Textures in watercolour
Check out my article in this months issue of The Artist Magazine.
There comes a stage when one is working on a still life or costume life watercolour where one requires a specific texture but is a little uncertain as to how to achieve it.
For me a challenge of this type is to be relished. I love to experiment and try to achieve an effect by indirect methods. Normally, one can gain the required impression by intensive detail work using a fine brush. However, there are other ways sometimes not even using a brush. For aspiring or even advanced painters I have put together some of my own techniques which may prove useful. Some I have invented, some may be common knowledge. In using the methods described I add a word of caution. Over use can look mannered so gently does it. Mask the hand as it were. That way you can retain a certain magic!
a. Mouth diffuser to spray.
b. Comb for striped scoring
c. Straight edge for straight lines
d. School compass with brush for circles and arcs.
e. Salt both course and fine for “snowflake type” texture. Sprinkle onto painting whilst damp.
f. Profile cutter for cutting shapes in masking tape; sponge for stippling;
g. Wax candle for resist ( rocks etc ); rubber shaper leaf shapes.
h. Dipper for both black and white ink, also watercolour; scalpel for engraving and scratching
i. A stiffer mount cutting knife for picking out highlights.