create a rich colour depth.

Flicker: we use toothbrush to flicker colours to our paintings. If we flicker on a wet paper it will give us firework effect; if it is a dry paper, it will looks like stars.

flicker colours
flickering with watercolour

Everyone has learned about the character of watercolour by using these basic techniques. They have created beautiful paintings combining different techniques. It is amazing to see how do they think and understand differently by using the same technique.

This is truly what we want, don’t we? Let children know the possibilities and leave the world to them.