Tips For Softening Edges; Avoid Common Mistakes

Too many stiff edges and watercolor art becomes rigid.

It’s common for beginners to end up with so many hard edges the painting becomes an illustration. You will want top learn how to loosen up those hard edges.

This technique, see video demo, can become difficult if you do not apply it correctly. The goal is to dissolve the hard edge without creating cauliflowers, or any unwanted ‘balloning’.

Here are a few pointers;

  • Use a clean brush.
  • Works best on damp paint.
  • Once paint dries it’s difficult to soften an edge.
  • Avoid too much water which will add cauliflowers to your art.
  • Experiment with practice paper before trying on finished paintings.
How to soften edges-beginner watercolor tips

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