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Watercolor portrait painting tutorial with splashing technique : Drawing on my notebook works better with my lucky hat on

Watercolor portrait painting tutorial with splashing technique : Drawing on my notebook works better with my lucky hat on

With Watercolor and especially with watercolor portraits I have a tendency to be on the tight and controlling side. It is fine but I also like when watercolor is doing its own thing. Splattering the painting with water after painting it allows me to obtain the effects I like with watercolor and still paint the way that is natural to me.

Watercolor portrait painting tutorial with splashing technique

drawing on watercolor paper

Here is my drawing on watercolor paper ( Arches hot press 140 lb)

watercolor painting techniques : painting directly on paper

I start to add colors, directly on the hat , and with a yellow ocher underpainting on the face

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step by step watercolor portrait painting demo

I continue to add colors around the face while it is drying.

painting textures with watercolor

I add texture with a dark grey mix on the hat.

watercolor portrait painting tutorial

I add more colors to the face a wash up a few highlights with a stiff brush and water on the face and coat.

splashing water on watercolor portraits

Time to mess it up ! I add water with a spray and drips and let the watercolor do its work, When I have colors moving to an area I don’t want them, I just take them off with a tissue paper. I can also wait until they dry and brush them off.

step by step watercolor painting tutorials

Drawing on my notebook works better with my lucky hat on- The finished painting