You've always wanted to paint with watercolor, right? Well, this group of techniques will add some zest right off the bat.
Oil and water don't mix. Rubbing alcohol has such a dramatic effect on the wet watercolor paint, repelling it and leaving a perfect, lighter circle wherever we drop it. It’s mesmerizing!
The area where the salt touches the paper will be lighter in color. The salt will push the watercolor pigment away, and thus the light spot will be surrounded by a darker shade.
Dab, dab, dab with a tissue
to "lift" the paint off the paper.
A rough square of sandpaper scratches the areas
to produce a broken, edgy pattern.
Wax crayons will resist watercolor. (Best to use lighter colors).
6. Masking Fluid
Masking Fluid blocks watercolor.
7. Plastic Wrap
Have some kitchen wrap (Reynolds wrap) handy for some interesting patterns.
A brush loaded with watercolor paint and another empty brush produces a splattered background.