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Applying Color with a Watercolor Wash

 

To color or not to color?

To color or not to color?
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Once you have finished your ink drawing, you may be pleased with the result and be happy to leave it as it is. On the other hand, you may feel that you want to enhance the image with the addition of some color. A watercolor wash is often applied to add a colorful dimension to a monochrome pen and ink drawing.

 

Applying color with a watercolor wash.

Applying color with a watercolor wash.
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The great advantage of drawing with Indian ink is that it is waterproof when dry. This means that you can paint over it with watercolor without any danger of smudging your drawing. You can even rinse off any excess paint under a tap without damaging the work. However, if you are going to apply watercolor, it is advisable to use a heavier paper (180gms or more), so that it will not disintegrate when wet.

Watercolor is a paint that should be mixed liberally with water to achieve a transparent wash. Watercolors are at their luminous best when applied in thin washes allowing the white of the paper to shine through. The intensity of the color can be built up with successive washes.

Our watercolor was applied in one or two transparent washes of flat color, thin enough to let the drawing below shine through to establish the tone of the work. We used some of the tertiary colors of the original scene, but have also introduced some secondary hues to adjust the mood. Color is the element that has the strongest effect on your emotions and must be used carefully and knowledgeably to capture an appropriate mood for your work.

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