Preserving White in Your Paintings

Typically, you paint on white watercolor paper. And ideally you save the white of the paper as the white in the painting, painting around the white areas to leave the paper showing. Although you can buy white watercolor paint, it looks a little chalky, and unless you're going for the unnatural look, my advice is to avoid using it. Watercolor is very different from oil or acrylic painting where paint is applied for white areas.

62 Part I: Getting Your Feet (And Brushes) Wet

It's a good plan to paint light areas first and continue with successively darker colors. Work light to dark.

This section covers the tricks available to keep white in your painting.

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