3 Simple Tricks for Unique Watercolor Textures
hello and welcome to another every Tuesday tutorial in this week's tutorial I'm going to walk you through three
texturesso if you're familiar with me at all you know that I have recently released three different water color texture kits and I really love all the different variations you get I like incorporating that into my digital graphic design work because I'm able to create outcomes that no one else can replicate so in an effort to make your work even more
uniquethis week I want to walk you through three
simplesteps to just take your
watercolortexture so much further and different than the typical
texturesthat you see so what I'm using for this demonstration is concentrated
watercolors and that's honestly just because they show up much more vibrant on screen so I'm using dr. pH Martin's hydrous concentrated
watercolors and I'll leave a link in the video description to these if you'd like to check them out so I've got some color in my palette and I've got three different cups so we can walk you through all the different
tricksso first we're going to create just a regular
watercolortexture so we can compare it to our other so I'm going to move this over here a little bit and grab my sheet of paper this is canton brand 140-pound cold press
watercolorpaper it's one of my favorites I would highly recommend it I love using it for all of my
so the first we're going to do is just from our plain old water cup nothing special about it at all we're just going to put a light wash of water on top of the paper I'm gonna grab a little bit of purple and you can see nothing crazy special happening just expanding within the water and put a little blue on here too okay so just a basic
watercolortexture right here just to use for comparison so the next thing we're going to do I'm going to set this aside I'm going to grab another sheet of paper and the next thing we're going to do is add some salt to our water so I have about a cup and a half of water in my water cup right now this is just regular water nothing special about it and I'm using just pulling an old table salt there's nothing special about this either and I have about half a tablespoon full here be careful not to drop it so half a tablespoon and I'm just going to dump the whole thing in this water cup and then I'm using a separate brush this time so I can keep everything straight so nothing kind of cross contaminate and I'm going to mix that salt into the water and make sure it's fully dissolved before I use it so now that I've got my water my salt water all fully mixed I'm going to once again create a just light wash on top of the paper so I'm going to go in once again with my brush and I'm just going to dab so you can see what happens with the salt water and see there's kind of a little...
explosion going on from the salt so that's pretty cool I'll grab another spot a blue blue a big ol eyeball so these are pretty fun to make your fun just to watch little explosions they're kind of hairy the edges are long and kind of have these little lines in them so that is saltwater so that's pretty fun so that is trick number one so we're going to move right into trick and number two I'm gonna set this one aside you can see as we compare it to just a regular water color just water with water color and then we've got the salt water okay set this aside and we move on to trick and number two so I got my paper again and this time we're going to put some bleach into our water so I've got a little container of bleach right here it's just your household regular bleach that you would use for your laundry and I've got a little eyedropper some and that grab a little bit of bleach and then in my water cup I'm going to drop in once again I've got about a cup and a half of water right here and I'm going to drop in five drops so one two three four five so once again I'm using a different brush for this so I don't cross-contaminate anything I don't want to put any salt from the bristles of this brush into my bleach cup so I've got my other paintbrush I'm and mix it really thoroughly to make sure that bleach gets all through the water and now I'm going to paint a light wash again just like we did before okay...
so I'm going to pick up some blue so we can do a direct comparison to our salt water so I'm just going to drop a little bit of color on just like I did before you can see this one's far more spidery in nature it doesn't kind of explode in the same way that the salt did up a little bit of purple on here - so these explode kind of in a different way than what we saw with the salt alright so moving on to trick number three I'm gonna set this one aside and so trick number three is pretty fun I've got some basic cling wrap nothing super special about this actually move this sheet of paper aside and I'm going to try and flatten it as much as I can here and this is all I'm using just like what you'd use with your food in the fridge so just regular saran wrap I'm getting it pretty flat and so I'm just going to paint a light wash right on top of the saran wrap I'm going to keep it kind of limited to the area because when we put the
watercolorpaper on top of it we don't want the water to go everywhere so it's kind of hard to see the water when it's on top of the saran wrap so kind of make a mental note from where you're putting your water here so I'm going to keep it kind of right in the center all right so now I'm going to put in some color so I'm going to grab a little bit of blue it's just going to look like little pools of color at first little puddles but it will get really cool put a little bit of...
pink in here mix it up a little maybe a little bit of dark blue - down here is to mix it up okay so that looks good and now this is the fun part because you never know what's going to happen here we've got our
watercolorpaper and I'm going to try and make sure I cover as much of this as possible and then I'm just going to press right into it looks like I got some coming out right here and grab a paper towel grab that or flip it alright so now we're just going to flip it over and you can rub it out or if you like the texture that you're getting which I'm these edges are pretty interesting - this kind of messed up Ariana's kind of push things around to try and fix it a little bit this is the nice thing like if you see parts that you don't like you can actually move the color around a little bit to get like more interesting edges going on which is kind of fun I don't like pushing too many things around because I like all these little areas like these edges I would never get with a brush so that's what makes this so cool and you get little pockets of areas that maybe don't have a bunch of color you can smooth some of those out if you don't like them or you can just leave them and keep the character so that's looking really really cool so then you're just going to lift off one full pull throw your saran wrap away and let your texture dry so that is the saran wrap trick number three here is trick number one it's...
almost totally dry now this is the salt water which is really soft and kind of atmospheric and then here is our bleach test which kind of expands out more so than what you see with the salt kind of an eyeball here whereas this is kind of just pulling away which is pretty cool and then here's the very first one that we did with just the basic