Making Whites Glow in Watercolor

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Making whites glow in watercolor always requires you to keep a few key things in mind. Find out about making whites glow in watercolor with help from a graduate of the Maine College of Art in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Abbeth, I’m an artist living in Portland, Maine. You can check out my work at I’m going to show you how to make whites glow with watercolor. So, the first thing you’re going to do is find a crayon or a China marker – which is just a wax crayon – and you can use white for this, or you can use another color, which is going to surround some white watercolor. So, take your crayon and draw some sort of shape on the page. And, maybe you want to draw a few smaller shapes, too. And, now you’re going to take your white watercolor and put it down inside of the shapes. And, you can also – this is kind of an off-white – you can also leave a couple of your shapes with just the white of the page in the center of them. Then, you’re going to take any other darker color – I’ll choose violet – and go around the area that you’ve drawn with the wax crayon. And, as you see, the crayon will resist the watercolor, and the white watercolor in the areas where you put it down will kind of bleed into the watercolor surrounding it. And, this creates sort of a glowing, bursting effect on the page. My name is Abbeth, and I just showed you how to make whites glow in watercolor.


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