How To: Watercolor Ink Wash Techniques

Designed By: Marie Diemert, IG: @beebeesletters
Time to Complete: Depends on Your Project
Skill Level:
Messy Level:1
Age Range:9-12

Instructions

PROJECT TIP: use water for blending before adding more ink

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WATERCOLOR WASH WITH ALCOHOL INK BLENDING SOLUTION Tape down your paper with washi or removable paint tape.

Begin with Phthalo Green in the top portion of the paper, then add cadmium yellow near the bottom, and then medium magenta in the center.

Add water in between the layers and begin blending the colors with your brush up or down to achieve the gradient.

A little water and a little ink will go a long way. Add water first before adding more color as needed.

Use a paper towel to remove any excess paint or water lightly from the edges.

Once you’re happy with your blends and the gradient, it is time to add the blending solution or rubbing alcohol. Add drops or a light splatter from an old brush. Be careful to protect your eyes. The blending solution creates a fun effect with the watercolor and glitter inks!

Wait for it to dry or use a heat tool to speed up the process.

Add lettering or ink drawing to the wash you’ve created!

WATERCOLOR WASH WITH WATER SPLATTER

Tape down your paper with washi or removable paint tape.

Begin with Cadmium Red in the top left corner. Then without touching the red add cadmium yellow in the middle. Last, add the ultramarine blue in the bottom right corner.

Add water in between the layers and begin blending the colors up or down to achieve the gradient. A little water and a little ink will go a long way.

Add water first before adding more color as needed. Once your happy with the blend and gradient, leave it to dry or speed up the process with a heat tool.

Now with just a round brush soaked in water, tap your brush above the paper without touching the paper. The water will splatter.

Use different size brushes for different sized splatters. Leave the water sit for just about a minute.

Then with a paper towel in your hand, push down on the water drops and straight back up. This removes the water that was splattered as well as the color beneath it for a cool splatter look!

After it dries again, add lettering or an ink drawing!

What You Need For This

Brea Reese Glitter Ink (Medium Magenta and Cadmium Yellow used in video)

Brea Reese Watercolor Ink (Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red and Phthalo Green used in video)

Brea Reese Alcohol Ink Blending Solution

Brea Reese Paint Brushes

Brea Reese Watercolor Paper

Water

Paper Towels

Washi Tape