transparent watercolor, you usually try to get your whites by reserving the
white of your paper. However, there are times when using some kind of
resist might be a convenient alternative.
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apply a liquid resist to dry paper. When it dries, you apply
your paint. When the paint dries, you remove the resist, usually
with an eraser-like tool called a heel. In
the example above, you see the white of the paper, but at this stage
you can also paint in the trees any way you want.
are very convenient for small areas. It helps to dip the brush
in soapy water first, since liquid resists can be hard to
get out of a brush. Make sure you rinse the brush in soapy
water right away after using. If the resist is allowed to
dry in the brush, it will ruin the brush. For this reason,
it is best to not use expensive brushes for this application.
a liquid resist slightly affects the surface of the watercolor paper
when removed, it is better not to use this kind of resist for a
Chinese White is a good option if you need to paint something
lighter in an area where you've already applied a darker paint.
It is better to mix Chinese White in a separate dish,
because it is chalky and can dull your transparent colors.
can also add colors to Chinese White as needed.
Tape (or masking tape in a pinch) can be used to tape off areas
before you apply paint. You might want to use a spoon
to burnish the tape edge to prevent any paint seepage. Apply
the tape onto dry paper, and remove only after the
paint application has dried.
can use wax crayons or wax candles for a permanent resist that gives
some texture. Remember that once you apply this resist,
it is permanent and will not come off.
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