Tips for Watercolor Painting on Prints

This week, I shared a reel on Instagram of my process for watercolor painting on a black and white print. You can watch the reel here.

It has been a blast sharing the creative process with my mixed media pieces and I want to invite you to join me in the creativity. It is a blessing connecting with others in the art community. Not just photographers, but collage artists, painters, fiber artists… Instagram really can be a magical place.

I believe that the more art we create, the more beauty we have.

The Instagram creative prompt right now is watercolor, so I figured now would be the perfect time to share my tips for watercolor painting on prints:

  • Pick a photo with a lot of white/negative space – the paint will absorb better, the less printed ink you have on the print

  • Use matte paper instead of gloss (I use WHCC Torchon paper)

  • If you want vibrant color, use a little water, lots of paint

  • If you want a more “standard” watercolor look, paint with water first, then add color on top

  • Work on opposite sides of the piece to allow for the water to dry before adding more color (otherwise the color can bleed)

  • Use these tips as guidelines and create as your heart desires!

If you decide to create something with watercolor, I hope you’ll share and tag me on Instagram. I’d love to see and re-share your art!

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