VIDEO: How to Blend and/or Emphasize Important Edges in Watercolors

By Dan in Art Tutorials > Video Tutorials

In today’s video, Nicholas Simmons is demonstrating what he calls the “sewing machine” brush stroke, which he’s using to outline some of the edges within his painting. As you’ll see, this particular brush stroke does two things:

First, it adds a huge amount of contrast to a small area of the painting (since so much pigment is being dabbed into one place, rather than brushed over a larger area). And secondly, because the painting is already wet, that pigment also spreads outward slightly, giving a soft, watery feel to the fish.

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