Wet on Wet Painting: Oil and Watercolor

Wet-on-wet oil painting is so named because you can apply color fresh (wet) on a color not yet dried (wet). This process of application should be used with great caution because the basis of color is not stable and colors can mix it up too.

You can use this technique in the pursuit of light and dark shades. You have indeed the color within defined edges and then fade to get the contrast. Wet-on-wet technique instead, overlap of color enhances the nuances and the thickness of the relief on the canvas. The technique is typical for impressionists.

Examples of wet on wet oil painting:

Wet-on-wet painting with watercolor has a few but important rules that can be applied on several media. This technique allows to obtain brilliant results and harmonics. With this method, the painting is executed in one shot, with a “unique” layer that customarily is opaque or semi opaque.

Examples of wet-on-wet Watercolor Painting:

Usually you create an outline with the pencil. Stretch then colors within the form we have created or the entire sheet. The wet leaf will make the drafting of very simple color. You will get a color defined and rotund, rich in nuances even when used individually. If the canvas is rather large it is better to wet it only in the part that you believe you can get it wet paint. Only then you will get wet other spaces.

With some brushes and spatulas you distribute the color if necessary with more water.
Colors can be applied on instinct or can be blended with a brush or scrub to get the desired effect. The sheet on which you paint can be tilted, letting color following the lines drawn by gravity.

For the views is one of the best techniques. The technique requires you to have a clear idea of what you have in mind to paint.

Duane Michals: American Photographer
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