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VIDEO: How to Reactivate or “Rewet” a Dried Watercolor Painting

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:

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Today, Jean Pederson gives a brief demonstration of how she layers various pigments of transparent watercolors to produce a realistic, three-dimensional image on paper. Her subject matter—an eye—is tricky under the best of circumstances, but as you'll see, she starts with a fairly detailed drawing to ensure accuracy as she paints. In addition, please notice the dry brush technique that Jean uses at the beginning to "lift" paint off of the paper. Simply by painting a single transparent value over all the features of the eye, and then removing the highlighted areas with a dry brush, she instantly creates depth. Take a look: . . read more

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