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How to Create Hard Edges in Watercolors Through Masking

In an abstract painting (as opposed to a realistic one) it’s more important than ever to be conscious of design elements like line quality, texture, value contrast, and so on.

For today’s video tutorial, watercolor painter John Salminen demonstrates how he creates hard edges through masking, while explaining why it helps his composition. Take a look:

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Many times a painting will take longer than one sitting to complete - and for watercolor artists in particular, that can be problematic. After all, if you like painting on a wet surface with transparent watercolors, the last thing you want is dry watercolor paper. In the video below, Jean Pederson shows how she "reactivates" dried watercolor paper after it's been sitting for a while. This lets her pause in the middle of a painting, and then pick up right where she left off an hour, a day, or even weeks later. Keep in mind that these techniques should be used only with transparent, glazing watercolors to keep the colors from running. Take a look: . . read more

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