Drybrush?

  • Drybrush. Wait a minute. Paint is wet, so what’s this drybrush thing? Actually, it’s just one of many techniques available when painting with watercolors. Basically, the paint is mixed with less water and more pigment. When the brush is dragged over the paper, it does not flow evenly, it flows sporadically. Exactly how is determined by how thick the paint is. If the paper is textured, the paint will go on the higher spots. One of the good reasons to use textured paper. Another good trick with textured paper is that the pigment will go to the low spots in the texture. If you jiggle the paper, this will be more pronounced. Also, certain colors of pigment will do this more. Sepia is a good example. These are examples of transparent watercolors increased versatility over opaque paints. 

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