Pens and Inks, Continued
You have assembled all materials, drawn an image, and are ready to begin
working in wash. Position the board and the paper surface at approximately
a 25 to 30-degree angle to each other to encourage the wash to flow toward
the bottom of the paper. Keep the area you are working in moist to lessen
the visibility of each brush stroke.
To work a flat wash, follow this table:
With all material assembled, moisten the surface of the watercolor
paper (if the paper is dry) or begin the wash when the sheen of the
water leaves the paper surface (just after stretching).
Moisten the immediate area around the area you intend to work.
Select a brush that will allow you to make one complete stroke in
the area you are painting without reloading.
Load the brush with wash. Stroke the brush against the edge of the
wash container so you may move your brush to the paper without
Apply the wash from the upper-left corner working from left to
right across the paper.
Reload the brush and work from right to left overlapping the
puddle at the bottom edge of the previous stroke.
Continue until the wash is complete.
Squeeze excess wash from your brush and soak up the puddle at the
bottom of the last stroke.
Set aside to dry.
Continue with the remaining image or remove all masks and
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