In This Chapter

^ Sparkling whites and how to achieve them ^ Exploring magical textures ^ Trying out terrific techniques ne of the best attributes of watercolor is the vast number of techniques available. Watercolor moves and reacts to your command. That may sound a little scary, but actually it's the best quality of the paint. In this chapter, I want you to forget about making anything that looks like something. The pressure to make perfect drawings or identifiable objects is off. In experimental, nonrepresentational work you simply enjoy the colors, textures, and surprises that result when playing with the medium. Play is a good word. It sets the mood for how you explore these techniques.

In order to play, set up your palette and paint area as noted in Chapter 2. Get some watercolor paper ready to play upon. You can tear up small pieces about 5 inches by 7 inches and use one for each technique experiment, or you can just use little areas on any scraps available.

Sometimes these experimental techniques just don't work. Sometimes they work better than you planned. That's why they're called experimental. Not every work of art works. There's a reason some pieces win prizes — the artist got lucky that day.

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