Discover Transparent Characteristics Of Watercolor – Easy Project To Try

Curious what makes watercolor art so special?

In this tutorial I will cover the transparent characteristics of watercolor and how layering works. It’s what makes this medium so special but challenging. How many times have you liked at your watercolor art and it seems flat, or muddy?

That’s usually what happens when many beginners, and experienced watercolorists, use this medium.

The goal with this tutorial is to completely breakdown transparency for watercolors and share with you how stacking one transparent layer over another will change the overall value of a hue. And the level of transparency.

This step-by-step project will teach you what you need to know for now.

To illustrate the point I will create a rectangle shape and apply several layers using wet-in-dry technique. In case you don’t understand what that is it’s when you apply wet paint into, or over, dry paint.

What you will see in the demo image below is the subtle change in value as each layer is added. Keep in mind that each layer is basically the same hue but because they are stacked one on top of the other it creates a change in value.

Materials used in demo

  • Isabey Red Sable Rigger (excellent for fine detail, thin lines, etc.)
  • Blick Spiral-bound
  • Sketchbook Pad 9×12 inches
  • Mijello leak-proof palette
Transparency demo image

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