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Practicing Negative Watercolor Painting

Practicing Negative Painting

On top of learning how to control watercolours, there are also a variety of techniques to learn that will help you achieve depth and a solid painting. One of these techniques is negative painting.

Practicing Negative Watercolor Painting

Practicing Negative Watercolor Painting

In essential principles, negative painting is when you paint around a shape and not the actual shape of the object.

In the sketch above you can see I painted around the lightest trees with the darker layers of paint. However in this painting I only did one layer of negative painting, painting the second and third layers of paint (red and dark red).

Practicing Negative Watercolor Painting

Practicing Negative Watercolor Painting

The second practice sketch I did was much larger. The larger paper sized allowed me to more easily add more layers of negative painting without feeling too cramped.

Using the same colors as earlier, I left complete white of the paper. I could have easily tinted this color with a light wash, but since this was a sketch and just for practice I wasn’t too focused on getting the picture to look “perfect”. Since this practice piece was larger, I also choose to add more details to the negative layer shapes. You can see this the clearest at the edges of the painting, where each layer has a more positive painting effect where I implied foliage.

It’s always good to practice combining and shifting negative and positive painting in the same area to imply areas of foliage.

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